AVwebFlash Complete Issue: Volume 16, Number 23b

June 10, 2010

By The AVweb Editorial Staff
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Bystanders Mount Spectacular Rescue (With Photos)

Local police want to find and formally honor the bystanders who, on June 1, managed to save four of five occupants from a burning Cessna 206 that crashed into a building on an Anchorage street. The group became first responders when the 206 crashed on takeoff from Merrill Field, skipping off a rooftop and impacting an empty building. As one wing burned, the fire ignited the building. The fire spread as rescuers lifted the aircraft's non-burning wing and stabilized the tail to pull occupants out of the wreck before professional first responders arrived, according to Anchorage Daily News. When first responders did arrive, the good Samaritan crowd continued their work. Photos of the rescue reveal the extraordinary effort.

The FAA's preliminary report states that there were four persons on board the aircraft, but the Anchorage Daily News lists five: two parents in their 30's and their two young children, plus one other teenage girl. One of the children, a four-year-old, died. The remaining family members received critical injuries and the teenage girl received serious injuries. Anyone with information that can help police identify the good Samaritans should contact Lt. Garry Gilliam at (907) 786-8647.


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UAE Shells Out for A380s, CA Braces for Spending back to top 

Emirates' Massive A380 Order

Emirates Wednesday placed an order at the Berlin Air Show for an additional 32 Airbus A380s, making the single largest order for the superjumbo and a deal worth $11.5 billion (at list prices). The government of Dubai (from which Emirates operates) reportedly lays claim to a $100 billion debt, but the airline is operated independently and last year showed profits of $964 million and a (roughly) 20-percent increase in passengers. Meanwhile, Airbus is struggling with positive cash flow specific to the A380, acknowledging that selling the aircraft to U.S. airlines has been a challenge. The manufacturer has been encouraged by the dollar's recent rise versus the euro. Airbus prices the aircraft in dollars, while many of the A380's costs of manufacture are based on the euro. With its latest order, Emirates is now slated to operate 90 Airbus A380 superjumbo airliners by 2017. And Emirates president Tim Clark has said his company is interested in buying even larger versions of the massive jet.

According to the Telegraph.co.uk, Emirates' Clark has said his airline would be interested in a stretched A380 capable of seating 1,000 passengers. Airbus hopes that customers suited to purchase the A380 will find the jet's passenger-carrying ability a compelling answer to high fuel costs and traffic jams at airports. The current deal brings Airbus' A380 order roster to 234 aircraft, but delivery delays and other production problems have kept the manufacturer far from turning a profit on the aircraft. Separate from Airbus, Emirates' order clearly shows confidence in its own continued growth.

New California Law Worries Flight Schools, CFIs

A hearing in California on Monday night was packed with flight instructors and flight school operators worried about the impact of a new California law on their profession. The law requires flight schools to comply with various kinds of oversight and fees that are meant to protect students from financial losses if a school should suddenly close down. However, operators have complained that the new rules are so burdensome and expensive that most flight schools in the state would be forced out of business. Schools must register with the state by Aug. 1 under the law, which took effect on Jan. 1. Michael France, director of regulatory affairs for the National Air Transportation Association, told AVweb on Wednesday that the regulations are "burdensome," and according to a NATA survey, up to 90 percent of the flight schools in the state would close down if they are forced to comply. "This could really have an impact," he said. "We've proposed some changes to the regulations, and we hope we can find a solution."

AOPA's California representative, John Pfeifer, said this week he has asked the state to push back the registration deadline to Jan. 1, 2011, to allow time to work things out. "It has become clear from our meetings with legislators that their sole intent was to protect students financially, and they clearly did not anticipate the potential damage of this regulation," Pfeifer said. "So it is our hope that we can now buy some time to work out a more reasonable solution before any damage is done." The California Pilots Association also is opposed to the new law, and has asked members to write to their representatives in government to protest it. The Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE) has submitted a letter to various officials in the State of California expressing opposition to the law. According to SAFE, the state's rules also apply to individual independent CFIs, but other advocacy groups have said it's unclear whether the law covers those activities.

