AVwebFlash Complete Issue: Volume 12, Number 35b

August 31, 2006

By The AVweb Editorial Staff
 
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FAA Says KY Tower Was Understaffed

There should have been two controllers on duty in the Lexington, Ky., control tower instead of just one, on the morning that a Comair Bombardier CRJ-100 commuter jet crashed after trying to take off from the wrong runway, the FAA said on Tuesday. Of the 50 people on board the Comair flight, 49 were killed. FAA spokeswoman Laura Brown said the FAA has required two controllers in all towers on all shifts since November 2005, after a near-collision of two aircraft near Raleigh-Durham Airport in North Carolina. The Lexington tower will now have at least two controllers at all times, one on radar and one on the tower position. Early Sunday morning, the controller on duty, who had 17 years of experience, cleared the Comair flight for takeoff on Runway 22 (7,003 feet), then turned away to perform some administrative tasks. The jet took off on Runway 26, which is only 3,500 feet long. However, Brown said, a second controller wouldn't have necessarily made any difference. Officials from the FAA and NTSB were unclear or declined to answer when asked if the controller should have watched the airplane take off. NTSB member Debbie Hersman said, "The decisions about what needs to be done and what needs to be changed, that's all a part of the NTSB analysis." In general, the controller is responsible for separating the aircraft from other traffic. No other aircraft were active on the airport surface at the time of the Comair flight's departure. Andrew Cantwell, regional NATCA vice president, told CNN that controllers are not required to watch planes depart, and he does not think controller error contributed to the crash. "I believe the controller performed his duties as required and, unfortunately, there were other duties to be accomplished at the same time," he said. The controller worked from 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday and came back to work at 11:30 p.m. Saturday ... and after two hours sleep ... to begin an eight-hour overnight shift, the Associated Press reported, yesterday.

Capt. Larry Newman, chief of air traffic control for the Air Line Pilots Association, told USA Today that controllers "clearly have the obligation" to make sure airplanes are on the correct runway before allowing them to take off. "It's equally the responsibility of the [flight] crews to know where they're supposed to go and not supposed to go," he added. NATCA is opposed to ever allowing one-person shifts, spokesman Doug Church told AVweb on Tuesday. "One-person midnight shifts are never a good idea. It reduces the margin of safety and strips it down to its barest minimum," he said. NATCA has opposed one-person shifts -- officially -- since 1993, when that opposition was written into the organization's constitution, Church said.

Details Of Accident Clarified

"[The controller] expected the flight to take off from Runway 22," according to Debbie Hersman, of the NTSB. "He said the pilots didn't seem confused or disoriented" when he talked to them. The CRJ hit the grass off the end of the runway but then became airborne and was starting to climb when it crashed into trees. The jet reached a speed of 158 mph. The lone survivor of the crash, co-pilot James Polehinke, was at the controls, but it was the flight's captain, Jeffrey Clay, who had taxied the aircraft into position, the NTSB said. Clay then handed off the controls to Polehinke for takeoff. It was about an hour before sunrise, and Runway 26 was not lit, but the longer runway, 22, did have lights on, the NTSB said. Polehinke had landed at the airport two nights earlier, when the lights on Runway 22 were out of service, according to Reuters, but other reports said neither pilot had landed there since changes to the taxi routes in the last week or so. In the last two years, Clay had been at Lexington six times and Polehinke 10 times. Both pilots apparently had adequate off-duty time prior to the flight -- Polehinke had arrived in Lexington at 2 a.m. on Saturday, and Clay arrived at 3:30 p.m. The crew initially boarded the wrong aircraft when they checked in at 5:15 Sunday morning, the NTSB said, but were soon redirected to the correct airplane.

As of yesterday, Polehinke was still unconscious but no longer in a coma. He suffered numerous broken bones but was not burned. His condition remains critical, doctors said. Polehinke, 44, was hired by Comair in March 2002. Clay, 35, had been with the company since November 1999. On Monday night, crash investigators taxied a CRJ-100 around the airport for several hours, trying to get the same view that the pilots would have had.

Safety Questions Raised

As in all fatal crashes, questions have arisen about what could be done to prevent similar accidents in the future. USA Today cited hundreds of cases since the 1980s when pilots tried to take off or land on the wrong runways. Suggestions have ranged from installing better signage and runway markings, to requiring that controllers monitor aircraft movements. Capt. Terry McVenes, of the Air Line Pilots Association, told USA Today the union has been lobbying for better signs and lights for years. "For $8 a gallon for paint, you can solve a lot of problems," he said. Technology is available that would allow pilots to monitor their position, superimposed on an airport diagram displayed on the instrument panel (similar to the moving maps now increasingly common in new cars). Honeywell also has a system that provides aural alerts, telling the crew which runway they are lined up on. Pilots also can check the cockpit compass heading to ensure it agrees with the expected runway heading, but while many pilots make this part of their routine, it's not clear that it's included on pre-takeoff checklists. If it's shown that any passengers survived the impact but were killed by the fire, that will likely raise questions about aircraft design and safety features.

