AVwebFlash - Volume 15, Number 40b

October 8, 2009

By The AVweb Editorial Staff
 
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Ironing Out the Details of Tomorrow's Airspace back to top 
 

NATCA, FAA Spar Over NextGen Implementation Snags

The FAA's operational test of a new NextGen computer system for air traffic control ran into problems last weekend at Salt Lake Center and had to be shut down -- but the problem could have been averted, according to the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, if the FAA had included NATCA in its planning process. "The FAA has been stubbornly unwilling to collaborate with NATCA in this project's development," NATCA Northwest Mountain Regional Vice President Jim Ullmann said in a news release on Wednesday. The system, called En Route Automation Modernization (ERAM), promises to provide greater flexibility for controllers in the FAA's Next Generation Air Transportation System. FAA spokeswoman Laura Brown told AVweb that operational testing of ERAM is necessary to bring the new system online. "This is the normal way we test things and find bugs," she said. Backup plans were in place and the new system is now offline until fixes are made. She said although there was no official NATCA participation in the planning for the new system, air traffic controllers were involved in the process. She added that the FAA and the union are now working on a Memorandum of Understanding to determine NATCA participation in that planning process going forward. Asked for a timetable, she said there is "no line in the sand" and while the NextGen process is moving along, there are no further operational tests of the ERAM system scheduled as of now.

Ullmann said the FAA rushed the test to meet artificial deadlines without being fully ready. "NATCA stands ready, willing and able, as always, to help implement this system safely and effectively," he said. "All the FAA has to do is allow that to happen. We demand modernization that works and is safe." Controllers have no confidence in ERAM, according to NATCA. When the system failed on Saturday morning, the backup system that kicked in caused serious problems of its own. Controllers lost information about the aircraft they were handling on their radar scopes, and the problems caused some flight delays. Each of the five regional en route centers that border Salt Lake Center were affected. NATCA asked the FAA to stop any further testing of ERAM on live traffic until both parties can reach an agreement on how to formally collaborate on the project. A new contract between the FAA and NATCA took effect just last week, resolving several years of conflict over work rules, training, and other issues.

 
Your Engine Just Died and You've Got Three Choices
Water? Road? Trees? Get this 20-minute program with tactics on handling emergency landings. Listen as safety expert Bob Martens examines factors such as off-field landing choices, stretching the glide, landing pattern, wind and flap management, landing long or short, and more. Click here to listen online or download.
 
Cessna Hopes to Stoke Orders with $30K Incentive back to top 
 

Cessna Offers "Deposit Amplifier" For Skylane Buyers

Cessna Aircraft Company on Wednesday announced it will offer a "deposit amplifier" program through the end of the year that adds $30,000 to a deposit on a retail order for qualifying new Cessna 182 or Turbo 182 Skylane single-engine piston aircraft. The Cessna 182 and Turbo 182 Skylane is a four-place single-engine high-wing piston aircraft with a Lycoming IO-540 engine, Garmin G1000 avionics, and a range of more than 900 miles. With the turbocharger, the top speed of 150 knots increases to 176 knots, or about 202 mph, according to Cessna. The company is also offering a free service bulletin kit for certain software upgrades. Cessna added that buyers who may be eligible to qualify for accelerated depreciation should complete their purchase by the end of the year.

The special offers are in effect for new retail customers anywhere in the world, Cessna added.

 
Trade Up Your Old Lightspeed Headset for a Zulu
If you haven't been quite ready to move up, this program is for you. Your older Lightspeed headset is worth up to $500 when you trade it in for a new Zulu. Different headsets have different trade-up values. (OEM and reconditioned headsets are not eligible.) Available to U.S. customers and only through Lightspeed direct. Find out how much yours is worth now!
 
News Briefs back to top 
 

Red Bull Race Wraps In Barcelona, Bonhomme Takes First

This year's Red Bull Air Race World Championship ended Sunday in Barcelona, Spain, before a record crowd of 800,000 spectators, with the top place for the six-race series going to British pilot Paul Bonhomme, who placed second in both 2007 and 2008. "Fantastic, thank you Barcelona," Bonhomme said after letting out a loud shout for joy when he heard the news he had won the title on his cockpit radio. "It's been a huge amount of pressure. It's just a question of how you deal with it at the right time," he said. "I thought I'd better get my skates on and that worked." Second place went to defending champion Hannes Arch of Austria, and third to Australia's Matt Hall, the best result ever for a rookie. The 15 competing pilots earn points in each of the six races, and the final ranks are determined by the aggregate score. Bonhomme took three victories and three second places in the series, even though his Edge 540 plane was not as fast as Arch's for most of the season.

