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ACCIDENT NUMBERS SHOW IMPROVEMENT
General aviation accidents
and fatalities both declined in 2010 for the fourth year in a row, AOPA said last week. Based on data from the National
Transportation Safety Board, the total of 1,435 GA accidents was the
lowest in 20 years. Fatalities for the year totaled 450, down from 478
in 2009. AOPA's Air Safety Institute is analyzing the data for its
annual report. "Complacency remains the enemy of safety," said Bruce
Landsberg, president of the AOPA Foundation. "Most accidents result from
causes that have plagued aviation for years. That story, unfortunately,
is little changed." More...
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DIE IN MEDICAL HELICOPTER CRASH
A Bell 206 helicopter on a
flight to retrieve a heart for a transplant patient crashed in the woods
early Monday morning in Jacksonville, Fla., killing the pilot and the
two medical workers on board. The crash ignited a fire that burned about
10 acres of forest. The NTSB said there was no distress call from the
pilot or any other warning prior to the crash. "It looked like a normal
flight," said NTSB investigator Jose Obregon. About 90 percent of the
aircraft was destroyed in the fire, Obregon said, which will make it
difficult for investigators to determine a cause. The pilot, E. Hoke
Smith, 68, was president and founder of SK Jets, of St. Augustine, a
charter service operating seven jets and two helicopters.
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INTENSIFY OVER FAA FATIGUE RULES
The union representing
pilots who fly for UPS already has filed
suit over new FAA fatigue rules that exempt cargo airlines, and now
FedEx pilots also have expressed outrage over the rules' "casual
dismissal of cargo pilots and their families." The rule "completely
ignores the safety of cargo pilots and instead lets operators choose to
ignore the safety improvements that will benefit pilots carrying
passengers," said a statement from the FedEx Master Executive Council,
which is part of the Air Line Pilots Association. ALPA welcomed the new
rules last week but said it is "disappointed that cargo operations are
being held to a lesser standard." According to the Wall Street Journal, ALPA officials now say they
will fight against the regulations. Meanwhile, 2011 is shaping up to be
the safest year ever for airline travel. More...
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|Batteries and Airlines: Due Diligence or
LOBBY FOR LITHIUM BATTERIES ON AIRCRAFT
Battery Association (PRBA) Wednesday took aim at a recent FA study about
the risks posed to aircraft by lithium batteries, calling it
"scare-mongering" and distracting from important safety issues. The
FAA's Freighter Airplane Cargo Fire Risk Model (PDF)
assessed the likely number of U.S.-registered fire accidents through
2020. The answer, according to the study, is about one every other year.
The FAA's findings assumed batteries contributed to two key incidents it
used to develop its risk model. According to the PRBA, "no facts are
presented that indicate any involvement of batteries in the incidents."
When the batteries do burn, there is little doubt about their
destructive potential. More...
CROONERS SOOTH HOLIDAY CROWDS
While it might be hard for
travelers to sing the praises of the U.S.'s airport security apparatus,
that doesn't stop the TSA employees at LAX from belting it out for their
customers in what has become a holiday tradition at one of the country's
busiest airports. Uniformed, but smiling, dozens of the people who take
your shampoo away and reach for places only your doctor usually examines
charmed the holiday crowd with a pretty creditable rendition of a modern
classic. Click here to view the video on the L.A. Times site.
A PAINT SCHEME, WIN $1200
If the Pipistrel Panthera delivers on its performance numbers it
could set a new standard of performance for four-place piston travel,
but it could more certainly deliver 1,000 EUR to whoever submits a
winning livery design. The company has opened a competition and is
providing three digital images -- a side, top and bottom view -- for
aspiring designers to use as their blank canvas. Pipistrel plans to
unveil the Panthera, with the winning livery paint scheme, in 2012. The
aircraft aims to cruise 1,000 nm with four aboard, fly into and out of
grass or hard-surface runways, and burn 10 gallons per hour in cruise.
Panthera's cruise will drive it at 200 knots behind a Lycoming IO-390.
The deadline for submissions is looming, and there are specific
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LEGACY 500 ROLLS OUT
Embraer's latest business jet, the Legacy
500, saw daylight on Dec. 23 and the Brazilian planemaker is pinning a
lot of its future in the business jet market on the clean-sheet Legacy
500 and its follow-on, the Legacy 450. As
from EBACE 2008, the new aircraft fill the gap between
its light and lighter Phenom 300 and 100 models and big-cabin 600 and
650 platforms. The rollout occurred at Embraer's headquarters in Sao
Jose dos Campos, Brazil, where the mid and super-midsize 450 and 500
will be built. First flight of this aircraft, the first of three test
articles, is expected by the third quarter of 2012. More...
HIRING MADE EASY?
An Austin, Texas, software firm says it has
taken a lot of the work out of hiring pilots with an algorithm that
sorts through the resumes of thousands of pilots to find those suited to
specific jobs being offered. Pilot
Credentials is now handling FedEx's and Southwest's candidate
screening through a database of potential pilots that allows hiring
managers get the information they need quickly. "It has saved our
recruiters countless hours on the phone," Rocky Calkins, Southwest's
hiring manager, told the Austin American-Statesman. "Being able to streamline
the process has shaved a lot of time off a very time-consuming process."
The company says it will now start marketing the system to other
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GOT AN OILY HANGAR FLOOR? THIS STUFF CAN SPRUCE IT UP
us dream of a gleaming gray expoxy-coated hangar floor illuminated by
the glare of bright lights. But most of us actually have oil-stained
concrete, dingy from years of abuse. If your floor is stained badly, a
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F-106 CORN FIELD BOMBER, CONVAIR DELTA DART
an unusual story. The jet you're looking at is an F-106 Delta Dart. A
storied interceptor in its day, it was built to exceed an Air Force
requirement for 1.9 mach and continuous flight at 57,000 feet. It did
both. And in December 1959, it set a speed record, of 1,525 mph, or
about 2.3 mach, while flying at 40,000 feet. Its pilot at the time,
Major Joseph Rogers, claimed the record might not be accurate. He was
still accelerating, he said, at the time. But this particular jet is
famous for a different reason. More...
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