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Volume 13, Number 8b
February 22, 2007
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.
Top Newsback to top 
Sponsor Announcement

The FAA's new financing proposal may have gotten a cool reception in Congress last week, but that's not daunting FAA Administrator Marion Blakey, who is continuing to push for the plan's acceptance. Speaking before the Royal Aeronautical Society in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, Blakey acknowledged that "a bit of a stick fight" greeted the release of her proposed legislation, but said she's convinced that it's on target and needs to get passed. "The people who have never paid a user fee still don't want to," she said. "If you think that a user fee is troublesome, try an air traffic system that's totally gridlocked. When that happens, the argument about who flies most or who pays what isn't going to matter." More...

Any pilot who's tried to communicate on a busy frequency can appreciate the value of having a datalink option in the cockpit, where controllers can send instructions directly to a computer screen. This week, Europe's airspace system moved a step closer to implementing a universal datalink system, announcing the choice of a contractor to build the infrastructure. The project will be led by a consortium comprising Sita, which is already providing air/ground service to most airlines, and Sofreavia, which provides the hardware. New rules that are expected to be adopted this year will require aircraft that fly in Europe's airspace to be datalink-ready by 2010. More...

Special Sale at Aircraft Spruce on Sigma-Tek Aeon Dry Piston Air Pumps
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News Briefsback to top 

A company in Canada is working on a pair of beefy new single-engine backcountry aircraft that should be certified soon. Expedition Aircraft of Toronto said on Wednesday that both of its multi-mission aircraft, the E350 and the E350XC, have already completed 90 percent of the work required to obtain certification. Both aircraft will be powered by a 315-hp Lycoming IO-580 engine and have a rugged design, with four doors and four seats (fifth seat optional). The E350 has tricycle gear while the E350XC is a taildragger, ready for optional tundra tires or skis. Both aircraft will be available for floatplane conversions. The airplanes will be on display at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh this July, the company said. More...

Veterans who are leaving the service are looking for good jobs, and the aviation companies in Wichita have good jobs in need of ready workers. So this week union leaders and company executives jointly launched the "Hire A Hero" project to entice those vets to come to Wichita and start a training program. "We believe that this program that we are launching ... is truly the answer to many of the problems we seek to resolve," Tom Buffenbarger, president of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, told The Associated Press. More than 225,000 military personnel leave active duty every year, and unemployment among them is twice as high as the general population, according to hiring consultant Dan Caulfield. "They are going to be trainable, drug-free and eager to take the jobs you are offering," Caulfield told the Wichita group. Hire a Hero is a nationwide program managed by the Armed Forces Support Foundation. More...

Prestige Aircraft last week celebrated the first flight of its first U.S.-built copy of the Storm Rally special-light sport aircraft. The Rally is an Italian design now being manufactured in Jackson, Mich. Prestige began with the idea of importing the airplanes, but soon decided that it would be a better idea to just build them here. The high-wing Rally has the biggest cabin in its class, the company says, with gull-type doors and 300-degree visibility. Prestige already has started production of the Rally and plans to start on a second LSA model, the low-wing Century, next month. A third LSA, the SeaStorm amphibian, will be added in the future, but it will require a redesign to meet the weight restrictions of the U.S. sport-aircraft rules. More...

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News Briefsback to top 

General-aviation advocates are not the only ones crying foul when it comes to the airlines' ideas about who should pay for what. While AOPA, NBAA and others last week protested the airlines' claim that GA needs to shoulder a bigger share of the expense for the National Airspace System, this week a California airport agency said the airlines are not paying enough for terminal space. Seven airlines that occupy terminals at Los Angeles International Airport have refused to pay their fair share of the operating costs, according to Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), the city agency that operates LAX. "As a result, much-needed airport improvements have not been made," the agency said in a news release on Tuesday. Further, the airlines want to "continue to force LAWA to subsidize their operations at LAX in order to boost their bottom lines," the agency said. More...

