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The Tire Dog Wireless Tire Pressure/Temperature Monitoring System can measure real-time tire pressure and tire temperature while the aircraft is standing or in action. The tire pressure range
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The Federal Communications Commission took the general aviation world by surprise when it said in a recent report it will prohibit the sale or use of 121.5 MHz emergency locator transmitters and
require the use of 406 MHz units, a rule that could take effect as soon as August. Most of the 220,000 or so GA aircraft in the U.S. still use the 121.5 ELTs, which are allowed by the FAA. The FCC
rule doesn't take effect until 60 days after it is published in the Federal Register, and AOPA says they hope to work things out with the FCC before that publication takes place. Nonetheless, AOPA's
Rob Hackman said, "At this time, we caution anyone against purchasing a new ELT until this issue is resolved. There's a lot of misunderstanding at this time as to the status of this rule." On
Wednesday, the Aircraft Electronics Association said the FCC has clarified that the rule is
targeting legacy TSO C91a ELTs, which operate primarily on 121.5 MHz, not the general use of frequency 121.5 MHz as the rule implies. "Current TSO C126 ELTs are not affected by this ruling," the AEA
said. The FAA also appeared to be surprised by the FCC rulemaking.' We are discussing this with FCC. We have stated that their order is inconsistent with the FAA's rule," FAA spokeswoman Alison
Duquette told AVweb.
FCC spokesman Matt Nodine told AVweb on Wednesday he doesn't have a date for the rule's publication, but when asked if the agency would be open to further discussion on the matter of ELTs,
he said "We've already been open to discussion." A notice about the proposed changes was posted on the FCC Web site and disseminated as an NPRM, and public comment was invited, he said. The rule
changes have been in the works for several years. "We've gone through multiple [comment] cycles already," Nodine said. The 121.5 ELTs are no longer monitored by satellite, but the frequency is watched
by other aircraft, air traffic control, and the military. The FCC notice says, "Were we to permit continued marketing and use of 121.5 MHz ELTs ... it would engender the risk that aircraft owners and
operators would mistakenly rely on those ELTs for the relay of distress alerts." However, the notice specifically exempts the Brietling Emergency Watch, which broadcasts its signal on 121.5. Upgrading
to the 406 ELTs comes at a cost, and many pilots believe there is not a great increase in safety. AOPA and EAA both have expressed opposition to the rule change and said they are working to prevent it from taking
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In 2009, CLEAR, a service that once allowed members fast access through security checkpoints at certain airports, closed
without notice (but with its clients' payments); now, new owners are mounting a comeback. The company once provided security screening that expedited transit for its roughly 200,000 patrons by
providing them with special kiosks at about 20 major U.S. airports. Those patrons had paid up to $199 per year and more than $500 for three-year memberships. The money and services were lost when the
company folded, and questions were raised about the personal security information CLEAR had gathered from its members. The new management says it "will honor prior management's obligation" and
reinstate customers' remaining membership terms.
With CLEAR, members used kiosks that matched retinal-scan and fingerprint-identification technology with personal security information. Patrons avoided the shoeless shuffle and long lines
associated with traditional security screening. The new owners are offering that service again and promise a "transparent" ownership style.
EAA AirVenture 2010 is just over a month away, so if you're going, now is a good time to be making plans, especially since early-bird
discounts on advance tickets expire June 30. This year's big event has plenty of new features, a salute to
veterans with lots of rare warbirds, plus of course the usual huge lineup of flight demos, airshow performers, forums, workshops, aviation films, and just about any kind of aviation-related event you
can think of. Space is limited for the electric aircraft symposium on Friday, featuring aircraft designers Burt Rutan, Randall Fishman, John Monnett and more, so if you want to be there, register online now. The Goodyear Blimp will make another visit to the site, and a night airshow will light up the
sky on Friday night, followed by mass balloon launches on Saturday and Sunday mornings.
KidVenture provides special activities all week long, so kids can try their hand at flying radio-controlled aircraft, take a flight lesson in simulator, practice building wooden wing ribs, and lots
more. On Teachers Day, Monday July 26, educators get a free pass to the show and a full roster of education programming, plus continuing-education credits. Space is limited, so sign up now, at the Build A Plane website. And if you're flying in to Oshkosh or a nearby airport, be sure to study the current Notam first and know the procedures. The AirVenture website
also provides lots of detailed travel information about where to stay, a "survival guide," suggestions for driving in, and even a ride-share board.
EAA spokesman Dick Knapinski talked with AVweb's Mary Grady this week about the upcoming show; click here for all the inside scoop. And of
course the AVweb crew will be onsite at Oshkosh all week long, bringing you daily reports, videos and podcasts.
