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Volume 16, Number 25b
June 24, 2010
 
Tire Dog Tire Pressure Monitoring System 
from Aircraft Spruce
Tire Dog Wireless Tire Pressure/Temperature Monitoring System Is Now Available at Aircraft Spruce
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 is 0 to 180 psi. It will support two tires up to 22 tires. An adjustable swivel-mounting bracket allows the monitor to be mounted on the dash or windshield. All items of the system are battery-operated with a life span of 12 to 24 months, depending on use. Call 1 (877) 4‑SPRUCE or visit AircraftSpruce.com.
 
AVflash! Updates on the FCC's 121.5 ELT Banback to top 
 

FCC PROPOSES BAN ON 121.5 ELTS (UPDATED)
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. More...

 
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Where to Go and How to Get Thereback to top 
 

NEW OWNERS ATTEMPT CLEAR REDEMPTION
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. More...

AIRVENTURE 2010 PROMISES RARE WARBIRDS, NEW TECHNOLOGY
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. More...

FAA GRANTS EXTRA WEIGHT TO TERRAFUGIA
Terrafugia Inc. has been granted an exemption from the FAA 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. More...

 
SP-400 Radio from Sporty's Pilot Shop
The Ultimate Backup Radio:
Full ILS Display, Flip-Flop COM, and More

"It won't happen to me" is an attitude you simply can't afford. If your instrument panel goes dark, you need to know that you can get your airplane on the ground and call for help. Now, for roughly the price of a tank of gas, you can enjoy the peace of mind of a versatile hand-held NAV/COM with full ILS capability.

Call 1 (800) SPORTYS for more info or find out more (and watch the video demo) online.
 
Aviation Safety Reportsback to top 
 

PILOTS SOUGHT FOR SURVEY ON ICING
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. More...

CREW ERROR SUSPECTED IN AIR INDIA CRASH
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. More...

 
Download the Air Safety Foundation's 
Safety Advisor 'Fuel Awareness'
AOPA Air Safety Foundation Safety Advisors
Topic: Fuel Awareness
You're almost home. Almost. Do you have enough fuel to complete your flight? Avoid unnecessary mishaps by refreshing your knowledge of proper fuel management.

Click here to download the Air Safety Foundation's Safety Advisor Fuel Awareness. [PDF]
 
Eye on the FAAback to top 
 

REPORT: NEXTGEN "MAY NOT DELIVER"
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. More...

FAA APPROVES PREDATOR FOR BORDER PATROL
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 appears to have involved some political wrangling that may have delayed an appointment at the FAA. More...

 
EAA AirVenture || July 26 - August 1, 2010 
|| Click to Purchase Tickets Online
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!

Click here to purchase tickets online.
 
What You Missed in AVwebBiz This Weekback to top 
 

BONUS DEPRECIATION EXTENSION INTRODUCED
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. More...

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Get the protection you need at a time when you need it more than ever, with Avemco® Insurance Company. Their financial strength — and one of the most stable track records in the industry — has earned them an A+ (Superior) rating from A.M. Best every year since 1977. Get protected!
 
The Top Reporter on Our Crack Staff ... Is You!back to top 
 

QUESTION OF THE WEEK: UPGRADING TO 406 MHZ — ARE YOU?
If the FCC's plans are implemented, you'll need a 406 MHz ELT sooner rather than later to meet their regulations. Are you rushing out to buy one?

Plus: Last week, we asked AVweb readers if they're going to AirVenture in Oshkosh; click through to see how many are. More...

AVWEB'S NEWSTIPS ADDRESS ...
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 newstips@avweb.com. What have you heard? More...

 
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Opinion & Commentaryback to top 
 

AVWEB INSIDER BLOG: CIRRUS HAS A NEW TURBO SR22! THAT'S GOOD, RIGHT?
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. Click here to look back over the history of the turbo Cirrus with Jeff and share your opinions in the comment thread. More...

AVWEB INSIDER BLOG: FCC'S ELT RULE A BAD JOKE?
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. In the latest installment of our AVweb Insider blog, Russ wonders how they're going to pull this off. Click here to read more and share your thoughts. More...

 
Diamond Aircraft
Diamond Has Your Training Needs Covered
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 training devices and a safety record that is second to none. Leading flight training schools around the globe fly Diamond Aircraft. Find out why.
 
AVweb Media: Look, Listen, Laugh and Learnback to top 
 

CIRRUS SR22T FLIGHT DEMO
Cirrus is out with a new version of the SR22, the SR22T, with a TSIO-550-K groundboosted turbo system. AVweb's Paul Bertorelli took a demo flight in the new airplane with Cirrus's Matt Bergwall. More...


SUPERSONIC FLIGHT & TRANSONIC PHENOMENA
AVweb's Glenn Pew finds some of the web's most popular footage and takes a look behind the visual and auditory phenomena created when machines "break" the speed of sound. More...

 
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Help Us Celebrate AVweb's 15th Anniversaryback to top 
 

15 YEARS AND NOW 15 GRAND GIVEAWAYS ... IT'S YOUR CHANCE TO WIN A ZAON PCAS XRX
CLICK HERE to Register for All 15 
Drawings

Win a Zaon PCAS XRX 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 Friday, July 16, 2010.

Click here to read the contest rules and enter.


Congratulations to Richard Kemp of Canton, Georgia, who won an AV8OR handheld GPS in our last drawing! (click here to get your own from Bendix/King by Honeywell)

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Light Plane Maintenance Toolbox CD
Save Money on Annuals & Overhauls!
Just one tip learned from Light Plane Maintenance can save you hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars.

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Your Favorite FBOsback to top 
 

FBO OF THE WEEK: REDTAIL AVIATION (CANYONLANDS FIELD AIRPORT, KCNY, MOAB, UT)

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AVweb's latest "FBO of the Week" award goes to Redtail Aviation at Canyonlands Field Airport (KCNY) in Moab, Utah.

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!

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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"The Best Way to Predict the Future Is to Create It"

It's easy for your company to be more proactive, flexible, and entrepreneurial with AVweb's cost-effective marketing programs. Discover the benefits of instant response, quick copy changes, monthly tracking reports, and interactive programs. To find out how simple it is to reach 255,000 qualified pilots, owners, and decision-makers weekly, click now for details.
 
Reader-Submitted Photosback to top 
 

PICTURE OF THE WEEK: AVWEB'S FLYING PHOTOGRAPHY SHOWCASE
Nope, it's not the Red Bull World Series in New York — it's the Races' previous stop in Windsor, Ontario, where the always-amazing George Mock snapped this shot of Mike Goulian navigating the pylons. (Be nice, and we'll slip another of George's Windsor race pics into the slideshow on AVweb's home page this week, 'K.?) More...

 
Names Behind the Newsback 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:

Publisher
Timothy Cole

Editorial Director, Aviation Publications
Paul Bertorelli

Editor-in-Chief
Russ Niles

Contributing Editors
Mary Grady
Glenn Pew

Features Editor
Kevin Lane-Cummings

Webmaster
Scott Simmons

Contributors
Jeff van West
Mariano Rosales

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