AVwebFlash Complete Issue: Volume 17, Number 31a

August 1, 2011

By The AVweb Editorial Staff
 
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AVflash! Learning to Fly — Not Just for Kids back to top 
 

EAA Plans Young Eagles For Adults

EAA will expand the Young Eagles program to include a version for adults. Rod Hightower, CEO and, as of today, Chairman of EAA told about 25 members attending the organization's annual general meeting on Saturday that the as-yet unnamed program will be directed toward the parents of kids in Young Eagles and at giving adults a Young Eagles-type experience. "I think we're onto something that will be useful into the future," he was quoted by the Oshkosh Northwestern as saying. Despite some challenges in 2010 after a rain-hampered AirVenture, EAA is on solid financial footing the meeting was told.

According to the Northwestern's report, revenue last year was $40.4 million, a four percent drop over the previous year. "It was a difficult AirVenture (2010) from a weather perspective, but it will not affect the organization's long-term health or our ability to make valuable programming available to our members," EAA Treasurer Eric Gurley said. EAA added $3.9 million in debt to fund site improvements last year. It has $54.5 million assets against $20.8 million in liabilities.

 
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EAA AirVenture 2011: That's a Wrap! back to top 
 

Attendance Up At AirVenture

AirVenture Oshkosh President Rod Hightower said Sunday preliminary attendance figures show about a four percent increase this year over the 2010 tally. Hightower also announced that more than 800 exhibitors, 2,500 show planes and more than 10,000 aircraft in total attended the event, which wrapped up Sunday. He proclaimed the show a "great success" and said the highlights included the first ever public tours of the Boeing 787, the return of B-29 FIFI and the celebration of centennial of naval aviation.

Last year, EAA estimated attendance at 535,000, one of the lowest totals in recent memory and attributed in part to the bad economy and a rain-soaked beginning to the event. At the time, EAA spokesman Dick Knapinski said the method of calculating attendance had been changed and the stratospheric figures from previous year (the record was 855,000 in 1998) were probably optimistic. EAA still counts attendance by the number of bodies on the field each day and not by the number of tickets sold. Most people attend for multiple days. One face that was not on the grounds after noon on Tuesday was former president and chairman Tom Poberezny. He made a surprise retirement announcement and did not reappear, although his father and EAA founder Paul Poberezny attended various events.

 
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Snap-Together UAV the "Sinter" of Attention back to top 
 

Almost Instant UAV Flies

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Scientists in the UK have produced a flying UAV in a process called sintering. The group designed the Southhampton University Laser Sintered Aircraft (Sulsa) on a computer (with eliptical wings like a Spitfire and a honecombed fuselage like a Bolingbroke) and sent it to 3D RPD. The company used the data to build up the aircraft's components in a heated chamber by layering nylon powder in the correct measure to create each part. All the parts were finished in five days and snapped together to create a seven-foot-long flying UAV. The scientists say there should be some pretty impressive real world applications for the technique.

The most important advantage of the process, they say, is that complex parts that are hard to mould can be created through sintering. They claim that an aircraft can be put together in a matter of days and if, after testing, the design needs tweaking it can be reworked on the computer and "printed" out again.

 
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Navy F-35 Struts Its Stuff back to top 
 

F-35 On Parade

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The naval versions of the F-35 demonstrated their capabilities in a pretty public way in the past week. Last Thursday an F-35C was launched from the ground-based steam catapult at the U.S. Navy's test facility in Lakehurst, NJ. The test seemed to go as planned with the aircraft leaping from the launch device despite the soaring temperatures in New Jersey last week. The Marine Corps also showed off the short-takeoff/vertical land variant (F-35B) they'll use.

In what appeared to be an attempt to counter criticism of the program and its escalating costs, the Marines invited reporters to see the airplane perform the way the Corps says it needs an airplane to perform. The big fighter took off in less than 450 feet and then landed vertically in front of the invited reporters and Marine brass in searing heat and brow-mopping humidity. The Marine variant is "on probation" for two years and the program has to prove its worth to Congress. Senior Marine officers say it's vital that the aircraft passes muster. "There is no Plan B," said Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Jim Amos. "We need this airplane."

 
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Opinion & Commentary back to top 
 

AVweb Insider Blog: Eclipse — The Inside Story

Our AirVenture coverage included a podcast interview with Dennis Maxwell, whose new book, The Great Eclipse, details the most costly business failure in general aviation history: The bankruptcy of Eclipse Aviation. On the AVweb Insider blog, Paul Bertorelli reviews the book and offers his own views on Eclipse's demise.

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Pilots, Test Your Knowledge back to top 
 

Brainteasers Quiz #162: Global Consistency Is Near

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

Video: Oshkosh North and South 40 Breeze-By

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Couldn't make it to Oshkosh this year? Too busy with work or short on free time? You'll only need three minutes to experience the crowded North and South 40 with us in this sped-up video we put together for those of you stuck at home.

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Your Favorite FBOs back to top 
 

FBO of the Week: Metro North Flight Support (Newton Airport, Newton, KS)

Nominate an FBO | Rules | Tips | Questions | Winning FBOs

AVweb's "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Metro North Flight Support at Newton Airport (KEWK) in Newton, Kansas.

AVweb reader Andy Hill explains how Metro North made into our short list with a perk that's often overlooking — service for furry pax:

They are pet-friendly and will make sure your dog has water before they fuel your plane! That's why we will stop there again! Oh, and they have really clean bathrooms for humans, too.

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

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The Lighter Side of Flight back to top 
 

Short Final

Back in the mid-'80s, Piedmont Airlines began flying out of Worcester airport (ORH) in Massachusetts to Baltimore/Washington International airport (BWI). A flight crew requested their IFR clearance, and I dutifully rattled it off to them in typical New England air traffic control fashion. As I concluded, the response I received in a thick Southern drawl was priceless:

Airplane 1234:
"Woostasure clearance — do yuh hear how fayust I'muh tawkin'? Well, that's how fayust I listen. You wanna run that by me — one — moe — tawm — ?"


Dave Khanoyan
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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.

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Editorial Director, Aviation Publications
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