AVwebFlash Complete Issue: Volume 14, Number 33b

August 14, 2008

By The AVweb Editorial Staff
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Top News: TSA Expands Security Measures back to top 
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New TSA Rules In The Works Will Affect GA

The Transportation Security Administration is taking a close look at general aviation and new rules are expected to be issued soon, but for now at least, the agency's attention is focused on aircraft that weigh 12,500 pounds and more. A story in USA Today on Monday said the TSA is planning "a massive expansion" of security measures. The business aviation community, of course, is keeping a close eye on the regulators. "The new security proposals must be workable and should strike the right balance between the need for security and for mobility," Dan Hubbard, spokesman for the National Business Aviation Association, told USA Today. AOPA said it supports reasonable security measures but will oppose any regulations that unduly restrict GA with no significant security benefit. "While the details of the rule proposal are uncertain, one of our major concerns is that this is the first time a new segment of the aviation population will be regulated," said Andy Cebula, AOPA executive vice president of government affairs. "The real effects of this proposal will become clearer after it's released."

Cebula added that AOPA has been working with TSA and the White House to ensure that members' concerns are addressed as the expected new proposal evolves.

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Latest Headlines from Eclipse back to top 

Eclipse Update - Temps Let Go; NTSB On Recent Accident; Status Of Refunds

Eclipse Aviation has let go about 190 of its temporary workers, the company said in a statement on Friday. "This is not a layoff because it does not affect any direct employees," the statement read. "It is not uncommon for manufacturing companies to hire temporary workers when adapting to fluctuations in production," Eclipse continued. "The reduction in workforce is based on efforts to reduce expenses and be better positioned financially. Eclipse will not be releasing any further information at this time, and will not be conducting interviews surrounding this event." Rumors continue to fly that a major shakeup is in the works at Eclipse, and AVweb is following the developments closely. However, Mike McConnell, Eclipse's VP of sales and marketing has told AVweb the rumors are just that. "Your story today, Shakeup at Eclipse, is an account of rumors that bear no resemblance to the facts," he said in an unsolicited response to our request for information in Wednesday's BizAv email. "We will not react to rumors. As we have said, we are focusing on operational excellence and profitability going forward." Eclipse's Communications Director Alana McCarraher also said specific rumors that we have heard but details of which we have not published yet are not true.

Also, the NTSB has released its preliminary report on an accident involving an Eclipse 500 jet on July 30 in Pennsylvania. The jet ran off the end of a runway while landing in Pennsylvania; the airplane was badly damaged, but the pilot and passenger escaped unhurt. The NTSB said its investigation did not reveal any pre-impact mechanical failures of the flight control system, brake system, engine control systems, or engines, and the wreck was released to the owner's insurance agent.

On Wednesday, AOPA reported that Eclipse has told customers who have requested refunds that they will receive them, with interest, by the end of this year. "A company spokesman said the AirVenture announcement of a new round of funding linked to the departure of founder Vern Raburn caused some position holders to believe they would receive their refunds immediately," AOPA said. "However, sufficient funds to complete the refund payments won't be available until the entire finance deal closes, which is anticipated before the end of the year." Also, modifications that have been promised for the jets that have already been delivered are on hold, pending more funding, except for the installation of flight into known icing modifications, AOPA said.

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Safety & Training back to top 

FAA Mandates Special Training For Pilots In D.C. Area

The FAA issued a final rule this week that requires "special awareness" training for any pilot who flies under VFR within a 60-nautical-mile radius of the Washington, D.C., VOR/DME. The training consists of an hour-long online course that focuses primarily on the procedures for flying in and around the DC Metropolitan Area Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) and the DC Metropolitan Area Flight Restricted Zone (FRZ). Since the ADIZ was created, in 2003, there have been over 3,000 incursions, the FAA says. The agency hopes the new rule will reduce the number of unauthorized flights into the ADIZ and FRZ by educating the pilot community. The free course will be available at FAASafety.gov, and pilots can print out a certificate of completion when they are done. That certificate would have to be presented upon request to authorized representatives of the FAA, NTSB, TSA, or any federal, state, or local law-enforcement officer. The final rule is effective on Feb. 9, 2009.

