Having trouble viewing this AVwebFlash newsletter? View it online.
To ensure that you continue to receive this newsletter,
please add avweb@e.avflash.com to your address book.

Volume 13, Number 42a
October 15, 2007
How Would You Like a Life Insurance Policy That Returns All of Your Premiums?
The Return of Premium Term product through the Pilot Insurance Center features a level death benefit term plan with fully guaranteed level premiums for the first 15, 20, or 30 years and is also guaranteed to pay back all of your premiums at the end of the policy. Pilot Insurance Center specializes in providing pilots — from student to ATP — with the life insurance protection they need. For a personalized quote, call PIC today at 1 (800) 380-8376 or visit PIC online.
Fire the Starting Gun on Columbia Bidding Warback to top 

Cirrus Design filed a motion on Thursday to try to buy bankrupt Columbia Aircraft. The company is also alleging that the bidding process gives arch-rival Cessna the inside track, according to The Associated Press. Cirrus representatives appeared to welcome Cessna's proposed acquisition of Columbia two weeks ago. After Columbia declared bankruptcy, Cessna said it had a letter of intent to buy some of the assets and liabilities of the Bend, Ore., planemaker. Cirrus CEO Alan Klapmeier told AVweb Sunday that making a play for Columbia is a natural move for Cirrus. "Naturally, Cirrus would express interest given some of the similar advanced technologies in the Columbia and how the line could compliment the current Cirrus SR line," he said in an email. "Cirrus has the ability to expand the business and at the same time further enhance the value of our business. Obviously, we also have the capabilities to take great care of the customers." The addition of Cirrus to the mix makes at least four companies interested in Columbia. More...

JA Air Center, Your Garmin GPSMap 496 Source, Is Looking to Purchase Used GPS Units, Avionics, and Aircraft
Call (800) 323-5966 for current value, with no purchase required. JA Air Center is your source for Garmin GPS and Avionics, including the popular GPSMap 496 with XM Weather, Terrain, AOPA Airport Guide, Taxiway Database, and built-in StreetPilot Auto GPS.

JA Air Center [Dupage Airport (KDPA) in West Chicago, IL] provides the finest avionics installations, turbine/piston maintenance, avionics/instrument service, mail order, and aircraft sales. Call (800) 323-5966, or click for more information.
Crossing the Air Borderback to top 

AOPA has asked U.S. Customs and Border Protection to extend the comment period by two months on a proposed rule that would require general aviation pilots to electronically file passenger manifests at least an hour before departure on flights headed to the U.S. from outside the country. As AVweb reported last week, the Baja Bush Pilots, who promote air tourism to Mexico, first raised the issue at last week’s AOPA Expo in Hartford, noting that it’s sometimes difficult to find a phone that works, let alone an Internet connection. Andy Cebula, director of government affairs for AOPA, said in a news release that actually being able to file the manifests is only part of the problem with the new rule. More...

Fly with Bose® Aviation Headset X™
Enjoy an unmatched combination of full-spectrum noise reduction, clearer audio, and comfortable fit. Voted the #1 headset for the sixth consecutive year in Professional Pilot's 2006 Headset Preference Survey. Also rated "Best ANR Headset — The Aviation Consumer Product of the Year" by Aviation Consumer.

Learn more and order.

Quotes reprinted with permission. Aviation Consumer, August 2007.
Antiques Caught in TFRback to top 

The FAA says it will likely clear the records of 12 pilots who violated a temporary flight restriction (TFR) near Camp David last weekend on their way to an antique fly-in at Hagerstown. According to the Federal Times, a Capitol Hill news magazine, the pilots may not have been told about the TFR when they checked for NOTAMs with flight service before heading to Hagerstown. "Generally, if we determine they were not properly briefed we don't take enforcement action," FAA spokeswoman Laura Brown told AVweb on the weekend. The Federal Times quoted Rep. Jerry Costello, D-Ill., the chairman of the House Aviation Subcommittee, as telling a hearing on the performance of flight service since its takeover by Lockheed Martin that the errant pilots in Maryland weren't told about the TFR because flight service lost their notification of it. "We can and must do better," Costello said. More...

XM WX Satellite Weather Uses a Continuous Satellite Broadcast to Deliver Graphical Weather Data to the Cockpit
Pilots view and interact with the data — including radar, winds, METARs, lightning, and more — on compatible MFDs, EFBs, and PDAs from a wide range of industry partners, as well as on laptop PCs. The situational awareness afforded by XM WX Satellite Weather allows pilots to enjoy their journeys with more confidence and comfort than ever before. For more information, please visit XMWXweather.com.
Regulation and Technologyback to top 

Secretary of Transportation Mary Peters appears to accept that general aviation is not to blame for flight delays at major airports and says her department will impose scheduling restrictions on airlines, if necessary, improve on-time records. The first target could be JFK in New York. Peters has called a meeting between airline representatives and the FAA for Oct. 23-24 to discuss the problems. “Our first choice is to find market-based incentives to fix delays so we can preserve passenger choice, but we will consider imposing scheduling restrictions as one option to avoid a repeat of this summer’s delays,” Peters said in a news release. As part of their campaign to create a user-fee system for FAA services, the airlines have alleged that general aviation traffic is largely to blame for airline delays but Peters doesn’t mention little airplanes in her release. More...