A hunter tramping through a Louisiana swamp last week in search of rabbits stumbled onto a wrecked airplane, half-buried in the muck. "The wings are broken off. The plane burned," Harold Schoeffler of Lafayette told The Advocate. "You can see the path of plane parts where it came through the trees." Schoeffler poked around a bit, recorded the GPS coordinates of the site and reported his find to the NTSB. He didn't find any sign of human remains, and estimated the wreck at about 30 years old. It was a white Cessna 180 with pontoon floats, he said, but he couldn't find any registration number or other identifying marks. The NTSB said no lost airplanes had been reported in the area, which led to speculation that the 180 may have been on an illicit mission, perhaps smuggling drugs. More...

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News Briefsback to top 

Eclipse Aviation will build a new 41,585-square-foot, two-story facility at the Double Eagle II Airport, on the west side of Albuquerque, the company said Tuesday. Once it's up and running by the end of this year, the new facility will house about 100 workers in a variety of roles, including training, flight support and administrative support. About half will be existing employees moved from the company's present facility, while the rest will be new hires. Eclipse now operates out of rented facilities at Albuquerque International Sunport, but plans to eventually build a complete campus of its own at the Double Eagle site, where the company owns 150 acres bordering the airport's technology park. More...

Cirrus Design on Monday announced that it delivered 721 airplanes last year, a 20-percent jump compared with the previous year. This total includes 565 copies of the SR22, making that model the best-selling single-engine airplane in the world. The world beyond North America seems to be ready for more GA airplanes, and Cirrus has been making the most of that growth potential. "Cirrus has continued to make great strides in opening new international markets; in fact 25 percent of our deliveries were to these markets," said Cirrus spokesman John Bingham. Cirrus also started a new Cirrus Certified program last year, which factory-certifies used airplanes for resale. That program sold 30 airplanes in the last few months of the year. More...

Chicago-Based JA Air Center Announces Expansion Plans
JA Air Center is proud to announce a new 108,000-square-foot facility to be built at Chicagoland's Aurora Airport (KARR). Slated to open in 2008, the $20M expansion project includes hangar space to fit Gulfstream 550-size aircraft, a roomy FBO terminal, rental space for aviation tenants, and a spacious ramp. JA Air Center is a Part 145 Repair Station and also operates the FBO at nearby DeKalb Airport (KDKB). Call (800) 323-5966 or click here for more information.
News Briefsback to top 

The NTSB has brought in a glass specialist to try to figure out why 14 airplane windshields cracked during an hour-and-a-half at Denver International Airport last Friday afternoon. "We believe it is very remarkable to have this number of events in the same area at the same time," FAA spokesman Allen Kenitzer told The Denver Channel. Some of the aircraft were taking off, some were landing and some were parked at various locations on the airfield. Weather at the time was variable, with temperature changes, some snow and high winds gusting over 50 mph, the Denver Post reported. However, no damage was found to airframes, which seems to rule out windborne debris as the culprit. "It's baffling," DIA spokesman Chuck Cannon told The Denver Channel. More...

Minnesota is a big, spread-out state, and Democratic Rep. Collin Peterson's district covers 35 counties. He's found his Beech Bonanza beats out any other way to travel, but new ethics rules have left him grounded. "It's a pretty stupid deal," Peterson, 62, told the Minneapolis-St. Paul Star-Tribune. House officials have said the new rules are intended to limit the use of private jets by members of Congress, but don't apply to members who fly their own airplanes. However, Peterson said the Ethics Committee has a different interpretation, and until it can all be ironed out he can't fly his Bonanza. "They didn't know anything about airplanes, the people who were writing this [new legislation], and they didn't talk to me," Peterson told the newspaper. More...

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News In Briefback to top 

Columbia offers online "white papers" about aircraft systems...
"Doc," the B-29 Superfortress, was moved out its hangar this week...
Golden Knights will salute Project Mercury at the World Space Expo...
A Minn. airline pilot won a $25,000 jackpot two days in a row...
FAA's Bobby Sturgell will serve as Acting COO of the ATO...
Ohio TV news shows impact of FAA rule changes on charity flights…
XM and Sirius satellite radio companies to merge. More...

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. What have you heard? More...

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In Monday's AVwebFlash, we incorrectly identified the source of a story on the Alaska Capstone program. The story originated with the Alaska Journal of Commerce, not the Business Journal of Alaska as stated. We apologize for any confusion.

