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TELEMETRY SYSTEM ON CRASH AIRPLANE
Crash investigators have
recovered memory cards that might have come from an on-board camera on
Jimmy Leeward's P-51 that crashed at the National Championship Air Races
in Reno last Friday. There was also a flight systems telemetry set-up on
board that transmitted information on the aircraft's health and
performance to his ground crew, according to an Associated Press story. Investigators have now
confirmed their probe will focus in part on the aircraft's tail
structure and the possibility that a failure of the left horizontal
stabilizer trim tab was a contributing factor in the crash, which killed
nine people, including Leeward and eight spectators. More than 60 people
on the ground were injured and about a dozen remain in the hospital,
some in critical condition. The near-vertical impact of the fighter left
a crater in the concrete three feet deep and eight feet across and
spread debris over almost two acres. More photos and videos have
surfaced since the crash and while the primary focus has been on missing
tail parts, there are a couple of other anomalies in the photos.
TAB MISSING ON RENO CRASH PLANE? (UPDATED)
A photo by Tim
O'Brien of the Grass Valley Union appears to show that Jimmy Leeward's
Galloping Ghost P-51 race plane lost a trim tab before crashing at the
National Championship Air Races in Reno on Friday, killing Leeward and
eight others and injuring scores of others. Officials now say seven
people died at the scene and two in the hospital. According to the Aviation Law Monitor, "without the trim tab, the
aircraft may have been uncontrollable." The photo was taken seconds
before aircraft dove into the ramp on the edge of the spectator viewing
area at Reno during a qualifying heat. Although the tab does appear to
be missing, it can't be determined from the photo whether its departure
caused the sequence of events that led to the crash or whether the
violent movements that preceded the crash caused the part to fail.
Regardless, this photo is likely to be scrutinized carefully as
investigators continue the grim task of piecing together what happened.
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|Jimmy Leeward Crash: Eyewitness Accounts,
EYEWITNESS ACCOUNT OF RENO TRAGEDY
Scott Peterson, of Santa Rosa, CA, was snapping photos of the
final heat of the day at Reno last Friday and got the full sequence of
Jimmy Leeward's fatal crash. He spoke with AVweb's Russ Niles
about his impressions of what he saw. (Click through for his photos.)
INSIDER BLOG: SHOULD THE RENO RACES CONTINUE?
For as much as
we, aviation enthusiasts, might hope so, it's not up to us. It's up to
the community of Reno. Accidents like the one last week rightfully spark
some inward examination of safety procedures and the risk/reward
equation of doing things that are dangerous. In his latest post to the
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Air shows and air races represent the tiniest of risk for spectators.
But anyone who thinks the risk is non-existent should stay home. Read
more and join the conversation. More...
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DOWN AT W. VIRGINIA AIRSHOW (UPDATED)
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Saturday when a T-28 performing at an airshow in Martinsburg W.Va.,
crashed and exploded. No one on the ground was hurt. The aircraft was
part of a six-ship formation group called the Trojan Horsemen performing at the Thunder Over the
Blue Ridge show. According to the Martinsburg Journal, the crash airplane had just
broken from a belly-to-belly maneuver with another T-28 when it "wobbled
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The company says that GPS manufacturers should be building receivers
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TEMPORARILY FUNDS FAA (AGAIN)
Congress passed another
temporary funding measure for the FAA Thursday, averting the layoff of
possibly as many as 80,000 people, one day ahead of a Friday deadline.
Thursday, the legislation was headed to the desk of President Obama for
his signature. Language in the extension passed by the House would fund
the FAA at previous levels through January 2012. There was no additional
funding for Next-Gen hardware and construction included in that version.
The House managed to pass the extension earlier in the week and threats
boiled up in the Senate to hold up the bill. Senator Tom Coburn,
R-Okla., resolved not to pass the bill without a promise about certain
long-term funding for bike paths. More...
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OPPOSE FATIGUE RULES
The Air Transport Association (ATA) has
sent a letter to the White House budget office saying that proposed
fatigue rules will cost billions of dollars and kill tens of thousands
of jobs in the airline industry. ATA says it is basing its estimates on
numbers provided by a consulting agency. The job losses are based on
ATA's assumption that the industry will react to costs associated with
the regulations, which it says are $2 billion annually, by cutting up to
27,000 jobs. ATA says those losses could ripple out to eliminate 400,000
jobs industry-wide. The government doesn't agree with ATA's estimates
and the attack isn't the first from the airline industry. Early this
year, one carrier argued that compliance with the rules would force
airlines to hire people. More...
CUSTOMER REFUSES NEW 747-8F
The launch customer for Boeing's
new 747-8F is refusing to take delivery of the first airplane, prompting
cancellation of a ceremony that was scheduled for Monday. Cargolux
hasn't responded to media inquiries about why it's turning the aircraft
down but Boeing officials said on Saturday there was a contract dispute
between the planemaker and the customer, a large Luxembourg-based cargo
carrier. Cargolux has ordered 13 copies of the new-generation 747. "We
have unresolved issues between ourselves and Cargolux," Boeing
spokesperson Jim Proulx said in a statement. "We are working with our
customer to determine a date for delivery." More...
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|The Top Reporter on Our Crack Staff ... Is You!||back to
SEPTEMBER 19, 2011
Letter of the Week: Cost Is the
Regarding the "Question
of the Week": AOPA has stepped around this before and will likely
continue to do so. Not too long ago, AOPA reached out to members
requesting ideas and suggestions on how to get people interested in
AOPA specifically stated it was interested in hearing
ideas other than lowering the costs associated with flying. What is
wrong with lowering the cost of flying? Lowering the cost will open the
door for many more people to participate. Unless someone can explain how
this is bad, I stand behind it.
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OF THE WEEK: UPSHUR COUNTY REGIONAL AIRPORT (KW22, BUCKHANNON,
This week's AVweb blue ribbon goes to the FBO at
County Regional Airport (W22) in Buckhannon, West
AVweb reader Michael Davidson discovered
Upshur while trying to stay ahead of Hurricane Irene:
[W22] was a large terrain feature away from
the Delmarva Peninsula and listed good support facilities. I reached the
line manager, Mr. Dick Bennett, who was very welcoming [both] then and
when I called CTAF with landing intentions. He guided me to a better
runway choice based on his observation and pilot background. He drove us
to Enterprise Rent-A-Car just down the hill, waived the tie-down fee,
and in general made us feel very welcome. I would recommend this
destination for large numbers of regional coastal evacuees, not only for
goodwill hospitality, but for ample ramp and hangar space, long runways,
physical security measures, and proximity to ground transport and
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Witnessed by me as an FAA controller at Waterloo
(Iowa) in the mid-'80s. The G.A. ramp is next to the terminal ramp, so
these two aircraft were parked in close proximity to each other. Here is
how the exchange went:
ground: Tomahawk 86 Bravo, ready to
"Tomahawk 86 Bravo: Roger, taxi to runway
"TWA 687, ready to
"TWA 687, taxi to runway 30."
controller has the Tomahawk follow the
"Tomahawk 86 Bravo, follow the DC-9 off
your right; taxi to runway 30."
86 Bravo. Roger."
The DC-9 just sat there and sat there.
Finally, the DC-9 started his taxi and apologized to the Tomahawk pilot.
It went like this:
"Sorry about the delay
there, Tomahawk; this our first time in here."
"That's O.K. I'm a student pilot, too."
by complete radio silence ... .]
David Morales More...
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