Aircraft Spruce Annual East
Coast Super Sale & Fly-In!
Aircraft Spruce East will be holding their Annual East Coast Super Sale
and Fly-In on Saturday, May 22, 2010
8:00am to 4:00pm
in Peachtree City, Georgia.
Come and join the Aircraft Spruce Team and vendors for lunch, special
pricing, vendor demonstrations, and educational seminars. Lots of
opportunities to win raffle prizes from some of your favorite vendors,
and a complimentary shuttle will be offered to and from Falcon Field
Airport. Call Aircraft Spruce at 1 (877) 4-SPRUCE
ADVANCES 100LL RULEMAKING PROCESS
Industry efforts to find a
replacement for 100LL are expected to intensify now that the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency has released its advance
notice of proposed rulemaking regarding the need to eliminate lead
from fuel. The ANPRM does not set a date for eliminating the fuel, but
invites interested parties to send comments on the issue for the next 60
days. "Converting in-use aircraft/engines to operate on unleaded
aviation gasoline would be a significant logistical challenge, and in
some cases a technical challenge as well," the EPA said. The EPA also
acknowledged that a joint effort with the FAA will be critical in case
engine modifications will need to be developed and certified, AOPA said.
"Given the potentially large number of affected aircraft and the
potential complexities involved," the EPA said, "a program affecting
in-use aircraft engines would need careful consideration by both EPA and
FAA, and the two agencies would need to work together in considering any
potential program affecting the in-use fleet." More...
Have You Been Flying with a
Different Brand of Premium Headset But Really Want a
Then check out Lightspeed Aviation's expanded trade-up program that now
includes premium headsets from four other manufacturers. You could
receive a significant credit toward your purchase. For more details,
There's never been a better time to move up to a Zulu the
world's quietest, most comfortable aviation headset.
ASH BRUSHES NORTH AMERICA
Shifting winds gave North America a
taste of what Europeans have been enduring for five days as volcanic ash
reached the easternmost point of the continent, canceling flights from
the Newfoundland and Labrador capital of St. John's. At least nine
flights were cancelled in a precautionary move by airlines. Transport
Canada has not imposed airspace restrictions but a spokesman told CBC
News they're a possibility of the department believes safety is at risk.
The ash cloud had dozens of celebrities scrambling to get out of the
normally quiet city on the edge of the North Atlantic.
UNEXPECTED VOLCANIC ASH ENCOUNTER FLIGHT
Ten years ago, a
NASA DC-8 unintentionally flew through a diffuse ash cloud generated by
Helka, a volcano in Iceland, and upon first inspection showed no damage
-- key words "unintentionally" and "upon first inspection." What the
event showed is that the most up-to-date information on ash cloud
location could be misinterpreted and significant damage could be
incurred in spite of a vigilant, well-briefed flight crew. What's more,
that damage can be very expensive and hard to detect. Then NASA
propulsion engineer Tom Grindle worked the case and co-authored a paper
on his findings. AVweb's Glenn Pew caught up with Grindle in this
week's podcast for a better understanding of the threat, the potential
for hidden consequences, and what's changed since February 2000. Click
through for links to both. More...
Have You Seen the Future of
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best features of the LSA class with real-world utility and adventure.
Featuring the best of German precision engineering and modern
manufacturing in an economical, safe, and fun-to-fly aircraft, the
is changing what general aviation means.
Come and see the future of aviation at
Tecnam's four-seat twin-engine airplane, the P2006T,
made an appearance at Sun 'n Fun last week, and CEO Phil Solomon told
AVweb the FAA type certification for the airplane is expected
shortly. "It's been certified in Europe for about a year now," he said.
The FAA paperwork is now fully complete and he expects to have the
P2006T officially certified in time to make the first U.S. delivery in
June. A Garmin 950 version should be certified by this summer. Solomon
added that the company recently announced a fixed-gear version of the
airplane, at the Aero show in Germany, that he expects will be popular
with the owner-flown market. First deliveries for the fixed-gear
airplane are still over a year away. Jeff Van West, of AVweb and
Aviation Consumer, flew the P2006T at AOPA Summit last November;
here for his video report. 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
|Latest Flying Car Effort: More than Meets the
SEEKS "TRANSFORMER" ROADABLE AIRCRAFT BY 2015
seeking "innovative solutions" and is offering financial rewards for
work that would by 2015 lead to a roadable/flyable VTOL vehicle
prototype capable of carrying up to four persons and their gear. Dubbed
the "Transformer (TX)" program, the end result may not lead to
production of such a vehicle, but DARPA intends to "at a minimum" create
the technologies necessary to build the prototype. Multiple awards are
anticipated, with $9 million set to support Phase 1 development. The
vehicle is intended for military use, to provide combatants with
"terrain-independent mobility" that better avoids improvised explosive
devices and ambushes, while offering operators more options for
approaching targets. Key ingredients include easy operation by a
non-certified pilot, a combat range of at least 250 nm, a maximum
payload of about 1,000 pounds, and flight capability to 10,000 feet MSL.
FLIGHT SCHOOL DISPUTES FAA FINE
The FAA on Tuesday announced
that it would levy a $330,000 fine against North-Aire
Aviation, an Arizona flight school, for allowing at least 18
unqualified students to graduate, but North-Aire on Wednesday disputed
the action, calling the FAA's news release "inflammatory." In a statement posted
on its Web site (PDF), the school's management states that it "was
not aware that the FAA was poised to take this punitive action, nor does
North-Aire agree with the discrepancies that the FAA suggests occurred."
