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PLANE HIT NOSE-FIRST, WEATHER NOT A FACTOR
ruled out weather as a factor in the crash that killed two Oklahoma
State University basketball coaches and determined that the Cherokee 180
involved hit the ground nose-first. The crash killed OSU Cowgirls coach
Kurt Budke and assistant coach Miranda Serna. The pilot and aircraft
owner, former state senator Olin Branstetter, and his wife Paula were
also killed. The aircraft crashed about 4:30 p.m. in mountainous terrain
45 miles northwest of Little Rock, Ark. NTSB investigator Jason Aguilera
told The Oklahoman the nose-down attitude leads to
inescapable speculation on the flight's final moments. "That's pretty
significant," he said. "That makes us feel as though there's a good
chance there was a loss of control prior to impact." And while there's
no initial indication that the size and type of aircraft had any bearing
on the crash, size is apparently all that matters for OSU and other
schools now assessing the transportation policies for staff and
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NO CASE FOR ADS-B MANDATE
A committee chartered by the FAA
has determined that the FAA has yet to make a business case for mandated
near-term ADS-B equipage and recommends the FAA not pursue such a
mandate at this time. The Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast
(ADS-B) In Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) was formed in June 2010.
Its mission is, in part, to "provide recommendations that clearly define
how the community should proceed with ADS-B In while ensuring
compatibility with ADS-B Out." ARC has concluded that "many of the
ADSB In applications show significant promise, but additional
development and analysis are necessary before aircraft operators can
justify investment or implementation decisions." As per its charter, the
committee did offer ideas to change that. More...
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LANDS BIGGEST DEAL, EVER
Lion Air, a private Jakarta-based
airline, has signed a commitment to order 230 Boeing aircraft with a
street value of $21.7 billion -- Boeing's latest clean-sheet design, the
787, is not represented in the order. The order consists of 201 737 MAX
single-aisle airliners (aircraft that are expected to first enter
service in 2017) and 29 extended range 737-900ER jets, plus options for
150 more aircraft. Even without the options, those figures make this the
largest deal Boeing has ever negotiated with a carrier by number of
aircraft and dollar amount. The deal coincides with a visit to Indonesia
by President Obama ... and one potentially relevant lawsuit brought
Wednesday by the Airline Transport Association. More...
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CHARGES LINGER FOR COLUMNIST
A New York Times columnist says
he'll continue fighting a court ruling stemming from his coverage of a
2006 plane crash in Brazil even though the proceedings might seem
ludicrous in the U.S. Joe Sharkey was onboard the Legacy 600 business
jet that collided with a GOL Boeing 737, causing the airliner to crash
and killing all 154 people aboard. Pilots of the damaged Legacy were
able to land safely and all seven people aboard were uninjured. The
pilots, Joe Lepore and Jan Paladino, were subsequently convicted of
negligence and sentenced to four years of house arrest in absentia. Last
week a Brazilian appeals court overturned a lower court's dismissal of
defamation charges brought against Sharkey by the widow of one of the
GOL passengers. The suit was based on a peculiarity of Brazilian
jurisprudence that allows individuals to file suit if the country itself
is dishonored by the publication of material deemed defamatory. In a podcast
interview with AVweb, Sharkey says the case is difficult to
grasp in the U.S. and other countries in which freedom of speech and the
press are taken for granted, but it's become an ongoing drain on his
time and money as he fights to clear his name, even if it is in Brazil.
"The First Amendment means something to me," Sharkey, a longtime beat
reporter and columnist, said. More...
LEGACY COLLISION LEGAL NIGHTMARE CONTINUES
A Brazil appeals
court has overturned a lower court ruling that cleared New York Time
columnist Joe Sharkey in a strange lawsuit resulting from his
coverage of the tragedy. In an interview with AVweb's Russ Niles,
Sharkey says he'll keep fighting, even if it means more late-night
visits from Brazilian-paid process servers. More...
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LANDS MUSTANG AFTER ANEURYSM
Danie Minnie was flying a Cessna
Citation Mustang on Nov. 12, out of Bloemfontein for Johannesburg, South
Africa, when he suffered an aneurysm -- he landed the plane safely but
did not survive the larger event. Minnie, 43, suffered symptoms that
included vomiting and paralysis that affected his left side. He
contacted controllers who found him sounding confused. The pilot elected
to return to his less populated point of departure. Minnie's brother,
also a pilot, and his wife were at the airport to meet him when he
landed. A local news station reported that Minnie "managed a perfect
landing." Paramedics then took more than 40 minutes to remove Minnie
from the aircraft as his condition worsened. More...