Next to advances in engine technology, new materials to make the rest of the aircraft are critical to improving performance and durability of aircraft and Dutch scientists say they’ve hit on a winner. The researchers at the Delft University of Technology said in a recent news release that their CentrAl reinforced aluminum, which is a sandwich of aluminum and composite materials, is not only stronger than carbon-fiber composites, it’s 20 percent lighter and virtually impervious to fatigue. The news release says use of the material could save $100 billion in maintenance and fuel costs in the world-wide aviation industry. More...

Download New Training Videos from OnTheFlightLine.com
Welcome to On the Flight Line — downloadable video training for your PC or portable media player.

HD video, motion graphics, and computer animation help make aeronautical concepts easier to understand and training more enjoyable. Each video includes a 3-D airspace review and real cockpit footage. Come visit OnTheFlightLine.com for a complimentary preview.
Weather Newsback to top 

Forecasters will be able to see the size, type and intensity of precipitation much more accurately after a system-wide upgrade of NEXRAD radars. Baron Services, an affiliate of WxWorx, and L-3 Communications were awarded the $43 million deal to upgrade 171 weather radars with something called dual-polarization Doppler capability. According to WxWorks, the new capability will allow forecasters to predict snowfall amounts and even events like flash floods with more accuracy. More...

A French explorer says the best way to measure the effects of global warming on the Arctic environment is from the comfort of an airship. Jean-Louis Etienne intends to fly an airship more than 6,000 miles from Spitzberg, Norway, over the North Pole, to Prudhoe Bay, Alaska from April to May of next year. He told a news conference that the airship can cover a lot more area than surface ships but are much more stable platforms for scientific equipment than other types of aircraft. "The airship will allow us to fly over vast areas and it will give our measuring equipment the stability that a helicopter cannot give," he said. The airship is being built in Russia and is about 175 feet long and 50 feet in diameter. More...

"The Claw" Aircraft Tie-Down System Securely Protects Your Aircraft Investment
Protecting your aircraft has always been a priority. Check out this revolutionary aircraft anchoring system at PILOTessentials.com. Its lightweight design and bright yellow color is perfect for use at fly-ins or for everyday anchoring. We are so confident you will love it that it comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee. Visit PILOTessentials.com to order yours today!
Pilots Behaving Badlyback to top 

A Naples, Fla. helicopter pilot is being held without bail in Virginia after police allege he was giving rides to families while under the influence of alcohol. Police were called to the Suffolk Peanut Festival after a family that had taken a ride with the 50-year-old pilot complained that he flew erratically and that they could smell alcohol on his breath. The family also said he muttered curses when he landed the Bell 206 L1 helicopter. More...

The "victim" in this bizarre tale says there's more to the story than meets the eye … and there would probably have to be. A 30-year-veteran Singapore Airlines pilot is alleged to have essentially thrown it all away for the teenage prank of fraudulently ordering fast food for a fellow pilot who lives near Vancouver. At least four times over a two-day period last November, Looi Kang San is alleged to have had pizza, burgers and fried chicken delivered to Steven Gillis, who lives in the Vancouver suburb of Surrey. The Vancouver Province newspaper contacted Gillis, who didn't want to comment, but the paper did say he suggested there was something else going on. Regardless of what may have sparked the intercontinental prank, Singapore authorities don't seem to think it's funny. More...

Make the AOPA WorldPoints Credit Card Your Card of Choice
Earn valuable points for all of your purchases: 2 points for every net retail dollar at thousands of FBOs, on select AOPA products and services, and now five aviation merchants — Sporty's, Pacific Coast Avionics, Gulf Coast Avionics, Aircraft Spruce & Specialty Company, and King Schools. Plus earn 1 point for every net retail dollar on your everyday expenses. Redeem your points for unlimited cash back, merchandise, travel, and unique experiences. For more information, visit AOPA online.
In Brief ...back to top 

Seventeen whooping cranes on their way to Florida ...
Gen. David Lee "Tex" Hill died at 92 ...
A passenger died after being hit with a taser at Vancouver Airport. More...

AVMAIL: OCT. 15, 2007
Reader mail this week about AFSS, ADS-B, LEDs, TFRs, QOTW and much more. 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...

