AVwebFlash Complete Issue: Volume 15, Number 29a

July 20, 2009

By The AVweb Editorial Staff
 
What He Didn't Know About His Life Insurance Cost His Family $500,000
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Top News: Two Aircraft You'll Want to See at OSH back to top 
 
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First Look: Fishman's Electric Two-Place, OSH Electrics

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EAA AirVenture Oshkosh will be making an effort to showcase electric flight initiatives this year and with the recent flight of a two-seat Chinese offering from Yuneec aircraft (which hopes to have its aircraft on display), U.S. developers will be looking for their share of the spotlight. Randall Fishman, who last year flew his single-seat 90-minute-endurance all-electric aircraft (the ElectraFlyer-C), hopes to show his two-seat development aircraft, the ElectraFlyer-X. The sleek high-aspect-ratio low-wing will be powered by Fishman's own 50-hp motor, motor controller and battery solution. Putting finishing touches on the airframe, Fishman has been working quickly to prepare/build the aircraft for Oshkosh and tells AVweb he'd prefer to have it there in flying condition rather than show a non-flying aircraft. The timing is tight, but either way the aircraft should be present. Sonex Aircraft Limited, which in 2007 announced its E-Flight Initiative to develop a two-seat battery powered aircraft, will again be present with a ground-based display.

Sonex, which has not yet produced an electric-powered flying test article, says most of the development success they've seen since 2007 "would not generate much public fascination." The company says "many significant proprietary developments have been made," though in March it suffered "a fairly major setback" when a ground test overheated the company's motor. Sonex has been running its motor from a large lead-acid battery bank or 300V power supply and says it will next be working to integrate lighter lithium polymer batteries. Sonex will this year at AirVenture have an E-Flight Waiex, the company's two-seat short-wing aircraft, involved in partial power-run ground demonstrations.

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A380 Oshkosh Visit Details

Airbus and AirVenture officials say they've done the math and they can barely squeeze the world's largest airliner into Wittman Regional Airport for its first air show appearance in North America. The A380 will arrive in Milwaukee on July 27 for customs clearance and crew rest and take off for Oshkosh the next day for a planned arrival at 3 p.m. The aircraft will do a seven-minute flight display before setting up for landing on Runway 36. In a web conference Friday, Airbus test pilot Terry Lutz said that while the 8,000X150 runway is plenty for the A380, there's only one taxiway that will accommodate the aircraft, although, happily, it's the one that leads to Aeroshell Square. That gives the crew about 5,500 feet before the turnoff, which Lutz said will be plenty, even with a 10-knot tailwind. The aircraft that's coming is a test plane and will land at about 720,000 lbs, about 60 percent of its maximum weight.

It's after landing that things get interesting. EAA had to bring in a tug from JFK in New York to pull the plane into place. The tug driver has one shot to get the plane positioned correctly. Lutz said the wingspan of the A380 is exactly one foot less than the width of the ramp. It will share the pavement with WhiteKnightTwo. The plane will be on static display until Friday and open for tours. Those who brave the inevitable lines will enter the lower deck and walk the full length of the upper deck. Information posters will point out interesting features and Lutz noted that since this is a test plane there are test instruments, ballast tanks and other non-standard items on board. "There's virtually no interior," he said meaning sections of the structure are exposed allowing people to see how it's put together. No cockpit tours will be done because they take too long and the goal is to put 1,200 people an hour through the aircraft. That means about 18,000 people will get the chance to go through. The plane will do a departure show on Friday before heading back to Milwaukee and eventually on to Toulouse.

 
3 Airplanes ... 3 Levels ... 1 Edition ... Ice
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Up-Close Photos of Southwest "Hole" back to top 
 

NTSB Releases Photos Of Southwest 737 Damage

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The NTSB has released photos of the section of a Southwest Boeing 737-300 fuselage that let loose in flight earlier this week. The photos show a remarkably clean fracture where the outside skin of the aircraft blew out at 34,000 feet. The section of aluminum is being examined by metallurgists while Southwest fixes the airplane in Charleston, W. Va. where the crew made the emergency landing. The plane was on its way from Nashville to Baltimore when the hole appeared. None of the 131 passengers and crew were injured.

 
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News Briefs back to top 
 

NATA: IG Report On On-Demand Ops Inaccurate

The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) believes a report critical of risk management and FAA oversight of the on-demand air charter industry "failed to present an accurate picture of the Part 135 regulatory environment." The report (PDF), recently issued by the DOT Inspector General, was conducted as an audit to answer concerns in a House Committee regarding "disparate regulatory requirements between large commercial and on-demand operators" with attention to "the level of FAA oversight of on-demand operators." It found the fatal accident rate 50 times higher in on-demand operations than commercial operations. In a statement issued Friday, NATA President James K. Coyne was critical of the report's comparisons of Part 121 and Part 135 operations, calling it "an apples and oranges comparison." Coyne noted that Part 135 "contains every possible mission profile" while Part 121 "is very homogenous." The report concluded that on-demand operators have more risk in their operations and see less oversight from the FAA. It went on to issue recommendations "to enhance safety and oversight."