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TROUBLES UPSET PASSENGERS
After enduring a
nine-hour ground delay, one might think the last thing passengers would
want is to stay on the aircraft after it arrived at its destination.
That was the situation facing Hong Kong Airlines staff last week when
more than 50 passengers refused to get off the flight when it finally
arrived in Hong Kong from Singapore. The passengers staged the sit-in to
protest what they considered inadequate compensation for the original
delay, which was caused by a mechanical fault on the aircraft. They left
the plane after 90 minutes and continued the protest inside the airport
until the airline agreed to pay them about $150 instead of the $50
originally offered. Almost exactly the opposite occurred in Vienna last
week when passengers had to dig into their wallets to continue their
flight to England More...
TOILET INCIDENT SPARKS TERROR CONCERNS (AUDIO)
The Nov. 16
flight of Indianapolis-based Chautauqua Airlines operated as Delta
Flight 6132, an ERJ-145 out of Asheville for LaGuardia, took a turn for
the unusual when the captain stepped out of the cockpit and failed to
return as expected. The flight was carrying 14 passengers and was
progressing normally until, about 30 minutes from a holding pattern for
LaGuardia, the captain left the cockpit to use the lavatory and got
stuck there. Unable to force the door open, the captain pounded until he
acquired the attention of a passenger. The captain endowed that
passenger with his confidence and a message for the copilot. However,
when the copilot received the message, recordings archived at
LiveATC.net clearly show the copilot did not apply the same confidence
to the messenger. "Someone with a thick foreign accent is giving me a
password to access the cockpit," the copilot tells controllers, "and I'm
not about to let him in." Click through for details and to listen to the
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Letter of the Week: Online Chart
With budget deficits in the trillions, no one can deny that
our government has a problem with spending. So the ruckus
in the aviation community because the government wants to cover its
costs in producing and distributing aeronautical data seems to me a
symptom of what got us here.
Everyone is for cutting the cost of
government, so long as it doesn't affect their benefits. At the end of
the day, that attitude will not solve our budget problems. It is hard to
argue that we in aviation don't benefit greatly from the government.
From the millions spent on infrastructure at the 5,000 GA airports, to
data, weather, FSS, ATC, the list goes on.
While we do pay for
some of that with the tax on avgas, I am confident that it doesn't come
close to covering the total benefit we receive. To solve the budget
crisis, funding changes will have to be made. Rather than fight every
proposal for change like it is the end of the world, I would encourage
the flying community, and AOPA, EAA and NBAA specifically to proactively
evaluate and choose which changes are most palatable and affect the
least number of users.
They should offer those up, while fighting
to save those that have the most negative impact to flying. I will
gladly pay another $75 per year to have IFR data if it means I can avoid
user fees on every IFR flight. AOPA and EAA need to show leadership in
helping to solve this problem rather than blindly objecting to every
proposal. Change is coming, we can either embrace it and try to manage
it, or we can be run over by it.
through to read the rest of this week's letters.
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OF THE WEEK: GALAXY AVIATION (ST. AUGUSTINE AIRPORT,
AVweb's "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Galaxy
Aviation at St. Augustine Airport (KSGJ) in St. Augustine,
AVweb reader Joe Jenkina recommended the
When my wife and I flew
in in our 182, we were greeted as if we were flying a jet. Kathy, Juan,
and all the staff made sure our car was out on the ramp with the A/C on.
Everyone we encountered from the Galaxy staff was courteous, and I
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JEPPESEN'S MOBILE FLITEDECK (PART 1)
summer, Jeppesen rolled out its iPad-based Mobile FliteDeck, a complete
chart manager system for owners who already subscribe to Jeppesen's
electronic charting products. In this video, AVweb launches the
first of three Product Minutes to review the new app. More...
JEPPESEN'S MOBILE FLITEDECK (PART 2)
Jeppesen's new Mobile FliteDeck is a route-based app
that compiles approach plates and procedures from Jeppesen's charting
materials. In this video, part two of three, Paul Bertorelli takes a
look at how its route functions work. More...
Sad but true. I was en route to Winchester, north
of the DC area, when I heard a pilot in a Piper making this
"I am low on fuel and need to go
"Sir, I cannot give you
direct Martinsburg. That route would take you through
"But I am low on fuel and need direct
"Sir, if you are concerned about
fuel I can give you vectors to
"If you give me direct
Martinsburg, I won't need to stop for
"Sir, If you went direct Martinsburg
from your position, it would put you right in the middle of P40 and fuel
would be the least of your worries."
June Smith More...
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