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Volume 12, Number 16b
April 20, 2006
LightSPEED's LightFlight Mach 1 Headset Mach 1 Headset by LightSPEED: Sleek, Durable & Ultra-Comfortable
After years of pilot input, LightSPEED has introduced the MACH 1, a high-performance in-the-ear (ITE) headset. The "born to be worn" MACH 1 packs a lot for its size. Easily connect to cell phone and music interfaces while getting 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.
Over An Hour Of Testing back to top 
The Top Headlines From AVweb's Expanded, Illustrated News Coverage At AVweb's NewsWire.

Diamond Aircraft flew its single-engine D-Jet SN001 for the first time Tuesday afternoon, taking off from London International Airport in Ontario, home of Diamond's North American operation. After a run of high-speed taxi and rotation tests, the jet lifted off at 5:08 p.m. and flew for an hour and six minutes. Nineteen distinct test points were completed, the company said in a news release yesterday. The jet climbed to 12,000 feet, and checked for stability and control with flaps and landing gear extended and retracted. The test speeds ranged from slow flight at 1.1 Vs to 160 KIAS. Engine and systems tests were successfully performed, as well as roll rate and lateral directional stability tests and simulated landing at altitude, the company said. See AVweb's NewsWire for in-flight images and Diamond's full press release. More...

"We are absolutely delighted with this flight," said Diamond CEO Christian Dries, who flew the chase aircraft. "The test flight went exactly as planned. ... Our crew did a fabulous job." The D-Jet is a five-seat single-engine personal jet, powered by the FADEC-controlled Williams FJ33 turbine and equipped with Garmin all-glass flight deck and autopilot. Diamond has said it has orders for 125 copies of the D-Jet, which are expected to sell for under $1 million each. The jet's maximum altitude target is 25,000 feet and the cruise target is 315 knots. As for delivery, one flight school is laying plans to be near the head of the line. More...

Sino 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.
NATCA, FAA Remain At Odds Over Contract back to top 

Contract talks between the FAA and air traffic controllers remain at impasse, but John Carr, president of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA), claims it doesn't have to be that way. "We have always been dedicated to good-faith bargaining and a voluntary agreement, and we still believe both good faith and an agreement are possible," he said in a news release on Tuesday. Carr was responding to Monday's AVweb story that quoted an FAA spokesman who said the agency would welcome renewed talks if there was some movement from NATCA on the issue of new-hire pay scales. On March 31, NATCA circulated a press release stating in its headline, "...Talks Break Down." More...

"John Carr is grasping at straws," FAA spokesman Geoffrey Basye told AVweb on Tuesday. "The FAA remains at impasse in its contract negotiations with NATCA." Basye said the FAA already has spent more than nine months in negotiations at a cost to the taxpayers of $2.3 million, and the two sides remain far apart on pay and work rules. The decision to declare impasse is "in accordance with the procedures Congress established in 1996," he said. Congress has 60 days to review the proposal. "The clock is ticking. Congress can act on it, or the clock can run out. It's out of our control now," Basye said. If the clock runs out, the last offer will stand. More...

"NATCA has shown significant movement at the table," Carr said. "We proposed $1.4 billion in concessions, and we are still willing to get back to the table and work on our proposal and theirs, continuing to negotiate in good faith to secure a voluntary agreement." Basye said NATCA "has shown no willingness to meet in the middle. We are still $600 million apart on the wage issue, and their work-rule proposals are outrageous." In its 62-page submission to Congress,, the FAA details each of its proposals and the union's objections, from pay scale, overtime, and annual-leave issues to dress-code disputes. NATCA described the FAA document as "a collection of revisionist history, misrepresentation, finger pointing and contempt for the role of the Legislative branch." More...

