A Life Insurance Policy That
Returns All of Your Premiums? YES
The Return of Premium Term policy available through Pilot Insurance
Center features fixed premiums and guarantees to return the total of all
premiums at the end of the policy. No aviation exclusions. Call
PARACHUTE DITCHING OFF BAHAMAS
A combination of good weather,
good equipment and maybe a little good luck resulted in little more than
some wet clothes for two Alabama residents who ditched off the coast of
the Bahamas on Saturday. Richard McGlaughlin, 59, and Elaine
McGlaughlin, 25, of Birmingham, were in a Cirrus SR22 just after noon
when they reported engine trouble off Andros, southeast of Miami. From
there, as is evident in this video by Petty Officer Third Class Sabrina
Elgammal, everything seemed to go like clockwork. More...
Aircraft Leasing and
Financing Workshop to Be
Hosted by Cozen O'Connor in Washington,
The Legal Aviation Workshop
(LAW) on Aircraft Leasing and
is returning to Washington, DC in 2012 in order to address
legal issues and answer critical questions. The workshop will cover
themes such as Principles of Contract Law, Operating Leases
("Dry"), Aircraft Finance, Aircraft, Crew, Maintenance &
Insurance ("WET") Leases, and Aviation Insurance. A practical
exercise is included in order for the participants to debate the results
of the day.
Click here to learn more and
SKYRAIDER HEADING TO MUSEUM
A federal judge has ordered an
Alabama man to forfeit his AD-4N Skyraider after siding with the
Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) branch of the Department of
Homeland Security that the Vietnam-era close support aircraft was
illegally imported to the U.S. ICE is turning the Skyraider over to the
Navy for display in the National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola. As
reported in 2009, ICE agents seized the aircraft, which is in good
flying condition, from Claude Hendrickson. In a news release, ICE said the aircraft and parts,
including four 20-mm cannons, were "smuggled" into the U.S. because the
plane is a "defense article" and Hendrickson hadn't done the required
paperwork to import it and his hired pilot lied about it to customs
agents. "The Skyraider aircraft, its cannons and parts are all subject
to import licensing requirements as 'defense articles' under the Arms
Export Control Act. Federal law prohibits the importation of defense
articles without a license or permit," said Raymond R. Parmer, Jr.,
special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in New
Orleans. "ICE aggressively investigates these cases in order to deter
this type of illegal activity and protect those who abide by our
nation's laws." When the feds initially took the aircraft, Hendrickson
started a website. The site does not make reference to the
Dec. 21 court ruling and Hendrickson did not immediately respond to an
e-mail inquiry Sunday evening. More...
Lightspeed Aviation Trade-Up
Your old less-than-perfect headset has trade-in value on our new
Just visit us online at LightspeedAviation.com
, click on our
, and discover how easy it is to own the headset
most pilots prefer. Quiet and clarity never felt so comfortable. You get
an incredible headset at a great price from a company that is totally
committed to aviation. Headsets for aviation is our only
Click here to learn more and to find a
dealer near you.
BENEFIT OF CARGO HOLD FIRES
The FAA believes lithium
batteries can pose a threat to flight safety and bans them from the
cargo holds of passenger aircraft, which carry fire-suppression systems,
but that's not the case for cargo aircraft and the disparity is not
sitting well with cargo pilots. The Independent Pilots Association
(IPA), which represents UPS pilots, is seeking standards that will
provide cargo crews with a reasonable expectation of survival should a
lithium battery fire break out on board a cargo flight. Cargo carriers
can carry thousands of batteries on one flight and each battery can burn
at thousands of degrees. But without regulatory guidance each carrier is
left to balance safety investments against short-term competitive
THE IPA'S CAPTAIN ROBERT TRAVIS ON THE DANGERS OF CARGO
Lithium battery fires can burn hotter and faster than
other electrical or cargo fires, rapidly destroying an aircraft's
structure and systems. The FAA realizes the threat and bans the
batteries from the cargo holds of passenger-carrying aircraft. It treats
cargo aircraft very differently, and the differences are staggering.
Glenn Pew speaks with Captain Robert Travis, president of the
Independent Pilots Association, about the FAA's position and the union's
plans to make substantive changes. More...
