Fly in Ultra-Comfort with LightSPEED
"Custom ear molds made my Mach 1 as quiet as any headset I've
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
oz. 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) 332-2421
(PST, business hours).
View the 60-second video clip!
WANTS UAVS IN U.S. AIRSPACE
The FAA needs to move more
quickly to develop rules that would allow unmanned aerial vehicles
(UAVs) into the National Airspace System, according to U.S. Army Col.
Don Hazelwood. Speaking at a recent conference about UAVs in Orlando, Fla., Hazelwood
said the technology is quickly improving, accident rates are down, and
the unmanned systems are proving their safety and utility under extreme
conditions in Iraq. Critical missions such as finding lost children and
fighting forest fires could benefit from UAV deployment now, he said.
The FAA should set a goal to integrate the aircraft into the NAS within
two years, he said, according to flightglobal.com. More...
AS UAV PROVING GROUND
Hazelwood said that UAVs now flying in
Iraq already are operating in the equivalent of Class B airspace. Balad Airbase, near Baghdad, "goes 24/7, 365 days a
year [and] intermingles armed aircraft, medivacs, commercial aircraft,
Fedex, and 20 to 30 UAVs everyday, all day. It has never had a UAV
accident," he said. But some close calls have occurred, he added.
Nevertheless, he said, "I am not sure that I buy the argument that we
can't fly in the National Airspace today. Maybe we don't meet the
stringent FAA requirements to fly in Class B, but we do fly in Class B
airspace every day in Iraq." Currently, FAA rules most often keep UAVs
(most recently prized by border patrol advocates) and manned aircraft
Find JA Air Center Find the New Garmin
JA Air Center
, Your Garmin Source, has the new Garmin GPSMap 496
with XM Weather, Terrain, AOPA Airport Guide, Taxiway Database, and
built-in StreetPilot Automotive GPS in stock for immediate delivery.
Call JA Air Center toll-free at (800) 323-5966
, or order online
If you are looking to sell your current GPS, JA Air Center
Purchases Used GPS and Avionics call for current values.
Visit the new GPSMap 496 Blog
for more information
on this exciting new product from Garmin.
COCKPIT SECURITY AND AIRCRAFT CONTROL
New technologies being
developed in Europe would make it impossible for hijackers to fly
airplanes into buildings, The Sunday Times reported on Sunday. Systems
using biometrics, which scan irises and fingerprints, would prevent
unauthorized users from gaining access to cockpits and from operating
the airplane's controls. If the airplane was headed for a collision with
a building or terrain, another on-board system would automatically cause
it to divert. That technology is based on mid-air-collision alert
systems already in use. Another system, which was tested last month,
comprises hidden cameras and microphones that can monitor every
passenger and their conversations. This may prove alarming to privacy
advocates, the Times said, especially if lavatories are also monitored.
SILENT SKIES BEFORE 9/11
While many recall the eerie feeling
of a quiet sky above the U.S. in the hours after 9/11, that wasn't the
first time that all civil aircraft were grounded. Roger A. Mola, a
researcher at Air & Space Smithsonian magazine, writes in this month's issue that three times in the early
1960s, all civil air traffic in the U.S. (except Hawaii) was grounded so
NORAD could test defenses against Soviet attack. Called Operation
Skyshield, the drills included air forces from the U.S., Canada and the
United Kingdom. They flew 6,000 sorties to simulate air attacks by
Soviet fighters against civilian targets in New York, Chicago, and
Washington, D.C. More...
FLITELite Dual-Intensity Pilot's Light
Available at Aircraft Spruce
is an LED flashlight that snaps onto your headset
microphone. More than just a flashlight, it is a lighting system with
advanced microcomputer technology. Comprised of three main components: a
three-LED light unit with an infrared proximity switch controlled with
the touch of your lip, a specific adapter for your aviation headset, and
a AAA battery pack good for 200+ hours of use. FLITELite
takes only seconds to install. Please call Aircraft Spruce
or visit online
-- A NEW GA FRACTIONAL
"Half the cost, with none of the
hassle." That's what iFly founder Erik Lindbergh aims to deliver to
pilots who want to fly state-of-the art Columbia 350s in his new
fractional-ownership program, now ready to launch at six sites in
Southern California. "Now more than ever, personal aircraft travel has
the ability to transform your lifestyle," Lindbergh said. "You can go
where you want to go when you want to go. With iFly, it's much more
affordable and we take care of all of the management details." The
company handles insurance, maintenance, ground facilities, scheduling,
and training. The member-to-aircraft ratio is 4 to 1. All scheduling is
done online, with no preset limit on hours or overnight trips.
