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SUPERJET WRECKAGE FOUND
An Indonesian helicopter rescue crew
found the shattered wreckage of a Sukhoi Superjet 100 scattered over the
side of a mountain early Thursday and there appear to be no survivors.
The aircraft, Russia's newest passenger jet, was carrying 44 passengers
on a demo flight out of Jakarta, Indonesia, when it vanished from radar
Wednesday morning and crashed into the near vertical wall of Mount
Salak. About 50 minutes into the flight, the crew asked to descend from
10,000 to 6,000 feet. Mount Salak is 7,254 feet high. Rescue workers
were attempting to gain access to the site but all aboard are presumed
lost. The flight was carrying representatives of Indonesian airlines,
along with five journalists and Russian embassy officials.
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FAA NEEDS TO HEED WHISTLEBLOWERS
The FAA needs to do a better
job of overseeing safety lapses among air traffic controllers and other
employees, the U.S. Office of Special Counsel said on Tuesday. The
office, which investigates complaints from whistleblowers, said the FAA
and the Transportation Department have repeatedly failed to take "timely
corrective action" in response to such complaints. "The public properly
expects zero tolerance for unnecessary risks," said Special Counsel
Carolyn Lerner. Among the complaints cited by Lerner were inadequate
oversight that allowed emergency-service helicopters to fly with improperly
installed night-vision systems, imprecise language used by air
traffic controllers in the greater New York area that resulted in a
near-collision, and ATC clearances issued without proper wake-turbulence
DELAY EXPLODING FUEL TANK FIX
Formerly known as the Air
Transport Association of America, the trade group Airlines for America
has asked the FAA to postpone a requirement to equip passenger jets with
kits designed to keep them from exploding. According to the group, the
need for a delay can be traced back to the FAA. A 2008 FAA regulation
requires that the kits be fitted to passenger jets to reduce the chance
of volatile fuel-air mixtures leading to fuel-tank explosions that could
damage (and have destroyed) aircraft and kill passengers. The trade
group says the process that would lead to the FAA's own approval for
those kits is behind schedule and that could force carriers to ground
aircraft if they are forced to meet a 2014 deadline. More...
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh
Don't miss aviation's most exciting week, July 23-29! Highlights include
salutes to the Tuskegee Airmen and Doolittle Raiders, anniversary
celebrations for the Piper Cub (75 years), Vans Aircraft (40 years), and
a special tribute to EAA Founders Paul and Audrey Poberezny. Several air
show performers will make their Oshkosh debut, including the Brazilian
Smoke Squadron, Team RV, and the SkyHawks.
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PILOTS GET HELP WITH FUEL COST
Volunteer pilots flying for
Patient AirLift Services (PALS) may now be partially reimbursed for fuel
costs related to charitable flights, PALS recently announced. The
program is FAA-approved and it means that "pilots can receive
reimbursement for fuel costs incurred when flying patients in need of
medical treatment during charitable missions." That change is the result
of an exception granted to PALS by the FAA that "is in the best public
interest," according to the FAA's acting deputy director of flight
standards service, Melvin Cintron. Said Cintron, "The FAA wants to
encourage this kind of volunteerism and public service for the common
good of our citizens." More...
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FITCH, SIOUX CITY FLIGHT 232 THROTTLE MAN DIES
the off-duty United Airlines DC-10 instructor who worked the throttles
in the crash landing of Flight 232 at Sioux City, IA on July 19, 1989
died of brain cancer on May 7. Fitch, along with 184 others survived in
a legendary feat of airmanship credited with initiating the now-standard
concept of crew resource management. "Nobody had a right to walk away
from that," Fitch told the Sioux City Herald just after the accident, in
which 111 people died. Fitch was deadheading from United's training
center in Denver to his home near Chicago when he heard the bang that
signalled shards of turbine blades on the tail-mounted No. 2 engine
slicing through lines supplying all three hydraulic systems on the
aircraft. As the engine shook itself to a final smoking death,the only
controls left were the power settings for the wing-mounted engines.
After reassuring a flight attendant that everything would be alright,
Fitch headed for the cockpit. More...
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TO EXPLORE GA SAFETY
The NTSB announced this week that it
will hold a two-day forum next month to examine safety issues related to
general aviation. "Each year, hundreds of people are killed in general
aviation crashes, and thousands more are injured," said board chairman
Deborah Hersman, in a news release. "Tragically, the circumstances
leading to these accidents are often repeated over and over, year after
year. If we are going to prevent future fatalities and injuries, these
common causes must be addressed." Last year, the safety board added
"General Aviation Safety" to its "Most Wanted" list of transportation
safety improvements. More...
ON UPSET FLIGHT SUE AIRLINE
A $20 million class action
lawsuit has been launched against Air Canada by passengers aboard a
Toronto-Zurich flight that was mistakenly thrown into a dive by one of
the pilots. As we
reported, at least 16 people, 14 passengers and two flight
attendants, were hurt when the first officer, who had just awoken from a
sanctioned in-seat nap, spotted an oncoming Air Force C-17 and thought
they were on a collision course. Moments before, he'd mistaken the
planet Venus for the C-17. The military plane was 1,000 feet below the
767-300 at 12 o'clock. The FO pushed the Boeing into an emergency dive,
dropping 400 feet. It then, just as abruptly, climbed 800 feet before
settling into level flight with the captain under control. Seven of the
injured were taken to hospital when the aircraft arrived in Zurich three
hours later. But it wasn't the incident itself, which happened in
January of 2011, that pushed the passengers to legal action. Their
statement of claim alleges the airline "actively covered up the true
cause of the terrifying episode." More...
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OF THE WEEK: WHAT DO YOU DRIVE (ON THE GROUND)?
"I know it's
a bit off-norm for the 'Question of the Week,'" writes AVweb
reader Michael Sullivan, "but I work at a car dealership, and I
see a ton of pilots (professional and non-professional) come in here.
I'm curious to see what the pilot population is
Plus: Last week, we asked AVweb readers
if they'd commented on AOPA and EAA's third-class medical reform
proposal (at the request of another reader); click through to see the
breakdown of responses. More...
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INSIDER BLOG: THE F-22 DEBACLE
Ya gotta give the two Air
Force officers who went on record dissing the F-22's oxygen system
credit. It took a set of stones to do that. The larger question is what
will the Air Force do about this flawed super fighter, the most
expensive fighter aircraft in U.S. history by orders of magnitude? In
his latest post to the AVweb Insider blog, Paul Bertorelli asks,
"Are they really holding Lockheed Martin's feet to the fire to fix this
more and join the conversation. More...
WILLIAM RANKIN, THE MAN WHO RODE THE THUNDER
The story of William
Rankin's ejection at 47,000 feet and 500 knots is legendary, not only
because the fall took him 40 minutes, but also because he lived to talk
about it. There are other and more recent cases of people who have been
drawn into thunderstorms under canopy and not every one ends in
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OF THE WEEK: JET WEST (SNS, SALINAS, CALIFORNIA)
AVweb reader Jack Addison discovered our
latest "FBO of the Week" -- Jet West at Salinas Municipal Airport (SNS)
in Salinas, California:
had landed at Monterey, California and found [another venue] wanted $25
per night to stay for my wife's race at Big Sur. Their fuel was
expensive, and there were no tie-down ropes or chains with the
in-concrete loops. We ferried over to Jet West at Salinas, were greeted,
tied down with three chains provided, and fueled up at $5.99 and no more
charge for four nights. When we returned, the ground crew had put orange
cones 3' high at each wing tip for protection. As a bonus, my wife
walked over to Sean Tucker and got his autograph! Jet West, SNS likes
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