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Volume 16, Number 23b
June 10, 2010
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AVflash! Dramatic Rescue in Anchorageback to top 
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Local police want to find and formally honor the bystanders who, on June 2, managed to save four of five occupants from a burning Cessna 206 that crashed into a building on an Anchorage street. The police want to find the bystanders to properly honor them. 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. Click through to view. More...

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UAE Shells Out for A380s, CA Braces for Spendingback to top 

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. More...

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." More...

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Everybody Loves a New Airplaneback to top 

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. More...

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.

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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. More...

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Alternative Power Continues to Dominate Headlinesback to top 

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. More...

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. More...

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What You Missed in AVwebBiz This Weekback to top 

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. More...

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. More...


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

The FAA has delivered its assessment of the state of the LSA industry and found it lacking in some respects. What's your take?

Plus: Last week, we asked AVweb readers ; click through to read what AVweb readers had to say on the subject. More...

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Opinion & Commentaryback to top 

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! Click here to read the blog and join the conversation. More...

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

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 ... . More...

Kim Prout's homebuilt Europa Monowheel is one of the highest-time examples in the U.S. and amply shows off the superb combination of agility and utility in this exclusive video from the editors of Kitplanes magazine. More...

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Your Favorite FBOsback to top 


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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.

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 

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Congratulations to William R. Smith of Madison, Connecticut, who won a King Schools Get-It-All Pilot Training Kit in our last drawing! (click here to get your own from King Schools)


Reader-Submitted Photosback to top 

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. More...

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.

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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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