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AOPA Releases Annual Nall Report, Safety Video

AOPA's Air Safety Institute released its 24th annual Joseph T. Nall Report (PDF) this week, including for the first time a review of helicopter accident causes. Overall, accident rates for non-commercial fixed-wing aircraft climbed from 6.30 per 100,000 hours in 2010 to 6.54 in 2012 due to flight time decreasing while accident counts remained level in that period.

Air Show Plane Comes Apart, Pilot Killed

An air show pilot was killed during practice for the New York Air Show on Friday after the tail separated from the aircraft. The aircraft, a Giles 202 owned by air show performer Andrew Wright, crashed in a wooded area.

Goyer Out As Flying Magazine Editor

Former Flying Magazine Editor-in-Chief Robert Goyer has announced he is no longer with the magazine and that it was not his doing. Goyer, who has been the EIC for five years after 15 years as a writer for the magazine, announced the change in circumstances in a Facebook post and told AVweb in an interview Friday that it was a surprise to him.

New This Week

AVweb's search of aviation news around the world found a fuel-price app for jet operators and flight departments, the annual big gathering of the Civil Air Patrol, Zenith Aircraft's upcoming Open Hangar Day, and a final call for nominees for public benefit flying awards.

Bell's Jet Ranger Assembly Plant Opens In Louisiana

Bell Helicopter's new assembly plant for its upcoming Short Light Single rotorcraft is open in Lafayette, Louisiana, the company announced Thursday. Based at Lafayette's regional airport, the 82,300-square-foot leased hangar will house assembly of Bell's 505 Jet Ranger X.

Pilots Form Gas-Balloon Club

Hot-air balloons are common enough in the U.S., but gas balloons, which are popular in Europe, are seldom seen in U.S. skies. A small group of enthusiasts is trying to change that, with the establishment of the Aero Club of America, based in Statesville, North Carolina, which is probably the first club of its kind in the U.S. since the 1950s. Last week, the group launched their custom-built balloon from Akron, Ohio, for a flight with an instructor and two trainees. "It costs about $1,200 for the gas to fill the balloon," Noah Forden, a pilot who helped out at the launch, told AVweb this week. "And we had about 20 people there to help with the rigging and the launch."

NASA Completes ELT Crash Tests

NASA's orchestrated crash of a Cessna 172 on Wednesday, the last in a series of impact tests, completed the data-gathering phase of research aimed at improving the performance of ELTs. The agency's Search and Rescue Mission Office completed the last of the three drops from NASA's Langley Research Center in Virginia to simulate severe but survivable impacts in which ELTs would operate.

The Weekender: Runway Run, Island Airport

The Weekender will have a hard time choosing what state to fly to, with SocialFlight offering some unique outings. On Saturday, you can experience the fun of landing on a well-maintained 2,600-foot turf runway that runs along an island on the Mississippi. This Iowa gem will be open to pilots and their guests for the 15th Annual Abel Island Fly-In, Float-In, Potluck and BBQ.

Vintage Jet Aerobatics Restricted In U.K.

Vintage jets have been banned from performing aerobatics over land and all Hawker Hunter fighters have been temporarily grounded in the U.K. following Saturday's crash of a Hunter at the Shoreham Air Show in southern England.

NTSB Says ATC Directed Pilot In Distress To Closed Airport

A controller who was trying to help a Bonanza pilot in distress directed him to a runway that no longer exists, according to an NTSB preliminary report posted this week. According to the report, the pilot of the Beech C35 Bonanza had taken off from Westhampton Beach, New York, on Sunday, August 16, on an air-taxi flight, and was headed to Morristown, New Jersey, with one passenger on board. He was flying at 6,500 feet, about 8 nm from Farmingdale, New York, when he reported to ATC that he was "having a little bit of a problem" and may need to turn back and land at Farmingdale.

Cirrus Jet Project Gets Type Inspection Authorization

The last project standing in what was once a crowded field of proposed single-engine personal jets hit a milestone Tuesday that could lead to certification by the end of the year. The FAA granted type inspection authorization (TIA) to Cirrus's Vision SF50 single-engine jet.

New Grass Strip Opens In Michigan

After several years of work by the Recreational Aviation Foundation, an old turf runway has been restored and reopened on North Fox Island, in Lake Michigan. The 3,000-foot runway has displaced thresholds on both ends, and is surrounded by trees up to about 60 feet high. The island, which comprises about 820 acres, is owned by the State of Michigan and is managed for wildlife and game.

B-29 'Doc' Inches Closer To Flight

A few months have gone by since the B-29 Superfortress known as "Doc" rolled out of its hangar in Wichita, and the restoration team says the countdown is on for the first flight, which they hope will take place before the end of the year. Before that flight can take place, the FAA must issue an Airworthiness Certificate to Doc's Friends, the nonprofit group behind the restoration effort. The next step will be to seek approval from the U.S. Air Force to use McConnell Air Force Base for flight testing.

FAA Under Scrutiny For Expenditures, Policies

The Office of Inspector General for the U.S. Transportation Department has released three reports that are critical of how the FAA has managed pilot records and the costs and technology for air traffic control, and said it also plans to examine the FAA's procedures with regard to drones. The OIG found the FAA has made "limited" progress in developing a pilot-records database that was mandated by a 2010 law, and the database probably won't be fully implemented until 2020. Meanwhile, the OIG said, airlines don't have access to the records they need when hiring new pilots. The other audits looked at the uneven cost of air traffic control towers and the slow deployment of better tools for use by air traffic controllers.

Southwest Pilot's Wave Inspires Boy

Five-year-old Hudson Hughes was the classic kid at the airport fence in July when a Southwest Airlines captain made his effort worthwhile. The young airplane nut was with his grandfather in the ramp viewing area at Albuquerque's Sunport International Airport and waving enthusiastically at every passing plane.

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