AVwebFlash - Volume 13, Number 43a

October 22, 2007

By The AVweb Editorial Staff
 
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The Rare Accident That Ends "Well" back to top 
 

Midair Collision Ends Happily

There were no injuries in the midair collision of a Cessna 152 and a Piper Saratoga five miles out of Republic Airport on Long Island early Sunday evening. Airport spokesman Gary Lewi told Newsday that the two aircraft, both based at Republic, “bumped” each other about 6:15 p.m. while they were both heading back to the airport. The Saratoga lost about a foot of wing, causing a fuel leak, while the Cessna had wing and windshield damage. Both landed uneventfully (except for all those trucks on the runway). The pilot was the only person on board the Cessna and there were two people in the Saratoga. The Saratoga lost a landing light, which fell into the yard of a home under construction in Dix Hills, and there were no injuries on the ground. Lewi said the pilot of the Saratoga reported he had no problem controlling the aircraft. The airport remained open during the drama as both damaged aircraft were cleared to land on the same runway, leaving a second runway open for other traffic.

 
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Environmental Concerns back to top 
 

Environment Department Looks At De-Icing Fluid

Alaska’s environment department is considering regulating the cleanup of “spills” of propylene glycol, the most common chemical de-icing fluid used on aircraft. Aviation groups are monitoring the progress of the proposed legislation and some individuals are questioning the point of the new law, which doesn’t address the hundreds of thousands of gallons of the chemical sprayed on aircraft every year that almost immediately drips on the ground. "What's the difference between spilling and dripping?" pilot Woody Richardson wondered in a recent interview with the Anchorage Daily News. Propylene glycol is considered much less toxic than ethylene glycol, the main constituent of automotive antifreeze and another common deicer. Last winter, 380,000 gallons of propylene glycol and 114,000 gallons of ethylene glycol were used to de-ice aircraft at Anchorage’s Ted Stevens International Airport and while some of it is collected onsite, most drains into Cook Inlet. Some gets into Lake Hood. But while almost 500,000 gallons of the chemicals are dissipated into the local environment each year, the proposed law would only require an industrial clean-up response in the event of a “significant event” such as a truck turning over and losing its load on the ground.

 
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Aircraft Taxes back to top 
 

West Virginia Ponders Aircraft Tax Exemption

More than half of the corporate aircraft that were once based in West Virginia have relocated since the imposition of a state property tax that includes aircraft. That’s prompted the West Virginia Aeronautics Commission to push for legislation that would exempt corporate and other aircraft from the tax. Before the tax, there were 23 corporate aircraft in the state, including one that was exempt because it belongs to a college. “Now there are 11 and the one is still exempt,” Commission Chairman Richard Wachtel told the Cumberland Times News. “It’s obvious we are losing corporate aircraft to the states surrounding us which have little or no corporate personal property tax.” A bill to exempt aircraft from the tax was introduced in the state legislature last year but failed, largely due to opposition from tax assessors. Wachtel said the bill will be re-introduced in the next session and he’s hoping the aviation community can convince state officials to support its passage. “Especially talk to the assessors; I’m convinced the assessors don’t understand the issue and the importance of keeping aircraft based in the state,” Wachtel said.

 
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News Briefs back to top 
 

Criminal Reference In TFRs Rankles AOPA

AOPA says it's concerned about a not-so-subtle change in the wording of the text descriptions of temporary flight restrictions (TFRs). The FAA is now warning pilots they could be held criminally responsible for violating TFRs. AOPA says the agency has always had that ability but seeing it in black and white raises the specter that those powers will actually be employed. AOPA President Phil Boyer has written the FAA asking that pilots who accidentally bust TFRs not face criminal proceedings. "Security-related flight restrictions can occur virtually anywhere in the country with little advance notice. It is not uncommon that the average pilot has to pick through pages and pages of irrelevant and unrelated NOTAMs to find these important airspace restrictions," Boyer wrote to acting FAA Administrator Bobby Sturgell. The new passage in the TFRs seems to stress that criminal action will follow only if the pilot violates the TFR on purpose. "Any person who knowingly or willfully violates the rules concerning operations in this airspace is subject to certain criminal penalties under 49 USC 46307," the passage reads.

