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Volume 12, Number 12b
March 23, 2006
Noisebuster Headset from Aircraft Spruce Aircraft Spruce Reduces Pricing on Your Noisebuster Headset
The Noisebuster Headset is only $39.95. Noisebuster electronically cancels background noise. Try it on an airplane to reduce engine din and enhance the sounds of in-flight entertainment. This headset is comfortable, lightweight, adjustable, and foldable for portability and easy storage. It includes a travel pouch, an airplane seat dual-prong adapter, and one AAA battery. Limited time offer. Refer to part number 11-00107. Call 1-877-4SPRUCE or visit Aircraft Spruce online.
Mysterious Crash Raises Questions back to top 
The Top Headlines From AVweb's Expanded, Illustrated News Coverage At AVweb's NewsWire.

The pilot of a twin-engine turbo Beech Baron 56-T-C was headed home to St. Paul, Minn., from Glendive, Mont., on a business trip, when he apparently lost consciousness somewhere above Wisconsin last Friday night. The airplane continued on course until it ran out of fuel near Charleston, W.V. Two F-16s intercepted the Baron and attempted to make contact with the pilot, and fired flares, to no avail. They escorted the airplane until it descended and crashed in a rural area about 9:45 p.m. The pilot, William Roger Cammack Jr., 56, of St. Paul, who was alone on board, died. Nobody on the ground was hurt. Cammack had been a pilot for over 25 years and had recently joined the Civil Air Patrol, family members said. More...

Meanwhile, the report into last year's crash of a passenger jet in Cyprus is nearing completion. The Helios Airways 737-300 ran into a mountainside after running out of fuel, after the cabin's loss of pressure led to the incapacitation of the cockpit crew. It has been reported that a flight attendant with minimal experience as a pilot was only able to gain entry to the cockpit after the aircraft lost power from fuel exhaustion. All 121 on board died. The investigation so far has found that "latent errors have lain there for years waiting for the pilot to pull the trigger," according to Akrivos Tsolakis, head of the investigation. The systemic faults created "a window of opportunity" for the errors made by the pilots, he said. Tsolakis spoke last week at an aviation safety seminar in Athens, Flight International reported. More...

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Count Down To Sun, Fun back to top 

For much of the U.S., the summer flying season starts on April 4, when the annual Sun 'n Fun show opens in Lakeland, Fla. On Monday, the FAA released its official arrival procedures, complete with a video tour of the VFR route. The folks at Sun 'n Fun Radio 1510 sent out a reminder this week to bring a portable AM radio. They will broadcast 24 hours a day, with schedules, interviews, weather updates, the daily air show narrative, and remote broadcasts of the evening programs. The entire Sun 'n Fun campus also will be a wifi hotspot, so bring your laptop and stay connected. Special programs will honor the 25th anniversary of the first Space Shuttle launch, and the 20th anniversary of Voyager's historic nonstop round-the-world flight. More...

Sun 'n Fun attracts about 4,000 airplanes, with a wide variety of classics, homebuilts, sport planes, and warbirds. This year's special-guest list includes a new air vehicle from the folks at CarterCopter, who promise to demonstrate a new Personal Air Vehicle prototype, an "aerial motorcycle." They plan to fly it in from Atlanta, stopping at gas stations, restaurants, attractions and other hotels along the way to Lakeland, to prove the aircraft's versatility, and arrive at the show at noon on Wednesday, April 5. The first civilian air show appearance of the F-22A "Raptor" stealth-technology fighter, America's newest fighter aircraft, is scheduled for Thursday, April 6. And lots more. If you can't be there in person, watch for AVweb's special coverage to automatically arrive in your inbox on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday that week, complete with galleries, interviews, and all the news from the show. More...

Visit LightSPEED Aviation at Sun 'n Fun 2006 Mach 1 Headset by LightSPEED: Small, Durable & Ultra-Comfortable
Try it out at the upcoming Sun 'n Fun show (booths D52-53 and D75).
After years of pilot input, LightSPEED introduces the MACH 1, a high-performance in-the-ear (ITE) headset. The "born to be worn" MACH 1 packs a lot for its size. Connect to cell phone and music interfaces. Get supreme comfort with unbelievable noise attenuation. To order, contact a LightSPEED dealer or call (800) 332-2421 (PST business hours). Click here to view the 60-second MACH 1 video.
News Briefs back to top 

The Aviation Subcommittee of the U.S. House traveled to Wichita yesterday to hold a field hearing on economic competitiveness in the aviation industry. Peter Bunce, CEO of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA), urged committee members to support GA with tax relief and clarified export rules. He also assured the panel that the introduction of very light jets into the airspace system -- expected to begin this year -- will not "clog up the airways." Bunce said the VLJs will stay away from crowded airline hubs and add value to underutilized GA airports. The committee also heard from Jack Pelton, president of Cessna Aircraft, and James Schuster, CEO of Raytheon. More...

