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Volume 12, Number 34b
August 24, 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!
Security, Up In The Airback to top 
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With traveling on the airlines just getting worse, and ever more security restrictions and delays, some observers now are fretting that travelers will go looking for charter flights and encounter shady operators. "There's going to be a lot more guys out there calling themselves John Doe's Charter," Miami attorney Stuart Grossman told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. Grossman was involved in litigation after the fatal charter crash that killed R&B singer Aaliyah and eight others in the Bahamas five years ago. FAA spokesman Les Dorr told the Sun-Sentinel that inspectors can't oversee every operator, every day. "The sheer number of operators requires the FAA to allocate resources where the greatest benefit can be gained," he said. More...

Reporter Christiane Amanpour took a look at GA security on CNN's Larry King Live last week, and the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) says the show was "irresponsible in its lack of balance." NBAA President Ed Bolen wrote to the network, asking for an opportunity to present "a full picture of GA security." No organization representing general aviation was included in the report, which looked at the security measures at GA airports. "As a result, key facts about GA security were ignored in favor of sensationalist comments from only one source, and the industry as a whole was mischaracterized," Bolen said. More...

Meanwhile, across the pond, airline officials and pilots are fed up with security measures and delays. RyanAir CEO Michael O'Leary said last week that measures such as banning shampoo and lipstick in carry-on bags are "farcical, Keystone Cops-like and completely insane and ineffectual.... We are not in danger of dying at the hands of toiletries." He said he would sue the government if security is not restored to normal levels within a week. His airline lost about £2 million during the latest security crisis. Pilots also have been banned from taking contact-lens solution into the cockpit, The Mirror reported. "There is no logic at all in this," said Capt Mervyn Granshaw. More...

Sino Swearingen's SJ30-2 Business 
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Politics Of Airplane Buildingback to top 

When LoPresti Aviation announced plans to build its Fury in Belen, N.M., last week, it made a point of saying there were dozens of other communities interested in the business. Belen, along with the New Mexico government, offered a fat incentive program that included the state's Job Training Incentive Program, the High Wage Job Tax Credit and the Rural Job Tax Credit. The local government is also kicking in property-tax incentives, according to ExpansionManagement.com. Among the losing bidders for LoPresti was Manitowac, Wisc. Officials of that town publicly questioned LoPresti's description of the lengths to which other communities and states were willing to go to lure an airplane company and questioned the manufacturer's business plan. More...

In a story in the Manitowac Herald Times that ran shortly before the New Mexico announcement, Ken Stubbe, head of the town's economic development commission, said "LoPresti didn't seem willing or able to provide a detailed business plan to us, and that's what we should have before we put together a proposal." The paper characterized LoPresti's claims that other locations were offering millions in incentives as an attempt to create an artificial bidding war. "The normal entrepreneur is exuberant and tends to exaggerate. That wouldn't surprise me and you kind of ignore it, but when it goes over the pale, you have to consider that a red flag," Stubbe told the Herald Times. More...

R.J. Siegel, LoPresti's vice president of operations, told AVweb on Tuesday that officials in Manitowac "are really nice guys with good intentions," but it was clear early on that Wisconsin was not a lead contender for the Fury manufacturing plant. He added that he negotiated with about 75 communities across the U.S. to find the right place to locate his business, and secured non-disclosure agreements with each one, which was breached in only one case. "So unfortunately the process became public and of course political," he said. "My job was to find the best deal for my company. I can only hope I did just that." More...

Voyager FreeFlight 
from Seattle Avionics Get Your 100% No-Cost Copy of Voyager FreeFlight
See why Eclipse Aviation and thousands of pilots chose Voyager as their flight planning, moving map, and approach plates solution — and why it won Product of the Year! New Voyager FreeFlight is a streamlined version of the full Voyager system with many of the same features: autorouting with terrain avoidance - DUAT briefings & filing - profile view with terrain, TFRs, clouds, airspace, airways - satellite and radar overlays - AOPA airport information - detailed trip printouts - and much, much more. Click here to download now or watch a self-running demo.
News Briefsback to top 

Adam Aircraft has attained $93 million in fresh funding, led by new investor DCM, a venture capital firm, the company said on Tuesday. "This funding round puts Adam Aircraft in a strong position to accelerate our product development and production plans," spokeswoman Shelly Simi told AVweb yesterday. Deliveries have started on the A500 piston twin, though full FAA certification for night and IFR operations is still pending. That certification is now just "days away," Simi said. The company now will roll its resources over to the A700 VLJ program and hire additional engineers for its facilities in Colorado and Utah. A700 certification is currently aimed at early 2007, Simi said. More...

