| Free Sign Up | Site Map | What's New | HELP! |
Advanced Search

Free Sign Up
Flight Explorer
• AVmail
• Brainteasers
• Calendar
• Classifieds
• Databases
• Net Sites
• Picture of the Week
• Question of the Week
• Short Final
• Weather
• What's New
• Aeromedical
• Airmanship
• Aviation Law
• Avionics
• Careers
• Columns
• Homebuilts
• Insurance
• Maintenance
• New Aircraft
• Places to Fly
• Profiles
• Reviews
• Safety
• Skywritings
• The System
• Training
• Used Aircraft
Special Events
• Advertise
• Contact Us
• Flight Explorer
• Help Desk
• Site Map
• Shopping Directory
• Sponsor Specials
• Sponsors
Printer-Friendly Version

February 16, 2006

NewsWire Complete Issue

By The AVweb Editorial Staff
Cozy Parts from 
Aircraft Spruce Aircraft Spruce Is the Source for Cozy and Long-EZ Metal Parts
Aircraft Spruce & Specialty Co. has acquired all existing inventory, tooling, and drawings for the prefabricated metal parts used for the Cozy Mark IV aircraft. As the owner of the design rights for the Cozy Mark IV and the source for plans and kits, Aircraft Spruce wants to ensure that builders will continue to have a source for these metal parts. Call 1-877-4-SPRUCE or visit online.
Aircraft Sales Up In All Sectors back to top 
AS3 - The Aviation Industry Expo

A Record-Breaking Year For GA

All the numbers show that 2005 was a great year for airplane sales, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) reported on Monday. Billings rose to $15.1 billion, up 27.2 percent over 2004. U.S. manufacturers shipped 2,857 airplanes, an increase of 21.3 percent. Worldwide shipments of GA aircraft totaled 3,580 units, up 20.8 percent. GAMA President Peter Bunce says he expects more of the same for 2006. "Our industry has experienced an absolutely phenomenal, phenomenal success in the past year," he told The Wichita Eagle. "We want to keep that momentum going." An expanding global market and the emerging market of very light jets should provide that momentum, he said. "Our growth shows that general aviation continues to have a dramatic impact on the way the world does business," said Bunce. "As the worldwide economy expands and becomes ever more interdependent, general aviation will play an ever-increasing role."

Piston Purchases Make Progress

The piston market grew an additional 20 percent over the 20-year peak reached in 2004, with 2,465 units shipped. Turboprop shipments grew 14 percent. GAMA credits innovations in performance and comfort for keeping the turboprop segment competitive. The bizjet sector grew 27 percent, with 750 units shipped, just 34 fewer than the record of 784 in 2001. Exports from the U.S. grew 67 percent, representing 19 percent of all aircraft built in the country. "All manufacturers are seeing new markets emerge around the globe," GAMA said. Jobs at GAMA member companies grew by 6 percent. But one statistic fell -- there were 3 percent fewer private pilots than in 2004. GA flight activity overall also declined by about 2 percent, and remains about 30 percent below levels seen in the early 1980s. The student pilot population remained stable at about 87,000.

Teledyne-Continental Motors PowerlinkTM FADEC Certified on Liberty XL-2; Is It Right for Your Aircraft?
Liberty Aerospace is the first certified piston-powered aircraft with PowerLinkTM FADEC as standard equipment. PowerLinkTM 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 online.
Investigative Efforts Must Be Prioritized back to top 
Aviation Consumer

NTSB Chair: GA Crashes Won't Be Ignored

Mark Rosenker, acting chairman of the NTSB, spoke to the GA world on Tuesday at the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) meeting, and made use of the occasion to respond to a recent story in The Washington Post. The Post reported last week that NTSB investigators have been going to fewer accident scenes every year since 2001, showing up at less than half of the crashes involving small aircraft. Rosenker told the GAMA audience on Tuesday, "While it is true that we do not launch on all fatal and serious injury accidents, I must reiterate that we shall continue to lead an investigation into every single one of the nearly 1,800 general aviation accidents that occur each year in the country." Rosenker said the NTSB historically has not conducted an on-scene investigation on fatal accidents involving crop-dusters, homebuilts, illegal ultralights, balloons and gliders, which make up about 25 percent of the fatal accidents each year. "It is simply a matter of prioritizing our efforts," he said. "Our cadre of 43 regional investigators simply cannot travel on every fatal and serious injury accident, and we must rely on some of the 3,500 FAA inspectors to assist us."

