AVwebFlash Complete Issue: Volume 13, Number 51b

December 20, 2007

By The AVweb Editorial Staff
Zulu Time ... From Lightspeed
The new Zulu headset looks different because it is different. Made with magnesium, stainless steel, and four types of composite plastics, it's extremely durable and yet weighs just over 13 ounces. Rather than concentrating purely on cutting decibels, Lightspeed engineers looked at how pilots perceive noise at different frequencies. You get broader noise attenuation over the entire audible range. Zulu has more total noise cancellation than any headset on the market. Click here for a dealer near you.
ATG Javelin Plans Waylaid (For Now, At Least) back to top 
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ATG Javelin Waiting On Funds

ATG, which hopes to one day see production of its tandem-seat twin-turbofan executive Javelin jet, announced yesterday that it will halt the jet's development. "Due to circumstances beyond ATG's control, it is unlikely that adequate funding can be secured in a timely manner," the company said through an e-mail Tuesday. It seems a 12-month search to secure funding for the high-performance business jet/military trainer has come up short, and the company says plans for its future will be decided "after proper communication with our strategic business partner."

In January, ATG announced that Action Aviation had placed firm orders for 40 Javelin jets worth $120 million for delivery over a period of eight years from certification. The $2.75 million Javelin jet had been designed to cruise near 500 knots and stall near 90 knots, powered by two 1800-lb-thrust Williams FJ33 engines providing a long-range economy cruise near 1,000 nm.

Available Now at Aircraft Spruce — The Kelly E-Drive Aircraft Starter
There is no longer a need to replace overload devices (shear pins) after a kick-back event. Kelly Aerospace's E-drive is unaffected by kick-backs, saving hours of service time and replacement costs. The engine and starter are both protected by a proprietary torque-limiting clutch drive design, using absolutely no automotive aftermarket parts! Kelly products are now available through Aircraft Spruce. Call 1-877-4-SPRUCE or visit Aircraft Spruce online
EAA Responds to Regional Fly-In Concerns back to top 

EAA: Regional Fly-Ins Are Doing Okay

Despite the recent decision by organizers of the Texas Fly-In (aka the Southwest Regional Fly-In) to cancel next year's event, no other regional fly-ins are expected to fold, EAA spokesman Dick Knapinski told AVweb on Tuesday. He said that in the past, the regional fly-ins -- which are individually managed events with various kinds of ties to EAA, but are not run by EAA -- have been helped by EAA to get insurance. They could apply for policies "under our umbrella," Knapinski said, though they paid for coverage themselves. That model has now become unworkable, and EAA is working with the regional fly-ins to help them negotiate their own individual coverage with insurers.

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Staying Safe in Busy Airspaces back to top 

Uncharted Tower Causes Confusion

Despite a NOTAM, a remark in the ATIS and signs in the terminal building, a few pilots — including some locals — have attempted to land at the Easton/Newman Field Airport (ESN), in Maryland, without a clearance from the new control tower, which opened Nov. 15. Airport Manager Mike Henry told AVweb that controllers monitor the airport's common traffic advisory frequency to herd approaching aircraft that are not talking to the tower, which does not yet have a radar feed from the Potomac TRACON (terminal radar approach control). Henry said a pilot based at ESN recently landed on Runway 15 while the tower was working traffic on Runway 4. Fortunately there was no incursion, but the pilot did get an official slap on the wrist, according to controllers.

The tower won't appear on any charts until Feb. 14, when the Class D airspace kicks in. Right now the airport is Class G at the surface but FAR Part 91 requires pilots to establish two-way communications with any control tower regardless of the airspace it's in. A source at the FAA's National Flight Data Center told AVweb that the chart update could be delayed if any operational problems arise over the next few weeks. If so, Easton would continue to be depicted in magenta with a note that the airspace is Class D by NOTAM.

