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Volume 25, Number 44b
October 31, 2018
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Lion Air Investigators Focus On Max 8
Mary Grady
Officials in Indonesia, where a nearly new Boeing 737 Max 8 crashed into the sea on Monday, killing all 189 on board, ordered on Tuesday that all Max 8 aircraft in the country operated by commercial airlines must be inspected. Lion Air director Daniel Putut told reporters his staff will meet with a Boeing team on Wednesday.
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ATC Wasn’t All Fun, Just Mostly
Paul Berge
Working as a controller used to be more fun than it is now. And best part of working the tower cab is you got to see your mistakes in real time.
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New Thrush Firefighter FAA Certified
Kate O'Connor
Thrush Aircraft announced that its 510G Switchback was granted full FAA certification last week. The GE H80-powered Switchback is a Single Engine Air Tanker (SEAT) aircraft that can be changed quickly from an agricultural spray setup to a firefighting configuration.
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Tiedown Tales
Mike Hart
As the oft-paraphrased aphorism goes, all is well when the ties that bind us are stronger than the stresses that can separate us. The same goes for parking an aircraft. When we properly secure it after a flight, it’s reasonable to expect it’ll be there when we return.
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FAA Seeks Comment On ATP Revisions
Mary Grady
The FAA is accepting comments until Dec. 21 on its proposed new ATP certification standards, which have been posted online.
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Sea Turtles Need Help From Pilots
Mary Grady
As the season changes from summer to fall, sea turtles in the ocean off Cape Cod, Massachusetts, are being found on the beach, stunned by the cold water and in need of assistance. The rescuers are now seeking more volunteer pilots to help transport the turtles to rehabilitation centers.
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Lion Air 737 Crashes Into Java Sea (Updated)
AVweb Staff
A Lion Air Boeing 737 Max 8 crashed into the Java Sea just after takeoff early Monday. The crew had requested to return to the airport before the descent began, and a crew the day before had reported issues with the aircraft.
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Picture of the Week, October 25, 2018
Upsidedown east of Lake Winnebago, Oshkosh, WI. My 38 year dream to fly in a Pitts S2B realized. Taken with an iPhone 5. Photo by Paul Spanbauer.
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Risk Assessment Tools
Robert Wright
Thanks to the contents of the FAA’s new airman certification standards (ACS), most applicants for pilot certificates and ratings must now demonstrate that they can identify, assess and mitigate risk.
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Vulcanair's V1.0-Skyhawk Killer?
Paul Bertorelli
The Italian company VulcanAir is touring with the V1.0, a four-place single they hope to market to the training segment. It's more than $100,000 cheaper that a Cessna Skyhawk and that might make it attractive to schools.
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General Aviation Accident Bulletin
Recent general aviation and air carrier accidents.
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