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Volume 18, Number 17a
April 23, 2012
 
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"Information Wants to Be Free?" Maybe So for Chartsback to top 
 
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SENATORS REIN IN AERONAV'S FEE PROPOSAL
The powerful Senate Appropriations Committee has rapped the knuckles of the FAA over its handling of proposed changes to the delivery of online navigation information services and suggested more congressional oversight on the implementation of those changes. The committee, whose report must be approved by the full Senate and House, says AeroNav, the arm of the agency that publishes navigation and airport information, should immediately restore the 17-day advance availability of the next iteration of online publications, which it abruptly reduced to 24 hours last year. The change made it difficult if not impossible for third-party online navigation information providers to fully update their data bases before the effective dates of the new charts. "The committee is concerned that these changes may conflict with the FAA's mission to provide timely and accurate information for pilots in the interest of safe and efficient navigation," the committee said. It also warned against using online products as a cash cow to make up for lost revenue from diminishing paper chart sales. More...

 
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The Long Arm of the Lawback to top 
 
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FAA ANNOUNCES WHERE THE DRONES ARE
The FAA has responded to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit by releasing two lists it says include all public and private entities that have sought authorization to fly drones over the United States. The suit was brought by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). The lists include both the Certificates of Authorization issued to public entities and the Special Airworthiness Certificates issued to private operators. EFF has posted the entities to an online interactive map and says "these lists leave many questions unanswered." Separately, a pair of congressmen has sent a letter to the FAA requesting its plans to protect the privacy of U.S. citizens regarding drone operations. More...

JAIL TIME FOR FAA SAFETY INSPECTOR
Harrington Bishop, 64, former safety inspector at Teterboro Flight Standards District Office, was sentenced Wednesday to one year of prison time for accepting unauthorized payments from pilots after giving them check rides. Bishop, also a former Air Force pilot, was not authorized to grant licenses or participate in checks on his days off. But over seven years he scheduled rides (mostly for military pilots looking for civilian certificates) and accepted tips of $300 under those conditions, the court found. Bishop operated most of the flights out of Flying W airport in Medford, N.J., and nearly every pilot he tested passed. Along with the prison term, he has been ordered to pay the government $70,000 in restitution. Bishop did offer an explanation for his behavior. More...

 
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Aero Friedrichshafen Round-Upback to top 
 

AVWEB INSIDER BLOG: AERO 2012 -- SMALLER, BUT PLENTY OF NEW STUFF
This year, for the first time, Aero Friedrichshafen became an annual show, and as a result, it was a bit smaller than usual, according to veteran exhibitors. But on the AVweb Insider blog, Paul Bertorelli's summary reports on plenty of new stuff, including the Cirrus jet announcement, the stunning Pipistrel Panthera and more LSAs, ultralights and autogyros than we could even count. Attendance at Aero hovers around the 33,000 mark, but it's a potent audience of people who are seriously interested in aviation. More...

 
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Future Fuelsback to top 
 

LYCOMING'S KRAFT: COMPETITION MAY MAKE 100LL REPLACEMENT COST COMPETITIVE
Although no replacement for 100LL has yet been identified, Lycoming's Michael Kraft thinks it's possible that multiple competitors could enter the market with different fuels meeting the same specifications, thus fostering price competition. In this podcast recorded at Aero 2012 in Friedrichshafen, Germany, Lycoming's Kraft said that although it hasn't released its formal report, the FAA's leaded fuel transition Aviation Rulemaking Committee will recommend a transition process that could, conceivably, have several competitors providing different sources of unleaded fuel to the market that meet the same performance specification. More...

 
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Diamond's Vision of the Futureback to top 
 

DIAMOND ANNOUNCES ROBOTIC HELICOPTER
Tapping into its evolving expertise in airborne sensing systems, Diamond Aircraft CEO Christian Dries said Thursday at Aero Friedrichshafen that the company will soon be testing a robotic helicopter, the Hero. The aircraft is intended for the military and commercial airborne sensor and reconnaissance market but it won't be just another UAV. In this podcast from Aero, Dries said the aircraft will be capable of not just autonomous flight, but also a degree of artificial intelligence and flight judgment. "It's a little bit beyond a regular unmanned aircraft," Dries said. More...

DIAMOND SHARES DA52 MAIDEN FLIGHT STATS
It was only flown up to 12,000 feet and cruised at 190 knots TAS within the pre-defined limits of its one-hour flight test, but Diamond Aircraft's five-plus-person DA52 twin could soon offer "a lot more," according to the company. Powered by two 180-hp turbo-diesel Austro AE300E engines, the aircraft took off without flaps in less than 900 feet with a five-knot headwind. It climbed to altitude in less than nine minutes at an initial rate of 1,700 fpm, flying at gross weight. Performance was constricted for the test flight, and more technology is coming. Christian Dries told AVweb that the DA52 will be among Diamond's first to be offered with optional fly-by-wire controls. More...

 
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Ben Franklin Would Be Proudback to top 
 

PC-AERO EXTENDS ELECTRIC AIRCRAFT FLIGHT TIME
Although they're improving rapidly, the chief problem with electric aircraft remains endurance due to limitations on battery capacity and weight. At Aero Friedrichshafen last week, a German company called PC-Aero showed off the latest iteration of its approach to solve the endurance problem -- solar assisted flight. In this video, PC-Aero's Calin Gologan showed AVweb the company's second-generation electric airplane, the single-seat Electra Solar One. Because of its low drag, the airplane draws minimum power from its onboard batteries, but to supplement that, says Gologan, the wings and tail surfaces are covered in efficient photovoltaic cells that can provide up to 1.2 Kw/hr against a total requirement of 2.5 Kw for the airplane. More...