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Everybody Loves a New Airplane back to top 

Jet-Powered Glider Completes Test Flights

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Back in 2008, the folks at Desert Aerospace, in Albuquerque, built the Super Salto aerobatic jet-powered sailplane that flies in airshows around the world, and this week they said they have finished flight-testing a two-seat version for the sport flying market. The BonusJet sailplane, which has a 56-foot wingspan, can self-launch and then retract the small jet engine into the fuselage for high-performance cross-country soaring. The jet can also be extended and restarted in flight with the flick of a switch. The aircraft is a modified version of the Bonus glider, manufactured in the Czech Republic. The TJ-100 jet engine is built by PBS, another Czech company. The jet engine makes sense for a glider because it is "small, lightweight and simple," said test pilot Bob Carlton. The BonusJet will be on display next month at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh.

Carlton said the jet is glass-smooth when running, eliminating the component and airframe damage caused by engine vibration. He added that Desert Aerospace also plans to develop an "extreme light jet (XLJ)" kit airplane for the home-built market. Meanwhile, another conversion project using the same jet engine has been put on hold. Sonex Aircraft President John Monnett said last week that during high-speed taxi tests, his TJ-100-powered SubSonex encountered issues with controllability. The design will now undergo a thorough review. "I am committed to seeing the SubSonex through, and am confident that we can be successful; however, it must take a back seat to other company priorities for now," Monnett said.

Sean D. Tucker Launches Challenger III

Sean D. Tucker, legendary airshow performer, this summer is introducing his brand-new custom-built Challenger III biplane, which can perform extreme maneuvers beyond what Tucker's previous aircraft were capable of. With the faster, more dynamic airplane, designed by Steve Wolf, Tucker has added more maneuvers to his routine, including somersaults and multiple cartwheels, and there is more to come. "I still have so much to learn," Tucker told AVweb this week. "It's like learning to fly all over again. It's so much fun." He has flown the airplane only about 200 times so far, he said, and "maybe with about 2,000 flights" he'll have a handle on its full range of capabilities. He said it's about a "30-percent better" airplane than any other he's flown. The biplane features a carbon-fiber flying tail inspired by the tails used on remote-control model aircraft, and eight ailerons.

Because of the new airplane's cockpit design, Tucker said the G forces are less debilitating and he can practice four times a day instead of two. Tucker will be flying in the Challenger III June 26 and 27 at the Rhode Island National Guard airshow in Quonset, R.I., then the Dayton Air Show July 17 and 18, and at EAA AirVenture at Oshkosh from July 26 to Aug. 1, plus at least 10 more shows around the U.S. by the end of the season in October (click here for the full schedule).

Tucker spoke in detail about the Challenger III design and how he is working to maximize its potential in this week's AVweb podcast feature; click here to listen.

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Alternative Power Continues to Dominate Headlines back to top 

EADS: Algae-Fueled DA42 A "World's First" (And Better)

Flying a slightly modified Austro AE300 equipped Diamond Aircraft DA42 twin, EADS has this week become the first to publicly fly an aircraft on pure biofuel made from algae. The aircraft is flying at the Berlin Air Show and burning one engine on standard jet fuel while the other burns pure (not a kerosene-algae mix) biofuel. According to EADS, the fuel isn't just more environmentally friendly, it's more efficient and translates in the DA42's Austro to 1.5 fewer liters per hour for the same performance when compared with Jet-A1. That suggests better combustion/higher energy content than kerosene. Dr. Jean Botti, Chief technical officer of EADS, says this demonstrated application of pure biofuel is a "world first" and shows that biofuels are now "more than just a replacement for fossil petroleum." If you're thinking "there's a catch," you're right.