DOT Will Appoint "Airspace Czar" for New York

U.S. Transportation Secretary Mary Peters announced on Wednesday that she will appoint an aviation "czar" to coordinate regional airspace issues and address the problems of congestion and delays in New York's busy airspace. The czar will serve as director of the newly created New York Integration Office. Some new measures will be put in place now and others are in the works for next summer. "These new measures will cut delays, protect consumer choice, support New York's economy, and allow for new flights as we bring new capacity online," Peters said. The strategies will include new takeoff patterns at Newark and Philadelphia International Airport, a cap on operations per hour at JFK International Airport and allowing shorter flights to operate at lower altitudes to open more room for long-haul flights at higher altitudes.

Peters also said the FAA and Defense Department will open military airspace to commercial flights over the Atlantic seaboard from the evening of Dec. 21 to the morning of Dec. 26, and from the evening of Dec. 28 to the morning of Jan. 2. In addition, western military airspace will be opened from Dec. 21 to the morning of Jan. 2 to help accommodate flights in and out of southern California. "These Holiday Express lanes in the sky will give airlines the wiggle room they need to avoid backups, evade weather, and dodge delays," Peters said. Similar "express lanes" that were opened during the Thanksgiving travel period were met with some skepticism; it's unclear if they had any real impact on air travel congestion.

What Is the True Age of an Aircraft?
Take the Air Safety Foundation's new online course — Aging Aircraft — to learn what factors affect aircraft aging and how to mitigate their risks. You'll get invaluable tips on how to recognize the symptoms of aircraft aging. Includes complimentary Buying and Renting Guides and information on manufacturer issues. Take this no-cost, online course now.
Safe Landing for Daredevil Dick Rutan back to top 

Dick Rutan Safe After Emergency Landing

Dick Rutan has piloted many challenging flights, including going around the world nonstop in his brother's Voyager aircraft, but this Tuesday he had a close call while flying one of the simplest airplanes around -- a Cessna 150. "It was sudden, catastrophic and inexplicable," Rutan told The Associated Press. A cylinder blew, and "the engine was totally destroyed." Rutan, who was flying by himself from Mojave to Palm Springs to attend a memorial service for a friend, landed safely on a small road near Victorville about 9:30 a.m. Rutan said he was flying at about 1,000 feet when the engine died -- the AP said it was "fortunate" that he was so close to the ground, but pilots reading the story would likely wish for more altitude when the engine fails.

Rutan has faced plenty of dangerous flights in the past. He ejected from a burning F-100 in Vietnam, parachuted from a disabled balloon, and abandoned an airplane that broke through thin ice and sank at the North Pole. He told the AP he was lucky that he had clear skies and a good landing spot available when the 150's engine blew. "If I had been over the clouds and had to land on a mountain, my chance of surviving would probably be zero," Rutan said.

AFSS Is Up to Speed. And Gaining Altitude.
The new automated flight services system is here. Revolutionizing flight service operations. Reducing legacy sites. Bringing 15 upgraded sites and three hubs online. Retaining 1,200 specialists. Marrying local needs with national information sources. The result: ever-improving levels of performance. And a future of efficient, effective service that give general aviation pilots more flexibility than they've ever thought possible. To see for yourself, visit AFSS.com.
Honoring Aviation's Finest back to top 

Aviation Hall Of Fame Announces New Members

The National Aviation Hall of Fame has named its Class of 2008, honoring four individuals for their aviation achievements. The 2008 class of inductees includes Col. Clarence "Bud" Anderson, USAF (Ret.), veteran WWII triple ace and experimental test pilot; Herbert Kelleher, co-founder, former CEO, and Executive Chairman of Southwest Airlines; the late William A. Moffett, architect of naval military aviation; and Sean D. Tucker, champion aerobatic air show performer and instructor. The new members are selected by the NAHF Board of Nominations, a voting body comprising over 130 air and space professionals nationwide.

The four will be formally inducted into the Hall of Fame July 19, in Dayton, Ohio. The annual Dayton Air Show takes place that same weekend. For reservations for the Enshrinement Dinner & Ceremony, call 937-256-0944 ext.10. Seats are $150 per person. For more information visit the NAHF Web site.

