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Volume 8, Number 50
December 29, 2010
 
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AVflash! Safety Equipment in the Spotlightback to top 
 

SOME TCAS UNITS MISS TRAFFIC, FAA SAYS
The traffic alert and collision avoidance systems used in thousands of aircraft need to be upgraded, the FAA said this week, to prevent them from missing targets in high-density areas. During a flight test, a TCAS unit built by Aviation Communications & Surveillance Systems (ACSS) dropped several aircraft tracks because of interference limiting, the FAA said. The dropped tracks could "compromise separation of air traffic and lead to subsequent mid-air collisions," according to the proposed airworthiness directive. The fix will cost about $3,000 per airplane, the FAA said. The units are installed on about 7,000 aircraft operated by U.S. airlines and more than 1,800 business aircraft, an FAA spokeswoman told The Wall Street Journal. More...

 
Lightspeed Aviation || Change Your Mind
Lightpseed Aviation Tops ProPilot's Annual
Headset Preference Survey

For the 10th year of their independently conducted survey, readers were asked to rate aviation headset performance based on six categories — clarity, comfort, technical advancement, durability, product support, and value for price. Coming in second was Bose, followed by Telex, Sennheiser, and David Clark. The entire survey appears in ProPilot's December 2010 issue. For more information about Lightspeed headsets, go to LightspeedAviation.com.
 
Keeping Up with the Joneses: Airliner Editionback to top 
 

BOEING PRESSURED FOR RE-ENGINED 737
Boeing is coming under increasing pressure to follow Airbus's lead and come up with a fuel-efficient version of its single-aisle airliner. A couple of weeks ago, Airbus announced it would offer a re-engined A320 equipped with either Pratt and Whitney's geared turbofan or GE's next-generation engines. Boeing has been hinting it will go for all-out replacement of the 737 with the new aircraft borrowing heavily from technology developed for the 787 Dreamliner, which has suffered numerous developmental setbacks. The earliest a new 737 could be ready is about 10 years from now and Boeing customers are worried that they'll lose ground to competitors flying the new A320s, which will be 15 percent more efficient and ready in 2016. Bombardier is also launching the state-of-the-art CSeries airliners in the next few years and claiming major efficiency advantages in the design. Boeing's biggest 737 customer isn't pulling any punches about its concerns. More...

 
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PiperJet Altaire — Efficiency, Meet Performance
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Click here to find out more about the PiperJet Altaire.
 
MASS Fractional Ownership a Realityback to top 
 

FRACTIONAL OFFERS MULTIPLE AIRCRAFT ACCESS
AirShares Elite, a fractional ownership company that maintains a fleet of Cirrus SR22 aircraft in 19 U.S. cities, is offering a new wrinkle in the frax market for its big customers. Owners can now book multiple aircraft simultaneously in different cities. "This can be particularly advantageous for national businesses, as a customer with offices in New York, Los Angeles, and Atlanta could fly an airplane in all three locations at the same time, yet they only have to pay for a fraction of a single plane," AirShares founder David Lee said in a news release. More...

 
Diamond Aircraft
Find Out Why Leading Flight Training Schools Fly Diamond!
Diamond offers the only complete modern fleet of technically-advanced training aircraft, along with model-specific flight training devices and a safety record that is second to none. Call now to find out why leading flight training schools around the globe fly Diamond Aircraft.
 
Mississippi Governor's Jetsetting Draws Fireback to top 
 

BILL WOULD STRIP GOVERNOR OF JET
Mississippi Democrats have introduced a bill in the state legislature to strip Gov. Haley Barbour of his use of the state's Cessna Citation amid growing scrutiny of the flamboyant potential presidential candidate's use of the aircraft. Critics allege many of the trips Barbour takes with the jet have more to do with his presidential ambitions or personal interests. Although Barbour does reimburse the state for some use of the plane, Democrats claim to have uncovered flights paid for by the state that they say are thinly veiled personal or political junkets. More...

 
TAS600 from Avidyne || Dual-Antenna 
Traffic || Now Just $8,490
See What You've Been Missing!
Active-Surveillance Traffic Now Available Starting at $8,490

Avidyne announces new full-featured TAS605 and TAS615 models, along with the lowest price available for dual-antenna, active traffic with our TAS600. All TAS600 Series systems provide timely audible and visual alerts with the precise location of conflicting traffic. Patented Top & Bottom directional antennas detect other aircraft sooner and more accurately. Avidyne's TAS600 Series are the smallest, lightest, best performing, and most affordable active TAS systems available. Click here to learn more about the TAS600 Traffic Systems.
 
LSAs Gone Proback to top 
 

LSA TO FIGHT FIRES IN ECUADOR
Light sport airplanes are generally considered to be for fun flying, but a fire department in Ecuador this week took delivery of a Flight Design LSA to use as its aerial support unit. Hugh Cobo, leader of the Air Volunteer Fire Department in Bomberos de Cuenca, said he chose the CTLS as the department's first airplane because it met the required needs for safety and performance while keeping costs low for acquisition and operation. "The aircraft will certainly improve the fire department's response capability, giving more and better information about different emergencies," Cobo said. "As the Cuenca's Fire Department supports other fire departments in the region and nationwide, the CTLS will be a helpful tool we can depend upon." More...

