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Aviation News Rundown: Predator drones over Texas?

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- In the news today, the Texas border between the United States and Mexico could soon resemble the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan, at least in one aspect.

Predator drones could deploy soon to monitor activity in the area. It is another effort to combat illegal immigration into the U.S., according to a report in the Austin American-Statesman. 

Though political figures have accused the FAA of foot dragging, a spokeswoman said the agency is working on approving a plan to allow the flights “as quickly as we can.”

The aircraft would be housed in a Naval base in Corpus Christ Christi.

- British firm Balli Aviation, Ltd., was recently fined $2 million by a U.S. Federal Court for illegally exporting a Boeing 747 into Iran.

Court documents contend that the company planned to bring three commercial jets into the country without a required export license.

- A recently published Harvard report outlines the steps needed to implement NexGen air traffic control nationwide.

Recommendations include a governance strategy to build support from pilots, controllers and travelers; leadership from government and commerce; placing incentives to speed up conversion; developing financing solutions; and creating an entity for risk management. Read the full report here.

- EAA Airventure will include a live auction this year, the first of its kind. To sign up to sell or buy a plane, or merely to get more info on the event, click the blue text here.

 

Sole survivors in airline crashes

Today’s crash in Libya was at least the third of its sort in the past few years to weave a small miracle into its largely tragic story.

A 10-year-old boy from the Netherlands was in good condition Wednesday in a Libyan hospital, aside from a few broken bones, and despite 103 other people around him perishing.

Last July, 14-year-old Bahia Bakari survived a Yemenia Airways crash in the Indian Ocean that killed 152 others as the weak swimmer clutched to a piece of wreckage in the choppy waters.

First officer James M. Polehinke survived a Comair CRJ-100 that crashed on takeoff in Lexington, Ky., in August 2006, killing 49. He was the only one to live through it.

All three share an improbable connection:  They are a sole survivor of a commercial aircraft crash.

In the past 40 years, 14 airliner crashes resulted in a single person surviving. In an overwhelming number of cases (about 75 percent), just as the three above, a child or crewmember was that fortunate soul.

Some speculate that the training of a staff member or the not-fully-developed skeleton or lighter weight of a young person may slightly increase the odds of survival. In the larger scope, though, it’s like changing a baseball game by throwing a blade of grass onto the field. So much is left to be determined by forces we do not understand.

Juliane Köpck, 17 years old at the time, survived more than a week on her own in the Peruvian jungle after being the only person to survive a 1971 crash. She routinely defied every astronomical improbability thrown her way.

It is important to note that all three of these recent incidents occurred near take-off or landing, as do the bulk of aircraft crashes.

However, Popular Mechanics not too long ago published a story explaining what one would need to do to survive a 35,000-foot fall from a jetliner in mid-cruise. The article’s conclusion: protect your head, try to land in a soft swamp or snowdrift and hope you are lucky.

The article cites the Aircraft Crashes Record Office in Geneva to conclude that of the 118,934 people to die in 15,463 plane crashes between 1940 and 2008, only 42 survivors made it through the experience alive after falling from a height over 10,000 feet.

Like many things, crash survival stories are mysteries. The latest chapter makes one wonder whether such events are random happenings. A compilation of sole-survivor crashes from the AP shows the rarity.

Aviation News Rundown: A tribute to a local friend of the airport, plus news on the Boeing 787 and Cessna Citation

Longtime Bowman Field (LOU) airman Richard C. "Dick" Mulloy died Saturday. That is Mulloy above, in an image furnished by the Aero Club of Louisville, which published this about his life:

In the late 1930s and early 1940s, Dick distinguished himself by playing in each of the post prestigious New Year’s Day Bowl games: The Sugar Bowl in 1940, the Rose Bowl in 1939 and the Orange Bowl in 1938, all for the University of Tennessee.

 

In addition to his football at Tennessee, he played football and baseball at St. Xavier High School in Kentucky, and was named All-State during his senior year. Once at Tennessee, he earned three letters in football and three in basketball. His 1940 football team was undefeated, untied and never scored on.

 

While at Tennessee he learned to fly, and in 1941, he entered the civilian pilot training program and later became a pilot instructor in the U. S. Army Primary Flying School. Later during World War II, he went to work for Chiang Kai-Shek under contract to the Chinese National Airlines flying “The Hump” across the Himalayas.

 

Following the war, Dick returned to Louisville and formed Kentucky Flying Service at Bowman Field. He built the organization over the years, operating out of the large hangar where they overhauled, maintained and sold aircraft.

 

In addition, Dick is credited with training more pilots than anyone else in this part of the country.

 

In 1987, he sold Kentucky Flying Service, and in 1992, he sold Helicopters, Inc., completing 47 years of operations at Bowman Field.

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In the news today, Benet Wilson of Aviation Week cites JP Morgan as saying the business jet market is "still in the doldrums," but recovery may only be a few quarters away. On the commercial side, the ax of poor economy continues to strike, as Reuters reports that Bahrain's state-owned Gulf Air has cut 500 jobs in the past six months.

On the positive side of commercial aviation, something that and can be seen as good news for Boeing's next generation of aircraft, the Gerson Lehrman Group notes that for every airliner cancelling a 787 order, another eager buyer is willing to take its place.

Finally, here are two industry announcements worth noting. Cessna introduced a program yesterday to reduce lead times for interior refurbishments on older Citations by stocking pre-selected, certified interior materials under a new program.

While the NBAA touted a resolution from the United States Senate that applauds general and business aviation for its efforts to provide relief to Haiti following the devastating earthquake in that nation early this year.

GA aircraft made more than 4,500 flights to Haiti during the first month following the disaster — when the airport and infrastructure were in shambles. At the same time, business aircraft performed more than 700 flights, transporting 3,500 passengers and delivering in excess of 1 million pounds of cargo and supplies.

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