"It was a real good fight all year," said Arch. Among the three U.S. pilots, Kirby Chambliss took fourth place, Mike Mangold took seventh, and Michael Goulian finished 10th overall. Mangold, who won the championship twice, said he won't be back for the races next year, planning to spend more time with his family. "I would like to thank my team, equipment suppliers and fans for their unwavering support over the years," he said. "And remember, 'Speed is Life.'" The weekend of racing in Barcelona drew a total of 1.2 million spectators.

Legend Cub On Floats Certified

A lightweight version of the Legend Cub LSA fitted with amphibious floats is now certified and ready to ship, American Legend Aircraft Co., of Sulphur Springs, Texas, announced last week. The amphib first flew in July and already has traveled to Oshkosh and Maine, the company said. Along the way it made plenty of landings both on land and water. The new Cub has several key features, according to Legend general manager Kurt Sehnert. "Firstly, doors on both sides of the cockpit give the Legend Cub pilot and passenger easy access when docking the aircraft," he said. "Secondly, the Legend Cub's electric start, which did not exist on the original J-3, eliminates the precarious step of hand-propping and maneuvering back to the cockpit." The first customer aircraft is now being built. The Amphibious Legend FloatCub sells for $159,000.

The floats are manufactured by Baumann Floats of New Richmond, Wisc. American Legend also offers a Cooperative Ownership Program through LetsFly.org whereby buyers can purchase a share of a standard Legend Cub for as little as $2,900 down on a quarter-share of $31,046. Other fees are $289 a month and $36 per hour. Share prices for the amphib have not been published.

 
New Scheyden Precision Eyewear Models Available at Aircraft Spruce
Scheyden Precision Eyewear has reduced cockpit clutter. By combining patented flip-up and locking mechanisms, Scheyden Classic Flip-Up and Dual RX models allow pilots to instantly and effortlessly adapt to constantly changing light conditions, all with one frame. The handmade titanium frames are not only classic and timeless in their styling, but the clarity of Scheyden lenses has drawn rave reviews from GA, commercial and military pilots all over the world. Call 1 (877) 4-SPRUCE or visit AircraftSpruce.com.
 
Following Up on Last Week's Headlines back to top 
 

Post-Crash Updates: Wright Pilot Recovering; Catalina Pilot's Body Found

Mark Dusenberry, the pilot who was hurt last Thursday in the crash of the 1905 Wright Flyer III replica in Dayton, Ohio, has been upgraded from critical to fair condition, hospital officials told the Dayton Daily News on Wednesday. The officials said Dusenberry, 48, has been released from intensive care, but gave no further details. Dusenberry was practicing at Huffman Prairie Flying Field in preparation for a celebration of the 104th Anniversary of Practical Flight. He was just seconds into his second early morning flight when witnesses saw the aircraft begin to oscillate vertically before pitching down from about 20 feet and impacting the ground (click here for a video). Also last week, Jim Eachus, 61, was lost when his experimental Avid Catalina seaplane sank in Inks Lake near Burnet, Texas. Rescue teams searched for days but found no sign of the pilot. On Saturday morning, two campers discovered his body, which had drifted to shore.

Officials told the Burnet Bulletin an autopsy will help to determine if Eachus died from injuries suffered in the crash, if he drowned, or if perhaps he had suffered a medical problem either prior to the crash or afterward. Witnesses said Eachus had made a stop at Inks Lake State Park to empty water from the airplane's pontoons, then took off and flew to a height of about 40 feet before the airplane started to descend. Its left wing dug into the water and it hit the surface. Eachus escaped through a window before the airplane sank, but then disappeared into the water.

Is Alleged Teen Airplane Thief At It Again?

