AVwebFlash - Volume 12, Number 42b

October 19, 2006

By The AVweb Editorial Staff
Adam Aircraft Designs & Manufactures the A700 AdamJet & A500 Centerline Piston Twin
Adam Aircraft's A700 features twin Williams FJ-33 engines, state-of-the-art avionics, and comfortable seating for eight (or seven with an aft lavatory). The A700 is currently undergoing flight test and development. Adam Aircraft's A500 centerline piston twin has been Type Certified by the FAA and offers superior safety, range, and performance, along with the pressurized comfort of a roomy six-seat interior. For complete details on both aircraft, go online.
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More On "the jet" From Cirrus Design

Cirrus Executive Vice President of Marketing and Sales John Bingham told AVweb that the name "the jet" derives from this repeated question: "When will you guys be doing the jet?" So the name stuck. Cirrus' jet program was launched in June and yesterday at the NBAA show Cirrus announced that it selected the 1,900-pound-thrust Williams FJ33-4A-19 turbofan, but stopped short of offering details on the jet's configuration. Bingham did confirm that it will have an emergency recovery parachute and retractable gear, fly up to 25,000 feet and cruise at more than 300 knots. He added that the jet will have a "large comfortable cabin," but declined to say how many seats will be installed. No avionics have yet been selected and Bingham noted that "no assumptions should be made that it will be Avidyne." Cirrus plans to certify the jet "as soon as possible," though it's unlikely this will happen before 2010. With delivery of a "grey box" promotional package, the company has started taking orders, and Bingham said Cirrus has received a "substantial" number of deposits.

NBAA Barometer: BizAv Is Booming

Attendance at the National Business Aviation Association annual convention this week in Orlando reached 31,919 attendees by midday yesterday, the second day of the show. This second-day sum is already more than 10 percent higher than the final three-day total for the 2005 show, also held in Orlando. The tally also surpasses the previous attendance record for the show, which was 31,665 in Las Vegas in 1998. The final 2006 attendance numbers will be announced after the show closes later today.

Fly in Ultra-Comfort with LightSPEED Headsets
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Aerobatic Performer Nancy Lynn Dies After Crash

Nancy Lynn, 50, an aerobatics instructor and performer who lived in Annapolis, Md., died in a Virginia hospital this weekend after an air show accident in her Extra 300L. Lynn was performing at Culpeper Regional Airport while her son, Pete, 18, narrated the show from the announcer's stand. The Extra's left wingtip hit the ground, and the aircraft flipped, crashed and caught fire. The airport manager, Frank Bossio, suffered burns to his hands when he attempted to turn the plane on its side. Rescuers were able to cut Lynn from the cockpit and took her to a hospital, as Pete returned to the announcer's stand to reassure the crowd before going to join her. She died later that night.

Lynn was also a motivational speaker and worked with AOPA's Air Safety Foundation (ASF), teaching seminars, appearing in training videos and speaking to crowds at AOPA Expo. "We shall miss her greatly, and our deepest sympathies go to her son, Pete, and the rest of her family," said Bruce Landsberg, executive director of the ASF. Lynn operated Lynn Aviation at Bay Bridge Airport (W29) on Maryland's Eastern Shore, where she offered aerobatic instruction in her Extra 300L.

Australia May Slash Flight Time For Co-pilots

Australia's Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) said on Tuesday that it plans to introduce a new multi-crew pilot license. The license would be issued to pilots who train specifically to become a first officer in an air-transport operation, and would require just 240 hours of total time, with 70 hours of that in an actual aircraft, and only 10 hours solo. Current rules require at least 1,500 hours total time. The change would be allowed under new international rules due to take effect in November. CASA says the aim of the rule change is to improve air safety, but Australia's aviation community already is speaking out against it.

The International Federation of Air Line Pilots Associations and the Australian and International Pilots Association have expressed grave concerns with the proposal. Bryan Murray, president of the Australian Federation of Air Pilots, says simulator training is no substitute for real-world flying experience. "Simulators don't have inertia, and a new candidate would not necessarily sense a danger or a lack of a safe condition that might otherwise be sensed if he was in a real aeroplane. You know at the end of the day that you can step away from that simulator," he told an ABC reporter.

