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If you have a great idea for an innovative project that would promote or support general aviation, the folks at Wolf Aviation
Fund want to hear from you by Dec. 15. The fund supported 30 projects this year, including regional teachers' workshops to spread aviation education across Alaska, an aviation careers classroom
designed by Catavia Kids for the Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum in New Jersey, a seed grant promoting the Swift Sustainable Aviation Fuel project, and development of an innovative
lightweight gondola for high-altitude balloon research. More than 275 projects have been funded to date, many of which have led to the existence of new organizations or have supported projects that
continue today, according to the organization.
Proposals are easy to prepare; no elaborate presentations are required. Applicants are asked only to provide four items of information as specified in the guidelines. Wolf grants often are used by
their recipients as leverage to approach other sponsors to seek additional funding. Projects must fit into the foundation's seven major program areas: public policy and airports; networking and mutual
support; development and alternative resources; communications, media, and community relations; general aviation technology, safety, and noise; improving public understanding and perception; and
aviation and space education. Details can be found at the Wolf Aviation Fund website.
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Flying outside of the U.S.A. can be a challenge for sport pilots, but not if they want to visit the Bahamas. The island country is the
first foreign nation to allow sport pilots to fly there in light sport aircraft, even if they don't have an FAA medical certificate (click here for the full details). To celebrate, the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation has organized the
first International Bahamas LSA Fly-In, coming up Dec. 10 to 12. General aviation aircraft of all sorts are welcome to join the event, which takes place on Grand Bahama Island. Participants are
eligible for special rates at a local Radisson resort.
Participating pilots will gather at Banyan Air Services at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (FXE) for a 10 a.m. departure on Dec. 10. All LSAs will land at the Grand Bahamas International Airport.
The group will depart for the return flight at 11 a.m. on Dec. 12. "We see this as a tremendous, fresh opportunity for LSA pilots to enjoy their aircraft in an exciting adventure," said Earle Boyter,
a spokesman for Remos Aircraft, one of the sponsors of the event. "We are certainly encouraging all Remos and other LSA owners to join us in this delightful flight to a paradise resort." For more
information, e-mail Boyter or call 1.479.246.0045. Pilots who enjoy the visit might want to consider another trip, to help out a new project
organized by Bahamas Habitat. The charitable group recently won a $50,000 grant to build two cottages for abandoned children. Pilots who want to help out with volunteer flying missions in the region
can contact Bahamas Habitat to sign up. The Bahamas also is offering a $300 credit to private pilots who book a stay in the
islands before Feb. 9; click here for details.
Looking for the Perfect Gift for Your Favorite Pilot? (Maybe You?)
Just visit any Lightspeed Aviation dealer between now and December 24 and receive $50 off the retail price of any Lightspeed headset. Not only will this be a
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The wreck of an F4U-1 Corsair that sank in Lake Michigan in June 1943 has been recovered by a crew working with the National Naval Aviation Museum, based in Pensacola, Fla. "It's a very significant
airplane, because it represents an era in American history when we were training pilots for overseas duty," said Chuck Greenhill, a military aircraft collector who helped to finance the recovery
mission. Greenhill told the Chicago Sun-Times the airplane is a rare find in the
lake, which contains dozens of warbird wrecks from thousands of training missions that originated at nearby Glenview Naval Air Station during the World War II era. This airplane features a framed
cockpit canopy, the mark of the earliest F4U-1s, which gave them the nickname "Birdcage" Corsairs.
The airplane had been lost during a training mission flown by Ensign Carl H. Johnson, of Massachusetts, according to the museum website. Johnson tried to go around after a
less-then-perfect landing approach, but it was too late, and the Corsair snagged a wire with its arresting hook as he was pushing the throttle forward. The wire snapped, the tailhook broke, and the
airplane plunged off the deck into the lake. Johnson escaped from the cockpit and was rescued by boat. He went on to serve in Hawaii, where he was killed in a midair collision on Nov. 25, 1943, while
flying an F6F-3 Hellcat. The tail section, which broke off in the accident, was recovered on an earlier expedition. The parts now will be restored by museum staff for eventual display.
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When the wreckage of a lost F-22 Raptor was found last week 100 miles north of Anchorage, U.S. Air Force officials at first
could not account for the whereabouts of the pilot, and said "finding the missing pilot is our top priority." The jet hit the ground in a marshy area, and the impact created a large crater that swallowed up much of the wreckage, Col. Jack McMullen told the press. On Friday, the Air Force said they had found
"conclusive evidence" that the pilot did not eject prior to impact. Part of the ejection seat was found as well as part of the missing pilot's flight gear, which officials said confirmed that he could
not have survived. The missing pilot was identified as Capt. Jeffrey Haney, from Clarklake, Mich., who was assigned to the 3rd Wing's 525th Fighter Squadron.
