AVwebFlash Complete Issue: Volume 18, Number 42a

October 15, 2012

By The AVweb Editorial Staff
 
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AVflash! Falling Faster than the Speed of Sound back to top 
 

Red Bull Stratos Jump Breaks Longstanding Records

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When skydiver Felix Baumgartner stepped from his space capsule on Sunday from 128,000 feet, he broke two records that stood for more than 50 years and he also kept a promise to himself. "The only thing you want is you want to come back alive because you don't want to die in front of your parents, your girlfriend," he told reporters a few hours after he parachuted to a seemingly effortless stand-up landing in New Mexico Sunday. His was the highest-ever parachute jump and the highest manned balloon flight. Baumgartner is reported to have reached Mach 1.24 during freefall, which made it the fastest freefall. At four minutes and 18 seconds it was not the longest-duration freefall. That record still belongs to Col. Joe Kittinger, who waited until 4:30 to pull the chute on his 1960 jump. Baumgartner's successful jump took place exactly 65 years, to the day, after Chuck Yeager first broke the speed of sound in the rocket-powered X1. Like Yeager's flight, Baumgartner's jump had its potentially dangerous moments.

Baumgartner's jump was preceded by some concerns over the heating element in the faceplate of his space helmet. The only alternative, to descend in the capsule, would have meant a possible rough landing with no control over the landing site at a high descent rate. After extended discussion, the launch team decided to proceed with the jump. Baumgartner reached extreme speeds as he plummeted to Earth. At one point, he began spinning and considered triggering an emergency sequence that would have ended the chance of records but allowed him to safely descend the rest of the way. "Do I push that button and stay alive or fight the whole way down and break the speed of sound?" he asked rhetorically in the news conference. He was able to recover from the spin but reported that his visor had been fogging up. He deployed his chute a short time later. It was a long ride down to a perfect stand-up landing.

 
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AVweb Insider Blog: Felix's Big Adventure -- Mach 1 Falls

Plus several other records. Red Bull pulled it off almost without a hitch, and on the AVweb Insider blog, Paul Bertorelli admires the perfect execution of what was, in the end, a brilliant stroke of marketing and promotion. He would lift a can of Red Bull in recognition, but he'd be up all night regretting it.

Read more and join the conversation.

 
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EU Ready for a Centralized Aviation Authority? back to top 
 

EU Ponders FAA-Style Super Agency

The European Union is considering creating a single FAA-style agency to oversee aviation regulation and enforcement for all member countries. The current European Aviation Safety Agency is charged with many of those duties but individual countries have retained domestic aviation oversight and have opted out of some initiatives, slowing progress toward a homogenous system of rules and regulations for all EU countries. A consultation process has begun to determine the shape and scope of such an organization. The fundamental question is whether it should operate independently of EASA or whether EASA should be granted the additional powers to become the new agency.

The discussion comes after two attempts to create a "Single European Sky" have failed. "After two rounds of new initiatives, the time has also come for a simplification, to improve the usability of the regulations and a general alignment of the existing regulations with other recent regulations to make the Single European Sky and EASA rules better adapted for future use," the European Commission said in a statement. "The objective SES II+ is therefore to promote its speedier implementation, clearly building upon already established principles."

 
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FAA Aiming for Cheaper Certs back to top 
 

Huerta Wants Certification Time Halved

FAA interim Administrator Michael Huerta says one of the FAA's short-term goals is to cut the cost of aircraft certification in half while increasing safety. Huerta spoke to the Wichita Aero Club Thursday while on his way to AOPA Summit in Palm Springs. According to the Wichita Eagle, Huerta said the FAA wants to standardize certification testing around the world to streamline the process for manufacturers. He said it would cut the costs and time spent on developing new products while maintaining the current system of oversight. Huerta said the FAA also wants to make it easier for owners of older aircraft to upgrade, especially where safety systems are concerned.

He said he wants to improve the approval process for installation of new equipment on old aircraft. "There is so much as an industry that we need to do," he told the audience. Earlier in the day he spoke at Bombardier's annual safety stand down before heading to Palm Springs to appear at the keynote session of AOPA Summit in Palm Springs, where he shared the stage with actor and aviation advocate Harrison Ford.

