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Volume 14, Number 15a
April 7, 2008
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» Try out the Headset X™ and other Bose Corporation products at booth SNF-009 at Sun 'n Fun
Live from Lakeland ... It's Sun 'n Fun!back to top 
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Sun ‘n Fun is a big show for most aviation concerns but it’s especially important for the up-and-coming Light Sport Aircraft manufacturers. And they’re not going to let anything like taking a direct hit from a tornado keep them from the show. Sportair USA’s hangar in North Little Rock, Ark., was in the path of a small (ef1) tornado sporting winds of up to 110 mph on Apr. 3. The briefly destructive storm twisted one hangar into a pile of rubble that collapsed on a brand-new Sting LSA. Another hangar was simply carried away, leaving nothing but the concrete slab. Luckily, SportairUSA founder Bill Canino was in a hangar that survived the onslaught. More...

We've chosen the winners to fly left seat in the Herpa Wings DC-3 at Sun 'n Fun! Aircraft owner Dan Gryder has opened up another flight for a left-seat winner, so we were able to pick two of our favorite essayists from more than 200 entries. First and foremost, we say thank you to Dan and to every AVweb reader who took the time to share their DC-3 stories and aspirations with us. Joining us for DC-3 flights on Tuesday morning, April 8, will be Joe Kaminskas of Biglerville, Pennsylvania and Christa Mabry of Batavia, Ohio. Both have confirmed that they can be there for the flight, and we'll be inviting a couple of the runners-up to come along with us as passengers. More...


AVweb will be at the big spring airshow held annually at Lakeland, Fla., this April 8 - 13, providing full coverage -- video, podcasts and text updates, every day. Sun 'n Fun this year includes all the latest gear, gadgets and aircraft ready for prime time ... and may include some early previews of big announcements to come later at AirVenture Oshkosh. And don't forget the airshow; the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds will be there this year and Lancair's turbine evolution is expected to be there, too. If you're thinking of flying in, be sure you've seen, read, and understand the NOTAM and choose another method of transportation if you think the flight might make you uncomfortable. (AVweb has been made aware by some pilots that the arrival situation is not for them.) Of course, if you can't go, just watch your inbox -- we'll be putting as much of the excitement from Lakeland that we can fit in there (virtually). Plus, if you do make it to the show, and have a video or video content you'd like to share with AVweb readers, just send an e-mail to AVweb video editor Glenn Pew at gpew@avweb.com. We'll see what we can do ... .

Can't wait for the daily AVwebFlash e-newsletter? Watch our Sun 'n Fun coverage as it unfolds at http://www.avweb.com/news/snf.


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» Be there with Cessna Single-Engine at booths SNF-001-005 at Sun 'n Fun
Bluer Skies, Greener Fuelsback to top 

Boeing has successfully flown the world’s first fuel-cell-powered aircraft and it took its time announcing it. The Diamond Dimona motorglider has flown three times since February out of an airfield at Ocana, south of Madrid. The aircraft took off on a combination of battery power and the fuel cell but used the fuel cell alone to cruise at 3,300 feet and about 55 knots for 20 minutes. “Boeing is actively working to develop new technologies for environmentally progressive aerospace products," said Francisco Escarti, Boeing Research & Technology Europe (BR&TE) managing director. "We are proud of our pioneering work during the past five years on the Fuel Cell Demonstrator Airplane project. It is a tangible example of how we are exploring future leaps in environmental performance." Click to watch the video. More...

Boeing has flown a manned aircraft on hydrogen fuel cell power — and while the announcement may seem to come out of the blue, Boeing has put the fuel cell-powered Diamond Dimona through its paces outside of Madrid, leaving behind only a trail of H2O exhaust. AVweb's Glenn Pew has the full story. (Click through to watch.) More...

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» See Avidyne technologies in action at booths D-069-070 and N-028 at Sun 'n Fun
Staying Safeback to top 

While pedestrians have the right of way, you don’t see many sticking their arm out and marching across a freeway. Likewise, military pilots who use military operating areas to hone their skills and get a little afterburner time are asking that civilian pilots understand the kind of screeching halt their presence in MOAs can cause. “You’re talking about tens of thousands of dollars of taxpayers money,” retired F-16 pilot Lt. Col Fred Clifton told AVweb in a podcast interview last week. Clifton also noted such interruptions eat into already-scarce flight time by fighter jocks thanks to military cutbacks. Similar sentiments have been expressed by forum contributors to AVweb’s blog, the AVweb Insider, in which Editorial Director Paul Bertorelli also pleaded for some consideration for the fighter operations. More...