Algae-based fuel reduces nitrogen oxide emissions by up to 40 percent and relatively eliminates sulfur dioxide emissions when compared to Jet-A1, according to EADS. Only minor modifications were needed to adapt the Austro engines to burn the biofuel. However, EADS stipulates that it is currently much more expensive to produce algae-based fuels than it is to source crude oil. The company is optimistic that through further research it can reduce costs and increase growth of an algae-fuel industry. For now, EADS has found "no undesirable characteristics" inherent in the fuel and plans to certify the AE300 to burn it. Fuel for the display was supplied for EADS showcase flight by Biocombustibles del Chibut of Argentina and processed by VTS of Germany.

Electric Aircraft Symposium Set For Oshkosh

Advances in electric flight have attracted lots of attention in recent years, and next month at EAA AirVenture the growing field will convene a World Symposium. The event will comprise a full week of activities related to electric-powered flight, with daily forums, displays, and showcase flights. A daylong symposium on Friday, July 30, will feature an open discussion about the future of electric flight with industry leaders including Scaled Composites founder Burt Rutan, FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt, Electric Aircraft Corporation founder Randall Fishman, Yuneec founder Tian Yu, Sonex Aircraft founder John Monnett, and Earthstar Aircraft founder Mark Beierle, who displayed his eGull ultralight aircraft at AirVenture 2009. Erik Lindbergh, who earlier this year launched an Electric Aircraft Prize to encourage innovation in the field, will also participate.

Daily forums will focus on safety and airframes; motors, fuel cells, and propulsion; advanced batteries and controls; and regulations. The week will conclude with working sessions on Saturday, July 31. The World Symposium and the Aviation Learning Center are sponsored by GE Aviation Systems. If you'd like to register to attend the free symposium or participate in the event's forums or presentations, contact Kelly Meyer at EAA headquarters at kmeyer@eaa.org or 920-426-4800. EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2010 will run from July 26 to Aug. 1 at Wittman Regional Airport.

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What You Missed in AVwebBiz This Week back to top 

India Announces Regional Jet

The regional airliner market got more interesting last week as India's government-sponsored National Aerospace Industries announced it was planning a 110- to 120-seat jet. The announcement creates a crowd in a market that doesn't seem to have many buyers at the moment. For instance, Bombardier's CSeries has but 80 orders and the Chinese, Russian and Japanese entrants are counting heavily on domestic sales to justify their development plans. Some analysts say the Indian project is as much an exercise in national pride as it is an aircraft development program and the new jet, if it's ever built, will likely find buyers only on the subcontinent. Meanwhile, the turboprop airliner market also heated up and France's ATR announced plans for a clean-sheet 90-seat turboprop twin.

That could speed up Bombardier's long-speculated stretch of the Q400 from 70 to about 90 seats. It's been pointed out that the Q400X would be a cut-and-paste version of the already-proven Q400 while ATR's is a full-scale development program. The ATR effort wouldn't deliver an aircraft until 2016. Bombardier hasn't decided on the Q400X but if it pulled the trigger soon it could undoubtedly beat that timeline.

Conference Focuses On Asian Aviation

Asia is a bright spot for the aviation industry and the local industry is doing its best to capitalize on the growth that's anticipated. The Pillars of Aviation Summit will be held in Kuala Lumpur's Palace of the Golden Horses June 28-29. The conference will emphasize how companies based in the area can grow their businesses but it's obvious that interest isn't confined to Asian firms.

A veritable Who's Who of the aviation industry are listed as sponsors for the event, which will include CEOs of various companies huddling for think-tank sessions that cover the gamut of issues and opportunities facing the region as aviation grows there. There will also be interactive panel discussions.

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

Question of the Week: The FAA Has Issued Its LSA Assessment; Now It's Your Turn

The FAA has delivered its assessment of the state of the LSA industry and found it lacking in some respects.

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Opinion & Commentary back to top 

AVweb Insider Blog: Live Streaming on the Internet — Your Aircraft Wreck!