Also in Monday's issue, a photo in the lighting story was inadvertently published without permission of copyright owner XeVision. We apologize for the oversight. More...

Merge the Real and Virtual Worlds, and Have Fun Learning
Using ASA's Microsoft® Flight Simulator as a Training Aid book, student pilots can enhance book-learning, review concepts and skills, and prepare for lessons. Certificated pilots can use the book to complement real-world flying with hours in virtual skies. Flight Instructors will discover new ways to use Flight Simulator as a ground-teaching tool and in pre- and post-flight briefings. Go online for complete details.
New On AVwebback to top 

QUIZ #117


Interactive Quiz #117: Why Make Bad Landings?
Would you rather bounce in a quiz or on real pavement? Let's turn base leg to final to see how well you recognize a bum approach.

AVweb.com, the world’s best Web site for general aviation news and information, is now even better thanks to a redesigned home page. The revamped home page has more content, easier navigation, a more user-friendly podcast interface and better graphics to complement AVweb's real-time general aviation news, incisive commentary and unparalleled feature reporting. More...

It's Not What You Know, but Who You Know that Can Save You Money!
Avionics. Next to your airframe and engine(s), avionics are the most expensive items you will purchase for your aircraft. Don't spend more than you need to! Before you buy anywhere else, call Bennett Avionics at (800) 653-7295, or visit online. It's not rocket science, just good business!
AVweb Audio News -- Are You Listening?back to top 

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 Cliff Gaston, manager of a B-29 restoration program. And AVweb's podcast index includes interviews with NBAA's Ed Bolen; Alaska pilot Cable Wells; NATCA's Paul Rinaldi; AOPA's Kathleen Vascouselos; Maule Air's Mikel Boorom; Professsional Aviation Maintenance Association president Brian Finnegan; aviation forecaster Richard Aboulafia; NORAD; Bill Lear, Jr.; NATA President Jim Coyne; and Eclipse Aviation's Vern Raburn. In Monday's podcast, AVweb interviews EAA's Earl Lawrence about how the new air-tour rule will affect the Young Eagles program. Remember: In AVweb's podcasts, you'll hear things you won't find anywhere else.

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WingX 2.0 Now Available — With NACO Approach Charts, SmartTaxi™, Online Weather, and Podcasts!
Hilton Software LLC has just released WingX 2.0 for the Pocket PC — now with approach charts, weather images, podcasts, N-number search, helicopter W&B, and SmartTaxi™ to help prevent runway incursions. Of course, this is in addition to WingX's great Weight and Balance, Route Planning, FARs, color-coded weather reports, and superb E6B capabilities. Excellent A/FD with auto-dial. WingX is now GPS-enabled! Learn more and download WingX at HiltonSoftware.com.
Question Of The Weekback to top 

If the FAA's new funding proposal were enacted, increasing avgas taxes from 17.4¢ to 70.1¢ per gallon, how would it affect your GA flying activity? Tell us!

Plus: Results of last week's question on the audible evidence of the coming controller crisis. More...

Kevin Garrison's New Book Now Available!
Clear Left, I'll Have the Chicken (An Airline Captain Looks at Life) is a collection of columns, humor pieces, satires, piloting advice, and memories from 26 years of airline flying. Now available online.
FBO Of The Weekback to top 


AVweb's "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to City of Wauchula at KCHN in Wauchula, Fla.

AVweb reader Jerry Carbaugh said the personnel at the city-run facility focus on pleasing customers.

"The folks running the FBO are great. They have the lowest fuel cost around and believe in satisfying the customer."

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!


Pictures Of The Weekback to top 

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."

Terry Bock of Encinitas, California capped off a 29-year career as a commercial pilot on February 10, arriving at Philadelphia's KPHL underneath rainbows and beautiful skies. Terry's kicking off retirement in style, taking the top spot in week where "POTW" submissions numbered nearly 200! (After looking at the first hundred photos, we've got more stellar shots that we can possibly size and post before press time, so we may end up saving a few of the best for next week — unless, of course, you decide to deluge us with photos next week, too, which would be a good problem to have!) More...

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 Contributing Editor Mary Grady (bio).

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