AVwebFlash - Volume 12, Number 46b

November 16, 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.
Eclipse VLJ Hits Some Speedbumps back to top 

Teething Problem Grounds Eclipse 500 Test Fleet

Eclipse Aviation president and CEO Vern Raburn yesterday confirmed in a memo to customers that the Eclipse 500 test fleet has been grounded for at the past two weeks or so because of a problem with the aft wing attach bolt bushing. Raburn told AVweb that the problem was discovered during a routine inspection and in no way could have led to wing separation or failure. According to Eclipse, the aft wing attach bolt -- one of four wing attach bolts, two of which carry the main load -- primarily prevents forward and aft wing flexing during hard landings. The snafu centered around improperly installed bushings, which "migrated and caused the hole to become elongated," though ever so slightly -- about a tenth of an inch, Raburn says. Still, that was enough for Eclipse to voluntarily ground the test fleet. Moreover, Eclipse says the problem does not affect production airplanes. The company chief pointed out that this is exactly why Eclipse long ago decided to log so many hours on its test fleet: "We've flown more than 3,300 hours, so we're the ones finding the kinds of problems that customers normally find out in the field." Besides temporarily putting on hold flight testing of the very light jet's new metal tip tanks and aerodynamic improvements, the grounding was also responsible for the Eclipse 500's no-show at AOPA Expo last week, Raburn said. One test aircraft is be back in the air today, with the rest coming online by the middle of next week. Once it's flying again, the test fleet will finish flutter testing of the new tip tanks.

Eclipse 500 Windscreen Cracks Also A Concern

The memo to customers also identifies another problem seen in the test fleet -- windscreen cracking in the patch holes, where the windscreen attaches to the airframe. Eclipse Aviation president and CEO Vern Raburn said the cracks are only on the outer layer, so they aren't posing any pressurization problems (at least not yet). "However, it is a fatigue issue," he told AVweb, "and they're occurring much sooner than they should." In the short-term, Eclipse will require future operators to conduct a 100-cycle visual inspection to check for any windscreen cracks. Longer term, the company is working on an improved windscreen mounting method, which will be retrofitted to the fleet at Eclipse's cost. "We will have a fix in short order," Raburn promised. The memo also addresses concerns posted on blogs about the very light jet's center of gravity. "As with most small jets, the c.g. is naturally a little aft," Raburn told AVweb. "However, this poses a problem only when there's a 95-pound [sole-occupant] pilot and a light fuel load," implying that few, if any, customers will have c.g. issues with the airplane under normal operations.

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!
NTSB Issues "Most Wanted" List back to top 

Board Wants More Training For Air-Taxi Crews

The NTSB on Tuesday released the latest version of its "Most Wanted" list of aviation safety improvements. New to the list this year is a request for the FAA to mandate that crews who fly for on-demand air-taxi operators regulated under Part 135 must be trained in crew resource management (CRM). The training should include a review of accidents and offer instruction in skills and techniques for effective crew coordination. The board said several recent investigations of fatal Part 135 accidents showed the operator didn't have a CRM program, or if it did, it fell short of the training required for Part 121 crews. The safety board cited the 2002 crash that killed Sen. Paul Wellstone. "Although the FAA has agreed in principal [sic] with the recommendation, no discernable progress has been made," the NTSB said.

Safety Concerns Include Icing, Fatigue, Runway Incursions

The NTSB also cited runway incursions, which have been cited every year since the list’s inception in 1990. "These incidents continue to occur with alarming frequency," the NTSB said. "The FAA indicates that during fiscal year 2005 there were 327 incursions, and during 2006 there were 330. A system introduced by the FAA provides warning to air traffic controllers, but not to the flight crews, a fact that severely reduces the amount of time that pilots have to react to an impending incursion." The NTSB wants the FAA to implement a safety system that would provide direct warning to flight crews. Also among the board's concerns were pilot fatigue and icing. Rest rules for pilots and mechanics are "archaic" in many cases, the board said. The FAA should establish scientifically based regulations that set limits on hours of service, provide predictable work and rest schedules, and consider human sleep and rest requirements. The FAA also needs to conduct more research on aircraft structural icing and revise its criteria for icing certification and its rules for operating in icing conditions, the NTSB said.

