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RULES PILOT ERROR IN ROUSH OSHKOSH CRASH
NASCAR team owner
and AirVenture regular Jack Roush says he accepts the findings of the
NTSB report (PDF) released Friday that blamed him for the crash
of his Hawker Beechcraft 390 business jet at AirVenture 2010. But Roush
also told The Sporting News the NTSB could have taken into
account the circumstances that led to him stalling the aircraft and
crashing it on the infield by Runway 18R during the show on July 27,
2010. "It was a very sad day in my life when I crashed that airplane,"
Roush was quoted as saying. "I'm glad to have closure now.
accept the findings. There are some omissions. I wish they had been more
complete in the description of the things that were happening in the
congested airspace that I was presented there in Oshkosh. They didn't do
that, so that's a moot point." The NTSB found that Roush didn't properly
execute the go-around he initiated when he thought his aircraft was in
conflict with a Piper Cub that had just been cleared to take off on the
same runway that he was approaching. The board lists the probable cause
as "the pilot's decision not to advance the engines to takeoff power
during the go-around, as stipulated by the airplane flight manual, which
resulted in an aerodynamic stall at a low altitude." As we
reported on the day of the accident and in the accompanying ATC
recording, Roush queried controllers about the potential conflict with
the Cub. More...
INSIDER BLOG: LESSONS FROM THE JACK ROUSH CRASH
there in black and white. Roush simply stalled the airplane near the
ground, the result of a botched go-around. Before you remind yourself
that you'd never do that, just remember that the intensity and
distractions of AirVenture flight operations can throw anyone off their
game. Paul Bertorelli meditates on the importance of circumstances in
the latest installment of the AVweb Insider blog. Read
more and join the conversation. More...
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IMPULSE FLIGHT HIGHLIGHTS CHALLENGES
aircraft Solar Impulse landed safely at Ouarzazate International
Airport, Kingdom of Morocco, after flying 17 hours and twenty minutes
over 683 km, and not without challenges. Pilot Andre Borschberg told
local journalists it was "one of the most difficult flights we've done."
The area presents pilots with frequent thunderstorms, strong winds and
thermal activity. The team's flight planners used sophisticated modeling
programs supported with information from local meteorologists to
optimize the fragile aircraft's route. But Borschberg himself still
found challenges in working with the information. More...
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CHANGING TOWER MARKING REQUIREMENTS
The FAA is planning to
omit the requirement for steady red marker lights on some types of
towers and antennae to reduce the toll on migratory birds. Radio World reports that a federal study (PDF) has shown that eliminating the red lights or
making them flash, while maintaining the bright white flashing lights on
towers, will reduce the number of "avian fatalities" without increasing
aviation fatalities. "The results showed that flashing the
steady-burning lights was acceptable for small towers (151 to 350 feet
in height) and that they could be omitted on taller towers (over 351
feet) so long as the remaining brighter, flashing lights were
operational," the study says. More...
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CHALLENGES ON EAST COAST
An untimely fire combined with the
collision of a cold front and some warm southern air united to create
air travel mayhem along the east coast of North America on Friday. As
some relatively typical summer weather organized itself into lines of
thunderstorms the building that houses the equipment that helps the FAA
cope with these eventualities caught fire. About 1,600 people at the
William J. Hughes Technical Center at Atlantic City Airport were
evacuated when the fire started around noon. The equipment most affected
by the fire institutes ground holds at airports across the country when
weather is limiting access to airports in other parts of the country.
FAA staff did their best the old-fashioned way, with telephone calls to
airlines and other forms of notification, but JetBlue COO Rob Maruster
took to Twitter to tweet the bad news to his followers. "It will not be
a pretty evening," he said. More...
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HELICOPTER IN TESTING
A team at the University of Maryland is
currently undergoing flight tests of their improved Gamera II
human-powered helicopter targeting a challenge established in 1980 by
the American Helicopter Society. The team's goal is 60 seconds of
sustained flight achieving (if only momentarily) an altitude of 10 feet.
They've already achieved 35 seconds. The Gamera project is a study in
extreme engineering -- if any single component is not about to break,
it's too heavy. Working toward that goal, a new "micro-truss" structural
design has slashed the weight of Gamera II by 39 percent, compared to
its predecessor, Gamera I. The new design is about 105 feet from tip to
tip and weighs in at about 75 pounds without its 135-pound
powerplant/pilot. AVweb spoke with team advisor Dr. Inderjit
Chopra about the project, who offered more details. Click here
to listen. More...
