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Volume 12, Number 42a
October 16, 2006
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Live, From Orlandoback to top 

The 59th National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) annual meeting and convention starts tomorrow, some version of the PiperJet is there (under wraps), a SATSair (Cirrus' recently acquired air taxi company) SR20 is on static display, HondaJet is on site, and AVweb will be there with daily coverage delivered to your inbox on Tuesday and Wednesday morning. Exhibit floor and static display space at the convention is sold out in advance for the first time ever, with some 1,150 exhibitors and more than 115 aircraft on the grounds at the Orlando Executive Airport. More...

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Could Have Been Worse, Says AOPAback to top 

After about 36 hours of defending general aviation in the wake of the Cory Lidle crash on Wednesday, AOPA President Phil Boyer found something good to say about the FAA's imposition of flight restrictions in the narrow East River VFR corridor from which Lidle and his instructor Tyler Stanger strayed when Lidle's Cirrus SR20 hit an apartment building. "Considering all of the possible overreactions to the Lidle accident being demanded by some, the FAA's safety response is reasonable," AOPA President Phil Boyer said in a statement. "This provides some breathing room while the NTSB gathers the facts and arrives at an accident cause determination." The TFR doesn't ban light aircraft from the Hudson River corridor or the East River. More...

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has distinguished himself amid a chorus of panic-button-pushing politicians by, in diplomatic terms, urging them to get a grip. Bloomberg, a pilot who's been in a couple of emergencies himself, was among the first on the scene of the crash (he lives in the neighborhood) and identified parts of the aircraft to rule out involvement of a helicopter. When the smoke had cleared, he told reporters he considered [pre-TFR] New York airspace safe. "We have very few accidents for an awful lot of traffic," he said. "Every time you have an automobile accident, you're not going to go and close the streets or prohibit people from driving." Bloomberg was effectively drowned out (and pushed to the end of most news stories) by the I-told-you-so invective of state and federal politicians. More...

The tragedy played perfectly into Chicago Mayor Richard Daley's long-standing belief that GA traffic should be banned over his city's downtown area and he wasted little time exploiting it. "Remember: a single- or two-engine plane can kill as many people as possible if they want to," he told reporters in a news conference filled with similar comments directed at small aircraft and the supposed dangers they pose. It was all more than AOPA President Phil Boyer could take. In a rare signed editorial on the AOPA site, he accused Daley and other naysaying politicians of "pandering to uninformed public fears, posturing from the soapbox of demagoguery, screaming security for your own political ends." ABC News may be adding planks to that soapbox through an online poll that asks for viewers' opinions on the VFR corridor. More...

Lidle and Stanger were evidently trying to follow the rules of the corridor when they crashed (who was flying still hasn't been determined). The corridor ends at the point where the aircraft went into a left turn and pilots are required to make a relatively tight (2,000-foot) U-turn to avoid going into airspace controlled by the La Guardia Airport tower, or breaching the sides of the corridor by wandering over Manhattan or Queens. Media reports on Friday suggested pilot inexperience may have been a factor. The plane was relatively new to Lidle (and his 88-hour total time) and Stanger -- Cirrus told The Washington Post that Stanger had not taken the company's five-day instructor course " that the company requires for those who teach students how to fly its airplanes." More...

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News Briefsback to top 

A news item in AVwebFlash has resulted in a major boost to a fundraising campaign that may put what was once the world's only flying B-29 back in the air. Texas inventor and industrialist Joe Jamieson has pledged $2 million toward a $3 million project to install more reliable engines in Fifi, owned and operated by the Commemorative Air Force. The plane has suffered engine problems since she rolled off the Boeing assembly line. The aircraft has Wright R-3350-57AM engines and last June, after discovering metal shavings in the oil, the CAF decided, for safety reasons, to ground the big bomber until more reliable engines could be installed. Jamieson, a former military and transport pilot, develops safety-related equipment for the transportation industry, so the donation is a good fit for him. More...

Cessna's proof-of-concept entry into the light sport aircraft category flew for the first time last Friday (the 13th). The 33-minute flight originated at McConnell Air Force Base and ended at Mid-Continent Airport in Wichita. The plane was put through various flight maneuvers and got up to a speed of more than 110 knots, according to a company news release. The aircraft, which is mostly aluminum, was unveiled at EAA AirVenture last July. It was announced in January. And, although comparisons to the discontinued 152 are inevitable, Cessna appears to be making an effort to draw distinctions. More...

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News Briefsback to top 

The NTSB says pilots and air traffic controllers need to cooperate better to keep airplanes from flying into extreme weather. In a safety alert issued last week, the NTSB says avoiding thunderstorms is mainly the pilot's responsibility but air traffic controller training and briefings "have not been sufficient to ensure that pilots receive the weather advisories needed to support good in-flight weather avoidance decisions." The alert cited four fatal accidents in which the aircraft involved were flying IFR and under ATC control when they hit the weather. Among the accidents cited was the one that killed former test pilot Scott Crossfield in Georgia last April. More...

