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Volume 10, Number 31a -- July 26, 2004

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OFF TO THE SHOW WE GO
There's nothing like a Wisconsin summer but the AVweb crew is spending next week there, anyway. We'll have a full contingent of alternately sweaty, rain-soaked, windblown and sunburned writers, editors and other important folks on the ground -- and in the air -- at EAA AirVenture starting today. We'll be there for the duration doing what you've come to expect from us in event coverage -- comprehensive, credible and interesting reports on the big show and who and what makes it tick. But, you know, we get some of our best ideas from readers and we'll be making it easy for you to let us know what's on your mind. Stop by our booth (#1007-1008 in Hangar A) just about anytime during the show and you'll come face to face with one of the writers or editors who helps put this publication together twice each week, 52 weeks a year, to more than 130,000 subscribers, free of charge. And if you're in a shopping mood, we'll be happy to refer you to the many sponsors that make it all possible. We're altering our production schedule somewhat to accommodate the huge amount of material we'll have to cover at the show. Certain to help is the forecast (cough) of blue skies and highs in the mid-70s throughout most of the week. Watch for AVflash in your inbox on Wednesday and Friday as well as next Monday, crammed with everything we can find out for you. Then, check out the Web site for even more. And pass the sunscreen ... and the cheese curds. More...

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...DIAMOND BRINGS THE TWINSTAR...
We're always ready for surprises (like the arrival of the AdamJet last year) but so far, among the most anticipated first appearances expected at this year's show may be the North American debut of Diamond's innovative DA42 TwinStar. The little four-place twin, with a 135-horsepower Thielert diesel on each side, made the 4508-nm trip from the company's German headquarters to its North American headquarters in London, Ontario, in a little less than 28 hours, burning 312 gallons of Jet-A. That works out to an average speed of 161 knots with an average fuel burn of 11.2 gph. The company says the aircraft fought tough headwinds on the last leg. There are plenty of other firsts (and exciting aircraft) on tap. More...

...BOHANNON CHASES A B-29 RECORD IN AN RV-4...
What does a (modified) RV-4 have in common with a B-29? If Bruce Bohannon has his way, they'll both have held the record for the highest altitude reached by a piston-powered aircraft. Bohannon and his Exxon Flyin' Tiger are headed for 50,000 feet at this year's show, trying to beat the 47,910 feet hit by U.S. Air Force Maj. Finley F. Ross in the pressurized comfort of a B-29 in 1946. Bohannon will face the bone-numbing cold and engine-threatening thin air with a leather jacket, a pair of jeans and an hour or so of pre-breathing on pure oxygen (to flush the nitrogen from his body and prevent the bends). He'll leave Wittman Regional Airport at noon on July 30. More...

...THE SPORT PILOT BUZZ TURNS LITERAL...
And, of course, get ready for a torrent of information, seminars and hangar talk about the Sport Pilot/Light Sport Aircraft rule (which, incidentally, will be published in the Federal Register on AirVenture's opening day, July 27, wink, wink). EAA has been the driving force behind the entirely new class of aircraft and pilot certificate. And, although it's been nine years of tough slogging to create the rule, in many ways the real work is just beginning. Integrating the new system into the tried-and-true will be a years-long process that begins this week. More...

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GARVEY DEFENDS FAA'S 9/11 PERFORMANCE
The former head of the FAA has defended herself and the agency against allegations in the 9/11 Commission's final report that she did nothing to prevent the Sept. 11 attacks despite an increasing amount of intelligence traffic. The commission said Jane Garvey didn't pay "much attention" to her agency's intelligence unit in the days and months leading up to 9/11. "She was unaware of a great amount of hijacking threat information from her own intelligence unit, which, in turn, was not deeply involved in the agency's policymaking process," the report said. But Garvey told The Boston Globe she disagreed with the way the commission characterized the agency's performance before and after the attacks and that she was in the loop on intelligence matters. More...

...OPERATIONAL MAYHEM
The report also slams the agency for its handling of the crisis itself. It describes the FAA's communications as being in disarray as the planes started crashing into the World Trade Center and Pentagon. It also suggests that a fourth aircraft, Flight 93, would have reached its intended target of either the White House or Capitol building had it not been for passengers battling to seize control of the plane from the hijackers. The plane crashed in a field in Pennsylvania. FAA spokesperson Laura Brown told the Globe that some of the problems were linked to failures by other agencies and that many of the contributing circumstances have now been addressed. More...

