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CRASHES AFTER SEEMINGLY PILOTLESS FLIGHT
The pilot of a
twin-engine turbo Beech Baron 56-T-C was headed home to St. Paul, Minn.,
from Glendive, Mont., on a business trip, when he apparently lost
consciousness somewhere above Wisconsin last Friday night. The airplane
continued on course until it ran out of fuel near Charleston, W.V. Two
F-16s intercepted the Baron and attempted to make contact with the
pilot, and fired flares, to no avail. They escorted the airplane until
it descended and crashed in a rural area about 9:45 p.m. The pilot,
William Roger Cammack Jr., 56, of St. Paul, who was alone on board,
died. Nobody on the ground was hurt. Cammack had been a pilot for over
25 years and had recently joined the Civil Air Patrol, family members
HELIOS CRASH INVESTIGATION CONTINUES
Meanwhile, the report
into last year's crash of a passenger jet in Cyprus is nearing
completion. The Helios Airways 737-300 ran into a mountainside after
running out of fuel, after the cabin's loss of pressure led to the
incapacitation of the cockpit crew. It has been reported that a flight
attendant with minimal experience as a pilot was only able to gain entry to
the cockpit after the aircraft lost power from fuel exhaustion. All
121 on board died. The investigation so far has found that "latent
errors have lain there for years waiting for the pilot to pull the
trigger," according to Akrivos Tsolakis, head of the investigation. The
systemic faults created "a window of opportunity" for the errors made by
the pilots, he said. Tsolakis spoke last week at an aviation safety
seminar in Athens, Flight International reported. More...
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SHOW SEASON OPENER WEEKS AWAY
For much of the U.S., the
summer flying season starts on April 4, when the annual Sun 'n Fun
show opens in Lakeland, Fla. On Monday, the FAA released its official arrival procedures, complete with a video
tour of the VFR route. The folks at Sun 'n Fun Radio 1510 sent out a
reminder this week to bring a portable AM radio. They will broadcast 24
hours a day, with schedules, interviews, weather updates, the daily air
show narrative, and remote broadcasts of the evening programs. The
entire Sun 'n Fun campus also will be a wifi hotspot, so bring your laptop and stay
connected. Special programs will honor the 25th anniversary of the first
Space Shuttle launch, and the 20th anniversary of Voyager's historic
nonstop round-the-world flight. More...
TO EXPECT AT SUN 'N FUN '06
Sun 'n Fun attracts about 4,000
airplanes, with a wide variety of classics, homebuilts, sport planes,
and warbirds. This year's special-guest list includes a new air vehicle
from the folks at CarterCopter, who promise to demonstrate a new
Personal Air Vehicle prototype, an "aerial motorcycle." They plan to fly
it in from Atlanta, stopping at gas stations, restaurants, attractions
and other hotels along the way to Lakeland, to prove the aircraft's
versatility, and arrive at the show at noon on Wednesday, April 5. The
first civilian air show appearance of the F-22A "Raptor" stealth-technology fighter, America's newest
fighter aircraft, is scheduled for Thursday, April 6. And lots more. If
you can't be there in person, watch for AVweb's special coverage
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GOES TO WICHITA FOR AVIATION HEARING
Subcommittee of the U.S. House traveled to Wichita yesterday to hold a
field hearing on economic competitiveness in the aviation industry.
Peter Bunce, CEO of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association
(GAMA), urged committee members to support GA with tax relief and
clarified export rules. He also assured the panel that the introduction
of very light jets into the airspace system -- expected to begin this
year -- will not "clog up the airways." Bunce said the VLJs will stay
away from crowded airline hubs and add value to underutilized GA
airports. The committee also heard from Jack Pelton, president of Cessna
Aircraft, and James Schuster, CEO of Raytheon. More...
GLOBAL SUPPORT NEEDED FOR GA SAFETY
The directors of the
International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) met in Montreal,
Canada, this week to discuss a global strategy for aviation safety.
While most of the conference dealt with air-carrier issues, GA concerns
were represented by John Sheehan, of the International Council of
Aircraft Owner and Pilot Associations (IAOPA). Addressing the
conference, Sheehan emphasized the need for GA pilots to have
sufficient, affordable information pertinent to the safety of flight.
"Weather and airport information are not always available or affordable,
and regulatory restrictions and high fees deter pilots in obtaining
added experience and proficiency," said Sheehan. More...
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STATIONS INVADE CROWDED AVIATION AIRWAVES
As if the radio
frequencies weren't already busy enough, now pirate radio stations in
Florida are interfering with aviation communications. "It's a
nightmare," Jim Marinitti, president of the Miami Tower branch of the
National Air Traffic Controllers Association, told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel on Monday. For the last
month, pilots have been hearing hip-hop tunes and Haitian music instead
of clearances and callbacks. Police traced the signal of a radio station
that calls itself Da Streetz to a warehouse with an antenna, but nobody
was there. Audio broadcasting equipment was confiscated, but the music
has kept on playing. More...
FLY-IN CHANGES SCHEDULE AND MENU
Arizona has hosted some form
of the popular Copperstate Fly-In every year for over 30 years, and
it has been held at at least six different sites. This year, the change
is all about the date, pushing back to later in the fall in hopes of
cooler weather. This year's show will run Thursday through Sunday, Oct.
26 to 29, which statistics say should provide 80-degree days, 12 degrees
cooler than past events. Show organizers also have axed the usual
afternoon air show and replaced it with hourly fly-bys and demos of the
antique, classic, and homebuilt aircraft that fly in to the field. The
change will keep the airport open all day, organizers said this week,
and give the fly-in pilots who attend the show a chance to showcase
their aircraft. More...
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PAINS FOR INDIA'S AVIATION INDUSTRY
With a booming economy
and a rapidly expanding aviation sector, India is finding it tough to
fill all of its pilot seats, and extra demands are made on the pilots
that are available. Pilots at Air India are assigned to legs as long as
10 hours without relief, a practice that would not be allowed under FAA
air-carrier rules. To ease the shortage, India has been hiring foreign pilots to fill its seats, but that
has caused problems when the pilots are not fluent in English. Incidents
in recent months involving foreign pilots have raised concerns that
there may be miscommunication with air traffic controllers, and even
among cockpit crews. More...
GROUPS SUPPORT FAA CHANGES TO "POSITION AND HOLD"
the FAA's recent efforts to minimize the use of "taxi into position and
hold" procedures have been vociferously opposed by the National Air Traffic Controllers
Association, two pilot groups this week said they are fine with the
changes. "The FAA's review [of TIPH] promises to build in necessary
safeguards during departure and arrival operations on the nation's
runways," said Larry Newman, a spokesman for the Air Line
Pilots Association (ALPA). The Allied Pilots Association (APA), which
represents American Airlines pilots, agreed. "We applaud the FAA's action to improve
safety on our runways," said Mike Leone, APA Safety Committee chairman.
"The risk factors the FAA found in its review are real, and the changes
mandated ... will significantly mitigate those risks."
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team captain, died Monday...
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New data will provide better
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EAA Sport Pilot Tour stops
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Pilots are among the
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FAA testing screened-off taxiway design to prevent runway
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OF THE WEEK
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OF THE WEEK
Welcome back to AVweb's
"Picture of the Week." Each week, we sort through the top aviation
photos submitted by AVweb readers and choose our favorites. We share the
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