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Volume 16, Number 29a
July 19, 2010
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EAA is in discussions with the FAA over the decision to perform a major computer upgrade on the three days prior to and the first day of AirVenture that apparently involve systems used for the slot reservation system for IFR traffic going to Oshkosh and three neighboring airports. Late last week a note appeared on the Electronic Special Traffic Management Programs (eSTMP) website saying the service, which non-scheduled IFR traffic must use to reserve arrival and departure slots at Wittman, Fond du Lac, Outagamie and New Holstein airports during the show, would not be available from July 23-26. After being contacted by AVweb and EAA, the FAA changed the message on the website to read that the upgrades would go ahead as planned but the slot reservation service would remain available. More...

More than 30 DC-3s are expected to be on the field at Whiteside County Airport in Rock Falls, Ill., July 24-26 as The Last Time gathering of the iconic airliners gets under way. There are 42 aircraft registered but some won't make it because of mechanical issues. The event is being held to mark the 75th anniversary of the first flight of the DC-3, considered one of the most important aircraft ever developed. There is parking for 34 of the big taildraggers and it's anticipated every spot will be filled. Organizers are expecting about 10,000 people a day to turn out for the event, which is free of admission charge. It's anticipated many of those will be people who have a connection with the aircraft as pilots, flight crew, ground crew or as passengers in peacetime and during war. The event will be capped with a large formation flight over Rock Falls. There will not be a mass formation arrival at AirVenture Oshkosh as had been originally planned. More...

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Triumph and Tragedy Amid the Recoveryback to top 
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A majority of Hawker Beechcraft workers may soon be looking for work while in an unrelated turn Sikorsky may see a financial windfall. The union for Hawker Beechcraft workers has sent a letter to its members telling them the company may cut its 6,000-person workforce by up to 75 percent (4,500 jobs) within the next two years, a local NBC affiliate reported Thursday. In a written statement, Hawker said the company has initiated meetings with the workers union "about serious challenges it [the company] faces." According to Hawker, the talks have covered "a spectrum of possibilities for the company's future footprint" and "the likely impact on its workforce in all its locations." Far across the country from Hawker's Wichita, Kan., home, Hartford, Conn.'s Sikorsky Aircraft Thursday won a State Supreme Court ruling against the state. According to the court, Sikorsky paid $916,600 in sales taxes the court says didn't apply to the company. More...

Boeing believes that stable growth in the world economy will help the airline industry this year and expects a big upturn in demand from the Asia-Pacific region and Middle East over the next two decades. Boeing's latest market outlook predicts that the one-third of global aviation that currently passes through the Asia-Pacific region will blossom to 43 percent by 2029. The manufacturer says that airlines are seeing demand improve but are still plagued by the uncertainty of fuel prices. That uncertainty, according to Boeing, may help drive activity in more established markets like North America and Europe, where Boeing expects airlines to build upon existing fleets with more fuel-efficient aircraft. Boeing forecasts a market demand of $3.6 trillion over the next 20 years, bolstered by a recovering world economy. And growth trends may serve up some advantages for passengers. More...

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New Airplanesback to top 

TECNAM has sold over 3,000 aircraft (mostly in Europe) and says it will debut its first single slated for certification, a new four-seat strutted high-wing, the P2010, at AERO 2011 in Friedrischafen, Germany, though certification may follow later. The future four-seater will feature a carbon-fiber fuselage with metal wings and a metal "full flying" tail. It will be powered by Lycoming's 180-hp "light" IO-360-M1a engine. Performance goals for the P2010 include a 133-knot cruise, a 1050 feet-per-minute rate of climb and a 660-nm range. The company says the aircraft will have a 46.2-gallon fuel capacity and a useful load of just over 990 pounds. It's aiming for an 800-foot takeoff roll and landings that need almost 150 feet less. TECNAM says it "has always paid great attention to comfort" in the cabin, and occupants of the P2010 will enjoy a 3.9-foot cabin width. Pricing has not been set. More...