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.
U.S. Pilots Still Held In Brazil back to top 

Court Denies Pilots' Request To Go Home

A federal judge in Brazil said on Monday that the two U.S. pilots who were flying a Legacy jet involved in a midair collision in September still cannot leave the country. The pilots -- Joe Lepore and Jan Paladino, both from New York -- have been in seclusion in a hotel in Rio de Janeiro while the investigation continues into the accident, in which all 154 people on board a Gol Airlines 737 were killed. Reporter Joe Sharkey, who was a passenger on the Legacy jet, wrote in his blog that last week it seemed the pilots might be released, as the investigation's focus appeared to be shifting to air traffic control. [more] Then rumors that the pilots had been flying "reckless aerial maneuvers" to show off the new jet resurfaced, and opinion once more turned against the pilots, Sharkey says. A preliminary report on the accident is due to be released today.

Brazil ATC Delays Continue

The Legacy was flying straight and level before the collision, Sharkey says, and adds, "The Legacy pilots' skill and courage saved my butt." He says a lawyer for the pilots will appeal the judge's decision on the grounds that of all the professionals involved in the accident, only the pilots are being detained. This "discriminatory treatment" will be challenged under the principle of habeas corpus, because authorities have presented no evidence against the pilots to warrant their extended detention, Sharkey notes. The Legacy safely made an emergency landing after the collision and all seven people aboard were unharmed. Meanwhile, flight delays continue across the country as air traffic controllers stick with their "work to rule" campaign. Controllers are protesting work conditions in the wake of the worst crash in Brazil's history. Ten controllers who were on duty that day were placed on leave, and the controllers who remain say they are overworked. Many have been calling in sick in recent weeks. The government says it will hire more controllers but they won't be ready to start until early next year.

Aircraft Spruce Carries the Piper PA-28 Wings in Focus DVD
Wings in Focus: Piper PA-28 Series is the first in a collection that will profile popular light aircraft. As well as this beautifully paced program, the DVD has other interesting and informative special features: A detailed video guide informs the viewer what to look for when buying a pre-owned PA-28, there is a quick video tour of New Piper's Vero Beach factory, and much more. For more information, please call 1-877-4-SPRUCE, or visit Aircraft Spruce online.
News Briefs back to top 

Rotax Kills V6 Program

The new V-6 engine that was promoted at Oshkosh last summer as the REV will be shelved, BRP-Rotax said this week. BRP-Rotax, based in Austria, said it will complete the certification of the engine next month, but then will not proceed with bringing it to market. The company will continue to offer its 912 and 914 models for recreational aircraft. "We have come a long way with the V6 engine and are proud of what we have accomplished," said Gerd Ohrnberger, general manager of BRP-Rotax. "However, when BRP was sold three years ago, management decided to concentrate the company's core activities on powersports products. Today's announcement will ensure that BRP-Rotax's human and financial resources continue to contribute to our company's mainstream activities and its growth." Aircraft Engine Services, of Titusville, Fla., had announced at Oshkosh that it would be providing product support and marketing for the V-6 engines in the U.S. AES head Luc de Gaspe Beaubien told AVweb on Tuesday that the Rotax decision puts an end to those plans. "We're winding down that program and looking for other opportunities," he said. There was a lot of market interest in the engines, he said, but concerns about insurance and product liability likely weighed into Rotax's decision. A call to BRP-Rotax in Austria wasn't returned at press time.

