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FACING AIRPORT EXPLOSIVES CHARGE
A member of the U.S.
military, stationed at Fort Bragg, has been charged with trying to bring
explosives onto an airplane. Various news sources have identified Trey
Scott Atwater, 30, as the person arrested at the airport in Midland,
Texas, after a security screener spotted something in his carry-on bag.
An unidentified type of military grade explosive was removed from the
bag and taken by authorities. Atwater's rank and branch of the military
were not immediately released. More...
ELECTRONIC DEVICE "B.S."
Public backlash this week followed
an FAA action on iPads and the widely reported ejection of a passenger
for refusing to turn off his a personal electronic device (PED), but
regulatory solutions remain elusive. The FAA recently OK'd the use of
iPads for American Airlines pilots and actor Alec Baldwin was ejected
from a flight for refusing to turn off his cellphone. That seeming
contradiction fueled multiple articles this week claiming that specific
gadgets are safe and the FAA's ban is excessive. The recent arguments,
some of which call electronic bans "complete B.S.," may overlook the difficulty of
regulating in the environment of rapid evolution that is modern
electronics (today's Kindle is not tomorrow's), and the potential for
device failures. In June, AVweb discussed the issue with Dave Carson (click for
podcast), who co-chaired a federal advisory committee on portable
electronic devices in aviation, and little has changed since then.
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WANTS TO BE AIR FORCE PILOT
An Ohio ROTC student hopes to
become the first high-leg amputee to be accepted for flight training in
the Air Force. Matt Pirrello lost his leg in a parachute training
accident 18 months ago but he remains determined to achieve his goal of
becoming a military pilot, his dream since he was old enough to run
around the house making airplane noises. Pirrello has overcome a lot of
challenges since his accident and has rejoined his ROTC unit, taking
part in all the physically demanding activities that entails. The
ultra-conservative nature of the pilot selection process presents a
fresh set of obstacles, however. More...
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CARBON PLAN FOR AIRLINES BEGINS JAN. 1
The new year will
bring with it a requirement that carriers flying into and out of
European Union airports participate in a system meant to regulate
greenhouse gas emissions that critics say may result in higher airfares.
Cost of compliance with the EU's plan, which is generally described as a
cap-and-trade program for carriers, is expected to range anywhere from
$2 billion to $4 billion over roughly the next decade and translate to
no more than $16 per seat for a trans-Atlantic flight. Under the rules,
the entire flight's emissions -- not just that flown in EU airspace --
will be added to a total. If emissions standards are exceeded, carriers
must pay a penalty. The Obama administration and at least three major
airlines have fought to stop implementation of the program, which
critics say could stimulate trade tensions and exert downward pressure
on already weak economies. More...
A project insider for a planned European
hypersonic airliner is confident his program could in 2013 demonstrate
that technological barriers can be overcome, but current economic
conditions may stall the project. The European Space Agency's Lapcat
program is working on the A2 aircraft, which aims to carry passengers
beyond Mach 5 in long-range flight. Johan Steelant, the program's
coordinator, told the BBC that while different systems and subsystems
still need to be proven, "critical technology is not longer a blocking
point." The blocking point now, it appears, may be the current
atmosphere of economic austerity prevalent across Europe. But a large
amount of funding has already been allocated. More...
Legal Aspects of Leasing and
to be Debated in the Middle East
The successful Legal Aviation Workshop (LAW) on Aircraft Leasing and
is returning to Dubai in 2012 in order to address legal
issues and answer critical questions. The workshop will cover themes
such as Principles of Contract Law, Operating Leases ("Dry"),
Aircraft Finance, Aircraft, Crew, Maintenance and Insurance
("Wet") Leases, and Aviation Insurance. A practical exercise
is included in order for the participants to debate the results of the
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MOVING TO WISCONSIN?
Media in Duluth, Minn., and Superior,
Wis., are reporting that a deal is close to site the new
factory for Kestrel Aircraft in Superior, which is a few miles from
Kestrel President Alan Klapmeier's home town of Duluth and just across
the Wisconsin border. Klapmeier, who co-founded Cirrus in Duluth, took
over Kestrel 18 months ago with plans to manufacture the turboprop
single in Brunswick, Maine. It's not clear what happened with the widely
publicized plans to build the aircraft at a decommissioned naval air
station in Brunswick. More...
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MANUFACTURERS STILL PAYING FOR 2008 INCIDENT
passengers have been paid up to $400,000 each for their experience
aboard QF72, a Qantas Airbus A330 that suffered altitude deviations
during a 2008 flight, and more lawsuits are in the works. The Australian
Transport Safety Bureau found in a final report released last week that
the faulty air data information resulted in a dive that included a
150-foot drop in two seconds. Sixty passengers, plus standing crew, were
thrown into the ceiling. Some suffered lacerations and bone injuries.
One suffered a brain injury. Two minutes later, the aircraft dropped
again. Sixteen passengers now appear prepared to launch a multi-million
dollar lawsuit against Airbus and Northrop Grumman, the manufacturer of
the plane's Air Data Inertial Reference Unit. More...
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JANUARY 2, 2012
Letter of the Week: It's the Little
I am totally amazed!! I watched the trailer for
Red Tails, and, to my surprise, there he was!
I had a
neighbor when I lived in New Hampshire who flew with the Tuskegee
Airmen. It was quite difficult to get Ed to talk of the war and the
happenings, but once in a while he relented and told me of a German
fighter pilot who would come at the B-17s in a line abreast formation.
This particular pilot would roll inverted and manage to wound at least
one B-17 on each pass. He was very difficult to shoot down because when
he completed his pass he'd be able to split S away and reposition for
another pass. In your trailer, there he was, just as Ed told
This is a great portrayal of these heroes.
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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
product called ReKrete can help improve it. Aviation Consumer's
Paul Bertorelli demonstrates the product in this brief video.
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...
OF THE WEEK: WALKER AVIATION (HENRY TIFT MYERS AIRPORT, TIFTON,
AVweb's "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Walker
Aviation at Henry Tift Myers Airport (TMA) in Tifton,
AVweb reader Cres Wise wrote in to explain
who the FBO's owner went far above and beyond to help a traveling
My student and I
were on a night cross-country (on a Friday night). On our third taxi
back, we had a flat nose tire. The FBO was closed for the day, but there
were phone numbers. Within a short time, Mr. Walker came and got our
airplane back to the ramp. But then he opened up the facility and took
care of us like family. He was over and above friendly and gracious. The
next morning, his staff assisted our mechanic. The cost: zero dollars.
The service: Priceless!! I'll be back to buy gas on future trips (during
normal business hours).
Keep those nominations
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AVweb is actively seeking out the best FBOs in
the country and another one, submitted by you, will be spotlighted here
next Monday! More...
While working approach control at Columbus,
Georgia several years ago I had this exchange with a
"Columbus Approach, Cessna
"Cessna 123, Columbus
"Columbus Approach, how far is
it from here to where I'm at?"
Just try to answer that
with a straight face!
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