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PILOTS FLYING FOR KATRINA VICTIMS...
"People just don't realize the magnitude of this," Angel Flight
America (AFA) spokesman Steve Patterson told AVweb on
Tuesday. "This is not just about New Orleans -- this involves the
whole south-central Gulf Coast." AFA is working to coordinate the
efforts of hundreds of volunteer pilots across the country who are
helping transport relief workers and reunite families separated by the
storm. "So far we've been operating in and out of the larger airports,
but the next step, starting this week, is to start sending volunteer
pilots into the smaller fields, near the more remote towns and
villages," Patterson said. Working around the clock, AFA has been
flying as many as 100 missions per day, working with hundreds of
pilots and aircraft. More...
GRASS-ROOTS EFFORTS CONTINUE...
"The impetus for this was, we were watching the storm coverage on TV,
and we saw the need, and we knew we could help." The ad hoc group "Operation Brother's Keeper," based in Atlanta,
grew from an effort to provide empty vacation rentals as free
temporary shelter to evacuees along with free air transportation. Now
they are coordinating the work of volunteer pilots and medical
personnel to get into the devastated regions and transport victims
out. "We organized on Tuesday and began operations on Thursday [last
week]," spokesman Milo Pinckney told AVweb yesterday. They're
staging out of Baton Rouge, where they are taking people from shelters
and flying them to Atlanta, then on to safe housing donated by
vacation-home owners. "So far we've flown 184 sorties in two and a
half days, and transported at least a couple hundred people out of a
deplorable situation, and reunited families who'd been separated,"
Pinckney said. Click through for the rest of the story on this effort
INDIVIDUALS DO WHAT THEY CAN
When it's your own 79-year-old grandmother who's in need, then neither
floods nor bureaucrats nor even a TFR can stop you from trying to
help. So it was for Derek Lott, a CFI living in Crestview, Fla., when
he heard that his grandmother in Picayune, Miss., was weakening every
day without her heart medication. He rented a 172 and loaded it up
with $1,000 worth of food, The Associated Press reported Tuesday. "I told my
dad I'd trade him some food for Grandma," said Lott. When he heard
President Bush was flying into the area, bringing a 30-nm no-fly zone,
he knew he had to get in and out fast. "I decided to give it a shot
because I knew my family needed me," he said. More...
AIRLINER CRASH KILLS 150...
A Boeing 737-200 flown by Mandala Airlines crashed shortly after
takeoff Monday on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, killing at least
150 people, including 47 on the ground. Fifteen people seated in the
rear of the airplane escaped through a hole in the fuselage and
survived. "The plane had actually taken off, but it started to shake
heavily and swerved to the left, and then -- wham, a ball of fire came
from the front of the plane toward the back," survivor Rohadi Sitepu
told local TV reporters from his hospital bed. A preliminary report
found a problem with one of the engine's fan blades, the BBC reported
SAFE ARE AIRLINES...
With six crashes in the last six weeks killing close to 500 people,
the loss of life in airliners worldwide this year already is greater
than it was for all of 2004 (which was the safest in recent record). But of those six accidents, only
one -- the Air France Airbus A340 that skidded off a runway in Toronto
on August 2 -- involved a major carrier, and everyone on that flight
survived. "The chances of crashing when you fly with airlines coming
from outside of western Europe, North America and Australasia are an
order of magnitude greater," says David Learmount, an editor at Flight
International. "All modern airplanes are safe, but they may not be if
they don't get maintained properly and the crews don't get trained
properly," he told The Independent. More...
COUNTRIES NOT IMMUNE
But over the weekend, a former airline pilot in Europe expressed
concern about threats to that first-world safety record. "The
commercial pressures on the shoulders of pilots have increased
enormously," Filip van Rossum wrote in the Belgian newspaper Het
Nieuwsblad. New rules passed in the European Union this year require
airlines to compensate passengers for late or cancelled flights, and
with profit margins already thin and competition intense, the airlines
are fighting to keep airplanes flying. "In a never-ending quest to
save money, maintenance is being squeezed to the limit," Robert Alway,
a spokesman for the Association of Licensed Aircraft Engineers in the
U.K., told ITP. In the U.S., safety practices at Northwest
Airlines are under scrutiny after questions were raised by an FAA
safety inspector. More...
