Precisely Engineered for Your
Flying Experience: The Remos GX
The Remos GX
is changing aviation. The culmination of legendary
German engineering, best-in-class performance, and industry-leading
safety features, the Remos GX
combines the best of tomorrow's
aerospace technology with the simplicity of your love of flying.
Innovative design and technically superior, yet uncomplicated and easy
to fly, the Remos GX
handles all the equipment you and your
companion will need in an affordable, flexible, and fun flying
Click now for details
or call 1 (877) REMOS-88
|Top News: "Last Fighter Pilot Has Already Been
OFFERS FIRST DEGREE IN UNMANNED AIRCRAFT OPERATIONS
University of North Dakota has launched the first-ever bachelor's degree in Unmanned Aircraft Systems
Operations, and according to instructor Mike Nelson, it's just in time.
"The last fighter pilot's already been born," Mike Nelson, a former
fighter pilot, told Minnesota Public Radio. "The last fighter is being
built. And these [UASs] are just getting started." About a dozen
students signed up for the first year of the program. Ben Trapnell, a
professor in the program, told MPR the graduates of the program will
help to build a new industry. "What we hope to do is educate and train
students with the best available technology that exists right now, but
we know that technology is going to change extremely rapidly," he said.
"We may even need to teach courses in technology that hasn't even hit
the street yet." Jeffrey Kappenman, director of UND's Unmanned Aircraft
Center, told Discovery News the program has practical appeal.
"College students like to be employable when they graduate," he said.
"This market is a growing market." More...
New Edition at No Cost on Your Mobile Device!
Search for aircraft (hourly updates). Find companies, products, and
services. Locate dealers/brokers. Call or e-mail sellers, and click
directly to their web sites. With our web and mobile editions, you can
view all of our ads at no cost, all the time! Call (800)
visit us online
CONFIRMS SKYMASTER WING INSPECTIONS
Cessna Aircraft Company
this week confirmed to AVweb it is developing a supplemental
inspection document (SID) focused on the wing attachment points of its
long out-of-production model 336/337 centerline-thrust piston twins.
According to company spokeperson Doug Oliver, the forthcoming SID may be
released as early as the third quarter of 2010 and will call for
"relatively involved" inspection procedures despite there being no
related accident or incident. Although a SID is not mandatory for
non-commercial small piston-powered aircraft registered in the U.S.,
operators in other countries may be required to perform the inspection
by their regulatory authorities. Cessna, for its part, would consider
the inspection called for under the SID mandatory, according to Oliver.
reported Cessna was developing the SID late last month.
New UMA FAA-TSO'd Vertical
Speed Indicators Available at Aircraft Spruce
is pleased to announce the release of its TSO-Certified
and 3 1/8" Vertical Speed
. Ranges of ±2,000 ft/min, ±3,000 ft/min,
±4,000 ft/min, ±6,000 ft/min, or ±10 m/s. Labeled as:
Climb (-x2), Rate of Change (-x3), or Cabin Climb (-x4). UMA strives not
only to meet the demands of advancing aviation technology, but also to
custom develop products for our customers. Call
1 (877) 4-SPRUCE
DELIVERY: EMBRAER'S PHENOM 300 LIGHT JET
this week it delivered the first copy of its recently certified Phenom 300 executive jet on Dec. 29. Executive
Flight Services, a subsidiary of Executive AirShare, took possession of
the aircraft at Embraer's headquarters in São José dos Campos,
Brazil. Executive AirShare, a fractional operator, already has a fleet
of Phenom 100 aircraft, which started deliveries about a year ago. "As
the world's leading operator of Phenom 100 aircraft, we have been
extremely pleased with the performance and low direct operating costs of
this entry-level jet, and hold similarly high expectations for the
Phenom 300," said Keith Plumb, president and chief operating officer of
Executive AirShare. Embraer's training facility in Dallas, Texas,
graduated its first four Phenom 300 pilots last month. All four already
held type ratings for the Phenom 100. More...
ONLINE SERVICE EASES BORDER CROSSINGS FOR PILOTS
May, general aviation pilots have been required to file
flight manifests online with Customs and Border Protection for all
international flights. Now a new service from Air Journey aims to
simplify that chore for a fee of $99 per year. The new Web site, called
Journey, allows pilots to create and file their manifests and also
to save their information online to help expedite future filings, while
the official e-APIS
site (electronic Advance Passenger Information System) requires
users to start from scratch for each entry. In addition, Easy Air
Journey will automatically generate general declaration forms (in
English and Spanish) requested by the Bahamas, Mexico, and other
Caribbean islands. The service also includes access to a 24/7 Help Desk
that can answer questions or file your manifest on your behalf if
Internet access is not available at your location. Pilots can preview
the system via a video tutorial, or sample the service with a free
trial online, though no filings will take place without a paid
subscription. The service has been approved by the Department of
Homeland Security. More...