Eclipse Lays Off Workers

The 100 to 150 employees recently laid off by Eclipse, almost all serving in positions necessary to begin production, were mostly temporary employees and only a handful of "direct" employees were affected, according to Eclipse spokesman Andrew Broom. The staff reduction amounts to roughly 10 percent of Eclipse's near-1,500 person workforce that is currently churning out about one aircraft each day, a local NBC affiliate reported.

Speaking for Albuquerque, which offered Eclipse incentives to set up shop and bring jobs to the area and holds Eclipse as an example of the city's high-tech industry, Mayor Martin Chavez told NBC, "They are contractors and it's what they do for a living." He added, "The job base in Albuquerque is really rich right now, so they'll be fine." Eclipse had initially hoped to have production levels up to two jets per day by now. Certain developmental and certification issues have caused delays.

 
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News Briefs back to top 
 

Jump Out -- Not Usually The Best Plan

... But when the airplane you're flying is loaded with chemicals and fuel and headed at a very low altitude directly at a hillside, apparently one's brain might concoct that jumping out is a reasonable option. Reports from South Africa say that ag-pilot Johan Foley found himself facing that particular set of circumstances when the crop-dusting aircraft he was flying began having engine trouble. Foley's mental computations of the situation apparently led to his decision to depart the aircraft when it was barely above the ground and just before it crashed.

So, here's the report card: The aircraft struck the hillside and exploded; Foley, age 29, ended up in the hospital "slightly injured" with "a neck injury," according to Independent Online. AVweb was unable to verify the specific model of aircraft involved. Don't try this at home.

Apartment Crash Pilot Was WWII Vet

A World War II Lancaster bomber pilot, with more than 60 years of flying experience, has been identified as the pilot of a Piper Seneca that crashed into the ninth floor of a Vancouver-area apartment building on Friday. Peter Garrison (no, not the technical guy from Flying Magazine), 82, of nearby Maple Ridge, B.C., was the lone occupant of the aircraft that plowed through the balcony window of the luxury condo. Two occupants of the home were injured. Garrison had been involved in another accident last year and the Seneca had just recently been repaired. Canadian Transportation Safety Board regional manager Bill Yearwood told reporters Saturday that Garrison had clipped a fence on landing and the gear collapsed in what he called a "minor incident" last year. Investigators still aren't sure what caused the aircraft to apparently go out of control just after takeoff from Vancouver International Airport about 4:10 p.m. on Friday but there was no explosion or post-crash fire.

 
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Kosher Carry-On Sparks Complaints

Passenger complaints about airline food usually fall on deaf ears but when a pilot and flight attendant joined the chorus about a Columbus family’s choice of carry-on cuisine, it raised a big stink. Robert Blum told The Associated Press that a pilot and flight attendant threatened to throw him and his family off the United Air Lines flight from Denver to Columbus if they didn’t get rid of the kosher fish dinner they were enjoying. Other passengers had apparently complained about the smell (remember, those vents just recirculate the air) and the crew members sided with them. Blum said he and his family, Orthodox Jews, were humiliated by the incident and called it a case of discrimination. The airline is apologizing to the Blums but it’s not clear whether it will discipline the crew members for their “inappropriate” behavior.

On the Fly ...

The National Air Traffic Controllers Association will hold a news conference today to release figures on staffing levels, which it claims are at a dangerous low ... .

The Department of Transportation says it wants to reduce flights into New York’s Kennedy Airport by 20 percent next summer to ease delays. About 100 flights an hour were scheduled during peak times this year ... .

Sioux City, Iowa has decided to make the best of its ICAO moniker, SUX, rather than change it. The airport’s new slogan FlySUX, is the centerpiece of a new marketing campaign. The FAA offered five alternative designators, including GAY (no, we didn’t make it up).

 
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AVmail: Oct. 22, 2007

Reader mail this week about Bob Hoover, Customs passenger manifests, Columbia's sale and more.

Click here to read this week's letters to the editor.

Heard Of Any Avgas Shortages?

The only thing that moves faster than the aviation rumor mill, it seems, is the price of avgas. Over the past few months, AVweb has been getting sporadic reports about shortages of 100 LL. In every case, the issue seemed localized and short-lived but we’ve had enough of them to wonder if these are the first signs of a larger problem. Drop us a line at newstips@avweb.com if you (or the FBO where you get your fuel) have had any supply problems and what, if any, are the explanations for them. We’d also like to know what’s happening with fuel prices. Crude topped $90 a barrel last week and, although it will be weeks before any of that oil is turned into avgas, some suppliers started hiking prices immediately. We’ve heard of overnight increases of as much as 60 cents a gallon in some areas and we suspect it won’t be long before everyone is digging a lot deeper.

