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Volume 16, Number 20a
May 17, 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.
AVflash! "Tomorrow" Is the Name of the Gameback to top 
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Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood has announced the newly formed Future of Aviation Advisory Committee that may help form changes in the country's aviation policies. The committee, which was put together in March, will have its first public meeting on May 25, in Washington. It is made up of representatives from the airlines, airports, general aviation, manufacturers and labor, but also includes environmental, academic and financial experts. And it seeks to provide recommendations to the Secretary that will ensure the competitiveness of the U.S. aviation industry. The group's members will focus on America's competitiveness in aviation with a focus on safety, viability, environmental challenges and solutions, funding for aviation systems and the aviation workforce. The May 25 meeting is open to the public -- providing you've registered in advance. Click through for details. More...

The Navy has its eyes on next-generation replacement fighter aircraft that may be needed as early as 2025 to replace the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, and Boeing has publicly unveiled its latest design proposals. Boeing's two twin-engine concepts are both tailless vehicles that may also be mission-capable as pilot-optional aircraft. Boeing displayed one at the Navy League Sea Air And Space Expo on May 3, as a 1/16th scale model and the latest manifestation of its F/A-XX. The design's planform reflects that of the single-engine Phantom Ray, a stealthy unmanned tailless 50-foot-wingspan Phantom Works prototype unveiled on May 10, in St. Louis. Boeing is seeking to fill the Navy's desire for "next generation air dominance," after losing out on the massive Joint Strike Fighter contract won by Lockheed Martin. Decisions that would lead to the creation of technology demonstrators for the next round of aircraft may begin in late 2011 and lead to competition between prototype designs by 2013. More...

Five years after the A380's first test flight, Airbus is 2 1/2 years behind on deliveries of the double-decker superjumbo, and an estimated 200 orders short of turning a profit on the design. Until the break-even point, supporting the program will be a drag on Airbus as a whole. Airbus delivered just 10 of the aircraft in 2009 and is hoping deliveries exceed 20, this year. The A380 has earned just one new airline customer since the aircraft's commercial life began in 2007 and the aircraft is costing Airbus about 50 percent more to produce than it had originally projected. In the words of analyst Gerard Buhrer, the A380 "is a program in trouble" due to low sales, high purchase price, few available destinations and few customers positioned to make use of the aircraft's design capability. According to Buhrer, the A380's development costs can not be recovered, but government loans must be repaid and stopping the program may cost more than continuing it (click "more" to see why). So, says Buhrer, Airbus may find itself having to accept that the program will never generate profits and that the A380's costs must be absorbed by other Airbus programs, "driving down overall profits." More...

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Safety & Securityback to top 

Canadian officials say an alleged bomb threat aboard a Cathay Pacific A340 flying from Hong Kong to Vancouver was a hoax. Two Canadian Forces CF-18 fighters, under the control of the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), escorted the plane to a safe landing at Vancouver International Airport Saturday afternoon. The aircraft was towed to a remote area of the airport with the passengers still on board. The fighters didn't land with the airliner and returned to their base at Comox, about 60 miles northwest of Vancouver. More...

All three people aboard a Mexican-registered Piper PA-46 Mirage loaded with relief supplies for Haiti survived when the aircraft clipped a house in Clearwater, Fla., broke into two pieces and caught fire Sunday morning. Six people in the house weren't hurt. Police say pilot Ernesto Gonzales, 48, and passengers Charles Uslander, 54, and Daisy Schneider, 16, were taken to hospital but their injuries were not believed to be life-threatening. The accident occurred about 10:15 a.m. just after the aircraft took off from Clearwater Air Park. More...

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News Briefsback to top 

The lawyer acting for National Association of Flight Instructors Executive Director Jason Blair says all criminal charges have been dropped against his client. As AVweb reported, Blair was arrested April 2 on embezzlement charges relating to his time as manager of Harris City/Barry County Airport in Michigan. Blair declined comment on the charges at the time and EAA spokesman Dick Knapinski said his understanding was that it resulted from a contractual dispute between Blair's company and the county. NAFI is affiliated with EAA but has its own board of directors. In a statement released Thursday, Blair's lawyer James Mikel McEwen said the matter has been resolved. More...

