This issue of AVweb's AVflash is brought to you by
... Pilot Insurance Center (PIC)
RESOLUTION: STOP PAYING MORE THAN NON-PILOTS FOR THE SAME LIFE INSURANCE
Pilot Insurance Center (PIC) insures more individually
underwritten pilots than anyone in the country. PIC is able to
accomplish this because of their pilot-friendly rates. PIC works
directly with the nation's top rated insurance companies and has
developed exclusive underwriting programs designed for pilots. A+ RATED
CARRIERS, NO AVIATION EXCLUSIONS, quick and easy application process
all are reasons to go online at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/piclife.
The Top Headlines From AVweb's Expanded,
Illustrated News Coverage At AVweb's
SLOW RETURN TO DC...
Pilots in the beleaguered Washington, D.C., area last week won a bit of
a victory from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the FAA,
thanks to efforts by GA advocacy groups, when easier ingress and egress
procedures were decreed for several small airports near the Washington
Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) edges. The new procedures allow
aircraft operating into and out of Bay Bridge Airport (W29) and Kentmorr
Airport (3W3) to enter the ADIZ and fly directly to or from the airport
through a special corridor without filing a flight plan or contacting
air traffic control. Instead of obtaining a discrete transponder code
from ATC, specific codes have been assigned for flights into or out of
each airport. More...
AN ABORTED TRIAL LAST YEAR
The procedures had been the subject of a 60-day operational test last
year, but the test was suspended -- at around 45 days -- when the
"orange" terrorist alert kicked in last December. The procedures now
will be permanent, or as permanent as anything associated with the
Washington ADIZ. The changes are subject to review and could be
rescinded if there are too many violations, AOPA said. As for the
permanence of the ADIZ itself, that remains an open question. "AOPA
believes the ADIZ has outlived its usefulness and hopes it will be
rescinded," AOPA prez Phil Boyer said in a news release Friday. "But until that happens, the
new procedures should make operations at the edges of the ADIZ a little
less complicated." More...
IS "NEW" NO MORE...
The FAA, in an Advisory Circular published several weeks ago, has
eliminated the "New Technology" label from GPS navigation systems, which
means repair stations now can install the systems using simpler
procedures. The Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA) said in a news
release it is "extremely pleased" with the change, which it has
wanted for years. "AEA commends the [FAA] for modernizing their
installation criteria for one of the most common system installations of
light general aviation aircraft," the association said. Under the
previous Advisory Circular, installation of GPS equipment required the
use of approved data (under an STC or major alteration) because GPS was
a "new and unique" technology. More...
However, the FAA recognizes that GPS technology is now common and
considerable experience has been obtained in the installation of GPS.
The AEA cautioned that the revision does NOT mean that all GPS/WAAS
installations can be treated as "minor alterations," but rather allows
GPS/WAAS equipment to be installed using the same criteria that a repair
station would use for installing traditional navigation equipment. For
example, under the new guidelines, installation of GNSS (GPS/WAAS)
navigation equipment that only interfaces with an antenna, power,
ground, an external HSI/CDI with a single source selector switch, and a
left/right (deviation-based) autopilot would typically be considered a
minor alteration. More...
REVIEWING CHICAGO TRACON
An FAA team is working in the Chicago TRACON (terminal radar approach
control) facility in Elgin, Ill., this week to investigate a sharp
increase in errors and a record increase in delays. Twenty-four errors
involving violations of minimum spacing between airplanes occurred last
year at the facility, up from four errors in 2002, according to the
Chicago Tribune. The National Air Traffic Controllers Association says
the TRACON is understaffed. "It took the FAA over a year to realize the
magnitude of the problem," NATCA President John Carr said in a news release Thursday. The union says the TRACON has
only 75 full-performance-level controllers and 24 trainees, not enough
to manage Chicago's increasingly congested airways. More...
