Aircraft Spruce Annual West
Coast Super Sale & Fly-In
Aircraft Spruce West
will be holding their annual Super Sale
on Saturday, October 6, 2012
from 7:00am to 3:00pm in Corona, California. Come and join the Aircraft
Spruce team and vendors for lunch, special pricing, vendor
demonstrations, and educational seminars. Lots of opportunities to win
raffle prizes from some of your favorite vendors. A no-cost shuttle will
be offered to and from Corona Airport. For more information, call
1 (877) 4‑SPRUCE
FOSTERS FLYING CLUBS
AOPA says it's tapping an underused
resource by offering some structure and incentive to build the flying
club population in the U.S. In a podcast
interview with AVweb, Adam Smith, head of AOPA's new Center
to Advance the Pilot Community, said there are about 650 flying clubs in
the U.S. and the goal is to have up to 2,000. He said most flying clubs
do tremendous work in the areas of promotion, training and fostering of
grass roots aviation but they do so in isolation. AOPA, which has done a
study on flying clubs, will unveil the full program at next week's AOPA
Summit in Palm Springs, Calif. It hopes to build a network of flying
clubs with transferrable benefits and common strategies for the growth
of the pilot community. More...
AOPA LOOKS TO FLYING CLUBS
Flying clubs do a great job of
fostering GA, but AOPA believes that benefit can be compounded. It's
launching a major effort to help out existing clubs and create new ones.
AOPA's Adam Smith spoke with AVweb's Mary
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DEFENDS BUSINESS ACTIVITIES
AOPA President Craig Fuller says
he's puzzled by the reaction of three aviation companies to the
organization's move to modernize its flight planning product. In a Sept.
25 letter (PDF)
to Fuller last week that was made public this week, the companies
complained that AOPA was competing directly with them when it should be
paying more attention to its core functions of advocacy and building the
pilot population. "... we believe AOPA products and initiatives that
detract from the organization's main goals are bad for members and the
industry in general," the letter read. "And, as advertisers, we feel our
financial contributions are furthering these initiatives that will
ultimately compete with our own products - essentially we are
funding a competitor." So far, only Sporty's Pilot Shop has publicly
acknowledged its participation in the letter. AVweb has confirmed
the identities of the other companies but has not been told by either
that they are willing to go on the record with their complaints.
Sporty's CEO Michael Wolf told AVweb his company has a long
history of cooperation with AOPA but is concerned by the "new direction"
of the organization. "They're getting into business and they're becoming
our competitors rather than our partners," Wolf said. But Fuller said
AOPA has been offering products and services that compete with those of
some of its advertisers for decades and the updated flight planning
platform, called FlyQ, is an extension of that. More...
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A meticulously restored and rare 1934 De
Havilland DH84 Dragon with six aboard went missing Monday northwest of
Brisbane, Australia, and its wreckage was found Wednesday in bushland
near Mount Kandanga, with no survivors. Weather conditions at the time
of the aircraft's afternoon flight, Monday, included low-level clouds.
The restored aircraft was not equipped for instrument flight and two
hours into the fatal flight, the Dragon's pilot, Des Porter, contacted
air traffic controllers for help, saying he'd been flying up and down
through clouds trying to establish his location, according to the HeraldSun.com. Rescue teams located the aircraft's
wreckage with the aid of mobile phone technology by tracking a signal
from a phone that was still operating, post-crash. More...
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LightSquared has filed an application with the
Federal Communications Commission to revive its broadband proposal
without, it says, interfering with GPS signals. According to Broadcast Engineering, LightSquared, which went
bankrupt last May when its first application was rejected by the FCC,
says it would like to initially use a 5 MHz sliver of radio spectrum it
says did not interfere with GPS signals during testing. It also hopes to
share a 5 MHz slice of spectrum owned by the federal government to carry
signals for the ambitious nationwide LTE wireless system. It has not,
however, given up on using the 10 MHz slice of spectrum it owns that was
shown to interfere with GPS. More...
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CRASH TO AIR ON DISCOVERY CHANNEL
The deliberate crash of a
Boeing 727 will be the topic of a new Discovery channel program,
Curiosity, which airs this Sunday night (9 p.m. Eastern, 8 p.m.