Thielert Denies Fraud Allegations

Thielert, a German company that builds diesel aircraft engines, has rebutted accusations alleging that some of its financial reports were fraudulent. The allegations first surfaced in October, and briefly deflated the company's stock price by 40 percent, Thielert says. At that time, the company said its balance sheets had been approved by auditors and also passed an additional stringent review before its initial public offering. CEO Frank Thielert comments: "We are confident that our good products and excellent market position will enable us to press ahead ... We will do everything in our power to defuse the allegations as quickly as possible." This week's statement from the company said the allegations have been discussed in Internet forums. "The machinations are becoming increasingly grotesque in so far as it is alleged that Thielert AG does not have products at all and merely exists through fictitious invoices," according to the statement. "Thielert engines have been operating in general aviation and unmanned aerial vehicles for years. Far in excess of 1,500 engines have been built and sold." The company's stock has largely recovered from the initial dip and has responded less drastically to later "waves" of accusations, the statement said. Third-quarter results were released this week, and show sales and profits on the rise. Thielert also builds engines under the Centurion brand. They're available as a retrofit for the Cessna 172 and Piper PA-28 and are factory-installed in Diamond DA40s and Twin Stars.

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 Briefs back to top 

First Flight: Veterans Airlift Command

Wounded veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan have many challenges ahead, but finding transportation shouldn't be one of them. That's the view of a new nonprofit group, Veterans Airlift Command (VAC), which is recruiting volunteer pilots and aircraft owners to lend air support to recovering soldiers and their families. The group recently flew its first mission, bringing an injured Marine from Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, N.C., to his home in Florida. Walt Fricke, founder and CEO of VAC, called on father and son Billy and Christopher Ball to pilot the first mission. They flew their Cirrus from Jacksonville, Fla., to pick up Cpl. Christopher Brink. The trip home to Florida, which would have required 13 hours and three layovers on commercial flights, took only three hours in the Cirrus. "This is a great way for us to give back and a really cool experience overall," said Christopher Ball. "You just can't imagine the appreciation of the young men and women we are helping."

New Garmin Autopilot Approved For Mooney Cockpits

Mooney's Acclaim, Ovation2 GX and Ovation3 can now be equipped with Garmin's new GFC 700 autopilot, Mooney said this week. The FAA has certified the installation on all three models. The GFC 700 is a three-axis, fully digital, dual-channel, fail-passive Automatic Flight Control System. "The GFC 700 marks the first time single-engine piston pilots will have the option of flying with a completely integrated cockpit -- where all of the elements of the avionics panel are designed to communicate with each other for the purpose of reducing pilot workload and enhancing safety of flight," said David Copeland, Mooney's vice president of sales and marketing. The system features roll, pitch and yaw control, with automatic pitch trim and Mach trim control. The GFC 700 is capable of using all the data available to the G1000, including the ability to maintain airspeed references and to optimize performance over the entire airspeed envelope, making it GA's first and only fully integrated avionics system, Mooney said.

If Brokers Say They Cover the Whole Market, Why Can't They Get a Quote from Us?
The fact is brokers can't get a quote from Avemco, the only direct provider of aviation insurance. On top of that, only Avemco lets you talk directly to the aviation underwriter for fast, accurate answers in one simple phone call. Plus, Avemco offers consistent rates and coverage as well as short, easy-to-understand policies. So if a broker tells you he covers the whole market, he's only telling you half the story. Call Avemco at (888) 241-7891 or visit online to hear the rest of the story.
News Briefs back to top 

Freedom Amphibian LSA Certified

The Freedom amphibian, built by Spanish manufacturer Colyaer, was approved last week as a Special Light Sport Aircraft. The airplane, which is built of carbon fiber, Kevlar, Nomex and epoxy, won recognition earlier this year at Sun 'n Fun, where it was named best composite seaplane. It also won a takeoff award, averaging six to eight seconds to skip into the air. Its three-bladed pusher prop is powered by a 100-hp Rotax 912, and its 40-foot wingspan brings a reported 20:1 glide ratio. It's been tested in seas as high as one foot, and the retractable landing gear is designed to tolerate unimproved fields. The FAA's rule against reconfiguring the landing gear in flight remains in force. The U.S. distributor, LSA Aero, of Decatur, Ala., says it has filed petitions with the FAA for an exemption to that rule. For now, a sport pilot can't reconfigure the airplane's gear in flight, but a private pilot (or higher certificate) with a complex endorsement can. Colyaer also builds a Martin3 landplane and Gannet seaplane, which are in the process of LSA certification. The airplanes have been flying in Europe for about eight years.

