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RESEARCHERS FOUND "DEBRIS FIELD"
Researchers who combed the
sea bottom off a remote Pacific island for Amelia Earhart's Lockheed
Electra say raw video shows "manmade objects," but they are stopping
short of saying the mystery of her disappearance has been solved. "It's
still very early days but we have man-made objects in a debris field in
the place we'd expect to find it if our theory about the airplane is
correct," said Ric Gillespie, director of The International Group for
Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR), in a statement Saturday. The news
comes on the eve of the airing of a Discovery Channel program on the
TIGHAR expedition to Nikumaroro in July. The group believes the Electra
was swept offshore sometime after Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan
made an emergency landing on the island. More...
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|World Gliding Championships' Eventful Weekend||back to
TEAM UNLIMITED GLIDER CHAMPION
Laurent Aboulin, of France,
won the unlimited class in the World Gliding Championships in Uvalde, TX
on Sunday. Dozens of teams competing in three classes flew prescribed
courses with a minimum of three waypoints in closed loop over more than
200 miles over 13 days of competition. First place in the 18-meter
wingspan (about 60 feet) class was Jerzy Szemplinski, of Canada and the
top pilot in the 15-meter class (which flew 12 flights) was Sebastian
Kawa, of Poland. Full results here. The top U.S. entrant in the
unlimited class was Dick Butler, who came seventh. It was his aircraft,
Concordia, with its 92-foot wingspan that was the talk of the meet,
nicknamed the Olympics of Gliding, however. More...
GLIDERS COLLIDE: NO SERIOUS INJURIES
Gliders competing in the
15-meter class at the World Gliding Championships collided Friday and
one crashed, but there were no serious injuries. Competition officials
said late Friday that Louis Bourderlique, of France, and Peter Hartmann,
of Austria, came together about 30 miles from Uvalde, Texas, the base
airport for this year's competition. Bourderlique flew his damaged
aircraft back to Uvalde while Hartmann bailed out and landed safely by
parachute. Bourderlique was uninjured, while Hartmann was picked up by
helicopter from his landing site, returned to Uvalde and then taken to
hospital for a checkup. More...
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COSTS VIA AIRCRAFT CERTIFICATION REFORM?
The FAA submitted a
report to Congress this week titled Aircraft Certification Process
Review Reform, which could ultimately affect the cost of new aircraft,
and GAMA has now issued a cautious but positive response. According to
GAMA President and CEO Pete Bunce, the report is "an important first
step" toward improving the efficiency of the certification process.
Technological advances are expected to create an increasing demand for
product certification. Bunce says the FAA is now publicly committed to
"dramatic process improvement" and the agency has worked "diligently"
with industry representatives to create metrics that will evaluate
progress. But, says Bunce, "much work remains." More...
HOPEFUL FACES FINANCIAL RESTRUCTURING
amphibious AKOYA LSA turned heads at AirVenture Oshkosh 2012, may have
prompted some head scratching with its $350,000 price tag, and may now
add some head shaking as the company enters receivership "to protect its
future." Receivership is a type of corporate bankruptcy in which a
court-appointed "receiver" is given the responsibility to recoup unpaid
loans owed by the company. LISA says that it was engaged in fundraising
negotiations in July "bound to the commercial development of the
company" that were meant to provide the manufacturer with progressive
long-term funding. But "selected investors were not able to fulfill
their commitment." LISA describes its receivership as a "period of
transition" and says customer deposits are unaffected.
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|Honeywell's High-Tech Harbinger of Bad Weather||back to
3-D PREDICTIVE WEATHER RADAR
Honeywell's IntuVue 3-D radar
predicts what storms contain hail and lightening, identifies turbulence
and allows pilots to determine the top and bottom of storm cells, giving
up to 10 minutes advance warning for jets. Honeywell says the system is
an upgrade that provides pilots with more tools to make safe flight-path
decisions while en route. It works by analyzing data captured through
algorithms as radar scans an area from the ground to 60,000 feet and up
to 320 nautical miles out. Weather is color-coded with turbulence is
shown in magenta. Storm cells are analyzed and those that display the
characteristics for hail and lightning production are assigned an
associated icon. Honeywell says the range of the system's turbulence
detection sets a new standard for the industry. More...
