The biggest gathering of Dakotas in 75 years. More than thirty Douglas DC-3 Dakotas and C-47 Skytrains, as well as hundreds of paratroopers, will mark 75 years since the D-Day invasion heralded the liberation of Western Europe. Daks from as far away as the USA, Canada, and Australia will join others from Europe. In the first phase, the aircraft will gather at the UK’s Duxford Airfield from 2-5 June. On 5 June, some 250 men and women in WW2 style uniforms will board the Daks for the flight to Normandy, where they will commemorate the historic jump that preceded the D-Day Landings. Daks Over Normandy will be repeated at Caen Carpiquet Airport in Normandy, France from 5-9 June. The events will include static and flying displays, as well as meet-and-greets and the chance to board Dakotas. Tickets will only be available in advance.
A new on-demand service that matches travelers with professional pilots and GA aircraft. Also, a turboprop with one third of the parts 3D printed, more on the American uncontained engine failure, recovery parachutes for larger aircraft, flexible airplane wings, Southwest pilots ratify a new contract, and enlisted pilots for remotely piloted aircraft.
Rod Rakic co-founded OpenAirplane in 2013 to make renting an airplane as easy as renting a car. The “universal pilot checkout” resets the clock on the flight review, offers a renter’s insurance discount, and gives pilots access to the same make and model of aircraft across the U.S.
Now the company has launched FlyOtto, a new service that matches travelers with professional pilots and certified general aviation aircraft. On-demand private charter avoids the hassles of major commercial airports and increases the utilization of the GA fleet. FlyOtto takes advantage of the over 5,000 public use airports in the U.S.
A pioneer in the development of innovative experiences, Rod has spent 20 years creating online products that enhance and manage brands. In 2007, he co-founded myTransponder, a pioneering social media tool for aviation. Rod has years of experience developing tools and community specific to the aviation industry.
Rod started flying when he was sixteen and holds an FAA commercial pilot certificate with an instrument rating.
General Electric has tested the a-CT7 demonstrator engine which incorporates a very high percentage of “3D printed” parts. In the Advanced Turboprop (ATP) engine to come, 12 printed parts are planned to replace 855 conventionally manufactured parts. The ATP will power the all-new Cessna Denali single-engine turboprop aircraft.
In a preliminary report, investigators say the failed turbine disk that exploded on American Airlines Flight 383 showed evidence of an internal anomaly at the source of some fatigue cracking.
Aviation Safety Resources (ARS) is working on the TriChute Safe Landing system that could be used on larger aircraft, such as the 8,000-pound Cessna Caravan. When this system is activated, the fuel-laden wings separate from the fuselage, and all three portions of the aircraft descend under their own parachutes.
Researchers from MIT, the University of California Santa Cruz, and NASA are working to develop flexible wing technology. This concept uses an “array of tiny, lightweight structural pieces” called “digital materials” that twist “when put under pressure from a pair of motors on the wingtip.”
Southwest Airlines says its pilots ratified a new collective bargaining agreement. The Southwest Airlines Pilots’ Association (SWAPA) says 84 percent of the pilots who voted were in favor of the new contract. SWAPA announced the deal means a 15 percent pay raise, with a 3 percent annual increase through 2020. Also, pilots are no longer required to contribute to the pension plan.
The U.S. Air Force has an initiative to train enlisted Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) pilots for RQ-4 Global Hawk missions. The October 12 Enlisted Pilot Initial Class (EPIC) included four enlisted students along with twenty commissioned officers.
Airplane of the Week
David asks for your help to decide which aviation book to review next. Review Que: I need your help.
FAA Safety Briefing November/December 2016 (PDF), Why Can’t I Uber with my Airplane?
Airplane Geeks Mission Control by the Art Department at ThrombyAir.com.
Max Trescott was the 2008 National CFI of the Year and produces training books, CD’s, and iPhone GPS guides. Max knows flying and how to teach it like few others. He’s a frequent speaker at AOPA Aviation Summits and this year’s event was no exception – Max presented on flying the new WAS-based approaches and also tips for learning to fly a glass-based cockpit. We talk with Max about the Aviation Summit in Palm Springs which launched with the Parade of Planes and saw many interesting announcements and product introductions.
The week’s aviation news:
- 24 Miles, 4 Minutes and 834 M.P.H., All in One Jump.
- Qatar Airways to join Oneworld Alliance.
- All Three Airline Alliances Undergoing Big Changes.
- AA pilots picket oneworld welcome ceremony for Qatar Airways.
- Airline passenger arrested wearing bulletproof vest, flying with bizarre weapons cache was mostly playing by airport security rules.
- Feds: Passenger had murder directions on computer.
In this week’s Australia Desk report:
An RAAF Air Traffic Controller is stood down pending an investigation after a “Loss of separation assurance” incident near Darwin, Fiji Airways reveals new A330 livery, Avalon Airport in Victoria given approval to become Melbourne’s second international airport, the Federal Government grants formal approval for the Qantas/Emirates deal, RAAF AP3-C Orions from 10SQN returning to Australia after 10 years continuous deployment in the Middle East.
Find more from Grant and Steve at the Plane Crazy Down Under podcast, and follow the show on Twitter at @pcdu Steve’s at @stevevisscher and Grant at @falcon124. Australia Desk archives can be found at www.australiadesk.net.
In this week’s Across the Pond segment:
We continue the Royal Navy Historic Flight Mini series with a look at the Sea Fury.
Pieter continues our behind the scenes look at the Royal Navy Historic Flight. This week we get to talk to Chief Engineer Howard Reed about the rebuild of the Swordfish and what it takes to get it and then keep it air worthy. For more see Royal Navy Historic Flight and Fly Navy Heritage Trust.
Listener Jodi’s 1978 Cessna 152
- AOPA Flying Club Finder.
- West Valley Flying Club.
- China Clipper DVD in Amazon.com.
- Pub near Dulles Airport lets patrons listen in as air-traffic controllers talk to pilots (O’Malley’s Pub, in the airport’s Holiday Inn.)
- Mosquito Show 29th Sep 2012 Photos in the The Wings Over New Zealand Forum.
- D.H.98 Mosquito Photo’s Please, Just Because I love looking at them in The Aviation Forum.
- D.H. 98 Mosquito to fly in New Zealand! in FerrariChat.
- Legal Fee Voyeurism: American Airlines’s Big-Time Bankruptcy Bills.
Opening and closing music courtesy Brother Love from the Album Of The Year CD. You can find his great music at www.brotherloverocks.com.