AVwebFlash - Volume 15, Number 16a

April 20, 2009

By The AVweb Editorial Staff
You Won't Need SVT to See Where No-Cost Fuel Can Take You,
But We're Throwing It in Anyway

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Top News: 35th Annual Sun 'n Fun Begins Tomorrow! back to top 

All This Week, AVweb Brings You The Sun 'n Fun Experience

If you can't be in sunny Florida this week for Sun 'n Fun, the first big aviation event of the season, then tune in to your inbox each day for a full report from AVweb. We'll be bringing you video, podcasts, photos, and news from the field each day with a close-up look at all the latest airplane models and engines, avionics upgrades, an update on the status of the 51-percent rule, and lots of other news from the GA world. Cirrus, Piper, and Honda will be here on opening day with news updates on their companies, and throughout the week we'll be hearing from big players in sport aircraft such as Cessna, Maule, CubCrafters, Flight Design, and lots more.

We'll be out on the field every day checking out the 500 commercial exhibitors and 5,000 aircraft on the grounds, asking questions and looking for news. In the evening, we'll cover some big events from the aviation film world, including a showing of a documentary about wildlife pilots in Africa and sneak previews of some new films in the works. AOPA's new president, Craig Fuller, will have a chance to meet plenty of aviation folks as he makes a presentation here on Thursday night. A line-up of the world's best airshow performers, including Patty Wagstaff, Sean D. Tucker, Mike Goulian, Bill Stein, and more, will fly every afternoon. We'll also visit Thursday's Splash-In event at Fantasy of Flight, for a look at the world of seaplanes and amphibious aircraft.

For more details about events coming up this week from Sun 'n Fun President John Burton, click here and give a listen to a podcast of a recent AVweb interview. Click here for the full rundown of events from the Sun 'n Fun site.

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GA in the Spotlight back to top 

Ford Takes On GA Promo Role

Aviation's busiest celebrity spokesman, actor Harrison Ford, is taking on another role and the script appears to involve as heroic a plot as any of his day job parts. AOPA will hold a news conference Monday at 10 a.m. in Washington, D.C., to announce the General Aviation Serves America campaign. Details are under wraps until the announcement but a media advisory issued Friday hints that it's an ambitious scheme that will "tell the story of real people who depend on general aviation" and harness Ford's star power as an eloquent spokesman for GA. "In addition to these everyday people, actor Harrison Ford, himself a passionate pilot, will feature prominently in the campaign."

The AOPA campaign is the latest in a series of attempts by aviation groups to shine a positive light on GA after some public relations disasters in the past few months. AOPA's focus seems to be on the varied role and economic value of GA. "General aviation – everything except airlines and military – is a tremendous economic engine that creates $150 billion in economic activity each year, but it is under threat because so many people do not understand its true value," the release said.

Schrenker Planning Book

If you've been wondering what was going on in Marcus Schrenker's head when he bailed out of his turboprop Malibu over Georgia last January, you may be able to read all about it. The former Indiana money manager told the Pensacola News Journal in a jailhouse letter that he's thinking about writing a book about his life and that defining moment Jan. 11 when he told air traffic control his windshield had shattered and he was declaring an emergency. He was arrested two days later in a Chattahoochee campground after parachuting to safety in Georgia and riding away on a motorcycle he'd put in a rented storage unit the day before. Schrenker, who appears in court April 24, says the media got his story mostly wrong at the time.

But in the letter to the newspaper, Schrenker also says he wishes he'd died in the airplane "with honor" and spared his family the public aftermath. "The irony is that if I'd have died, my family would have lived a life with no embarrassment and certainly not be involved in a high profile international story as we're involved in," he wrote. There were no injuries in the crash, which occurred near houses in Milton, Fla. The aircraft was tailed by an F-16 as it flew on autopilot and the military pilot reported the windshield appeared to be intact. In the letter, Schrenker insists there was an "explosion" that prompted his bailout but he doesn't address his handy access to the motorcycle. After the Florida courts have dealt with the crash-related issues, Schrenker will be sent back to Indiana to answer for millions he's alleged to have bilked from investors. "The Indiana issue is very complex and in no way was myself or my wife ever compensated by a diversion of investor funds," he said. "Our losses that we experienced were because of investment devaluations."

