AVwebFlash - Volume 12, Number 47b

November 23, 2006

By The AVweb Editorial Staff
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NTSB Update On Brazil Midair back to top 

FDR Confirms Legacy Flew Straight And Level

The NTSB yesterday released "factual information" on the progress of the Brazilian government's investigation into the Sept. 29 midair collision between a Boeing 737-800 operated by Gol Airlines of Brazil and an Embraer Legacy 600 business jet owned by Excelaire of New York. The report says flight data recorder information from the Legacy jet confirms that it was flying straight and level and at a steady speed up to the time of the collision, debunking rumors that the pilots had indulged in "abnormal maneuvers." There was no indication of any TCAS alert onboard either airplane, no evidence of pre-collision visual acquisition by any flight crewmember on either aircraft, and no evidence of evasive action taken by either crew. The report notes that after takeoff, the Legacy crew was issued a number of interim altitudes during climb, all of which were read back. The flight was cleared to proceed direct to the Araxa VOR, and at 3:11 p.m. was cleared to climb to FL370. At 3:33 p.m., the airplane leveled at FL370.

NTSB: Radio And Radar Contact Sporadic

The NTSB reports very detailed information about the interactions between both flight crews and ATC throughout the flight. In the last two-way communication, the Legacy crew reported that it was at FL370. ATC acknowledged and instructed the crew to "ident." Radar indicates that the ident was observed. After that, radar contact was sporadic and both the crew and controllers attempted radio contact, but they never connected. Controllers never asked the jet crew to change altitude, and the crew never requested an altitude change. Examination of the wreckage indicates that the left winglet of the Legacy (which includes a metal spar) likely contacted the left wing leading edge of the 737. The impact resulted in damage to a major portion of the left wing structure and lower skin, ultimately rendering the 737 uncontrollable. Additional work will include laboratory tests of the avionics components removed from the Legacy, an examination of the operating procedures of the avionics, interviews with ATC personnel, examination of ATC practices and comparison between Brazilian and FAA procedures, a technical examination of ATC communication and surveillance systems, and further examination of the training provided to the operators. The work is expected to take 10 months.

More Groups Call For Release Of Pilots

U.S. airline pilot groups and the Flight Safety Foundation recently began calling for the release of the two American pilots, Joseph Lepore and Jan Paladino, flying the Embraer Legacy that was involved in the Brazilian midair accident. Now the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association and National Business Aviation Association have joined in that chorus. On Tuesday, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen sent a letter to Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva calling for the immediate return of the pilots. "It is our understanding that the pilots and their attorneys have fully cooperated with investigators from your government. Yet, despite their cooperation, the pilots are being held in contravention of internationally recognized practices and with no date certain for their release," Bolen wrote. "This is an unacceptable situation that must not continue. Based on the public reports of the accident, it is clear there was no intentional wrongdoing in this case. Preventing the pilots from returning to the United States is neither appropriate nor beneficial to the investigation."

AOPA President Phil Boyer pleaded the case to U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Wednesday, asking for her to intervene in the matter. "To date, the pilots have been detained for more than seven weeks without criminal charges or explanation," Boyer wrote. "It appears from media reports that the accident investigation could take another ten months to complete, placing these U.S. pilots in jeopardy of being detained indefinitely." He concluded, "These U.S. citizens should be treated fairly under the law, and the U.S. State Department must take action to obtain their release and their return to the U.S. AOPA urges you to intervene with the Brazilian government to facilitate the release of these Americans to allow them to return home safely."

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.
A Civic Of The Skies back to top 

Honda Aircraft Offers Sneak Peek Of HondaJet Birthplace

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On Monday, Honda Aircraft for the first time hosted a group of outsiders -- in this case about 25 journalists -- at its Greensboro (N.C.) Piedmont Triad Airport facility, where the company designed, developed, tested, built and has flown the HondaJet very light jet (VLJ). The complex houses a small group of engineers, flight-test personnel and company executives in a setting that allows, and encourages, employee interaction. "This small building is filled with very sophisticated technological abilities and big dreams," noted CEO Michimasa Fujino, who is unarguably the father of the HondaJet. He began work on Honda's aircraft program some 20 years ago as a "pure home-grown effort," which not only included the airframe but also the turbofan engines. After much tinkering to perfect the aircraft's unique over-the-wing-mounted engine design, the company is well on the path to certify the very light jet. The HondaJet prototype has been flying since Dec. 3, 2003, and to date has logged about 300 hours over nearly 200 flights. Honda continues to develop the HF120 turbofan under a joint venture formed with GE Transportation Aircraft Engines in October 2004.

