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TURBOPROP TWIN SUCCESSFULLY DITCHES
All 29 aboard an
Embraer-E120ER Brasilia turboprop survived a ditching off the Comoros
Islands near Mozambique Tuesday; one passenger, a military officer, told
Reuters he saw fuel leaking out of the aircraft "like an open tap" after
takeoff. The aircraft, a T-tail low wing, was operated by Inter-Iles
Air, carrying 25 passengers and four crew. It departed Prince Said
Ibrahim International Airport just after 1 p.m. local time and impacted
the waters of the Indian Ocean less than 1000 feet from the coast and
three miles north of the airport. Local fishermen were on scene and
effected rescue of all the aircraft's occupants. Early reports suggest
crew members were aware of a problem. More...
Three Things You Should
Never Say to ATC
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CONFIRMATION PATH CLEARED
Michael Huerta has been working as
"acting administrator" in the top job at the FAA since Randy Babbitt's
sudden departure following a drunk-driving arrest
last December, but now the Republicans in Congress have lifted a block
to his confirmation. After Huerta was approved for the FAA job by a
Senate committee in July, Republican Sen. Jim DeMint, of South Carolina,
a final confirmation vote until after the election, so the Republicans
could choose their own administrator if they won the White House. With
DeMint's objection lifted, the confirmation process can now move
Flying is better when your noise-canceling headsets perform at their
best and when you don't have an aching head from uncomfortable
sunglasses. So we bring you a completely unique pair of sunglasses
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DRONE BOARDS CARRIER FOR FIRST TIME
The X-47B, designed
to fly autonomously as an unmanned strike aircraft and land on the
deck of an aircraft carrier, was taken aboard the USS Harry S. Truman
Monday at Norfolk naval base, Va., for its first shipboard tests. The
aircraft will undergo three weeks of testing, both at Norfolk and along
the Atlantic coast, to confirm on-deck handling, control and
performance. In a news release, Monday, the Navy did not directly state
that the aircraft would undergo flight operations, but that it would
"demonstrate seamless integration into carrier flight deck operations."
Carrier launches and recoveries of the X-47B are not expected until next
year and could mark all new and controversial capabilities for Naval
OF AFRICA' BIPLANE FOR SALE
The classic biplane that flew
above the savanna in the popular Academy-Award-winning 1985 film "Out of
Africa" will go up for auction in February in Paris, Bonhams announced
this week. The biplane was featured in several scenes when stars Meryl
Streep and Robert Redford flew together to explore the beauty and
wildlife of the Kenya highlands. The airplane, a 1929 De Havilland 60GMW
Gipsy Moth, is in excellent condition and ready to fly, according to
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SURVEY DEADLINE ON FRIDAY
If you own or operate a GA
aircraft, the FAA's annual safety survey needs your data. The survey is the
only official source of information about the activities of the GA
fleet, including the number of hours flown and the reasons people fly,
and this Friday is the deadline for you to participate. The survey
covers private aviation activities and Part 135 operations. "Reducing GA
fatalities is a top priority of the FAA, and our goal is to reduce the
GA fatal accident rate by 10 percent by 2018," said FAA Acting
Administrator Michael Huerta. "By taking the time to participate in the
FAA's GA survey, owners and operators share valuable data that help the
entire GA community." More...
CONTRACT TOWERS CHEAPER, SAFER
A recent report (PDF) from the Transportation Department's Office of
Inspector General found that contract towers are cheaper to operate than
FAA towers. The contract towers also had a lower rate of safety
incidents compared to similar FAA towers. "On average, a contract tower
cost about $1.5 million less to operate than a comparable FAA
tower, mainly due to lower staffing and salary levels," according to the
OIG. The OIG made several suggestions to the FAA to improve the program,
including strengthening financial oversight and implementing voluntary
safety reporting systems at the towers. More...
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FLIGHT FOR LEGACY 500
Embraer flew its all-new midsize Legacy
500 jet for the first time on Tuesday, for an hour and 45 minutes. It's
the first jet in its class to use a fly-by-wire control system,
according to Embraer. It also features a large cabin for up to 12
passengers with six feet of headroom. Two Honeywell HTF 7500E engines
drive the jet at up to Mach .82 for 3,000 miles. The flight was
"flawless," the company said. First deliveries are expected in 2014.
AVIDYNE HEADED FOR COURT
Avionics companies L-3 and Avidyne
will square off in court in February over L-3's claim that Avidyne
copied some of its technology in the Entegra glass cockpit system.
According to an Avidyne news release, the issue boils down to the method
used to calibrate an electronic attitude indicator to correct for the
alignment of the device in the aircraft. Avidyne denies the allegation
and has countered that attitude indicator calibration was not a new
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Ascension Scattering: A
Dignified Final Tribute for Any Aviator
Using a high-performance sailplane, Ascension Scattering
releases cremated remains into strong thermals over the Rocky Mountains.
The ashes are carried heavenward, making them part of the sky. Your
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FLYING THE B-17 FLYING FORTRESS
Foundation's Derek "Otter" Ward sometimes serves as co-pilot aboard the
organization's WWII B-17 Boeing Flying Fortress bomber
Nine-O-Nine. He describes some of the aircraft's ground and
flight characteristics. More...
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OF THE WEEK: FAULKNER'S AIR SHOP (KBMQ, BURNET, TX)
AVweb's latest "FBO of the Week" comes to us
from reader Sandra Wirth, who found herself making an unplanned
stop at Burnet Municipal Airport/Kate Craddock Field (KBMQ) in Burnet,
Texas, where she discovered Faulkner's Air Shop:
While on a ferry flight from California to
Florida in a Piper Warrior last month, due to a weather system in
western Texas, I made an unplanned evening landing at KBMQ. It was after
6:00pm, and I was expecting to find a deserted airport and to have to
figure out the fueling and lodging on my own. Instead, the lights were
on at Faulkner's Air Shop, and smiling faces greeted me as I entered the
building. Dale took care of my fuel needs before I had much chance to
think about it and then gave me some phone numbers of nearby motels.
When none of [the hotels] would pick me up, Johanna drove me
The next morning, I ended up waiting several hours for
some low clouds to clear. Johanna brought me back to the FBO, and I had
a comfortable place to relax while the activity of a busy flight school
swirled around me. At lunch time, they offered me a ride into town.
Meanwhile, Dale towed the aircraft into the shop, serviced the flattened
nose strut with nitrogen, and towed it back to the ramp.
wouldn't accept payment for any of this, nor were there tie-down fees.
By the time I was finally able to take off around 2:30pm, I felt I had
been given VIP treatment to a level that was far above anything else I
experienced on my 2,500-nm journey across the country.
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next Monday! More...
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