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April 2 launches Sun 'n Fun 2003, and Florida Aviation Month begins Tuesday by decree of Governor Jeb Bush. With all that to look forward to, AVweb's special coverage begins today with a quick look at a few of the most interesting and influential players in general aviation. All are AVweb sponsors and all will be showing their best at the show. Watch this space for extended show coverage in Thursday's AVflash, and an AVweb Sun 'n Fun Special Issue headed your way Friday, with a post-show wrap-up to follow next week. If you can't make it to the show, just make sure you can make it to your computer. We'll take care of the rest.

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Decades after they were discontinued to make way for more modern designs, the legendary de Havilland Beaver and Otter bush planes could soon resume production. Beaver Aircraft Canada has assumed the type certificate for the aircraft -- as well as an amphibian called the Tri-Gull. The company is down to the short strokes in setting up a full-fledged manufacturing facility in a former truck factory in Kelowna, B.C. Service, engineering support and training will be done at the Vernon Regional Airport, about 35 miles from the factory. "It will be a wholly-built B.C. plane," said company spokesman Mark Sager. "We want it to be a real Canadian product." More...

A key component of the plan is the inclusion in the project of Viking Air, of Victoria, B.C. Viking rescued the original de Havilland production jigs and drawings in 1983. Since then, Viking has used the jigs to manufacture parts for the original aircraft and to reconstruct wrecked Beavers and Otters. Viking is also one of the leading modifiers of Beavers and Otters. One of the most popular retrofits is replacement of the original radial engines with modern turboprops. In fact, "new" Otters will only be available with turbine power. New Beaver owners will have a choice. Tri-Gulls will have turbine power only and will be aimed more at the recreation market. More...

Anyone in aviation knows the terrible economic state of the industry, particularly the manufacturing sector, but Beaver Aircraft Canada is unfazed by the current doldrums. "Everything is cyclical," said Sager. He said prototype, flight testing and certification will take about three years and that's when many industry analysts predict recovery. The company is predicting sales of about 700 Beavers and Otters in the first seven years of operation and almost as many Tri-Gulls. The Beaver will cost about $900,000 U.S., the Otter about $1.05 million and the Tri-Gull $400,000. "We have a very tight niche market," he said. More...

AFTER SUN 'N FUN TAKE AN ADVENTURE TO THE BAHAMAS! AIR JOURNEY MAKES THE FUN CONTINUE! Most of us have wanted to fly to the Bahamas but the hassle didn't seem worth the trip. April 6-10, Air Journey is offering two exceptional tours: One to Marsh Harbour and Cat Island in Abaco, staying at the Abaco Beach Resort and Hawk's Nest Resort. The other itinerary will take you from Long Island to Andros, staying at Stella Maris Beach Resort and Small Hope Bay Resort. Trips depart from Palm Beach or Ft. Pierce. Air Journey supplies a Cockpit Trip Kit with all the information needed to fly "over", PLUS customs assistance and fuel availability to make your adventure safe and enjoyable. Cost includes air escort in day VFR, hotel accommodations, ground transportation, and some meals. Diving, fishing, sailing, tours, and other activities are optional. Call Air Journey at 888 554-3774 and mention this AVflash, or go online at

One of the air show circuit's rising stars is hoping the Transportation Security Administration can provide a loophole in its stadium overflight ban big enough for him to fly through. Michael Mancuso (solo performer and former member of the award-winning Northern Lights aerobatic team) was to become the first-ever official show pilot for the Indy car race circuit. But the orange alert and the war in Iraq have put the brakes on that deal. Apparently the TSA is (generally) OK with multiple performers flying at air shows ... but not one pilot flying air shows near race tracks. "It's too bad because we were so pumped up about this," said Mancuso. More...

Mancuso's only hope may be the broad interpretation of a section of the NOTAM that allows pilots to apply for waivers "for operational purposes of an event, stadium or other venue." He said he's been told that as an official event pilot his act might be interpreted as an operational part of the Indy races. A TSA spokeswoman contacted by AVweb over the weekend said she couldn't reach officials able to respond until today. Although the FAA issued the NOTAM, the TSA is responsible for issuing waivers, according to FAA spokesman William Shumann. Mancuso's situation illustrates some apparent cracks in the logic behind the NOTAM. More...

