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CLIP REPAIR SPARKS CHARGES
Anyone who had maintenance or
repairs done by WECO Aerospace Systems in Lincoln, CA before it merged
with Gulfstream Aerospace in 2007 might want to comb their logs for
these guys, all from California: Jerry Edward Kuwata, 60, of Granite
Bay; Michael Dennis Maupin, 58, of Arbuckle; Scott Hamilton Durham, 39,
of Roseville; Christopher Warren MacQueen, 53, of Lincoln; Douglas
Arthur Johnson, 52, of Granite Bay; and Anthony Vincent Zito, 47, of
Saugus, and check their airplanes for paper clips. A Sacramento federal
grand jury has approved 36 charges against the men for using unapproved
parts in aircraft repairs. In at least one case, a paper clip did the
job, the indictments allege. The repairs apparently did the trick, at
least temporarily, because there were no incidents reported that were
directly related to the work but the long list of alleged corner cutting
and fraud has raised the dander of prosecutors. It should be noted that
there have been no reported problems since Gulfstream took over.
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BUST AT BOEING PLANT
A Thursday morning raid at Boeing's
helicopter plant outside of Philadelphia resulted in the arrest of 37
current and former Boeing employees who authorities allege were
associated with the purchase and sale of prescription drugs. The plant
at Ridley Park produces the CH-47 Chinook and the V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor
aircraft. It employs roughly 6,000 workers. The majority of those
arrested reportedly worked in production at the facility. According to
Boeing, the arrests were facilitated by its own internal investigation
that began in 2006 after other employees reported suspicious activity to
the company's internal ethics hotline. The company alerted federal law
enforcement and a four-year DEA investigation followed. During that time
production at the plant continued, with care, according to Boeing.
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COMPLACENCY CITED IN ACCIDENT
A pilot's sole reliance on what
proved to be unreliable GPS information during an approach in IMC is
being blamed for the crash of Piper Cheyenne that killed six people in
Australia in 2004. A coroner has ruled that the pilot didn't check the
GPS information against other navigation instruments as the Cheyenne
went off course and hit a ridge near Benalla. "It is reasonable to infer
that he believed that operations were normal and that in 'scanning' the
array of instruments before him he focused on information from the GPS
unit," Coroner Paresa Spanos said. "Taking all evidence before me into
account, I find that the accident which took the lives of all six
deceased was caused by navigation with the GPS in dead reckoning mode."
The coroner also found that an air traffic controller failed to warn the
pilot that he was deviating from his filed course. More...
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HITS FERRIS WHEEL; NO INJURIES (UPDATED)
Australian pilot has answered the obvious question. Paul Cox told
rescuers he didn't see the Ferris wheel. "The next thing I knew, I was
stopped inside the Ferris wheel," he said. "I had no idea for a few
minutes and I was just hoping no one got hurt." There are likely to be
some more probing inquiries from Australian authorities in coming days,
chief among them why a Ferris wheel was allowed off the end of the grass
strip at Old Bar, perhaps within about 50 yards of the threshold.
Initial reports focused on the collision and the safe rescue of the
plane's occupants and the five kids on the ferris wheel, none of whom
were hurt, but an AVweb reader has provided a different perspective on
what might have happened. "The Ferris wheel was about 50 yards from the
southern threshold of the runway," Jens Meinecke told AVweb. "The guy
was doing a missed approach from the north and with the nose high on
climb out did not see the wheel." More...
NEARLY LOSES ENGINES ON HARD LANDING
On Sept. 26, a McDonnell
Douglas DC-9-51 operated by Aeropostal landed at Puerto Ordaz,
Venezuela, with enough force to crack both engine pylons at the
airframe, leaving them dangling at the rear fuselage sides. None of the
five crew and 125 passengers were seriously injured and all were
evacuated onto the runway after the aircraft was stopped. The jet,
registered YV136T, is more than 35 years old. The flight, VH 342,
according to the Aviation Safety Network, had operated from Caracas and
landed at Puerto Ordaz in a manner that has been described as "very
hard." This is one you really have to see to believe. We expect
your letters, either way. Pictures (and very brief passenger account)
after the jump. More...
BOARD: SWITCH MISTAKE NEARLY FLIPS ANA 737
On Sept. 6, an ANA
737-700 with 117 aboard rolled through 130 degrees of bank and lost more
than 6,000 feet of altitude partly due to poorly placed switches,
according to Japan's Transport Safety Board's (JTSB's) preliminary
report. No serious injuries were reported. Flight NH140 was cruising at
41,000 feet out of Okinawa for Tokyo when the captain left the cockpit.
Upon his return, the co-pilot reached for what he thought was the
control that unlocks the cockpit door and moved it to the left. The
preliminary report states that the pilot instead grabbed and moved to
the left the rudder trim control, which on the incident aircraft shares
a similar position at the rear of the control pedestal. The four-year
old jet then reacted to that control input as it should.
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OCTOBER 3, 2011
Thanks to all those who elaborated on the
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responses. Here's a sampling, starting with two letters that make the
point and counterpoint.
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Jeppesen prints half the approach
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billion. But they've also changed the way they print many of them. Any
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OF THE WEEK: GLACIER JET CENTER (KPGI, KALISPELL,
It's been a busy week for FBO nominations on
AVweb.com -- but when all was said and done, we had to give this
week's blue ribbon to Glacier Jet Center at Glacier Park
International Airport (KPGI) in Kalispell, Montana.
reader Mark Fryburg had high praise for the staff and facilities
Best FBO service
I've ever received in my 29 yeas of light aircraft flying. From my first
e-mail to book a tie-down and rental car through ramp service and
tourism advice, they constantly offered to help and promptly delivered
on their promises. A three-man ramp crew greeted us to park, fuel, and
unload our Debonair then load luggage in the car. The front desk staff
was equally helpful. Everything was delivered on time and as promised.
Everyone was courteous and friendly. And my non-pilot wife felt
Keep those nominations
coming. For complete contest rules, click
AVweb is actively seeking out the best FBOs in
the country and another one, submitted by you, will be spotlighted here
next Monday! More...
While flying southbound IFR in good VMC
conditions to Sun 'n Fun two years ago, we overheard the following
Cessna 1234 (sounding like a student
"Approach, request flight
"Cessna 1234, what is your
location -- altitude and destination?"
just departed Salisbury. 1,500 feet."
is your destination?"
unintelligible words mumbled, with no definitive
(laughter in his voice) :
"Would you like me to select
"Where do you
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