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News Briefs back to top 

Suicide By King Air

The young man who jumped from King Air 200 over Canada's Arctic last Wednesday had been held the night before under the country's Mental Health Act in Yellowknife and was being flown home to Cambridge Bay by Adlair Aviation as a favor to the family. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police were called to a Yellownknife hotel the previous night to quell a disturbance and took 20-year-old Julian Tologanak into custody. "He was visiting friends and possibly causing a disturbance," said RCMP spokesman Sgt. Wayne Norris. "It was determined the best course of action was to seek professional medical help for him." The next day, despite the "best efforts" of the crew, he managed to open the main cabin door and leave the aircraft while it was flying at least 23,000 feet. AVweb has heard from sources in Canada's north about what went on in the aircraft just before the suicide that might explain some of the lingering questions about the incident. A voice message left at Adlair Aviation's administrative offices was not returned by our deadline.

However, company spokesman Paul Laserich told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation that Tologonak's mother had called him from Cambridge Bay and asked that he be flown home. The company maintains bases in Yellowknife and Cambridge Bay and has a long-standing reputation for flying humanitarian missions in the far-flung reaches of the North. "It's been very hard for all of us," Laserich told the CBC. Meanwhile, Canadian Forces search and rescue crews are still looking for Tologanak's body. They're also lauding the efforts of the crew. "Due to the diligence and quick reactions of the pilots , the aircraft was brought to a safe landing at the CYCB (Cambridge Bay) airport without injury to the crew or remaining passenger," the RCMP said in a news release.

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News Briefs back to top 

Mechanic Charged With Falsifying FAA Credentials

If you've had any work done by "The Plane Man" in Casa Grande, Ariz., you might want to have it checked by an A&P before your next flight. A federal grand jury has charged Glen Forsyth, 43, with five felony offenses resulting from a 100-hour inspection on an Alon Ercoupe in July of 2008. A week after the annual, the engine failed and the aircraft was written off in the off-airport landing that followed. LawFuel.com reported the post-accident inspection "caused FAA aircraft safety inspectors to believe that the fuel pump had not been properly inspected."

So, naturally they asked to talk to Forsyth and discovered that he was signing off airplanes with a number issued to another man in 1968. It's not that Forsyth is completely untrained, but he's failed the FAA exams three times and the agency is alleging he didn't take the hint and find another line of work. Forsyth has been charged with three counts of making false statements to a government agency and two counts of fraud involving airplane parts. Each charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in jail and a fine of $250,000.

New Cold Weather Testing Center

In this economy you have to go with your strengths and if there is one thing Thompson, Manitoba, Canada has in spades it's reliably frigid temperatures. The mining town about 600 miles north of Winnipeg (no slouch in the cold department, either) often sees temperatures colder than -40 for weeks at a time in a winter that lasts from November to March. It also has a modern airport that will handle most types of aircraft. The Canadian Environmental Test Research and Education Center is a joint project of the Manitoba government and the Canadian government, whose National Research Council will own and operate the facility. It will share the site with the Global Aerospace Center for Icing and Environmental Research (GLACIER), a joint venture of Pratt and Whitney Canada and Rolls-Royce Canada.

The facility will operate year-round and will specialize in supporting engine icing certification and research and development of new aircraft designs. High school and post secondary schools will be involved in the facility and the research programs are aimed at attracting the top professionals in the field.

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The Top Reporter on Our Crack Staff ... Is You! back to top 

AVmail: April 20, 2009

Each week, we run a sampling of the letters received to our editorial inbox here in AVmail. One letter that's particularly relevant, informative, or otherwise compelling will headline this section as our "Letter of the Week," and we'll send the author an official AVweb baseball cap as a "thank you" for interacting with us (and the rest of our readership). Send us your comments and questions using this form. Please include your mailing address in your e-mail (just in case your letter is our "Letter of the Week"); by the same token, please let us know if your message is not intended for publication.

Letter of the Week: Zodiac Concerns

I own and fly an AMD Zodiac CH601XLi that I bought new last June. I'm also a member of the Zenith Builders Analysis Group, the independent group that the NTSB cited as doing engineering studies of the airplane. I've put over 150 hours on my airplane since I bought it.

Am I concerned? Yes. Am I going to quit flying it? No. I've been taking several actions that I believe minimize the risk: I regularly test my aileron cable tensions, I check that there is tension on every preflight (easy to do), I keep it in the green arc except for absolutely smooth air (and will probably keep it there even then, now), and I slow down to maneuvering speed in more than slight turbulence.

Aviation is all about managing risk. We can't eliminate it, no mater what we do. I believe the measures I take will reduce the risk of aileron flutter well below the risk that I'll do something stupid like run out of fuel or continue VFR into IMC - and I take active measures against those risks, too.

