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AIRCRAFT RECORDS PRESERVED
The detailed historical record of
the dawn of U.S. civil aviation will remain intact and accessible by the
public thanks to a 15-year effort by a Minnesota antique aircraft
enthusiast. The Herrick Amendment, named for Aviation Foundation of
America President Greg Herrick, is part of the FAA reauthorization bill
that is expected to be signed into law shortly. It orders the FAA to
maintain the records of more than 1,200 aircraft that received an
"Approved Type Certificate" between 1927 and 1939. Those records include
technical drawings, test data and other information about the
construction of the aircraft. In a podcast
interview, Herrick said data was in danger of being destroyed by the
FAA and was difficult to obtain by those who owned the aircraft because
the agency invoked a ban on distribution of the material on the premise
that it would violate the "trade secrets" of the current holders of
those type certificates. Almost none of the aircraft are still in
production and few of the original manufacturers are still around. The
new law invalidates the trade secret claim for aircraft from that era.
It's naturally of great importance to those who own or are restoring
aircraft from those times but Herrick said it's important for other
reasons, too. More...
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NEGOTIATIONS BEGIN FOR CA LEADED AVGAS SETTLEMENT
Environmental Health (CEH) director of research Caroline Cox told
AVweb Thursday that aviation interests and CEH have started
negotiations that could lead to an out-of-court settlement regarding the
use of leaded avgas in California. According to Cox, "virtually all" the
cases CEH has pursued in its 15 years have ended in settlements.
Legally, CEH is entitled to 25 percent of any civil penalties imposed as
the result of a settlement or court judgment. At issue is California
legislation aimed to protect residents from toxins, which CEH says
applies to leaded aviation fuel. Cox says she's not aware of any studies
performed specifically in California that show elevated levels of lead
in children living near airports, but referenced a North Carolina study.
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DEVELOPS SWARMING DRONES (WITH VIDEO)
A research team at
the University of Pennsylvania has successfully demonstrated close
formation work among large networked groups of autonomous vehicles, and
the results are visually captivating. The SWARMS project
(Scalable sWarms of Autonomous Robots and Mobile Sensors) involves a
team from the university's general robotics, automation, sensing and
perception lab. Work there on autonomous multicopters has led to
demonstrations of the vehicles performing obstacle navigation and
precise maneuvering while flying in large formations and operating as a
group of networked autonomous vehicles. In plain English, you'll want to
watch all 16 of them autonomously fly a cross-over figure eight pattern
at 1:22 in the video. More...
ERROR TRIGGERS STALL WARNING ON REGIONAL JET
have found that the crew of a QantasLink Boeing 717 with roughly 100
passengers experienced stick shaker activation during a 2010 flight on
two of three approaches, because of pilot error prior to takeoff. The
flight was out of Perth for Kalgoorlie and on the first approach, the
stick shaker activated as the jet descended through 1,100 feet. The crew
elected to go around and experienced the stick shaker again on a second
approach as the aircraft passed through 350 feet. The third landing
attempt was successful but not without difficulty. According to
investigators, the captain had entered improper data that resulted in a
weight calculation that was off by more than 21,000 pounds.
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RunwayFinder, the chart and airport information
website that was embroiled in legal action with FlightPrep a year ago,
is closing. In a statement, owner Dave Parsons said the decision was
made partly because of the FAA's intention to charge fees for chart
downloads through its online charting division AeroNav. "While I
understand AeroNav's need to re-capture costs, the new chart fees along
with other licensing fees will put RunwayFinder firmly into the red,"
Parsons wrote. He said the money issues might have been overcome but
there is also a lot of work that needs to be done to update the service.
"I've had many people suggest alternatives, but unfortunately there is
no way to keep it going (for reasons I can't disclose)," he wrote. The
non-disclosure is likely a reference to an agreement he signed with
FlightPrep last March that settled a well-publicized lawsuit over
alleged patent infringement by RunwayFinder. More...
COMPLETES EPIC FLIGHTAWARE PATTERN
There's only one way to
prove that an airplane will fly for a long time but the thought of
spending 19 hours flying aimlessly got Boeing engineers channeling their
artistic sides through FlightAware. The mission was to test a
GE-equipped 787 for extended operations (ETOPS) so those involved
decided to make it interesting. In 19 hours from Thursday afternoon to
Friday morning, the Dreamliner carved its initials across a swath of the
Northwest before flying an intricate rendition of the company logo over
the Dakotas, Nebraska and into Iowa. More...
