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TARGETS GA SAFETY FOR IMPROVEMENT
In its annual list of "most
wanted safety improvements," the NTSB on Wednesday said general aviation
pilots and their passengers too often are "dying due to human error and
inadequate training." The safety board investigates about 1,500 GA
accidents per year, with about 400 fatalities, and sees "similar
accident circumstances time after time." Improved education and
training, and screening for risky behavior, are critical to improving GA
safety, the board said. GA maintenance workers also should be required
to undergo recurrent training, the board said, to keep them current with
the best practices for inspecting and maintaining electrical systems,
circuit breakers, and aged wiring. More...
NTSB CITES GA ACCIDENT RATE
The NTSB this week
released its annual list of most-wanted safety improvements, and for the
second year in a row general-aviation safety made the top 10.
AVweb's Mary Grady spoke with Earl Weener, a member of the
safety board with extensive experience in the aviation industry, to
provide a deeper look into the NTSB's process and their plans for
improving GA safety. More...
Three Things You Should
Never Say to ATC
Listen as two ATC pros share tips on better communication with ATC.
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FIFI GROUNDED, SEEKING SUPPORT
What was the only flying
B-29 Superfortress, the Commemorative Air Force's (CAF's)
Fifi, has been grounded due to an engine problem suffered by the
aircraft's number two engine, and the cost of repair has launched a
fundraising initiative. According to CAF, the problem became evident
during "the last flight of the season." Acquisition of parts needed for
the repair could exceed $250,000 and the Keep Fifi
Flying campaign has set the goal to raise whatever funds are
necessary to return the aircraft to flight. The goal is consistent with
CAF's larger mission, which is to preserve and demonstrate the living
legacy of aviation history. More...
MEMORIAL UNVEILED IN BRITAIN
A small town in Lancashire
unveiled a memorial to the Supermarine Spitfire over the weekend, to
commemorate a fundraising effort during World War II when residents
donated about $8,000 to buy an airplane for the Royal Air Force. The
stainless-steel sculpture features a one-twelfth-size Spitfire with a
wingspan of about 12 feet. It flies at the top of a soaring pedestal,
erected on a traffic island in Darwen, "on The Green, near the White
Lion Pub," according to the Lancashire Telegraph. More...
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FINALIZES AD FOR AIRBUS RUDDERS
It was November 2001 when an
Airbus A300 operated by American Airlines crashed in New York after
losing its rudder and vertical stabilizer in flight, killing 265 people,
and on Friday, the FAA issued its final rule to address the problem. The FAA revised
rule, which would have required a change to the rudder pedals to
limit travel, to allow for an alternative proposed by Airbus -- a
warning system and more crew training. The FAA estimates rudder-pedal
changes would cost about $200,000 for each of the 215 airplanes
affected, but the Airbus warning system would cost just $108,000, or as
little as $73,000, depending on the age of the aircraft's computer
system. Operators have four years in which to develop and implement the
CAP PILOTS KILLED EN ROUTE TO SAFETY MEETING
Three Civil Air
Patrol members on their way to an FAA safety seminar took off from
Hawkins Field Airport in Jackson, Miss., on Tuesday afternoon in a Piper
PA-32, and moments later all three died when the airplane crashed into a
house and caught fire. Killed in the crash were Col. John E. Tilton Jr.,
former member of Civil Air Patrol's Board of Governors and Alabama Wing
and Southeast Region commander; the Mississippi Wing's
standardization/evaluation officer, Lt. Col. David Williams; and Capt.
William C. Young, finance officer for the Maj. James McKinnie Composite
Squadron, CAP said in a press release, Wednesday. More...
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CITATION OVERRUN, SAO PAULO, ON VIDEO
Video has emerged of
a the moment a Cessna 525B Citation CJ3 with two crew members and one
passenger on Nov. 11 overran runway 35R at Sao Paulo, Brazil, bouncing
over a berm and crashing a perimeter fence and barrier, seriously
injuring its pilot. A copilot and passenger were the only other
people onboard and both suffered minor injuries. The aircraft, operated
by Tropic Air, was damaged beyond repair. There was no fire in spite of
the trip's violent conclusion that stopped the jet just short of an
active roadway. Weather reports just prior to and after the late
afternoon accident (17:27, local time, 19:27 Zulu) show a near reversal
in wind direction. More...
