AVwebFlash Complete Issue: Volume 13, Number 28b

July 12, 2007

By The AVweb Editorial Staff
 
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Five Killed In Florida When Cessna 310 Hits Houses

Two days after a Cessna 310 crashed into an Orlando, Fla. neighborhood, investigators were probing the possibility that an in-flight fire caused the crash. As of late Wednesday, the NTSB said it has thus far found no clear indications of mechanical problem with the aircraft, but air traffic controllers told investigators that the pilot reported smoke in the cockpit and declared an emergency. The aircraft left Daytona on Tuesday at about 8:35 a.m. and crashed just minutes later, killing both people on board and an adult and two children on the ground. Three other people were seriously burned in fires that affected nearby houses. The pilot, who had departed from Daytona Beach and was headed for Orlando, reported smoke in the cockpit, declared an emergency, and was attempting to land at Sanford Airport when the crash occurred about a mile or two north of the runway, according to reports from the NTSB and Associated Press. Dr. Bruce Kennedy, 54, of Daytona Beach, Fla., husband of a NASCAR official, and Michael Klemm, 56, a pilot for NASCAR Aviation, were on board. The victims on the ground were identified as law student Janise Joseph-Woodard, 24; her 6-month-old son; and their four-year-old neighbor, Gabriela Dechat, according to the NTSB. The little girl's parents, Milagros Dechat, 33, and Peter Dechat, 36, were seriously injured, in addition to a 10-year-old boy, whose name has not been released. Ryan Cooper, a firefighter who lives nearby, was off duty on Tuesday and was in the driveway with his wife when he saw the Cessna crash into two houses and start an intense fire. He grabbed his gear and entered both houses, rescuing at least two of the victims.

During a media briefing on Wednesday afternoon, NTSB Vice Chairman Robert Sumwalt said, "A cursory examination of the engines and the propeller assemblies has revealed no obvious mechanical anomalies or deficiencies. We are conducting a slow, detailed examination of the flight controls." He noted that all major aircraft components have been accounted for at the crash scene, and "the engines have been removed from the site and taken to a facility at the Sanford Airport and during the next few days they will undergo a detailed examination." According to Sumwalt, "At this time, there is no obvious sign of what may have caused possible in-flight smoke or fire. However, this is the very beginning of the investigation."

In-Flight Fire: What To Do?

Tuesday morning's fatal crash of a Cessna 310 in Sanford, Fla., soon after the pilot reported smoke in the cockpit, should be a reminder to pilots of how fast smoke and fire can travel in an airplane. According to a January 2006 article in AVweb sister publication Aviation Safety, "an in-flight fire is a bona fide emergency … [and] you could have a matter of seconds before the fire incapacitates you or causes catastrophic engine or airframe failure, or more than enough time to find the nearest airport and land." In any case, time is of the essence during an in-flight fire since "the elapsed time between the first indication of a hidden fire and the point at which an aircraft is catastrophically uncontrollable has ranged between seven and 35 minutes, with an average of 20 minutes," according to a study referenced in the story. Possible indications of an in-flight fire are odor, smoke, component failure or uncommanded operation, sudden drop in fuel flow on fuel-injected engines, tripped breakers, hot spots, and/or electromagnetic interference. The article also gives some sage advice on what to do if an in-flight fire should strike your airplane.

Job one is that "you've got to get the airplane down and stopped so you can get out of it. There's little choice." On the way down, there are a few things mentioned in the article that you can do to try to extinguish or slow the fire: "If you think that the fire is airframe or engine related, turn off the fuel; if it is electrical, then turn off the master and alternator switch; if flames are visible, fight the fire immediately; if they aren't, do everything you can to find the source." Other bits of advice: always know where your fire extinguisher is located, don't reset popped circuit breakers, never ignore a strange odor or smoke, and, most important, "Fly the airplane. Land. No amount of fire extinguishing agent will help you find a runway, or a clearing." The Aviation Safety story recommends that a Class A/B/C fire extinguisher be carried aboard every airplane and that pilots reacquaint themselves with FAA Advisory Circular AC 20-42C, "Hand Fire Extinguishers for Use in Aircraft." An optional, but suggested, addition are smoke hoods, which have a multi-year shelf life and can buy "about 15 minutes of time," since they convert poisonous carbon monoxide to carbon dioxide, in addition to keeping smoke out of your eyes.

