AVwebFlash Complete Issue: Volume 15, Number 44a

November 2, 2009

By The AVweb Editorial Staff
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Top News: Garmin Aera to Debut at AOPA Summit back to top 

Garmin's New Touchscreen Portable GPS Arrives

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Although Garmin debuted the premium priced GPSMap 696 only a year ago, it's rolling out yet another new portable navigator model line this week at AOPA Summit in Tampa, Florida. The new product line is called Aera, and although its features and capabilities are similar to the popular GPSMap 396/496 series, the Aera line will have something entirely new: a touchscreen interface. Gone are the page, enter, and rocker keys, replaced by what Garmin calls an intuitive touchscreen operating system. As with previous portables, the Aera products will have a full range of navigation capability, plus XM WX weather, XM audio, Garmin's SafeTaxi ground awareness feature, and the AOPA Airport Directory. The new navigators will be dual purpose as well, with ground navigation capability provided as a standard feature.

Garmin says the Aera screens are larger than the 396/496, measuring 4.3 inches on the diagonal. The Aera will be available in four models, beginning with the $799 500 and topping out with the $1,999 full-featured Aera 560. All of these products will be shown at AOPA Summit this week, and for information, see Garmin.com.

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Garmin provided AVweb with a demo unit before the show and we spent a week wringing it out. See the video here.

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Aviation Safety: Coast Guard C-130 Update back to top 

Little Hope Of Survivors From Midair

The Coast Guard Sunday called off the search for survivors of a midair collision between a Guard C-130 and a Marine AH-1W Super Cobra helicopter off San Clemente Island on the southern California coast. There were seven people on the Herc and two in the helicopter when they collided late Thursday in what witnesses reported was a ball of fire. "After an exhaustive effort with the intent to rescue, our hope has dimmed in finding any survivors," Petty Officer First Class Allyson Conroy, a spokeswoman for the Coast Guard in San Diego told the New York Times. "We are now concentrating on recovering anything out of the water, or anyone out of the water." Debris has been found but no bodies.

The helicopter crew was escorting troop transport helicopters in a five-ship formation on their way to a night training exercise. The Guard plane was looking for a 50-year-old man reported missing in a 12-foot inflatable boat. The man in the boat has still not been found.

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Safety, Policies, and the Government back to top 

FAA Issues Massive Proposed AD For Pipers

"We estimate that this proposed AD would affect 41,928 airplanes in the U.S. registry," says the FAA in its move to prevent control wheels from coming loose of their control wheel shafts on certain Piper aircraft. Affected models are certain Piper PA-28, PA-32, PA-34 and PA-44 series aircraft -- all to be inspected at an estimated cost per aircraft of $40 (that's $1.67 million for the whole flock). The FAA has received two reports of control wheel shafts that were incorrectly assembled at Piper -- one that led to separation of the right wheel from the shaft and another that was discovered during a ground inspection. The agency has no way of knowing how many aircraft are affected, but has estimated the necessary repair/replacement cost to involve 16 hours of labor and a total cost of about $1430 per airplane.

Read the proposed airworthiness directive online for a list of serial numbers of affected aircraft. It's not a rule, yet, and the FAA is seeking comments on the proposed rule through Dec. 29.

GAO Report On Safety Effects Of Age 65 Rule

Two years ago, when The Fair Treatment for Experienced Pilots Act extended federal age standards for pilots of large commercial aircraft from 60 to 65, it also mandated that the GAO report within 24 months on the effect the change had on aviation safety. There appears to be little to report. The GAO collected FAA accident and incident data, plus NTSB accident data, from December 2007 (when the act went live) through September 2009. They then pored over it for a month. The result: "We believe the evidence obtained provides a reasonable basis for our findings and conclusions" ... "that no accidents or incidents resulted from the health conditions of pilots 60 years or older." The results address what the FAA in 1960 established what came to be known as the age-60 rule, based on the belief "that certain important physiological and psychological functions progressively deteriorated with age," according to the GAO. The results of the GAO's study (PDF) say that's not so. There is one "but" ... .