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RIGHT TFR, WRONG PILOT
... And we're betting a Kentucky governor would agree that fortunately, they're not shooting ... yet. Police detained (upon landing) Arlington, Texas, pilot Del Hinton, his wife, daughter and a friend for more than an hour on Saturday before Hinton finally convinced them (with a call to Flight Services) his plane couldn't have been the one that violated the TFR over President Bush's Crawford ranch. Authorities swooped down on the family, which was returning from a trip to a Shreveport casino (not that it's anybody's business), as Hinton taxied into his hangar. While they questioned the bewildered (and, we speculate, increasingly unimpressed) Hinton party, the "real" suspect (apparently of similar threat level) drove away. More...

WRONG TFR OR ... ?
Boston is off-limits to most GA aircraft starting today for the Democratic National Convention but if you're headed that way, anyway, it might pay to give the 30-nm TFR more than "a few" miles berth. A writer to AVweb says the graphic depiction and written narrative of the TFR don't line up and there's a 1.5-mile discrepancy between them. We couldn't reach anyone at the FAA to confirm our reader's analysis but it seems like a good precaution to not tempt fate (or NORAD) on this one. Think it might be easier to just drive? Think again. Of course, no one's saying you won't be detained for an hour of questioning regardless of route, method of transportation, or merit badges. More...

STEP RIGHT UP FOR CESSNA'S OSHKOSH SPECTACULAR
This year at AirVenture, come see Cessna's Greatest Show Off Earth, featuring the entire line of Cessna aircraft with new features that will simply astound you. You'll even have the chance to win a WxWorx receiver with an XM WX Satellite Weather subscription, or a Delphi XM Roady™2 satellite radio receiver. Make sure you don't miss any of the excitement under the Cessna big top, AirVenture Booth #143-56. For more information, go to http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/cse/avflash.

GROUND-EFFECT VEHICLE GOING COMMERCIAL
Travelers between Juneau, Skagway and Haines, Alaska, will soon have the option of "flying" without ever leaving the ground (effect). Pacific Seaflight is planning to launch its eight-passenger "wing in ground effect" vehicle in time to take passengers next summer. The Australian-designed Flightship FS8 Dragon Commuter (scroll down for English) is now being built in Florida and is preparing for some serious culture shock. The craft will whisk patrons at 85 knots skimming eight feet above the frigid Pacific. It'll cover the distance between Juneau and Haines in 55 minutes for a one-way fare of about $60, said company president Linus Romey. More...

ATC TRAINING OVER A (PORK) BARREL?
Colleges hoping for a slice of $7 million allocated for air traffic controller training in the proposed FAA budget are concerned about a stipulation that will exclude them and could end up closing their programs, while putting a bottleneck in the controller training and replacement process. The extra money, aimed at forestalling (or at least muting public pressure about) a looming controller shortage can only be used by the FAA's controller academy in Oklahoma City. The fact that the provision was presented by Rep. Ernest Istock (R-Okla.), who represents Oklahoma City, was not lost on officials of the University of North Dakota and 13 other institutions that offer basic controller training. More...

COMPLIMENTARY STUFF & NEW PRODUCTS AT LIGHTSPEED'S AIRVENTURE BOOTH
Get out your show map and put a big dot on Booth #2023 in Hangar B to remind yourself to stop by LightSPEED's booth for your complimentary promotional gift. Sure, you'll have to demo a headset first, but do you really need another excuse to sit in our egg-ceptional listening booth? How about this?: All LightSPEED headsets are now equipped with cell/satellite phone jacks! That should do it. See you at the show! The new cell/satellite jack feature is also available online at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/litspeed/avflash.

A DIFFERENT TAKE ON TAWS
With the opening of AirVenture tomorrow, expect new electronics goodies to pad your panel, including some interesting variations on GPS. For instance, recently formed Aspen Avionics has come out with a panel-mounted (experimental only) terrain-awareness display that fits in the hole vacated by your VSI. The AT300 plugs into your GPS, shows aircraft position and "offers a high-resolution color LCD moving map display that includes both top-view and side-view terrain presentations" -- plus vertical speed information supplied by the aircraft's air-pressure line to the old VSI. Aspen Avionics is marketing the product to the general aviation experimental driver as a cost-effective alternative to a full TAWS system. More...

FISHING FOR A MYSTERY
He was hoping to spot dinner but fisherman Cory Fladeboe instead may have served up the solution to a 46-year-old mystery. Fladeboe was fishing for walleye on Green Lake in Minnesota when he got frustrated with his poor luck. He stuck his underwater camera over the side, hoping to see where he should be casting his line. Instead, the wreck of a high-wing airplane filled the screen. Officials believe it might be an Army Cessna L-19 Birddog that went down in the lake on Oct. 15, 1958. More...

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ON THE FLY...
Air Force spent $2.6 billion on planes that can't be used in combat...
FAA withdrew costly Cessna wing spar AD...
What every cockpit needs -- a guitar...
ANA pilot, flight attendants, reprimanded for passenger cockpit visits...
Cessna projected increase in jet sales...
Mysterious lights thought to be from thunderstorm discharges. More...