FAA Staffing A Factor In Fatal Crashes, Says NATCA

Two fatal crashes this year might have been affected by FAA staff changes, the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) said yesterday. In one incident, a local radar facility was closed for the night when a twin-engine Beech Baron crashed on approach in Lawrenceville, Ill., last month, killing the pilot. NATCA says local approach controllers should have been guiding the aircraft, but instead the flight was being handled by the Indianapolis Air Route Traffic Control Center. An accident in April at the Bloomington, Ind., airport, in which five people aboard a Cessna U206G were killed, also resulted from the reduced quality of air traffic services available to the pilot, NATCA said. FAA spokeswoman Laura Brown told AVweb yesterday that the NTSB has not yet determined a probable cause for either of those two accidents. She added that many airports have transferred their approach control radar services over to a center during times of low activity. "At Terre Haute, approach control services were transferred in February 2006," Brown said, "because of low activity on the overnight 11 to 7 shift, averaging just two flights a night." She added that center controllers who provide approach control services are trained to do so. "We have looked at the information from both accidents, at Bloomington and Lawrenceville, that we got from active controllers," said NATCA Great Lakes Regional Vice President Bryan Zilonis. "And we have reached the conclusion that the absence of an experienced approach controller at Terre Haute TRACON working these flights definitely had an impact on these events."

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 In Brief back to top 

On The Fly

Piaggio promises both style and performance in its new jet design, but is revealing no details. The new jet is expected to launch sometime next year, Flight Global reports...

Bell/Agusta flew the second prototype of its BA609 tilt-rotor aircraft for the first time last week in Cameri, Italy. The aircraft flew for 52 minutes and successfully changed nacelle positions...

A Cessna 172 pilot made a safe emergency landing in a riverside park in Brooklyn on Tuesday. The pilot said the engine failed and he did as he was trained to do. The landing was a "walk in the park," he told reporters...

A pilots' group joined two environmental organizations in a lawsuit filed Tuesday opposing the construction of an "airport to nowhere" in Panama City, Fla...

A Manitoba man was badly hurt when he was struck by the propeller of a Cessna 150 while helping the pilot to taxi his airplane across a road...

Swiss start-up company Aviace has dropped its lawsuit against Eclipse Aviation. Aviace said Eclipse improperly cancelled its orders, but a judge said Aviace indeed owed over a half million dollars to Eclipse...

A 1978 Cessna T210M Centurion II has been reported stolen from El Gallito, Mexico. The aircraft, N6991B, went missing early Monday morning. For more info or to report a sighting, contact ACPI Intl: 011-386-341-7270 or U.S. 800-969-5473, e-mail: acpiusa@aol.com. $10,000 reward.

AVweb's Newstips Address...

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 to newstips@avweb.com. You're a part of our team ... often, the best part.

Find all of today's stories in AVweb's: NewsWire

DA40 Diamond Star a Fleet Favorite
Airline Transport Professionals, Beijing PanAm, Empire Aviation, Middle Tennessee State University, Utah Valley State College, and Utah State University have all 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.
New On AVweb back to top 

New Articles and Features on AVweb


Probable Cause #19: Fuel And The IFR Pilot
A pilot in IMC runs out of options as the fuel needles bounce on empty. When flying IFR, there's never such a thing as too much fuel on board.

