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Volume 14, Number 48a
November 24, 2008
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.
Top News: Security & Privacyback to top 

Working with a government computer system that allows federal agencies to trade between them their resources, a field technician with the FAA in San Diego allegedly took home some 215 government owned items, including a Cessna 210. Court papers made available Thursday indicate investigators are still trying to discern how widespread the problem was. "There is a great concern about who knew what about this" Assistant U.S. Attorney David Jennings told The Associated Press, "about whether it's something that was systemic." The employee is said to have given the aircraft to his half-brother (along with a yacht that the relative took to Canada, where it remains) who even managed to get insurance for the government-owned aircraft. With that insurance, the relative received a payment of $45,000 after the aircraft was damaged in a 2007 storm while parked at an airport in Louisiana. Prosecutors allege the 210 was obtained from the Forest Service, a 44-foot Navy yacht from the ROTC, another boat previously used by the Border Patrol, a Chevrolet K2500 truck from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration ... and the list goes on. More...

Changes on your application for a medical certificate will lead to more information collected by your AME that can be shared with other federal agencies, all with the blessing of changes made to the Privacy Act Statement covering the application, according to AOPA. The information sharing is intended to provide other federal agencies with access to your responses for the purpose of checking the accuracy and completeness of other information available to those agencies. For example, pilots seeking a medical from their doctor will respond to a new question that inquires about whether or not they receive medical disability benefits, and other agencies may use that information to help discover Social Security fraud. More...

JA Air Center, Your Source for the New Garmin GPSMap 696
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Future AVweb Headlines in the Makingback to top 

With a Nov. 18 executive order published Thursday, President George W. Bush has dictated policy designed to drive "effective implementation of the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen)" and sets its first deadline "not later than 60 days after the date of this order," or roughly when President-elect Barack Obama takes office. (That point is not lost on AOPA.) The 60-day deadline is for establishment of a DOT support staff. It is followed 120 days later by a second deadline that dictates establishment of an advisory committee to provide advice concerning implementation of policy to the Secretary of Transportation. As for the policy itself, the order states, "it is the policy of the United States to establish and maintain" an air transport system that meets the present and future "needs" of the Unites States. However, executive orders of an outgoing President can be reviewed by the incoming administration and President-elect Obama's "can be expected to review" and "may rescind or replace" this or other Bush administration orders at its discretion, according to the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. More...

An expected downturn in orders for both its civilian and military aircraft has led Boeing to announce it may in 2009 take action beyond hiring freezes and normal attrition and reduce the size of its workforce through layoffs. Working under an order backlog recently estimated near $349 billion that could span five years of production and form a bridge over current economic woes may curb potential cuts. But a recent analysis by the Teal Group predicts that Boeing's production will likely decrease after 2010, and may slide by as much as 15 percent by 2013. More...

Cessna Caravan
Introducing the perfect union of brains and brawn. With more than 10 million fleet hours under its heavy-lifting wings, the Cessna Caravan now has brains to match. The standard Garmin G1000® glass cockpit combined with the WAAS-certified GFC700 automated flight control system integrates all primary flight, engine and sensor data to provide intuitive, at-a-glance situational awareness and precise flight guidance and control. For complete information, go online.
Reacting to Economic Anxietyback to top 

It may have been about potential job losses, but by attaching that motive to CEOs with multimillion dollar salaries flying by private jet to seek a $25 billion infusion for companies hemorrhaging cash under their own leadership, the focus has instead shifted to the loss of some jets ... at least for now. And so, a few days after the cap-in-hand CEOs of Ford, Chrysler and GM were blasted in Congressional hearings for each using their company's corporate jet to fly to Washington for the same hearing comes word that their hangars have some empty slots and may have more free spaces in the future.

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As the year end approaches, aircraft manufacturers keep rolling out incentives and reminding prospective owners that the bonus tax depreciation applying to light aircraft will end on Dec. 31. To sweeten the pot, Liberty Aerospace is offering free fuel, free scheduled maintenance (125 hours worth for both) and free insurance for those who buy a Liberty two-place before the end of the year. It's also offering five hours of free training and matching deposits made on competing aircraft (up to $5,000) for those who pick a Liberty instead. LSA manufacturers continue to offer incentives, as well, the latest being the manufacturers of Sport Hornet LRS. More...

Fly With Bose® Aviation Headset X
Enjoy an unmatched combination of full-spectrum noise reduction, clearer audio, and comfortable fit. Voted the #1 headset for the seventh consecutive year in Professional Pilot's 2007 Headset Preference Survey. Also rated "Best ANR Headset: The Aviation Consumer Product of the Year" by Aviation Consumer.

