AVwebFlash - Volume 16, Number 11a

March 15, 2010

By The AVweb Editorial Staff
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Buyer Steps Up As Epic Air Auction Approaches

Court documents obtained by AVweb show Harlow Aerostructures is seeking to acquire the assets of Epic Air, by March 30, for one-tenth of Epic's estimated value. Under the purchase agreement, Harlow has agreed to purchase substantially all of Epic's assets for $2 million, payable in cash on closing. According to the filing, "the Debtor's bankruptcy schedules value the assets at approximately $20,295,000." An auction is scheduled for March 26, 2010, at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time that may preclude the sale to Harlow, but Harlow is seeking approval of the sale if a "higher and better bidder" does not step forward. Epic's fast prototype-to-production process saw its Epic LT 6-place jetprop arrive at AirVenture Oshkosh in 2004, less than one year after it was announced. The company's subsequent unveilings quickly created a range of high-profile, high-performance, single- and multi-engine, turbine- and turbofan-powered experimental aircraft. But that course came to an end when, on Oct. 23, 2009, Epic filed under Chapter 7 (liquidation) in a U.S. Bankruptcy Court.

Harlow Aerostructures previously bid on VLJ maker Eclipse Aviation's assets, but was not included among the final round offers. Epic's designs were mostly larger than the Eclipse 500, being mainly six- to eight-place offerings, and did include very light jets. All of Epic's designs offer very high performance relative to similar aircraft. The aircraft were sold as kits that were often combined with company-offered fast-build programs, often bringing customer costs to over $1 million. Completed aircraft soon saw their pilots joining the "EPIC 500 Club," which may have been a competitive reference to the Eclipse 500. The club is composed of Epic LT pilots who could confirm ground speeds in excess of 500 miles per hour while flying the single-engine, propeller-drive Epic LT.

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High-Flying Legal Matters back to top 

CAPA "Strongly Opposes" Proposed CVR Legislation

The Coalition of Airline Pilots Associations (CAPA) has announced its strong opposition to proposed legislation that would allow use of CVRs to punish pilots for procedural violations. The bill was introduced Feb. 26, by Senator Jim DeMint, R-S.C., in part to "improve air safety" by allowing carriers "limited use" of the information collected by the recorders. Specific language in the bill would allow use of CVR material "to discipline or discharge a pilot" and "to evaluate or monitor the judgment or performance of an individual pilot," among other things. CAPA says the legislation "would turn back the clock on every safety improvement the industry has attained in the last fifteen years of voluntary aviation safety programs." CAPA is calling on members of the Senate to oppose the measure, saying that if it passes, the measure would "irreparably harm our aviation safety system in America." Meanwhile, the NTSB has its own take on the matter.

The NTSB recently announced its support for downloading CVR data for use in voluntary safety reporting programs -- with one major caveat. The board's recommendation for use of CVR material included specific wording that all crew be de-identified to protect confidentiality. According to CAPA, Senator DeMint's legislation would seek "to include 'real time' monitoring and punishment of pilots," and that, it says, "is misguided." CAPA believes introduction of such a measure would harm flight safety by inhibiting necessary communications required to effectively manage the cockpit. In the words of CAPA president Captain Paul Onorato, the bill would "destroy voluntary safety reporting programs" like Flight Operations Quality Assurance (FOQA) and the Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP). Find the bill online, here. For information on contacting your representatives, click here.

Washington State Airplane Tax Still Alive

Washington State legislators estimate they can raise $8.4 million a year on an excise tax increase on general aviation aircraft. As we reported in January, a citizens' committee recommended a 1 percent annual tax on the value of an airplane (as opposed to the current $65 a year flat tax), calling it a "revenue opportunity." Washington pilots immediately rallied to oppose the tax and the State Senate dropped the proposal while the House still includes a modified version in its tax package.