AirGator Inc. says its new NAVAir Approaches 3D offers "unparalleled situational awareness" to pilots by offering a three-dimensional view of the aircraft during approach, viewable on certain pocket- or tablet-PC products. The system shows the aircraft's position in both the plan view and on the vertical profile and works with AirGator's NAVAir moving map or NAVAir Approaches simple interface. After providing visual position representation through a successful approach and landing, the system then automatically displays the aircraft on the airport diagram for better awareness while taxiing. Pricing for the viewer is $249 with 12 months of data updates and program enhancements. After that, subscription renewals are $189 per year. And, remember, you'll need something to view it on. The company is inviting you to watch a demonstrations of the product, here and here. More...

The NTSB is proposing changes to regulations that concern reporting and notification with regard to aircraft incidents, accidents, or collisions, because they currently do not adequately cover unmanned aircraft. The notice of proposed rulemaking seeks comment prior to July and suggests that the definition of "aircraft accident" be made to include "unmanned aircraft accident." Specifically, revisions would be made to 49 CFR part 830 to cover unmanned aircraft for the period starting from the time the vehicle is activated and concluding when the vehicle is deactivated. A UAV accident would be indicated by any person suffering death or serious injury, or substantial damage done to the aircraft while it is in operation. These additions, says the NTSB, "will enhance aviation safety by providing the NTSB with notification" of the aforementioned events. More...

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Rising and Falling Tides of Businessback to top 

When ATA Airlines filed for bankruptcy, Thursday, it immediately and without warning halted all flights -- after 35 years in operation, the airline Thursday left its passengers stranded and nearly all of its 2,200 employees are now unemployed. The sudden stoppage was explained by ATA in a statement that said FedEx had cancelled a charter agreement with the airline, leaving ATA unable to offset fuel prices. World Airways and North American Airlines, two airlines acquired by ATA's parent group, ATA Acquisition Inc., are not in bankruptcy, according to court documents. While ATA warned other airlines of its impending shutdown, asking them to help its soon to be stranded passengers. Northwest Airlines said it will honor ATA tickets for flights to and from Hawaii and Cancun through May 3 for a fee of $100 per leg. Southwest will honor any tickets issued to is own customers, or provide those customers with refunds. For those passengers that arrived at ATA check-in points to empty counters said they received no notice of their flight's cancellation. They are encouraged to seek financial return from their credit card companies (if that's how they purchased their tickets). ATA frequent fliers currently can expect their accrued mileage to be worthless. Some employees say they got phone calls, some at 3 a.m. letting them know their services were no longer required. More...

U.S. Aviation Group claims to be the first nationwide program catering to general aviation pilots seeking fractional ownership of an aircraft. Each share begins with one pilot, in any community between the two U.S. coasts, according to the company. That pilot may purchase a 1/6 share of a 237-knot Mooney Acclaim, a Diamond DA40 XLS, or a 1/10 share in a light sport aircraft -- each to be held for three years. The company then finds five other pilots willing to put their money where their mouth is and fills in the rest of the shares. U.S. Aviation Group then applies a monthly fee ($587 for the Diamond) and maintains the aircraft's needs from hangars and insurance to maintenance and cleaning. The company then charges hourly use rates with a limit of hours per year (75 for the Acclaim). For LSA owners, use rates can be as low as $43 per hour. More...

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News Briefsback to top 

After three years of operation, Wathen Aviation High School (WAHS) is expanding to include more students in grades 9-12 on the grounds of Flabob Airport, in Riverside, Calif. Children at the school have the opportunity to develop hands-on skills through a variety of airport projects (like restoring a Stinson 108 to airworthiness) and can earn free flight lessons from participation. Students previously restored and flew an Aeronca Champ to Oshkosh and back. "We think aviation is a great way to motivate kids to learn," says Wathen Foundation executive director John Lyon. A trustee at the Thomas W. Wathen Foundation, which owns Flabob airport, Major General Pat Halloran once flew the SR71 Blackbird -- now he shares with students his firsthand experience of the Cold War and the world's fastest airplane. While unique, WAHS is a free public charter high school and enrollment (which is now open for fall 2008) is open on a first-come, first-served basis. More...

China Eastern Airlines denies pilot revolt rumors ...
Australia is restricting laser devices ...
Three young pilots flying Mustang in record attempt. More...