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AVIATION DAY PASSED QUIETLY
It was National Aviation Day in
the U.S. on Sunday, marking what would have been Orville Wright's 141st
birthday. The day passed unnoticed in most places although it's been a
nationally proclaimed special day since 1939, when President Franklin
Delano Roosevelt deemed the nation's first pilot of a powered aircraft
worthy of remembrance on his birthday. As national observances go, it's
not a particularly significant one. At his discretion, the sitting
president may order federal buildings to fly the flag and he might
encourage people to take part in activities that bolster aviation.
Wright Brothers Day is also observed Aug. 19 as is White Cane Safety Day
and Carl Garner Federal Lands Cleanup Day. The First Flight Society held
a full program of events Sunday to mark the day. More...
PREPARE TO RETIRE CT-114 TUTOR
The Canadian Forces Snowbirds
aerobatics team has flown the CT-114 Tutor since 1971 and now, according
to documents obtained by Canada's The Citizen, they are in the early
stages of finding replacement aircraft. Amid tight budgeting guidelines
and looming modernization costs across the whole of the Canadian Forces,
authorities are prepared to spend $755 million for a new Snowbirds jet
fleet. Tutors have been in the Canadian Forces inventory since the 1960s
and the Snowbirds currently operate 11 of them. Nine fly formation
maneuvers when two solo aircraft are included. Two jets are kept
available as spares. It is not yet clear if the military will be
replacing all of the aircraft to create a fleet of equal number. But the
current Tutors are scheduled to retire by year-end 2020.
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PLANEDRIVEN'S ROADABLE AIRPLANE
The problem with
flying cars is that it's a lot harder to make a car fly than it is to
make an airplane drive. That's the thinking behind Trey Johnson's
roadable Glasair Sportsman, which we filmed at Oshkosh. He flew it in
and drove it around town a couple of times. We're not sure what kind of
demand there is for this sort of thing, but it's fun to watch it come
INSIDER BLOG: WHAT IS IT WITH FLYING CARS?
Maybe we should
blame Popular Mechanics for all those magazine covers featuring
artist's conception only a flying car in every garage. The
idea has never worked, and it's probably never going to work, yet it
persists and draws more interest than a lot of practical designs that
just aren't as sexy. Or, as Paul Bertorelli surmises on the AVweb
Insider blog, maybe they just don't have that edge-of-sanity dingbat
factor. Just because people won't buy crazy doesn't mean they don't want
to watch people try to pull it off. Read
more and join the conversation. More...
Ascension Scattering: A
Dignified Final Tribute for Any Aviator
Using a high-performance sailplane, Ascension Scattering
releases cremated remains into strong thermals over the Rocky Mountains.
The ashes are carried heavenward, making them part of the sky. Your
family is invited to personalize the release to create an individualized
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OF THE WEEK: HANGAR 9 (ABERDEEN REGIONAL AIRPORT/KABR, SOUTH
AVweb readers often discover great FBOs on their
individual journeys to Oshkosh for AirVenture. This year was no
exception, as we received quite a few nominations during the
weeks after the show.
Our latest "FBO of the Week" is one of
these, recommended by annual patron Les Smith - Hangar 9 at
Aberdeen Regional Airport (KABR) in Aberdeen, South Dakota. Les had high
praise for H9 and its staff:
Hangar 9 greeted our arrival with a lineman ready to marshall
us in. Free refreshments (a variety of drinks and snacks) were
available. An Oshkosh special price for fuel was in effect [during our
visit]. Owner Darryl Shook was very hospitable. He provided a late-model
loaner vehicle and hangared our Cardinal overnight against potential
storms not forecast, but hey, this is South Dakota
and offered recommendations for both food and lodging. KABR is a natural
stop for our Seattle area trip to/from Oshkosh, and Hangar 9 is a
natural for a friendly, helpful FBO.
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...
Heard on KBIS tower frequency years
"NorthWest XYZ, cleared to land, 31. Be
advised of model rocketry testing from the United Tribes Educational
Center just west of the airport."
Northwest XYZ (with a
Texas drawl) :
"Ah liked it bettah when they only used
bows and arrows."
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