AVwebBiz - Volume 8, Number 31

August 18, 2010

By The AVweb Editorial Staff
 
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Parachute Saves Argentine Airshow Pilot

A 22-year-old Argentine aerobatic pilot is out of business for the moment but living to blog about it thanks to the BRS ballistic parachute he installed in his RANS S-9. Dino Moline's only injury was a slightly burned foot after a wing snapped off during a negative G maneuver. The published negative G limit is -4. Moline was performing at Show Aereo 2010 at El Trebol, Argentina when, as he pulled up while inverted, the left wing departed. Although we haven't spoken with Moline, he is quoted on an Argentine blog site this way. "I do not know what happened, I think it was fatigue and I felt an explosion, saw a shadow passed me and was the wing. Then I heard Cesar (Faristocco) shouted my radio to pull the parachute and I did. I do not think anything. I saw fire in the plane, and I despaired a little. Burned my foot, but I'm okay."

The incident happened in front of about 3,500 spectators at the show, which was sponsored by the local flying club in El Trebol, a small town in Sante Fe province in northeastern Argentina. BRS says that's "save" number 253 for the whole plane parachute system.

Only One Killed In Spectacular Crash

Officials on the Colombian resort island of San Andres have partially reopened the local airport's only runway to allow special purpose flights relating to the crash of an Aires Boeing 737-700 on Monday. Authorities on the Colombian resort island of San Andres say it's amazing more people weren't killed when an Aires Airlines Boeing 737 crashed on landing and split into three pieces early Monday. Police say one female passenger died on the way to hospital. Six people were seriously hurt and more than 100 were treated for various less serious injuries. There were 125 passengers and six crew on the plane. "It was a miracle and we have to give thanks to God," island Gov. Pedro Gallardo said. Weather was stormy and there have been reports the aircraft was hit by lightning before the crash. There was also a stroke of luck for the crash victims.

San Andres is a popular tourist destination and there was a group of vacationing police officers waiting for the flight to take them back to the mainland. They sprang into action when the aircraft crash and may have helped reduce the body count. Meanwhile, the wreckage is still on the runway as authorities do their investigations. There's about 5,000 feet of the 9.000-foot runway available.

 
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Stay Alert: Presidential TFR This Week back to top 
 

Martha's Vineyard TFR Sometime Thursday

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The President is going on vacation, and that means 10 days of disruption for the busy GA operations around Martha's Vineyard. Temporary flight restrictions (PDF) go into effect Thursday but, as of late Tuesday, the FAA didn't know exactly when. The agency is warning pilots to check NOTAMs before flying in the area at any time beginning Thursday. That's advice a floatplane pilot flying in the Seattle area could apparently have used Tuesday as he blundered into a TFR around Boeing Field for the president's whistlestop visit to the city. The Associated Press quoted Laura Joseph, a passenger on a Cessna 180 flown by Lee Daily, as saying the pilot was unaware of the TFR and landed at a seaplane base on Lake Washington that was within the TFR. While TFR violations go largely unnoticed these days, everyone in Greater Seattle heard about this one.

For reasons that aren't clear, it was a couple of Guard F-15s from Portland that were dispatched to deal with the potential threat and they were in a hurry. Two sonic booms rattled windows and jangled nerves about 1:38 p.m. local time. FAA and military officials were quick to explain the situation. Daily and Joseph were interviewed by the Secret Service and released.

 
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Help Wanted: Job Hunters, Mark Your Calendars back to top 
 

Pro Pilot Career Fair Aug. 28

The pilot profession and aviation in general has taken some knocks in the past couple of years but industry officials say the future is bright for those who want a career in the cockpit. FltOps.com is holding its annual Global Pilot Career Conference and Job Fair Aug. 28 at the Atlanta Airport Marriott Gateway hotel, and hundreds of young people looking to break into the business and more experienced pilots looking for a change are expected to attend. There will also be at least eight air carriers who are actively recruiting in attendance and accepting resumes. A number of flight training institutions will also be on hand.

The conference will also feature an afternoon forum on the future of the profession and EAA, whose Young Eagles program may be the first step for many budding pro pilots, is taking an active role with an upbeat message. "With thousands of airline pilots facing mandatory retirement in the coming years, the future job market for professional pilots – including airline pilots – looks very strong," EAA said in a news release. EAA intends to follow up on Young Eagles participants to encourage those whose eyes might be opened to a career in aviation. "There is unlimited career potential within the aviation industry, and through the Young Eagles program and the EAA Flight Plan we are working to continue that initial curiosity into a promising future for the next generation of aviators," said Barry Elk, EAA's director of membership marketing. Those who can't attend the Atlanta meeting can join the discussion online.

 
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"Enjoy Your Flight" back to top 
 

Honeywell Upgrades JetMap

Honeywell has released an upgrade of its JetMap passenger-information system that includes the ability to add the system to cabin-management systems made by other manufacturers. The JetMap III system provides a moving map image with three-dimensional depictions of terrain, including polar ice views so pax can keep an eye on where they are. But it can also be configured to run news, weather, sports and business tickers so they can keep up with what's going on in the world. "With JetMap III, we are not only improving the overall passenger experience, but with the addition of new Ovation C-Series cabin management and inflight entertainment upgrades such as touch screen passenger control units (PCUs), Blu-ray video, high definition monitors, and iPod docks, we can refresh the cabin as an interim step before a more costly complete interior refurbishment is done," said Brian Sill, vice president, Aftermarket, Honeywell Aerospace.

Those who already have the JetMap II system can upgrade to the new product by simply swapping the flash memory card. "Customers told us they are looking for ways to improve the passenger cabin experience without replacing the entire system," Sill said. Passengers can customize their view of the outside world by remote control. The first to experience the new system will be Honeywell executives. The system was installed on the company's Falcon 900 last month.

