AVwebFlash - Volume 15, Number 42b

October 22, 2009

By The AVweb Editorial Staff
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As NBAA Wraps, World at Large Still Down on BizJets back to top 

Mainstream Jet Bashing Continues

As the leadership and membership of the National Business Aviation Association talked about the progress being made in fighting the stigma of business aircraft use, the rest of the world was heaping scorn on their use by executives of banks that received federal bailouts. Business jet (usually termed private jet) use by the bankers was described by the Washington Post as the number one perk handed out to execs in lieu of bonuses that the feds are vigorously discouraging the banks from issuing with taxpayer money. But the stigma of business aircraft use has spread far beyond the boardrooms in New York, as country music star Garth Brooks found out on Tuesday.

Brooks retired from touring and concerts nine years ago to be a day-to-day dad to his three daughters. In an interview with CNN, Brooks explained that the kids are older now (13-17), but he still wants to be with them on the farm in Owasso, Okla., so when Las Vegas hotel owner Steve Wynn threw in free use of a Bombardier Challenger for the commute to the weekend shows, Brooks picked up his guitar. The aircraft gets him to and from Vegas in about two hours, enabling him to be home during the week and get to the Friday-to-Sunday shows. And for Brooks, the aircraft is not a perk but the reason the deal works in the first place, which CNN reported this way. "I don't know anything about jets," Brooks downplayed with a shrug. "It's got a cool interior, cool paint job — I don't know. But it gets me here [to Vegas], and it gets me home to see my girls. And so, in that case, it's fabulous."

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

NBAA 2009 Video Series: Embraer Phenom 300 Jet Tour

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At NBAA 2009, Embraer brought in a completed version of its upsized light jet, the Phenom 300. AVweb's Paul Bertorelli took a tour.

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NBAA 2009 Video Series: Dornier's Airliner Turned Bizjet

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The Dornier 328 is a perfectly fine 32-seat airliner, but can it also be a decent bizjet. Livejet thinks so and they're converting the former airliners into a 12-seat, large-cabin business aircraft. At NBAA 2009, Russ Niles took a tour of the first conversion.

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AVweb Audio —? Are You Listening? back to top 

NBAA 2009 Podcast Series: Pulselite Repels Birds, Aids Visibility

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When birds see a pulsing high intensity light, they apparently get out of the way. Scott Philiben of Precise Flight speaks with AVweb's Paul Bertorelli about how it works.

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NBAA 2009 Podcast Series: Report from the Business Aircraft Front

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Crownair, of San Diego, is like hundreds of FBOs across the country in that they are living the downturn day to day. AVweb's Russ Niles speaks with Crownair CEO Ray Richmond about how FBOs are adapting to a new market and a new culture.

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AVweb's Show Biz Report back to top 

'Earhart' Star Swank To Complete Pilot Training

The mystery of Amelia Earhart's disappearance over the Pacific in 1937 is a familiar story, but outside of aviation circles, her other accomplishments are less well known. A new film that opens Friday, Amelia, starring Hilary Swank, explores Earhart's life as a pilot, leading up to that famous final flight. The Ninety-Nines, the women's pilot association that Earhart helped to launch, is holding events around the country to celebrate the opening of the film, in hopes that it will help spark interest in general aviation. Swank spent about 19 hours learning to fly after she agreed to take on the role and said last week that she hopes to complete her private pilot training. "It takes all of your senses; you're completely immersed," she said at a news conference last week in New Jersey, where she met with pilots from the Ninety-Nines and displayed one of the Lockheed Electras that flew in the film. "It was exciting to learn something new that really was challenging." Click here to view the trailer.

Swank said she wasn't allowed to fly solo because of insurance concerns, but she is hopeful that now that the filming is over she will be able to complete her training. "I like to see things through to the end," she said. "One of the great things about my job is that I get to do all of these things that I might not have experienced had I not been an actor. I think being able to say that I learned how to fly to play Amelia Earhart is pretty great."

