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GARY POWERS AWARDED SILVER STAR
Francis Gary Powers will be
posthumously awarded the Silver Star on June 15, 50 years after his U-2 spy
plane went down in Russia on May 1, 1960, during the height of Cold War
tensions between the U.S. and Soviet Union. Although Powers received
service medals and top recognition from the CIA, this is the first time
he has been cited for "gallantry in action." The Silver Star is the
third-ranked in this class for actions not warranting the Medal of Honor
and Distinguished Service Cross. The Silver Star will be presented by
Air Force Chief of Staff General Norton Schwartz to Powers' grandson and
granddaughter at a Pentagon ceremony on Friday. More...
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INVESTIGATED AS PART OF CRASH PROBE
The FAA has opened
another investigation concerning California pilot Dave Riggs as an
offshoot of its probe of a fatal L-39 crash that happened in Nevada in
May. Riggs lost his flight privileges for a year for a 2008 buzzing of
the Santa Monica pier in an L-39 and he was in formation with Doug
Gilliss in his L-39 when Gilliss's jet went down near Boulder City,
killing Gilliss and his passenger Richard Winslow, of Palm Desert,
Calif. The FAA is investigating whether Riggs, who also had a passenger
in his L-39, violated the regulations restricting the selling of seats
for this type of flight. More...
WRECKAGE SUGGESTS IN-FLIGHT BREAKUP
Six people were killed in
the crash of a 2006 Pilatus PC-12/47 that appears to have broken up in
flight some 50 miles southwest of Orlando, Thursday. The crash took
place at about 12:30 p.m. and early reports state that parts of the
aircraft have been recovered more than two miles from the main wreckage.
The aircraft was carrying four children ages 8, 11, 13, and 15, along
with their two parents, flying at 25,000 feet from the Bahamas to
Junction City, Kan. Five family members were found with in the aircraft.
Friday, the body of one of the children was found nearly half a mile
away. Witnesses say they saw the airplane tumbling out of the sky.
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According to the Collings Foundation, you can see
their historic aircraft at airshows largely because of specific
exemptions granted by the FAA, but that could soon change for them and
similar organizations and your chance to comment ends June 18. In March
of 2011, the FAA put a moratorium on issuing the exemptions and they are
currently under review, so your voice matters. Hunter Chaney, director
of marketing for Collings, told AVweb Thursday that it's now
unclear whether the FAA will issue new exemptions for newly restored
aircraft or even reissue current exemptions. That, says Chaney, could
cripple the ability for organizations like Collings to bring their
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exemption -- currently under review -- that Collings says it
depends on to bring historic aircraft to the public. More...
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FLIGHT MOVIE FOR DENZEL WASHINGTON
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Flight, due for release this November, charts the complicated,
mostly post-crash life of an airline pilot played by Denzel Washington,
and it comes with a twist. The pilot is made a hero by his actions
during a crash landing, but his blood tests positive for alcohol. The
cast of the movie includes John Goodman and Don Cheadle, who plays
Washington's lawyer. Quotes from the movie's trailer set the stage with,
"The FAA placed 10 pilots in simulators, recreated the events ... every
pilot killed everybody on board. You were the only one who could do it."
And, "You had alcohol in your system; that could be life in prison."
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ICON ED KING DIES AT 90
Avionics icon Ed King, who in the
1950s started King Radio in his basement, has died at age 90. Ed King
once set the standard for which all general aviation avionics were
judged. King eventually moved his King Radio business to a farmhouse in
Lenexa, Kan., and then began an impressive run of innovative avionics
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JUNE 11, 2012
Letter of the Week: It Adds Up to an
Regarding the story
on the Jackson Hole overrun: With more than 15,000 hours in the
B-757 I can state that it is not uncommon to have the reverse levers
(one or both) tend to hang up while selecting reverse. Also, if the
speed brake is not set all the way into the "armed" position, it will
not activate properly on touchdown but will activate when reverse is
selected. (In this case, they were unable to get it into reverse in a
timely manner.) And last (a major pet peeve of mine) is the FAA's
mandate that an aircraft (whether VFR or IFR) be "at or above the visual
or electronic glide slope."
This has created a generation of
pilots that have found "security" in being above the glide slope during
approach, thus always touching down long of the touchdown mark. One only
has to go to the observation deck of any major airport and count the
number of jets that land on the mark. It will be less than one in
These guys just got caught in a "triple whammy" of failures,
one of which was pilot error.
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OF THE WEEK: DESERT SKIES EXECUTIVE AIR TERMINAL (KHII, LAKE HAVASU,
Our latest "FBO of the Week" is one we spotlighted a
couple of years ago Desert Skies Executive Air Terminal at Lake
Havasu City Airport (KHII) in Arizona. AVweb reader Scott
Brooksby told us about the usual low prices and great services but
noted that little "something special" that makes Desert Skies a
Desert Skies not only has great prices for fuel, some of the
lowest in the region, but they also have Waldo's BBQ. The restaurant
closes at 8:00 pm but has awesome food, and for dessert, you can have a
small apple crisp or sweet potato pie among other choices for only 99
cents. The fueling is quick, and the manager was there helping to park
the plane and make sure all was O.K.
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next Monday! More...
Listening to the radio in our hangar, we heard
the following exchange. After landing at KSTS, a pilot requested to taxi
to his hangar. He was given specific instructions and was cleared to his
hangar. About 30 seconds later, we heard:
"Santa Rosa Ground, this is Mooney 432XX with a
"Mooney 432XX, say
"I'd like to change my taxi
destination to the shade hangars. I see someone over there who owes me
"Change in destination approved. Good
Ten seconds later, we heard:
"Santa Rosa Ground, this is Mooney 432XX with a second
"Mooney 432XX, say
"If a Citabria requests
permission to taxi, please deny
"You're a Mooney; you should be able
to outrun him."
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