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Volume 12, Number 25b
June 22, 2006
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Sport Flying In The Public Eye back to top 
Northwest EAA - 
Arlington Fly-In 2006
The Top Headlines From AVweb's Expanded, Illustrated News Coverage At AVweb's NewsWire.

Soon, pilots will be flying around the Texas skies without medical exams, with just a driver's license and half the experience of a private pilot -- that's the alarm raised by a story about sport pilots in last weekend's Dallas Morning News. "If they don't have to get a medical, or if there are ones who do this because they can't pass the medical, then they probably shouldn't be flying," Cynthia Godfrey, operations director of the Mesquite City Airport, told the newspaper (she did have more positive things to say). Ken Wiegand, head of Collin County Regional Airport in McKinney, countered. "There's a conception that a pilot will have a heart attack and come down on my house..." he told the Morning News. And yet, "I know there are folks out there with weak hearts and minds going down the highway doing 80." Historically, pilot incapacitation is a factor in a very small percentage of general-aviation accidents. More...

While industry advocates hoping to attract new hordes into aviation hope too that any attention is good attention, publicity isn't the only hurdle. Alluring as reduced training and medical requirements may be, the sticker prices on factory-built light sport aircraft (LSAs) could prove daunting, if newbies find the costs out of proportion with other options for weekend fun. One solution is to buy just part of an airplane, and LetsFly.org has made that option available for LSAs with its own form of fractional/cooperative ownership. LetsFly helps pilots to buy a share in a new sport plane. One popular option requires just $2,900 up front, a monthly fee of about $300, and about $30 an hour to fly. More...

Another development that may lead to lower prices for those new to sport flying is the recent announcement from Rotax that its two-stroke 65-hp R-582 engine has met ASTM standards. The two-stroke is commonly used in smaller aircraft such as ultralights, trikes, and powered parachutes. Up till now, those aircraft had to install a heavier four-stroke engine to qualify for LSA certification, because no certified two-stroke was available. "I'm excited that they finally did this," LSA advocate Dan Johnson told AVweb yesterday. "It could mean more lower-priced sport aircraft entering the market." There are also other implications to the new development. More...

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Engine Beat: Continental's Next Move back to top 

What will the next-generation light aircraft powerplant be? Will it be an off-the-shelf FADEC-driven engine with improved fuel specifics? Or a large-displacement six-cylinder powerplant capable of burning unleaded premium autogas? A 300-hp two-stroke diesel? In the world according to Teledyne Continental Motors, it could be any or all of those and this week, the company hosted a small entourage of aviation journalists to explain its view of the future of light aircraft powerplants. TCM is, in fact, contemplating if not actively working on all of these concepts and no matter what kind of engines emerge from the company’s Mobile, Ala., factory during the next decade, one thing seems certain: All are likely to be driven and/or monitored by electronic controls. More...

TCM already has the firewall side of the equation wrapped up in its PowerLink FADEC system, the company’s president, Bryan Lewis, told a group of journalists this week. The Aerosance-developed PowerLink employs pulsed fuel injection and variable timing in lieu of conventional magnetos and pump-driven mechanical fuel injection. It also has an engine control unit capable of storing every engine operating parameter imaginable. But it’s no secret that PowerLink, which originally flew in 1999, hasn’t yet made significant market inroads, with under 150 systems flying. TCM is targeting reasons... More...

Part of TCM’s vision is an all-encompassing data, marketing and service system that it’s calling the Alpha System. For nearly a decade, the company has had the bones of this in its online TCMLink service, one of the better Web-based service and data networks. The Alpha System might be thought of as v. 2.0 of TCMLink. Data from FADEC-driven engines will form the centerpiece of the Alpha System, but it will stitch together any and all data related for engine operation and maintenance, from technical specs and service bulletins, to oil-analysis reports, to individual engine histories, and More...

