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2005 -- THIS ONE SHOULD BE SPECIAL...
AirVenture's 53rd annual gathering is almost here, coming up July
25-31 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wis., and it is shaping
up to be a pretty amazing event. "This is a year that should not be
missed," said EAA President Tom Poberezny, "not only because of the
variety of aircraft, but also because in some cases these airplanes
will never be together again anywhere, at any time." Among the
highlights is a truly outstanding collection of show aircraft,
including Scaled Composites' SpaceShipOne, its mothership White
Knight, and GlobalFlyer, plus the first public flight demonstrations
by the Eclipse 500 jet and the Cessna Mustang, and the debut of the
HondaJet. At least nine vintage tri-motors will gather from around the world,
including several Fords, a Junkers, and a Dornier amphibian, for a
one-of-a-kind reunion. Then there's the warbirds. More...
PRODUCTS AND NEW AIRPLANES...
Oshkosh is where the industry players old and new show off their
latest products. This year, we'll check out Innodyn's "twinpack" turbine, wireless headsets and the latest avionics
upgrades, including a new handheld from Garmin that may cause
minimalists to consider tossing entire panels. We'll track down the mysterious (Bombardier) V300T engine, now being
exhibited by Aircraft Engine Services, who have assured us they will
answer all our questions about the status of the V220 and V300T piston
engines at their booth. Aviation's newest birds, the Light Sport
Aircraft, will congregate in their own special LSA Mall across from the Vintage Barn. About three
dozen LSAs will be on display and will participate in a daily fly-by.
On Wednesday, the Lake amphibian line of aircraft goes on the auction block, live at Oshkosh. More...
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CRASH INVESTIGATION UNDERWAY...
Few details have been forthcoming so far regarding last week's fatal "Masters of
Disaster" air show crash, as Canada's Transportation Safety Board
continues its investigation. Bobby Younkin, 46, and Jimmy
Franklin, 57, died in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, on July 10 during a
performance in front of 20,000 spectators, when their two aircraft
collided in midair. Although the pilots have said that as much as 90
percent of their "Masters of Disaster" show is unchoreographed, Kyle
Franklin, who has long participated in air shows with his father, told
the Canadian Press last week that the accident
occurred during a "planned maneuver" that the team had performed many
times. "We're still trying to figure out what happened," he said.
SHOW WOWED EVEN THE JADED AVIATION PRESS...
Franklin, Younkin, Jim Leroy, and Les Shockley came
up with the concept called the "X-Team Masters of Disaster" in 2002.
Younkin in his big biplane Samson, Leroy in his Pitts and Franklin in
his jet-powered Waco all took off together and filled the sky with
noise and smoke as Les Shockley's jet trucks belched fire and fury
(and handily outpaced the aircraft) on the ground as pyrotechnics
warmed the crowd with a heat that was tangible. An AVweb
reporter at Oshkosh last year wrote that "the unplanned
acrobatics in the sky seem to bring the planes heart-stoppingly close
to each other, and the sky soon goes IFR from the smoke." The show
made quite an impression: "If Masters of Disaster comes to an airshow
near you, pay whatever the admission charge is ... drop anything you
are doing and come to see them," AVweb wrote.
STELLAR PERFORMERS ARE REMEMBERED
Franklin, of Neosho, Mo., and Younkin, of Rogers, Ark., had both been
flying in air shows since they were teenagers and had close to 70
years of experience between them. Franklin had learned to fly while
sitting on his father's lap. When home alone at age 12, he arguably
started his career when he snuck out and soloed. Shortly after, he
taught himself aerobatics and began his 38-year formal air show career
at age 19. In 1999, he became the first to add a jet engine to his
1940 Waco biplane, on which his son Kyle also performed as wingwalker.
He also flew for several movies, including The Rocketeer. Younkin was
a third-generation pilot. He learned to fly at the age of 16, and flew
his first air show in a Decathlon at age 18, later adding multiple
(more commercial) aircraft less familiar to the air show stage. He
trained with Duane Cole, and showed a knack for aerial grace and
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More information is trickling in about Lycoming's latest crankshaft recall. Most of the
1,100 aircraft affected are Robinson helicopters, AOPA says, as well as late-model Cessna 182s, some
Piper models, and a scattering of other aircraft, including some
Commander 112s. A proposed FAA Airworthiness Directive that was
expected to be out by Friday so far has not been published. The
crankshaft problem first surfaced in early 2002 when Lycoming recalled
some 400 crankshafts used in TIO- and LTIO-540 engines. By late 2003,
Lycoming broadened the recall to some 1,800 airplanes total; that
recall program was concluded in 2003. It was believed at the time that
only the high-horsepower versions were at risk. Note:
The latest recall covers roughly 1200 crankshafts -- not 2,000, as
originally reported -- some known to be installed in factory engines,
some as replacement parts. More...
