AVwebFlash - Volume 14, Number 19b

May 8, 2008

By The AVweb Editorial Staff
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It Takes Money ... back to top 

Industry Dismayed By FAA Funding Snag

The FAA funding bill under consideration in the Senate has stalled, bringing dismay to GA advocates who had been momentarily heartened by this latest version's lack of user fees. Partisan politics are to blame, says EAA. "We're deeply disappointed, but will continue to push for procedural opportunities to move the bill forward through the Senate," said Doug Macnair, EAA vice president of government relations. "This could mean extended and protracted continuing resolutions, leaving unresolved the questions of user fees and how the FAA will be funded ... This also continues to jeopardize airport improvement funds and other programs vital for general aviation and the entire aviation industry." Ed Bolen, president of the National Business Aviation Association, said he's hopeful the compromise to settle for a GA fuel tax instead of user fees will survive this latest delay, and a bill will be passed in this session.

James Coyne, president of the National Air Transportation Association, agreed. "Obviously, we are very disappointed that the Senate was not able to approve their FAA reauthorization bill over the last week," he said. "We are hopeful that as the June 30th expiration looms the Senate will get this bill back on track and passed as quickly as possible."

DayJet Cuts Jets And Staff

DayJet has cut its fleet by more than half and its staff by more than a third as it scales back operations in the absence of capital to fund expansion. DayJet founder and CEO Ed Iacobucci told AVweb on Tuesday the company needs about $50 million to essentially triple its current size to achieve the "critical mass" necessary to be profitable. DayJet operates out of 11 "Dayport" hubs and flies to more than 30 destinations. Iacobucci said they need 20 to 30 hubs and up to 50 aircraft to start making money and they've been unable to find investors because of the tight market. As a result, staff has been trimmed by 100 to 160 and the company is selling or leasing 16 of its 28 Eclipse 500s "to minimize the loss." But Iacobucci said he predicts the company will find the money it needs and the expansion will take place within a year. "Keep watching us because you're going to see a lot of development," he said. "The model works." Iacobucci also downplayed the impact of the decision on Eclipse, which lists DayJet as its largest customer, with more than 1,400 aircraft reserved.

Iacobucci said Dayjet has "made no changes to our order book" and the delay in its overall plan should have little impact on Eclipse in the short term. "Our orders were not cancelled, they were deferred," he said. He said Eclipse has "plenty of customers" who will be happy to get their aircraft earlier because of the deferral. Eclipse declined comment on the DayJet decision. In its first six months, DayJet's "proof of concept phase," Iacobucci said the company proved there was a market for the modified point-to-point service. More than 1,500 people paid to sign up as "members" of DayJet and more than 500 actually used the service. About 50 had flown more than 10 times. He said customers generally liked the service and the airplane and, after initial technical bugs were ironed out, the company was generally satisfied with its performance. Iacobucci said he's looking forward to the aircraft being fully equipped with all the navigation and systems it's supposed to have so that it has even more utility. "The airplane is not a problem," he said.

Related Content:
There Are Glimmers Of Hope in This Air Taxi Thing (AVweb Insider blog)
Maybe It's Not About the Airplane (AVweb Insider blog)

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The Skies of Tomorrow back to top 

New GA Fuel Promises Better Range, Lower Cost

"Not only can our fuel seamlessly replace the aviation industry's standard petroleum fuel [100LL], it can outperform it," says John Rusek, a professor at Purdue University and co-founder of Swift Enterprises. The company recently unveiled a new general aviation fuel that it says will be less expensive, more fuel-efficient and environmentally friendlier than any on the market. Unlike other alternative fuels, Rusek said, SwiftFuel is made of synthetic hydrocarbons that are derived from biomass, and it can provide an effective range greater than 100LL, while costing about half as much to produce. "Our fuel should not be confused with first-generation biofuels like E-85 [85 percent ethanol], which don't compete well right now with petroleum," Rusek said. Patented technology can produce the 1.8 million gallons per day of fuel used by GA in the U.S. by using just 5 percent of the existing biofuel plant infrastructure, the company said.

