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DECISION ON CROSSFIELD CRASH EXPECTED WEDNESDAY
traffic controller didnt tell Scott Crossfield he was headed for a
storm, but then Crossfield didnt ask, either. Thats the
conundrum the NTSB will face when it votes Wednesday on the probable
cause of the April 2006 crash that killed the legendary test pilot and
goodwill ambassador for aviation. A report in the Washington Post on Sunday quotes NTSB investigation
documents as saying the Atlanta controller working Crossfields
Cessna 210 flight as it crossed through northern Georgia could see
significant weather in Crossfields path but didnt warn him
because he thought the data was outdated. But even though the weather
was obviously deteriorating, Crossfield hadnt asked for regular
weather updates and just after 11 a.m. he issued his final radio call.
"Atlanta, this is Seven Nine X-ray. I'd like to deviate south. Weather."
BEAR CHARGES TO VICTORY AT RENO
The highly modified F-8F-2
Bearcat Rare Bear, flown by John Penney, blew away the competition in
the Gold final of the National Championship Air Races at Reno-Stead
Airport on Sunday. The exotic machine finished the final with an average
speed of 478 mph, 44, mph faster than second place Sherman Smoot flying
Czech Mate, a Yak 11. Third spot went to Stewart Dawson in the Spirit of
Texas Hawker Sea Fury. Dawson was less than two mph slower than Smoot.
The final day of the event went off without tragedy as the crowd paused
to pay their respects to the three pilots who died at this year's meet.
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MARKET LOOKING BRIGHTER, ACCORDING TO ANALYST
company that has studied the emerging very light jet market says it's
painting a rosier outlook for the sector than it has in the past but
there are more caveats than a law library in his assessment. Phillip
Butterworth-Hayes, of PMI Media, told AVweb Sunday in a podcast
interview to be released on Friday that interest in VLJs seems to be
sustained and new market possibilities are opening up but (and there are
several of them) the next 12 months will likely be the harbinger of
things to come, especially in the air taxi business." A lot will depend
on just how robust the aircraft are," Butterworth-Hayes, author of the
report, said. He said they're going to be called upon to fly far more
hours in more rugged conditions than business jets are normally flown
and many are far less expensive than the low-end business jets.
"FREELANCERS" SPARK TFR
The FAA has imposed a temporary flight restriction over the area being
searched for Steve Fossett after a the pilot of a privately owned
aircraft not formally engaged in the search began an impromptu sweep of
the area on Friday. According to an Associated Press report, the pilot was contacted and
told whoever contacted him that he was trying to claim a $10,000 reward
offered on the social networking Web site YouChoose.net for information leading to the
discovery of Fossett. However, getting some stick time over the Nevada
wilderness wasnt what YouChoose.net had in mind, nor did it please
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FOUNDERS GET PRIME PARKING FOR THEIR BOEING AND
Pity the lower-class Silicon Valley billionaires.
While their drivers have to battle traffic for an hour to get them to
their private jets at public-use airports, The New York Times is reporting that Google founders
Larry Page and Sergey Brin have exclusive access to a NASA airport that
is seven minutes from their offices. While Google isn't saying anything
about the $1.3 million annual rent deal, which allows Page and Brin to
land and park their Boeing 767-200 and two Gulfstream Vs at Moffet
Field, NASA is claiming it's being done in the name of science, not
convenience. "It was an opportunity for us to defray some of the fixed
costs we have to maintain the airfield as well as to have flights of
opportunity for our science missions," Steven Zornetzer, associate
director for institutions and research at NASA's Ames Center, told the
Times. "It seemed like a win-win situation." More...
AIRCRAFT OWNERS URGED TO COMMENT ON FAA DRAFT ORDER
own and fly old, rare and discontinued aircraft are being urged to
comment on a draft order (MS Word document) under consideration by the FAA
that would determine how the agency handles what it calls "abandoned"
and "orphaned" type certificates and supplementary type certificates.
The agency's preamble makes the point that it needs to be in reliable
contact with the custodians of TCs and STCs for all certified aircraft
still flying and the proposed national policy is aimed at that. That
naturally has the owners of historic airplanes nervous about their
future flying and they're hoping everyone with an interest in the issue
will comment by the deadline on Oct. 5. More...
