Asiana Airlines said on Monday the pilot at the controls when a 777 crashed at San Francisco Saturday, killing two girls and injuring dozens of passengers, was in training on the 777, and was landing the airplane at SFO for the first time. The pilot, Lee Gang Guk, is an experienced captain with a total time over 10,000 hours, but he had only eight previous flights and 43 hours as 777 crew. He had landed at SFO previously as captain of a 747, the airline spokesperson said. NTSB investigators said on Monday morning in San Francisco they planned to begin interviews with all four pilots in the 777 crew. "We really do need to understand who was the pilot in command, who was the pilot flying at the time, what kind of conversations were they having," said Deborah Hersman, NTSB chairman.
The NTSB said on Monday morning that interviews would begin by the end of the day with the four pilots in the crew of the Asiana 777 that crashed in San Francisco on Saturday, killing two girls and injuring dozens of passengers. In a press briefing in San Francisco, officials said investigators are beginning to transcribe the CVR. "It is partially in English, partially in Korean, but we will have translations," according to the NTSB Twitter feed. Also, the FDR group will be validating approximately 1,400 parameters on the data recorder. Investigators also are documenting each of the 300-plus seats and their condition, as well as the operation of the doors and slides. The NTSB also listed several other tasks it has completed so far in the investigation.
During the '80s, while with Mugu Approach, a controller asked an aircraft "to state position."Pilot came back: "Fiscally conservative. Socially, somewhat liberal. Two miles west of Point Dume."Greg Andrewsvia e-mail
>>> AVWEB FUEL FINDERCURRENT PRICE FOR 100LL: $6.02 (up 1¢ from last week)CURRENT PRICE FOR JET A: $5.42 (up 1¢ from last week)Fuel prices provided weekly by AirNav, based on prices from the past 2 weeks. Changes are relative to last week's prices. /TEXT_ONLY-->AVweb's "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Cirrus Aviation at McMinnville Municipal Airport (KMMV) in McMinnville, Alberta (Canada).AVweb reader Daryl Medd (and several other members of the organization) told us how Cirrus Aviation stepped up to make the 2013 Cessna Pilots Society gathering a smooth, trouble-free celebration:The fine folks at Cirrus Aviation were there making sure all the details were taken care of, ensuring that our Cessna Pilots Society gathering was perfect. Rabbits were pulled from hats when we had last-minute, unforseeable requests. There was even home baking! These are great people who have earned your business, and you haven't even met them yet. Walking distance to the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum, where you can visit Howard Hughes's HK-1 Hercules!Keep those nominations coming. For complete contest rules, click here.AVweb is actively seeking out the best FBOs in the country and another one, submitted by you, will be spotlighted here next Monday!
Nine passengers and the pilot aboard a de Havilland Otter air taxi died when the aircraft reportedly crashed on takeoff at the airport in Sodotna, AK late Sunday morning. The aircraft burned before firefighters could reach it. The airplane reportedly belonged to Rediske Air, of Nikiski, AK and may have been an Otter converted to turboprop using a Honeywell engine.
Safe Flight Instrument Corporation is in the process of achieving FAA certification for their new angle of attack and speed control system for Part 23 aircraft. Aviation Consumer's Larry Anglisano flew with the system in Safe Flight's Beech Baron. This video features a tour and wring-out of the new system.
In the end, one of the most photographed aircraft journeys in U.S. history will have one shot missing, but for the crew of Solar Impulse the mission to fly their solar-powered aircraft across the country has been accomplished. The fragile aircraft, which makes power on its solar-cell-covered wings and stores it in batteries, landed about 11 p.m. at JFK in New York on Saturday night with pilot Andre Borschberg at the controls. The landing came three hours early and before the iconic aircraft could take a victory lap over Manhattan and have its picture taken with the Statue of Liberty. An eight-foot tear in the fabric on the underside of the left wing prompted the crew to set down as soon as possible. The tear caused a minor balance issue but did not seriously threaten the flight. "It was supposed to be the shortest and easiest leg," Bertrand Piccard, who co-founded the project with Borschberg, said after the aircraft landed. "It was the most difficult one." And as pilots familiar with New York will attest, it wasn't just the the tear, or fatigue, or weather that gave the flight trouble: It was getting a slot at JFK.