The synthetic fuel is 15 to 20 percent more fuel-efficient, has no sulfur emissions, requires no stabilizers, has a 30-degree lower freezing point than 100LL, introduces no new carbon emissions, and is lead-free, Rusek said. In addition, he said, the components of the fuel can be formulated into a replacement for jet/turbine fuels. The company now is working with the FAA to evaluate the fuel.

Cessna Flies First CJ4, First Production SkyCatcher

Cessna's new Citation CJ4 business jet prototype flew for the first time on Monday in Wichita, the company said. "We tested quite a number of the systems on the aircraft, including the autopilot, and all performed very well," said Cessna test pilot Dan Morris, who flew the jet for nearly two and a half hours. "The FADECs operated just as we expected, and along with the four displays of the Pro Line 21, this is a very pilot-friendly aircraft. Operators will transition easily into the CJ4." Cessna also announced on Monday that it has flown the first production model of the SkyCatcher for the first time. It flew for a half hour on May 1, about two months after the first flight of the first prototype of the airplane. Cessna said it plans to add one more aircraft to the test fleet.

All engineering work and testing of the SkyCatcher, a light sport aircraft, will be completed in Wichita. The CJ4 is scheduled to start deliveries in the first half of 2010.

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Aviation Under a Watchful Eye back to top 

Court Finds ATC At Fault For Fatal Helicopter Crash

A federal judge in California said this week that air traffic controllers at the Torrance Municipal Airport made a critical mistake in November 2003, resulting in the collision of two helicopters in flight. The NTSB report, issued last May, found the surviving pilot, a student flying an R22 solo, had caused the crash, by failing to comply with an ATC clearance. Two men in a Robinson R44 helicopter on a training flight died when it crashed to the runway and exploded. The R22 pilot survived with serious injuries. The judge said the two controllers involved "failed to issue clear and concise instructions" to the pilots and acted "negligently and carelessly," the L.A. Times reported on Wednesday. The two pilots were maneuvering in the traffic pattern above parallel runways and were in positions where neither pilot could see the other when ATC reportedly told one of the pilots to turn, putting the two aircraft on a collision course, the Times said. The NTSB final report says the R22 pilot crossed runway 29R, where the controller had directed him to land, and was heading toward 29L when the collision occurred.

The case was brought to court by families of the three victims, who filed a civil lawsuit against the FAA. Testimony was heard for 11 days. An FAA spokesman declined to comment on the case, The Associated Press reported. "The tower should have been staffed with four controllers, but instead had just three at the time of this crash, as the ruling affirmed," Doug Church, spokesman for the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, told AVweb on Wednesday. "Like the Comair crash in Lexington, when a facility is understaffed, it is unsafe and tragedy can result."

Congress Scrutinizes Aviation Emissions

The House Subcommittee on Aviation met on Tuesday for a hearing about aviation's impact on the environment. Noise and emissions from aviation are expected to double by 2025, the panel said, so aggressive action is needed soon to prevent that scenario. Gerald Dillingham, speaking for the U.S. Government Accountability Office, told the panel that NextGen developments will improve efficiency, but more funding is needed for research into better technology. National Air Transportation Association (NATA) President James Coyne also testified at the hearing. NetJets, a member of NATA, is investing in the development of an ultra-low-emissions jet fuel, Coyne said. Several representatives of the airline industry noted that given the cost of fuel, the industry is doing all it can to improve efficiency.

Mary Ann Schaffer, of the Air Line Pilots Association, said pilots conserve fuel by various strategies, including single-engine taxiing, continuous descent arrivals, and flying at optimal altitudes and speeds.

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Summertime Soaring back to top 

Red Bull Air Race Returns To U.S.

