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Volume 17, Number 7b
February 17, 2011
 
Aircraft Spruce at the WAA Northwest
Aviation Conference & Trade Show
Aircraft Spruce at the WAA Northwest
Aviation Conference & Trade Show

Come join Aircraft Spruce in Puyallup, Washington (booths 233, 234, 235) on February 26 from 9:00am-5:30pm and February 27 from 10:00am-4:00pm. Take advantage of some of your favorite products on sale, complimentary ground shipping (doesn't apply to hazardous or oversized products), and Aircraft Spruce staff on site to answer all questions. Join our Avionics Specialist February 26 at 10:30pm and February 27 at 10:15am for a GPS Handheld Comparison seminar. Call 1 (877) 4‑SPRUCE or visit AircraftSpruce.com.
 
AVflash! Putting Sport Pilot Hours to Workback to top 
 
Sponsor Announcement
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GA GROUPS TO FAA: COUNT SPORT PILOT TRAINING HOURS
The FAA should change its rules so hours logged by students flying with sport-pilot instructors will count toward later ratings, says a coalition of general aviation advocacy groups. Under the current rules, some instructors are certified to teach only sport pilots and only in light sport aircraft. The FAA doesn't allow dual time logged with those instructors to count toward the private pilot and higher certificates. A letter from EAA, AOPA, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association and the National Association of Flight Instructors asks the FAA to change that rule. "Experience begins to accrue the very first day that a student pilot sits behind the controls of an aircraft," they wrote. "The aeronautical experience obtained in pursuit of a sport pilot certificate should not be discredited, in essence resetting the clock on aeronautical experience as if that sport pilot was an initial student with no previous experience." More...

 
Prop Strike? Contamination? Lightning
Strike? When the Unexpected Requires Engine Teardown, Rely on TCM
Factory Services
Prop Strike? Contamination? Lightning Strike?
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The Future of Avgas: We Want to Hear from Youback to top 
 

AVGAS: YOUR TURN TO SPEAK
As the FAA prepares to set up a committee to tackle the leaded avgas replacement issue, no one really knows what current buyers of aviation fuels really think. Now's your chance to tell us. In our most exhaustive survey on aviation fuel yet, we're asking detailed questions about aircraft owner preferences for a future fuel. Do you think the replacement should be a 100-octane drop-in? Should mogas have a role in the market? Do you think 94UL is realistic? How do you think price figures into these considerations? Click here to take a short survey and share your thoughts. More...

 
Spidertracks || The Crash-Proof Aircraft
Location System That Survives Every Crash - So You Can, Too
Get Spidertracks Aviator, the Aircraft Location System That Survives Every Crash — So You Can, Too
Spidertracks tracks you in real-time and automatically sends SOS alerts within minutes of an accident. Your flights are displayed on the Aviator web site, and your online logbook automatically fills in flight time and distance. You can upload photos, share your flights, "follow" other pilots, and talk flying with other aviators who love flying as much as you do. Get Aviator today — call 1 (800) 491‑2895 or visit Spidertracks.com.
 
F-35 Engine Targeted by Budget Cutsback to top 
 

F-35 SECOND ENGINE PROGRAM A "WASTE"
During a House committee hearing Wednesday, Defense Secretary Robert Gates called the plan to provide an alternate engine for the F-35 "unnecessary and extravagant" and a "waste" of $3 billion, and the House voted to cut funds for the engine. The House voted to cut $450 million for the engine program from funding for the remainder of the fiscal year. That move doesn't take effect unless the spending bill to which it is attached is approved by the House and then makes it through the Senate. The alternate engine being produced by GE-Rolls Royce would serve as a backup for the Pratt & Whitney unit, which is expected to be the primary F-35 engine. Halting the GE-Rolls Royce program and removing competition from the program has raised some concerns. More...

 
Cannes AirShow || 9-11 June 2011 || The
Only GA Expo in France
The Only General Aviation Exhibition in France
The Cannes AirShow brings together the leading protagonists in general and business aviation to allow a demanding clientèle discovery of the latest developments and industry innovations in a geographically logical and appealing setting. This professional exhibition is designed for owners and pilots, whether passionate fans or professionals, in general and business aviation throughout Europe, Africa, and Russia — offering visitors a large and representative palette of the aeronautics industry. The Cannes AirShow is southern Europe's leading exhibition in general and business aviation. Click here for details and registration info.
 