PILOT SETS SIGHTS ON
ftp://email@example.com flying 40 years
ago, when he was 16, and kept at it till he was a 767 captain, flying
international routes for US Airways. But four years ago, a truck smashed
into his pickup in North Carolina, and he's now paralyzed from the chest
down. "Fortunately, my hands and arms work fine," Griff told the Charlotte Observer last week. And that means he can
still fly. Griff lives at Long Island Airpark, with his wife, Dina, and
he has flown with friends to Florida, Guatemala and Mexico. Now he wants
to fly in next year's Reno National Championship Air Races. As far he
knows, Griff will be the first paralyzed pilot to compete there. "I want
to show people with injuries that the sky is no longer the limit," he
said. "What they want to do can be achieved." More...
Adam, Cirrus, Columbia, Diamond, Liberty
The most respected new aircraft on the market all choose Continental
engines. Bring your aircraft up to speed with a genuine Continental
engine. Select from factory-new, factory-rebuilt, or factory-backed
overhauls by Mattituck. Add value to your aircraft and the peace-of-mind
that you're flying behind the best Continental
. Click here for further details
LOW, SLOW, AND FAR, FOR FUN
Aero-trekking is the term coined by sport fliers who
enjoy long-distance, low-level, open-air flying (although some say they
"don't hold with this high-sounding, techno-babble, aero-trekking
moniker," but prefer to use the term "kite-plane airtrekking"). The
treks follow designated routes, ranked from 1 to 5 in difficulty, that
extend for 50 miles or more across sparsely populated regions of the
western U.S. The Yellow Birds (flying club), for example, have
established an impressive 500-mile circuit across Arizona and New Mexico
with seven fixed airstrip sites, each with a fuel farm and overnight
accommodations, to free the trekkers from the "limitations and
annoyance" of depending on ground-support vehicles. Last week, the Southwest
Aerotrekking Academy said it will soon open 11 new sites across four
states, with runways, hangars and accommodations, and miles of low-level
routes in between. The scenery sounds impressive. More...
WRECK FOUND WHILE FIGHTING WILDFIRE
The thoroughly burned
wreck of a light aircraft with two bodies on board was found by
firefighters on Tuesday as they battled a wildfire in Plumas National
Forest, north of Lake Tahoe, in California. The airplane was tentatively
identified as perhaps a Citabria or Decathlon. Smoke jumpers discovered
the wreckage Monday in a remote area inside the fire's perimeter. Tricia
Christofferson, public information officer for the National Forest, told
the Oroville Mercury Register. The fire had burned about
20 acres, in rugged canyon lands near the the South Fork Feather River.
Whether the airplane crash started the fire was unclear. The fire was
caused by "human activity," according to the Mercury Register, but no
further details about the cause were available. More...
Have a Concern About Your
AOPA's Pilot Information Center
has a dedicated staff of medical
specialists who can answer your basic medical questions or guide you
through the appeal process following a denial of medical certification.
's web site allows you to research medical questions, has
detailed guidance about many medical conditions, and includes
interactive medical application
planner as well as a comprehensive listing of medications allowed by the
FAA. For the best information available about your medical questions,
call AOPA's Pilot Information Center
at (800) USA-AOPA
HIRES NEW HEAD OF MANUFACTURING
Eclipse Aviation said last week it has hired Paul
Schumacher, formerly of Raytheon and Lockheed Martin, as vice president
of manufacturing. He'll oversee the company's acceleration into
high-volume production of the Eclipse 500 VLJ (last reported as 50
before the end of this year). "Paul is a highly accomplished
manufacturing professional, and his leadership will be invaluable," said
Peg Billson, COO of Eclipse Aviation. "We are leveraging advanced
manufacturing methods like moving assembly lines and robotics to
dramatically increase production efficiency and redefine the general
aviation landscape. Paul's extensive experience will be a tremendous
asset as we continue to pursue this overriding strategic objective."
If you like your airshows down-home and
old-fashioned, Alabama has got one for you. The 74th
Anniversary Wings and Wheels Airshow, at the Shelby County
Airport (found at the "Heart of the Heart of Dixie," the Web site
says), will have Full Moon barbeque, Zeigler hot dogs, Blue Bell ice
cream, and Pepsi, not to mention airplane rides for all comers, all day
long, for $20 to $30, as long as they last. Up in the air, the Red Star
Formation Team of warbirds will make its local debut, with a massive
formation flyover of Yaks and Nanchang aircraft. The show began as the
National Air Carnival in 1932, and may be the longest-running annual
airshow in the world. More...
