What He Didn't Know About His
Life Insurance Cost His Family $500,000
Pilots should take special care when comparing life insurance. Pilot
Insurance Center specializes in providing pilots with insurance
planning. Get the right coverage. Call PIC
YVES ROSSY LOOPS
Friday, Yves Rossy, 51, strapped his latest
custom-made microturbine-powered wings to his back, threw himself off a
platform attached to a hot air balloon's gondola, powered up, and
performed at least one roll and a looping maneuver before landing
safely, as planned, under parachute. Rossy flew the loop on new smaller
wings that span only two meters -- that's about one half-meter shorter
than his last set. The wing is still powered by four microturbine jet
engines. Rossy left the gondola at about 7,875 feet over Lake Geneva for
the flight, some four years since his first public flight with personal
wings. His past adventures include a September 2008 trip across the
English Channel, and his future goals include a flight through the Grand
Canyon (if granted permission). Rossy's flights have so far met with
good outcomes, though they haven't always gone as planned.
Sporty's SP-400: "Better
Than Some Panel-Mounted Gear"
That's what The Aviation Consumer
said in their latest review of
portable aviation radios. And: "Sporty's SP-400
shines ... . Its performance is clearly exceptional."
It's the ultimate backup radio, with full ILS display, flip-flop COM,
and much more.
Call 1 (800) SPORTYS
for more info or
find out more (and watch the video demo)
|Beyond Healthcare: The 112th Congress and GA||back to
RESULTS AND GENERAL AVIATION
The Nov. 2 elections will usher
in a change in leadership at the House Transportation and Infrastructure
Committee next year, and raises questions for the future of aviation
legislation and funding. James Oberstar, D-Minn., a 36-year veteran of
the House of Representatives, had chaired the transportation committee
since 2007. He opposed user fees on general aviation and worked to pass
the reauthorization bill that funds the FAA. The FAA has been attempting
to plan its future for the past three years while operating under 16
temporary reauthorization extensions. The latest extension is due to
expire at year-end. Oberstar's seat was lost this election to Chip
Cravaack, a former Northwest Airlines pilot. The shift in representation
of 60-plus House seats was driven in part by voters concerned with
fiscal responsibility in government. It has also altered the
Congressional General Aviation Caucus, which is something AOPA had
sought to avoid. More...
JP Instruments Cash Rebate
Don't Leave the Ground Without Us!
, the EDM
& Fuel Flow
leader, is running an
incredible rebate offer, directly for AVweb
your aircraft with our EDM monitor is like having a flight engineer
aboard every flight. Back on earth, download your in-flight data with
our no-cost EZTrends software
to spot any future problems. From
the classic EDM 700
to the bright-LCD EDM 830
compares to the accuracy and quick response of JPI Systems
Click here for more info.
A380s STILL GROUNDED
Qantas says its A380 fleet will be
grounded "for a matter of days, not weeks" as it probes anomalies
discovered in Rolls Royce Trent engines similar to one that suffered an
uncontained failure over Indonesia last week. Qantas CEO Alan Joyce told
reporters inspections of three engines discovered oil "where oil
shouldn't be" as Qantas and Rolls Royce engineers bear down on the
possible cause of the failure. "These are new engines on new aircraft,
they shouldn't have these issues at this stage so it's given us an
indication of an area for us to focus into," Joyce said. "It's too early
for us to say what components or parts of the engine we think could have
been the issue." Meanwhile the Australian Transportation Safety Board
has residents of an Indonesian island on a high stakes scavenger hunt.
JA Air Center When It
Comes to Garmin Avionics,
Go with a Name You Can
Since 1965, pilots have trusted the avionics experts at JA Air
. Whether you're looking for ship-in repair, custom
installation, or a mail order purchase, no one knows avionics better
than JA Air Center
Call (800) 323-5966
BUY, SELL, or TRADE your avionics
and GPS equipment
at JA Air Center
PUSHER MARKS 100 YEARS OF NAVAL AVIATION
The Navy will mark 100 years of
naval aviation with an air of authenticity next week thanks to a former
naval aviator's handiwork. Bob Coolbaugh, who is now an airline pilot,
spent two-and-a-half years building a replica of the Ely-Curtiss Pusher
that Eugene Ely took off from a ship on Nov. 14, 1910. Coolbaugh first
flew the replica aircraft in early October and took turns with friend
Andrew Davis flying it 150 miles over two days from his home in New
Market, Va. to Norfolk, where the celebrations will be held. The
delicate-looking aircraft had to climb to 4,800 feet to clear the Blue
Ridge Mountains but Coolbaugh said the flight went well. "Aside from the
fact that I was freezing to death, it was wonderful," he told the Virginian-Pilot. More...
Corporate Aviation Is Landing
Explore the latest developments in the U.S. corporate aviation sector.
Debate the future of corporate aviation, discuss the latest developments
in light jets, explore the air taxi market in the U.S., and network with
leading experts as well as business aircraft operators. Meet operators,
manufacturers, consultants, bankers, lawyers, airport executives,
leasing and financing companies, and other senior professionals with an
interest in the development of corporate aviation in the U.S.
Yes, that's what we said. After a
fractious few years, the union representing air traffic controllers and
the agency are working together on some major projects. AVweb's
Russ Niles spoke with NATCA President Paul Rinaldi on how the new
relationship is benefiting aviation in general. More...
