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Volume 15, Number 37b
September 17, 2009
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FAA: New Rules for Hudson, Not for Homebuildersback to top 

The FAA on Wednesday published its proposed new rules that would modify the VFR airspace above the Hudson River in New York, in response to a fatal midair collision in August in which nine people were killed. The proposal formalizes the plan announced last month, which was supported by both AOPA and NATCA. The proposed changes would restructure the airspace, mandate pilot operating rules, create a new entry point into the Hudson River airspace from Teterboro, standardize New York area charts and develop new training for pilots, air traffic controllers and businesses that operate helicopters and aircraft in the area. The only cost to pilots, the FAA says, would be $5.25 for new aeronautical charts, which they must carry on board while flying in the corridor. Comments will be accepted on the proposed rules until Oct. 16. More...

The FAA on Wednesday published the findings of its Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) on amateur-built aircraft -- which essentially reiterates what was reported in August at EAA AirVenture -- but the actual new policy documents, which have been in the works for about three years now, are still not in sight. "Contrary to previous indications from the FAA, the agency has yet to publish or pronounce a comprehensive final policy," said EAA this week, adding that "the homebuilding community's frustratingly protracted wait for a definitive declaration of policy from the FAA continues." More information may be coming soon, however. "Several official documents and actions [are] anticipated from the FAA in the weeks ahead," EAA said. This week's report is an "encouraging sign," added EAA's Earl Lawrence, vice president of regulatory affairs and co-chair of the ARC. Amateur builders have been waiting for the FAA to publish the results of its re-interpretation of the "51-percent rule," which sets guidelines for their construction projects. The FAA has said it won't revise the current rules, but will clarify its policies and practices in a new advisory circular and issue new guidance for its designated inspectors. More...

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Sold! To the Gentleman Who Wants to Go First ...back to top 

If Glenn Martin has gauged his market correctly, there should be lineup of adrenaline junkies bidding to become the first "test pilot" of the Martin Jetpack. The always-innovative Martin is auctioning off the first six flights of the piston-powered, ducted fan contrivance available to the public on eBay. The winning bidder can take the prize on their own or invite up to three friends to take part in the historic occasion. The winner will be responsible for their own expenses in getting to New Zealand for the three-days of training and flying. Martin says anyone who can strap into the device can submit a bid. "Whoever wins this auction, whether it's a highly qualified pilot or someone who has never flown before, we will be able to tailor a testing program for the jetpack that matches their skill," he said. More...

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From Moscow to Michiganback to top 

The global economy may still be struggling, but that didn't prevent aviation manufacturers from attending the fourth annual JetExpo International Business Aviation Exhibition this week in Moscow -- and getting business done. Cessna announced at the show it has sold 12 new 172S Skyhawks to an aviation university in St. Petersburg, Russia, which has about 7,500 students from 25 countries studying all areas of aviation. The Skyhawks are scheduled to be delivered by the end of this year and will be the first Western-built aircraft to be used at the school, Cessna said. Cessna also announced it has received Russian type certification for the Citation Mustang, which is now certified in 60 countries. "The Mustang's entry into service has been extraordinary around the globe and interest from the market continues to grow, including a fleet order announced in 2008 from a Russian operator," said Cessna Vice President, International Sales, Trevor Esling. Also at the show, Daher-Socata's TBM 850 turboprop made its Russian debut. Victor Kuklyaev, the Russian representative for the aircraft, said the market there is ready for it. More...

It's not something you'll likely see in the classifieds, but the only U.S.-registered Ilyushin IL-78 could go on the block in a court-ordered sale next week in Marquette, Mich. The Mining Journal reports the massive former Ukrainian Air Force four-engine transport/tanker made what was supposed to be a refueling stop at Sawyer International Aiport on July 17 but some of the crew didn't have their paperwork in order and Customs and Border Protection officials detained them briefly before deporting them. The hulking Soviet-era aircraft, which is owned by Tactical Air Defense Services Inc. of Florida and leased by Air Support System of Delaware, has been there ever since, accumulating ramp charges and a sitting duck for the $62,000 claim that a Texas company has against it for fuel and other services. Marquette courts have issued judgments over the past couple of months but there has been no response from the owners and Circuit Court Judge Thomas Solka says he'll order the plane put up for sale no later than Sept. 25 if someone doesn't come forward. And who on Earth would want it? Well, Tactical Air Defense Services certainly had big plans, according to a series of news releases issued by the company over the past couple of years. More...

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Got a Brilliant Aviation Idea? Start Typing ... !back to top 

The Lindbergh Foundation has extended its deadline for submissions of aviation-related grant applications until Oct. 30. "Anyone conducting an aviation/aerospace research project that balances technological advancements with the preservation of our environment is encouraged to apply," the foundation said. The grants are given to individuals, who are not required to be associated with a university, business, or nonprofit group. Awards are made for up to $10,580 -- the amount that Charles Lindbergh spent to build the Spirit of St. Louis. In recent years, grants have gone to help develop electric-powered airplanes, to increase fuel efficiency by reducing drag, and to reduce noise pollution by using high-frequency sound waves from ultrasonic actuators. The grants aim to support innovative ideas at earlier stages of development and establish pilot projects that often subsequently receive funding from other sources, the Foundation said. More...