FLIGHTMAX EX500 MAKES DATALINK AFFORDABLE FOR EVERYONE. The FlightMax EX500 provides a high-resolution depiction of the weather along the route of flight, including NEXRAD and graphical METARs, seamlessly integrated with the moving map. Textual METARs are provided in plain English for easy interpretation. The FlightMax EX500 also receives Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) updates, which provide additional situational awareness and an added measure of safety with the ever-changing airspace restrictions. At $8,995, the FlightMax EX500 makes airborne datalink weather affordable even for light general aviation aircraft and is available now. See the FlightMax EX500 at Sun 'n Fun Booth D43/D44, or visit online at

EAA is rallying its New York members to battle a proposed law that would raise the minimum age for piloting an airplane in that state to 17 ... and quite possibly complicate long cross-country flights for younger students from bordering states. Four Republican State Assembly members have introduced the bill, ostensibly to prevent an incident similar to one in Tampa, Fla., in 2001 in which a 15-year-old student pilot stole an aircraft and crashed it into a building. EAA says it's one more example of a state trying to venture into federal jurisdiction. More...

Well, chances are your airplane already meets New Jersey's "two-lock" rule. After much hair-pulling and teeth-gnashing by the alphabets over the rule, announced by the state a week ago, it now appears the normal precautions most of us take are enough for New Jersey. For instance, the two locks can be the door and magneto switch ... even if they use the same key. The law went into effect on Friday and covers any aircraft left at a state-licensed aircraft facility for more than 24 hours. AOPA representatives got the interpretation in a meeting with state officials last week. More...

The FAA might not be ready for it but that's not stopping the Air Force and NASA from trying to develop "synthetic vision" to enable its pilots to fly and fight in any weather. Synthetic vision uses satellite navigation and a computer to present a virtual image of the terrain around the aircraft allowing the pilot to "see" where he is going regardless of weather or darkness. Similar technology is coming to GA. More...

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From the one-more-thing-to-avoid-while-flying department -- final testing starts Wednesday on a radar system that could have us sharing the skies with pilotless aircraft. Researchers at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center in California have been working on the Environmental Research Aircraft and Sensor Technology (ERAST) program for four years. The system gives remotely piloted aircraft the ability to detect "incoming obstacles" at a range of six nautical miles, theoretically giving the drone time to signal its ground-bound pilot, by line of sight or satellite relay, to take corrective action. More...

Some Massachusetts businesses and aircraft owners are taking the business of restoring GA to health into their own hands. They've formed the Massachusetts Business Aviation Association. "The purpose of this non-profit association is to protect, promote and advocate the interests and needs of business and general aviation (in Massachusetts)," the group's announcement said. The MBAA plans to deal with issues like safety, security, operations and the environment and represent aviation interests in government and community relations. More...

The order book at Raytheon could shrink by $1.75 billion according to an SEC filing by the company. Raytheon had been counting on a $900 million order from an unnamed company for its new Hawker Horizon bizjet. Market conditions and developmental delays mean the order "could be restructured or canceled," the Associated Press reported the filing as saying. Another $850 million order from Flight Options LLC is also in jeopardy. Raytheon may take over the struggling fractional-ownership company. Meanwhile, at its home base in Wichita, employees are trying to stop the company from contracting out their work to outside companies. More...

CELEBRATING THE NEXT CENTURY OF FLIGHT! From ASA's Virtual Test Prep DVD courses and On Top PC simulator, to the best selling FAR/AIM Series on the market, ASA is focused on being at the forefront of technology to provide the best materials available to make safer and more efficient aviators. ASA provides a full line of aviation products, working closely with their authors and the FAA to continually improve ASA's reputation for accuracy and top quality. Don’t miss out, see the new ASA 2003 catalog at Sun 'n Fun booth #B-059-061, or online at

A picture is sometimes worth thousands and thousands of words. Alphabet groups and others have drained a few ink barrels in their quest to make the FAA supply graphical TFRs and it looks like the FAA has finally listened. The most recent batch of TFRs around military installations now comes with graphics on the FAA Web site. AOPA President Phil Boyer recently lobbied key Congress committee members to order the agency to provide the graphics as part of the upcoming funding allocations. More...

Certain Hartzell propellers on some Socata aircraft must have their de-icing boots removed and replaced and the prop inspected and reworked to prevent corrosion.

A Notice of Proposed Rulemaking would supercede an AD on 175,000 Lycoming direct-drive engines on action taken after a prop strike. Instead of just applying to aircraft with significant prop damage, it will apply to any engine that's suffered a sudden drop in RPM by contacting water, tall grass or any other medium that might not damage the prop. The crankshaft gear assembly has to be inspected following such an incident.

An AD has been enacted to require replacement of all part number 892-51-0-035-0 engine mount assemblies on certain Socata aircraft. The mounts can crack. It supercedes a previous AD on mount cracking that exempted that particular engine mount. More...

Washington and New York-area pilots allowed pattern work...
Anti-war hang-glider busted Vatican airspace closure...
Sen. Wellstone's King Air was going way too slow...
Lancair debuts anti-icing system at Sun 'n Fun...
Foam hit Columbia's leading edge, not wing underside...
Special issuance medicals delayed by doctor shortage at FAA.