NATA refuted some of the IG's conclusions as drawn from the IG's own interpretation of accident information (as opposed to the NTSB's interpretations). But the report found that the number of fatalities from on-demand operations "makes it imperative" that the FAA enhance safety and oversight of on-demand operators. It cited NTSB recommendations that the FAA has not implemented and recommended implementing an interim risk-assessment oversight process for on-demand operators until a full risk-based approach is implemented, development of risk indicators for that new oversight system, and a milestone-based system to track implementation of safety recommendations.

Behold, The Flying Musicians Association

With the goals of encouraging, promoting and educating people about their two core interests -- music and flying -- the Flying Musicians Association Inc., has formed "to generate the desire and yearning for both amongst young people." The association, founded by John Zapp and Aileen Hummel, both aviators and musicians themselves, is scheduled for its first Fly-In Musicfest this Nov. 7, at Fort Worth Spinks Airport. They're signing sponsors now. You don't actually have to fly in or be a pilot to attend -- the whole idea is to spread the enthusiasm. "Math, science and music: after years of being associated with musicians and aviators I have realized there are many attributes which are shared by both groups." Zapp hopes to fly around the country visiting music programs to infuse youngsters with a thrill and fascination of aviation.

Zapp and Hummel hope to gather more sponsors and enthusiasts, both. For more information about Flying Musicians and future gatherings, click here.

 
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. Check 'em out in booths 4145-4147 at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, or click here to learn more online.
 
Back in the Air back to top 
 

Australian RAAF Sabre Flies Again

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It took better than three years of restoration, but the Temora Aviation Museum, in NSW, Australia, completed the project and its rare Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) CA-27 Sabre has taken flight for the first time after 16 years on the ground. A pilot and airshow crowd favorite, this Sabre is A94-983. It took to the air at the hands of Darren Crabb, currently a corporate jet pilot type-rated on 14 aircraft. Crabb is an ex-RAAF Qualified Flight Instructor who has experience in F/A-18 Hornets and Macchi jets. "It was fantastic!" said Crabb, who said the aircraft performed flawlessly on its post-maintenance check flight. Australians will have their first chance to see the Sabre flown at the Temora Aviation Museum Flying Weekend this fall. But for those unable to overcome the obstacles of vast oceans of distance between here and there, the Temora Aviation Museum is giving away rides ... though only virtually, on YouTube (sorry). Click through for the link, after the jump.

The Temora Aviation Museum Engineering team is responsible for making the aircraft airworthy and the museum plans to make the jet a featured performer at its regular "Flying Weekends." As advertised, above, those with less patience are welcome to fly back-seat (virtually) via higher-resolution YouTube clips. Find them, here.

 
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Airport Report back to top 
 

Forest Service Supports Backcountry Strips

Early this month, the Chief of the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) signed a directive asking its managers to support aviation, citing backcountry airstrips as "an appropriate use of National Forest System lands." The USFS policy statement called for an inventory review and maintenance of USFS-controlled aviation-oriented facilities. And it drew positive reaction from the Recreational Aviation Foundation (RAF), which declared the action a result from meetings between the two groups. The RAF promotes aviation as a low-impact, high-reward activity for national park lands in that airstrips require minimal disturbance of the natural landscape and serve as trailheads for remote areas. RAF president John McKenna said of the directive, "We look forward to building on the partnership and the trust this document brings forth." The foundation already has some such programs in place.

The RAF promotes volunteer pilot involvement programs to help with maintenance of airstrips and development of cooperative relationships between pilots, USFS officials and other organizations. For more information on the RAF, visit its Web site.

NBAA Welcomes FAA's Santa Monica Jets Decision

The National Business Aviation Association is putting its support behind the FAA's finding that Santa Monica cannot ban "certain types of business airplanes" from Santa Monica Airport. The city of Santa Monica in 2008 attempted to enact a ban on Category C and D aircraft and the business aviation groups have been fighting the city ever since. The FAA's latest decision comes after at least two appeals sought by the city, which argued that the airport's runway overrun areas are, by the FAA's own guidelines, too small for larger aircraft. The city argued that flying larger aircraft into and out of the airport compromises safety both for operators and nearby residents. NBAA's press release notes that "access to community airports is fundamental to the companies of all sizes that rely on business aviation to succeed." Santa Monica has accepted federal funds for the airport and by the FAA's reasoning, banning larger jets would violate grant assurances by discriminating against certain aircraft. The FAA's most recent decision remains consistent with its earlier reasoning and NBAA sees it as a show of support.

"We are pleased the FAA has taken a strong stand on behalf of the business aviation community," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. Bolen highlighted the potential reach of the ruling, adding that it "ensures that Santa Monica and other places can continue to benefit from business aviation."

