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VERY BAD WEEK...
With CBS's big eye glaring
last week at GA as a security risk,
you'd think all pilots might be on their best
behavior -- it doesn't appear to have worked
out that way. When authorities finally
arrested John Salamone after chasing him for
four hours around Philadelphia-area skies, he
was staggering, his eyes were bloodshot and
his pants were undone, according to the
Philadelphia Daily News. Police told the Daily
News Salamone blew .13 on a breathalyzer (the
legal limit is .04) after he finally landed
his Piper Cherokee at Limerick Airport about
10:30 p.m. The flight had originated there
about 6:20 p.m. While in the air, Salamone
allegedly barged through controlled airspace
near Philadelphia International Airport as low
as 100 feet AGL, forcing six airliners to
abort landings. Authorities also said he
circled the nuclear power plant ... which sits
practically at the foot of the runway at
COMMERCIAL FLIGHT LANDS AT THE WRONG
A Shuttle America flight Friday was aiming for
Park Airport (UNV) in Pennsylvania,
when it touched down at Mid-State
Regional Airport (PSB). The
airports are 11 nautical miles apart, offer
identical runway orientation -- 16/34 and 6/24
-- with different layouts, and both fields are
non-towered (a reminder to self-announce,
listen AND look when operating near a
non-towered field). The two airports also have
a VOR situated roughly between them.
"When the pilot walked in, he said
'Here's one for the news,'" airport
worker Joanne Shields told the Centre Daily.
The eight passengers had to wait on board, for
security reasons, for about an hour until a
van was dispatched to finish their journey.
BIRD-FLIPPING PILOT RILES BRAZILIANS
Capt. Dale Robin Hersh discovered the
Brazilian authorities' preferred level of
etiquette after last Wednesday allegedly
offering the middle-digit salute in response
to Brazil's new requirement that American
visitors submit to photographs and
fingerprinting ... which is how Brazilians are
welcomed to the U.S. under new security rules.
Hersh's alleged gesture (maybe that's how he
always holds things) landed him in a federal
courthouse where formal charges awaited, but
"Since this was a minor crime, I proposed
that he be fined $12,750, which will be
donated to a home for the elderly,"
Matheus Baraldi Magnani told the Associated
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PHOTOS OF RUMORED NO-HYDRAULICS LANDING...
Although no one in officialdom has publicly
confirmed it, the landing of a DHL Airbus at
Baghdad Airport after being hit by at least
one surface-to-air missile last Nov. 22 has
been rumored as one of last year's most
incredible feats of aviation. Extensive damage
to the aircraft's left wing may have rendered
the aircraft's three hydraulics systems
useless, leaving the pilots with only
differential engine thrust to control the
aircraft. DHL has not publicly elaborated on
the attack and the resulting heroism of the
pilots (which stands, regardless of the true
extent of damage). For those with a flair for
the dramatic, AVweb has obtained a
PowerPoint presentation of the incident that
includes photos of the landing, the damage,
and text that may give some insight into the
specific nature of the damage.
AIRCRAFT DAMAGE ASSESSMENT
The presentation is a new pairing of photos
not widely distributed, with text previously
available online through various sources. AVweb
has repeatedly contacted DHL seeking
confirmation of the details of the event (and
an interview with the pilots) but thus far,
the airline has politely refused all of our
requests, citing the ongoing investigation --
there has been no official confirmation or
denial of the "no-hydraulics
initial story on the event ran in
December, and AVweb has been flooded
with e-mails from people claiming to have
first-hand knowledge of the incident and
confirming the details we presented. At this
time, we invite you to have a look for
yourself at the latest material we received
and enjoy it for what it's worth.
JURY'S AWARD REFUTES NTSB FINDINGS?
Parker Hannifin Corp., maker of vacuum pumps
on the Cessna 335 that crashed, killing a
Missouri governor, has been ordered to pay a
total of $4 million in damages to his family
even though the
NTSB's summary of the investigation
says, "examination of the wreckage ...
indicates [the pumps] were most likely
functioning at the time of impact." Gov.
Mel Carnahan, his son Randy, who was at the
controls, and aide Chris Sifford died when the
plane crashed near Hillsboro, Mo., on Oct. 16,
2000. Carnahan's family sued Parker Hannifin
Corp. even though the NTSB's report cited
spatial disorientation as a probable cause
with a faulty attitude indicator as a
contributing factor. Parker Hannifin says it's
been vindicated by the verdict and doesn't
plan to appeal. Sure, read that again.
