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Volume 14, Number 9b
February 28, 2008
 
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The Future of Flight, As Seen From Capitol Hillback to top 
 
Sponsor Announcement

FAA TO CONGRESS: FSS STILL NEEDS WORK
While pilots across the country continue to gripe about Lockheed Martin's handling of the Automated Flight Service Station (AFSS) contract, the FAA says it's taking corrective actions to ensure pilots get the information they need, according to a report submitted to Congress. More...

GAO CALLS WEATHER SERVICE RESTRUCTURE GOALS “OVERLY AMBITIOUS”
In testimony presented Tuesday on Capitol Hill before the Committee on Science and Technology, David A. Powner, director of information technology management for the Government Accountability Office (GAO), questioned whether the FAA and the National Weather Service will be able meet their goals for restructuring the way weather information is gathered and delivered to pilots. More...

 
Do You Zulu? ... From Lightspeed

"The Zulu is the company's best headset ever ... . Lightspeed has knocked the competition out of the park." — Ian J. Twombly, AOPA Pilot Associate Editor

Zulu sets a new standard in ANR performance, comfort, and audio quality. Includes built-in BlueTooth for your cell phone, not available on any other headset. See why more pilots are Zuluing. Click here for more information and to order!
 
Runway Safetyback to top 
 

RUNWAY RED LIGHTS -- SOLUTION OR STOPGAP?
It might seem like a sensible solution, especially at big airports with a complex array of taxiways and runways -- embed red lights into the runway pavement at the intersections. It's been tried at Dallas-Fort Worth and in San Diego, and reports are positive. But the technology is simply a "a stopgap measure," according to FAA Acting Administrator Bobby Sturgell. "Runway status lights are one way to drive down incursions, but they’re not the best way," he said this week, while visiting Los Angeles International Airport to announce that the lights will be installed there. At LAX, he says, the runways are simply too close together, and that layout needs to be addressed. A recent report by the Office of Inspector General for the Transportation Department found that the status-light systems are effective and should be deployed at airports across the country. More...

TANGIER ISLAND AIRPORT RUNWAY IMPROVEMENTS APPROVED
The Accomack County, Virginia, Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Monday night to approve funding that will literally pave the way for long-awaited runway and apron improvements at the Tangier Island Airport, located in the lower Chesapeake Bay. More...

 
Concorde Aircraft Batteries Are Available at Aircraft Spruce
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Technology Watchback to top 
 

FAA SAYS ADS-B COMING TO GULF, AOPA NOTES DOWNSIDE
Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) gear will be up and running in the Gulf of Mexico by the end of next year, Acting FAA Administrator Bobby Sturgell told the HAI Heli Expo crowd in Houston this week. The installation aims to improve safety for helicopters serving offshore oil platforms. Sturgell said the system, designed by ITT, will help controllers at Houston Center to separate traffic in the Gulf, which doesn't have radar coverage. "We're stretching the airspace," Sturgell said, "extending it to the altitudes and the areas that you [helicopter pilots] operate in." Sturgell added that ADS-B services will expand, and will prove useful to other segments of general aviation, such as air tour and emergency medical services. AOPA, however, is less enthused about the costs and benefits of the technology. An FAA proposal would require GA aircraft to equip with ADS-B equipment by 2020 if they want to fly in Class A, B, or C airspace, or above 10,000 feet msl. AOPA says it's concerned that the mandated avionics are too expensive and there appear to be too few benefits for GA. More...

XERION GETS STC FOR BONANZA ENGINE MONITORS
Xerion Avionix of Canandaigua, N.Y., on Tuesday received an FAA supplemental type certificate (STC) to install its AuRACLE line of full-color, digital engine monitors in virtually every model of Beechcraft Bonanza. More...

