Zulu Time ... From
See the ANR headset everyone's talking about at
BORDER CHECKS TO INCLUDE SCREENING FOR NUKES
Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO), which is part of the Department of
Homeland Security (DHS), is working to strengthen its ability to detect
radiation and nuclear devices in the international GA environment. The
DNDO is evaluating equipment that it will use to support this mission,
according to a "General Aviation Fact Sheet" published by the DHS on
Monday. The goal is to "further minimize the vulnerability of GA and
private aircraft flights being used to deliver illicit materials,
transport dangerous individuals or employ the aircraft as a weapon," the
fact sheet says. The DHS plans to screen aircraft at sites outside the
border, to ensure that illicit materials do not enter the U.S.
CHIEF CHERTOFF PUSHES FOR MORE GA OVERSIGHT
Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Michael Chertoff made clear in a
speech on Monday that he wants more scrutiny of general aviation
aircraft that cross the U.S. border -- but while his main concern
appears to be with large corporate jets, his proposals don't distinguish
between the different types of GA activity. Chertoff discussed his
concerns at a meeting of the NATA Business Aviation Roundtable, in
Washington, D.C., and the industry was quick to respond. "We will
continue to oppose any regulations that place restrictions on GA that
outweigh the actual security threat," said AOPA President Phil Boyer. "One size doesn't --
and shouldn't -- fit all." Chertoff's plans include creating a
partnership with overseas FBOs, in which the FBO will check boarding
passengers against the manifests on file. The DHS is working with
Signature Flight Support in Ireland and Alaska, and plans to have the
program in place by the end of this year. More...
Rescue Tape Is Now Available
at Aircraft Spruce
is a self-fusing silicone repair product with
infinite uses. First used by the U.S. military and now seen at trade
shows, this is the most versatile and easy-to-use emergency repair
product available. Stretch, wrap, and Get Rescued
! Repair leaks
on plumbing and hoses in a flash, use for electrical wiring or as shrink
wrap, and more. For information, call Aircraft Spruce
CONGRESS RAID THE AVIATION TRUST FUND?
That's the question
raised by a Wall Street Journal commentary on Wednesday. The
procedural rules that would allow it to happen are complex -- the
sausage factory analogy certainly applies -- but according to the WSJ,
Congress could pilfer the $10 billion per year raised by airline excise
taxes (and GA fuel taxes) and use it to balance the budget so they don't
have to impose higher taxes on the middle class -- as they would
otherwise have to, under their own rules, to balance the budget. This
sleight of hand will be made possible only if the House allows general
tax revenue to fund the FAA. Thus, according to the WSJ, there is a
major political incentive for Congress to change the FAA's funding
structure, to solve their own political problems. More...
GROUNDED, STRUCTURAL FAILURE SUSPECTED
The Air Force
suspended non-mission-critical F-15 flight operations on Saturday, the
day after the crash of a Missouri Air National Guard F-15C during a
training flight. Preliminary findings indicated that a structural
failure of the aircraft may have occurred, the U.S. Air Force said. However, the accident is still
under investigation and the indefinite suspension of flight operations
is a "precautionary measure," according to the Air Force. The Air Force
flies more than 700 of the aging F-15 fighters, which date back to 1975.
They are gradually being replaced by the F-22 Raptor. The Missouri jet
crashed in a wooded area about 120 miles southwest of St. Louis. The
pilot ejected and was released from a hospital Saturday after treatment
for a dislocated shoulder, a broken arm and minor cuts.
Adam, Cirrus, Columbia,
Diamond, Liberty ...
The most respected new aircraft on the market all choose Continental
engines. Bring your aircraft up to speed with a genuine Continental
engine. Select from factory-new, factory-rebuilt, or factory-backed
overhauls by Mattituck. Add value to your aircraft and the peace-of-mind
that you're flying behind the best Continental
Click here for further details
ON FUEL LEADS TO MORE "EMERGENCIES"
At busy Newark Liberty
International Airport, just outside New York, 73 flights landed after
telling controllers they were operating with minimum or low fuel during
six months this year, compared to just five flights making the same
declaration during a similar period in 2005. An additional 10 flight
crews declared an emergency fuel situation, requesting to land
immediately, according to WABC News. The WABC report blames cash-strapped
airlines for pressuring their crews to carry minimum fuel, saving money
by cutting weight on the flights. "They're taking away the margin of
safety," former NTSB Chairman James Hall told WABC. "Seeing numbers like
that, the FAA administrators should be calling the airlines in on the
carpet and find out what's going on." WABC also cites anonymous reports
from NASA's aviation safety reporting system in which one pilot says an
airline's "fuel saving program takes preference over safety," and
another writes, "It's a case of dice rolling at its most dangerous."
PROVES ONE ENGINE IS ENOUGH
"I heard this huge bang, and [the
man next to me] said, that's our engine that's just fallen off. I
couldn't believe it. He had to repeat it to me," passenger Ronel Derma
told the Independent News. A Nationwide Boeing 737 was taking
off from South Africa's Cape Town International Airport on Wednesday
afternoon when the right-hand engine separated from the wing. "The
aircraft returned and landed ... without further incident," the airline
said. The landing was safe and none of the 106 passengers was hurt. "The
plane started to shake a bit, but what was amazing was the staff and
passengers, everybody was so calm," said Derma. "There was no hysteria,
no nothing, it was amazing." More...
Download No-Cost Runway Flash
Landing a plane is tough. Flying into unfamiliar runways makes it even
tougher and more dangerous. Ensure you and your crew's safety by
downloading these no-cost flash cards today. Each of the 23 flash cards
displays an airport sign or pavement marking as well as the required
pilot action. Use them as a quick reference before your departure or
during your flight.