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BALLOONIST PLANS TRANSATLANTIC FLIGHT
Jonathan Trappe, who
has flown his unusual lighter-than-air system over Lake Michigan
(launching from Oshkosh)
and across the English Channel, is now planning to attempt a
trans-Atlantic flight next summer. This Friday, in Leon, Mexico, he
plans to test-fly the seven-foot-long lifeboat that will hang suspended
as a gondola beneath 365 helium balloons. Trappe has been scouting
launch sites along the coast of Maine, and hopes to land somewhere near
Paris -- although anywhere along the west coast of Europe or Africa will
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SHORTAGE, OR AIRLINE HYPE?
Some airline executives are saying
a combination of retirements, airline expansion, and an imminent change
in FAA rules that could set a minimum of 1,500 hours for first
officers will create a pilot shortage, but CBS news analyst Chesley
"Sully" Sullenberger said the airlines are employing "scare tactics." In
a story in Sunday's Wall Street Journal, Dan Garton, CEO of American
Eagle, said the impact of the FAA's proposed new first-officer rule "is
going to become much more visible when regionals have to decrease their
flying" for lack of pilots. The airline may have to eliminate service to
some smaller cities, he said. Sullenberger said on CBS on Monday that airline executives are crying
wolf, with the aim to pressure the FAA into reducing the first-officer
requirements in the final version of the new rule. More...
CAIGA INK JET DEAL
Cessna and China Aviation Industry General
Aircraft Company, Ltd. (CAIGA) have finalized a deal to assemble
Citation XLS+ business jets in China. The deal, which was announced as a
strategic partnership earlier this year with CAIGA parent AVIC involving
the assembly and sale of Caravans in China, will involve subassembly and
parts production in Wichita with assembly, paint and flight testing for
in-country aircraft to take place in Zhuhai, the site of Airshow China,
which is on this week. More...
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INSIDER BLOG: VETERAN'S DAY FLY-BY
Here at AVweb, we
try to pause and reflect on our veterans every November 11 but
sometimes, when there's not a news story to hang your reflections and
thanks on, you have to takes to the air in your Piper Cub and do some
proper reflection. That's what Paul Bertorelli did Sunday in an
effort to find the right way to say "thanks" to all those who've served.
more and join the conversation. More...
INSIDER BLOG: ELECTION -- READY, SET ... WHAT?
last week's election may represent some interesting possibilities.
Unfortunately, most of them involve budget cuts and possibly the delay
or elimination of programs most of us consider important. On the
AVweb Insider blog, Paul Bertorelli observes that, to a degree
most of us have never seen, aviation's outlook is tied to larger
taxation and policy considerations. Welcome to the world of the
challenged special interest group. Read
more and join the conversation. More...
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PIPER'S 75TH BIRTHDAY PARTY
November 10, Piper Aircraft celebrated its 75th anniversary as an
aircraft company. AVweb was there and got a look at some terrific
vintage aircraft as well as Piper's latest line of M-class airplanes.
OF THE WEEK: MAVERICK AIR CENTER (KFSD, SIOUX FALLS,
AVweb's "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Maverick Air
AVweb reader Clay Anderson works
alongside Maverick at Joe Foss Field Airport (KFSD) in Sioux Falls,
South Dakota - and has plenty of good things to say about
I started a flight
school with one aircraft at my home airport less than a year ago. I've
gotten to know [the people at Maverick Air] over the last several years
as they were trying to get onto the long-time monopolized field. When I
opened up [my business], they immediately offered me a discount on gas.
Last week, they towed my flat-tired Cessna Skyhawk safely to my hangar
for a new tube and tire. They jumped at the chance to let me have a
nice, smoke-free ground school in their new board room. I just can't say
enough about Maverick Air Center in Sioux Falls, SD. They are trying to
earn my business every day, not just on the days I need
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the country and another one, submitted by you, will be spotlighted here
next Monday! More...
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