AVwebFlash - Volume 13, Number 33b

August 16, 2007

By The AVweb Editorial Staff
 
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Garmin G1000 Problem Affects GA Deliveries

A problem with a component of the Garmin G1000 glass panel, a popular choice for avionics in many general aviation aircraft, has stalled production and delayed deliveries at factories around the country as Garmin searches for a fix. The problem stems from a sudden increase in failure rates in recent flight tests of new GRS 77 AHRS (Attitude Heading Reference System) units used in G1000 installations, Garmin said on Tuesday. A component failure in the GRS 77 results in a loss of attitude information on the primary flight display. "After communication with Garmin's OEM partners and the FAA, it was determined that in all G1000 installations, continued safe flight can be conducted with the stand-by attitude indicator and other available instruments," the company said in a statement. "If pilots should experience a failure of the GRS 77 AHRS, they should follow standard procedures and refer to the standby attitude indicator." Garmin spokeswoman Jessica Myers told AVweb that the problem does not need to ground any airplanes. "We have not placed any limitations on operation of the aircraft," she said on Tuesday evening. "Day VFR, night VFR, day IFR, night IFR" all are unrestricted, she said. "We are working as quickly as possible to determine the cause of the problem and what the fix will be," she said. "But I do not have a time frame." A service advisory is being prepared, the company said. The glitch has occurred only in G1000 primary flight displays manufactured on or after May 1, 2007.

Columbia Lays Off 300, Cites Garmin G1000 Issue

At Columbia Aircraft in Bend, Ore., the company announced on Monday that it would halt its production line and lay off about 300 workers until problems with Garmin G1000s could be resolved. Although Garmin says the AHRS problem does not require limitations on use of the aircraft, Columbia spokesman Randy Bolinger told AVweb that, nonetheless, "the FAA will not allow us to complete Certificates of Airworthiness with a known defect. The FAA will allow us to certify the aircraft already on the assembly line for VFR only." Columbia said in its statement that the production line will "grind to a halt" until a fix is found and parts shipments are restored. "This latest supplier-driven interruption is very frustrating," said Columbia President Wan Majid. "We simply cannot continue to complete and deliver new aircraft without the functionality and reliability that customers demand. Unfortunately, this means that we have no alternative but to furlough portions of our workforce until the issue is resolved."

Garmin Snafu Also Affects Other Airframers

At Cessna Aircraft in Wichita, Kan., production has continued despite the G1000 problems, Director of Corporate Communications Doug Oliver told AVweb on Tuesday. "We anticipate a resolution from Garmin literally any minute," he said. However, deliveries of single-engine piston aircraft are suspended until the issue is resolved. "Mustang deliveries were originally suspended as well," Oliver said, "but due to its lower production rate its avionics systems were installed some time ago, before the suspect batch was produced. This has, of course, been confirmed through testing and approved by the FAA." Oliver said he doesn't anticipate any impact on production at Cessna. At Diamond Aircraft, spokeswoman Heike Larson told AVweb that production will continue. "We view this as a mere blip," she said. "We're not stopping production, and we have inventory on hand with unaffected units to complete current customer deliveries." Garmin is being "very proactive" about the problem, she said, but it's possible that "customer deliveries might be affected by a week or two" before all is back to normal. At Hawker Beechcraft, spokesman Mike Turner said the problem has "minimal" impact. Deliveries of Beechcraft G36 Bonanzas and G58 Barons are on hold for now, but production is not affected, he said. At Mooney Aircraft in Texas, spokesman Dave Franson said the interruption of G1000 deliveries will have little immediate affect. "We have inspected the G1000 components we have on hand and believe that we have a sufficient quantity of acceptable units to sustain our current delivery schedule for approximately two weeks," Franson said. "We will continue to work closely with Garmin during this situation and will keep our customers advised through direct communications and updates on our Web site."

 
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Chicago Firm First With Part 135 Eclipse VLJ

North American Jet Charter Group at Chicago Executive Airport in Wheeling, Ill., on Tuesday received FAA approval as the first U.S. Part 135 very light jet (VLJ) operator using an Eclipse 500. Operations are expected to begin Wednesday under the company moniker “Q,” for Quintessential Traveler service that offers an air limo at half the traditional charter rate, according to North American Jet. "Today begins a new chapter in aviation history," said North American Jet Charter Group President Ken Ross. "With the operating efficiency of a VLJ like the Eclipse, the flexibility and productivity benefits previously available only to company presidents and CEOs are now available to virtually any business traveler." Pricing has initially been based on one-way fares with no daily minimums for aircraft usage or overnight charges. North American Jet claims that up to three travelers will enjoy all the benefits of first-class travel on their Eclipse 500s for about the same rate as a one-way first-class airline ticket. Q service will eventually be expanded to offer a wide range of travel services from ground travel to lodging and entertainment venues. North American Jet expects its Eclipse 500 fleet to expand to more than six of the VLJs by year-end, with projected growth to more than 20 aircraft by the end of next year.

