AVwebFlash - Volume 18, Number 13d

March 29, 2012

By The AVweb Editorial Staff
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From Earth to the Moon ... And Back to Florida back to top 

Apollo 17, 40 Years Ago, Remembered

Only 12 humans have ever walked on the surface of the Moon; only one of them, Harrison Schmitt, was a scientist, and he came to Sun 'n Fun this week. Schmitt, a geologist, is appearing at several events to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 17 mission. In a news conference on Wednesday morning, he brought to life his long-ago experience. His ship was blasted into space on Dec. 7, 1972, by the last of the Saturn V rockets, he said. At about 34,000 miles from Earth, he snapped the famous photo showing the whole planet, which is still the most-requested shot from NASA. Then he and Eugene Cernan landed on the Moon, where they spent 75 hours.

"Twenty-two hours of that was outside the lunar module," he said. "We landed in a mountain valley, deeper than the Grand Canyon and just five miles wide." It was a fascinating experience, he said, to spend time on the lunar surface. "The sky was absolutely black, yet the landscape was brightly lit by the sun," he said. "I never got fully used to that." The combination of the strange light, the scarcity of landmarks, and the lack of an atmosphere made it tricky to judge distances. The geological samples he collected are still being analyzed, decades later, as new technologies make it possible to discover new features. One researcher found evidence of water in a Moon sample, using advanced techniques, and some of the work has led to new theories about the origin of the Moon. Schmitt recently wrote a book, "Return to the Moon," in which he argues that it would be economically feasible to send astronauts to the Moon to mine an element called Helium-3 that could be transported to Earth to produce energy. Schmitt had much more to say about his flight training in preparation for the mission and his ideas about how we should continue to explore the Moon, in a podcast interview with AVweb's Mary Grady; click here to listen.

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Podcast: Harrison Schmitt, Apollo 17 Astronaut

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Harrison Schmitt was the only one of the Apollo astronauts who was a civilian and scientist, with a doctorate in geology from Harvard University. He spent some time at Sun 'n Fun this week and talked with AVweb's Mary Grady about his NASA flight training, why he thinks humans should return to the moon, and more.

This podcast is brought to you by FAST (Flight and Aircraft Services Tracking), Aspen Avionics, and XM WX Satellite Weather.

Click here to listen. (7.6 MB, 8:20)

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All-in-One Electronic Record-Keeping back to top 

FAST: One-Stop Record Keeping

After six months of beta testing with real-world users, Andres Darvasi has rolled out FAST, an anywhere-accessible online tool that aims to provide one-stop shopping for aircraft record-keeping, maintenance and pilot-specific concerns. The level of detail available means that pilots can track individual components from the standpoint of cost and acquisition source, through any weight and balance effects, to associated regulatory or maintenance deadlines, requirements or squawks, and more. Pilots access the tool through fast-flight.com. Darvasi is making the subscription-based service available with a 60-day free trial period.

After the trial period, pilots who want to continue using the system will need to pay a sign-up fee of $100 followed by a $20 monthly subscription that they can end at any time. The system operates on a web-based paperless platform, but does offer users the ability to back up, print or download all their stored content at any time in Excel spreadsheet format.

AVweb's Glenn Pew spoke with Darvasi about FAST at Sun 'n Fun; click here to listen to that podcast.

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Podcast: FAST Offers One-Stop Online Record Keeping

File Size 7.0 MB / Running Time 7:39

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FAST — a new aircraft record-keeping, maintenance, and pilot log system — was announced at Sun 'n Fun. AVweb's Glenn Pew spoke with Andres Darvasi about its applications.

This podcast is brought to you by Control Vision's Anywhere Map and Bendix/King by Honeywell.

Click here to listen. (7.0 MB, 7:39)

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Airborne with the Black Diamonds back to top 

Sun 'n Fun's Resident Black Diamond Plus Mig-17s

The Black Diamond high performance, high precision jet team is based at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport and mixes Air Force, Navy and civilian pilots flying L-39s and Polish-made Mig-17s (one Lim-5 and one Lim-6). The team's two civilian pilots include the CEO of its main sponsor, Harbortouch, a touchscreen point of sale system. Its Air Force component includes former Thunderbird team members and its Navy component includes a former Top Gun instructor. Together the team will challenge any other for tightest formation flying today and the Migs may be the only two in the country currently flying regular performances together as part of a larger team.

AVweb interviewed team lead Lt. Colonel Jerry "Jive" Kerby and Dale "Snort" Snodgrass in this video, which includes in-cockpit video of the team's performance.

