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B-52 Probably Ingested Birds In Four Engines

The Air Force crew of MACHO 11 can now top Sully's two-engine bird ingestion. The Air Force B-52 that crashed when departing from Andersen Air Force Base last May experienced indications consistent with failure of all four starboard engines due to bird ingestion. The Boeing B-52 Stratofortress is an eight-engine, turbojet-powered strategic bomber. The aircraft commander told investigators that he saw birds at wing level, felt or heard "thuds," and "observed engine indications for numbers 5, 6, and 7 'quickly spooling back' from the required takeoff setting" with high oil pressure on engine 8.

Evolution Adds Two More PT6 Options

Evolution Aircraft Company, maker of the high-end Evolution Turbine and Evolution Piston kit planes, is adding two more versions of the Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6 turboprop to its pressurized single-engine lineup. The Evolution airplanes were previously part of the Lancair brand of experimental aircraft, but Kevin Eldredge, president of Evolution Aircraft Company, sold the Lancair assets to a father-son pair in Texas to focus on the Evolution series aircraft last summer.

Former Pilot Headed For Jail

A federal judge in Los Angeles accepted the plea bargain of Arnold ("Arnie") Gerald Leto III on Monday, sentencing him to 10 months in jail for flying paying passengers without a pilot's certificate--at least one flight in a Dassault Falcon 10 and at least one flight in a Cessna Citation II. Leto lost his certificate in early 2016 for flying paying passengers in the Cessna Citation II without possessing the required type rating and without a second pilot--as is required by that aircraft's type certificate.

Langford: Uber Vision 'Doable'

Uber drew lots of attention this week with their three-day Elevate conference about how to create an urban network of flying taxis by 2020, but as ambitious as their goals are, John Langford, the CEO of Aurora Flight Sciences, says they are "doable." The vision won't come to pass, though, he told AVweb in an interview from the conference, unless there's a deadline. "It's a little bit like going to Mars -- it's certainly possible, but it's always 20 years away," he said.

Southwest Pilots Push Flag Of Convenience Law

Four members of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee have introduced a bill to prevent foreign air carriers who are operating under a flag of convenience from receiving a U.S. Foreign Carrier Permit to operate in the United States. The bill has strong backing from the Southwest Airlines Pilots Association (SWAPA): "We look forward to competing in the international marketplace but will not stand by and watch foreign competitors decimate our industry through flags of convenience schemes or unfair government subsidies." Representatives Frank LoBiondo, R-N.J., Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., Rick Larsen, D-Wash., and Drew Ferguson, R-Ga., are the bill's initial sponsors.

United Quickly Settles With Dragged Passenger

United Airlines has reached a settlement with Dr. David Dao, the bumped passenger who was dragged off a Republic Airlines regional flight (operating as United) after having his nose broken and losing two teeth in the process. The cellphone video of the incident and subsequent backlash has focused discussion on how everyone behaves in the aluminum tubes and likely made the doctor from Louisville, who was trying to get home from Chicago on April 9, a wealthy man.

Saxena Out At Mooney

Vivek Saxena has stepped down as CEO of Mooney International Corporation after less than a year in the top job, according to AOPA, citing an email to employees, and confirmed by AVweb. Saxena joined Mooney in August of 2016, replacing Jerry Chen, who had been appointed as interim CEO by Soaring America Corporation, the Chinese-backed investment group that recapitalized Mooney to restart production of the M20. Albert Li, Mooney's CFO, will reportedly serve as executive director until a new CEO can be appointed.

Chino Air Show Is On

The group of airport tenants who had filed an injunction to stop the Planes of Fame Chino Air Show from taking place in 2017 have withdrawn their request, according to Yanks Air Museum, one of the plaintiffs. The director of Yanks Air Museum, Christen Wright, in a press release said, "We do not want others to be harmed, as we have been every year, by the unfair actions of Planes of Fame. We decided to drop the preliminary injunction for the sake of attendees and vendors." Steve Hinton, well-known air racer and Planes of Fame president, had promised prospective attendees their money would be refunded if an injunction shut down the event.

NTSB Cites "Company Culture" In Fatal Crash

Nine people were killed when a de Havilland DHC-3 Otter hit a mountain in Alaska in June 2015, and on Tuesday the NTSB said the pilot had a history of making bad decisions. "Lives depended on the pilot's decision making," said NTSB Acting Chairman Robert Sumwalt. "Pilot decisions are informed, for better or worse, by their company's culture. This company allowed competitive pressure to overwhelm the common-sense needs of passenger safety in its operations. That's the climate in which the accident pilot worked."

King Air Sales Down

Beechcraft's King Air twin turboprop has long been popular, with more than 3,000 built since the 1960s, but that doesn't make it invulnerable to market forces -- and a weak international market has driven down deliveries in the first quarter of this year to just 12, compared to 26 in the same period last year, the company reported last week. CEO Scott Donnelly said he expects those numbers to improve by the end of the year, and end up about the same as last year, when the company sold 106 King Airs.

FAA Graphical Weather Forecasts Now Live

The National Weather Service is now providing a new product, Graphical Forecasts for Aviation, which is intended to provide a complete picture of the weather that may impact flight in the continental U.S. The webpage, which is built with modern geospatial information tools, includes observational data, forecasts and warnings that can be viewed from 14 hours in the past to 15 hours in the future.

Uber Summit Sets Serious Course

The whole idea of flying cars has come to symbolize the imagined future that never arrives, but Uber's Elevate Summit on Tuesday made clear that aviation's serious players are serious about this technology, and it's coming soon, and it's going to be game-changing. "This industry is going to be successful faster than anyone thinks … there is nothing like the passion that is unleashed on this," said Pat Romano, CEO of Chargepoint, a company that provides charging stations for electric cars -- which are now being adapted to power up electric aircraft.

BasicMed Checklist, Video Now Online

New medical rules for pilots, known as BasicMed, take effect May 1, but starting today, pilots can start to prepare for the new requirements. Forms and checklists for both pilots and doctors are posted online at the FAA website. The FAA also has compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions, and said the Medical Self-Assessment course developed by AOPA (and available free online for anyone) can be used to fulfill its requirement to complete a medical education course every two years.

Kitty Hawk Unveils Flying-Car Prototype

A new vehicle revealed on Monday by Kitty Hawk Corp., the aircraft company led by CEO Sebastian Thrun, takes off and lands on water and qualifies for sale as an ultralight, the company said. "Your flying dreams will never be the same," says the company website. "The Kitty Hawk Flyer is a new, all-electric aircraft. It is safe, tested and legal to operate in the United States in uncongested areas under the Ultralight category of FAA regulations," says the company website.

VTOL Urban Taxi Summit In Dallas

Uber has attracted dozens of speakers from the aviation industry, government and technology sectors to a large summit on "urban air transportation" in Dallas this week. The Uber Elevate Summit kicks off Tuesday and features speeches and panel discussions on the promise and problems of having fleets of electric VTOL aircraft buzzing around major cities.

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