Although authorities are not coming right out and saying it, it appears that Colton Harris-Moore, an 18-year-old suspected airplane thief from coastal Washington, may have broadened his horizons and added firearms to the mix. KOMO reports that on Thursday, a Cessna 182 that was stolen Tuesday from Bonners Ferry, Idaho, was found in a logged off area of wilderness near Granite Falls, Wash. It had suffered a hard landing but was intact; the arrival was considered survivable and no one was around. On Sunday night, Granite Falls police were investigating an unusual robbery at a home in the town and reported a gunshot from the woods nearby. A massive search by police on Monday turned up nothing and there's been no sign of him since but that fits the profile of the slippery Harris-Moore, who has repeatedly eluded would-be captors. Oh, and the only items missing from the typically booty-filled suburban home were a comforter (overnight temperatures are in the 30s), some food and the homeowners' passports.

Harris-Moore is suspected of stealing another 182 and a Cirrus SR22 in Washington State in September before he is suspected of stealing a boat and taking it to Point Roberts, a small area of the state surrounded by water and bordering Canada. It's theorized by some that he got into Canada from Point Roberts and traveled through British Columbia before sneaking across the border to Bonners Ferry, where he found the 182. He has no formal flight training but authorities have said there is evidence that he's been studying flight instruction on the Internet. All three of the aircraft he may have taken have been damaged but the latest suspected theft shows some accumulation of skill (or profound luck). Not many landings on rough areas, like the logging cutblock the most recent stolen 182 was found on, end up any better and if the untrained teen is behind it, he's been minding his virtual training. Granite Falls is on course from Bonners Ferry to Camano Island, where Harris-Moore is from. Note the fully deployed flaps on the 182 in the accompanying photo.

 
The New Meridian G1000 — Commanding
The new Meridian G1000 with Garmin G1000 avionics and GFC 700 autopilot suite, business jet luxury and turbine simplicity for 30% less than any comparable six-place turbine-powered aircraft. With a panel as commanding as the airplane, and a million dollars less than its closest competitor, "Pilot in Command" means precisely that.

Click here for more information on the new Piper Meridian G1000.
 
What You Missed in AVwebBiz This Week back to top 
 

Carter Aviation Launches Manufacturing Subsidiary

Carter Aviation Technologies, of Wichita Falls, Texas, said this week it has created two new subsidiary companies to handle research, development, and manufacturing of its rotorcraft designs. "We are beginning a new phase in our corporate development," company president Jay Carter Jr. said in a news release. "Moving from a research and development company into commercial production has required a great deal of investigation." He said the company decided to move into manufacturing on its own after discussions with potential partners stalled. "Potential licensees were concerned about their staff being able to come up to speed quickly on the techniques and processes used in producing our designs," Carter said. Carter Air Vehicles, the new manufacturing arm, will produce pre-production and initial production aircraft for the civilian market. "The future scope of our manufacturing will depend on demand for our aircraft," Carter said. The other new subsidiary, Carter Aerospace Development, will handle research and development programs.

The company previously built a prototype technology-demonstrator aircraft and is now working to commercialize a four-place Personal Air Vehicle (PAV) design that was introduced last summer at AirVenture Oshkosh. The design incorporates a combination of rotorcraft and fixed-wing features, the company says, and builds on the lessons learned in seven years of flight-testing the original prototype. It features newly developed automated controls and systems.

FAA Stops Direct Chart Sales To Small Dealers

The FAA will no longer offer wholesale rates on aeronautical charts to dealers with less than $5,000 per year in sales, as of this week. Instead, retailers who meet the sales minimum can be designated as Chart Agents, under a new system overseen by the FAA's National Aeronautical Navigation Services division (formerly NACO). Agents can buy charts at 50 percent off the list price if they give up the option of returning unsold charts after they expire, or they can take a 40 percent discount with up to 20 percent returns. The Chart Agents also can act as dealers to the smaller outlets, and set their own rates and conditions. According to one of those agents, Chartdealer.com, over 90 percent of retail chart sales were previously made by the smaller dealers who can no longer buy direct from the FAA. Chartdealer is offering to sell those small dealers charts at the same 40 percent discount they used to get from the FAA, but without the take-back provision. If small FBOs and flight schools opt out of carrying the charts, it will be harder for pilots to find the charts they need.

The FAA hopes to save money by conducting all sales online and dealing in larger batches for fewer customers. Much more information about the program can be found at the FAA Web site, including a list of about 450 FAA Authorized Chart Agents who have agreed to operate under the New Chart Agent Model as of last week. Only about half of those agents have agreed to act as sales outlets for smaller dealers, however. Click here to find a chart agent near you.