"Traditional methods of training pilots emphasize independence and individual skills," CASA wrote in a news release. "The training behind the proposed new licence is designed to embed multi-crew teamwork from the very start of training, which will lift safety standards. ... Claims that the changes will put safety at risk have been firmly rejected by CASA." Training for the multi-crew license would last a year, focusing on large-aircraft flying skills, crew resource management and threat and error management. CASA doesn't say what would happen if the multi-crew situation were to suddenly change. In the U.K. last month, a Ryanair flight had to divert and land after the captain was incapacitated due to illness. The first officer took over and landed the airplane without incident.

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.
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D-Jet Mockup To Visit Florida

Floridians who didn't make it to AirVenture last summer in Oshkosh, Wis., will have a chance soon to check out the one and only mock-up of Diamond's D-Jet. The mock-up will visit Europe-American Aviation (E-AA) in Naples, Fla., the first (and so far the only) Diamond Brilliance Flight Center in the U.S. E-AA offers Diamond flight training exclusively, with a fleet of two DA20 Eclipse two-seaters, seven DA40 Diamond Star four-seaters with G1000 glass cockpits, and one DA42 Twin Star. E-AA also has the only Diamond Elite Twin Star simulator in the U.S. The D-Jet mock-up will visit the flight school on Sunday, Oct. 29, and the public is invited to come by and check it out. E-AA is right beside the general aviation terminal at the airfield.

FAA Finalizes Cirrus Brake-Fix AD

The FAA has finalized its airworthiness directive (AD) on some Cirrus brakes. Cirrus Design argued that the best fix to avoid overheated brakes (or brake fires) is to taxi more slowly. The FAA agreed but said it will nonetheless also require maintenance and hardware upgrades as proposed. The AD applies to some 2,135 Cirrus SR20 and SR22 airplanes. It requires replacement of O-ring seals or brake calipers as well as modifications to landing-gear wheel fairings to allow for temperature monitoring, plus changes to the Pilot's Operating Handbook. The AD results from several reports of the castering-nosewheel airplanes experiencing main gear brake fires and two airplanes losing directional control, the FAA says. Cirrus has said it will provide warranty credit for some of the work. The AD takes effect on Nov. 17.

Aircraft Spruce Carries Nitrogen Inflation Systems
GENTEC® refillable nitrogen inflation systems allow for easy, cost-effective inflation of aircraft tires with pure nitrogen. Michelin, the FAA, and other leading tire manufacturers recommend the use of nitrogen for all tire inflation. Nitrogen has a larger molecule than air, thus tire pressure is maintained longer. Tires run cooler from the lack of moisture internally, and oxidation and corrosion are eliminated as well. Help extend the life of your aircraft's tires; use nitrogen. For more information and to order, call 1-877-4-SPRUCE, or visit online.
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Brits May Require Cuts In Airplane Emissions

In Europe, where the threats of global warming and air pollution are taken much more seriously than in some other parts of the world, the contributions of aviation to rising carbon-dioxide levels are coming under scrutiny. The U.K. aims to cut its carbon emissions 60 percent by 2050, but a new report released this week says that can't happen without including aviation, which is not addressed under current schemes. About 5.5 percent of U.K. carbon emissions are from aircraft, but that percentage will rise to about 25 percent by 2050. Richard Branson, of Virgin Airlines, has said that airlines could cut their emissions by 25 percent right now by implementing new procedures, such as taxiing less and carrying less fuel. Branson also recently pledged to spend $3 billion to develop alternative fuels.

Circle-The-Earth Team Heads For Europe

It's a dream many aviators share -- to fuel up their airplane and head east, and keep going until they land again at their home airport, having circled the earth. Right now, three aviators from New Zealand are in the midst of living just that dream, flying a Cessna 421. "Our intentions are to travel across the world and film it, while educating ourselves on the various local cultures and people we will discover," they write at their Web site. "We will also be looking for the effect aviation has had on the places we will visit." They launched on Sept. 14 and as of Tuesday had reached Narsarsuaq, Greenland. They expect the entire trip to take about four months. The three travelers, Flora and Joe Lloyd, and Alistair Blake, said they were excited about the challenge. Their route will continue through Europe, the Middle East, Africa, South Asia, and back to Australia and then New Zealand. The project is affiliated with The Starship Foundation, which raises money for a children's hospital in Auckland. Their Web site features daily updates of their progress.