HondaJet Sales Rack Up, Setting Up Dealerships

On the sales front, the HondaJet backlog stands at more than 100 aircraft, even though first deliveries of the $3.65 million twinjet won't start until 2010. However, Honda Aircraft GM of Sales and Marketing Doug Danuser told AVweb that this count includes only individual orders and that there is significant interest (and most likely some orders already placed) from fleet operators, a group that includes fractional and air-taxi operators. Danuser comes from Honda's Acura luxury auto group, and it shows in Honda Aircraft's approach to sales and service. He said that the newly formed aircraft company is adopting an "at the spot" sales and service dealer network comprising 14 dealers in five U.S. regions, with no customer more than 90 minutes' flying time from any such facility. "This will ensure a more personal relationship with the customer," noted company CEO Michimasa Fujino.

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More On AVweb.com back to top 

New Articles and Features on AVweb


Pilot Workshops #1: Wake Turbulence
This week AVweb introduces free online training programs provided by PilotWorkshops.com. The first workshop features Bob Nardiello explaining the causes of wake turbulence and the characteristics of the vortices that are generated.

The Savvy Aviator #38: Aircraft Owners, Keep Out!
It's increasingly difficult to find shops that permit owner-assisted annuals and other supervised maintenance-by-owner. That's a pity, but the reasons for it are understandable.

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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.
News Briefs back to top 

Cessna Beats Out Eclipse In First VLJ Delivery

On Wednesday, Cessna delivered the first Citation Mustang very light jet (VLJ) following the receipt of the FAA production certificate for the aircraft’s Independence, Kan. assembly line. The Mustang became the first FAA-certified VLJ on Sept. 8, and this delivery marks another first in the emerging VLJ class. Last month the six-seat, $2.65 million jet received FAA approval for flight into known icing. Cessna said Mustang Management Group (MMG) of Fresno, Calif., took delivery of the first Mustang and will lease back the aircraft for 10 months as a demonstrator. MMG then plans to use the Mustang in its Scott Aviation subsidiary for flight training. The production certificate authorizes Cessna to produce, flight test and grant airworthiness certificates for the Mustang. “All of us at Cessna are ecstatic to have these two significant milestones occur in one day – the delivery of the first Citation Mustang and the awarding of the FAA production certificate,” noted Cessna Chairman, President and CEO Jack Pelton. The first delivery to a customer who will put the Mustang into regular service is expected to take place early next year. Cessna plans on delivering 40 Mustangs in 2007, with production scheduled to ramp up through 2009.

Columbia Reshuffles Production Line

Out in Oregon, Columbia Aircraft is working to rebalance its production line as it regroups following last June's hailstorm, and the process could result in some workers seeing a cut in hours over the next month or two, Vice President Ron Wright told AVweb on Tuesday. When about 20 percent of the crew was redeployed to repair the 66 airplanes damaged by hail, the production line got out of balance, Wright said. "We ended up with not enough of some parts, and too many of others." With the hail repairs complete, managers have been working to redeploy workers and get back to building five to six aircraft a week, after cutting back to four. But there are limits to that strategy, Wright said, because the workers all have different skills and are not interchangeable. The final details are still being worked out, but he hopes that just a "handful" of workers will be affected, and none will be cut back more than eight hours a week. The production line should be back in balance in six weeks or less, he said. Meanwhile, the affected workers can collect unemployment benefits, which will partially make up for their losses.

Mark Your Calendars! LoPresti's After-Thanksgiving Sale — One Day Only
LoPresti is clearing out extras, customer returns, and items dinged in shipping (repaired as good as new — but can't be sold as new). Sale is on limited quantities and ONLY on Friday, November 24th. When the items are gone, they are gone. Go online to view what's available and order by e-mail, 12am to 11:59pm (EST) on Friday, November 24th only.
News Briefs back to top 