The GAO would like to make a more definitive assessment on change either positive or negative by collecting trends for groups both younger and older than 60 years of age. But they say that's not possible at this time. The more definitive assessment would require a longer period of time to allow for the collection of more data and a more precise conclusion. Unfortunately, it's only been two years since the act was enacted.

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The Changing Aviation Economy back to top 

"Certified Pre-owned" In The Light Sport Aircraft Market

SportairUSA, distributor for Sting S3 and Sirius aircraft, announced Friday its new "certified pre-owned" light sport aircraft (LSA) program, offering used aircraft with a warranty, plus transition training. The company says the new program provides benefits for both sides of the buyer/seller coin. The seller, says SportairUSA, gets market exposure with SportairUSA standing behind the sale. Sellers also get free hangar space and, separately, deferred costs for maintenance and repairs until the aircraft is sold. Buyers get some assurance in that SportairUSA is putting its name behind the product in so far as the company will inspect the aircraft and make any necessary repairs with OEM parts. The aforementioned warranty is a "six month, 50 hour warranty." And then there's the training.

SportairUSA says it will also provide five hours of ground and five hours of transitional orientation to the buyer, plus a biennial flight review.

F-35 JSF May Bring Bucks For Bases, Towns, States

The $300 billion program that is the nation's coming fleet of F-35 Joint Strike Fighters has military towns across the country vying for the economic boon of base modernization and infrastructure that will arrive wherever squadrons nest. The U.S. Air Force is considering sites in Vermont, Utah, Florida, Idaho and South Carolina for operating bases; and Florida, Idaho, New Mexico and Arizona for training, according to Reuters. But the selection process now moves to formal environmental impact analysis and the communities' opportunities to provide input. First-round decisions already have senators seeking to cement favor or reconsideration for their states. An Air Force spokesman told Reuters Thursday that it's too early to determine how much money might be spent to prepare sites to accommodate the aircraft.

Early contenders were chosen for their "airspace, flight training ranges, weather, support facilities, runways, taxi ramps and environmental concerns," according to Reuters. Further consideration includes aircraft retirements integration with personnel and equipment already on hand, logistical support and aircraft delivery schedules. Final decisions aren't expected until 2011. The F-35 is now in early production.

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Getting from Point A to Point B back to top 

Cirrus Owners Migrate To Dayton

For the first time in its eight-year history, the 2010 annual meeting of Cirrus aircraft owners will not be held at the company's headquarters in Duluth, Minn. Cirrus Owners and Pilots Association President Curtis Sanford announced to members that they will meet in Dayton, Ohio June 17-20. "We have had seven very successful Migrations in Duluth, and will be back," Sanford said. No reason was given for the change of venue (other than a change of scenery) but Sanford said the move has the support of Cirrus, which plans to exhibit in Dayton.

Last year's meeting, which COPA dubs its "migration," was marked by controversy when Cirrus co-founder Alan Klapmeier announced he was bidding to buy the SF50 jet program from the company. About a month later, Klapmeier withdrew from the negotiations and a few weeks later he was removed as chairman of the board of directors of Cirrus.

United Breaks Guitars (And Misplaces Luggage)

Carroll's first two videos

Dave Carroll, YouTube's favorite musical advocate for the proper treatment of luggage (famous for his YouTube video "United Breaks Guitars") may have a new gripe -- again, with United. Last week, Carroll arrived at Denver International from Regina, Saskatchewan on a United Express flight operated by Skywest Airlines. He was told his luggage was delayed in its arrival. He was also told he would need to be on hand when it arrived. It turned up three days later. Thanks to Carroll's celebrity -- the YouTube buzz that eventually hit the 24-hour news networks -- Carroll now regularly has speaking engagements in which he discusses the importance of customer relations ... which explains why he was in Denver. It also means we know what happened to his bags. And that trip may be a song in itself.

Carroll's luggage, instead of flying with him to Denver, went first to Calgary and then to Denver. But it didn't stay there. It then went back to Calgary, and from there it departed again for Denver. But, again, it didn't stay there. From Denver it went to Fort Worth. And from Texas it went back to Denver where it was, at long last, delivered to Carroll's hotel in Colorado Springs, about 40 miles away. United has apologized to Carroll for the inconvenience and has "reached out to him to make this right," according to the Globe and Mail. Carroll recounted the misadventure in his Colorado Springs gig and it was relayed on Twitter and other social media by conference attendees and the story eventually made its way to the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. Carroll said he's still working on the last music video in of his trilogy on the broken guitar and the lost luggage episode may get a mention.