No Accidents Overlooked

"Whether we launch to the scene or not, we will conduct all of the research, interviews, and follow-up examinations necessary to perform an appropriate investigation," Rosenker said. "We will write the final report, and the NTSB will determine the probable cause of every single accident, no matter how small. This is our mandate, and we are sticking to it." Rosenker said the NTSB has been on-site at 62 percent of fatal accidents over the last three years, a drop from 75 percent previously. "I assure you that this 13-point drop involved fatal accidents that had known circumstances and no safety payback," he said. Rosenker added that by prioritizing and conserving resources, the safety board has decreased its backlog of cases from 2,500 to less than 400 over the last five years. The backlog consists of cases over six months old with no probable-cause finding. He also added that areas of GA safety that the safety board is monitoring include helicopter operations for air tours and offshore oil rigs, aging aircraft, icing, and light sport aircraft.

Thirty 3G Headset "Trade-Up" Your LightSPEED Headset!
Trade-up your LightSPEED XL or K headset toward a LightSPEED Thirty 3G and get the quietest, most comfortable headset on the market. LightSPEED's Thirty 3G connects to a host of accessories (cell phone & music interfaces) and provides up to 30 hours of ANR. Retailed at $599, with this "Trade-Up" program you may want to buy a second headset. For more info, contact LightSPEED at (800) 332-2421 during business hours (PST) or visit online.
News Briefs back to top 

Pilots In Demand: Virgin America, NetJets, To Hire Hundreds

Virgin America, the U.S. stepchild of Richard Branson's Virgin brand, has started hiring pilots for its base in San Francisco. The new airline is looking for six experienced pilots right now to help with starting up, then will hire more than 100 pilots later this year to staff its fleet of 33 Airbus 320-family jets. At least 5,000 hours are required, and a type rating wouldn't hurt. Branson also is interested in getting into the air-taxi business with a fleet of Eclipse jets, Andrew Broom, public relations manager at Eclipse, confirmed for AVweb, yesterday. Meanwhile, NetJets says it will hire 450 pilots in 2006. Last year, NetJets pilots represented by the Teamsters achieved a new labor agreement with substantial increases in salaries. NetJets' new hires will be based at Columbus, Teterboro, West Palm Beach, Los Angeles and Dallas. NetJets operates a range of aircraft, including Citations, Hawkers, Falcons, Gulfstream 200s and Boeings, and on international routes, Gulfstream large-cabin jets. Rapid growth in air travel is creating a pilot shortage in India and China, where training of new pilots is not keeping up with the demand. Air China is planning to look for experienced pilots from overseas to fill its seats.

New Rules Would Halve Flight Requirement Overseas

Under new rules to be introduced later this year by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the minimum flight time for commercial pilots in Europe would be cut from 145 hours to 70, while simulator time would increase from 90 to 170 hours. The British Air Line Pilots Association (BALPA) is protesting the change. "Simulators may be amazingly realistic but you always know you will be going home at the end of the day," Martin Alder, spokesman for BALPA, told The London Times. "There is no substitute for the unpredictability of real flying." Lufthansa, which has invested heavily in new simulators, has pressured ICAO to make the changes, according to The Times. Supporters of the change say that pilot trainees learn more from simulator time than from simply building time in real airplanes. Also, there is a shortage of pilots in Europe (as in India and China, see above) and the change would allow new pilots to be trained more quickly. BALPA has asked ICAO to hold trials before making the new rules final. "We need to assess the results of trials before exposing the public to this," Alder told The Times.

Swearingen's SJ30-2 Business Jet The SJ30-2 Is the World's Fastest Light Business Jet
Not only is it fast; it has intercontinental range -- 560 mph and over 2800 sm range. The SJ30-2 is the most advanced light business jet in the sky today -- the perfect package of speed, range, and good looks. Click here for details.
News Briefs back to top 

TV Documentary Suggests Pilots Overworked

Meanwhile, in the U.K., a documentary on Ryanair by Channel Four accuses the airline of requiring pilots to work excessive hours, even when they are fatigued. Ryanair has denied and disputed all of the filmmakers' allegations. The program, Dispatches, aired Monday night. Two undercover reporters posed as cabin crew and spent five months secretly filming Ryanair's training program and flights. The reporters claimed to reveal inadequate safety and security checks, dirty airplanes, exhausted cabin crew and pilots complaining about the number of hours they have to fly. Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary said the allegations were unfounded. "Ryanair operates to the highest safety standards in Europe," O'Leary said. Aviation authorities in Europe are looking into the allegations. To counter the bad publicity, the airline on Tuesday released 3 million free tickets for travel before the end of May. Passengers pay only airport taxes and charges. Ryanair, based in Dublin, is Europe's largest no-frills airline, known for its cheap fares.

