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Volume 11, Number 22b June 2, 2005

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SUMMER SKIES BRING FLOOD OF FLIGHT EVENTS...
With Memorial Day weekend past, it's officially summer now across the U.S., and with summer comes a deluge of flying events -- some old, some new and some in a state of metamorphosis. One unique event that starts Sunday in Danville, Va., is SATS 2005, a demonstration of the new Small Aircraft Transportation System technology developed by NASA, the FAA and the industry over the last five years. On Monday and Tuesday, technical demonstrations will be held, along with various seminars and panel discussions. SATS aims to show that on-board computing, advanced flight controls, "Highway in the Sky" displays, and automated air traffic separation and sequencing will help people to travel faster and farther by enabling safe and affordable access to virtually any runway in the nation in most weather conditions. More...

...AS AIR RACES COME EAST (AND WEST)...
The first Tunica (Miss.) Air Races start today with Unlimited, T-6 and Formula One aircraft racing around pylons to win the Tunica Cup. Aerobatics and military aircraft will fly between events. Tunica, a 30-minute drive south of Memphis, Tenn., is a resort area with abundant casinos and hotels. Meanwhile, the Red Bull Air-Race season is already underway. The first race for this year was held recently in Abu Dhabi, with the next leg set for June 12 in Rotterdam. The race makes four more stops in Europe before finishing up Oct. 8 in San Francisco. No word yet on the race course, but it seems it ought to include flying under the Golden Gate Bridge. More...

...AND AIRPLANES CONVERGE AT AOPA HQ AND FLY-INS
For many pilots, their favorite summer events are not the air shows where they spectate, but the fly-ins where they can actually aviate ... or at least, park and then hang out with other aviators. One newcomer is an as-yet-unnamed event now in the planning stages for Sept. 23-25 at the Alva (Okla.) Airport. Organizers hope to draw up to 800 fly-in aircraft and a bill of top-end air show performers. And for those in the market for something shiny and new, Clow Airport, in Bolingbrook, Ill., hosts the 6th Cavalcade of New Airplanes this weekend, when visitors can get an up-close look at the latest Diamonds, Lancairs, Cirri, and more. And for those on the East Coast, AOPA's annual open house and fly-in is this Saturday in Frederick, Md. AVweb will be there to tell you all about it. More...

LIGHTSPEED QFR SELECTED AS "GEAR OF THE YEAR 2004" BY AVIATION CONSUMER
Aviation Consumer released their annual August 2004 "Gear of the Year" issue and tapped LightSPEED's QFRXCc ANR headset as the "standout performer" for its "first-rate value." Newly added cell/satellite phone and music interface make the QFRXCc headset even more attractive at only $379. Other standard features include auto shut-off, super-comfortable headpad, independent volume controls, and a 3-year warranty. To order or to obtain more information, call (800) 332-2421 or click on http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/litspeed/avcons/avflash.

OHIO PILOTS GIVE A LIFT TO WORLD WAR II VETS...
When the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., was dedicated last year, most veterans were already over 75 years old. Some of them were patients at the V.A. hospital in Ohio where Earl Morse works as a physician's assistant, and Morse realized many of the aging vets would never make it to D.C. to see their monument. Some couldn't afford the plane ticket to Washington, or were too infirm to make the 10-hour car ride. So Morse, a retired Air Force captain, came up with a better idea -- he and his fellow pilots from the Wright-Patterson Aero Club would fly them there, in a Bonanza, a Mooney, a Cessna 210, or a Piper Aztec. Those aircraft and four others -- eight pilots and 12 veterans -- made the two-and-a-half-hour flight from Ohio to Washington and back on May 21, the first of what Morse hopes will be many similar trips. More...

...WHILE DOZENS MORE WAIT THEIR TURN
Morse has christened the effort Honor Flight, and organized support from veterans' groups and local businesses, who chipped in to provide meals and ground transportation for the travelers. The pilots paid the Aero Club rental fees, or flew their own airplanes. "It was the most rewarding thing I've ever done," pilot Ron Smith told AVweb on Tuesday. "When we landed back at Springfield that night, there were 200 people there to greet us, waving flags ... that's when the veterans really got very emotional." Honor Flight already has more than 150 vets on a waiting list to make the trip. And "sadly, time is not on our side," says the group's Web site. Another trip is planned for June 11. More...

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AERIAL FIREFIGHTERS OK'D TO FLY
With wildfire season upon us, the Forest Service has decided that its fleet of large firefighting aircraft is fit for service, despite a fatal accident during a training run in April. The Forest Service has contracted for nine P2V tankers and seven P-3 Orion turboprops, as well as a DC-7 that will be used to gather data on wildfires. The aging aircraft have come under scrutiny in recent years after several fatal crashes caused by structural failure. "Aerial firefighting is an inherently high-risk business," Agriculture Undersecretary Mark Rey said last week in a news conference. "Our job is to minimize that risk." Rey said the aircraft would be periodically inspected for signs of fatigue. More...

INNODYN READY TO SHOW TWINPACK TURBINE DESIGN
While observers wait on 10 current "production" models to be tested at the factory, shipped and flown on customer aircraft, Innodyn has completed its preliminary design work on a new product called the TwinPack turbine. The TwinPack bundles two of the company's small lightweight turbines together into a package that fits easily into most engine spaces, dialing-down the extent of firewall-forward reconstruction needed for a turbine refit. The two Innodyn turbines are geared through a common gear box with a total output of up to 500 shp while weighing in closer to 350 pounds ... somewhat similar to a Lycoming 360-series engine (in weight). The engine will be on static display at AirVenture Oshkosh next month, Innodyn says. More...