The directors of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) met in Montreal, Canada, this week to discuss a global strategy for aviation safety. While most of the conference dealt with air-carrier issues, GA concerns were represented by John Sheehan, of the International Council of Aircraft Owner and Pilot Associations (IAOPA). Addressing the conference, Sheehan emphasized the need for GA pilots to have sufficient, affordable information pertinent to the safety of flight. "Weather and airport information are not always available or affordable, and regulatory restrictions and high fees deter pilots in obtaining added experience and proficiency," said Sheehan. More...

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News Briefs back to top 

As if the radio frequencies weren't already busy enough, now pirate radio stations in Florida are interfering with aviation communications. "It's a nightmare," Jim Marinitti, president of the Miami Tower branch of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel on Monday. For the last month, pilots have been hearing hip-hop tunes and Haitian music instead of clearances and callbacks. Police traced the signal of a radio station that calls itself Da Streetz to a warehouse with an antenna, but nobody was there. Audio broadcasting equipment was confiscated, but the music has kept on playing. More...

Arizona has hosted some form of the popular Copperstate Fly-In every year for over 30 years, and it has been held at at least six different sites. This year, the change is all about the date, pushing back to later in the fall in hopes of cooler weather. This year's show will run Thursday through Sunday, Oct. 26 to 29, which statistics say should provide 80-degree days, 12 degrees cooler than past events. Show organizers also have axed the usual afternoon air show and replaced it with hourly fly-bys and demos of the antique, classic, and homebuilt aircraft that fly in to the field. The change will keep the airport open all day, organizers said this week, and give the fly-in pilots who attend the show a chance to showcase their aircraft. More...

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News Briefs back to top 

With a booming economy and a rapidly expanding aviation sector, India is finding it tough to fill all of its pilot seats, and extra demands are made on the pilots that are available. Pilots at Air India are assigned to legs as long as 10 hours without relief, a practice that would not be allowed under FAA air-carrier rules. To ease the shortage, India has been hiring foreign pilots to fill its seats, but that has caused problems when the pilots are not fluent in English. Incidents in recent months involving foreign pilots have raised concerns that there may be miscommunication with air traffic controllers, and even among cockpit crews. More...

Although the FAA's recent efforts to minimize the use of "taxi into position and hold" procedures have been vociferously opposed by the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, two pilot groups this week said they are fine with the changes. "The FAA's review [of TIPH] promises to build in necessary safeguards during departure and arrival operations on the nation's runways," said Larry Newman, a spokesman for the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA). The Allied Pilots Association (APA), which represents American Airlines pilots, agreed. "We applaud the FAA's action to improve safety on our runways," said Mike Leone, APA Safety Committee chairman. "The risk factors the FAA found in its review are real, and the changes mandated ... will significantly mitigate those risks." More...

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News in Brief back to top 

Aerobatic pilot Nick Nilmeyer, Stars of Tomorrow team captain, died Monday...
Custom Chelton EFIS for Vans RV-10 released by Direct-To Avionics...
New data will provide better warning of solar events that affect GPS...
EAA Sport Pilot Tour stops added in Tenn., Chicago, Calif., and more...
Pilots are among the safest drivers, study finds...
Aerospace Gala at Braintree, Mass., April 22...
Japan Airlines' new program to keep older workers on as mentors...
FAA testing screened-off taxiway design to prevent runway incursions...
ATG reports continued progress with flight tests of its Javelin Jet.

What have you heard? There might be something to it. If you've heard something that 130,000 pilots might want to know about, don't be shy. Submit news tips via email to newstips@avweb.com. Our best stories start with you. More...

The 2006 New Piper Mirage Offers Serious Sophistication
Avidyne's Flightmax Entegra Integrated Flight Deck is standard equipment on the New Piper Mirage. Three flight displays, moving map, Garmin GNS 430, autopilot, color radar system, and dual Air Data/Attitude and Heading Reference System (ADAHRS) combine to provide serious sophistication for a higher level of confidence. Click here for complete information on the New Piper Mirage.
Features back to top 

Quiz #105: Think Clearly
Flying instruments is not particularly difficult. It's figuring out what Air Traffic Control expects that fogs the brain. Learning the hidden powers of IFR and VFR clearances launches any pilot on a direct route to success.


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AVwebBiz back to top 

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QOTW back to top 

Taxi into position and hold procedures are no longer welcome at most airports. Your local airport was probably affected, but it's possible nobody asked your opinion. So now we are. PLUS: Results of last week's question on owner maintenance. More...

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.
POTW back to top 

Welcome back to AVweb's "Picture of the Week." Each week, we sort through the top aviation photos submitted by AVweb readers and choose our favorites. We share the best of the best right here and award the number-one photographer with an Official AVweb Baseball Cap. This week's winning cap goes to Billy Walker of Phoenix, Arizona. Billy's submitted before, but the fun perspective in this week's photo took him all the way to the top spot. Congratulations, Billy — your hat is on the way! More...



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Pilots Comment After Reading IFR: A Structured Approach:
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Light Plane Maintenance's April Issue Tells You How to Put the Zip Back in Your Airplane
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Names Behind The News back to top 

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