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AN EDUCATOR AND A GENTLEMAN
Many aviators got their first
introduction into the mysteries of flight via the manuals of William K.
Kershner, pilot, flight instructor and author. Kershner died Monday, at
age 77, in Sewanee, Tenn., after a prolonged battle with cancer, AOPA reported today. "Bill will be remembered as an
enthusiastic pilot, great educator and friend," said Bruce Landsberg,
AOPA Air Safety Foundation AOPA director. "I called on him periodically
to discuss airmanship or procedural issues. From traffic patterns to
aerodynamics of stalls to IFR techniques, I could always count on Bill
for good advice." Kershner was also "admired and liked by everyone he
ever met, and thats a rare man," says Ralph Hood, a columnist for
Airport Busines. More...
LONG CAREER IN AVIATION
William Kershner soloed at age 16, in
1945, flying an Aeronca Defender from a grass strip in Clarksville,
Tenn. He wrote his first flight manual in 1959, and his last book,
Logging Flight Time, in 2002. The memoir chronicles his 60-plus
years of flying both civilian and military airplanes. AVweb
Editor In Chief Chad Trauvetter remembers him as a gifted instructor. "I
was in a CFI refresher class at Embry-Riddle where Kershner taught the
session on spins," he says. "He was not only a great teacher, but he did
it in a way that made you bust out laughing. Before showing a
self-produced video showing him doing a spin with 13 turns in a Cessna
152, Kershner said he told the cameraman on the ground to 'keep filming
no matter how big the airplane gets in the viewfinder.' The entire class
erupted in laughter." More...
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OFFERS DISCOUNT TO D2A CUSTOMERS
When Direct To Avionics (D2A) closed
its doors last month, buyers who had paid up front for Chelton Flight Systems avionics they never received
were left hanging. This week, Chelton released a statement saying it will help out those
customers by offering replacement Chelton and Pinpoint Inertial
components at prices significantly below their own manufacturing cost:
$10,300 for a dual Integrated Display Units (IDU) and a single Pinpoint
Inertial ADAHRS/GADAHRS system, or $4,000 for a Pinpoint Inertial
ADAHRS/GADAHRS. Chelton's statement also says that all orders it had
received from D2A before it closed were fulfilled, although some D2A
customers reportedly paid for, but did not receive, all or part of the
products ordered. "Chelton Flight Systems will continue to sell its
synthetic vision components into the experimental market through
existing Chelton dealers," the statement says, and will also continue to
provide customer technical support and warranty service to all existing
dealers and aircraft builders. More...
PROPOSES 50-50 DEAL
It wasn't just individual homebuilders
who were hurt when Direct To Avionics closed. Lancair International also
dealt with the company. "The D2A business failure is one which has
touched all of us in one way or another," Lancair CEO Joseph C. Bartels
wrote in a memo to customers this week. He says that Lancair
Avionics is reviewing its contracts with customers, and notes that "on
several occasions I spoke with customers and explained that I was
concerned about paying 100 percent up front for the Chelton package." He
proposes that Lancair Avionics will split the cost, 50-50, to acquire
from Chelton the items which D2A failed to provide, at Chelton's
discounted price. "Those customers who participate as requested will
receive a special discount on any item that they purchase through
Lancair which will total at least that amount equal to their
contribution to this effort," Bartels said. More...
MOUNTAIN ALSO STEPS IN
Mountain Avionics, of Copperhill, Tenn., has posted an offer on its
Web site to give Oshkosh show-special pricing on its EFIS/One units to
all Direct To Avionics customers who lost money. "Our condolences to
everyone who lost a deposit on a Chelton EFIS when DirectTo Avionics
went bust," it says at their Web site. "Hope this helps a bit." The
company joins OP Technologies, which also made an offer last
week to help ease the pain. More...
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AWARDS $10.5 MILLION FOR FATAL AIRSHOW CRASH
The family of a
man who died after crashing at the Arlington (Wash.) Fly-in in 1999 was
awarded $10.5 million this week by a jury that found EAA and the
Northwest EAA didn't provide adequate fire and emergency response
services, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported on Wednesday.