Introducing Avidyne's IFD540
As a slide-in replacement for existing 530 Series navigators, the new
sets a new standard for user interface simplicity.
Leveraging the award-winning interface of our Entegra Release 9 system
along with a highly intuitive touchscreen control, the IFD540 makes it
much easier to access the information you want when you want it. Now you
have a choice. And the choice is easy. Avidyne.
Learn more at IFD540.com.
ATTACK CONTRACT IN LIMBO
Hawker Beechcraft, which is suing
the Air Force over its plan to go with a Brazilian aircraft for its
proposed light attack and support aircraft, has ramped up the publicity
campaign to get back in the running. At a news conference on Friday, Hawker Beech CEO Bill
Boisture told reporters the company's AT-6B was tossed
out of the bidding improperly in favor of the Embraer Super Tucano,
which is being developed with Sparks, Nev.-based Sierra Nevada Corp. "We
believe there's been a flaw in the acquisition process," Boisture was
quoted by the Wichita Eagle as saying. Boisture was accompanied by Rep.
Mike Pompeo, R-Kan., who also said the process was flawed in that the
Air Force and the Government Accountability Office have used procedural
arguments to avoid explaining the decision and delayed the announcement
of the contract award to Embraer by a week when it should have been made
public the same day. "That is highly unusual," Pompeo said. The
increasing pressure has caught the attention of Air Force brass and
they've put the contract award on hold. More...
RETURN OF MICROSOFT FLIGHT
Microsoft shut down the group
responsible for its popular Flight Simulator X (FSX) in 2009 and by 2010
announced that a new game, "Flight," was in the works -- now it says
that game will arrive this spring and it will be free (with limits).
Microsoft Flight will be available free via download and will include
"flying challenges," and "a variety of exciting missions" limited to a
setting that mimics the Hawaiian islands. Extra content, including "new
aircraft, regions and customization options," will be made available
through an upgrade at a price yet to be announced. According to
Microsoft, "players" will experience "authentic piloting procedures" and
can "tailor the flight controls to match their skill level." Microsoft
has posted some online samples of the Flight experience. More...
Sebring Regional Airport
Hosts U.S. Sport Aviation Expo!
get ready to see what's new in the LSA world.
Conventional aircraft, kitplanes, powered parachutes, trikes, gyros,
amphibians, and innovative designs such as electrically powered aircraft
150+ aircraft on display. Plus demonstration flights, educational
forums, food and wine pairing events, a live aircraft auction, and
Visit Sport-Aviation-Expo.com for
ZEALAND BALLOON CRASH KILLS 11
A fiery hot
air balloon crash in New Zealand Saturday morning killed 11 people,
making it the country's worst aviation accident in more than 30 years.
Witnesses said the balloon, carrying five couples and the pilot, was on
fire and some reported a 30-foot jet of flame coming from the basket as
it came down in farmland near the town of Cartertown, about 50 miles
northeast of Wellington on the country's North Island. Authorities said
the balloon hit power lines before it caught fire and caused a brief
power outage. More...
A380 CRACKING NOT A PROBLEM
Singapore Airlines and Qantas
have found "small cracks" in the wing-rib feet of at least three of
their Airbus A380 super-jumbo aircraft; both say the cracks are not a
safety issue. The two carriers operate at least 24 A380s between them
with about 25 more on order. One of the affected aircraft is the Qantas
jet that in
November 2010 suffered an en route uncontained engine failure. A
Qantas spokesman said the company believes the cracking is unrelated to
that event, according to investigators. Both carriers said Friday that
repairs have been made. More...
For Your Piston Aircraft ... Like Bizjets
Don't You Deserve the Best?
and his team of world-class maintenance professionals
provide the kind of professional maintenance management for hundreds of
owner-flown piston singles and twins that used to be available only for
corporate jets. No stress, no hassle, no wasting your time and
you'll save money to boot!
Learn how they do it.
SNEAKS INTO RUSSIAN ROCKET PLANT, TAKES PHOTOS
Lana Sator may
be something of a real-life Lara Croft (played in the film Tomb Raider
by Angelina Jolie), in that she managed unauthorized access to very
unique places -- in this case, a Russian liquid-fueled rocket plant.
