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Volume 16, Number 26b
July 1, 2010
SP-400 Radio from Sporty's Pilot Shop
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If you're talking to air traffic controllers this week, you're going to hear some new directions from ground control: starting Wednesday, June 30, "taxi to" will no longer be used when issuing taxi instructions to an assigned takeoff runway. Controllers are now required to issue explicit instructions to cross or hold short of each runway that intersects a taxi route. Instructions to cross multiple runways will not be issued; you will be cleared to cross each runway one at a time. This applies even to inactive or closed runways. The only exception: At airports where the taxi route between runway centerlines is less than 1,000 feet apart,multiple runway crossings may be issued, but only after ATC has received approval to do so. In effect, every hold line now is considered a "stop sign." More...

Aircraft Spruce at the Arlington Fly-In || 
July 7-11, 2010
Aircraft Spruce at the 2010 Arlington Fly-In
Visit the Aircraft Spruce booth in Arlington, Washington (booth #55) on July 7-10 from 9:00am to 6:00pm and July 11 from 9:00am to 3:00pm. Take advantage of some of your favorite products on sale, complimentary ground shipping (does not apply to hazardous or oversize products), and a helpful staff to answer all your questions. Call Aircraft Spruce at 1 (877) 4-SPRUCE or visit
Making History, Making Noiseback to top 

The Red Bull Stratos team this week reported progress in its effort to send a skydiver to 120,000 feet in a capsule beneath a helium balloon. Felix Baumgartner, who hopes to make a record-breaking jump from the edge of space, completed a series of test dives last month from about 26,000 feet, wearing the pressurized spacesuit he'll need for the flight. The test dives proved that some adjustments made to Baumgartner's gear after earlier tests had been effective. "I'm super satisfied with the result today," Baumgartner said. In another series of tests, he also practiced stepping off from the capsule as it was suspended above the ground, and tried some bungee jumps from 200 feet while wearing his spacesuit. Dr. Jonathan Clark, medical director of the project, says the planned flight is not just a publicity stunt but a serious scientific endeavor. "We're doing this as a demonstration that an upper-atmospheric bailout, freefall and re-entry are possible," he said. More...

A proposed rule intended to curb noise by requiring helicopters to use specific routes when operating along the north shore of Long Island has met with broad disapproval from industry groups and pilots. The rule was published in the May 26 Federal Register and sought comment prior to June 25. It got them in the form of 910 public submissions. The FAA says the rule's intent is to "maximize utilization of the existing route flown by helicopter traffic along the north shore of Long Island and reduce the noise impact on nearby communities." Comments from NBAA called the rule "unsafe, unwise and unnecessary." HAI said the rule "has no merit, safety or airspace utilization enhancement, nor benefit for aircraft operators or the communities of Long Island, and is absent any technical, safety, and operational analysis." And the Eastern Region Helicopter Council (ERHC) urged the FAA to "withdraw its proposal entirely." More...

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New Airplanesback to top 

It's only big enough for the pilot, and barely that, but EADS proudly showed off its new version of the Cri-Cri, a French homebuilt design from the 1970s, at the Green Aviation Show at Le Bourget Airport in Paris last week. The airplane is built from composites to reduce weight, and uses high energy-density lithium batteries to power four electric motors. The company said the electric Cri-Cri will fly for 30 minutes at about 60 knots, and first test flights will begin soon. The Paris show also hosted plenty of low-energy airships, gliders, and trikes. Also last week, the FAA said it will give $125 million to five aerospace companies to help them develop new eco-friendly technologies that will reduce jet fuel consumption, emissions and noise. More...

Pipistrel's "revolutionary four-seat aircraft project" may be an all-composite 200-KTAS low-wing with a 200-hp hybrid powerplant slated for debut before 2012. Lexus Magazine sent a writer to Slovenia to visit Pipistrel and wrote of Pipistrel, "Plans are well under way to create a four-seat hybrid aircraft by the end of 2011." A separate publication states, "The company is currently designing its first four-seater aircraft that will travel at 400 km/hour (248 mph)." Of that aircraft Tine Tomazic, in research and development for Pipistrel, has said (PDF), "Whereas all the airplanes that can achieve this speed require at least a 300 horsepower engine, our calculations show that we can do this with a much smaller 200-hp engine." It's possible the hybrid and 200-KTAS aircraft describe two separate applications, but only one four-seater design has been discussed by Pipistrel. And it appears to have a debut date intended to meet up with a 2011 NASA challenge. Pipistrel said in May of 2009 it "will be introducing many new technologies never before used in aviation" at the event. Of the technologies embraced by the design, the hybrid concept has been seen before (Flight Designs unveiled an electric hybrid Rotax 914 at Oshkosh last year). But many key elements of Pipistrel's program will likely be bred from its adoption of an advanced software program from Dassault Systems. More...

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News Briefsback to top 

The folks at Piper Aircraft have been upbeat about the economy, projecting a 75-percent gain in sales this year, but that optimism stumbled a bit on Monday when the company announced it will shut down for a week in August to save money. The brief hiatus "will leave us with our current workforce intact," Steve Johnston, vice president of human resources, told TCPalm. That strategy "will allow us to take advantage of any upside potential in orders between now and the end of the year," he added. The layoff applies to all staffers, including executives, with the exception of those working on the PiperJet program and a few critical business functions, Johnston said. More...

