Aircraft Spruce at the 45th Annual National Championship Reno Air Races & Air Show!
Join the Aircraft Spruce
team in Reno, Nevada for the 45th Annual Reno Air Show in the Exhibit Hangar inside the Pitt Gates. Take advantage of some of your favorite products on sale, complimentary ground shipping (does not apply to hazardous or oversize products), and helpful staff to answer questions. The NEW
2008-2009 Aircraft Spruce Catalog
will be available! Call Aircraft Spruce
at 1 (877) 4-SPRUCE or
APPEAL OF CRANKSHAFT CASE QUASHED
The lawyer for a Navasota,
Texas-based foundry says the Supreme Court of Texas has upheld a lower
court ruling absolving his client of wrongdoing in the manufacture of
faulty crankshafts that were installed in Lycoming engines. In 2005,
Interstate Southwest won a jury decision that not only found it
blameless, but also found Lycoming liable for fraud in the case.
Lycoming appealed and the Supreme Court rejected that appeal on Tuesday.
"This Supreme Court decision means Interstate Southwest wins and
Lycoming loses it's as simple as that," attorney Marty Rose said
in a news release "A jury of 12 people looked at this and said that
Lycoming was to blame. This decision affirms that." Lycoming did not
immediately respond to our email request for comment Wednesday.
SAYS PURCHASE OFFERS ARE PROMISING
investors" have expressed an interest in buying the insolvent Thielert Aircraft
Engines company, the company said this week. "In some cases, the
offers even exceed initial expectations," according to company spokesman
Sebastian Glaser. "Moreover, in recent weeks a number of other new
prospective customers have expressed their interest as well," Glaser
said. "Thus, the deadlines have been accordingly extended." Once all the
bids have been collected, prospective buyers will be given the
opportunity to thoroughly examine the company, then, actual purchase
negotiations will begin. The company's statement did not offer a
timeline for this process. Meanwhile, Thielert continues to produce
diesel engines, and a new order from the U.S. has helped to stabilize
the company's financial situation, according to this week's statement.
"We can offer investors an intact company that is not making losses,"
said insolvency administrator Dr. Bruno M. Kubler. "Even if plans are to
quickly find an investor, we are not under pressure to sell at an
inadequate price." More...
Aviation's Original Search Engine
Back in 1937, Trade-A-Plane
was the original and
only place to look for parts to repair an airplane.
is still the best, with everything that
keeps you flying thousands of planes, products, and services
updated hourly. Call Trade-A-Plane
In print or online, start your search with the world's largest aviation
BALLOON SNAGGED BY TREES, PILOT SURVIVES
Imagine flying an
airplane when both wings suddenly depart the fuselage -- that is about
the kind of emergency that was faced by balloon pilot Chuck Walz on
Sunday morning, when the fabric of his balloon envelope collapsed, and
the aircraft plummeted toward the ground. But just before impact, the
fabric snagged on a cluster of trees, breaking the fall, and the basket
tipped, dumping Walz to the ground from a height of about 12 feet. He
was taken to a hospital with a broken pelvis and a puncture wound to one
leg, but he was conscious and alert, and by Tuesday his full recovery
was said to be "promising." Walz, who is from Michigan, was competing in
the U.S. National Hot Air Balloon Championships in Anderson County, S.C.
David Levin, an official with the Balloon Federation of America, which organized the
event, visited Walz on Monday. "Chuck and I agreed that we witnessed the
hand of God in the form of a tree that reached out and saved his life,"
Levin said. More...
IN A TREE
When deHavilland built the Tiger Moth, it was
designed to have the gentle flight characteristics that would launch a
legion of crack pilots against the Third Reich. It did that job with
minimal damage to airframes and teenaged pilots and it helped Augie
Gorreck and his passenger Susie Williams walk (make that rappel) away
from mishap that might have had a terrible result. The 65-year-old
biplane lost power in its unique inverted Gypsy Major engine shortly
after takeoff from Skylark Airpark near East Windsor, Conn. on Sunday
and Gorreck, lacking altitude to do anything else, settled it into a
copse of trees at the end of the runway. "We got away with it," Gorreck
told reporters as he and Williams rode on the back of an all-terrain
vehicle from the crash site. Both were unharmed but spent three hours 50
feet above the ground waiting for rescue. More...
ANNOUNCES NEW ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE
In its continuing
effort to "ensure [a] clear path to profitability," the new management
team at Eclipse
Aviation said on Tuesday that it has created a new structure for
operating the company. Peg Billson, previously the company's chief
operating officer, has been appointed president and general manager of
the Eclipse Manufacturing Division, and Mike McConnell, previously vice
president of sales and marketing, will serve as president and general
manager of the Eclipse Customer Division. Roel Pieper, who took over as
CEO when founder Vern Raburn departed the company, says the new
framework will serve to "rapidly advance" his operational excellence
strategy. "I have been directly involved in several turnaround efforts
over the course of my career and believe these changes will be
instrumental in driving world-class manufacturing and a superior
customer experience," he said in a news release. "I have absolute
confidence in this leadership team's ability to deliver the profitable
results this company requires," Pieper said. More...