AVweb Audio News

AVweb posts audio news on Mondays, plus a new in-depth interview each Friday. In Friday's podcast, you'll find an interview with Cessna chairman, president and CEO Jack Pelton, covering the company's light sport aircraft and next-generation piston family. And AVweb's podcast index includes interviews with Spectrum Aeronautical chairman Linden Blue, Adam Aircraft chairman Rick Adam and New Piper CEO Jim Bass. In today's news summary, hear about how the elections will affect the user-fee push; the FAA takes a hard stand on preserving airports; AOPA Expo sets record attendance in Palm Springs; Foxjet revived after being on the shelf for nearly 30 years; the Aviation Safety Reporting System celebrates 30 years; and more. Remember: In AVweb's podcasts, you'll hear things you won't find anywhere else.

AVweb's Business AVflash

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/.

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!
Question Of The Week back to top 

Question of the Week: Flying into IMC

This Week's Question | Last Week's Results


Last week, with mid-term elections in U.S. fresh on our minds, we asked whether readers thought the dramatic shift of power from Republicans to Democrats in both houses of Congress might thwart the strong push for user fees in the upcoming FAA reauthorization bill.

The largest segment of our respondents (44%) thought that yes, this did bode ill for user fees — but the rest of you were split almost evenly between saying no, this won't affect the drive for user fees and I'm not sure.

For the complete breakdown of last week's poll answers, click here.


This week, AVweb wants to know how much risk our instrument-rated pilots are willing to shoulder.  Tell us:  Do you ever fly single-engine piston airplanes into solid IMC?

Click here to answer.

Have an idea for a new QOTW? Send your suggestions to qotw@avweb.com.

This address is only for suggested QOTW questions, and not for QOTW answers or comments.
Use this form to send QOTW comments to our AVmail Editor.

Choose the Flight Explorer Edition Right for You
Flight Explorer is an information system tracking commercial and general aviation flights. With the Personal Edition, view air traffic for the U.S., Canada, or New Zealand and monitor and display real-time delay information, TFRs, SUAs, and more. With the Pilot Edition, view weather along a route, receive alerts with your preliminary flight plan, and have an e-mail sent to someone on departure or arrival. Click here for more information and to subscribe.
FBO Of The Week back to top 

FBO Of The Week: Montgomery Aviation

For local prices, enter your U.S. ZIP Code or Airport Identifier:

Fuel prices provided weekly by AirNav,
based on prices from the past 2 weeks.
Changes are relative to last week.

AVweb's "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Montgomery Aviation at KTYQ in Indianapolis, Ind.

AVweb reader Justin Klump simply said that the FBO is tops and deserves to be highlighted in AVweb.

"Montgomery Aviation is a first class facility operated by first class people. You are always greeted with a smile. They are definitely deserving of the FBO Of The Week award."

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!

Understanding Your Airplane's Mechanics Could Save Your Bank Account
Light Plane Maintenance is the monthly magazine for aircraft owners who aren't satisfied with just flying. Aircraft repair can be simple when explained in concise, step-by-step details. If you want to truly learn about the workings of your airplane (and save a few dollars, too), Light Plane Maintenance is for you. Order online today and receive LPM's 40 Top Maintenance Tips as a gift.
Picture Of The Week back to top 

Picture of the Week


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

So — is it Helicopter Week on the Discovery Channel or something?  Nearly every submission in this week's "POTW" file has rotors — from military choppers all the way to gyrocopters.  We love a good coincidental theme as much as anyone — gives us a picture of what AVweb readers are interested in this week, y'know — but come on, seriously, did you guys stage this?  Out of 108 entries received this week, 66 feature rotored aircraft, and another 12 were taken from the seats of gyrocopters.


medium | large

copyright © James Lawrence
Used with permission

Blue Skies (Literally) as Far as the Eye Can See

James Lawrence of Old Chatham, New York kicks things off this week with "a beautifully restored P-51 in Provo, Utah reflect[ing] a beautiful mid-afternoon sky."  James admits to using some PhotoShop filters, which makes him the first "POTW" winner we've had in a couple of years to apply a digital effect to his photo.  The result is "an image that captures for me the mystique of bridging earth with sky through the medium of an airplane."

