AVwebFlash - Volume 17, Number 13c

March 30, 2011

By The AVweb Editorial Staff
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Lightspeed Aviation Foundation Gets Ready to Announce Finalists
Be sure to join us at the AOPA LIVE stage on Thursday at 10:30 to hear the names of this year's Lightspeed Aviation Foundation finalists. While you're at the show, take a minute to stop by Lightspeed's booth (D51) and experience all that the new Zulu headset has to offer. Learn more about Zulu and the Lightspeed Aviation Foundation at LightspeedAviation.com.
AVflash! Another Controller in the Hot Seat back to top 

Controller, 737 Crew Suspended After Cirrus Intercept

The FAA said on Tuesday it is investigating an incident in which a Southwest 737 crew allegedly flew too close to a Cirrus at the request of a controller. The incident took place about 5 p.m. on Sunday, when a controller in the Central Florida Tracon asked the 737 crew if they would check on an SR22 that had been out of radio contact for over an hour. The Southwest crew approached the Cirrus and told ATC they saw two people in the cockpit, then turned away. About 30 seconds later the Cirrus pilot contacted Jacksonville Center. Both aircraft landed safely at their destinations. "Preliminary information indicates that there was a loss of required separation between the two aircraft," the FAA said. The controller, who is a supervisor, has been suspended. Southwest also suspended the flight crew pending an investigation.

"By placing this passenger aircraft in close proximity to another plane, the air traffic controller compromised the safety of everyone involved. This incident was totally inappropriate," said FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt. "We are reviewing the air traffic procedures used here and making sure everyone understands the protocols for contacting unresponsive aircraft." The FAA didn't say how close the airplanes came. The Southwest flight had originated in Phoenix and landed in Orlando. Another ATC supervisor was suspended just last week, after he admitted to napping while on an overnight shift in the tower.

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What's with That New Building at Sun 'n Fun? back to top 

New Aerospace Academy Opens At Sun 'n Fun

The Central Florida Aerospace Academy now has a new home on the Sun 'n Fun campus, which was formally dedicated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday morning. The 58,000-square-foot building features classrooms, a media center, a cafeteria and an engineering lab, and can serve up to 500 students. The school aims to help students prepare for careers in aviation and aerospace. "I hope this building serves as a launching pad for CFAA students to become more actively involved in aviation and, in doing so, build a pathway for successful careers and successful lives," said John C. Ray, whose Aviation Education Foundation provided $7.5 million for the project.

The Academy launched two years ago and has been using the facilities of the Florida Air Museum for its 242 students. "I share Mr. Ray's dream of giving young people the opportunity to experience flight in order to ignite the passion and confidence within each one of them to change their life," said Sun 'n Fun board chairman Bill Eickhoff.  "It is a dream come true for me and can come true for these students." During the annual fly-in, the building will be used for educational forums and other events.

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Best of the New from Sun 'n Fun back to top 

Piper Reports Progress On Jet, Shows Mockup

Piper brought a mock-up of its Altaire single-engine jet to Sun 'n Fun this week, and reported that the program is on track for first flight of the conforming prototype in 2012. "We now have 175 engineers at work on it, and production parts are being cut for the first four conforming test articles," said company spokesman Randy Groom. The jet, powered by a Williams FJ44-3AP turbofan, features a roomy cabin with club seating for four plus two up front. Performance targets aim for cruise speed up to 360 knots and a 1,300-nm range. "We are completing our new production facility for 2012," Groom said, "and adding new dealers around the globe."

Groom also announced that every Piper Archer sold will come with a free flight-training package to bring new buyers from zero time to private pilot. The training will take place in Florida, and Groom said he expects students to complete their certificate in about three weeks of full-time study and flying. The program is called Ready, Set, Fly. Piper plans to partner with a local flight-training provider in Vero Beach to provide the training, Groom said, but those details have not yet been worked out. Buyers who already have a private pilot certificate would be allotted $10,000 to spend on advanced training, he said.

AVweb's Mary Grady spoke with Piper spokesperson Jacqueline Carlon for all the details on the jet project; click here for the podcast.

Lightspeed Adds Upgrades To Zulu Headsets

The popular Zulu headset now has several new added features, Lightspeed Aviation said this week at Sun 'n Fun in Lakeland, Fla. The innovations, some of which are patent-pending, include microport  vent technology that provides greater consistency in the active noise reduction capabilities, and a new lighter design for improved fit and less side pressure. A dual aperture disc microphone adds more voice clarity and improved noise canceling, Lightspeed said. Dealers are taking orders now for the new headsets, which will start shipping by early July.