News Briefsback to top 
 

PIPISTREL LAUNCHES ELECTRIC MOTORGLIDER
Pipistrel said this week its electric-powered, two-seat self-launching glider, the Taurus Electro G2, is now available for sale. The company, based in Slovenia, is also offering a solar trailer for the airplane, which can charge it up in about five hours. The 40-kilowatt motor is powered by lithium-technology batteries that are monitored by Pipistrel's own battery-management system, which features data-logging and battery health forecasting. The electric motor can be retrofitted into existing gas-powered Taurus gliders, the company said, and it will be offered for integration into third-party platforms as well. The system provides power for up to 17 minutes. Once the airplane is gliding, the propeller retracts into the fuselage with the push of a button. More...

SAFETY PROTOCOLS FOR PETS ON JETS
General aviation aircraft are great for those who want to bring their pets along when they fly, and now a pet-services company is offering a special training program to ensure that pets' in-flight safety is protected. Sit 'n Stay Global offers a training program for cabin crews or pilots who deal with pets aboard private jets or personal aircraft. "We found, after several inquiries from corporate jet owners, that there was a real need to understand how to make sure any pets on board were properly secured in the event of an emergency," said Carol Martin, spokesperson for Sit 'n Stay. The training program shows how to cope with pets during turbulence, ditching and evacuation. More...

 
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Flitesoft provides PC flight planning, IFR and VFR charts and approaches, the best weather graphics in the business, weight and balance checks, profiles on almost 200 aircraft, reports, and a logbook. One update service keeps the program, data, and all charts current. Charts include Sectionals, Low and High Enroute, nationwide approaches and airport diagrams, and road maps — all georeferenced. Moving Map and paperless EFB packages available. Click here to learn more.
 
What You Missed in AVwebBiz This Weekback to top 
 

GARMIN SAYS 4G SYSTEM A THREAT TO GPS
Garmin is standing by its position that a proposal to build a network of 40,000 broadband transmission towers around the U.S. could severely disrupt GPS service. As we reported last week, LightSquared has received conditional FCC approval to install the massive system to carry 4G signals, the conditions being that it restrict its signals to their assigned frequencies on the L Band 1 (1525 MHz—1559 MHz) and test existing GPS devices to see what kind of interference the transmitters might cause. GPS uses the a frequency range of 1159-1610 MHz, which is right next to the LightSquared signal. Garmin's Jessica Myers told AVweb in a podcast interview that Garmin has done testing on its own and determined there's no practical way for the two systems to coexist.

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EMBRAER OPENS FLORIDA PLANT
Embraer will open its first U.S. factory next week in Melbourne, Fla. The 90,000-square-foot assembly plant for Phenom business jets will be officially opened with a ribbon-cutting Feb. 21. The factory project was announced shortly after the Phenom 300 prototype started flying in May of 2008. Both the Phenom 100 and the Phenom 300 will be assembled at the $50 million plant and about 200 people will work there. The company will also conduct flight testing and do delivery preparation at the Melbourne facility. Last year the company delivered 100 Phenom 100s and at least 11 Phenom 300s. Embraer may not be finished building U.S. factories, it was learned last week. More...

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Thanks for JA Air Center || Vote for Us in
the AIN FBO Survey
Thanks from Chicago's Best Arrival Option, JA Air Center!
Thanks to all the Flight Crews who made us their first choice for Chicagoland arrivals in 2010! Whether it's the best location in Chicago with direct tollway access, our giant arrival canopy, or our world-class facilities that brought you here, we know it is our warm, friendly service that keeps you coming back! We would greatly appreciate your vote in the AIN FBO survey! Vote now.
 
We Ask, You Answerback to top 
 

QUESTION OF THE WEEK:
WE'VE SEEN THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET; NOW SHOW US YOURS

Times are tough, and funding decisions will be hard. Regardless of what those on the Hill think, what's your number one funding priority for aviation? Remember, we're asking about funding priorities.

Plus: Last week, we asked AVweb readers how we should fund the FAA's plans for NextGen; click through to see the breakdown of answers. More...

 
AVbuys || AVweb Stories About Great
Deals in Aviation
Fly More for Less
Visit the AVbuys page for discounts, rebates, incentives, bargains, special offers, bonus depreciation, or tax benefits to help stretch your budget. We're helping you to locate and view current offers instantly, with a direct link to sponsors' web sites for details.