MBX® Remove-All System from Aircraft Spruce Aircraft Spruce Introduces MBX(R) Remove-All System
The MBX(R) System is the latest German technology for surface preparation. It is the ultimate power tool to remove seam sealant, corrosion, paint, vinyl decals, adhesives, and glue on aluminum and alloy. The MBX(R) Starter Set includes the MBX(R) Pneumatic Power Tool S (3500rpm, 90psi, 4cfm), the adapter systems for 11mm & 23mm brush belts & 31mm Rubber Eraser, a Fine 11mm V2A Brush Belt, a Medium 11mm V2A Brush Belt, and the Rubber Eraser wheel (31mm). Call 877-4-SPRUCE, or visit online.
The Next Generation back to top 

As EAA works to give introductory flights in GA aircraft to another million Young Eagles, other programs around the country also turn to aviation as a source of inspiration for youth. In Naples, Fla., third-graders last week took a tour of the local airport, and pupils who read more than 100 books get to go flying. "It's so neat," teacher Diane Rowe told The Naples News. "The idea is to turn them on to reading outside of the classroom." The airport tour is meant to inspire them further, by showing them the airplanes and terminals up close. Rowe said she hopes at least 40 students will meet the reading challenge in time for this Saturday's flights. More...

Getting kids excited about aviation is one thing, but helping them to follow it as a career and find the money for flight training is another. For one aspiring pilot, help came from an unexpected source -- the Montel Williams Show. Randy Waldron, 24, of Revere, Mass., works as a flight attendant, but his dream is to fly. That dream was derailed when he reportedly discovered his credit rating had been ruined by his own father, who allegedly used his identity to run up thousands of dollars in debts, leaving Waldron with no way to pay for training. A producer from the show called Daniel Webster College, in Nashua, N.H., and Waldron was offered a $54,000 scholarship. More...

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.
News Briefs back to top 

Hendrick Motorsports has filed suit against the U.S. government over the 2004 crash that killed 10 people near Martinsville, Va., according to SceneDaily.com, alleging that the feds should contribute to the paying of damages if any negligence is found. Hendrick believes the actions of air traffic controllers contributed to the crash, SceneDaily.com reported. The NTSB blamed the crash on the flight crew's failure to properly execute a missed approach, which resulted in controlled flight into terrain. Another issue being hammered out in court is whether or not faulty parts have been used in the assembly of Boeing 737s, and if so, whether they pose any danger. More...

Ranchers in the American West have been saying for years that when it comes to shooting coyotes that threaten their livestock, powered parachutes are the way to go. But the FAA disagreed, saying ultralight aircraft are for sport and recreation only. Now with the advent of the Light Sport Aircraft rules, that obstacle is gone. "Ranchers can take eight hours of instruction, pay a small certification fee and then just take a felt pen to write your 'N' number on the side of your craft and bingo, you're legal," ranch lobbyist Stanley Boyd told The Associated Press. According to the AP, the FAA has OK'd the use of LSAs for aerial hunting. 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.
News Briefs back to top 

Faced with concerns about the long-term viability of the satellite network that provides data to its popular cockpit aviation weather system, WSI recently announced a partnership with Sirius Satellite Radio. But with that deal in place, WSI now is faced with another problem ... how to update all of its customers' hardware. The company has announced a rebate program that will offer "free" upgrades to customers who sign up for four years of service. Lesser rebates will offset costs to those who renew their contracts for shorter periods. The rebates apply to all WSI InFlight subscribers who purchased their system on or before Feb. 7, 2006. More...

With the AerFlight Virtual Radar system, just about any desktop PC can be turned into a virtual ATC-style radar screen. The AerFlight captures the Mode-S signals emitted by aircraft. Users can control parameters such as range, data displayed, waypoints and geographic outlines. Online databases provide extensive details for each aircraft. AerFlight VR software also can communicate with other users, providing real-time, live airspace traffic positioning around the world. The system is being marketed as a security asset and to anyone with an interest in what's going on in the airspace above them, including flight departments, FBOs, flight schools and aviation enthusiasts. More...