For more info:

KLEX airport diagram

KLEX airport Web site
USA Today graphic of taxi routes
NTSB investigation updates
Local continuing coverage: Louisville Courier-Journal, Lexington Herald-Leader
FAA Nov. 16 memo on tower staffing.

 
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Will Amenities Determine VLJ Sales?

Adam's A700 very light jet has a lavatory on board, and Eclipse's VLJ doesn't. Is that going to be what drives sales for one, and not the other? As the first wave of VLJs prepares to debut on the market, a story in Monday's New York Times explores the "battle of the bathrooms." Adam Aircraft CEO Rick Adam told the Times, "People are not going to get on a plane without a bathroom, or at least they're not going to do it more than once." Naturally, Eclipse CEO Vern Raburn differs. "How often do you have to go?" he asked. Most air-taxi flights will only be 40 to 80 minutes long, he said. "Lots of people commute by car that long and don't have to stop." Eclipse is expected to start deliveries later this year, while Adam expects certification early in 2007. Lots of people also fly single-engine airplanes that have no lavatories on board. But once the general public discovers VLJs, their response will likely have little in common with what pilots consider important -- performance, economy, safety, reliability. They will probably be much more interested in their own creature comforts. Are the seats roomy and luxurious? Can they get a cold drink? Can they take their skis and golf clubs along? They might not notice the lavatory, or lack of .... until they need one. Then again, they might look at the price per mile, and decide to skip the whole thing. We'll find out soon.

A New Player Enters The VLJ Scene

The Times also reported that a new air-taxi operator, Magnum Jet, plans to launch next year with a fleet of Adam A700 jets. Jim Burns, who founded Magnum Jet in a partnership with ubiquitous FBO operator Million Air, said he wanted to keep a low profile until he was sure the airplanes would be available. The company will start service in Texas and the Southwest, with plans to expand to New York and the East Coast, then to California. Magnum Jet placed orders for 50 Adam A700s and options for 51 more, plus another 50 orders and 50 options for Embraer's Phenom 100, which is expected to start flying next year. Burns told the Times the company will operate as an "air-limo" service on select city-pair routes, generally regional cities with poor airline service. Customers would book the entire airplane by the hour.

As Market Watchers Prognosticate

Delays and security rules at the airlines could prove a real boon to the VLJ market. James Coyne, president of the National Air Transportation Association, said charters experienced 20-percent growth since 9/11 and a 20- to 70-percent bump since Aug. 10, when carry-on liquids were banned from airline cabins. Tim Spahr, director of charter sales for Pinnacle Aviation based at Scottsdale (Ariz.) Airport, told the Arizona Republic that sales have jumped 45 percent since the latest rules took effect. "It's incredible," Spahr said. "And we've had a significant number of first-time callers who specifically sight [sic] airport security hassles as the reason for considering charter." AVweb recently discussed the VLJ market with Teal Group analyst Richard Aboulafia. Check out the audiocast online.

 
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Three Survive With Cirrus Chute

Pilots may debate the value of on-board parachutes for small aircraft, but one of the scenarios that is always cited in their favor is, "What if something happens to the pilot?" The value of a chute in that circumstance was proven on Monday, when the pilot of a Cirrus SR22 suffered an apparent stroke while in flight with three passengers on board. The passengers were able to deploy the chute, and all survived. The Cirrus landed in a drainage pond in a subdivision near Indianapolis, and residents rescued the passengers. The airplane had taken off from Eagle Creek Airport on the city's northwest side and was en route to Hilton Head Island, S.C. The pilot, Robert Edesess, 66, was killed in the crash. He had just picked up the airplane on Saturday, according to Bruce Kehoe, the co-owner of the Cirrus. Edesess was an experienced pilot, and this was his second Cirrus. The passengers on board, Edesess's wife, son, and his son's girlfriend, were in the hospital with injuries but all were expected to survive.