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Opinion & Commentaryback to top 
 

AVWEB INSIDER BLOG: PILOT FATIGUE — BUNK OR REAL?
That's the question for the latest installment of our blog, as ABC reports that pilots too poorly paid to afford hotels are bunking in the pilot lounge or concourse and showing up in the cockpit exhausted. But FAA Adminstrator Randy Babbitt says it's not happening. Who's right? You tell us, says Paul Bertorelli, on the AVweb Insider. Read more and join the conversation. More...

AVWEB INSIDER BLOG: IF YOUR AIRPLANE FLIES ITSELF, IS IT STILL FUN TO FLY?
A fully autonomous GA airplane could launch the next great era of flight. We've all heard that the last fighter pilot may already have been born, but in the latest installment of our AVweb Insider blog, contributing editor Mary Grady wonders if GA pilots are as much of an endangered species. Read more and join the conversation. More...

AVWEB INSIDER BLOG: INHOFE INCIDENT — DID THE FAA CAVE?
Did the FAA let Sen. Jim Inhofe get away with a slap on the wrist following his landing on a closed runway? Not exactly, says Paul Bertorelli on the AVweb Insider blog — but it could have been more aggressive. Read more and join the conversation. More...

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

HAVE YOU USED OIL ADDITIVES? 'AVIATION CONSUMER' COULD USE YOUR INSIGHT
Have you added more than oil to your engine? If you've tried oil additives like CamGuard or AVblend, Aviation Consumer wants to know how it worked out. Whether your experience was good, bad or of no consequence whatsoever, they want to know. Please take a moment to fill out their survey to help the research effort for an upcoming, in-depth review. Click here to take the survey. More...

AVWEB'S NEWSTIPS ADDRESS ...
Our best stories start with you. If you've heard something 255,000 pilots might want to know about, tell us. Submit news tips via email to newstips@avweb.com. What have you heard? More...

 
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Your Favorite FBOsback to top 
 

FBO OF THE WEEK: ISLAND CITY FLYING SERVICE (EYW, KEY WEST, FL)

AVweb's "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Island City Flying Service at Key West International Airport (EYW) in Key West, Florida.

AVweb reader Neal Carbaugh told us how ICFS brought GA love to the airport last week:

EYW hosted their first ever Southernmost Open House & Aviation Review (SOAR) on February 5. This FBO donated fuel for the last remaining B-25Hs still flying in the world today and an original Eastern Airlines DC-7, neither of which would have been able to be there without it and both of which were the stars of the show. Additionally, they gave up one of their four rows for static display aircraft and waived their normal overnight fee. Most of all, their ramp controller, the girls behind the counter, and their maintenance guys handled the most number of aircraft ever in a single day and did so in superb fashion with favorable comments from many! SOAR was a big success, but [it] would not have been possible without Island City Flying Service!

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 
 

JADE SCHIEWE ON SURVIVING (AND LANDING DURING)
AN IN-FLIGHT COCKPIT FIRE

On September 28, 2010, a Cessna 172RG was flying in good weather over Oklahoma when fire broke out behind the instrument panel. The flames quickly spread to the rug and seats and filled the cockpit with thick black smoke. AVweb's Glenn Pew spoke with that flight's pilot, Jade Schiewe.

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VIDEO: IS CARBON MONOXIDE ABOUT TO KILL YOU?
Probably not, but you may still want to consider a cockpit carbon monoxide detector. In this video, AVweb and Aviation Consumer take a look at these relatively inexpensive safety gadgets. They have steadily improved in recent years, and there are more choices than ever. More...


VIDEO: NAVY X-47B UNMANNED COMBAT AIRCRAFT FLIES
Friday, Feb. 4, 2011, the tailless, strike-fighter-sized unmanned system, the X-47B, under development by Northrop Grumman, completed its first flight at Edwards Air Force Base (AFB), California. The flying wing took off at 2:09 p.m. PST and flew for 29 minutes. The UAV climbed to an altitude of 5,000 feet, flew several racetrack-type patterns, and landed safely at 2:38 p.m. Northrop says the flight provided test data to verify and validate system software for guidance and navigation and the aerodynamic control of the tailless design. The aircraft will remain at Edwards AFB for flight envelope expansion before moving its test program to Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., later in 2011. There, the system will undergo tests to validate its readiness to begin testing in the maritime and carrier environment. The X-47 is being prepared for carrier trials in 2013. More...

 
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Names Behind the Newsback to top 
 

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