October 25, 2011
By Sarah Brown
Investigators were unable to retrieve on-board video from badly damaged equipment recovered from the site of a fatal crash during the National Championship Air Races in Reno, Nev., Sept. 16, the National Transportation Safety Board announced Oct. 21.
Investigators had hoped to analyze data from an on-board camera system and another system that recorded data on memory cards and using telemetry. They were unable to retrieve video from memory cards and components found in the debris field, the NTSB said, but are still examining a memory card taken from the on-board telemetry unit of the aircraft to determine if data can be retrieved.
The modified P-51D Mustang was in a steep left turn toward the home pylon when it began a series of abrupt changes in roll and pitch, according to the NTSB preliminary report. It impacted the box seat area at Reno/Stead Airport in an extremely nose-low attitude, killing pilot Jimmy Leeward and 10 others and injuring scores.
The board said investigators continue to examine additional telemetry data that was transmitted from the accident aircraft to the race crew on the ground, as well as review dozens of videos and hundreds of photographs provided by spectators.
The Flying Physicians Association (FPA) has become the latest group to lend support to third-class medical reform and urge government officials to speed up their review of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). The NPRM would expand the number of pilots who could fly without needing to obtain a third-class medical certificate, a standard that has been successfully used by sport pilots for a decade.
California pilot Christopher Braun has created a revamped version of the cleco plier that is said to be lighter and more ergonomic.
There is no shortage of pilots in eastern Washington, but there does seem to be a scarcity of clubs in that part of the country.
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