Online Video Takes You To EAA's Wright Memorial Event

Aviation pioneer Burt Rutan has been known to speculate that it won't be long before flying is practically obsolete, since computers will be able to deliver a virtual-reality experience that would satisfy many of the needs that now require travel. We can all get a taste of that today, since those of us who were unable to attend EAA's fifth annual EAA Wright Brothers Memorial Dinner in the AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh, Wis., last Friday, can now watch the entire hour-and-a-half speaking program with a click of the mouse. Rutan, the scheduled speaker, was unable to attend due to illness, but astronaut Brian Binnie from Scaled Composites filled in.

Binnie is "no pinch-hitter," Rutan said in a statement. A graduate of the U.S. Navy Test Pilot School at Patuxent River, Md., Binnie has more than 4,600 flight hours in 59 aircraft types. He said there will be a news announcement from the Virgin Galactic project next month. Wil Whitehorn, Virgin Galactic CEO, said recently that the final designs for both SpaceShipTwo and White Knight II would be unveiled in January, and the White Knight carrier aircraft will be flying by July.

Make Plans Now to Attend a 2008 Savvy Aviator Seminar
Mike Busch has completed his very successful Savvy Owner Seminars for 2007. In 2008, he'll be conducting four more in Austin, Chicago, Las Vegas, and Norfolk. Sign up for one of these classes and learn how to save thousands of dollars on maintenance costs, year after year. Do it before your next annual inspection! For complete details (and to reserve your space), click here.
Meanwhile, On the Other Side of the World ... back to top 

Fun Flying In Foreign Lands

While general aviation is a great tool for personal transportation and business, it can also open up a world of adventure. For Peter Claeys, regional director for Cirrus in China and Southeast Asia, flying a Cirrus SR22 into airports where no Cirrus has gone before is just part of his job. "My role for Cirrus is to develop the business in China," he said, seeking out good sites for new sales and service centers. On some of those trips, he took along as copilot Jim Fallows, a writer for The Atlantic Monthly who is currently based in Beijing. Fallows has posted some stories and pictures from their flights at his blog, well worth a look.

Fallows owned an SR20 that he sold last year when he moved to China, so the opportunity to fly along with Claeys was welcome. "Peter had to get the plane from Japan, where it had been used for demos, down to Taiwan, where he had other demo flights scheduled, and then later to Macau," Fallows told AVweb last week. "So on the principle that it's nicer to take a long trip with a copilot than not, he asked if I wanted to come. And on the principle (on my side) that this would be fun, I said yes." Check out Jim's stories here and here.

New Zealand Air Sports Event Will Stream Online

Next week in New Zealand, the first Air Sports Live event will feature 10 different competitions, including paragliding, skydiving, helicopters and hot air ballooning, all set against a spectacular alpine backdrop. Event organizers promise "high-adrenalin viewing," with skydivers competing in a race around pylons, helicopter pilots performing "phenomenal stunts" and dramatic high-G aerobatics. If you can't be in New Zealand for this extravaganza, you can watch many of the competitions via online video. Some of the videos are pay-per-view, but still cheaper than an airline ticket to the antipodes. This week, glider competitions are under way, and next week, the 10-sport event will run Dec. 27 and 28.

Organizers say it will be the largest multi-air-sport event ever all in one place.

Diamond DA40 A Fleet Favorite
Airline Transport Professionals, Beijing PanAm, Empire Aviation, European-American Aviation, Middle Tennessee State University, Sabena Airline Training Academy, Utah Valley State College, and Utah State University have all selected the G1000-equipped Diamond DA40. For value, efficiency, and safety, the Diamond Aircraft DA40 is the fleet favorite. Go online for information on all Diamond Aircraft.
News Briefs back to top 

From Maine To Germany — So Long, Connies

The distinctive Lockheed Constellation, with its graceful curves and triple tail, represents a golden age of flight to many aviators, but now the U.S. will lose three of the remaining fleet to a buyer in Europe, The Associated Press reported on Wednesday. Maurice Roundy, of Auburn, Maine, tried for years to restore at least one of the Starliners to airworthiness. He kept two of them on his property near the airport and the third was kept at Fantasy of Flight, Kermit Weeks' aviation museum in Polk City, Fla. The airplanes were sold Tuesday at auction for $748,000, the AP said. The buyer was a division of the German airline Lufthansa, which once flew the Connies. Intentions for the aircraft were not announced but the group has restored aircraft to airworthy status in the past.