Sean Tucker Scheduled For Oprah Thursday

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Those of you who don't regularly tune into the Oprah Winfrey show in the middle of your work day might want to set the DVR for whatever time it is she's on Thursday. AVweb has learned that aerobatic master Sean D. Tucker is appearing on a show Winfrey has dedicated to the "best" of various aspects of society. Tucker has some competition for airtime, though. One of the items she's featuring is a pair of jeans she says fits her well. ...

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News from America's Airports back to top 

Delta 767 Lands On Taxiway

A couple of Delta Airlines pilots have been suspended after the Boeing 767 they were flying from Rio de Janeiro landed on a taxiway at Atlanta Hartsfield Airport early Monday morning. The FAA reported there were no other aircraft on the taxiway and the landing and rollout were normal. Spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said the crew was dealing with a medical emergency on board and had been cleared for Runway 27R.

Instead, the crew landed on taxiway M, which runs parallel to the 12,000-foot runway. There was no indication that approach, runway or taxiway lights were malfunctioning. Taxiway landings occur from time to time, but Bergen told Atlanta media that she believes it was the first such incident in Atlanta.

Airport Spared Compost

The FAA says an airport is a rotten place to put a composting facility, and Palo Alto, Calif. officials have grudgingly agreed. Last Monday, Palo Alto city council voted 6-3 to rethink plans to use four acres of airport land as a processing site for the area's kitchen scraps and lawn clippings. However, it wasn't until the FAA told council that the facility would run afoul of agreements regarding the federal money that has been spent at the airport over the years that the city decided to look for greener pastures. Local pilots had also rallied to fight the proposal.

Dozens of pilots were in council chambers to hear discussion and witness the vote, which doesn't actually kill the airport proposal but does make it seem unlikely. The pilots were especially concerned about the birds that would be attracted by the piles of rotting waste. Although the airport plan raised a ruckus, the next best alternative seems destined to cause just as much controversy: The compost could end up going on land designated for a park.

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News Briefs back to top 

Drunk Pilots Escape Discipline

An Indian newspaper, the Mail Today, is quoting an unnamed retired airline pilot as saying that senior airline pilots commonly turn up for work drunk and almost never get disciplined because they are too "precious." The newspaper points out that there is no law against flying drunk in India, although pilots suspected of drinking are prevented from getting into the cockpit. An Air India flight from Mumbai to New York was delayed Monday when one of the four pilots checked in tipsy. A replacement was found, and the flight took off 45 minutes late. The unnamed source told the newspaper the pilot will will probably be back in the left seat as soon as he sobers up.

He said there is such an acute shortage of senior pilots that airlines look the other way when they get into trouble. "If you are a junior pilot with not much experience, you may be in slight trouble. However, if you are a commander, then the airline concerned mostly ignores it," the retired pilot told Mail Today. He said that if the airline did fire the pilot, he'd be immediately hired by another carrier.

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It's the Final AV8OR Prize This Year ... And Your Chance to Win!

Bendix/King by Honeywell is helping us give away one last AV8OR handheld MFD unit this year! 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 so they can qualify for the AV8OR prize drawing, too. (We won't spam them, either, but we hope they will sign up for our AVwebFlash and AVwebBiz newsletters.)

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

Question of the Week: Defending Business Aviation

This Week's Question | Previous Week's Answers


Last week, we asked AVweb readers if hassles, paperwork, expense, and uncertainty have sapped any of the fun from flying.

Most of you answered yes, but with a few qualifications. 33% of those who responded said the flying part is good, but the rest sucks; 30% said they still love it, though it's more of a chore these days; and 26% had no reservations, saying all the negativity is just noise.

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.)


Despite a united front from aviation groups at the NBAA Convention, business jets still have a sullied reputation among the recession-battered general public. This week, we'd like to hear what you think.