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PILOT ALLEGEDLY ATTACKED BY ANGRY COMMUTERS
The South African
media is sorting out the facts after at least one news outlet reported
that the occupants of a vehicle hit by a Tiger Moth in an accident on a
road south of Johannesburg Wednesday attacked the injured pilot while he
was still strapped into his seat. The pilot, Glen Simpson, is reportedly
doing well in hospital but the crash killed his passenger and the driver
of a bus that was struck by the plane. One other vehicle was also hit
and a total of 23 people were injured, most of them on the bus, which
carried 40 people. There's some question whether the attack actually
took place, however. More...
ROBERTSON IS NAA'S ELDER STATESMAN
An actor who's won wide
acclaim for that talent (including an Oscar) has been recognized for his
lifelong devotion to aviation. Cliff Robertson will be awarded the
Wesley L. MacDonald Elder Statesman of Aviation Award at NAA's annual
awards night Oct. 29. Throughout his acting career, Robertson has made
numerous aviation-related shows but his list of accomplishments in the
real world of aviation is every bit as long. He's on EAA's President's
Council and was the founding chairman of the Young Eagles program. He
rarely misses Oshkosh or the opportunity to promote aviation and that,
in part, is why AVweb's Ann Devers has been tireless in her promotion of
Robertson for this award. More...
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MONDAY PODCAST: PILOT'S PILOT CLIFF ROBERTSON (AND SOON-TO-BE NAA ELDER
STATESMAN OF AVIATION)
To the rest of the world, he's known
as the ruggedly handsome actor who won an Academy Award for the 1968
classic Charly but to the flying fraternity, Cliff
Robertson is a respected pilot, tireless volunteer, and collector of
precious warbirds. On Oct. 29, he'll be presented with the National
Aeronautic Association's Wesley L. MacDonald Elder Statesman Award.
AVweb's Russ Niles spoke with Robertson about his life in
airplanes and about the search for his friend, Steve Fossett.
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OF THE WEEK: LANCASTER AVIATION (KLKR, MCWHIRTER FIELD, LANCASTER,
AVweb's "FBO of
the Week" ribbon goes to Lancaster Aviation at McWhirter Field (KLKR)
in Lancaster, South Carolina.
AVweb reader Alex McDowell
recommended Lancaster for the usual reasons "down-home
hospitality, excellent service, and very reasonable rates"
but like many pilots, Alex discovered the true value of good service
during an unscheduled stop for emergency maintenance. Alex
Suffering complete electrical failure upon
takeoff from a military base, I diverted 95 miles out of my way because
I knew I could count on them really taking care of me. I wasn't
disappointed. Gary's team jumped right in, troubleshooting my problem
while I enjoyed reading all the heartfelt notes to parts manager Carrie
from deployed service men and women in appreciation for the many care
packages she has sent to these overseas troops. Sandy loaned me the crew
car overnight, and the gang had a fix in the works by the time I arrived
back at the airport. Fred the pooch was even keeping my parking spot on
the ramp warm! Neil, Mark and Justin had me repaired, refueled, and
ready to go before lunch, but I couldn't pass up the invitation to stay
for the barbecue chicken and fixin's Mike had been grilling up all
morning. I had been anxious to get back home for meetings the next day,
and the gang made sure I made it on time, but I sure hated to leave the
wonderful family atmosphere.
Alex will definitely
return to Lancaster Aviation and recommends any other pilots in the area
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OF THE WEEK: HOW TO CRASH A BOEING 720
This week's "Video of
the Week" comes to us from Spike/iFilm and goes all the way back to
1984, when NASA and the FAA worked together to crash a Boeing 720. Their
intent was to study the influence of a fuel additive designed to
suppress fire, but ours in the year 2007 is well, honestly, to
watch a very expensive aircraft go down in the name of research. (Click
here to watch.) More...
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While flying through Joshua
Approach airspace in Southern California:
"Bonanza Five Victor X-Ray, be advised you have
traffic at your 12 o'clock 10 miles, an F-15."
"Roger, we'll be looking, no
"Bonanza Five Victor X-Ray, traffic
should be no factor but should be fun to watch."
"Not in this wild
"That's OK, I fly a Skyhawk,
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