Purchase by December 31, 2008 and receive a complimentary pair of Bose in-ear headphones ($99.95 value). Learn more and order.

Quotes reprinted with permission: Professional Pilot, 2007 Headset Preference Survey, 12/07; Aviation Consumer, 8/07.
Under Investigationback to top 

As we reported in January, the co-pilot aboard an Air Canada Boeing 767 l carrying 146 passengers out of Toronto for London had to be physically removed from the cockpit, mid-flight. A report released last week by the Air Accident Investigation Unit has shed new light on the incident, saying that slowly mounting warning signs, from the co-pilot's late arrival to his "harried" appearance, were ultimately followed by ignored protocols, "rambling and disjointed" speech and "belligerent and uncooperative" behavior that led the captain to action. More...

An internal report by the CIA's inspector general accuses agency officials of withholding information and obstructing inquiries regarding the investigation of a 2001 fatal downing of an aircraft thought to be carrying narcotics that was in fact carrying missionaries over Peru. Three aboard the stricken aircraft were injured when it crashed into the Amazon River. Two aboard, a woman and her infant daughter, were killed. The aircraft was attacked by a Peruvian air force fighter operating with CIA surveillance aircraft. The report itself states that the "routine disregard of the required intercept procedures" removed adequate safeguards to protect against the loss of innocent life; that violation of procedures was "sustained and significant" and that the agency denied Congress and other authorities including the Department of Justice access to those findings. Plus, the agency's counsel advised managers to avoid writing on the subject to avoid "legal scrutiny." Among the report's conclusions are that those intercept procedures were presidentially mandated and that "no one" involved in making changes to them had the authority to do so. According to the report, "In many cases, suspect aircraft were shot down within two to three minutes of being sighted by the Peruvian fighter -- without being properly identified, without being given the required warnings to land, and without being given time to respond." Not a single Peruvian pilot interviewed for the report said he had once attempted to visually signal a target aircraft to warn it had been intercepted. More...

Smart Safety ... Leave Anxiety Out of Your Flight Plan
As a Cirrus owner, you join a lifestyle that takes safety very seriously. Whether flying for pleasure or business, you always fly smart and safe. Cirrus Perspective by Garmin is designed to help by giving you more time and information to make better decisions, reduce workload, and improve your overall flying experience. Cirrus Perspective adds more ability to experience the Cirrus lifestyle fully and leave anxiety out of your flight plan. For complete features, go online.
Onward and Upwardback to top 

Eclipse Aviation got some long-awaited good news on Friday with the announcement that the European Aviation Safety Agency has certified the private use of the Eclipse 500 twinjet. The decision allows the company to sell aircraft in 37 European countries for private use. In a news release, the company said it hopes to have commercial certification (EU-OPS 1) in time for air taxi companies to start operations in 2009. Eclipse spokeswoman Alana McCarraher told AVweb the mood at the company's Albuquerque headquarters is upbeat after a tough couple of weeks in which employee paychecks were delayed due to a financial crunch. "We're just all celebrating, today," she said. More...

Late last week, Washington Dulles, Chicago O'Hare and Seattle-Tacoma international airports each opened new runways, adding to 11 already opened during the Bush administration's tenure. The new runway at Dulles is its first addition since 1962 and brings the airport's total to four. At O'Hare, the new runway is just a part of a modernization project designed to provide the airport with eight runways in parallel configurations (it previously operated six intersected runways of seven total). In Seattle, the airport's third runway will allow for two-abreast landings in inclement weather. More...

The Emil Buehler Perpetual Trust has pledged $2 million toward construction of a similarly named aviation maintenance facility to be built at Embry-Riddle's Daytona Beach campus and part of a larger $125 million facilities development project. The Emil Buehler Aviation Maintenance Science building will serve students as a part of the James Hagedorn Aviation Complex and "will be the finest aviation maintenance training facility in the nation," according to Embry-Riddle President Dr. John P. Johnson. More...

What Are the Advantages of Working with an Aviation Insurance Broker?
An aviation broker gives you a choice of coverage and pricing options offered by numerous insurance companies. Today's policies offer more enhancements and features, including coverage for handheld avionics, automatic increase in insured value, trip interruption, and more. The AOPA Insurance Agency can help you select the features that best meet your unique insurance needs. Call for a complimentary quote at (800) 622-2672, or go online.
The Top Reporter on Our Crack Staff ... Is You!back to top 

Our sister publication, Aviation Consumer, would like to know. The magazine is conducting a survey of owners on their experiences running the SR22's engine lean of peak. If you'd like to participate, contact the editor directly at avconsumer@comcast.net. 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.
Opinion & Commentaryback to top 

The CEOs of Ford, GM and Chrysler did the business aviation segment no favors with their high profile trips to Washington in separate bizjets to ask Congress for bailout money. Our inveterate bloggers Paul Bertorelli and Jeff Van West hash over the fallout on the AVweb Insider. Check out their takes on the news, and feel free to add your own two cents in the comments. More...