Treaty Notices Mislead Owners, Reports NBAA

The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) and Edward H. Kammerer of law firm Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge say letters or e-mails from a company called International Aircraft Registry (IAR) in Oklahoma City are misleading and can be disregarded. Apparently, the communication from the company informs aircraft owners that they have not registered their aircraft in compliance with the Cape Town Convention, allegedly putting their lien and/or title position at stake. According to NBAA spokesman Dan Hubbard, “NBAA has received reports of mailings sent to Members related to registering aircraft to the Cape Town International Registry (CTIR), an international aircraft registry that went into effect on March 1, 2006. [Those] with ownership or international interests in aircraft assets that have been in place since before the effective date of the CTIR -- March 1, 2006 -- are grandfathered, and therefore are not required to register those assets.” Kammerer added, “There is no relation between this group and the FAA Registry in Oklahoma City or to any of the reputable law firms or title companies in Oklahoma City.” He said the letter or e-mail from IAR directs people to a “shadow” website that looks nearly identical to the real International Registry of Mobile Assets website. IAR is charging $1,100 to unnecessarily register aircraft that are already grandfathered from the CTIR, according to Kammerer. NBAA, the National Aircraft Resale Association and Aviareto (the company that runs the CTIR) are aware of the problem and are taking steps to address the problem, noted Kammerer.

Get Your (LoPresti) Fury Going For Christmas

LoPresti Wednesday announced that position holders for its two-place 215-mph-on-10.5-gph cross-country and aerobatic Fury aircraft will now have first dibs on special pricing for the first 60 Furys produced ... but there's a twist. The company says it has the names of 615 individuals who ordered 615 aircraft; however, through years of difficulty in bringing the aircraft to market, some of those names have moved on to new addresses and the company has lost touch. "To fulfill a promise" LoPresti is reaching out to those 615 individuals and will "start taking orders Monday morning." The first 60 from that 615 will secure their aircraft at a reserve price only available to the previous position holders. The company plans to build the aircraft at its yet to be built Belen, N.M., facility (groundbreaking is set for January). But that's not all. LoPresti is working to create a "Top Gun program." Working with the State of New Mexico, LoPresti hopes to offer "one week of Full Immersion Air Combat" offering "five days of more fun than you have ever had in an aircraft." Described in the company's press release, participants will (after training) suit up, grab an aircraft (a Fury?) adorned with laser cannons and smoke, and see who comes back victorious. And the company threatens, "that's just the beginning." For more information about order positions and future plans at the company, contact Curt LoPresti at 866-342-4757 or Curt@LoPrestiFury.com.

The 2006 New Piper Mirage Offers Serious Sophistication
Avidyne's Flightmax Entegra Integrated Flight Deck is standard equipment on the New Piper Mirage. Three flight displays, moving map, Garmin GNS 430, autopilot, color radar system, and dual Air Data/Attitude and Heading Reference System (ADAHRS) combine to provide serious sophistication for a higher level of confidence. Click here for complete information on the New Piper Mirage.
News Briefs back to top 

New AFSS System Faces Growing Pains

Despite occasional complaints from pilots about long hold times, Lockheed Martin's new Automated Flight Service Stations are working pretty well overall, according to Program Manager Dan Courain. "At times, when the weather is bad, there have been some long wait times," Courain told AVweb on Tuesday. "We're limited in staffing. We try to offload the calls but sometimes we do get behind." Overall, the average wait time is just 19 seconds, he said, but about 2 percent of callers hang up without getting through. New technology that will come on line early next year should resolve the sporadic back-up issues, Courain said. AOPA spokesman Chris Dancy told AVweb that when pilots do complain, Lockheed Martin has been "very responsive." AFSS staff shortages are being addressed, with about 50 new staffers already deployed and more in training, Dancy said. Upgrades due to be implemented in February should reduce wait times to virtually zero by the time the system is fully deployed next October, Courain said. Dancy added that wait-time issues have tended to occur in the summer, when more people are flying, and he expects the problem to drop off as winter arrives and more pilots keep their airplanes grounded. "By next year, as flying weather improves, pilots should expect to see continued improvements with the new system, full staffing and better briefing tools," Dancy said.

Embraer Announces Delivery Forecast

Embraer's market outlook sees demand for 11,115 business jets over the next 10 years. With most pundits predicting boom years ahead for business aviation that figure may come as little surprise, but it's the very light jet (VLJ) market where analysts are most at odds. That said, the company is projecting delivery of 2,715 of its VLJs between 2008 and 2016, and lists current orders at more than 340. The number includes both the six-seat Phenom 100 and the eight-seat Phenom 300. (Some may disagree with Embraer's perception that the 300 fits the true spirit of the "very" light jet movement.) The smaller Phenom 100 might itself be a class leader when it comes to amenities that include a "refreshment center," a lavatory and high (relative) cabin volume ... and at $2.85 million per copy, the aircraft might also have the high price (and runway length requirements) to match. Deliveries of the Phenom 100, which was announced in May 2005, are expected to begin in the second half of 2008. Embraer estimates delivery of 195 to 205 business aircraft for that year, including up to 20 Phenom 100s.