Congress Asked To Review Duty-Time Rules

U. S. Rep Tom Reynolds, of New York, called last week for an investigation into pilot fatigue and a fresh look at rules regarding duty time. "Not since 1940 have flight-and-duty-time rules for pilots been updated," said Reynolds. "That simply is unacceptable." Reynolds cited a recent NTSB report on a fatal crash in Kirksville, Mo., in October 2004, which found that pilot fatigue was a contributing factor. The pilots had been on duty for over 14 hours on the day of the crash. Reynolds said he also wants to review the rules regarding the use of Terrain Avoidance Warning Systems. No such system was required for the fatal flight. One of the 13 who died aboard Corporate Airlines Flight 5966 was a New York resident. Current FAA rules do not address the amount of time pilots can be on duty, but impose a limit of eight hours flight time during a 24-hour period, provided the pilot has had at least eight continuous hours of rest during the 24-hour period. In its report on the Kirksville crash, the NTSB asks the FAA to modify and simplify the flight crew hours-of-service regulations to take into consideration factors such as length of duty day, starting time, workload, and other factors shown by recent research, scientific evidence and current industry experience to affect crew alertness. The NTSB also wants Part 121 and 135 operators to incorporate fatigue-related information into their initial and recurrent pilot training programs. Such training should address the detrimental effects of fatigue and include strategies for avoiding fatigue and countering its effects, the safety board said.

Trade-A-Plane: The Aviation Marketplace Since 1937 Subscribe to Trade-A-Plane & See Why 96% of Their Subscribers choose Trade-A-Plane as their primary aviation shopping tool. Over 10,000 classifieds (updated daily), product and advertiser indices, NAAA Evaluator, and aviation weather -- Trade-A-Plane is everything that keeps you flying! To order, call (800) 337-5263 or go online.
News Briefs back to top 

New Zealand Pilot Accused Of Crash Fraud

A New Zealand pilot was in court this week on fraud charges related to lying about having ditched his Cessna 185 in July 2004, according to the New Zealand Herald. Howard Jamison, 46, had reported that he took off from Timaru Airport and was flying offshore when the airplane's engine surged and stopped. He said he dead-sticked into the water, and was able to remove part of the airplane floor, which he rode into shore as the airplane sank. Jamison submitted an accident report and insurance claim, but the wreckage was never found. The Cessna was reportedly found last month, undamaged, stored in a shipping container. Jamison has said that if found guilty, he may sell his three other aircraft if necessary to repay the insurance of NZ$258,000. A report by the Civil Aviation Authority concluded that since the wreckage had not been found, the cause of engine failure could not be determined.

Three Killed When Glasair Hits House

A Glasair II two-seat kitplane crashed into a house in a suburban neighborhood outside Sacramento, Calif., on Sunday afternoon. The airplane's owner, Patrick O'Brien, 49, of San Clemente, was killed, along with James McIsaac, 43, of Roseville, who was also a pilot. Chris Musil, 19, who lived in the house with his father, was killed. According to The Sacramento Bee, McIsaac lived in the neighborhood, and his wife and mother were watching when the aircraft suddenly dove into the house, which was quickly engulfed in flames. Witnesses said the aircraft was flying low over the neighborhood and performing aerobatics just before the crash. Spokesmen from EAA and Glasair were interviewed in the local press. Mikael Via, president of Glasair Aviation, told The Bee he is unaware of any instance where a bad part from his company caused a crash. "People see the word 'experimental' and that unfortunately conjures up an image that is incorrect," he said. Dick Knapinksi, of EAA, told The Bee that all homebuilt aircraft are thoroughly inspected before they are allowed into the air. He added that pilots must fly a homebuilt plane for dozens of hours over sparsely populated areas before it is allowed to fly elsewhere.

When It Comes to Aircraft Insurance, the Choice Is Easy
The AOPA Insurance Agency is the only agency that offers the built-in expertise of AOPA's 66+ years' commitment to general aviation, and the only aircraft insurance agency qualified to carry the AOPA name. More than 405,000 pilots trust AOPA for their aviation needs, so when it comes to aircraft insurance, why call anyone else? One call to the AOPA Insurance Agency, and you'll have multiple quotes from major A-rated underwriters in minutes. Call AOPA Insurance Agency for a complimentary quote at (800) 622-2672, or go online.
News Briefs back to top 

Something Else To See And Avoid -- Space Elevators?