The House is proposing a 0.5 percent tax on the depreciated value of aircraft less than 40 years old. Any aircraft built before 1971 would pay a flat $130-a-year tax. As "revenue opportunities" go, the aircraft tax is a relative lightweight in the package. A proposal to extend sales tax to candy and chewing gum, for instance, will raise an estimated $30.5 million. A reconciliation committee is meeting to work out the differences between the two versions of the bill.

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Army Nears Aerial Milestone

The Army expects to top 1,000,000 total hours in unmanned aviation by April, and sees a need for over 3,000 UAV operators by 2018. The Army plans to recognize the hours-flown milestone in late May with displays in Washington at the Pentagon and the Smithsonian Museum. Meanwhile, fiscal year 2010 should see the addition of about 800 trained operators (UAV pilots). Aside from vastly reducing the risk to military personnel, the Army's UAV program has pushed human error accident and incident rates close to the single-digit mark, according to the military. The military attributes that, at least in part, to the adoption of automated methods employed for takeoff and landing. Currently, roughly 90 percent of the hours flown by unmanned aircraft are done in support of combat, according to Col. Christopher Carlile, director of the U.S. Army Unmanned Aircraft Systems Center of Excellence. He added that the Army is ready to both expand use of unmanned systems and broaden the unmanned aerial system mission set. As for personnel, a joint training installation operated by the Army at Fort Huachuca, Ariz., trains soldiers, sailors and Marines.

The total flight hours are up from roughly 500,000 hours accumulated through January of 2008. By October of that year, the military had plans to grow its UAV fleet from about 100 to 370, and its roster of non-flying pilots from about 450 to 1,100. The Army says it has found that placing enlisted service members at the controls of unmanned aircraft systems has proven to be most effective. That finding, according to Col. Carlile, makes the Army unique among the armed services, and added that the finding was not likely to change. According to Col. Carlile, aviation is complex and prone to mishap. The Army has found those mishaps can be minimized by allowing unmanned aircraft technology to do "what it does best" -- applying automation wherever possible. While the Army expects to top the one million mark next month, it may be fall before it achieves one million hours flown solely in support of combat operations.

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CJ4 Certified

Cessna announced on Saturday that its new CJ4 received type certification by the FAA. That paves the way for deliveries to begin later this year. The aircraft is the largest in the CJ line and seats eight passengers in standard configuration with an aft lav. It will cost about $9 million. Of course, it comes with the latest in electronics and flight management goodies, including a four-screen Collins Pro Line 21 avionics suite with electronic charts and graphical weather, TCAS II, EGPWS Class A TAWS, Dual Mode S Diversity transponders with ADS-B out capability, Multi-Scan weather radar, Emergency Descent Mode, and an essential electrical bus. It's powered by Williams FJ-44A FADEC engines that were certified Feb. 2.As expected, the aircraft's performance numbers came in better than the design targets.

At maximum takeoff weight of 16,950 pounds, the aircraft will get off in 3130 feet and climb directly to 45,000 feet in 28 minutes. Range with two pilots and five passengers is 2002 nm and maximum cruise speed is 453 knots. Minimum landing distance is 2,700 feet at maximum landing weight (15,500 pounds). Creature comforts include Rockwell Collins' new Venue system with Blu Ray and HD monitors, moving map displays and XM radio.

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Boeing Readies Liquid-Hydrogen Long Endurance UAV

Boeing Phantom Works has begun construction of a liquid-hydrogen powered high altitude long endurance (HALE) unmanned aerial vehicle designed to fly for more than four days at altitudes up to 65,000 feet, while carrying a 450-pound payload. Key to Phantom Eye is its propulsion system, which after five years of development saw completion of an 80-hour test in an altitude chamber on March 1 (and about which Boeing offered few details). The twin-engine Phantom Eye demonstrator aircraft will have a 150-foot wingspan. Successful testing could make it the precursor of a larger HALE that would carry 2,000 pounds for more than 10 days. A third design, the Phantom Ray, is also expected to evolve from the program and may be the first to fly. The Ray will be a fighter-sized UAV designed as a flying test bed for advanced technologies. Phantom Eye is the evolution of Boeing's earlier piston-powered Condor, an aircraft that set records for altitude and endurance in the late 1980s.  Boeing expects first flight of the Phantom Eye UAV to take place early next year.

