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Volume 12, Number 29b
July 20, 2006
Reduction from LightSPEED Fly in Ultra-Comfort with LightSPEED Headsets
"Custom ear molds made my Mach 1 as quiet as any headset I've tried." — Bing Lantis, President of Columbia Aircraft Manufacturing. Discover what thousands of pilots already have: the most comfortable headsets in the industry. The in-the-ear Mach 1 weighs less than 1 oz.; the full-size Thirty 3G, just under 16 ounces and uses soft conform-foam ear cushions. Try a LightSPEED headset with a 30-day money back guarantee. To order, contact a LightSPEED dealer or call (800) 332-241 (PST, business hours). View the 60-second video clip!

   Visit LightSPEED Aviation at EAA AirVenture Booths #2019 & 2022-2023
Oshkosh, Mondayback to top 

When your AVwebFlash arrives as usual on Monday, it will signal the launch of AVweb's expanded coverage of EAA AirVenture 2006:

  • Cessna LSA update — visit the AVweb.com homepage Monday for an update on Cessna's LSA concept, unveiled that day at 9:30 a.m.
  • AVwebFlash — check your inbox for issues sent Monday, July 24, Wednesday, July 26, and Friday, July 28, with a wrap-up on Monday, July 31.
  • AVweb Audio — podcasts: listen to three in-depth interviews from the field: Tuesday, July 25; Thursday, July 27; and Saturday, July 29. Access the files (or subscribe) via AVweb.com.
  • Meet the Editors — if you're at the show, stop by and say hello. Also, Michael Maya Charles, author of AVweb's monthly column "As the Beacon Turns," will appear at EAA AirVenture on Wednesday, July 26 at 5:30 p.m. in the Sporty's Pavilion talking about his award-winning new book, "Artful Flying."
More than 10,000 airplanes and 700,000 people are expected to attend. Don't miss the news. More...

Cessna will roll out its brand-new, never-before-seen proof-of-concept Light Sport Aircraft at 9:30 Monday morning, right in the center of AeroShell Square. Later that day, company bigwigs will hold a news conference to address Cessna's activity regarding the LSA market, plans to create a new line of propeller aircraft (the rumored "Cirrus-killer" project?), and an update on the FAA certification progress for the six-seat Citation Mustang bizjet. AVweb will be there. Watch our home page for a special news update late Monday with photos of the new LSA, and catch our Tuesday podcast for an in-depth on-the-scene audio report of all the events, plus exclusive interviews. More...

Try as it might, Garmin couldn’t keep the cat in the bag. The company had hoped to embargo news of its new GPSMAP 496 until EAA AirVenture. But as it always seems to, the news leaked out into cyberspace and Garmin threw in the towel on Wednesday, with a press release on its Web site. The new 496 is a follow-on product to the wildly successful GPSMAP 396, the first portable GPS to feature datalinked weather from WxWorx. Other features include detailed taxi maps for airports, AOPA’s Airport Directory data, a faster processor and higher resolution in depicted terrain data. All this comes at a price, of course: $2,795 suggested retail, making it (possibly) the most expensive portable ever. And AVweb will be giving one away, next week. 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.
Safety Alertback to top 

The NTSB said last week its investigation into 11 recent aircraft accidents -- 10 involving apparent controlled flight into terrain and one involving a midair collision -- has raised "serious concern" about the FAA's effectiveness in ensuring that air traffic controllers properly respond to imminently hazardous situations. In several of the accidents, alert systems provided timely warning of impending conflicts with terrain and aircraft, but controllers did not provide safety alerts to pilots. In other accidents, the alert systems themselves were ineffective. Some accidents occurred when, in the absence of automated alerts, controllers did not use available information to identify and warn pilots of hazardous situations, the NTSB said. More...

The NTSB wants the FAA to redesign the minimum safe altitude warning and conflict-alert systems to ensure they reliably capture and direct controller attention to potentially hazardous situations. Software changes should be implemented at all ATC facilities providing those services. Modifications also are needed to minimize false alarms. The FAA should also review the systems that are in place to verify that software configuration and parameters are consistent with local air traffic procedures, and that the warnings are provided to the relevant controllers. More training for controllers is also needed, the NTSB said. More...

