The Internet's Aviation Magazine & News Service

Now Over 130,000 Subscribers
Volume 10, Number 52a -- December 20, 2004

Email this AVflash to a friend

This issue of AVweb's AVflash is brought to you by ... Teledyne-Continental Motors (TCM)

POWERLINK™ FADEC CERTIFIED ON LIBERTY XL-2; IS IT RIGHT FOR YOUR AIRCRAFT?
Liberty Aerospace is the first certified piston-powered aircraft with PowerLink™ FADEC as standard equipment. PowerLink™ FADEC is now also available for several additional certified and experimental aircraft, including the A-36 Bonanza and VANS RV series. Find out how you can bring your aircraft into the state-of-the-art at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/tcm/fadec/avflash.

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

"GPS SHUTDOWN" POSSIBLE (IF COUNTRY ATTACKED)...
When the Bush administration announced changes in GPS policy last week, the possibility that GPS could be shut down to deny its use to enemy forces or terrorist groups drew the most headlines, and generated much GA concern. But there is really nothing to worry about, says AOPA. "GPS is absolutely critical to safety of flight," said AOPA President Phil Boyer. "This new policy recognizes that, and adds even greater protections for civilian use of GPS." Such a shutdown would occur only under "remarkable circumstances," an administration official told reporters. AOPA notes that in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, GPS remained online. More...

...AS OVERSIGHT SHIFTS AWAY FROM MILITARY
While the Bush plan expresses concern about GPS security, it also shifts responsibility away from the military, creating an executive committee to manage the global satellite system that will be co-chaired by the Defense Department and the Transportation Department. The policy explicitly recognizes the extent to which civilian and commercial infrastructure has come to depend on GPS, and states the importance of maintaining and upgrading the system. It also reflects concerns that GPS's pre-eminence is threatened by the Galileo system, under development in Europe. More...

JA AIR CENTER — YOUR GARMIN SOURCE — HOT HOLIDAY GPSs IN STOCK!
The hottest holiday Garmin gifts are at JA Air!  All the new aviation GPS units including the GPSMap 296 Color with Terrain, GPSMap 196, GPSMap 96C, and GPSMap 96. Also, JA Air stocks non-aviation Garmin GPS like the StreetPilot 2620, Quest, GPS V Deluxe, eTrex Legend C, GPSMap 60CS, GPSMap 76C, and the IQUE 3600 PDA/GPS. Established in 1965, JA Air Center prides themselves on being Garmin's largest aviation dealer. With exceptional customer service and the finest Garmin Avionics installations, JA Air Center is the place to purchase your next Garmin product. Extensive inventory of all Garmin units AND accessories. Contact JA Air Center at (800) 323-5966 and mention this AVflash, or order online at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/ja/avflash.

FORMER NTSB CHAIRMAN: TAWS NOT COMING FAST ENOUGH...
The FAA needs to beef up its oversight and ensure that all airplanes that are required to have Terrain Awareness and Warning Systems (TAWS) on board are in compliance, Jim Hall, former chairman of the NTSB, wrote in The Charlotte Observer last week. "In the United States during the past 12 months, there have been 12 instances where aircraft flew into an obstacle," Hall wrote. "Forty-five people died as a result of these crashes. Of the aircraft involved, two-thirds were required to have modern, updated terrain avoidance systems on board, but didn't." By March 29, 2005, all turbine-powered U.S.-registered airplanes with six or more passenger seats are required to have TAWS on board. More...

...OR GOING FAR ENOUGH...
Hall added that the FAA should extend the TAWS requirement to helicopters, which are currently exempt. "[Helicopters] fly lower and are therefore even more at risk from terrain and obstacles," Hall wrote. "Ten crashes involving helicopters flying into terrain have occurred in 2004, killing 35 people. Tragically, many of these accidents involve medical evacuation helicopters that collide with the ground or with buildings or power lines as they speed to or from a hospital, trying to save a patient's life. This combination of speed and the hazardous environment they operate in has too often been deadly for flight crews, patients and bystanders." More...