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CEO of the Cockpit #75: At the Show

The folks at NBAA made their first mistake when they let in an airline pilot; but AVweb's CEO of the Cockpit won't cause too much trouble.

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My nephew Kermit had moved up in the world. Fresh out of the Aviation College at the University of South Toledo, he was a sales-rep gofer for one of the dozens of new VLJ manufacturers that dot the flying landscape of late.

He was justifiably proud of the "Sky-Screamer 100." Not only did this three-place, subsonic, turbine-powered product have the clean looks of a T-38 on crack, it had a color scheme straight out of a Jimi Hendrix drug-induced dream.

The only problem that I could see about the whole endeavor was that the jet really didn't exist yet. They had a mock-up, some flashy models to show prospective customers and a kick-ass video in which an animated model of the aircraft does all sorts of cool stuff with cool looking people in cool looking places.

Build Your Factory Here And Get A Free Sewer!

Various cities were fighting over the imaginary factory. So far, Newark, N.J., Amarillo, Texas, and Bangalore, India, were still in the running. The city fathers in each location were trying to out-do each other in offering tax incentives and give-aways to an aviation firm that had yet to fly its first airfoil.

The Galaxian Jet Company, builder of the Sky-Screamer, had 233 advance orders and the $100,000 deposits to go with them. Their first projected delivery date? The autumn of 2010.

This fact didn't seem to bother much of anybody but me. Kermit had gotten me press credentials to this year's NBAA convention in Atlanta (or, as Delta pilots like to call it, "Widget Wonderland"). Even though I can't write any better than Larry King -- which is to say not at all -- I found myself eating great media food and throwing great media swag into my multi-colored, NBAA, souvenir tote-bag. The next three Christmases are totally taken care of. Enjoy your free tool kits and mouse pads, everybody!

Kermit got me checked in at the media room and left to woo yet another millionaire with too much money who wanted to order an imaginary jet.

A Very Serious Playground

The NBAA confab is a grown-up version of a Christmas toy catalog. There are two huge convention floors and one huge static display at an airport outside of town. On the floors you can find every kind of business-aircraft product, gimmick, improvement, entertainment center and gee-gaw. At the static display you can find dozens of jets you can't afford along with hundreds of employees working the site who can't afford the jets either. The advantage of riding a courtesy bus out to the static display, of course, is that what you see there is real. These aircraft had to fly to get here and, for the most part, they are as real as burrs on a bear and clueless on a chief pilot.

Attendees at the convention were told via the brochure that they were expected to turn out in coat and tie with shiny shoes. No Pratt-and-Whitney belt buckled, short wearing, beer-gut sporting "I'm with Stupid" t-shirt-wearing, low-life, fly-in pilots allowed here. The policy clearly shouted that they wanted serious, money-spending, imaginary-jet-buying principals at this soiree.

Like in all serious businesses, the coat and tie rule doesn't apply if you are young, good-looking, well-endowed and female. Literally hundreds of lovelies, wearing faux airline flight-crew jump-suits cut just low enough to expose the mammary mountains but not low enough to qualify for a job at The Cheetah Three Lounge in Atlanta were all over the convention floor serving coffee, handing out brochures and generally smelling nice.

Their presence there was evocative of flying airliners in the late 1970s and early 1980s before such things as the elimination of weight checks and sex discrimination came along to spoil things for us sexist pilots.

A Boeing with Beds

Like any good airline pilot, I first went over to the Boeing Business Jets area of the display floor when I arrived. There is something that attracts me to jets that are big enough for me to park my Porsche in the front cargo hold as I jet off to Berne or Nice.

They, of course, didn't park any real jets on the display floor but they had various, huge, scale-models of what I could expect should I decide to buy a 777 and make a camper out of it for me, Maw and the kids. I was glancing over such a model when a lovely named Gwenn sidled up to me and offered a designer cup of coffee.

"Are you interested in buying an executive aircraft like this one?" she asked.

Hell, honey, I said, I can't afford to buy this plastic model that we're looking at. I have to admit, though, that I have always dreamed about flying my executive 777 out to Sun 'n Fun and camping with the common folk, just north of the ultralight area and east of the porta-potties.