A pilot aboard Asiana Flight 214 called for a go-around 1.5 seconds before the tail of the aircraft struck a seawall off the end of Runway 28L and San Francisco International Airport Saturday morning. At a news conference Sunday, NTSB Chairwoman Debra Hersman said the cockpit voice recorder also recorded a crew member calling for more speed seven seconds before the aircraft struck the seawall, tearing off the tail and resulting in the deaths of two passengers. She also said preliminary flight data recorder information showed the aircraft was hanging on the stall before it smacked the concrete and rotated laterally almost 180 degrees before coming to rest on the grass beside the runway. Also, CNN has obtained amateur video of the crash sequence. Meanwhile, airport officials have confirmed the glideslope of the ILS system for Runway 28L at San Francisco International Airport wasn't working at the time of the crash. That means the Boeing 777's autoland system would not have been available to the crew and they would have had only localizer guidance to the runway. Visibility was unlimited and winds were light when the 777 touched down about 1,000 feet before the normal landing point, leaving its horizontal and vertical stabilizers on the threshold before careening off the runway. Two 16-year-old Chinese girls were killed and more than 180 others were hurt, about 50 of them seriously.
The CEO of Asiana Airlines has ruled out technical issues with the aircraft involved in Saturday's landing accident in San Francisco. "For now, we acknowledge that there were no problems caused by the 777-200 plane or (its) engines," Yoon Young-doo said at a news conference in Seoul Sunday. Yoon would not be drawn into blaming the pilots aboard the aircraft, which included three experienced captains. Two people died and about 180 were injured, some seriously, in the first fatal crash of the 777. Although the aircraft was eventually heavily damaged by a post-crash fire, it appears the fire didn't take hold until after the more than 300 people aboard had gotten off the aircraft. A photo tweeted by passenger David Eun moments after the crash showed passengers walking away from the aircraft and taking cellphone photos. "I just crash landed at SFO," wrote Eun in the tweet. "Tail ripped off. Most everyone seems fine. I'm ok. Surreal..." According to USA Today the aircraft hit a seawall that surrounds the airport and stopped about 2,500 feet north beside Runway 28L. All of the 307 aboard have now been accounted for. The bodies of the two girls were found outside the aircraft.
Solar Impulse may be racing weather as it takes off on the final leg of its so-far successful flight across the U.S. The solar-powered aircraft, which has flown from San Francisco to Washington, D.C., over the last few months, is scheduled to leave Dulles Airport for JFK in New York early Saturday. Pilot Andre Borschberg is planning on wheels up at 5 a.m. on a flight that will be live streamed and include a Google Hangout with Erik Lindbergh and film producer James Cameron. ETA has been set for 2 p.m. but the weather forecast suggests the earlier the better.
A documentary filmmaker says the NTSB got it wrong (or was told to get it wrong) in its findings in the explosion and crash of a TWA Boeing 747 off Long Island in 1996. The NTSB is standing by its conclusion that a spark from wiring in a fuel tank downed the aircraft, not a missile or bomb as has been alleged. Is it worth another look?Plus: Last week, we asked AVweb readers ; click through to read what AVweb readers had to say on the subject.
Researchers at MIT have been experimenting with ionic thrusters and say their results show the technology may potentially provide a "far more efficient source of propulsion than conventional jet engines." In a news release posted in April, the university said Steven Barrett, an assistant professor of aeronautics and astronautics, and his research team have published a paper about their experiments, in which they found that "ionic wind" produces 110 newtons of thrust per kilowatt, compared with a jet engine's 2 newtons per kilowatt. "Ionic wind" is the colloquial term to describe the phenomenon known as electrohydrodynamic thrust, or a wind which is produced when a current passes between two electrodes -- one thinner than the other. If enough voltage is applied, the resulting wind can produce a thrust without the help of motors or fuel, according to MIT.