The Red Bull Air Race returned to the U.S. over the weekend, with Mike Mangold and Paul Bonhomme battling for first place over San Diego Bay. Mangold won the series last year, but just barely. This weekend, Bonhomme took first after a one-on-one flight against Mangold. "Great rivalries have a history of triggering interest in motorsports," wrote Bill Center, in the San Diego Union Tribune, a view that is sure to warm the heart of the race organizers. Kirby Chambliss, of Arizona, came in third, but took first for the weekend in pulling Gs, pegging at +9.1 in a tight turn. Mangold said that after three years of competition, all 12 pilots are hard to beat. "This thing is getting a lot tighter," he told the Union Tribune. "The small things are adding up, we're all getting closer and closer." The races drew a crowd of about 150,000 over the weekend. The racers will compete again in Detroit at the end of this month, then move overseas to Europe.

The top three pilots all were flying Edge 540 airplanes. Although Bonhomme made it look easy with his elegant style of flying through the challenging obstacle course just above the water, he was drenched in sweat after returning to the runway, set up on the U.S. Naval Air Station on North Island. He won the final with a time of 1:18.01 to 1:19.24 for Mangold. The San Diego race was just the second of the season, which launched in Abu Dhabi. After six stops in Europe, the series will finish up in Perth.

Click here for video of the race and interviews with the pilots. And here's a little video of our own, from last year's San Diego Red Bull Air Race:

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Summer Aviation Events Gearing Up

Pilots in search of an aviation destination for summer have plenty to choose from. This week, the FAA published instructions for pilots flying into Oshkosh for EAA AirVenture, July 28 to August 3. The NOTAM takes effect starting July 25, and outlines procedures for arrival and departure. There have been some major changes since last year, EAA says, so be sure to check. "Besides following the published arrival and departure procedures in the AirVenture NOTAM, pilots should maintain high vigilance in watching for other aircraft," adds EAA. "Pilots are expected to have a copy of the NOTAM available for in-flight reference." Also coming up soon -- the annual AOPA fly-in and open house at their headquarters in Frederick, Md., on June 7. The free event features 100 aviation exhibitors, 40 aircraft on display, safety seminars, and tours of the HQ.

Check the AOPA site for fly-in procedures. Special security measures are in effect, and a temporary control tower will be in operation at the Frederick airport.

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News Briefs back to top 

It's Not A Bird, Not A Plane — It's Flying Logos

Just in case you don't already have enough stuff flying around in the sky to watch out for, a new company in Alabama says it's ready to start marketing a new product called Flogos -- for flying logos. The floatable icons come in various sizes up to three feet across, and can be stamped out in any shape, such as a peace symbol or a corporate logo. They are made from an airy mixture of foam, soap and helium, and the company says they will pop like a soap bubble in a collision. However, they can be released into the sky dozens at a time, they can travel up to 20 or 30 miles, and they can reach as high as 20,000 feet. "It sounds like it's harmless," said Jerry Emison, a professor of public administration at Mississippi State University told The Associated Press. "But there's a lot of stuff that we thought was harmless that turned out not to be." Coming soon, the company says: a Flogo generator that can create shapes up to six feet across.

Kathleen Bergen, a spokeswoman for the FAA in Atlanta, told the AP that a local FAA office would need to be contacted before a Flogo launch so pilots could be notified about it.

On the Fly ...

The developments at DayJet continue to be discussed at our AVweb blog, and also at James Fallows' blog for the Atlantic Monthly...

An Air France pilot allegedly had to take evasive maneuvers to avoid a collision after "showing off" to a visitor in the cockpit...

Thielert says it will fulfill all currently held orders for diesel engines, AOPA reports, and Diamond aims to acquire the manufacturer's spare-parts inventory...

A single-PFD integrated flight deck system for the King Air 90-series, developed by Avidyne and Southern Star Avionics, has been OK'd by the FAA...

FAA has not performed scheduled safety checks at major carriers, says The Wall Street Journal...

An unmanned aircraft will be used to study air pollution in Southern California.

