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PERMANENTLY GROUNDS Q400 FLEET
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Bombardier insists its Q400 airliners are safe despite
SAS's decision to "permanently" ground its fleet of 27 of the aircraft
after a partial gear-up landing in Copenhagen Saturday. The decision
came after the airline's third landing-gear-related emergency landing in
a little more than a month. But Bombardier said in a statement
that Saturday's incident did not appear to
be related to the two previous incidents and it advised carriers using
the aircraft to continue as normal.The right main gear failed to deploy
on the SAS Q400 at Copenhagen Airport. The flight crew was able to slide
it safely to a stop on the foam-covered runway with no injuries to the
44 people, including two infants, on board. In a news release
, SAS management said the airline and
its customers were losing confidence in the aircraft. More...
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CALIFORNIA G.A. WAITS OUT FIRES
GA pilots have been doing
their share in the battle against wildfires in California largely
by staying out of the way. "People are being pretty sensible about it,"
Roger Griffiths, airport manager at Gillespie Field in El Cajon, Calif.,
near San Diego, told AVweb Friday Though local pilots have been
grounded by temporary flight restrictions (TFRs) in place to
support firefighting efforts, the skies above San Diego County are
buzzing with activity. Aircraft ranging from helicopters and
single-engine air tankers (SEAT) to a DC-10 and a 60-year-old Martin
Mars flying boat brought in from British Columbia are being used to
attack the fires, which forced the evacuation of more than a million
people last week. Griffiths said two of the three runways at his airport
were closed and turned into parking ramps for helicopters, as many as 30
at a time. More...
STARTS OVER FIREFIGHTING HELICOPTER DELAYS
politicians say foot-dragging by state officials kept 24 firefighting
helicopters on the ground for a full day last week, critically hampering
firefighting efforts in the early stages as the blazes gathered
strength. The helicopters, operated by the military, were grounded
because a state regulation requires that all firefighting choppers have
a "fire spotter" on board and there weren't enough available. By the
time the helicopters were allowed to take off it was too windy for them
to fly. On Wednesday the state waived the regulation but now the heat is
on state officials to explain the delay in doing so. More...
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ALERTS POLICE TO SUSPECTED IMPAIRED PILOT
An air traffic
controller called police to report a pilot he believed was drunk at the
controls and the cops in Mitchell, S.D., later arrested a 65-year-old
man on various alcohol- and drug-related charges. The controller became
suspicious of the pilot's slurred speech and his apparent difficulty
holding altitude on Thursday. According to the Sioux Falls Argus Leader, when police met the Mooney
after it landed, they found open liquor in the cockpit, a container of
prescription drugs without a prescription and a pilot they allege had
obviously been drinking. More...
INDIES COMPANY PLANS UNIQUE COMMUTER PLANE
Holdings Ltd. (IAHL) of Nevis, in the West Indies, recently announced it
will develop an 18-20-seat commuter aircraft with a single 1,100-hp
Honeywell TPE 331-12 mounted on the tail. The aircraft is similar in
appearance to the British-built Britten-Norman Trislander, which has three piston
engines, one each on the wings and the third on the tail. In news releases appearing on stock watch Web sites,
IAHL CEO Peter Van Dyke said the single tail-mounted turboprop offers
numerous advantages over conventional configurations, including the
ability to leave the engine running while loading and unloading, thus
cutting the number of start cycles on the engine. Van Dyke said he
expects to sell the aircraft for $1.9 million and, although it's
strictly a paper airplane at this stage, he's hoping for certification
sometime next year. More...
