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Volume 14, Number 32a
August 4, 2008
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EAA AirVenture 2008 Wraps Up in Oshkoshback to top 
Sponsor Announcement

Attendance at this year's EAA AirVenture was "on par with last year," EAA President Tom Poberezny said Sunday. He said that at the start of the show the expectation was that high fuel prices and the generally poor economy would sap attendance but the numbers have held and he credits the quality of the show itself. " I think it's been the shot in the arm that aviation has needed," he said. He said three major events, including the exhibition of WhiteKnightTwo and possibly SpaceShipTwo, have already been set for next year. More...

Discover the Thrill of a Family Getaway
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Top News: FAA Flight Plan, Hawker Strikeback to top 

The FAA has posted its 2009-2013 Flight Plan online, and will accept comments on it until August 22. The plan details the agency's strategy to meet goals such as deploying NextGen airspace technology, and improving safety. The plan sets a goal to reduce general aviation accidents by 10 percent by 2018, by providing better cockpit technology, more WAAS approaches, and improved Flight Service Station services. A special target for Alaska aims to reduce accidents in GA and Part 135 ops from the 2000-2002 average of 130 per year down to 99 or less. The FAA plan also sets a goal to develop policies and approval processes to enable the operation of unmanned aircraft systems. Reducing runway incursions is an objective, as well as ensuring the safety of commercial space launches -- although the FAA's goal is to ensure "no fatalities, serious injuries, or significant property damage to the uninvolved public" during space flight activities. Those who participate in such activities clearly must assess their own risks. (Click through for links to the Flight Plan draft and comments page.) More...

Hawker Beechcraft workers who belong to a machinists union rejected the company's contract offer on Saturday and voted to strike. The company said in a statement that it is "disappointed" with the decision and believes the offer was "fair and equitable." It was "the best offer made to employees in more than 20 years," the company said. The strike vote was 89 percent in favor. The union leadership said the proposed contract falls short on overtime pay, cost of living allowances, health-insurance premiums, pension issues, and a proposal to restrict sub-contracting. Union spokeswoman Rita Rogers said the negotiating committee had been "disrepected" and the company appeared to have a "hidden agenda" during negotiations. The company statement said that it had "addressed every major issue brought to the bargaining table by union leadership," and added that a contingency plan is in place to continue with operations during the strike, which is set to begin on Monday. The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers District Lodge 70, and Local Lodges 733 and 2328, represents about 4,700 workers at Hawker Beechcraft in Wichita and about 500 in Salina, Kans. More...

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Aviation Safetyback to top 

Qantas has long enjoyed a reputation as just about the safest airline on Earth -- it launched in 1920 and its last fatal accident was in 1945 -- but a string of three in-flight emergencies in eight days has prompted Australia's Civil Aviation Safety Authority to conduct a safety review. "There have been a number of incidents recently and it's important that we go in and double check and make sure that all the standards have been maintained," said CASA spokesman Peter Gibson. Six CASA staffers will work for the next two weeks to review every aspect of the airline's safety and maintenance practices. On Saturday, a Qantas 767 made an emergency landing at Sydney airport after the crew discovered a hydraulic fluid leak. Last Tuesday, a 737-800 flight crew returned to Adelaide after a wheel-bay door failed to close. And on July 25, a mid-air explosion tore a hole in the fuselage of a Qantas 747, the crew made a safe emergency landing in Manila. "We have no evidence to suggest there are problems within Qantas," Gibson said, "but we think it's prudent and wise to go in with a new special team and take an additional look at a range of operational issues within Qantas. We'll be making sure that everything's operating as it should." Qantas head of engineering David Cox said in a statement that the airline has "no issue" with the review, and "CASA says it has no evidence to suggest that safety standards at Qantas have fallen." More...

An Alaskan charter and commuter service based in Juneau that has been in operation since 1956 has been shut down by the FAA by an emergency order citing safety concerns. L.A.B. Flying Service ran a fleet of small aircraft including several Cherokee Sixes, a Britten-Norman Islander, and a Piper Navajo Chieftain. The FAA alleges that in 2002 and '03, there were five instances when things broke or fell off L.A.B. airplanes in flight. Since 2004, the company has committed an "astounding number" of maintenance-related violations, the FAA said. Then, in May of this year, the company took an engine out of an airplane that had been destroyed in a fire and bolted it to another airframe, without making any effort to check for heat damage, showing a "callous disregard" for safety, and "an appalling lack of the care, judgment and responsibility required of a certificate holder," according to the FAA. A brief statement posted at the company Web site reads, "Unfortunately we have temporarily suspended our flights. We've enjoyed serving SE Alaska for the last 52 years and look forward to serving you again. Thank you for your support." Christine Klein, deputy commissioner of Aviation for the State of Alaska Department of Transportation, told the Alaska Journal of Commerce that losing a carrier in Southeast Alaska means there will be a definite shortage of air service there. "This is devastating news to the passengers and travelers," she said. The FAA order took effect on July 24. A copy of the 28-page report is posted online. The company has 10 days to appeal. More...