Jet, Glider Collide, All Survive

A Hawker XP800 corporate jet flying about 300 mph at 16,000 feet near Reno, Nev., on Monday afternoon collided with a Schleicher sailplane. The collision damaged the nose and landing gear of the jet, but the crew was able to make a safe belly landing at Carson City. The pilot suffered minor injuries, but the co-pilot and three passengers were fine. Meanwhile, glider pilot Hirao Akihiro, 58, bailed out over the Pine Nut Mountains, landed safely, and hiked about three miles until rescuers found him about 6:45 p.m. Other than some cuts and bruises, he was unhurt. The wreckage of the glider has not been found. On Tuesday, a local pilot said jets approaching Reno shouldn't be directed over the mountain range, which is a popular site for gliders. About 10 to 12 gliders per day are likely to be found at those altitudes, Fred LaSor, manager of a soaring facility, told the Reno Gazette-Journal. The Hawker's instrument panel was damaged in the collision, and Carson City Sheriff Kenneth Furlong told the Gazette-Journal that the inside of the jet looked like someone had detonated a hand grenade. Furlong praised the crew, pilot Annette Saunders, 38, and co-pilot Mitchell Merchant, 35, for landing the jet safely. The jet was leased from NetJets.

 
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AOPA: Service Bulletins Not Mandatory

If a manufacturer wants an owner to do something with his aircraft, the FAA has to approve it -- that's the bottom line, AOPA said on Monday. A manufacturer's Service Bulletin doesn't carry the same weight as an Airworthiness Directive, which has gone through a complex, public rulemaking procedure. AOPA has always held that position, but sought clarification recently after an NTSB judge issued a ruling a couple of months ago that clouded the issue. Now, the FAA says AOPA is right. FAA Assistant Chief Counsel for Regulations Rebecca MacPherson issued an interpretation of the regulations to answer a question raised by Cessna Pilot Association's Mike Busch almost a year ago. MacPherson said that if manufacturers could make SBs mandatory, it would, "effectively authorize manufacturers to issue 'substantive rules,' as that term is used in the Administrative Procedures Act." But only the FAA has that authority. For most of the aircraft flown by AOPA members in noncommercial operations, all you have to do is comply with the FAA's regulations and any applicable airworthiness directives (ADs), AOPA said. But complying with an SB still might be a good idea -- check with your mechanic. SBs sometimes become mandatory ADs after they've gone through the rulemaking process. And, if your aircraft is used in commercial operations, you probably do have to comply with SBs. Also, AOPA said, for newer aircraft certificated under Part 23 (rather than CAR 3), SBs can be made mandatory if approved by the FAA and incorporated into the airworthiness limitations section of the aircraft's maintenance manual or instructions for continued airworthiness.

Jacksonville Bans Aircraft Kit Projects

A city ordinance that was passed in June in Jacksonville, Fla., bans home-based construction of aircraft, EAA says. The building or restoring of anything that flies is forbidden. The ordinance aims to solve a dispute between an EAA member and some of his neighbors, who contend the project was noisy and an eyesore. "We can imagine the outcry from the public if Jacksonville passed a rule saying residents could not work on automobiles, boats or motorcycles at the their own homes," said Earl Lawrence, EAA's vice president of industry and regulatory affairs. "It seems quite unfair that an aircraft builder could not quietly fit two parts together while his neighbor might be able to rebuild and engine test a muscle car next door." EAA Legal Advisory Council member Pat Phillips told Jacksonville city attorneys the regulation might not stand court scrutiny. City officials now say the ordinance may need "tweaking." EAA said it will continue to monitor the situation. Brian Kraut, an engineer whose hobby is building experimental aircraft, says at his Web site that he has been targeted by the ordinance. "A lot of people are assuming that I live in some gated community with half-million-dollar houses and I have an aircraft junkyard on my front lawn ... nothing could be further than the truth." Kraut's site shows images of his house with various unfinished fuselages on a trailer in front, as well as nearby houses with boats, motorcycles, trash cans, etc., in their front yards.

 
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Embry-Riddle To Expand Worldwide

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University will open branches in Asia and South America and boost its operations in Europe, the Orlando Sentinel reported Tuesday. The school is scheduled to announce its plans today. The global plan will include the construction of a new international headquarters near its main campus in Daytona Beach, Fla., to be completed in 2008. The school aims to train workers in aircraft and airport management to meet booming needs in China, India, Brazil, Spain and Ireland, according to the Sentinel. Embry-Riddle currently operates a second residential campus in Prescott, Ariz., as well as 130 branches in the U.S., Europe and the Middle East. The new worldwide branches should double the current off-campus enrollment of 27,000 by 2013, university officials told the Sentinel. About 7,000 students attend classes at Daytona Beach and Prescott.