...BUT COST CAN BE A FACTOR
While the cost may not seem like a big obstacle for many corporate operators, for others it can be a hardship. Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF), which operates a fleet of 70 aircraft worldwide in support of missionaries and relief efforts, said last week it needs to raise $230,000 by the end of this month to make eight of its Cessna Caravans and King Airs compliant. Without the funding, the airplanes will have to be grounded in March. The aircraft are U.S.-registered but operate in Indonesia and Africa. The MAF says it has lost two airplanes in accidents due to flight into terrain, one in the 1950s and one in the 1970s, and hopes to eventually have TAWS in all of its aircraft. More...

WHAT DO APPLYING FOR LIFE INSURANCE & A RAMP CHECK HAVE IN COMMON?
The answer is simple. Both are no fun, but sooner or later you know you will have to deal with them. As a pilot, you take extra precautions to be prepared for things like ramp checks, so shouldn't you take the same extra measures with the security of your family? The Pilot Insurance Center (PIC) offers Preferred Rates for pilots that can typically save you 30-60% through A+ rated carriers or better. In addition to the great savings, your policy will have no aviation exclusions whatsoever. Don't get caught ill-prepared when your family does a ramp check on your life insurance! Call (800) 380-8376 for an instant quote, or visit PIC's web site at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/piclife/avflash.

PILOT TRAINING CALLED FOR TO AVOID ACCIDENTS...
The NTSB last week asked the FAA to require that all pilots and operators of Cessna 208 Caravan series airplanes carefully check for ice and/or snow on the wings and tail before any flight when temperatures are conducive to frost or ground icing. Also, pilots of Caravans equipped for flight into known icing conditions should be required to undergo annual training on ice safety, the NTSB said. The NTSB based its recommendations on a study of 26 icing-related accidents and incidents involving Caravans between 1987 and 2003, which resulted in at least 36 fatalities. The FAA has 90 days to respond to the recommendation. More...

...MITSUBISHI PILOTS NEED SIMULATOR TIME, COMPANY SAYS
After four fatal crashes of Mitsubishi MU-2 twin turboprops this year, the manufacturer is recommending that pilots of its planes get specialized training in flight simulators, Ralph Sorrells, deputy general manager of Mitsubishi's aircraft product support division, said in The Denver Post on Saturday. Sorrells said his company is "deeply concerned, and we're in the process of trying to get the word out" about the best training practices for MU-2 aviators, the Post said. "I think it's a great airplane, but it has some unique characteristics," John Paul Jones of Colorado, who has logged about 4,800 hours in MU-2 aircraft, told the Post. "If you do not thoroughly understand those characteristics, you're in a precarious flying position." More...

FOR AVIATION PROFESSIONALS WHO WORK WITH YOU ON YOUR AIRCRAFT INSURANCE,
contact CS&A Aviation Insurance.  CS&A combines one the most knowledgeable teams of aviation insurance professionals with the industry's most respectable aviation underwriting companies.  Call the pros at 1 (800) 761-2557 and mention this AVflash, or go online at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/csa/avflash.

MOONEY AEROSPACE GROUP REORGANIZES
Mooney Aerospace Group (MASG) Ltd.'s reorganization plan was approved in federal bankruptcy court last week, the company said in a news release. As part of the plan, the company will reacquire the stock of Mooney Airplane Company (MAC) from its current owner, Allen Financial Holdings. Existing shareholders will be issued new shares of MASG common stock based on a reverse split of 3,223 old MASG shares for one share of new common stock. CEO J. Nelson Happy said: "We are very pleased to have the bankruptcy proceeding behind us. We now have a fresh start without old financial problems diverting management's attention from our core business, which is making and selling airplanes and thereby enhancing shareholder value." More...

CHICAGO COULD FACE MORE FINES FOR BULLDOZING MEIGS
The FAA could levy fines of as much as $8.7 million against the city of Chicago for its destruction of Meigs Field last year, The Associated Press reported last week. The city used $2.9 million in airport development funds to remove the runway and replace the asphalt with topsoil. The FAA is investigating whether federal funds intended for repairs at O'Hare and Midway were improperly diverted to pay for the destruction, FAA spokesman Tony Molinaro told the AP. If the FAA finds the funds were misused, the city could be fined three times the amount, or $8.7 million. More...

AIRCRAFT PARTNERSHIPS NOW ON ASO!
Have an aircraft share you need to sell? Advertise it on ASO! For a limited time, Brief Ads (text only) are complimentary, and Comprehensive Ads (photos & specs) are subject only to a one-time $40 set-up charge. Take advantage of this special offer today! For more information, please call (888) 992-9276 and tell them you saw this AVflash mention, or visit http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/aso/partner/avflash.