The Bluewater Network (a division of Friends of the Earth) has filed a petition with the EPA calling for the reduction or elimination of lead from aviation's gasoline. The group says leaded fuel threatens the health of airport workers, pilots, passengers and communities next to airports. It also claims that 70 percent of aircraft can use unleaded automotive fuel and the remaining 30 percent can use ethanol-based fuels. It didn't say where this information came from but the authors of the petition, David Zizmor and Damir Kouliev, seem pretty convinced of their data. "Safe unleaded alternatives to aviation gasoline already exist," said Zizmor. More...

Columbia Simplifies Buying & Selling All Aircraft Brands
Selling an aircraft can be a challenging odyssey. Aircraft owners need to: locate a broker with national resources to sell for top dollar; select and utilize the most effective advertising; access no-cost, no-obligation finance pre-qualification; consult aviation tax experts; and obtain insurance quotes with higher liability limits. Columbia Aircraft has created a tool to assist pilots and aircraft owners of all brands. Check out their web site.
News Briefsback to top 

Things are moving fast in the very light jet and air taxi business but a company called Earthjet seems to have arrived on the scene in a split second. In a news release issued last Friday, the company says it's guiding the development of a "purpose-designed" air taxi aircraft with a stand-up cabin and a fully loaded range of 1,000 miles. It says the plane will be certified and built by an unnamed established aerospace company and provide an unheard-of level of service and convenience for customers -- at "airline prices." Although the aircraft hasn't been built, the company is set up to take reservations on the point-to-point service. It's also offering franchises for sale. The office was closed Sunday when we tried to reach someone for comment. More...

Comair is claiming that the FAA was at least partly responsible for the crash of one of its regional jets in Lexington, Ky., that killed 49 people, according to The Associated Press. In a suit filed on Friday, the airline claims that signs and lighting that would have led the pilots of the aircraft to the correct runway were missing because of a construction project. It claims that other aircraft had made the same mistake recently and had been redirected by air traffic controllers. And it also notes in its suit that the Lexington tower was manned by a single controller when it should have been staffed by a minimum of two. The controller on duty had his back turned to the runway, doing paperwork, when Flight 5191 lined up on a 3,500-foot general aviation runway instead of the 7,000-foot runway it should have been on. More...

Mike's Mechanic Must Be a MENSA Member
Mike says that multi-grade Exxon Elite is mandatory for a Mooney's motor. But can one brand of oil really work more effectively than another to combat rust? The answer is "absolutely" — and by a large margin. But to arrive at that conclusion, you need to disregard intuitive myths to examine some hard evidence that has come out of "humidity cabinet" testing protocols. To learn more, click here.
News in Briefback to top 

Legacy pilots claim transponder was on and working at time of Brazil collision...
Jay Groen died of cancer Oct. 9...
PHI Inc. keeps working despite helicopter pilots strike....
New Secretary of Transportation met with aviation groups. More...

Our best stories start with you. If you've heard something that 130,000 pilots might want to know about, tell us. Submit news tips via email tonewstips@avweb.com. What have you heard? More...


AVmail: Oct. 16, 2006
Reader mail this week about dangerous Oskhosh arrivals, the New York crash and much more. More...

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Your Favorite FBOsback to top 

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AVweb's "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Hill Aircraft at KFTY in Atlanta, Ga.

AVweb reader Brett Justus offered comments and a few reasons to stop by.

"I visit 20-30 FBOs a week. Hill has the best service I've experienced, ever. Came in late at night in chilly rain after a long day of flying. They had the fuel truck and my rental car at the plane in minutes. Rental car GPS was programmed with instructions to my Hotel. I was on my way to a warm room and comfy bed within a few minutes of landing!"

Keep those nominations coming.For complete contest rules, click here.

AVweb is actively seeking out the best FBOs in the country and another one, submitted by you, will be spotlighted here next Monday!


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Featuresback to top 


Probable Cause #17: Commander's Last Call
We all know the axiom: Aviate, Navigate, Communicate. But when we reverse this order in high-stress situations, trouble awaits.

This month AVweb's survey of the latest products and services for pilots, mechanics and aircraft owners brings you an aircraft engine calendar, a weight & balance visualizer, a cargo/pilot bag and more. More...

AVweb posts audio news on Mondays, plus a new in-depth interview each Friday. Check AVweb's audio news index to hear the news straight from the horse's mouth.

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.


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VOTWback to top 

Amazing, frightening, funny, and cool videos continue to trickle in throughout the week since we've set up a special address for you to send us video recommendations! Thanks for keeping us entertained throughout the week — and please keep the videos coming.
This week's clip is a take-off close call guaranteed to raise the hair on the back of your neck, courtesy of YouTube's scottuh1. Click through to watch ... . More...

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AVwebBizback to top 

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The Lighter Side Of Flightback to top 

"On a clear, crisp day, after a particular strong Southern California winter storm dropped the Jet Stream well south and at a low altitude, I flew my Mooney 231 from Santa Monica, California, to Scottsdale, Arizona. After Landing, I was sitting in the FBO talking about the 100-plus knot tailwind at 19,000 feet when another pilot told me he too had just flown from California in his Mooney 252. He said that he was going so fast that the DME kept going above VNE ... so he had to keep the landing gear down most of the way to keep below the "Never Exceed" speed limitation of his plane."

"I couldn't close my mouth long enough to ask if he was kidding."


Names Behind the Newsback 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 Russ Niles (bio).

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