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ENSURES SKYDIVERS JUMP BEFORE CRASH
A young Illinois
skydive-plane pilot who died Saturday in a crash in Taylorville, Ill.,
is being hailed as a hero after he ensured his load of 12 jumpers got
out safely before he tried unsuccessfully to save himself. Brandon
Sparrow, 30, of Augusta, Ill., has been identified as the pilot.
Circumstances of the crash are still sketchy but there have been
unconfirmed reports that there was no post-crash fire or explosion after
the Beech 18 crashed in the back yard of a home. More...
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VIDEO CAPTURES STINSON CRASH
Video that made its way to
YouTube early this month shows the June 30 crash of a Stinson 108-3 as
filmed by an occupant sitting right seat in the cockpit. All four aboard
survived the crash and the NTSB is collecting information. The aircraft
came down near Bruce Meadows airstrip near Stanley, Idaho. The strip
offers 5,000 feet of grass and dirt at an elevation of 6,370 feet.
Weather at the time of the accident included an altimeter setting of
30.00 inches Hg with a temperature of 27-degrees Centigrade and a dew
point of three. The observations result in a density altitude of 9,167
feet. The four had flown into the airstrip earlier in the day and had
reportedly gone hiking before attempting their departure. The video
shows that the aircraft becomes airborne before settling to the ground
and then gaining altitude. A passenger told the NTSB the Stinson never
made it more than about 70 feet above the treetops before settling again
-- this time, into the trees. More...
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REPLACES FUEL PENDING LAB RESULTS
Truckee Tahoe airport
authorities told AVweb Friday they have swapped out their
self-serve 100LL and contacted pilots after initial tests following a
fatal crash suggested there may have been a problem with fuel sold on
the airport. As of Friday, it was not clear if there was a problem with
the fuel, with the testing, or if any other airports might be affected.
The crash took place at the California airport on Aug. 3, when an
O-540-powered PA-24 Piper Comanche that had fueled up on the field
crashed into a hangar shortly after takeoff, killing the pilot. Kevin
Smith, general manager, Truckee Tahoe airport district, told
AVweb Friday that the airport immediately stopped selling fuel
after the crash as part of protocol and sent fuel samples to an
independent lab for testing. Those results were inconclusive, Smith
said, but showed a discrepancy regarding octane levels. That was enough
for the airport to replace its supply and start looking for and
replacing fuel in potentially affected aircraft while waiting on more
lab results over the weekend. Some potentially affected pilots may yet
be unaware. More...
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OK, PLANNING COMEBACK
Airshow pilot Kent Pietsch is back home
in Minot, N.D., after crash landing his Interstate Cadet show plane
after a show in Wetaskiwin, Alberta, Canada last week. According to
local media, Pietsch broke his nose when the aircraft clipped a wing
during a forced landing short of the runway after his performance. He
was looking for the aileron he drops as part of his act and lost power
at low altitude. Pietsch and his bright yellow "Jelly Belly" aircraft
are expected to be back. More...
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LAND AT WRONG AIRPORTS
Considering the navigation resources
available to pilots these days it would seem like Wrong Way Corrigan
type incidents would be next to impossible, but a military and an
airline crew each proved recently that it is still possible to land at
the wrong airport. Last Tuesday, a United Express Saab 340 operated by
Silver Airways missed its destination of Clarksburg, W.V., by about 10
miles and landed instead at Fairmont Municipal Airport. The 11
passengers were "re-accommodated" to the right airport shortly afterward
and the crew has been suspended. "Safety is our top priority, and we
have launched an internal review to determine what led to the flight
diversion," Silver Airways COO David Querio said in the statement
emailed to CNN. "We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience to
passengers aboard flight 4049." The incident came a few weeks after an
Air Force C-17 mistook an executive airport in Tampa for its intended
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GAO: "Weaknesses Exist
in TSA's Process for Ensuring
Foreign Flight Students Do Not Pose a
Is the concern about verifying foreign student pilot identity only a
U.S. problem, or does it relate to the much broader global challenge of
verifying individual pilot identity and competency? And how will the
potential remedies for this perceived problem affect the U.S. flight
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OF THE WEEK: LIBERTY FLYING SERVICE (LONESONE PINES AIRPORT, WISE,
Our latest "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Liberty Flying Service at Lonesome Pines
Airport (KLNP) in Wise, Virginia.
We hear plenty of stories of FBO
personnel going above and beyond, but this tale from AVweb reader
Dennis Wilt may top the list:
My wife and I arrived late in the day due to weather on our way
to Oshkosh for AirVenture on Saturday, July 21. We called the FBO
manager, who had left for the day, and he immediately came back to the
airport to give us the keys to the courtesy car and give us directions
to a hotel. The FBO manager, Robert Spera, is a member of SAFE,
and it turns out we knew him but he didn't know that when he
drove back to the airport to help us. He was trying to get his wife to a
surprise retirement party that evening, and we delayed him somewhat. The
next morning, when we needed to depart for Oshkosh, he came out to the
airport again on his day off to fuel the plane. This is beyond
the call of duty for an FBO. Wonderful kudos to Bob and Liberty Flying
Keep those nominations
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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: 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...
FLIGHT TRIAL -- DYNON'S NEW D1 POCKET PANEL
It was only a matter
of time before someone stuffed a full-up EFIS into a portable box the
size of drink coaster. It didn't exactly take Dynon very long to get
around to it, either. In this video, AVweb takes a tour of the
new D1 Pocket Panel, and while it's not really a full EFIS, it's close
enough a clever combination of MEMS gyro and GPS aiding.
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Overheard on the radio a few years
"Kalamazoo approach, student pilot
N1234 five miles west."
"Are you the red and
blue Cessna 172?"
"Yes. How did you
"I have color radar. N1234, go to
"Kalamazoo approach, white Bonanza
with black and red stripes checking in."
"I used to fly that 172!"
Robert Brown More...
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