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Volume 10, Number 32
August 29, 2012
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AVflash! MIT's ICAT Studies the Decline in Flyingback to top 

An MIT student's grad school thesis, which relied in part on information gathered from AVweb readers, confirms that cost is a major factor in the decline of general aviation activity. It has also revealed something that hasn't shown up in other studies but may be related to economics. In her research, Kamala Shetty, who wrote the thesis as part of her quest for a Masters of Science in Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT's International Center for Air Transportation, found that people feel they don't have the time to fly. "An interesting result of the survey that was not clearly evident in the data indicated that available free time has also been a major factor in affecting activity levels," Shetty wrote in the thesis. AVweb facilitated the study, which was done under the supervision of Prof. R. John Hansman, by inviting readers to take part in a survey of flight activity and related issues. More than 1,250 AVweb subscribers took part. More...

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No Payouts for Hawker Beech Execsback to top 

A request from Hawker Beechcraft to allot $5.3 million in bonuses to eight executives was denied by a federal bankruptcy court on Friday, The Associated Press reported. Judge Stuart Bernstein said the proposed plan would reward the executives just for doing their jobs. The bonus request had been opposed by both the machinists union at Hawker and a watchdog agency for the U.S. Justice Department. "Aside from its legal problems, the bonus plan never made common sense -- why should a company in financial distress pay millions to its executives for work they are already paid to do?" said Frank Larkin, spokesman for the machinists union. "We welcome the decision." More...

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NTSB Reports on Reno Air Race Crashback to top 

Last year's fatal crash of a P-51 racing aircraft at Reno was caused by compromised stiffness in the elevator trim-tab system, which led to flutter and loss of elevator pitch control at race speed, said the National Transportation Safety Board in in its probable-cause hearing on Monday. At last year's race, veteran air racer Jimmy Leeward lost control of his Galloping Ghost P-51 after the home pylon turn, causing a sharp pitch up followed by a dive into a spectator area, killing him and 10 others. The NTSB's investigation revealed that the aircraft was flying faster than it ever had by some 35 knots, with higher engine power settings than previously used. The board also found that there was evidence of ongoing structural failure during the race, including a cracked canopy. Further, Leeward and his crew had made major modifications to the aircraft, including the removal of the P-51's iconic belly airscoop, that compromised the structural integrity of the fuselage. The crew notified the FAA of only one of these changes, a boil-off system used to improve oil cooling. The NTSB probe found that screws used to attach one of two trim tabs to the elevator were old or loose, possibly having last been replaced in 1986. This allowed the trim tab to flutter, failing the tab control rod and resulting in an instantaneous pitch-up moment that generated a calculated 17 Gs, which the board determined was beyond human endurance. In a video posted on AVweb yesterday, the trim tab can clearly be seen departing the elevator, but by that point, the control rod had already failed and Leeward had no trim control.  The board had issued 10 safety recommendations in April, so the race organizers would have time to act on them before this year's races, and no new safety recommendations were issued on Monday. More...

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Remembering the First Man on the Moonback to top 

Since the death of astronaut Neil Armstrong on Saturday, the aviation community has been paying tribute to his memory and his career. In addition to serving as a NASA astronaut, the National Business Aviation Association noted, Armstrong worked as a project pilot on many pioneering aircraft, including the X-15, which flew at altitudes up to 67 miles and reached a top speed of 4,534 mph. He flew more than 200 different kinds of aircraft, including jets, rockets, helicopters and gliders. He was also an aerospace engineer and a university professor. "Neil Armstrong inspired generations of people to reach for their dreams, and all of us in the aerospace community have been inspired by his example," said NBAA President Ed Bolen. More...

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400XT Calls Czech Republic Homeback to top 

Nextant Aerospace has delivered its first 400XT to a European buyer, a private owner in the Czech Republic. The aircraft will be managed by Time Air, a major Czech charter and management company. "The 400XT is particularly well-suited to the European market, since its 2,003-nautical mile (3,709-km) range enables travelers to reach destinations throughout Europe, the Middle East and North Africa with nonstop flights," said Nextant spokesman Jay Heublein. That pushes the total deliveries of the "remanufactured" version of the Hawker 400 series bizjet. The European delivery comes a few weeks after a 10-aircraft order was placed by Asia Pacific Jets in Singapore. More...

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Opinion & Commentaryback to top 

The NTSB set just the right tone in this week's hearing on the Galloping Ghost accident at Reno last year. The investigation was competent, thorough and done quickly enough to have an impact on this year's event. Unfortunately, it also revealed an airplane being flown beyond its structural limits and one that appeared not to have been flutter-tested. Paul Bertorelli watched the proceedings Monday and shares his thoughts on the AVweb Insider blog. Read more and join the conversation. More...

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AVweb Video: Look, Listen, Laugh and Learnback to top 

The NTSB released a spectator video of the September 16, 2011 crash of Jimmy Leeward's modified P-51 at the National Championship Air Races in Reno. The board is meeting August 26 to determine a probable cause. More...

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Who's Whereback to top 

Get a promotion or a new job? Your colleagues want to know about it, and AVwebBiz can get the word out. Drop us a line about the staff appointment, with a nice recent photo, and we'll do our best to include it in our new section, "Who's Where." The items will be permanently archived on AVweb for future reference, too. More...

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The Top Reporter on Our Crack Staff ... Is You!back to top 

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Names Behind the Newsback to top 


AVwebBiz is a weekly summary of the latest business aviation news, articles, products, features, and events featured on AVweb, the world's premier independent aviation news resource.

The AVwebBiz team is:

Tom Bliss

Editorial Director, Aviation Publications
Paul Bertorelli

Russ Niles

Scott Simmons

Contributing Editors
Mary Grady
Glenn Pew

Kevin Lane-Cummings
Jeff Van West

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Karen Lund

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