May 2010 - Page 8 Aviation Articles

Morning Rundown: more EBACE, more volcano, Gulfstream news and new NOTAM system

The aviation world's spotlight continued to shine on Europe Wednesday, despite the layers of ash in the upper atmosphere.

David Learmount of Flight Global echoed the recurring theme reported most everywhere from EBACE this week -- that recovery in the industry will come at a slow pace. It focuses on comments from Richard Aboulafia, chief analyst of the Teal Group, and says return to robust activity in aircraft sales may not arrive in full until 2012. 

Jeremy Cox of Jetbrokers, Inc., reports directly from EBACE on his blog. He says a lobby bar during the first night was packed with people eager to make deals.

Cox also mentions that the Gulfstream G650 gained the title of world's fastest business jet. Flying at Mach 0.925 on Sunday, it strips the ranking from Cessna's Citation X.

Gulfstream chief Joe Lombardo spoke at EBACE on how European growth has helped solidify the business jet market and, in what has become a secondary theme at the convention, he looked forward to growth in developing nations. A decade ago, there were only 27 Gulfstream aircraft in Asia. That number stands at more than 100 today. 

The other emerging story in Europe was the return of the volcanic ash that shut down air travel throughout the continent last month. This time, though, the effects have been more localized.

Ryanair canceled its flight between Malta and Edinburgh on Wednesday. Airports in Ireland and Scotland reopened this morning as the ash moved west.

While most of the news in aviation took place across the Atlantic, there were a couple developments of interest announced in the U.S.

The FAA announced a digital NOTAM system going live in Atlantic City. The link in the prior sentence includes details on the system. Other airports to join the program in the next round are Washington Dulles, Reagan National, Baltimore-Washington International, Richmond, Norfolk, Denver, Chicago O’Hare and Midway, Memphis, Fairbanks, Alaska and Ft. Wayne, Ind.

In a final note, NASA tested an astronaut escape rocket for its Orion spacecraft in New Mexico this morning. It was a success that "went like clockwork," even as the future-of-space-travel program itself is being restructured. 

 

GlobalAir.com and Eagle Aviation present a charity aviation poker run

 

 

On June 26, we will have pilots fly out of Bowman Field (LOU) to several nearby airports in a poker run to raise money for the WHAS Crusade for Children. It's a great cause, and we wholeheartedly encourage everyone in the area to fly in and help out. St. Louis? Indy? Nashville? No distance is too far as long you have enough av-gas.

 

Full details and registration can be found here: https://www.globalair.com/pokerrun/

 

And, as promised in the tease, here is a random link to a waterpark being constructed in Oregon that features a 747 as a centerpiece.

Yeah, it's neat; it's different...

But don't forget to click the Poker Run link, too!   Thanks.

Morning Rundown: More EBACE coverage and a note for AirVenture planning

As it will continue to be for much of the week and beyond, EBACE still grabs headlines today among industry publications and elsewhere.

AIN posted two stories in the wee hours (at least it was for those of us still stateside). Ian Sheppard grabs quotes from a European Parliament member, as well as the respective leaders of the NBAA and EBAA -- all noting the importance of the bizav industry. Perhaps the most interesting quote, though, comes from Teal Group executive Richard Aboulafia, who says the number of used jets on the market last year was a "false reflection of reality" as businesses warded pressure from shareholders and the public. Read more here.  

In the other AIN article, Jennifer Harrington-Snell writes that growth in Asia is sparking the bizav market recovery. Furthermore, as nations continue to develop, says Jetcraft Corporation part owner Jahid Fazal-Karim, "No one should ignore Africa."

As posted yesterday, EBAN has a full list of the releases companies are putting out at EBACE.

The benchmark of summer general aviation gatherings, AirVenture, kicks off again in July. Of course, it’s never too early to issue a NOTAM.  This one is thick enough to receive consideration for a Nobel Prize in literature. Download the PDF now if you plan to fly to Oshkosh. For those who have never been, look it over to get a better idea of what the event is like.

Finally, here are a couple of opinion pieces. David Collogan writes at Aviation Week, slamming what has been a drawn-out process of finding a TSA chief. He makes good points of what could happen with a biz-jet security breach without a knowledgeable (and accountable) person in charge.

And Jon Anne Doty writes for our friends at PlaneConverstations.com that it is easier to spend someone else's money -- whether it's a teen pleading from Mom and Dad, or an airline pleading from taxpayers.

Check back for more throughout the day.

NTSB makes conclusions on Hudson River miracle

 

The National Transportation Safety Board today issued a list of conclusions on last year's 'Miracle on the Hudson' when a U.S. Airways A-320 departed New York LaGuardia (LGA) for Charlotte, N.C. (CLT) and struck a flock of birds and landed without fatality in the frigid January waters.

The report says much more than merely concluding 'Sully=Good, Geese=Bad,' noting the almost-perfect sequence of events that saved a jetliner full of lives that day.

Read the complete list of conclusions here and the NTSB press release here.

Series of local incidents and crashes leave us puzzled, saddened

The truth is simpler than the numbers themselves: Flying is overwhelmingly safe.

Me, you, or anyone, is more likely to be killed behind the wheel of a car or walking across a busy street than we are in an airplane. Aircraft incidents are so rare, yet unfortunately so tragic, that when they happen they make major news.

Strangely, and in Sunday's case sadly, a recent rash of mishaps and crashes have burdened our community of Louisville, Ky., with more than its share of bad luck.

Nearly a month ago, a Michigan man reportedly ran out of fuel and crashed just outside of the airport fence on approach to Louisville International (SDF). He was hospitalized with minor injuries, but local media seemed more concerned with guns and ammunition found in the aircraft. He was flying here for a gun show.

A second incident at the same airport a week later involved a UPS cargo jet and a faulty computer warning. In this case, an emergency was declared; the pilot landed safely, and the plane was cleared again for takeoff later that night.

Then the bad winds shifted to nearby Bowman Field (LOU), where GlobalAir.com is located.

As warbirds and stunt aircraft arrived for the Thunder Over Louisville airshow, landing gear failed on a Strikemaster, shutting down a runway for much of the afternoon but causing no casualties.

This area has seen much more than its share of incidents in recent weeks. Sadly, not all of them saw its participants walk away.

A Piper Malibu en route to Bowman crashed Sunday night in southern Indiana, killing a Colorado couple.

No cause has been determined, but the night was cloudy with storms in the area. Witnesses reported hearing the engine sputter before impact. So far, it has been a tough year for fatalities in the two-state region that we locals refer to as Kentuckiana.

Media reports say six people died in regional crashes since the New Year. These incidents come in addtion to two other minor runway mishaps here at Bowman last week, only one of which even appeared to warrant an FAA report. Sometimes all the little things seem to add up to something slightly larger if you spend enough time somewhere to see enough happen.

It's almost second nature for a journalist to see something take place more than twice then lump it all together as a trend, but the only two shared traits of any of these cases are relative location and the involvement of aircraft. From weather to equipment or pilot error, a simple lapse can lead to a grave mistake in aviation.

Here is to seeing a great deal less of them in our neck of the woods.  

 

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