Today's Aviation News Summary -
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
A summary of today's Aviation News from multiple sources.
The Latest News from Air Facts Journal:
FAA wants your data – will you give it to them?
In the wake of disturbing stories about pilots being tracked and detained for no reason, the FAA is considering a new data-monitoring program for pilots. "Big data" may help the GA safety record--but only if pilots give up their data. Right now, that's a tough sell.
When to ditch training
Years of crew coordination training went out the window on an unremarkable New York-Washington shuttle flight. Just as our 727 lifted off La Guardia’s runway 04 and the number three engine silently died, it was obvious that a deviation from the integrated crew response to the emergency was the best course of action.
Flying clubs, then and now – different?
There is a lot of talk about flying clubs these days. Over 50 years ago, Dick Collins helped run the Fort Rucker Flying Club, and he offers some thoughts on what made this club successful. Can it be repeated?
License to Learn, Part Two: aviate, navigate, communicate
In part two of this series, 17-year old Kyle Libby shares the story of his solo cross countries. From communications struggles to getting lost, there were plenty of real world lessons along the way.
Summer Writing Challenge
Attention all pilots from 16 to 24 years old. Your voice needs to be heard as part of the general aviation community. All summer long, Air Facts will publish stories from young pilots in addition to our usual content of stories about safety, history, weather, technique and a dozen other topics.
The Latest News From EAA - Experimental Aircraft Association:
No Good Options in FAA ATC Demands
Facing a spectrum of unpalatable options, EAA today finalized a one-time agreement with the FAA to cover nearly $450,000 in expenses related to air traffic control services at the 2013 EAA AirVenture Oshkosh fly-in, which begins on July 29.
Waco Presents First Great Lakes Production Biplane
Waco Classic Aircraft Corporation, of Battle Creek, Michigan, unveiled its first conforming new production Great Lakes 2T-1A-2, and customer deliveries are expected to start within 90 days.
Oregon Pilot Flies His 5,000th Young Eagle
Larry Durst, EAA Lifetime 38651, of EAA Chapter 495 in Roseburg, Oregon, achieved something Friday that only one other pilot had done before: flying 5,000 kids in the EAA Young Eagles program.
GA Avgas Coalition Praises FAA's Fuels Announcement
The General Aviation Avgas Coalition praised the FAA's announcement today to formally request sample unleaded fuels for testing as possible replacements to the 100 low-lead (100LL) aviation gasoline (avgas) that GA aircraft use today.
Editorials Slam FAA for Assessing ATC Fees at Oshkosh
The Oshkosh Northwestern editorial board and U.S. Rep. Tom Petri (R-WI) each spoke in strong opposition over the weekend to the Federal Aviation Administration's demand for additional fees for air traffic services at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, as part of published editorials in the newspaper's Sunday edition.
The Latest News From EAA AirVenture Oshkosh:
Texas Flying Legends Heroes: Merton Hansen
Along with an awesome collection of World War II aircraft, the Texas Flying Legends Museum will bring a number of WWII veterans to AirVenture in a C-53 transport. Here is the fourth in our series of profiles of those veterans, Navy observation pilot Merton Hansen.
Janet the Gannet: World's Only Flying Fairey Gannet T5 Landing at Oshkosh
AirVenture attendees this year will have the opportunity to see the world's only flying example of a Fairey Gannet T5, a Cold War-era Royal Navy aircraft originally designed for anti-submarine operations.
Education and Interactive Zone, College Park Set to Debut
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh will offer a number of new activities and displays this year, including the Education and Interactive Zone (EIZ) which also contains the EAA College Park presented by American Airlines - an area designated for companies and colleges to network with young people and display what they have to offer to potential employees and students.
The Latest News From AVweb:
EAA Agrees To Pay
Thursday, EAA finalized a one-time agreement with the FAA that will assure air traffic control services for the 2013 EAA AirVenture Oshkosh fly-in at a cost to EAA of nearly $450,000, but according to EAA Chairman Jack Pelton, "this isn't over." Pelton has described the FAA's position as "holding AirVenture and GA hostage this year." The FAA, acting under budgetary constraints created by the sequester, this year must cut more than $600,000 million from its budget, this fiscal year. It determined in May that the cost of supplying a full complement of 87 air traffic controllers and supervisors at AirVenture will be $447,000 and that cost is EAA's to fill. Under the deal signed by EAA, the FAA will accept partial payment prior to the event with the remainder to be paid after the show. In a statement released Thursday by EAA, the organization said "EAA maintains that this equates to the imposition of GA user fees without Congressional approval." The organization is seeking a policy reversal from the FAA.