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.
News Briefs back to top 

All three people on board were killed when a Beechcraft Duke crashed shortly after taking off from Gainesville (Fla.) Regional Airport on Sunday. The airplane hit a Ford Explorer in the airport parking lot then both vehicles crashed through a wall into the terminal. The airplane had just been fully fueled, and an intense fire ensued. Nobody on the ground was hurt. No distress call was made, an FAA spokeswoman told The Associated Press. The pilot, Guiseppe Basile, 69, was a retired University of Florida engineering professor. Steve Varosi, 40, was a former student. Also on board was Varosi's nephew Michael Varosi, 12. The two men had been working on an autopilot system together, according to The Gainesville Sun. More...

At about 3:15 a.m. on April 11, the crew of a 747-400 inbound to Seattle-Tacoma Airport radioed the tower for permission to land. There was no response. On the ground, a Delta jet was ready to back away from the gate, but also got silence on the frequency. The 747 crew reached someone in a nearby radar facility, who sent a guard to the tower, and at 3:40 the facility was back online. An airport spokesman said the incident was under investigation, and the FAA had no comment. Only one person was required to be on duty in the tower cab during that time, but starting the next day, minimum staffing was upped to two. More...

DA40 Diamond Star a Fleet Favorite
Airline Transport Professionals, Beijing PanAm, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University CAPT, Empire Aviation, Middle Tennessee State University, and Utah Valley State College -- all have selected the G1000-equipped DA40 Diamond Star. For value, efficiency, and safety, the DA40 is the fleet favorite. For more information, click here.
News Briefs back to top 

DayJet, a new company that plans to pioneer point-to-point, on-demand service for business travelers with a fleet of Eclipse 500 jets, last week postponed a rollout announcement. A conflict in executive schedules caused the delay, DayJet's public-relations company, Schwartz Communications, told AVweb yesterday. No date has been set to reschedule the event. DayJet has said it plans to launch its service from Delray Beach, Fla., toward the end of 2006, "subject to receipt of the necessary government operating authority." The company says it has 239 Eclipse jets on order, with options to purchase 70 more. More...

Boeing to lay off 900 workers in Wichita, Kan....
Rob Penrod joined Adam Aircraft as VP of manufacturing...
A vintage Aeronca crashed in a N.H. schoolyard, nobody was hurt...
Airline pilots are biking 3,000 miles for a 9/11 memorial...
Liberty XL2 goes for European market...
BA pilot asked pax if he could have a ride home, none offered...
A hearing-impaired pilot flying around the world in a TwinStar...
NTSB member Ellen Engleman Conners, former chair, to leave May 31. More...

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...

Avidyne Introduces Large-Format Version of MHAS6000
Avidyne has a large-format version of the MHAS6000 Multi-Hazard Avoidance System featuring the Avidyne FlightMax(R) EX5000 Multi-Function Display (MFD) and TAS600 Series active surveillance traffic system. It joins the FlightMax EX500 version as a comprehensive situational awareness package available immediately for retrofit installation in most general aviation aircraft with savings of up to $3,000 over individual system purchases. For complete details, go online.
Features back to top 

Visit AVweb's homepage each Friday for new podcasts. Online Now: A recap of Monday's news, including information not available in AVweb's Flash or NewsWire. Click here to listen. Subscribe free to AVweb's podcasts and receive them automatically, or check this spot each Monday and Friday to download them individually for listening on your computer, iPod, or while traveling with any MP3 player. Find AVweb's Podcast index, here. The content includes exclusive interviews with Cirrus Design's Alan Klapmeier, FAA administrator Marion Blakey, and more... More...

Quiz #106: Fly Raw Cross-Country
Long before GPS, pilots navigated with compass, plotter, and E6-B computer. Lindbergh found his way to Paris using a cheese sandwich. You, too, can dead-reckon like an aviation pioneer by testing a few basic skills


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.
Your Favorite FBO's back to top 

AVweb's "FBO of the Week" contest is sponsored by Aviation Safety magazine, the monthly journal of risk management and accident prevention.