COAST MOPS UP FROM GUSTAV
Hurricane Gustav was no Katrina,
but it still caused plenty of headaches for aviators in the Gulf Coast
region. As of Tuesday, Louis Armstrong International Airport in New Orleans
remained closed to passenger traffic and was operating on generator
power, but VFR daytime operations were allowed. The airport was expected
to be back to normal operations sometime Wednesday. The city's Lakefront
Airport was closed and unattended as of Tuesday afternoon, according to
the National Business Aviation Association's hurricane report. Most other airports in the region
were reopened by Tuesday, although some were lacking electrical power.
Gustav has been downgraded to a tropical depression as it moves
northwest, but threats of local rains up to 20 inches and possible
tornados remain. More...
Introducing AV8OR from
Bendix/King by Honeywell
is the portable and affordable GPS built specifically
for pilots, by a company that knows pilots. With navigation routing,
planning and weather information for the aircraft and the automobile,
uses aviation software and symbology pilots understand.
Its 4.3-inch touch screen is larger and easier to read than competing
GPS systems, with an intuitive interface derived from the
pilot-friendly, panel-mounted Bendix/King
For more information, go online
HELICOPTERS TEACH THEMSELVES AEROBATICS
A fleet of
scale-model autonomous helicopters operated by Stanford computer
scientists can learn to fly complex stunts by "watching" other
helicopters perform the same maneuvers, the research team said this week. The project
illustrates the capability of "apprenticeship learning," in which robots
learn by observing an expert, rather than by following pre-programmed
software instructions. Using artificial intelligence, the autonomous
helicopters are able to fly a complex routine while correcting for
variables such as wind gusts. During a flight, instruments monitor the
position, direction, orientation, velocity, acceleration and spin of the
helicopter in several dimensions. A computer crunches the data, makes
quick calculations, and beams new flight directions to the helicopter
via radio 20 times per second -- with no human input. The technology
could be useful in "training" autonomous helicopters to search for land
mines or wildfires, said Andrew Ng, director of the Stanford research
team. "In order for us to trust helicopters in these sort of
mission-critical applications, it's important that we have very robust,
very reliable helicopter controllers that can fly maybe as well as the
best human pilots in the world can," he said. Stanford's autonomous
helicopters have taken a large step in that direction, according to Ng.
JETPACK NOW WITH BRS CHUTE
One of the biggest newsmakers at EAA
AirVenture this summer was the Martin Jetpack -- a spiffy-looking unit that
promised great mobility and potential, though its live demo at Oshkosh
was inconclusive as to its true capabilities. But this week, the product
took another step forward in mass-market appeal when Ballistic
Recovery Systems (BRS) announced it has entered into an agreement
with Martin Aircraft Company to provide an emergency parachute recovery
system for the jetpacks. "This system enables the Jetpack pilot to be
saved during a catastrophic failure even when flying at a reasonably low
altitude," BRS said in a news release. How low is "reasonable" when you
are strapped into a jetpack? "Our official position is 500 feet," BRS
President Larry Williams told AVweb on Tuesday. "But as always,
deploy when in doubt, since we have seen successful deployments as low
as 60 feet. The parachute offers some drag immediately that will slow
down the impact. Also, as with all our applications, the function of the
system will be influenced by forward velocity as well."
Aircraft Financing to Fit
offers a competitive and experienced approach to
each and every loan program by focusing exclusively on aircraft
financing. AirFleet Capital
provides exceptional terms coupled
with personal service and a long-term commitment to support the business
and shared passion of aviation. From Light Sport Aircraft to VLJs and
Business Jets, AirFleet Capital
has a loan program to fit your
needs. Call an AirFleet Capital
financing specialist at (800)
request a quote online
SEARCH CONTINUES, A YEAR LATER
A year after adventurer Steve
while flying near a friend's ranch in Nevada, a group of 28 searchers
are back in the field hoping to find evidence of his fate. The team
began its search on Aug. 23 and plans to continue through next
Wednesday, The Associated Press reported this week. They are
focusing on a new area, west of the area previously scoured, based on
new information that a radar track that was believed to show Fossett's
route may instead have been the track of a local pilot who was flying
over the area at the same day and time. This week's effort is the
largest since the main search was called off last year, though other
groups have continued to explore the region on a smaller scale. "We're
pushing harder, leaving people in the field longer. We've got the lay of
the land now," Robert Hyman, one of the team leaders, told the AP on
Tuesday. Searcher Lew Toulmin added that he hoped the searchers would
have a breakthrough on Sept. 3, a year to the day after Fossett
vanished. "We hope that Wednesday's the day," Toulmin said. "That would
be nice." More...
