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STOP FOR IRVING, ALL SEVEN CONTINENTS
Barrington Irving, who
in 2007 became the youngest person and the first black pilot to fly solo
around the world, now has a new project -- planning another
round-the-world trip, this time to all seven continents, flying a Hawker
400XP. The flying classroom project aims to inspire kids to study
science, technology, engineering, math, geography, culture, and history.
"This isn't just an aircraft; it's an exploration vehicle for learning
that will teach millions of kids in ways they've never been taught
before -- making them part of the expedition and research," said Irving.
The ambitious project helped inspire the National Geographic Society to
name Irving an Emerging Explorer, a designation usually given to
early-career scientists, and never before to an aviator/educator.
AROUND THE WORLD IN A HAWKER JET, FOR EDUCATION
Irving, whose Experience Aviation nonprofit helps to inspire kids in
Miami to pursue science and engineering careers, aims to reach millions
of kids with his next project -- a six-month flight around the world,
via all seven continents, communicating with kids via satellite along
the way. AVweb's Mary Grady spoke with Irving about his plans and
his recent designation as an Emerging Explorer by the National
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ADVOCATES SUGGEST CHANGES TO TSA SECURITY GUIDELINES
six months of study, a group of representatives from 16 general aviation
organizations has submitted a list of proposed revisions to guidelines
for GA airports that were published in 2004 by the TSA. The aim of the
review, said Doug Carr of the National Business Aviation Association,
was "to ensure that the interests and concerns of general aviation and
business aviation pilots remain adequately addressed in our shared goal
with TSA to improve security at general aviation facilities." The group
reviewed topics such as security for flight-school operations, improved
airport fencing, and the use of gated access and closed-circuit
television feeds to monitor ground traffic into secure areas.
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FORCE PICKS EMBRAER'S SUPER TUCANO (AGAIN)
Super Tucano turboprop single has been selected by the U.S. Air Force
for its Light Air Support program, Embraer announced Wednesday,
reinforcing the selection that had been made once already, prior to
objections from Hawker Beechcraft, the predecessor of the new Beechcraft
Corporation. Hawker Beech had proposed its AT-6B single-engine turboprop
for the contract, but lost out to Embraer in an earlier decision.
Following that decision, Hawker put forth legal objections and a court
forced the military to revisit its selection. Now, the military has,
again, chosen Embraer's product, delivering the company a $427 million
contract for 20 Light Air Support aircraft, and support equipment, to be
supplied in partnership with Sierra Nevada Corporation, the prime
contractor. Beechcraft issued a brief statement in reaction to the
announcement. "Although the U.S. Air Force did not select the AT-6 Light
Attack Aircraft for the Light Air Support program, Beechcraft is
committed to advancing the aircraft's capabilities and continues to
pursue additional close air support opportunities," the statement read.
"We are disappointed that our proposal was not chosen. We will meet with
the USAF for a full debrief of the award and determine our next steps
forward at that time." More...
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AIRCRAFT COMPETITION SET FOR JULY
The second annual Icarus
Cup will be held in Northampton, Great Britain, July 19-28, and for the
first time, the competition will be officially sanctioned by the
Federation Aeronautique International. Teams will compete in a variety
of trials, including a 200-meter sprint, a slalom course, landing
accuracy, duration of flight, and takeoff performance. Organizers hope
the competition will help to promote and develop the sport of
human-powered flight, with the goal to one day see competitors in the
Olympic Games. The event is organized by the Royal Aeronautical Society.
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HELI PRISON BREAK FAILS (THIS TIME)
A helicopter dropped a
rope into Trikala prison's courtyard, near Athens, Sunday, in an
apparent attempt to free convicted murderer Panagiotis Vlastos, but the
event ended with no escape, a helicopter riddled with bullets, and
Vlastos being shot in the legs. Some 500 shots were reportedly fired
during the escape attempt as guards exchanged gunfire with at least two
gunmen aboard the helicopter. A Kalaskinov assault rifle and two Uzi
submachine guns were later found aboard the helicopter. The aircraft
appears to be a Eurocopter. Its pilot has said he was forced by the
gunmen to participate. The aircraft landed in the prison parking lot
after the failed escape attempt, exhibiting multiple bullet holes. Two
prior prison breaks that took place in Greece during the past
decade also involved helicopters. Both were more successful.