CRASH REPORT AND VIDEO
Pilot error caused a U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds F-16 to crash at an air
show on Sept. 14 at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, the Air Force said on Wednesday. (See AVweb's
NewsWire for in-cockpit video of the crash.) The pilot incorrectly
climbed to 1,670 feet AGL instead of 2,500 feet before initiating the
pull-down to the Split-S maneuver, according to the Air Force news
release. The pilot, Chris Stricklin, 31, apparently flew by mistake to
the MSL altitude used when practicing the maneuver at his home base,
Nellis AFB in Nevada, which is 1,000 feet lower than the Idaho field
elevation. The pilot ejected just eight-tenths of a second before
impact, after reportedly making an effort to steer the aircraft away
from the crowd of about 85,000 ... and now works at the Pentagon, in
Washington, D.C. More...
MEMBERSHIP IS THE BEST $45 YOU CAN SPEND ON YOUR
With more than 12,000 active members, the Cessna
Pilots Association (CPA) is the world's biggest and best "aviation-type
club." At just $45/year, CPA membership is the world's greatest bargain
for Cessna pilots and owners. Members receive a monthly magazine; a
weekly e-mail newsletter; technical support by a full-time staff of A&Ps
with tremendous expertise in all Cessna models; model-specific buyer's
guides and systems courses; a group aircraft insurance program; and
access to CPA's giant online knowledge bank and hugely popular online
member forums. To join this remarkable organization, phone (805)
922-2580 or click http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/cpa.
YANKS PILOT'S CERTIFICATE AFTER ERRATIC FLIGHT
The TSA may pull your certificate without reason and at a moment's
notice; it took the FAA a bit longer. According to FAA documents,
Pennsylvania pilot John V. Salamone on Jan. 15 allegedly made a reckless four-hour flight in his Piper Cherokee
while drunk. Last week the FAA took their own action and revoked
Salamone's certificate. John V. Salamone endangered the lives of others,
entered controlled airspace without contacting ATC, and forced air
traffic controllers to divert numerous aircraft, including a half-dozen
airliners, to avoid the Cherokee, the FAA said. Salamone can appeal the
action, but cannot keep his certificate during the appeal. Salamone, 44,
is president of a concrete company. The FAA said he had no prior
incidents or enforcement actions, according to CNN. More...
AND SEE WHAT A BULB COST
The light bulb only cost 77 cents, but without it, a "No Smoking, Fasten
Seat Belt" sign on a Comair flight was dark, and it stayed out for four
flights. What ensued, according to a report in Friday's USA Today, was a
four-year investigation, an inch-thick report, and a proposed $44,000
fine. (It's possible the proposed fine would not recover the dollars
spent through four years of investigation.) "It's not simply the fact
the light was out, but the follow-up actions required were not taken,"
FAA spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen told reporters. Nonetheless, the case
was settled after Comair replaced the bulb and agreed to pay the fine
... after it was reduced to $3,000. More...
PILOT BUZZ AND SUN 'N FUN
While much of the U.S. is griping and groaning its way through a
record-setting cold blustery winter, signs of spring are on the horizon.
The folks at EAA say they are working away "like elves helping Santa" in
anticipation of the sometime-this-year enactment of the FAA's new Sport
Pilot/Light Sport Aircraft rules. On Thursday, the elves said they have
posted a list of frequently asked questions about certification and
registration of various new light-sport aircraft. Meanwhile, Sun 'n Fun,
EAA's annual fly-in that kicks off the summer season in Lakeland, Fla.,
is set for April 13 to 19, and it's not too soon to start your flight
planning -- the NOTAMs are already online. More...
WORK TOWARD IN-COCKPIT WEATHER (SORT OF)
Among the many tasks that GA aircraft reliably take on, one that occurs
quietly behind the scenes is their work as scientific research
platforms. This winter, a high-flying ER-2 aircraft, which is a civilian
variant of Lockheed's U-2, and a Cessna Citation II have been working
out of Bangor, Maine, to help NASA scientists learn about the severe
Atlantic coast winter storms called Nor'easters. The researchers hope to
learn how to better predict the storms' behavior, to help improve
aviation weather forecasts and ultimately save lives. The Citation is
also carrying an experimental instrument that measures temperature,
icing and wind speed, which could help to increase the weather
information available to GA pilots in the cockpit. More...