"EAA and other general aviation organizations have voiced opposition to this mandatory training requirement," said EAA's Doug Macnair, vice president of government relations. "Like it or not, the mandatory awareness training is the least onerous intervention the government can take on incursions," he said. "And if incursions continue after this training requirement has been in place for a while, we'll have an even more difficult time opposing those who want to greatly increase restricted areas, so it's really up to us to become more vigilant about this."

Angel Flight Down In Mass.; Third This Summer

A Bonanza pilot was taking a patient and his wife to Boston for cancer treatment on Tuesday morning when the airplane lost altitude and crashed into a parking lot in Easton, Mass., killing all three. The flight had been arranged by Angel Flight Northeast, which released a statement expressing sadness and sympathy. It was the third charity flight since June to end in tragedy, and prior to this summer, Angel Flight organizations, which fly about 20,000 missions per year, had never lost a passenger in their 25-year history. On June 3, a Socata TBM-700 flying for Angel Flight Central hit the ground during initial climb from Iowa City Municipal Airport; the pilot and one passenger received serious injuries, and the patient, a two-year-old girl, was killed. On July 17, a Beech Bonanza flying for Angel Flight Southeast collided with an instrument landing system antenna while climbing out from Vandenberg Airport, Tampa, Fla., and the pilot and both passengers died. "The entire Angel Flight world is saddened and surprised and shocked that this is happening all at once," Christel Gollnick, CEO of Angel Flight Central, based in Kansas City, Mo., told The Associated Press. She said that safety protocols for the groups' planes and roughly 7,000 volunteers have not changed and there are no obvious links in the three crashes this year.

She said the organization is not planning to conduct any formal review of the series of crashes. The Air Care Alliance and the AOPA Air Safety Foundation have produced a video and manual for volunteer pilots, who generally must have a minimum of 250 hours and an instrument rating to fly for Angel Flight groups. AVweb's sister publication, Aviation Safety, will publish a detailed look at the series of accidents later this year.

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Market Watch back to top 

Piper Avoids Overall Piston Downturn

Although piston aircraft deliveries for the first half of this year are down 16 percent overall, as the General Aviation Manufacturers Association reported last week, not all companies have seen declining numbers. Piper Aircraft increased its piston sales by 18 percent, driven largely by sales of its Piper Matrix, an unpressurized version of the Malibu Mirage. By July 1, Piper had delivered 48 copies of the Matrix, accounting for more than half of Piper's deliveries. "We have orders for 101 Matrix models this year," said Piper CEO James Bass. "The Piper Matrix fills a niche in the market that hasn't been truly addressed until now. To date, our entire first year of production is sold out and market demand continues to be very strong."

Bass also said the company's performance this year shows that it has recovered from the three hurricanes that struck the Vero Beach, Fla., site in 2004. "We are not only fully recovered from the hurricanes, our headquarters is in the midst of major renovation and modernization," he said. The restored buildings are strong enough to withstand any potential storms or hurricanes in the future, he said. The company is also developing a single-engine jet, which flew for the first time on July 30.

Thielert Owners Group On Insolvency Committee

The Thielert Owners Group, a hastily convened organization of owners and operators of the diesel engines produced by the bankrupt German company has earned a seat at the table in deciding the fate of the company. THENOG, as it calls itself, has been named to the seven-member creditor committee by the German court overseeing the insolvency. "This was our goal for THENOG when we started the group in May," said THENOG board member Dr. Todd House, in a news release," House said. "Through our advocacy on the creditors committee and our legal standing with the German Insolvency Court, we can accelerate the process of bringing relief to owners of aircraft that use Thielert engines."

When Thielert became insolvent in May, the court-appointed insolvency administrator dramatically increased the price of part and voided warranties. Those actions made the aircraft uneconomical to fly for some and others were grounded. The group is encouraging Thielert owners to join at TheNOG.org.