 
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Cessna To Proceed With LSA Program

Cessna Aircraft on Tuesday greenlighted its light sport aircraft (LSA) program and said it plans to unveil a full-scale mock-up and program details at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis., later this month. (Watch AVweb's Cessna LSA video from Sun 'n Fun.) The move to commit to the project comes just shy of a year after Cessna publicly announced it was working on an LSA concept airplane at AirVenture 2006. "After conducting extensive market research, it is clear to us there is a great need for this aircraft as we strive to drive down the cost of flying and learning to fly," said Cessna Chairman, President and CEO Jack Pelton. "We believe this aircraft will make a major contribution to stimulating new pilot starts and will encourage already-licensed pilots to continue to fly because it will be more affordable." In making the announcement, the Cessna chief noted: "We have developed a business case that makes sense; we have incorporated several innovative features into the design; and we believe we can deliver the finest aircraft in the category, combined with our extensive customer service, flight training and distribution networks, at an attractive price." Details of the program will be announced at a press conference during the EAA show, and the general public will be able to garner more information about Cessna's LSA during an AirVenture forum to be held Monday, July 23 from 1:00 to 2:15 p.m. at the Honda Forum, Pavilion 7.

New LSAs Could Break Price Barrier

Many potential buyers of light sport aircraft have been disappointed that these "entry-level" airplanes have gone on the market for $100,000 and up. But that could be changing soon, says Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association (LAMA) Chairman Dan Johnson. He expects that at least two ultralight manufacturers will seek LSA approval for their designs by the end of this year, and those aircraft would likely sell for about $50,000 or less. CGS Aviation, which builds the Hawk, and M-Squared Aviation of Alabama, have said they will enter the LSA market, Johnson noted. What about the effect of Cessna's announcement on Tuesday that it will produce an LSA? "No surprise there," Johnson said. Most observers have been expecting that it would for some time. "For the top five or 10 LSA manufacturers, I think they will see this as a boost. It legitimizes and validates the LSA concept. It won't hurt them, and may help them sell more airplanes," he said. However, other manufacturers who are not yet well-established, or new players thinking of entering the market, might worry that Cessna will dominate the market, he said. In other LSA news, Johnson pointed out that Sun 'n Fun decided just this week that they will create an LSA Mall just inside the entrance of next year's show. At EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis., later this month, the LSA Mall will return to its spot just south of Aeroshell Square for the third year in a row.

Cessna Expands LSA Presence With Sport Expo Sponsorship

The US Sport Aviation Expo, which is held annually in Sebring, Fla., announced on Wednesday that Cessna Aircraft Co. has agreed to be the sponsor of Expo 2008, to be held January 17 to 20. "We are extremely proud to have Cessna, the primary manufacturer in the general aviation community, as our prime sponsor," said Robert Wood, chairman of the the Sebring show. "We have worked for nearly four years to have our event recognized as the stellar event for LSA. Having Cessna agree to be named as our sponsor certainly adds credibility to our effort. We are proud to be associated with an aviation manufacturer of such reputation.” Cessna also announced this week that it will manufacture a light sport aircraft, with more details to come at EAA AirVenture in less than two weeks. "Cessna's announcement provides concrete evidence that the aviation community considers light sport aircraft to be of critical importance to the future of general aviation," said the Sebring news release.

 
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Florida Regional Airline Faces VLJ Competition

Gulfstream International, a regional airline based in Florida with no affiliation with business aircraft maker Gulfstream Aerospace, operates a fleet of Embraer and Beech twin turboprops in scheduled airline service throughout the Sunshine State. But with DayJet about to debut its Eclipse 500 air-taxi service on the same turf, Gulfstream is worried that it will lose traffic, Aviation Week reported on Wednesday. DayJet plans to fly Eclipse 500 very light jets from five bases in Florida, with on-demand, per-seat fares of $1 to $4 per mile. According to an initial public offering statement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission late last week, Gulfstream International warned potential investors that if DayJet or similar outfits are successful, they could drain off passengers and revenues. Start-up air-taxi DayJet plans to begin operations to three Florida cities now served by Gulfstream -- Gainesville, Tallahassee and Pensacola -- as well as to Lakeland and Boca Raton. DayJet will soon have 10 Eclipse 500s in its fleet and has said that service will begin later this or early next month. Ed Iacobucci, founder and CEO of DayJet, has previously noted that his company will not so much compete with those flying the airlines as with those making time-consuming trips by car.