LIMA FLIGHT TEAM DEPENDS ON OREGON AERO FOR PAIN-FREE
It was often painful for the world-renowned Lima Lima
Flight Team to fly long distances for a performance. But the team now
uses Oregon Aero Complete Aviation Helmet Upgrades, Custom and
Portable Seat Cushions, and Oregon Aero Shock-Absorbing Insole
Inserts. Say members of the team: "We fly with Oregon Aero from
head-to-toe, and we are not only pain-free, but flying is also
incredibly quieter!" Check out all of Oregon Aero's products online at
CALL FAILS, SUGGESTS BROADER FAILINGS
In Florida, two 911 calls from the witness of a plane crash near the
Venice airport somehow failed to initiate a search, and the wreck was
not found by rescue/recovery crews till 19 hours later. Cindy Toepfer
first called 911 immediately after the crash and "was first referred to
an 800 number for the Domestic Air Interdiction Coordination Center in
Riverside, Calif.," according to the Herald Tribune. When her call to
California for the crash she witnessed in Florida failed, Toepfer called
911 again, motivating the dispatcher to call Sarasota-Bradenton
International Airport; no inquiries were made in the Venice area. FAA
spokesman Chris White told the Tribune, "Local jurisdictions make up
their own requirements" on notifying the FAA. Two pilots died in the
Cessna 150. More...
A Bonanza crashed Thursday evening into a Farmington, N.M., police
In Bangkok Saturday, 672 skydivers set a world record for
a mass jump...
Jamail Larkins launched "barnstorming" tour Saturday
WWII aerial photos online archive stalled due to
FAA public meeting March 3-4 at Dulles to
discuss Cessna wing spars...
Gus McLeod is in Florida on his second
attempt to cross both poles...
President Bush on Friday signed
appropriations bill for FAA funding. More...
IN-FLIGHT IFR AIRCRAFT IN REAL TIME
Is your friend's Beech
airborne? Need a list of all flights bound for your airport? Curious
about how many aircraft are cruising above FL400? The AVweb Edition of
Flight Explorer gives you a real-time picture of all IFR aircraft
in-flight over the U.S. This informative service is just $9.95 a month.
Order at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/fe.
ARTICLES AND FEATURES ON AVWEB
The Pilot's Lounge #70: Do Humans Create Those Written
Every pilot has taken them -- and most have noticed
strange or at least confusing questions on those FAA Knowledge Tests.
Sometimes it seems like nobody official has even looked at those
questions in decades to decide if the questions are relevant. AVweb's
Rick Durden met the folks who actually are updating those old tests.
FEEDBACK ON AVWEB'S NEWS COVERAGE AND FEATURE ARTICLES
Reader mail this week about FSS privatization, the state of GA, some
potential problems with Sport Pilot and more. More...
CALCULATE OPERATING COSTS WITH THE INTERACTIVE AIRCRAFT
AirPower Software offers multiple software
editions that create instant budgets by manipulating your preloaded
information to address your particular usage amounts and/or costs.
Changes can be made to an individual preloaded figure or across the
entire layout as needed. In addition to the preloaded databases of
aircraft, the Budget Analyzer also lets you create your own
individualized budget via the "My Aircraft" selection. This allows you
to input operating numbers for any type of aircraft. There are six
editions: Lite (no aircraft databases included); Piston; Turbo Prop;
Helicopter; Jet; and Full (which includes all four aircraft databases).
Instant downloads are available on all software products. For complete
information, go to http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/airpower.
HAVE YOU SIGNED UP yet for AVwebs NO-COST twice monthly Business
AVflash? Reporting on breaking news, Business AVflash also focuses on
the companies, the products and the industry leaders that make headlines
in the Business of Aviation. Business AVflash is a must read! Sign up
today at http://www.avweb.com/profile/
BUSCH WANTS YOU TO GET SAVVY ABOUT MAINTENANCE!
