AVwebFlash - Volume 19, Number 17c

April 26, 2013

By The AVweb Editorial Staff
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Today's Exclusive AVweb Feature back to top 

The Drones Are Coming: Who Will Fly Them?

Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) are scheduled for integration into the national airspace system (NAS) in 2015, spurring job growth and a forecast economic impact of $13.6 billion by 2019. But while the growing industry will be adding to the overall workforce, the segment might also be changing the employment landscape for people seeking professional pilot positions. The new segment will need pilots, but what kind of pilots, and where will they come from? Let's take a look.

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Coping with Cuts back to top 

Senate Acts On FAA Furloughs

The Senate Thursday approved legislation that could put an end to furloughs of air traffic controllers and other FAA personnel that have correlated with a spike in commercial flight delays, but it may do even more. The legislation would allow the FAA to transfer up to $253 million from other programs to fully staff controller positions though September. The FAA had estimated that its staffing furloughs would save an estimated $200 million and closure of 149 federal contract air traffic control towers would save $50 million. It is not yet clear how the transfer will be applied or what other areas would suffer. The bill was expected to move to the House on Friday, for a vote. As presently applied, flight delays have not been the only problems exacerbated by the cuts.

According to the Professional Aviation Safety Specialists union (PASS), which represents FAA employees, the furloughs imposed on FAA employees through sequestration also led to delays in equipment maintenance. According to PASS, furloughs were already leading to missed or deferred preventive maintenance that resulted in reduced system redundancy and insufficient funding for parts and equipment. Passage of the bill would leave the balance of the $85 billion sequestration cuts in place, but would allow the FAA more flexibility in how those cuts are applied at the agency. The FAA had planned to close 149 federal contract air traffic control towers beginning June 15 to save roughly $50 million. It would appear that a portion of the $253 million transfer allowed under the bill could be applied to keeping those towers open. In either case, it is not clear what other areas of operation would suffer as a result of the transfer of funds.

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Video Aero 2013 in Friedrichshafen back to top 

Video: What's New At Aero 2013

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AVweb's tour of Aero 2013.

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Video: FK's Incredible P-51 Mustang LSA

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At Aero 2013, FK Lightplanes pulled the cover off a show stealer: a 70% scale Mustang ultralight and LSA. Molded of carbon fiber, the aircraft is true to the original, right down to the dimples in the rivet lines. AVweb's Paul Bertorelli took a tour of the airplane with FK's Roland Hallam.

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Conversations from Friedrichshafen back to top 

Podcast: All-in-One Wonderbox?

File Size 6.5 MB / Running Time 7:05

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Garmin's Carl Wolf seems to agree that the next logical development in avionics is an AHRS/Com/Nav/ADS-B that won't make you sell the beach house. AVweb's Paul Bertorelli spoke with him at Aero 2013 in Friedrichshafen.

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Podcast: Part 23 Changes

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Flight Design is pulling back on the timeline for its four-place certified model as the world gets together on light aircraft certification. AVweb's Paul Bertorelli spoke with Tom Peghiny at Aero 2013.

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On-Site Coverage of the CAFE Symposium back to top 

CAFE Symposium Explores Flight Of The Future

An array of experts in a variety of aircraft technologies, from batteries to aerodynamics to photovoltaics, are gathering in Santa Rosa, Calif., for this week's 7th annual CAFE electric-aircraft symposium. Representatives from NASA, IBM, Pipistrel, MIT, UCLA, and more, are convening to share the results of their latest research and contribute to creating the next generation of flight. "There's a great deal of promise that we can have emissions-free airplanes," event organizer Dr. Brien Seeley told AVweb on Thursday. General-aviation aircraft that are quiet, vibration-free, and easy to operate have "the potential to really proliferate," he said. The meeting will be held Friday and Saturday.

The event has been growing every year since it started in 2007. "I think that's because of the rapid progress being made in energy storage and battery technology," said Seeley. The complete program for the event is posted online (PDF). Seeley spoke with AVweb's Mary Grady in Santa Rosa, with a preview of some of the topics that will be covered during the meeting. Click here to listen to the podcast, and watch for more video, podcasts, and news from the symposium on AVweb over the next few days.

Podcast: Dr. Brien Seeley at the CAFE Electric Aircraft Symposium

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The Seventh annual symposium is now under way in Santa Rosa, California, and Dr. Brien Seeley talks with AVweb's Mary Grady about who's coming, what they'll be talking about, and what they hope to achieve.

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From the Pages of Aviation Safety Magazine back to top 

When The Lights Go Out

Radio silence: that's what most pilots say got their attention and made them realize they had encountered an in-flight electrical failure. Too bad, because by the time the radios no longer worked, odds are that your electrical system had sucked all the life out of your primary back-up device, your main battery. Many modern personal airplanes come with back-up electrical systems from the factory. But if you fly an airplane equipped as if was the standard just a few years ago, you had better hope you were in day VFR conditions if you found yourself in this pickle. Otherwise, it was going to be a mighty tough night and/or IFR flight without navigation equipment or communication radios (or lights, or power for flaps or landing gear).

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You Refurbish It, We Show It Off back to top 

Refurb of the Month: Ron Tanner's Champ Restoration

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Do all of us harbor the fantasy of finding that perfect vintage aircraft stored in a barn somewhere, only awaiting the tender hands of restoration? Well, it's no fantasy. Those airplanes are out there. In 2004, Ron Tanner found this 1946 Champ in a Massachusetts barn, where it sat unmoved since 1952. He bought it from Mike Ricard. Incredibly, it has the original engine, fabric, glass and logbooks.

"The total time on the original logs shows 1543 hours," Tanner told us. "I hauled her down here to Okeechobee, Florida, where I now live at River Oak Acres airpark (00FL) when I moved in 2005. It took three years of rebuilding, including three FAA field approvals and 10 STCs. I changed the original 65-hp to an 0-200A 100 hp, which now has a light weight starter and 30-amp alternator."

Other upgrades include hydraulic toe disk brakes, an electrical system, a comm radio and transponder, and digital tach, volt/amp, and oil pressure/temp gauges. The interior upholstery and headliner are from Airtex, and the covering is modern Pol Fiber. "I made a temporary spray booth in my hangar and did the painting also. If you see an Aeronca t-shirt at Sun 'n Fun or Oshkosh, you will find the paint scheme I used. When the FAA inspector came to do the field approvals, he informed me I would need a new airworthiness certificate. I didn't realize that before 1955, it was renewed at each annual inspection. That cost me $700 for a DER to issue one," Tanner says.

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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

Scott Simmons

Contributing Editors
Mary Grady
Glenn Pew

Kevin Lane-Cummings

Ad Coordinator
Karen Lund

Avionics Editor
Larry Anglisano

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