AVwebFlash Complete Issue: Volume 15, Number 44d

November 7, 2009

By The AVweb Editorial Staff
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Top News: AOPA Summit Adds Women's Wing back to top 

Women's Wing Debuts At AOPA Summit

Many aviation advocacy groups share a goal to work toward diversifying the pilot population, and in an effort to encourage more women to consider aviation careers, Women in Aviation International teamed up with AOPA this week to create a Women's Wing for the Aviation Summit in Tampa. "We offered seminars and mini-forums about careers, about following your passion, and exploring why would a person want to learn to fly," said Amy Laboda, editor in chief of WAI's Aviation for Women magazine. The group also hosted a breakfast for women pilots and book signings with aerobatic pilot Patty Wagstaff and Susan Butler, author of East to the Dawn, one of the books that inspired the new Amelia Earhart movie. A Frasca Piper Warrior simulator and a flight instructor were stationed in the Wing to offer a chance to any women who wanted to give it a try. The space also provided a meeting place for women to meet other women in aviation, or to ask questions about careers and flight training.

The aim was to get connected, get inspired, and get informed. "We had a lot of fun," said Laboda. "It's all about the camaraderie." AOPA also sponsored a forum on women leaders in aviation on Friday afternoon, featuring WAI President Peggy Chabrian; Martha King of King Schools; Jessica Cox, an inspirational speaker and the first person without arms to earn a sport pilot certificate; Arylnn McMahon, 2009 National CFI of the Year; airline captain and aerobatic flyer Debby Rihn-Harvey, and Melissa Rudinger, AOPA vice president.

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Distinguished Guest at This Year's Summit back to top 

SR-71 Pilot Visits Tampa

The SR-71 Blackbird was one of the most distinctive and powerful aircraft ever built, and one of the select group of pilots who flew it visited AOPA Summit in Tampa this week to tell the story of the airplane and its place in history. Brian Shul, a retired Air Force pilot, has written a book about his experiences with the airplane, and came to Tampa to talk about it. "It was a fantastic airplane," he said, between talking to visitors who stopped by his booth to view the special-edition book, illustrated with unique photos from Shul's personal collection, on sale for about $400. The Blackbird was a wonderful airplane to fly, he said. "It would always give you more speed when you needed it," he said. It was purely a spy plane, with no weapons on board. The pilot's defense was speed and altitude. The fastest he ever flew in the jet was over Mach 3, Shul said, once when he was being shot at. The SR-71 could cruise at 85,000 to 90,000 feet. Its entire crew was one pilot and a navigator in the back, both encased in astronaut-style spacesuits.

The Limited Edition book includes a presentation box, a numbered certificate, and the signatures of four prominent Blackbird crew members, including the author. A portion of the proceeds from sales of the book goes to military family assistance programs. Shul gave a talk about his experiences on Friday afternoon. He also sat down with AOPA Pilot senior editor Dave Hirschman for a chat, which is archived online at the AOPA site.

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Attend the Summit from Your Kitchen Table back to top 

Virtual AOPA Summit Features Online Live Video And Meetups

Everyone can participate in this week's AOPA Summit in Tampa via the Internet, with a slew of new online features being tried out for the first time. Folks with interests in common can meet up via AOPALive.org, or use the meet-up function to connect with live people at the show. David Allen, webmaster for mytransponder.com, a social media site for pilots and aviation enthusiasts, is working with AOPA to help engage the pilot community. "We've had such a great time, and we're learning stuff," he said on Friday morning. Several people stopped by to meet up with Walter Fricke, who later in the day would be accepting AOPA's Laurence P. Sharples Perpetual Award for his work providing GA transportation for wounded veterans. "AOPA is trying to bring the show to the virtual audience, and to bring that audience to the show," Allen said.

Saturday's meetups will include sessions on how to make aviation more social, online weather, a discussion for student pilots, and a chance to talk with members of the Flying Physicians Association. From its main stage, the Summit will be streaming video of a Town Hall session with AOPA President Craig Fuller, a session on medical certification, and more. The online features are open to all, not just AOPA members.

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From the Back Country to the Convention back to top 

Backcountry Advocates Take Their Message To Tampa

"This is what every pilot is dreaming of, when they go to the airport to learn to fly," said John McKenna, as he watched one slide after another of beautiful wilderness views scroll by on the wall of his group's new display at AOPA Aviation Summit in Tampa this week. McKenna is one the pilots who helped to launch a new nonprofit group, the Recreational Aviation Foundation, to protect access to backcountry landing strips on public lands. This is their first appearance at the AOPA show, and they went all out, with the constant flow of alluring photos, a tent, and a mock campfire set up under some virtual trees to get visitors thinking about just how much they always wanted to get out and explore. The setting reflects the origins of the group, which began with a bunch of pilots sitting around a campfire, and wondering who was going to protect their backcountry access. "And we realized, if it's not us, who's it going to be?" said McKenna. "And if not now, when?" Already the group has a number of successes under its belt, including an agreement to maintain three public-access landing strips in Death Valley that were in danger of being shut down by the National Park Service, and the construction of a new strip on national forest land in Montana. And the group has some new ideas in the works, too.