Boeing sees the Phantom program's rapid prototyping as a key to rapidly developing UAV markets. Boeing says the Phantom demonstrators reduce technology risks, and set the stage for meeting the future needs of both commercial and military customers. Phantom Eye's mission profiles could include intelligence, reconnaissance, surveillance and communication, according to the company. Boeing is acting as the aircraft system designer and is working closely with Ball Aerospace, Aurora Flight Sciences, Ford Motor Co. and MAHLE Powertrain to develop a demonstrator. The smaller Phantom Ray, which evolved from the X-45C program, is scheduled for first flight in December.

EPA Getting Serious About Lead in Avgas?

The Environmental Protection Agency continues to go through administrative motions suggesting it's serious about removing lead from avgas. Earlier this month, the agency sent a draft endangerment finding to the White House as part of its proposed action to address a petition from Friends of the Earth claiming that lead in avgas represents a public health risk.

Before it can move forward, the EPA has to issue a finding under terms of the Clean Air Act that health risks actually exist. To reach that finding, the agency has ordered lead pollution studies around a number of U.S. airports. Friends of the Earth has asked EPA to ban lead from avgas "without delay," although the industry still has no ready high-octane substitute for 100LL.

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Crossfield Teacher Award Nominees Sought

Teachers who inject a little aviation into their lessons are invited to apply for an award that can put them in touch with some of the biggest names in the industry. Nominations close May 1 for the A. Scott Crossfield Aerospace Education Teacher of the Year Award. Crossfield, who died in 2006, started the award in 1986 in recognition of the fact that it was an airplane-savvy teacher who pointed him on his career path. Crossfield's daughter Sally Crossfield Farley kept the award going and explained in a podcast interview that it's now handed out as part of the start-studded National Aviation Hall of Fame induction ceremony, held each July.

Crossfield-Farley said all of the teachers who have won the award have helped introduce students to aviation and some have created national and international programs to help encourage youth to take it up. One teacher's class built a flying replica of a 1902 Wright glider. The award is open to teachers in public and private schools teaching kindergarten to 12th Grade and more information can be obtained by calling the Hall of Fame at 1-888-383-1903.

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Non-Pilot Charged In Cherokee Theft

A Santa Rosa, Calif. woman, with about five hours of dual instruction, has been arrested after allegedly stealing a Piper Cherokee, running it out of gas and landing, at night, in a hay field in northern California. Authorities believe Susan Alexandria, 28, took off from Charles M. Schulz/Sonoma County Airport sometime last Tuesday and flew north until the tanks were empty. That apparently happened near an ideal spot for an off-airport landing, a dormant alfalfa field in the appropriately named Surprise Valley, near Cedarville in the northeast corner of the state. She then walked three-quarters of a mile to the town of 800 and checked into the local hotel, telling the owners she was lost but apparently omitting the airplane part.

It didn't take long for the locals to put the abandoned (and undamaged) aircraft and the mystery hotel guest together and by the time Alexandria sat down to breakfast on Thursday morning the local sheriff was waiting for her. Meanwhile, the owner of the plane, Candace Elliot, of Santa Rosa, was surprised to learn from the Cedarville newspaper, the Modoc Independent News that the aircraft was there. Elliot is Alexandria's landlady and had evicted her on Tuesday after a falling out. It was Elliot who gave Alexandria the five hours of dual as a Christmas present in 2008.

Former AOPA Chief, John Lee Baker, Passes

John L. Baker, former U.S. Air Force fighter pilot and second AOPA president, passed away March 11. Baker once served as assistant administrator in the FAA's office of general aviation affairs and headed AOPA from 1977 through 1990. At AOPA, he worked for fair distribution of a then $4 billion surplus in the Aviation Trust Fund, eventually influencing how money was distributed to some 3,000 general aviation airports. Baker's time at AOPA saw challenges that arose from the 1978 fatal midair of a Boeing 727 and a Cessna 172 near San Diego, GA issues surrounding the then newly established Terminal Control Area, and advancement of the first bills regarding changes to product liability law. In the words of his successor, Phil Boyer, "He was a highly qualified leader who transformed AOPA from a large flying club to one of the world's most successful membership organizations."