Visit Aircraft Spruce at AirVenture Oshkosh Visit Aircraft Spruce & Specialty at AirVenture Oshkosh
Visit Hangar A, booths 1022-1029 for show specials and reduced pricing on Aircraft Spruce's product line. Receive a complimentary Aircraft Spruce t-shirt at AirVenture with your order of at least $100.00 at the show. Valid 7/24/06 - 7/30/06, while supplies last. Pick up a newly released 700-page Aircraft Spruce catalog while you are at the show (available in printed format or CD version). For more information, please call 1-877-4-SPRUCE or visit online.

   Visit Aircraft Spruce & Specialty at EAA AirVenture Booths #1022-1029
Pilots Passing On Recallsback to top 

Despite their emotional attachment to their jobs, furloughed airline pilots are turning down requests to return to the cockpit, says a recent report in The Washington Post. About 8,300 pilots have been laid off by the major carriers. Some have been on furlough for four or five years, since the post-9/11 turmoil hit the industry. United Air Lines and union officials told the Post that two to four pilots say "no" for every one who opts to come back. It's about the same at Delta, and other airlines don't even want to talk about it. More rehiring is expected over the next year or so, but pilots seem cautious about recommitting to the uncertainty of airline life. "Pilots watch the news, too," Duane Woerth, president of the Air Line Pilots Association, told The Post. "Every single time there is some international incident, oil jumps five bucks a barrel. ... [Pilots] just don't want to get caught in that whipsaw." More...

Some of those who turn down the airlines have found flying jobs elsewhere, The Post says. They're in corporate flight departments, or working for low-cost and regional carriers. Those jobs may pay less but offer more stability, and some pilots prefer the lifestyle or the choices of where to live. Other laid-off pilots have taken high-paying jobs offshore with airlines in Asia, the Middle East and South America. Some joined the military. But others found new careers in another field. "The industry was basically in shambles, so I decided to do something different," Milind Limaye told the Post. "I wouldn't go back." Limaye, laid off from American in 2003, went back to college and just finished his first year of medical school. 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
News Briefsback to top 

Determined to get to Farnborough, England, for the big European air show this week, Sino Swearingen fueled up its new SJ30 light jet in San Antonio, Texas, on Saturday, made a quick fuel stop in Goose Bay, Labrador, then zipped on across the North Atlantic. It was the first time a "VLJ" (the jet can seat one pilot, plus six passengers) made the ocean crossing nonstop, the company said (some may argue the VLJ classification). Total flight time from Texas was 10 hours and 24 minutes, covering 4,600 nm. Average ground speed was 442 knots. Altitudes ranged from 41,000 to 47,000 feet, but cabin altitudes never exceeded 1,000 feet, the company said. That low cabin pressure makes a difference, says John Siemens, pilot in command on the flight. More...

Development of the Sport-Jet will continue, despite a recent crash that left the lone prototype with substantial damage, the company said on Tuesday. That aircraft had already flown 25 hours, testing more than 95 percent of the projected performance envelope. "We discovered that the integrity of the aircraft and its systems were proved. We can and will move forward confidently," Excel-Jet President Bob Bornhofen said in a statement. Preliminary investigation by the NTSB revealed no mechanical failures with the jet, he said. The jet cartwheeled down the runway shortly after liftoff. The company statement said wake turbulence was the likely cause. The two pilots on board escaped without serious injury. More...

Teledyne-Continental Motors, Inc. Teledyne-Continental Motors Celebrates 100 Years of Innovation
Teledyne-Continental Motors (TCM) is celebrating 100 years of aviation powerplant innovation this year at AirVenture. Stop by the TCM Pavilion near the main entrance and help them mark this milestone. TCM will be holding daily drawings for those who fly Continental engines, so don't miss out on the fun. Go online for more information.

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

Honeywell will introduce a new datalink weather receiver, the KDR 610, at next week's AirVenture show, the company said yesterday. The 610, which is expected to be available later this year, will provide real-time weather information via XM satellite radio. It adds to Honeywell's current line of general aviation weather receivers by providing satellite-radio weather at any altitude, including on the ground, anywhere in the continental United States, the company said. It's designed to interface with the Bendix/King KMD 250, KMD 550 and KMD 850 multi-function displays (MFDs). It will enable the pilot to overlay the active flight plan on all graphical weather images, pan and zoom into specific areas of interest and gather more detailed information. More...