Linear Air To Launch Eclipse VLJ Air-Taxi Service

Linear Air of Bedford, Mass., has been proving for several years that its air-taxi concept is viable, flying a fleet of Cessna Grand Caravans while it waited for delivery of its Eclipse 500 very light jets. The wait is over, as the company's first Eclipse jet is scheduled to arrive later this week and enter service soon after. Linear Air said it will be the first company to operate an Eclipse 500 jet in an air-taxi service, though DayJet plans to start air-taxi service in Florida with the small jets this month, too. "The revolutionary nature of the Eclipse 500 clearly captures the imagination," said Linear President and CEO Air William Herp. "Our team couldn’t be more excited to be first to offer the Eclipse to the traveling public." The company has ordered 30 of the Pratt & Whitney Canada PW610F-powered twinjets, which are scheduled for delivery over the next two years. Linear Air currently operates the largest fleet of executive Cessna Grand Caravans in the U.S., with aircraft based at Boston Hanscom Field; Westchester County Airport in White Plains, N.Y.; Manassas (Va.) Regional Airport; and seasonally in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The company provides on-demand air-taxi service to more than 500 cities in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Canada and Caribbean. On summer weekends, the company offers per-seat scheduled charter service to Nantucket from Hanscom Field and from Manassas to the Carolina Outer Banks.

Per-Seat Air Taxi To Use Existing Bizjet Fleet

Critics of the planned per-seat air taxi operators have long complained that if the concept was viable then why not use existing business jets instead of an unproven very light jet for the service. Alfred Rapetti, a former investor in fractional provider Avantair, has listened and is taking on that challenge. Last Thursday he formally launched BusinessJetSEATS to offer "by-the-seat private charter service" from community airports using the existing 2,000-strong jet charter fleet in partnership with CharterX. In an interview with AVweb, Rapetti said his per-seat, air-taxi service -- which is available now in 215 markets in the U.S. -- costs half as much as whole airplane charter and has all-inclusive pricing and no membership fees. BusinessJetSEATS has a licensing agreement with start-up light jet air-taxi firm Earthjet to use its proprietary back-end scheduling and front-end flight-booking systems. Rapetti said his company's low price does not come from squeezing the charter operators; instead it allows charter operators to make more profit by aggregating seats offered at a discount compared with chartering the whole airplane to one customer. "We are committed to making the operator successful which is critical in today’s market where commoditization is happening and there’s a rush to the bottom regarding charter pricing, he concludes. "BJSI adds value by delivering customers and eliminating waste by filling empty seats. This is a true win-win."

 
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Lawn Chair Balloonist: Idaho Or Bust

Kent Couch, owner of the Stop and Go Mini-Mart in Bend, Ore., on Saturday strapped himself into lawn chair with 105 balloons, four-foot-round multi-colored balloons, hoping to fly all the way to Idaho. His onboard equipment included an altimeter, handheld GPS, two-way radio, camcorder and cellphone. Couch's flying lawn chair also sported four gallon-size plastic bags filled with water for ballast. Couch came short of his goal, landing south of La Grande, Ore., after a nearly nine-hour trip in the homemade balloon, which flew at about 13,000 feet. What possessed him to do the flight? "When you're a little kid and you're holding a helium balloon, it has to cross your mind," he told the Bend Bulletin. "When you're laying in the grass on a summer day, and you see the clouds, you wish you could jump on them. This is as close as you can come to jumping on them. It's just like that." According to the newspaper, this was Couch's second lawn chair balloon flight. In September, he reached 15,000 feet on a six-hour trip, but he used a BB gun to pop the balloons and went into a rapid descent. Fortunately, he parachuted to safety. This time Couch popped just enough balloons to allow for a more controlled descent, but after he set foot back on the ground his chariot -- lawn chair, gear and balloons alike -- were swept into the air by the wind. He said he's contemplating a third lawn-chair flight, though only if his wife will allow it. (Photo: Eric Schilling)

Columbia Offers "Weeping" Anti-Ice System

Columbia Aircraft is ready to offer optional TKS anti-ice and de-ice "weeping wing" protection for its line of single-engine piston aircraft, the company said on Monday. The TKS system works by exuding a measured amount of glycol-based fluid through microscopic holes in wing leading edges. A separate mechanism disperses the fluid for the prop. The system will be offered as an option on new aircraft and as a retrofit upgrade on all Columbia 400s and 350s and soon the 300s, according to Kevin Hawley, president of AS&T, which manufactures the TKS system. Columbia also offers all-electric E-Vade anti-icing. "Columbia likes to provide customers a choice and TKS is a brand that consumer are familiar with and respect," said Columbia Vice President of Sales and Marketing Randy Bolinger. Owners who want the TKS retrofit work can have it done at AS&T facilities in Bend, Ore., or Salina, Kan. TKS systems are flying on more than 4,000 aircraft, from single-engine pistons to midsize business jets. Basic cost of the Columbia after-market TKS installation is $27,500. Both TKS and Columbia will display a Columbia 400 equipped with the system at their exhibits at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis., in less than two weeks.