Don Corbitt crashed while attempting to take off in his homebuilt RV-6.
According to the plaintiffs' lawyers, Corbitt survived the crash but
died in a post-crash fire, and rescuers on the field took more than five
minutes to respond. EAA spokesman Dick Knapinski told AVweb on
Wednesday that "EAA's position on the accident and related matters
differ from the plaintiff's position. Although a jury verdict has been
rendered, there are still post-trial proceedings that further address
and could materially affect the jury decision. As the case is still
active in the courts, it would be premature to comment further at this
MAINTENANCE? WHEN ONE DOOR CLOSES, OTHERS OPEN WIDE
you might say about the aviation industry, you can't say its not
proactive. Over the last week, competitors jumped to the plate to scoop up
customers dismayed by the closing of Direct To Avionics. And now, repair
shops are speaking up to welcome owners of older aircraft who have been
turned away elsewhere. Lynn Nichols, president of Yingling
Aviation at Wichita Mid-Continent Airport, told AVweb on
Wednesday that airplanes 18 years old and up are welcome to darken his
hangar door anytime. "We believe we can provide them with what is
arguably the best service available," he said. "We have established
maintenance procedures, tooling and expertise working on Cessna single
and twin-engine aircraft, and located across from the factory, so if we
run into an anomaly, Cessnas product support is minutes
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BLAMES CREW FOR PINNACLE AIRLINES CRJ CRASH
The NTSB on
Tuesday blamed the pilots of a Pinnacle Airlines Bombardier
CL-600-2B19 regional jet for the crash that killed them both in October
2004. "This accident was caused by the pilots' inappropriate and
unprofessional behavior," said NTSB Chairman Mark Rosenker in a news
release. "Simply adhering to standard operating procedures and
correctly implementing emergency procedures would have gone a long way
to averting this tragic accident." But a contributing factor, the Board
said, was that the engine cores locked, which prevented at least one
engine from being restarted, and the airplane flight manuals didn't
communicate to pilots the importance of maintaining a minimum airspeed
to keep the engine cores rotating. The Safety Board also recommended
that the FAA should require air carriers to provide their pilots with
opportunities to practice high-altitude stall-recovery techniques in the
INFO: DANGERS OF NOISE-CANCELING (ANR) HEADSETS
The idea is
simple enough: What you don't hear could kill you. The Flight Standards
Service last week released an InFO to alert operators that "noise-canceling"
headsets might be susceptible to "misdetection" and subsequent
electronic attenuation of some things you'd probably rather hear. (Note:
The memo might also pertain to what many pilots refer to as active noise
reduction [ANR] headsets, but that specific verbiage was not used.) The
alert states that the range of frequencies attenuated by a
noise-canceling headset is often proprietary and may not be publicly
available. This makes it "difficult to assess any effects" of
attenuation, particularly as they pertain to things like communications,
abnormal mechanical noises, audible alarms, vibrations, wind noises and
other sounds that might alert an unattenuated observer to impending
doom. For now, rather than regulate, the FAA's solution involves passing
the buck to you. More...
If Brokers Say They Cover the Whole Market, Why
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With GPS available everywhere, cheap and
reliable, do we really still need Loran, the venerable long-range navigation system?
The U.S. Department of Transportation on Monday issued a request for public comment to search for reasons to
continue to maintain the aging system -- or not -- beyond the end of
fiscal year 2007 (Sept. 30). At question is whether Loran should be
decommissioned; maintained as is; or upgraded to be used either as a
back-up or as a complement to GPS. If you have an opinion, DOT wants to
hear from you by February 7. More...
