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Volume 13, Number 51b
December 20, 2007
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 
Sponsor Announcement

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." More...

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 Concernsback to top 

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 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. More...

Adam, Cirrus, Diamond, Liberty ...
The most respected new aircraft on the market all choose Continental engines. Bring your aircraft up to speed with a genuine Continental engine. Select from factory-new, factory-rebuilt, or factory-backed overhauls by Mattituck. Add value to your aircraft and the peace-of-mind that you're flying behind the best — Continental. Click here for further details.
Staying Safe in Busy Airspacesback to top 

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. 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. More...

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. More...

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 Rutanback to top 

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. More...

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 Finestback to top 

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. More...

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. More...

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 

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. More...

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. More...

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 Briefsback to top 

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. More...

USAF C-17 flew coast to coast on synthetic fuel ...
"Living Legends of Aviation" honored at in Beverly Hills, Jan. 24, 2008 ...
Nepal Airlines suspends international ops, both 757s down for maintenance ...
Canada will keep its Aurora fleet flying through at least 2020. More...

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 AVwebback to top 

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. More...

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. More...

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 Differenceback to top 

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? Plus: Find out how AVweb readers responded to last week's Question, Is overall aviation safety headed for a decline? More...

Our best stories start with you. If you've heard something that 130,000 pilots might want to know about, tell us. Submit news tips via email to newstips@avweb.com. What have you heard? More...


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 Photosback to top 

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. There's no postcard that could sum up the season better than this week's winning photo — "taken on Lake Hood in Anchorage, Alaska at night in freezing fog with 1/4-mile visibility" — from Charlie Owen of Havana, Kansas. So, from Charlie to all of you, via your friends at AVweb: Season's Greetings and Best Wishes for a Happy New Year. More...

More AVweb for Your Inboxback to top 

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Names Behind the Newsback to top 


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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