The Zulu technology provides clear, crisp audio with greater noise rejection for clear, intelligible communications, the company says. Bluetooth connectivity and an integrated auxiliary input provide compatibility with a range of music players, cellphones, and audio devices. Allan Shrader, president of Lightspeed Aviation, said he's proud of the original Zulu headset, which was introduced just three and a half years ago. "Now, we've simply taken a great headset and made it even better," he said. If you're at Sun 'n Fun this week, you can check out the new headsets at the Lightspeed booth in Hangar D.

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Not Everyone Is a Pilot — But Anyone Could Be back to top 

EAA Seeks Wider Audience, Adds Lane Wallace

EAA wants to reach beyond the faithful and bring new converts into general aviation, EAA President Rod Hightower said at Sun 'n Fun on Tuesday. "How do we reach out to the non-flying public?" Hightower asked. One way he proposes is to expand the audience of the organization's Sport Aviation magazine, which currently is available only by mail to members. Soon the magazine will appear on racks in pilot shops, and plans are in the works to further expand the title into the wider world, Hightower said. Signing on to help with that effort is longtime Flying contributor Lane Wallace, who will bring her "Flying Lessons" column to EAA. "Reaching out to the world at large, I'm all about that," Wallace said. "It's not about the plane -- it's about where it can take you."

Hightower said Young Eagles spokesman Jeff Skiles was expected to be at the show Tuesday morning but had been delayed by the weather. Skiles is flying to the show in a Cessna Skycatcher -- EAA's sweepstakes airplane for this year -- and stopped at several sites along the way to host Young Eagles events. About 100 youngsters went for a flight at each stop, Hightower said, including the 11-year-old son of one of the passengers who survived the famous ditching in the Hudson with Skiles in the cockpit. EAA will continue to support Young Eagles as a way to help create the next generation of aviators and will develop new "pathways to participation" to encourage more people to engage in the world of general aviation, Hightower said.

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AVweb Audio — Are You Listening? back to top 

Podcast: Pelton on the New Corvalis

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Cessna CEO Jack Pelton says the company has continued to innovate, even during the worst economic spell in aviation in recent memory. He spoke with AVweb's Paul Bertorelli about the new Corvalis TTx and other observations on the state of the industry.

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Podcast: Piper Updates the Altaire Program

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Piper is ready to make some major moves with its Altaire single-engine jet program. Piper's Jacquie Carlon spoke with AVweb's Mary Grady at Sun 'n Fun 2011.

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AVweb Media: Look, Listen, Laugh and Learn back to top 

Video: Cessna's New Corvalis TTx at Sun 'n Fun

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The breakout star of the Sun 'n Fun Fly-In thus far is Cessna's new Corvalis TTx, which features sharp-looking leather interiors and an ultra-modern Garmin Intrinsic avionics package. Cessna Aircraft's Kirby Ortega showed us the high points during a break in the rain on the first day of the show.

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Video: CFAA Opens at Lakeland

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If you're attending the Sun 'n Fun Fly-In at Lakeland Linder Airport this year, you'll notice a new addition to the Sun 'n Fun campus. The building where seminars and educational presentations are being held is the new home of Central Florida Aerospace Academy, which will soon be fully operational as an aviation high school for up to 500 students. (In the meantime, it means access to air conditioning and running water during your Sun 'n Fun seminars.)

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Opinion & Commentary back to top 

AVweb Insider Blog: Snoozing at DCA Tower — Last Week's Crisis du Jour

But was it really? With Japan sinking and Libya exploding, the press still had a field day with a midshift controller nodding off in the Reagan National tower, as if Randy Babbitt really needs this on his desk. On the AVweb Insider blog, Paul Bertorelli argues that throwing more people at the problem is just featherbedding, but Mary Grady says you can't beat Mother Nature: Circadian rhythms mean that nobody can be expected to be fully alert at 3am.

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Kyle & Amanda Franklin: How You Can Help back to top 

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The aviation community is coming together to help Kyle and Amanda Franklin get back on their feet and eventually back in the air after their mishap at Air Fiesta at the Brownsville/South Padre Island Airport. If you'd like to contribute, click on the banner at right to visit the ICAS Foundation web site.

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Names Behind the News back to top 

Meet 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.

The AVwebFlash team is:

Timothy Cole

Editorial Director, Aviation Publications
Paul Bertorelli

Russ Niles

Contributing Editors
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Features Editor
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Jeff van West
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