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Volume 10, Number 43a -- October 18, 2004

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STRANGE CIRCUMSTANCES IN CRASHES
They almost made it. Pilots of a Pinnacle Airlines CRJ2 apparently glided their powerless regional jet for 20 minutes and almost 100 miles before it crashed two miles short of the Jefferson City, Mo., airport late Thursday. Now, the NTSB is trying to figure out why both engines apparently stopped, possibly while the plane was at cruise. The plane was on a repositioning flight from Little Rock, Ark., to Minneapolis. Only the pilots, Captain Jesse Rhodes, of Palm Harbor, Fla., and First Officer Peter Cesarz, of Helotes, Texas, were on board when the regional jet went down in a residential area of the city, narrowly missing several houses. Both pilots were killed but no one on the ground was hurt. NTSB spokeswoman Carol Carmody said flight data recorder information showed the plane was at 41,000 feet, about 100 miles south of Jefferson City, at 9:51 p.m. Four minutes later, both engines quit. Other reports suggest one engine quit at cruise and the other during the emergency descent. The plane crashed at 10:15 p.m. More...

...747'S TAIL SCRAPED FOR HUNDREDS OF YARDS...
Engines have now become at least part of the focus of another unusual crash, this one an MK Airlines Boeing 747-200 cargo plane in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Canadian authorities are trying to figure out why the jumbo jet used practically every inch of runway (scraping the tail twice) and then scraped its tail along the ground for about 200 yards before becoming briefly airborne. It didn't gain enough altitude to clear an antenna on a communications berm about 350 yards from the end of the runway. That's where the tail broke off and the rest of the fully-fueled plane careened into a gravel pit. All seven aboard were killed. On Saturday, Canadian Transportation Safety Board officials confirmed that within weeks of the accident two engines on the aircraft had been replaced. More...

...AND THE ACCIDENT THAT WASN'T?
Fortunately, all that can be harmed are the egos and reputations of a newspaper and an airline in a fracas over an incident in Hong Kong Aug. 30. The London Daily Telegraph, quoting unnamed sources, claimed in an Oct. 14 story that a Cathay Pacific Boeing 747-400 flew "uncontrolled" for three minutes over Hong Kong, almost hit a mountain and nearly stalled while on a go-around at Chep Lap Kok Airport. In a subsequent story in The Standard, the airline insists "the aircraft was never, at any stage, close to terrain ..." and was "always comfortably above any speed which could have led to a stall." One thing the paper and the airline do agree on, however, is that sometime during the missed approach, the autopilot became disengaged. More...

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ATC, A HACKER'S PARADISE?
The greatest threat to U.S. aviation security may come from cyberspace. According to the Register, a journal of IT-related topics, The Department of Transportation's Office of Inspector General has found key air traffic control computer systems vulnerable to hackers. "While having limited exposure to the general public, en route center computer systems need to be better protected," the Oct. 1 report reads. All federal agencies must annually review computer security and this year's report found that while security features are incorporated into the FAA's systems on installation, they don't get updated. "FAA needs to commit to reviewing all operational air traffic control systems -- at en route, approach control and airport terminal facilities," according to the report. More...

...WHILE DRUNKS KEEP FINDING PLANES TO STEAL
Meanwhile, when it comes to beating airport security, there doesn't seem to be any better strategy than getting thoroughly drunk. Perhaps because of the focus on aviation security these days, maybe we're just hearing about these incidents more, but it seems strange, indeed, that a young man "in a visible state of drunkenness" was able to break into an airport terminal at Coulommiers, east of Paris, and take a single-engine plane for a joy ride. But it gets better (worse). After being intercepted by a helicopter and escorted to Charles de Gaulle Airport, he managed to run away from airport officials who were trying to detain him. More...

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RESEARCHERS RETHINK THE MODERN COCKPIT
Common in reviews of flashy new flat-panel cockpit displays (and frequently voiced among those who remember piston airliners) is the notion that while Technicolor screens should be easier to use and generally better-suited for communicating information, they don't seem to be. Science has stepped in to shed some light on this apparent contradiction, which, if taken to heart, could result in a wholesale redesign of the modern cockpit. In a nutshell, say researchers, it appears pilots are better able to process information from monochromatic, flickering, individual sources (like old-fashioned gauges?) than from all-in-one, color-coded screens. Apparently, we are able to look at a lot more than we are able to actually see, due in part to the way humans are wired to cope with visually dependent tasks. More...