THE FLY ...
A Convair 580 crashed in Ohio on Monday, all
three crew members died...
A P2V fire-fighting air tanker crashed in
Nevada Monday, killing three...
A trial has been scheduled for Patty
Wagstaff on drunk-driving charges...
Bombardier's CRJ1000 NextGen
airliner made its first flight. More...
Earn 10% Off Your Annual Aviation Insurance
Want better coverage and
better rates? At Avemco®
, you'll get up to 10% taken off your
annual insurance premium just for completing FAA Wings
instruction, or qualified safety courses. To get your no-cost quote,
at (888) 241-7891
click here to visit us online
Join NAA and Help Shape the Next Century of
It's a great time to join the National Aeronautic Association
), the nation's oldest aviation organization. At $39 a year,
membership is a terrific value for any aviation enthusiast!
Members receive the Smithsonian's Air & Space
access to aviation records and much more. To become an NAA member,
sign up online
or call (703) 416-4888
and press 4
Celebrating their 45th anniversary this September, the National
Championship Air Races
are the last head-to-head air racing event
left on Earth and are the favorite among aviation enthusiasts,
worldwide. The event features six high-speed racing classes and a static
aircraft show, and this year the USAF Thunderbirds
will highlight a fleet of world-class aviation
demonstrations. For more information on the National Championship Air
or to purchase tickets, call (775) 972-6633
AIRVENTURE 2008 VIDEO ROUND-UP
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. (Click
through to watch.) More...
Operators! Reserve October 28-30 on Your Calendars
Turboprop Expo 2008
, October 28-30 in Scottsdale, AZ, will offer
specialized programs including seminar tracks for airframe and turboprop
engine topics as well as operational and ownership information. Dr.
David Strahle will present his informative and acclaimed seminar:
Understanding Nexrad Imagery
. Enjoy the relaxing surroundings of
a classic resort and network with industry leaders at Turboprop Expo
For more information and to register,
OF THE WEEK: STOUT FLYING SERVICE (KLWS, LEWISTON,
"FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Stout Flying Service at Lewiston-Nez Perce
County Regional Airport (KLWS) in Lewiston,
AVweb reader Steve Cronje gave the FBO "a big
thumbs up" for going above-and-beyond to correct an honest mistake.
While visiting the FBO, Steve received a fuel bill that he thought was a
little high, and after returning home, he began to wonder if the lineman
had overcharged him or if (perhaps more worrisome) someone had breached
security and stolen a bit of his fuel. Here's the rest of the story, in
Steve's own words:
Imagine my pleasure when I
received an unprompted letter from Stout Flying Services today. It
apologized for accidentally overcharging us for 40 gallons of fuel when
we refueled. Apparently, the fuel meter had not been reset properly, and
the lineman, who was new, did not notice it. (It was early in the
morning and he was the only one around.) They had corrected the
accounting with the credit card company and included transaction
receipts for our records!
It is great to find a company that puts
honesty and integrity above the bottom line in the world of today. There
was no need for the Stouts to do anything other than nothing yet
they went to the trouble of tracking us down and putting the matter
I hope that Stout Flying Service wins the "FBO of the Week"
award for putting principles before the bottom line. Our family, for
one, will be certain to use their services again and hopefully this
nomination encourages others to do the same.
Keep those nominations
coming. For complete contest rules, click here.
actively seeking out the best FBOs in the country and another one,
submitted by you, will be spotlighted here next Monday!
Fly (or Drive) Somewhere! Use
AVweb's Calendar of Events
Air shows, seminars, conferences, club events, fly-ins, pancake
breakfasts, and trade shows are all featured on AVweb
Calendar of Events
OF THE WEEK: AVWEB'S FLYING PHOTOGRAPHY SHOWCASE
All good things come to an end
eventually, and this week we saw the number of submissions to our weekly
"POTW" contest finally recede to normal levels for the first
time since AirVenture. Yes, yes, we know we were making that
awwwww sound, too but wipe that frown off your face, and
let's enjoy the terrific photos we do have to share like
this superfast fly-by, courtesy of Ian
Astles from Knaphill, Surrey (England)! More...
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.
AVwebFlash team is:
here to send a letter to the
editor. (Please let us know if your letter is not
intended for publication.)
Comments or questions
about the news should be sent
Have a product or service to advertise
on AVweb? A question on marketing? Send it to AVweb's
If you're having
trouble reading this newsletter in its HTML-rich format (or if you'd
prefer a lighter, simpler format for your PDA or handheld device),
there's also a text-only version of AVwebFlash. For complete
instructions on making the switch, click
Navigate. Communicate. More...