What's the best birthday gift for a 102-year-old? Whatever she wants -- and Myrtle Carroll wanted to go for a ride in one of the little airplanes she enjoys listening to from the porch of her home near the Platte Valley Airport and Vintage Aero Flying Museum in Fort Lupton, Colo. Carroll had only been flying once before in her life, and never in a small airplane. But she loves the sound of the engines buzzing nearby, and when a friend asked if she'd like a ride for her birthday, she said, "Well, yes, I would." On Sunday, Mark Holliday, the museum's chief pilot, who is also the husband of Carroll's caretaker at the assisted-living home, Marilyn Taylor, took her for a spin in the back seat of a Cessna 182. "When you're 102, if you want to fly, you should be able to fly," Taylor told the Greeley Tribune. More...

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What You Missed in AVwebBiz This Weekback to top 

The FAA has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (big PDF) that would impose extra icing certification requirements on Part 25 (transport category) aircraft that weigh less than 60,000 pounds and would also amend rules for larger aircraft. The rule has been in the making since the 1994 icing-related crash of an ATR 72 in Roselawn, Ind. For smaller aircraft, the rule focuses particularly on ice caused by supercooled large droplets, which can coat surfaces beyond the normal ice protection systems on existing aircraft. "These regulations will help ensure future aircraft can operate safely in some of the toughest icing conditions," FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt said in statement. More...

There's a chance the Boeing 787 will make its airshow debut at this year's AirVenture Oshkosh. EAA spokesman Dick Knapinski has confirmed that Boeing has been invited to show off its latest design and is considering the idea. "The Boeing folks have an open invitation to join us, and we have had discussions about them attending," Knapinski said Tuesday. He noted that the participation of the Dreamliner and its extent will depend on the aggressive flight-test schedule Boeing has set for the aircraft. The schedule hit a minor setback last week when "workmanship issues" were discovered in the horizontal stabilizers of the five test aircraft. More...

Labor politics continues to prevent passage of the FAA's funding reauthorization. The Senate passed its version of the bill some time ago but the House remains stalled on a provision that would make it easier for FedEx employees to unionize. The House voted Tuesday to extend the current funding authorization of the FAA for a month. It was due to run out on Friday. The one-month extension of the current reauthorization might suggest the matter is inching to the upper priority levels in the House, but at least one Capitol Hill publication suggests there's little interest in reconciling the differences between the House and Senate bills. More...


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

It's all about the avgas. The clock is ticking on 100LL, and many are worried that there may be a 100 octane crunch in the days before a new fuel standard solidifies. We're curious if the thought keeps you awake at night. Do you think enough is being done to ensure a supply of 100 octane fuel in the future?

Plus: Last week, we asked about your efforts to the beat the equipment upgrade deadline on ELTs; click through to see how your fellow AVweb readers answered. More...

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Opinion & Commentaryback to top 

For the past two weeks, AVweb's Paul Bertorelli has been mouthing off about the lack of industry progress toward a 100LL replacement fuel. We asked him to put up or shut up, so in the latest installment of our AVweb Insider blog, he is. He's offering to personally pay the travel expenses for any one member of the Coordinating Research Council or the industry's FAST Fuels Committee to actually look at GAMI's G100UL run in the test cell and to also fly with the fuel. Maybe then someone can tell us if this stuff is real or not. Can't do that unless you actually look at it, right? See the blog for details. More...

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...

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

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...

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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Your Favorite FBOsback to top 


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The Cessna Pilots Society descended on North Carolina en force for their annual CPS Get-Together, and quite a few of them were impressed with the friendliness and efficiency of services at Oak Island's Brunswick County Airport (KSUT).

Dave Williams was the first CPS member to nominate KSUT, but he was followed by about a dozen others throughout the week who sung the praises of an FBO that "handled a whole flock of CPS fliers like it was an everyday event" (Daryl Medd), "wrote the book on hospitality and service" (Jim Epting), and offered "better services at their self-service pumps than most do at full-service!" (Ed Abrams). For his part, Dave told us how "Howie Franklin and his crew provided us with the best service and hospitality an FBO could offer. All of our wants and needs were handled quickly and professionally. Thanks, Howie!"

And that sounds like a top-notch operation deserving of recognition as AVweb's "FBO of the Week"!

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 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)


Reader-Submitted Photosback to top 

Summer is in full swing! The virtual submission box for our weekly photo contest is swollen to near-bursting this time 'round, which makes choosing a winner tough. Still, we've soldiered on, and we're pleased to dub this shot from frequent contributor Paul W. M. Oor of Nieuwegein, Utrecht (Netherlands) our "Picture of the Week." So who are we looking at? It's the RNLAF solo display team, and Paul tells us the show they put on at Military Airbase Gilze-Rijen EHGR for the recent open day was every bit as eye-catching as their distinctive paint scheme. 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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