Pilot Wants Others To Learn From Crash Video
Last month, nearly 8,000 hour ATP certificated pilot Dale Hemman posted to YouTube multiple views of his 2012 engine-out controlled crash in a Bonanza at Fairbanks, Alaska and, Wednesday, the NTSB released its probable cause report; but questions remain. On the morning of July 26, 2012, Hemman was leading a flight of 12 aircraft on an aerial tour for a group called "Let's Fly Alaska." He was flying with one other occupant. Neither were significantly injured in the crash. His aircraft, a 1975 Beechcraft F33A Bonanza modified by D'Shannon Products with a 300 hp Continental IO-550, carried four video cameras -- all externally mounted. Each camera recorded a different angle of the events that transpired approximately 41 seconds after the plane began its takeoff roll. They show that while climbing at 400 feet AGL on departure with the gear up, the aircraft lost power. Hemman was faced with several options that included trees and an open field that sat just across a channel of water. It was, possibly, at the optimistic end of the aircraft's glide range. After an initial roll away from it, Hemman chose the field. It was roughly 90-degrees off his right wing.
FAA Seeks Input On New Test Standards
If you have any opinions about the FAA's proposed revisions to the knowledge tests for private pilot and instrument rating, the FAA wants to hear them, but don't delay -- the comment period closes July 8. This is the second go-round after an initial comment period closed on May 24, just a few days after the FAA Safety Team sent out a notice about the planned revisions. The FAA says it got about 130 comments during that first period, and will be starting to review them now. To read the revised standards or to file comments, go to the federal docket and enter the code FAA-2013-0316. Documents with details about the proposed revisions can be found here. More information is posted in the Federal Register notice.
Question of the Week: Show Plans
Air shows will look a little different this year without the U.S. military presence, but they're working hard to get you to come. What air shows are you planning to attend?Plus: Last week, we asked AVweb readers about their summer flying plans; click through to view the breakdown of their answers.
'Last' Dornier Do-17 Raised From British Waters
A salvage crew Monday recovered the badly corroded but recognizable remains of a Dornier DO-17 that was shot down off England's Kent coast during the Battle of Britain 70 years ago, delivering to the terrestrial world what may be the only example of its kind. The aircraft's propellers were separated and dangling from wreckage, the fuselage was nearly split in two and outboard sections of wing were not attached to the aircraft when it was raised from 50 feet of water. There are plans to put the airframe through a two-year restoration with the goal of placing the aircraft on display at the RAF Museum in Hendon, north London. Museum spokesman Ajay Srivastava told bbc.co.uk, "The aircraft looks great" and that the operation "has been an absolute success." If authorities are correct in the aircraft's identification, 70 years ago, the aircraft's final flight had less successful outcomes for its crew.
The Latest Aviation News From Google RSS Feed:
Aircraft maintenance tips: Spring cleaningAOPA PilotJeff Simon is an A&P mechanic, pilot, and aircraft owner. He has spent the last 14 years promoting owner-assisted aircraft maintenance as a columnist for several major aviation publications and through his how-to DVD series: The Educated Owner.
Life Line Screening, AOPA partner to help pilots keep medicalsAOPA PilotAs an AOPA Supporting Sponsor, Life Line Screening will continue to offer AOPA members discounts on selected health screening services. But through an enhanced relationship, Life Line Screening also will sponsor the medical section of AOPA.org and ...
AOPA testifies at SBA Regulatory Fairness HearingHealioThe American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association (AOPA) testified at the Small Business Administration (SBA) Regulatory Fairness Hearing for Small Businesses, hosted by the Office of the National Ombudsman on June 6 in Seattle. Tom Fise, AOPA's ...