Frustrated Controller at LaGuardia on a busy day: "Skyhawk 735 do a one minute 360 for spacing on the final".

Veteran, cool, knowledgeable pilot "A standard rate-turn 360 degrees takes two minutes"

Controller: "Do a 180 and back 'er in".

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New Articles and Features on AVweb

Pelican's Perch #67: Analysis of an In-Flight Engine Failure
GA engine failure captured digitally in full color! AVweb's John Deakin shows us engine-monitor data from an aircraft that lost power on takeoff just after an annual inspection. As you might expect, John disagrees with the engine manufacturer's post-mortem

Surviving the Flight -- Review of Practical Risk Management for Pilots
Why do pilots make so many dumb mistakes? Probably because they're not trained to aggressively identify and manage risk. This new interactive program from King Schools aims to change that, and AVweb's Paul Bertorelli tried it out.

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LIGHTSPPED 20XL GETS MAKEOVER! The 20XL is back, and better than ever! The 20XL/2 brings back the popular model with a new, even smaller, battery box and the Aux Audio 3G input, at a new LOWER price of just $395. HEAR for yourself during Sun 'n Fun at LightSPEED's booth #D-051-053. Get more LightSPEED for LESS at

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BUY. SELL. FLY. NOTHING HELPS YOU DO THAT LIKE TRADE-A-PLANE (TAP). In print and online, it's the Aviation MarketPlace with everything that keeps you flying. Subscribe today! Stop by TAP's Sun 'n Fun booth A-1 of the Trade-A-Plane Hangar for a FREE print copy and demo of the Web site. Or go online at

THE AVWEB EDITION OF FLIGHT EXPLORER LETS YOU SEE WHAT ATC SEES. The AVweb Edition of Flight Explorer is the PC-based graphical aircraft situation display that shows a real-time picture of all IFR aircraft in-flight over the U.S. and Canada. Whether you're tracking a friend's trip, or want to learn more about the system in action, Flight Explorer has the information for just $9.95 a month. Go to

USED AIRCRAFT GUIDE IS NOW ON SALE! SAVE 25% OFF THE REGULAR PRICE. Buying or selling you can't afford not to know the facts, Aviation Consumer's Used Aircraft Guide supplies you with the specs on all aircraft. Order online and save $17.00

DON'T HAVE A LOW-LEVEL CARBON MONOXIDE MONITOR? SUN 'N FUN SPECIAL: $99.95! Low levels of carbon monoxide can be hazardous in aircraft because the effects of CO and hypoxia are cumulative. Even a low-level CO leak may be an early warning of a life-threatening engine problem such as cracks or holes in the exhaust system. Don't take chances! The CO Expert 2002 from Aeromedix will warn of CO levels as low as 5 parts per million! Be safe, order today at

RYAN OFFERS ACTIVE 9900BX TAS WITH AUDIBLE POSITION ALERTING & FREE CD! "Traffic! 12 o'clock, high one mile!" is what you will hear -- loud and clear -- from Ryan International's TSO-certified 9900BX TCAD with "Audible Position Alerting." Enhance your flight safety by installing a Ryan TCAD. SUN 'N FUN ATTENDEES: Come by Ryan's Booth D071-072 to learn more about flying with theRyan 9900BX and receive a FREE informational CD, or go online to locate a dealer near you.

COMM 1 RADIO SIMULATOR OFFER: FREE HEADSET WITH ANY PURCHASE! Fly confidently by training with Comm 1 audio interactive CD-ROMs designed to teach pilots how to build radio skills and confidence on the ground in order to communicate safely and professionally in the air. See all Comm1 programs and new interactive Navigation training programs at Sun 'n Fun booth C-061 and attend the FREE Comm 1 forum on April 2 and 4 at 10AM. More details at


AEROSHELL IS PULLING OUT ALL THE STOPS FOR SUN 'N FUN! Put AeroShell's activities on your Sun 'n Fun "to do" list. Patty Wagstaff, Jamail Larkins and the AeroShell Aerobatic Team will be signing autographs at AeroShell's Booth #C-085-089 85-89 on Friday, 9:45-10:45 for Patty; Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, noon to 1 p.m. for the AeroShell Team. The AeroShell Forums presentations will be given by Ben Visser every day except Tuesday, at 10 a.m. in Tent 9. Alternating topics will be "Care & Lubrication of Piston Engines" and "AvFuel." These are important safety forums no pilot should miss. Go online for details at

WHAT THE NTSB FOUND MIGHT HELP YOU AVOID DOING THE SAME THING! The NTSB completed its investigation into the crash which killed members of the Oklahoma State University football team after the airplane had a partial electrical failure in IMC. Investigators found that the pilot did something simple which made his spatial disorientation worse. Full details in the March issue of NTSB REPORTER. Order your subscription at


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