The Globe And Mail published Friday that Dornier will on Monday announce that its 10-seat twin-inline-turboprop SeaStar will be built in Quebec. Dornier's official announcement is not expected until 1:00 p.m. Monday at the company's new factory in Saint Jean sur Richilieu, about 20 miles south of Montreal. The company has reportedly been considering either Quebec or North Bay, Ont. The $6 million amphibious aircraft has already earned 25 orders and building it is expected to create about 175 jobs for Dornier, plus 70 more at Pratt & Whitney Canada (which produces the aircraft's powerplants). The SeaStar was FAA certified in the early 1990s but shelved due to financial trouble. Thanks to a $150 million investment from the Dornier family, the SeaStar program has been relaunched. More...

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We Could Describe It — But You'll
Probably Want to See for Yourself
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The Woopy-Fly, a sort of paraglider/trike/ultralight hybrid shown on the world stage at Aero Friedrichshafen this April, 2010, in Germany, has a wing that folds for storage like a paraglider -- because it's inflatable. An evolution of the Woopy Jump, an inflatable wing used by Woopy enthusiasts to give them a more convenient hang gliding-type experience while skiing, the Woopy-Fly adds a weight shift trike with motor to the modest wing structure. The wing, while inflatable, does have a single aluminum and carbon fiber spar that helps provide structure, but the wing itself achieves most of its structure through inflation. Initially pumped (over the course of about 12 minutes) to semi-rigidity by a battery-powered fan, two small rigid air scoops on the wing's higher-pressure underside maintain the wing's shape in flight. According to enthusiasts, those scoops provide enough pressure to maintain the wing's structure even if the material suffers a small puncture. Fully inflated, the wing spans 31 feet and weighs 35 pounds. The manufacturers, which go by the same name -- Woopy-Fly -- claim that when broken down, the vehicle is transportable in a normal automobile and launchable from your local cow pasture. More...

The Woopy-Fly, a sort of paraglider/trike/ultralight hybrid shown on the world stage at AERO Friedrichshafen this April 2010 in Germany, has a wing that folds for storage like a paraglider — because it's inflatable. Currently, it appears the wing itself is only available from distributors in Switzerland, Russia, and Japan. Those wishing to buy the trike (plus wing) can expect a complete kit cost to run about 13,780 Swiss Francs, which currently is about US$12,400 — plus the legal disclaimer that releases the manufacturer of liability. More...

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Meanwhile, Over North Americaback to top 

After a brief reprieve, Canada's Transport Minister, John Baird, is reportedly ready to sign a regulation that will require most aircraft operating in Canadian airspace to have 406 MHz ELTs. The rule will apply to foreign-registered aircraft, and those not equipped will not be allowed to enter Canadian airspace. Canadian Owners and Pilots Association President Kevin Psutka said in a Web posting that although the rule hasn't been publicly released, it is understood to be substantially the same as a draft that was rejected by Baird last year because it didn't have any viable alternative methods of compliance. "The exact wording for the alternate means is not known at this time but we do know that the wording will not change significantly from a previous draft of the regulation; wording that excludes all affordable alternatives for our sector of aviation," Psutka said. There will likely be a three-year grace period before Canadian private aircraft have to be in compliance, but it's not clear when the regulation will be applied to aircraft flying into Canada from other countries. COPA has opposed the 406 MHz mandate because it believes there are technologically superior systems available that are more accurate and reliable than 406 ELTs, which it says are subject to the same issues as 121.5 ELTs in that they often fail to activate in real accidents and go off accidentally too often, triggering costly searches. Psutka said it was pressure from the Canadian Forces, which oversees search and rescue, that convinced the minister to backtrack. More...