"sticker shock" when you got the bill after an annual? Frustrated when
problems still aren't fixed after several tries? Flabbergasted by the
stratospheric cost of parts? Intimidated by mechanical problems far from
home base? Ever felt a shop had you "over a barrel"? Spend an
illuminating weekend with Mike Busch AVweb founder, writer,
teacher, pilot, aircraft owner, and A&P mechanic at one of his
Savvy Owner Seminars. He'll share his 40 years of aviation experience,
help you become more maintenance-savvy and empowered, and teach you how
to save thousands on maintenance. For complete details, visit Mike Busch
online at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/savvy.
Tower: Skyhawk xxx follow Baron on four mile final for
Skyhawk: Baron in sight.
Tower: Skyhawk you're 10 knots faster than the
Baron. Slow down.
Skyhawk: Yeeha!!! (Followed by
Tower: Right. I guess that's not
something you hear every day. More...
Sponsor News and Special Offers
Access to AVweb and AVflash is provided by the
support of our fine sponsors. We appreciate your patronage.
WIN A PAIR
OF SCHEYDENS, AVIATION'S FINEST EYEWEAR
A pair of Scheydens
will be given away every other week to a lucky AVweb winner a
retail value up to $395! The unique flip-up design has become the choice
of pilots who demand quality and function in every aspect of aviation.
Handmade titanium frames, quality lenses, a Rosewood case, plush micro
fiber bag and cloth are standard equipment on all styles. For more
information and to register to win go to http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/scheyden.
ANNOUNCES INTERACTIVE NAV & VOR/NDB SIMULATOR TRAINING
Comm 1 Radio Simulator programs contain comprehensive
tutorials, and fully interactive two-way radio exchanges with ATC
which you can experience from the safety and privacy of your computer.
Build skills and confidence on the ground while saving money and
aggravation. Select the programs right for your flying needs at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/comm1.
KEEP YOUR FLIGHT LEVEL DESKTOP DATA FILES SECURE WITH A
Safekeeping your files is essential. Losing
data can be disastrous. As an alternate safety measure, Flight Level is
offering a unique service to verify and store your backup file once each
month on their secure server for only $25 a year. You trust Flight
Level's program to record and store your logbook; now ensure ALL
your files. More details at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/fltlevel.
EVER WONDERED WHY SOME PILOTS ALWAYS SEEM TO HAVE IT
Do you ever wonder why you lack confidence? Take a
look at Gordon Henrie's Instructional Methods for Flight
Instructors, where Gordon takes lessons from fifty years of flying
and tells you HOW to be more capable and confident in your own flying
and how to teach more effectively. This is not a
question-and-answer book, but a guide to what you actually do and think
when you are in the cockpit, and how to route out bad habits and
techniques. You will never understand the depth of this book until you
read it. To order go to http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/mountain.
GREAT PRODUCTS FROM SACRAMENTO SKYRANCH THE GATS JAR AND
The GATS JAR is the only fuel analysis tester to
separate non-petroleum contaminants, thereby purifying water and debris
from contaminated avgas and jet fuel allowing extracted fuel to
be put back into the aircraft instead of onto the ground. REJEX is a
thin-film polymer coating that reduces adhesion of bugs, oil, grime, and
more to any aircraft surface and lasts for months. See these and other
fine products and publications at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/skyranch.
We Welcome Your Feedback!
AVflash is a twice-weekly summary of the latest aviation news,
articles, products, features and events featured on AVweb, the
Internet's Aviation Magazine and News Service.
Letters to the editor intended for publication in AVmail should be
sent to mailto:email@example.com.
Have a comment or question? Send
it to mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org.
Today's issue written by News Writer Mary Grady:
AVweb's editorial team: http://avweb.com/contact/authors.html.
Have a product or service to advertise on AVweb? A question on
marketing? Send it to AVweb's sales team: mailto:email@example.com.
Let's all be careful out there, okay?
AVflash is now available in optional easier-to-read graphic format,
which includes some photos and illustrations. If you prefer, you can
continue to receive AVflash in text-only format. Simply follow these instructions
and AVflash will continue to arrive as it always has, in text format.
Want to subscribe or unsubscribe? Review/update your AVweb Account?
Forgot your password? No problem! Simply go to our friendly Member