LiftPort Group, a consortium of companies working together to develop a space elevator, said on Monday it has successfully completed a second round of tests of its high-altitude platform. The tests, which required an FAA waiver to use the airspace, were completed earlier this month in Arizona. LiftPort says it launched an observation and communication platform to over 5,000 feet and maintained it in a stationary position for more than six hours, using an arrangement of high-altitude balloons. A ribbon attached from the platform to the ground supported robotic lifters that climbed as high as 1,500 feet. LiftPort says the technology can eventually be used to create a space elevator that would be anchored to an offshore sea platform near the equator in the Pacific Ocean. A carbon nanotube composite ribbon would stretch some 62,000 miles from earth to space. Mechanical lifters would move up and down the ribbon, carrying such items as people, satellites and solar power systems. "We're pleased at the success of this round of testing," said Michael Laine, president of LiftPort. "Testing our technology in real world settings is critical to the ultimate success of our space elevator, and we appreciate the FAA's willingness to work with us on this." The company is headquartered in Bremerton, Wash.

On The Fly...

A fleet of L-39 warbirds was confiscated in Alaska by the FBI...

A local newspaper supports GA pilots opposing permanent airspace restrictions over Washington, D.C....

Boeing on Monday delivered its 5,000th 737, to Southwest Airlines...

An IPO at Eclipse Aviation? Not this year, company spokesman Andrew Broom told AVweb...

Jeppesen has released a NavData Alert about incorrect sector boundaries for Minneapolis Class B Airspace in some Jeppesen products; check their Web site for more info...

Two federal air marshals face drug charges for allegedly smuggling cocaine past airport security...

British Prime Minister Tony Blair was on board a DC-8 during an aborted takeoff in South Africa on Sunday night; nobody was hurt...

A rainbow-painted Lear Jet is making five stops this week to fly children for the Make A Wish foundation...

A flying motorcycle takes to the air on a TV news video.

Oregon Aero -- It Feels Like Flying!
Don't let your old seat bring you down. Renew your passion for flight with Oregon Aero(R) Seat Cushion Systems. Painless, safer and durable, your new seat will make flying feel like it should. Oregon Aero's seat cushion designs and materials work together to ensure ideal body position and a perfect fit. Whether you fly a homebuilt or production aircraft, you can fly pain-free no matter how long the flight. Visit Oregon Aero online or call (800) 888-6910 for a free catalog.
Newstips back to top 

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.

Don't Buy an Aircraft without Checking with CS&A's Insurance Pros!
Check with CS&A's insurance professionals for complete insurance packages with the best coverage and prices in the industry. Get a no-cost quote from CS&A's top aviation professionals by calling (800) 761-2557, or go online.
Features back to top 

New Articles and Features on AVweb

The Making of the World's Largest Skydive
The world's most experienced skydivers recently met in Thailand to build a record, 400-way formation. What did it take? The resources of an entire air force, 300 tons of Jet-A, a trainload of oxygen bottles and the determined endurance of a marathon runner, according to AVweb's Editorial Director (and skydiver) Paul Bertorelli.

The Savvy Aviator #28: Be Prepared
The most exasperating aircraft mechanicals invariably occur between Friday night and Sunday afternoon when you're hundreds of miles from home. The difference between a minor annoyance and major trauma often hinges on whether you're prepared.

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.

Attention, Piper Owners and Pilots!
The Piper Flyer Association (PFA) provides parts locating, tech support, a monthly member magazine, online forums, national and regional events, an annual convention, seminars, and more. With a one-year membership for $39, access the needed information to expand your knowledge and get more enjoyment from owning and flying your Piper aircraft. The PFA is located on the Waupaca Municipal Airport in Wisconsin, just 35 miles NW of Oshkosh. For more information, and to request a sample copy of the magazine, click here.
AVwebBiz back to top 

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/

Pilots Know They Need to Protect & Improve Their Eyes
As a pilot, Brian Grote knows that visual acuity is an asset he can't afford to lose. After years of declining vision, he's finally found an all-natural supplement that may help protect and improve the health of his eyes for years to come. Click here to find out more about Claroxan, an all-natural supplement for your eyes.
QOTW back to top 

AVweb's Question of the Week


Last week, in the wake of a growing number of mid-air collisions, AVweb asked if you're concerned about the possibility of a mid-air.

Most of our respondents did express some concern — but also some preparation and awareness.  68% of you told us that you're conscious of the possibility and have taken direct precautions to minimize the risk.

