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Volume 12, Number 27b
July 6, 2006
Spinning Ratchet from Aircraft Spruce Aircraft Spruce Reduces Pricing on the Orga-Knee-Zer Kneeboard
Extremely versatile, organizer/kneeboards providing a standard 7-ring binder on a very stable platform with built-in pencil sharpener, combo mag-lite/pencil holder, and many other unique features. Compact storage, rugged materials, and powder-coat finish add even more to their rich feature set. Use for VFR or IFR flight, using NOS or Jepp charts, and see how their versatility can adapt to your demanding and varied needs as pilot. As seen in Plane & Pilot magazine's "10 Coolest Cockpit Gadgets." -- new lower price from Aircraft Spruce of $79.95. Order by calling 877-4-SPRUCE, or visit online.

   Visit Aircraft Spruce & Specialty at EAA AirVenture Booths #1022-1029
From Low-Lead To Fish Guts back to top 

The New AVweb — Coming 

The Top Headlines From AVweb's Expanded, Illustrated News Coverage At AVweb's NewsWire.

So, you've heard diesel engines can run on cooking oil. It may still be a while yet before you can fill your tank with recycled cooking grease and take off smelling of french fries -- but maybe not as long as you think. Rising gas prices have reignited interest in alternative fuels, and increased research could in the future mean more choices for pilots. This week in Texas, country star Willie Nelson opened a new biodiesel production plant, the 66th in the nation. Another 49 are in the works. Biofuels, which are generally a mix of diesel and plant-derived oils, work fine in car engines, but they tend to congeal in the cold -- not a good thing for aircraft engines that run at high altitudes. Researchers in North Dakota said earlier this year they are making progress toward solving the cold-temperature problems. More...

It's not just soybeans and corn that can be turned into fuel additives. Agifish, an aquaculture company based in Vietnam, can turn catfish fat into diesel fuel, Reuters reported on Tuesday. Agifish has been using the fuel, made from fat left over from processed fish, to run pumps at its fish ponds, Deputy Director Nguyen Dinh Huan told Reuters. "The fuel is as good as diesel oil," Huan said. The firm plans to build a factory in 2007 and process 10,000 tons of fish per year to produce fuel for local markets. Meanwhile, in Australia, farmers are experimenting with turning their wine grapes into ethanol fuel. Investors apparently are lining up to finance these experiments. "We need to be cautious that this doesn't become like the dot-com bubble,'' venture capitalist Vinod Khosla told Bloomberg News. "We don't want to get ahead of ourselves.'' More...

Bags from Zuluworks Zuluworks Adds Three New Bags to Its Line-Up!
Introducing the Oryx Roller Office, the Topi Shoulder Pack, and the Mongoose Essentials Bag. Whether you're just going up for a quick spin or setting out on a week-long adventure, Zuluworks has all your bag needs covered. Prices starting at $29.95. To see the complete line and order direct, visit the Zuluworks web site.

   Visit Zuluworks at EAA AirVenture Booth #4159
As GA Grows, So Do Concerns back to top 

Florida is the second-busiest aviation state in the U.S., according to the Orlando Business Journal, and while that's generally seen as a good thing for industry and tourism, the article raises concerns about overcrowding and safety. Central Florida has seen a lot of recent growth, with both people and aircraft moving in at a steady rate. The Journal also reports an increase in accidents, but it's not clear if that's simply an artifact of the increased flight activity. Nonetheless, while the report cites "troubling signs" that the crowded skies perhaps need to be more regulated, it notes that aviators in the state don't seem to think so. "Personally, I think the system is working fine," says Richard Null, the state's administrator of aviation operations. More...

The state's Transportation Department, however, notes that Florida's aviation growth has exceeded the national average and fears too much of a good thing could cause problems. "Florida stands at the threshold of an exciting new era in aviation, an era full of promise but also with many potential pitfalls," the DOT says in a recent overview of projected growth through 2025. There are already 860 air facilities in the state, including heliports, glider ports and seaplane bases. The state is home to more than 14,000 aircraft, or 6 percent of the national GA fleet, and hosts 20 percent of the world's flight training. Population growth is expected to continue, especially among older migrants, and GA will grow as well. "A capacity crunch is imminent," the report warns. More...

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   Visit Teledyne-Continental Motors (TCM) at EAA AirVenture Booths #96-102
News Briefs back to top 

It wasn't long ago that it seemed unlikely to many that Cessna would take a serious interest in the sport aircraft market, with their popular business jets and a full line of GA aircraft to keep them busy. But now Cessna has followed up on its recent announcement that it will bring a Light Sport concept aircraft to AirVenture by officially joining up with the Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association (LAMA). "We are very pleased to welcome Cessna to membership in LAMA," said Tom Gunnarson, president of the organization, in a news release on Tuesday. "We have all the important producers in the emerging light sport aviation industry, so as Cessna studies the opportunities, we believe aligning with LAMA was the right thing to do." More...

