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|AVflash! Sullenberger & Skiles -- Together
WITH SULLY AND SKILES
US Airways Flight 1549 pilots Capt.
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Skiles will be back in the cockpit together for the first time Nov. 18
but they have some work to do first. The Miracle on the Hudson pilots
will be among the crew members on a fund-raising round-trip flight from
Opa Locka Airport near Miami to Charlotte, NC in the Historical Flight Foundation's DC-7B. Foundation
President Roger Jarman said Sullenberger and Skiles were invited along
as celebrity passengers but they said they wanted to work their way to
what was to have been their final destination in the Airbus Jan. 15,
2009. "They will be down here a week early getting checked out so they
can be part of our live crew going to Charlotte and back," Jarman said
podcast interview. Those who get the 20 or so remaining seats on the
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GALACTIC DEDICATES SPACEPORT
As WhiteKnightTwo, the space
vehicle designed by Scaled Composites, flew overhead on Monday, Sir
Richard Branson celebrated the construction of a new spaceport facility
in New Mexico that will support Virgin Galactic's space-tourism
business. The 110,000-square-foot Gateway to Space building will serve
as a combined operations terminal and hangar, with room to store two
WhiteKnightTwo and five SpaceShipTwo vehicles. The soaring
steel-and-glass building also will be used for astronaut training,
mission control, and facilities for friends and families of space
travelers. A public visitor area also is planned. More...
TO DEVELOP FUEL FROM INDUSTRIAL WASTE
Virgin Atlantic CEO
Richard Branson said last week his company is investing in technology
that will develop low-carbon jet fuels from the waste materials produced
in the steel industry. Virgin Atlantic aircraft will be using the new
fuel within two to three years, Branson said. "With oil running out, it
is important that new fuel solutions are sustainable, and with the steel
industry alone able to deliver over 15 billion gallons of jet fuel
annually, the potential is very exciting," Branson said. "This new
technology is scalable, sustainable and can be commercially produced at
a cost comparable to conventional jet fuel." More...
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CITES FAA FOR CONTROLLER FATIGUE
A tower controller fell
asleep on the overnight shift in March due to fatigue that resulted, at
least in part, from the FAA's scheduling practices, the NTSB concluded
in a report released on Wednesday. Two air carrier
flights landed at Reagan National Airport, in Washington, D.C., after
the controller failed to respond. After the incident, which was widely
reported in the media, the FAA began to schedule a second person on the
mid-shift and expanded time off after each overnight shift to at least
nine hours. "This new report indicates how swiftly the FAA reacted to
correct the problem and NATCA continues to support those improvements,"
NATCA President Paul Rinaldi said in a statement on Wednesday.
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787 CANCELLATIONS IN CHINA
China Eastern Airlines has
abandoned plans to acquire 24 Boeing 787 Dreamliners but will instead
purchase 45 737s, and Boeing expects more changes. The company says it
is expecting to see more cancellations (and more orders) for its newest
jet as it works through mitigation with customers affected by the
aircraft's delayed arrival to market. More than 800 orders for the
airliner have been placed worldwide and Boeing expects to increase
production of the airliner from two per month to ten per month by 2013.
At least one analyst believes the loss of the early China Eastern orders
could actually turn positive for Boeing, even if the manufacturer can
only sell most of those lost order spots. More...
HITS THE MILLION HOURS MARK
The RAF's twin-engine,
variable-sweep wing, low-level attack Tornado has hit a milestone few
other aircraft models may reach -- it has surpassed one million hours
flying in 30 years with the RAF and 7,000 hours of combat operations.
Tuesday one of the 131 Tornados still in service with the RAF was flown
back to a BAE Systems facility at Warton, England, to celebrate the
mark. The facility is the same one where the first Tornado ADV rolled
out 30 years ago. The aircraft's exterior has shown little change over
the years, but its systems have made giant leaps to keep up with
advances in avionics and advancing technologies. RAF pilots still speak
highly of the jet even when compared to modern attack fighters.
100" EVENT CELEBRATES WRIGHT GLIDER FLIGHTS
enthusiasts will celebrate 100 years of sport soaring this weekend at
Kill Devil Hills in North Carolina. The event marks the date of a glider
flight by Orville Wright, on Oct. 24, 1911, that lasted for almost 10
minutes, setting a record that held for almost 10 years. That flight
marked the start of the "sport and science of modern soaring as we know
it today," according to the event organizers. A variety of sailplanes
and hang gliders will fly into Kill Devil Hills between 11 a.m. and 3
p.m. on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. "For pilots, this is equivalent to
landing on hallowed ground," says the event web site. More...
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VS. GPS: A $6 SOLUTION?
LightSquared, the broadband company
that has met with resistance from GPS users due to interference from its
system, said last week technology company Partron America has developed
a filter that costs only $6. This technology, along with several other
prototypes, will undergo extensive testing in the coming weeks,
LightSquared said. "Preliminary testing leaves LightSquared confident
that the debate over our system and interference from GPS signals will
be resolved," the company said in a news release. More...
NEW CEO AT PIPER
Piper Aircraft interim CEO Geoff Berger is
out, the company announced on Monday, and Simon Caldecott has been
appointed the new interim CEO, effective immediately. Berger had
been with the company since July 2010, when he replaced Kevin Gould, who
had been appointed CEO in June 2009, replacing James Bass, CEO since
2005. Piper also said on Monday the Altaire jet program is being
reviewed. "This is being undertaken to ensure the company is properly
aligning business goals and light-jet market forecasts with investment
strategies and economic forecasts," Caldecott said. Monday's news
release said the company will announce the conclusion of this review "as
soon as possible." More...
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INSIDER BLOG: SIR RICHARD GOES A-GREENWASHIN'
upshot of Richard Branson's announcement last week that his Virgin
Atlantic airline will be testing out and maybe using a synthetic jet
fuel made from steel plant effluent. As much as we cheer the idea, we're
less thrilled with his statement that we're running out of oil. In his
latest post to the AVweb Insider blog, Paul Bertorelli stresses
that, to remain credible, opinion leaders should stop saying things like
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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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