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DIVERT FOR SOLAR STORM
Delta, Qantas and Air Canada
reportedly were among operators that chose to alter routes Tuesday and
Wednesday to avoid potential disruptions caused by the most powerful
solar storm to hit earth since 2003. Some flights originally scheduled
to fly transpolar routes were re-routed south, adding to flight times
but reducing the risk of disruption to high-frequency radio
communication used along the routes. The storms cause fluctuations in
the Earth's magnetic field, and high frequency radios and other systems
are susceptible to the interference. The re-routing was a precaution
that not all carriers chose to take. More...
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REPORTS ON HOMEBUILT STUDY
The NTSB said this week it has completed the data-collection
phase for a study on the safety of Experimental-Amateur Built aircraft.
The study aims to "give the innovators and aviators in the community
information about accidents that will result in a real and immediate
safety payoff for them when they are flying these aircraft," said NTSB
Chairman Deborah Hersman. NTSB investigators conducted in-depth
investigations of 222 E-AB aircraft accidents that occurred during 2011.
More than half of the accidents involved E-AB aircraft that were bought
used, as opposed to having been built by the current owner, the NTSB
said. Sixty-seven people died in 54 of the accidents. More...
CHECKS ORDERED FOR A380S
Twenty Airbus A380s must undergo
inspections to check for cracks in the rib feet -- metal brackets that
attach the wing ribs to the skin -- the European Aviation Safety Agency
said in a directive (PDF) published on Friday. Cracks were previously
found that originate in the ribs and extend to the skin panel attachment
holes, EASA said, and inspectors who were checking for those cracks then
found a "new form of rib foot cracking
[that] is more
significant." These "Type 2" cracks, if not detected and corrected,
"could potentially affect the structural integrity of the aeroplane,"
EASA said. Results of the inspections must be reported to Airbus. EASA
added that it is continuing to investigate the problem, and further
mandatory actions might be considered. More...
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PILOTS TAKE ON FAA
The Independent Pilots Association, which
represents UPS pilots, this week filed a court statement challenging the
FAA's decision to exclude cargo operators from new pilot fatigue and
rest rules. IPA called the FAA's decision "arbitrary and capricious,
lacking in substantial evidence in the record or otherwise not in
accordance with law." IPA says the FAA failed to provide an opportunity
for affected or interested parties to review and comment on the
cost-benefit calculations that drove its decision and ignored essential
factors specific to cargo carriers. The court has ordered the FAA to
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AIRCRAFT SYMPOSIUM SET FOR APRIL
The CAFE Foundation has
announced the dates for this year's 6th annual Electric Aircraft
Symposium, which will be held April 27 and 28 in Santa Rosa, Calif. The
event focuses on practical knowledge and updates for electric aircraft
builders. Speakers at the event will include representatives from
Pipistrel, the winner of last year's $1.35 million Green Flight
Challenge, as well as experts on electric batteries, UAVs, ultra-quiet
liftoff technology, and new developments in electric LSAs. CAFE also
will announce the details of a new Green Flight Challenge at the event.
Online registration is open now. More...
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REMASTERED FOR DVD
Wings, the classic 1927 film about
World War I pilots, is available on DVD and Blu-ray for the first time,
as of this week. The film, which won the first-ever Academy Award for
"Best Picture," has been "meticulously restored," according to Paramount
Home Entertainment. "Featuring groundbreaking aerial dogfights and epic
battle sequences, Wings is both a cinematic spectacle and a
compelling story of love and sacrifice," says PHE. New techniques were
developed to capture a "sense of authenticity" in the dogfight
sequences, PHE says. The film was one of the first in which the actors
actually flew in real airplanes. For the new release, digital techniques
were used to restore the film frame by frame, and the original score has
been freshly recorded with a full orchestra. Sound effects were
re-created by Skywalker Sound. More...
ART EXHIBIT OPENS IN TUCSON
A new art exhibit that uses discarded
airplanes as canvases opens this weekend at Pima Air & Space Museum in
Tucson, Ariz., and on Monday curators released more photos of the
transformed aircraft. Click
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story about the show, click
to go to the museum website, and click here for a gallery of
the newly released photos. More...
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FAA BONANZA CABLE AD
The FAA has decided against issuing an
airworthiness directive (AD) like those
issued by Australia's Civil Aviation Safety Administration (CASA)
last week grounding most Beech Bonanzas, Barons and Debonairs in the
country. In a news release on Tuesday, American Bonanza Society
President Tom Turner said that instead the FAA will issue a special
airworthiness information bulletin (SAIB) that will serve to remind
mechanics to inspect the full length of the elevator control cables at
annual inspection. CASA ordered immediate inspection of elevator control
cables in the entire fleet of Beech aircraft with single-pole control
yokes after an elevator cable broke on one airplane and another was
found to be severely frayed. ABS says there have been no reports of
cable problems among its members and it was particularly concerned about
a cable replacement requirement in the CASA AD. More...
PREPARES FOR SUPER BOWL FLY-IN
The business jet fly-in that
is also known as the Super Bowl is shaping up to be an even larger
display of shiny aluminum after the event in Dallas last year attracted
600 aircraft. According to The Wall Street Journal, jet charter and brokerage
companies are touting private aviation as being more weather-resistant
and generally a lot more fun than holding your arms up to ensure an even
dose of radiation. Perception issues surrounding the less than 1 percent
of folks who will actually be able to get to Indianapolis in this way
seem to be ignored as FBOs and even airport governing bodies tap into
the financial windfall that accompanies the biggest game of the year. It
doesn't hurt that teams from the net worth Meccas of New York and Boston
are playing this year. More...
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SPORT AVIATION EXPO 2012: VIDEO ROUND-UP
Did you miss any of our video
coverage of the 2012 U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, Florida? We
were on hand to kick tires, ask questions, and fly some of this year's
most exciting light sport airplanes. Be sure to check out our videos on
the FK12 Comet biplane, the Vans RV-12, Flight Design's CTLE light sport
police aircraft, the Renegade Falcon LS, Allegro Airplanes, and Corbi's
air conditioning system for LSAs. (Click through for links.)
OF THE WEEK: BIGHORN AIRWAYS (KSHR, SHERIDAN,
Our latest "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Bighorn
Airways at Sheridan County Airport (KSHR) in Sheridan,
AVweb reader Nick Tarasiuk recommended the
We arrived here on
January 14, a cold windy night, [and] were guided in and greeted and
tied down by Isaiah Bothamley. He pointed out an electrical outlet that
we could use to keep our engine warm, then called a shuttle out to pick
us up and take us to a nearby Holiday Inn hotel. He let us know that
this particular hotel had special rates for Bighorn and got us an
incredible rate. In the morning, when we arrived at the FBO, our
aircraft had been serviced and was ready to go. All this was done with
friendly smiles from everyone. Great job!
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