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Volume 16, Number 28b
July 15, 2010
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AVflash! Science Fiction Finally Made Fact?back to top 
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Boeing this week unveiled its latest UAV, the hydrogen-powered Phantom Eye, which the company says will stay aloft at 65,000 feet for up to four days. "The capabilities inherent in Phantom Eye's design will offer game-changing opportunities for our military, civil and commercial customers," said Darryl Davis, president of Boeing Phantom Works, at the introductory press conference in St. Louis on Monday. The demonstrator is powered by two 150-hp engines and has a wingspan of 150 feet. It will cruise at about 150 knots and can carry up to a 450-pound payload. The aircraft will be shipped to NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base in California later this summer to start ground and taxi tests, with flight tests expected early next year. The first flight is expected to last for four to eight hours, Boeing said. More...

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Aviation Safetyback to top 

Pilots train for years to earn themselves a seat in a jet cockpit, but concerns about air quality and faulty cockpit window heaters suggest it may not be the healthiest work environment. The FAA plans to issue an airworthiness directive this week that will require operators to either inspect or replace some windows in the cockpits of Boeing 757, 767 and 777 aircraft, in an effort to prevent smoke, fire or cracking of the windows caused by faulty electrical connections. In the last 20 years, 11 fires have been reported, the most recent in May. Also this week, a former Qantas pilot said he suffered symptoms including difficulty concentrating, regular bouts of bronchitis and gastric illnesses, and even an episode of partial paralysis due to toxic gasses in the cabin airflow. A report on cabin air quality by the U.K. government is three months overdue, fueling speculation that information is being suppressed, according to The Sunday Telegraph. More...

The April 10 crash of a Tu-154 near Smolensk, Russia, that killed the then Polish president and all 95 others aboard has been the source of multiple unsubstantiated conspiracy theories, and a report published Wednesday by a Polish news service might not be an exception. According to the Polish news service TVN24, words that translate roughly to "if we don't land, they'll kill me" have been resolved from sections of the VIP flight's cockpit voice recorder previously deemed incomprehensible. Earlier transcripts that did not include the wording were provided by Russian investigators, but a government spokesperson last week said that Polish experts have now been able to decipher more of the recording. That may not yet be cause to believe TVN24's report. More...

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Rethinking Thingsback to top 

With just three events left in its 2010 air-race series, Red Bull now has cancelled two of them, leaving the August race in Germany as the final event for this year. The cancellation of the race in Budapest, Hungary, was announced this week, while a race set for Portugal also was cancelled just a week ago. "We are obviously disappointed," said Bernd Loidl, CEO of the race organization. "Securing the future of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship is paramount and making tough decisions is part of that process," Loidl said. "We look forward to announcing the 2011 calendar after the final round in Germany, including a much-anticipated return to New York in the United States." The races were flown in New York last month for the first time, drawing huge crowds to the venue along the Hudson River. The Portugal cancellation was blamed on delays in reaching a host city agreement, while "lengthy delays in the permissions process" were cited in Budapest. More...

The new editor-in-chief of Flying magazine says he hopes to "surprise and delight" readers with a fresh approach to style and content. Michael Maya Charles, a former AVweb columnist and airline pilot, was named to the post on the world's largest print aviation magazine Tuesday, replacing long-time editor-in-chief J. Mac McClellan. Maya Charles told AVweb he hopes to broaden the appeal of the magazine, which began publication in the 1920s. It was purchased by Bonnier Corp. in 2009 and Maya Charles says his philosophy about the "reader experience" and appearance of the magazine meshes with the new owners. "They pay a lot of attention to the visual," Maya Charles said. "The editorial product needs a little freshening. We're going to give it an infusion of that new energy." Maya Charles also said there will be more emphasis on the digital aspects of the publication. Meanwhile, McClellan told AVweb he had fundamental differences of opinion with Bonnier management on running the magazine and he was dismissed. More...

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Alternative Fuels in the Newsback to top 

Boeing and Alaska Airlines have signed on with various other partners in the Northwest region to develop a plan for replacing today's jet fuel with biofuels from renewable sources, the companies announced this week. "Developing a sustainable aviation fuel supply now is a top priority both to ensure continued economic growth and prosperity at regional levels and to support the broader aim of achieving carbon-neutral growth across the industry by 2020," said Jim Albaugh, CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. Others joining in the effort include Washington State University, Spokane International Airport and the Port of Seattle. The regional effort is the first of its kind in the U.S., according to Alaska Airlines. More...

All it takes is the right piston, a little tweaking of the cylinder and some trick fuel injection timing. That's the general idea behind something called Sonex Controlled Auto Ignition, which can best be described as residing somewhere between conventional spark ignition and true diesel cycles, according to Sonex's Andrew Pouring, who recently sent us a white paper on the technology. SCAI doesn't exactly mean you could convert your IO-550 to burn kerosene, but a purpose-built SCAI aircraft engine could take the same form factor and, more important, would be nearly as light as a gasoline engine. How do they do that? By controlling the combustion event and keeping cylinder pressures under 1000 PSI, just as in gasoline engines.