 

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Sean Tucker And Team To Premiere New Show At Oshkosh

Sean D. Tucker will be at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis., later this month flying his spectacular aerobatic routine in the Oracle Challenger biplane, but he will also be debuting the world premiere of a new project, called The Collaborators, with four airplanes flying together. The show will include Tucker in the Challenger, Bill Stein flying an Edge 540 and Eric Tucker (Sean's son) and Ben Freelove in Extra 300Ls. "We're flying all different airplanes together, and we will be doing everything we can to entertain the crowd," Stein told AVweb on Wednesday. "We'll have nonstop action, formation aerobatics, solo maneuvers, in trail and a bunch of us in the box at once, mixing it up." The Collaborators are in Nebraska all this week, practicing four times a day to hone their skills. They are scheduled to fly in the afternoon airshows at Oshkosh on Wednesday, July 25 and Friday, July 27.

MedAire Scales Big-Jet Service To Fit VLJs

Q, an air-taxi service owned by North American Jet Charter of Illinois, will be the first operator to offer MedAire service aboard a fleet of Eclipse 500 very light jets, the companies announced on Wednesday. Each of the Q Eclipse jets will carry a MedAire first-aid kit specially designed to fit the VLJ's three-passenger, two-pilot design. Also included is a Heartsine Samaritan Pad automated external defibrillator, and pilots will be trained in CPR and use of the defibrillator. "We expect other air taxi operators around the country will follow our lead in this safety arena," said Kenneth Ross, president of North American Jet Charter Group. Pilots also have 24-hour access to emergency physicians, trained nurses and communication specialists working at MedAire's MedLink Global Response Center in Tempe, Ariz.

 
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On The Fly

The Spaceship Co. has chosen a Pratt & Whitney Canada jet engines to power White Knight II, the carrier airplane that will launch Spaceship Two to carry tourists into space for Virgin Galactic...

Orion Sport Aircraft, of Oshkosh, has been named a dealer for REMOS Aircraft, a German manufacturer of all-composite light sport aircraft...

SportairUSA will preview a cabin model of the TL 3000 Sirius at EAA AirVenture. The Sirius is a high-wing version of the StingSport SLSA, manufactured in the Czech Republic...

AOPA has asked the FCC to ensure that aviation weather services are protected if satellite radio providers merge...

The Army has awarded $6 million to a Virginia company to work on a hydrogen propulsion system for an unmanned aircraft...

General aviation accidents in Australia have declined over the last five years, though the fatal accident rate for fixed-wing aircraft has remained about the same, according to a new report released by Australia's Transport Safety Bureau...

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Two B-1 “Lancer” bombers will perform fly-bys at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh on Sunday, July 29, to begin the airshow at 2 p.m.

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AVweb Audio News

AVweb posts audio news on Mondays, plus a new in-depth interview each Friday. In last Friday's podcast, you'll hear you'll hear Dick Knapinski give a preview of EAA AirVenture 2007. And AVweb's podcast index includes interviews with AOPA's Andrew Cebula; Cirrus Design's Alan Klapmeier; NBAA's Harry Houkes; Reason Foundation's Robert Poole; SATSair's Sheldon Early; Epic Aircraft's Rick Schrameck; AOPA's Randy Kenagy; Eclipse Aviation's Vern Raburn; Xwind's Brad Whitsitt; BoGo Light's Mark Bent; DayJet's Ed Iacobucci; Pogo Jet's Cameron Burr; Teal Group's Richard Aboulafia; Air Journey's Thierry Pouille; Epic Aircraft's Rick Schrameck; Cessna's Jack Pelton; Embraer's Ernest Edwards and LAMA's Dan Johnson. In Monday's podcast, hear Alfred Repetti of BusinessJetSEATS and Earthjet's Dean Rotchin talk about their partnership to deliver per-seat air taxi service using the existing bizjet fleet. Remember: In AVweb's podcasts, you'll hear things you won't find anywhere else.

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Question of the Week: The End of FSS?

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PREVIOUS RESULTS ***

Last week, we decided to put on an impromptu beauty contest among the new breed of very light jets/personal jets/sport little fast-moving numbers that we all wish we could stock a hangar with.

The results were tremendous, bringing in enough traffic to temporarily break our polling module on Tuesday afternoon.  Fortunately, our server team was able to decode the mangled results and get us back up and running in short order.