Washington ADIZ "Speed Ring" Is Confusing, Says AOPA

Pilots using certain GPS receivers to navigate the complex airspace around Washington, D.C., have been receiving images that make the airspace look even more confusing than it is, AOPA said this week. A new VFR speed-limitation ring, with a radius of 60 nm around the Washington, D.C., Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ), is set to become active as of Aug. 30. But the speed zone is already being depicted on some in-flight displays with graphics similar to that of a temporary flight restriction (TFR), AOPA said. The association has contacted Garmin, Honeywell and Avidyne about the problem and is working to have the speed-ring depiction removed until the zone becomes active. "The speed ring is not a TFR," said Melissa Rudinger, AOPA vice president of regulatory affairs. "It simply limits VFR aircraft to 230 knots, and that must be made clear on cockpit displays. AOPA is also working with the FAA, GPS manufacturers and data vendors to create a standard depiction for the speed ring that does not resemble [the graphic depiction] used for TFRs."

 
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Spectrum Upgrades S-33, Accelerates S-40 Schedule

The S-33 Independence very light jet, under development by Spectrum Aeronautical, will be powered by a Williams International FJ33-4A-19 engine instead of the previously planned FJ33-4A-15, the company said on Monday. "This will give the jet a substantial step up in both thrust and efficiency," said Spectrum Chairman Linden Blue. "The Independence already had the highest thrust-to-weight ratio of any business jet, and now it's even better." The bigger engine is also more fuel efficient, he said. According to Blue, the company will accelerate the FAA type certification program for its new midsize jet, the S-40 Freedom. As such, the Freedom's schedule has been moved up about a year. "To do this requires a shift in priorities, making the Freedom our primary focus for the time being," he said. The current plan is to certify the nine-seat Freedom in 2009, then certify the more powerful version of the eight-place Independence in 2010 instead of 2009 as originally planned. The powerplant upgrade and other design improvements allow Spectrum to increase the speed, range and cabin size of the S-33, the company said. The cabin diameter will increase to 60 inches. The jet's speed will increase to more than 430 KTAS.

FAA Reminds Pilots: Know The Taxi Rules

Runway incursions continue to rank among the most persistent hazards in civil aviation, the FAA says, and to increase awareness the agency has published an InFO, or Information for Flight Operators, alert. Awareness of pertinent FAA regulations and a clear understanding of every taxi clearance are essential defenses for pilots against incursions, the FAA alert says. For example, FAA regulations state that clearance to "taxi to" the takeoff runway is not a clearance to cross that runway. Other relevant regulations are reviewed in the InFO alert. The FAA suggests that pilots and instructors should be sure that they clearly understand regulations regarding taxi clearances and the meaning of taxi clearances issued by ground controllers. Further, they should understand the meaning of signs, markings and lighting such as runway guard lights ("wig-wag lights") designed to alert pilots that they are approaching an active runway. And, finally, they should understand that a pilot can call upon ground controllers for help before taxiing or at any time while taxiing.

 

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NASA Awards "Personal Air Vehicle" Prizes

NASA over the weekend awarded $250,000 to participants in the Personal Air Vehicle competition, which promotes the use of personal aircraft for fast, safe, efficient, affordable, environmentally friendly and comfortable on-demand transportation. Four teams competed at the Charles M. Schulz Sonoma County Airport in California. The $100,000 Vantage Prize went to Vance Turner of Rescue, Calif., owner of a modified short-wing Pipistrel piloted by Michael Coates of Australia. The Pipistrel also won top prizes for efficiency and short-runway performance, and second place for speed, for another $60,000 in prize money. Coates told CNet News the airplane is the "Prius of airplanes" because it can go as fast as 170 mph and get 50 mpg. Prizes for low noise and high speed went to an RV-4, and a Cessna 172 took the prize for handling qualities. The challenge will continue annually for four more years. This year's competition establishes baselines for more difficult standards next year, when the total prize money will increase to $300,000. The overall prize money provided by NASA for all five years is $2 million.