UP IN 2010, GA SHOWS ABOUND
The aviation calendar seems to
grow more crowded every year, and 2010 looks to be no exception. First
to come up is the annual U.S. Sport Aviation Expo, right around the corner,
Jan. 21 to 24, in Sebring, Fla. Just a few years old, this event has
established itself as the place to be if you're in the market for a
sport aircraft, or just want to learn more about sport flying. The event
is still small enough for exhibitors to spend quality time with
visitors, but big enough to explore the full range of sport aviation,
from fixed-wing to trikes, powered parachutes, motor gliders and
gyroplanes. Europe's AERO Friedrichshafen show, from April 8 to 11 in
Germany, will focus on environmentally friendly engine developments this
year, with examples of electric, hybrid, diesel, and fuel-cell engines
on display. Starting this year, the show will be an annual event. Back
in Florida, Sun 'n
Fun launches in Lakeland, from April 13 to 18, and another European
show, this one in Cannes, France, will take place June 4 to 6. The
fourth Eur-Avia Cannes International General Aviation
Exhibition aims to provide visitors in southern Europe with a
showcase of all sorts of GA aircraft, from sport planes to helicopters
to executive jets. More...
MASS ARRIVAL SET
A total of 35 DC-3s and C-47s have been
registered for the mass formation arrival at AirVenture Oshkosh to mark
the 75th anniversary of the design. The goal is to have a formation of
at least 25 aircraft fly over Wittman Regional Airport on the opening
day of the show but organizers allowed an extra 10 registrations to
allow for the inevitable scrubs. The 35 aircraft that are registered all
have the ability and intent to be there and all that are airworthy on
that day will be allowed to participate, meaning the formation could be
significantly larger than 25 aircraft. Although no more registrations
are being accepted for the formation flight, any and all DC-3s and C-47s
are invited to the show itself and should contact EAA for arrival and
parking information. More...
The New Meridian G1000
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
CELEB JOINS GA -- ZACH BRAFF FLIES CROSS-COUNTRY
the longtime star of the Scrubs TV show, got some positive press
recently for GA when he flew his Cirrus from New York to California to
appear on the Ellen DeGeneres show and talked about it during his
appearance (click here for the video). He brought along his dog
and an experienced pilot friend as co-pilot, and showed some pictures
from the flight on the show, describing it as "just miraculous." Braff
wrote about his decision to learn to fly to overcome his fears in an article for BestLife magazine early last year. He
said earning his certificate was "one of the coolest moments of my
life." Braff now joins Morgan Freeman, Harrison Ford, John Travolta,
Angelina Jolie, and other celebrities in helping to convince the masses
that it's fun to fly GA. More...
Ascend to New
Engineered from the ground up, the all-new Ascend headset
is finely tuned to provide superior performance in a bold
Learn more at
SELECTS AVIALL FOR WORLDWIDE PARTS NETWORK
Piper Aircraft announced on Monday that Aviall
Services, a subsidiary of Boeing, will become Piper's sole global
parts distributor, providing supply-chain support for Piper dealers and
customers around the world. Piper CEO Kevin Gould said customers will
benefit from Aviall's experience as a parts supplier.
Avialls extensive experience and excellent reputation in
parts management and distribution will give our customers world-class
service that is fundamental to the total Piper experience, he
said. The change will mean a "quantum leap" in the ability of customers
to get the parts they need, when they need them, at excellent price and
quality, said Derek Zimmerman, Piper's vice president of supply chain
and aftermarket development. "Aviall's strategically placed distribution
centers worldwide, coupled with its ability to stock sufficient
inventory to meet customer needs in a timely fashion, make it the
logical choice for Piper," he said. Aviall Services, based in Dallas, is
one of the world's largest providers of new aviation parts and related
services, with more than 2 million catalog items available through 39
customer service centers in North America, Europe, Asia and the Pacific
region. Boeing acquired the company in 2006 for $1.7
MAY DONATE AIRPORT
Cargo giant DHL Express and authorities in
Wilmington, Ohio, are reportedly close to an agreement allowing DHL to
donate Wilmington Air Park, the airport it formerly used as a hub, to
the community. DHL closed the Wilmington hub over the past year in a
cost-cutting move and laid off more than 8,000 workers, which naturally
devastated the local economy. There are still about 700 people working
at the airport, which the air freight company owns, and the proposal
would see it become a publicly owned airport and industrial area. "DHL
Express and the Clinton County Port Authority are pleased about the
prospects of this solution supporting the region and people of
Wilmington, and are very hopeful that such a donation could serve as a
stimulus for redevelopment and future commerce in Southwestern Ohio,"
the two said in a joint news release. Wilmington would gain a pretty
capable airport from the deal. More...
