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MAKES PROGRESS IN QUIET SUPERSONIC FLIGHT
tests by NASA of designs by Boeing and Lockheed show it's possible to
build jets that can fly at supersonic speeds quietly enough to fly over
land, according to the National Business Aviation Association. "The
game-changing technology out there is having tools available to design
the external shape of the vehicle to give you a low sonic boom on the
ground," Tom Jones, project manager for the NASA research team, told
NBAA. The latest experiments, which have been heralded as a
"breakthrough," show that the aircraft might not create a "boom" at all,
or if it does, it would be very quiet. More...
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DISCOVERY SET FOR FINAL FLIGHT
Pilots in the Washington,
D.C., area on Tuesday morning, April 17, may catch a glimpse of the
space shuttle Discovery taking its final ride strapped to the back of a
747. The now-retired shuttle will be making its move from a storage
facility at Kennedy Space Center in Florida to Dulles International
Airport in Virginia, en route to its final home at the Smithsonian's
Udvar-Hazy Center. The modified NASA 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft will
depart from Florida just after sunrise on Tuesday and arrive in the
Washington, D.C., area about 10 a.m., taking a final victory lap around
various landmarks before touching down. More...
Cage Fighting for
Through repeated battles, one cylinder emerges as the "last man
standing," and he earns respect for being the toughest guy.
... the test doesn't stop until someone "taps out"
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CRASH BLAMED ON STRAY CLIPBOARD
A helicopter that crashed in
Idaho in 2010, killing the pilot and two wildlife biologists on board,
was brought down by a stray metal clipboard that hit the tail rotor, the
NTSB said in its final report last week. Two scientists planned to
conduct an aerial wildlife survey in a commercially owned Hiller UH 12E
helicopter equipped with a three-abreast bench seat and a fully enclosed
cabin, the NTSB said. The pilot stowed most of the biologists' gear on
the helicopter's external racks, and all three boarded the helicopter,
with the biologists in each of the outboard seats. About a half hour
later, the pilot broadcast that the helicopter was "landing at Kamiah,"
about 35 miles short of the planned destination, and moments later, the
aircraft began to break up in the air. More...
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AIRCRAFT ADVOCATES TO MEET
The 6th Annual CAFE Electric
Aircraft Symposium, coming up April 27 and 28 in Santa Rosa, Calif.,
will feature speakers from NASA, Boeing, Aerovironment, leaders in
battery technology, and more, the organizers announced recently. Tine
Tomazic of Pipistrel will be there to talk about the Taurus G4, which
won last year's $1.35 million Green Flight Challenge. Mark Moore of NASA
will discuss advanced concepts in electric propulsion, and Tom Gunnarson
of FAA's Small Airplane Directorate will explain the agency's plans for
certifying electric aircraft. The weekend is billed as a "graduate-level
program" (PDF) in new flight technologies, featuring experts
in lithium battery research, design software, UAVs, quiet propellers,
and high-lift aerodynamics. More...
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SUGGESTS CHANGES FOR RENO RACES
The NTSB is still working to
complete its investigation of last year's fatal
crash at the Reno Air Races, but on Tuesday, board chairman Deborah
Hersman announced a half dozen safety recommendations that she hopes the
race organizers will implement before the races resume in September. "We
believe these recommendations can go a long way toward preventing future
accidents," she said at a news conference at the Reno airport. The
suggestions to race organizers include changes to the course design and
layout, improvements to the methods used to track and resolve
discrepancies found during pre-race aircraft inspections, required pilot
training in G-force tolerance, and better ramp safety, such as keeping
fuel trucks farther from the race area and improving the placement of
barriers. Hersman also emphasized that pilots should document that
highly modified aircraft have been exposed to realistic race conditions
-- high speeds and high g-loads -- before the race. More...
OFFERS TYPE RATINGS
The Florida Institute of Technology says
it's the first post-secondary institution to graduate students with type
ratings in modern jet airliners. Juan Villa-Navarro and Sidney Callaghan
completed the Jet Transition and Commercial Type Rating course as part
of their bachelor's degree program at the Melbourne campus. They both
earned type ratings in the A320. Type ratings are also available in
Boeing 737NG. "The courses will prepare them well and provide all the
ratings necessary to go directly to a major airline. This represents the
gold standard in collegiate flight training," said Ken Stackpoole, vice
president for Aviation Programs and dean of the College of Aeronautics.
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Ascension Scattering: A
Dignified Final Tribute for Any Aviator
Using a high-performance sailplane, Ascension Scattering
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INSIDER BLOG: COCKPIT TECH CONVERGENCE
The futurists all said
one day soon, we would all have a single device that did everything from
phone calls to medical record retrieval. Is that why, asks Paul
Bertorelli on the AVweb Insider blog, he carries around a laptop,
an iPhone and an iPad on his business trips? At the AEA show last week,
he got the impression that airplanes have become merely 3-D conveyances
to fly around iPads. Read
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OF THE WEEK: ARROW AVIATION/EXECUTIVE AIR SERVICE (KDXR, DANBURY,
Some of our favorite "FBO of the Week" nominations
begin with an unexpected problem on a long trip. AVweb reader
Jerry Quint was on his way home from Sun 'n Fun when he
discovered our latest top-notch FBO Arrow
Aviation/Executive Air Service at Danbury Municipal Airport
(KDXR) in Danbury, Connecticut. Jerry provided the play-by-play of his
for fuel and to spend the night. I was immediately impressed with the
professional demeanor of the refueler, Mr. David Clark. When he
discovered that I was remaining overnight, he directed me to a
convienent tie-down and offered me the use of the pilot's lounge to
spend the night. After a lengthy search, he found a key to the shower
room. Joanie, who handles the office chores, answered all of my
questions and made me feel welcomed. Cliff Brown, a CFI, made sure I had
the codes to the doors, in case I wanted to leave the FBO after it
closed for the day. Additionally, Cliff introduced me to a Master A&E/IA
by the name of Karl Wiemer, who not only restores fabric-covered
aircraft but is an expert in chasing down oil leaks.
SkyCatcher had developed a leak on the way up from Sun 'n Fun, so he met
me the next day, after I had a delicious doughnut that Cliff had
delivered that morning before his early departure for a trip to Maine.
With cylinder pressure testers in hand, Karl checked for the possibility
of blow-by. After he determined there was no blow-by causing oil
leakage, we started the engine and found the oil was leaking out of the
oil filter where the filter and the rounded flange met. Several calls to
oil filter suppliers proved to be fruitless, and it was discovered that
the oil filters for SkyCatchers are only available at Cessna Dealers.
They are very expensive, and there is no authorized subsitute. The
nearest Cessna dealer was 40 miles distant, so Karl drove to retrieve
it. After his 80-mile trip, he installed the filter, and I was finally
on my way.
Of all the ten airports that I have visited in the
last two weeks, the folks at Danbury are head and shoulders above them
all. I am proud to recommend them for "FBO of the
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