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Volume 10, Number 11b -- March 11, 2004

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PILOT BACKGROUND CHECKS VETTED BY GAO
The TSA and FAA need to be more careful and consistent in conducting background checks of pilots when they authorize waivers for aerial advertisers to fly over restricted stadium airspace, the U.S. General Accounting Office (GAO) said in a report issued last Friday. The report, in the form of a letter to Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge from Cathleen Berrick, the GAO's director of homeland security and justice issues, concluded that "vulnerabilities and inefficiencies in the background check process" need to be addressed, in the event that the waiver restriction on aerial advertisers is repealed. Further, "such actions could also improve the quality of background checks for all general aviation pilots seeking waivers of security-related flight restrictions," the report says. More...

...AND FOUND WANTING...
The report also recommends that, in the event that aerial-advertising waiver restrictions are repealed, the TSA should determine whether more comprehensive background checks are warranted. Lawyer Julian Hayes, who represents the U.S. Aerial Advertisers Association, told AVweb that he has no problem with more-comprehensive checks. "Nobody would object to any level of scrutiny, if they could just get back into the air," he told AVweb yesterday. Hayes added that he doesn't see the GAO report as a step toward reinstating waivers, no matter what security checks are in place. "There is too much pressure on the TSA to keep [the ban on waivers] intact," he said. More...

...AS LATEST GA SECURITY GAFFE REVERBERATES
"If there had even been a tall chain link fence with barbed wire on top of it, I would have just turned around and went on home," Louis Paul Kadlecek told the Houston Chronicle last week. Kadlecek is the 21-year-old who police say stole a Cessna 172 on a drunken whim on Feb. 29 and crashed it into power lines. "You would think they would have already thought of that after 9/11," Kadlecek added. Well, they did think of it, but while construction crews were busy building new fences at Brazoria County Airport, near Houston, the gates were left unlocked. And the public is clearly not ready to believe that small airplanes are not a threat -- The Washington Post reported with alarm on Tuesday that some small airports with scheduled passenger service have no metal detectors, security checks or passenger screening. More...

AUX AUDIO ON LIGHTSPEED HEADSETS
The ability to use your aviation headset like a standard stereo headphone seemed an obvious benefit to us. Although some pilots do not immediately see the benefit of this feature, many find it indispensable. As PDAs become more prevalent in the cockpit, the ability for these devices to give audible warnings and advice will increase the value of this headset feature. As noted in prior AVflashes, LightSPEED is the first headset company to offer this integrated feature. This Auxiliary Audio Interface is standard on the QFR XC2, 20XL2, 20 3G, and 30 3G models. These headsets also feature "Com Priority Muting," which automatically turns down the Auxiliary Audio source should the headset detect input from the intercom. Find the model right for your flying needs at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/litspeed/avflash.

CIRRUS INTRODUCES NEW SR22 MODEL
With spring, new aviation stuff seems to sprout like crocuses, and this year Cirrus Design is getting a jump on the season. Cirrus announced on Tuesday that it's ready to launch a new version of its popular SR22 model, dubbed the SR22-G2. The G2 will feature a new fuselage and cowl with easier access for maintenance, a six-point engine mount for a smoother ride, blended-airfoil Scimitar Select Hartzell propellers, new (easier to operate) door latches, a redesigned leather interior and more. "We're introducing the SR22-G2 today because we have the technology, capability and desire to engineer improvements into our product that make it a better value for the customer," Cirrus CEO Alan Klapmeier said in a news release. More...

...AND XM OFFERS MORE COCKPIT WEATHER
XM Satellite Radio and Heads Up Technologies announced Monday that the FAA has granted a Supplemental Type Certificate and Parts Manufacturer Approval (STC-PMA) for the XMD075-01 aviation data receiver manufactured by Heads Up. XM WX Satellite Weather provides pilots with graphical information about weather conditions across the United States, including NEXRAD radar in a high-resolution, full-color graphical format overlaid on a map. "The XM WX service significantly improves the quality and timeliness of weather information available in flight, and we're proud to introduce the first FAA-certified XM data receiver," said Rob Harshaw, president and CEO of Heads Up Technologies. More...

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727 SEIZED AT ZIMBABWE AIRPORT
A Boeing 727-100 cargo aircraft with a U.S. registration number was seized by the government of Zimbabwe on Sunday. Officials said the 727 was carrying 64 suspected mercenaries and a cargo of military equipment. The 727 apparently had an N-number, but the Kansas company listed by the FAA as its owner said the aircraft was recently sold to a company called Logo Logistics -- it was unclear yesterday if that company was based in South Africa or the United Kingdom. This 727 apparently has no connection to the 727 that went missing in Africa last May after it took off from Angola. That airplane never arrived at its destination in South Africa and hasn't been seen since. More...

RADAR STUDY COULD HELP PILOTS AVOID ICING
Scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colo., are testing a new system this month that may pinpoint the location of water droplets in clouds that cause icing, potentially enabling pilots to avoid dangerous areas, the center announced yesterday. The system, known as S-Polka, combines two existing radars that use different wavelengths. By studying the differences between the images that are reflected back to each radar, scientists hope to find tiny water droplets that are difficult to distinguish using either radar alone. "This will take out a lot of the guesswork," said Marcia Politovich, director of the NCAR's icing program. More...