Precise Flight: Hidden in Plain Sight
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No Green Prize from NASA, But Plenty of Innovations back to top 

NASA Announces Winners Of GA Technology Challenge

NASA awarded $97,000 in prizes last week at the 2008 General Aviation Technology Challenge, which was held in Santa Rosa, Calif. The largest prize awarded was $50,000 for best safety features, which went to Vance Turner's team from El Dorado Hills, Calif., flying a modified Pipistrel Virus. The Pipistrel team also won prizes for the shortest takeoff distance and best angle of climb, and shared the lowest cabin noise prize with a team led by John Dunham of Carson City, Nev. Dunham's team flew a customized Lambada aircraft and won $20,000 for the community noise prize. Pilot Bob Basham, flying a Flight Design-CT, won a prize of $3,750 for best glide ratio at 100 mph. A $50,000 Green Aviation Prize purse was offered, but no team was able to exceed the minimum requirement of 30 miles per gallon, although all the competitors came close. The prize money not won this year will roll over to next year's competition, which will offer over $600,000 in prize money.

The challenge was managed by the Comparative Aircraft Flight Efficiency, or CAFE, Foundation at the Sonoma County Airport. The GA Challenge is one of seven NASA technology prize competitions known as Centennial Challenges, which were launched in 2005.

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News Briefs back to top 

Two Weeks To Taxi For Build-A-Plane Kids

Three youngsters from the West Coast are taking part in a first-of-its-kind aircraft construction project this week and next week in Arlington, Wash. The high schoolers are building a brand-new Glasair Sportsman under the wing of Build A Plane, the nonprofit group that helps to match up school kids and aircraft construction projects -- generally finding a good home for old and unwanted airplanes whose owners donate them to the cause. This is the first time the group has built a new airplane from scratch. "I was hoping I'd get to solo this summer, but I didn't earn enough money yet," said Brian White, 16, who is from Washington state. "But this is about the coolest thing I could have gotten to do!" Liz Kaiser, 17, from Bellevue, Wash., wanted to build an aircraft for her senior project, so when she heard about this opportunity, it was a perfect fit. Cody Freeman, 17, flew from California to work on the Glasair, his first-ever aircraft-building project. The new Sportsman should taxi out of the hangar in just two weeks, and start flying a few days later.

The completed aircraft will become the Build A Plane "flagship," traveling to airshows and schools around the country. Kids who have worked on airplanes will be invited to fly with the aircraft and speak to other kids interested in aviation. Glasair Aviation, Garmin, Lycoming Engines, Hartzell, Cessna Aircraft and others all have chipped in to sponsor the project.

Wagstaff Court Date Set

Airshow pilot Patty Wagstaff (or her representative) will appear in court in Oshkosh on Sept. 2 to face two charges relating to the incident on a runway at Wittman Regional Airport July 31. According to court records, Wagstaff is charged with first offense drunken driving and failure to submit to a sobriety test. If the second charge is proven, then it amounts to an automatic conviction on the first. Wagstaff has denied she was impaired by alcohol on that night but does admit to taking a wrong turn and ending up on the runway.

In a statement to AVweb earlier this week, Wagstaff mentioned the lack of physical proof of impairment. "I do deny the allegations," she told AVweb. " And, I did not do a breath test, a blood test or a field sobriety test." EAA security personnel first stopped Wagstaff and three others in her vehicle on the runway and called Winnebago County Sheriffs, who took Wagstaff into custody.

On the Fly ...

The Air Transport Association has gone to court to challenge the FAA's action to auction off airport slots...

The German Bankruptcy Court has added the Thielert Engine Owners Group to the creditors' committee overseeing the Thielert insolvency...

The FAA has posted details of the Temporary Flight Restrictions that will be in place for the Democratic and Republican conventions...

Qantas has grounded six of its Boeing 737 airliners pending a safety review.

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New on AVweb back to top 

Across the Pond #20: Report from Europe

Half of Europe seems to be in Wisconsin for EAA AirVenture this month, so it's left to those of us over here wishing we were there to scout around for what's new this side of the pond.

Click here for the full story.

AVweb's AirVenture 2008 Video Round-Up

Original, Exclusive Videos from AVweb | Reader-Submitted & Viral Videos

This year at EAA AirVenture we brought you fourteen video reports over the course of seven days. We realize the news was flying fast and furious during the show, so just in case you missed any of our reports, you can catch them all here. (The main frame contains all of our videos, or you can click over to a particular video if one interests you more than the others.)

Editors' Preview


Rocket Racers

Contest Winner


Bobby Sturgell

ChallengeAir Auction

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Sean Tucker


Martin Jet Pack



ATC Tower


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Reader Voices back to top 

Question of the Week: What's Your Reaction to the TSA's Reported GA Security 'Expansion'?