Two Swiss pilots landed in Gulfport, Miss., Saturday to wait out weather as they continue their westward circumnavigation in LSAs. There were no updates on their progress Sunday. Yannick Bovier and Francisco Agullo left Switzerland April 30 to show the capabilities of light sport aircraft and promote "ecological and economical general aviation." They landed their Flight Design CTLS aircraft in North America at Miami on Thursday and were treated to a welcome reception (click here for photo gallery) at Premier 1 Aviation. After a day's rest they intended to head to Austin Saturday but Mother Nature had other plans. More...

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Opinion & Commentaryback to top 

That's what controller Jason Wilson says in a guest blog on the AVweb Insider. But whether it was or wasn't, the two useful takeaways for all of us are to be better prepared by listening to the ATIS and to be unmistakably assertive sooner rather than later. Click here to read Jason's comments and chime in with your own thoughts. More...

So TCM has bought into the diesel game by purchasing the intellectual rights to the SMA design. Can this possibly be made to work? Paul Bertorelli isn't 100% convinced, but in the latest installment of our AVweb Insider blog — submitted while Paul is on his way home from kicking tires at TCM's Mobile, Alabama press summit — he admits that TCM makes a good business case for it. Click here to read the blog and join the conversation. More...

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

Our sister publication, Aviation Consumer, is conducting research on attitudes toward replacement strategies for 100LL. To take the survey, click this link and let us know what you think.
(The results will appear in a future issue of Aviation Consumer. For subscription information, click here.) More...

Do you have an LSA at a flight school? Do you rent one? Aviation Consumer needs to hear from you. Aviation Consumer is looking at the long-term durability of these aircraft when subjected to the rigors of flight training, as well as their cost and ease of repair. Whether you run a flight school with LSAs, own an LSA that you lease back, or just rent them for your flight training, you voice matters. Click here to participate in our quick LSA durability survey.
(The results will appear in a future issue of Aviation Consumer. For subscription information, click here.) More...

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...

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AVweb Media: Look, Listen, Laugh and Learnback to top 

Science writer Jeff Wise, who is also a private pilot, discovered his own fear response when an assignment required him to bungee-jump off a cliff. He then wrote a book that explores the inner workings of our brains under stress, using many examples of aviators coping with extreme situations. He found that by understanding our own subconscious mechanisms, we can identify strategies to cope with and overcome fear. AVweb's Mary Grady interviewed Wise by phone at his home in New York City. More...

TCM said more than a year ago that it wanted to get an aerodiesel into its product line, and now it has one. The company bought diesel technology already developed from a European source and is forging ahead with its own program. More...

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Your Favorite FBOsback to top 


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AVweb's "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to our old friends at JA Air Center at Aurora Municipal Airport (KARR) in Aurora, Illinois.

Recently, AVweb reader Mike Hayles visited JA's Aurora, Illinois location (Aurora Municipal Airport, KARR) and was impressed with the top-notch service:

I have based my survey aircraft at JA Air Center for the last week. Every day the service has been prompt, efficient, and cheerful — and the very competitve fuel prices take it to the top of my list of favorite FBOs.

Keep those nominations coming. For complete contest rules, click here.

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 

CLICK HERE to Register for All 15 

Win a Get-It-All Training Kit from King Schools 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 all set.)

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.)

Deadline for entries is 11:59pm Zulu time May 21, 2010.

Click here to read the contest rules and enter.

Congratulations to David Schieman of Lawrenceville, Georgia, who won Scheyden Dual RX frames and a Scheyden flight gear package in our last drawing! (click here to get your own from Scheyden)


The Lighter Side of Flightback to top 

Overheard in IFR 
Magazine's 'On the Air' Section
Overheard in IFR Magazine's "On the Air"

Coming out of Page Field in Ft. Myers, Florida:

Cessna 123:
"Cessna 123. Five north to land."

"Cessna 123, you might be five north of somewhere, but it's not five north of here. Suggest you are five South. Enter a right base for Runway 5."

Cessna 123:
"Roger. A right base should get me to the runway."

Stu Baxter
via e-mail


Names Behind the Newsback to top 


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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