VIDEO: PC-AERO'S NEW SOLAR ONE ELECTRIC CRUISER
PC-Aero has come out with its second solar-powered airplane, the Electra Solar One. PC-Aero's Calin Gologan gave AVweb a briefing on it at the Aero Friedrichshafen show in Germany. More...

 
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Under the Cowlback to top 
 

ULPOWER SHOWS ITS NEW ENGINES
ULPower, a company based in Geluveld, Belgium, showed off its new six-cylinder powerplants at Aero Friedrichshafen last week. UL is becoming more known in the kit airplane and experimental markets for its low-power four-cylinder engines. As Patrick Denorme explains in this AVweb video, it's now taking a run at the higher-power six-cylinder market. More...

VIDEO: ULPOWER'S NEW SIX-CYLINDER ENGINES
At Aero Friedrichshafen, ULPower showed off its new line of six-cylinder engines, from 145hp to 200hp. More...

 
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More Video from Aeroback to top 
 

VIDEO: MESSERSCHMIDT BF 109 SIMULATOR
If you could fly a Messerschmitt Bf 109, how cool would that be? A simulator is the next best thing. In this AVweb video from Aero 2012 in Friedrichshafen, Germany, we get a sim tour from Hans Schmid. More...


VIDEO: FLIGHT DESIGN NEWS AT AERO 2012
Flight Design announced EASA certification of two aircraft and unveiled the full-scale mockup of the interior of its C4 four-place at Aero 2012 last week. More...

 
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Around the Showback to top 
 

AERO 2012 PHOTO GALLERY: HELICOPTER HALL
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AVweb's Paul Bertorelli took a few moments to wander the helicopter hall at Aero 2012 in Friedrichshafen, Germany and snap a few photos. More...


AERO 2012 PHOTO GALLERY: RC FLYING AREA
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There are literally hundreds of airplanes on display in Friedrichshafen this week — but how could the Aero 2012 organizers fit hundreds of airplanes in a single hangar? Discover the answer as Paul Bertorelli pauses to take a break from shooting video to wander the radio-controlled airplane display. More...


AERO 2012 PHOTO GALLERY: GYROS
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Before we pack up and head home from Aero 2012 in Friedrichshafen, Germany, here's one last photo gallery showcasing some of the gyros we took in during the show. More...

 
Your Favorite FBOsback to top 
 

FBO OF THE WEEK: LUX AIR JET CENTER (KGYR, GOODYEAR, ARIZONA)

AVweb's "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Lux Air Jet Center at Phoenix/Goodyear Airport (KGYR) in Goodyear, Arizona.

AVweb reader Cathy Page told us about her recent experience:

We pulled in to park, [and the] line guy was right there. Before we even got out of the plane, he had it chained down. I asked him about fuel prices I had seen online, and he assured me they would honor whatever was posted. We walked inside and asked the desk if they could top off our plane while we met a business acquaintance. Then the line guy who parked us asked if we needed anything. [We told him] a ride to find the person we were to meet (who is slightly lost) would be great. He grabbed a golf cart and took us to find our guest. We had a little business to do and used the pilot lounge to finish up. We found out as we paid our fuel bill from the desk that the line guy who had been so helpful earlier was in fact the owner of Lux Air. How nice to see the hands-on from him.

Thank you, Tim. Thank you, Lux Air, for great service.

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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The Lighter Side of Flightback to top 
 

SHORT FINAL

During the late 1970s, a Royal Air Force "Belfast" strategic freighter approached on final to Chicago O'Hare. (What's a Belfast? Read on!) Callsign: "Ascot 1234."

Ascot 1234:
"Chicago tower, Ascot 1234."

Chicago:
"Ascot, say your aircraft type."

Ascot 1234:
"Ascot 1234 is a Belfast."

Chicago:
"Uhhh, what in heck's a Belfast, Ascot?"

Ascot 1234:
"It's a big 4-turboprop freighter — bit like a pretty C-132."

Chicago:
"O.K., Ascot, you're cleared to continue behind the landing 737. Do you have that visual?"

Ascot 1234:
"Ascot 1234, affirmative to continue."

United 123:
"Chicago Tower, this is United 123."

Chicago:
"United 123 Chicago, you're cleared to continue behind the landing Belfast."

United 123:
"The landing what?"

Chicago:
"United 123, don't you know a Belfast when you see one?"

Chicago (and United) could be forgiven for not knowing what in heck a Belfast was: Only 10 were ever built. But we (53 Squadron, Royal Air Force) flew them all round the world, and we loved 'em ... .


Sean Maffett
via e-mail

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HEARD ANYTHING FUNNY ON THE RADIO?
Heard anything funny, unusual, or downright shocking on the radio lately? If you've been flying any length of time, you're sure to have eavesdropped on a few memorable exchanges. The ones that gave you a chuckle may do the same for your fellow AVweb readers. Share your radio funny with us, and, if we use it in a future "Short Final," we'll send you a sharp-looking AVweb hat to sport around your local airport. No joke. Click here to submit your original, true, and previously unpublished story. More...

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Names Behind the Newsback to top 
 

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