Terrafugia Inc. has been granted an exemption from the FAA (PDF) that allows the company a maximum takeoff weight of 1,430 pounds for its Transition roadable aircraft, 110 pounds
above the usual limit for LSAs. The extra weight will make it easier for the designers to comply with federal motor vehicle safety standards, which require additional components such as airbags,
brakes, crumple zones and mirrors. Similar weight allowances have been made for amphibious LSA models. In a statement granting the exemption, the FAA said "the safety of roadable aircraft is better
served by allowing for the weight increase for safety features required for use while driving on the road." The company says it has made progress with its production prototype design and will show a
computer rendering of the vehicle at a press conference July 26, opening day at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh. "People will be very pleasantly surprised with the amount of progress ... what I feel will be
a technological tour de force," said CEO Carl Dietrich.
The company had petitioned the FAA to allow a maximum takeoff weight of 1,474 pounds, but the FAA chose to stick with precedent. Statements supporting the exemption were filed with the FAA by EAA, AOPA, the Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association and others. Besides enhancing safety, Dietrich said, the change
will allow his team more leeway in choosing components, keeping the price down and perhaps adding payload. AVweb's Russ Niles spoke with Dietrich at Sun 'n Fun about the program's progress; click here to listen.
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If you're a professional pilot, the folks at Decision Research are hoping you'll take a few minutes to complete their online survey, and help NASA and the FAA to produce better training products about aircraft icing. Those agencies want to create new
courses tailored to the needs of pilots who fly Part 135 and Part 91 corporate and fractional operations in piston twin, turboprop, and business jet aircraft. Your participation will help the team to
determine what should be in those training modules. The survey is fairly extensive and some of the answers will require some thought. Robert Mauro, the senior research scientist for the project, told
AVweb the survey should take about 20 minutes and it's completely anonymous.
At the end of the questions, you'll be invited to type in your e-mail address, which will enter you into a drawing to win one of several Apple iPads that will be given away to those who
participate, as a thank-you for the time invested. You can also choose not to enter the drawing. Either way, Mauro said, "your responses will not be associated with you in any way. No one will be able
to connect your answers with you." The FAA plans to reinvigorate pilot education efforts regarding icing, starting with the corporate fixed-wing segment but eventually branching out to cover all
segments of the pilot population, Mauro said.
The flight crew of an Air India 737 that crashed in southern India last month, killing 158 people, failed to abort a sub-standard
approach and then reacted with confusion and hesitation after they touched down and tried to take off again, according to a report in Monday's Wall Street Journal. The airplane ran off the end of the runway, plummeted
down a cliff, broke apart and caught fire. Eight people survived. Safety experts from the U.S. and elsewhere have been critical of India's pilot training and operating standards for years, the Journal
says. Airlines and regulators are now facing widespread criticism and have indicated that changes are forthcoming soon. An official report on the accident is due next week.
Bill Voss, CEO of the Flight Safety Foundation, told the Journal the dramatic growth of aviation in India has created an influx of pilots from various countries, resulting in challenges in
communication among crews due to language and cultural differences. The captain of the accident airplane was a British citizen and the first officer was an Indian national.
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The FAA is falling short in developing the NextGen airspace system, according to a report (PDF) released last week by the Department of Transportation Office of
Inspector General. Unless the FAA can do a better job of maximizing resources and controlling costs, "NextGen may not deliver the expected long-term benefits and ultimately puts billions of taxpayer
dollars at risk," the report says. "FAA has not yet acquired the necessary skill sets and expertise to successfully implement NextGen." The report made five recommendations to the FAA, including a
suggestion to set realistic benchmarks for training air traffic controllers and pilots in the use of new avionics and procedures. The FAA proposed appropriate action plans for addressing the
recommendations, the report said.
The report says a number of critical actions are still needed for successful implementation. Most important, the FAA needs to set realistic expectations and firm requirements for what can be
achieved in the midterm and realistically assess the risks. Also, the FAA is missing opportunities to leverage the research and development work of partner agencies that could significantly enhance
NextGen development and reduce costs. For example, the FAA has yet to inventory the Department of Defense's vast research base for NextGen or fully leverage ongoing work for an accurate
satellite-based precision landing system and net centric operations, the report found.
The FAA Wednesday approved use of an unmanned Predator B aircraft out of Corpus Christi to patrol the U.S. border with Mexico along the 1,200 miles between El Paso and Brownsville, Texas. Flights
could begin as early as Sept. 1. The flights add to Texas' aerial drone coverage approved in May that began June 1, over the West Texas and New Mexico border, and to those previously approved for the
Arizona-Mexico border. The Predator B UAV has a 20-hour endurance and can provide real-time feeds from sensors, radars and cameras. A May 2008 congressional report noted that UAVs "suffer accident
rates up to hundreds of times higher than manned aircraft," but U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano sees value in their role. Napolitano doesn't feel the aircraft are useful everywhere,
but that they "are part of the right mix of infrastructure, manpower, and technology that can improve border security." Even so, the latest approval did involve political wrangling that may have
delayed an appointment at the FAA.