Download the Runway Safety Flash
AIRLINE CANCELS ROUTE FOR LACK OF CREW
independent regional airline, Regional Express (Rex), announced on Monday it will suspend one of its
routes due to ongoing pilot shortages. "We are extremely disappointed
that we have had to take this drastic action," said Rex Managing
Director Geoff Breust. "However, given the pilot shortage, we are faced
with the choice of suspending some of our regular services to build up a
reserve buffer or canceling [flights] each time a pilot calls in sick."
To cope with the ongoing shortage, Rex has started its own training
academy, which will start next month with a class of 20 in a 32-week
course. Breust called on the major airlines in Australia to follow Rex's
lead and train their own pilots, "instead of simply poaching massively
from the regional airlines and the pilot training schools."
INDIA, PILOT CERTIFICATES FOR A PRICE
A certified flight
instructor in India has been accused of selling his endorsement to
commercial pilot applicants without conducting the required checkrides
in at least 25 cases, the Times of India reported on Tuesday. The pilot
candidates had been trained abroad and applied for conversion to Indian
licenses. The instructor should have checked each applicant's skills in
night flying, day flying, and instrument procedures. Entries were made
in the applicants' logbooks that they flew in aircraft belong to a local
charter company, but the company said its aircraft were never used,
according to police. "It is very significant as the authenticity of
entries in the student's flight log books are never verified," an
instructor told the Times. "These checks are the only means of knowing
whether the student has actually taken any flying training and whether
he/she knows [how] to fly." More...
Learn to Fly Green of Peak!
Advanced Pilot Seminars
' hands-on engine operating course
November 16-18 in Ada, Oklahoma uses the most advanced engine cell and
state-of-the-art multimedia technology. APS
shows how to lean
your engine the right way, without sacrificing performance or
durability. With the high cost of avgas, this course will pay for itself
in fuel savings, plus you'll enjoy lower maintenance bills while
sharpening engine monitor interpretation skills. Call (225)
. Space is limited.
Sign up now!
THE FLY ...
A US Airways crew on Monday said cockpit odor
made them sick...
USAF's oldest T-38, age 46, flew for the last time
GAMA has elected Cirrus CEO Alan Klapmeier 2008
A high schooler who buzzed a football game in a 172 is
AFSS Is Up to Speed. And Gaining
The new automated flight services system is here. Revolutionizing flight
service operations. Reducing legacy sites. Bringing 15 upgraded sites
and three hubs online. Retaining 1,200 specialists. Marrying local needs
with national information sources. The result: ever-improving levels of
performance. And a future of efficient, effective service that give
general aviation pilots more flexibility than they've ever thought
To see for yourself, visit
Last Call for Mike Busch's West-Coast
Mike Busch just returned from conducting two sold-out Savvy Owner
in Albuquerque and Tulsa and will be doing one final
seminar in 2007: December 1-2 in Burbank, California. For 2008, he'll be
conducting four more in Austin, Chicago, Las Vegas, and Norfolk. Sign up
for one of these classes and learn how to save thousands of dollars on
maintenance costs, year after year. Do it before your next annual
inspection! For complete details (and to reserve your space),
OF THE WEEK: PANORAMA FLIGHT SERVICE (WESTCHESTER COUNTY AIRPORT, WHITE
AVweb's "FBO of
the Week" ribbon goes to Panorama Flight Service at Westchester County
Airport (KHPN) in White Plains, N.Y.
"Panorama Flight Service goes
out of their way to serve pilots and passengers," according to
AVweb reader George Samara, who also raved about the princely
treatment he received there:
They are the only FBO I
know of that provides free: a flavored coffee service, a large container
of Gorp Mix, a large container of Jelly Beans, a large container of
small chocolates, and (for all pilots) a selection of seven different
kinds of cheesecake (which were awesome). Oh, and they also provide
several kinds of free granola bars, and a great Crew Lounge with two
computer terminals and two phones. Did I mention that there are three
phones in the lobby, too?
Keep those nominations
coming. For complete contest rules, click here.
actively seeking out the best FBOs in the country and another one,
submitted by you, will be spotlighted here next Monday!
Diamond DA40 A Fleet Favorite
Airline Transport Professionals, Beijing PanAm, Empire Aviation,
European-American Aviation, Middle Tennessee State University, Sabena
Airline Training Academy, Utah Valley State College, and Utah State
University have all selected the G1000-equipped Diamond DA40
value, efficiency, and safety, the Diamond Aircraft DA40 is the fleet
Go online for information on all Diamond
OF THE WEEK: AVWEB'S FLYING PHOTOGRAPHY SHOWCASE
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." Bob Steinbauer of Billings, Montana sent
in this photo snapped by Jason
Newby, which takes the top spot as our "Picture of the Week."
Watch your inbox, Bob: We'll sending a pair of hats one for you
and one for Jason. More...
Shop From Your Computer for Perfect Pilot
When purchasing gifts for family, friends, and flying buddies, go to
's Holiday Shopping Page
is the perfect place to find the right gifts for pilots and aviation
enthusiasts. And for yourself forward the link as a hint to what
It's easy online, with
AVweb News Delivered to Your Home Page
or Web Site
Get the latest AVweb
news delivered to your home page or
web site with just a few mouse clicks. It's easy to cut and paste the
Really Simple Syndication
) link into your My
, My Yahoo!
, My MSN
, or other home page.
Click here to get started
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.
AVwebFlash team is:
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
Have a product or service to advertise
on AVweb? A question on marketing? Send it to AVweb's
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
Navigate. Communicate. More...