The Internet's Aviation Magazine & News Service

Now Over 130,000 Subscribers
Volume 10, Number 49b -- December 2, 2004

Email this AVflash to a friend

This issue of AVweb's AVflash is brought to you by ...
Piedmont Hawthorne Aircraft Sales

LOOK TO THE PIEDMONT HAWTHORNE AIRCRAFT SALES TEAM WHEN YOU'RE BUYING or SELLING YOUR NEXT AIRCRAFT
Whether you're looking for that "envy of many pilots" single (such as a Bonanza) or a workhorse turboprop or multi-mission jet, Piedmont Hawthorne Aircraft Sales does it all — and has done so for over 65 years — boasting a professional sales/marketing team engaged in new and pre-owned aircraft with more than 100 years of sales, support, and consulting expertise — Turnkey assistance from acquisition, financing, or sales consulting to award-winning service and avionics centers, and a VIP program for every customer at their extensive network of 36 FBOs — Always looking to purchase quality turboprop, mid-size, and large turbine aircraft. One call to (800) 259-1940, or one click to http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/phas/avflash.

The Top Headlines From AVweb's Expanded, Illustrated News Coverage At AVweb's NewsWire.

INVESTIGATION UNDERWAY INTO BIZJET CRASH
The NTSB is looking at the choice of runway and the lack of de-icing prior to the crash of a Bombardier Challenger CL-600 in Montrose, Colo., on Sunday morning that killed three of the six people on board. The jet carried NBC sports executive Dick Ebersol and members of his family, and had landed at Montrose in snowy conditions to drop off Ebersol's wife, actress Susan St. James. It stayed on the ground for about 45 minutes to an hour and was not de-iced, the NTSB said. The pilot chose not to wait for the 10,000-foot runway, 17/35, to be plowed, and instead chose 13/31, which is 7,500 feet long. The accident (so far) appears no more unusual than Sunday's -- or any day's -- other fatal accidents, but for the familiarity of those involved and the fact that it involved a business jet. More...

...RAISING CONCERNS ABOUT SAFETY...
The accident prompted a rash of stories in the mainstream press questioning the safety of GA flights, citing the death of two pilots in a Gulfstream G-1159A at Houston Hobby Airport on Nov. 22 and the Oct. 24 Hendrick Motorsports accident that killed 10 in a Beech 200 King Air. The Challenger line has accumulated over 2.5 million hours of flight time in 24 years, Bombardier spokesman Leo Knappen told MSNBC, and Sunday's accident was the third fatal crash. Bombardier's stock took a hit this week, dropping 4 percent on Monday to its lowest level this year, and by yesterday had been downgraded to "junk" status as the company released its third-quarter numbers and announced 2,200 additional aerospace job cuts. More...

...BUT BIZAV DEFENDS ITS RECORD
The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) quickly responded to the scrutiny, sending President Ed Bolen out for interviews with the media and publishing a document on its Web site with details of "Business Aviation's Excellent Safety Record," debunking mainstream analyses, and noting that 2003 was the safest year ever for business aviation. An ABC News story on Monday reported that the fatal accident rate of "corporate aviation is 2.5 times greater than the major airlines ... [and] the fatal accident rate for charters ... is more than 50 times higher than that of the commercial airlines." The NBAA says those numbers are based on statistics that lump together many different kinds of aircraft. For aircraft flown by a professional crew, the fatal accident rate is very low, nearly the same as for the airlines, the NBAA said. More...

INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF GETTING A LIGHTSPEED 25XL RECONDITIONED HEADSET THIS HOLIDAY SEASON
First, print out several copies of this page and circle the paragraph below with a thick felt tip pen. Then, leave copies around the house — by the phone, on the refrigerator, near the computer, and in other places your family may stumble upon it. Now, cross your fingers and wait. Or, buy one for yourself! No one will question it if you've been very good.
FREE SHIPPING ON RECONDITIONED 25XLs THROUGH DECEMBER 31
When new, these headsets listed for $599. Now, you can purchase reconditioned 25XLs for $350 and receive complimentary UPS Ground domestic shipping. These headsets come from pilots who have upgraded to LightSPEED Thirty 3G headsets. All have new seals, pads, and are upgraded to current factory specifications. Plus, they are backed by LightSPEED's 30-day money-back guarantee, one-year warranty, and LightSPEED's emphasis on customer service and satisfaction. For more information, go to http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/litspeed/r25xls/avflash.

RESEARCH RECORDS AND TECHNOLOGY
Virgin Atlantic's GlobalFlyer, the latest brainchild of the brainiacs at Scaled Composites, is just about ready for its round-the-world nonstop flight, with record-setter Steve Fossett in the pilot's seat. The aircraft is powered by a Williams International FJ44 engine and the 23,000-mile flight (give or take) is expected to last 70 hours (-ish) at about 52,000 feet (the math says an average of 285 knots). It will feed from 13 fuel tanks and use 18,000 pounds (give or take) of fuel. Takeoff (when the aircraft will weigh about 22,006 pounds -- including pilot) is set for Jan. 4 or soon thereafter, weather permitting. The craft will launch from a 12,300-foot runway at Salina, Kan., with Mission Control based at Kansas State University's College of Aviation, adjacent to the airport. More...

...OR JUST UP AND DOWN, UP AND DOWN, UP AND DOWN...
Just when you think there's nothing new left in the world of flight, another inventor turns up out of nowhere with a plan to go where few have ventured before. This time it's manned flight via flapping wings, an idea that's been around since at least 500 years ago, when Leonardo da Vinci experimented with the concept. A team at the University of Toronto's Institute for Aerospace Studies says its prototype manned, powered ornithopter will be ready for its first flight within a few weeks. Prof. James DeLaurier, leader of the project, was inspired by da Vinci as a child, and hopes to fly the next version of his aircraft at the Olympic Games in Italy, in February 2006, in his honor. More...

...AND A BOOST FOR A FLYING WING
OK, there is nothing new about the flying-wing concept, but a project working on what is now called a "blended-wing-body" aircraft just got a major boost, in the form of a 2.5 million-Euro grant from the U.K. government. The project is also gaining momentum by forming a consortium of Britain's Cranfield and Cambridge Universities with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the U.S. Investment is driven by a search for a quieter and more fuel-efficient aircraft for the future. Cranfield also is investigating using hydrogen instead of kerosene as a fuel source. The aircraft have the potential to fly nearly silently and carry up to 800 people, though regulations that govern evacuation procedures could limit that number. More...

THE SCHEYDEN GIVEAWAY CONTINUES! LOG ON TO SEE THE LATEST WINNERS
"They blow my RayBans out of the water!" says private pilot Jason Downs.  A pair of Scheydens will be given away every other week to a lucky AVweb subscriber, with a retail value up to $395! The unique flip-up design has become the #1 choice of pilots who demand quality and function.  Scheydens are handmade of Titanium (Ti) frames with quality lenses. A Rosewood case and plush micro-fiber cleaning cloth are standard equipment. For information and to register to win, go to http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/scheyden/avflash.

REPORT: FOUR ATC SITES NEED IMMEDIATE UPGRADE
The FAA needs to "move forward expeditiously" to replace aging air traffic control systems, especially at major sites where aging displays are "experiencing significant reliability problems," a report by the Department of Transportation's Office of Inspector General said this week. The report reviews the FAA's Standard Terminal Automation Replacement System (STARS) program. The condition of aging displays at Chicago, Denver, Minneapolis and St. Louis "has become critical," the report says. The aging displays limit any further software enhancements to controller workstations, including safety improvements recommended by the NTSB during its investigation of a midair collision in October 2000, the report said. More...