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NASA Expands Personal Air Vehicle Challenge

NASA has expanded its original one-year, $250,000 Personal Air Vehicle Challenge to a five-year set of competitions with rewards of up to $550,000 per year. The competition's goal is to stimulate the development of Personal Air Vehicles (PAVs) that will be viable for the consumer market. The vehicles must have two to six seats, be easy to fly, quiet, safe, fuel-efficient, and capable of coping with most weather variables. NASA hopes that PAVs can help to relieve surface gridlock and save fuel while giving travelers more freedom.

"The market situation is ideal for an annual Technology Prize to bring about the needed breakthroughs and evolve them over five years," says Dr. Brien Seeley, president of the CAFE Foundation, which will host the PAV Challenge. The PAV Challenge opens team registration on Nov. 1 and the competition begins in 2007. The CAFE (Comparative Aircraft Flight Efficiency) Foundation is a nonprofit, volunteer group.

On The Fly...

James Fallows, reporter for The Atlantic and a Cirrus pilot, offers comment and analysis into the recent fatal crash in New York. Also, The New York Times provides a detailed graphic of the flight path...

The continuing investigation into last month's midair over Brazil is raising questions about air traffic control procedures...

A small Fort Worth, Texas, museum is trying to raise $15,000 by the end of the month to save a Navy F-14 Tomcat from the scrap yard...

The Washington Post looks at the dangers of in-flight fires...

In China, hundreds of high-school students applied over the weekend to work as airline pilots. Recruiters were surprised by the amount of interest...

In Oregon, aviation companies say skilled labor is scarce, and training programs can't attract students...

A 1945 C-82 made its final flight last week, bound for a museum in Maryland.

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Introducing New AeroShell® Oil W 80 Plus
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New Articles and Features on AVweb


Say Again? #68: ATC Programming
Does your local, stuck-in-the-past, traditionalist pilot complain about how difficult it is to use the latest glass cockpits and how "Real pilots should be able to fly with just needle, ball and airspeed"? ATC has its own technical and safety issues any time a new software version comes out, says AVweb's Don Brown.

Audio News

Audio news, plus a new in-depth interview are posted online each Monday and Friday. Check AVweb's audio news index to hear news directly from the newsmakers.

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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FBO of the Week: Hill Aircraft

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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!

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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Use the Best — ASA's 2007 FAR/AIMs and FAA Exam Prep Now Available
ASA's 2007 FAR/AIMs, Test Preps for pilots, and Fast-Track Test Guides for AMTs are now available. Prepware combines all the information in the Test Prep and Fast-Track Test Guide series in computer-based training. Contains all FAA Knowledge Exam questions. Virtual Test Prep lets students study from their TVs or computer DVD players. For complete details about these products, visit ASA's web site.
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Question of the Week: New York City's VFR Corridor Over the East River

This Week's Question | Last Week's Results


Last week, in our continuing effort to get a better picture of how much time AVweb readers spend in the skies, we asked how many hours you've logged with an instructor over the last 12 months.

Even allowing for simulator time, it seems it wasn't much — 46% of those who responded said they'd spent just four hours (or less) flying with an instructor since October 2005.

Only 9% of AVweb readers told us they had logged 40 or more hours with an instructor.

What about the rest of our readers?
View the complete breakdown of last week's poll answers here.


Should New York's East River "VFR corridor" be kept open?

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Picture of the Week

Submit a Photo | Rules | Tips | Questions | Past POTW Winners

Happy days are here again — at least as far as "Picture of the Week" is concerned!  The number of photos we receive each week is definitely on the rise, and it's getting increasingly tough to pick a single winner.  This week, we had to throw some very tasty fish back into the virtual sea just to make room (and time) to share some of our favorites.  We've said it before, and we'll say it again — just because you don't see your photo here, don't think it goes unappreciated.  We gawk at each and every photo you send us.  We're talking to you, Vicente Garza and Josh Cawthra and the dozen or so other contributors who shall go un-name-checked this week!  (Thanks for the great photos!)