Diamond Aircraft Expands In Northeast

Diamond Aircraft on Monday named Columbia Aircraft Sales as its exclusive distributor in New England, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The Columbia group operates FBOs throughout the region, providing aircraft sales and fuel, with a staff of over 100. The company also provides maintenance, charter and management services for jet, turboprop, and piston-powered aircraft. "Columbia brings more than 25 years of aviation experience and deep familiarity with aircraft sales and customer service across nearly every segment of the market," said Peter Maurer, president of Diamond Aircraft, in a news release. "Their expertise, consultative sales approach and excellent reputation in the important northeast U.S. market will help more pilots appreciate the advantages of Diamond aircraft." Diamond's lineup is an excellent fit, said Columbia president and co-owner Art Maurice. "This new product line will enable us to address a broad range of customer flying needs and missions, and we're already seeing strong customer interest in every Diamond model." Columbia is based in Groton, Conn. The company also sells Piper aircraft, Socata's TBM-700, and Adam Aircraft A500s and A700s.

 
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Aviation Editor Wanted

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On The Fly...

The NTSB said yesterday it wants the FAA to require recurrent inspection of control wheels in some Cessna airplanes for cracks, with specific emphasis on the inside upper corners where fatigue cracking has been found. A failure could cause loss of control and a possible accident, the NTSB said. The control wheels should be replaced if any cracks are detected...

Seven people from Texas were killed in the crash of a Cessna 401 in a remote, wooded area of Kentucky on Monday...

CFIs who'd like to offer sport pilot instruction can find all they need to know in a new guide available free online, from EAA. The guide provides overviews of the Sport Pilot Certificate and the various LSA categories, along with requirements for augmented privileges, endorsements, and more...

Another reason not to fly the airlines ... an elite athlete wasn't allowed to carry on her spare artificial leg, but had to check it, and it was lost...

Webster, N.Y., has banned private airports and outlawed helicopters from landing in the town, after complaints about a helicopter-flying resident landing at various sites...

The NTSB wants the FAA to take "urgent" action to prevent further incidents involving uncontained failures of jet engines...

NASA is working to develop guidelines for pilots to fly airliners with throttles only, as part of a defense plan against missile attacks, Flight International reports...

Fewer carry-ons mean quicker boarding for airlines, but longer waits for baggage to arrive for pick-up...

A hydrogen-powered UAV with a 22-foot wingspan is being flight-tested in Georgia...

Adventurer Steve Fossett has reached 50,699 feet in a glider above the Andes, breaking a record set in 1986 (pending official verification)...

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FBO of the Week: Skyline Aeronautics, Chesterfield, MO

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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.

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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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Question of the Week: Runway Responsibility

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PREVIOUS RESULTS ***

Last week, we received a great conversation-starter e-mail from an AVweb reader about why people fly.  Did they have a windfall that made buying a plane possible?  Did they learn to fly in the military?  Or did they learn to love the air from flying parents?  Naturally, we put the question to AVweb readers in last week's installment of "QOTW."

To our surprise, only 13% of AVweb readers reported having parents who owned an airplane — and only 6% starting flying in their military careers.

Most of you, it seems, just have "the bug."  A full 50% of those who responded told us, It doesn't run in my family. I'm not especially wealthy — most or all of my extra cash is wrapped up in flying, and my quality of living (outside of aviation) would improved substantially if I gave it up. But, again ... the bug.

What about the other 30% of respondents?
For real-time results of last week's question, click here.

THIS WEEK'S QUESTION ***

Runway responsibility.  A controller can clear you onto a specific runway, but if you find yourself somewhere else, who bears responsibility for that mistake?

Pick the answer that best matches your opinion.


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Picture of the Week

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Variety is the order of the day in the latest installment of AVweb's "Picture of the Week."  Submitters from all across the globe (not just Illinois) sent us photos of planes, gliders, helicopters, balloons, and even a few birds this week.  If it flies, we've probably seen it!  And after sorting through the entries, it's time to share eight of our favorites with the rest of the world.

Headlining this week's entries is Vincent Czaplyski, who will receive an official AVweb baseball cap for his submission.  Each week we award one of these caps, to our favorite photo of the week — so let that (and the possibility of sharing joy with thousands of AVweb readers) be an extra incentive to send us your amateur aviation photos.

*** THIS WEEK'S WINNERS ***

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copyright © Vincent Czaplyski
Used with permission

Banner Pickup

Just a few weeks ago, we were wondering what happened to sky writers and ad banners — and why they so rarely show up in "POTW" entries.