Among Baker's successes, AOPA counts the positive control airspace limit, which Baker helped hold at 18,000 MSL, when proposals attempted to lower it to 10,000 MSL. He also established AOPA's Political Action Committee in 1983, and negotiated cancellation of a proposed annual tax on GA aircraft, according to AOPA. Current AOPA president Craig Fuller said, "John Baker was an extraordinary advocate for our freedom to fly and his passion for defending the interests of the general aviation community never waned." Said Fuller, "his work has had a lasting impact on our industry." Services for Baker will be held March 14 at the Bryan-Lee Funeral Home in Angier, N.C.

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AVweb Insider Blog: EFIS Safety Study — Hardly a Surprise

So glass cockpits don't necessarily improve safety? No surprise there, says Paul Bertorelli in the latest installment of our AVweb Insider blog. Maybe we should be grateful the NTSB study didn't connect EFIS to an uptick in accident rates.

Click here to read Paul's comments and add your own.

AVmail: March 15, 2010

Each week, we run a sampling of the letters received to our editorial inbox here in AVmail. One letter that's particularly relevant, informative, or otherwise compelling will headline this section as our "Letter of the Week," and we'll send the author an official AVweb baseball cap as a "thank you" for interacting with us (and the rest of our readership). Send us your comments and questions using this form. Please include your mailing address in your e-mail (just in case your letter is our "Letter of the Week"); by the same token, please let us know if your message is not intended for publication.

Letter of the Week: Revamp Light Sport to Save GA

The real world responses to this week's Question of the Week on the FAA's 2030 Aviation Forecast once again underscore the fact that the FAA's "last great hope" for aviation, Light Sport, is going to go the way of the 1990s recreational pilot and the Dodo bird. It's high time that everyone involved "gets" the fact that aviation is a sunset industry [unless there's] a massive paradigm shift in thinking.

All of the ongoing positive accolades from FAA and EAA and AOPA aside, Light Sport has produced only 3,248 Light Sport pilots in just over five years. That's about one Light Sport pilot per State per month. The total number of active U.S. pilots is down more than 35 percent since the heyday of the early 1980s. Something has to be done.

From FAA's own database, the average age of a new LSA pilot is 53, while the average age of a new student pilot is 34. Looks like the older guys are the ones interested in LSA. That's good, but it isn't going to reinvigorate aviation. Per the FAA, there is no way to determine how many older existing pilots are transitioning down to LSA, but by viewing the age of participants at Sebring's LSA Expo, I'd bet big bucks that it's a number larger than new LSA pilots. There are lots of aging pilots who want to keep flying, and Light Sport is their only vehicle. Some of these aging pilots own fine existing low-end GA airplanes.

LSA manufacturers now have 100 ASTM-compliant designs and have sold only just over 1,000 airplanes. To be fair, about five manufacturers have built the bulk of LSA airplanes, but I wouldn't establish an LSA Company based upon those statistics.

Light Sport was supposed to provide us with airplanes that would cost just a bit more than a high-end car, from $40,000-$60,000. One would be lucky to get one home for twice that number at a time when the price of used airplanes is plummeting. A good C-172 can be had for around $40,000, yet the less capable LSA would cost three times as much. Have they heard there's a serious economic downturn on?

Here are two measures which I feel would cause Light Sport to explode compared to the sad performance to date:

  1. Raise the totally ridiculous max gross weight of an LSA-compliant airplane from 1,320 pounds to about 1,600 pounds. This would allow a used C-150/152 to be used as an LSA and pull more new pilots into the fold. The existing LSA MGW limits the incorporation of sufficient design safety margins and handling qualities.
  2. Establish two categories of Light Sport Pilots, one for novice LSA pilots and one for the aging existing population of experienced pilots with hundreds or thousands of hours who want to keep flying but don't want to deal with medicals. It could be further defined by the total number of flying hours, as well. Anyone over, say, 400 hours of total time ought to have more options than being limited to a 1,320-pound airplane. I'd be willing to limit myself to day VFR only with one other passenger in my C-172 if I could continue to fly it under Light Sport rules.

