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February 13, 2006

NewsWire Complete Issue

By The AVweb Editorial Staff
Zuluworks Zuluworks Is New and Improved!
Zuluworks has not only treated themselves to a little digital makeover, but have re-tooled their product line as well. The new Gazelle is the ultimate flight bag with 3,200 cubic inches of versatility and style. Zuluworks has also added the super-popular Mini-Z kneeboard at 50% smaller than the original Zuluboard, but still packing the same punch. And the original Zuluboard has never looked so good, with new styling and sixteen new color choices. Click on this link and take a look.
Cuts To Airport Funds Decried back to top 
ATG - A New Dawn of Business Jets

GA Reaction To White House Budget: Fast And Negative

Marching directly behind the parade of President Bush's budget proposal last week, GA user groups have formed their own. For starters, this from AOPA: "Congress must not allow this to happen," said President Phil Boyer. "The White House is proposing to cut nearly $1 billion from the Airport Improvement Program in 2007 ... [and] almost all of that would come from monies earmarked for GA airports." EAA agreed: The budget takes money away from airports and uses it to fund general operations, "instead of making the hard decisions on the real problem: out-of-control spending," said Doug Macnair, EAA vice president of government relations. But it wasn't all bad. AOPA did find one bright spot in the proposal: "If there is any good news for GA in this budget, it is proposed funding for new technologies that will support the Next Generation Air Transportation System," said Boyer. The budget proposal provides $122.4 million to improve and expand the Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) and $80 million to support ADS-B. The presidential proposal is just the starting point in the budget process. Next comes months of wrangling on Capitol Hill before anything is final.

Program For Rural Development Could Disappear

National Air Transportation Association (NATA) President James Coyne also criticized the budget, saying it "has wrongly short-changed America's air transportation system." The budget would completely eliminate the Small Community Air Service Program, NATA said, which promotes development of air service for rural America. He also expressed opposition to user fees, which seem to be increasingly pushed by the administration as an alternative to the Trust Fund system. "User fees are the wrong way to raise revenues to fund the air traffic control system and have the potential to wreak havoc on the general aviation industry," he said. DOT Secretary Norm Mineta last week spoke about the need to replace the Aviation Trust Fund with a "more stable and predictable revenue stream" that would create "a more direct relationship between revenues collected and services provided." AOPA contends that the current system generates enough money to improve airports and aviation infrastructure and fund a well-managed, efficient FAA. The budget also includes cuts for aeronautics research.

"Wings to Adventure" on The Outdoor Channel Put Your Favorite Destination on TV!
Wings to Adventure TV is looking for great fly-in destinations to show in stunning high definition.  Each week, WTA visits great places for pilots -- some remote, and some right in town.  Share your favorite destination on the forum section of the WTA web site, and you might see it on TV!  Watch WTA every Wednesday at 7:30pm Eastern, and visit their forums online.
Fossett Lands Short, But Sets Record back to top 

GlobalFlyer Diverted After Generator Failure

Steve Fossett had already flown more than 25,000 miles and was descending from 50,000 feet to his planned landing site in England Saturday evening when a generator failed in the Virgin Galactic GlobalFlyer. Fossett diverted from Manston to Bournemouth and landed safely, succeeding in his quest to complete the longest-ever flight in an aircraft, with no stops and no refueling ... and injuring or killing at least one bird (not considered part of the record). Fossett coped with the bird strike on takeoff, cockpit temperatures up to 130 degrees, and severe turbulence over India that at its worst adjusted his altitude in 1,000-foot increments. "It was a scary time and I had my parachute on and I was prepared to bail out in case a wing broke," Fossett said. In all, he flew 26,389.3 miles in 76 hours 45 minutes. The Global Flyer burst two tires on landing, and Fossett said the windscreen was iced up so much that he couldn't see more than a few yards ahead.

Another Mysterious Fuel Loss

As in last year's round-the-world trip, Fossett again had trouble with the GlobalFlyer's fuel system. About 750 pounds of fuel was lost overboard early in the flight. The loss meant that finding the best tailwinds and carefully managing the fuel burn were that much more critical. When Fossett landed in England, he had 200 pounds of fuel left in the tanks. The flight exceeded the current record for the longest airplane flight held by Burt Rutan's Voyager aircraft, which flew for 24,987 miles in 1986, as well as the longest flight by any kind of aircraft, 25,361 miles flown by the Breitling Orbiter balloon in 1999. The launch had been scratched last Tuesday when new vents in the fuel system began leaking under the pressure of 18,000 pounds of fuel. The record, which is not official until ratified by the Federation Aeronautique Internationale, would be the 110th world record for Fossett.