Jeppesen Manuals Now Available Electronically Through AVweb Bookstore

The hundreds of titles of technical and training manuals produced by industry leader Jeppesen are now available for download into your computer from AVweb Bookstore. The AVweb Bookstore is among the retail aviation book catalogs operated by the Aircraft Technical Book Company. President Andy Gold told AVweb in a podcast interview that e-books are a burgeoning segment of the market now that copyright and duplication issues have been resolved and he expects the PDF downloads to be available for most of his titles by the end of the year.

Gold said that while there will always be those who prefer the printed word (like him), there are significant advantages to e-books, most of them cost related. In some cases, because of transportation and taxes, the cost of shipping a book can be much higher than the cost of the book itself, particularly for international customers. E-books are also fully searchable, employ the zoom and other features on computers and are weightless. "For students and for on-the-job reference, there is no longer a need to carry around 40-50 pounds of manuals," he said. The books are faithful to the printed originals in every respect and include all the pictures and diagrams in PDF format. With standard high speed connections, the downloads take from a few minutes to longer than 10 minutes, depending on the size of the tome and the number of graphics.

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The Savvy Aviator #57: Making Metal?

The most crucial aspect of engine-condition monitoring is to ensure that nothing is coming apart inside the crankcase. Are you and your A&P doing it right?

Click here for the full story.

I'd been working with an aircraft owner in Memphis for several weeks helping him chase down a problem with his Lycoming engine. The owner initially reported that the engine had exhibited several episodes of rough running after startup, but that the engine seemed to run smoothly once it warmed up.

The owner emailed me a data dump from his JPI engine monitor, which confirmed my suspicions that his "morning sickness" was caused by a couple of sticky exhaust valves in cylinders #4 and #5. Sticking exhaust valves is a fairly common malady in Lycomings, which is why Lycoming Service Bulletin 388C (1 MB PDF) calls for doing a "valve wobble test" every 400 or 1000 hours (depending on what kind of exhaust valve guides are installed).

The owner wound up taking his sick engine to John Jewell Aircraft, an excellent engine shop in Holly Springs, Miss., (just southeast of Memphis). Jewell pulled the rocker covers and found the #4 exhaust valve springs black with carbon from a badly leaking exhaust valve guide. The valve on #5 had the same problem, but not quite as bad.

But this article isn't about sticky valves. It's about something much more serious.

Flying Nozzle

Jewell decided to inspect the cam and make sure that it was not damaged by the valve-sticking episodes. In a Lycoming, you can't remove the lifters from the outside of the engine, so the only way to inspect the cam is to pull a jug. Jewell proceeded to pull cylinder #4, and it turned out to be a lucky thing they did. The owner emailed me:

"They pulled #4 cylinder and found evidence of damage from a screw hammering the bottom of the piston. They also found marks on the crankcase on one side of the cylinder base. The engine was removed and torn down. They found that the #1 cylinder oil-spray nozzle and its helicoil had come out, bounced around inside the engine for some indeterminate period of time, managed to hit all six pistons, and scored two connecting-rod end caps.

"What is strange is there was no indication of this in the oil analysis or any evidence when we cut open the oil filter at each oil change. However, when I took your maintenance seminar in Tulsa a few months ago, I learned that Lycoming engines have an oil-pickup screen that you said is supposed to be removed and inspected for metal at every oil change. It was this screen that caught the metal from the disintegrating oil spray nozzle and its helicoil, which is why the metal never made it to the filter.

"I checked with the shop that does my oil changes, and they admitted that they didn't know about the oil screen -- they're mostly Continental dudes. I know I didn't know about this screen (until I took your recent class), so I didn't remove it, either. After this, I will never forget it, and I'll make sure my A&Ps don't forget it.

"The inside of the engine, although marked by the flying nozzle, was extremely clean. The crankcase has to repaired and certified as well as the camshaft. Little evidence of rust was detected on the lifters. All pistons and cylinders will be replaced. The turbocharger will also be overhauled. It looks like I'll be down for a couple of months. When I get the plane back, I'll need flying lessons again.

