Thousands of seat-belt buckles and attachments installed in airliners and corporate jets are the subject of two separate recommendations. The FAA published a special airworthiness information bulletin alleging that D-ring-type fittings can inadvertently release the seat belts attached to them. The agency recommends that all D-ring seat belt attachment fittings be replaced with an improved design fitting.
Lockheed 1329-23E JetStar, Houston, May 15, 2004–On final approach to William P. Hobby Airport, the pilot extended full flaps. The airplane decelerated and rolled uncontrollably to the left. The pilot regained control and landed without incident. On inspection, it was found that the left inboard flap had separated and the attach bolts were still in the flap attach brackets.
The owner of London Battersea Heliport is seeking planning permission to build a hotel alongside it on the southern bank of the River Thames. Weston Aviation commercial manager James Ford told AIN that the new building, to the west of the pad, will incorporate new reception and ATC facilities for the heliport.
The FAA last month issued three separate airworthiness alerts on the TBM 700 turboprop single. The alerts, which do not carry the force of ADs, but are “highly recommended” by the FAA, deal with a faulty GPU plug that could damage the power supply cable; possible interference between the pitot-tube supply line and the aileron cable; and corrosion-caused cracks in the attachment fittings of the tail fin.
One of the world’s greatest civil engineering projects, the $8 billion Trans-Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS) carries crude oil 800 miles south from Prudhoe Bay on the Arctic Ocean to a pipeline terminus at Port Valdez. Built between 1975 and 1977, the pipeline at the time was the largest and most expensive privately funded construction project ever undertaken.
Our series on America’s best golf courses continues with a look at the three best classic courses in the north central U.S., as determined by Golfweek magazine’s handpicked panel of 385 course raters. The raters, who are students of architecture, attend national workshops and each evaluate 15 to 20 courses per year.
Many people, this writer included, will tell you that Mendocino–about 155 miles north of San Francisco–lies in the middle of California’s most beautiful stretch of coastline. (Many others rank it second only to the Big Sur and Point Lobos area south of Carmel.)
It is gorgeously rugged, with jagged rocks and forested cliffs that have attracted artists for decades.
Magic happens during quiet late-June evenings on Firehole River in Yellowstone National Park. Ideally, the day has been sunny and warm, with little or no wind. That’s what the bugs like. And the trout like the bugs.
Our series on America’s best golf courses continues with a look at the three best modern courses in the Northeast U.S., as determined by Golfweek magazine’s handpicked panel of 385 course raters. The raters, who are students of architecture, attend national workshops and each evaluate 15 to 20 courses per year.
Castles dot the landscape all along the Rhine, from its headwaters high in the Swiss Alps to its mouth at the Dutch port of Rotterdam. When people speak of castles on the Rhine, however, it’s a safe bet they’re talking about one fairly short stretch of the river, the Middle Rhine. This is where Wagner set the Ring of the Nibelungen.