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Volume 25, Number 22b
May 30, 2018
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MH370 Searchers Give Up
Mary Grady
Ocean Infinity, a technology company that specializes in collecting high-resolution seabed data, announced on Tuesday that it's giving up its search for the wreckage of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370. Ocean Infinity searched and collected data from more than 43,000 square miles of ocean floor in about three months of work. This was more than the original target. The search, however, is likely to continue in one form or another. Oliver Plunkett, Ocean Infinity's CEO, said he hopes to offer the ship's services again in the future to search for MH370 until the wreckage is found. "Whilst clearly the outcome so far is extremely disappointing, as a company, we are truly proud of what we have achieved," he said. The Malaysian flight vanished from radar in March 2014.
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Siemens Electric Motor Will Power Sun Flyer 2
Mary Grady
The Sun Flyer 2, an electric two-seat trainer in development by Bye Aerospace in Denver, will be powered by a Siemens SP70D motor, Bye announced on Tuesday. "The batteries give us stored energy for over three hours of flight time plus VFR reserves," CEO George Bye told AVweb.
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Perception vs. Reality
Mary Grady
When I first started on the aviation beat, about a hundred years ago, I remember looking at a report about an airliner that had to turn around and land due to “smoke in the cockpit.” I wondered for a minute or two if that was newsworthy, but a little research quickly schooled me — these kind of “emergencies” happen every day. That doesn’t mean it’s not an emergency — you wouldn’t want to ignore that smoke — but it’s not news. Working the beat, you soon learn what’s a real emergency — as in life-threatening — and what’s a “routine” emergency, in that it must be immediately dealt with, but chances are good all will be well. This kind of distinction, though, is not clear to the traveling public.

I always feel a little guilty about that when I encounter news reports about emergency landings, where in fact there is very little risk of a bad outcome — say, a problem with one engine on a two-engine airplane that’s perfectly capable of single-engine flight, or that untraceable everyday smoke — and the passengers are panicking, understandably, and calling their loved ones on their cellphones and composing their final goodbyes on their laptops.
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At EBACE, New Jets From Bombardier, Honda Upgrade
Jason Baker and Mary Grady
The European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition is underway this week in Geneva, and on Monday, Bombardier introduced two new business-jet models, the Global 5500 and 6500. The two jets are expected to enter service by the end of next year. Also, Textron officials provided an update on the Denali single-engine turboprop.
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CubCrafters Ramps Up
Mary Grady
CubCrafters will significantly increase production of its two-place airplanes in 2019, the company said last week. "Backcountry flying is increasing in popularity," said Brad Damm, sales director for the company, in a news release.
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Psychology of Pilot Responses
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VSS Unity Completes Second Supersonic Flight
Mary Grady
VSS Unity, the aircraft that Virgin Galactic plans to use later this year to carry tourists into space, completed a successful supersonic test flight on Tuesday, the company has announced. The rocket motor burned for 31 seconds, as planned, and propelled Unity to a speed of Mach 1.9 and an altitude of 114,500 feet.
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