To a pilot just
about any airplane is "art" but an Anchorage artist is expressing that
feeling in a, uh, pivotal way. Paolo Pivi's How I Roll is a 1977
Piper Seneca mounted between steel posts from the wingtips in the Doris
C. Freedman Plaza just off Fifth Avenue in New York's Central Park. The
aircraft rotates slowly on its motorized mounts and will be tumbling
there until Aug. 26. The work, according to NYC-Arts, is an example of her
"recontextualization of familiar subjects, objects and places." It's
sponsored by New York's Public Art Fund. The Seneca is no scrap yard
relic. It looks like it could fly off its stand and, according to the FAA registry, it appears it could.
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ANA 767 HARD LANDING CREASES FUSELAGE
An All Nippon
Airways Boeing 767-300 carrying 193 passengers was damaged during a hard
landing at Tokyo Narita airport, Wednesday, June 20, 2012. The ANA jet
touched down on Runway 16R. Airport weather reports show winds at 230
and 16 knots gusting to 29 at that time, suggesting a potential
crosswind component of more than 27 knots. However that may have
affected the pilots and aircraft, security camera footage shows the
airliner came down first on the right main, then on the nosewheel alone,
before porpoising into a second impact that appears to impart visible
flex on the airliner's forward fuselage. No injuries were reported, but
an early post-flight inspection clearly showed buckling and creases in
the fuselage skin forward of the wing root. Japan's transportation
safety board is investigating. Click the image at right for video.
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JUNE 25, 2012
Letter of the Week: Test
Regarding the FAA's
written test revisions, I am a student pilot, and I first and
foremost put aviation safety to at the top of the list of my training
priorities. I believe the written test is fine. I do have concerns about
the oral and practical test standards that are not adhered to by the FAA
They are the ones who sign the final papers to allow
the certification to be issued. They make the decision as to a pilot's
ability to fly safely and responsibly. I feel that once again the
government is laying fault some place else other than where it belongs,
The student pilot has a great deal of money and time
invested into his or her training. If a student takes a practical test
and is passed, then he or she must feel that they are ready for the
I have not taken my practical test yet but will in two or
three weeks. If I fail a task, I will expect to fail the test, but we
will see. Perhaps you will be interested in the result. If I feel that I
failed a portion of the test but yet passed the test, it will be
interesting, and the point will be made.
I will say that a good
pilot is always learning and should improve with every hour as pilot in
command. I have not heard the statement about a private pilot's license,
but I have heard a statement from a sport pilot instructor that a sport
pilot license is a license to learn.
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OF THE WEEK: LAREDO AERO CENTER (KLRD, LAREDO,
Summer is here, local air shows are in full swing, and
AVweb readers are logging some serious flying time. At least,
that's the way it looks from the number of great FBOs we've heard about
in the last seven days. It was tough choosing one nomination, but our
latest "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Laredo Aero
Center at Laredo International Airport (KLRD) in (you guessed
it) Laredo, Texas.
Jimmy Harrison brought Aero Center to
our attention with his praise:
The people who operate Aero Center are absolutely fabulous.
This includes the line handlers, the refuelers and the ops desk
personnel. I have stopped here several times and am always delighted
with their excellent service and can-do attitude.
Keep those nominations
coming. For complete contest rules, click
AVweb is actively seeking out the best FBOs in
the country and another one, submitted by you, will be spotlighted here
next Monday! More...
INSIDER BLOG: NOW WHAT FOR HAWKER BEECHCRAFT?
presented three post-bankrupcty plans this week, none of which are
likely to be slam dunks. It didn't mention selling the assets or merging
with another player such as Cessna or Gulfstream. On the AVweb
Insider blog, Paul Bertorelli sorts through the possibilities.
Whatever follows, HBC will have a fierce competitive environment against
the well-established players. Read
more and join the conversation. More...
GAMERA II, THE HUMAN-POWERED HELICOPTER
A team at the
University of Maryland hopes to fly their 105-foot, 76-pound
human-powered helicopter for at least 60 seconds and up to an altitude
of 10 feet. Glenn Pew speaks with Dr. Inderjit Chopra about the
project's advances and, if it's successful, what's next.
On a Young Eagles flight recently, the 8-year-old
girl sitting in the right seat asked me what why I had a switch for
"rotting bacon." Confused, I asked her to point to it. Then I said, "Oh,
that's for the rotating beacon!"
I'm going to use that term from
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