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Volume 17, Number 49b
December 8, 2011
 
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AVflash! HAI Seeks Clarificationback to top 
 

HAI: "PUBLIC" OPS NEED CLARITY
The aviation industry needs to form a working group to help clarify the rules that apply to public-use aircraft operations, Helicopter Association International President Matt Zuccaro said on Friday. The distinction currently is often blurred, Zuccaro said, especially for contract operators. He added that most contract flights that are now flown as public-use actually could be accomplished under FAA rules. Zuccaro took part in the NTSB forum on public-use operations held on Wednesday and Thursday, last week. More...

 
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70 Years After the Day That Will Live in Infamyback to top 
 

GA FLIGHT HONORS PEARL HARBOR DAY
We don't normally associate general aviation aircraft with the events of Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor, 70 years ago this week, but a flight instructor and student out flying that day nearly collided with a Japanese Zero -- an event that was re-enacted Wednesday morning in Las Vegas. Cornelia Fort and her student were flying early on Dec. 6, 1941, above Honolulu in an Interstate Cadet, when the Zero sped straight at her, and she took over the controls to evade it. She immediately returned to the airport to land, and later wrote that "another plane machine-gunned the ground in front of me as I taxied back to the hangar." In commemoration of the day, the current owner of the Cadet, airshow pilot Kent Pietsch, flew a reenactment flight on Wednesday morning, with his brother Warren flying the world's only active Mitsubishi A6M2 Zero fighter. More...

 
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Management, Labor Lock Horns at LIATback to top 
 

AIRLINE FIRES UNION LEADER, SPARKS SICKOUT
Pilots at LIAT, a Caribbean airline, this week took action, crippling their employer with a sickout that cancelled 110 flights when their union leader was fired shortly after suggesting that pilots' pensions had been mismanaged by the airline. Captain Michael Blackburn had worked for LIAT for more than 35 years and chaired the Leeward Islands Airline Pilots Association (LIALPA). In November, Blackburn, as head of LIALPA, sent a letter to LIAT management stating that the carrier's decision to invest pilot pension funds into a now-failed investment program went against a court order and took place without consultation of company pilots. Blackburn also made public derogatory statements about the airline. Soon thereafter, the veteran captain was accused of a safety violation. Monday, he was dismissed. His fellow pilots responded, Tuesday, with a sickout action that cancelled nearly all LIAT flights. The union has vowed that the fight is not over. More...

 
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High-Tech ... and High-Risk?back to top 
 

NEW FAA RULES FOR AIRBORNE ENERGY SYSTEMS
With more experimenters seeking to test airborne wind-energy systems aloft, the FAA said on Wednesday it has revised its policy to ensure the safety of the national airspace. The experiments no longer will be evaluated under the rules that govern moored balloons; instead, they must comply with the rules for structures exceeding 200 feet above ground level. "The purpose of this change in policy is to allow for the continued development of this emerging technology and to provide the FAA with data regarding these devices so that the safety and integrity of the NAS is maintained," the FAA said. More...

 
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What You Missed in AVwebBiz This Weekback to top 
 

CHINA GETTING READY FOR GA
Last week the Civil Aviation Administration of China unveiled more significant legislation to aid Chinese GA growth. The release of the General Aviation Airport Construction Standards (draft) for public commenting occurred on Nov. 30, the first anniversary of the central government's official announcement for airspace reform. (Click here to download the .DOC file.) These standards are the country's first set of governing rules over the definition, planning and construction of general aviation airports. More...

NBAA'S BOLEN VISITS AOPA CHINA
A group headed by NBAA President Ed Bolen made its first stop in Beijing on Dec. 1 to visit AOPA China and discuss their interests in the Chinese business aviation market. In that meeting, Bolen's group met with Feng Zhang, Deputy Director General of AOPA China. The groups expressed strong interest in China's fast-growing market, especially within the economical and political landscape of Beijing, where AOPA China is based. Mr. Zhang expressed his view that public perception in China currently associates business aviation with luxury and wealth as opposed to productivity. Zhang noted that a clear shift of focus to business aviation's utilitarian values is needed to gain more government backing and broader market appeal. There were other concerns. More...