RATING, DEAD PASSENGER, ACQUITTED PILOT
A Kentucky pilot, who federal investigators
say lacked a multi-engine rating, was
acquitted of wanton endangerment charges
indirectly related to the Aug.
1, 1998, crash of the twin-engine
Cessna 340 he was flying. One of Kenneth
Asher's passengers, Debra Zukhof, drowned
after the plane stalled on takeoff from Meigs
Field in Chicago and flipped over in Lake
Michigan. Michigan authorities decided against
prosecuting Asher for the accident. Instead,
Kentucky authorities laid the endangerment
charges for the Louisville-to-Chicago portion
of the flight that preceded the accident.
MIDAIRS, A CONTINENT APART
There are some startling coincidences in two
midair collisions that occurred one day and
2,000 miles apart last week. The collisions
occurred in Tehachapi, Calif., on Friday and
Clearwater, Fla. on Saturday. In each case, a
light twin and a single came together and in
each accident the twin pilot was able to
maintain control and land safely while the
single did not. Pilots of both singles died.
In the California crash, a Beech Baron flown
by Robert Hollis Gates, of Bear Valley
Springs, was in collision with a Cessna 180
flown by David Aaron Lazerson. In the Florida
accident, a Twin Commanche, owned by John
Collins, of Winter Haven, was trying to land
at Clearwater Airpark when it came in contact
with a Cessna 150 that was taking off.
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PLANS VIRTUAL MEETING ON SIGHTSEEING NPRM
The FAA should face the people it's planning
to put out of business with a new set of
regulations rather than hide in cyberspace,
according to AOPA. The FAA has extended the
comment period (from Jan. 20 to April 19) for
a roundly criticized Notice
of Proposed Rulemaking that would
set national standards for sightseeing and
tour operations. The NPRM acknowledges that
about 700 firms will likely be put out of the
tour business by the tougher rules, which,
among other things, would require that all
such flights be operated under Part 121 or
Part 135 rules. More than 1,100 comments have
been received so far. AOPA has been demanding
that the FAA set up a series of public
meetings to hear directly from affected
businesses but the FAA has opted for a
PLANS WORRY NEIGHBORS
A Maryland developer has come up with a novel
approach to gaining approval for his plans to
cover an airport in condos. Polm Companies
Ltd. says that if it can't build 600 homes, it
will instead turn the sleepy Suburban
Airport into a major business and
commuter facility. Suburban is now home to 65
airplanes and 37 hangars. Polm envisions 300
aircraft, 160 hangars, a flight school and
heliport. Of course, if the local council
prefers, the company could put in the nice,
quiet condos, instead. However, Bruce Mundie,
director of the Maryland Aviation
Administration, has assured local residents
that Polm's plans are pie-in-the-sky.
AIR VEHICLE ON DISPLAY
Part of the future of aviation might fit in
the palm of your hand or on the head of a pin.
Scientists are furiously working on Micro Air
Vehicles (MAVs), tiny aircraft that can fly
autonomously where human pilots can't (or
shouldn't). Now scientists at Cranfield
University in Britain have put the machine
they are developing on display at the Thinktank
Museum in Birmingham. The Cranfield MAV will
mimic insect flight with wings that both
oscillate and rotate, allowing it to hover and
maneuver. The computer brain on board will
allow it to navigate itself. The museum
exhibit allows people to fly a
computer-generated image of the machine around
a virtual smoke-filled building in search of
ENGINEERS REDESIGN DA40 PANEL TO
OPTIMIZE FORM AND FUNCTION
Diamond's DA40 is the platform for the
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The G1000 offers better situational
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All ten aboard a Cessna Caravan feared dead
after Saturday crash in Lake Erie.
Hundreds of kites launched the Celebrating
India festival in Mumbai last week.
The National Aeronautics Association is accepting
nominations for its biggest honor.
ARTICLES AND FEATURES ON AVWEB
CEO of the Cockpit #28: A Different Airline
AVweb's CEO of the cockpit is back in
recurrent training, trying to remember
everything he forgot about 767s and 757s since
the last time he was here a year ago. The
security training session, however, prompted
him to consider ways to really cut down on
security problems. His airline might not like
it, though ...
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Reader mail this week about FSS privatization,
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NOW FOR THE 2004 GREAT LAKES INTERNATIONAL
Phil Boyer and Lane Wallace are among the many
prominent speakers slated to address the Great
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February 6 to 8 in Lansing, Michigan. In
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CONSUMER'S FEBRUARY ISSUE HIGHLIGHTS:
"Garmin's Bold Stroke", the G1000
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in search of ADs; "Budget ANR
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