Thanks to all the pilots and AVweb readers who took time to nominate their favorite FBOs in our "FBO of the Week" contest. Today's ribbon finds its target in Michigan.

AVweb's "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to ACKER AVIATION at 48D, Clare Municipal Airport, Michigan.


Keep those nominations coming.

Click here to nominate your favorite FBO and here for complete contest rules

AVweb is actively seeking out the best FBO's in the country and another one, submitted by you, will be spotlighted here next Monday! More...

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.
AVwebBiz back to top 

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...

Bring Digital Audio Technology to Your Aircraft
With the flying season getting into full swing, 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. To order, call (888) 921-8350; or learn more online.
QOTW/POTW back to top 

If we gave you a closetful of cash — but only enough for one jet — which VLJ would you choose? Chime in with this week's "QOTW" poll. PLUS: Results of last week's question on crankshaft replacement costs. More...

Two weeks out from Sun 'n Fun, the photos are starting to roll in.  Pictures from the Florida fly-in dominate our current batch of "POTW" entries.  As it turns out, many AVweb readers attended the show this year and had their cameras on hand.  (Good thing, too, since you folks saw some things we missed!)  Of all the Sun 'n Fun pics — and a few stunning non-air show pictures — our favorite this week came from Rich Spolar of Orlando, Florida.  Rich submitted several photos from the show, but (alas!) we had to choose only one. More...



FAA-Approved Flight Instructor Refresher Clinic (FIRC) from ASA
Attention, flight instructors! Wouldn't it be nice to renew your flight instructor certificate from the comfort of home? ASA's FAA-approved Flight Instructor Refresher Clinic (FIRC) provides everything you need to renew your flight instructor certificate for 2 more years. Features over 11 hours of professional DVD presentations, supported with internet-based evaluation and course tracking. You don't need to be online for the entire duration of the course. For complete details, visit ASA's web site.

See What ATC Sees & Then See What They Do with the Information
The AVweb Edition of Flight Explorer is the PC-based graphical aircraft situation display that gives you a real-time picture of all IFR aircraft in-flight over the U.S. and Canada. Whether you're tracking a friend or want to learn more about the system in action, Flight Explorer has the information you want for just $9.95 a month. Subscribe now.

If You Love the Challenges and Rewards of Flying the Gauges, don't miss this opportunity to subscribe to IFR Magazine! Each issue briefs you on what you need to know to fine-tune your technique, sweet-talk the system, and bust-proof your ticket. Order today for guaranteed savings for as long as you subscribe.

Better than an IFR Refresher, This Manual Is Real-World Flying!
With Rod Machado's Instrument Pilots Survival Manual, private pilots can learn: mimicking pro pilot thinking strategies; developing IFR self-talk skills; managing cockpit resources; planning for unanticipated changes; a three-step instrument scan; IFR charting secrets; insights into flying GPS approaches; and techniques for avoiding thunderstorms and handling icing conditions. Pilots claim, "You can't find some of this information anywhere else!" Order online.

Order a CO Guardian CO Detector in the Hope You'll Never Have to Use It!
Models from portable to panel-mount units. Order online.

Hassle-Free Auto Buying from CrewCar & Consumer Guides
Don't go blindly into a dealership when purchasing a vehicle; look to CrewCar. CrewCar is a car-buying service providing shoppers with a complimentary integrated phone and electronic concierge-level buying service offering value nationwide. The service is provided gratis and meets the Consumer Guide dealership network standards. For more information, click here.

Aviation Safety's May Issue Gives Tips on Transitioning from Winter to Summer
Plus: Showing the risks in flying various types of avionics without training; making the CG work for you; your airplane's safest turbulence-penetration speed may not be the published maneuvering speed; figuring in-flight calculations in your head; proficient currency; and a summary of the FAA's recent airworthiness and maintenance information bulletins uncovers worn Cessna aileron and rudder control cables along with corroded wing attach fittings and a failed Continental rocker arm. Fly safe -- subscribe to Aviation Safety.

Names Behind The News back to top 

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

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