If Zenair and AMD come out with a modification to resolve the problem, I'll do it. Until then, I refuse to worry about it beyond what I've already done.

Jay Maynard

OSH Tower

It is one thing I find strange about the U.S. Heritage tends to be something you visit other countries to see as you destroy most of your own in the quest of the mighty dollar.

In the U.K., a tower such as OSH's would become a listed building in order to be preserved for posterity to celebrate the aviation heritage.

I find it a shame that iconic buildings that are part of the definition of Americana get lost. The most obvious examples are the Las Vegas hotels, immortalized in the Rat Pack movies but gone forever.

It would be like demolishing Windsor Castle here because it is 1,000 years old and an ersatz replica put up in its place because it would be easier to maintain with minimum wage labor.

Sorry to sound like a sentimental old fogey but it is sad when heritage disappears.

Chris Blythe

I have seen the OSH tower a thousand times. I can't believe that they could not sell souvenir bricks for $20 and make a lot of money!

Paul Chambers

King Air Save

Doug White has the "Right Stuff." Great job!

John Phillips

I was a little disturbed by the title chosen for your article regarding the King Air incident. It is amazing and a blessing that the passenger was able to fly the aircraft and land to save himself and his family, but I felt that your choice for title did nothing in showing respect for the pilot who actually passed away while at the controls.

If I had been the family member of that pilot, I would be mortified by the lack of respect for a person who had no intention of putting anyone at risk.

I think it should be only appropriate to at least apologize for the lack of thoughtfulness of those family members who could read this article.

Let's not forget everyone's feelings when we strive to "glamorize" these rare occurrences in aviation. I thank God that the controllers were there and able to help as well as the fact the passenger/pilot was capable of following their instructions and use his own training to save the lives on the plane and possibly those on the ground that could have been lost. I also praise the instructor who trained this private pilot. He surely set a good foundation for this man.

Karen Iacopi

"Privilege" Disputed

Jim Carroll makes an incorrect claim that flying is a "privilege."

The purpose of requiring a license is only to show competency to reduce risk to other individuals in a shared space.

The notion that only the collective has rights, thus it can dole out "privileges," has been disproven in theory and in application throughout history.

Recommended reading:

  • Declaration of Independence
  • Moral Rights and Political Freedom by Tara Smith

Keith Sketchley

The Birds

In respectful response to Steve Tobias's Letter of the Week, I caution the aviation community when comparing the bird strike problem to the terrorist threat. I especially caution against suggesting additional government involvement in such cases. I think the last thing we need is additional regulations to deal with a problem we have had since the inception of powered flight.

I do, however, agree that the FAA should refrain from sealing bird strike records as they are attempting to do. To seal educational information regarding bird strikes while at the same time suggesting additional regulations will do nothing more than create fear and further restrict private aviation, and all this for a problem that has been around since the beginning.

We as pilots have to consider "acceptable risk." If the risk seems too great, buy a boat. Don't ask for additional government regulation.

Jeff Zimmerman

The Air Force has a large amount of information on bird migrations and peak times of bird activity. You might be able to ask them for the information. The program used to be known as the BASH program. Yes, that was the name of the program, no pun intended.

Greg Davis

Politics of Aviation Security

I am writing to ask that you exercise a bit of restraint in choosing the letters you publish. The rant by Chuck Leathers about the response to the 172 theft and illegal entry into the U.S. was nothing more than an anti-Bush tirade that made little sense.

If [the pilot] had tried to fly that aircraft into a full stadium, mall, or other populated area I'm sure that the heightened security provided by F-16s that were at the ready because of the "Bush terror paranoia" would have been greatly appreciated when they shot him down before he got to the target.

Mac McCawley

I agree with Chuck Leathers. We have become obsessed and have changed so much that it now takes a minimum of two hours at an airport just to get on board a domestic flight with "security."

Back in 2001, we told the terrorists that they had not won and that America would not change. Let's face it: They won.

Bring back the old days. Take away all the security on an airplane and I'd still fly! I'm an American; I don't live in fear!

Richard Peters

Your publication is typically food for thought if not outright nourishment. This edition makes one ponder, who is the bigger idiot, Chuck or the editor who decided to print "Bush-induced terror"? I threw up midway through this meal.

Steven Romano

I have to double-amen Chuck Leathers' statement here. We have let the TSA violate our Constitutional rights all in the name of security? Now they are proposing security rules that will destroy general aviation! Let's stop acting like cowards!

Frank Perfetti

AVweb Replies:

AVmail is a forum for opinions of all kinds. If we rejected them because we thought others might not agree — well, we wouldn't have any, would we?