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Spate Of Fatal Midairs back to top 

Two Aircraft Collide In California While Departing Airport

Three people died near San Diego last Wednesday, when a Cessna 172RG and a Cessna 182 collided in midair at about 4:40 p.m. Nobody on the ground was hurt, though flaming debris fell into a residential area and set a home on fire. A pilot and instructor in the 172RG, owned by Scandinavian Aviation Academy at Gillespie Field, were on an instrument training flight. They have not been identified but are believed to have been from Sweden. They filed an instrument flight plan out of Gillespie, bound for Brown Field on a familiarization flight. Instrument departure routing at Gillespie can direct aircraft in a climbing arc back over the field, a local controller told AVweb. The 182 flown by William Kupiec, 68, of La Jolla, departed VFR from Gillespie approximately one minute behind the 172RG. The two aircraft later met at about 2,300 feet, roughly three miles from Gillespie. So, whatever the path of the instrument departure from Gillespie, that route (plus the one-minute time interval between it and Kupiec's departure) conspired to create an intersection with Kupiec's route at a specific point over El Cajon, Calif. When both aircraft arrived at that point at the same exact time, tragedy struck. Kupiec was on the second leg of his flight that began that day at Montgomery Field, in San Diego. Authorities referred to it as a "pleasure flight." Clearly it was anything but.

Two Die In New Zealand; NTSB On Fatal Shorts Collision

Two private pilots were killed in a midair collision last Thursday in New Zealand. Witnesses said the two Piper Cherokees had been flying in close proximity at about 1,500 feet MSL for about 15 minutes, apparently practicing maneuvers, when the wing of one clipped the tail of the other, according to The New Zealand Herald. Both pilots were training for their commercial certificates. It was the first fatal midair in New Zealand since 1993. Also last week, the NTSB released a preliminary report on the midair collision of two Shorts cargo aircraft last Sunday in Juneau, Wisc. (which we mistakenly placed in Alaska in Thursday's AVwebFlash). The two airplanes had departed from General Mitchell International Airport (MKE) and were flying in formation about 100 to 150 apart on a photo flight when one of the airplanes entered a turn. The other pilot was unable to avoid the turning aircraft and the two collided, the NTSB said. One of the aircraft crashed and burned, and the three people on board died. The second aircraft lost hydraulics but was able to complete an emergency landing at UNU with no flaps and partially extended gear. The pilot and co-pilot were not hurt, and the passenger reported minor injuries.

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News Briefs back to top 

SBA Joins Opposition To ADIZ

The Small Business Administration's Office of Advocacy has joined with 21,459 others who have expressed opposition to the FAA's plans to impose a permanent ADIZ over the Washington, D.C., area. In comments filed last week, the Advocacy Office said it is concerned that the FAA has underestimated the cost and impact of the airspace restrictions on small aviation businesses within the affected area. Such businesses include small airports, aerial survey firms, flight schools, air charter operations and air tour operators. The FAA should revise its economic analysis, the SBA says, and should consider alternatives to a permanent ADIZ. The SBA even offered some alternatives. Less burdensome approaches could include separate requirements for lighter and slower airplanes, flight corridors in and around the area, and less-strict regulation as aircraft get farther from the capital, the SBA suggested. "The SBA's comments reinforce the fact that airspace restrictions like these aren't just a problem for pilots," said Andy Cebula, AOPA executive vice president of government affairs. "The effects extend well beyond the pilot community and create real hardships for business owners and their employees." An economic analysis commissioned by AOPA showed that the ADIZ was costing more than $43 million a year in lost wages and local spending and taxes, affecting 13 airports inside the ADIZ and 20 other nearby airports. EAA also welcomed the comments. "We are especially pleased that [the SBA] supported our view that the costs of the ADIZ to small businesses were significantly underestimated and viable alternatives to the proposed ADIZ, such as our proposal, should be explored." said Doug Macnair, EAA vice president of government relations.