A PLANE, WATHEN FOUNDATION JOIN FORCES
Build A Plane, a
nonprofit group that has donated more than 30 aircraft to schools in the
U.S., has teamed up with the Thomas W. Wathen Foundation in Riverside, Calif., an
aviation-education operation based at Flabob Airport. The new partners
aim to develop world-class aviation education curricula to motivate
students to learn science, technology, engineering and math. "Its
really a dream come true for us," said Lyn Freeman, founder of Build A
Plane. "The goals of the Wathen Foundation are in perfect alignment with
Build A Planes, and I felt this was a once in a lifetime
opportunity." Freeman will oversee the growth of the new aviation
education task force. More...
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Evektor now up to 12 SportStar Flight
FAA will restrict D.C. airspace for State of the Union,
Workers at NetJets won a better contract, Teamsters
The F-35 flew for the second time on Monday...
to represent workers at FAA contract towers...
Diamond's mock-up of
the D-Jet cabin is back on tour...
Aircraft anti-icers contain toxic
additives, study finds...
FAA's Nick Sabatini updates NextGen
airspace plans. More...
It's Not What You Know, but Who You Know that
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DAILY NEWS COVERAGE
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comprehensive, news stories that you've come to expect from AVweb. And
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Pilot Journey Isn't Just for Students &
Instructors; There's Something for Everyone
You know Pilot Journey
's Discovery Flight
converting leads to students. However, all pilots can find something at
: Pilot e-mail accounts, pilot eCards; a pilot
cruise with seminars; AvCareers, where position wanted and positions
available are listed; and much more.
Pilot Journey is the pilot's
AVweb posts audio news on Mondays, plus a new
in-depth interview each Friday. In last Friday's
podcast, you'll find an interview with Professsional Aviation
Maintenance Association president Brian Finnegan. aviation forecaster
Richard Aboulafia. And AVweb's podcast index includes interviews
with aviation forecaster Richard Aboulafia; NORAD; Bill Lear, Jr.; NATA
President Jim Coyne; Eclipse Aviation's Vern Raburn; Honda Aircraft's
Jeffrey Smith; and Cirrus Design cofounder and CEO Alan Klapmeier. In Monday's news
summary, hear about Mooney laying claim to the fastest piston single
with the certification of the Acclaim, Thielert AG's successful year, a
15-year-old who's building his own RV-7A, OP Technologies move to steal
Chelton's experimental EFIS customers who ordered equipment from
now-defunct distributor Direct To Avionics and more. Remember: In
AVweb's podcasts, you'll hear things you won't find anywhere else.
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OF THE WEEK: MILLION AIR KRIC
AVweb's "FBO of the Week"
ribbon goes to Million Air at KRIC in Richmond,
AVweb reader Joe Stubblefield said the facility treated
him like he was royalty.
"After meeting our 172 and picking us up
in a van to drop us at the office only a couple hundred feet away, we
asked for a ride to the museum and were give the crew car -- an S-type
Jaguar. All that and saving the $50 landing fee by getting a little fuel
from them at a really fair price, too. Great folks and service. Made us
feel like royalty among the jets and King Airs."
Keep those nominations
coming. For complete contest rules, click here.
actively seeking out the best FBOs in the country and another one,
submitted by you, will be spotlighted here next Monday!
OF THE WEEK
Each week, we go through dozens (and
sometimes hundreds) of reader-submitted photos and pick the very best to
share with you on Thursday mornings. The top photos are featured on
AVweb's home page, and one photo that stands above the others is awarded
an AVweb baseball cap as our "Picture of the Week." Peter Schultz takes home top honors this week
for a snowy photo that comes not from his home state of Idaho but
from an area near Bermel, Afghanistan. The chopper's crew are members of
the Idaho Army National Guard serving in the area. One of the unabashed
perks of working on "Picture of the Week" is getting to see this kind of
photo those that remind us how much natural beauty and wonder are
to be found in all sorts of places. Factor in the comments and insights
of the AVweb readers who submit photos to our weekly contest, and it's
like having a guided tour of the world show up in our inbox every
Thanks, Peter and everyone else who submits. Keep
photos and comments from your part of the globe, and we'll keep
running 'em here!
Want more? There are over a dozen new
reader-submitted photos waiting for you at AVweb.com today!
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