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FRANKLIN DIE AT CANADIAN AIR SHOW
and Jimmy Franklin, two of the most respected and
best-loved pilots on the air show circuit died as a result of a fiery
mid air collision at an air show in the Canadian province of
Saskatchewan on Sunday. The air show was immediately cancelled. The
two were performing in the Masters of DisasterMasters of Disaster show when
their aircraft made contact in front of 20,000 people attending the Saskatchewan Centennial Air Show at Moose Jaw, the
southern Saskatchewan community that is home to the Canadian Forces
Snowbirds. The other airborne member of the team, Jim LeRoy, landed
safely. Franklin's son Kyle, who earlier in the day performed a
wing-walking show with his dad aboard their jet-assisted Waco biplane,
was at the time of the accident reportedly describing the performance
from the announcer's booth. More...
The aircraft crashed well away from the crowd and emergency crews were
on the scene within five minutes but there was nothing they could do
for the pilots, according to a Canadian Press story. There were no
other injuries or damage. Col. Alain Boyer, the base commander, told
reporters, "Everything was done professionally." ... "These guys were
professional pilots ... all the safety measures were there." Officials
moved quickly to gather up friends and relatives of the pilots present
at the show and took them to the air force base headquarters where the
base chaplain met them. "I think you can consider most of the people
[who] perform for a living in the air show industry as family," Clive
Tolley, the air show's executive director, told a news conference late
Sunday. "That's why it's so important for us to take care of them."
THE TRIBUTE BEGINS
The Masters of Disaster have become one of the most sought after acts
in the air show business and thrilled crowds at EAA AirVenture last
year. They thrilled us. The team, including Jimmy Franklin (known best
for his wing-walking acts and jet-biplane); Bobby Younkin (who flew
the biplane Samson, a Decathalon, Beech and a Lear Jet each in
separate air show performances); Jim LeRoy ("the Bulldog" in his
yellow Pitts); Les Shockley (of jet-truck fame) and more had been
scheduled for Oshkosh again this year. In a very late night interview
from his Oshkosh area home on Sunday EAA spokesman Dick Knapinski told
AVweb the industry has lost two of its very best ambassadors.
"Both as pilots and as people, they were the best," Knapinski said.
"They were incredible pilots and incredible people."
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SPACESHIPS ARE COMING...
The X Prize Cup event to be held Oct. 4 - 9 in Las Cruces, N.M., will
feature rocket demonstrations, hovercraft and rocket planes, the
organizers announced at a press conference last week. Many X Prize
competitors will be there, demonstrating their technology or showing
mockups and plans, and several groups plan to launch small homebuilt
rockets up to 20,000 feet or more. This year's event is billed as the
Countdown to the X Prize Cup, which will become a yearly competitive
event to spotlight the personal spaceflight business, said Peter
Diamandis, chairman of the X Prize Foundation. More...
WILL SEATBELTS BE CLOSE BEHIND?
As the space-tourism industry struggles to invent itself, Jane
Reifert, president of Incredible Adventures, of Sarasota, Fla., told
last week that tour operators must be careful about "overpromising"
what their flights can deliver. "I can imagine people placing deposits
on $200,000-plus flights, thinking they'll be able to float around,"
when in fact, she said, passengers may be required to stay strapped in
their seats. "It just may be a huge disappointment if it's not what
they've been properly prepared to expect," Reifert said. The FAA has
yet to issue passenger-safety rules for spacecraft, but Virgin
Galactic and Burt Rutan have said they plan to allow customers to
float in the cabin for four to six minutes of weightlessness, though
perhaps with a tether to their seat. More...
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PUSH FOR SAFER AIRLINE FUEL TANKS (STILL)...
The NTSB is growing frustrated with the FAA's failure to require
airliners to install devices that would prevent fuel-tank explosions
like the one that brought down TWA 800 in 1996, The Washington Post reported last week. Airlines
have asked the FAA to delay, the Post said, arguing that they have
already addressed the flammability issues and that the expensive
devices, which cost up to $220,000 per aircraft, are unnecessary. The
FAA had announced in February 2004 that it would have a new rule in
place by fall of that year to require the new systems for Boeing and
Airbus airliners, but the rule has yet to be published. FAA
spokeswoman Alison Duquette told the Post a proposed rule "has been
drafted and is getting final clearance." More...
COMMERCIAL AIRCRAFT EXPLODE
Besides the TWA accident, which resulted in 346 deaths, two fuel-tank
explosions occurred in Boeing 737s in Asia while the aircraft were on
the ground. In March 2001, a Thai Airways 737-400 exploded while
sitting on a hot ramp at Bangkok's domestic airport, and in May 1990,
a center-wing fuel tank of a Philippine Airlines 737-300 exploded. The
FAA's explosion-prevention device dumps oxygen into the atmosphere and
pumps nitrogen into the fuel tanks. The extra nitrogen cuts oxygen
content by almost half, making combustion of fuel vapors virtually
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WAS "DUPED," SAYS CITIZENS GROUP
A group opposed to expansion at Witham Field in Stuart, Fla., says
that when airport officials submitted plans to the FAA for a runway
extension, they didn't note that there was already a residential
development nearby. A report by Witham Airport Action Majority (WAAM) said that
when Runway 12/30 was extended by 460 feet in 1998, the map sent to
the FAA by airport managers didn't show the five streets that would
have been in the runway protection zone. "The FAA was duped, as was
the county commission and the rest of the public," WAAM President
David Shore told The Palm Beach Post. FAA spokeswoman Katherine
Bergen told the Post that the WAAM report will be looked at and the
FAA will ask county and airport officials to respond.