WSI Gets Sirius For In-flight Satellite Weather

WSI Corporation announced last week that it is working on a system that would receive WSI's aviation weather over Sirius Satellite Radio in your airplane cockpit. The FAA-certified system should be on the market by the end of this year, WSI said. "The reliability offered by Sirius's satellite network augments WSI's continued commitment to build a robust network of proactive flight-decision support tools," said WSI spokesman Jim Menard. Sirius radio programs will also be included. The system will be compatible with all existing WSI InFlight display devices and installations, the company said. The new system will feature a "drop-in" replacement for the current AV001 antenna and a functionally compatible receiver to the current AV100 and AV200 product lines.

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News Briefs back to top 

DOT Addresses Space Tourism -- Real By 2008?

Commercial spacecraft could be cleared to carry passengers by 2008, Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta said last Thursday. Speaking to a group of space entrepreneurs at the 9th Annual Commercial Space Transportation Conference in Washington, D.C., Mineta said that a number of companies should be set to take passengers into space by then and the DOT would be ready to clear those flights. "This timeline isn't based on science fiction," Mineta said. "It is a timeline based on the reality of where commercial space is today and where we expect the state of commercial space to be within two short years ... We will move quickly to green-light flights that we know are safe." Mineta said he expects to issue permits next year to allow test flights, and if those flights are successful, the DOT will then issue a license for passenger space travel. He added that if companies complete testing sooner, the DOT also would be ready. "When the industry is set for lift-off, we will be ready to launch," Mineta said. "We have an important role to play in ensuring the safety of commercial space flights, especially for passengers. But we also have an obligation to encourage innovation and support new developments."

Meigs Airfield Soon To Be Heliport

The city of Chicago plans to open a heliport on the lakefront this spring for use by emergency first-responders, the Chicago Tribune reported on Friday. Private use of the site will be allowed only under contract. Aviation access to downtown Chicago was lost when Mayor Richard Daley demolished Meigs Field in March 2003, despite widespread protest from the aviation community. "This shows that Meigs was closed under false pretenses," said Josh Levy, spokesman for Friends of Meigs. The Chicago HeliStop, comprising a single landing pad and one parking spot, is expected to open as early as April, according to the Tribune. "Particularly after the 9/11 attacks, a location close to the center of the city is critical for Chicago and critical for all of us to be able to respond quickly in an emergency," Susan Shea, director of aeronautics for the Illinois Department of Transportation, told the Tribune. About 300 flights per month are expected.

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News Briefs back to top 

Plane Crash No Worry To Rugby Fans

Nine New Zealand rugby fans were en route to an international tournament in Wellington, flying in a 60-year-old vintage warbird -- a former Air Force de Havilland Devon -- when something went awry. Passenger Dave McGall told the New Zealand Herald the aircraft was about 200 feet off the ground, headed for the runway at Ohakea Air Base, when "everything seemed to go wrong." As the airplane touched down, the landing gear collapsed, part of a wing was damaged and the propellers hit the pavement. "It happened that quick that we didn't even really know it was happening," said passenger Ian Barnsdall. "We got a bit of a fright." Nobody was hurt, and all nine of the fans made it to the tournament (after a quick stop for some nerve-soothing libations) and were cheered by the fans for their fortitude. They were offered sideline seats, free food and drinks, and their smiling faces were shown on the big screen as the audience of 35,000 heard the story of what they went through to attend the game.

Why Not A Sky Cruise?

Imagine flying above a scenic landscape, but instead of being strapped into a cramped, noisy seat, you're relaxing in a spacious lounge, with huge picture windows, room to walk around, overnight cabins, and sit-down meals. That's the concept behind the Aeroscraft, a huge airship more than 600 feet long, now under development at Aeros, a California company. The craft would derive its lift partially from helium and partially from dynamic lift created by the shape of the body, the company says. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency awarded the project over $3 million last year, to develop the concept for military uses. Aeros also envisions using the ship for cargo and commuting. The ship would be quiet, fuel-efficient, and could operate from unimproved sites, according to the company.

Aeromedix Introduces a New Mini Low-Level Monoxide Monitor
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News in Brief back to top 

On The Fly...

FEMA has stored over 10,000 house trailers, which have not yet been used to aid Katrina victims, at the Hope, Ark., airport. Here's what that looks like from the window of a 1947 Luscombe flown by AVweb reader Doug McDowall...

Cessna and FAA to begin talks on Wednesday over a proposed $840,000 fine...

An airplane wingtip with two bullet holes found in Alabama woods was not from a crashed airplane, investigators say, and the shots apparently occurred after it fell into a tree...