 
Precise Flight's High-Intensity Discharge Landing & Taxi Light Systems ...
... Are the brightest illumination available. The stellar combination of increased light output, reduced power consumption, superior lamp life, and brilliant light quality are a few of the major benefits of HID lighting. The PreciseLite HID landing light, approved for Cessna and Piper models, is now approved for Beechcraft Bonanzas with cowl-mounted lights replacing the existing cowl lamp and available in 12 and 24 volts. Click here for additional information.
 
News Briefsback to top 
 

N.J. LIGHTER-THAN-AIR COMPANY EXPANDING
One of the more interesting landmarks to spot while flying in a small airplane is a blimp hangar. There aren't that many of them, they are huge and unmistakable, and they bring to mind the kind of low and slow treetop flying that many GA pilots find appealing. One of those hangars can be spotted near Elizabeth City, N.C., where TCOM builds airships and various kinds of lighter-than-air vehicles. And apparently the market for lighter-than-air is growing, because last week the company broke ground for a new 40,000-square-foot manufacturing facility. The space will be used to build unmanned, tethered balloons, known as aerostats, as part of an Army contract. TCOM also will develop and test an aerostat for an emergency communications system for use during natural disasters. More...

OSCARS TIE UP ORGAN TRANSPLANT AIRCRAFT, CORPORATE CITATION DELIVERS
As the stars and their entourages headed to Los Angeles for the Academy Awards a real-life melodrama was playing out in British Columbia and a corporate jet flew to the rescue. Officials with the B.C. Transplant Society told the Globe and Mail that last Thursday when they tried to charter a jet from any of 11 companies that normally provides the service, they were told none was available. "As a result of the Oscars going on in California, all of the [charter] jets had been spoken for," Bill Barrable, executive director of B.C. Transplant told the newspaper. "We were in a situation where we could not secure a jet in the tight time frame that we needed to." At stake were seven organs ready for harvest from a man who had died in a rural town several hundred miles from Vancouver, where seven patients were awaiting life-saving or life-enhancing transplants. So Barrable called his friend and former college mate Robert McFarlane, the CFO of Telus, a large Canadian telecommunications company, and the firm’s Citation was on the way within an hour. More...

 
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News Briefsback to top 
 

AVWEB FOUNDER MIKE BUSCH HONORED BY FAA
AVweb founder and now our popular "Savvy Aviator" columnist Mike Busch has been named the FAA's AMT of the Year in the National GA Awards. Other winners included Timothy Daniel "Tim" Adkison of Benton, Kentucky - Avionics Technician of the Year; Max Trescott of Mountain View, California - Certificated Flight Instructor (CFI) of the Year, and John Anthony Teipen of University City, Missouri - FAA Safety Team Representative of the Year. Mike Busch founded AVweb in 1995 after retiring as a software developer, and at the same time he started getting serious about learning how to maintain and fix his own airplane. More...

ON THE FLY ...
EAA AirVenture tickets now sold online...
A United A320 slid off a runway into the snow at Jackson Hole Airport...
An Embraer 170 and a United A319 clipped wings Sunday while taxiing at Dulles...
43-year-old GB Airways pilot dies in flight.

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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...

 
If Aircraft Insurance Brokers Say They Cover the Whole Market ...
Why can't they get a quote from Avemco? Because Avemco is the only direct provider of aviation insurance that lets you talk directly to the aviation underwriter for fast, accurate answers. So if a broker tells you they cover the whole market, they're only telling you half the story. Call (888) 241-7891 or visit online for the rest of the story.
 
New on AVwebback to top 
 

ACROSS THE POND #14: REPORT FROM EUROPE
AVweb's Liz Moscrop has the latest Euro-aviation news, including changes in pilot ratings, expansion of Mustang and Diamond sales, and more. More...

AVWEB INSIDER BLOG: THE BIO-FUEL DELUSION
Be sure to visit our new blog, AVweb Insider, for personal insights and commentary on the aviation industry from our staff of writers and editors. Today, Aviation Group director Paul Bertorelli wonders aloud if bio-fuels are really going to save G.A. as we know it. More...