Within FAA's own existing rules, there exist FARs which define the parameters of what a Primary class aircraft is and what privileges a recreational pilot may fly under. Neither of these FAA "better ideas" ever went anywhere, but by marrying them with the LSA movement, I believe that a massive quantum leap in interest would occur.

A person could become a recreational pilot in 30 hours and fly a C-172 but would need a medical. The same person could today fly a 1,320-pound LSA without a medical. Frankly, we're down to splitting hairs here.

A new LSA pilot aspirant — lets call them Type A (novice) — would be limited to the (new) 1,600-pound C-150/C152 airplane. But as he/she builds time, he could move up to an airplane that meets Primary aircraft standards. They'd still be limited to day VFR and one passenger but could hope to fly better, more comfortable airplanes that cost a heckuva lot less than a new LSA.

The existing experienced pilots willing to give up privileges in return for no medicals could continue to fly their existing airplanes as long as they flew day VFR with one passenger and the airplane met Primary aircraft parameters.

Spawning new pilots is important, but equally important is keeping the pilots we have. The more pilots and airplanes we have, the more infrastructure will be required. Unless and until the FAA, et al. get serious about growing aviation, we truly are in a sunset hobby. If no changes are made to the LSA rules, it will join its predecessor, Recreational Pilot, in the box of poorly thought-out aviation "better" ideas.

Larry Stencel

Kids in the Tower, Part Two

The politically correct crowd are making this out to be more than it is, for sure! But, on the other side of the coin, will there be a way to differentiate between a kid who is being monitored by his/her dad or mom and the ones who may be operating with a handheld just outside the airport perimeter?

Trust — but verify!

Alan Memley

This whole exercise is much ado about nothing. I was a tower (and radar) controller for 40 years and saw non-controllers, including children, issue ATC instructions at least a hundred times with nary an incident. In this case, I think it was the media that blew this whole thing totally out of proportion.

However, it took Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood to elevate it to the moronic level when he suggested that this conduct demonstrated "total disregard for the safety of the people on the airplane." Really! But then, what else can one expect from a politician?

Bob Merrilees

I think the pilots that responded to that kid's instructions should be grounded also. How did they know it wasn't some idiot with a handheld radio on the terminal frequency? It's happened before. They all should be punished; flying is not a joke.

Richard Buck

My thoughts about the kid's transmissions are that he (the kid) had one of the best days of his life and that the air traffic he "controlled" had the most supervised instructions they (the pilots) have ever received in their collective careers. It would be an injustice to the supervisor, the dad, and especially the kid if he is forced to go through the rest of his life having caused his dad and [the dad's] boss to lose their jobs, particularly at this time in our economy.

Lee Goettsche

Justifying Delays

I've just finished reading the article "JetBlue And Delta Petition For Relief From New Delay Fines." It is incomprehensible to me that whether or not a runway is out of service, the airport management and the airlines would be unable to coordinate operations so that planes do not sit on the tarmac for more than three hours. Isn't that why we have takeoff "slots" at airports like JFK? There is no reason reservation systems like this can't work.

The purpose of this legislation isn't for the convenience of the airlines, but for the sanity and humane treatment of the passengers! Really, there's no excuse for not optimizing the system, through delayed boarding and schedule rearrangement when necessary to abide by this law.

Jay Taylor

Cockpit Management

Senator DeMint's bill, with a short title of "Pilot Professionalism Assurance Act," could not be more inappropriately named. The provisions of the act allow air carriers to use cockpit voice recorder or flight data recorder information to "discipline or discharge a pilot," to "defend itself in any discipline or discharge grievance proceeding," to "evaluate or monitor the performance of an individual pilot," to "justify a pilot's submission to a proficiency check or line check," and (the last provision) "for any other purpose relating to improving the safety or well being of passengers."