Diamond Aircraft has flight-tested its D-Jet up to the design limit of 25,000 feet altitude and has flown as fast as 280 knots, the company said on Tuesday. "We are very pleased to have expanded the envelope in such a short time. The aircraft is a joy to fly, smooth, very stable and with all systems functioning perfectly," said CEO Christian Dries, who is also on the test-pilot team. "The aircraft is doing everything we are expecting of it." In a series of flight tests last week, the speed and altitude envelope was progressively expanded from the previously flown 170 knots and 12,000 feet. See it at AirVenture Oshkosh 2006. More...

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"The audio quality equals or exceeds any headset I've tried." -- Bing Lantis, President of Columbia Aircraft Manufacturing. Experience what thousands of pilots already have: the best noise reduction technology and audio quality in the industry. LightSPEED's widely popular headsets reduce unwanted noise while providing outstanding audio performance. With their lightweight design, you may even forget you're wearing them. To order, contact a LightSPEED dealer or call (800) 332-2421 (PST, business hours). View the 60-second video clip!

   Visit LightSPEED Aviation at EAA AirVenture Booths #2019 & 2022-2023
News Briefs back to top 

Pilots in the U.S. have been protesting for years that the FAA's mandatory age-60 retirement rule is age discrimination, but in Canada, pilots are taking the issue before a human-rights tribunal. A group called the Fly Past 60 Coalition says the contract between Air Canada and the pilots' union "forces healthy, competent and motivated airline pilots to retire from Air Canada at age 60, notwithstanding the fact that Canadian law allows individuals to continue to be licensed and to operate as airline pilots until age 65." Air Canada maintains that its retirement policy doesn't contravene the Canadian Human Rights Act. More...

The FAA might not have money to hire inspectors or examiners these days, but it's spending $59 million to buy 122 houses and soundproof 1,000 more near Mississippi's Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport. Another 1,300 homeowners will be paid $3,000 for right-of-flyover privileges, a strategy that's meant to ward off potential lawsuits, the Sun-Herald reported on Monday. The FAA will not fund noise-mitigation measures for houses built after 1998. After that, municipalities were expected to use compatible zoning and land-use rules to prevent noise conflicts. Still, airports around the country continue to spend millions to buy up or soundproof nearby older homes. 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.
News Briefs back to top 

The pilot of a Cessna 180 landed on a residential street in Oklahoma on Sunday, then tried to take off, but clipped power lines and crashed nose-first into a suburban front yard. The pilot was killed and his 11-year-old grandson was critically hurt, The Associated Press reported. The airplane had taken off from a private airport just a few minutes earlier. The pilot may have intended to land at a nearby residential airpark, where the runway is bordered by hangars and homes, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol told the AP. That airport is less than a mile from the road where the pilot landed. More...

New Mexico's Spaceport has scheduled its first launch of a spacecraft for Aug. 14. The 20-foot-tall, 800-pound rocket will be fired by UP Aerospace, a Colorado company that designed the craft to carry light payloads into space at low cost. The rocket will carry over 50 payloads and experiments, mostly from high-school and college students. The SpaceLoft XL solid-fuel rocket will accelerate to Mach 5 in 13.5 seconds, reach the edge of space at 62 miles in a minute and a half, and achieve a flight apogee of about 70 miles shortly thereafter, according to Jerry Larson, president of UP Aerospace. The 30-minute flight will be tracked by radar at White Sands Missile Range, providing data that will help the Spaceport get licensed by the FAA. More...

Garmin 396 vs. Flight Cheetah with XM Weather Comparison
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News in Brief back to top 

Airbus CEO Gustav Humbert resigned on Sunday...
Forward Vision reduced its GA night-vision price to just under $10K...
Michael Fanfalone, 57, PASS founder, died June 27 in Baltimore...
Comp Air introduced its latest aircraft, the Comp Air 9...
Malaysia is experiencing a boom in business aviation growth...
A Bonanza hit a tractor-trailer in Colorado on Monday, two dead...
American Airlines jet had to evade skydivers' airplane on Sunday. More...

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The AOPA Aircraft Financing Plan Could Make Your Dream a Reality!
Have you been fantasizing about flying the skies in your dream plane? Check out AOPA's easy aircraft financing program. The program offers a variety of rate and fee options, easily customized to suit your needs. Whether you are purchasing for the first time or are an experienced aircraft owner, let AOPA's team of experts assist you with all of the details of your aircraft loan. Pre-qualification can take as little as minutes! To apply, call (800) 62-PLANE or go online.