FAA Enforcement Actions Are on the Rise!
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News Briefs back to top 

Raytheon Hawker 4000 Finally Earns Its Wings

Better late than never. On Tuesday, Raytheon Aircraft Company said it finally received FAA type certification (TC) for its Hawker 4000 super-midsize business jet. The approval is some five-and-a-half years later than originally planned and couldn’t come at a better time – on May 31 Raytheon missed the FAA’s five-year limit for certification of the Hawker 4000 and had to apply for, and was granted, an extension to December 31. However, the extension also means that the Hawker 4000 must comply with Part 25 amendments adopted between May 31, 2001, and Dec. 31, 2001, notably more restrictive fuel-tank and hydraulic regulations. This summer, Raytheon applied for temporary exemptions to these additional requirements and has until mid-2008 to comply and retrofit the in-service fleet. According to the Wichita-based aircraft manufacturer, certification for flight into known icing for the jet is still pending. Raytheon said it has firm orders for 74 Hawker 4000s, 50 of which are going to fractional provider NetJets. Deliveries of the 12-passenger, $19.5 million twinjet are expected to begin early next year.

FAA OKs Honeywell's New Radar

The FAA last week approved a new onboard radar system by Honeywell that helps airline pilots detect turbulence and wind shear in the air mass directly ahead of them. The new RDR-4000 radar's patented 3-D scanning technology introduces new capabilities, Honeywell said. It scans ahead of the aircraft from the nose out to 320 nautical miles, and from the ground to 60,000 feet, or more than 1.5 million cubic miles. It includes a unique vertical profile view of weather ahead of the aircraft that can be presented simultaneously with the normal radar view. It suppresses ground clutter and automatically compensates for the curvature of the earth. “The RDR-4000 is the first and only weather radar system in the industry to be turbulence-certified in accordance with the FAA turbulence requirements,” said Garrett Mikita, vice president of Honeywell's airline business segment. “The data provides altitude information for automatic flight plan and flight path weather detection and for the vertical analysis of storms.” According to The Wall Street Journal, Honeywell has sold the radar to the U.S. military and to Singapore Airlines, and is marketing it to other airlines. Rockwell Collins is working on a similar system.

A Savvy Owner Seminar Is Coming to an Airport Near You in 2007!
Maintenance expert Mike Busch will be offering his acclaimed Savvy Owner Seminars in Ft. Lauderdale, Dallas, San Francisco, Cincinnati, Frederick, Boston, Atlanta, Albuquerque, Tulsa, and Los Angeles during 2007. 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.
News In Brief back to top 

On The Fly

Diamond's Twin Star DA42 got its type certificate from Transport Canada this week...

Avantair, the exclusive provider of fractional aircraft shares in the Avanti P.180 aircraft, has acquired five Avanti IIs since September. Next year, the fleet will grow to 40, and the company will merge with Ardent Acquisition Corp...

Keep up with the latest Sport Aircraft developments via Dan Johnson's comprehensive, up-to-date online directory.

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

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 Cirrus Design cofounder and CEO Alan Klapmeier, who addresses the rash of fatal accidents in October involving Cirrus pistons. And AVweb's podcast index includes interviews with Cessna chairman, president and CEO Jack Pelton, Spectrum Aeronautical chairman Linden Blue, Adam Aircraft chairman Rick Adam and New Piper CEO Jim Bass. In Monday's news summary, hear about how the DOT Inspector General supports aviation user fees, the looming air traffic controller shortage, a call condemning "criminalization" of aviation accidents, Eagle Aircraft bids to open a second FBO at Tallahassee Airport and more. Remember: In AVweb's podcasts, you'll hear things you won't find anywhere else.

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.
Question Of The Week back to top 

Question of the Week: Lockheed Martin's AFSS Report Card

This Week's Question | Last Week's Results


Last week, AVweb asked if you'd be willing to fly a single-engine piston into IMC weather.

Most of our instrument-rated pilots (67% of you) were willing to do it, but not always with passengers on board.  (Only 3% of respondents said they'd never fly into IMC with passengers aboard.)

What about the rest of our readers?
Click here for a complete breakdown of last week's answers.


AVweb recently reported on the triumphs and tribulations of AFSS privatization. Program Manager Dan Courain says Lockheed Martin is doing well, but what do AVweb readers think?

