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TORNADOES IN A 182
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Mo., pilot Caleb Elliott broke what many pilots consider a cardinal rule
and he said he hopes to continue doing it for the rest of the tornado
season. He and fellow storm chaser Skip Talbot, along with videographer
Phil Bates, spent three days at the end of May trying to get as close as
they could to tornado-generating super cells in a Cessna 182 piloted by
Elliott. "I definitely don't recommend that anyone do this," Elliott
said in a podcast interview that will appear on AVweb
He said he's been chasing storms on the ground for almost 20 years and
understands how they work, and that's how he and his passengers were
able to get as close as a mile to monster cells capable of forming
tornadoes without having their aircraft torn apart. Elliott says he
hopes to do more flights to help broaden the knowledge of aerial
encounters with big storms so pilots can learn how to survive
inadvertent encounters with them. Although they never saw a tornado from
the air, all the elements for their creation were present in the storms
ARE THESE GUYS CRAZY?
Air traffic control thought so, but
Kansas City pilot and storm chaser Caleb Elliott says light
aircraft have an important role to play in studying storm behavior. He
spoke with AVweb's Russ Niles. More...
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CRASHES INTO NIGERIAN NEIGHBORHOOD
Air MD-83 carrying 153 passengers and crew crashed into a
neighborhood on the outskirts of Lagos, Nigeria, on Sunday afternoon.
All aboard the aircraft were believed to have been killed and there are
also an unknown number of casualties on the ground. The flight
originated in the Nigerian city of Abuja. The aircraft first hit a
furniture shop before plowing through residential buildings in the
congested neighborhood. It was the second accident involving a Nigerian
aircraft in as many days. More...
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CONSIDERING YOUR NEXT WARBIRD FLIGHT
The FAA is now taking
comments prior to developing rules that would regulate your ability to
fly in (or to fly) certain historic aircraft as a paying passenger, and
the deadline to submit comments is nearing. Since the mid-1990s, the FAA
has used its Living History Flight Experience (LHFE) policy to address
the issue. That policy provides a channel for owner/operators of
historic aircraft to conduct certain passenger flights for compensation.
But the FAA says some proposed business models, like hands-on simulated
aerial combat flights in vintage jet aircraft, fall outside the original
scope and intent of LHFE policy. It is now evaluating its policy
regarding those and other operations and is seeking public input.
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CAN PERCH ON LANDING
Researchers at the
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign say they're the first to
create a wing-flapping micro air vehicle (MAV) that can land
autonomously by perching like a bird. The researchers say that while it
was the challenge of duplicating such a complicated and precise maneuver
that drove them, such a robot could be pretty useful in confined spaces.
The MAV has articulating wings with multiple control surfaces that have
to work in concert to create the lift and control for the perch. "Of all
maneuvers executed by flapping wing aircraft in a gliding phase, a
perched landing is arguably the most challenging," said Aditya
Paranjape, a postdoctoral scholar working on this project.
HELO FLOWN FROM AIRCRAFT IN FORMATION
While the FAA has
spent years trying to figure out how to accommodate unmanned aerial
systems in the nation's airspace, if you want to perform a video stunt
involving a remote-control helicopter and two Cessna 150s at one of the
Philippines' commercial airports, all you have to do is ask. An outfit
called Heligraphix has released a video showing what it says is the
formation flight of one of the Cessnas with a particularly capable RC
helicopter while the model was being controlled from the aircraft. They
also claim it's the first time its been done. More...
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HUMAN-POWERED AIRCRAFT CHALLENGE
The goal is to fly a
human-powered aircraft over a 26-mile course that includes an oval and
two figure-eight patterns in less than an hour; history says Larry
McNay's team might do it and his aircraft could be ready in a few weeks.
McNay was part of the Gossamer Albatross team that successfully flew a
pedal-powered aircraft across the English Channel in June of 1979. He
was 16 at the time. He is now a Lockheed Martin engineer with his sights
set on winning the 26-mile Kremer International Marathon
Competition to be held this July in the United Kingdom. His team's
design, the Wind Rose, has a 60-foot wingspan and is made almost
exclusively of advanced composites. But the marathon competition isn't
the team's only goal. More...
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VERTICAL FIN ON EBAY, CONDITION "USED"?
