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CAR CRASH CAUSE DETERMINED
Some tangled parachute lines, a
seriously aft C of G and some kind of air turbulence ganged up on a
Maverick flying car to send it spiraling into a schoolyard in western
Canada in early May. Canada's Transportation Safety Board turned over
the investigation to the manufacturer of the aircraft, ITEC, to come up
with the cause and the company's COO Troy Townsend traveled to Kelowna,
British Columbia, a week later to conduct the probe. By analyzing video
from two GoPro cameras onboard the aircraft, plus video shot from the
ground by AVweb and airport surveillance camera video, Townsend
and pilot Ray Siebring determined at least three independent factors
contributed to the stall/spin that ended with the Maverick spinning from
an altitude of about 500 feet into the playground fence of a school in
Vernon, B.C., on May 10. "Any one of those factors wasn't enough to
bring the aircraft down but they all added up together," said Townsend,
who has hundreds of hours on the vehicle, which is really just a large
powered parachute with a street-legal car as its payload.
MAVERICK FLYING CAR CRASH
When a Maverick
Flying Car crashed in Vernon, British Columbia in May of 2013, on-board
cameras helped determine the causes of the accident. AVweb's Russ
Niles assembled this report from the various media used in the
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STATIONS SUED BY STATE FOR SELLING 100LL
Attorney General (AG) and Division of Consumer Affairs (DCA) have filed
a lawsuit regarding the distribution and sale of 100LL at six gas
stations in the state, last December. The suit charges that the avgas
was advertised as unleaded auto fuel and sold to customers between Dec.
6 and 8, 2012. According to the state AG, the gas stations "clearly
knew, or should have known" that they were selling leaded avgas to
motorists. A distributor and transporter were also named in the suit.
Zephyr Oil is accused of purchasing more than 70,000 gallons of avgas on
Dec. 4, 2012, from a California-based company (not named by the suit)
and selling it at a deep-discount price to Pamsel Property Inc., which
owned all six affected stations. For pilots, the lawsuit may pose more
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SCHOOL PLANES COLLIDE: FOUR DEAD
Two single-engine aircraft,
both reportedly from local flying schools, collided near Phoenix Friday,
killing both occupants of both planes. One aircraft, identified by
Phoenix police as a Cessna from Westwind School of Aeronautics, burned
almost completely after crashing and the two occupants were not
immediately identifiable. The other, a Piper Arrow III, had two flight
instructors aboard and was largely intact on the ground. "I thought
possibly we might have survivors," Battalion Chief Gary Bernard of the
Peoria Fire Department told the Arizona Republic. More...
A319 FIRE DUE TO UNLATCHED COWLS
The British Airways Airbus
A319 that suffered an engine fire and lost cowlings off both engines on
departure from Heathrow on
May 24 took off with its engine cowls unlatched, according to an
early report. An Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) report
discussed by Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said the right
engine's cowl door departed the aircraft, but not before striking the
engine and fuselage, leading to the engine fire. The cowl on the left
wing ripped away without significant additional damage. The emergency,
which saw the 80-person flight return to Heathrow for a successful
emergency landing and aircraft evacuation, temporarily closed both of
the airport's runways and caused the cancellation of more than 190
flights. The pilots union has already weighed in regarding some of the
report's findings. More...
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GROUPS SEEK CONTRACT TOWER FUNDING
Eleven aviation advocacy
groups Wednesday cosigned a letter to the House Appropriations Committee
seeking financial support for the FAA contract tower program through
2014. Signatories included AOPA's Craig Fuller, NBAA's Ed Bolen, and
leading members of the National Air Transport Association, Air Carrier
Association of America, Regional Airline Association and others.
Currently 251 airports participate in the contract tower program,
accounting for an estimated 28 percent of all air traffic control tower
aircraft operations in the U.S., according to the letter. But, the
letter argues, costs associated with the program account for a
significantly lower percentage of relevant budgets. More...
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EXPANDS FINANCING OPTIONS
AOPA is expanding its presence in
the aircraft finance market with a new service for its members. The AOPA
Finance Company is a brokerage that brings together borrowers and
lenders to make getting money for airplanes and upgrades easier. Adam
Meredith, who is heading up the new company, said in an interview with
AVweb that AOPA has been helping members with financing for about
20 years but always through a single lender. The new company will deal
with a multitude of lenders that have stuck with aircraft financing
through the recession and are looking for new business.
NEW FINANCING OPTIONS FROM AOPA
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aircraft financing division to include a broader range of prospective
lenders. Adam Meredith, head of the AOPA Aircraft Finance Company
spoke with AVweb's Russ Niles. More...
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The Air Force Air
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believes it is on track to see a $50 million cost savings from their
intended use once implemented. The contract, a $9.36 million investment,
is one step in replacing what amounts to hundreds of pounds of paper
documentation on larger aircraft. In the case of a C-5 Galaxy transport,
the weight savings has been estimated at nearly 500 pounds, including
paper documentation carried by each crew member and paper documents
stored on the aircraft. That weight savings translates to an accountable
fuel savings, but doesn't account for the $50 million.
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JUNE 3, 2013
Letter of the Week: Regulators Gone
Well done with your
report on what is a frightening exposé of Australian aviation
regulators. We in the industry have been raising these concerns for over
15 years. Despite these efforts, the politicians have not listened, and
we now have a runaway regulator that attempts to dominate rather than
work with the industry.
There are a number of people who have
attempted to correct these and the large number of submissions to this
inquiry and the final result which calls for the regulator to be removed
and appropriate regulations be put in place is a major step
There are a number of people who have attempted to
correct these, and the large number of submissions to this inquiry and
the final result, which calls for the regulator to be removed and
appropriate regulations be put in place, is a major step
There are a couple of web sites here and
are working to collect information and writing about individual issues
to bring to the community's attention issues facing pilots that
are of serious concern to individuals and the aviation community. Maybe
it's time for another ICAO/ FAA investigation into CASA and
here to read the rest of this week's letters. More...
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OF THE WEEK: BASE OPERATIONS (PAGE FIELD AIRPORT, FT. MYERS,
AVweb's "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Base
Operations at Page Field Airport (KFMY) in Fort
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I have been to this FBO
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always had excellent service with Scott and Debra at the Page Airport.
This year, they excelled themselves. Their line personnel are very
accommodating and most helpful. We were delayed due to weather on May 1,
but they still accommodated us and our four-hour late arrival. Fuel
prices are very competitive, too. The line guys had my car waiting and
were helpful in loading our luggage. This FBO will get my business
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DIAMOND'S NEW DA52
Diamond jumped into
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number of diesels flying. This spring, it's deep into certification work
on a new diesel twin, the DA52. Based on the DA42 twin, the DA52 is
larger, faster, and carries up to seven people. Diamond views it as a
high-class, luxury minivan. On a recent visit to Diamond's factory in
Austria, AVweb's Paul Bertorelli took a demo flight in the new
airplane and shot this exclusive video report. More...
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