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SCHOOLS GEAR FOR PILOT SHORTAGE
Pundits say the traditional
training models for professional pilots are changing and there's never
been a better time for young people to get in the left seat. In an
extensive feature in Florida Today, various institutions say a looming
pilot shortage should also make it much easier for students to get the
training they need and the jobs that will follow. "It means a big shift,
as far as where pilots are trained," Louis Smith, president of the
Internet-based pilot information resource FLTops.com, told the
BEACH VOTES ITSELF $7 MILLION BILL
Keeping up appearances
will cost Myrtle Beach-area taxpayers $7 million. The Myrtle Beach Sun-News says the FAA has sent
Horry County, which encompasses Myrtle Beach International Airport, a
bill for that amount because it didn't go through with a terminal
project. The county and FAA spent a total of about $18 million on
clearing the site and designing the building before the Community
Appearance Board quashed the project last April. The FAA says it paid
the money on the condition that the project go through and now it wants
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FLIGHT CAPS RILE NEW YORKERS
New York politicians, business
groups and tourism officials have joined the chorus of opposition to a
proposal by the FAA to limit flights into John F. Kennedy Airport to a
maximum of 81 during peak hours and 80 for most of the rest of the day.
Instead, the "broad coalition" opposing the proposal is saying the FAA
should get its own house in order and fast-track modernization efforts,
facilities improvements and airspace redesign to reduce the number of
flight delays at the airport. "We must act now to reduce delays.
However, the solution on which the FAA is currently focused - a cap on
the number of flights at JFK - is, in truth, no solution at all," New
York Gov. Eliot Spitzer and New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine said in a joint
letter to Secretary of Transportation Mary Peters. More...
BEDS FOR SLEEPING, SAYS AIRLINE
Considering the areas of
aircraft that have served the carnal desires of their occupants, it
would seem likely that the private suite with double bed that Singapore
Airlines has installed on its A380 would be creating a little turbulence
of its own on every flight. But if the airline has anything to do with
it (and good luck with this) the first-class section will not become
headquarters of the Mile High Club. "If couples used our double beds to
engage in inappropriate activity, we would politely ask them to desist,"
company spokesman Stephen Forshaw told the Times of London. "There are
things that are acceptable on an aircraft and things that aren't, and
the rules for behavior in our double beds are the same ones that apply
throughout the aircraft." More...
THE FLY ...
FAA puts TFR inside FRZ ...
Malibu crashes on
long emergency glide ...
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OF THE WEEK: LOW-FLYING SUPERSCOOPER FIGHTING FIRES OVER
We know them as "waterbombers," "superscoopers," and
"ducks," but when wildfires burn out of control (as they did this week
throughout Southern California), Canadair's CL-series firefighters are
nothing short of lifesavers. In this clip from CNN (posted on LiveLeak
by user bellava), we see one such scooper flying low over Malibu,
fighting out-of-control California wildfires. (Click through to watch.)
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OF THE WEEK:
MINUTE MAN (MINUTE MAN AIRFIELD AT 6B6 IN STOW,
AVweb's "FBO of
the Week" ribbon goes to Minute Man Airfield at 6B6 in Stow,
AVweb reader Dick Shafner recommended
the FBO after spending some time there and discovering that (for piston
pilot at least) "Minute Man Airfield has it
[Onwer Don and wife Nancy] still treat each
incoming aircraft like it is their first customer. The motto on the
Minute Man web site is "Where Piston Pilots Rule", and it certainly is.
Fuel is cheap (pay cash and it is even cheaper) and there is always a
friendly "hello" on the frequency when arriving or departing. ... And
then there is Nancy's Airport Cafe. What a find. Locals consider it "the
place to go" for breakfast and lunch during the week, and on Friday and
Saturday nights Chef Nancy prepares gourmet meals in a very relaxed cafe
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I do believe I tried to pass on this little edict
many years ago without success, and since I never saw a response, I will
try one more time, just for my old Yankee mate, Ken
An Aussie grazier
flew his antique Auster aircraft to Mascot Airport, Sydney, some time
back to enact some business at the offices of business acquaintances.
Not being familiar with controlled airspace procedures, although making
it safely to the airport, he required and requested guidance to the GA
Much later, after the completion of his business and
returning to the airport, he eventually taxied out to the major runway
16, again guided by ATC to take his place in the queue for take-off
clearance. When finally cleared to line up and subsequently cleared for
take-off, his instructions were to call "123 airborne" (the departure
Applying maximum power and concentrating on keeping
his aircraft on the centreline on the roll, the tail rose, and soon
after the aircraft became airborne, whereupon the pilot pressed his
transmit button and called ... "1-2-3 airborne"!
Wishes Do Come True!
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