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Volume 11, Number 36b September 8, 2005

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VOLUNTEER 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...

...AS 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 and More...

...AND 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...

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ANOTHER 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 yesterday. More...

...HOW 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...

...RICH 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...

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NTSB 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...

ECLIPSE 500 FILGHT-TEST AIRCRAFT DAMAGED IN GEAR-UP LANDING
Eclipse 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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AERIAL 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...

CESSNA 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...

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SECURITY 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...

YOUNKIN AND FRANKLIN, TOGETHER
When Jimmy 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. More...

THE COLUMBIA 350 & COLUMBIA 400 HAVE A NEW CORPORATE NAME
The Lancair Company has re-branded itself as Columbia Aircraft Manufacturing Corporation. The manufacturers of the Columbia 350 and Columbia 400, the world's fastest certified piston aircraft, made the change as part of an ongoing campaign to develop a unique identity for these premium aircraft. The Fly Columbia Tour, an interactive Columbia experence, will be at the Reno Air Races. If you miss them in Reno, check the web site for a complete schedule at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/columbia/avflash.

ON THE FLY...
Documentary on Flight 93 premieres Sunday on Discovery Channel...
Mooney VP set a world record while flying -- oops -- in a Beechcraft...
National Museum of Commercial Aviation in the works for Atlanta...
JetBlue airline installs cabin cameras for cockpit monitoring...
Canada's Snowbirds back in the air after being grounded last month. More...

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Nighttime on an airport is a wondrous time splashed with sparkling lights, beckoning stars, and more than a few regulations and silly ways to embarrass yourself, unless you know the answers to the following questions. More...

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HAVE YOU SIGNED UP yet for AVweb's NO-COST twice monthly Business AVflash? Reporting on breaking news, Business AVflash also focuses on the companies, the products and the industry leaders that make headlines in the Business of Aviation. Business AVflash is a must read. Watch for a Business AVflash regular feature, TSA WATCH: GA IN THE "SPOTLIGHT". Sign up today at http://www.avweb.com/profile/ More...

ISN'T IT ABOUT TIME YOU CHOOSE SOMETHING EXTRA?
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AVWEB'S QUESTION OF THE WEEK ...
This week, an AVweb reader wants to know just how deeply GPS has transformed the flying habits of pilots. Do you use GPS religiously, or are you strictly devoted to your paper charts? PLUS: Results of last week's question about Hurricane Katrina and our readers' participation in the relief efforts. More...

SEE CLEARLY METHOD IMPROVES & STRENGTHENS VISION NATURALLY
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AVWEB'S PICTURE OF THE WEEK ...
If you love amateur aviation photography and cities with fun-to-pronounce names, our latest installment of "Picture of the Week" is your cup of tea! Kick back and enjoy great photos from exotic locales like Kootenai, Idaho; Cooloola Cove, Australia; and Mississauga, Ontario, where this week's winner hails from. Congratulations to Jerry Milek and Ed Binko, who captured the winning photo in Eastern Europe, brought it across the Atlantic to Canada, and deposited it on our servers in the U.S. to win two nifty AVweb baseball caps. Your new job, fellas, is to wear those hats out into the four corners of the globe and spread the joy and excitement of AVweb's "Picture of the Week." (Let us know if you make it to Cooloola Cove.) More...

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