Also: NTSB, Part 145, Cessna, Sling, Gipps, Gliders, AirVenture Cup, L-39 Down, Pesky TFRs, FAA Goofs (Again) and B-29s To Carolina!
Just about the time we thought we had this week pretty much done, we found out otherwise. Two major stories took place as we were putting the script to bed for Airborne 052512... namely the first flight of Boeing's 787 Dreamliner from the much discussed South Carolina production plant... as well as an amazing skydiving FIRST whereby an experienced Stuntman jumped form a helo at 2400' using a modified "Wingsuit" and LANDED on a specially prepared cardboard runway (used to cushion the impact) without opening a parachute --
The B-24 “Diamond Lil” was among three WWII aircraft on display and offering rides at the Carolinas Aviation Museum this weekend. A P-51 fighter and the last airworthy B-29 bomber in the world were also brought in by the Commemorative Air Force, the iconic Texas-based nonprofit group that restores and preserves WWII historical aircraft. The landing gear on the B-24 suffered a malfunction during flight, causing the aircraft to skid down the runway as it landed, officials said. None of the 16 people on board was injured.
Former United Flight Attendant Founded Scholarship Fund
The Captain Jason M. Dahl Scholarship Fund announced on its website that Sandy Dahl died in her sleep Friday from natural causes near Denver. “Her guiding light will be missed,” the group said. Dahl became a public face for 9/11 families by founding the Jason Dahl scholarship fund to provide money for young pilots to receive their education. As of 2011, 16 students had received scholarships and some were already commercial pilots, NBC station KUSA of Denver reported.
Though barely one year into flight testing, Dassault says its newest aircraft, the twin-engine Falcon 2000S, is already demonstrating performance figures substantially higher than the capabilities announced when the program was launched. To date, the test aircraft has accumulated more than 300 flight hours in over 130 flights and opened up the full flight envelope and demonstrated excellent handling qualities.
Total Leased And Purchased 787s For The Airline Up To Eight
Norwegian has signed an agreement to lease two additional Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners for its future long-haul operations. The company has previously entered into agreements to purchase three and lease three aircraft of the same type, securing a delivery of a total of eight Dreamliners.
A Grumman G164 and an Air Tractor collided Wednesday, resulting in the fatal injury of one of the two pilots. The Associated Press reports that the accident occurred around 1135 CDT in northeast Arkansas, where both aircraft were engaged in agrucultural spraying activities. Television station KAIT in Jonesboro reported that Green County Sheriff Dan Langston said the flights had originated from airports in Craighead and Greene counties.
Aero Linx: Seaplane Pilots Association
The Seaplane Pilots Association (SPA) is a non-profit organization serving the needs of the seaplane community throughout North America and globally. Incorporated in 1971 and guided by a ten-member Board of Directors, the primary mission of the Seaplane Pilots Association is Advocacy. Our mission is to be the voice of the seaplane community and to represent the interests of seaplane enthusiasts on the federal, state, and local levels. It includes ensuring fairness and equality for seaplanes to share public waterways with all other user groups. Other key elements of our Mission include Safety, Education, and Environmental Stewardship.
User Request Evaluation Tool (URET)
User Request Evaluation Tool is an automated tool provided at each Radar Associate position in selected En Route facilities. This tool utilizes flight and radar data to determine present and future trajectories for all active and proposal aircraft and provides enhanced, automated flight data management.
"Sandy's courage picked up where her husband's left off... Her dedication to completing the Flight 93 National Memorial as a way to honor her husband's heroic actions on 9-11, and those of his fellow crew members and passengers, is a significant part of her legacy."
Source: Patrick White, president of Families of Flight 93, said Saturday, following the untimely death Of Sandy Dahl, the wideo of UA 93 Pilot Captain Jason M. Dahl.