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of the experts they talked to believed these concerns were
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AD WARNS OF 757 STABILIZER CONTROL FAILURE
More than 700
Boeing 757s operated by U.S. airlines will need to be inspected for
potential problems that "could lead to loss of control of the horizontal
stabilizer," according to a proposed Airworthiness Directive from the
FAA. The FAA says that it is responding to a report of extensive
corrosion of a mechanism essential to the aircraft's horizontal
stabilizer trim. Failure of the mechanism (a ballscrew) could lead to
loss of control of the airplane like that experienced by Alaska Airlines
Flight 261 on Jan. 31, 2000. In that case, a McDonnell Douglas MD-83
suffered failure of the jackscrew that controlled stabilizer trim. The
aircraft crashed into the Pacific after flipping inverted, killing all
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FLYING, NOT NECESSARILY FIXED
After an extensive
investigation and grounding, the Air Force doesn't know why some F-22
pilots have suffered symptoms similar to oxygen deprivation while flying
the fighter (including one last week) and has returned the full fleet to
service. During the more than four months that the aircraft was grounded
the Air Force failed to find a common thread that linked at least 12
reported incidents in which pilots reported hypoxia-like symptoms while
flying the jet. According to Air Force Chief of Staff General Norton
Schwartz, the oxygen system was not the cause of a fatal crash during a
November 2010 nighttime training mission. Prior reports published by the
Air Force Times have stated that tests performed on Raptor pilots have
in the pilots' blood. And reports previously published by the Air
Force Times, and an Air Force accident report, suggest that not everyone
is convinced the jet's oxygen system is trouble-free. More...
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ASKED TO REVIEW COLGAN INVESTIGATION
Sen. Charles Schumer of
New York on Tuesday asked the Senate's aviation subcommittee to schedule
a hearing in response to last week's release
of email exchanges relevant to the 2009 Colgan Air crash. "The fact
that [these emails] were not shared with [NTSB] investigators compels us
to take a closer look at how we investigate crashes to make sure NTSB
has the best information possible when making critical safety
recommendations," Schumer said. The emails, which were revealed by
lawyers researching the case, show that airline staffers had expressed
concern about the qualifications of the captain of Flight 3407 during
his training. The airline's parent company, Pinnacle Airlines, said the
captain was properly trained and certified.
WGRZ, a news station in Buffalo, N.Y., said Pinnacle
sent them a statement saying it had provided over 400,000 pages of
documents to the plaintiffs, including the emails in question, three
months ago. "The plaintiffs asked Colgan to reconsider the confidential
designation and we have voluntarily agreed to do so because we remain
confident in our full compliance with FAA regulations governing our
training processes, then and now," the airline said. The NTSB completed
its 285-page report
on the crash in March 2010, but the emails in question apparently were
not among the documents examined by the board. "[Marvin] Renslow had a
problem upgrading," stated a supervisor in one email. Another adds,
"Anyone that does not meet the mins and had problems in training is not
ready to handle the Q." Fifty people died in the crash of the Q400 in
Buffalo, N.Y. More...
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SUPER TUCANO NOW FAA-CERTIFIED
The Super Tucano turboprop,
designed for light attack missions and military training, has been
certified by the FAA, Embraer announced on Wednesday. The company said
it will now plan a demo tour to U.S. military bases in an effort to win
contracts for the aircraft. More than 150 of the airplanes are flying,
and five countries use them in their armed forces. The U.S. military has
lobbied Congress to send some of the Tucanos to Afghanistan,
but so far funding has not been forthcoming. More...
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FLICKS: RED TAILS, FLIGHT FOR SURVIVAL
A major Hollywood
movie about the Tuskegee Airmen is due in theaters soon, and meanwhile,
a small documentary company has released a film about flying paragliders
with wild birds in the Himalayas. Red Tails started production
with LucasFilms in 2009 and will open in theaters on Jan. 20. "I've
wanted to do this film for a great many years," said George Lucas,
executive producer. "The Tuskegee Airmen were such superb pilots
It is an honor to bring to the screen a story inspired by their
heroics." The film stars Cuba Gooding Jr.; trailers are online now. Meanwhile, Flight for
Survival documents a different world -- the remote Himalayan region
where today a small group of paragliders work to preserve endangered
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SAYS FAA FUNDING DEAL POSSIBLE
A leading lawmaker says he
thinks long-term reauthorization of the FAA is possible before the
current interim funding package expires Jan. 31. Rep. John Mica, R-FLa.,
the chairman of the House Transportation Committee, says he thinks a
four-year deal is possible by the end of the year. But even though the
FAA has been without a proper reauthorization package since 2007,
Washington observers are terming Mica's plan "optimistic" because of the
politics involved. Mica himself hinted at turning down the temperature
on the dispute over subsidizing air service to isolated communities, an
issue at least partly to blame for the impasse that caused a partial
shutdown of the agency in July. More...
BREAK-EVEN PEGGED AT 1100
Boeing will lift the curtain a
little today on the financial aspects of its 787 program, but that
didn't stop pundits from predicting what it will take to make the
world's most expensive civilian aircraft development program make money.
Rather than make its own prediction, Bloomberg tallied up the crystal
balling of 18 analysts, averaged them and came up with Boeing's making
its first buck on Dreamliner No. 1101. The magic number was undoubtedly
much lower than that when Boeing embarked on the 787 program but a
series of problems compounded to create a three-year launch delay. The
first Dreamliner was delivered to ANA last month and was due to enter
service today. The company has about 800 firm orders for the mostly
plastic jet and based on previous programs should therefore have no
trouble hitting the black. More...
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AA JACKSON HOLE OVERRUN TRANSCRIPT RELEASED
appeared to show that the thrust reversers of American Airlines Flight
2253 were slow to deploy before the 757-200 slid off the runway at
Jackson Hole Wyoming last December -- now we know the crew thought so,
too. The NTSB Friday released a transcript of the flight's cockpit voice
recorder. The airliner had touched down safely under a 1,000 foot
overcast with a broken layer at 400 and 3/4 mile visibility in light
snow. At the moment the wheels touched, the flight's captain said "very
good." Twenty-seven seconds later, the first officer (who had flown the
landing) expressed his opinion of how events had developed since then by
stating, "we're screwed." He then told the tower why: "and American ah
twenty two fifty three is goin' off the end of the runway."
OF THE WEEK: KISSIMMEE JET CENTER (KISM, FLORIDA)
AVweb's latest "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to
a location that's had the honor in the past Kissimmee Jet Center at Kissimmee Gateway
Airport (KISM) in Florida.
AVweb reader John Wilson
explains why KJC is his destination of choice:
Small and friendly with service and prices
that can't be beat, Kissimmee Jet Center is our spot when in the Orlando
area! We call ahead, our rental car is sitting at a pre-assigned tiedown
spot, [and] a staff member is right there to get us on our way. ...
[When we return, it's] to a plane fueled with the lowest-cost gas
around. How much better can you get?
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next Monday! More...
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