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New on AVwebback to top 

The nice part about Newark (and New York City) in the morning is ... leaving. AVweb's CEO of the Cockpit has a good day, for once. More...

A circling approach is a visual game made safer with the right mix of math, estimation and skillful instrument flying. More...

Cirrus Announces New Standard Maintenance Program
A planemaker fond of comparing its planes to high-end luxury automobiles just brought those two seemingly disparate markets a little closer. Cirrus Design has announced the launch of Cirrus Maintenance, a new "standard with purchase" benefit designed to help reduce the cost of scheduled and unscheduled maintenance. For more information, click here.

» Experience the fun of flying with Cirrus Design at booths MD-032C and MD-033B at Sun 'n Fun
Reader Voicesback to top 

AVMAIL: APR. 7, 2008
Reader mail this week about fuel economy, position and hold and pilot firearms, and lots of comments about GA vs. F-16s in MOAs. More...

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...

Our sister publication, Aviation Consumer, is conducting a survey on aircraft engine cylinder products. If you've done an overhaul during the past several years, the magazine's editors would like to hear from you on how the cylinders have performed. Just click on this link to take the survey.

The results will appear in a future issue of Aviation Consumer. For subscription information, click here. More...

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AVweb Media: Look, Listen, Laugh and Learnback to top 

As you read on AVweb, air traffic controller Patrick Eberhart of Detroit Metro TRACON is this year's winner of the NATCA Archie League Awards. In this podcast, you'll hear the dramatic audio of Eberhart guiding an aircraft with malfunctioning instruments and low fuel to a safe landing. Plus, you'll hear other amazing recordings, featuring some other finalists from this year's Archie Awards. More...

Monday's podcast with a California pilot who was intercepted and shadowed by an F-16 in a military operating area (MOA) ignited a firestorm of debate on our blog, the AVweb Insider. Lt. Col Fred Clifton, a retired F-16 pilot who now instructs at the Air Force's weapons school at Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas, joined the debate from the military pilot's perspective. AVweb's Russ Niles spoke with Clifton about why it's important that civilian pilots be aware of and avoid active MOAs. Plus, the original story and podcast about Pilatus pilot Patrick McCall's brush with an F-16 generated several listener comments that we'll share. More...

We've seen some low-flying aircraft in the past, but this clip, originally from Military.com, gave a us a little thrill — on the rare occasions we weren't peeking between our fingers. (Click through to watch.) More...

Welcome to Jeppesen E-Charts
Jeppesen Electronic Charts — or e-charts — are here. They're compliant and replacing paper charts worldwide. E-charts will make your flying faster, safer, and better. Whether you display your electronic charts in the cockpit or print them out and use the paper, e-charts are easier to carry, easier to use, and easier to revise than traditional paper charts. You'll spend more time flying and less time preparing to fly. Learn more about the many benefits of switching to electronic charts by visiting Jeppesen online.

» See Jeppesen e-charts in action at booths C-017-021 at Sun 'n Fun
Your Favorite FBOsback to top 


AVweb reader Dick Bicknell couldn't find enough nice things to say about this week's "FBO of the Week" winner — Parlin Field Airport (2B3) in Newport, New Hampshire.

Six or so years ago, while searching for low fuel prices, we discovered a perfect gem of an airport located 45 nm north of the Massachusetts border and 5 miles west of Lake Sunapee, NH. Their fuel prices remain the lowest, or equal to, any in New England, and their attractiveness, hard to beat. The airport facilities are immaculate. The north/south runway is 3450' paved and NW/SE 1950', excellent turf. 2B3 features an exceptional Mexican restaurant and an ice cream stand ... but the "piece de resistance" is found at the end of Runway 30 — shaded picnic tables, a crystal clear river, sandy beach, and a picturesque covered bridge.

The FBO, Dick tells us, is owned by the town of Newport and operated by Maura and Dean Stetson, "whose welcome is always enthusiastic, friendly and helpful."

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!


The Lighter Side of Flightback to top 

Overheard in IFR 
Magazine's 'On the Air' Section
Overheard in IFR Magazine's "On the Air"

Heard on the scanner over Adelaide, South Australia:

Airliner (I think it was a Qantas, but I didn't hear the start of the transmission):
"We won't need to divert into Adelaide now. The passenger is feeling much better now that he has been moved to business class."

"Amazing what recuperative powers business class has."

Leigh P. Bunting
via e-mail


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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