Canada has committed to buying 65 F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft to replace its 30-year-old fleet of about 120 CF-18 fighters. The aircraft order itself is worth $9 billion, including training, new equipment for air bases and simulators, and a maintenance contract with Lockheed Martin will push the total cost to about $16 billion. Canada is one of eight countries taking part in the development of the aircraft and some of the money spent on the aircraft will go indirectly to Canadian companies. Nevertheless, the choice of the Lightning II and the way in which it was chosen ignited political debate in Canada that could result in an election if the current Conservative government's political rivals dig in their heels. More...

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Hot Stories Get a Second Lookback to top 

The emergency declared by an American Airlines 767 crew landing at JFK on May 4, 2010, may have been unusual, but it might also represent a situation that's closer to "normal for JFK" than an emergency call might suggest. AVweb spoke this week to a JFK-based 13-year veteran American Airlines pilot and asked him to share his insights about operations, stresses, and pilot/controller interactions at JFK, and what -- if anything -- can be done to improve them. More...

A 19-year-old managed to steal (at least) five airplanes, allegedly, and eluded capture each time, which means "basically, anybody that wants to steal a plane can," attorney John Greaves told AOL news. Writing for AOL in an article titled ""Barefoot Bandit" Case Hints at Gap in National Security," contributor David Lohr asks, "If Harris-Moore did, in fact, successfully steal five airplanes, couldn't a terrorist do the same?" Lohr did ask AOPA for a response and media relations director Chris Dancy obliged. Dancy noted that small aircraft do not make good terrorist weapons. "It's far easier to get a car or truck and load it," Dancy said. Harris-Moore's alleged nine-state, 70-count crime spree may or may not have an effect on the public's perception of general aviation security, but there are at least five aircraft owners feeling a direct effect. And the most recent of them appear to be facing a significant financial loss. More...

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Letter of the Weekback to top 

AVMAIL: JULY 19, 2010

Letter of the Week: Cordless Cockpit

Why do we still have to put up with cords?

I am willing to use batteries to power the headset. Eliminating the cords has been a wish of mine for a long time. I thought Bluetooth technology might have been the answer, but apparently not.

Kelly Vrem

Click through to read the rest of this week's letters.


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

As you put the final touches on your press material for AirVenture Oshkosh, we have some tips to help you get the most out of your PR presence at the big show. If you have a new product, a significant update of an existing product or a new service that 260,000 pilots and aviation professionals will be interested in knowing about, by all means let us know. You can reach us at

Here are some guidelines to help you make the most of your presence at AirVenture, in PDF format. Have a great show! 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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New on AVwebback to top 

AVweb's Glenn Pew speaks with veteran American Airlines pilot Jason Goldberg about his experience flying into often-congested JFK International Airport, his insights regarding the May 4 "emergency" and the state of controller/pilot interactions. More...

The owners of one of the airplane that Colton Harris-Moore allegedly heisted were admirably generous in their reaction to the theft, suggesting that he just needs a father-to-son talking to. Paul Bertorelli agrees — and in the latest installment of our AVweb Insider blog, he explains why the sit-down should happen at the state pen. Click here to read the blog. More...

It tanked for some of the same reasons that will challenge modern diesel makers, says Paul Bertorelli on the AVweb Insider blog. Packard figured out the weight and power density challenges, but durability proved elusive. So did power, which, when given the choice, pilots seem to prefer over economy. Maybe the impending doom of 100LL will give them second thoughts. Click here to read Paul's thoughts and share your own. More...

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Help Us Celebrate AVweb's 15th Anniversaryback to top 

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Your Favorite FBOsback to top 


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AVweb reader Craig Gill knows the importance of a good FBO and tells us how Aurora Aviation at McGregor Executive Airport (KPWG) became his FBO of choice — and our latest "FBO of the Week":

I have the choice of three local airports as my home base and chose KPWG because of the service I get from Aurora Aviation. I have a Lancair IV turbine that requires a special towing, and they always take extra care with my bird. If I have maintenance needs, they get to me as quickly as possible and get me back in the air.

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

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...

The Lighter Side of Flightback to top 

Overheard in IFR 
Magazine's 'On the Air' Section
Overheard in IFR Magazine's "On the Air"

One side of the conversation heard last weekend:

Norfolk Approach:
"Sir, there is no VFR missed approach. The tower will tell you what to do."

Lance Zellers
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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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