A Tupolev 154 operated by Pulkovo Airlines, of Russia, crashed in eastern Ukraine on Tuesday, with no survivors. Reports varied from 169 to 171 killed. The aircraft was flying at about 33,000 feet in stormy weather, with heavy rains and strong winds, and the crew issued several emergency calls. Some reports said the airplane had caught fire in flight and the crew was trying to make an emergency landing. Others said it didn't start to burn until after it hit the ground. Authorities don't suspect terrorism. The airplane hit a hillside field and was destroyed. Both data recorders have been recovered by investigators. It was the third major incident involving a Russian airliner in less than four months. Tuesday, Russian officials said a criminal inquiry will look into a possible violation of safety rules. More...

Garmin GPSMap 496 
from Aircraft Spruce Purchase Your Garmin GPSMap 496 at Aircraft Spruce
Fly smarter and safer with the GPSMap 496 on board. This "know-it-all" mini-MFD puts more power and information at your fingertips than any other portable handheld in the history of aviation. Similar to the GPSMap 396, the 496 combines satellite datalink weather with a detailed color map and terrain alerting, then takes it up a notch with even more high-end software and features. The 496 is a "must-have" for any pilot. For more information, please call 1-877-4-SPRUCE or visit Aircraft Spruce online.
News Briefsback to top 

A boater repeatedly swerved in front of a floatplane on Bantam Lake, near Hartford, Conn., earlier this month, apparently trying to prevent it from taking off because he thought the airplane shouldn't be operating on the lake, the Hartford Courant reported this week. The boater was arrested on Sunday. The floatplane pilot had been donating rides to inner-city campers for many years, according to the state Department of Environmental Protection, whose officers made the arrest. On Aug. 4, the pilot was trying to take off with two girls on board, when the boat pulled in front of the airplane and stopped, forcing the pilot to abort, state officials said. It happened a second time, and the pilot returned to the dock and dropped off the girls. More...

Advocates for a new tower at Palm Springs International Airport in California say it's needed not only for safety, but also to ensure that business and tourism continue to grow in the area. In an editorial in The Desert Sun on Sunday, the newspaper said airplanes have nearly collided at the airport once every four months during the last year, and one reason is that the control tower is too short. The tower, built in 1967, sits in a gully, and controllers can't see to the ends of the runway. A new tower and new radar equipment would cost about $20 million. "Our $1 billion tourism industry is heavily dependent upon people flying here," the editorial says. "If our airport gains a bad reputation for safety, that's a mark against our ability to draw tourists and conventions." More...

Motors, Inc. PowerLink™ FADEC Certified on Liberty XL-2; Is It Right for Your Aircraft?
Liberty Aerospace is the first certified piston-powered aircraft with PowerLink™ FADEC as standard equipment. PowerLink™ 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 Briefsback to top 

The FAA and the National Weather Service are running a test in the Leesburg, Va., Air Route Traffic Control Center this month to see if it's really necessary to have on-staff meteorologists in the center, or if off-site weather briefers could do the work instead. The FAA says it's trying to determine if it can save money and at the same time enhance services. "We pay the Weather Service $12 million to do face-to-face briefings for us at our facilities," FAA spokesman Paul Takemoto told The Baltimore Sun. "We could be doing this remotely through video conferencing. It's a more efficient and cost-effective way of doing things." More...

David Clark Co.'s new X11 Electronic Noise-Canceling aviation headset has hit the market, with "dramatically enhanced" comfort and new user-friendly features. The X11 represents the culmination of years of research and development, the company says, based on the input of dozens of commercial and GA pilots. The sleek, lightweight headset uses a low-force carbon-fiber suspension assembly and fabric-faced, contoured gel ear seals for comfort. The entire headset weights just 12 ounces and folds compactly into its own carrying case. A small control unit, powered by two AA batteries (good for about 30 hours), features inputs for your cellphone and music player. More...

Do You Know Who Aviation Insurance Brokers Represent?
The fact is that many private pilots don't understand that brokers do not represent Avemco. Yet many brokers say they represent the entire aviation insurance market. Avemco wants to make sure that the aviation insurance consumer understands that they have a real choice. Call Avemco now at (888) 241-7891 for fast, accurate answers about aviation insurance or for an immediate quote. You may be surprised at what you learn. Online too!
News in Briefback to top 

AOPA gives Lockheed-Martin a B+ for its operation of FSSs...
The FAA okayed a new airport site for St. George, Utah...
Kaiser Aluminum will provide aluminum for Eclipse jets...
FAA AD aims to correct heading errors in Sandel TAWS/RMI units...
Microlon aviation-engine treatment pushing into auto market...
Synergy Air offers kitbuilders a course in fiberglass fabrication. 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 tonewstips@avweb.com. Our best stories start with your tips. More...