That must be the way the pilot of that Strearman that pranged on the runway at Reagan National on Tuesday felt. You can hardly open a car door (or untie an airplane) without a camera catching you in the act. In the latest installment of our AVweb Insider blog, Paul Bertorelli reminds us all to wear our best flight jackets and the underwear with no holes: We're gonna be on TV!

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Aviation Consumer Reviews the iPad — Warts and All

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Could it really be? Is the iPad the ultimate cockpit EFB (electronic flight bag) that we've all been waiting for? Find out in this review by AVweb and Aviation Consumer's Paul Bertorelli. It has potential — so much potential ... .

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Your Favorite FBOs back to top 

FBO of the Week: Windward Aviation (KLNA, Lantana/West Palm Beach, FL)

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Maybe it's the summer vacation effect, but AVweb's "FBO of the Week" nominations basket is filling up with stories of great FBOs from the panhandle down through central Florida and all the way south to Palm Beach, where AVweb reader Wally Moran recently experienced "the best service I have ever had at an FBO." Here's the story of Wally's visit to Lantana, Florida's Windward Aviation at Palm Beach County Park Airport (KLNA):

This is a maintenance facility next to the FBO. I arrived in the late afternoon with a gear indication problem, and when Mr. James Leach, the owner, met me at the front desk, I explained that I needed to leave ASAP but felt the gear indication needed attention. He quickly moved another aircraft out of the hangar, moved mine in, assigned two A&Ps to the job, and jacked and checked the gear. Thanks to his fine service, I was able to depart on time and at a very resonable cost.

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Reader-Submitted Photos back to top 

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.


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Used with permission of Jeff Randall

Smart Pilot, Crazy Passenger

Jeff Randall of Abilene, Texas brought this gem back from the Altus Air Force Base Air Show — "Greg Shelton piloting his Stearman, fairly comfortable in the open cockpit, as his wingwalker stares down the rushing earth from the top of the wing." With summer air show fever gripping the AVweb staff, how could we not dub this one "Picture of the Week"?

If you think it's all downhill from here, though, you're in for a surprise. This week's submissions were top-notch, and that meant plenty of competition Jeff had to edge out in order to walk away with an AVweb cap.

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Used with permission of Isaac Adler

Back by Sundown

See what we mean? Isaac Adler of Kalamazoo, Michigan stole our breath away with this shot — and that's no mean feat in a week where we were bombarded with incredible sunsets. (Don't believe us? Be sure to check the latest photos in the slideshow on our home page.

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Used with permission of Hans Moser

DA42 at Matterhorn

Some say that a Diamond is just a pretty rock, but that's hard to defend when confronted with this shot of a DA24 en route from Chambery, France to Altenrhein, Switzerland. Hans Moser of Winterthur, Zurich (Switzerland) captured this bird soaring by trhe Matterhorn and shares the majestic sight with all of us in jet another photo that was oh-so-close to claiming the top spot.

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Piece o' Cake!

In case your first thought is the same as ours — don't fret. "The camera angle makes it look tight," writes Gary L. Jones of Clovis, New Mexico, "but there's lots of room."

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Used with permission of Tom Smith

Before the Storm

Aw, man — choosing this week's finale pic is hard, too! ("Woe is us," right?)

Tom Smith of Plymouth, Massachusetts serves us in good stead, with this shot of the EAA 133 hangar at Mettetal Airport in Canton.

If you're like us and want more, you'll find two dozen rockin' reader-submitted shots on AVweb's home page Thursday morning.

And if you've got some photos to share, submit them here. We can't wait to take a gander!

A quick note for submitters: If you've got several photos that you feel are "POTW" material, your best bet is to submit them one-a-week! That gives your photos a greater chance of seeing print on AVweb, and it makes the selection process a little easier on us, too. ;)

A Reminder About Copyrights:
Please take a moment to consider the source of your image before submitting to our "Picture of the Week" contest. If you did not take the photo yourself, ask yourself if you are indeed authorized to release publication rights to AVweb. If you're uncertain, consult the POTW Rules or or send us an e-mail.

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

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