Avidyne's New MLB700 Broadcast Datalink Receiver Really Delivers!
Avidyne's MLB700 Broadcast Datalink Receiver delivers aviation-quality datalink graphical weather from WSI InFlight® and audio entertainment from SIRIUS® Satellite Radio. With the MLB700, you get WSI's industry-leading NOWrad® radar mosaic displayed on your EX500 or EX5000 MFD for the most up-to-date and highest-quality aviation weather available and over 130 channels of music, sports, news, and talk radio right through your aircraft's audio system. Click for more information online.
New on AVwebback to top 

Columns | Features | What's New | Calendar | Brainteasers

We don't know how many people shoot multiple instrument approaches at an airport with bad weather, but we do know how many people die trying. More...

This month AVweb's survey of the latest products and services for pilots, mechanics and aircraft owners brings you Skyhawks with diesel engines, voltage regulators, GPS screen protectors, gift cards and much more. More...

At any convention, a lot of the real business is done in the hallways, the reception rooms, and the quiet corners that movers and shakers find when they need to talk turkey. The National Business Aviation Association meeting in Atlanta and AOPA's annual get-together in Hartford provided plenty of opportunities for the kind of informal discussions that often lay the groundwork for future projects. Someone who seems to be everywhere at these events is Hal Shevers, president of Sporty's Pilot Shop. AVweb's Russ Niles talked with Hal about what was seen and heard at these two major events. More...

Over 16,000 Happy GAMIjectors® Customers Can't Be Wrong!
GAMIjectors® have given these aircraft owners reduced peak cylinder head temperatures, reduced fuel consumption, and smoother engine operation. GAMIjectors® alter the fuel/air ratio in each cylinder so that each cylinder operates with a much more uniform fuel/air ratio than occurs with any other factory set of injectors. To speak to a GAMI engineer, call (888) FLY-GAMI, or go online for complete engineering details.
Best Videos from Around the Webback to top 

This week's viral video clip comes to us from AVweb reader Brady Zaiser, who found this clip of the incredible Bob Hoover demonstrating a few aerobatic tricks on Snotr. (Brady, we'll be sending you an AVweb hat for tracking this down — and we'll do the same for anyone else who recommends a video that becomes a future "Video of the Week," so be sure to let us know when you find cool flying videos around the web.) (Click through to watch.) More...

Stuck on the Freeway? Put That "Down Time" to Good Use with Pilot's Audio Update
Subscribe to Pilot's Audio Update and receive monthly CDs with topics from "Expediting an IFR Approach" and "Airplane Trim Systems" to "Carburetor Ice" and "Low Workload Maneuvering." Subscribe now to receive the Acing the Flight Review CD as a gift with your order.
Your Favorite FBOsback to top 


AVweb's "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Aviation Facilities, Inc. (AFI) at KFUL in Fullerton, California — a family-run FBO that celebrated its 40th anniversary at KFUL last week.

AVweb reader Ray Stratton gave us a little history:

Starting with a C-150 and using the airport motel lobby as an office, [AFI] ... has grown to a fleet of eleven aircraft and over seven instructors. Still owned and operated by the same family, it has accomplished over 250,000 hours of flight instruction.

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!


HAVE YOU SIGNED UP yet for AVweb's NO-COST weekly business aviation newsletter, AVwebBiz? Reporting on breaking news, Business AVflash focuses on the companies, the products and the industry leaders that make headlines in the business aviation industry. Business AVflash is a must read. Sign up today at http://www.avweb.com/profile/. More...

The AVweb Bookstore, The Most Complete Aviation Bookstore Anywhere
Over 400 titles representing 52 publishers are in stock and ready for immediate delivery — as books, videos, or CDs. 100+ titles available instantly as fully searchable e-Book downloads. Whether you are a pilot, an A&P technician, or a kit airplane builder, if it's worth reading, it's available from the AVweb Bookstore. Click here to visit online.
The Lighter Side of Flightback to top 


August 30, 2007

Piper Arrow pilot was on a 1/4-mile final, making a late-night emergency landing at MSP due to a faulty nosegear indicator, with fire trucks and emergency vehicles lining both sides of the runway.

Wow, not even [U.S. President] Bush gets this kind of treatment when he lands!

(The nose wheel held up O.K.)


Names Behind the Newsback to top 


AVwebFlash is a weekly summary of the latest news, articles, products, features, and events featured on AVweb, the internet's aviation magazine and news service.

The AVwebFlash team is:

Timothy Cole

Editorial Director, Aviation Publications
Paul Bertorelli

Russ Niles

Contributing Editors
Mary Grady
Glenn Pew

Features Editor
Kevin Lane-Cummings

Click here to send a letter to the editor. (Please let us know if your letter is not intended for publication.)

Comments or questions about the news should be sent here.

Have a product or service to advertise on AVweb? A question on marketing? Send it to AVweb's sales team.

If you're having trouble reading this newsletter in its HTML-rich format (or if you'd prefer a lighter, simpler format for your PDA or handheld device), there's also a text-only version of AVwebFlash. For complete instructions on making the switch, click here.

Aviate. Navigate. Communicate.