"The-Jet" Has a New Name: Cirrus Vision SJ50
Cirrus Vision SJ50 is the official name of Cirrus Design's single-engine personal jet. Cirrus Vision has unsurpassed interior space, single-engine fuel efficiency, flexible seating for seven, state-of-the-art avionics and flight systems, and safety hallmarks including the Cirrus Airframe Parachute System (CAPS™). Sporting a V-tail design, Cirrus Vision is technologically advanced yet engineered to be simple to fly, allowing owner-pilots more lifestyle pursuits. Go online for complete details.
News Briefsback to top 

LoPresti Aviation announced on Saturday at EAA AirVenture that they have established a new annual award for "Innovation in Aviation," in honor of their founder, aircraft designer Roy LoPresti. The first winner, DeltaHawk Engines, is a small company that has worked for 12 years to bring a new diesel design to the market. "The persistence and creativity of this company is something of which Roy would have approved," the company said in a news release. LoPresti will work with the winners to help develop and market their ideas. The award will be presented every year at Oshkosh. "In this next year you will see their engine gain certification and we will work with them to create STC's for the burgeoning diesel market," LoPresti said. More...

A group of young pilots flying a Cessna 172 in an international air rally last week flew beyond the Arctic Circle to the 70th parallel, as they wrapped up a 10-day, 3,500 nm journey across Canada. Camil Dumont Jr., 15, of Quebec; Martin Leroux-Dennebouy, 19, of France, and Michaelle Dumont, 17, of Quebec, were taking part in a rally organized by Aviation Connection, a not-for-profit group based in Quebec that promotes general aviation. The annual rally brings together pilots from North America, Europe, and South Africa for a 10-day journey, and helps them to build long-lasting relationships. The group also offers a pilot mentor program to help young pilots gain experience, and starting with next year's rally will sponsor young pilots with the help of Aviation Connection donors. About 20 airplanes took part in this year's event, ranging from a Cirrus SR22 to a PC12 to a C5 Citation jet. Next year's rally will also be held in Canada, with a route stretching from British Colombia to Newfoundland to Montreal, Quebec. More...

When Is the Last Time You Reviewed Your Estate Plan?
Estate tax reform is a hot button issue in Washington. The federal estate tax may change significantly. What can you do to move ahead on your estate plan? Review your existing plan now — especially if you haven't done so within the past year. Pilot Insurance Center's combination of insurance expertise and aviation underwriting can help provide the most competitive products for your estate-planning needs. To schedule an estate-planning review, call PIC at 1 (800) 380-8376 or visit online.
The Top Reporter on Our Crack Staff ... Is You!back to top 

AVMAIL: AUG. 4, 2008
Reader mail this week about oil prices, metal thieves, radium checks and more. 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...

Between Wheels Up and Wheels Down, There Is One Important Word: How
As the team managing the FAA AFSS system, Lockheed Martin serves nearly 90,000 general aviation pilots every week. Providing timely, accurate information and helpful service 24/7. From weather forecasts to en route information, from Hawaii to Puerto Rico, ensuring flight safety in the National Airspace System is all a question of how. And it is the how that makes all the difference. Click here for more.
New on AVwebback to top 

Sport Air Aviation's Corsario delivers wet and wild fun. More...

You might be good enough to bend rules, but it could just be luck. What happens when the luck runs out? More...

Is Your Certificate at Risk?
Legal claims for airspace incursions have increased over 150%. The AOPA Legal Services Plan provides protection in a variety of situations where you might need legal support. Plus, the Plan gives you unlimited consultation on most aviation matters covered by the Plan and an annual review of key aviation documents. Call (800) USA-AOPA, or go online to enroll.
AVweb Audio — Are You Listening?back to top 

Lycoming's VP of Marketing, Dennis Racine, talks with Kitplanes editor Marc Cook about the development of the IO-390 into certified form from the original Experimental-class powerplant and the future of Lycoming-promoted and -engineered STCs for production aircraft. The first airplane to get the 390 will be a Cessna Cardinal RG. Is your Mooney or Piper next?

This podcast is brought to you by Lightspeed Aviation, makers of the Zulu ANR headset ... More...

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EAA AirVenture: Our Parting Shot(s)back to top 

Today we pack up and say our goodbyes to Oshkosh for another year. Before we go, though, let's rifle through Mariano's photos one last time and see what he's caught on film since yesterday. 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 magazine, plus access to aviation records and much more. To become an NAA member, sign up online or call (703) 416-4888 and press 4.
Your Favorite FBOsback to top 


AVweb's "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Three Wing Flying Services at Igor Sikorsky Memorial Airport (KBDR) in Stratford, Connecticut.

AVweb reader Paul McGhee tells us why Three Wing is an outstanding FBO:

I was stuck at BDR as thunderstorms popped all around the area. Even though I hadn't purchased a thing, the manager offered me the crew car so I could get breakfast. When I finally gave up, the line guys helped me get a car rental and tied me down. All this and the lowest fuel prices in the New York airspace area.

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!


Attention, All Maintenance Facility Managers!
Dr. James Allen's Working Healthy specifically addresses the long- and short-term hazards common in the aviation maintenance and flightline environment with proven guidelines on how to protect an FBO's most valuable assets, students and employees. Implementing these guidelines will reduce cancellations, absenteeism, work delays and Workman's Compensation bills. One prevented minor injury will pay for this book 100 times over! Available now in book or eBook format (along with other fine publications) at AVwebBooks.com.
The Lighter Side of Flightback to top 

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

Palm Beach, Florida approach was busy, as usual. My experience is that they're always 100% business and 0% humor. They must have had a new controller at the mic:

"Mooney Three Four November, squawk VFR; frequency change approved."

Mooney 34N:
"Approach, uh, roger — and I want to report that your radio has a high pitched whine."

Approach (sarcastically):
"That's because it's scared."

Unknown Third-Party Pilot:
"Hell, we're all scared!"

Tom Tripp
via e-mail


More AVweb for Your Inboxback to top 

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Names Behind the Newsback to top 


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