Over 800 Lockheed Constellations were built in the 1940s and 1950s, but few exist today.

On the Fly ...

An Air Force C-17 Globemaster powered by synthetic fuel flew across the country on Monday ...

The 5th annual "Living Legends of Aviation" event will be held at the Beverly Hilton in California on Jan. 24, 2008 ...

Nepal Airlines must suspend international operations while both of its 757s are down for maintenance ...

Canada's defense department this week said it will modernize and upgrade its fleet of Aurora maritime patrol aircraft to keep them flying through at least 2020.

Collier Trophy Collectible Medallion Series 3 Now Available
NAA's Collier Trophy Centennial Medallion Series 3 is now available for gift-giving or for your own collection, along with Series 1 and 2. A commemorative card encases a heavy metal medallion showing the Collier Trophy on one side and an image of the F-22 Raptor on the reverse. Series 1 reverse shows SpaceShipOne, and Series 2 reverse shows the Eclipse 500. Visit NAA's merchandise section to view and order.
New on AVweb back to top 

The Savvy Aviator #52: Thinking About Oil Changes

Changing the oil is our most frequent and routine maintenance task, so we tend to do it robotically without thought. But it's important enough that it's worth thinking about.

Click here for the full story.

Microsoft Flight Simulator X for Pilots: Chapter 18 -- GPS Approaches -- Part 2

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Microsoft Flight Simulator X is one of the most powerful PC simulators available, and practicing GPS approaches with FSX is a great way to prepare for (and decrease expense in) flight in a real plane.

Click here to read this chapter.

If You Need a Tax Deduction, This is the Perfect Cause — IRS & FAA Approved!
Build A Plane (BAP) — the non-profit organization helping children learn science, technology, engineering and mathematics by building real airplanes — is in need of aircraft donations. Any aircraft, or aircraft component, is valuable to a high school program. For complete details, call Katrina Bradshaw at (804) 843-3321, or click here for the web site.
Our Readers Make the Difference back to top 

Question of the Week: The Future of Flying

This Week's Question | Previous Week's Answers


With more and more stories on AVweb focusing on runway incursions, aging pilots, and overworked controllers, it's hard not to ask yourself Is overall aviation safety headed for a decline?

Last week, we put that question to AVweb readers, and an incredible 73% of respondents said yes, NATCA and the NTSB are right; there are too few eyes watching too many airplanes crammed into inadequate airports.

For the complete breakdown of answers, click here.
(You may be asked to register and answer, if you haven't already participated in this poll.)


It's a safe bet that (almost) all AVweb readers are big proponents of the GA lifestyle, but is that really where the future of aviation lies? As 2008 approaches, are we closer than ever to Jetsons-style aircraft for the everyman — or is flying getting so complicated and expensive that it's best left to the professionals?

What is aviation's next frontier? (Click to tell us what you think.)

Have an idea for a new "Question of the Week"? Send your suggestions to .

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Use this form to send "QOTW" comments to our AVmail Editor.

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FBO of the Week: Flightstar at Willard Airport (CMI) (Savoy, Illinois)

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AVweb's "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Flightstar at Willard Airport (CMI) in Savoy, Illinois.

AVweb reader Geoffrey Morsell recently dealt with some "winter weather" in that area and heaps praise on the team at Flightstar for helping him cope:

I arrived at CMI just prior to a week-long freezing rain event. We were scheduled to be in CMI for three days, and as luck would have it the forecast was correct; during our stay everything was coated with ice! On the morning of our scheduled departure, I called to request the aircraft be placed in a heated hanger to remove the ice coating. To my surprise, the CSR informed me that the plane had been put in a heated hanger several days ago in anticipation of our depature!