Sator apparently first studied the plant, NPO Energomash Academician,
located on the outskirts of Moscow, from the outside -- both online and
on foot before gaining access through a fence. The plant is an active
facility owned by a company (NPO) that has
participated in some of the leading rocket activities of our time.
Sator's photos may be as stunning as the act. Click through.
BERET "FORGOT" EXPLOSIVES IN BAG
A Green Beret demolitions
expert who twice had explosives confiscated by the TSA before he tried
to board airliners over the holidays has been released to the
supervision of his superiors at Fort Bragg on $50,000 bail. As we
reported Jan. 1, Sgt. Trey Scott Atwater was arrested and charged
with trying to bring explosives onto an aircraft after TSA screeners in
Midland, Texas, found military-grade explosives in his carry-on.
According to the Los Angeles Times, court documents revealed the
explosives to be C-4 and also noted that Atwater had a smoke grenade
taken from him before he boarded a Dec. 24 flight from Fayetteville,
N.C., for the trip to Texas to visit relatives. In that case, he was
given a stern talking to by the TSA and allowed to continue his trip.
Other details revealed by the documents raise the question of whether
the Fayetteville screeners may have missed the C-4 when they discovered
the grenade, however. More...
Fly More for
Visit the AVbuys
page for discounts, rebates, incentives,
bargains, special offers, bonus depreciation, or tax benefits to help
stretch your budget. We're helping you to locate and view current offers
instantly, with a direct link to sponsors' web sites for details.
Click for the resource page.
Parts Break; Weather Builds
Are You Ready?
With Aviation Safety
, you're prepared for anything
and we mean anything that can happen in the air.
Click here and save 60% now.
|The Top Reporter on Our Crack Staff ... Is You!||back to
"The Best Way to Predict the Future Is to Create
It's easy for your company to be more proactive, flexible, and
entrepreneurial with AVweb's cost-effective marketing
. Discover the benefits of instant response, quick copy
changes, monthly tracking reports, and interactive programs. To find out
how simple it is to reach 255,000 qualified pilots, owners, and
click now for details
GOT AN OILY HANGAR FLOOR? THIS STUFF CAN SPRUCE IT UP
us dream of a gleaming gray expoxy-coated hangar floor illuminated by
the glare of bright lights. But most of us actually have oil-stained
concrete, dingy from years of abuse. If your floor is stained badly, a
product called ReKrete can help improve it. Aviation Consumer's
Paul Bertorelli demonstrates the product in this brief video.
F-106 CORN FIELD BOMBER, CONVAIR DELTA DART
an unusual story. The jet you're looking at is an F-106 Delta Dart. A
storied interceptor in its day, it was built to exceed an Air Force
requirement for 1.9 mach and continuous flight at 57,000 feet. It did
both. And in December 1959, it set a speed record, of 1,525 mph, or
about 2.3 mach, while flying at 40,000 feet. Its pilot at the time,
Major Joseph Rogers, claimed the record might not be accurate. He was
still accelerating, he said, at the time. But this particular jet is
famous for a different reason. More...
THE AVWEBFLASH TEAM
AVwebFlash is a twice-weekly summary of the
latest news, articles, products, features, and events featured on
world's premier independent aviation news resource.
AVwebFlash team is:
Jeff Van West
Have a product or service to
advertise on AVweb? Your advertising can reach over
225,000 loyal AVwebFlash, AVwebBiz, and AVweb
home page readers every week. Over 80% of our readers are
active pilots and aircraft owners. That's why our advertisers grow
with us, year after year. For ad rates and scheduling,
here or contact Tom Bliss,
e-mail or via telephone [(480)
here to send a letter to the
editor. (Please let us know if your letter is not
intended for publication.)
Comments or questions
about the news should be sent
If you're having
trouble reading this newsletter in its HTML-rich format (or if you'd
prefer a lighter, simpler format for your phone or handheld device),
there's also a text-only version of AVwebFlash. For complete
instructions on making the switch, click
Navigate. Communicate. More...