Reread the previous sentence and replace the two words air carriers with one word, management, and you know exactly where this legislation can and will lead.

A more appropriate short title would be: Management Enforcement Act.

Pilots know that a good professional pilot cannot be legislated into being. However well-intended Senator DeMint may be, this bill needs to die in committee.

Bob Bostick
Captain, Retired

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Brainteasers Quiz #148: Whaddya Know?

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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.


So many great photos, so little time — a lament that's especially true this week, since we didn't have time to properly pick and format winners before press time. Not to worry — we'll sneak a link into this week's AVwebAudio and run the top five in Monday's edition of AVwebFlash. Enjoy!

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Used with permission of Russell A. McDonald

Hooligan Flight Team Stacks Up, Ready for the Break

The hooligan bringing us these Hooligans is Russell A. McDonald of Nappanee, Indiana. If you're not impressed yet, just wait until you see the photos Mr. McDonald had to beat out for this week's top spot ... !

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Western Michigan University College of Aviation

See what we mean about stiff competition? Isaac Adler of Kalamazoo, Michigan bring colors, composition, and a dash of charisma to the table.

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The Old and the Newer

Frank Ladd of Kokomo, Indiana knows a good contrast when sees one. (Or maybe he just knows a good parking space when he sees it.)

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It's True — They DO Look Like Their Owners

Eric Cobb of Santa Ynez, California and pilot Ron Ziegler (seen here with his new Cub) know how to get smile out of us.

(Check out this week's slideshow for another pic of Ron and his Cub.)

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Night Games

Andrew Wall of Ankeny, Iowa flies us home this week in inimitable style, with a photo snapped at Des Moines International Airport.

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FBO of the Week: Atlantic Aviation (Republic Airport, Farmingdale, New York)

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AVweb's latest "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Atlantic Aviation at Republic Airport (KFRG) in Farmingdale, New York.

AVweb readers Jeffrey and Lisa Chipetine recently pulled some long hours flying rescued dogs to their new homes for Pilots N Paws — and the staff at Atlantic were more than happy to help in their journey. Jeffrey and Lisa write:

The fellows on the line made sure we were all safe [humans and dogs alike] by escorting the receiving vehicle onto the tarmac and ensuring everyone was kept clear during the transfer. As Atlantic Aviation hosts GA traffic that includes jets and turbines as well as prop aircraft, this was an important consideration. The line staff even helped disassemble the crates and load the (stubby tail-wagging) animals into the SUV belonging to the couple receiving the dogs. We all shared a good moment that night, each of us having a part in sending those terrific dogs onto the next leg in their journey towards a better life. Those animals likely got more rubs and hugs that evening than they had ever received, and they sure returned the love. ... We taxied back to our tiedown feeling a little better about answering a call from those two small voices.

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Exclusive Video: A Slip/Skid Lesson from Aviation Safety Magazine

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If you're a pilot, do you know what the rudder is for? In this short video, Aviation Safety editor-in-chief Jeb Burnside shows the most basic of flying skills: How to keep a turn coordinated.

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Exclusive Video: Legend's New Amphib Floatplane

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American Legend has made a name for itself in the LSA market with well-made Cub clones. At U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring in January, it showed a new amphib LSA that attracted lots of eyeballs. Last week, AVweb flew the amphib, and here's our video report on this new product. It's not just fun to fly; it's insanely fun to fly.

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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"

During my IFR training at Duluth (Minnesota) International Airport, I'd just declared a missed approach. Here's the exchange I had with ATC:

"Cessna One Two Three Four Alpha: Fly heading of zero niner zero. Climb and maintain 3,200."

"Zero niner zero, climb and maintain 2,200."

"Make that 3,000."

"Climb and maintain 3,000."

"That should be 3,200. We'll get it right eventually."

"But will I? Climb and maintain 3,200."

Woody Minar
Dresser, Wisconsin

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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