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HITS TRUCK: THREE KILLED
Three people aboard a Cessna 172
were killed after the aircraft hit a pickup truck on the runway of Knox
County Regional Airport near Rockland, Maine, Friday. Airport Manager
Jeffrey Northgraves told Bangor Daily News the 172 was taking off just before
5 p.m. when it hit the front of the truck, which was crossing the
runway. The aircraft crashed in bush about 300 yards beyond the runway
and caught fire. Bystanders reached the crash site and tried to pull
occupants from the aircraft but the fire was too intense. The aircraft
was consumed and the registration marks destroyed, complicating
identification of the occupants. It was not a local aircraft,
Northgraves said. More...
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Six people were hurt after two police
helicopters collided at the Pasadena Police Department's heliport in
Altadena, Calif., on Saturday. The injuries were thought to be minor and
the cause is under investigation. CBS News reported the blades of the OH-58 Kiowa
helicopters touched. It's not clear whether one or both of the aircraft
were in the air at the time. News photos showed extensive damage to
both, with one of the helicopter's tailboom severed. More...
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GLASAIR ACQUISITION COMPLETE
Zhuhai Hanxing General Aviation
Co. Ltd. of China has completed its 100 percent takeover of
Washington-based Glasair Aviation LLC, and now plans to introduce some
of Glasair's technology to its operations in China, ChinaDaily reported
Thursday. The company made the announcements at the 9th China
International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition earlier this month.
Details of how Glasair's technology would be applied to Hanxing's
aircraft manufacturing operations in China remain unclear. Glasair's
production line includes the popular Sportsman, a design the Chinese
group has previously said it would certify and that could serve well in
China as a trainer or personal aircraft. The successful expansion of
private aviation in China may be dependent on economic conditions there
and further changes to how China manages access to the its airspace.
Mountain View, Calif.-based Airship
Ventures has grounded its zeppelin and will most likely dismantle it and
send it back to Germany where it was built. Since 2007 the company,
based at historic airship base Moffett Field, has offered trips, rides,
promotions and anything else it could think of to keep the aircraft,
named Eureka, afloat but it always lacked the one thing that would
guarantee survival, particularly in turbulent economic times: consistent
corporate sponsorship. "I've looked at the numbers, and for the price of
a one-minute Super Bowl ad, a Fortune 500 company could sponsor the
airship for a year," CEO Brian Hall told the San Jose Mercury News He pegged the cost at $5
million to $6 million. "You'd think that would be a slam dunk, right?"
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OWNERS MEETING BIGGEST EVER
Jet A was in the air at Amelia
Island, Fla., in late October as the annual TBM Owners and Pilots
Association met for the ninth time. A total of 95 TBM 700 and 850 very
fast turboprops landed at Fernandina Beach Airport for the event, held
Oct. 24-27. More than 275 registrants took part in educational and
entertainment events based at the Amelia Island Ritz Carlton. "To say
this year's Annual TBMOPA Convention was a success is an
understatement," said Larry Glazer, the TBMOPA's incoming president.
"All participants agreed that it was our best event ever, and we
anticipate attracting an even wider audience in the coming years."
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DRIVEN ONTO RUNWAY AT SKY HARBOR
A 21-year-old woman has been
arrested after ramming her 1997 Saturn through an airport gate and
reportedly driving with her 2-month-old son onboard onto an active
runway at Phoenix Sky Harbor International airport Thursday at about 10
p.m. The event caused an interruption to operations at the airport, but
no flight delays were reported. Early reports state that Phoenix Police
responded within minutes, stopped the car and took the driver into
custody. Authorities say that when asked, the driver stated she did not
know she was on an airport or that her son was in the car. She was
booked on aggravated DUI and other charges. Sky Harbor has spent $10
million on perimeter security after suffering similar incidents in the
REVOKES DAVE RIGGS' CERTIFICATE
A California pilot who has
run afoul of various authorities before has had his pilot certificate
revoked by the FAA. Dave Riggs, 50, who is perhaps best known for
buzzing the Santa Monica pier in an L-39 in 2008 (resulting in a
one-year suspension), had his ticket pulled for his involvement in an
illegal fly-for-hire operation in Nevada earlier this year. Riggs was in
formation with another L-39 flown by Doug Gilliss when Gilliss' aircraft
crashed, killing him and passenger Richard Winslow. The FAA says Winslow
and others paid for flights in the L-39s in violation of FARs that don't
allow commercial flights in experimental-registered aircraft like the
jets used for the flights. Riggs is fighting the revocation.
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INSIDER BLOG: TAXING AIRPLANES FOR CARBON EMISSIONS
European Union has the dubious distinction of being a leader in this
harebrained idea. Last week, it momentarily suspended a plan to penalize
airplanes flying into Europe for carbon emissions, but don't expect the
decision to hold. Certainly there must be a better way? On the AVweb
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NOVEMBER 19, 2012
Letter of the Week: Pilot Shortage Is
Regardless of Sully's
opinion, I have felt for over a year that the approaching age 65
deadline and the 1,500-hour requirement were going to create the perfect
storm for pilot recruitment.
The cost to get to 1,500 hours for a
new hire is far beyond the reach of the average wannabe. It would seem
that now that the FAA has seen five years of data on those older than 60
flying that the fastest cure would be to lift the age restriction
entirely and let physical condition serve as the limiting
Another cure is to evaluate new hires by the type of
flying that they can prove, not by a number based on towing banners up
and down the beach in day VFR in SEL equipment. The Eagle guy is
correct. If the regulations are not modified, there will undoubtedly be
loss of service to marginal markets.
here to read the rest of this week's letters. More...
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OF THE WEEK: STERLING AVIATION (KCCR, CONCORD, CA)
AVweb's "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Sterling
Aviation at Buchanan Field (KCCR) in Concord,
AVweb reader Sid Tolchin had a great
visit at Sterling recently:
After landing and checking in at the FBO, we noted our rental
car (from a major agency) had not been delivered. No questions asked,
Justin had the crew van available immediately at no cost, helped us get
another rental when we asked, and made certain we were settled and
comfortable. After all of this, no tie-down fee and nothing but
friendship from all there especially noteworthy on a holiday
weekend. Previously, their service department had serviced a brake
hydraulic leak on one of our aircraft again, at no charge. Just
their smiles made it all worthwhile. The only glitch was a thoughtless
CAP who started up his engine full-throttle and blew away all of our
covers and hats. He was chastised by the horrified FBO attendants and
learned a lesson!
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the country and another one, submitted by you, will be spotlighted here
next Monday! More...
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.
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A friend of mine is a helicopter instructor in
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portion of flight training. My instructor friend received this text from
his student a few days ago:
Hey, you've got me down
for a cross-country to TBD. Where is it? I can't find it
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