The Internet's Aviation Magazine & News Service

Now Over 130,000 Subscribers
Volume 10, Number 50b -- December 9, 2004

Email this AVflash to a friend

This issue of AVweb's AVflash is brought to you by ... Trade-A-Plane's WeatherTAP.com

A SUBSCRIPTION TO WEATHERTAP.COM IS A PERFECT PILOT GIFT
WeatherTAP.com, the fastest weather on the web, will make the perfect gift for any pilot. Complete aviation weather, real-time radar, storm tracks, custom locations, and much more for just $73.95 per year, or $6.95 per month. To subscribe, call (800) 337-5263 and mention this AVflash. Be sure to mention if it's a gift, and WeatherTAP.com will send a gift card notifying the recipient. Or order online at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/tap/avflash.

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

IN THE NAME OF SAFETY AND SECURITY
When Heinz Johner returned to his native Switzerland after living in the U.S. for several years, he brought something of fairly unique value with him. Now, thanks to the Transportation Safety Administration's new alien flight training rule, that hard-won CFI certificate is practically useless, unless he moves back to the States. In what appears to be case of bureaucratic logic gone wild, Johner can't continue his part-time vocation of giving FAA-based instruction in Europe unless both he and his students travel to the U.S. for fingerprinting and background checks. "I'm effectively grounded. I cannot give any more instruction," Johner told AVweb. More...

...LIFE RAFTS, VESTS NOT ALLOWED...
Michael Magnell doesn't ever have any trouble getting himself on an airplane but his luggage is a different story. Magnell is a ferry pilot and owns a California company that specializes in long-distance and over-water delivery of private aircraft to far-flung destinations. When he heads to a distant locale to pick up a plane, he has to take his survival gear, including inflatable life vest and inflatable life raft, with him. He says U.S. airlines refuse to allow either item in their baggage compartments ... even though there's an inflatable vest under every seat in the cabin. "There's just no rhyme or reason to it," he said. "They tell me to ship it -- air freight," he sighed. More...

...AND FREE EXPLOSIVES AT CHARLES DE GAULLE
And in France, there's nothing like reality training for airport security staff (two-legged and otherwise). French authorities have now banned the practice of security inspectors slipping real plastic explosive into the baggage of unsuspecting passengers to test the abilities of bomb-sniffing dogs. Last Friday, one of the dogs apparently had a head cold or some other lapse. The allegedly bomb-laden luggage got through and possibly onto a plane at Charles de Gaulle Airport. We say "possibly" because as of Wednesday the explosive still hadn't been found, which also suggests the dog may have been up to snuff but that the explosives had been ... liberated … or otherwise misplaced ... prior to the sniff test. More...

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.

SECOND AIR ACES PLANE LOST
A Texas air-combat simulation and upset-recovery training center has temporarily suspended operations after losing a second aircraft in just over a year to an apparent wing separation. The Texas Air Aces T-34 went down Tuesday about three miles from where a similar aircraft crashed on Nov. 19, 2003. In both crashes, the two people aboard the aircraft were killed. And in both tragedies, witnesses reported seeing one of the wings snap off before the aircraft spiraled into the ground near Lake Conroe. More...

...THIRD IN FIVE YEARS
A similar crash in Georgia in 1999 prompted an Airworthiness Directive (AD) requiring thorough periodic inspections of the wing spars on T-34s. After the AD was issued, several alternative methods of compliance (AMOCs) were approved. After the 2003 crash, the FAA's preliminary report suggested that the aircraft wasn't in compliance with the AD, but FAA preliminary reports can be wrong. The FAA report on Tuesday's crash incorrectly identified the aircraft as a Beechjet (hopefully this has since been corrected) and also says only the pilot was on board. Texas Air Aces spokesman Dave Hollaway told the Houston Chronicle he didn't know if the aircraft was in compliance with the AD. 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.

AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT COMPANY TAKES ON U.S. TOWERS
The contract towers that serve four Hawaiian airports, as well as those on the U.S. Pacific islands of Guam and Saipan, are back in government hands -- the Australian government's. Airservices Australia, the government-owned corporation that runs air traffic control down under, recently won a $20 million (Australian) contract to take over the towers at Molokai, Lihue, Kona, and Kalealoa as well as on the other two islands. The announcement came as the U.S. and Australia get ready to enter a new free-trade agreement. The contract doesn't seem to be causing much controversy among some of the generally turf-conscious players, but it wasn't their turf, anyway. More...

SAFEST YEAR IN TWO DECADES FOR ALASKA
Alaska pilots just recorded their safest year in 20 years. There were "only" 100 accidents in the state in the fiscal year ending Sept. 30. By contrast, the worst year for accidents during the period was 1995, chiming in with 173. FAA Administrator Marion Blakey told the Juneau Empire the statistics "just turn one's head around" and she credited a coordinated effort to improve flight safety in Alaska with the improvement. John Duncan, a spokesman for the FAA's Flight Standards office in Anchorage, said accident stats have been going down for five years. 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.

FOSSETT PLUS SAILPLANE GOES NEW YORK-TO-DALLAS (-ISH)
Chalk up another record for Steve Fossett -- compliments of one of the longest stretches of ridge-soarable geography in the world (the Andes). The world's best-known extreme aviator broke the straight-line distance record for sailplanes Dec. 4 when he flew an ASH 25M high-performance sailplane about two-thirds the length of Argentina, a total distance of 1,358 miles. Terry Delore accompanied Fossett as "co-pilot." The flight, between the Argentine cities of El Calafate and San Juan, is roughly equivalent to the distance from New York to Dallas. It took the duo 15 hours and 42 minutes and beat the old record, set by Klaus Ohlmann on the same course, by about eight miles. More...

BUDGET CRUNCH THREATENS CRANE PROJECT
There's no free lunch in Wisconsin, but does that mean whooping cranes will be toast? The state is considering eliminating the job of whooping-crane coordinator, a person who helps organize the annual migration of cranes raised in captivity and then led to their Florida wintering grounds by ultralight aircraft. (Some of the early birds have now learned to go it on their own.) The coordinator is Wisconsin's contribution to the Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership, which is working to establish a second migratory flock of whooping cranes in North America. But the travel plans of the cranes could fall victim to Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle's determination to eliminate a $1.6 billion deficit without raising taxes. 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.

MINI-JET MAKER UP FOR GRABS
For those interested in a turnkey opportunity to join the mini-jet market, a Canadian company may have what you're looking for. Noravcan Corp., of Calgary, Alberta, is selling its Phoenix Fanjet aircraft program. The company has developed a four-place, single-engine luxury tourer called the Magna and a two-place aerobatic model called the Sigma. The all-metal jets are powered by a Williams FJ44 engine. Noravcan doesn't give a reason for selling the program, which would seem poised to exploit the burgeoning interest in personal jets. The company claims its planes are easy to fly -- even for low-time pilots -- and relatively inexpensive to operate. More...

CESSNA EYES MASSIVE BOYS-AND-GIRLS CLUB
Wichita, Kan., is pondering an ambitious idea being floated by Cessna Chairman Russ Meyer. Meyer wants to convert the company's massive 21st Street Training Center into likely one of the largest and most capable Boys and Girls Clubs anywhere. Under Meyer's vision, the 15-acre site would become home to a club to, in the words of a Wichita Eagle columnist, "help struggling families, to tutor, to provide computer training, to educate, mentor and inspire young people." The catch (isn't there always one?) is that it would cost up to $10 million. More...

