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Volume 10, Number 51a -- December 13, 2004

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T-34S GROUNDED
The FAA has grounded the entire fleet (about 320 in the U.S.) of Beech A45 and T-34 aircraft after it was discovered that cracks in a location on the wing spar not covered by a previous Airworthiness Directive (AD) led to the crash of a Texas Air Aces T-34 last Tuesday. An emergency AD was issued Friday that covers all variants of the military trainer, which is used by several companies for mock combat, aerobatics and upset-recovery instruction. The aircraft can only be flown on ferry permits to their home bases or repair centers and only in VFR conditions with no forecast moderate or severe turbulence. Last Tuesday's accident killed pilot Richard Gillenwaters and customer Pietro Migliori, of Venezuela. More...

...CRASH AIRPLANE MET AD...
The aircraft in the most recent crash was an early T-34, serial number G-13, and had seen extensive use in mock air combat operations, including a stint with Georgia-based Sky Warriors, before it was acquired by Texas Air Aces. Like virtually the entire fleet of T-34s, it had met one of the alternate means of compliance (AMOC) to the AD requiring extensive spar inspection and/or a prohibition on aerobatics. George Braly, whose company, General Aviation Modifications Inc., developed its own AMOC in concert with the T-34 Association, told AVweb that the crash aircraft had been fitted with a used Baron spar sometime in 1995. More...

...AD DIDN'T COVER LATEST FAILURE SITE
One question investigators are trying to answer is this: If G-13 had the required AMOC, why did the wing fail? This much is known, according to Braly: The wing on the most recent crash failed in an entirely different area of the aircraft structure than in both the Rydell, Ga., crash in 1999 and the 2003 crash near Houston. In both of the earlier crashes, the wing spar failed at a point about a foot outboard of the so-called "bathtub" fitting, an opening under the wing that allows access to the wing through bolts. In the most recent Texas crash, the failure point was in the center fuselage section, well inboard of the bathtub fitting. The recent crash highlights a certain tension between the mock air combat trade and those generally more ... subdued ... fliers of the T-34 Association. More...

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GOING BOLDLY WHERE NO CONGRESS HAS GONE
A stroke of the president's pen will launch the era of commercial passenger space flight. The Senate, with only minutes remaining in the legislative session that adjourned Wednesday, passed the Commercial Space Launch Amendments Act. Assuming President Bush signs it, the controversial legislation will not only allow paying passengers in space, it will make it easier for companies to experiment with and test vehicles to get through what space policy consultant James Muncy calls "the 21st-century equivalent of the barnstorming era." Although the bill, on the surface, enjoyed wide public and political support, there was intense back-room politicking leading up to its final passage. More...

...FAA BUTTS OUT, FOR NOW...
The bill essentially sets the regulatory parameters on commercial space ventures for the FAA for the next eight years. Under the legislation, the FAA would primarily be interested in protecting the "uninvolved public" and the public interest. During the eight years, the FAA can only implement regulations designed to protect crew and passengers if there are serious accidents or close calls. After the eight years are up, the "barnstorming" will presumably be over and the FAA will be able to draw up regs that reflect the lessons learned (hopefully without a big body count) during the experimentation. During House debate last month, some Democrat members opposed what they termed a "tombstone mentality" and wanted more safety regs built into the legislation. More...

...PASSENGERS ACCEPT THE RISK
Now, what's all this mean to you, the well-heeled adventurer type? Essentially, if you decide to invest $200,000 or more in the ultimate adventure ride, you accept the possibility that it might be your last thrill and there will be no legal recourse for those you left on the ground (theoretically). Even multi-billionaire Richard Branson, who is hoping to inaugurate commercial space flight using Burt Rutan-designed equipment in 2007, doesn't have the money to defend lawsuits that would arise from the first ... private ... space crash. Eliminating liability for passenger safety was considered an essential element of the legislation. Less obvious, but just as important, is a section on experimentation. More...

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CERTIFICATES TO BECOME PHOTO ID
Starting with your next rating or certificate, your pilot's certificate will sport a new feature. You. In living color. Buried deep in a contentious bill that revamps the U.S.'s intelligence and anti-terrorism posture is a provision requiring pilot certificates to carry the photo of the license holder. The new certificates will also be tamper- and counterfeit-resistant and may have the ability to store biometric information. The FAA has a year to start issuing the new documents but you likely won't have to say "cheese" right away. The bill doesn't require pilots to get the new license unless they get a new rating or certificate. More...