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Used with permission of Charles C. White

Early Morning Flight

Ooh, it's hard to pick a winner this week — but we don't think you'll be able to find fault with us if we award the top honor this week to Charles C. White of Truckee, California.  Maintenance (especially maintenance under duress) was a running theme in this week's entries, so we couldn't resist picking Charles's photo to kick off our latest installment of "POTW."

Like all top-spot winners, Charles will receive an official AVweb baseball cap in the mail.  Keep your eyes peeled, Charles — and everyone else, keep on sending those photos!

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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Used with permission of Robert W. Nagel

Misty Fiords, Alaska

We get a lot of pictures from the Alaskan bush.  You might think we'd eventually get our fill of mountain streams and trusty Cessnas on floats dusted with an unexpected morning frost — but you'd be wrong.

Take a gander at this photo from Robert W. Nagel of Hilton, New York, and tell us you could get tired of this sort of thing.  The approach, writes Bob, "includes flying directly at a 3,000' rock face and a steep turn to final."


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copyright © Gary Dikkers
Used with permission

Nice Camouflage

Gary Dikkers of Madison, Wisconsin made the pilgrimage down to Wright-Patterson AFB in Ohio to visit the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.  While there, he snapped this colorful display of a World War I-era Fokker D.VII.


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Used with permission of Bob Perkins

Powered Parachute in Bavaria

Bob Perkins of Sherrills Ford, North Carolina writes, "This guy was having a lot of fun in Bavaria.  Wish I'd been with him!"


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copyright © John Rippinger
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Slot Position with the Lima Lima Flight Team

John (Ripper) Rippinger of the Lima Lima Flight Team — if you're reading this at work, adjust your speakers before you click! — took this self-portrait during a press flight for the Chicago Air & Water Show.

Who could have guessed that those guys' flight outfits were as well-coordinated as their aerobatic routines?


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Used with permission of Kenny Chapman

End of the Day

Kenny Chapman of Canby, Oregon sees us off this week with a photo taken at Olbia, Sardegna (Italy).


No, wait.  It was a big week for submissions.  Who's game for two more?


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Used with permission of Alan Jewell

Great Emergency Landing

Alan Jewell of Binghamton, New York tells the tale:

This is a beautiful 1968 Champion-Citabria en route from Hampton, NH to Fargo, ND.  Piloted by William Cowdan of Fargo when engine problems forced this landing in a cow pasture just two miles short of the Greater Binghamton Airport. This was a spectacular landing, as you can see from the distant photo — a long downhill, a brushy swampy patch, and the little pasture where he finally touched down only to be faced with a four-strand fence and about two acres of muck and cow pies. He took out the fence and got right into the muck, [which] killed off his speed. He somehow managed to keep the nose up and the airplane in a straight line. Unfortunately, the prop did get into the mud, and the pilot got slight injury to his nose, but, all told, he made a remarkable landing.

Indeed!  Thanks for the photos, Alan!


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Used with permission of Dean Zinter

Death of a Lady

Here's an aircraft that didn't fare as well, unfortunately.  Dean Zinter of Tigard, Oregon writes, "This aircraft last flew in 1990.  The owner would not sell or maintain it ... sad that someone would let this happen."

To enter next week's contest, click here.

A Reminder About Copyrights: Please take a moment to consider the source of your image before submitting to our "Picture of the Week" contest. If you did not take the photo yourself, ask yourself if you are indeed authorized to release publication rights to AVweb. If you're uncertain, consult the POTW Rules or send us an e-mail.



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Power Flow Is Now FAA-Approved for the Diamond DA40
The Power Flow Tuned Exhaust System is now standard equipment on all 2007 Diamond DA40 aircraft. Benefits include: Speed increases of up to 8 knots; 15% more climb; or, go the same speeds and save up to 1.2 gallons per hour. Starting in October, existing DA40 owners can retrofit their aircraft. For complete details, go online!

Pilots Comment After Reading IFR: A Structured Approach:
"The GPS chapter alone is worth getting the book. It's the best instrument flying book I have ever read," states Fred Scott. "If one book could help you make the leap from a bit player to a skilled conductor of instrument flight, this is probably it," reads a November 2003 AOPA Pilot review. With the help of this book, you will establish your personal standard of IFR operating practices, including incorporation of checklists, flows, callouts, briefings, and the "fly by the numbers" method of aircraft control. Order online.

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