If the new Light Sport Aircraft rules leave it up to manufacturers to certify that their airplanes comply with the required standards, how much confidence should buyers place in those products? They can go by company reputation and their own personal assessment, but soon they'll have another option as well. The Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association (LAMA) is offering to audit manufacturers and verify that they are in compliance with their stated quality-assurance standards. If the standards are being met, the manufacturer can put a sticker on every aircraft to show that it's been checked by a third party. LAMA will unveil more details about the program next week at AirVenture. More...

Reason #1 Reason #1 — Pilots First
Leading the aviation industry isn't about bragging rights. Being No. 1 is about providing pilots with all of the things that make owning a Cessna such an irresistible value. Things like safety. Affordability. Reliability. Insurability. Flyability. And the world's largest service organization. All of which have helped make Cessna the No. 1 selling line of new single-engine aircraft. Explore more reasons at CessnaREASONS.com.

   Visit Cessna Aircraft at EAA AirVenture Booths #143-156
News Briefsback to top 

When the Europeans who are working to develop their own GPS system stalled on a promise to release the signal code to U.S. researchers, a team at Cornell University decided to figure it out for themselves. "Even Europeans were being frustrated," said Mark Psiaki, leader of the Cornell engineering team. "Then it dawned on me: Maybe we can pull these things off the air, just with an antenna and lots of signal processing." He did just that, and published his results in the June issue of GPS World. But while the U.S. system is taxpayer-funded and its signal is free, the Europeans intend to sell the signals from their Galileo satellites to recoup some of the $4 billion cost. Psiaki says it won't work to try to copyright the data. More...

It never got more than 17 feet off the ground, and 59 seconds plus 391 meters later it was back on the pavement. (The time matches Orville and Wilbur's third attempt on Dec. 17, 1903; the distance is better by about 214 meters.) Sunday, a team of engineers and students at the Tokyo Institute of Technology flew the first manned airplane powered by conventional dry-cell batteries. The airplane has one seat, a 102-foot wingspan, and carries 160 AA "Oxyride" batteries, which last longer and are more powerful than regular alkalines. The 116-pound pilot weighed nearly as much as the aircraft. "As it soared five meters, people on the ground looked so small to me," said pilot Tomohiro Kamiya. "I did not expect it to take off so beautifully. I realized again how powerful it could be." The project has been underway since January. More...

Buy 2 Cases of Exxon Elite In July & Get a Complimentary $20 ExxonMobil Cash Card!
For every two cases of Exxon Aviation Oil Elite 20W-50 you purchase between July 1 and July 31, ExxonMobil will give you a Cash Card worth $20.00. Purchase Exxon Elite online or at the ExxonMobil Aviation Lubricants exhibit booth (#S-35) at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh.

   Visit ExxonMobil at EAA AirVenture Booth #S-35
News in Briefback to top 

Monday, AVweb's news included a story about mice found aboard an American Airlines aircraft. In that story and headline, the aircraft was misidentified. The actual aircraft involved was a Boeing 767, registered N320AA to American Airlines (... reportedly now among the cleanest in the fleet). AVweb apologizes for the error and its longevity on our Web site -- a function of some errant architecture supporting our newly redesigned homepage. A thank you to all the readers who wrote in to let us know, and for your patience with some of AVweb's popular features as we put our new hardware and software through obedience training. More...

Belvoir Media Group is seeking an aviation writer/editor to staff the expansion of its Sarasota-based print magazine division, including Aviation Consumer, Aviation Safety, IFR, IFR Refresher and Light Plane Maintenance. We're looking for someone with a proven track record in writing, reporting and editing. Electronic page make-up, Web skills and higher flight ratings are a plus. Contact aviationeditorial@comcast.net . More...