 
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News Briefs back to top 
 

Chickasaw Kids Go Flying

Chickasaw Nation Aviation and Space Academy offers a five-day summer camp that this year doubled in size. Some 82 students signed on for the five-day experience that put each one of them in the pilot seat of a Diamond DA-40, thanks to US Flight Academy in Denton, Texas. The children ranged in age from 10 to 18 and spent one of their five days at the academy taking ground school, visiting the control tower and going for rides. "There's no substitute for the real thing," said US Flight Academy's Mark Taylor, who acted as event coordinator. "When these kits take their first ride in an aircraft, their eyes light up like the sun," he said. The camp brings children together from all over the Midwest. Through the program they gain exposure to everything from model rocketry to the basics of space medicine.

Form more information on the Chickasaw Nation Aviation and Space Academy, visit Chickasaw.net. For US Flight Academy, visit its Web site.

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New on AVweb back to top 
 

AVweb Insider Blog: A Few Words About Apollo 11

Now that he's tidied up the mess he made over this global warming thing, Paul Bertorelli has some comments on 40th anniversary of the lunar landing. He's actually old enough to remember that what was most impressive about it is how quickly the program progressed.

Read more on the AVweb Insider blog.

AVweb Insider Blog: U.S. Might Not Lead in Electric Flight

Competition leads to innovation, but it can also lead to secrecy and self-interest that may just slow down the development of new technologies. In the latest installment of our AVweb Insider blog, AVweb's Glenn Pew wonders if the fractured race for electric airplane supremacy may actually be slowing development of the necessary technology and costing the U.S. its dominance in this emerging sector.

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AVweb Insider Blog: Remembering the JFK Jr. Crash

Ten years ago this week, John F. Kennedy Jr. lost control of his Saratoga and plunged into the Atlantic near Martha's Vineyard. Although a tragedy, it could have been a nightmare for GA if AOPA hadn't seized the moment and explained the story to a curious public and media. Former AOPA Communications VP Drew Steketee tells the inside story in the latest installment of our AVweb Insider blog.

Read more.

 
You and Your Dollars Go Further in a Diamond
When smart pilots compare safety statistics and resale values, plus maintenance, insurance and operating costs, it's clear that investing in a Diamond pays big dividends. Top that off with Diamond's outstanding performance, luxurious interior and cutting-edge technology, and there's no question — you'll go further in a Diamond.
 
AVweb's AirVenture AV8OR Raffle back to top 
 

AVweb and Bendix/King by Honeywell Are Giving Away an AV8OR to Celebrate AirVenture!

Bendix/King by Honeywell is helping us give away another AV8OR handheld MFD unit to celebrate EAA AirVenture Oshkosh! 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/King by Honeywell may send you information on the AV8OR. You may also forward this newsletter to friends and invite them to sign-up for AVweb's EAA AirVenture 2009 coverage and qualify for the AV8OR prize drawing, too. (We won't spam them, either, but we will send them our e-mail news Flashes.)

Deadline for entries is midnight EST on Sunday, August 2, 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.)

 
Entegra Release 9 the Very Best Flight Deck System in Aviation
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AVweb Media: Look, Listen, Laugh and Learn back to top 
 

Exclusive Video: How GAMIjectors Are Made

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Your Favorite FBOs back to top 
 

FBO of the Week: Waynesville-St. Robert Cities Aviation (TBN, Missouri)

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

It's not just the little guys struggling for attention who provide great FBO experiences out there. This week, AVweb reader Ron McCormick tells us about Waynesville-St. Robert Cities Aviation, serving Fort Leonard Wood and the surrounding Missouri community.

"They are the only FBO on the field but do no act like it," writes Ron. "The manager was very helpful in negotiating this military/civilian airport ... and helped carry luggage in loading and unloading the plane. ... If you need to go to Ft. Leonard Wood or are in the St. Roberts/Waynesville area, stop in at TBN; it is easy to in out of the miliary base [if] you just show your driver's license."

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!

 
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 Flight back to top 
 

Short Final

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

I heard this one at Detroit Metro as I was taxiing to parking. It was between a helicopter pilot and the control tower quite early one morning:

Helicopter Pilot:
"Metro tower, Helicopter 234 at Signature. Request northwest departure information Tango."

Tower:
"Helicopter 234, northwest departure approved. No known traffic in the area. Departure is at your own risk; area not visible from the tower."

Helicopter Pilot:
"Helicopter 234: Roger — departure approved, and it's always at our own risk: We're in a helicopter!"

Geoff Braden
Columbus, Ohio

 
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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:

Publisher
Timothy Cole

Editorial Director, Aviation Publications
Paul Bertorelli

Editor-in-Chief
Russ Niles

Contributing Editors
Mary Grady
Glenn Pew

Features Editor
Kevin Lane-Cummings

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Scott Simmons

Contributors
Jeff van West
Mariano Rosales

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