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Volume 13, Number 43a
October 22, 2007
 
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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). More...

 
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Environmental Concernsback 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. More...

 
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Aircraft Taxesback 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.” More...

 
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News Briefsback 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. More...

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. More...

 
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News Briefsback 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. More...

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. More...

 
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News Briefsback to top 
 

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. More...

ON THE FLY ...
NATCA to discuss staffing levels at news conference ...
DoT wants flights to JFK cut by 20 percent ...
Sioux City sticks with SUX. More...

 
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We Couldn't Do It Without Readers Like You ...back to top 
 

AVMAIL: OCT. 22, 2007
Reader mail this week about Bob Hoover, Customs passenger manifests, Columbia's sale and more. More...

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. More...

AVWEB'S NEWSTIPS ADDRESS ...
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...

 
Mike Busch Is Winding Up the Savvy Aviator Seminar Schedule for 2007
Mike Busch will be offering his acclaimed Savvy Owner Seminar in California and Oklahoma. In one information-packed weekend, you will learn how to have a safer, more reliable aircraft while saving thousands of dollars on maintenance costs, year after year. For complete details (and to reserve your space), click here.
 
New on AVwebback to top 
 

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

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. More...

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. More...

AVWEB'S MONDAY PODCAST: CHESAPEAKE SPORT PILOT — TRAINING A NEW BREED OF PILOT
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. More...

 
Attention, LSA Builders & ROTAX 912 Engine Operators
ASA, the industry's leader in aviation supplies, software, and publications, offers the ROTAX Engine Introduction DVD with tips and techniques for trouble-free operation of Light Sport Aircraft (LSA) with the ROTAX engine. This DVD also provides an introduction to the specific concepts important to maintaining the ROTAX 912. Go online for complete details and bonus features!
 
Your Favorite FBOsback to top 
 

FBO OF THE WEEK: LOCKHART AVIATION SERVICE (SASKATOON AIRPORT ESSO, CYXE, CANADA)

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!

More...

 
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.

If you have an event you want folks to know about, post it at no cost on AVweb's Calendar of Events.
 
The Lighter Side of Flightback to top 
 

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!

More...

 
Knowledge Is Power; Knowledge Is Also a Safety Factor When Flying IFR
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More AVweb In Your Inboxback to top 
 

AVWEBBIZ: AVWEB'S BUSINESS AVIATION NEWSLETTER
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Names Behind the Newsback to top 
 

MEET THE AVWEBFLASH TEAM

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:

Publisher
Timothy Cole

Editorial Director, Aviation Publications
Paul Bertorelli

Editor-in-Chief
Russ Niles

Contributing Editors
Mary Grady
Glenn Pew

Features Editor
Kevin Lane-Cummings

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