FLYING RENTED OR BORROWED AIRCRAFT?
There's only one thing worse than paying to repair an aircraft — knowing you might not have had to.  Avemco Insurance Company offers one of the most comprehensive Renter's Insurance policies in the country. For as low as $95 covering basic liability — or $155 providing basic liability and $1,000 worth of Aircraft Damage Liability — there is no reason not to have this coverage.  Avemco's policy includes loss of use, Civil Air Patrol coverage, and more. Liability coverage up to $1,000,000 and Aircraft Damage Liability coverage to $150,000 are available. To bind coverage today, contact Avemco by calling (888) 241-7891 and mentioning this AVflash, or go to http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/avemco/avflash.

GIFT-GIVING MADE EASY
VISIT AVWEB'S HOLIDAY SHOPPING PAGE

Featuring products and services from AVweb's
sponsors with special holiday offers!
http://www.avweb.com/shopping

ON THE FLY...
Faulty GPS data suspect in fatal crash of Piper Cheyenne in Australia...
Did you know: accident rate for business flights is .014 per 100,000 hours, says NBAA...
Chicago is buying up land (neighborhoods) to accommodate O'Hare expansion. More...

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...

SUBSCRIBE TO AVIATION SAFETY AND SAVE!
You spent thousands to earn your license. Now you can safeguard it for just pennies a day when you subscribe to Aviation Safety. And when you subscribe, you will receive Aviation Safety's The Training Mindset immediately. Order at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/avsafe/new/avflash.

NEW ARTICLES AND FEATURES ON AVWEB
_______
COLUMNS
Say Again? #44: Looking For Trouble
Trouble can come from an air traffic controller who, like AVweb's Don Brown, is conscious of all the ways things can go wrong and keeps bothering his supervisors about them. Trouble can also come from a radar system that, apparently, ignores the very traffic a controller (and other pilots) want to see. Don explains all in this month's Say Again? column.

More...

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...

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.

AVWEB'S QUESTION OF THE WEEK ...
Year-end is upon us — just as soon as we all plow through the holiday season. This week, AVweb wants to know how many hours you flew in 2004. PLUS: Results of last week's question on the outsourcing of FSS. More...

LOOK, UP IN THE AIR! IT'S A PLANE! IT'S A FLYING DOG!
It's Woody, staff member of Pilot Getaways magazine who has traveled from coast to coast helping the publisher and editor bring subscribers the best fly-in destinations.  Woody has logged over 1,600 hours and has something to say about the places he's visited, from the Southwest to the Northeast, small grass strips in Canada, remote Mexican beaches, and places in between. If you love dogs or just need a smile, go to http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/getaways/woody/avflash.

