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Volume 12, Number 44b
November 2, 2006
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.
User Fee Fight Continuesback to top 
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Mary Peters, recently appointed as head of the U.S. Department of Transportation, says traffic is up, air traffic controllers are retiring and safety equipment needs to be upgraded -- all of that costs money, and it will have to come from somewhere. Peters toured the GA world of Wichita, Kan., on Monday, and said she would "listen to everyone." Since the legislation that determines where the FAA's money comes from is up for reauthorization next year, the debate over user fees versus other funding measures is pressing. "We must rethink the aviation financing system," she said, and asked for all segments of the industry to weigh in. She stopped at a Cessna aircraft assembly plant and visited a nearby FAA control tower at Olathe. More...

Peters spent the day with GA supporters, and after the tour, she told reporters she heard "loud and clear" that user fees would have a negative impact on the GA industry. When asked if the day left her leaning against user fees, Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), who accompanied her on the tour and opposes aviation user fees, pulled Peters toward him and told reporters: "She's leaning over here." Peters concurred, "I am," according to The Associated Press. More...

While Peters was in Wichita, AOPA President Phil Boyer was in Washington, D.C., speaking out against aviation user fees during a panel discussion at an air traffic control conference. The topic: what's "fair" when it comes to paying for the air traffic control system? "Grandma in seat 28B should only have to pay her fair share," said Sharon Pinkerton, a spokeswoman for the airlines. But Boyer countered: "Should grandma have to pay the true cost to get a first-class letter to Alaska, rather than 39 cents? Should highway users in New York help pay for an interstate highway in Montana?" Boyer said the air traffic control system is built to meet the peak demands of the airlines, and general aviation uses the excess capacity. More...

3M™ PPT Tape 8672 Now Available in 12-Yard Rolls at Aircraft Spruce
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Brazil Midair Aftermathback to top 

As Brazil continues to cope with the repercussions of the Boeing 737 midair accident that killed 154 people last month -- the country's worst air disaster ever -- aviation authorities there have restricted private flying in certain airspace segments. Air traffic controllers said they have to impose the restrictions so they can try to reduce delays for commercial flights, according to the ASI Group. Controllers already have increased the minimum spacing for commercial flights from 5 to 10 nautical miles, and that change has been causing delays. The new restrictions mean private flights now are banned from 0730 to 1200 and from 1700 to 2000 local time, ASI said. More...

Air traffic staffing in Brazil is down because the 10 controllers who worked in Manaus and Brasilia on the day of the crash have been taken off duty to undergo psychiatric treatment. They were scheduled to testify before investigators this week, but said they cannot talk until after Nov. 13, when their treatment is complete, according to The Associated Press. Controllers across Brazil yesterday enacted a "work-to-rule" campaign to protest the situation. The controllers say they were already overworked, understaffed and underpaid, and now they are coping with even less staffing and that the new airspace rules are too much. In the last week, news analyses have increasingly questioned the role of ATC in the crash, while earlier reports tended to focus on the American pilots of the Legacy jet. More...

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.
News Briefsback to top 

A Bombardier Challenger CL-600-1A11 that ran off the departure end of a Teterboro runway while trying to take off in February 2005 was incorrectly loaded, the NTSB said in its final report that was released on Tuesday. The jet was not within weight-and-balance limits and the center of gravity was well forward of the forward takeoff limit, which prevented the airplane from rotating upon takeoff, the Safety Board said. Neither pilot properly checked the weight and balance before takeoff. "This accident clearly shows what can happen when crucial operating steps are not adhered to," said NTSB Chairman Mark Rosenker. "When it comes to transportation safety there are no shortcuts and it is important that operators and flight crews ensure that proper procedures are followed at all times." More...

Owners of Cirrus, Columbia and Piper airplanes with Avidyne primary flight displays were advised by the FAA on Tuesday of a possible glitch in the system. The FAA Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin said a modification is available to eliminate the possibility that the system will display misleading attitude and heading information. Avidyne has already issued a Service Alert to owners. The FAA recommends that pilots using the Avidyne panel should pay increased attention to standard and emergency operating procedures when flying in instrument metrological conditions. Avidyne can modify the units to prevent the problem, and owners should call Avidyne to ensure that modification is completed, the FAA said. More...