 
Rediscover Jet City!
Make King County International Airport/Boeing Field your flight destination! Conveniently located just 5 miles from downtown Seattle, KBFI is positioned in the center of the growing economy of the Puget Sound region, serving as a hub for business travel, private jets, and general aviation travel. Partner with aviation experts when you fly to Seattle. Make your destination King County International Airport/Boeing Field! For more information, visit online.
 
Opinion & Commentaryback to top 
 

AVWEB INSIDER BLOG: WHAT NOW, FLIGHTPREP?
FlightPrep isn't just taking on RunwayFinder in its patent enforcement lawsuit. It's taking on the whole aviation community — and that could be a big fight. On the AVweb Insider blog, Russ Niles explains why it may be time for FlightPrep to rethink its patent enforcement strategy. Read more and join the conversation. More...

AVWEB INSIDER BLOG: UNEXPECTED PLEASURES — CUB LANDINGS
What's better — pottering around the pattern yourself in a J-3 Cub, or watching your student nail his landings on a turn runway? On the AVweb Insider blog, Paul Bertorelli suggests it's a toss-up. Read more and join the conversation.

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WingX Pro 7 || Moving Map for the iPad || 
Hilton Software
WingX Pro7 Moving Map for iPad!
The $99 Moving MapWingX Pro7 Moving Map for iPad is now available for your iPad. See your location on the approach chart; Approach Charts and Airport Diagrams are now geo-referenced*, and all are stored right on the iPad! WingX Pro7's interactive moving map displays Class B, C, and D airspaces; animated weather images; A/FD; AOPA Directory with Yelp integration; route planning, FARs, METARS, TAFS, winds, and temperatures aloft; TFRs' text and graphics; an E6B; and more. WingX is also available for Windows Mobile, Blackberry, and Android. Click here for more information.
 
AVweb Media: Look, Listen, Laugh and Learnback to top 
 

VIDEO: IFR MAGAZINE SHOWS YOU HOW TO USE A GPS FOR NDB-ONLY APPROACHES
You can't legally fly an NDB approach in the clouds using a GPS unless it says "or GPS" in the title. But there's nothing that says you can't practice VFR what it's like to fly an approach with a bearing pointer and no moving maps. Come along with IFR magazine editor-in-chief Jeff Van West and see how to make your glass cockpit (or portable GPS) go retro to fly an old-school NDB approach just for the fun and proficiency of it. More...

VIDEO: ECLIPSE JET FLIGHT DEMO
As Eclipse Aerospace tries to put the pieces together following the bankruptcy of the original company in 2008, it's busily modifying the 259 existing airframes. AVweb recently flew one of the upgraded models with owner David Green. The airplane is fast, comfortable, and a blast to fly. More...

 
Bonus Depreciation Stories and Resources 
on AVweb.com
Fantastic Pricing and Tax Incentives make 2010 an ideal time to buy or upgrade an aircraft. We've compiled special offers on new or used planes, avionics, engines and more on the resource page. The pricing, rebates or incentives are available to everyone. Consult your tax advisor regarding the potential bonus depreciation benefits, and check our resources page for stories, podcasts, and videos related to bonus depreciation.
 
15 Years, 15 Grand Giveawaysback to top 
 

15 GRAND GIVEAWAYS TO CELEBRATE 15 YEARS OF AVWEB: THE PRIZE WINNERS
2010 is disappearing in the rearview mirror, and over the course of AVweb's 15th year of publishing, we gave away 15 prizes valued at least $1,000 each to our readers in celebration. It was our way to say "thank you" for your support, and we look forward to the next 15 years of covering aviation for you. Click through for a complete list of winners. More...

 
'Flying High Performance Singles and 
Twins' by John C. Eckalbar || Available at AVwebBooks.com
Flying High Performance Singles & Twins
For serious pilots who now find themselves in command of elaborately equipped high-performance airplanes and engines. This book teaches those systems in detail and pursues a deeper understanding of engines, turbo chargers, intercoolers, pressurization, flight directors, radar, icing systems, partial panel flight, aerodynamics and operarations at higher speeds and altitudes, and more.

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The Top Reporter on Our Crack Staff ... Is You!back to top 
 

AVWEB'S NEWSTIPS ADDRESS ...
Our best stories start with you. If you've heard something 200,000 pilots might want to know about, tell us. Submit news tips via email to newstips@avweb.com. What have you heard? More...

 
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Names Behind the Newsback to top 
 

MEET THE AVWEBBIZ TEAM

AVwebBiz is a weekly summary of the latest business aviation news, articles, products, features, and events featured on AVweb, the internet's aviation magazine and news service.

The AVwebBiz team is:

Publisher
Timothy Cole

Editorial Director, Aviation Publications
Paul Bertorelli

Editor-in-Chief
Russ Niles

Contributing Editors
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Glenn Pew

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Kevin Lane-Cummings

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