"Now we're working to raise private money to buy private land and build backcountry strips for public use," McKenna said. Already the group has received a donation of land, 152 acres from Ben and Agnes Ryan, near Glacier National Park, complete with a landing strip already in place.

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AVweb Audio — Are You Listening? back to top 

AOPA Summit 2009 Podcast Series: Buying? There's Money in the Right Circumstances

File Size 4.0 MB / Running Time 4:21

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The credit market is still tight, but those who want to buy an airplane and have the financial credentials to match should have no trouble. AVweb's Paul Bertorelli talks with Jim Blessing of AirFleet Capital.

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AOPA Summit 2009 Podcast Series: Pilot First, Gender Almost Irrelevant

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There's still a big gap between the number of male and female pilots, but Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University makes sure all students are welcome and given every opportunity for success. AVweb's Mary Grady speaks with Susan Sharp, ERAU's program coordinator for aeronautical science and advisor for the campus chapter of Women in Aviation.

This podcast is brought to you by Lightspeed Aviation and Ultra Electronics.

Click here to listen. (5.6 MB, 6:05)

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

AOPA Summit 2009 Video Series: Mods and Upgrades Are Hot at Summit

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So what if new aircraft sales are in the tank? You can still fix up an older airframe to near new standards. Two companies at AOPA Summit were offering such upgrades, and a third, Premier Aircraft, is offering a premium upgrade to new Diamond DA40s that can include air conditioning, plus a second alternator and comfy upgraded leather seats. Nexair Avionics saw an opportunity in Avidyne's sophisticated Release 9 EFIS and is selling legacy Saratogas with this big glass upgrade. Sierra Industries is taking a similar tack, but they're using Garmin's G500 in their Super Centurion upgrade. This video offers a quick glimpse at products from all three companies.

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AOPA Summit 2009 Video Series: Strap on a Reno Racer For a Run Around the Pylons

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In this video, veteran Reno Racer Thom Richard tells what it's like to wail around the pylons at Reno in a Formula 1 race aircraft. It's powered by a 100hp O-200, but Invictus — which was on display at AOPA Summit in Tampa this week — is still capable of nearly 250 MPH. It's hot, high-G work, but it's also six minutes of one of the biggest shots of adrenaline in aviation.

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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.


The AOPA Summit has been keeping us busy this week, so we're only just now finishing up our weekly survey of the "POTW" submission box. While submissions dropped off a tad this week (back to the normal volume we'd expect for this time of year), the quality hasn't taken any sort of dip at all.

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copyright © Josh Cawthra
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Waiting ...

Josh Cawthra of Seattle, Washington recently spent some time on assignment in Anchorage. A man after our own heart, Josh spent his days off scouting Lake Hood and other natural wonders for photo opportunities — and came across this Cessna "enjoying the lovely fall morning" in a secluded spot on the lake.

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Used with permission of Rob Gontarek

"One Day He'll Understand How Cool This Really Is ..."

Rob Gontarek of Plano, Texas took his four-year-old son up in the ever-photogenic Aluminum Overcast at Oshkosh and snapped this incredible photo. It's a priceless view that any of us would enjoy, and (as Rob so knowingly put it) "one day he'll understand how cool this really is."

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copyright © Rebecca Wells
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Check Ride Time

Rebecca Wells of Locust Grove writes, "I turned around from taking a study break to find my cat Boston intently viewing the CRJ200 poster." Why do we have a sneaking suspicion that Boston will be in ground school pretty soon ... ?

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Practice Makes Perfect

Blake Mathis of Madison, Alabama satisfies our appetite for aerobatics with a shot snapped while "out for a day of fun and games with a Citabria and Super Decathlon."

All in a day's work, eh, Blake? (One of these days we're going to trick you guys into entering some kind of "trade places with the AVweb staff" contest, and you can sit here looking at pictures all day while we go out and have cool adventures with a camera!)

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copyright © Brett J. Grooms
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Frozen in Time

Brett Grooms of Goose Creek, South Carolina caps off this week's edition of "POTW" with a burst of adrenaline that should keep us all on the edges of our seats until next week.

Want more? You'll find bonus pictures at the slideshow on AVweb's home page. Head over there and have a look.

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.

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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.

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Timothy Cole

Editorial Director, Aviation Publications
Paul Bertorelli

Russ Niles

Contributing Editors
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