That evoked a laugh out of Gwenn who, by the way, was dressed conservatively. She was a class act ... not like those tube-top-wearing skanks giving out free key chains over by the west wall.

Once we got to talking, I found out that Gwenn had a lot in common with my nephew Kermit. She was young, had a few ratings and a college degree from a local aviation program, and was looking for a real job.

"I'm here to sell the sizzle, they tell me." She said. "If my mom's generation was here, they would probably be looking for a rich husband. There are plenty of rich guys hanging around here talking about buying a 737 with a gold shower stall, but most of them are like you."

I tried to take that last remark in a good way. It is true that I was a sort-of gate-crasher to the NBAA event and they had fed me a free lunch up in the press room, even though I didn't intend to buy as much as a slice of pizza. As a commercial sales lead, I was a dud and Gwenn was clearly wasting her time on me.

Kermit Finds His Uncle

"There you are," said Kermit as he approached us from the direction of the Virgin Charter booth. "I thought I might find you over here by the big jets."

Yes, I said. I have always had a policy of not flying jets that are smaller than me.

I introduced Kermit to Gwenn and could see an instant one-sided attraction. Kermit was in love; Gwenn was in a state of deep disinterest. Perfect fodder for romance, at least in my vast experience. I knew that Kermit would be back later with a dinner invitation for Gwenn. I estimated his chances at about even. We headed over to the Galaxian Sky Screamer booth.

Their kick-ass video was being shown in high-def on a 20-yard-wide flat screen that was suspended above the crowd. Beneath the screen was the mock-up of the proposed jet. It was wafting in a cloud of dry-ice fog and swirling colored lights. Hell, if I had my checkbook, I would have written a deposit right there and then. It was a sales effort worthy of P.T. Barnum himself.

Once the prospect is hooked, they land him or her in the boat by going back to a glass lounge and office area where they can talk in private. This is the equivalent of the sales office at a used car lot but a million times more classy and important.

The Bone Of Contention

I kept a low profile at the show for two reasons. First, I want Kermit to have a chance at some sort of career. Being related to me already has lots of draw-backs; I didn't want to ruin his flying life by association right out of the starting gate. Second, the airline companies and the business aircraft people are at loggerheads over who should pay for what.

The airlines contend that "private flying" is done by multi-millionaires in very expensive jets and that they don't pay their fair share for clogging up the ATC system with their various flying pleasure domes.

The business aviation people see their part of the aviation pie as more of a refuge for plebian working stiffs who just want to get away from the stress and toil of life by flying their Meridians and King Airs off for a little fly fishing in Aspen.

The real irony, of course, is that we are talking about the very same people here. Both groups are privileged and rich, suit-wearing, stock-option-holding graduates of various prestigious business schools. Like any high school debate team, their position on the issue depends on which side the teacher has assigned them.

While I am leaning more in support of Kermit and Gwenn's jobs, I still think that the airlines have a lot to learn from the NBAA. What if they had attractive girls serving coffee to their customers? What if they required their customers to dress up a little bit before coming to the airport?

What a world that would be! It would be the world of airline flying back in the 1970s and early 1980s, when people wore suits to fly on an airliner, a ticket price was sane enough to keep the airline in business and real coffee was served by real girls in real coffee cups.

Left At The Show

Just as I was awaiting the shuttle bus that would take me south to my Virginia Avenue hotel near Delta World Headquarters (which is called "Red Square" by Delta pilots), I wasn't surprised at all to find I had a voice mail in my cell.

"Hey unc ..." it began. "Gwenn and I are heading over to Buckhead for a little dinner and maybe a movie. I'll see you in a few weeks at home after your next airline trip."

It all came into focus at that moment for me. We aren't selling imaginary jets or imaginary airline service to people so we can make money. We are selling imaginary jets and service so that kids like Gwenn and Kermit can have a great career and a good life. Perhaps they'll marry and reproduce, resulting in a whole new generation of bored-looking, gray-haired pilots like me.

It's the circle of life.


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Gadget Mounts: RAM Takes Top Honors

Versa-True has more positioning flexibility but RAM's gadget cradle is superior and it costs half as much. Best value is the RAM suction mount.