A significant 18% of respondents expressed some (understandable) longing for a little box that would see other aircraft and keep us alert to possible mid-airs.

Only 6% of our readers expressed little to no concern about being involved in a mid-air collision.


How would you like to be paid for flying?  Does the job of pro pilot still hold the same appeal it once did?

Click here to answer

Have an idea for a new QOTW? Send your suggestions to qotw@avweb.com.

This address is only for suggested QOTW questions, and not for QOTW answers or comments.
Use this form to send QOTW comments to our AVmail Editor.

Tired of the High Cost of Fuel? GAMIjectors Are the Answer!
Don't be grounded by sky-high gas prices. Install GAMIjectors, and you could see up to a 20% cut in your aircraft's fuel bill. Balanced fuel/air ratios make your aircraft's engine run smoother, cooler, and more efficiently. Call 888-FLY-GAMI, or order a kit online for your Continental or Lycoming engine.
POTW back to top 

AVweb's Picture of the Week

Submit a Photo | Rules | Tips | Questions | Past POTW Winners

What's got soaring jets, majestic mountains, tropical beaches, and adorable children?

O.K., it's a trick question.  We all know the answer is the latest installment of AVweb's "Picture of the Week" contest.  We'll kick things off with a photo from this week's winner, David Coggin of Altus, Oklahoma.

Like all "POTW" winners, David takes home an official AVweb baseball cap for his contribution.  If you'd like to join in the photo fun — and maybe win one of those hats for yourself — submit your photos today!


click for a larger version

Used with permission of David Coggin

"All in a Day's Work"

You're not alone if this photo from David Coggin of Altus, Oklahoma made you ask "What the heck is that?"  Until you take a closer look, you may not realize there are two jets here.

David tells us he took the picture "a couple of years ago," but didn't go into much detail about where he was or if he was trying for this effect.  Whether by accident or design, it's catapulted him to the top of this week's "POTW" ranks, and we'll be sending Dave one of those sharp-looking AVweb baseball caps in the mail.

AVweb continues to receive a large number of excellent images for our POTW contest. Here are some of the runners-up.  Due to privacy issues, AVweb does not publish e-mail addresses of readers who submit photos.

medium | large

Used with permission of Trey Carroll

"Viper Out of the Dark"

Speaking of jets, here's a particularly menacing Thunderbird from Trey Carroll of Knightstown, Indiana.  Actually, it isn't a Fabulous Thunderbird, but rather a USAF Viper painted in Thunderbird colors and on display in the National Air Force Museum in Dayton, Ohio.


medium | large

Used with permission of John Hyle

"Earning Flight Time"

John ("Skipper") Hyle of Peachtree City, Georgia tells us the tykes in this photo are his sons.  They're off to an early start in the world of flying, wiping down the family MK-4, J's Bird.

Whew.  For a moment, we thought one of these guys might be Skip's A&P ... .


medium | large

copyright © Kim Hatch
Used with permission

"Mopping Up"

Last week's fire-fighting photo from Charles Stewart inspired nearly a dozen similar submissions to this week's contest.  While we loved all the photos, we decided to limit our water-dropping finalists to just one — this B-212 coming over a ridge in Spain, submitted by Kim Hatch of Nampa, Idaho.


medium | large

copyright © Dan Valentine
Used with permission

"Under the Swaying Palms ..."

Does the name "Dan Valentine" sound familiar?  It does to us, because Dan keeps showing up in our stack of finalists week after week.  Not that we're complaining — we've enjoyed every one of Dan's photos so far!


medium | large

copyright © Joa Harrison
Used with permission

"Northwest Montana Winter Flying Beauty"

It's been a while since we ran a pure landscape photograph (with no planes in the foreground), so let's break that trend right now.  Joa Harrison of Kootenai, Indiana took his two sons up for a flight over the Montana mountains.  "My four-year-old really got a kick out of these 'pointy rocks,'" writes Joa, "and my two-year-old kept saying, 'Look, Daddy, big scary lions' (in reference to the chunks of snow-covered rocks)."

Wow.  You really can see the lions in the large-size image.  (Look in the lower-left corner.)

Maybe there are some benefits to flying with two-year-olds, after all ... .

To enter next week's contest, click here.

A Reminder About Copyrights: Please take a moment to consider the source of your image before submitting to our "Picture of the Week" contest. If you did not take the photo yourself, ask yourself if you are indeed authorized to release publication rights to AVweb. If you're uncertain, consult the POTW Rules or send us an e-mail.