TIMES FOR AVIATION WORKERS
Got experience working on aircraft? Cessna wants you in Wichita ... and Lancair wants you in Bend, Ore. ... and Mooney wants you in Kerrville, Texas. Cessna
already has hired 1,000 workers this year and is looking for 400 more.
The pool of local workers is just about exhausted, The Wichita Eagle said last week, so Cessna is
going on the road with a recruitment drive. Mooney recently hired 50 workers and added a
second shift, and more jobs are still open. Lancair hired 165 workers
in the first six months of this year, and still has openings, too.
"These are good jobs with excellent benefits," Lancair spokesman Ron
Wright told Bend.com, and some are open to entry-level
GLITCH SPAWNS IMPROMPTU AIR SHOW
It took 10 tries, but in the end a couple of guys zooming at 90 mph
down the runway in the back of a pickup truck used a pole to hook the
down, but not locked, gear of a malfunctioning Cessna Centurion 210
and lock it into place so the pilot could land safely. "Everyone kept
their cool, everyone worked well together," said Griff Malleck, owner
of the FBO whose mechanics were test-flying the aircraft when the
problem showed itself. "All's well that ends well." The mechanics had
taken off from McCook (Neb.) Regional Airport on Wednesday afternoon
after working on a reported oil leak from the flaps and gear.
EFFORT LOBBIES FOR GLENN CURTISS PARK
Aviation pioneer Glenn Curtiss is known for having built the
ubiquitous "Jenny" that trained a legion of American pilots, but he
did much more than that, and now a group of local citizens is working
to buy the site of his laboratory in upstate New York and turn it into
Glenn Curtiss Memorial Park. Curtiss' often
overlooked feats include design of the first aircraft to cross the
Atlantic, development of the aileron, pioneering work on amphibious
aircraft, building the P-40 and the C-46 Commando, and setting many
early aeronautical records. Curtiss' laboratory was on the south shore
of Keuka Lake in the Finger Lakes Region. More...
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PILOTS PLAN ROUND-THE-WORLD FLIGHT
Just when you think all the great aviation firsts are behind us, a
group of Czech pilots announced they have a plan to circumnavigate the
world in a glider, and could have an aircraft ready to do it as soon
as next year... that is, if financing to the tune of about $200
million (U.S.) is forthcoming. Vladislav Zejda, 43, who holds more
than 50 world gliding records, says the route is still in the works,
but a flight across the Himalayas seems to be best. The whole trip
would take five or six days (which means average speeds above 150
mph), according to a report in last week's Prague Daily Monitor. "We are cooperating with
domestic and foreign experts on the project, for instance, with NASA
and renowned aircraft producers," Zejda said. More...
CREW MISSES EMERGENCY LANDING
Most pilots like to think they will never have to make that call for
the crash truck to meet them on the runway, but we also like to think
that if we ever do call, they'll be there. For Greg Stanton, of
Rogers, Ark., all those hopes were dashed last Sunday when the cockpit
of his Piper Saratoga filled with smoke shortly after takeoff. He
declared an emergency (specifically asking for rescue vehicles) and
headed back to the Rogers airport, watching the oil pressure drop. He
touched down safely. On the roll-out, though, "I noticed there weren't
any trucks," Stanton told The Benton County Daily Record. "I noticed
the bay doors of the fire station were closed. At that point I was
starting to wonder, 'Where the hell is everybody?'" More...
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FEEDBACK ON AVWEB'S NEWS COVERAGE AND FEATURE ARTICLES:
Reader mail this week about GA security, using a
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ARTICLES AND FEATURES ON AVWEB
From The CFI #8: Musings of an
AVweb's Linda Pendleton has been teaching people how to
fly for decades, and remembers fondly how flight instruction used to
be. But before you go accusing her of living in the past, she's got
strong opinions on how things need to be different in the age of
technically advanced aircraft -- and what parts of past training
experience that need to be rediscovered. More...
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The price of progress...
I had been through the area five days before, controllers stated that
they were having intermittent reception on my transponder. I later
left their area and had no further problems on the flight. Just to be
sure, I had a mechanic check it out, and he found no problems. Five
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