Click here to answer.

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

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Reserve Your Advanced Order Now for Kevin Garrison's New Book!
AVweb's "CEO of the Cockpit," Kevin Garrison, has a new book coming out in two months. Clear Left, I'll Have the Chicken, published by ASJA press, will be Kevin's third humor book and his first about flying. Reserve your copy online today.
FBO Of The Week back to top 

FBO of the Week: North Alabama Aviation

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AVweb's "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to North Alabama Aviation at KDCU in Decatur, Ala.

AVweb reader Stan Poelstra was literally floored by the FBO’s low fuel price and high level of service.

"We stopped here twice. The first time, on the way to Florida, the FBO owner lowered the price of fuel of the self serve while I was fueling to $3.25. He said he just got the new quote so he would give it to me. On the way back two weeks later, the price was the same but it was so windy one could hardly stand up, so my wife and I stayed over night. They gave us the use of the courtesy car that afternoon and overnight. No charge, just lots of smiles and thank you’s for stopping. Wow!”

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!



Knowledge Is Power; Knowledge Is Also a Safety Factor When Flying IFR
The IFR environment is constantly changing. You need to keep informed. IFR Refresher 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 regular rate.

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.

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.

Picture Of The Week back to top 

Picture of the Week: Thanksgiving Day Edition

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It's Thanksgiving Day here in the U.S. — time to reflect on the blessings of the year and spend a little time appreciating the good things that have come our way.  "Picture of the Week" may not be a national institution, but you'd be hard pressed to find a web feature today that's more thankful for its loyal readers (and contributors) than this one.  So, before we delve into this week's crop of photos, let us say "thank you" to everyone reading today's AVweb news.  Without your pictures, your encouragement, your financial support (through shopping with our sponsors), and your constant readership through the years, we wouldn't be here to look at airplane photos and have a bit of fun with you every Thursday morning.


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Sheer Power

The phrase "kick things off" has never been more appropriately used in a "POTW" column than it is here, with this photo Christian Hauser of Vienna, Austria.  "Boeing's chief type test pilot Ricardo Traven lets the Hornet thunder off for one of the displays at RIAT 2006," writes Chris.  "Really a mighty machine!"

Thanks for participating, Christian!  As the submitter of this week's lead photo, you'll be getting an official AVweb baseball cap and thank-you note in the mail.  Keep your eyes peeled!

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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copyright © Daniel Valovich
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Never Trade Air Speed for Altitude

Daniel Valovich of Hot Springs, Arkansas gives us something else to be thankful for:  "During a fly-in at a grass strip in Glenwood, Arkansas, this departure caught my attention. [The pilot] just barely cleared the tree tops."

A good photo — and perhaps an even better reminder to heed Daniel's closing, "Be careful out there!"



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Used with permission of Jens Meinecke

On the Way to Adoption

Jens Meinecke of Graceville, Queensland (Australia) snapped this shot of his Angelbear en route to its new owner on a mission for Angel Flights Australia.

If you're unfamiliar with Angel Flights, they're one more thing you can be thankful for today.  Find out more about this bear's mission in Jens's personal log.


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Used with permission of
Kenneth M. Chapman

Sunrise over New Caledonia, UAL863

Kenny Chapman of Canby, Oregon has sent us some truly amazing sunsets in the past — and this one's no exception.


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copyright © Andrew Moore
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#5 Title

Andrew Moore of New York City gives us a study in contrasts: "Michael Davis' brand-new Cub Crafters Spot Cub, taken from Michael Maniatis's De Havilland Tiger Moth."


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Used with permission of Nathan Luecke

As long as we're looking back on the year and feeling thankful, why not cast our mind's eye back to the distant past — and revisit last Thursday's helicopter theme!

Hiding in the Grass

Nathan Luecke took this photo while serving in the 1-25 Aviation Regiment in Hawaii.  This, he tells us, is Dillingham Air Field on the North Shore of Oahu.  (From the looks of things, this is the "field" part.)


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copyright © Daniel Weaver
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Where Is the Throttle?

Daniel Weaver of Alliance, Ohio asks the question; we're busy looking outside and hoping the PIC has things under control.


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copyright © Max Tardiveau
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Sunset over Point Reyes, CA

Max Tardiveau of sees us off this week with another glorious, sunset.

Thanks, Max — and everyone else who's taken time to contribute and participate in the "Picture of the Week" column.  We'll see you back here next week for more aviation photos!

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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