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Volume 13, Number 52b
December 27, 2007
Aircraft Spruce — A Proud Sponsor of the Sebring Expo, January 17-20, 2008
Join Aircraft Spruce in Sebring, Florida (Tent D 18-20) on January 17-19 from 7:30-6:00pm and January 20 from 7:30-3:00pm. Sebring Expo is the place to see, try, buy, and sell Light Sport Aircraft (LSA). Take advantage of your favorite products on sale, complimentary ground shipping (does not apply to hazardous or oversize products), and staff on site to answer all questions. Call Aircraft Spruce at 1 (877) 4-SPRUCE, or visit online.
Search-And-Rescue's Permanent Home on the 'Netback to top 
Sponsor Announcement

A group of committed volunteers who met online while participating in the Amazon/Google search for Steve Fossett has launched a new Web site, InternetSAR.org, to facilitate such searches in the future. "We learned a lot during the three months or so of searching for Steve, and we didn't want that collective wisdom to get lost," site founder Ken Barbalace told AVweb on Wednesday. About two dozen people have pitched in to help create the site, Barbalace said. "Our backgrounds range from pilots, professional image analysts, a skydiver, a Web site developer, and a few programmers, to people that just have a good eye for detail and have extra time to devote to the search." Tutorials and protocols are being developed to provide all searchers with feedback from senior image analysts, Barbalace said, so they can constantly improve their reports. Experienced searchers with proven abilities can weed out false positives and "white noise" to help make the process more useful to search-and-rescue teams. Currently, the site is helping in the search for pilot Ron Boychuk, who disappeared on October 23 while he was flying alone in a Cessna 172 from Revelstoke, in the Rocky Mountains of British Columbia, Canada, to Vancouver Island. Volunteers, who must have Google Earth loaded on their computer and a broadband connection, are invited to register at the site and participate in the image analysis. More...

PowerLink™ FADEC Certified on Liberty XL-2; Is It Right for Your Aircraft?
Liberty Aerospace is the first certified piston-powered aircraft with PowerLink™ FADEC as standard equipment. PowerLink™ FADEC is now also available for several additional certified and experimental aircraft, including the A-36 Bonanza and VANS RV series. Find out how you can bring your aircraft into the state-of-the-art online.
Sturgell's FAA Admin Nomination in Jeopardy?back to top 

The confirmation of Acting FAA Administrator Robert "Bobby" Sturgell, who seemed like a shoo-in when President Bush nominated him in October to take on the administrator job for the next five years, now is encountering political turbulence. Powerful members of Congress from the Northeast are saying they will oppose the appointment unless Sturgell agrees to revisit plans for the ongoing redesign of the region's congested airspace. The nomination was scheduled for review last week but now has been postponed until after the Congressional recess. Committee spokesmen denied any political motive to the postponement, saying they simply ran out of time. Former Administrator Marion Blakey, now president of the Aerospace Industries Association, expressed concern over the delay. "It is critical for the continued smooth operation of our nation's air transportation system to have a person confirmed and appointed for a five-year term as soon as possible," she said in a statement. More...

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SC Airport's Delicate Balancing Actback to top 

Sometimes an airport is more than just an airport, and in Hilton Head, S.C., it has become a symbol of the island town's future -- will historic buildings and neighborhoods and trees be preserved, or will the needs of business and growth and tourism prevail? The town, aligning itself with longtime residents, has voted to restrict any expansion of the airport without town approval. But the business community protests that if the runway can't be lengthened, celebrities, golfers and wealthy homeowners who want to fly bigger airplanes will simply find somewhere else to go and spend their money. More...

How Fast Can Aircraft Insurance Brokers Get You an Answer ...
if they have to get it from someone else? That's a good question. At Avemco, with one simple phone call, you're talking directly with the aviation underwriter. Plus, Avemco offers consistent rates and coverage, as well as short, easy-to-understand policies. So if you're looking for direct answers to your aviation insurance needs, call Avemco directly at (888) 241-7891 or ask for a quote by visiting Avemco online.
Buying Time for Ultralight Conversionsback to top 

EAA has asked the FAA to extend its January 31 deadline to allow owners of ultralights more time to convert them to Experimental Light Sport Aircraft status. The FAA has stated repeatedly that the final deadline would not be elastic, but EAA says that given the backlog of applications awaiting processing, an extension is necessary and justified. "We were hoping that the backlog would start to shrink as we got into the fall, but that has not been the case," said EAA's Joe Norris. "An exemption would provide more time for FAA inspectors and Designated Airworthiness Representatives to deal with the volume." More...