AVWEB'S BUSINESS AVIATION NEWSLETTER
Have you signed up yet for AVweb's no-cost weekly
business aviation newsletter, AVwebBiz?
Wednesday morning, AVwebBiz focuses on the companies, the
products and the industry leaders that make headlines in the business
aviation industry, making it a must-read.
Add AVwebBiz to
your AVweb subscriptions today by clicking here and choosing
"Update E-mail Subscriptions." More...
Over 18,000 Happy
GAMIjectors® Customers Can't Be Wrong!
have given these aircraft owners reduced
cylinder head temperatures, reduced fuel consumption, and smoother
engine operation. GAMIjectors®
alter the fuel/air ratio in
each cylinder so that each cylinder operates with a much more uniform
fuel/air ratio than occurs with any other factory set of injectors. To
speak to a GAMI
engineer, call (888) FLY-GAMI
go online for complete engineering
|The Top Reporter on Our Crack Staff ... Is You!||back to
OF THE WEEK: TOUGHER SECURITY ... FEWER PASSENGERS?
more checkpoints, procedures, delays, and red tape than ever involved in
flying commercial. This week, we'd like to know if the hoops are
changing your reliance on the airlines to get from Point A to Point
Plus: Last week, we asked how much flying you plan to
do in 2010; click through to see how AVweb readers answered.
Peter Drucker Says, "The
Best Way to Predict the Future Is to Create It"
It's easy for your company to be more proactive, flexible, and
entrepreneurial with AVweb's cost-effective marketing
. Discover the benefits of instant response, quick copy
changes, monthly tracking reports, and interactive programs. To find out
how simple it is to reach 255,000 qualified pilots, owners, and
click now for details
OF THE WEEK: GEORGETOWN AIR SERVICES (GED, GEORGETOWN,
AVweb's "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Georgetown Air Services at Sussex County
Airport (GED) in Georgetown, Delaware.
AVweb reader Mark
Galbraith had high praise for the staff and facilities at
I'm in my third
year of flying regularly to GED for both business and pleasure, and the
guys at Georgetown Air never disappoint. The large ramp assures parking
is available. All requested services are done immediately and to high
standards. Free long-term vehicle parking is available, as are several
courtesy cars. Randy and Greg are like family, giving my daughters rides
on the golf cart and, when I'm in on business alone, helping me with all
of my belongings and airplane duties. I am always treated as well as the
corporate jet folks.
See? We told you Mark gave them high
marks all around!
With the new year upon us, there's no better
time to tell us about your favorite FBO. Click here to nominate
someone. For complete contest rules, click
AVweb is actively seeking out the best FBOs in
the country and another one, submitted by you, will be spotlighted here
next Monday! More...
OF THE WEEK: AVWEB'S FLYING PHOTOGRAPHY SHOWCASE
Douglas Abbott of Scottsdale, Arizona
zooms in low and slow with this week's top photo. Taken at an Operation
S.A.F.E. clinic in Collidge, Arizona, this rig is dropping spray at a
rate of 20 gallons per acre. With everyone making their way back from
the holidays, we have a low-key start to 2010. Not to worry, though
we're certain we can count of AVweb readers to pony up to
the submission form and send us lots of great photos over the course of
the next week right?
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.
AVwebFlash team is:
here to send a letter to the
editor. (Please let us know if your letter is not
intended for publication.)
Comments or questions
about the news should be sent
Have a product or service to advertise
on AVweb? A question on marketing? Send it to AVweb's
If you're having
trouble reading this newsletter in its HTML-rich format (or if you'd
prefer a lighter, simpler format for your PDA or handheld device),
there's also a text-only version of AVwebFlash. For complete
instructions on making the switch, click
Navigate. Communicate. More...