How would you defend business aircraft use?
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Opinion & Commentary back to top 

AVweb Insider Blog: VLJ? The Industry Would Prefer to Forget That Term

Such is the damage done by Eclipse to the credibility of light jets, the industry would like to press the reset button and call these things entry-level jets. Good idea, says Paul Bertorelli in his latest blog from the NBAA Convention in Orlando, because the idea of cheap, fast and economical was a loser from the start.

Read more.

AVweb Insider Blog: NBAA — Somber, Resigned

Editorial Director Paul Bertorelli checks in from the 2009 NBAA Convention in Orlando, Florida in the latest installment of our AVweb Insider blog. No question the show is smaller, but in the face of the worst downturn the modern industry has ever seen, that's no surprise. The uptick will come, says Paul, but it probably won't happen in 2010.

Read the full blog post here.

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Your Favorite FBOs back to top 

FBO of the Week: Bode Aero (KAEG, Albuquerque, New Mexico)

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Our latest "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Bode Aero at Double Eagle II Airport (KAEG) in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

AVweb reader Eve Cascella told us that, "in a nutshell, my experience with Bode Aviation left me feeling very well taken care of and encouraged to know that there are still people out there who go out of their way to serve." How did they do that for Eve? Here's her rundown of the visit:

A friend and I had made plans to fly in from St. Louis to enjoy the annual Hot Air Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque. I had called Bode Aero a month or so before the Fiesta to ask for advice on finding a hotel room; I was afraid I had missed my opportunity to secure a room during this busy week ... but got way more than I hoped for. Bode offered to make my room reservation for me, and they also reserved a rental car for me — both at reasonable rates. ... On the morning we departed, Bode had pulled our plane out of the tie-down area, and she was waiting for us up front by the FBO. Departure was a breeze. However, I realized somewhere in central Kansas that I had left my cell phone somewhere at Bode Aero. I should have guessed: Renee had already found it, determined it was mine, looked up my home phone number in St. Louis on the internet, and left me a voicemail there saying that she would mail me my phone if I would please call to confirm my address. How much more can you ask for?! Thank you, Renee, Nikki, and all the others I can't name for helping to make our stay in Albuquerque such a pleasant memory!

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 Photos back to top 

Picture of the Week: AVweb's Flying Photography Showcase

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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.


Submissions to our weekly showcase for reader photos dropped off just a tiny bit this week — but don't worry; we've still got plenty of incredible shots from all around the globe to share, courtesy of your fellow AVweb readers. By now, you know the routine: Grab a fresh cup of coffee and take the next few minutes for yourself — it's "POTW" time!

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copyright © Mikko Maliniemi
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Blue Moment

"Sometimes all the aspects of a memorable photo shoot just come together," writes this week's top photographer, Mikko Maliniemi of Kuopio, Finland. "We had been hunting for the last few rays of the sun for an hour in between the surrounding 6/8 clouds, when, on our way back home, we ran into something beautiful. Just before the home airfield, this unforgettable blue view opened up to us from behind a big CB cloud we had to circle around."

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Used with permission of Ryan Grantonic

Duncan Flybaby

Ryan Grantonic of Dayton, Ohio goes to the other send of the spectrum and serves up some warm tones that are even now adding a bit of life to the old AVweb desktop.

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copyright © Jud Phillips
Used with permission

Game Day at Downtown Island

Jud Phillips of Nashville, Tennessee knows how to pass the time. "While my charter customer was at the game watching Tennessee get tromped by Auburn," writes Jud, "I was having more fun taking pictures."

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Used with permission of Gerry Binnema

On Tow

Gerry Binnema of Aldergrove, British Columbia (Canada) snapped this great photo "from a Grob 103 glider" while Gerry was riding along with a student from his glider club in Hope, BC, "where the Fraser Canyon becomes the Fraser Valley."

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copyright © Daniel Valovich
Used with permission

Hot Air Balloon Glow

Daniel Valovich of Hot Springs, Arkansas handles this week's sign-off, brining us a lovely image from the Legends Balloon Rally.

You'll find more reader-submitted photos in the slideshow on AVweb's home page. Don't miss 'em!

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:

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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