LONG (EXPENSIVE) ROAD AHEAD FOR MUSEUM
They still don't know what caused the fire that destroyed the Yankee Air Museum at Ypsilanti, Mich., last week but there are some grim truths surfacing about the future of the institution. For instance, it's estimated it will cost $5.5 million just to replace the hangar that housed the collection of more than 13,000 aviation artifacts. So far, about $100,000 has been raised through an online donations site. Volunteers managed to get three flyable aircraft, a B-25, a B-17 and a C-47, away from the flames but virtually everything else was razed. More...

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GARMIN G1000S RECALLED FOR INSPECTION
That shiny new Garmin G1000 in your panel (new production Cessna, Mooney, and Diamond aircraft -- just to name a few -- all have a G1000 option) might as well be a DVD player until you get it checked for some capacitors that may have been installed backward. Garmin issued an "urgent notice" to owners of the glass cockpit systems advising them the systems are limited to VFR/Day Only operations until they've been checked for the faulty parts. The good news is that not all G1000s have the potentially faulty parts, but the only way to find out is to have them inspected. The notice covers parts called GIA 63 units, serial numbers 46901800 to 46902817. More...

LIGHT SPORT N-NUMBERS AVAILABLE, NOT RECOMMENDED
You can now get an N-number for your ultralight or homebuilt but, ironically, it would mean you can't fly it. The conundrum comes as various parts of the massive Light Sport/Sport Pilot implementation process fail to synchronize in the creation of the new aircraft class. According to EAA, the part of the FAA that deals with registration is ready to go and forms were available on Friday to make the transition. Problem: The parts of the FAA that deal with the necessary licensing and airworthiness certificates won't be ready for months. "With FAA's release of the registration form, it is possible to get an N-number for your ultralight," said EAA spokesman Charlie Becker. "However, EAA is counseling members to wait ... because, without an airworthiness certificate, you're grounded." More...

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MANUFACTURERS LINE UP FOR "LOANS"
The test for development of new aircraft appears to be how much governments are willing to ante up. Earlier this week, Bombardier and Airbus both said they were going to the public trough to fund the creation of new products. And in Canada's Ottawa, there appear to be sympathetic ears. Canada's Industry Minister David Emerson indicated to reporters that Bombardier would get help from the government to build a new class of 110- to 135-passenger jets. The company estimates development costs at $2 billion and wants the bill split three ways, with Bombardier putting up $700 million, suppliers a similar amount and the government coming up with $700 million in "loans." Emerson tried to downplay the suggestion that the government's help was aimed directly at one company. More...

HOMEBUILT "FIRSTS" IN CANADA
It depends on how you define your "firsts" but a celebration of one Canadian aviation milestone in Goderich, Ontario, has raised an issue of clarity among the relatives of some aviation pioneers in British Columbia. The town of Goderich is planning an event next August to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first flight of an "amateur built aircraft" in Canada. The good people of Goderich believe this to have happened in 1955 ... but ... folks in Vernon, B.C., would beg to differ. You see, by 1955, Vernon boys Jim Duddle and Eldon Seymour had been flying the plane they built from scratch for almost 20 years and Seymour's grandson Pat wants the record on that point straight. The devil, as always, is in the details. More...

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ON THE FLY...
Tax breaks for GA (worth $245 million) are just bonus depreciation extention...
Mechanic killed by Cessna hand-propped by son...
Excel-Jet plans a move to Eclipse's home of New Mexico...
If you think you're good with narrow runways, you gotta see this. More...

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COLUMNS
As the Beacon Turns #82: A Review to Remember
The FAA says a flight review can be conducted mostly at the discretion of the CFI, but that means you could get anything from a "checkride" to a pencil-whipped joyride. AVweb's Michael Maya Charles has a better way -- a way to help the pilot remember the important information -- in this month's column.

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COLUMNS
From the CFI #3: Practice Does Not Make Perfect
No, we're not saying you shouldn't practice. AVweb's Linda Pendleton takes a crack at another truism of flight training, showing that practicing the wrong thing can be just as bad as not practicing. More...

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SHORT FINAL...
You know it's election season when...
Heard on the Green Bay ATIS broadcast:

"...advise on initial contact that you have information Bravo. I'm Green Bay Ground Control and I approved this ATIS." More...

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