Central time). No airplane of this size has been crashed for science
since 1984, according to the channel's website, when NASA and the FAA
crashed a Boeing 720 to see what would happen. Discovery strapped
several crash-test dummies into the fuselage, filled it with cameras,
and enlisted a panel of experts to analyze the results. A single pilot
flew the jet until it was on course for its final destination, above a
Mexican desert, then parachuted out. The 727 was flown into the ground
at a shallow angle by a remote operator in a chase plane, breaking up on
FEATURE COMING FROM AVWEB
Beginning next week, AVweb
will step up its coverage of general aviation with a new news feed
called Friday Features. Each week, we'll be offering in-depth reporting
on products, services and companies that we're sure will be of interest
to our readers. Our focus will be primarily on stories related to
aircraft upgrades, repair and refurbishment, but we'll also be covering
new products of interest to all pilots. Twice a month, we'll also
feature articles on safety, maintenance and instrument operations
condensed from Belvoir Media Group's widely read aviation print
publications. We'll continue to offer audio podcasts as part of Friday
Features. If you have a topic in mind, drop
us a line. We'd love to hear from you. More...
Ascension Scattering: A
Dignified Final Tribute for Any Aviator
Using a high-performance sailplane, Ascension Scattering
releases cremated remains into strong thermals over the Rocky Mountains.
The ashes are carried heavenward, making them part of the sky. Your
family is invited to personalize the release to create an individualized
memorial event. Optional video of the release serves as a lasting
memorial. Contact Aerial Tribute
to book an eternal flight,
either as an advanced arrangement for yourself or as an arrangement for
a loved one.
Click here for a video overview.
SMALL AIRCRAFT EXEMPTION RENEWED BY FAA
The FAA has extended
an exemption that allows operators of certain small aircraft to be
reimbursed for expenses, NBAA said last week. Operators must be NBAA
members to qualify for the exemption, which allows for cost sharing in
situations such as transporting a guest on a company aircraft or the use
of an aircraft by employees of a subsidiary company. The exemption
applies to Part 91 operators of piston airplanes, small airplanes, and
all helicopters. The extension expires on March 31. More...
EXPANDS IN N.C.
Honda Aircraft Co. is working to expand its
facilities in Greensboro, N.C., the company said last week, starting
construction of a maintenance, repair and overhaul facility to service
the coming fleet of HondaJets. The 90,000-square-foot $20-million
building will support up to 12 aircraft at a time, and also has space
for workshops, a pilot's lounge, conference rooms, a flight-planning
area, and spare-parts storage. The facility will operate seven days a
week, around the clock, Honda said, and will be ready for occupancy by
the second half of next year, in advance of first deliveries. "It is my
commitment to build the best maintenance, repair and overhaul facility
to serve the HondaJet customer," said Honda Aircraft CEO Michimasa
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SUPER LEGEND FLIGHT TRIAL
gained success with its popular Legend Cub, and now it's followed up
with a new Lycoming-powered version of the airplane. If you like the
Super Cub, you'll like the Super Legend, too, because its performance is
quite similar. AVweb ventured to Legend's Sulphur Spring, Texas,
homebase to fly the airplane, and here's a video report on the flight.
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OF THE WEEK: TRADITION AVIATION (KTRM, PALM SPRINGS,
AVweb's latest "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to
Aviation at Jacqueline Cochran Regional Airport (KTRM) in Palm
AVweb reader Ted Seastrom
recommended the FBO:
months, KTRM was my home airport. This recommendation is based not on
just one experience but the consistency of dozens of experiences under
all conditions. Tradition Aviation, run by Penny Nelson and Ann Goodwyn,
is simply a jewel everything an FBO can and should be. Every
person there is competent, friendly, and professional. It's obvious they
love aviation and support pilots, passengers, and crew with energy and
enthusiasm. Planes are met, escorted, and attended to with efficiency.
The building itself has a rustic feel to it while offering the most
up-to-date amenities. Everyone is made to feel welcome from
corporate moguls and their jets to new private pilots. Tradition is a
case study in FBO excellence.
Keep those nominations
coming. For complete contest rules, click
AVweb is actively seeking out the best FBOs in
the country and another one, submitted by you, will be spotlighted here
next Monday! More...
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