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Volume 17, Number 13f
April 2, 2011
 
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AVflash! Unique (Scary) View for SWA Paxback to top 
 

SOUTHWEST IN-FLIGHT FUSELAGE RUPTURE (WITH VIDEO)
Southwest Airlines Flight 812, a Boeing 737 carrying about 118 people out of Phoenix for Sacramento, Friday, diverted to Yuma Marine Corps air station in Arizona after an in-flight fuselage rupture caused rapid decompression at 36,000 feet. Passengers who called in to local news stations said a six foot long gash opened with a loud bang in the top of the cabin. They said the sky was visible through the opening and that some passengers lost consciousness during the rapid descent to 11,000 feet. According to Southwest, a flight attendant was the only one aboard to have suffered an injury. One passenger who saw the flight attendant speculated that the crewmember may have broken his nose. The NTSB has sent a Go Team to investigate the fuselage rupture. Video and pictures shot by passengers are available after the jump. More...

 
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Sun 'n Fun: After the Storm, Business as Usualback to top 
 

NWS CONFIRMS: LAKELAND AIRPORT HIT BY TORNADO
The National Weather Service confirmed in a report released on Friday that a category EF-1 tornado hit the Lakeland airport on Thursday about noon time. The tornado had top winds estimated at 95 mph, a path length of just over a half mile, and a path width of about 30 to 40 yards. The NWS report also confirmed the impact of 70 to 75 mph "downburst thunderstorm severe straight-line winds," with the tornado impacting the west end of the runway about 12:05 p.m. The full NWS report is available online (PDF).

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STORM AFTERMATH: GETTING BACK TO NORMAL (ALMOST)
In the main exhibit area at Sun 'n Fun, most airplanes came through Thursday's storm unscathed, but a few suffered minor dings, and a few others were totaled. At Cessna, a couple of airplanes ended up with cracked fairings, where they apparently were hit by flying debris, but for the most part, a little extra mulch was laid down and by Friday morning the exhibit was back to normal, though muddy in spots. Over at Piper, they were not so lucky. Late in the morning, the exhibit was roped off with yellow tape while awaiting examination by insurance folks. A battered orange Rans S-7 that had blown over from the neighboring exhibit sat askew among the Pipers. "We rode it out, with people in our tent and in the mock-up trailer," Piper spokesman Randy Groom told AVweb on Friday. "It got very noisy in the tent, but everyone is safe. Some neighboring aircraft pulled out of their tie-downs and hit our airplanes." It all looks to be minor damage, he said. He was hoping to have the tent open for visitors by Friday afternoon, and everything back to normal by later in the day, or Saturday morning. More...

AVWEB INSIDER BLOG: THE SHOW WILL GO ON
AVweb staff have been on-site at Sun 'n Fun all week, including Thurday's shockingly destructive storm. As he dries out from the ordeal, editor-in-chief Russ Niles has one thought he wants to share via the AVweb Insider blog: Come out and support the show this weekend. Friday's forecast calls for sunny skies, and the volunteers have been hard at work cleaning up the mess and putting things back on track for the weekend. We'll be here, and we hope you'll join us for a weekend of, well — sun and fun. Read more and join the conversation. More...

 
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Gold Watch Club Gets a New Memberback to top 
 

RUTAN SET TO RETIRE
Burt Rutan announced through a November 2010 Scaled Composites press release his plans to retire in April, 2011, and that day has come ... but there may be at least one more aircraft up his sleeve before he goes. Rutan's career began in earnest in 1974, with a $15,000 loan from his father and an idea to build a more efficient, more affordable aircraft. By 1975, his VariEze arrived on the homebuilt scene. Thirty-six years later he's known as the man who designed Voyager, the piston-engine aircraft that flew around the world, unrefueled; and SpaceShipOne, the first privately produced manned vehicle to reach space. At 67 years of age at least 45 of his designs have been built and flown. And at least five of them have been put on display at the Smithsonian. Rutan has set markers of achievement that have been recognized well beyond the circles of aircraft builders, pilots and the aviation community that calls him one of their own. He was set to retire quietly, as early as Friday, but has publicly stated we'd see one more design before he does. More...