Vincent Czaplyski of Exeter, New Hampshire was apparently thinking the same thing — but instead of sitting around the house wondering, he grabbed his camera and hit the pavement.  The result was this fetching photo from Hampton Airfield in Hampton, New Hampshire.

 
AVweb continues to receive a large number of excellent images for our POTW contest. Here are some of the runners-up.  Due to privacy issues, AVweb does not publish e-mail addresses of readers who submit photos.
 

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copyright © Pierre Andrews
Used with permission of Chris Andrews

This Is Not a Tea Cup!

Chris Andrews and son Pierre Andrews of Prevessin, France had us turning our heads wayyy to the right — and then back to the left — with this intriguing perspective shot.

As you've probably guessed, it's a composite of several shots, all taken at the Monial Air Balloons Meet in Chambley, France.  Pierre (the photographer) had plenty of balloons to shoot because this gathering was part of an attempt to break a record for having the most inflated balloons in a line.  According to Chris, the official count at this attempt was 261 balloons — with another 150 or so on the field.  (Say, Chris — how did you guys do with the record?)

Oh, and just in case you haven't fallen out of your seat looking at all the pretty balloons yet, Chris tells us "I am the piloting the green/red/yellow balloon just behind and to the right of the Volvo balloon."

 

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Used with permission of John Karas

The Crew

Oh, we're going to hear from readers for sure this week — running two digitally manipulated photos back-to-back is sure to bring in some comments, but how could we resist?

John Karas of Greenfield, Wisconsin snapped this shot at AirVenture, but used a sepia-tone filter and a little grain to give it "an authentic '40s look."  And man, does it look great on the screen!

 

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Used with permission of Dale Gardner

Alaskan Ingenuity

Dale Gardner of Smithfield, Utah asks, "What you do with your pickup after the rear-end goes out?"

Even after seeing the photo, you may find yourself at a loss for an answer.  Don't sweat it.  Our "POTW" copy editor puzzled over it for half an hour before Dale eased his mind with this explanation:  "It would be [an] easy [question] for those you [who] live in Alaska and hang around float planes, but for our desert-going types, I had to ask someone. The lift is used to move float planes from ground parking to the water."

("Ahhh," says our "POTW" editor, feeling a little less clueless.)

   

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Used with permission of John Meyer

Warming the Bear

John Meyer of Kirkland, Washington writes, "The weather at the 2002 Reno Air Races was very cold.  This shot was taken as the Rare Bear was being warmed up to do battle."

Hmm — it's interesting how many great pictures we've seen from the '02 Races ... .

 

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Used with permission of Diana Sunday

The Urge Is Strong

Diana Sunday of Sonora, California "apologize[s] for the quality of this photo, but I had just enough time to grab the camera and click before I was called upon to provide the 'thrust' for my granddaughter Marissa's first check ride."

No apology necessary, Diana — we'll gladly let a little duty to the future of flying get in the way of a good "POTW" opportunity.  Besides, just imagine the photos you'll be sending us when she's 16!

 

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copyright © Gippsland Aeronautics
Photo by Rob Fox Photography

Used with permission of John Willis

Airvan 100

John Willis of Morwell, Victoria (Australia) takes us down under to the home of Gippsland Aeronautics, where the Gipps team "recently rolled out the 100th copy of the GA8 Airvan eight-seat utility aircraft."

Rob Fox of Rob Fox Photography did the honors on this beautiful sunset shot.

 

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Used with permission of Stoney Truett

Ready for Work

Stoney Truett of Cayce, South Carolina found inspiration in last week's deHavilland Beaver photo — so it seemed appropriate to let him close out this week's edition of "POTW" just as Derich Hofmann and Chris Marshall did last week.

"Many of us rarely get to see one of these beautiful aircraft at a time," writes Stoney, "but I was fortunate enough to visit a fishing lodge in Alaska where this was a main mode of transport. This is their fleet at sunrise."


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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.

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!

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Flying Flies Cessna's Mustang, the Newest Light Jet
Plus, Flying tells readers how to stay safe and legal in "The New VFR" complicated airspace; offers a review of the Bartlesville biplane fly-in celebration; serves up the EAA's Q&A regarding the new Sport Pilot/Light Sport Aircraft Rule; discusses unrecoverable spins; and much more. Order your money-saving subscription online.

Ensure Yourself and Your Passengers' Safety for Under $149!
CO Guardian has reliable and proven CO detectors in both portable and panel-mount models starting at $149. You can't afford not to purchase from CO Guardian. Order online.

 

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