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

Looking for Efficiency? Try a Propeller

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At NBAA in Orlando, AVweb's Paul Bertorelli spoke with Hartzell's Mike Disbrow about new developments in the world of turboprops. Conceding that it has a bit of self-interest, Hartzell is pushing the idea that for efficient travel, you can't beat an airplane pulled through the air with a prop rather than pushed with a turbofan. And the market agrees with Disbrow. Turboprop flight activity hasn't taken near the hit that jet ops have, indicating that owners and operators are finding definite advantages in props.

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Exclusive Video: Garmin's New Touchscreen Aera Makes Its Debut at AOPA Summit

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At AOPA Summit this week in Tampa, Florida, Garmin will roll out it's new touchscreen-based aera line of navigators. AVweb's Paul Bertorelli spent the last week wringing out a sample. Here's his video report.

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Exclusive Video: Diamond's DA20 with Aspen and Garmin

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Diamond Aircraft has always stepped right out there with innovation, and even in its modest DA20 trainer, the company is offering two glass panel choices. AVweb recently took a look at the Aspen EFD1000 and Garmin G500, both offered as options in the DA20.

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New on AVweb back to top 

What Does a Pilot Look Like?

Although it's not uncommon to see a female pilot on the flight deck, the front office is hardly representative of the gender and racial diversity of the U.S. York College students in New York are out to change that. The current class in the college's Aviation Institute is 60 percent female, and most of the aspiring pilots are women of color.

Alice Speri takes a look at the program and the students.

AVweb Insider Blog: Airplane as Pig Sty

Anyone who has ever flown a long cross-country in an airplane knows that the cabin turns into a disorganized mess of charts, water bottles, headsets and snack sacks. Paul Bertorelli and Kitplanes editor Marc Cook have the video footage to prove it — and they'd like to hear your best theories on why the cockpit gets so messy on a long flight. Head over to the AVweb Insider to watch their video blog and share your thoughts in the comments section.

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AVweb Insider Blog: Flight 60 vs. Flight 188 — The Art of Failure

Those poor sods over at Delta who landed their B767 (with 193 aboard) on (active) taxiway M at ATL after being cleared to land on runway 27R in the pre-dawn of October 19 sure had one thing going for them, says AVweb's Glenn Pew — what the pilots at Northwest were about to do on October 21 to trump them. In the latest installment of our AVweb Insider blog, Glenn looks at the two high-profile mistakes that have commanded headlines for the last couple of weeks.

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

How's Your Aircraft Partnership Working Out?

Aviation Consumer would like to know. We're most interested in hearing about successful long-term aircraft partnerships. What works for you? How have you sustained group ownership? And what effect has the current economic downturn had? Contact the editorial staff directly at avconsumer@comcast.net and we'll respond with our questions.

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

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Your Favorite FBOs back to top 

FBO of the Week: Beatrice Municipal Airport (KBIE, Beatrice, Nebraska)

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AVweb's "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to the FBO at Beatrice Municipal Airport (KBIE) in Beatrice, Nebraska.

AVweb reader R. L. Saathoff told us how the crew at BIE took care of business on a recent visit:

The airport manager and staff are willing to help in any situation. While traveling to see my father who was hospitalized, I needed transportation. They provided a crew car for my entire stay and had my aircraft ready for me when I returned.

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!

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Tell Your Friends: Read AVweb, Win a Handheld MFD back to top 

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.)

Deadline for entries is midnight EST on Wednesday, November 4, 2009.

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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"

"Approach, what's our sequence?"

"Calling for the sequence, I missed your callsign — but if I find out what it is, you're last."

Courtesy of the Top Twenty Actual Transmissions Heard in the O'Hare Tracon, from IntentionallyLeftBlank, the newsletter of O'Hare's National Air Traffic Controllers Association.

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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