 
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Bombardier: "Recession? What Recession?"back to top 
 

BOMBARDIER BUSINESS BOOM
Strong demand from the corporate sector, plus interest from emerging countries and high-net-worth individuals translated to a sharp rise in fourth quarter profits at Bombardier that have so far continued in 2011, the company has reported. The company earned 88 net orders in the last quarter of 2010 and most (74) were for business jets. That compares to 33 orders, including just seven for business jets, placed during the same period just one year prior. The surge was followed this year by an order for 50 aircraft from NetJets. Executives at the company forecast that 2011 should bring 150 orders, in total. If the company's recent good fortune serves as a bellwether for others, that forecast may do as much to lift spirits as the outlook from some market analysts. More...

 
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AVweb Audio — Are You Listening?back to top 
 

PODCAST: AOPA'S FLIGHT TRAINING RETENTION ROADSHOW
On the heels of a study that revealed opportunities to increase the number of flight students who complete their training, AOPA is holding input sessions in six cities in the coming year. AVweb's Russ Niles spoke with AOPA's Jennifer Storm.

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PODCAST: SUN 'N FUN RALLIES BACK FROM STORM
Within 18 hours of a devastating tornado-packing thunderstorm that caused millions of dollars of damage, Sun 'n Fun attendees could barely notice. AVweb's Mary Grady spoke with SNF President John Burton about how many hands did a lot of work to make that happen.

This podcast is brought to you by Aspen Avionics and Bose Corporation. More...

 
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AVweb Media: Look, Listen, Laugh and Learnback to top 
 

VIDEO: LIBERTY'S NEW ROTAX OPTION
We always enjoy a visit to the Liberty Aerospace display at an air show — but at Sun 'n Fun, we found a little something unexpected. What's that Liberty XL2 doing with a Rotax engine (912F) instead of the trusty Lycoming IO-240? CEO Keith Markley explains why they're getting the Rotax STC'd for Asian markets — and (no surprise here) it's down to fuel.

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VIDEO: HAWKER BEECHCRAFT'S IMPROVED KING AIR 250
It's good to be King. But when you're the King Air 250, your challenge is staying modern and finding ways to improve history's most successful turboprop. In this video, Don Mercer explains how Hawker Beechcraft has discreetly improved the 250.

This video is brought to you by WxWorx XM WX Satellite Weather and Lightspeed Aviation. More...

 
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Opinion & Commentaryback to top 
 

AVWEB INSIDER BLOG: AIRLINERS AS INTERCEPTORS — NOT A GOOD IDEA
Or, if it is, Paul Bertorelli couldn't make the case in his latest post to the AVweb Insider blog. When ATC decided to vector a Southwest 737 to have a look at a NORDO Cirrus this week near Jacksonville, the incident exploded into yet another you've-got-to-be-kidding hairball rolling across Randy Babbitt's desk. If it weren't for bad luck, the man would have no luck at all — but we're wondering: What the heck is next? At least tower and ground now appear to be awake and alert at DCA. Read more and join the conversation. More...

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. Read more and join the conversation. More...

 
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The Franklins: How to Helpback to top 
 

ICAS FOUNDATION'S KYLE & AMANDA FRANKLIN FUND
Kyle & Amanda Franklin Fund || Click to 
Donate via the ICAS FoundationThe 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. More...

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

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Names Behind the Newsback 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:

Publisher
Timothy Cole

Editorial Director, Aviation Publications
Paul Bertorelli

Editor-in-Chief
Russ Niles

Contributing Editors
Mary Grady
Glenn Pew

Features Editor
Kevin Lane-Cummings

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Scott Simmons

Contributors
Jeff van West
Mariano Rosales

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Where to Find Our Sponsors at Sun 'n Fun 2011

B-001-009Aircraft Spruce & Specialty Co.
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Aspen Avionics
C-055-056Avemco Insurance
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N-026
Avidyne
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SNF-004-005
Cessna Aircraft
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Diamond Aircraft
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Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA)
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A-065General Aviation Modifications, Inc. (GAMI)
D-082Hilton Software (WingX)
B-042JP Instruments
D-051-053Lightspeed Aviation
D-039-042Lycoming Engines
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