The Raptor had been part of a two-ship of F-22s on a night training mission. At about 7:40 p.m. local time, the aircraft "fell off the radar scope and the pilot lost communications," according to
the Air Force. The crash site was found about 10 a.m. on Wednesday morning. The weather was reported to be clear at the time of the crash, and no cause for the accident has been found. McMullen said
recovery efforts are expected to last several weeks, involving about 130 personnel. "It's a very austere location and we're having to set up tents and food," he said. Temperatures at the site, which
is near Denali National Park, can fall to 20 below zero overnight.
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As promised, AVweb's comprehensive review of AOPA's finances, operations and
mission is in progress, with a planned publication date as soon as we complete our research. Readers may recall that AOPA challenged our story earlier this month when we reported AOPA compensation
figures filed with the IRS, citing our misinterpretation of recently changed IRS rules. AVweb questioned some AOPA salaries and payouts, even as
most companies in the industry are laying off workers and rolling back wages. To prove its point, AOPA agreed to give AVweb additional information and to answer detailed questions about
expenditures, its business development strategy and how it uses its considerable assets. We have provided the association with an exhaustive list of questions. AOPA has provided us with equally
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Flight attendants have also been exempted from random full-body scanner checks, the TSA announced Tuesday. Last week, the TSA said pilots didn't need to pass through the scanners unless they set
off the metal detector. Exemption from the routine scanner examinations also means flight attendants and pilots will not undergo the controversial pat-down procedures introduced earlier this month.
Meanwhile, the Obama administration has asked the TSA if it can modify its security procedures to dampen passenger backlash to the new rules and TSA Administrator John Pistole says they'll look at it,
but not in time for the busy Thanksgiving rush. Pistole has released a video offering tips to passengers to get through
security expeditiously. The threat of so-called "opt-out" protests by those refusing to submit to the scanners fizzled Wednesday and weather was a bigger concern.
From high winds in the northeast to unseasonable cold and snow in the Pacific Northwest, airports across much of the country coped with challenging weather over the holiday period. Winds caused
delays in New York while an Arctic air mass from Canada collided with warm, moist air from the Gulf and spread snow, sleet and freezing rain across the country's midsection.
Boeing and its relevant subcontractors are not commenting on a report from France that a tool left in an electrical cabinet led to a fire onboard a 787 test aircraft two weeks ago. The fire, which
forced an emergency landing and halted the test program, occurred on a test flight in Texas. On Monday, La Tribune reported that an unspecified tool had been left in the cabinet by mistake and caused
a short circuit, which sparked the fire. If confirmed, the scenario is potentially less damaging to the program than if the fire was the result of a design fault, but La Tribune said the incident
still raises issues about the aircraft.
Quoting unnamed sources, the newspaper says the problem in one electrical cabinet spread to a second bay and that meant the crew had to use emergency backups to land. Shortly after the fire, Boeing
suspended the test program indefinitely.
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Maybe we're just a bunch of softies at heart but with Thanksgiving Day in the U.S. this week, we can't help thinking we're lucky to share a common passion for the sky. AVweb editor
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Jeppesen and Flyvie may revolutionize the way student pilots learn to fly (and the way flight instructors approach flight training) by making actual flight lessons recordable,
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AVweb reader Eve Cascella calls Space Coast Aviation at Merritt Island Airport (KCOI) in Merritt Island, Florida
"the kind of FBO that I want to return to":
A friend and I recently flew my Cessna 172 to KCOI the day after their air show had ended and two days before the shuttle Discovery was scheduled to launch, so it was a busy time. I had an
issue with one of my cockpit instruments, and the Space Coast maintenance department bent over backwards to get my problem fixed in a day. Ron and Don were friendly, courteous, and professional, and
I was able to relax because I had confidence that they would take care of my plane. Vashti, who worked the front desk, made us feel welcome, and she was very helpful with car rentals and restaurant
suggestions. Thank you, Space Coast Aviation!
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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One of the happy coincidences of our publication schedule is that Thanksgiving in the U.S. always falls on Thursday and nothing makes us more thankful for AVweb readers
than sharing your photos with the world on a Thursday morning. Thanks for sending us your aviation shots this year, and please send us more in the coming
Joseph Chambers of Flower Branch, Georgia says there were plenty of onlookers checking out this Phoenix Air Gulfstream 3 at the Dobbins Air Force
Reserves Base air show. Despite the crowds, he managed to get at least one photo showcasing the interior (which, Joseph tells us, accomodates six stretchers).
A quick note for submitters: If you've got several photos that you feel are "POTW" material, your best bet is to submit them one-a-week! That gives your photos a greater chance of
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