Got a Minute?
Watch Rundown Feeling, an important Pilot Safety Announcement from the Air Safety Foundation
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News Briefsback to top 

The FAA has granted a full production certificate to Quest Aircraft Co., of Sandpoint, Idaho, manufacturer of the 10-seat Kodiak single-engine turboprop utility aircraft. The company has been in business since 2001 and employs more than 300 workers, who are currently producing about three airplanes per month. "Achieving this final step in the process of designing, producing, and delivering a brand-new aircraft is an important milestone for Quest," said CEO Paul Schaller in a news release this week. With the production certification in hand, the company now can issue standard airworthiness certificates for each of its airplanes. "[This] will allow us to streamline the production and delivery process over time, as we take responsibility for inspections and coordinate changes with the FAA's Seattle Manufacturing Inspection District Office," Schaller said. The company has so far delivered 22 copies of the airplane, for a range of customers -- charter operators, government agencies, individuals, and mission and humanitarian groups. More...

The NTSB released documents on the fatal crash of a firefighting helicopter in California...
A Smithsonian story laments the loss of Langley wind tunnel, as advocates rally to prevent it...
Friends of areobatic pilot Vicki Cruse have established a scholarship fund in her memory...
A free interactive course about mastering radio communications for pilots is now online.

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What You Missed in AVwebBiz This Weekback to top 

NextGen satellite technology will go online in the Gulf of Mexico in December, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said at a news conference on Monday. The ADS-B system will cover 240,000 square miles. Helicopters that provide services to more than 9,000 oil rigs in the Gulf now must operate VFR only when they fly more than 150 miles offshore, beyond the reach of radar services, said LaHood. The NextGen system will enable them to fly IFR. Aircraft flying from Florida to South America also will benefit, he said. Air traffic controllers now must allow a 100-mile buffer for each aircraft crossing the Gulf on an IFR flight plan. The ADS-B system will make that unnecessary, allowing for less hold time between takeoffs. In an update on Tuesday, FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt said, "NextGen is a success story waiting to happen." The FAA is ready to commit to "giving it the juice it needs," he said, adding that he has the support of LaHood and President Barack Obama. "They want this up and running, and they are fully supportive. The green light can't get any greener than that." More...

The Corporate Angel Network was honored for "outstanding achievement in public benefit flying" at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C., last week. The award was presented by the National Aeronautic Association in partnership with the Air Care Alliance. The Network was recognized for its work in finding empty seats on corporate aircraft to transport cancer patients to treatment centers nationwide. The program, which began in 1981, now has more than 500 corporate participants who contribute 3,000 flights per year. Awards also went to Mack Secord, who has volunteered for more than 23 years with Angel Flight of Georgia, and Robert Munley, one of the founders of Wings of Mercy, in Michigan.

The Public Benefit Flying Awards were created to honor volunteer pilots, other volunteers, and their organizations engaged in flying to help others, and those supporting such work. Since 2003 dozens of awards have been presented at the Above and Beyond Awards Ceremony, held each fall in the U.S. Capitol Building. To nominate someone for a 2010 Public Benefit Flying Award, go to the NAA site or the ACA site. More...


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

New Zealand inventor Glenn Martin is launching his jetpack business with an eBay auction for the right to be the first member of the public to fly the machine. What's that worth to you?

Plus: Last week, we asked AVweb readers if they were personally contributing to the spike in air show attendance reported by ICAS (the International Council of Air Shows). Click through to see how many air shows your fellow readers have attended so far this year. More...

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AVweb Media: Look, Listen, Laugh and Learnback to top 

Another YouTube star is born. This time, it's a runway overshoot on St. Barthélemy's notoriously short runway 10/28. Several readers drew our attention to this video, and we've done an analysis on what went wrong. St. Bart's is short, all right, but really not that different from a hundred other runways cluttered up with trees, towers, and close-in terrain. This is a stark, metal-bending lesson in airspeed control. More...

Sons of Maxwell front man Dave Carroll is back in the spotlight with a follow-up to his "United Breaks Guitars" music video. Carroll made news back in July with a YouTube video describing how United Airlines had failed to help him make good on a $3,500 Taylor guitar damaged during a commercial flight. The video quickly became a sensation, and the Canadian singer-songwriter promised a series of three songs about his experience with United. The second installment has now hit the web and, at last look, had almost 400,000 views. (The original has more than five million.) More...

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Classic Cockpits DVDs
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eBooks & eVideos
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Opinion & Commentaryback to top 

Being first to break a story isn't always the best way to be first in service to your audience. AVweb's Glenn Pew reflects on the pressures that led a major and respected news outlet like CNN to misreport a training exercise as potential terrorist activity on the anniversary of the World Trade Center attack. More...

Whether the takeoff of a cold-war era Victor bomber was an accident or not, it seems to AVweb's Paul Bertorelli that such a thing ought to be avoidable. And blaming it on the co-pilot is ... tacky. Read Paul's comments (and add your own) at the AVweb Insider blog. More...

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Your Favorite FBOsback to top 


AVweb's "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to the FBO at Henderson Executive Airport (KHND) in Henderson, Nevada.

AVweb reader Michael Gibbs explains how some things that happen in Vegas don't stay in Vegas — they end up on AVweb as beaming accolades:

As I pulled into a transient parking space at Henderson airport, a van pulled up before I had the engine shut down. Before I got out of the airplane, it was tied down, and the driver [of the van] was asking if I needed ground transportation. "A cab to the strip would be nice," I mentioned, noticing that my luggage was already in the van. At the terminal, I was pleased to learn that they'd fill my O2 bottle for less than half what I'm charged at home. I came out of the restroom to find the cab waiting, and I was on my way. When I returned to the airport, the plane was topped off, the O2 was filled, and they gave me a lift back to the plane. A warm welcome, a friendly, helpful staff, beautiful facilities — heck, even Las Vegas approach rolled out the red carpet. What's not to like?

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!


Reader-Submitted Photosback to top 

We were immediately taken with this photo from William D. Vogel of Yorba Linda, California — but when we realized it was a recent, timely photo of the ongoing firefighting in California, we knew it was our "Picture of the Week." More...

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
Mariano Rosales

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