"stevessupercoolstuff" says it's an "original SR-71 Blackbird vertical
tail rudder," the "buy it now" price is $1,000,000 (you'd be responsible
for shipping and handling), and he or she will accept PayPal. For the
asking price, the seller's posting Friday offered one picture and a
four-sentence description. Two of those sentences don't describe the
item, but the seller is inviting queries via email. The picture shows a
fin decorated with a Lockheed Skunkworks insignia and the numbers 17955,
which, if authentic, links the part to a specific aircraft and its
ENGINE ANALYSIS COMING
A web-based platform will be rolled
out this July to help diagnose and troubleshoot engine problems, and it
will be available free of charge (and ad-free) at SavvyAnalysis.com. The system has been developed by
Mike Busch, A&P/IA and CEO of Savvy Aircraft
Maintenance Management Inc. It works to graph and analyze piston engine
data collected from "virtually all" existing engine monitors, according
to Busch. The system is currently in beta testing by a select group of
end users, and Busch says the final product aims to be intuitive to
navigate, easy for novices to use, and capable of serious analysis work.
There is a way to receive notification when the platform opens.
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QUIZ #172: GO/NO-GO
Weather, Class D, Class E sheesh,
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airspace and weather-minimum rules might not make flight fun, but it
will help you ace this quiz. (Contains results of the survey for the
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JUNE 4, 2012
Letter of the Week: Emergency
Regarding your question about
emergency equipment: The first plan of emergency preparedness takes
place prior to lift-off. Check the weather, including winds aloft,
general forecast, detailed forecast, long-range forecast, icing
conditions and the list goes on.
File a flight plan. Use flight
following. If mountain flying is encountered (which one should know
beforehand) when planning a trip, go around. Gas and time are cheap
compared to death. Stay away from those mountain peaks if at all
possible, day or night. They're fun to look down on and fly next to but
can kill you via mountain wave, winds, storms, up and down drafts,
Use common sense. Don't get get there-itis.
Think SDPTC (Slow Down, Plan, Think,
Do an honest weight-and-balance. By the way,
none of the above adds weight to the aircraft.
Have cell phones
charged, buy a tracking device or personal locator, have first aid
supplies on board and prepared meals. Have cold weather gear, emergency
signal devices and emergency supplies.
Be prepared for the
worst-case scenario. Brief all crew on emergency protocol, who hits 911
on Spot, etc. Everyone should have a responsibility during an emergency
and know it.
Remember to dial 911 on cell phone if going down and
leave the line open. Don't worry about talking unless you have time --
and, lastly, stay calm!
Lt. James G. Feiler
Civil Air Patrol
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OF THE WEEK: AEROMARK (KIDA, IDAHO FALLS, ID)
AVweb's latest "FBO of the Week" comes to us
from reader Sherry Rossiter, who nominated AeroMark at
Idaho Falls Regional Airport (KIDA) in Idaho. Sherry
I visited AeroMark
for the first time on May 18-19 to attend a regional aviation trade show
they were hosting in their 30,000-square-foot hangar. The hospitality of
the owners and staff was phenomenal. Visiting this premium, full-service
FBO was truly an awesome experience, and AeroMark deserves
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AVweb is actively seeking out the best FBOs in
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En route over central Florida, we heard the
following exchange between Jacksonville Center or Approach (can't
remember which) and a Cessna approaching its
"1234AB, do you have
"Uh, nah, sir, we don't
need it. Thanks, but we're stayin' with some friends down in New
"1234AB, negative. Advise if you
have ATIS information 'Hotel,' please."
1234AB (after a
"Uh, Jax Center, like I say, we don't need any
hotel information. We've already got a place to stay down in New
"4AB, I'm not giving you hotel
information. I need you to advise that you have ATIS information 'Hotel'
at [landing airport]."
[Several moments of
"Cessna 1234AB, Jacksonville
"4AB. Go ahead."
"Did you copy the request for ATIS information
"No, sir, I did not -- 'cause I don't
need it. Like I already told you, we got a place to stay already down in
"1234AB, go to 123.45, listen
to the recording you will hear, and return to this frequency to advise
you've heard what is on that frequency."
123.45 -- roger. So long, sir."
A frequeny change of our own
prevented us from learning if 4AB ever did receive Hotel, but we trust
their stay in New Smyrna was a pleasant one.
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