HELICOPTERS DEFY AVIATION DOLDRUMS...
While many segments of general aviation are just creeping back into positive territory from the recent slump, and the airlines are drowning in red ink, the sunny side of aviation these days could be the vertical folks. Helicopter companies are "thriving," The New York Times reported Monday, and that goes for small operators right on up to manufacturers. New models that are quiet and comfortable are attracting corporate customers, the Times said, and flight schools report a surge of new recruits hoping to take the place of Vietnam-era pilots who are reaching retirement age. Medevac business is up more than 8 percent this year. More...

TRADE-A-PLANE, THE AVIATION MARKETPLACE — THE PERFECT HOLIDAY GIFT
Send one print issue per month and full access to the Trade-A-Plane web site for just $14.95 for one year, or $24.95 for two years. To subscribe, call (800) 337-5263 and mention this AVflash. Be sure to mention if it's a gift and Trade-A-Plane will send a gift card notifying the recipient. Or order online at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/tap/avflash.

...BUT LOCUST CHASE DEFIES HELICOPTERS
Australia's aviation agency has grounded helicopters for use in locust-control work after a fatal accident last week, The Australian reported. Pilot Ross Mill, 36, and passenger Ben McDonnell, 33, were killed when their helicopter hit power lines while surveying for locusts. A second passenger, Lucinda Mordue, was seriously injured in the crash, which was the third in a month involving helicopters on locust patrol running into power lines. After the first two crashes, pilots had called for better marking of the lines. Locusts are now hatching across the New South Wales region, with reports of swarming and crop damage. More...

WHAT RENO AIRPORT WANTS FOR THE HOLIDAYS -- AN ILS
Nobody likes it when an airport's Instrument Landing System (ILS) goes down, but it's happened twice recently at Reno, Nev., and airport officials are fuming. Last weekend, 2,000 travelers were stranded during a snowstorm when the ILS was offline for seven hours, canceling 41 departures and 21 arrivals, the Associated Press reported. Many had to wait two days to find a flight out, on the busy post-Thanksgiving weekend. "Why wasn't this piece of equipment fixed?" airport spokesman Brian Kulpin wants to know, since it had recently failed, on Nov. 3. "That is a question we'll be seeking an answer to all the way through to Washington." More...

A STOCKING STUFFER THAT MAKES WALKING PAINLESS?
Yes! Here's a gift you can stuff in someone's stocking to make walking, running, and even standing painless. ShockBlockers™ insole inserts dramatically reduce shock to feet and joints, leave feet cool and dry, and retain their shape. Great for walking or running — whatever the distance. Choose from regular ShockBlockers™, ShockBlockers™ Light, and ShockBlockers™ Medical. Guaranteed to fit any holiday stocking! Visit Oregon Aero online to order: http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/oregon/shock/avflash.

UNITED PILOTS FEEL FUEL SQUEEZE
If you've been flinching lately at fuel bills from your FBO or for your SUV, imagine how the airlines must feel, with that big fleet of thirsty gas-guzzlers and a big empty wallet. United Air Lines, which is struggling to emerge from bankruptcy, has started fuel-efficiency classes for its flight crew. Pilots -- all 7,200 of them -- and 300 dispatchers are required to attend a one-day class that shows how to cut back on refueling to lower the weight of the airplane, thereby burning less fuel. United spokesman Joseph Burns told the Billings Gazette that safety is the "No. 1 issue," so presumably they are not planning to coast in for landings. More...

ON THE FLY...
Lion Air MD-82 crashed in Indonesia Tuesday, killing at least 31...
Seven soldiers died in the crash of a Black Hawk helicopter in Texas...
A Pennsylvania pilot will get six months in jail for flying drunk...
A federal report critiqued FAA's hazardous-materials oversight...
Harris poll: 77 percent of U.S. public thinks FAA is doing a good job. More...