Get Award-Winning VFLITETM Computer-Based Training for Your GPS
Don't train in the cockpit! Discover the safe way to get the full power of your GNS 530/430, GPSMap and AirMap navigators. The new VFLITE GNS 530/430 Advanced Training CD-ROM is FAA FITS-accepted and helps you reach a higher level of understanding on complex procedures. Recommended by Garmin(R) and Lowrance(R), VFLITE programs are the ideal solution for both initial and recurrent training. Prices start at $49.95. Windows and Mac compatible. Click here for free demos and more information.

Don't Wish Your Airplane Had All the Bells and Whistles
Bennett Avionics makes that wish affordable! Used avionics is Bennett Avionics' only business. Bennett stocks a complete line of used avionics that will add tremendous capability to your aircraft at a price that makes sense. Bennett also purchases used avionics equipment and will work out an exchange for newer electronics. Bennett Avionics is your one-stop used avionics specialist. Call the Bennett Avionics specialists at (860) 653-7295, or go online.

Avidyne's New TAS600 Systems Deliver Active-Surveillance Traffic Awareness Protection Under $10,000
With pricing starting at $9,990, Avidyne's new TAS600 systems set a new price-performance standard for active-surveillance traffic capability and make important safety systems affordable for owners of light GA aircraft. TAS600 systems show standard TAS symbology on display systems from 15 different manufacturers, including Avidyne's Entegra and EX500/5000 MFDs; Garmin's G1000, MX20, and 400/500-series; as well as displays from Honeywell, Collins, Chelton, Sandel, and others. Click here for complete details.

Stop Wondering -- Or Worrying -- Where Your Friends and Family Are!
Do you have friends or family flying in tonight? A business colleague coming in for a meeting? Will your partner get back before you need the airplane? Find out where in the air they are with the AVweb Edition of Flight Explorer. AVweb subscribers can sign up for Flight Explorer at the special price of $9.95 a month. Sign up.

Discover Why Homebuilders Are the Hottest Segment in General Aviation Today
Subscribe to Kitplanes magazine and catch the building excitement. Each issue is packed with flight reviews; building, buying, and flying guidance; and more. And each subscription includes the Kitplanes hands-on, three-issue directory listing over 100 of the latest kits and plans. Order now.

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 personal standard of IFR operating practices, including incorporation of checklists, flows, callouts, briefings, and the "fly by the numbers" method of aircraft control. Order online.

Attention, Mechanics! Software for Your Hardware!
John Schwaner's The Mechanic's Toolbox + Engineering Manual Companion has been a mainstay of mechanics for years. John has revised and updated this publication and put it on CD. The Mechanic's Toolbox Program contains everything from: Ohm's Law for Mechanics, Torque Wrench Extension Calculator, Pressure Conversions, and Velocity Computing to a Palm operating system including Alternator Charging System Checker, Hose Shop, Starter Analyzer, Metals ID using Field Methods, and more. This is immense! Complete details and to order.

Have You Ever Wondered Why Some Pilots Seem to Have It Together?
Ever wonder why you lack confidence? Take a look at Instructional Methods for Flight Instructors, and Ways to Improve the Precision, Safety and Confidence of Rated Pilots, wherein Gordon Henrie takes lessons from fifty years of flying and tells you 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 will help you rout out bad habits. Order online.

Aviation Safety March Issue Highlights:
"Sequencing Yourself" -- here's why and how separation works; "Getting Organized" -- no gadgets will help the pilot who isn't thinking ahead; "When to Use the Gear" -- thinking through landing gear questions; "Learning to Lean" -- save stopping, money, and repair bills; "Fighting Flutter" -- why and what to do about it; "Night Shift" -- when you should (and shouldn't) launch at night. Plus: A summary of the FAA's recent airworthiness and maintenance information bulletins. If any of these articles hit your safety button, you need to order Aviation Safety now!

Names Behind The News back to top 

AVwebFlash is a twice-weekly summary of the latest news, articles, products, features, and events featured on AVweb, the internet's aviation magazine and news service.

Today's issue was written by news writer Mary Grady (bio).

Click here to send a letter to the editor. (Please let us know if your letter is not intended for publication.)

Comments or questions about the news should be sent here.

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

If you're having trouble reading this newsletter in its HTML-rich format (or if you'd prefer a lighter, simpler format for your PDA or handheld device), there's also a text-only version of AVwebFlash. For complete instructions on making the switch, click here.

Freedom, independence, responsibility.

Home | Free Sign Up | Advertise | Help | Contact Us