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PILOT CALLED FOR GO-AROUND
A pilot aboard Asiana Flight 214
called for a go-around 1.5 seconds before the tail of the aircraft
struck a seawall off the end of Runway 28L and San Francisco
International Airport Saturday morning. At a news conference Sunday,
NTSB Chairwoman Debra Hersman said the cockpit voice recorder also
recorded a crew member calling for more speed seven seconds before the
aircraft struck the seawall, tearing off the tail and resulting in the
deaths of two passengers. She also said preliminary flight data recorder
information showed the aircraft was hanging on the stall before it
smacked the concrete and rotated laterally almost 180 degrees before
coming to rest on the grass beside the runway. Also, CNN has obtained amateur video of the crash
sequence. Meanwhile, airport officials have confirmed the glideslope
of the ILS system for Runway 28L at San Francisco International Airport
wasn't working at the time of the crash. That means the Boeing 777's
autoland system would not have been available to the crew and they would
have had only localizer guidance to the runway. Visibility was unlimited
and winds were light when the 777 touched down about 1,000 feet before
the normal landing point, leaving its horizontal and vertical
stabilizers on the threshold before careening off the runway. Two
16-year-old Chinese girls were killed and more than 180 others were
hurt, about 50 of them seriously. More...
LANDING ACCIDENT AT SFO (UPDATED)
The CEO of Asiana
Airlines has ruled out technical issues with the aircraft involved in
Saturday's landing accident in San Francisco. "For now, we acknowledge
that there were no problems caused by the 777-200 plane or (its)
engines," Yoon Young-doo said at a news conference in Seoul Sunday. Yoon
would not be drawn into blaming the pilots aboard the aircraft, which
included three experienced captains. Two people died and about 180 were
injured, some seriously, in the first fatal crash of the 777. Although
the aircraft was eventually heavily damaged by a post-crash fire, it
appears the fire didn't take hold until after the more than 300 people
aboard had gotten off the aircraft. A photo tweeted by passenger David Eun moments after
the crash showed passengers walking away from the aircraft and taking
cellphone photos. "I just crash landed at SFO," wrote Eun in the tweet.
"Tail ripped off. Most everyone seems fine. I'm ok. Surreal..."
According to USA Today the aircraft hit a seawall that surrounds
the airport and stopped about 2,500 feet north beside Runway 28L. All of
the 307 aboard have now been accounted for. The bodies of the two girls
were found outside the aircraft. More...
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DEAD IN ALASKA OTTER CRASH
Nine passengers and the pilot
aboard a de Havilland Otter air taxi died when the aircraft reportedly
crashed on takeoff at the airport in Sodotna, AK late Sunday morning.
The aircraft burned before firefighters could reach it. The airplane
reportedly belonged to Rediske Air, of Nikiski, AK and may have been an
Otter converted to turboprop using a Honeywell engine.
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SOLAR IMPULSE LANDS EARLY
In the end, one of the most
photographed aircraft journeys in U.S. history will have one shot
missing, but for the crew of Solar Impulse the mission to fly their
solar-powered aircraft across the country has been accomplished. The
fragile aircraft, which makes power on its solar-cell-covered wings and
stores it in batteries, landed about 11 p.m. at JFK in New York on
Saturday night with pilot Andre Borschberg at the controls. The landing
came three hours early and before the iconic aircraft could take a
victory lap over Manhattan and have its picture taken with the Statue of
Liberty. An eight-foot tear in the fabric on the underside of the left
wing prompted the crew to set down as soon as possible. The tear caused
a minor balance issue but did not seriously threaten the flight. "It was
supposed to be the shortest and easiest leg," Bertrand Piccard, who
co-founded the project with Borschberg, said after the aircraft landed.
"It was the most difficult one." And as pilots familiar with New York
will attest, it wasn't just the the tear, or fatigue, or weather that
gave the flight trouble: It was getting a slot at JFK.
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TECH -- IONIC THRUSTERS?
Researchers at MIT have been
experimenting with ionic thrusters and say their results show the
technology may potentially provide a "far more efficient source of
propulsion than conventional jet engines." In a news release posted in
April, the university said Steven Barrett, an assistant professor of
aeronautics and astronautics, and his research team have published a
paper about their experiments, in which they found that "ionic wind"
produces 110 newtons of thrust per kilowatt, compared with a jet
engine's 2 newtons per kilowatt. "Ionic wind" is the colloquial term to
describe the phenomenon known as electrohydrodynamic thrust, or a wind
which is produced when a current passes between two electrodes -- one
thinner than the other. If enough voltage is applied, the resulting wind
can produce a thrust without the help of motors or fuel, according to
TIME IS HERE FOR AIRVENTURE PLANNING
Now that July has
arrived, AirVenture is just a few weeks away, and EAA is promising a
full agenda for the seven-day event. Terrafugia is bringing the latest
prototype of its Transition flying car to Oshkosh for its first public
airshow flight. The aircraft is scheduled to fly just before the night
airshow on Wednesday, July 31, at 8 p.m. The 20-minute demo will feature
conversion from driving to flying and back again, a flight
demonstration, and a driving pass in front of the crowd. Another first
at the show will be demo flights by "Jetman" Yves Rossy, with his unique
jet-powered flying wing. Also new this year, the show will host an
expanded Education & Interactive Zone with a College Park where
companies and colleges can network with young people, and an expanded
menu of WomenVenture events. More...
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SAFE FLIGHT'S ANGLE OF ATTACK INDICATORS
Instrument Corporation is in the process of achieving FAA certification
for their new angle of attack and speed control system for Part 23
aircraft. Aviation Consumer's Larry Anglisano flew with the
system in Safe Flight's Beech Baron. This video features a tour and
wring-out of the new system. More...
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QUIZ #185: KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
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