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Volume 16, Number 16a
April 19, 2010
National Air Traffic Controllers 
Association || The Safety Professionals Who Guide You Home
Keeping Our Airspace Safe
Over 14,000 strong, the members of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association are aviation safety professionals whose skill and professionalism help keep our National Airspace System moving safely and efficiently.

Find out more at and read about our annual Archie League Medal of Safety award winners, many of whom assisted general aviation pilots who needed help to land safely.
Top News: Volcanic Ash Blankets European Skiesback to top 

It appears to have been a surreal weekend for recreational pilots across Europe as those who resisted the stern warnings from their aviation authorities relished skies clear of weather and working aircraft. There are no restrictions on VFR flight in most European countries although the UK's Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) issued a Notam on Saturday saying, in part: "VFR operators should operate [with] extreme caution and must assure themselves that their flight can be conducted in a safe manner before flying. Note that ATSOCAS (Air Traffic Services Outside Controlled Airspace) capacity may be severely limited during the period." A light plane crashed in England on Saturday, but any connection to ash has since been pretty much discounted. Plenty of European pilots took advantage of ideal flying weather (if you don't count the ash). "Light aeroplanes were free to come and go in the fine spring weather, with controllers undistracted by the commercial traffic that usually takes priority," wrote Charles Bremner in his blog on the Times Online. Bremner, the Times' Paris correspondent, flew to Le Touquet and seemed to have had a lovely day without damaging his airplane's engine. Of course, the airlines are losing tons of money over this and they're getting tired of a flight ban some think might be unnecessary. More...

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Light Sport Sector Enjoys a Bit of Economic Recoveryback to top 

"I think by the end of this show we're going to have 20 to 30 LSA sales," Dan Johnson, chairman of the Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association, told AVweb at Sun 'n Fun on Saturday. "That's huge." At the Sebring Light Sport Expo earlier this year, which usually attracts a lot of serious buyers, most sales failed to materialize, Johnson said. "There was a lot of interest, but not a lot of buying. It's been tough out there. But at this show, it seems those fears about the economy have given way to some level of confidence." Nick Otterback, of Lightning Aircraft, said he had just sold another airplane, when AVweb caught up with him on the field Saturday afternoon. "That's three kits and one S-LSA so far." More...

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American Legend Gets Smart with Latest Cubback to top 

American Legend Aircraft Company is now offering its Cub LSA with the Garmin G3X multi-function display, which was designed for the light sport and experimental market. The G3X was first released about a year ago and the company has continued to add new features and functionality. The G3X system features a seven-inch display with full primary flight display functions, such as attitude/directional guidance, plus electronic engine monitoring and detailed moving-map capabilities. The Legend Smart Cub G3 instrument panel also includes a Garmin SL-40 Com, GTX 327 transponder, and PS Engineering PM1200 intercom. The first customer delivery of a Smart Cub G3 is expected by the end of the month, Legend says. More...

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"Roughing It" No Longer Quite So Roughback to top 

If exploring the U.S. in your airplane and camping out under the wing is your idea of a grand adventure, then a new group called the American Air Campers Association is eager to provide you with all the resources you need. They are building a website with a directory of aviation-accessible campsites, along with an online gear store where you can rent or buy equipment for your trek. The group also plans to lobby for continuing access to airports and improved facilities, Don Abbott, founder of the for-profit group, said at Sun 'n Fun this week. "We think adding camping facilities is a great way for airports to attract more traffic," Abbott said. "We want to promote, preserve and protect the combined freedoms of camping and flying in America. And we want to get young people out to fly with us, to hike and laugh and tell stories by the campfire with us, and get away from their video screens." More...

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Hey, You! Come See What the Fuss Is Aboutback to top 

"We're asking every pilot and aviation enthusiast to introduce someone new to aviation on Learn To Fly Day," EAA's Ron Wagner told AVweb at Sun 'n Fun this week. "It's coming up soon ... May 15 ... and pilots around the country are making plans to participate." Participation can be as simple as inviting a friend or neighbor to visit the airport or go for a flight, or as robust as planning a weekend-long community festival, as one group in Louisiana is doing, Wagner said. "This is not just an EAA initiative," he added. "It's aviation-wide." There are so many barriers to discovering the world of flight today, from fences to finances to fear of the unknown, Wagner said. "If each of us just got one person interested, the aviation community would double." More...

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Watch Your Inbox for Our Sun 'n Fun Round-Upback to top 

Time for a quick round-up of coverage from this year's Sun 'n Fun Fly-In in Lakeland, Florida. Look for a full run-down of this year's videos, podcasts, and news in a special edition of AVwebAudio that will hit your inbox Tuesday morning. In the meantime, click the links here to catch up on anything you may have missed during the show. More...

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Letter of the Weekback to top 

AVMAIL: APRIL 19, 2010

Letter of the Week: Human Factors

The assertion that the Polish crew did not come under any pressure to land in poor weather is premature. While they may not have had any direct pressure in the cockpit, as may be indicated by the comments about the CVR, I wonder what happened after that other pilot defied the President and diverted from Tbilisi in 2008. If there were negative consequences, that may well have weighed on the mind of the accident crew. In addition, the importance of [the] Katyn Massacre to Poles may be a factor as well.

And, of course, all of what I have just said is speculation as well. Like any accident, we'd best wait for the investigation to be complete. I just hope the investigators dig a little deeper than pilot error. No one (or very few anyway) sets out to kill himself in an airplane. Whatever the pilots were doing, it probably made sense to them at the time. The question is, "Why?" As Sydney Dekker has said, "Human error is not an explanation. Human error demands explanation."

Cameron Fraser

Click through to read the rest of this week's letters.


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Your Favorite FBOsback to top 


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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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Help Us Celebrate AVweb's 15th Anniversaryback to top 

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

Our best stories start with you. If you've heard something 200,000 pilots might want to know about, tell us. Submit news tips via email to What have you heard? More...

The Lighter Side of Flightback to top 


The recent story about the squawk code that included an "8" reminded me of a recent VFR clearance I got from my home base ground controller. I called for flight following with SoCal while on Ground, and the following conversation took place:

"Cessna 1234: After takeoff, turn right to 120; climb and maintain 3,000; squawk 4259; contact departure on 124.65."

"Right to 120; climb and maintain 3,000; squawk 4259 — but my digits only go to 7."

"Ah, squawk 4257. Can't read my own writing."

"O.K., 4257 and 124.65. But my radio volume control goes to 11!"

"Good one."

Ray Stratton
via e-mail


Names Behind the Newsback to top 


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Timothy Cole

Editorial Director, Aviation Publications
Paul Bertorelli

Russ Niles

Contributing Editors
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Glenn Pew

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Kevin Lane-Cummings

Scott Simmons

Jeff van West
Mariano Rosales

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