Czechs Eying Larger Aircraft Market

About 500 light sport aircraft are produced each year in the Czech Republic, and the industry there now is researching a possible move into the production of larger aircraft with as many as 15 seats, the Czech News Agency reported this week. A three-year project is underway that seeks to boost production efficiency. "Forty organisations from 14 European countries are working on the project, and 11 participants are from the Czech Republic," said Vlastimil Havelka, secretary of the Czech Association of Aviation Manufacturers. The three-year CESAR (Cost-Effective Small AiRcraft) project aims to cut costs for manufacturers and shorten the time required for a new airplane to launch. Participants include Aero Vodochody, Evektor Aerotechnik, Jihostroj and Jihlavan, the news agency reported.

 
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"Gathering Of Mustangs" Gains Momentum

A once-in-a-lifetime aviation event is in the works for next month, when up to 100 Mustangs will fly into Rickenbacker International Airport in Columbus, Ohio, for the "Gathering of Mustangs and Legends." The last such gathering took place in Florida in 1999. This year's event is billed as "The Final Round-up," as it might be the last chance for many of the original Mustang pilots and crew from World War II to attend. About 50 such "legends" are expected at the event, including Aces, crew chiefs, WASPs and others who were part of the P-51 family. The event will take place Sept. 27 to 30. Besides Mustangs, the show will feature the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, the F-22 Raptor, the Red Baron Stearman squadron, air show pilots Patty Wagstaff and Mike Goulian and more. But the real focus of the event, according to the Web site, is not the aircraft but the men and women who flew and took care of them. "This is what the event is all about -- to reunite them together again: to honor, to thank, to hear their stories one more time," the organizer says. (Photo: Paul Bowen)

FAA Succumbs To Reason

It's not often we can report that a pilot complained to the FAA about an unreasonable regulation, and -- a mere nine months later -- the pilot came away saying, "We asked the FAA to be reasonable -- and they were." But that's what happened to Dan Nachbar, a pilot in Amherst, Mass., who built his own small experimental blimp and wanted to take passengers for rides. The FAA's way to do that would have been for Nachbar to get an FAA airship pilot certificate. But since that rating presumes that the airship floats via helium, while Nachbar's depends on hot air, he thought the training would be "utterly pointless." He explained to the FAA that his certificates to fly both hot-air balloons and powered aircraft should qualify him to act as captain aboard Alberto, his homebuilt blimp. The FAA mulled it over and eventually agreed, and Nachbar can now take passengers aloft in his "aerial yacht." The project recently was profiled in the Boston Globe (featuring a video) and on National Public Radio.

 
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On The Fly

American Legend has extended its AirVenture Special Edition offer through the end of August...

A California air ambulance pilot was convicted of falsifying his application for an FAA Airman Medical Certificate. He must pay a fine and serve six months home detention...

MetLife has debuted a third "Snoopy" blimp that is much larger than the other two blimps in its fleet, with room for nine passengers in its gondola...

Mercury Air Center FBOs have been bought up and will be rebranded as Atlantic Aviation FBOs...

AeroLEDs has reduced the prices on its LED landing and taxi lights, introduced at Oshkosh, from $450 per unit to $350, and from $850 for a pair to $650. Previous customers will be mailed a refund for the difference...

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Across the Pond #7: London Air Racing, Airshows and Broken Records

This month AVweb's report from Europe includes a Red Bull race over the Thames River, a German airport for sale (to a good owner, please), summer airshows and more.

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who has 31 points. Hungarian Peter Besenyei took third place from Alejandro Maclean from Spain. More next year, please.

Fuerste Work for AOPA Germany

Psssst ... wanna buy an airport? AOPA in Germany is campaigning to keep Fuerstenfeldbruck airport (Fuerste) open. The GA airport near Munich boasts a huge apron, is certified for PPR-S operations, and is open between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m. It can cater for aircraft up to 5.7 tons with no restriction and has a 5,000-ft runway. Car giant BMW is piling on the pressure to close it as it would like to offer driver safety training there instead. "Not on our runway," vows Dr. Michael Erb, AOPA Germany's President. The airport is for sale and looking for offers in the region of EUR 1.5 million.

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This month I've kept my promise and interviewed one of Europe's leading lights. A keen private pilot, Dr. Erb got his license in 1992 and flies "... whatever I can afford," usually Columbia 400s, TB20s, Cessna 172s and Piper 28s from a small airfield south of Frankfurt.