LOOSE PAINT + JET ENGINES = $50 MILLION
Boeing last week had to replace 10 brand-new jet engines on 737s ready for customer delivery, after tiny glass beads were found inside the engines. The beads, the size of sugar granules, were mixed into paint for reflective runway stripes that were repainted early this month, and somehow were ingested into the engines during test runs. Mechanics could see the beads in the engine intakes when they shone a flashlight in, The Seattle Times reported on Saturday. The county is removing the paint and will replace it with glass-free striping, the Times said. The damaged engines, worth $5 million each, have been replaced with new ones, and are being evaluated to see if they will be repaired or scrapped. More...

747 THRUST SETTING CITED IN FIERY CRASH
The takeoff thrust was incorrectly set on a 747 that crashed on takeoff in October, investigators said last week. The cargo aircraft, operated by MK Airlines of Ghana, was trying to take off at Halifax International Airport in Nova Scotia when its tail struck the runway. The airplane broke apart and exploded, killing all seven crewmembers on board. Newer jets have warning systems to alert the crew to incorrect power settings, but this 747 was not so equipped, investigators said. The investigation is ongoing, and crew fatigue is being scrutinized. The flight crew had been on duty for at least 12 hours. More...

NEW AIRCRAFT HOLIDAY SPECIAL! FRACTIONAL AIRCRAFT OWNERSHIP
OurPLANE, the #1 world leader, offers brand-new Cessna, Cirrus, and Raytheon aircraft at a fraction of the cost of sole aircraft ownership.  No hassles, no responsibilities, and brand-new aircraft — including the glass-cockpit Cirrus SR22 G2 and G-1000 Cessna 182T.  Purchase your holiday present for as little as $41,900!  Save $2,000 until December 24, 2004 with $0 down, $0 principal, and prime-rate financing for qualified buyers at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/ourplane/avflash.



LAST-MINUTE GIFT-GIVING MADE EASY
at AVweb's Holiday Shopping Page

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

FCC CONSIDERS LIFTING AIRBORNE CELLPHONE BAN
When the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) asked the public last week for comment regarding the use of cellphones on airplanes, it got an earful. By the weekend, nearly 2,000 air travelers had sent in e-mails, the vast majority pleading that the phones -- too many of which come with loud yakkers attached -- continue to be banned. But the FCC says issues of annoyance are not within its purview. In any case, changes will not take place until the FAA is done with studies now underway, which is not expected to be before 2006. If the ban is lifted, airlines may choose to erect cell-free zones on board. Some Amtrak commuter trains have designated "quiet cars," which have proved popular. For GA pilots who fly in smaller cockpits, that may not be an option. More...

TRIGGER DESIGN, PILOT ERROR CITED IN ACCIDENTAL SCHOOL STRAFING
Pilot error, a poorly designed pilot-vehicle interface, and the lack of a published safety procedure were found as causes for 27 ammunition rounds being accidentally expended by an F-16 during a training mission at the Warren Grove Range, N.J., on Nov. 3, according to an accident report released Friday by the Air National Guard. Some of the rounds struck a New Jersey school four miles south of the range, but it was about 11 p.m. and no schoolchildren were in the building. No one was injured in the incident. Air National Guard officials said that as a result of the investigation, changes in procedures and aircraft software will be made to avoid any further incidents. More...

NARCO'S HOLIDAY SALE
The AT165 Transponder, a digital plug-and-play replacement for a variety of older mechanical units, is now available from Narco. The AT165 replaces the Narco AT50 through AT155. The AT165/K replaces the King KT76A. Buy an AT165 from your Narco dealer before December 31, 2004 and receive either a $99 rebate or an Altitude Encoder for $99 (reg. $238) directly from Narco. For complete information, go to http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/narco/avflash.

ON THE FLY...
Diamond TwinStar IFR-certified in Europe...
Photo IDs for pilots included in intelligence reform bill...
GlobalFlyer launch date pushed back from January to February...
NASA retired venerable B-52B mothership after nearly 50 years...
Air Care Alliance annual conference set for April in North Carolina...
AOPA ads promoting GA to run on Wx Channel during holiday season. 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...