MARY DILDA RELIES ON OREGON AERO FOR PAIN-FREE FLYING
The crowds at the Sun 'n Fun Fly-In will experience the aerobatic magic of Mary Dilda again this year, and she credits Oregon Aero for helping her concentrate when performing. She uses an Oregon Aero™ Pilot SoftSeat™ Cushion, Aviation Helmet Upgrade, and Shock-Absorbing Insole Inserts. Oregon Aero also has upgraded her headset. "It's the most comfortable gear I've ever worn," says Mary. "All of these products have helped remove pain or discomfort inside and out of the airplane. Now I can completely concentrate on my performance without worrying about physical stress." Visit Oregon at the Sun 'n Fun Fly-In (Building A, 40-42) and check out all of their products online at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/oregon/avflash.

INDIANA GROUP JOINS NASA SMALL-AIRCRAFT EFFORT
NASA's Small Aircraft Transportation System (SATS) recently established a new consortium based in Indiana, the sixth state or regional group to join the National Consortium for Aviation Mobility (NCAM). The NCAM has teamed with NASA and the FAA in an effort to make better use of underutilized rural and suburban airports. NASA's SATS program is working together with industry and the FAA to develop technology such as integrated airborne systems, cockpit displays and operating procedures for use in small aircraft. These technologies could help pilots safely fly into many airfields that don't have radar or air traffic control towers, NASA says. More...

CHINA WILL SEND WOMEN INTO SPACE
China's growing space program took another new step this week when it was announced that female astronauts will be recruited for future space flights. China began to recruit woman pilots to its military forces in 1951, and hundreds of female pilots have joined the country's civil aviation ranks and air force since then. China sent its first human into space last October, when its Shenzhou-5 spacecraft, piloted by Yang Liwei, a former fighter pilot of the People's Liberation Army air force, orbited Earth 14 times and returned safely. More...

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TECHNICAL PROBLEMS HINDER AIR FORCE F/A-22 PROGRAM
The Comanche helicopter program, which was shut down by the Army recently, is not the only military aviation program under scrutiny -- the Air Force's latest fighter jet, the F/A-22 Raptor, is also being given a hard look. The $71 billion program is behind schedule, and an Air Force official recently cited software malfunctions and reliability problems as areas of concern, as well as a shortage of pilots ready to take on the next phase of flight-testing. Air Force officials will decide soon if the Raptor is ready to move on to the combat test phase, which has already been delayed three times. "Some parts are failing that we didn't expect to," said Air Force Maj. Gen. Mark Welsh, director of fighter and bomber programs. Lockheed Martin said it is working on the problems. More...

CLARIFICATIONS
Our story in Monday's issue about the reorganization of Boeing's Air Traffic Management division used the term dissolved to describe the division's move to become part of Boeing's Phantom Works research arm. Boeing assures us the ATM has not been dissolved but, as our story also said, will continue to work on an advanced air traffic control system.

Venture Development Corp. (VDC) has awarded AVweb reader Tom Ahonen of Blaine, Minn., with a $1000 gift certificate to Sporty's Pilot Shop.As we reported in Monday's edition of AVflash, VDC is conducting a Web-based market survey on in-flight datalink weather options. Response to the survey was so high that VDC reached its limit of 1000 respondents by early Monday and readers who reached the site later weren't able to access certain pages. However, we're told their names were still placed in the hat for the drawing. More...

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ON THE FLY....
AD proposed for bellcranks on Cessna Models 208 and 208B...
Harrison Ford has been named new EAA Young Eagles chairman...
NASA opened new 3-D Mars exhibit at Ames Research Center, Calif....
DeltaHawk and Kurt Mfg. Co. to produce turbo-diesel Jet-A engine...
NBAA book, The Flying Office, teaches school kids about aviation...
Heli-Expo 2004 opens March 15 in Las Vegas, Nev....
Aircraft Electronics Association convention is March 29, in Las Vegas. More...

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NEW ARTICLES AND FEATURES ON AVWEB
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NEWS FEATURES
The DreamLaunch Tour: Greenville and Atlanta
Jamail Larkins is touring the United States as part of The DreamLaunch Tour, a "barnstorming" effort to get youngsters in middle schools and high schools thinking about careers in aviation. Jamail continues the tour in Greenville, S.C., and Atlanta, Ga.

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WHAT'S NEW
What's New -- Products and Services
Each month, AVweb will bring you a quick survey of the latest products and services for pilots, mechanics and aircraft owners. This month we have a GPS manual, a vortelator kit for propellers, a ground-adjustable propeller and more. If you know of a new product or service other AVweb readers should hear about, please send us a note.

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AVWEB'S QUESTION OF THE WEEK ...
This week, AVweb would like to hear readers' opinions on the widening gap between technology and flight training. Can training keep pace with new technologies? Plus: The results of last week's poll on the Age-60 Rule. More...

MIKE BUSCH'S SAVVY SEMINAR COMING TO MEMPHIS, VAN NUYS, HARRISBURG, & OSHKOSH!
Ever had "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 get better maintenance while saving thousands of dollars. For complete seminar details plus dozens of Mike's maintenance articles, visit Savvy Aviator Seminars at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/savvy/avflash,

AVWEB'S PICTURE OF THE WEEK ...
AVweb would like to apologize to photographer Sven de Bevere for running his photo with the wrong attribution last week. The photo was submitted by an AVweb reader who mistakenly assumed Sven's photo was in the public domain. It was not, but Mr. de Bevere has been very kind about the mix-up. This week, we're proud to present the original photo — depicting a Cessna leading a 747 down the runway — as it originally appeared on Airliners.net. Plus, as an added bonus, we're giving you three runners-up this week, instead of the usual two. More...

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