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Video: L-39 Mig-17 Black Diamond Performance Team -- Pilot Interviews

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The Black Diamond air show performance team is one place where Air Force, civilian, and Navy pilots mix. The four-ship diamond flies one of the tightest formations in the business in L-39s. The solos fly Polish-made Migs. Team lead Jerry "Jive" Kerby (retired Air Force) and Dale "Snort" Snodgrass (retired Navy) give the interviews in the video.

Just because you don't hear any ribbing from Kerby doesn't mean he didn't give it. His answer to "tell us about the other pilots" brought a quick smile and the answer, "They're all legends in their own minds."

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Pilot MyCast Comes to iOs, Android back to top 

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Garmin's Pilot MyCast has been updated with new features, new navigation and a new name. A single weather, flight planning and moving map app will be available for both iOS and Android.

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Meanwhile, at the FAA ... back to top 

Huerta Nominated To Head FAA

President Obama has nominated Acting FAA Administrator Michael Huerta to take the position for a five-year term. Huerta was elevated to the post from deputy administrator in December after former FAA boss Randy Babbitt was arrested for drunk driving and resigned the post. Huerta must be confirmed by the Senate before getting the job but analysts don't seem to view that as an issue. Indeed, Huerta, whose background is in transportation but not specifically aviation, has kept a fairly low profile since taking over. Leaders of various aviation groups have been congratulatory if not laudatory in their reaction.

AOPA President Craig Fuller said he "appreciated the attention [Huerta] has given to the concerns of general aviation" and said he looked forward to a "constructive and productive working relationship" with him. Aircraft Electronics Association President Paula Derks said she was surprised at how quickly Obama made the nomination but was happy he did. "There are too many challenging issues in the immediate future, including NextGen implementation and the UAV mandate in 2015, to delay appointing a permanent administrator to lead the agency." EAA acknowledged the appointment but there was no immediate reaction from President Rod Hightower.

FAA: Digital Chart Proposal In The Works

The FAA is now working on a final proposal for how it will determine prices for aeronautical chart products, the agency said last week, but no dates were set to complete or implement that plan. Late last year, the FAA developed a draft proposal to address the issues of security, safety, and cost recovery for its paper and digital electronic products. The agency said it wants to protect the integrity of its charts, which it says have sometimes been "replicated in a way that did not preserve the integrity of the original product." The FAA also wants to develop a fee structure that will enable it to recover production costs.

The FAA said it hasn't set any dates for completion of the final proposal or a timeline for implementation, but it plans to keep the aviation community informed about its progress. The agency now develops aeronautical products and sells them through a network of about 400 authorized aeronautical chart agents, as well as through direct sales to the public. "With the growth of the worldwide web and advances in personal computing devices, pilots have relied increasingly on digital aeronautical products rather than traditional paper charts," the FAA said. The agency has the authority to charge fees to recover the costs of producing those products. The draft plan inspired quite a lot of discussion when it was released in December; click here to read AVweb editorial director Paul Bertorelli's blog post on the topic.

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Your Favorite FBOs back to top 

FBO of the Week: Corporate Flight Management (KJWN, Nashville, TN)

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AVweb's latest "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to a location we've spotlighted in the past: Corporate Flight Management at John C. Tune Airport (KJWN) in Nashville, Tennessee.

AVweb reader Charles George shares how CFM exceeded expectations on his visit:

I flew into John Tune Airport on a Mercy Flight recently. We were delayed by fog at the departure airport, so we were running late. The staff at Corporate Flight drove my patient to the hospital to save time and make the appointment. Another picked her up for the return. This professional level of service at a small, uncontrolled airport is outstanding! I'll definitely visit again when I'm in the area.

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 News back to top 

Meet the AVwebFlash Team

AVwebFlash is a twice-weekly summary of the latest news, articles, products, features, and events featured on AVweb, the world's premier independent aviation news resource.

The AVwebFlash team is:

Tom Bliss

Editorial Director, Aviation Publications
Paul Bertorelli

Russ Niles

Contributing Editors
Mary Grady
Glenn Pew

Scott Simmons

Kevin Lane-Cummings
Jeff Van West

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Where to Find Our Sponsors at Sun 'n Fun 2012

B-001-009Aircraft Spruce & Specialty Co.
D-097Aircraft Tax (Scott Horton, CPA)
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SNF-009Bose Corporation
A-011-012Control Vision Anywhere Map
MD-023BDiamond Aircraft
MD-027CEclipse Aerospace
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B-046-047Hartzell Engine Technologies
D-082Hilton Software (WingX)
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