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COLUMNS
As the Beacon Turns #79: Connecting The Dots
When things on your airplane break - especially those annoying computers - it can be very distracting and disruptive to your normal flow. AVweb's Michael Maya Charles had a very long morning recently in his MD-10 when the ship's many computers conspired to prevent an on-time takeoff. See how Capt. Charles and his first officer handled the confusion.

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HAVE YOU SIGNED UP yet for AVweb’s NO-COST twice monthly Business AVflash? Reporting on breaking news, Business AVflash also focuses on the companies, the products and the industry leaders that make headlines in the Business of Aviation. Business AVflash is a must read. Watch for a Business AVflash regular feature, TSA WATCH: GA IN THE "SPOTLIGHT". Sign up today at http://www.avweb.com/profile/ More...

DA42 TWIN STAR CERTIFICATION: LOTS OF FIRSTS
Diamond's DA42 Twin Star marks some significant milestones: First Aircraft Type Certification by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA); first piston aircraft to incorporate new propulsion, avionics, and airframe technology; first modern jet-fuel/diesel-powered twin-engine aircraft; and first certified application of the fully integrated Garmin G1000 glass cockpit. See for yourself — visit Diamond during AirVenture at Combo L or online at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/diamond/avflash.

READER FEEDBACK ON AVWEB'S NEWS COVERAGE AND FEATURE ARTICLES:
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Reader mail this week about Sport Pilot and AVweb's coverage of it, skydiving photos, potential closure of the Hudson River VFR corridor and much more.

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SHORT FINAL...
Recently while flying over central Missouri, I overheard a controller responding to a request for VFR Flight Following...

Controller: ...And your type aircraft?

Pilot: Beech Dutchess, Low wing, twin-engine, white and blue.

Controller: You're all a quarter-inch long and green to me... More...

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IT'S SLICK ... INFORMATIVE ... AND COMPLIMENTARY
Stop by Pilot Getaways magazine's AirVenture Booth #3118 and pick up your complimentary copy of the summer issue. From Santa Barbara to Ocala, Florida — with stops along the way in Wisconsin and Colorado — Pilot Getaways is just what the name says! See where you've been missing. Not going to AirVenture? Order your personal subscription online at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/getaways/avflash.
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POWER FLOW DEBUTS C-172N WEIGHT INCREASE STC & AN EXHAUST SHINE KIT
at AirVenture. Cessna 172N owners, you can now increase the gross weight of your aircraft by 100 pounds with this new STC. To meet the STC's requirements, your aircraft must have complied with Cessna's oil cooler relocation from the firewall to the engine baffle and the installation of a cowl cooling lip, and flaps have to be limited to a maximum of 30 degrees. Best of all, the introductory STC cost is only $300.00. (This gross weight STC does not require the installation of the Power Flow Exhaust.) For more information, go see the Power Flow experts at AirVenture Booth #1050 or online at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/power/avflash.
AIRSPORT ALTITUDE ALERTERS OFFERS A $100 DISCOUNT — PLUS
complimentary shipping. AirSport Avionics is the only manufacturer of Altitude Alerters that work by listening to everything your transponder and encoder are reporting to ATC, both Mode A (squawk code) and Mode C (altitude) — a double benefit! AirSport Alerters are completely portable and don't require permanent installation. OSHKOSH SPECIAL: $100 discount on all models, with complimentary ground shipping. Offer ends August 10th. Order online at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/airsport/avflash.
HASSLE-FREE AUTO BUYING FOR THE AVIATION INDUSTRY
CrewCar and Consumer Guides have teamed up to offer hassle-free auto buying to the aviation industry! Next to your home and airplane, a vehicle is the most important item you will purchase. Don't go blindly into a dealership; look to CrewCar. CrewCar is a car-buying service formed by aviation professionals providing shoppers with a complimentary integrated phone and electronic concierge-level buying service offering value no matter the geography. The service is provided gratis and meets the Consumer Guide dealership network standards. For more information, visit CrewCar at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/crewcar/avflash.
GREG BROWN INTRODUCES NEW BOOK, YOU CAN FLY, DURING AIRVENTURE
For those who have always dreamed of becoming a pilot, Greg Brown has written the perfect book for achieving the dream of flight. You Can Fly wings over lakes, canyons, and crowded freeways, through the skies to show how anyone, at any age, can take control. To order your autographed copy, go to http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/paperjet/avflash.
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AVWEB IS GEARING UP FOR AIRVENTURE 2004 IN OSHKOSH!
  • If you plan to attend AirVenture, stop by AVweb's booth #1007-08 and meet our editors. ou'll find a complete schedule online at http://www.avweb.com/news/osh2004/187681-1.html.

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