Introducing New AeroShell® Oil W 80 Plus
The newest member of the AeroShell® family, AeroShell® Oil W 80 Plus is designed to provide excellent protection for pilots who fly in colder weather or less frequently. With the same anti-wear and anti-corrosion additives found in AeroShell® W 100 PLUS, new AeroShell® W 80 Plus provides pilots with a lighter single-grade oil they can trust. Learn more online.
Featuresback to top 



As the Beacon Turns #104: History Books
A pilot's logbooks can be a simple list of flight times, or they can be a journey into the past as you relive each flight. Or someone else's flights, as Michael Maya Charles discovers in this months As The Beacon Turns column.


A Tale of Whoa
With the right tools and the right techniques, you can replace your brakes quickly and easily.


For AVweb subscribers who prefer their news straight from the horse's mouth, AVweb posts fresh audio news issues each Monday, plus interviews, Friday. We call them podcasts, but no iPod is required. Check our audio news index and hear what you've been missing.

Find exclusive interviews featuring Cessna's Jack Pelton on his company's LSA, 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.


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.
AVwebBizback 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...

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'sback to top 

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AVweb's "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Skyline Aeronautics at KSUS, Chesterfield, MO.

Offering up Skyline, Robert Greenfield told us, "Truly the best of the best. Great plane rentals, instructional staff, and services! I've flown thru many FBO's in the past, but these guys bend over backwards to help you out! Currently working on my instrument ticket with them, and couldn't be happier!."

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!


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.
QOTWback to top 

This week, AVweb wants to know a little bit about your flying pedigree. What influences helped bring you to aviation (or aircraft ownership)? PLUS: Results of last week's question on 100LL — and the nebulous future of avgas. More...

No Cute Cartoons, No Fancy Covers. IFR Magazine Brings You the Hard Facts
IFR magazine has insightful facts to polish your proficiency, updates on changing regs, and articles that help keep your decision-making skills sharp in the demanding IFR environment. Order your subscription online for savings from the regular rate.
POTWback to top 

"Picture of the Week" submissions inch back up to normal levels thisweek, with just under 100 photos in our contest. As usual, ourphotos come from all around the globe — although this week, there seemedto be a curiously high number of submissions from Illinois, at leastamong our top ten or fifteen contenders. (What, did you guys allget the week off work?) Two of them even made it into this week'sfeature, although if you're looking for our winning photo, you'll wantto shift your gaze a bit to the southwest — to Lawrence, Kansas, home ofDoug DuBois. Congratulations, Doug! Keep your eye on the mailbox, 'causewe'll be sending you one of those sharp-looking AVweb baseball caps towarm your head in that li'l Dragonfly. (To win one of these hats for yourself, you mustsubmityour aviation photos! Each week, we'll choose our favoritesand share them right here on AVweb — but we can only do that if you keepsending photos. So get cracking! (Maybe your state orprovince can make it a week-long holiday, like they do in Illinois.) More...



Avidyne TAS600 — Because Two Antennas Are Better than One!
Whether you're flying in a busy terminal area, navigating a long cross-country, or hovering over a city, seeing and avoiding traffic requires having the right information in real time. Avidyne's TAS600 Traffic Advisory Systems, with dual-antenna technology, provide significantly improved signal coverage and target tracking, enabling faster updates and enhanced performance over single-antenna systems, for maximum safety. Starting at $9,990, Avidyne's TAS600 Series makes premium performance, active-surveillance traffic alerting affordable for virtually every general aviation aircraft. Visit Avidyne online.

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's Flight Explorer 5.0 Available at Same Low Price!
Version 5.0 is now available at the same low price! New features include FAA Airport delays; enhanced terrain/elevation map depictions; updated Airways, NAVAIDs, Fixes, Special Use Airspace, and Flight Service Stations; and more. Click here for more information and to subscribe.

Comm1 Radio Simulator — Special Offer to AVweb Subscribers
Receive a complimentary Communications Reference Card with the purchase of any Comm1 Radio Simulator. Fly confidently by training with Comm1 Radio Simulators — unique, interactive CD-ROMs designed to teach pilots how to communicate safely and professionally with Air Traffic Control. Available in VFR, IFR, and Clearances on Request versions. Experience real flight situations through high-quality audio and graphics from the safety and privacy of your desktop. Also Available: VFLITE's Garmin GPSMap 396 Interactive Guide. Order online.

Gas Prices Keeping You Grounded? Share Expenses on Your Next Flight!
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Names Behind the Newsback to top 

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