SNOWBIRDS GROUNDED AFTER MIDAIR KILLS PILOT
The Canadian Armed Forces has temporarily grounded the Snowbirds air demonstration team after a midair collision killed a pilot and slightly injured another. Capt. Miles Selby died when his CT-114 Tutor jet crashed in a field near Mossbank, Saskatchewan. The other pilot, Capt. Chuck Mallet, was able to eject and is being treated for minor injuries. The two were on a routine training mission. They were the solo pilots and may have been practicing opposing maneuvers when the accident occurred. Mossbank is about 40 miles from the Snowbirds' home base and winter-training headquarters at Canadian Forces Base Moose Jaw. More...

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BUS DEBATE GROUNDS DRUNK-FLYING LAW
Pennsylvania still doesn't have a law against flying while drunk because Gov. Ed Rendell doesn't want to spend $6 million on rural transit. Huh? you ask. Well, that's politics as usual in Harrisburg, where getting things done is apparently an exercise in trickery and one-upmanship. As AVweb told you last month, both state houses had approved the Flying While Impaired bill in an attempt to plug an embarrassing loophole. After John Salamone's allegedly drunken aerial tour of Pennsylvania and New Jersey last January, in which he buzzed Philadelphia Airport and got in the way of airliners on his way to a close encounter with a nuclear power plant, prosecutors discovered there was no law against flying drunk. There is still no law against it because opportunistic legislators tried to piggyback a controversial measure on the bill. More...

FIRST PWC-POWERED ECLIPSE ROLLS OUT
The first Eclipse 500 certification test airplane -- complete with new Pratt & Whitney Canada engines -- rolled out of the company's Albuquerque assembly plant on Saturday. The airplane is the first of five flying test beds that will go through the certification process. Other airframes will be used for static and fatigue testing. First flight of the test aircraft will occur sometime in the next couple of weeks, according to an Eclipse statement. "Roll out of (the test plane) is an important symbol of the real progress made in the Eclipse 500 program," said CEO Vern Raburn. More...

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GPS SAFE GLIDING FEATURE PATENTED
Any GPS can tell you where you are but Control Vision's Anywhere Map system tells you where you should be in case your engine quits. Anywhere Map's "cones of safety" feature has now been patented and it falls under the category of "why didn't I think of that?" As part of the moving map's "personal digital co-pilot" system, the display shows an inverted cone around all airports in the vicinity within which the aircraft can glide safely to a landing. "Being within gliding range of an airport is one of the best pieces of information available to the pilot of an aircraft in distress," said Control Vision CEO Jay Humbard. More...

SCREENS (BRIEFLY) GO BLANK AT CALIFORNIA TRACON
Another major technical foul-up briefly snarled California airspace on Thursday. After suffering a power failure last April and the failure of a radio system (in which the backups failed, too) earlier this year, controllers' screens went blank at the major Terminal Radar Approach Control center watching over the comings and goings at dozens of airports in Southern California and as far east as Las Vegas. This time the backup system worked and the screens were back on within five minutes. But even that little blip affected dozens of flights, causing delays (albeit short ones) in the air and on the ground. More...

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MOONEY LANDS ON TRUCK
While we can't believe it was his intended target, the pilot of a Mooney M20F can add the dubious distinction of using a moving highway truck's trailer as a landing strip -- and living to tell the tale. Mark Taylor Davis was trying to get to the airport at Fabens, Texas (near El Paso) after the Mooney's engine quit but he didn't quite make it. The plane left a couple of skid marks on top of the trailer before falling onto the highway upside down. Neither Taylor nor his wife Mercedes were hurt. Truck driver Raymond Bennett White Jr. said he didn't hear a thing when the plane touched down. More...

ON THE FLY...
FCC might review airliner cell phone ban...
Sex offender faces jail for lying to FAA on certificate forms...
Bruce Willis offered land for an airport...next to his proposed ski resort...
Cessna pumping $20 million into single-engine plant...
Fossett was co-pilot on glider record flight, according to FAI Web site. More...

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As the Beacon Turns #84: Let's Get Wet!
What better way to spend a long weekend in the Northwest than to get reaquainted with planes on floats. AVweb's Michael Maya Charles shows that skill with seaplane techniques can help when you're on dry land, in this month's As The Beacon Turns.

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SHORT FINAL...
Tower: How was the ride down the ILS?

Airliner 123: Pretty good actually.....

Tower: When did you break out?

Airliner 123: (pause) 1996

Airliner 123: (even longer pause) OH!! You mean out of the clouds??

Airliner 123: ...About 1000 feet. More...

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