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FIRST OWNER-BUILT SUPERIOR XP-360 COMPLETED
In other engine news, the first owner-built XP-360-plus Superior Air Parts engine was completed last week by Adam Silverstein at the factory build school in Coppell, Texas. Silverstein is building an RV-8 at home in New Jersey. The plus version has roller cams and roller lifters, which were designed and developed by Thielert Aircraft Engines in Germany. "Our roller lifter design relies on a different lubrication strategy than the sliding interface of a conventional flat tappet," said Keith Blockus, senior engineer for Superior. "This results in the engine being more tolerant to surface degradation than the conventional lifter in low-lubrication conditions such as engine startup, eliminating cam and lifter spalling." More...

HOLES FOUND IN SYDNEY AIRPORT SECURITY
Gangs of corrupt baggage handlers at Sydney Airport, the largest airport in Australia, are involved in activities that range from stealing valuables out of suitcases to using passengers' bags to smuggle drugs and stolen goods, The Australian reported Monday. A classified government report also says some Asian-recruited Qantas flight crew are "high-risk" and may be involved in the importation of narcotics but are not kept track of adequately by Customs officials, according to The Australian. The report also said 39 security screeners had serious criminal convictions, and 14 were suspected illegal immigrants. More...

THE BEST HEADSET IS THE ONE YOU ALREADY OWN
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GA GOES TO INDIA
IndUS, a U.S.-based aviation company, opened an aircraft showroom in downtown Bangalore this week, the first of its kind in India. The company aims to fill what it sees as an unmet demand for personal aircraft. The showroom has new airplanes on display and sells books, model airplanes, T-shirts and other aviation-related items. Dr. Ram Pattisapu, of Texas, founder of IndUS, said the showroom will work to enhance the public's understanding of GA. "There is a common misconception that private aircraft are unsafe and too expensive," he said at the grand opening on Tuesday. "In the long run, we want to promote general aviation as a viable transport for government and business agencies. But first, we want to increase public awareness." More...

RUNWAY STOP LIGHTS PROVE USEFUL AT DFW
It seems like a simple enough idea ... place lights at runway intersections that glow red when it's unsafe to cross. And it seems to be working, in an experimental installation at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. In a three-month study concluding this week, there was only one minor incursion, compared to three incursions in the previous five months. "But as long as we're still having one [incursion], we need to focus on improving the system," FAA spokesman Paul Erway told The Dallas Morning News. The Runway Status Lights are embedded into the pavement along the centerline on 14 taxiways. The system works by illuminating the five red lights when the runway is unsafe to cross. More...

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RUTAN MISQUOTE
In the May 30 edition of AVweb a quote concerning NASA's involvement in manned space exploration was incorrectly attributed to Burt Rutan. At a recent conference on commercial space development, Rutan was critical of NASA's record in space projects but did not use the words that we attributed to him. "My critiques of NASA have been focused on what decisions should have been made in the 70s and what we should do now, but I am not accusing them of killing people," Rutan told AVweb. More...

ON THE FLY...
Airbus A380 super-jumbo delayed...
NBAA seeks mechanics or CFIs who deserve an award...
T-6 owners: FAA wants your input about pending regulations...
NTSB found CJ2's brakes OK; it ran off runway at Atlantic City...
FAA proposes to give "safety approvals" to space operators...
Airlines need to cope better with under-performing crew, NTSB said...
Four Winds Aircraft will offer AmSafe's inflatable restraints. More...

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NEW ARTICLES AND FEATURES ON AVWEB
COLUMNS
CEO of the Cockpit #45: Dead Dinosaurs
We're all flying with dead dinosaurs -- well, all of us powered pilots anyway. Airlines love to blame their bankruptcies on the price of fuel, but they won't raise fares to cover it. So AVweb's CEO of the Cockpit and some other pilots discuss other ways to use less go-juice.

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WHAT'S NEW
What's New -- Products and Services -- June 2005
This month AVweb's survey of the latest products and services for pilots, mechanics and aircraft owners brings you vortex generators, a flight simulator, leading edge protection 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...

SEE CLEARLY METHOD IMPROVES & STRENGTHENS VISION NATURALLY
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AVWEB'S QUESTION OF THE WEEK ...
This week, AVweb asks the perennial puzzler: "Build or buy?" The experimentals of yesterday are today's top-of-the-line certified designs. So what do you think of today's homebuilt aircraft? Would you build one yourself? Fly someone else's? PLUS: Results of last week's question on autolandings and push-button flying. More...

AVIDYNE'S CMAX™ APPROACH CHARTS TAKE SITUATIONAL AWARENESS TO THE NEXT LEVEL
CMax™ Approach Charts, which can be displayed on Avidyne's FlightMax EX500 or Entegra/EX5000 MFDs, provide geo-referenced approach charts and airport diagrams. CMax™ reduces the amount of paper in your cockpit, and allows you to access critical chart data more quickly and easily. CMax™ overlays your flight plan and aircraft position for optimum orientation. CMax™ even shows runway incursion hotspots and improves taxiway awareness, reducing the need for "progressives" at unfamiliar airports. With CMax™, you’ll know exactly where you are on the approach or on the field. http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/avidyne/avflash.

AVWEB'S PICTURE OF THE WEEK ...
Welcome back to AVweb's "Picture of the Week," where we share the most colorful, exciting, and breath-taking amateur aviation photos we've received this week with the rest of the world. Tyson Rininger headlines this week's batch of photos, with an image that may induce some déjà vu. As his reward, Tyson will soon be the proud owner of an Official AVweb Baseball Cap. More...

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