Related Content:
Podcast interview with Dr. Andrew Pouring


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What You Missed in AVwebBiz This Weekback to top 

More than 170 Cessna Citations from all over the U.S. will land at Lincoln, Neb., on Saturday to deliver 2,000 competitors to the Special Olympics U.S. National Games. This is the sixth time Cessna has organized the gigantic Citation Special Olympics Airlift and this year's effort is chaired by Citation owner Harrison Ford. The airlift is a logistical challenge as flights have to be coordinated to ensure smooth flow into Lincoln. It will take 15 hours to recover all the aircraft, which will be carrying between three and seven athletes apiece. Then they'll do it all over again a week later when they fly back to Lincoln to pick up the athletes. It's clearly a labor of love for Cessna CEO Jack Pelton, who is in the thick of the organization and execution of the event. More...

Changes are expected soon that would make China much more open to general aviation, according to China Daily. "There will be progress in opening up the low-altitude airspace in the later half of this year, and many local governments have expressed interest in investment," said Wang Xia, vice president of the General Aviation School at Civil Aviation University of China. The skies have gradually become more open to private, low-altitude aircraft, but only if operators comply with a complex and time-consuming approval process that involves several different government agencies. To become a private pilot, applicants must pass a series of tests and physical exams, and spend about $20,000. There are only about 1,000 private pilots in China, according to China Daily. Meanwhile, officials are investigating corruption in China's aviation industry, the Canadian Press reports. More...

The captain of a Continental 737 that ran off a Denver runway in December 2008 as winds gusted up to 45 knots probably could have kept it on the runway if he had applied enough rudder at the right time, the NTSB said in its final report on the accident on Tuesday. However, the board also said that if the crew had been given better wind information before trying to take off on Runway 34R, they might have delayed departure or requested a different runway. Air traffic controllers provided all the weather data that was required, telling the crew winds were from 270 degrees at 27 knots, but information from sensors located in the center of the airfield showed gusts as high as 40 knots. If the crew had been better trained in crosswind techniques, that also might have helped, the board said. Nobody was killed in the accident, but the captain and five of the 110 passengers were hurt. The board also said better seats in the cockpit would help to reduce crew injuries. More...


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

The economy seems to be stabilizing and there are signs the recession is ending. We'd like to know how the downturn affected your flying.

Plus: Last week, we asked if the FAA should be more involved with the LSA sector; click through to see how AVweb readers answered. More...

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 What have you heard? More...

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Opinion & Commentaryback to top 

Last week, Jack Pelton ate into his vacation to visit General Aviation Modifications, Inc.'s test cell in Ada, Oklahoma for a look at G100UL, a proposed avgas replacement. On the AVweb Insider blog, Paul Bertorelli suggests that his involvement — and unambiguous report on what he saw — may represent an inflection point in what has basically been a defeatist effort to find an avgas replacement. The first step in succeeding is the belief that you can. Click here to read more and join the conversation. More...

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

There's no shortage of innovation when it comes to developing new aircraft engines, and Sonex Research has a gasoline-type spark ignition design that will burn diesel. AVweb's Paul Bertorelli spoke with Dr. Andrew Pouring. More...

To many people, it's just a joke about funny Canadian place names, but Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan is the center of the universe for young military officers from all over the world who want to become military pilots. Under the auspices of 15 Wing Moose Jaw, the Canadian Forces and Bombardier are in a joint venture to train Canada's next generation of pilots and also new pilots from as far away as Singapore. AVweb's Russ Niles went for a ride in the CT-156 Harvard II (the Canadian version of the Texan II used by the U.S. Air Force) and spoke with flight instructor Capt. Zack Charbonneau. More...

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Help Us Celebrate AVweb's 15th Anniversaryback to top 

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Deadline for entries is 11:59pm Zulu time Friday, July 16, 2010.

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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)


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Your Favorite FBOsback to top 


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AVweb reader Tom Snider recently had one one of those "when pigs fly" moments — and yes, you can bet that it happened at our "FBO of the Week," Pigs Can Fly Aviation at San Luis County Regional Airport (KSBP) in San Luis Obispo, California.

On a recent trip to visit our son ... in our old Bonanza, we found the airport under heavy construction and were told by ground control that their was a NOTAM (we missed that) that there was no overnight parking available. As we were discussing our options, line personnel from Pigs Can Fly showed up in their golf cart with a sign, "Follow me to free parking." We might as well have been a Gulfstream, as they parked us, fueled us and helped unload the plane and transfer us by cart to their very nice office/lounge with more very nice personnel. As we were preparing to leave, one of the owners asked if everything had been okay. I commented that everything had been great except they were out of Terminal Area Charts for SFO. (They were on backorder.) He climbed into one of their planes, got a chart from his own flight bag, handed it to me, and would take no money for it. If you are in San Luis Obispo, make Pigs Can Fly your FBO.

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!


Reader-Submitted Photosback to top 

As you'll notice when you hit up our jam-packed "POTW" slideshow (on AVweb's home page), widespread summer showers in North America have inspired dozens of outstanding reader photos over the last two weeks. Not all of our submissions are rain-soaked and stormy, though. Some readers, likeAndy Nielsen of Blaine, Minnesota, know where to find the rainbows and silver linings. And our new best friend Andy is a man after our own heart: "After the storms rolled through" one afternoon, he headed down "to the airport to watch the sunset — and picked up an ice cream along the way." 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.

The AVwebFlash team is:

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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