With a reinvigorated update of the highly regarded Glastar (an
airplane that ANN's Jim Campbell judged to be one of the industry's
ten best, several years ago), called the Sportsman 2+2, the folks
of New Glasair/New Glastar are announcing that they are VERY
serious about regaining a solid leadership role in the sport
aviation industry... and their latest move is a shocker.
While no one is claiming that their luck can hold out forever,
the 2004 rendition of the nation's friendliest fly-in has started
off with great crowds, great weather and LOTS of planes and
products for people to peruse.
With 65 degree temperatures greeting ANN's Jim Campbell, who had
just arrived from the previous day's nearly 100 degree and nearly
100% humidity (in Florida... The "Sunshine" state), the Arlington
Fly-In was, literally, a breath of fresh air.
On December 19, 1997, Silk Air flight MI 185 was straight and
level at FL350 after taking off from
Jakarta, Indonesia, enroute to Singapore's Changi
Airport. The aircraft was a Boeing 737-300, operated by Silk Air as
a subsidiary of Singapore Airlines. At around 0930, the aircraft
was totally destroyed, buried in mud in a river in Sumatra. All the
evidence and conclusions point to suicide, but all the tort lawyers
point to deep pockets -- Parker-Hanaffin's. Deja vu.
Ross K. Anderson of Rancho Palos Verdes (CA) spent years
building his Harmon Rocket II. He finished it last year and
registered it with the FAA, then flew it to his office in Chino
almost every day. Wednesday, he flew it to his death.
CF-18s Roar Over Nova Scotia In Memorial To Capt. Derek
The four CF-18s flew low as they headed for a cemetery in
northern Nova Scotia Tuesday. Suddenly, one of them pulled up in a
vertical climb -- the missing man formation. It was a tribute to
Canadian Forces Captain Derek Nichols, killed June 28th in a US
Marines F/A-18 crash at Beaufort Naval Air Station (SC).
Company Validates Its Technical Approach, Progresses in Network
AirCell has successfully completed the initial phase of flight
testing for its next-generation airborne telecommunications link.
Average user speeds were demonstrated at 300 to 500 kilobits per
second, with peak rates up to 2.4 megabits per second. These data
transfer rates are comparable to the speeds seen in the latest
generation of ground-based mobile phones, and are 80-160 times
faster than today's typical airborne telecommunication systems.
From the NTSB...
Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board's
aviation regional offices are investigating three separate
helicopter accidents that happened from June 24-27. Below are
updates on those investigations.
A combination of factors including mechanical problems and pilot
error caused the fatal crash of a Cessna 150 near Schaumburg (IL)
one year ago, according to the NTSB. The crash killed 38-year old
Mark Hsiao of Buffalo Grove (IL).
Rhode Island Governor Donald Carcieri made it official Monday --
the repeal of aircraft sales and use taxes. The repeal, effective
January 1, 2005, exempts the sale, storage, use or other
consumption of new or used aircraft and aircraft parts from
taxation. Labor charges continue to be exempt where labor charges
are separately stated by the seller.
A 19-year old Elko (NV) man was arrested over the holiday
weekend after authorities say he set fire to a hangar at the
airport in Kittridge Canyon. The hangar exploded and the lone
aircraft inside was destroyed.
From the US Air Force...
Lt. Gen. Bruce Carlson, 8th Air Force commander, has found Maj.
Harry Schmidt guilty of dereliction of duty for his role in an
April 17, 2002, bombing incident which resulted in the deaths of
four Canadian soldiers and the serious injury of eight others.
Major Schmidt’s punishment includes a written reprimand and
forfeiture of $5,672 pay.
Boeing Wednesday confirmed that two European airlines -- Blue
Panorama of Italy and Britain's First Choice Airways have selected
the 7E7 Dreamliner to replace and expand their existing airplane
fleets. These two carriers are the first in Europe to choose the
7E7, the world's newest, most advanced commercial jetliner.
A careful analysis of observations by NASA's Chandra X-ray
Observatory of a rare quadruple quasar has uncovered evidence that
possibly a single star in a foreground galaxy magnified X-rays
coming from the quasar. This discovery gives astronomers a new and
extremely precise probe of the gas flow around the supermassive
black hole that powers the quasar.
A skydiver who jumped with several other people -- including his
son -- was killed Sunday when he slammed into a utility pole. The
force of the collision sheared the pole in half, according to local
"It was his project and he was really proud of it. Every rivet
was a piece of art."
Source: Frank Lyon, of Rancho Palos Verdes (CA),
talking about his friend, Ross Anderson. Wednesday, Anderson
crashed the Harmon Rocket II he built so meticulously into a couple
of homes in Seal Beach (CA) while on his way to work from Torrence
Airport to Chino. Anderson was killed in the accident. Two other
people were treated for minor injuries.
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AD NUMBER: 2004-13-26
SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-13-26
SUMMARY: This amendment adopts a new airworthiness
directive (AD) for Kaman Aerospace Corporation (Kaman) Model K-1200
helicopters. This action requires certain initial and repetitive
visual inspections of the main rotor blade (blade) grips for a
crack. If a crack is found, this AD requires replacing the blade
grip before further flight. This amendment is prompted by an
accident involving the loss of all blades because of a crack in a
blade grip on the upper surface around the bolthole. The actions
specified in this AD are intended to prevent failure of a blade
grip, loss of a blade, and subsequent loss of control of the