AVwebBiz: AVweb's Business Aviation Newsletter

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New on AVweb back to top 
 

Question of the Week: Learning to Fly on the Internet? (Really?)

This Week's Question | Previous Week's Answers

PREVIOUS RESULTS ***

Last week, we asked if Congress should be pushing harder to pass an FAA reauthorization bill.

Answers varied widely, but the plurality of you agreed with the admonition careful what you wish for; the final form of the bill may be a lot worse than what we have now. (That option accounted for 40% of responses.)

For a complete (real-time) breakdown of reader responses, click here.
(You may be asked to register and answer if you haven't already participated in this poll.)

THIS WEEK'S QUESTION ***

Eighteen-year-old alleged serial burglar Colton Harris Moore is suspected in the theft and semi-successful landings of three pretty advanced airplanes (two 182s and a brand-new, decked-out SR22). Authorities say he learned to fly online. Do you buy it?

Is it possible to learn basic flight maneuvers from the internet?
(click to answer)


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NOTE:
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Use this form to send "QOTW" comments to our AVmail Editor.

AVweb Insider Blog: More Thoughts on VLJ Price Fantasies

With its 600-series small turbofan, Pratt & Whitney probably made the technological breakthrough on cost that it said it would. So why didn't it break open the market? In the latest installment of our AVweb Insider blog, Paul Bertorelli argues that it's probably because the airframes themselves remain complex and expensive to certify. Cheap engines don't equate to cheap airplanes.

Read more on the AVweb Insider blog.

 
WingX GPS-Enabled Terrain-Aware Moving Map for iPhone!
Just released — Moving Map for your iPhone! Also: File flight plans and obtain and view legal weather briefings. View any NACO chart or airport diagram — entire USA stored right on your phone. A/FD, AOPA Directory, Route Planning, FARs, Animated RADAR, METARs, TAFs, winds and temperatures aloft, TFRs text and graphics, an E6B, and much more. WingX is also available for Windows Mobile and Blackberry. Click here for more information.
 
The Top Reporter on Our Crack Staff ... Is You! back to top 
 

Aviation Consumer's Flight-Planning Software Survey

Do you use software for flight planning? Aviation Consumer magazine wants to know what computer tool you prefer, be it a package you paid for, downloaded for free, or just use on the web. Even if you just glance at the METARs on ADDS and figure you'll stop for gas somewhere on the way, we'd appreciate you taking a couple of minutes to answer at least some of these questions. Hey, you might even discover flight-planning options in the survey questions you never knew existed. Click here to participate.

(The results will appear in a future issue of Aviation Consumer. For subscription information, click here.)

AVweb's Newstips Address ...

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. You're a part of our team ... often, the best part.

 
Garmin Glass for the Diamond DA20!
Diamond Aircraft is celebrating the introduction of the lowest cost certified glass cockpit airplane with a time-limited spectacular introductory offer. Every purchaser of a new DA20 equipped with Garmin G500 will receive a no-charge avionics upgrade and free SVT (Synthetic Vision Technology), a $9,685 value!* Visit DiamondAircraft.com or call (888) 359-3220.

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AVweb Media: Look, Listen, Laugh and Learn back to top 
 

Exclusive Video: On "Non-God-Fearing Aircraft"

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

Stability is a good thing ... except when it isn't. Nearly all general aviation aircraft are inherently stable, which makes them, in the words of military experimental test pilot Desmond "Deuce" Brophy, "God-fearing aircraft." But the fighter jets Brophy flies and tests are a little different. During our visit to the flight test center at Edwards Air Force Base, Brophy explained the fundamental aerodynamic differences between the aircraft we fly and what he calls "non-God-fearing aircraft."

(Don't let our censor bars distract you; they're simply there to protect some private names and numbers.)

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If that doesn't work, click here to download the video directly.

 
New Reduced Prices for GloveLite® and for Shipping!
Now available in regular and OverGlove sizes — the perfect gift for any aviator who flies at night. Patented design — the light follows your fingertip! The flashlight you can't drop® — available online and from selected retailers.

Click here for more information.
 
Your Favorite FBOs back to top 
 

FBO of the Week: Five Star Jet Center (KBAF, Westfield, Mass.)