Cornering one in every four votes, the Diamond D-Jet took home the silver tiara in our pageant.  Cirrus's hot new The-Jet was a close runner-up, barely edging out ATG's Javelin, the HondaJet, and the Cessna Mustang for the honor.

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THIS WEEK'S QUESTION ***

Given the Lockheed Martin-run Flight Service Stations' modernization snafus, long telephone holding times, and the erosion of specialists' knowledge of local areas due to facility consolidation, one AVweb reader has suggested that the FAA should just shut down FSS completely since DUATS provides the same service.

Should the FAA eliminate FSS and require pilots to obtain flight briefings and file flight plans via the computer-based DUATS system?  Click here to answer.


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FBO Of The Week: Atlantic Aviation KISM

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AVweb's "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Atlantic Aviation at KISM in Kissimmee, Florida.

AVweb readers (and Cessna Pilot Society members) Dave Kalwishky, Greg Wright, Gene Cartier, Gilberto Velez-Domenech, Ray Mozingo and Keith Dorken said the facility's staff rose to the occasion during a fly-in for their annual get-together.

"We had a group fly-in to ISM and we used this FBO. They did a great job of parking the 25 of us, brought us ice cold bottled water when we came in and gave us rides on golf cart from our plane to the FBO," noted Kalwishky. Velez-Domenech added, "Each and every person in the staff made me feel like I was their most important customer. They were efficient, courteous, friendly and always had a smile on their faces."

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!

 
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Picture of the Week: AVweb's Flying Photography Showcase

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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."  Want to see your photo on AVweb.com?  Click here to submit it to our weekly contest.

*** THIS WEEK'S WINNERS ***

Ah, summertime.  We hope everyone's enjoying the longer days and the fresh air — since you've apparently lost interest in taking photos and sending them in for us to ogle!  We know, we know — photo submissions always drop during the summer, and with so many high-quality shots finding their way into our contest these days, we really don't have a right to complain.  But we do work in tiny little offices reading press releases and checking HTML all day.  Your photos are the windows into real life that spark our imaginations and let us tell the boss "we're working" when really we're just arguing over which paint job would be cooler if we had a shiny new personal jet.  We realize everyone's busy (and frankly, with AirVenture coming up, now's a good time to get a few less "POTW" contenders in the submission box), but don't forget about us when the show's done.  We genuinely miss the flood of photos and are looking forward to seeing more in August.

Enough begging!  Time to make with the congratulations, which go this week to Ric Lee of Sandy, Utah.

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Yosemite Flight

Ric Lee of Sandy, Utah treats us to what may be the first glider photo to be named an AVweb "Pic of the Week."  The incredible scenery here is from Glacier Point in California's Yosemite Valley.

(If you compulsively look for similarities among our photo submissions — as we do — take note of the orange deco on the glider.  There was a lot of orange among this week's submissions.)

 

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copyright © Larry Newman
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Rainbows Land at the Airpark

Sometimes we leave the final "POTW" selection to Lady Luck, as was the case this week.  We simply couldn't decide between Ric Lee's glider photo and this breath-taking (and very orange) rainbow from Larry Newman of Oro Valley, Arizona.

Our shiny quarter seemed to prefer Ric's pic, but we'll be sending Larry an official AVweb cap as well.  (We'll bill Lady Luck for the extra postage and hope she ponies up.)

 

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Used with permission of Michael Shoup

Father's Day Co-Pilot

Michael Shoup of Lake Havasu City, Arizona delivers this week's study in light, shadow, and orange.

 

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Used with permission of Joe Budge

Mountain Home

Lest we think everyone is in the throes of summer sun, Joe Budge of Annapolis, Maryland sends in this photo of "two Beavers on the ice in the Sheldon Amphitheater at the base of Mt. McKinley, photographed two weeks ago on a trip there."

Brr.

 

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Used with permission of Beaux Graham

Fly Now 'Cause It Could Rain Soon!

Beaux Graham of Cedar Crest, Texas sees us off this week with a preview of what we can expect at AirVenture (courtesy of last year's show).  Beaux writes:

Gene Smith of Valley Engineering/Culver Props taxis out for an early evening flight in the prototype Back Yard Flyer at the ultralight field during Oshkosh 2005.


Remember:  You'll find more reader-submitted photos in the "POTW" slideshow on AVweb's home page.  Go on — click through!

To enter next week's contest, click here.

A quick note for submitters:  If you've got several photos that you feel are "POTW" material, your best bet is to submit them one-a-week!  That gives your photos a greater chance of seeing print on AVweb, and it makes the selection process a little easier on us, too.  ;)

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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Meet the AVwebFlash Team

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) and Editor In Chief Chad Trautvetter.

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