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Volume 15, Number 16a
April 20, 2009
You Won't Need SVT to See Where No-Cost Fuel Can Take You,
But We're Throwing It in Anyway

If you buy one of a limited number of 2008 Cessna 350 or Cessna 400 aircraft from existing inventory, Cessna will supply you with $25,000 in fuel at no cost to you and upgrade your state-of-the-art Garmin G1000 integrated flight deck with new Synthetic Vision Technology. Supply of eligible aircraft is limited, so act fast and contact your Cessna representative today.
Top News: 35th Annual Sun 'n Fun Begins Tomorrow!back to top 

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. More...

A Life Insurance Policy That Returns All of Your Premiums? — YES
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GA in the Spotlightback to top 

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." More...

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. More...

3 Airplanes ... 3 Levels ... 1 Edition ... Ice
New for 2009, Cirrus Aircraft shakes the lineup with a new way to spec out your new Cirrus. SR20, SR22, and Turbo models are now available in three well-equipped trim levels - "S," "GS," and "GTS"; Known Ice Protection is ready to go on SR22 and Turbo models; or choose an all-new premium interior and exterior upgrade package dubbed "X-Edition." Visit for details.
News Briefsback to top 

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. More...

Complete Lightspeed's Survey and You Could Win a Zulu!
Lightspeed Aviation would like to know more about how you use tech and the web. It will only take a quick minute. If you win and you already own a Zulu, you could make a passenger very happy. You do need to be at least 18 to participate. One entry per person to make it fair. U.S. residents only. Just click here to participate.
News Briefsback to top 

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. reported the post-accident inspection "caused FAA aircraft safety inspectors to believe that the fuel pump had not been properly inspected." More...

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. More...

Dr. Blue Says, "Be Smart — Carry a PLB!"
Flying, hiking, camping, riding your ATV or bike — accidents happen that can become a life-threatening situation. Be prepared with a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB). It's as easy as pushing a button. PLBs from include the ACR MicroFix 406 MHz for pilots when you're enjoying activities in unpopulated areas. Click now to visit for complete details.
The Top Reporter on Our Crack Staff ... Is You!back to top 

AVMAIL: APRIL 20, 2009

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

Click through to read the rest of this week's letters.


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 What have you heard? More...

Sensenich Expands Its Revolutionary Line of Propellers
For Light Sport and Experimental Aircraft

Lighter in weight, easier to navigate and less expensive to fly, Sensenich's composite props are also stronger than similar props. Their carbon construction allows the propeller's weight to aerodynamically optimize flight and minimize its susceptibility to harmonic vibration damage. Pitch-adjustable, their built-in stops ensure selection of the most efficient pitch. See them at Sun 'n Fun (booths A30-31) or click here.
Register to Win an AV8OR!back to top 


All you have to do is click the image at right to enter your name and e-mail address. And no, we're not going to rent or sell your name, but Bendix may send you information on the AV8OR. You may also forward this newsletter to friends and invite them to sign-up for AVweb's Sun 'n Fun coverage and qualify for the AV8OR prizes also. (We won't spam them, either, but we will send them our e-mail news Flashes.)

Deadline for entries is midnight, Monday, April 27, 2009.

Click here to read the contest rules and enter.

(There's nothing to buy. All you need to do is be registered with AVweb.)


Video Marketplace Spotlight

Bendix/King AV8OR Demo
When Bendix/King rolled out its AV8OR portable GPS last summer, the $749 retail price — about $675 discounted — caught GPS buyers by surprise. So did the AV8OR's feature set, which includes a touchscreen interface and automotive navigation as built-in standard capability. In this video, AVweb's editors took the AV8OR out for a spin to wring out its major features.

Click here to watch the video (and discover other great products) at AVweb's Video Marketplace.

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JA Air Center is now open in Sugar Grove, IL (KARR) providing the finest avionics installations, turbine/piston maintenance, avionics/instrument service, mail order, and aircraft sales. Call (800) 323-5966, or click for more information.
Opinion & Commentaryback to top 

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. More...

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

Sun 'n Fun — It's Like Spring Break for Pilots
Scheduled for April 21-26 in Lakeland, Florida. Featuring the U.S. Army Parachute Team "Golden Knights." This annual event includes more than 4,500 airplanes, 500 commercial exhibitors, over 400 educational forums, seminars, and hands-on workshops for virtually every aviation interest. Plus a spectacular daily air show. All included in your ticket price. Special online-only discounts. Get your tickets online now at
AVweb Media: Look, Listen, Laugh and Learnback to top 

Former meteorologist and current flight instructor Scott Dennstaedt has launched, 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. More...

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 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. More...

Jeppesen Pilot Training
Smart pilots never truly fly solo. For 75 years, pilots have taken their aviation partner along for the journey — Jeppesen. Pilots (and future pilots) look to us for the tools and training they need to fly safely and effectively. Throughout your career flight path, you can count on Jeppesen. Choose the learning tools best for you with our integrated system. Learn more at
Your Favorite FBOsback to top 


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 Photosback to top 

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 throughout the week for the latest developments from the show. More...

eBooks & eVideos
Most titles on the AVweb Bookstore (including Jeppesen, McGraw-Hill, ICAO, and many others) are also available as electronic downloads. Why not consider an eBook in Adobe .PDF format? Instant delivery. No shipping costs. Fully searchable, bookmarked, and hyperlinked. Hundreds of reference titles at your fingertips, in your laptop computer. Environmentally friendly. And no import taxes to international customers. Are you sold yet? Click here to learn more, and download a sample to try it out.
The Lighter Side of Flightback to top 

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 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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