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Sometime during the short but glorious history of general aviation gadgets, the notion that mounting some sort of accessory on the control yoke became accepted as a good idea. It wasn't, it isn't and it never will be. Festooning controls with wire-bound junk is at best a nuisance, at worst a safety hazard in turbulence or a crash.

Still, yoke mounting is a popular place to put portable navigators, so we're struck with yoke mounts. But accessory designers have at least come up with more sensibly designed yoke mounts, so we decided to do quick sampling of the market.

None of these devices are perfect, at least the ones that mount on a yoke. They tend to obstruct instruments and give the yoke a heavier-than-normal feel that's far from ideal. But the better ones at least improve the way the portable gadget mounts into its cradle and how the entire assembly fastens to the yoke.

Another option is the suction-cup mounts that allow you to stick the GPS on a side window or the windshield, braced against the glareshield. We tried a couple of those, too.

RAM Mounts

RAM Mounts has been at the portable gadget-mount business for 10 years and has more variety and flexibility in this product realm than any other manufacturer we know of. While RAM's products aren't without warts, they are so prolific that it's possible to mount just about anything to anything with RAM parts, from a GPS to a yoke to a laptop to the dash of your pick-up truck.

The technical core of the product is a ball-and-socket design consisting of a hard rubber ball attached to a mounting plate or flange that in turn affixes in some way to the gadget you want to mount. The socket portion of this design is found in an arm device consisting of two metal halves held together with a bolt working against a spring. Tightening the bolt adjusts tension on the ball and allows the arm to swing through a range of positions.

RAM's claim to fame is that it has more than 900 parts and pieces and to put together a yoke or suction mount, you select from this menu à la carte. For our test project, RAM sent us mounting hardware for a Garmin GPSMAP 296, both a yoke mount and a suction-cup mount. The yoke version retails for about $52. (RAM part number B-121-GA7.)

The RAM design has a beefy C-clamp-type gripper for the yoke shaft nicely cast of aluminum in black finish. It will easily accommodate shafts of most sizes, although it might be a stretch for a Beech yoke. The cradle RAM provides fits the GPSMAP 296 like a glove, with a positive, snap-in feel that holds the navigator securely. It's easy to remove and reinstall the gadget, a plus for the RAM system.

We're less impressed with RAM's flexibility in terms of mounting position. By loosening the plastic thumbnut, the arm can be positioned just about anywhere you want it but not really anywhere. Movement is somewhat restricted because the ball's shaft jams against the end of the arm in certain positions. This is the RAM system's major drawback and makes the yoke mount frustrating to use at times.

RAM Suction

One way to avoid the nuisance of a yoke mount is to not have one. RAM's alterative is a suction-cup base-mount that attaches to a side window or the inside of the windshield. Like the yoke clamp, the suction cup base has a ball to which an arm with its socket attaches. The gadget cradle fits into the other end of the arm, as with the yoke mount. The version we tried -- RAM B-166-GA7 -- retails for under $40.

Last time we tested the RAM suction mount, we heard reader complaints that the cup simply didn't grip well enough and would pop off the glass surface. RAM has since redesigned the cup with a clever rotating locking ring that draws up the cup's vacuum. With a spring scale, we found that it took 22 pounds of side pull to dislodge the suction cup and tugging at it straight out from the cup, we stopped pulling at 45 pounds. In short, the cup shouldn't pop off, even in turbulence. In fact, getting it off the glass can be a chore but the cup has a small lift tab to break the suction.

We prefer the suction-cup option to the yoke-mount option because it can attach to side windows or the windshield in any aircraft. The downside, however, is safety. During takeoff and landing or when encountering turbulence, we would recommend removing the mount to keep it from becoming a dangerous projectile. See RAM Mounts' Web site for ordering information.


VersaTrue Yoke

A relative newcomer to the gadget mount business is VersaTrue Mounting Systems, which offers a product line similar to but less extensive than RAM's. It's also based on a ball-and-socket principle but there are some definite differences between the two systems, mainly in the arm design.

Where RAM tensions the grip on the ball with a bolt/ thumbnut and spring, VersaTrue has a small over-center lever to set the tension. Rotating the lever adjusts the tension and snapping it down locks the socket arm on both balls. VersaTrue's better idea is that the arm sockets have semi-circular cutouts that promote more flexibility in positioning than the RAM system has. This also means that when the tensioning lever is released, the ball occasionally pops out of the socket. Careful adjustment will minimize this.