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Firewall Forward Reopened, Revamping back to top 

Despite recent reports that employees of Firewall Forward returned from lunch one day last week to find the doors locked, spokesmen for the company told AVweb yesterday that the engine-overhaul outfit is not shutting down. "We're definitely in business and intend to stay in business for a long time," Don Taranto, owner of Firewall Forward, told AVweb yesterday. "We went in and shut everything down for about a week to evaluate where we were." He said the financial status and operations of the company are being reviewed. Mark Seader, who owned the company before selling it to Taranto several years ago, is stepping in as general manager. Seader told AVweb he will refocus the company's efforts on customer service and engine overhauls, and scale back on other side projects that had accumulated. More...

The company changes were precipitated by complaints from dissatisfied customers, Seader said. "Customer service is everything in the engine-overhaul business. But we were hearing that work was taking two to three times as long as they were promised, and phone calls would go unreturned. Quality was high, but efficiency was not." Seader said he's now trying to manage the volume to ensure minimum turnaround times for aircraft owners. "There are no tax problems, and the bank is not calling in the note," said Seader, rebutting reports in a local newspaper last week. "I don't see that this company is going to close. There's too much going for it." More...

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News Briefs back to top 

The FAA issued a new National Security Flight Advisory on Monday for flights in the Washington, D.C., Flight Restricted Zone (FRZ). The advisory replaces the previous Notice to Airmen and details procedures for operating within the FRZ. Also covered are operations at the "Maryland 3" airports that lie beneath the airspace. "[The advisory] includes some minor changes, none of which impact general aviation pilots or GA operations," AOPA spokeswoman Kathleen Vasconcelo told AVweb on Tuesday. The advisory also explains the procedures to be used in case of a transponder failure, and warns about the consequences for those who fail to observe the procedures. More...

Six months after a Mallard seaplane broke up in flight near Miami, Fla., the fleet of 34 is still grounded. The FAA had planned to have an approved method of inspection for possible wing cracks in place by Feb. 15, but that hasn't happened, The Associated Press reported over the weekend. "We are waiting to figure out if there's a way to do the inspections without tearing the airplane to pieces," FAA spokesman Les Dorr told the AP. The Grumman G-73T Turbo Mallard seaplane that crashed shortly after takeoff in December was operated by Chalk's Ocean Airways. All 20 people on board were killed. Meanwhile, the NTSB said on Tuesday it will release a series of factual reports about the crash today. More...

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News Briefs back to top 

When an engine on a Boeing 767 suffered uncontained failure and blew apart on the ramp in Los Angeles earlier this month, federal regulators took note. Not just because some engine parts were found more than a half-mile away, but because they had believed the exploding-engine problem had been solved. After several similar failures, including the famous one in 1989 when the crew landed a disabled DC-10 using just engine thrust after the controls failed (see AVweb's interview with The New York Times reported on Monday. That it failed on the ground and nobody was hurt was just luck. More...

Representatives in both houses of Congress are lobbying the FAA and the Department of Defense to remove the FAA's roadblock to the development of major wind farm projects across the country. The FAA said recently it wouldn't OK the projects until the DoD completes its study of their impact on radar returns. The study was due in May but it's late, and no revised due date has been set. Sen. Norm Coleman (R-Minn.) is asking others in the Senate to sign on to his letter urging the FAA to resolve the issue, The Associated Press reported on Monday. More...

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News Briefs back to top 

Fighter pilots in the U.S. military are finding that the widespread availability of laser eye surgery is affecting their careers. Midshipmen at the Naval Academy all are offered free eye surgery, and in the last few years as many as one-third of them had it done. The Navy uses a procedure that grinds the cornea into shape, different from the Lasik approach generally used by civilians, which cuts a flap into the eye surface. The military method is considered more stable and less likely to cause problems for pilots operating at high altitudes and subjected to G forces. The widespread acceptance and availability of the procedure is having profound effects on the military that extend beyond the pilot pool, The New York Times reported over the weekend. More...

It seems the FAA would know that if it's going to mess around with the airspace near Frederick (Md.) Municipal Airport, AOPA is going to be paying close attention -- since its headquarters overlooks the field. Sure enough, a plan by the FAA to install a 122-foot-tall radar tower on a ridge just 100 feet off the extended centerline for Frederick's Runway 12 has attracted a quick and loud protest from AOPA. "One part of the FAA already says [the tower] would be a 'hazard to air navigation,'" AOPA said in a news release yesterday. The tower would affect traffic-pattern operations and some instrument operations. Also, it would probably prevent adding a needed LPV instrument approach to Runway 30. More...

