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Volume 17, Number 47b
November 24, 2011
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Chinese authorities said last week they plan to open up nearly one-third of the country's airspace to general aviation flights next year, on a trial basis. Starting in January, airspace below 1,000 meters in northeastern, central, and southern China will be open, as well as the airspace above six pilot cities, according to China Daily. The new policy aims to stimulate the sales and use of private aircraft. Currently, private flights in China are hampered by the need for prior approvals that are complex and time-consuming. More...

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An Unorthodox Landingback to top 

It's not unusual for a pilot to land on a road in an emergency situation, but this week in Florida, a pilot mistook a road for a nearby runway, and landed there in his fully functional Cirrus SR22. The 23-year-old private pilot wasn't hurt, but the airplane hit a couple of mailboxes and a fence, damaging the prop and the wings. "I've never had an incident like this," Pasco County Sheriff's Sergeant Leslie Strube told the local Fox news station. "He indicated he thought he was landing over at Pilot Country [a nearby residential airstrip], and once he was on the ground, he realized he was in the wrong spot." A look at Google Maps shows that the long straight road in the equestrian development where the pilot put down is on a similar heading and close to the same length and width as the runway about a mile to the west. More...

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Air Race Updateback to top 

When the Red Bull Air Races were canceled for the 2011 season, it was expected to be a one-year hiatus, but now officials are saying the races won't return until 2013. "There will be no races in 2012," spokeswoman Nadja Zele told "A revamped concept and a fixed race calendar will be revealed in 2013. … Currently a core team is working intensively to bring Red Bull Air Race back better than ever." The Times of India recently reported that race organizers have been conferring with officials in Mumbai about staging a race there for the 2013 season. More...

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Bigger Isn't Always Better for the Really Heavy Ironback to top 

United Airlines, which now includes Continental Airlines, is reportedly in talks with major manufacturers to order up to 200 aircraft made up of Boeing and Airbus models, possibly by year-end. The news, reported this week separately by both Reuters and Bloomberg, comes hot on the heals of a "largest ever" order for 230 Boeing aircraft announced last week by Jakarta-based airline Lion Air, and a July order from Delta and AMR. The July deal accounted for 460 aircraft split as 260 from Airbus and 200 from Boeing. Industry analyst Richard Aboulafia of the Teal Group says U.S. carriers have been lured by re-engined narrow-body airliners that offer them competitive advantage. Aboulafia believes carriers are now jockeying for early positions. United may be considering other factors, as well. More...

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Aviation Safetyback to top 

One of two low-time pilots used a helmet-camera and filmed the crash that killed them both on July 10, 2010, near Oxfordshire, England, according to testimony by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB). The information came to light in court and was reported by British news sources this week. Both pilots had less than 200 hours of flight time with some aerobatic training when they attempted a roll in a modified 1946 Stampe biplane. According to the coroner, the video confirms that the pilot who wore the helmet-cam was front-seat, but it does not help identify who was flying the aircraft. Investigators say the pair lost control at 3,500 feet and entered an inverted spin. AAIB senior inspector Andrew Blackie said the pair would have had 15 seconds to recover. More...

Evidence shows that the engine quit on Kyle Franklin's Waco during an air show in March, but NTSB investigators had no luck finding out why, according to the board's final report, published this week. Franklin's wife, Amanda, who performed as a wingwalker in the show, suffered extensive burns in the forced landing and died about two months later. "Post-accident examination of the engine and its fuel system revealed no anomalies that would have precluded normal operations," the NTSB concluded. More...

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What You Missed in AVwebBiz This Weekback to top 

AOPA says it's hoping to organize a "unified voice" from aviation chart providers for a Dec. 13 meeting in which the FAA will lay out at least some of its plans to restructure the distribution of online navigation data. As AVweb reported Nov. 13, the FAA intends to stop universal free access to online products hosted by AeroNav. Instead, as of April 5, 2012, only entities with signed distribution agreements will have access to the downloads and there will be an as-yet undisclosed fee for those downloads. In a posting on its website Tuesday, AOPA said it met with FAA officials in August and October and will bring the issue up again at an open house being held Dec. 6, a week ahead of the meeting with stakeholders. The FAA has so far barred the media from attending the Dec. 13 meeting. More...

Cessna has decided there will be no plane-Jane Skycatchers and is boosting the base price of the aircraft from $114,000 to a more feature-laden $149,000. However, less than half of the hefty increase is due to making things like an MFD, intercom and sun visor standard, features Cessna says most customers were ordering anyway. Cessna's Dianne White told EAA that about $20,000 of the increase is required to make the aircraft make money for the company. "The aviation world is a whole different picture than when the Skycatcher was announced and we must sell the airplane at a price that makes the program sustainable," EAA quotes White as saying. More...


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Opinion & Commentaryback to top 

Does anybody really care what happened to D.B. Cooper? Probably not, but today's 40th anniversary of the hijacking and jump finds continuing speculation. Paul Bertorelli thought he's chime in, too -- especially given the video reconstruction pilot skydiver Dan Gryder put together this week. (If you've ever wondered what $200,000 in small bills looks like, Gryder's will give you an idea.) Read more and join the conversation. More...

Today is the 40th anniversary of arguably the most famous hijacking of all time and one of the most compelling mysteries of the last four decades. In today's blog, Dan Gryder offers a video teasing a full explanation of the crime, and our Editorial Director Paul Bertorelli notes there are no shortage of questions and answers about the case. What do you think: Did D.B. Cooper pull off the perfect crime?

Plus: Last week, we asked AVweb readers how the FAA's decision to begin charging for flight data will affect them, if at all; click through to see how they answered. More...

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

Our sister publication, Aviation Consumer, is conducting a survey on owner experiences with early model EFIS systems such as the Garmin G1000 and Avidyne Entegra installed in OEM aircraft no newer that 2007. The magazine is interested in finding out how these systems have held up in the field. For this survey, we're interested only in OEM aircraft, not experimentals or LSAs and not aftermarket glass. Click here to take the survey. More...

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

Last summer, Jeppesen rolled out its iPad-based Mobile FliteDeck, a complete chart manager system for owners who already subscribe to Jeppesen's electronic charting products. In this video, AVweb launches the first of three Product Minutes to review the new app. More...

Jeppesen's new Mobile FliteDeck is a route-based app that compiles approach plates and procedures from Jeppesen's charting materials. In this video, part two of three, Paul Bertorelli takes a look at how its route functions work. More...

Your Favorite FBOsback to top 


AVweb's "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Galaxy Aviation at St. Augustine Airport (KSGJ) in St. Augustine, Florida.

AVweb reader Joe Jenkina recommended the FBO:

When my wife and I flew in in our 182, we were greeted as if we were flying a jet. Kathy, Juan, and all the staff made sure our car was out on the ramp with the A/C on. Everyone we encountered from the Galaxy staff was courteous, and I recommend them to anyone flying into KSGJ.

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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Names Behind the Newsback to top 


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Russ Niles

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Jeff van West
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