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Volume 16, Number 45d
November 13, 2010
XM WX Satellite Weather || As Vital as 
XM WX: As Vital as Vision
With XM WX Satellite Weather in the cockpit with you, it's possible to see immediate weather threats. Keep safe and comfortable by planning to avoid any weather that could impact your flight — especially bad weather. Viewable on multiple displays, including most portable devices, XM WX Satellite Weather helps keep your wings in the air. Learn more.
AVflash! EPA Addresses Future Fuel Anxietiesback to top 

The Environmental Protection Agency has heard the concerns of the general aviation industry about the potential elimination of lead in aviation fuel and a spokesman promised the impacts on GA will be at the forefront of future deliberations on the issue. Glenn Passavant told a forum on the future of aviation gas at AOPA Summit the agency is moving deliberately on the issue and not rushing the process. "We do not have a specific timeline for moving forward with a [Notice of Proposed Rulemaking]," Passavant said. He said EPA is working with the FAA and aviation groups and stressed the "endangerment finding" that would trigger legislative action is not imminent. In answer to a question from the floor, however, Passavant said he did not agree that such a finding is a foregone conclusion and suggested market forces might decide the fate of 100LL. He declined an interview with AVweb to discuss his presentation in more detail, saying such interaction with the media must be approved by the EPA's public affairs officials. EPA officials in Washington were unable to field our questions and referred us to their Web site. More...

Bendix/King KFD 840 Apex Edge Series (by 
Bendix/King by Honeywell KFD 840
The KFD 840 Primary Flight Display is now certified and available from your local dealer today. To mark the occasion, initial pricing is set at an unprecedented $11,995 MSRP. The KFD 840 makes flying easier with features like an expansive 8.4" diagonal LCD and wide horizon, much larger than other systems. It includes a solid-state attitude sensor that outperforms the competition. And the KFD 840 protects your investment with the newly certified flight director and enhanced graphic features. Click here for more information.
Lycoming, TCM on Tomorrow's Avgasback to top 

Leaders of the two main piston aircraft engine manufacturers are calling on the general aviation community to put the issue of the future of aviation gasoline on the radars of their representatives in Washington. Lycoming Senior Vice Presdent Michael Kraft and Teledyne Continental CEO Rhett Ross said critical funding for an FAA engine test cell used to evaluate alternative fuels is being held up in the Senate and is needed to keep the process going. Both executives urged people to contact their elected representatives to get the money passed. Meanwhile, Ross and Kraft said in podcast interviews with AVweb that an industry as small as GA can only support one specialized fuel and discounted discussion of trying to create different fuel streams for low and high compression engines. Kraft said demand is what will drive development and sustainability of a replacement fuel for 100LL."It's what keeps me awake at night. Demand," he said. Both said that while the industry could create engines to run on whatever fuel is available, a viable replacement is needed for 100LL for the hundreds of thousands of engines already in service.

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Lightspeed Aviation Foundation
This Is a Big Day for the Lightspeed Aviation Foundation
This afternoon, we will be presenting $10,000 checks to the five aviation-related charities that members of the pilot community have selected with your votes. Please join us at noon on the AOPA live stage to congratulate the winners. We sincerely thank you for your support of these very deserving organizations. And remember, we're now accepting nominations for next year on the web site.
GA's Voice on the Hillback to top 

Missouri Republican Rep. Sam Graves will take over as chairman of the GA Caucus when current chairman Vern Ehlers (R-Mich.) retires at the end of his term. Ehlers announced his retirement earlier this year and announced Graves as his replacement during an interview with AOPA at AOPA Summit in Long Beach Friday. The caucus is only a year old but is one of the largest on Capitol Hill and now includes more than 100 members. More...

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And the Winner Is ...back to top 

A New Hampshire CFI with a penchant for new technology is the winner of AOPA's sweepstakes aircraft, a new Remos GX light sport aircraft. Yorke Brown, an engineering and scientific consultant from Etna, N.H. was notified of his win last week and will get his airplane after it comes off display at AOPA Summit in Long Beach, Calif. Brown flies out of Lebanon Airport and now has one primary flight student. He got a trip around the patch in a loaner Remos courtesy of Mid Island Air Service in New York. More...

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Opinion & Commentaryback to top 

The recent election is almost certain to accelerate an already established trend — fees for all kinds of aviation services. You've already been paying them for a while, says Paul Bertorelli on the AVweb Insider blog — but as government spending tightens and privatization of services increases, you may be paying for some of them a la carte in the future. Read more and join the conversation. More...

In the latest installment of the AVweb Insider blog, Mary Grady is appreciative of the time and labor invested by the town of Talkeetna, Alaska in a Build A Plane restoration project — but why, she wonders, did it take Build A Plane's involvement to galvanize the community when there was clearly so much willingness and passion there in the first place? Read more and join the conversation. More...

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AVweb Audio — Are You Listening?back to top 

Lycoming Senior VP Mike Kraft spoke with AVweb's Russ Niles about a presentation by EPA representative Glenn Passavant at AOPA Summit in Long Beach, California.

This podcast is brought to you by Ultra Electronics' Flightline Auracle and WxWorx XM WX Satellite Weather. More...

Teledyne-Continental CEO Rhett Ross spoke with AVweb's Russ Niles about a presentation by EPA representative Glenn Passavant at AOPA Summit in Long Beach, California.

This podcast is brought to you by Phillips 66 Aviation and Lightspeed Aviation. More...

Legal Aspects of Aircraft Lease Agreements 
Seminar || December 10, 2010 || Washington, DC || Register Now
Legal Aviation Workshop About Aircraft Lease Agreements to Be Held in Washington, D.C.
This new Legal Aviation Workshop in Washington, D.C. will be hosted by Cozen O'Connor, and it will cover the following themes: Introduction to Aircraft Lease Agreements; Types of Lease Agreements; Aircraft Lease Agreements and Contract Law; Brief Overview of Contract Formation and Enforcement; Operating Leases ("Dry"); Standard Terms and Conditions; Negotiating Issues; Term Sheet Preparation; Aircraft, Crew, Maintenance & Insurance ("ACMI" - "WET") Leases; Standard Terms and Conditions; and Negotiating Issues. Learn more.
AVweb Media: Look, Listen, Laugh and Learnback to top 

The Long Beach Police Department's helicopter isn't your average Eurocopter, as we discovered when speaking with pilot Mike Culbert.

This video is brought to you by Ultra Electronics' Flightline Auracle and WxWorx XM WX Satellite Weather. More...

AeroAir updates the Twin Commander and makes it faster, smarter and safer.

This video is brought to you by Lightspeed Aviation and Phillips 66 Aviation. More...

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

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...

Mike Busch || CEO & Found of Savvy 
Aircraft Maintenance Management || 2008 National Aviation Maintenance 
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Mike Busch and his team of world-class maintenance professionals provide the kind of professional maintenance management for hundreds of owner-flown piston singles and twins that used to be available only for corporate jets. No stress, no hassle, no wasting your time — and you'll save money to boot! Learn how they do it.
Help Us Celebrate AVweb's 15th Anniversaryback to top 

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Deadline for 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.)

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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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