FLIGHTMAX EX500 — COMPLIMENTARY RELEASE 2.0 SOFTWARE UPGRADE THROUGH DECEMBER 31, 2004
Avidyne is accepting orders for a complimentary software upgrade for EX500 owners. The new Release 2.0 software adds major highways to the terrain base map, provides interface capability for XM Datalink (with XMD-076) for MultiLink™, TIS Traffic (with GTX 330), and enhanced "Nearest Airport" selection. Order yours today. For complete details, go to http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/avidyne/avflash.

NEW ARTICLES AND FEATURES ON AVWEB
_______
COLUMNS
CEO of the Cockpit #40: Dear Santa
Finding himself a swimming-pool-bound prisoner of a three-day re-route, the CEO takes a little time off from his enforced Fort Lauderdale layover to jot down a few ideas for the bearded fat man.

More...

READER FEEDBACK ON AVWEB'S NEWS COVERAGE AND FEATURE ARTICLES:
http://www.avweb.com/avmail/

Reader mail this week about Cessna's generosity, cone of no safety, the ATC death ray and more. 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...

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.

SHORT FINAL...
As I approached untowered Booneville (AR) Municipal Airport, I announced on CTAF. This was the exchange:

Me: Skylane 123 entering left downwind, runway 27 Booneville.

Unicom: Roger, Skylane 123, Wind is calm.
(pause)
Sklane 123, your rotating beacon is not working. Wait ... yes it is. No it's not. Yes it is....

Me: Roger, thanks. 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  
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.
HOLIDAY SPECIAL ON DOUG RITTER'S SURVIVAL GEAR FROM AEROMEDIX.COM
Doug Ritter has designed a Pocket Survival Pak and two RSK Survival Knives by Benchmade. Aeromedix.com is the exclusive outlet for the Doug Ritter RSK MK1™ and Mini RSK MK1. Says Doug, "I don't believe that you will find a better value in a folder for everyday utility or survival." The Mini RSK M1 knife has the same incredible CPM S30V steel and same superb Griptilian handle — just in a more compact package. Buy a Limited Edition Doug Ritter Mini-RSK Knife and receive a complimentary Pocket Survival Pak! The Pocket Survival Pak is waterproof, floats, and has all the essential survival items. No other pocket survival kit compares to the overall quality of the Pocket Survival Pak™. Call Aeromedix at (888) 362-7123, and view Aeromedix's complete line of safety and survival products for pilots at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/aeromedi/avflash.
TRACK ALL IN-FLIGHT IFR AIRCRAFT IN REAL TIME!
Is your friend's Beech airborne? Need a list of all flights bound for your airport? Curious about how many aircraft are cruising above FL400? The AVweb Edition of Flight Explorer gives you a real-time picture of all IFR aircraft in-flight over the U.S. This informative service is yours for just $9.95 a month. Order at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/flightexplorer/avflash.
YOU WORKED HARD FOR THAT IFR TICKET; NOW PROTECT IT!
Subscribe to the monthly magazine dedicated to keeping IFR-rated pilots ready for anything! IFR Refresher polishes your proficiency, challenges your knowledge, briefs you on changing regs, and keeps your decision-making skills sharp. Order today for guaranteed savings for as long as you subscribe. http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/ifrref/avflash.
SPENCER LANE'S FIRST WORLD FLIGHT: THE ODYSSEY OF BILLY MITCHELL
Three years before Lindbergh's flight to Paris, the U.S. Army joined the race to be the first to fly around the world.  This award-winning hardcover book tells this great adventure in detail.  SPECIAL: Autographed copies and complimentary U.S. shipping at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/firstworldflight/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.
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.
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
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.
SPONSOR NEWS
HIGHLIGHTS IN THE JANUARY 2005 ISSUE OF AVIATION CONSUMER
"WAAS Flight Trail ... Finally"; "When Gyros Die" — Should you overhaul, buy new, or fix it?; "The Lycoming Surprise" — Lycoming's charges core costs on factory overhauls and remans; "Bargain Retracts" — Top picks; "Easing an Achin' Back" — Seat pads from Oregon Aero and Moller can help; "Water-Cooling for the Masses" — Water-cooling for aircraft engines?!; and the News Aircraft Guide focuses on the Piper Navajo. Don't miss an issue; order Aviation Consumer at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/avcons/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.
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.
_____________________________________
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 till every part stops.

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.
--BoUnDaRyCavflashM326D122004T42--