Where RAM has a dedicated gadget mount, VersaTrue has a universal mount with ratcheting arms. This is a mixed blessing; it accommodates more gadgets easily but doesn't hold the device as firmly, in our view. Price of the VersaTrue product we tested was about $103. See VersaTrue's Web site for more.


Honorable Mention

Two other mounts we tested include the Lobstermount and a universal yoke-mount sold by Wentworth Aircraft. Like VersaTrue, the Lobstermount -- $81.89 for the model we tried -- uses a ball-and-socket approach but rather than a socket arm, the mount has an arm similar to a pair of vice-grip pliers with the same type of locking mechanism. And like VersaTrue, the Lobstermount has a universal gadget mount with plastic spring arms that slide in slots milled into a plastic base. The mount will accept a range of gadgets, but compared to the other mounts, we thought its grip on the GPSmap 296 was somewhat tenuous.

We tried the Lobstermount with a suction cup similar to the RAM system. The cup easily resisted more than 30 pounds of side pull but we found that because of the arm length and cup design, the mount had more wobble and flex than we prefer. Once locked, the RAM mount is rock solid, by comparison. For more on the Lobstermount, visit Aeromedix or Lobstermount.

At Oshkosh, we saw an intriguing yoke mount being offered by a used aircraft parts house, Wentworth Aircraft. Wentworth bought a bunch of mounts from an accessory company that went bust and is selling them as universal gadget mounts for the yoke.

The mount is a simple flat-plate on a pivot with a yoke clamp. You're on your own to fasten the gadget to it with Velcro or some other means. At $30, this mount is cheap and probably perfect for a PDA or GPS with a flat back. The Velcro method didn't work well with the GPSMAP 296's convex backside, however.


Conclusion

Top dog here is the RAM system, in our view. While the VersaTrue products have a nicer fit and finish and a bit more flexibility in range of motion, they aren't exactly perfect. The universal gadget mount is a good idea but doesn't hold the device as securely as the RAM mounts do and the arm tension is a bit finicky to get just right.

But where RAM excels is in value. The VersaTrue system costs twice as much as the equivalent RAM solution but, in our view, it isn't twice as good. In this group of products, for under $50, the RAM suction-cup hardware strikes us as an outstanding value and you can use it in the airplane or the car, offering utility a simple yoke-mount can't match.



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AVweb's Monday Podcast: Chesapeake Sport Pilot — Training a New Breed of Pilot

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When the Light Sport Aircraft category and the Sport Pilot certificate were created a couple of years ago, proponents claimed a new era in aviation had begun because learning to fly would become so much more accessible under the relaxed training and medical rules. Well, if the experience of Chesapeake Sport Pilot is any indication, it would seem the original boosters were right on the money. AVweb's Russ Niles spoke with Tim Adelman, who helped found the flight school only seven months ago and has watched it grow faster than he ever imagined it would.

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FBO of the Week: Lockhart Aviation Service (Saskatoon Airport Esso, CYXE, Canada)

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AVweb's "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Lockhart Aviation Service's Saskatoon Airport Esso at CYXE in Saskatoon, Canada.

AVweb reader Jim Hinnen stopped in on a fishing trip and couldn't recommend Lockhart highly enough:

Owner/manager [Douglas Lockhart] ... directed us to phones, parked and tied us down, helped with baggage, and even ... suggested hotels where they had a better rate, then called [the] hotel for rooms and transportation. You could not have any better (friendly, courteous, helpful) service anywhere. Also, no tie-down charge! [I] tried to tip them, and they refused, saying our business was good enough.

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!

 
Fly Somewhere! Use AVweb's Calendar of Events
The skies are blue; you and your plane are ready. Check out AVweb's Calendar of Events for an event near you.

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Short Final

Overheard in IFR Magazine's 'On the Air' Section
Overheard in IFR Magazine's "On the Air"

The American League Championship series between Cleveland and Boston began on a Friday night. Early the next morning, after an IFR handoff to Boston Center, the pilot of a Boston-bound aircraft posed the all-important question:

Piper 123:
Sox win last night?

Boston Center:
Yeah!

Piper 123:
That's too bad.

[thoughtful pause]

Piper 123:
You're not going to make us hold now, are you?

Boston Center:
Probably not — but just remember, I'm not paying for the gas!

 
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