Make King County International Airport/Boeing Field
destination! Conveniently located just 5 miles from downtown Seattle,
is positioned in the center of the growing economy of the
Puget Sound region, serving as a hub for business travel, private jets,
and general aviation travel. Partner with aviation experts when you fly
to Seattle. Make your destination King County International
For more information, visit
WingX Pro7 Moving Map for
The $99 Moving Map
WingX Pro7 Moving Map for iPad
is now available for your iPad. See your location on the approach chart;
Approach Charts and Airport Diagrams are now geo-referenced*, and all
are stored right on the iPad! WingX Pro7's interactive moving map
displays Class B, C, and D airspaces; animated weather images; A/FD;
AOPA Directory with Yelp integration; route planning, FARs, METARS,
TAFS, winds, and temperatures aloft; TFRs' text and graphics; an E6B;
and more. WingX is also available for Windows Mobile, Blackberry, and
Click here for more information.
NOVEMBER 8, 2010
Letter of the Week: Where Is the
My question regarding
Sen. Inhofe's closed-runway landing is: Where are the angst and
diatribe normally associated with an apparently errant airman? We are
exhorted and cajoled by all manner of alphabet groups and agencies to
put forth our best, most compliant behavior at all times. We are
encouraged to be aviation ambassadors and show that we are not Wild West
cowboys and, more importantly, not a threat to national
The senator's actions and subsequent public statements
are eroding the public trust we have built up.
I remember a fable
about an emperor and his clothes, or lack thereof. Maybe it is time to
call a spade a spade. If the senator is truly in error, I would think it
best for the aviation press to call him on it rather than waiting for
the Nervous Nelly public to do it for us.
Louis C. Ridley
Click through to read the rest of this week's
Over 19,000 Happy
GAMIjectors® Customers Can't Be Wrong!
have given these aircraft owners reduced
cylinder head temperatures, reduced fuel consumption, and smoother
engine operation. GAMIjectors®
alter the fuel/air ratio in
each cylinder so that each cylinder operates with a much more uniform
fuel/air ratio than occurs with any other factory set of injectors. To
speak to a GAMI
engineer, call (888) FLY‑GAMI
go online for complete engineering
YVES ROSSY DOES LOOPS IN HIS JETMAN RIG
you're watching is 51-year-old Yves Rossy also called Jetman, for
reasons that should be obvious. In 2006, he became the first person to
fly with custom-made composite wings on his back powered by four small
jet engines. This footage (shot Friday, November 5, 2010) is proof that
he's now the first man to perform aerobatics and loop in the rig.
YEARS AND NOW 15 GRAND GIVEAWAYS ... IT'S YOUR CHANCE TO WIN AN IFLY 700
GPS FROM ADVENTURE PILOT
Win an iFly 700 GPS from Adventure Pilot 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
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.)
entries is 11:59pm Zulu time Sunday, November 28, 2010.
(That's a couple of days later than our usual Friday deadline,
because of the Thanksgiving holiday.)
Click here to read the contest rules and enter.
Traditional Tactics Need a
Doing the same thing and expecting different results is the definition
of insanity. Isn't it time to initiate a digital marketing program with
that will deliver traffic and orders directly to
your web site? Discover several new and highly successful marketing
options to use in lieu of static print or banner campaigns.
Click now for details
OF THE WEEK: NORTHERN AROOSTOOK REGIONAL AIRPORT (KFVE, FRENCHVILLE,
The AVweb staff has been pulling some late
nights gearing up for the AOPA Summit in Long Beach this week, so we can
identify with the manager of our latest "FBO of the
AVweb reader Joel Cutler told us how Dave
Fernald, the manager of Northern Aroostook Regional Airport (KFVE) in
Frenchville, Maine "waited for me until midnight and was there at 04:45
when I returned to depart. He didn't even go home to sleep!" writes
Joel. "Pumped my fuel, put my plane in the hangar, and couldn't have
been nicer or more helpful. I'll go back just to visit!"
that's how you get to be named an AVweb "FBO of the
nominations coming. For complete contest rules, click
AVweb is actively seeking out the best FBOs in
the country and another one, submitted by you, will be spotlighted here
next Monday! More...
OF THE WEEK WILL RETURN ...
We know we teased a new
installment of "Picture of the Week" for today, but the barrage of news
and preparations for the AOPA Summit have us stretched a little thin
this weekend. Thanks for bearing with us as the rest of the world
distracts us from our favorite pasttime, and rest assured that "POTW"
will indeed return and that we'll catch up on all the great submissions
without missing any photos. (We'll be scheming on a way to manage that
part during the Summit.) More...
While flying my Archer from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to
Lancaster (PA), I heard this exchange. (Lancaster has a well-known pilot
shop located on the field.)
Tower, Cessna 12345 right base for runway 31, three miles
"Cessna 12345: Cleared to land,
"Cleared to land, runway
"We're heading to the pilot shop."
"I think it would be a good idea to land first."
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.
AVwebFlash team is:
here to send a letter to the
editor. (Please let us know if your letter is not
intended for publication.)
Comments or questions
about the news should be sent
Have a product or service to advertise
on AVweb? A question on marketing? Send it to AVweb's
If you're having
trouble reading this newsletter in its HTML-rich format (or if you'd
prefer a lighter, simpler format for your PDA or handheld device),
there's also a text-only version of AVwebFlash. For complete
instructions on making the switch, click
Navigate. Communicate. More...