FAA ADMINISTRATOR RANDY BABBITT RESIGNS
A release was posted Dec. 6, 2011, to the FAA website under the title, "Statement from Randy Babbitt." That statement follows here in its entirety: "Today I submitted my resignation to Secretary Ray LaHood and it has been accepted. Serving as FAA Administrator has been an absolute honor and the highlight of my professional career. But I am unwilling to let anything cast a shadow on the outstanding work done 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by my colleagues at the FAA. They run the finest and safest aviation system in the world and I am grateful that I had the opportunity to work alongside them. I am confident in their ability to successfully carry out all of the critical safety initiatives underway and the improvements that the FAA has planned. I also want to thank Secretary LaHood for his leadership and dedication to the safety of the traveling public."

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Opinion & Commentaryback to top 
 

AVWEB INSIDER BLOG: WHY ISN'T TECHNOLOGY FIXING CFIT?
By all accounts it was a properly equipped aircraft flown by an experienced crew that plowed into a mountain in Arizona on November 18. In his latest post to the AVweb Insider blog, IFR magazine editor Jeff Van West asks why, despite all the electronic help offered by the modern cockpit, we still hit mountains with alarming regularity. Read more and join the conversation. More...

AVWEB INSIDER BLOG: SECURITY THROUGH A FIRST-TIME TRAVELER'S EYES
Anyone who's stood in the airline screening queue behind a clueless first-time passenger has experienced frustration and the seemingly arbitrary rules we have to put up with to board an aircraft. But imagine how irritating it must be for the airline virgin. Russ Niles had that experience recently and does his best on the AVweb Insider blog to channel the bemused derision of a first-time traveler to demonstrate just how silly our security procedures are. Read more and join the conversation. More...

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

QUESTION OF THE WEEK: DID BABBIT HAVE TO GO?
After a weekend arrest on DUI charges, FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt promptly resigned his position. Did he make the right call?

Plus: Last week, we asked AVweb readers if any of the manufacturers are getting close to finding the perfect price point for LSAs. Click through for the breakdown of answers. More...

AVWEB'S NEWSTIPS ADDRESS ...
Our best stories start with you. If you've heard something 255,000 pilots might want to know about, tell us. Submit news tips via email to newstips@avweb.com. What have you heard? More...

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

VIDEO: JEPPESEN'S MOBILE FLITEDECK (PART 1)
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...


VIDEO: JEPPESEN'S MOBILE FLITEDECK (PART 2)
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...


VIDEO: JEPPESEN'S MOBILE FLITEDECK (PART 3)
Jeppesen has switched strongly to delivery of charts via electronic means, and its new iPad app, Mobile FliteDeck, does the heavy lifting. In this video, the final of three, AVweb's Paul Bertorelli takes a video tour of the plate management part of the application. More...

 
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Your Favorite FBOsback to top 
 

FBO OF THE WEEK: U.S. AVIATION (KDTO, DENTON, TX)

AVweb reader Ron Huckins has our latest top-notch FBO recommendation this week -- U.S. Aviation at Denton Municipal Airport (KDTO) in Denton, Texas. Ron recently made the switch to USA. for his regular trips to the area and was surprised to discover that he's been missing out on a great FBO:

I have been traveling to Denton, Texas from Wichita, Kansas about two to three times a month! I had been using the other FBO until I found out that U.S. Aviation has better service and excellent 100LL fuel prices at full service — cheaper than the other FBO that is self-service! [U.S.] even offered to hangar my "old dog" 1958 Cessna 310 at no charge. Wow!

And this will be important again when I fly my 1951 Cessna 195 that is polished and would like it in a hangar. Darren, the line manager, was there late on Sunday afternoon working for one of his crew that called in sick! Now is that not a great guy to work with?! Even had decent prices on rental cars — and if you are a Hertz Gold Member, it is even better! Thanks, U.S. Aviation at Denton! I will be back!

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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Traditional Tactics Need a Fresh Approach
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Reader-Submitted Photosback to top 
 

PICTURE OF THE WEEK: AVWEB'S FLYING PHOTOGRAPHY SHOWCASE
This week's winning photo comes from Kenny Lisle & Mike Damiani of Watsontown, PA. Click here for the rest of this week's submissions. More...

 
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

Webmaster
Scott Simmons

Contributors
Jeff van West
Mariano Rosales

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