Emirates set to open world's first aviation experience in LondonAME Info (press release)"This high-tech facility will bring to London a one of a kind insight into the dynamic world of aviation," said Tim Clark, President Emirates Airline. "The purpose of this centre is to provide a fun, yet educational, overview of just what it takes to ...
They've Made A Flying Bicycle? (With Video)AVwebA group of Czech engineers and designers have successfully test flown via radio control a proof of concept hybrid bicycle/multi-copter, the FBike, at an exhibition in Prague, Wednesday. The group says they hope to perform a manned flight at a future date. and more »
FAA Seeks New GA Fuel ProposalsAVwebThe FAA on Monday asked the world's fuel producers to submit proposals for new fuels that could replace 100LL in the general aviation fleet by 2018, a move that GA advocacy groups greeted with enthusiasm. The FAA said it will assess each of the ...
EAA Will Pay For Controllers If It MustAVwebFaced with an ultimatum from the FAA, EAA Chairman Jack Pelton says his organization will pay the $500,000 fee requested by the FAA if that's the only way to guarantee that EAA's AirVenture 2013 is fully staffed regarding air traffic controllers ... and more »
Van's Delivers First Factory-Built RV-12AVwebVan's Aircraft has delivered its first ready-to-fly aircraft and it seems like there will be a lot more to follow. George Longino took possession of his Signature Series RV-12 S-LSA at Van's Aurora, Ore., manufacturing plant on May 31. He flew it back ...
Local students accepted to EAA Air AcademySky Hi Daily NewsThe EAA Air Academy offers young people the opportunity to meet and work with aviation professionals while learning the arts, sciences and lore of aviation. The program uses group activities and counselor relationships to present the material in a ... and more »
Air Europa takes new A330-300Airline fleet ManagementAir Europa has taken delivery of an A330-300. The aircraft is on lease from aviation lessor, AWAS. The Spanish charter and scheduled service airline will use the aircraft on trans-Atlantic flights to destinations covering Europe, Western Africa and the ...
A350 XWB to take maiden flight this weekAirline fleet ManagementAirbus is to fly its A350 XWB for the first time this Friday (14 June). The aircraft's maiden flight will take off from Toulouse-Blagnac airport at around 10:00 am local time, subject to weather. Flight test teams are carrying out their final checks on ...
Boeing raises forecast for aircraft demandAirline fleet ManagementBoeing has raised it forecasted demand for aircraft to more than 35,000 over the next 20 years. According to its annual Current Market Outlook (CMO) report, the world fleet will double over the next two decades, creating demand for $4.8trn worth of ...
Displaying items by tag: A350 XWBAirline fleet ManagementAirbus is to fly its A350 XWB for the first time this Friday (14 June). The aircraft's maiden flight will take off from Toulouse-Blagnac airport at around 10:00 am local time, subject to weather. Read more... Air Europa takes new A330-300. Air Europa ... and more »
Experimental aircraft tour coming to airportUniontown Herald StandardDUNBAR TWP. — Historic aircraft will take flight for the next several days at the Joseph A. Hardy/Connellsville Airport when the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) arrives with one of the world's first mass-produced airliners as part of a ...
Skycraft's $60000 LSA enters marketAOPA PilotASTM approval is expected in August for the single-seat $54,850 Skycraft Airplanes SD-1 Minisport light sport aircraft. Orders will be taken at EAA AirVenture this summer. An official of the company said the Czech-designed aircraft flies much like a ...
Tecnam's New LSA Adds Optional Tech PerksAVwebFor its part, Levil says that having the G-mini listed on the avionics callout of the Astore marks the first time the unit has won such treatment from an LSA aircraft manufacturer. The Levil is part of a relatively new class of microeletromechanical ...
China's First Aircraft Carrier Is Finally ShipshapeGizmodoThe Liaoning is a 54,000 ton displacement Admiral Kuznetsov-class aircraft carrier, formerly the Riga (and also Varyag) of the Soviet Navy, that the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) purchased from the Ukraine in 1998 for a paltry $25 million and ... and more »
Operation Migration needs aircraft supportAOPA PilotAn FAA-mandated aircraft upgrade promises to be pricey, taxing the resources of a decade-old organization dedicated to restoration of the endangered whooping crane. Operation Migration was founded in 2001 to lead captive-bred birds on annual journeys ...