Bennett Avionics: Used Avionics Guidance You Can Trust
Used avionics is Bennett Avionics' only business! Bennett Avionics has served general aviation worldwide with reliable and quality used avionics for over 30 years. Bennett Avionics can help you meet your avionics needs, improve the capability of your aircraft, and maintain your budget. Call Bennett Avionics at (860) 653-7295, or go online for a complete list of available products.
Around the Patchback to top 

In rural Sarasota County, Florida, police have been on the lookout for "grow houses," secluded properties where barns and even homes are used as factories to grow large amounts of marijuana. This week, their investigations led to an airplane hangar at an 11-acre property in a neighborhood with a private airstrip. The home and a hangar had been sold to new owners in February. More...

When Kevin Rudd was sworn in as Australia's new prime minister earlier this month, among the items on his agenda was airport noise. Rudd has worked in the past to oppose expansion of the Brisbane Airport, and now is looking into imposing a curfew, the Courier-Mail reported this week. The curfew could ban aircraft operations between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m., a move that opponents say would discourage international flights and devestate the tourism industry. During the campaign, Rudd promised hundreds of suburbanites who live below the flightpaths that he would pursue the curfew. Now his opponents say that he needs to put the national interest above the needs of just a few supporters. More...

Join NAA and Help Shape the Next Century of Flight
It's a great time to join the National Aeronautic Association (NAA), the nation's oldest aviation organization. At $39 a year, NAA membership is a terrific value for any aviation enthusiast! Members receive the Smithsonian's Air & Space and NAA's Aero magazines, plus access to aviation records, product discounts, and much more. Call (703) 527-0226 to become an NAA member, or sign up online.
News Briefsback to top 

That first solo flight is special for all pilots, but for a mother and son in Texas, it was even better sharing the experience. AOPA reports that Steve Poteet, 43, watched as his mother Sylvia, 64, soloed recently at Seymour Municipal Airport in Seymour, Texas. “Then we hugged, high-fived, and I got in and did mine,” Steve said. More...

A 12-year-old girl survived a 172 crash that killed three others ...
FAA updates and clarifies Hartzell prop Airworthiness Directive ...
FAA's Commercial Aviation Safety Team launched a new web site. 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.
Interact with AVwebback to top 

BrainteasersSome things old, some things new and a few things out of the blue make up the way we navigate. Answer the following questions correctly, and you're cleared direct-to-anywhere-in-the-world with your GPS.

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It's time to cast an eye backward over the past year and ask, What was the biggest aviation story of 2007? (If your nominee isn't listed, don't worry: We've set up a temporary address at 2007@avweb.com where you can tell us your contenders.) Plus: What did AVweb readers choose as the next frontier for aviation? 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...

Dual Antenna Traffic Systems Simply Perform Better
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Your Favorite FBOsback to top 


AVweb's "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Emerald Coast Aviation at 54J in Defuniak Springs, Florida.

Emerald Coast brought a little holiday cheer to AVweb reader Travis Turner, who stopped at the FBO "to pick up my mother for the holidays":

She had not flown in a small plane before, and the owner Johnathan helped to reassure my mom that flying was a safe and fun way to travel. Aside from helping to calm her nerves, Emerald Coast has a clean facility, good prices and a new surface on their runway. I certainly will visit again!

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!


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Reader-Submitted Photosback to top 

It's our last installment of "POTW" for 2007, and AVweb readers didn't let us down this week. It seems some of you are using the holidays to sort through your airplane photos and submit a few to good old AVweb. (Talk about holiday cheer!) Gary L. Jones of Clovis, New Mexico is a frequent contributor to our weekly contests, but (until now) his name had never shown up in our top spot. Funny enough, the photo earning Gary a long-overdue AVweb cap is one he shot over 20 years ago, "during a takeoff from RAF Mildenhall" in the U.K. Thanks for digging through the album, Gary!

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." More...

Choose the Flight Explorer Edition Right for You
Flight Explorer is an information system tracking commercial and general aviation flights. With the Flight Explorer Personal Edition, view air traffic for the U.S., Canada, or New Zealand and monitor and display real-time delay information, TFRs, SUAs, and more. With the Flight Explorer Pilot Edition, view weather along a route, receive alerts with your preliminary flight plan, and have an e-mail sent to someone on departure or arrival. Click here for more information and to subscribe.
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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