QUESTION OF THE WEEK: THE STATE OF AFSS
The FAA says it's working to correct problems with the flight service station system that was contracted out to Lockheed Martin two years ago. It's submitted a report to Congress on what it plans to do, so we thought it timely to get an update from readers on how Lockheed Martin is doing. Plus: Find out what 51% of AVweb readers had to say about the "51% Rule" when it comes to homebuilts. More...

 
Flight Resource & Lightspeed Team Up for a Very Special Offer
Flight Resource will include a Lightspeed Thirty 3G ANR headset with the purchase of an MT Composite Constant Speed Propeller. These German-engineered and -manufactured MT propellers are known for high-performance airfoils, unlimited life, light weight, and vibration-free operation. STCs for installation on the most popular U.S. and Canadian aircraft and ready for immediate shipment. For complete details, call Flight Resource at (866) 717-1117, or go online.
 
AVweb Media: Look, Listen, Laugh and Learnback to top 
 

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: DASSAULT FALCON 7X FLY-BY-WIRE BUSINESS JET
Dassault has introduced a jet that changes the playing field for business jet manufacturers, operators and pilots. That jet is the $40 million Falcon 7X. In this exclusive video, AVweb video editor Glenn Pew takes us inside the Falcon 7X. (Click through to watch.) 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.
 
Your Favorite FBOsback to top 
 

FBO OF THE WEEK: SIGNATURE FLIGHT SUPPORT (KSNA, SANTA ANA, CA)

AVweb's "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Signature Flight Support at KSNA in Santa Ana, California.

AVweb reader Robert Parker recommended the FBO with one of the finest lines we've read in a while:

[W]hen a family in a Bonanza drops in for a weekend visit to Disneyland and gets treated like a Gulfstream full of celebrities, you know that you've found a good place.

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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In addition to favorable Visa® rates, National Aeronautic Association (NAA) cardholders receive discounted rates on NAA membership and aviation products and may qualify for no-cost accidental death and dismemberment coverage and aircraft damage reimbursement. NAA, the first national aviation association preserving aviation heritage with prestigious awards and record certifications, receives a contribution on NAA Platinum Visa® card purchases. For more information, visit the NAA web site.
 
Reader-Submitted Photosback to top 
 

PICTURE OF THE WEEK: AVWEB'S FLYING PHOTOGRAPHY SHOWCASE
Last week, we mentioned that we get a lot of approach shots here at "POTW" central — but that very few seem to make it into the top spot.  Perhaps taking this as a challenge, Robert Hurd of Largo, Florida sent in this gem, taken with his "hand held [at] arm's length ... from the back seat." Point taken, Robert.  Your hat is on its way, and we're already bracing ourselves for the rush of approach photos that will surely batter us down in the days to come ... . More...

 
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For contact information regarding this ad, to view more ads, and to post your no-cost ad, click here.
 
More AVweb for Your Inboxback to top 
 

AVWEBBIZ: AVWEB'S BUSINESS AVIATION NEWSLETTER
HAVE YOU SIGNED UP yet for AVweb's NO-COST weekly business aviation newsletter, AVwebBiz? Reporting on breaking news, Business AVflash focuses on the companies, the products and the industry leaders that make headlines in the business aviation industry. Business AVflash is a must read. Sign up today at http://www.avweb.com/profile/. More...

 
Don't Purchase or Sell an Aircraft Without the Used Aircraft Guide
Aviation Consumer's Used Aircraft Guide can pinpoint the aircraft that best fits your needs and budget, resulting in savings when you buy and more when you sell. Buying the right aircraft can minimize maintenance and operating costs, too. Order your Used Aircraft Guide online.
 
Names Behind the Newsback 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:

Publisher
Timothy Cole

Editorial Director, Aviation Publications
Paul Bertorelli

Editor-in-Chief
Russ Niles

Managing Editor
Meredith Saini

Contributing Editors
Mary Grady
Glenn Pew

Features Editor
Kevin Lane-Cummings

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