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Volume 25, Number 33a
August 13, 2018
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Suicidal Ramp Worker Crashes Q400 (Updated, Corrected)
Russ Niles
A Horizon Air Q400 crashed on Ketron Island near Seattle-Tacoma Airport in Washington State after an unidentified 29-year-old ramp worker was able to take it off from the busy international airport. The motive appears to be suicide and it was confirmed late Friday that it was not a terrorist act.
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Q400 How-To Videos Available
Russ Niles
Chief among the many comments and reactions to the suicide by Rich Russell in an Horizon Airlines Q400 on Friday was the wonder about how a ramp attendant could take off and do aerobatics in a regional airliner. Well, Russell may have provided the answer himself.
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A Suicide in Seattle
Paul Bertorelli
We may all wish for an explanation of why a ramp worker would steal an airliner and crash it. But it's futile to expect one.
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In-depth Tour: Douglas A-26
Baxter Van West and Ashley Anglisano
Developed during World War II as a medium bomber, the Douglas-built A-26 entered service late in the war. But it also saw service in Vietnam, where it was prized for interdiction missions on the Ho Chi Minh trail. The only airworthy A-26 was on display at AirVenture 2018 and J.R. Hoffman gave AVweb's Baxter Van West and Ashley Anglisano a walkaround/cockpit tour. This A-26 is a On Mark Engineering-modified aircraft that was used in Vietnam, and is equipped with modern avionics, including ADS-B.
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Trump Choice Complicating FAA Administrator Nomination
Russ Niles
President Donald Trump's continued promotion of his personal pilot John Dunkin as the next FAA administrator is apparently the underlying cause of the lengthy delay in nominating a new administrator.
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Vintage Airliner Crash Injures Five
Russ Niles
For the second time in less than a month, a vintage airliner carrying passengers has crashed but this time there were no fatalities. The 1944 de Havilland Dragon Rapide biplane took off from Abbotsford International Airport in British Columbia about 5:30 p.m. on Saturday just after the close of the annual airshow for the day.
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Zephyr Breaks Endurance Record
Kate O'Connor
Airbus Defense and Space has announced the successful landing of its first production Zephyr S High Altitude Pseudo-Satellite (HAPS) after a record-breaking 25 days, 23 hours and 57 minutes aloft. It was launched on July 11.
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Rim Shot From 50 Feet
Russ Niles
Trick shots are the hallmark of the Harlem Globetrotters but making a basket from the back seat of a Super Cub was a highlight even for the storied team.
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Short Final: Top Or Bottom
I was flying near Salinas, California, when the Goodyear blimp was passing over the airport. Tower advised an inbound aircraft of the blimp in the area.
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Top Letters And Comments, August 10, 2018
This week's letters brought comments from readers about hand propping, Icon's new fractional program, an alleged assassination attempt by drone, and AirVenture.
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Brainteasers Quiz #246: Let There Be No Confusion

Before beginning a flight, FAR 91.103 says that a pilot must become familiar with all available information concerning that flight, plus anticipate the weird unavailables that could pop up, making it possible to ace this quiz.

Click here to take the quiz.

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