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CIRRUS CRASH AUDIO, MELBOURNE, FLA.
Three people were killed
when a Cirrus crashed near the approach end of Melbourne International
Airport's Runway 9R at about 5:15 p.m., Wednesday, and transmissions
between the tower and the flight appear to show some confusion. The
tower controller was busy with multiple aircraft inbound to the parallel
runways at the airport. Traffic included several single-engine
fixed-wing planes and at least one helicopter. Two of the flights,
including another Cirrus also inbound for nine-right, had called for
touch and gos. The crash aircraft, a Cirrus identified on the audio as
four-sierra-romeo, was directed to join the pattern and appears to have
been cleared to land. As the aircraft turned a tight base, the
controller noticed a potential conflict. Someone had made a mistake. The
controller told four-sierra-romeo to "cut it in tight, now" and seconds
later, multiple pilots and the controller watched the aircraft go in.
Rob Kurrus Jr., Justin Gaines, and Chris Franklin died in the crash.
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URGED TO ABANDON USER FEES
A bipartisan group of 195 members
of the House of Representatives has signed what NBAA says is a "strongly
worded" letter (PDF) opposing the $100-per-leg user fee for
turbine-powered aircraft contained in President Obama's 2013 budget
proposal. The letter points out that Congress has consistently rejected
user fee proposals in the past and likely hasn't changed its collective
mind this time. The letter was put together by Reps. Jerry Costello,
D-Ill., Tom Petri, R-Wis., along with Reps. Sam Graves, R-Mo. and John
Barrow, D-Ga. Costello and Petri lead the aviation subcommittee of the
House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure while Graves and
Barrow co-chair the General Aviation Caucus. The signatories say user
fees are the wrong approach to raising revenue from aviation and appeal
to the president to "abandon this idea once and for all."
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WAYWARD VEHICLE BREACHES PHL
For the second time in less than
30 days, an errant driver managed to find a way onto either a taxiway or
runway at Philadelphia International Airport and the latest episode,
Thursday, may have resulted in a close call. A tower controller at PHL
is being credited for spotting through fog a Jeep on the runway. The
controller directed a US Airways Express flight that was seconds from
touching down to go around, according to CNN. Other sources say the Jeep
was stopped before reaching the runway. The driver this time allegedly
crashed a fence to gain access and may have been operating under the
influence of drugs. That wasn't the case in another incident early last
month that reportedly launched a TSA investigation. More...
POT PILOT SENTENCED
A 72-year-old pilot was sentenced Tuesday
after he pled guilty to felony drug charges and "maintaining a common
nuisance" associated with landing an aircraft with 200 pounds of
marijuana on board. Allen Richter had been tracked as he flew a 1962
Piper PA-24-250 Comanche from Arizona to Indiana, where he was
apprehended on Nov. 5. Richter is not the registered owner of the
aircraft and told police it was stolen. The septuagenarian's adventure
earned him a sentence of seven years jail time, thanks in part to other
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KINGFISHER ON THE ROPES
Days may be numbered for India's
largest budget airline but Kingfisher Airlines is soldiering on even
though the Indian government has frozen its bank accounts and its pilots
are becoming less interested in going to work since they haven't been
paid since November. The accounts freeze came last week after the
airline failed to meet a deadline to pay millions in back taxes.
Somehow, the airline is still finding crews to volunteer to fly the 28
remaining aircraft still operational (from a total fleet of 68) and it's
still finding passengers willing to join them. Kingfisher's flamboyant
CEO, Vijay Mallya, who lives part-time in Marin County near San
Francisco, says his company will survive. More...
DESIGNING SUPERSONIC DRONE
School projects don't usually have
the term supersonic cruise missile in their synopses, but engineering
students at the Busemann Advanced Concepts Lab at the University of
Colorado Boulder (CU) are helping to design, build and commercialize a
compact jet engine designed to power supersonic unmanned aerial systems.
Cruise missiles are among the potential uses for the L-FX00, which their
professor Ryan Starkey calls "a high-efficiency, lubrication-free
turbojet engine for unmanned aircraft" on his company website. At
first, however, the class is planning to build a 110-pound airframe
called the GOJETT as the first mount for the engine and hope to fly it
at Mach 1.4 in 2013. The prototype will cost from $50,000 to $100,000.
From there, Starkey says, the commercial and military potential is
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STUDENT'S EYE VIEW OF FLIGHT TRAINING
Nobody asked Ted
Seastrom what the aviation industry should do about the declining pilot
population, but he's telling them anyway. Seastrom, a 220-hour Cessna
172 pilot, has written an ebook (available at Amazon) entitled Learning to
Fly an Airplane. But unlike the countless books that have been
written on the topic, Seastrom said his aim is to mentally prepare
prospective pilots for what they are about to undertake, something he
says the industry doesn't do very well. In a podcast
interview, Seastrom says it's not surprising that almost three
quarters of students don't make it to certification given the strange
and challenging world into which they are suddenly immersed. He said the
industry needs to stop soft selling being a pilot as something "anyone
can do" and instead realistically explain to students what they're in
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experience of learning to fly. He thinks those who want to learn should
be better prepared for what they're in for. He spoke with AVweb's
Russ Niles about an e-book he's published called Learning to Fly an
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GIANT FLYING ANTI-MISSILE LASER JET
The airborne laser
program developed around a Boeing 747 and what was effectively a giant
laser gun has been scrapped after 15 years and $5 billion. The program
fitted a modified 747 jumbo jet with a mega-watt class chemical oxygen
iodine laser fitted to a rotating nose turret and tracking system that
could target and destroy airborne missile threats. The laser beam was
fueled by thousands of pounds of fuel stored onboard the jet and was
powerful enough to destroy missiles within seconds. Despite a successful
test in February 2010, the airborne missile defense system wasn't
without serious shortcomings or costs. More...
DRONE TRICKS FROM U OF P
The University of
Pennsylvania is having a lot of fun with its robotic quadrotor squadron
these days and if you're not one of the almost two million people who
have seen this video then by all means have a look. As we showed
you in February, the university's SWARMS project is finding new ways
to work with unmanned aerial systems (UAS). AVweb Editorial Director
Paul Bertorelli shared his thoughts on the subject here.
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FBOs aren't the only heroes who can save the day when
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he visited Sebring Flight Center (KSEF) in Florida.
Flew my Weight Shift Control Trike from
Williamsburg, Virginia to Florida to accomplish some in-flight testing
of cold-weather gear to keep pilots warm while flying in open cockpit
aircraft. When I landed in the Sarasota area, I noticed some problems
with my exhaust system during my post-flight inspection. I called
Lockwood Aviation, a major ROTAX repair station ... . I spoke with Aaron
Prentiss, service manager for Lockwood, described my predicament, and
was immediately invited to fly my plane to their hangar ... . Within
minutes [of pulling up to the hangar], my plane was pulled into their
immaculate hanger, Joe diagnosed the problem, and they went to work on
the exhaust manifold-to-muffler connections. Thankfully, their weld shop
could drop current projects to work me into their afternoon schedule. I
walked to the KSEF FBO, found the pilot's lounge and computer, and took
time to check e-mail. Within half an hour, Aaron tracked me down, in
person, to inform me about the progress of the repair job. It sure is
nice to be treated like a valued customer when in transit and have
industry representatives recognize that, without immediate assistance,
my trip would [have] become a nightmare. Instead, my plane is being
taken care of, I am being taken care of, and I am very pleased to
recommend Lockwood to fellow pilots.
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