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MISTAKE MIGHT HAVE LED TO CRASH
Russian media is reporting
that investigators believe the crash of a Yak-42 that killed all members
of an elite Russian hockey team last month may have been caused in part
because the brakes were on during the takeoff run. As we reported
at the time, the chartered trijet aircraft crashed in the Volga
River moments after takeoff from Yaroslavl's Tunosha Airport in clear
weather. Russian investigators have since been running simulations and
they point to the braking issue as the first stage of the accident
BOARD OBJECTS TO PUBLICATION OF COCKPIT CONVERSATIONS
French aviation accident investigation board, the BEA, on Thursday
condemned an author's disclosure of cockpit conversations among the
pilots who died in the Rio-to-Paris Airbus flight that crashed in the
Atlantic Ocean in June 2009. A book by Jean-Pierre Otelli, Erreurs de
pilotage, Tome 5 (Pilot Errors, Volume 5), includes literal
transcriptions from the cockpit voice recorder that had not been
published in the official reports, which included only excerpts. "This
transcription mentions personal conversations between the crew members
that have no bearing on the event, which shows a lack of respect for the
memory of the late crew members," the BEA said in a statement (PDF). According to Bloomberg News, Otelli's book reveals "confusion, a
lack of coordination, and denial among the flight crew as the jet
plunged through the night sky toward the ocean surface."
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FLIGHT CHALLENGE FINAL RESULTS
The CAFE Foundation on
Thursday released the final results from its NASA Green Flight
Challenge, held two weeks ago in California. The figures show a
"profound difference" in energy use between the two electric-powered
winners and the runners-up, which were powered by gasoline and hybrid
engines, according to Dean Sigler, posting at the CAFE blog. Those
differences are "surprising," Sigler said, since all the competitors
were "extremely clean" motorgliders, with lift-to-drag ratios between
25-to-1 and 35-to-1. Possible explanations for the differences could be
the low cooling drag for electric aircraft and the overall efficiency of
the electric motors, Sigler said. Detailed statistics for the four
competing aircraft, including fuel consumption, time, and distance, are
now posted on the CAFE blog. More...
ATTACK AIRCRAFT TEST REJECTED
Embraer and Hawker Beechcraft
have another adversary in their competition to supply a light attack
version of their training aircraft to the U.S. military. Both the House
and Senate Armed Services Committees have rejected a $17 million
proposal to deploy four turboprop aircraft outfitted with
precision-guided munitions to Afghanistan to see how they worked in a
close support role for ground troops. Embraer was offering its
militarized Super Tucano trainer and Hawker Beech has an attack version
of its Texan II trainer it was hoping to supply for the experiment.
Despite high-level support from both the Navy and Air Force, lawmakers
apparently aren't interested, according to NavyTimes.com. More...
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CRASHES AT AIRSHOW IN CHINA, ONE KILLED
One pilot ejected,
but another crewmember of the JH-7 "Flying Leopard" jet performing in an
airshow in China was killed on Friday when the aircraft nosedived into
the ground and burned. The jet, operated by China's air force, was
performing near the northern city of Xi'an. The pilot who ejected landed
safely, suffering only minor injuries. The crash is under investigation
and so far no cause is clear. The accident was caught on video, showing
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FINDS FAA AIRPORT OVERSIGHT NEEDS WORK
The FAA needs to do
more to ensure safety on the surface at airports around the country,
according to a report issued this week by the Government
Accountability Office. The agency should develop and implement plans to
track and assess runway excursions and extend its oversight to ramp
safety, the GAO said. Also, the report noted that the number of reported
errors by air traffic controllers has nearly doubled from 2008 to 2011.
While much of that increase may be attributed to changes in reporting
procedures, the GAO said, the trends may also indicate an increase in
the "actual occurrence of incidents." NATCA President Paul Rinaldi on
Thursday issued a statement noting that, "The most important piece of
the GAO study is this: the 'FAA has taken several steps to further
improve safety at and around airports.' ... We take this report very
seriously, and we are working every day to ensure Americans' safety in
the skies." More...
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The Jeppesen company has joined
the Aviation Green Alliance as a founding member, the Lindbergh
Foundation announced this week. The foundation launched the
Alliance earlier this year to support industry efforts to address
emissions, noise, efficiency and other environmental concerns in the
aviation industry. Jeppesen CEO Mark Van Tine said the group "offers an
opportunity for aviation-related companies and individuals to share best
practices and establish innovative programs to help guide environmental
stewardship." Other members of the group include Hawker Beechcraft,
Cessna and Bombardier. More...
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TAPE AIRPLANE ON MYTHBUSTERS
Can an airplane covered with
duct tape actually fly? That question seems to have already been
answered in 2009 by an Alaska pilot who fixed significant bear damage to
the fuselage and tail of his Super Cub with the fabled repair-all and
reportedly flew it away, presumably toward a more permanent solution.
The tale and the accompanying
photos made the rounds on the Internet and caught the eye of someone
at the Discovery Channel's popular Mythbusters television program, They
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THE CHINA SYNDROME
The Chinese influence was front and center
at NBAA in Las Vegas last week, and it had people talking.
AVweb's Russ Niles spoke with the Teal Group's Richard
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OF THE WEEK: BRANSON JETCENTER (KBBG, HOLLISTER,
AVweb reader Robert Inman discovered our
latest "FBO of the Week" Branson
JetCenter at Branson Airport (KBBG) in Hollister, Missouri.
service here was very courteous and professional. [My] aircraft was
fueled promptly, a rental car was waiting on ramp, and all the paperwork
[was] filled out and ready to go. When weather prohibited our planned
departure, the people at Branson JetCenter went far beyond expectations
in providing comfort to my wife and me, providing a courtesy car for
lunch transportation and finally a rental car and hotel accommodations.
The next morning, the aircraft was in front of the building at 0700,
ready for our departure. These folks know the meaning of
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|The Top Reporter on Our Crack Staff ... Is You!||back to
I had been holding at Colts Neck VOR in the New York
ATC system for about an hour which was not uncommon in the late
'60s with others arriving in early evening from the South and the
One of the co-pilots in the holding pattern asked us to
monitor a discreet frequency, on which he asked all the aircraft their
position and speed in the hold, then asked if they could increase or
decrease their speeds slightly. Eventually, he got all the aircraft
turning over the VOR, to start a new outbound leg, at the same
We heard the controller shout, "Hey! Where are all my
aeroplanes? I've just got one great big blob!"
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