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REPORTEDLY LEAKS AIR FRANCE 447 CONCLUSIONS
The French news
agency AFP reported Wednesday (one day ahead of the official final
report's release) that investigators have concluded that pilot error and
technical malfunctions caused the crash of Air France Flight 447 in
2009, killing all 228 aboard. "A source close to the case" told AFP that
speed sensors on the Airbus A330 "froze up and failed" as the aircraft
entered a line of thunderstorms while flying from Rio to Paris. That
information was reported more than a year ago in factual findings.
However, the source also told AFP that the official report of the French
Accident Investigation Bureau, BEA, concludes that the captain then
"failed in his duties," and "prevented the co-pilot from reacting." BEA
is due to release its final report on the crash today (Thursday).
YEARS LATER, EARHART SEARCH CONTINUES
It was 75 years ago
this week that aviatrix Amelia Earhart went missing, and on Tuesday yet
another expedition launched with hopes of solving the mystery of her
disappearance over the South Pacific. The International Group for
Historic Aircraft Recovery departed from Hawaii aboard a research vessel
bound for the remote atoll of Nikumaroro. They plan to search the nearby
ocean using a remotely operated submersible, in hopes of finding
wreckage from Earhart's Lockheed Electra. "This is the high-tech
deep-water search we've long wanted to do but could never afford," says
the TIGHAR website. More...
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RESUME FIREFIGHTING AFTER FATAL CRASH
Five C-130s were back
in the air fighting wildfires in several western states on Tuesday after
being briefly grounded following a fatal crash over the weekend. Four
crew members were killed and two were seriously injured on Sunday at
about 6:30 p.m. local time when a C-130 from the North Carolina Air
National Guard crashed while fighting fires in the Black Hills of South
Dakota. "Operational flying was suspended for one day to review flying
and safety procedures, in the context of what is known so far about the
crash," according to a statement from the Northern Command, which
oversees the airplanes while they are on firefighting duty. The cause of
the crash is under investigation and no details have been released.
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PILOT RULED INSANE
The JetBlue captain whose mid-flight
meltdown a few months ago resulted in crew members calling for help
by passengers to restrain him has been found not guilty by reason of
insanity of criminal charges related to the well-publicized incident.
Clayton Osbon, a well-respected senior pilot with a clean record, began
acting irrationally on a New York-to-Las Vegas flight last March 27 and
was ultimately restrained by a group of mostly ex-law-enforcement
professionals headed to a security conference in Sin City. After the
nervous FO locked him out of the flight deck, Osbon ran the length of
the aircraft ranting about terrorism and religion. The FO, with help
from a commuting JetBlue pilot who happened to be on board, landed the
aircraft uneventfully in Amarillo, Texas. Osbon has been in jail, and on
the JetBlue payroll, ever since. More...
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BULL'S LONG JUMP SET FOR THIS SUMMER
As the Red Bull
Stratos project continues preparations to break Joe Kittinger's
long-standing freefall record with a jump from a balloon at over 120,000
feet later this summer, the team this week released an animation of what
the experience will be like for skydiver Felix Baumgartner. The video
shows the balloon and the capsule suspended beneath it climbing through
the atmosphere into the blackness of space, with the Earth's curved
surface far below. Baumgartner pauses on the capsule's threshold to take
in the view before leaping off. Red Bull says Baumgartner may reach
supersonic speed on his descent. More...
BOOMS RAISE CONCERN, CAUSE DAMAGE
The Brazilian air force has
offered to pay for damage to that country's Supreme Court building and
the U.S. Navy has offered an explanation to San Diego residents after
two separate supersonic incidents since last Friday. Residents across at
least 40 miles of coastal communities near San Diego experienced a two-
to three-second rumble Friday at approximately 12:45 p.m. that shook
windows and raised concerns after local Marine bases and the Navy
initially denied responsibility. The Navy later revealed that two
F/A-18s had gone supersonic some 35 miles off the coast as part of a
"family day" ahead of July 4 celebrations. Monday in Brazil, two Mirage
2000 jets participating in a national flag exchange ceremony buzzed the
country's Supreme Court building at low altitude and high speed. The
flight shattered the building's three-story tall glass facade. Video of
both events after the jump. More...
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LAYOFFS AT HAWKER; BIDS CONSIDERED
Hawker Beechcraft laid off
another 125 workers in Wichita last week, and six bids are under
consideration from potential buyers of the company's assets, the Wichita Eagle reported on Monday. The company said
no final decision has been made regarding a sale, but the bids were
solicited as the company continues to restructure under bankruptcy
protection. "The Debtors are continuing to evaluate potential sale
alternatives and may elect to incorporate one or more sale or plan
sponsorship transactions into the plan," according to the bankruptcy
filing, the Eagle reported. More...
CANYON RESTRICTIONS STOPPED
Some last-minute political
maneuvering by Nevada and Arizona congressmen from both sides of the
aisle has stopped the National Parks Service from imposing more
restrictive anti-noise regulations on air tour operators in Grand Canyon
National Park. The Parks Service wanted to introduce rules that would
have resulted in the "substantial restoration of natural quiet" to the
park by limiting flights in such a way that two-thirds of the park would
have been free of audible aircraft 75 to 100 percent of the time. It
also would have encouraged operators to buy quieter aircraft by allowing
them more flights in those aircraft. Aviation groups were concerned
about the proposed regulations on philosophical grounds in that they
would have effectively given the Parks Service control over airspace.
But the politicians who banded together to shoot down the initiative had
more practical concerns. More...
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OF THE WEEK: DUTCHESS AVIATION (KPOU, POUGHKEEPSIE,
AVweb's latest "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to
Dutchess Aviation at Dutchess County Airport
(KPOU) in Wappingers Falls(/Poughkeepsie), New York.
recently hosted the Cessna Pilots Society for its annual fly-in, and
multiple CPS pilots were impressed enough to nominate them. Reader
Jeffrey Chipetine wrote:
The FBO was heavily tasked as our operational tempo included
daily fly-outs and New York Corridor tours. Fuel requests were filled
quickly and with a smile. Many flights were "all seats full" and
required careful, accurate fueling to keep the weight & balance inside
the envelope, and Dutchess Aviation did it right every time. Service
with a smile was the rule! The FBO enthusiasm was met equally by the
airport maintenance personnel and by those manning the Tower Cab. The
airport was spotlessly clean, the grass trimmed like it was being
manicured. An unused building was even retasked to serve as our
unofficial clubhouse for the event, complete with restrooms, A. C.,
and even a grill for afternoon burgers on the deck. The airport manager,
Ed Rose, directs a dedicated and impressive staff. ATC was equally
friendly, with multiple rapid-fire requests for clearances to begin
flying the NYC Corridor Tour handled without a ruffle.
From-out-of-the-area pilots were made to feel welcome and comfortable.
While this is a nomination for "FBO of the Week," the award for the
overall excellence we enjoyed during our stay really demands that the
entire crew at KPOU be recognized. Nicely done, all!
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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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