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News in Brief back to top 

FAA issued its final rule for pilots regarding alcohol violations...
An RV-6A and RV-8 collided in midair in Illinois, one killed...
The nose gear failed on an MD-80, it landed safely at O'Hare...
NTSB will hold a hearing on safety issues regarding cargo aircraft...
CNN's "Welcome to the Future" will feature Cirrus aircraft. 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, tell us. Submit news tips via email to newstips@avweb.com. Our best stories start with your tips. More...

Coming, Friday: Teledyne Continental Motors talks about FADEC and the future of general aviation engines, TCM-style. Check AVweb.com tomorrow for the podcast link at the top of the page.

Online Now: Exclusive interviews featuring New Piper's Jim Bass, Excel Jet's Bob Bornhofen, Adam Aircraft's Joe Walker, FAA administrator Marion Blakey, Cirrus Design's Alan Klapmeier and more. Find it all in AVweb's Podcast index, or subscribe free to receive them automatically. More...

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Fuel Prices back to top 
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Features back to top 

Say Again? #64: Flying Higher
You wanna go high? Wanna take that single-turbroprop or new VLJ into the the rarefied air above FL240? Things are a little different there, as AVweb's Don Brown explains in this month's Say Again? column.

First Solo Stories
Last week in AVweb's Brainteaser we invited readers to submit short stories about their first solo flights. The response was so overwhelming we can't publish them all, but here are a few for your enjoyment. Congratulations to all who have ever soloed!


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Your Favorite FBO's back to top 


Nominate an FBO | Rules | Tips | Questions | Winning FBOs

AVweb's "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to HOUMA JET CENTER at KHUM, Houma, LA.


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




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Isn't It About Time You Chose Something Extra?
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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 online

Flying Magazine's July Issue Highlights:
Editors give Diamond's DA-42 Twin Star a spin and give a rave review; a recap of Sun 'n Fun 2006; the Lockheed 10 Electra remembered; and why it costs so much to insure retractable gear airplanes. Plus, all the columns you've come to respect are in Flying's July issue. Money-saving subscriptions are online.

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Aviation Safety Gets Your Head Out of the Clouds Previews of June's issue: "Defeating Gravity" -- no power landings lesson from sailplane pilots; "Turning Stalls" -- complicated relationships; "Engine Break-In" -- the how and why; "Neither Down nor Locked" -- blame distractions and modified procedures; "Back Door IFR" -- practical tips to get airborne clearance; "Healthy Respect" -- well enough to fly? PLUS: "Squawk Box" summarizes ADs and maintenance information, including installing Cessna fuel strainers, cracked and broken Piper landing gear components, malfunctioning Cessna twin cabin heaters, and more. Order your Aviation Safety subscription online.

QOTW/POTW back to top 

Light Sport -- It's here, but has it removed the barriers keeping prospective pilots from aviation? AVweb wants to hear your opinion. PLUS: Results of last week's question on the Cessna "Cirrus Killer" and its place in the market. More...

It wasn't the calendar that clued us in to the first day of summer here in the U.S. — nope, it was the overwhelming domination of air show photos in this week's "POTW" submissions! With clear blue skies, longer days, and the kids out of school, there's no better way to spend a summer weekend than packing up the SUV and driving to your nearest air show. And if you're an AVweb reader, you can add a little extra thrill to the trip by packing your digital camera and trying to get some shots that will land you a spot in our Thursday "Picture of the Week" feature. This week's top submitter is Andrey Belchev of Arlington, Texas. Andrey's exciting parachutist photo is one of the first non-airplane shots to take top honors (and win an official AVweb baseball cap) in quite a while. Hope you enjoy it, Andrey! While you're waiting for your hat to arrive, the rest of us are click through and enjoy the rest of this week's photos! More...

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.

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