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FLIGHT'S HOLIDAY GIFTS OF FLIGHT
If you're a pilot, and have an airplane, and you're an active member
of Angel Flight,
then you're probably the type of person who'd be happy to fly off
during Christmas week to deliver piles of gifts to children on the Navajo reservation
in southern Utah. The Utah Wing has been organizing just such an event
for the last five years, and it's growing bigger every Christmas. The
first year, in 2001, a few pilots came up with the idea during a
holiday party, put it together in a couple of weeks, and about seven
or eight airplanes flew off bearing donated toys and food. By the next
year, it was up to about a dozen airplanes, and this Christmas, about
30 airplanes flew to three sites around the state. More...
SLEIGHS NAVIGATE REMOTE WILDERNESS
"These are very remote areas we fly to," says Don Carey, Utah Wing
Leader of Angel Flight West. "We launch from Salt Lake City, and it's
about two hours to Bluff, in a Warrior. There's nothing but wilderness
for miles and miles. There's no access from major highways. Last year,
we flew to Navajo Mountain, where the runway was a graded dirt road."
Bluff, where the group has landed every year, does have a lonely
asphalt strip, but no instrument approaches. "Fog is our biggest
weather issue so far," says Carey. The first year, they tried to fly
on Christmas Eve and the weather didn't cooperate. Now they plan to
fly sometime during the week before Christmas, then firm up the
schedule depending on the weather. More...
BEARING GIFTS, BLANKETS, AND TURKEYS TOO
This year, Glenn Prestwich played Santa Claus for the fifth time, and
said it's been "very rewarding." Angel Flight has coordinated the
event with the tribal elders, who meet the airplanes when they arrive
and distribute the gifts to families. This year, the aircraft ranged
from a Mooney and a couple of Cirruses to a Pilatus PC-12. Also on
board the airplanes were 1,000 blankets donated by Project
Linus. Prestwich said he expects the effort to continue to grow.
"It's become institutionalized," he said. "And the outpouring of
support just keeps increasing. There's no reason to step back now."
TO THE NEW YEAR ... AND NEW AIRCRAFT
Tecnam, an aviation company based in Italy, has
announced that it will build a new -- high wing -- light twin called
the P2006T, which will be fully FAR 33 certificated and sell for under
$300,000. First flight is scheduled for September 2006, with first
customer deliveries expected in 2007. The new P2006T will feature
retractable gear and hydraulic constant-speed props with feathering.
Predicted performance figures for the P2006T include a cruise of 147
knots, 53-knot stall, a rate of climb of 1,400 ft/min (350 ft/min on
one engine), an empty weight of about 1,400 pounds, and a useful load
of about 1,000 pounds. "We expect it to debut in the U.S. at Sun 'n
Fun in 2007," Lynne Birmingham, the acting U.S. agent for Tecnam
Italy, told AVweb on Saturday. More...
READIES A SPACE PLANE
Little twins may be fine for flying around Planet Earth, but to get to
the International Space Station, you need something beefier. The
Russians have been working for a while on a next-generation
rocket-launched Space Shuttle called Clipper, and are hoping to get a funding boost
from the European Space Agency in 2006 to move the project forward.
The ESA's 17 member states considered the proposal at a meeting in
December. They didn't come up with a firm commitment, but they didn't
nix the idea either. The leader of the ESA, Director General
Jean-Jacques Dordain, told DW-World he will "make all the efforts I can in
the next few months to secure wide participation for Clipper." Dordain
said he hopes to win approval for the project by June.
INVENTORS PREPARE TO LAUNCH "FLYING TRUCK"
The prototype of the Dyanlifter, a 120-foot-long, two-seat
blimp/airplane hybrid, is complete and ready for flight testing, its
inventors said last week. The airship will not be lighter-than-air but
will carry part of its load via aerodynamic lift generated by the
wings and hull. This will make it possible for the ship to land like
an airplane, without any need for the ground crew required for a
traditional airship, say designers Brian Martin and Robert Rist.
Future versions of the ship could be as large as a 200-ton freighter
(which might stimulate its own ground-handling questions). Other uses
for the design include aerial advertising, personal transportation,
search and rescue, temporary "cellphone towers," firefighting, and
military support. More...
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TO AMEND CONNECTING ROD NPRM
The FAA has said it will revise its Proposed Airworthiness Directiveregarding ECi connecting rods
found in about 2,800 Lycoming engines, ECi President Ed Salmeron said
on Friday. The revision will allow owners to wait until their next
scheduled engine overhaul to remove the connecting rods, instead of
the "within 50 hours time-in-service" originally proposed. The FAA
also said it is open to a discussion about inspecting and reworking
the rods after they are removed. The original Notice of Proposed
Rulemaking, issued on Oct. 5, drew immediate protest from ECi. "We strongly feel that no safety
of flight concerns exist," the company wrote to the FAA. AOPA also objected to the NPRM, saying the FAA "blindsided
AOPA, ECi, and the general aviation community" by forging ahead with a
proposed rule without first consulting industry stakeholders.