OVER NAVY PRACTICE AREA
"As the record makes clear: Landing a high-performance aircraft on a
moving aircraft carrier at sea poses enormous challenges for even [the
Navy's] most experienced pilots," the U.S. Navy said in a brief filed
late Wednesday with a federal appeals court in Richmond, Va.,
according to an Associated Press report. The Navy hopes to
convince the court that it should be allowed to build a new training
area for those pilots on a 33,000-acre site in North Carolina. The
project so far has been thwarted by opponents who say it would be
harmful to the nearby Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge and would
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STORM CITED IN AIRSHIP CRASH
The NTSB last week released its factual report on the June 16 crash of a Goodyear blimp in Coral
Springs, Fla. The airship was returning to its base in Pompano Beach
at 5:25 in the afternoon after about two hours of flying in the Miami
Beach area in good weather. The pilot told the NTSB that on
approaching the landing area, he saw several lightning bolts hit the
ground. Since the landing procedure requires a ground crew, the pilot
chose to fly on to the west and wait for the storm to pass rather than
endanger the crew. The pilot said the weather deteriorated rapidly,
and he encountered heavy rain, lightning and severe downdrafts, and
the airship was unable to climb, make headway or maintain directional
control even with full power. The ship was pushed down, striking trees
and powerlines, and came to rest on the ground in an industrial
THE BEEF, SO BE CAREFUL TAXIING
An Air France A330 carrying 196 passengers ran into a herd of cattle
at Nigeria's Port Harcourt International Airport about 4 a.m. last
Wednesday. None of those on board were hurt. Seven cows were killed.
The A330 was checked and found to be undamaged. Local reports were not
clear as to whether the cattle were on a runway or a taxiway, but they
did say -- and we quote -- that security has been "beefed up" to
prevent further incidents. Aviation Minister Isa Yuguda told
AllAfrica.com that the presence of the cows was a "strange and unusual
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FLIGHT OF PASSAGE
Two teenagers have a plan for their summer that soars beyond mowing
lawns or playing baseball ... they planned to launch over the weekend
from New Jersey in their grandfather's 1946 Aeronca Champ, bound for
California. Cousins Ben Dunckerley and Nick Reed, both 17, said they
were inspired by reading Rinker Buck's memoir, "Flight of Passage," which tells of a similar
summer adventure by two young brothers over 30 years ago. They expect
to fly for about six days, camping out along the way, and spend a
couple weeks with an uncle in California before flying home in time
for school. More...
FAA'S TREATMENT OF CRACKS FLAWED
The FAA has released a new draft Advisory Circular (AC) that sets guidelines to
allow aging aircraft to continue flying with known structural cracks.
AOPA says the AC needs to clarify that it can be
applied to all older general aviation aircraft. "The FAA left out the
majority of older GA aircraft from this guidance document," said Luis
Gutierrez, AOPA director of regulatory and certification policy. "As
drafted, it only applies to Part 23-certificated aircraft. But most
aircraft flying today were certificated under the old CAR 3
standards." The AC would publicize a long-existing FAA policy that
says an aircraft is still airworthy if the crack is not in the primary
structure and the airframe can still withstand the ultimate design
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CONTINUES WORK TOWARD CERTIFICATION
The four-seat Seawind amphibian kitplane is well on its way to
reaching the market in a certified version, the company said last
week. ''We had always hoped that we would, some day, certify the
Seawind," said company President Dick Silva. "Now the day is almost
here." The most significant modifications to the kit design include an
enlarged canopy space with more headroom for both front and rear seats
and trailing-link landing gear to allow for landings on sod or gravel
strips. Seawind will be showing its proof-of-concept certified version
of the airplane at Oshkosh, and expects to have production model
demonstrators available for demo flights by October for AOPA Expo, in
Tampa, Fla. More...
ATG expects first flight of the Javelin jet within two weeks...
Salina (Kan.) Airport offers transient pilots a GlobalFlyer
A skydiver died in Ohio last week in collision with another
Fly-by to honor the end of WWII went on as planned in London...
The FAA issued its first airline animal incident report last
TV story about Pilot Getaways magazine was nominated for an Emmy
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ARTICLES AND FEATURES ON AVWEB
The Pilot's Lounge #89: How We
Scare Our Passengers Without Realizing It
obvious why our friends and relations enjoy -- or don't enjoy --
flying with us. But sometimes the reason they quit going is more
subtle, and we may need to remember those things we felt back when we
first learned how to fly. AVweb's Rick Durden reminds us to put
ourselves in our passengers seats.
Unusual Attitude Recovery:
Reacting Quickly In An Over-Banked Situation
There are those
who think flight is best experienced at zero or negative G. And then
there are the rest of us, who just want to keep the dirty side down.
But even though all pilots get basic training in how to recover from
unusual attitudes, sometimes we need reminders.
FEEDBACK ON AVWEB'S NEWS COVERAGE AND FEATURE ARTICLES:
Reader mail this week about more D.C. incursions,
Cirrus 'chute save, restrictions on GA and more. More...
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Sometimes, perspective is everything.
Several years ago I was flying into OSH in the late afternoon, second
in line for runway 27 behind a warbird on straight in. As everyone who
flies into OSH during convention knows, there are three colored dots
on the runway that help separate aircraft so the controller can land
three on the same runway at the same time. The conversation went
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Tower: Warbird, cleared to land, runway 27 on the
Warbird: Ahhh ... which one's the "Green" dot.
Tower: Well, it's not the "Red" one and it's not the
Warbird: With the glare, they all look the same color.
Tower: Oops, sorry, it's the first one. Cleared to land,
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