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ACSR introduces tailboom motion detection system
A fatal tailboom separation on a Bell UH-1B in 2013 inspired Aircraft Structural Repair of Stevensville, Montana, to design the Bart tailboom motion-detection system. Bart is currently being offered under FAA Part 337 field approval pending supplemental type certificate approval.
The system is named after pilot Bart Colantuono, who perished in the crash while logging in heavily wooded terrain near Detroit, Oregon. Witnesses reported that when the helicopter was just above the trees, they either saw or heard the load of logs release early and hit the ground hard.
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NBD: Just an insane jet engine strapped to a 1929 replica biplane
Acrobatics pilot Jeff Boerboon is gracefully pivoting in front of me as he raises his hands over his head. Then he arches his body sideways and turns both hands, palms out to the left, like Superman executing an in-air maneuver. Boerboon is, in fact, performing an intricate dance, one that could be replicated hundreds of feet in the air as he pilots the one-of-a-kind Screamin' Sasquatch Waco biplane, a classic-looking airplane with the unique distinction of having a Learjet engine strapped to its belly.
Thanks to NJ judge, GA airports win collective victory
You may have heard the news that a New Jersey judge tossed out a lawsuit brought by the town of Readington, which for more than a decade has tried to wrest control of Solberg Airport from the family that has owned it since 1941. But what you might have missed is what the judge had to say not just to the Readington town council but to other towns and cities across the nation that might think about trying the same dirty tricks.
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Historic Windecker Eagle in restoration
It's not often that a grounded airplane design returns to the skies, but such will be the case for a Windecker Eagle currently in restoration. The airplane was designed in the 1960s. It was the first composite airplane to achieve certification and one of the first, if not the first, airplanes certified under Part 23 rules. As an early adopter of composite materials, the Eagle outran the Beechcraft Bonanza, Cessna 210 and Bellanca Viking in its day.
Flying A350: Airbus's most technologically advanced airliner
Airbus and Boeing are betting their futures on a new generation of long-range widebody twins with better fuel efficiency, lower operating costs and reduced noise and emissions compared with today's two- and four-engine widebodies.
The A350 is Airbus's largest, longest-range, highest-flying and fastest-cruising twin. The A350-900, the first version now entering service with Qatar Airways and other carriers, is a larger aircraft than Boeing's 787.
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GA groups ask Congress to preserve flight training for vets
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Seven general aviation associations have sent a letter asking Congress to stop legislation that would curtail funding for flight training for veterans. In the May 19 letter to leaders of the Veterans Affairs Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives, the groups urged lawmakers to halt H.R. 476, the GI Bill Education Quality Enhancement Act of 2015, which was scheduled to undergo a final markup by the committee May 21.
Maybe it's time for privatized ATC
Once again, it's the season to talk about fixing the FAA, this time by moving the air traffic function out of the agency and into a separate agency or a privatized corporation of some sort. As we reported, Rep. John Mica has introduced a bill in the House of Representatives that would turn ATC into an employee-owned, non-profit company charged with all aspects of air traffic control.
This is by no means a new thing. Several times during the past four decades, privatizing ATC has come up in Congress, only to be shot down by unfavorable political alignments or potent special interests.
WV WWII vet recalls his time as a Tuskegee Airman
John Watson Jr. thought taking the honor flight to the nation's Capital was a once in a lifetime experience in itself — little did he know, there were two surprises waiting for him in Washington, D.C.
More than a half-century later, the 96-year-old World War II veteran from Beckley, West Virginia, was at last recognized as a member of the legendary Tuskegee Airmen during a surprise ceremony on Capitol Hill.
He also was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal.
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