WANTS BETTER WEATHER TRAINING FOR GA PILOTS
The NTSB yesterday asked the FAA to help improve the GA safety record
for weather-related accidents by requiring that all pilots who don't
receive weather-related recurrent training address weather issues
during the biennial flight review. The BFR should check that pilots
can recognize critical weather situations, procure and use
aeronautical weather reports and forecasts, determine fuel
requirements, and plan for alternatives, the NTSB said.
Non-instrument-rated pilots also should demonstrate that they can
control the airplane solely by reference to instruments. The safety
board also asked the FAA to identify and provide additional support
for pilots whose performance indicates increased risk, and to improve
its pre-flight weather services. More...
500 FILGHT-TEST AIRCRAFT DAMAGED IN GEAR-UP LANDING
Aviation said on Tuesday its fourth FAA-conforming flight-test
aircraft, N505EA, landed gear-up on Runway 3 at the Albuquerque
International Sunport last Saturday. The two pilots on board the
six-seater jet were not hurt. The aircraft was towed back to the
hangar, and after a thorough investigation, Eclipse said no mechanical
or electrical problems were found, and attributed the cause to pilot
error. "We are evaluating the damage to the aircraft, but are
confident that we will demonstrate how easily a friction-stir-welded
structure can be fixed," said CEO Vern Raburn. More...
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PHOTOS HELPING IN HURRICANE RELIEF
While satellite images are easily available online these says -- Google Earth is
one easy way to access them -- low-level aerial photos are still in
demand. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has
been shooting pictures of the Katrina aftermath from a Citation
jet, and thanks to the Internet, those images are already available to
anyone who needs them -- including displaced homeowners who want to
check how things look on their street. The NOAA images are also being
used by the Army Corps of Engineers and the Federal Emergency
Management Agency for damage assessment. More...
CRASHES INTO POST OFFICE
The airport at Teterboro, N.J., has had a run of trouble lately, and
Friday night a Cessna 177 crashed into the Hackensack Post Office,
about a half-mile from the field. The pilot, Karen Hunter, 53, of
Brooklyn, died, and passenger Sharon Osborne, 42, of Denver, was
critically hurt. Hunter was headed for a landing at nearby Essex
County Airport when she reported engine trouble about 9:30 p.m. and
diverted to Teterboro. The accident was the fourth since
February, when a Challenger bizjet ran off the runway. Another jet
ran off a snowy runway in March and in May a twin-engine turbroprop
crashed on final. Twenty-two people were hurt in those accidents, but
there were no other fatalities. More...
RULES MAY GROUND AUSSIE AIR-TOUR OPERATORS
If you've visited those exhibits for Australian air safaris at Oshkosh
or Sun 'n Fun in recent years and thought that would sure be fun to
try some day, your chances of ever having that opportunity are about
to grow slimmer. Tour operator GOANA announced last week that they will be
shutting down at the end of this year, after 12 years of operation,
thanks to new security rules that have made it impossible for them to
continue. "It comes as a bitter pill to be forced out of business by
legislation," said business owner Mal Shipton. The "Enhanced Aviation
Security Package" that was adopted by the Australian government in
March will have a negative impact on the very people it is supposed to
be protecting, he said. More...
AND FRANKLIN, TOGETHER
Franklin and Bobby Younkin died in a crash during their Masters
of Disaster air show on July 10, it was clear that the two not only
had enjoyed working together, but their families also had been
involved in the show and were close. That closeness was cemented last
month when Kyle Franklin, Jimmy's only son and his wingwalker, flew
his Cub to the airstrip at the Younkin house in Fayetteville, Ark.,
got down on one knee, and asked Amanda Younkin to marry him. The
wedding is set for October in New Mexico. Next year, Kyle plans to
return to the air show circuit flying the original Waco Mysteryship.
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