New VFLITE Weight & Balance
Visualizer Fly Safer, Optimize Your Aircraft Performance, &
This easy-to-use Windows® program lets you balance your aircraft
quickly and safely, with loading output shown on unique profile, arm,
and moment graphics. Out-of-limits situations are simple to fix
just click on the fields to change the weights! Key features include
on-screen warnings, drag & drop loading elements, custom presets,
and aircraft data. Only $39.95
for most popular aircraft. Now available online
Comair pilots now are being warned about incorrect
charts for LEX...
Flight students in NY will have to undergo
Boeing's 747 Large Cargo Freighter flew for the
first time Saturday...
AD requires inspections of some Hartzell
USAF will destroy its entire fleet of 110 T-3A
Firefly airplanes. More...
Garmin 396 vs. Flight Cheetah with XM Weather
How does the Garmin 396 really compare to the
Flight Cheetah with XM Weather? Check out this link
to find out.
A new in-depth interview is posted online each Friday.
As for Monday, Lycoming's latest crankshaft problem is now a legal one.
AVweb spoke with Robert Mills who is handling the case against
Lycoming. Click through to listen. And check our audio news index tomorrow to hear what's
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. More...
Tired of the High Cost of Fuel? GAMIjectors Are
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
OF THE WEEK: BECK'S HELENA U-PUMP
AVweb's "FBO of the Week" ribbon
goes to Beck's Helena U-Pump at KHLN, Helena,
Offering up Beck's, Bruce Riter told us, "Clean & modern pilot
lounge including kitchen & shower; nice late-model courtesy cars;
cheapest fuel anywhere; a local told us the operator sells fuel just
above cost & puts the markup into amenities for pilots. Hats off to the
operators of this facility!"
those nominations coming.
here to nominate your favorite FBO and here for complete contest rules
is actively seeking out the best FBO's in the country and another one,
submitted by you, will be spotlighted here next Monday!
Attention, Piper Owners and
The Piper Flyer Association
) 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
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/
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
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
Series makes premium performance, active-surveillance traffic alerting
affordable for virtually every general aviation aircraft. Visit Avidyne online
Whether Your IFR Ticket Is Recent or Signed by
The IFR environment is constantly changing. You need to keep informed.
is the publication for you if you're serious
about flying IFR. No other publication can help maintain your flying and
decision-making skills. Order your subscription online for savings from the
OF THE WEEK
If you enjoy this week's
gawking at this week's "POTW" winners half as much as we did,
then you're in for a treat! Despite a dip in submission numbers,
this week's entries were top-notch. (Just goes to show that
quality and quantity are two very different animals, indeed.) Of
barely 60 photos, we pushed almost 40 of them into our
"contender" pile from the get-go. Naturally, that made
choosing a winner extra tough this week, but we think things worked out
nicely. Once we finally decided on a top photo, we peeked at the
name associated with it and were happy to see John Andrew Karas's name. John's
submitted some terrific photos in the past, so he's long overdue for an
official AVweb baseball cap.
(Remember: We only give away
one "POTW" hat each week to the top photo submitter
but we do give away plenty of exposure, good feelings, and
gratitude by running a bunch of runners-up right here on AVweb every
Thursday. So if you've got a flying picture you'd like to share
with, do it! Browsing your photos is the highlight
of our week, folks!) More...
AVWEB APPRECIATES YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT OF
WHO BRING YOU TODAY'S NEWS AND FEATURES AT NO COST TO YOU
AVweb's Flight Explorer Personal
Edition® Now Integrated with ATCSimulator® 2
With this new edition of Flight Explorer, you can view air
traffic for the entire U.S., Canada, and New Zealand or zoom in to one
airport or single aircraft; monitor and display real-time FAA delay
information; display TFRs and SUAs; and much more. Click here for more information and to
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.
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.
Light Plane Maintenance's October
Issue Is Loaded!
Light Plane Maintenance gives readers the factory test
protocols and user insights for a retraction test; real and not-so-real
torque wrench myths; maintenance record-keeping can cost you if you're
not careful; proper methodologies for age cracks, where to find the
repair requirements, and an overview of how to proceed; and issues with
battery chargers and how changes in our flying styles have generated a
need to resort to bench battery chargers as a matter of routine
maintenance. Go online for more information and to
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).
here to send a letter to the
editor. (Please let us know if your letter is not
intended for publication.)
Comments or questions about the news should be sent
Have a product or service to advertise on AVweb? A question on
marketing? Send it to AVweb's
If you're having trouble reading this newsletter in
its HTML-rich format (or if you'd prefer a lighter, simpler format for
your PDA or handheld device), there's also a text-only version of
AVwebFlash. For complete instructions on making the switch, click
Freedom, independence, responsibility.