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 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!
News Briefsback to top 

Chalk's Ocean Airways, which operated seaplanes out of Fort Lauderdale for decades before a fatal flight last year grounded the fleet, is ready to resume service to the Bahamas on Nov. 9. Instead of its Grumman Mallards, the company, now known as Chalk's International Airlines, will operate a 19-seat Beech 1900D leased from Big Sky Airlines of Billings, Mont. Chalk's is working with the FAA to eventually return its Mallards to the air. The airplanes were grounded after a crash that killed 20 people on Dec. 19, 2005. More...

Tests of an airborne networking system that will help make possible the next-generation air transportation system (NGATS) were successfully completed over the summer, the FAA said this week. The trials showed that messages can be relayed air-to-air, enabling radio communications to reach very long distances, greater than the curvature of the earth normally allows. This capability was achieved by establishing connectivity between a distant aircraft, an intermediate-placed aircraft and a ground station. Tests were conducted using a Bombardier Global 5000 business jet. The project engineers successfully relayed messages and simulated flight-planning information from one aircraft to another, and then to the ground station, over an extended airborne network. More...

Life Is 3D — Now, So Is Your Flight Log
Share the thrill with others, or gain a new perspective on your flight. Perfect for students and CFIs, AS Flight Lite software converts GPS tracks into stunning 3D Flight Logs with realistic terrain and high-resolution satellite imagery. View the demo online.
News Briefsback to top 

AOPA Expo starts a week from today in Palm Springs, Calif., and among a few other things, Cessna's new Light Sport Aircraft will be there. The airplane flew for the first time just a couple of weeks ago. CEO Jack Pelton says he expects to decide by early next year whether Cessna will produce the airplane. "An important part of our thought process in looking at LSA is the value in terms of new pilot starts," Pelton said. "Experience has shown that Cessna brand loyalty is a powerful force in our success, and we believe this new category of aircraft could provide a conduit for new pilots to grow through the Cessna product line in the years ahead." More...

Evektor flew its new SuperCobra for the first time last week, from its base in the Czech Republic. The all-metal single-engine four-seater features retractable landing gear and is powered by a 315-hp Lycoming IO-580A1B. "It's a real predator in the sky," said test pilot Josef Charvat. "It will be a fantastic pilot touring airplane." The airplane is an upgrade of Evektor's 200-hp model, the VUT100 Cobra. The SuperCobra is designed to reach a top cruise speed of 175 knots, with a range of 1,000 nm and useful load of 1,260 pounds. The cabin is the widest in its class, the company says, and a glass cockpit is standard. Evektor hopes to achieve EASA and FAA certification in early 2008. 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.
News Briefsback to top 

The FAA is proposing a major rewrite of the Part 21 regulations affecting the production of aviation parts, the Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA) said this week. According to the FAA, the update is needed to address changes in the global aviation market since the current rules were written back in the 1960s. The proposed changes affect every element of producing aircraft parts including standard parts, owner-produced parts and parts produced as part of maintenance. Primarily, the proposed rule would standardize requirements for production approval holders; require production approval holders to issue airworthiness approvals for aircraft engines, propellers and other aviation parts; require manufacturers to mark all parts and components; and revise export airworthiness approval requirements to facilitate global manufacturing. More...

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News In Briefback to top 

A Piper landed on a Tulsa racetrack instead of the nearby airport...
A Continental 757 landed on a taxiway at Newark...
An Alaska Airlines 737 took off from the wrong runway at Sea-Tac...
Two airliners clipped wings while taxiing at Newark...
Mooney Aerospace Group will become a private company...
PATCO says it will proceed with a class-action suit against the FAA. More...

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Avweb Features And Audio Newsback to top 



Quiz #113: Get Instrument Rated
It seems as though every pilot is either instrument-rated or working on an IFR ticket. Whatever your status, let's review the Part 61 requirements to legally cross swords with an ILS in the clag.