The alleged infractions cited by the FAA took place between April and
August of 2008, and new management took over the school in April 2009.
"It is the understanding of North-Aire's current management that the
matter was remedied and resolved favorably with each of the students
receiving their appropriate certificates," according to the North-Aire
statement. The FAA said on Tuesday it has suspended the certificates of
the 18 former North-Aire students it says were improperly trained.
AUCTION DEBUTS AT SUN 'N FUN
For the first time, visitors to
Sun 'n Fun last week had a chance to bid on airplanes for sale at a live
auction, and the organizer of the event told AVweb on Wednesday
that he and his partners will be back next year. Wes Lutz, the president
of Flight Level Auctions, said the event was his
company's first try at organizing an aircraft auction. "We had a great
time, and we learned a lot," he said. He said the company also plans to
hold a two-day auction in Fond du Lac, Wisc., this summer, during the
week of AirVenture. The auction is not affiliated with EAA's event, he
said, but he hopes that aviators who are going to Oshkosh will consider
a visit if they are shopping for a used airplane. "We sold nine aircraft
at Sun 'n Fun," he said, "ranging from $30,000 to $100,000." About 45
airplanes were offered for sale, he said, mostly single-engine pistons
and a few light twins. More...
Diamond Has Your Training
Getting your license or upgrading your rating? Operating a flight
school? Diamond offers the only complete modern fleet of
technically-advanced training aircraft, along with model-specific flight
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OF TWO WAAS SATELLITES FAILED
The Wide Area Augmentation
System, which broadcasts GPS corrections used by aviators across North
America, is powered by just two satellites, and one of them has failed.
Intelsat, the company that provides the satellite service to the FAA,
lost control of the satellite on April 3. The satellite will "drift out
of orbit over the next two to four weeks," the FAA said on April 12. The
most immediate impact will be felt in northwestern Alaska, where service
will be unavailable at 16 airports. However, the FAA said that due to
the lack of redundant coverage, WAAS users across North America may
experience temporary service interruptions. Also, a "single-point
failure situation exists until redundancy [is] restored," the FAA said.
A replacement satellite should launch by the end of this year;
meanwhile, the FAA is looking at other options to mitigate the impact.
PROPOSES MORE LIGHT JET TESTING
The FAA has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (PDF) that could
significantly complicate the certification process for several small
jets currently in development and future aircraft weighing less than
6,000 pounds with turbine engines. The FAA is proposing that all
turbine-powered aircraft be put through function and reliability tests.
Function and reliability testing is real-world testing of airframes and
engines in the full spectrum of weather, missions and flight envelopes
the planes are expected to encounter in service and is designed to catch
snags that tend to show up soon after the aircraft are put into service.
It can add as much as 300 hours to the certification flight testing. In
1950, the FAA exempted aircraft weighing less than 6,000 pounds from
that type of testing since the small aircraft of the day were aimed at
the private market and were exclusively powered by piston engines. New
piston designs weighing less than 6,000 pounds and gliders will continue
to be exempt. In the NPRM, the FAA cites problems with freshly certified
Eclipse 500 aircraft as part of the foundation for the proposed rule.
"This reconsideration was driven in part by difficulties encountered
with the voluntary application of the requirement during the FAA type
certification of the [Eclipse 500] and the subsequent problems
experienced during that airplane's entry into service," the NPRM states.
AVWEB'S BUSINESS AVIATION NEWSLETTER
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Wednesday morning, AVwebBiz focuses on the companies, the
products and the industry leaders that make headlines in the business
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WITH DALE SNODGRASS
air show and fighter pilot Dale Snodgrass took an AVweb camera
along on his Paris Jet afternoon air show at Sun 'n Fun. In this unique
video, he gives us the details about his routine. More...
YEARS AND NOW 15 GRAND GIVEAWAYS ... IT'S YOUR CHANCE TO WIN SCHEYDEN
FRAMES AND FLIGHT GEAR
Win Scheyden Dual RX frames and Flight Crew
Ensemble flight gear as we celebrate our 15th Anniversary! All you
have to do is click here to enter your name and e-mail address.
(You only have to enter once, and you'll be entered in our prize
drawings for the entire year so if you've already entered, you're
And no, we're not
going to rent or sell your name, ever. Tell your friends, and
invite them to sign up for AVweb so they can qualify for our 15
Grand Giveaways prize drawings, too. (We won't spam them, either
but we hope they will sign up for our newsletters.)
entries is 11:59pm Zulu time April 30, 2010.
Click here to read the contest rules and
Congratulations to Jack Feiden of Wichita,
Kansas, who won an XM WX Satellite Weather Receiver from WxWorx in our
last drawing! (click
here to get your own from WxWorx) More...
OF THE WEEK: RABBIT AVIATION (KSQL, SAN CARLOS, CA)
AVweb reader Alejandro Galioto recommended
our latest "FBO of the Week," Rabbit Aviation at KSQL (San Carlos Airport)
in San Carlos, California. He writes:
This FBO is likely smaller than most due to the fact that it's
a physically small airport with a 2,600-foot runway, but I bet it is
busier than a lot of bigger FBOs, and with excellent efficiency and
Keep those nominations
coming. 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
Daniel Valovich of Hot Springs, Arkansas
knows we have a weakness for big weather events and aircraft and
he uses that knowledge to great effect this week, topping our list of
favorite photos (by a hair's breadth!) in a very competitive
week. Click through for more photos. More...
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