We'll be sending James an official AVweb baseball cap for contributing this week's top photo.  If you'd like a shot at one of these hats, remember:  You gotta be in it to win it!

(Comments on the use of PhotoShop filters and "POTW" rules?  It's an ongoing discussion we haven't revisited in a while, but if you have opinions to voice, we'd love to hear 'em.  Depending on volume, we probably won't be able to respond individually, but we will read all your comments and take them under consideration.)

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.

medium | large

Used with permission of Timothy O'Connor

Sunset Smiles

Timothy O'Connor of Cincinnati, Ohio sent us a handful of photos from his Twinstarr Autogyro, but this was our favorite — a shot of passenger Connie Brockman enjoying the view over the Ohio River.


medium | large

copyright © Larry Raulston
Used with permission

Trojans Breaking Formation

Larry Raulston of Neosho, Missouri writes, "An overcast sky and poor light couldn't detract from watching these in action."

Funny enough, we thought Larry's "poor light" actually made for a nifty photo.  (It'll be our desktop wallpaper tomorrow morning!)


medium | large

copyright © Lisa Salazar
Used with permission

Apache Firepower

Time for a helicopter?  We think so!

Lisa Salazar of Port St. Lucie, Florida snapped this monster war machine at the Nurses Association Veterans Day Air Show in Stuart, Florida.


medium | large

copyright © Simon Barlow
Used with permission

Utterly Butterly

Simon Barlow of Manchester, England (U.K.) submitted a nice Huey photo, but had to sideline our helicopter theme when we saw this photo of the "Utterly Butterly" wing-walking team.

(Simon shot this one at the Jurby Air Show on Isle of Man.)


medium | large

Used with permission
of Shannon Wamsley

Flightseeing Tour of Denali

Shannnon Wamsley of Torrance, California writes, "I caught this image as a front-seat passenger the last day of September in Alaska. It was the only day it didn't rain on my trip and the perfect day to fly around Mt. McKinley in a De Havilland Beaver."

Man, you guys always seem to have more fun than we do ... .


medium | large

Used with permission of Karen Lucey

Flight Mirror

Karen Lucey of Factoryville, Pennsylvania brings a little peace, calm, and (forgive the pun) reflection to this week's installment of "POTW."


medium | large

Used with permission of Mark Murdock

Hey!  Wait for Me!

Mark Murdock of Griffin, Georgia "had the Army Aviation Heritage Foundation using our back yard as a practice arena over the weekend."  And if you think that sounds cool, you should see the rest of the photos Mark submitted.  Apparently he spent the weekend riding around in Cobras and eyeing some of the U.S. Army's best toys.

(See what we mean about you guys having more fun than us?)

... and that does it for our unofficial Helicopter Week.  Help us remember it next year — the week of Veterans' Day!

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.



Safety Equipment ... Add Aviation Safety to Your MEL
A Minimum Equipment List is not complete without a subscription to Aviation Safety. Discover this informative, instructive monthly publication that sharpens your air readiness. Order your subscription online for savings from the regular rate.

Holiday Special from Comm1 Radio Simulators
Comm1 CD-ROMs are designed to teach pilots how to communicate safely and professionally with Air Traffic Control. Available in VFR, IFR, and Clearances on Request versions, Comm1 Radio Simulators let you experience real flight situations through high-quality audio and graphics from the safety and privacy of your desktop. Special Offer: A complimentary multimedia stereo headset with any purchase. Offer ends December 25th. Order online

Going Off to Visit Friends and/or Family This Holiday Season?
Get there by sharing a ride. Pilot or passenger, long cross-country or short hop, PilotShareTheRide.com is for you! No cost to sign up, and you will save by sharing expenses! Check out the web site today.

Names Behind The News back 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 Newswriter/Editor Mary Grady (bio) and Editor In Chief Chad Trautvetter.

Click 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 here.

Have a product or service to advertise on AVweb? A question on marketing? Send it to AVweb's sales team.

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 here.

Aviate, navigate, communicate.