In a strange case in Alaska, federal firearms charges were levied against a man accused of illegally possessing two rocket launchers capable of being fitted to an associate's private fleet of Czech L-39 military trainer jets...

AOPA will hold its 2007 Expo in Hartford, Conn., Oct. 4-6...

Four aircraft violated the presidential TFR over New Hampshire last week...

A UPS DC-8 that caught fire on landing last Wednesday in Philadelphia was carrying hazardous cargo, the NTSB says, but the cause of the fire remains unclear...

A 3-oz. GPS tracker that fits in the palm of your hand claims to be the world's smallest such device.

AVweb's Newstips Address ...

Drop us a line. If it caught your attention, it will probably interest someone else, too. Submit news tips via email to newstips@avweb.com. You're a part of our team ... often, the best part.

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AVwebBiz back to top 

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DA40 Diamond Star a Fleet Favorite
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Features back to top 

Reader Feedback on AVweb's News Coverage and Feature Articles ...


Reader mail this week about night rescues, landing on a highway, crashing on the centerline and much more.

New Articles and Features on AVweb

CEO of the Cockpit #54: Baggage
Anybody else notice that right about the time wheeled suitcases started coming onto airplanes, airline profits started dropping? AVweb's CEO of the Cockpit didn't notice, but his Marine buddy did and pines for those earlier, testosterone-filled days.

Non-towered pattern entry. Dick Taylor explains the not-so-common knowledge that keeps you safer in the pattern at a non-towered airport. This is one case where the simplest approach isn't always the best. Click through to learn.

Low-Cost Digital Replacement Transponders!
Narco Avionics proudly announces the availability of their all-new Value Series plug & play line of digital transponders. The Value Series is designed for the cost-conscious owner. Narco's Value Series plug & play transponders include the AT165/VS (a replacement for the AT50 through AT155), the AT165/KA/VS (a replacement for the KT76A/78A), and the AT165/K/VS (a replacement for the KT76/78). Coming Soon: Narco's AT165/C and AT165/C/VS, plug & play replacements for the ARC (Cessna) RT359A/RT459A. For more information, visit Narco Avionics online.
Your Aircraft-Buying Helper -- Aviation Consumer's Used Aircraft Guide
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The Lighter Side Of Flight back to top 

Short Final...

High-speed taxi ... or low-speed takeoff.

I landed in the first 150 feet of a runway in a Flightstar (Vx = 40 KIAS) and was taxiing past the main taxiway where an Air Asia 737 was waiting...

Tower: 9M-EAU please expedite.

Me: Wilco, 9M-EAU. [...while acclerating to about 15 knots on the ground.]

Air Asia Pilot: We can wait, sir. If he goes any faster he'll be flying again.



ASO -- A Better Way to Sell Your Aircraft Share
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Bring Digital Audio Technology to Your Aircraft
With the flying season just around the corner, owners of retractable-gear aircraft can add an extra margin of safety by installing a P2 Audio Advisory System. Just like the new jets, the system combines audio and visual advisories for landing gear position, Vne overspeed, stall warning, and output for a Hobbs meter. Digital voice technology actually speaks to the pilot via headset and/or speaker: "GEAR IS DOWN FOR LANDING"; "OVERSPEED"; "CHECK GEAR"; and "STALL." Regularly priced at $1,795, these systems are now available for $1,295. Learn more online.

Join NAA and Help Shape the Next Century of Flight
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Subscribe to Aviation Safety and Save!
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Order a CO Guardian CO Detector in the Hope You'll Never Have to Use It!
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Power Flow's Short Stack Approved for Pipers & Grummans
Power Flow Systems, manufacturers of FAA-certified tuned exhaust systems, have introduced a new "short stack" exhaust pipe for Piper PA-28 and Grumman AA5 series aircraft. The new STC'd short stack looks better while still providing up to 23 more available horsepower. For more information on this, and the right tuned exhaust system for your aircraft, go online.

If You Perform Any Aircraft Maintenance, You Shouldn't Be Without Light Plane Maintenance
March's issue highlights: "Prop Strikes" -- the engine maker's recommendations and criteria for logically deciding when a teardown is appropriate; "Shimmy Dampers" -- a systematic review with the damper not necessarily the culprit; "Metal in the Oil" -- when and what to do about it; "Engine Performance" -- discussing all the ways to save that precious fuel; and "The Zen of Soldering" -- understanding how to solder electrical components properly. Order Light Plane Maintenance now.

Names Behind The News back to top 

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