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LAWSUIT FILED IN RENO CRASH
A $25 million lawsuit filed last
week in Texas is the first in what is expected to be many following the
Sept. 16 crash of a race plane at the National Championship Air Races in
Reno. The crash of Jimmy Leeward's highly modified P-51 adjacent to a
seating area killed 11 people, including Leeward, and injured more than
70. Among the dead was Craig Salerno, of Friendswood, Texas. The Associated Press reported Tony Buzbee, the
lawyer for his family, cited the mods to the Galloping Ghost in his
identification of "two groups of wrongdoers" the suit alleges are
responsible for Salerno's death: "Those who pushed the limits of physics
on the plane, being risk takers and reckless without regard for the
people who might be watching them, and those who promoted and profited
from hosting the show." Although there has been no indication so far
that the crash will threaten the future of the Air Races, a crash the
following day at a West Virginia air show may be a factor in its
cancellation next year. More...
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AIRWAYS, UNIONS BRING JOBS BACK TO U.S.
As part of a union
deal, US Airways is now hiring 400 customer service agent workers total
in Phoenix, Reno, and Winston-Salem to replace positions formerly held
in the Philippines. The deal came about as part of negotiations between
unions brought together under the 2005 US Airways and America West
Airlines merger. US Airways handles roughly 18 million customer service
calls each year, and the airline's new hires will bring its U.S.-based
customer service workforce to about 1,900. Hiring has already started.
DEAL RAISES HACKLES IN SOUTH AFRICA
An opposition member of
the South African parliament is calling on the government to cancel the
proposed purchase of two more long-range business jets, calling it an
"outrageous extravagance" considering the plight of many people in the
country. David Maynier, who is the "shadow" minister of defense is also
asking for an investigation into the purchase and the general state of
affairs in the South African Air Force's VIP Transport Squadron.
Although it's common for governments to maintain a fleet of aircraft for
use by government officials, Maynier is tweaked that both President
Jacob Zuma and Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe will have virtually
exclusive use of each of the aircraft. Negotiations are already under
way with Airbus and Boeing to see who gets the contract. South Africa
already has a Boeing Business Jet for VIP flights. "The fact is that it
is simply wrong to spend (1.6 billion South African Rand) on business
jets when millions of people in our country do not have housing, health
or access to basic services," Maynier said. "And these are no ordinary
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TRAINING SNAGS HIT ANA
Although Boeing has started deliveries
of its three-years-late 787 Dreamliner, launch customer ANA is grousing
about another costly hiccup in the timeline. Boeing touted the ease of
transition to the 787 as a selling point saying 777 pilots could make
the switch in about a week. ANA says it's spending five weeks to train
Dreamliner pilots and it's not finished reworking the curriculum set
forth by the manufacturer. "We added what we thought was necessary,"
Capt. Hideaki Hayakawa told the Wall Street Journal. "We will be adjusting the
content of the training, rather than its duration." It's up to airlines
and the regulators of the country in which the aircraft are registered
to determine the training required and the Japanese are notoriously
conservative but Airbus apparently wasted little time capitalizing on
the training issue. More...
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The Sheriff's Office of Montgomery
County, Texas, has a drone thanks to a $300,000 grant from the
Department of Homeland Security -- it's built to carry weapons, though
the Sheriff says he won't be using it that way. But that potential use
isn't the only one riling locals. The 50-pound ShadowHawk unmanned
vehicle is about the size of (and closely resembles) a large
remote-control helicopter. It costs about $40 per hour to operate
compared to $500 per hour for the manned alternative. According to the
FAA, the county has received a limited Certificate Of Authorization to
fly over unpopulated areas at altitudes no more than 400 feet. A report
from the Government Accountability Office noted that 65 percent of drone
crashes were due to mechanical failure. And practical use of the
vehicle's potential future deployments raises concerns about shared
airspace and midairs. Texas civil libertarians have also voiced concerns
about invasion of privacy and others are concerned about the drone's
potential to be armed and use force. The Sheriff says he has other
MAX ENGINE CONFIGURATION SET
Boeing will add about eight
inches to the nose gear of the existing Boeing 737 to squeeze 68-inch
diameter fans into the nacelles of the MAX variant announced in August.