Russ Niles

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Sensenich Expands Its Revolutionary Line of Propellers
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Register to Win an AV8OR! back to top 

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Opinion & Commentary back to top 

AVweb Insider Blog: OSH Tower Waste Is Tragic

The old air traffic control tower at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh was pulverized and hauled to the dump last week. AVweb's Russ Niles thinks that's a tragic waste and reveals some of his hopes and dreams for the parts in the latest installment of our AVweb Insider blog.

Read more.

AVweb Insider Blog: Marc and Paul's Sportsman Pre-Sun 'n Fun Vlog (Part 5)

The guys finally make it out of Winnemuca after two days of snow and ice and cross the Sierras back into the Golden State.

Read more.

Sun 'n Fun — It's Like Spring Break for Pilots
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AVweb Media: Look, Listen, Laugh and Learn back to top 

IFR Magazine Introduces You to AvWxWorkshops.com

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Former meteorologist and current flight instructor Scott Dennstaedt has launched AvWxWorshops.com, a web site dedicated to teaching weather for pilots. The site offers free e-mail tips and a newsletter, as well as over 20 workshops on specific weather topics. The workshops are viewed online and are 8 to 15 minutes long. They have titles like "Using NEXRAD to Identify the Location of a Front" and "Who Cares About PIREPs?" Dennstaedt also offers extended online classes and one-on-one weather training for pilots via the internet. In this podcast interview, Dennstaedt tells us more about the site and why he started it.

Related Content:
Watch a sample of AvWxWorkshops' "Non-Convective Low-Level Wind Shear (LLWS)" training video.

Click here to listen. (8.6 MB, 9:22)

AvWxWorkshops Video: Non-Convective Low-Level Wind Shear (LLWS)

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

Aviation weather expert and former National Weather Service meteorologist Scott Dennstaedt has created a web site for online weather training and one-on-one pilot mentoring, called AvWxWorshops.com. Here's part of his training module on low-level wind shear not associated with a thunderstorm and what it means when you see the notation in a terminal forecast.

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Related Content
Listen to our podcast interview with Dennstaedt.

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Your Favorite FBOs back to top 

FBO of the Week: Mexico Memorial Airport (KMJY, Mexico, MO)

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AVweb's "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to the FBO at Mexico Memorial Airport in Mexico, Missouri (KMYJ).

AVweb reader Jim Smith told us how the staff at KMYJ don't take trouble lying down:

I stopped at the Mexico Missouri FBO to visit Zenith aircraft next door. I inadvertently left my master switch on during my stay and, of course, had a dead battery when I returned. The FBO manager stopped what he was doing to help me. He first brought out a battery on a two-wheel hand cart, but the batteries wouldn't turn over my C182. He then attempted a hand prop, but the compression was too much. A few calls, and he found a 24 charger. He brought the charger and some tools. He took off the plate and literally climbed inside to place the battery clips. After about 10 minutes, the airplane started. He then re-installed the plate and sent me on my way. Jay (employed by the city of Mexico) would not take any money and was genuinely glad to help. Very rare service indeed in these modern times. KMYJ has become a must-stop for me in the future, if only to support a real aviation server.

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!

Put AeroExpo Europe - Prague and AeroExpo Europe - London on Your Show Schedule
AeroExpo Europe - Prague (May 22-24, 2009) will showcase everything from ultralights to helicopters to business aircraft in the heart of Europe, marketing to the European and emerging Eastern European and Russian markets. AeroExpo Europe - London (June 12-14, 2009) includes aircraft from light aircraft, pistons, and turboprops through to VLJs (very light jets) and all parts and services for these general aviation aircraft. Go online for exhibitor and attendee details.
Reader-Submitted Photos back to top 

Picture of the Week Will Return ...

Did we mention that we're a little tied up with Sun 'n Fun? For that reason, we're pushing "POTW" back just a tiny bit longer — we'll have the top winners from last week (and a fresh slideshow on the home page) in the next day or so. Thanks for your patience, and keep your eyes on AVweb.com throughout the week for the latest developments from the show.

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The Lighter Side of Flight back to top 

Short Final

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

My airplane partner and I were on a short night hop from Lawrence, Massachusetts to Nashua, New Hampshire and had just switched to Nashua tower when we heard the following:

"We need to return and land."

"What's the nature of your problem?"

"Every time my student touches the throttle, he gets electrocuted."

Unidentified Voice:
"That's a good training technique."

Spencer Webb Pelham
New Hampshire

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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

Jeff van West

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