   Visit AOPA at EAA AirVenture Booths #164 & 166
Fuel Prices back to top 
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Voyager FreeFlight is a completely no-cost yet powerful and easy-to-use flight planner based on the award-winning Voyager Flight Software System. Voyager FreeFlight works whether connected to the internet or not; it shows flight over terrain; it automatically downloads current weather, NavData, and TFRs; and it comes complete with more than 160 aircraft profiles. Compare it to other non-cost flight planners, and you will be amazed! Voyager FreeFlight can be downloaded from the Seattle Avionics web site.

   Visit Seattle Avionics at EAA AirVenture Booths #1129-1130
Features back to top 

The Savvy Aviator #33: Hangnails and Hand Transplants
Your engine is not too far from TBO when it develops a cylinder-related problem. Your mechanic suggests you might as well "bite the bullet" and overhaul the engine now, rather than pour any more money into it. Is he giving you sound advice?


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...

If You Think "Bargains" Are Something Alien to Aviation -- Think Again!
Spending hard-earned money on your aircraft and its avionics can be expensive. But don't think good deals aren't available in today's marketplace. Bennett Avionics provides pilots with quality avionics to meet their needs and maintain their budget. Before you buy anywhere else, check out Bennett Avionics at (860) 653-7295 or online. You'll be glad you did!
Your Favorite FBO's back to top 


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

AVweb's "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to BOLIVAR AVIATION at M17, Bolivar, MO.


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!


ASO Is Giving Away a Week of Advertising!
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QOTW back to top 

This week, AVweb wants to know how prepared you are for an emergency landing — especially in terms of where to land. What's your level of preparedness? Have you ever landed on anything other than a paved runway? PLUS: Results of last week's question on the possible benefits of privatized ATC. 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.

   Visit GAMI at EAA AirVenture Booths #3005-3006
POTW back to top 

After a busy weekend of researching stories, gearing up for AirVenture, and testing the features of the all-new, all-different AVweb site (coming your way in a matter of days, folks!), Team AVweb was grateful for a chance to eat hot dogs, watch fireworks, and gawk at airplanes on the Independence Day holiday. Now that it's back to work, what better way to ease back into the routine than with a few dozen photos submitted by AVweb readers over the last week? Mike Hanson takes home the top honor this week — and you may recognize his bird from a special appearance he made a couple of weeks ago in "POTW." Mike was a mystery pilot then — we didn't have his name and contact information — but after submitting one of his own photos, he's found himself in the AVweb spotlight. As this week's top winner, he'll be getting one of our official AVweb baseball caps to warm his ears at high altitudes. Remember to submit your own photos if you'd like a shot at one of these hats. Each week, we'll award one to a lucky winner — and even if you don't win a hat, we'd love to see your photos. (Why else do you think we run so many of them in this feature?) More...



Maximum MPG ... Maximum MPG ... Maximum MPG!
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When Was the Last Time Your Plane Recorded Your Flight Times?
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Cessna Single & Twin Owners: Learn to Save Thousands on Maintenance!
Aircraft maintenance expert Mike Busch will be offering his acclaimed weekend Savvy Owner Seminar in cities throughout the U.S., including a location within easy flying distance of you. In one information-packed weekend, Mike will teach you how to have a safer, more reliable aircraft while saving literally thousands of dollars on maintenance costs, year after year. For seminar cities, details, and to reserve your space, click here.

AVweb Announces AVweb Flight Explorer Personal Edition 5.0, Online Now!
New features include: FAA airport delays; enhanced terrain/elevation map depictions and updated Airways; NAVAIDs; Fixes; Special Use Airspace; Sector boundaries; Flight Service Stations; and more. Current subscribers will need to download and install the new version of AVweb Flight Explorer. For more information about the AVweb Flight Explorer upgrade, check out the FAQ page.

Subscribe to Aviation Consumer and Save, Plus Get No-Cost Access to AviationConsumer.com. This subscribers-only web site is packed with ratings and evaluations of aircraft, avionics, aviation products, and accessories. Enjoy greater confidence when you buy and when you fly with your Aviation Consumer subscription. 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.
   Visit CO Guardian at EAA AirVenture Booth #3064

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.
   Visit Power Flow Tuned Exhaust Systems at EAA AirVenture Booth #1050

Need a Ride to Oshkosh? Have an Extra Seat Flying to Oshkosh?
PilotShareTheRide.com is the perfect site to share the ride with someone -- in your plane or in theirs. Like AVweb, the site and services are at no-cost to you -- ever! So go share a ride to Oshkosh. With the price of fuel, it's a win-win! Click here.

If You Are an IFR-rated Pilot, IFR Magazine Is Your Magazine
In the August issue: "Punching High" -- when and how to fly high; "Riding Up the ILS" -- keeping you in the clear on the missed approach; "Using Winds Aloft" -- knowing the whole story; "The Normal Emergency" -- act as if nothing is different (you have to read this one to understand); "Revenge of Lat/Long" -- RNAV has breathed new life into these old numbers; and more. Order your IFR Magazine subscription online.

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).

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