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/. More...

Jeppesen Avionics Knowledge Library — Garmin G1000 IFR Training
The Jeppesen Garmin G1000 — IFR Procedures training is an advanced, extensive computer-based training program developed with Garmin teaching skills to master the operation of and confidently fly the G1000 in IFR conditions. Learn how to: Pull up and fly instrument procedures; load and activate approaches including RNAV and GPS; perform new WAAS-enabled approaches; and perform course reversals, fly holding patterns, and execute missed approaches. Call Jeppesen at (303) 328-4274, or visit online for more information.
AVweb Audio — Are You Listening?back to top 

In an earlier podcast, we spoke to Blackstone Labs about the optimum interval between oil changes. Today, Blackstone's Kristin Huff returns to demystify the process of oil analysis. More...

Hill Aircraft, Your #1 Source for Online Cessna Parts
Everything for your Cessna Single/Multi-Engine Aircraft and Caravan — airframe, engine, aftermarket items, and accessories. Hill Aircraft's staff has 50+ years of combined Aircraft Parts Experience. Personalized attention ensures all orders are to your complete satisfaction on pricing and delivery. Go online to CessnaParts.com for complete information.

The fastest and easiest way to order parts online. Se habla español.
AVweb Media: Look, Listen, Laugh and Learnback to top 

We didn't discover this week's "VOTW" in time for Veterans' Day, but somehow we think our readership will appreciate it anyway. Thanks to AVweb reader Ian Herron, who dropped a link in our submission box and drew attention to one of the best homemade music videos we've seen lately. Featuring a breath-taking locale, great airplanes, and the timeless voice of Dame Vera Lynn, this one's a must-see. (Click through to watch.) More...

At the 2008 AOPA Expo, our video team brought you exclusive interviews with outgoing AOPA president Phil Boyer and the incoming president, Craig Fuller — plus a demo flight with Cirrus Design's new EVS system and an in-depth profile of Garmin's hot GPSMap 696. If you missed any of those, you can watch all eight of our show videos right here. (Click through to watch.) More...

Look Around Your Hangar and Office!
Build A Plane needs items for their annual eBay auction. Avionics, parts, electronics, headsets, books, videos/CDs, software, leather jackets, even special airplane rides — well, you get the idea. Anything Build A Plane can sell will benefit school-building projects offering students an exciting way to learn science, engineering, and math and building a new generation of aviation enthusiasts. For complete information, contact Katrina Bradshaw at (804) 843-3321, or go online.
Your Favorite FBOsback to top 


This week, we stretch the definition of "FBO of the Week" just a tiny bit to allow for a nomination we couldn't resist. AVweb reader Abbott de Rahm couldn't say enough about his experience at Palmetto Aviation Repair on St. Simons Island, Georgia (SSI). While he gives high marks to the local FBO (Golden Isles Aviation), it was his diehard praise of the team of PAR that made this nomination stand out.

We tried trimming Abbott's story down a bit, but the feeling of warmth and (quite appropriate) Southern hospitality is best appreciated in his blow-by-blow account of the visit, which you'l have to click through to read in its entirety.

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!


Understanding Your Airplane's Mechanics Could Save Your Bank Account
Light Plane Maintenance is the monthly magazine for aircraft owners who aren't satisfied with just flying. Aircraft repair can be simple when explained in concise, step-by-step details. If you want to truly learn about the workings of your airplane (and save a few dollars, too), Light Plane Maintenance is for you. Order online today and receive LPM's Top 40 Maintenance Tips as a gift.
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 this somewhere over Kansas:

"Airline 312, traffic. Eleven o'clock, three miles, FL 310 Citation, westbound."

Airline 312:
"We got `em on the pig finder."

"Kansas City Center, Cheyenne Zero Alpha November. Request."

"Go ahead."

"Was that a 'Papa-India-Golf finder'?"

"It's a TCAS."

Anonymous Voice:
"That's called a 'Foxtrot-India-Sierra-Hotel finder.'"

Airline 312:
"Yeah, but we're over Kansas."

Lance S. Ferguson, M.D.
Lexington, Kentucky


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

Scott Simmons

Jeff van West

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