AVwebFlash Complete Issue: Volume 17, Number 13g

April 3, 2011

By The AVweb Editorial Staff
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AVflash! G650 Crash Over New Mexico back to top 

Gulfstream 650 Down, Four Dead

A Gulfstream 650 test aircraft went down near Roswell, NM killing all four people aboard. According to the Savannah Morning News, the plane, which is in the final stages of certification flight testing, crashed at the airport. The accident killed two pilots and two engineers, all believed to be Gulfstream employees. Initial media reports paint a confusing picture of what happened, although it appears the plane became briefly airborne on takeoff before hitting the runway hard and collapsing the gear. Photos from the scene show a large amount of smoke. Gulfstream was expected to issue a statement late Sunday. The 650 is the company's flagship intercontinental aircraft and it has 200 orders for the $65 million plane. First deliveries were expected in 2012.

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Aviation's Town Square back to top 

"Town Meeting" Issues: Avgas, Pilot Decline

U.S. Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.), who chairs the General Aviation Caucus in the House, visited Sun 'n Fun on Saturday to host a "Town Meeting" with a panel of GA leaders. Graves, who is a pilot himself, said it's important for all of GA to "stick together" to ensure that vital policy issues are addressed. Pete Bunce, head of GAMA, took on the issue of avgas, and said considerable progress has been made since the initial "sky is falling" concerns that arose several years ago when the EPA proposed to reduce allowable lead emissions. He commended FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt's efforts to address the problem, and said a lot of work has been done behind the scenes to educate the EPA and others about the safety issues involved in finding a replacement. Bunce and AOPA's Craig Fuller essentially said that leaded avgas is not going to go away until a reasonable and workable "drop-in" alternative fuel is available. "There is no reason to believe 100 low-lead will become unavailable in the foreseeable future," Fuller said.

Another topic the panel tackled was the decline of new pilots. Bunce said GA needs to address the "elephant in the room" -- the poor salaries for professional pilots. "Nobody wants to talk about that," he said. Flight training is expensive, yet pilots are launching a career with salaries that won't pay their expenses, never mind their student loans, and "there is something fundamentally wrong with that equation," he said. Matt Zuccaro, president of Helicopter Association Intl., said the key to reaching the next generation is to find heroes they can look up to in the fields of science and technology, the way they look up to athletes and rock stars. He also suggested that GA needs to make better use of social media to reach young people.

AVweb's Mary Grady met with Congressman Graves after the forum, click here for that podcast, with more details about the status of funding for the FAA, through-the-fence rules, and other GA issues.

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Pilot Outreach back to top 

Able Flight Awards First Career Training Scholarship

Able Flight, which helps people with disabilities learn to fly, awarded its first-ever career-training scholarship on Tuesday at Sun 'n Fun. The scholarship will provide funding for Paul Lampasso, a former New York City firefighter, to attend a three-week course that leads to an FAA repairman certificate for light sport aircraft. Lampasso's first career goal was to be a professional pilot, and he was enrolled at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University and had completed his private pilot training when he was diagnosed with cancer and had to drop out. After regaining his health, he joined the NYC fire department, where he served for 11 years until a knee injury forced him to retire.

Lampasso worked as a first responder during 9/11 and the aftermath, Able Flight officials said, although he was supposed to be on reduced duty at the time due to his injury. He received his award from Cessna CEO Jack Pelton at the company's exhibit space at Sun 'n Fun. Cessna also presented Able Flight with a donation of $6,500. Lampasso, who lives in Florida, will attend training in California next month.

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Sun 'n Fun After the Storm: Video Reports back to top 

Video: Explorer Post 491's Sun 'n Fun Recovery

Original, Exclusive Videos from AVweb | Reader-Submitted & Viral Videos

When an F1 tornado roared through Sun 'n Fun at Lakeland, Florida on Thursday, square in the path of it was a completed Kitfox that Explorer Post 491 hoped to raffle away. It was not to be. The storm destroyed the airplane, but not the post's spirit. AVweb's Russ Niles reports on how the Explorers are not just recovering but thriving.

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Video: Dramatic Sun 'n Fun Storm Footage

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Less than 24 hours after a storm ripped through the airport, Sun 'n Fun 2011 was getting back to normal. But that was hardly the case Thursday, as this dramatic footage shows.

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AVweb Audio — Are You Listening? back to top 

Podcast: Extra Aircraft Still Eyeing Colorado

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Extra Aircraft announced last year that it was going to build Extra 500s in Montrose, Colorado, but the process is taking a little longer than expected. Extra owner Ken Keith told AVweb's Russ Niles the last hurdles should be cleared soon.

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Podcast: GA Caucus Chair Rep. Sam Graves

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AVweb's Mary Grady spoke with House GA Caucus Chair Sam Graves about progress on FAA reauthorization and other issues after his appearance at a town hall meeting at Sun 'n Fun.

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

Video: Dynon's New Portable Radio

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Dynon is best known for its innovative glass displays for expertimental aircraft. At Sun 'n Fun 2011, it revealed a surprise: a new, full-featured portable handheld radio.

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The Great Lakes biplane was the light sport aircraft of its day, and now Waco Classics is planning to offer a revised model with a Lycoming engine and updated structural and avionics additions. At Sun 'n Fun, AVweb's Russ Niles talked to Peter Bowers about the Lakes.

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

'Aviation Consumer' Hangar Survey

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Opinion & Commentary back to top 

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.

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.

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The Franklins: How to Help back to top 

ICAS Foundation's Kyle & Amanda Franklin Fund

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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
Mary Grady
Glenn Pew

Features Editor
Kevin Lane-Cummings

Scott Simmons

Jeff van West
Mariano Rosales

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