This Week in Aviation

senne Senne Vandenputte   /   Aug 11, 2017   /   0   /   6 min read  /  113   /

This Week in Aviation

At the end of every week, we publish a summary of what happened in aviation the past week.

Here's this week's roundup!

NTSB completes Icon investigation

The NTSB on Tuesday released its final report on the Icon A5 crash on May 8 that took the lives of two Icon employees, pilot Jon Karkow and passenger Cagri Sever. The investigators found the probable cause of the accident was “the pilot's failure to maintain clearance from terrain while maneuvering at a low altitude.” Contributing to the accident was the pilot's mistaken entry into a canyon surrounded by steep rising terrain while at a low altitude, for reasons that could not be determined. The investigators didn’t find any mechanical problem or failure with the aircraft that contributed to the accident. They did report that in examining the wreckage, they found that the ballistic parachute handle was partially extended, and the pin was removed.

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Pilotless transport aircraft by 2025 says UBS

A report by the Swiss financial services company UBS says pilotless aircraft may take to the skies carrying cargo and passengers by 2025. The report estimates airlines would save $35 billion per year from decreased labor costs, reduced training expenses, improved fuel economy and cheaper insurance. One big hedge on the arrival date for unmanned transport aircraft: The 2025 estimate provided by UBS is for technical feasibility only. Proposing a date by which such an aircraft would be acceptable to regulators and passengers calls for a higher degree of speculation. UBS discovered a significant minority of people would be willing to fly in an aircraft without a pilot today (46%) and surmised that public opinion may shift rapidly towards unpiloted aircraft when faced with reduced fares and evidence of improved safety.

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Three missing in Osprey accident

The Marine Corps has abandoned hope of finding alive three Marines missing after their MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft went down off the northeast coast of Australia on Saturday. The other 23 personnel aboard the Osprey were rescued and only one of them had to be admitted to the hospital. The aircraft was taking part in a training exercise with Australian forces when the “mishap” occurred. At first, the Marines and Australians mounted a massive search but after about 14 hours it became a recovery mission.

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FAA proposes emergency AD for Lycoming rods

The FAA Wednesday evening proposed an emergency airworthiness directive requiring owners of Lycoming engines to inspect and potentially replace off-spec connecting rod small-end bushings in Lycoming engines overhauled during the 2015 to 2016 time period. The AD codifies the procedures found in Lycoming's Mandatory Service Bulletin SB 632 released last month.

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Airbus Perlan Mission II reaches new high altitude

Airbus Perlan Mission II, an initiative to fly a glider without an engine to the edge of space to collect insights on climate change, weather and high-altitude flight, reached a new high altitude the week of Aug. 2, 2017, in its second season of flight testing in El Calafate, Argentina.

Pilots Jim Payne, Morgan Sandercock, Tim Gardner, and Miguel Iturmendi soared the pressurized Perlan 2 glider in a series of flights reaching a maximum altitude, to date, of 32,500 feet.

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Piper records second quarter hike in deliveries and revenues

Piper Aircraft has recorded a 30% increase in deliveries of its business and general aviation aircraft family for the second quarter of 2017, thanks to strong performance from the single-engined Archer and M600, and its recent decision to adopt a build-to-order strategy for its nine-strong line-up.

For the three months ended 30 June, the Vero Beach, Florida-based manufacturer delivered 32 single- and twin-engined aircraft, compared with 19 units for the same period last year. Revenues climbed to $52.1 million – up $10.7 million from the second quarter of 2016.

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Tecnam gains European validation for latest P2006T

Italian airframer Tecnam has secured European certification for the next-generation P2006T piston-twin, following its launch in April.

The upgraded model features the Garmin G1000NXi flightdeck – the latest iteration of the G1000 line – ADS-B In and Out as standard, and a host of interior upgrades, including a new seat design with electronic switches to control height and comfort, and an improved lighting system. US validation is expected shortly, says Tecnam.

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European bizav flying continues upward trajectory

Business aviation flying last month in Europe climbed 2.5 percent year-over-year, to 87,826 departures, and the year-to-date trend is up 3 percent, an increase of 13,950 flights from 2016, according to data released today by WingX Advance. “July is the peak month so far in 2017…and is also only 1 percent down from pre-crisis July 2008,” the business aviation data firm said.

Following the trend so far this summer in Europe, the strongest expansion in flight activity last month was in the Mediterranean, with business aviation flying rising 7 percent year-over-year in Spain and double-digit growth in flights from Turkey and Greece. Germany and the UK also saw gains of 5 percent and 2 percent, respectively. Both countries have year-to-date growth trends approaching 4 percent, WingX said.

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U.S. Military can now track and destroy your drones

Between hobbyist racing and freestyling custom quadcopters, everyday-consumers buying anything available from Walmart or Amazon, and professional UAS operators flying $10,000 rigs for paid jobs, there are more drones filling airspace than ever before, and the numbers are only going to increase.

While most drone operators follow the rules, not everyone does, a fact that has become a nuisance for the armed forces. The Department of Defense decided it has become a serious enough threat to the safety and security of its installations, aviation and people that it sent new guidelines for its interactions “with local communities about UAS restrictions on and near military installations,” on August 4.

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Senne Vandenputte

As a 21-year-old Belgian Business Management student, web designer, glider pilot, aviation blogger and founder of Hangar.Flights, Senne is passionate about aviation. He started gliding at age 14 and flew his first solo at 15. Now, he spends his time writing about aviation, creating and designing things, traveling, studying and of course, flying.

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