AVWEB'S PICTURE OF THE WEEK ...
This week's "Picture of the Week" contest had it all! Among the 80 submissions you sent in this week, we found beautiful landscapes, classic airplanes, gyroplane p.o.v. shots, holidays lights, and even a gasp-inducing near-collision. Which ones made it to the final cut? Byron Miranda's helicopter shot took the top spot (earning him an official AVweb baseball cap), but we daresay there isn't a disappointing photo in the bunch this week. Remember: The holidays are upon us, so now's the time to send in those pictures of your bird draped in lights that you've been saving since last year. 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  
UPGRADE YOUR HOLIDAY GIFT-GIVING WITH AN OREGON AERO GIFT CERTIFICATE
Oregon Aero offers a variety of aviation upgrades that make flying painless, safer, and quieter. From SoftTop™ Headset Cushions and SoftSeal™ Ear Cushions for aviation headsets to Portable Universal SoftSeat™ cushions or custom-designed seat cushions, Oregon Aero makes flying more comfortable from top to bottom. For a perfect gift, order Oregon Aero gift certificates and get a complimentary catalog so the people on your gift list can select exactly what they want. Go online to http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/oregon/avflash.
SUBSCRIBE TO PLANE & PILOT MAGAZINE & GET ISSUE AFTER ISSUE
of the latest in personal aircraft, comprehensive flight testing, and tips to improve your flying skills. Save 80% off the newsstand price when you subscribe today by calling (800) 283-4330 or by going online at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/ppm/avflash.
LET YOUR FAMILY KNOW WHEN YOU'LL BE HOME
Sign up for the AVweb Edition of Flight Explorer.  It's the PC-based service that provides a real-time picture of all IFR aircraft in flight. Your family simply enters your N-number to track your flight, be alerted to delays, and get updated ETAs.  AVweb Edition Flight Explorer costs just $9.95 a month, a small price for such big peace of mind.  Order at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/flightexplorer/avflash.
SEND YOUR MECHANIC OR SPOUSE THE MECHANIC'S TOOLBOX COMBO
This CD from Sacramento SkyRanch comes gift-wrapped with a card for your personal message. Go online for more information and to order at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/skyranch/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 (while supplies last) — as an additional gift, or for yourself.  Chase-Durer watches are world-renowned timepieces combining good looks with precision timekeeping.  A Chase-Durer chronograph watch will be the most appreciated gift you give this year.  Order at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/chasedur/avflash.
"THE LOOK FROM FOLKS AS I DRIVE BY WAS WORTH THE PRICE!"
says one happy CarProp owner. You too can order this unique item for your car — or as the perfect holiday gift to show a love of aviation!  Don't be shy; let everyone know of your special talent with a CarProp on the front of your vehicle!  Just two screws to mount, and you're on your way to having fun. Order as holiday gifts and for yourself, online at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/carprop/avflash.
THE GIFT OF SAFETY IS A CO GUARDIAN CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTOR
CO Guardian has models of CO detectors that range from portable units to panel-mount units with solid-state sensors and temperature sensors. SPECIAL: The Aero 152A model is CO Guardian's portable CO detector. Save $30 'til December 31, 2004. Find the right CO Guardian model for you at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/cog/avflash.
GIVE OR GET A NEW LEATHER FLIGHT BAG FROM PILOTMALL & SHOW YOUR STYLE!
PilotMall.com's real leather flight bags are second to none — and there's a backpack model!  HOLIDAY SPECIAL: Complimentary U.S. Domestic shipping through December at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/pilotmall/avflash.
WITH GLEIM PILOT KITS, 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.
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
SAFE GOODS OFFERS GREAT GIFTS FOR YOUR SHOPPING & 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 healthy this winter, take ZapV. These and more are available online at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/safegoods/avflash.
HIGH-ADVENTURE FLYING IN UTAH'S RED ROCK COUNTRY WITH OUT THERE ... FLYING!
Utah's Red Rock Country, Volume 1 is the first in a series of DVDs on back-country flying at its best. Experience firsthand the romance and freedom of flying the wide-open spaces of the American West.  GIFT-GIVING SPECIAL: Order two DVDs and get the second at a 50% discount.  Order today at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/outthere/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.
BECOMING A PILOT IS HUMANKIND'S WILDEST DREAM FULFILLED
Soaring among eagles and winging over lakes, canyons, and crowded freeways, all while blessing friends and family with your newfound gift of flight. Whether you're 17, 40, or beginning a new life after retirement, the skies are yours.  Take that long-awaited first step in fulfilling your dream of flight:  Strap yourself into the friendly cockpit and take off with Greg Brown's new full-color book You Can Fly.  Order your autographed copy for yourself or as the perfect gift at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/paperjet/avflash.
SPONSOR NEWS
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.
KNOWLEDGE ENHANCER, TEACHING TOOL, & TRAINING AID — IN ONE PACKAGE
VTS Inc.'s software is loaded with video presentations, sound, 3D animations, interactive system schematics, and simulations — all combined to create a virtual resource that far surpasses the pilot's aircraft information manual.  This learning tool comes to life with the click of your mouse.  For more information and ordering instructions, go to http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/vts/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 Russ Niles:
http://www.avweb.com/contact/authors.html#rniles
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 till all the parts stop 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.
--BoUnDaRyCavflashM321D120904T54--