LA Center lost power Tuesday, LaGuardia, too...
Two-cylinder, four-stroke 60-hp HKS 700E met ASTM standard for LSA...
The pilot of an Ohio police helicopter died just before takeoff...
A Hawker Hunter M-58 crashed Sunday at an Oregon air show, the pilot died...
Baron Tayler is flying a powered parachute across the U.S. this summer...
Cessna Mustang on track for certification later this year...
Two pilots set a flight record in Wisc. and raised $12,120 for children...
A new Thunderbolt Engine now flying in Michael Goulian's Extra 300SHP. More...

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.

   Visit AOPA at EAA AirVenture Pavilion #164 & 166
Featuresback to top 

Say Again? #65: Lost Perspective
A safety person can get a strange perspective on the world -- especially one who has seen as much as AVweb's Don Brown has.More...

(Note: AVweb's podcast schedule will change for the duration of AirVenture Oshkosh, 2006 -- expect new installments Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.)

Check AVweb.com tomorrow for our latest in-depth audio interview. Or visit our podcast directory to find exclusive interviews featuring TCM president Bryan Lewis, NATCA president John Carr, New Piper CEO Jim Bass, Hal Shevers for Sporty's Pilot Shop, Light Sport guru Dan Johnson, Excel Jet's Bob Bornhofen, Adam Aircraft's Joe Walker, FAA administrator Marion Blakey, Cirrus Design's Alan Klapmeier and more. AVweb's Podcast index, is online, now. You'll hear things you won't find anywhere else. More...

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...

Download Voyager FreeFlight Now!
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
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Nominate an FBO | Rules | Tips | Questions | Winning FBOs

AVweb's "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Christiansen Jet Center, Tulsa at KRVS, Tulsa, OK.

Offering up Christiansen, Phil Hanson told us, "Tremendous t-storm blew into Tulsa, and they put my Skylane in their hanger among the Citations, Pilatus', etc. Staff is always very friendly and helpful."

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!


Garmin 396 vs. Flight Cheetah with XM Weather Comparison
How does the Garmin 396 really compare to the Flight Cheetah with XM Weather?  Check out this link to find out.
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NewsTips and QOTWback to top 

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 tonewstips@avweb.com. Our best stories start with your tips. More...

With AirVenture Oshkosh just around the corner, AVweb wants to know what motivates (or would motivate) you to attend G.A.'s biggest event. PLUS: Are professional pilots overpaid? Your answers to last week's Question. 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.

   Visit Aviation Supplies & Academics (ASA) at EAA AirVenture Booths #2075-2078
POTWback to top 

There are only a couple of days before AirVenture as we write this — and the excitement is starting to set in. We're looking forward to big announcements from a number of major players this year, and (as in years past) we'll be scattered all over the show grounds taking pictures, talking to attendees, conducting interviews, and generally being nosy. This means that next week will be another "no 'POTW'" week — unless we miraculously find the time to go through all your submissions and pull out a few to share. (Hey, we're just leaving the possibility open, all right?) But we don't want you slacking off while we're having fun at the show: Please continue to submit photos just like it were any other week; your pics will automatically be entered into consideration for our next regularly-scheduled installment of "POTW" on August 3. In the meantime, why don't you kick back and enjoy this week's winning photos with us? First up is top spot winner (and soon-to-be AVweb hat-wearer) Captain Elio Marcillo of the United States Marine Corps. 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

Attention, Piper Owners & 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.
   Visit the Piper and Cessna Flyer Associations at EAA AirVenture Booth #3126

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.

Aviation Consumer — The Only Magazine with the Guts to Tell You the Truth about the gear you buy and the planes you fly. Aviation Consumer is packed with in-depth and uncompromising ratings of equipment, avionics, accessories, mods, services, aircraft, and much more. Order online and receive unlimited no-cost use of Aviation Consumer's ratings-packed web archives!

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.

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

IFR Refresher's August Highlights:
"Big Sky, Little Sky" — ADS-B will forever change how we fly; "Approach Unauthorized" — what happens when a pilot is intent on landing against ATC warnings; "ADS-B & IFR: Future Flight?"; "Yakima Inbound" — it holds enough surprises to require close attention to detail to fly it right; "Armed for the Approach" — executing is easy, it's the setting up that's a different story; and more. Order your subscription and stay IFR-refreshed!

Names Behind The Newsback to top 

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