 
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Correction back to top 
 

Correction

We got our wires crossed in our story in Monday's AVwebFlash about the latest on the crash of Jack Roush's Beech Premier at Oshkosh. We interpreted ATC recordings as suggesting another controller second guessed the controller in the chair concerning the handling of Roush's flight. We've been told by someone who should know (but isn't in an official capacity to be quoted) that it was Roush who was questioning the instructions, not another controller. We've received numerous emails about the gaffe and most agree that it was Roush and the working controller in the exchange. Interestingly, though, we received several emails from people who claim to know Roush's voice (that was a common theme) and who thought our original account was accurate. We also had a suggestion from a reader that we all wait for the analysis of the CVR and official ATC tapes before we engage in speculation. Seems like sound advice.

Russ Niles
Editor-in-Chief

Roush Blames Crash On Landing 'Conflict' (Corrected)

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NASCAR racing legend Jack Roush appears to blame air traffic controllers working EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh for the events that led to the crash landing of his Beech Premier jet on July 27. "The reality of it -- on a trip arrival into Oshkosh, Wisc., I was put in conflict with the flight plan of another airplane close to the ground, and I was unable to address the conflict and keep the airplane flying. I ground-looped the airplane..." Roush told the car racing publication Motorsports. In tower recordings we're told it's Roush who appears to question tower instructions "Is 6JR (Roush's plane) going to be OK with this?" Roush asks. "Affirmative," says the controller working Roush's aircraft. "Don't think so," says Roush. Seconds later the controller begins ordering traffic on final to go around. The NTSB has issued its preliminary report and says, based on amateur video it has seen, Roush apparently overshot the centerline of the runway and made several course corrections.

"The airplane appeared to overshoot the runway centerline during this turn and then level its wings momentarily before entering a slight right bank simultaneously as the nose of the airplane pitched up," the report says. "The airplane then turned left toward the runway centerline and began a descent. During this descent the airplane's pitch appeared to increase until the airplane entered a right bank and struck the grass area west of the runway in a nose down, right wing low attitude." The aircraft had a cockpit voice recorder and it's being analyzed. Meanwhile, Roush is out of the hospital after two weeks of surgeries and treatments for severe facial injuries. He lost the sight in his left eye in the accident and suffered multiple broken bones, including a broken jaw. Roush, who survived a previous plane crash, told Motorsport he's counting his blessings. "I feel very lucky," Roush said. "I've had several bites at the apple."

 
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Who's Where back to top 
 

Sperry Promoted at Gulfstream

Roger Sperry

Roger Sperry is the new senior vice president of international sales at Gulfstream Aerospace. He was formerly division vice president for South America and the Far East. He's credited with the major success Gulfstream has achieved in the Chinese market, where 63 percent of large cabin business jets are Gulfstreams.


Gunnarson New Hawker Beech VP

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Ron Gannarson has been named vice president of marketing and communications at Hawker Beechcraft. He was most recently director of marketing.


Who's Where? You Tell Us

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AVweb Media: Look, Listen, Laugh and Learn back to top 
 

Real Aircraft Loses Wing, Lands Safely (Under Canopy)

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A Rans S-9 Chaos piloted by 22-year-old Dino Moline lost its wing during an air show routine in Argentina Sunday. Because it was equipped with a Ballistic Recovery Systems (BRS) full-plane parachute system, the pilot survived uninjured.

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Cluster Balloonist Jonathan Trappe

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Jonathan Trappe is a sort of super-hero to some children and a crazy man to some adults. We found him inspirational. Trappe is licensed to fly beneath a group of homemade helium-filled balloons. That means his aircraft is one of the most structurally redundant vehicles in the sky. But it's also challenging to fly. Trappe controls his direction by varying his altitude. He can drop water ballast or stab balloons with a knife to alter his buoyancy as he flies. Wind direction can vary with altitude, and Trappe uses that to his advantage, adjusting his present reality to the forecast conditions. To stay visible to controllers and aircraft, Trappe carries a radio and transponder, making him visible on radar. For visual avoidance, Trappe relies mainly on the 50-foot brightly colored canopy of balloons above his head. At night, he uses lights.

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Opinion & Commentary back to top 
 

AVweb Insider Blog: Stevens Crash — A Deadly Reminder

When the NTSB studied Alaska accident trends 15 years ago, it found something it called "bush pilot syndrome." Basically, that meant many accidents were the result of bravado, poor judgment, and lack of professionalism. Whether that attitude still exists or not (if it ever did), Alaska remains a risky place to fly — and, as Paul Bertorelli notes in the latest installment of the AVweb Insider blog, that may be the biggest factor in accidents like the Ted Stevens crash.

Click here to read more and add your own comments.

AVweb Insider Blog: Cessna — California Law Needs A Go-Around

Julie Filucci from Cessna Pilot Centers agrees with our blog that flight students need protection — but she argues that California's new law will unnecessarily burden small flight schools with paperwork and added cost that might force them to close.

Read her counterpoint in a special guest installment of the AVweb Insider blog.

 
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The Top Reporter on Our Crack Staff ... Is You! back to top 
 

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Names Behind the News back to top 
 

Meet the AVwebBiz Team

AVwebBiz is a weekly summary of the latest business aviation news, articles, products, features, and events featured on AVweb, the internet's aviation magazine and news service.

The AVwebBiz team is:

Publisher
Timothy Cole

Editorial Director, Aviation Publications
Paul Bertorelli

Editor-in-Chief
Russ Niles

Contributing Editors
Mary Grady
Glenn Pew

Features Editor
Kevin Lane-Cummings

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Contributors
Jeff van West

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