The engines, LEAP-1Bs from CFM in France, will offer comparable fuel
savings and noise reduction to Airbus's re-engined A320neo but the
relatively low slung 737 was not originally designed for the huge fans
that such efficient engines require. The lack of room had Boeing
considering a clean-sheet replacement for the 737 because reworking the
main gear would have been a major job on the existing aircraft but the
nose-gear tweak seems to have done the trick. Meanwhile, the redesigned
737 seems to have found favor with Boeing customers. More...
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CLOSER TO FLYING CAR FUNCTIONALITY? (WITH VIDEO)
A team of three men
operating from Germany has designed, built and announced the successful
flight test of a manned electric 16-rotor multicopter. The aircraft,
which looks like (and may actually be) little more than four large
remote-controlled multicopters rigged together with an aluminum frame,
flew for 1 minute and 30 seconds. The rotors have independent power
supplies and motor controllers, and are vastly more simple than
conventional helicopters in their operation and maintenance. They've
also proven to be highly agile, maneuverable and stable in smaller-scale
remote-control operations. In large-scale flight, the proof of concept
machine is controlled by a remote controller handset held by the pilot.
The first flight was piloted by team member Thomas Senkel, who sat at
the center of the rig in a seat mounted above what appears to be a
silver inflated exercise-ball landing cushion. Current flight endurance,
technical details, and plans for the future and video, after the jump.
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WHOSE LOSS IS IT?
There has been some controversy over Sun 'n
Fun's request that owners of aircraft damaged in the March 31 tornado
submit claims for recovery and environmental clean-up to their own
insurance carriers. AVweb's Russ Niles spoke with Avemco
president Jim Lauerman about how the insurance protocols normally
work in circumstances like this.
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OF THE WEEK: MILLION AIR FBO (BOB HOPE AIRPORT, BURBANK,
On the electronic nomination
form for "FBO of the Week," we often hear about operators who made
visitors in small planes feel as important and some VIP or another
but this week's story takes the prize. AVweb reader
Bruce Riter explains how the Million
Air location at Bob Hope Airport (KBUR) in Burbank, California
rolled out the red carpet for him when they clearly had other visitors
to attend to as well:
arrived at Million Air Burbank in our Cessna single just before a
Presidential visit. We received the same VIP treatment as the celebrity
visitors with their private jets and the Marine Corps One flight crew
and security staff. The line crew brought our rental car to the aircraft
and loaded baggage on arrival and departure. On departure day, the plane
was ready to go within minutes after the ramp security was lifted.
Thanks to all at Million Air Burbank for an unforgettable
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the country and another one, submitted by you, will be spotlighted here
next Monday! More...
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AMERICAN CHAMPION FACTORY TOUR
an age when composite airplanes rule, the rag-and-tube taildragger still
has a place in the market. In Rochester, Wisconsin, American Champion
Aircraft still builds the airplanes the way they always have, but with a
number of modern improvements. In this video, ACA owner Jerry Mehlhaff
gives us a factory tour and tells us about some of ACA's models.
the Aeronca Champion first appeared, it had 65 horsepower and was just
fast enough to get out of its own way. Into what is a very similar
airframe, American Champion has stuffed a 210hp Lycoming IO-390 to
produce ACA's latest model, the Denali Scout. AVweb's Paul
Bertorelli recently took a test flight in it, and here's his video
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I was flying a particularly noisy pusher seaplane
back to KPIE one day. These things have the engine right over your head
and between the straight-through exhaust and prop swinging by the
fuselage. They are super noisy.
On my first radio call to the
tower, they came back with:
"Transmission unreadable. Just a loud
I keyed up again, using my loud voice:
"Just a second.
Let me shut off the engine."
The tower replied:
It was then obvious to me that my intention to go to idle
power had been misinterpreted ... .
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