Keep those nominations coming. For complete contest rules, click here.

AVweb is actively seeking out the best FBOs in the country and another one, submitted by you, will be spotlighted here next Monday!

Only Five Shopping Days Left — Here's a Gift Idea for the Pilot on Your List
From AVweb's Holiday Marketplace: Aerovation's original pilot's hat, made of comfortable, washable 100% cotton. 1/2"-longer bill and no button on the top so you can wear your headset in comfort!

For this and many more gift ideas, go online to AVweb's Marketplace.
Reader-Submitted Photos back to top 

Picture of the Week: AVweb's Flying Photography Showcase

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Each week, we go through dozens (and sometimes hundreds) of reader-submitted photos and pick the very best to share with you on Thursday mornings.  The top photos are featured on AVweb's home page, and one photo that stands above the others is awarded an AVweb baseball cap as our "Picture of the Week."  Want to see your photo on AVweb.com?  Click here to submit it to our weekly contest.


With wint'ry weather, twinkly lights, and holiday cheer all around us, nothing made us happier than finding an electronic submission box stuffed to overflowing with holiday-themed photos this week.  Since this is our last chance to share the seasonal cheer, here are some of our favorites from AVweb readers.

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copyright © Charles P. Owen
Used with permission

Merry Christmas

Charlie Owen's photo — "taken on Lake Hood in Anchorage, Alaska at night in freezing fog with 1/4-mile visibility" — would make the perfect pilot's postcard.

There's nothing we could say that would sum it up better, so — from Charlie via AVweb — season's greetings to you all!


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Used with permission of Thomas L. Rudolf

Santa'a Arrival

Thomas L. Rudolf of Middletown, Ohio explains that this particular light display can be found in a city park by Middletown's Hook Field (MWO).  "Appropriately," writes Thomas, "Santa has arrived by helicopter."


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copyright © Piotr Kulczakowicz
Used with permission

Santa at t TGI

Yep, the big man in the red suit showed up a few times in this week's batch of photos.  He looks a little overdressed at Virginia's Tangier Island Airport (TGI), but in the spirit of the season, he still made time to pose for Piotr Kulczakowicz of Chevy Chase, Maryland.

(For the record, Santa seems to own quite a few Cessnas and helicopters, but he didn't show up in any ultralights this year.)


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Used with permission of Trevor Kudrna

Arctic Landing

Trevor Kudrna of Anchorage, Alaska serves up a winter wonderland (and an off-the-beaten-path location for a landing).  No Santas, twinkling lights, or religious symbols here — but tell us you wouldn't love string a few blue-and-white lights on those snow-capped trees, eh?


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Used with permission of Lidia Nonn

Smooth Landing ... Still Sleeping

Lidia Nonn's niece Molly has the right idea here.  With Santa on the way — do we hear rotors on the rooftop? — it's time for all good little AVwebbers to tuck themselves into bed.

(Before you don your kerchiefs and nightcaps, though, be sure to check out the slideshow on our home page for more reader-submitted photos.)

Send us your photos here!

A quick note for submitters:  If you've got several photos that you feel are "POTW" material, your best bet is to submit them one-a-week!  That gives your photos a greater chance of seeing print on AVweb, and it makes the selection process a little easier on us, too.  ;)

A Reminder About Copyrights:s:
Please take a moment to consider the source of your image before submitting to our "Picture of the Week" contest. If you did not take the photo yourself, ask yourself if you are indeed authorized to release publication rights to AVweb. If you're uncertain, consult the POTW Rules or or send us an e-mail.

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Names Behind the News back to top 

Meet the AVwebFlash Team

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

The AVwebFlash team is:

Timothy Cole

Editorial Director, Aviation Publications
Paul Bertorelli

Russ Niles

Contributing Editors
Mary Grady
Glenn Pew

Features Editor
Kevin Lane-Cummings

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