IF YOUR CELL PHONE CAN SURF THE NET, IT CAN RECEIVE AVIATION WEATHER
— and more!  WxServer works with virtually any internet-enabled phone and any nationwide wireless carrier to give you up-to-the-minute aviation weather information and satellite images.  WxServer includes airport frequency listings and fuel availability, as well as quick-dial FBO links, rental cars, and taxis.  SPECIAL OFFER: AVweb readers receive $10 off the regular annual subscription rates! Order for yourself or as a gift at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/wxserver/avflash.

AVWEB'S NEWSTIPS ADDRESS ...
Drop us a line. Heard something that 130,000 pilots might want to know about? If it caught your eye, it will probably interest someone else, too. Submit news tips via email to newstips@avweb.com. More...

NEW ARTICLES AND FEATURES ON AVWEB
____
BRAINTEASERS
Quiz #88 -- Can You Get There From Here?
Flying from point A to point B can involve a seemingly pointless exercise in dissecting regulatory minutiae. Since the Brainteaser writer leads a pointless existence, let's get to the point and see what you know. More...

PROTECT & SHINE YOUR AIRCRAFT WITH A NAME YOU KNOW & TRUST — AEROSHELL
AeroShell Flight Jacket products are specifically designed for general aviation aircraft. The AeroShell Flight Jacket Kit Bag contains all six AeroShell Flight Jacket Polish and Cleaners, along with the application pad and cleaning cloths. To order the best in shine and protection for yourself (or as the perfect holiday gift), go online to http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/shell/avflash.

AVWEB'S BUSINESS AVFLASH
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...

GIVE THE GIFT THAT WILL LAST FOR A LIFETIME
Aircraft owners who have attended Mike Busch's Savvy Owner Seminar have called it "invaluable," "fantastic," and "the best money I ever spent on aircraft ownership."  Mike's seminar will teach you how to have a safer, more reliable aircraft while saving thousands of dollars on maintenance costs.  This knowledge is a gift that will keep on giving for a lifetime.  For seminar details, dates, and locations, go to http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/savvy/avflash.

AVWEB'S QUESTION OF THE WEEK ...
This week, AVweb wants to know what you think of the FAA possibly outsourcing FSS. PLUS: Results of last week's question on your eyesight. More...

SEE CLEARLY METHOD IMPROVES & STRENGTHENS VISION NATURALLY
The See Clearly Method does this without the risk or expense of laser surgery.  Developed by award-winning optometrists and research scientists, the See Clearly Method is based on the same principles and techniques used by thousands of pilots in WWII.  As one pilot states, "I never thought it was possible to actually improve your vision, but it worked. I tell other pilots that this is an effective way to improve your vision, naturally."  Call (800) 881-7934 for a no-cost informational video, or visit http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/seeclear/avflash.

AVWEB'S PICTURE OF THE WEEK ...
Welcome to another edition of "Picture of the Week," where we rifle through dozens of reader-submitted photos, spend hours making "ooh" and "ahh" sounds, and share the top three pictures with our entire readership. There are plenty of oohs and ahhs to go around, with beautiful landscapes and giant explosions (!) dominating this week's "POTW" entries. When all is said and done, Dan Linebarger of Texas walks away with this week's winning baseball cap. Congratulations, Dan! More...

Sponsor News and Special Offers

Access to AVweb and AVflash is provided by the support of our fine sponsors. We appreciate your patronage.