ROSSY CONFIRMS SCHOOL PLANS
As AVweb reported
recently, Yves Rossy, who flies a unique jet-powered strap-on glider,
apparently has plans to teach his skills to others, and last week, a
reporter at EpicTV.com followed up to learn more about the
Jetman's plans. Rossy confirmed that he is planning to open a flight
school, which would accept as students only experienced skydivers who
also have experience flying either airplanes or wingsuits. "We plan
courses between one to four weeks depending on the abilities of the
students, the weather and the level of proficiency targeted," said
Rossy. "From controlled solo in blue sky, to multi-formation flights
around clouds." Rossy also said he would build and sell a copy of his
jetwing for a million Euros, but he is developing a glider version that
he hopes to offer at an "affordable" price. More...
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INVESTMENT DEAL CONTRIBUTED TO DIAMOND'S WOES
investment deal from a Dubai company never materialized and that
contributed to Diamond Aircraft North America's decision to curtail
operations and suspend the recently-resurrected D-JET personal jet
program. Diamond CEO Peter Maurer said Tuesday that although the deal
was made, Medrar never executed the plan and no funding flowed to
Diamond. "We have pursued others, but nothing in time to prevent [the]
current action. In [the] meantime shareholders were continuing to fund.
We will continue to try to find the funding," Maurer said in an email to
AVweb. Late Monday the company announced that most of its employees will
be laid off pending a reorganization. More...
BOY' PILOT SURRENDERS HELICOPTER
A Tulsa pilot's ham-handed
attempt to cover his tracks has cost him his helicopter and earned him a
two-year ban on flying or even owning an aircraft. William Stokely
agreed to a plea deal with federal authorities last week to surrender
his Robinson R44 and accept the flight ban after admitting he tried to
outwit them by using a piece of electrical tape to change one of the
registration marks on his aircraft from a Q to an O. Turns out that his
five-cent solution to the fallout from a previous encounter with the FAA
is a felony that could have put him in jail for three years. "I've been
a bad boy in the eyes of the FAA," he told Tulsa's News On 6. More...
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INSIDER BLOG: SAVED BY A DITCH
Although we write about it
often in the aviation press, propping an airline that isn't properly
secured is a disaster looking for a grid reference. On the AVweb
Insider blog, Paul Bertorelli reports that a strategically placed
ditch kept it from happening again. The takeaway? Try to avoid pulling
props through unless you know the magnetos are grounded. Even then, tie
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OF THE WEEK: CLARKE COUNTY AIRPORT (QUITMAN, MS)
AVweb's "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Clarke County Airport (23M) in Quitman,
AVweb reader Dee Ann Ediger clued us in
to the airport's excellent FBO:
We were making our way westward toward questionable weather and
keeping in contact with Flight Service while watching the visibility
ahead and scouting out landing prospects. We had been landing at
two-hour intervals to check weather from the ground, and Clarke County
fit our time, course, runway length, and fuel availability, so we
dropped in. The inside of the FBO was immaculate, and the freshly
painted facilities were just about the cleanest I have ever seen at a
small airport. The refrigerator was stocked with microwave sandwiches,
drinks, and snacks with an honor pay system so we didn't have to dig
into our crackers-and-cheese emergency rations. The excellent service
and availability of mogas in addition to the very low priced avgas makes
this a very likely stop for us on future trips. We even had our picture
taken with our airplane to add to the wall of infamy "documenting those
who stop in."
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HISTORIC FLIGHT FOUNDATION DC-3
Washington's Historic Flight Foundation recently flew home its
newly-restored DC-3 from Sealand Aviation in Campbell River, British
Columbia. The museum's founder, John Sessions, talks about the
aircraft's rich history and its future at the Foundation.
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