Although Germany is possibly Europe's largest user of GA, the news is still bleak for the European light aviation community. It seems that even in that country general aviation is on the decline. According to Michael, the AOPA team has a gut feeling that this is the case. He said, "There are reports that flight schools are empty and movements are going down. I just had a meeting with the Department of Transport. We do not count pilots in Germany; there is no federal centre where we can get some good statistics." He is backing a European initiative to gather reliable, centralized data from across the continent. "We cannot provide statistics to get those figures without support from the authorities. We could send out a questionnaire to aircraft operators to ask how many hours they are flying and for what purposes and then we could say how we're going. The European Commission said that it is interested in doing this at the European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC) meeting in Paris."

Like many Europeans, Michael is keen to see light sport aircraft (LSA) accepted here. He affirms, "We are interested at the very light end. Pilots and manufacturers are interested in LSA. Today's ultralights have a problem with weight restriction. Two light people weighing 90 kg -- two like me -- have a big weight issue. It is not possible to fly legally. We would like to have an LSA class like you do in the U.S. We are aiming for the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) to promote light aviation in Europe. All the EU manufacturers are producing for the U.S. market and could build the same aircraft for the European market."

Part of AOPA's remit is to protect its members from unfair and punitive legislation. Recently the German government introduced background checks for pilots. Said Michael, "Five pilots refused to do this and we are backing them in a case that has gone to the Supreme Court. They are technically not allowed to fly, although they have not been refused permission, so are doing so. We went to court with them. We are concerned about security background checks and are fighting as hard as we can. We have appealed to the German Supreme Court questioning the new law for background checks. It is ridiculous. There have been many car bombs, but we do not screen all car drivers or lorry drivers. There has never been a case where a pilot of a small aircraft abused it for a terrorist attack.

So what is flying in Germany like? Michael explains, "It is difficult to fly to Munich from Hamburg or from Cologne to Berlin -- the weather wouldn't usually allow it. People usually fly around their own airfields at the weekend, rather than using GA as a serious means of transport. We'd like to see more people here taking their IFR license. Under the Joint Aviation Authorities (JAR) regime it is very difficult. The UK's Pamela Campbell is working on a new version of requirements for an instrument rating to try to take some of the unimportant stuff out of the catalogue of questions, such as what kind of wiring you need to operate an aircraft or how to repair it in flight or on the ground, that you will never need. In terms of restricted airspace, so long as there is no Pope or George W. Bush in town, it is quite easy to fly around Germany. There are very few no-fly zones, except around nuclear power plants." Contact AOPA Germany for more information.

Speaking of Germany, I had a request to identify a small airport in Germany that a reader visited during the summer eclipse of 1999. Michael is on the case and will feed back.

EASA License Update

EASA is working towards a new, leisure, private pilot license for aircraft weighing less than 2000 kg (4,410 pounds) and a system of self-regulation for aircraft below 750 kg (1,655 pounds), to which ratings for different categories would be added including simple instrument and instructor ratings. Initial reports are varied, but it seems the license would allow pilots to fly near to their "home" airfields. Medicals would be issued by doctors, following a self-declaration certificate from the pilot. It's early days and the jury is out. Although the idea of opening up flying and lowering costs is fantastic, there are concerns that the proposed curriculum does not yet offer enough training on navigation and other critical skills.

We can only cross our fingers that there will be a sensible solution. One of the issues prompting such a move is the dearth of instructors over here. The new recreational license would not require an instructor to possess a costly commercial license, which prevents many people who'd be perfect for the job from obtaining an instructor rating. There are high staff turnovers at many flight training schools. Instructors are frequently either working commercial pilots, with limited time and availability, or qualified ATPs waiting for right-hand seats in an airline ...

... Not that anyone's done much instructing here in the UK this year. It's been the wettest summer since records began, with flooded runways and waterlogged fields. Elsewhere across the continent there have been freak conditions, such as fires in Spain and the Canaries and extreme heat in Hungary, Albania and Greece to name a few countries affected.

