You know you're having a bad day when a flight goes so bad that you feel you must resort to using a parachute to see you safely through the flight… and then the chute malfunctions. That's exactly what happened last Thursday to Cirrus Pilot Tim Valentine while enroute from Addison, TX to Kansas. Valentine spoke at length with ANN shortly after the incident saying he experienced an instrumentation failure at 7,000 feet and "in the soup" while trying to avoid the backside of a thunderstorm. With the loss of his HSI and autopilot and a suspect attitude indicator, he decided to hit the silk by deploying the CAPS… a system that had been repacked the year before in accordance with the lifetime limits established by Cirrus. On Thursday the team operating NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity received confirmation in a transmission from the red planet that the rover drove 263 feet, bringing Opportunity's total odometry since landing on Mars in January 2004 to 22.220 statute miles, a new NASA record. Air tour operator Florida Biplanes & Helicopters thinks it will be able to attract passengers going to and from cruises at Port Canaveral to take an aerial tour of the area. To do so FB&H founder Mark Grainger is seeking permission to operate from a helipad in a nearby commercial district, but some neighboring businesses, such as Florida Beer Co., say his R44 helo is too loud! All this... and MORE in today's episode of Airborne!!!
Airborne 05.21.13 is chock full of info about the half-week period ending Tuesday, May 21st, 2013... Presented by Aero-TV veteran videographer and Airborne Host Ashley Hale, and supported by ANN CEO/Editor-In-Chief Jim Campbell, Chief Videographer Nathan Cremisino, and Aero-Journalists Tom Patton, and Glen Moyer, this episode covers:
Cirrus Chute Deployment Fails Over Texas, Pilot Still Makes Safe Landing
Nine-Year-Old Mars Rover Passes 40-Year-Old Record
Florida Air Tour Company Hopes To Add Helicopter Location
Air Force Awards Primary Trainer Contract To Beechcraft
U.S. Citizen Pleads Guilty To Attempted Plane Sale To Iran
Pilatus PC-12 Fleet Reaches 4 Million Hour Milestone
Report: 34,000 Airliners Needed During 2011-2031
AVW: Maule Nation
Online Fundraising Campaign Underway To Restore SF Fleet Week Air Show
Plane Diverted When Captain Was Locked Out Of The Cockpit
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