SHOPPING DEALS  
GIFT-GIVING MADE EASY — VISIT AVWEB'S HOLIDAY SHOPPING PAGE
Featuring great products and services from AVweb's sponsors
at fantastic prices that have to be seeen to be believed
http://www.avweb.com/shopping
ASK FOR THEM FOR CHRISTMAS — IF YOU CAN WAIT!
Listen and learn with the new audio CD version of Rod Machado's Private Pilot Handbook on 30 professionally recorded audio CDs. Now you will learn more easily, retain more information, prepare more quickly for your flight review and private pilot knowledge exam, and make use of those otherwise-wasted commute hours. Retention can increase by 70% with auditory learning. As one listener (David Lau of Watertown, WI) said, "The longer I listened, the more I realized how much I had forgotten or just haven't thought about for years ... . These CDs are great fun to listen to."  http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/machado/avflash
POWER FLOW'S 200HP MOONEY SYSTEM IS FAA-APPROVED & READY FOR DELIVERY
Power Flow Tuned Exhaust System has been approved for 200hp Mooneys.  SPECIAL: Deposits placed before the end of 2004 receive a significant "pre-production pricing discount" of $540.00.  Delivery slots are on a first-come, first-saved basis.  To learn more about introductory pricing and the system's benefits for your M20 E, F, or J, go to http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/power/avflash.
SAFE GOODS OFFERS GREAT GIFTS FOR YOUR SHOPPING AND A HEALTHY WINTER
Safe Goods has the perfect gift for any aviation history aficionado — a signed and numbered Spirit and Creator limited edition print and reproductions. This print is a companion to Nova Hall's book covering the designer of Lindbergh's Spirit of St. Louis. And, to keep you healthy this winter, take ZapV. All are available online at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/safegoods/avflash.
BRIGHTEN UP THE HOLIDAYS WITH THE WORLD'S MOST BRILLIANT MICRO-LIGHTS
from Photon Micro-Lights. Many models and colors to choose from. Order these lights for friends and family with a SPECIAL DISCOUNT: 10% off all orders at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/photon/avflash.
RECEIVE A GIFT WITH A GIFT FROM CHASE-DURER
Give a Chase-Durer fine chronograph watch to both the men and women on your shopping list and purchase a black pilot jacket — a $149 value for only $50 (a $99 savings!) — as an additional gift, or for yourself.  Chase-Durer watches are world-renowned timepieces combining good looks with precision.  Chase-Durer watches will be the most appreciated gift you give this year.  Order at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/chasedur/avflash.
HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED WHY SOME PILOTS ALWAYS SEEM TO HAVE IT TOGETHER?
Do you ever wonder why you lack confidence? Take a look at Gordon Henrie's Instructional Methods for Flight Instructors. Gordon takes lessons from 50 years of flying and tells how to be more capable and confident in your own flying and how to teach more effectively. This is not a question-and-answer book, but a guide to what you actually do and think when you are in the cockpit, and it tells you how to root out bad habits and techniques. Complimentary holiday gift-wrapping. Order at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/mountain/avflash.
GIVE GLEIM PILOT KITS, AND ALL YOU'LL HAVE TO ADD IS THE BOW
Gleim Publications is the most trusted name in training.  Save for yourself (or as a gift) 10% on the Private Pilot, Instrument, Commercial, and Instrument/Commercial Complete Pilot Kits.  Plus: Save 20% off Gleim's Online Ground School!  Great deals on great training at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/gleim/avflash.
SPONSOR NEWS
ATTENTION, CESSNA OWNERS AND PILOTS
The new Cessna Flyer Association (CFA) provides parts locating, tech support, a monthly member magazine, online forums, national & regional events, an annual convention, seminars, and more. For less than a tank of fuel ($39.00 for a one-year membership), you can access the needed information to expand your knowledge and get more enjoyment from owning and flying your Cessna aircraft. Join the Cessna Flyer Association (CFA) today as they build the ultimate Cessna association. Go to http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/cfa/avflash.
PRICELESS PEACE-OF-MIND FOR JUST $9.95 A MONTH!
Sign up now for the AVweb Edition of Flight Explorer, the PC-based service that provides a real-time picture of all IFR aircraft in flight over the U.S. and Canada.  Simply enter an N-number to track a flight, be alerted to delays, and get updated ETAs — all for $9.95 a month.  Subscribe now at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/flightexplorer/avflash.
SUBSCRIBE TO AVIATION CONSUMER AND SAVE!
Plus, get access to the AviationConsumer.com subscribers-only web site packed with ratings and evaluations of aircraft, avionics, aviation products, and accessories.  If you want to enjoy greater confidence when you buy and when you fly, start your Aviation Consumer subscription now at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/avcons/avflash.
HUNDREDS REQUEST COPIES OF SEPTEMBER 11, 2001 MUSIC CD
911/The Album was played for the USS Nimitz crew. They requested 100 copies. This CD is stored in the 9/11 Digital Archives, and Mayor Rudolph Giuliani sent his praise to the composer, a retired commercial pilot.  The album begins with the possible thoughts of the al Qaeda hijackers on their way to the airport and ends with an instrumental composition for meditation.  Real jet-engine spool-up sounds have been embedded in the song "Silver Wings," together with radio calls.  This tragic event will never be forgotten, and 911/The Album will hold it in memories for generations. All songs/events are illustrated in full color with words included in a 12-page booklet.  Order your copy now at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/wishingwell/avflash.
THOUGHT THAT USING GPS WOULD BE FUN, DIDN'T YOU?
Then you went through the manual and came away frustrated and confused. Stop laboring to understand those manufacturers' manuals! For less than $40 (plus shipping and handling), you can better understand and operate most of the modern GPS units on the market with ZD Publishing's Pilot Friendly GPS Manuals. GPS operation is fun and rewarding when you understand how to get the desired results. These manuals will help you through all operations. Order at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/zdpub/avflash.
PILOTS COMMENT AFTER READING IFR: A STRUCTURED APPROACH:
"The GPS chapter alone is worth getting the book. ... It's the best instrument flying book I have ever read," states Fred Scott. "If one book could help you make the leap from a bit player to a skilled conductor of instrument flight, this is probably it," reads a November 2003 AOPA Pilot review.  With the help of this book, you will establish your own personal standard operating practices for IFR, including incorporation of checklists, flows, callouts, briefings, and the "fly by the numbers" method of aircraft control.  For more information and to order, go to http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/skyroad/avflash.
PRO PILOTS — INCREASE YOUR CAREER RATE-OF-CLIMB WITH GREG BROWN'S
classic book Job Hunting for Pilots.  This book puts you on the inside track.  It addresses all aspects of advancing your career, specifically focusing on how to get your resume hand-carried into the flight departments where you want to work.  Not just another airline interview book, Job Hunting for Pilots offers tips and techniques for job-seeking pilots at all levels — from regional, corporate, and airline to new CFIs and helicopter pilots.  Take command of your career, and network your way to a new flying job.  Order at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/paperjet/avflash.
_____________________________________
We Welcome Your Feedback!