 
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AOPA's Revival back to top 
 

AOPA Flying Club Plans Updated

There are almost as many pilots with lapsed certificates in the U.S. as there are active pilots, and AOPA sees its new flying club initiative as a way to bring some of them back into the fold. At an information session at AOPA Summit in Palm Springs on Friday, Adam Smith, head of AOPA's new Center to Advance the Pilot Community, said there are about 500,000 pilots with lapsed certificates in the U.S. He said the formation of a flying club in their area is sometimes the push they need to get back in the cockpit. "Wherever there is a community in aviation there is a 'stickiness' that keeps people sticking around," Smith said. To that end, AOPA hopes to encourage the creation of more than 400 flying clubs in the next five years.

AOPA is developing materials to help groups start flying clubs. Those materials will cover legal and financial requirements along with tips on marketing and promoting the club. AOPA staff are currently digesting the data from a study that polled members of about 15 percent of existing clubs to see what they liked and didn't like. Most members were overwhelmingly supportive of their clubs but significant numbers complained that they weren't having enough fun. Study author Mark Benson said the most successful clubs combine business and pleasure by hosting club events in which members can learn new skills or tour facilities like the local tower or TRACON. "They engage pilots in safety and social activities," he said. "The safety activities foster community." The full study will be available online soon, and in the meantime AOPA has created a Facebook group for the flying club finder. There will also be a webinar on the effort Nov. 14.

 
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AVweb Audio — Are You Listening? back to top 
 

Podcast: Women Get Organized

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Two and a half years ago, a loose-knit group of female pilot advocates organized a remarkably successful effort to celebrate 100 years of women in aviation. AVweb's Russ Niles spoke with Mireille Goyer, the driving force behind Women of Aviation Week Worldwide, about the natural evolution of those efforts at AOPA Summit in Palm Springs.

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Opinion & Commentary back to top 
 

AVweb Insider Blog: AOPA Summit -- Hunkering Down

AOPA Summit was a smaller show with some notable absences. Sitting in the airport on the way home, AVweb editor Russ Niles posts to the AVweb Insider blog asking just what (if anything) that means.

Read more and join the conversation.

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

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Copperstate Fly-In || October 25-27, 2012
The Southwest's Premier Aviation Event, the Copperstate Fly-In & Aviation Expo will take place October 25-27 in Casa Grande, Arizona at the Municipal Airport. This, the 40th annual event, will include over 500 aircraft of all kinds, airplane rides, aviation exhibitors, fly-bys, vendors, a food court, and the Ford "Go Further" Tour. Adult admission: $15. Children 12 & under: no charge. No-cost parking. See Copperstate.org for more information.

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Your Favorite FBOs back to top 
 

FBO of the Week: Memphis/Shelby County Airport Authority (M01, Memphis, TN)

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AVweb's "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to the Memphis/Shelby County Airport Authority (MSCAA) FBO at General Dewitt Spain Airport (M01) in Memphis, Tennessee.

AVweb reader Scott Bartley had high praise for the facility:

By far the best FBO I have flown into in the past three years. They met the plane with a golf cart and offered to assist. They looked over my plane (Mooney M20C, '65) and noticed a minor problem in the front tire, which they repaired without any charge. Fuel is cheap. The helped me get a cab and gave me recommendations of places to eat during my stay. These people were friendly and just great overall.

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 Flight back to top 
 

Short Final

This was my experience, airborne near Hollister (CA) inbound to Salinas (CA) airport, SNS:

Me:
"Oakland Flight Watch, Aircoupe 1234, ten east of Hollister. Please give me current Salinas weather."

OAK:
"Aircoupe 1234, Oakland Flight Watch. What's the identifier?"

Me:
"Salinas identifier is SNS."

OAK:
"I know what the identifier for Salinas is. I need the identifier for your location near Hollister."

Me:
"I don't know the identifier for Hollister. Just please give me the weather at Salinas."

OAK:
"The computer won't let me give you the Salinas weather unless I tell it where you are with an identifier."

Me:
"Disregard my request. I'll call on my cell phone. It doesn't care where I'm at!"


Bill
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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.

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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:

Publisher
Tom Bliss

Editorial Director, Aviation Publications
Paul Bertorelli

Editor-in-Chief
Russ Niles

Webmaster
Scott Simmons

Contributing Editors
Mary Grady
Glenn Pew

Contributors
Kevin Lane-Cummings

Ad Coordinator
Karen Lund

Avionics Editor
Larry Anglisano

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