PLANNED MANEUVERS FOR 2006
The day of reckoning is near for many very-light-jet projects that
have been in the works for years now ... for many, that day could come
in 2006. Eclipse says it's expecting FAA certification in
March but that a supplier's certification trouble will likely push
deliveries to second quarter 2006. Cessna plans to certify and deliver
the Mustang in the fourth quarter of '06. Both
companies have flight-test programs well underway. Adam Aircraft,
which has had its prototype jet in the air for a while, now is
taxi-testing its second A700, and expects to start flying it any day.
The company is hoping for certification by fourth quarter of 2006,
spokeswoman Shelly Simi told AVweb last week. One wildcard may
be Epic Jet. More...
UNVEILS RULES FOR SPACE TOURISM OPERATORS
The FAA last Thursday published its proposed rules to govern the operation of
commercial space flight. The 120-page document mainly covers
qualification and training for the crew and passengers -- but the FAA
doesn't call them passengers. They are "space flight participants ...
not a typical passenger with typical expectations of transport, but
someone going on an adventure ride." Participants would not be
required to have a physical exam, but the FAA would recommend it. They
also must be informed of the risks and be told that the U.S.
government has not certified the space vehicle as "safe." Flight crew
must have FAA pilot and medical certificates and an instrument rating.
GUILTY OF LAUNCHING FIREWORKS IN FLIGHT PATH
A homeowner in Scotland who launched fireworks into the path of
aircraft landing at Edinburgh Airport has pleaded guilty to reckless
conduct, the Scotsman.com reported last week. Peter Crane, 20,
fired the rockets from his backyard on a busy Friday night on Oct. 29,
2004. Air traffic controllers started to warn crews of the hazard and
one pilot reported back: "If the last firework had happened a second
later we would have been very close to it." The controllers saw the
fireworks occurring for several hours before police found Crane. Crane
said he was lighting the fireworks to celebrate Halloween and was not
intentionally aiming at aircraft, according to the Scotsman.com. He
has not yet been sentenced. In a separate incident, an American
Airlines pilot departing from Los Angeles International in November reported to ATC he had seen a smoke trail from
something that had been fired near his aircraft. That exchange was
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MALLARDS GROUNDED BY FAA
The FAA has mandated emergency wing inspections for all Mallard
seaplanes that have been converted to have turbine engines. The action
follows a fatal crash in Miami on Dec. 19 in which a Mallard lost a
wing shortly after takeoff. The pilot and 19 passengers all died in
the crash. The Airworthiness Directive instructs that all
affected aircraft must be inspected before further flight. If any
cracking or corrosion is found, it must be repaired. A report of the
inspection's findings must be sent to the FAA. About 40 of the
converted Mallards are in operation. Chalk's Ocean Airways, which
owned the one that crashed, is the only commercial operator.
CAPTAIN LEAVES ONE PASSENGER ON ISLAND
An airline passenger who misbehaved during a transoceanic flight was
dropped off on an obscure tropical island and stranded there for 36
hours before he could find a flight out. The unidentified and
allegedly inebriated man was flying on a Monarch Airlines Airbus A321
out of Manchester, England, with 210 other passengers last Tuesday
night when he became rude and aggressive toward the cabin crew, after
they refused to give him any more alcohol, according to the Taipei Times. He refused to calm down and then
began to insult the other passengers. Rather than put up with him
until reaching their destination of Tenerife, the crew decided to
touch down on Porto Santo, a tiny island (about 14 by 5 km) off the
North African coast with limited options for departure, but just 480
km from the flight's final destination. More...
Two people died when their Cirrus SR22 hit a North Carolina
Luke AFB wants all GA pilots to talk when transitioning
Trinidad and Tobago trying out a Skyship 600 blimp for
Boeing redesigning cabins to accommodate aging
Eos Airline aims to attract pax with 21 square feet
of personal space...
Independence Air likely to stop flying unless
a cash infusion is found. More...
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ARTICLES AND FEATURES ON AVWEB
2005 Year In Review
exultation, milestones, conflict, celebration, tragedy, and
remembrance ... in 2005, the world of general aviation saw all that
and more. Here's our year-end review of the news, with links to
AVweb's original coverage for more details.
Top flight instructors and former air traffic
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When congestion isn't the real problem...
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Aircraft on Approach: Get off the runway I am landing.
Aircraft on Runway: Maybe you should go around if I am
not fast enough for you.
Aircraft on Approach: I can't, I have a terrible
crosswind, I am in trouble, I am in a 180.
Aircraft on Runway: ...Maybe you shouldn't be flying a
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