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SUSPENDS REVERSE-TRAFFIC PROCEDURE
The FAA said this week air
traffic controllers must temporarily stop using a procedure that allows
airplanes to land and take off in the opposite direction from normal,
after a mix-up
with three commuter jets in Washington on July 31. However, the
procedure was not at fault, according to the FAA, but a communication
lapse between the tower at Reagan National Airport and the Potomac
tracon. "This incident should not have happened," FAA chief operating
officer David Grizzle said in a memo (PDF) to FAA acting administrator Michael Huerta. "At
no time were the aircraft on a head-to-head course and the aircraft
remained at different altitudes." More...
INSIDER BLOG: RUNWAY CHICKEN AT DCA
Now that the FAA seems to
have figured out why the tower launched a couple of departures into an
arriving RJ last month at Reagan National, it's suggesting that there
will be consequences. We can only hope that the agency doesn't come up
with some silly procedures that complicate things further, introducing
new distractions and errors. On the AVweb Insider blog, Paul
Bertorelli offers the novel suggestion that the guy who owns this deal
probably a supervisor simply be asked not to do that
again. Not that he hasn't figured that out already. What we have here is
a failure to communicate. Read
more and join the conversation. More...
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LAW EXPANDS PILOT RIGHTS
Legislation known as the "Pilot's
Bill of Rights" was signed into law by President Barack Obama on Friday.
The new law requires the FAA to provide pilots with information about
cases that could result in the revocation of their pilot privileges. The
change was welcomed by general aviation advocacy groups. "The
legislation safeguards the rights of those who fly," said EAA President
Rod Hightower. "We are very pleased for all aviators." AOPA President
Craig Fuller also welcomed the news. "Having access to all available
information, including FAA data, is critical for pilots who find
themselves under investigation or whose certificates may be in
jeopardy," he said. More...
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PART FAILURE, AIRBUS CREW DISTRACTION
Investigators have made
progress toward explaining the failure of a Boeing 787 Dreamliner GEnx
engine during a taxi test and a separate incident that many pilots might
understand involving the crew of an A380 out of LAX. The 787 incident
took place July 28 at Charleston, S.C., and resulted in a contained
engine failure. The NTSB has found that a fan located mid-shaft on the
787's GEnx engine fractured. Detailed metallurgical and dimensional
analysis of the parts is ongoing. Meanwhile, ATSB investigators found
that complications and interruptions introduced into the cockpit of an
A380 as the crew prepared for takeoff last October ultimately left them
without automated lift-off target speeds during the takeoff roll.
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FLIES NEW BLENDED-WING DESIGN
NASA flew a new version of its
remotely piloted blended-wing-body test aircraft for the first time, on
Tuesday, at Edwards Air Force Base in California's Mojave Desert. The
X-48C aircraft is modified from the X-48B,
which last flew in 2010. The winglets from the earlier design have been
moved inboard from the wingtips, close to the engines, "effectively
turning them into twin tails," NASA said. The X-48B's three
50-pound-thrust engines have been replaced by two engines, each with 89
pounds of thrust. Also, the aft deck of the aircraft was extended about
two feet to the rear. The aircraft has a wingspan of about 20 feet. The
new model will be used to evaluate the low-speed stability and control
of a low-noise version of a hybrid-wing-body aircraft design, NASA said.
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5-YEAR FIGHT FOR AIRPORT ENDS IN LOSS
It's home to roughly 73
aircraft and averages 96 operations per day, according to AirNav.com,
and AOPA has fought for years for its survival, but it appears the
battle for Cincinnati-Blue Ash airport is now officially lost. According
to AOPA, the city of Cincinnati has sent notice to the FAA that it will
close the reliever airport, effective August 29. AOPA says it "received
personal assurances from city leaders" and that the airport "would
continue to operate as a general aviation airport." Those assurances
have apparently evolved into new plans. More...
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WILL BUILD ICON COMPONENTS
Cirrus Aircraft will build "a
significant portion" of the composite airframe components for the Icon
A5 light sport aircraft, the two companies announced on Monday. Cirrus
will add up to 60 jobs over the next 18 months or so to handle the extra
work, Cirrus spokesman Todd Simmons told AVweb. "It could be even
more," Simmons said. Composite component production will begin by the
end of this year at the Cirrus facility in Grand Forks, N.D., and the
first production aircraft will be completed next summer, according to
the news release. Icon expects the effort to produce about 50 airframes
in the first 12 months, and about 250 to 300 in the second 12 months,
Icon spokesperson Amy Julian told AVweb. More...
AID HELO LANDING
A medical helicopter broke a skid in flight
when it hit a cellphone tower early Sunday morning, but the crew landed
safely at San Antonio International Airport after firefighters built a
pile of mattresses to take the place of the missing skid. The Bell 407
helicopter, with three crew and a patient on board, was headed for the
San Antonio Military Medical Center about 3:30 a.m. when the accident
occurred. "[The pilot] knew if he landed, that he would crash,"
firefighter Kevin Campbell told the San Antonio Express-News. "He
suggested mattresses, and I told Engine 23 to grab three or four
mattresses from the dorm." They also brought 45-pound weights from the
firehouse gym to hold the mattresses down. Campbell said the
helicopter crew hovered for a short time before attempting the landing.
"It was tense for a little bit," he said. But the helicopter landed
safely, and nobody was hurt. "It worked great," Campbell said.
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FLIGHT TRIAL -- DYNON'S NEW D1 POCKET PANEL
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OF THE WEEK: FERGUSON AIR SERVICES (KJKA, GULF SHORES,
AVweb's "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Ferguson
Air Services at Jack Edwards Airport (KJKA) in Gulf Shores,
AVweb reader Sheldon Olesen recommended the
When we pull into a
strange airport and have a choice of FBOs, we generally pick the one
without "jet" in their name. Ferguson Air Service was pur choice on our
recent trip to the Gulf Shores area. We had made no reservations for a
rental car, but we were able to rent a car immediately at a cost of
about $200 less than what we had been quoted online. Bags were taken for
us, water provided, and the plane tied down all with great
efficiency and courtesy. Michelle provided directions for us to get to
our final destination. On our return, we came back late in the day and
turned our rental car back in. Thunderstorms surrounded the airport by
the time we had preflighted the airplane. So no flyinfg, but no problem.
Michelle got the rental car out again and sent us on our way after
recommending some local hotels. A nice, friendly FBO with excelent
facilities there is no question we would
Keep those nominations
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next Monday! More...
Departing north from Moorabbin (YMMB) on a warm
summer's day, in a very tired rental Arrow, I was cleared to climb in
class C over the busy approach to
"ABC, cleared to Eildon Weir;
"ABC, maintain best rate of
"Best rate? I'm peddling as fast as I
Andrew Fry More...
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