Champion Spirit

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Storms and mud hampered but did not prevent one of Britain's finest -- world-record breaker Polly Vacher -- from creating yet another record on behalf of her favorite charity, Flying Scholarships for the Disabled (FSD). In her mammoth Wings Around Britain flight, she undertook to land at all the airfields in the UK listed in Jeppesen's VFR Manual, from May 21 through July 31, 2007. All in all she visited 221 airfields, flew over 158 flying hours and 19,000 nm, and carried 163 passengers -- 96 of whom were disabled. Her diary is well worth a read, particularly the point where she landed with a passenger at Insch, a remote and nearly inaccessible airfield in Scotland.

She wrote, "We circled the airfield. 'I can see a hole,' Julia shouted. I circled 'round and, sure enough, there was a hole. We spiraled down through the hole. There was the runway between the hills. "Can you see me in the yellow jacket?" Ken (the radio operator) asked over the radio. "Affirm," I said. "I am standing in the middle of the temporary runway; aim for me!" he shouted. "Aim for the yellow jacket." Never before have I been told to aim at someone standing on the runway or, indeed, I have never been told to aim at a yellow jacket. "Aim for the yellow jacket," he reiterated. "I will get out of the way," he went on. I aimed for the yellow jacket. "You are exactly right," came Ken's reassuring voice. I saw him move to the side, the rain came sheeting down again and I rounded out and landed in exactly the right place."


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During the trip, Polly also flew in formation with the famous RAF Red Arrows team, the Eurofighter and the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. She also received special permissions to land at Heathrow and Gatwick. Polly's records to date are impressive. She was the first woman to fly solo over the North Pole in a single-engine aircraft, the first woman to fly solo in Antarctica in a single-engine aircraft and the first person to fly solo around the world, landing on all seven continents.

FSD is a scheme where disabled people can explore their potential by extending their personal mental and physical boundaries in learning to fly a light aircraft.


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It's a widely supported cause in the UK. On July 27, another two pilots completed an epic endurance flight in support of the charity. Steve Bridgewater and Amanda Harrison landed at 14 airfields and logged 10 hrs and 36 minutes in the air in a 140 hp Piper PA-28 Cherokee in an attempt to win the U.K.'s annual Dawn to Dusk flying competition. The duo departed their base at Brize Norton, Oxfordshire (home to the RAF's air to air refueling fleet), at 04:40 just as the sun was rising. They landed back at base 16 hours later at 20:40 feeling "exhausted but completely elated ... The day included some of the most challenging flying we have ever encountered," recalled Steve. "Carb ice was a major problem, as were crosswinds and bad turbulence, but I can honestly say it was the best day's flying in my life!"


Airshows

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Despite the adverse weather, Europe's second largest spectator sport after soccer has not been a complete washout so far. On one of its public days, the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) was so busy traffic queued for up to five hours to get in. A particular favorite was a low pass by an Oasis Airlines 747-400. And it is always good to see the Royal Aeronautical Society promoting aviation to young people. Elsewhere, Germany's Tannkosh took place and was a great success. Next month sees Aero GP in Romania offering multiple aircraft racing simultaneously at close quarters, and the next event is over August 25-26 in Constanta, Romania. The event includes racing, air-to-air combat, and target bombing On another note, I'm pleased to say I've been asked to help Aero Expo with their promotion next year. It's a great addition to the general aviation circuit over here. It will be Europe's largest GA show in 2008 and should entice the top players from all over the world to visit our continent as well as stimulating debate about key issues of the day, such as LSAs and flight training. Can't be a bad thing.

And Finally ...

Hawker Beechcraft opened its European sales base in Chester, U.K. ... Cessna has reached an agreement with Thielert Aircraft Engines to cooperate on future diesel engines (the German engine manufacturer has won several European certifications since 2002 for retrofitting diesel engines to Cessnas) ... Diamond Aircraft Industries has flown its new, diesel engine in a DA40 Twin Star (the Austrian company claims it produces 170 hp, significantly higher than the 2.0-litre Thielert Centurion engines currently fitted on its DA40 TDI and DA42 twin) ...

If there's anything you'd like me to cover in future columns, just drop me a note and I'll do my best.


For more aviation news and information from Europe, read the rest Liz Moscrop's columns.
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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 ConocoPhillips' Gabe Giordano on aircraft engine oil. And AVweb's podcast index includes interviews with Lycoming's Ian Walsh; Avidyne's Paul Hathaway; Aerion Corp's Brian Barents; BusinessJetSEATS Alfred Rapetti; EAA's Dick Knapinski; 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; and Cessna's Jack Pelton. In Monday's podcast, EADS Socata's Jean-Michel Léonard talks about future plans at his company. Remember: In AVweb's podcasts, you'll hear things you won't find anywhere else.