AVweb posts audio news on Mondays, plus a new in-depth interview each Friday. Last Friday's podcastcontains exclusive news about rumored changes to the ADIZ. AVweb's podcast index includes interviews with Adam Aircraft chairman Rick Adam and New Piper CEO Jim Bass, recorded live at the recent NBAA Convention in Orlando. Monday's news summary covers the rash of Cirrus accidents in recent weeks and Cirrus' appeals to pilots to fly within their limits; a recent VLJ forecast; GAMA aircraft exports; the new LAAS contract; the law officer that beat an FAA rap; a controller that allegedly fell asleep at the scope; FAA rejection of AOPA's efforts for reduced medical requirements; and use of aircraft to help predict weather. Plus: Listen in to an exclusive interview with Cirrus' Dale Klapmeier about the current state of Cirrus Serial Number 1, courtesty of our sister publication, Aviation Consumer. Remember: In AVweb's podcasts, you'll hear things you won't find anywhere else.


Garmin 396 vs. Flight Cheetah with XM Weather Comparison
How does the Garmin 396 really compare to the Flight Cheetah with XM Weather? Call (866) 443-3342 or check out this link to find out.
FBO Of The Weekback to top 

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AVweb's "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Scottsdale AirCenter at KSDF in Scottsdale, Ariz.

AVweb reader Alan Tipps praised the friendly service received at Scottsdale.

"The line-staff are totally heads-up, proactive, professional and courteous, and on-the-ball. Just about every time we are into Scottsdale, the line staff anticipates our needs. Their ramp management is progressive and efficient, and I find these folks to be one of the best line crews in the country."

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!


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.
Question Of The Weekback to top 

Does the average pilot's sense of invincibility increase when flying an aircraft with an parachute recovery system? This week, AVweb wants to hear your opinion on the psychological effect of airplane parachutes on a pilot. Plus: Results of last week's question -- how much will your candidate's stance on user fees affect your vote at the polls? More...

Final Savvy Owner Seminar in 2006 Coming to Las Vegas!
Maintenance expert Mike Busch will be offering his acclaimed Savvy Owner Seminar at the North Las Vegas Airport (VGT) on November 17-18. In one information-packed weekend, you will learn how to have a safer, more reliable aircraft while saving thousands on maintenance costs, year after year. For complete details (and to reserve your space), click here.
Picture Of The Weekback to top 

Rifling through our virtual mailbox and marveling at your photo submissions is probably our favorite part of the work week. Every Wednesday, we download the contents of our submission folder and go through the images one by one, picking out our favorites. Then we make a second pass, reading all the comments and trying to pick a winner. And finally, once we have a list of photos we plan to share with readers in our "POTW" feature story, we go back to the server and fish out the submitters' names to see who's getting this week's AVweb baseball hat and who to credit for all our runner-up photos. From time to time, we get a little extra surprise when we discover that a winning photo's been submitted by someone we actually know! That was the case this week, with a photo from Oregon Aero's own Steve Badman. Steve asks a question that we hear in e-mail quite often: "Where [have all] the skywriters flown?" And he provides an answer: "Look no further than Suzanne Asbury-Oliver," writes Steve, "who placed this mile-high smoke signal in the sky over EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2006. She crafted her signature smiley face from the cockpit of the Oregon Aero SkyDancer." More...



DA40 Diamond Star a Fleet Favorite
Airline Transport Professionals, Beijing PanAm, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Empire Aviation, Middle Tennessee State University, Utah Valley State College, and Utah State University — all have selected the G1000-equipped DA40 Diamond Star. For value, efficiency, and safety, the Diamond Aircraft DA40 is the fleet favorite. For more information, click here.

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.

Truth! Aviation Consumer Is the ONLY Unbiased Publication Available to Pilots
Because Aviation Consumer isn't supported by advertising like other aviation publications, Aviation Consumer's editors can tell you the unbiased truth about products and services. Be a subscriber to the fearless aviation publication, Aviation Consumer. Order online and receive unlimited no-cost use of Aviation Consumer's ratings-packed web archives!

The Used Aircraft Guide Can Save You Thousands When Purchasing an Aircraft
It's taken a long time to get to this point — purchasing an aircraft. Don't waste time and money, use Aviation Consumer's Used Aircraft Guide to puchase your dream. Go online to order your copy.

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 Mary Grady (bio).

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