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CIRRUS DATA RECORDER TELLS AEROBATIC TALE
The NTSB has
determined that two cousins age 23 and 34 were killed in the crash of a
rented Cirrus SR-22T on Nov. 13, 2011, near Boynton Beach, Fla., while
attempting aerobatics. There were no other occupants aboard the
aircraft, which impacted in a marsh. A pilot who witnessed the crash
told the NTSB that the aircraft pitched from level flight to a 30-degree
nose-up attitude before rolling inverted, reversing the roll and
ultimately impacting the ground in an (estimated) 80-degree nose-down
condition. Information contained in the aircraft's data recorder largely
coincided with that account. It also showed that roll wasn't the
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WILL PAY FOR CONTROLLERS IF IT MUST
Faced with an ultimatum
from the FAA, EAA Chairman Jack Pelton says his organization will pay
the $500,000 fee requested by the FAA if that's the only way to
guarantee that EAA's AirVenture 2013 is fully staffed regarding air
traffic controllers. According to Pelton, the FAA's negotiations
amounted to a demand for the funds and a signed contract to provide the
controllers or the annual convention that creates the "world's busiest
control tower" would be left without air traffic control. The agency
must make $384 million in cuts by Sept. 30 as arranged by governmental
wrangling known as the sequester. If EAA does foot the bill, it won't be
the first major airshow this year to pay to have air traffic controllers
on hand. Many pilots and some senators are upset by the move, which
they're calling a new user fee. More...
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PILOT FACES CHARGES OF FLYING DRUNK
A cargo pilot whose
behavior last December while flying a Cessna 210 out of Greensboro for
Tampa International Airport prompted authorities to scramble fighters
and (later) a blood alcohol test has entered treatment, his lawyer said
Wednesday. The blood of pilot Phillip Yves Lavoie, 28, showed an alcohol
content of 0.27 percent in a test administered after he'd landed and
spoken with investigators for 2.5 hours, according to court documents.
The FAA sets a limit for flying an aircraft at 0.04 blood
alcohol content (BAC) -- a limit that can drop to 0.02 BAC under certain
conditions. The trouble began when controllers noticed Lavoie had become
unresponsive while flying the return leg to Tampa International Airport
and the Cessna he was flying began to descend. Lavoie has been
charged with operating a common carrier while under the influence of
alcohol and he has submitted a plea agreement that includes details of
his flight. More...
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GATHERING OFFERS FREE FLIGHTS FOR WWII VETS
About 90 vintage
military aircraft have registered to take part in the Gathering of
Warbirds and Legends in Topeka, Kan. from Aug. 2-4 and in keeping with
the cooperative and community service nature of the event, Second World
War vets are being offered free rides on rare aircraft from the era. "We
have owners lined up who are donating their airplanes and their gas to
fly these vets," said organizer Dan Gryder in an interview with AVweb.
He said vets and the family members of vets can go to the event Web site
to register for a flight in aircraft that helped win the war. They don't
have to be former pilots or aircrew. Anyone who served can get aboard.
Some of the rarest aircraft still flying will be there and there will be
a re-enactment of the D-Day airborne assault with aircraft that were
used that day dispensing skydivers using vintage-style round parachutes.
"The event itself is a departure from the usual air show format in that
only warbirds are involved and all net revenue will be distributed among
the aircraft owners and operators. More...
WWII VETERANS FLY FREE
From August 2-4 in Topeka, Kansas,
more than 90 vintage military aircraft will take part in a cooperative
event that will honor veterans of the Second World War with free rides
in aircraft of the era. AVweb's Russ Niles spoke with organizer
Dan Gryder about The Gathering of Warbirds and Legends and how
veterans and family members of veterans can get aboard.
The Biggest Aviation
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The award-winning hit TV series The Aviators
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LSA and balloons. We take you dogfighting in the Nevada desert, flying
with the USAF Thunderbirds, and look on as Mötley Crue frontman
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FIGHTER DESIGN GETS PRESS
A new two-seat personal aircraft
program announced by a former Air Force pilot and inspired by military
fighter jets is winning attention on the internet, which, so far, is the
only place the aircraft, the Saker S-1, exists. In announcing the
aircraft, program leader Sean Gillette said the jet will have: a 0.95
Mach cruise, a maximum altitude of 45,000 feet, a best range of 1,600
nm, operating costs estimated at $2.00 per nm, and will cost civilian
owners less than $6 million to acquire. The program aims to succeed
where at least three other manufacturers that produced thematically
similar designs failed to see significant commercial success. Gillette
has offered a timeline, and says he may soon have funding to reach his
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NEW LSA ADDS OPTIONAL TECH PERKS
Tecnam has formally
announced the first flight of its Astore, a low-wing metal LSA that
comes standard with an iPad mini and an optional Levil AHRS G-mini,
which the company plans to showcase together at AirVenture, this year.
Levil's product works with the iPad by delivering information from
dedicated AHRS to the iPad's display via WiFi. It uses the Apple tablet
as a PFD to display digital information and EFIS-like functionality.
Tecnam says the Astore's technological integration goes beyond that to
include some unconventional perks, like the ability to lock the aircraft
by remote control. But some of those perks arrive above the aircraft's
$135,000 base price. More...
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'AVIATION CONSUMER' WANTS TO HEAR ABOUT YOUR PIPER WARRIOR
Our sister publication, Aviation
Consumer, is doing a Used Aircraft Guide on the Piper Warrior and is
looking for input from Warrior owners and pilots. They want to know what
it's like to fly and/or own a Warrior. How does it handle? How much does
it cost to operate, maintain, and insure? What suggestions would you
give to a person considering buying one? If you'd like your airplane to
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OF THE WEEK: SIGNATURE FLIGHT SUPPORT (KRST, ROCHESTER,
"FBO of the Week" readers know the smallest things can
make a big difference. AVweb reader Terry L. Martin
provides the case study as he tells us about a recent visit to Signature Flight Support at Rochester
International Airport (KRST) in Rochester, Minnesota:
Very friendly faces and a desire to help.
Prompt service and courtesy. In the little gift shop, they displayed a
t-shirt that caught my eye. I asked if they had one in smaller
children's sizes (grandchildren sizes). They did not. However, the
gentleman behind the counter aksed if he could have my contact
information and he would check with the supplier for avilability and let
me know. I know it's not much, but sometimes it's the little things that
cause someone to notice. I've been to this FBO numerous times over the
last few years, and I receive top-notch treatment every
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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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