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FORCE: FOGGING CAUSED F-16 OSH OVERRUN
The F-16 that ran off
the end of Runway 36 at Wittman Regional Airport after landing during
the 2011 EAA Oshkosh AirVenture gathering did so because the cockpit got
foggy, according to the Air Force. The Air Force accident investigation
board report says that the jet's environmental control system caused
extreme fogging that completely obscured the pilot's vision.
Contributing factors were a fast touchdown speed and inadequate
aerobraking by the pilot, which increased the landing distance.
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|A World Without the Third-Class Medical? Not Yet||back to
DITCH THE 3RD CLASS MEDICAL PETITION, DENIED
AOPA and EAA are
expected to advance their own petition, soon, but an earlier submission
from Potomac Airfield's David Wartofsky has received an official FAA
response: denied. Wartofsky's petition was posted as a public docket and
generated more than 1000 comments. The petition sought to allow pilots
flying aircraft under 6,000 pounds max gross weight to operate their
aircraft with medical authorization provided by a valid driver's
license, only, with no third class medical required. In its clear
denial, the wording of the FAA's response may allow some wiggle room for
future efforts. More...
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HOSTS MEETING OF F-35 PARTNERS
Canada is hosting a meeting of
fellow partners in the development of the F-35 in Washington next week
to discuss the mounting problems with the jet. Senior government
officials from Britain, Norway, Denmark, Holland, Italy, Turkey and
Australia will meet at the Canadian Embassy in Washington for two days
of talks about the aircraft program. The F-35 is an international effort
and while the U.S. is the lead partner, the other allied countries have
chipped in and their aerospace industries got some work as part of the
international deal. Attendance by U.S. representatives at the meeting is
not mentioned in Canadian media reports. The meeting precedes a gathering with
Lockheed Martin officials set for late March. Most of the partner
countries are in political hot water at home over the specter of rising
costs and development problems with the aircraft. Meanwhile, analysts
keep working the numbers on the program and some of the results are
truly staggering. More...
IMPULSE TESTS PILOT ENDURANCE
The pilot of Solar Impulse
spent 72 hours pretending to fly an electric airplane around the world
last week and it appears human frailties can be accommodated through
good management during the real event. Andre Borschberg was in a
faithful mockup of the cabin of the aircraft that will make the
circumnavigation attempt and after three days and three nights of flying
the delicate craft alone he pronounced the test a success. "The
simulation demonstrated that our concept of flying single-handed for
several days in a row is viable," he said in a statement. "The techniques of relaxation and
multi-phase sleep worked very well, exceeding my expectations by far.
Thanks to a careful management of the rest periods I was able to
maintain optimum vigilance throughout the flight." More...
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MIDAIR KILLS SEVEN MARINES
An AH-1W Super Cobra and a UH-1Y
Huey operating as part of the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing made contact
Wednesday night near the southern California and Arizona border, killing
all seven Marines on both aircraft. Weather was reportedly mild at the
time of the midair collision. The crash took place near a portion of the
Yuma Training Range Complex. Early reports placed the location of the
accident on the California side of the Chocolate Mountains, but few
details had been confirmed by Thursday morning. More...
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ERRORS MAY NOT AFFECT SAFETY?
Errors attributed to air
traffic controllers have dramatically risen in recent years and a report
due soon is expected to show they've remained relatively unchanged from
2010 to 2011, but what that means could be complicated. According to the
FAA and the controllers union (NATCA), much of the increase could be the
result of changes made in how errors are reported. A spike in reported
controller errors is expected to be recorded in 2012 for similar
reasons. Increases in training may have also contributed to the rise in
reported errors. Meanwhile, there is evidence to suggest that in spite
of the figures airline safety hasn't been affected. More...
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FLIERS TAKE SPECIAL FLIGHT
While many of us view airline
travel as a necessary evil, there are some people who actually like it
and even consider it a hobby. A planeload of them gathered for a
semi-regular event for passionate frequent fliers last week in which
they flew around the U.S. in their own airliner and got to go behind the
scenes at the American Airlines' ops center and training facility along
with a plant tour at Boeing's 737 factory. According to the Associated Press story, pretending to be a ticket
agent and using the slide in a simulated water evacuation were only
parts of the attraction for the $1,700 ticket (the flight sold out in 17
HELICOPTER SHAKES SELF APART
speculate that a bad episode of ground resonance may be to blame for the
violent self-destruction of a medevac helicopter as it landed in a field
in Para, Brazil. Few details are available about the incident, which
reportedly took place Wednesday -- the same day video of the accident
began spreading, online. The helicopter appears to be a Eurocopter
A-Star AS350BA. Some reports state that there were four aboard -- two
pilots, a doctor, and a nurse -- and all escaped serious injury in spite
of the helicopter engaging full-flail mode. Several accounts repeat that
the aircraft suffered excessive vibration while airborne and that
vibration developed into destructive ground resonance after the aircraft
landed. Generally, ground resonance will resolve itself if the pilot is
able to respond quickly by returning the aircraft to hover. Click
through to watch. More...
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|The Top Reporter on Our Crack Staff ... Is You!||back to
FEBRUARY 27, 2012
Letter of the Week: Gas
Regarding the most
recent "Question of the Week": I live in Ouagadougou, the capital of
Burkina Faso (West Africa). Avgas per gallon here varies from $13
(tax-free for international flights) to $17 when flying within national
borders. This is triple the price for cars in Burkina. My hope for the
future is locally produced bio-avgas like Swift is
Jan Van Der Horst
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OF THE WEEK: CHANDLER AVIATION (KCNM, CARLSBAD, NEW
AVweb's latest "FBO of the Week" is Chandler
Aviation at Cavern City Air Terminal (KCNM) in Carlsbad, New
AVweb reader Jack Feiden told us how
Chandler measured up against other FBOs he and his wife have visited in
My wife and I
stopped in Carlsbad on a recent trip from Wichita to Tucson to visit the
caverns. KCNM is an easy field to use, and the facility and service at
Chandler Aviation are outstanding. We have been flying flying for
several decades, and this is the first time my wife ever took pictures
of the ladies' restroom to show her friends. The folks working there
were friendly and helpful.
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Conversation that took place while a student
pilot was in the traffic pattern at KSAV:
"Cessna 12345, how much time do you have?"
"I have the plane until 5:30."
"I meant, 'How many hours do you
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