“Crowdsourcing,” or making a direct appeal to fans and enthusiasts for contributions to a project, has become a popular method for attracting ideas, capital and attention to a range of causes. MakerPlane (Innovation Pavilion, Booth 23) hopes to take the practice into the skies, and chose EAA AirVenture 2013 as the ideal spotlight for its campaign to raise funds for a prototype of an easy-to-build experimental light sport aircraft (E-LSA).
This year’s EAA AirVenture coincides with the 50th anniversary of one of the most iconic engines ever to power a general aviation aircraft–the Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6 turboprop. To celebrate the event, the United Technologies subsidiary has a slate of events and announcements to take place at the show. Eleven PT6-powered aircraft will be on display in the Conoco Phillips Plaza on Wednesday, July 31, and the company will have several engines including the PT6A-41 and PT6A-65 on display at its booth.
Pilots with more flight hours in their logbooks do not necessarily make better aviators, according to a July 17 report from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB). The board created the report amid significant debate claiming low-time airline first officers are less competent than those with more flight time.
Mercy One helicopter emergency medical services at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa, one of the first HEMS operators certified to fly Waas low-level IFR routes, including approaches to local hospitals, recently added a second Waas-capable Bell 429 to its fleet. These IFR routes keep helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft from mixing in IFR airspace. Three of the hospital helipad approaches are Waas-based while another is an approach to a helipad in Stuart, Iowa, that is used as a rendezvous for helicopters and ground ambulances from surrounding counties.
None of the five people aboard a Sukhoi Superjet 100 was injured on July 21 when the aircraft landed gear-up during an early-morning approach at Iceland’s Reykjavík-Keflavík International Airport (BIRK). The Russian aircraft had departed Reykjavik at just after 4 a.m. local time on a training flight and was conducting an approach to Runway 11 when it executed a go-around and a circuit over the sea before returning to land.
An IndiGo Airlines employee at India’s Kolkata Airport (VECC) fell to his death onto the apron after accidentally walking through the open rear cabin doorway of a parked Airbus A320. The man’s job was to supervise aircraft cleaners and maintain a safe work environment. The airline normally places stairs or a jetway only for the forward door, while allowing the back door to remain open to ventilate the cabin, with yellow caution tape strung across the open doorway as a safety precaution. An IndiGo spokesman reported that the tape was in place at the time of the accident.
All 16 main-gear tires on an Ilyushin Il-76 burst during a landing in Dubai on June 21 last year because the aircraft’s parking brake was engaged before touchdown, according to a final incident report released last week by the United Arab Emirates’ General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA). The Ilyushin reportedly has no cockpit display system that would have indicated to the crew that the parking brake was on. No one aboard the aircraft was injured.
Jeppesen’s newest iPad app, Mobile FliteDeck VFR, is now available for U.S. pilots flying in the continental U.S. The VFR version of Mobile FliteDeck is designed both for flight planning and in-flight navigation, with data-driven navigation information and access to Notams and text and graphical weather data.
Cargo carrier UPS has begun installing new systems in its aircraft to help contain intense fires such as the one that brought down UPS Flight 6, a Boeing 747-400 freighter, on Sept. 3, 2010, in Dubai. The UAE General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) issued its final report on the crash on July 24. The report suggests that a shipment of lithium batteries possibly caught fire and led to the fatal crash.
Boeing president and CEO Jim McNerney said he sees “a clear path” to raising 737 production rates above 42 airplanes a month as 737 Max 8s begin to supplant current-generation airplanes on its assembly lines in Renton, Washington, and its share of the market for its re-engined narrowbodies reaches equilibrium with that for Airbus’s A320neo.