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UNDER WAY IN DALLAS
A clean-sheet design from Bell Helicopter
is the highlight announcement so far at Heli-Expo in Dallas. The annual
show got under way in Dallas on Saturday and on Sunday Bell unveiled the
mockup of its much-anticipated 525 Relentless, a 16-passenger aircraft
the company hopes will define the "super medium" category. As with
business jets, bigger is generally selling better on the helicopter side
and the Relentless will top out at about 18,000 pounds with a 400 mile
range and a Garmin 500H panel. First flight is expected in 2014. Not all
the success is in the big aircraft, though and Robinson Helicopters had
plenty to talk about. More...
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93 CO-PILOT'S WIDOW PENS BOOK
Melodie Homer, widow of Flight
93 co-pilot LeRoy W. Homer Jr., has released the book "From Where I Stand: Flight 93 Pilot's Widow Sets the
Record Straight" and is donating all proceeds. The book honors the
deceased pilot and his role on September 11, 2001, when United Flight
93, a Boeing 757-222, was hijacked. The book also includes how the widow
and her two children coped with their tragedy. Flight 93 was the only
one of four hijacked aircraft not to impact a strategic target, crashing
instead in a field at Shanksville, Penn. All proceeds earned from the
sale of the book will be donated to support young adults seeking careers
as professional pilots through the LeRoy W. Homer Jr.
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FEBRUARY 13, 2012
Letter of the Week: Where's Our
Regarding the "Question
of the Week": How about a trophy for the average aviator? You know,
the guys who drive 20-year-old cars so they can afford a 40-year-old
airplane; who put up with ridiculous security regulations, crippling
fuel prices, a progressively dumber society that doesn't understand
aviation, and a President who castigates them for being
These are the guys who give Young Eagles rides, take
cancer patients to distant cities for life-saving treatments, and fly
supplies into storm-ravaged Caribbean islands. They are the lifeblood of
American general aviation. Where is their trophy?
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WHERE'S MY FLYING CAR?
A practical flying
car with everyman usability has so far eluded the public, but we may
have already been introduced to a design that could lead to a
breakthrough. Some of the major challenges of producing a point-to-point
simple and safe to operate vehicle are technological in nature.
Autonomous navigation (enter the destination, press a button, and allow
the vehicle to navigate, communicate with, and autonomously avoid other
aircraft) may be one key to safely organizing masses of flying vehicles
in the same airspace. And as society progresses, the gap between the
dream and reality may be shrinking. More...
FLYING THE RENEGADE FALCON LS
Renegade Falcon LS is one of the first airplanes to have Lycoming's new
IO-233 light sport engine. AVweb's Paul Bertorelli took the
airplane for a flight trial recently. More...
OF THE WEEK: SHELBY COUNTY AIRPORT (ALABASTER,
Our latest "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to the FBO at
Shelby County Airport (KEET) in Alabaster,
AVweb reader Joe Barnhart shared his recent
and grandkids recently moved to Birmingham, Alabama. On our first trip
to visit, I chose Shelby County Airport because of the low fuel price
and the relative proximity to my daughter's home. Upon arrival, not only
did I find the best fuel price in the Birmingham area but a first-class
airport and FBO facility. On top of that, everyone was as friendly as
I've ever encountered. Not only did the FBO bring a tug to park my
Bellanca Viking; they put it under a covered tie-down at absolutley no
charge! I'll definitely be back.
Keep those nominations
coming. For complete contest rules, click
AVweb is actively seeking out the best FBOs in
the country and another one, submitted by you, will be spotlighted here
next Monday! More...
Long time ago!
"Raleigh Durham Tower, Army 73080 in position, runway
23, ready for take-off. Wait a minute, Tower there is a turtle
crossing the runway!"
"Army 080, hold for
crossing turtle; advise when clear."
Army 080 (several
minutes later) :
"Raleigh Tower, turtle has cleared
"Army 080, winds 240 at 6; cleared for
take-off, runway 23. Use caution. Wake turbulence from departing
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