AVflash is a twice-weekly summary of the latest aviation news, articles, products, features and events featured on AVweb, the Internet's Aviation Magazine and News Service. http://www.avweb.com

Letters to the editor intended for publication in AVmail should be sent to mailto:editor@avweb.com.com. Have a comment or question? Send it to mailto:newsteam@avweb.com.

Today's issue written by News Writer Mary Grady:
http://www.avweb.com/contact/authors.html#mgrady
AVweb's editorial team: http://avweb.com/contact/authors.html.

Have a product or service to advertise on AVweb? A question on marketing? Send it to AVweb's sales team: mailto:sales@avweb.com.

Fly it until every piece stops moving.

AVflash is now available in optional easier-to-read graphic format, which includes some photos and illustrations. If you prefer, you can continue to receive AVflash in text-only format. Simply follow these instructions and AVflash will continue to arrive as it always has, in text format.


Want to subscribe or unsubscribe? Review/update your AVweb Account? Forgot your password? No problem! Simply go to our friendly Member Services menu.


AVweb | Free Sign Up | Advertise | Help | Contact Us | Privacy Policy
Aviation Consumer | IFR Magazine | Aviation Safety
Light Plane Maintenance | IFR Refresher | KITPLANES


Copyright 2004, Aviation Publishing Group. All rights reserved.
--BoUnDaRyCavflashM319D120204T30--