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

AVweb's "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Five Star Jet Center at Barne Municipal Airport (KBAF) in Westfield, Massachusetts.

AVweb reader Tim Stevens told us how 5SJC keeps 'em coming back for more with great prices and that old pilot favorite, free food — "burgers and hot dogs on the patio while we overlook the fueling on the ramp." Tim says "great hospitality and superior facilites" make this a must-stop destination when you're in the area.

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!

 
Ho, Ho Holiday Gift Guide Offer
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Reader-Submitted Photos back to top 
 

Picture of the Week: AVweb's Flying Photography Showcase

Submit a Photo | Rules | Tips | Questions | Past Winners

Each week, we go through dozens (and sometimes hundreds) of reader-submitted photos and pick the very best to share with you on Thursday mornings. The top photos are featured on AVweb's home page, and one photo that stands above the others is awarded an AVweb baseball cap as our "Picture of the Week." Want to see your photo on AVweb.com? Click here to submit it to our weekly contest.

*** THIS WEEK'S WINNERS ***

We're a bit overwhelmed by the staggering number of submissions we received for this week's "POTW" contest. While the extra pics kept us busy this week, it means we'll have an extra-large helping of bonus pics in our home page slideshow throughout the week — we may even get sneaky and swap out a few part-way through the week as a way of sharing even more extras — so be sure to head over to AVweb.com when you're done here and check out the bonus pics. (You'll find them about 1/3 of the way down the page in the central blue column.)

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copyright © Veronica von Allwörden
Used with permission

Twin Otter

Veronica von Allwörden of Langley, Washington tops the pile in one of the toughest "POTW" battles of recent memory. Veronica says she took this photo "in a turn a few years ago over the San Juan Islands in Washington State." (And before anyone asks: Yes, she 'fessed up to PhotoShopping out the N-number in the name of discretion.)

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copyright © Peter Zabriskie
Used with permission

WhiteKnightTwo Under the Lights

Remember how we said there were a lot of photos to wade through this week? Nearly a tenth of them came from the talented Peter Zabriskie of Bloomington, Indiana — and, alas, we're going to reward Peter's generosity and diligence by making a cautionary tale of him. See, we had so many awesome shots from Peter in one batch of photos that we couldn't possibly share them all with you this week, even by including a couple in our slideshow (which we did). In the future, Peter (and all you other shutterbugs out there), we encourage you to space out your submissions, limiting it to a couple each week. This gives you a better chance of getting your photos seen, and it also saves the frustration of having to throw back fantastic shots in the name of giving everyone's photos a chance to shine.

(No good deed goes unpunished, Mr. Z — but we hope you don't hold it against us, because man alive, we'd like to see more of your photos!)

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Used with permission of Timothy O'Connor

"Wow! Even the Sun Is Performing at This Air Show!"

Speaking of prolific contributors, Timothy O'Connor checks in from his stomping grounds in Batavia, Ohio with this nifty little shot from the Red Stewart Air Show & Fly-In.

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copyright © Contributor #4
Used with permission

"Will It Fly?"

Hamish Watchman of Palmerston North, Manawatu (New Zealand) puts the question to AVweb this week, and our answer is this: We're not sure — but we'd love to come to New Zealand and find out! Judging by the photos we get from your neck of the woods, Hamish, we're missing some of the best local air shows in the world ... .

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Used with permission of Daniel Cool

Moon and Beacon Over Wyoming

Daniel Cool of Eudora, Kansas lives up to his surname as he delivers this week's memorable sign-off.

Don't forget to visit AVweb's home page and check out the stunning array of bonus pics we have lined up this week!


Click here to submit your own photos to "POTW."

A quick note for submitters: If you've got several photos that you feel are "POTW" material, your best bet is to submit them one-a-week! That gives your photos a greater chance of seeing print on AVweb, and it makes the selection process a little easier on us, too. ;)

A Reminder About Copyrights:
Please take a moment to consider the source of your image before submitting to our "Picture of the Week" contest. If you did not take the photo yourself, ask yourself if you are indeed authorized to release publication rights to AVweb. If you're uncertain, consult the POTW Rules or or send us an e-mail.

 
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

Webmaster
Scott Simmons

Contributors
Jeff van West
Mariano Rosales

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