When the FAA sent EAA a bill of nearly $450,000 last month to cover expenses for air traffic controllers during AirVenture, the organization had little choice but to comply -- but at the time, Chairman Jack Pelton said "This isn't over," and this week, the EAA took its argument to a U.S. Court of Appeals. On Wednesday, EAA filed a petition with the Seventh Circuit court in Chicago, asking for a review of the case and relief from the payments demanded by the FAA. EAA says the fees were imposed without following standard notice and comment procedures, making the demand "improper and unlawful."
Later this month, AVweb will unveil a completely redesigned website and e-letter that will deliver news stories, features, video and podcasts in a fresh new format. We've had the redesign in the works for months and although we'll retain the familiar features that readers find compelling, we'll be streamlining delivery in a way that will make it easier for you find AVweb's deep well of aviation-related content and in the coming months, we'll be adding new features. Thanks to a more efficient content loading system, we'll be updating the site more frequently with breaking news.
Now that July has arrived, AirVenture is just a few weeks away, and EAA is promising a full agenda for the seven-day event. Terrafugia is bringing the latest prototype of its Transition flying car to Oshkosh for its first public airshow flight. The aircraft is scheduled to fly just before the night airshow on Wednesday, July 31, at 8 p.m. The 20-minute demo will feature conversion from driving to flying and back again, a flight demonstration, and a driving pass in front of the crowd. Another first at the show will be demo flights by "Jetman" Yves Rossy, with his unique jet-powered flying wing. Also new this year, the show will host an expanded Education & Interactive Zone with a College Park where companies and colleges can network with young people, and an expanded menu of WomenVenture events.
In Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, NTSB investigators gave reporters a briefing on their investigation into the crash of TWA Flight 800 in 1996. A documentary that raises questions about the cause of the crash is due to be released on July 17, and on June 19, the safety board received a petition for reconsideration of the board's findings and probable-cause determination regarding the crash. "This petition is currently under review," the safety board said. At the briefing, "The investigators provided a summary of the investigation," NTSB spokeswoman Kelly Nantel told AVweb. "They provided no new information. The purpose behind the briefing was to provide reporters who are not as familiar with the investigation, a briefing into all the investigative work that went into determining the findings, conclusions and probable cause."
After unanimous Senate confirmation, Anthony Foxx was sworn in as the new Secretary of Transportation Tuesday. Foxx repeated the oath to Judge Nathaniel Jones in a private ceremony attended by his family. Foxx wasted little time setting the agenda for his coming term. "Safety will remain our top priority at DOT," he said in a statement."At the same time, I will work to improve the efficiency and performance of our current transportation system while building the infrastructure we need for future generations."
Bombardier says it needs to tweak the software of its CSeries test aircraft and has delayed the maiden flight of the aircraft until sometime in late July. The company announced the decision last week even though executives had put a hard deadline of the end of June on the first flight. Bombardier spokesman Marc Duchesne told the Toronto Star the unspecified issues will be addressed and this will be the last delay in the test program. "We're in good shape. We just need a few more weeks," Duchesne said. "It's nothing over the life of a 20-year program. We're almost there."
After investigating five incidents in which commercial jetliners came close to other aircraft while arriving or departing at major U.S. airports, the NTSB said on Monday the FAA should modify the rules for air traffic controllers to ensure the safe separation of airplanes during go-around maneuvers. Conflicts at low altitude result in having to execute evasive maneuvers at low altitude and high closing speeds with little time to avoid a collision. The review of the five incidents shows that existing FAA separation standards and operating procedures are inadequate, the safety board said.
Helicopter manufacturer Sikorsky sent layoff notices to 200 workers last week, according to local news sources. The helicopter manufacturer, based in Stratford, Conn., told the Hartford Business Journal that government spending is being cut in the U.S. and internationally, and many customers are delaying purchase decisions as economic uncertainty persists. "Given all this, we must do all we can to protect our competitiveness while continuing to invest in our future," said Sikorsky spokesman Paul Jackson. Sikorsky employs about 16,000 people around the world, including about 8,600 in Connecticut, according to the HBJ.