"I wonder how much longer it would have taken for this to cause a catastrophic engine failure? I believe monitoring the engine helped find this, but clearly it would have been found much, much earlier had we been inspecting the pickup screen on a regular basis."

Monitoring For Metal

The oil system of any piston aircraft engine provides two levels of filtration. There's a relatively coarse screen at the oil pickup tube whose job is to catch large chunks of metal before they can get to the oil pump (and possibly damage it). Then there's a fine screen or oil filter after the oil pump whose job is to catch tiny pieces of metal before they can get to the engine's bearings (and possibly contaminate them).

When implementing a condition monitoring program, it's crucial to understand that there are three distinct sizes of metal particles that we're looking for:

  • Large particles or flakes that cannot pass through the oil pickup screen;
  • Tiny particles that are too small to be caught by the pickup screen and get trapped in the oil filter; and
  • Microscopic particles that are too small to be trapped by the oil filter.

Therefore, our condition monitoring program must comprise three distinct elements.

Since microscopic particles are too small to be trapped by the oil filter (and too small to see even if some were trapped), we must place the engine on a spectrographic oil analysis program (SOAP) in order to detect abnormal wear events that throw off such microsopic metal particles. An oil sample should be captured at every oil change and sent to the lab for analysis. (I use and highly recommend Blackstone Laboratories in Ft. Wayne, Ind.).

To detect tiny particles, we must remove and cut open the oil filter at every oil change. Tiny particles can be hard to see, so it's essential to cut the filter media off its spool, spread it out flat, and carefully inspect each pleat under a bright light (and preferably with a magnifying glass). For engines that have only a fine oil-screen instead of a spin-on, full-flow, oil filter, I strongly recommend adding a full-flow filter because it does a far better job of protecting the engine and provides a far better means for detecting problems before they cause a lot of damage.

To detect large particles or flakes, we cannot rely on filter inspection or oil analysis, because large stuff never makes it to the filter or into the sample jar. For Lycoming engines, we must remove and inspect the oil-pickup screen at every oil change. As we've seen, this step is often neglected and shockingly some A&Ps don't even know about it!

Unfortunately, TCM engines do not permit the oil pickup screen to be removed and inspected. (To gain access to the oil pickup screen, you must drop the oil pan, something that usually can't be done while the engine is mounted in the aircraft.) So for TCM engines, about the best we can do is to (1) drain the oil through an external screen and then inspect it for any large particles or flakes of metal, and (2) run a magnetic pickup tool around in the oil drain bucket and see if it picks up any pieces of ferrous metal. (This isn't a bad idea for Lycomings, too.) Alas, very few A&Ps or aircraft owners perform these steps, either.

The result is that the worst engine problems -- the ones that throw off large chunks or flakes of metal -- often go undetected until it's too late. There's no excuse for this if we're doing our condition-monitoring job correctly.

If you do your own oil changes, make absolutely sure that you're inspecting the oil pickup screen if your engine is a Lycoming, and that you're checking the drained oil for metal (using a screen and a magnet) if your engine is a Continental. If you have your oil changes done by a shop or mechanic, do not assume that they're doing this -- check it out!

Want to read more from Mike Busch? Check out the rest of his Savvy Aviator columns.
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Exclusive Video: Patty Wagstaff Interview and Flight

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Ride along with Patty Wagstaff as she flies her airshow routine at Sun 'n Fun 2008, courtesy of AVweb's Glenn Pew. Or, if you're easily queasy, just close your eyes and listen to our post-flight interview with Patty about how it feels to fly the maneuvers and what it's like to perform. Special thanks to our friends at Bose Corporation and Aircraft Spruce & Supply Co., whose good people stepped up when we needed them and helped make this video happen. And very special thanks to Patty's main sponsor, Cirrus Design, maker of the airplanes that changed the industry.

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Tired of Hauling Those Jepp Manuals Around? Switch to eBooks!