This Week's Question | Previous Week's Answers


Last week, we asked AVweb readers which story out of EAA AirVenture 2008 was the biggest. To our surprise, 43% of those who responded said OTHER!

We thought our list of choices was pretty good, ranging from jet-pack mania to the leadership change at Eclipse, but apparently there were some big stories we didn't include on our list. Right behind OTHER, the most common response was the arrival of the SJ50 (formerly "The-Jet") from Cirus, followed closely by Vern Raburn's departure from Eclipse.

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


The TSA plans a "massive expansion" of security measures, many of which will affect GA flights into major airports. This week, we want to know how you would characterize the plan.

The TSA's reported plan for GA security is [fill in the blank].
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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. You're a part of our team ... often, the best part.

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Your Favorite FBOs back to top 

FBO of the Week: Poplar Grove Airmotive (C77, Poplar Grove, IL)

Nominate an FBO | Rules | Tips | Questions | Winning FBOs

AVweb's "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Poplar Grove Airmotive, located (where else?) at Poplar Grove Airport (C77), an hour north of Chicago.

In a week filled with great recommendations, it was this testimonial from AVweb reader Steve Langdon that brought Poplar Grove to the top:

Poplar Grove is the Mecca for fun aviation. The field hosts numerous biplanes, homebuilts, etc. The owners, Steve and Tina Thomas, will bend over backwards to make your visit enjoyable and memorable. The field has two sod strips ... great for obtaining your tail wheel endorsement in either the Piper Cub or the Cessna 140 that are available for rent at the FBO. Good food is just up the road, and a car is usually availabe. Adjacent to the airport is the Poplar Grove Vintage Wings and Wheels Museum, which celebrates the early years of aviation and other forms of transportation.

Sounds like a destination FBO, Steve — thanks for the tip!

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 Photos back to top 

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.


Look out! We've got another massive batch of photos comin' atcha this week, most of them directly from the cameras of AVweb readers who managed to attend EAA AirVenture '08 in Oshkosh. While we met only a small number of you at the show, we've already enjoyed a couple hundred of your photos, and we look forward to more as the weeks roll by. (Submit 'em here!)

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Used with permission of Gregory B. Palmer

Oshkosh Flyover

Gregory Palmer of Palatine, Illinois had us scratching our heads and trying to figure out how to crop his winning photo (taken at Oshkosh!) for the slideshow on our home page.

Despite our best efforts, though, you should still make it a point to click through and view the full-size version of this one ... .


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copyright © Michael Pastore
Used with permission

Prop Wash

Michael Pastore of Wheaton, Illinois snapped this one at Oshkosh, too. That's Sohio Super Corsair #57, and, like its predecessor, this one demands to be seen at full-size.


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copyright © Gary J. Hebbard
Used with permission

On the Water

A bit understated for an airplane photo, perhaps, but we immediately fell in love with the interesting angle in this image from Gary Hebbard of St. John's, Newfoundland (Canada).


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Used with permission of Suzy Kryzanowicz

Shadow of Things to Come?

Not an Oshkosh photo, you say? You're sort of right — Suzy Kryzanowicz of Bay City, Michigan shot this on her way to AirVenture! (And strangely enough, airplane silhouettes were a recurring them among this week's submissions, although this is the only one that worked its way into our top 25.)


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copyright © Paul T. Gernhardt
Used with permission

Short on Funds

Ron Horton of Ft. Mill, South Carolina supplied us with plenty of awesome photos this week, but we had to pick a single one to share with everyone, and this is it. Ron jokes that it "looks like this ultralight builder finished the wings and ran out of money!"

Once again, we recommend viewing the full-size version — oh, what the heck! By now you should know to click through and view all of these at their original size, right?


There are more photos to see at AVweb's home page, in our weekly-updated slideshow. (Remember to click on the slides and view them at full-size, too!)

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.

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More AVweb for Your Inbox back to top 

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Names Behind the News back 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:

Timothy Cole

Editorial Director, Aviation Publications
Paul Bertorelli

Russ Niles

Contributing Editors
Mary Grady
Glenn Pew

Features Editor
Kevin Lane-Cummings

Scott Simmons

Mariano Rosales
Jeff van West

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