 
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Question of the Week: Was NASA's Personal Air Vehicle Challenge a Good Use of Funds?

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PREVIOUS RESULTS ***

Now that Delta Air Lines has become the latest Air Transport Association member to lay the blame for commercial flight delays at the feet of general aviation, we've heard quite a few complaints about the ATA from the G.A. segment of our audience.

Last week, we asked if AVweb readers are making commercial flight choices based on the ATA's pro-user-fee stances, and found that well over half of you (based on the poll response) avoid flying commercially on ATA member airlines when possible.

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THIS WEEK'S QUESTION ***

NASA's first Personal Air Vehicle Challenge concluded this past weekend, with the full $250,000 in prize money awarded in various amounts to the four contestants. The entered airplanes were modified versions of certified and experimental models, but none incorporated any truly groundbreaking technology, nor will any of them lead to a personal air vehicle for the masses.  Do you think this money was well spent?

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FBO Of The Week: McMinnville County

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AVweb's "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to McMinnville County at KRNC in McMinnville, Tenn.

AVweb reader Jerry Trachtman said the county-run facility's staff went above and beyond:

"Traveling from my home base of Melbourne, Fla., to Oshkosh, I stopped for fuel at McMinnville, Tenn. (RNC), based upon availability of low-priced avgas (lowest price within 100 miles). Due to thunderstorms, I could not depart as planned and had to spend the night. Without hesitation, the FBO staff gave me their only crew car for the overnight, and pointed me in the right direction. My early departure the next morning was met with a top cowl latch on my Piper Lance popping open on takeoff roll. I aborted the takeoff and sought help with the FBO's mechanic, who was at work early before any other staff had arrived. He repaired the latch, sent me on my way and refused compensation. This FBO demonstrated service above and beyond the call of duty."

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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 ***

Before we dive into this week's photo submissions, a quick word of thanks to all the AVweb readers who stepped up to the plate over the last seven days.  Of 64 submissions we received this week, 55 of them could very well have found their way into this morning's issue of AVwebFlash.  The bar has been set high this week, and that means a stellar mix of photos right here and in our home page slideshow.  Michael J. Gallagher of Peoria, Illinois kicks off the festivities.  Once you've seen these babies, keep the magic alive and send use some of your photos, eh?

Some bad news:  We experienced some downtime on our submissions server over the weekend, and a handful of photos that arrived late Saturday and Sunday were mangled or lost.  If yours was one of the submissions that could have gone AWOL, we hope you'll take a few moments to re-submit — 'cause we'd sure love to see those photos.

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copyright © Michael J. Gallagher
Used with permission

Greg Poe at Sunset over Peoria, IL Riverfront

Here's your new desktop wallpaper, courtesy of Peoria's own Michael J. Gallagher.

Enjoy it while you can, because you might just feel the urge to swap wallpapers two or three times during this week's entries!

 

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Used with permission of Ty Sibley

AeroShell Square After Hours

Silhouettes were a popular theme among this week's entries.  Ty Sibley of Brunswick, Maine delivers our favorite of the bunch, a shot of Bob Odegard's Super Corsair in the isolation of AeroShell Square after hours at AirVenture.

You know we love it when a theme manifests itself, but how's this bit for unexpected irony — "the 'ghost' in the picture is last week's runner-up photographer Aaron Wypyszynski," whose photo appeared in this very spot last Thursday.  (And we don't read any of the comments until the photos are all laid out and ready to go.  Spooky!)

 

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copyright © Chris Davis
Used with permission

God's Blessing as a Pilot Heads Home

"This was the sunset view from my hangar last weekend as I was closing the door," writes Chris Davis of Lebanon, Texas, who reminds us of the adage "Red in the morning, pilots take warning; red at night, pilots delight."

 

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Used with permission of Ray Damijonaitis

Air Show Audience

Ray Damijonaitis of Gurnee, Illinois knows something any pilot who's attended an air show can confirm — humans aren't the only ones whose curiosity is aroused by flying machines.

 

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Used with permission of Alex McMahon

I Get Paid for This?

See what we meant about having to change desktop wallpapers multiple times while reading this week's "POTW"?  Alex McMahon of Milton, Delaware flies us out, but don't forget to check AVweb's home page for more amazing photos from this week's submission box.


Want more?  You'll find more reader-submitted photos in the slideshow gallery on AVweb's home page!

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 or send us an e-mail.

 
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