Predators have been flying in Arizona since 2006 and one has crashed there due to pilot error. The move is supported by Texas lawmakers hoping to suppress illegal entry into their state. Republican
Senators John Cornyn and Kay Bailey Hutchison had sent letters to both Napolitano and FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt in support of the drone program. And Cornyn had blocked a Senate confirmation vote
on Michael Huerta, who would serve as deputy administrator under Babbitt at the FAA. Wednesday Cornyn issued a statement of his support for Huerta, after the Predator gained approval for U.S. Customs
use in his home state of Texas.
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh Savings Extended to June 30! July 26 - August 1 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin
A year not to miss! "Salute to Veterans" week-long celebration a gathering of warbirds and modern-day military aircraft like no other, with forums, presentations, and daily air
shows. Celebrate the 75th anniversary of the DC-3/C-47 and the B-17. Monday concert by Chicago. Buy your tickets online before June 30 and save time and money!
A bipartisan bill to extend bonus depreciation on aircraft purchases has been introduced in the Senate and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association is rooting for its passage. The bill was
introduced by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., and ranking member Chuck Grassley. Bonus depreciation allows aircraft buyers to depreciate their purchase 50 percent in the first
year instead of spreading the depreciation over five years. It was introduced in 2008 as part of the stimulus package and extended through 2009. "Bonus depreciation is a powerful incentive to purchase
a GA aircraft and is proven to increase sales during difficult economic conditions," said GAMA CEO Pete Bunce. "It is the one tax provision we have asked Congress to pass to help offset the decline
in sales due to the recession and bring back lost jobs."
GAMA says the impact of bonus depreciation is significant and one manufacturer calculated that it was a factor in 55 percent of its sales. This isn't a tax cut, however. The accelerated
depreciation means write-offs in subsequent years will be less so the long-term impact on government finances is negligible.
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IFR's Jeff Van West watched the unveiling of Cirrus Aircraft's new turbo model at the Cirrus Owners and Pilots Association annual migration last week and was left wondering: Why? This new
model leaves some important questions unanswered, especially for buyers thinking they're buying something they might not actually be getting.
The FCC says it will outlaw 121.5 ELTs by August. The news reminds AVweb editor-in-chief Russ Niles of the April Fool's edition we used to publish every year except this is no joke.
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Sound travels at about 760 miles per hour, or 340 meters per second and about 661 knots on an average day at sea level. And sometimes, you can almost see it. Going close to that speed
through air can cause some unusual visual effects. This compiled footage includes F-14s, standard and Blue Angels F-18s, plus the SR-71 and an Atlas Rocket launch. AVweb contacted sources at
NASA to research the phenomena.
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AVweb's latest "FBO of the Week" award goes to Redtail Aviation at Canyonlands Field Airport (KCNY) in
AVweb reader Joseph Barber discovered the FBO "near Arches and Canyonlands National Parks" and found the service outstanding. "We had a mechanical while spending the week hiking and
were pleasantly surprised to find their mechanics quick and able," writes Joseph adding that the rates were pretty reasonable, to boot!
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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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
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Isaac Adler of Kalamazoo, Michigan kicks off this week's assortment of reader-submitted photos with a glorious sunrise he snapped at the 29th Annual
Midwest Seaplane Pilots Association Fly-In. "Early Friday morning, I woke up because my tent was glowing red," writes Isaac. "When I walked outside, I knew I had to take a picture."
"WASP" Stands by Her P-51D (Paul Allen's Heritage Collection)
One of the nice things about working at AVweb is this: When there's a fun event none of us can get to like, say, the Museum of Flight's 75th Anniversary we can
count on someone out there to send us a few pictures.
That's how we scored this dandy little gem from Elliot Block of Vista, California.
Speaking of Californians you can count on for a good photo, here's Lancaster's Brian Emch to wrap things up for this week. And what a shot to do it
with Blackbird Air Park in Palmdale, California after dusk.
Do you enjoy AVweb's "Picture of the Week"? We sure do! And it's only possible because readers like the ones you see represented here readers just like you
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And we mentioned the home page slideshow earlier, but some of you may not know that we use it to showcase some of the dozens of photo submissions we
receive each week that don't make it into the "Final Five" you see here. If you you enjoy "POTW" but don't make it a point to check out the slideshow at some point during the week you should!
(And this week we're giving a special shout-out to David Bier and his son Dan, who's featured in his first warbird ride over there. Go. Check it
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
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