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We've all been there, lugging bags full of heavy books and manuals to ground school or out to the hangar, but computer technology has reached the point where none of that's necessary anymore. AVweb's Russ Niles spoke with Aviation Technical Books President Andy Gold about the trend toward e-books and the introduction of the full line of Jeppesen manuals to the AVweb Bookstore catalog.

Click here to listen. (8.1 MB, 8:50)

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AVweb Insider Blog: Rethinking Air Taxis — Maybe It's Not About the Airplane

What does DayJet's scaling back mean to the future of air taxi services? AVweb's editors have a few ideas, and they're sharing them on our blog, the AVweb Insider. Today, Mary Grady wonders whether the VLJ is really the critical piece of the puzzle and reflects on other air-ferry services that have made a go without jets.

Read more.

Question of the Week: Changing Forecast for Air Taxi Services?

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Last week, we asked whether you'd ever consider owning an electric-powered airplane. Nearly half of those who responded to our poll (47%) were optimistic but cautious, saying they might climb aboard when the range and power get better — but a full quarter of you were ready to commit, agreeing with the option it's the wave of the future for light airplanes.

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


With DayJet's announcement that it will scale back operations and lay off employees, many are beginning to speculate that the bright, golden rug has been out from under the future of air taxi services. As usual, we'd like to know what you think:

Do air taxi operations have a future?
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FBO of the Week: Air 51 (LEX, Lexington, KY)

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AVweb's "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to a relatively new FBO, Air 51 at LEX in Lexington, Kentucky.

AVweb reader Graham Richardson discovered Air 51 "quite by accident":

We were stopping for fuel at [another FBO] as is our habit when at LEX when we passed a spectacular P51 Mustang heading out for an evening flight. I questioned ground control and found out that the owner had just opened a new FBO called Air 51. We changed our destination and taxied down taxiway Delta to the nicest airport facility I have ever seen. Service was imediate, friendly and competent ... free soft drinks and popcorn [and] a brand-new Porsche Boxter convertible loaner car. ... This was the best FBO experience I've ever had in over 20 years of flying. I only hope these guys go national.

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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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.


"Picture of the Week" submissions are still hovering in the fair-to-middling range, as least where sheer numbers are concerned — but we won't tire you with our usual bellyaching and begging. Why? Because the quality is still sky-high, and we're having to turn away some awfully eye-catching pics just to whittle the finalists down to a managable number.

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Tora! Tora! Tora!

Kicking off the excitement this week is 12-year-old Austin Randall of Clyde, Texas, who shot this week's super-sharp winning photo at Dyess Air Force Base this past Saturday. "It was awesome!!!" writes Austin — and we agree!


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Red Bull Air Races Are Back in Town ...

Pablo Dealy of San Diego, California captures Kirby Chambliss in action at the San Diego Red Bull Air Races.


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Not the Best Day for Flying

Thunderstorms may have ruined many a flight plan, but at least they've given readers a few spectacular photos to share with us. Danielle Martin of Fayetteville, Arkansas snapped this one during "a very stormy week."


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"Rockets for Schools": Spaceport Sheboygan

"Each May, teams from schools in Michigan, Illinois, and Wisconsin meet at Spaceport Sheboygan to launch rockets they've built over Lake Michigan," writes Gary Dikkers of Madison.

(Photography, rockets — how many hobbies do you have, Gary?)


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MiG Formation Flight

To see us off this week, a portrait in black, white, and gray of MiG-29s in action (very graceful action) over Graf Ignatievo Air Base — courtesy of Ivaylo Madzharov of Plovdiv, Bulgaria.


More Reader-Submitted Photos
... are waiting for you in the the slideshow on AVweb's home page. Have a look!

Click here to submit your own photos to "POTW."

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:
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.

Embraer Phenom 100 Gallery

Embraer's Phenom 100 hasn't been publicly displayed yet, but PP-XPH, one of Embraer's certification prototypes, has been making the rounds in the U.S. as part of its certification program. It was spotted in Green Bay, Wisconsin, where it's undergoing icing tests.


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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/.

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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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