AVwebBiz Complete Issue: Volume 9, Number 12

March 23, 2011

By The AVweb Editorial Staff
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LaHood Supports GA At Wichita Rally

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood told a rally of about 2,000 general aviation workers at the Cessna factory in Wichita, Kan., on Monday that he will advocate for GA in Washington. "I am proud to stand with you, to work with you and to fight with you to make sure that general aviation ... continues to flourish," he said. "You will be one of the leaders in helping the global economy pick up. ... I believe the industry's efforts are crucial to President Obama's goal of doubling exports within five years." The crowd also heard from industry leaders, and state and local officials. Cessna CEO Jack Pelton told The Associated Press that LaHood met privately with GA executives before the rally and expressed support for the industry. "You couldn't ask for a better outcome," Pelton said. LaHood also said he would lobby President Obama to visit Wichita to learn about the GA industry.

Pelton and other industry executives asked LaHood to help them work more efficiently with the FAA to certify new aircraft and to streamline the regulations that govern the export of GA aircraft, the AP said. The rally was organized by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association in partnership with Cessna, Hawker Beechcraft, Bombardier Learjet and general aviation suppliers throughout Kansas. The general aviation industry supports 1.2 million jobs in the U.S. and contributes more than $150 billion to the nation's economy, according to GAMA.

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AEA 2011 back to top 

AEA Underway In Reno

The curtain will rise on the latest in aircraft electronics technology this morning (March 23) as tech companies unveil the newest wonder boxes at the Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA) convention in Reno. Check AVweb through the day for updates on some of them. There are more than 30 new product announcements at the show, which formally began Tuesday (March 22) with some association business.

Five directors were elected to serve three-year terms as members of the board of directors. They are: Gary Hapster, Duncan Aviation; Jeanne Rau-Flattery, Millennium International; Matt Fowle, Mid-Continent Instruments West; Rick Ochs, Spirit Avionics; Gary Picou, PS Engineering. Later in the week, the winners of the Member of the Year and Associate Member of the Year awards will be announced.

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Fight Over SMO Rages On back to top 

L.A. City Council Seeks To Close Flight Schools

Responding to complaints from residents about noise and fumes from the Santa Monica Airport, members of the Los Angeles City Council have asked lobbyists in Washington to pressure the FAA to close all five flight schools at the field, change a flight path, and ultimately shut down the airport. The airport is one of the oldest in the region, and over the years residential areas have encroached on the field. "They knew they were moving into a house near an airport, and it cost a little less," Stuart Cook, owner of Skyway Aviation, told the L.A. Business Journal. "It's kind of scary to think they're trying to close the flight schools. We train a lot of pilots that go on to work at airlines." The airport handles about 285 operations a day, and due to local congestion, private jets often spend a lot of time idling on the runway. The flight path changes aim to address that.

FAA spokesman Ian Gregor says the agency is evaluating whether to change the departure procedures. "Preliminary results from a six-month test of the proposed heading [change] showed that assigning it to an average of just eight aircraft a day significantly reduced departure delays at both Santa Monica and LAX," Gregor told the local Argonaut newspaper. He also said the operators of the airport have accepted federal grants that would prevent them from evicting the flight schools "without just cause." Last July, a pilot who was practicing touch-and-goes died when his Cessna 152 crashed on a local golf course, adding to neighbors' concerns about airport safety. "It makes no sense to have training in an urban environment," said Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl. "My ultimate hope is that the flight path can be changed and this airport can eventually be shut down."

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Paying the Piper — Or Pilatus, As the Case May Be back to top 

Politics And Private Airplanes Collide In Missouri

The use of private aviation by public figures is back in the spotlight, this time in Missouri where the state's former auditor and now Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill has admitted to some bookkeeping lapses of her own. Last week, she cut a check to the Department of the Treasury for $88,000 to reimburse the government for charter fees she'd billed while flying in the Pilatus PC-12 she owns with her husband, St Louis developer Joe Shepard. McCaskill said the whole thing was an "innocent mistake" but, as can happen when issues like this hit the public arena, there were some further complications for the senator and the checkbook got another workout.

It turns out that even though the aircraft is registered with Shepard's Delaware company, Timesaver LLC, Missouri property taxes still apply and on Monday McCaskill paid four years worth of back taxes on the $3 million Pilatus, a total of $290,000. That revelation has prompted a call by her political opponents to make her personal income tax returns available for scrutiny, something she's not legally obliged to do but, according to her critics, is morally compelled to do given her election platform and recent statements. McCaskill ran on a "transparency" ticket.

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News Briefs back to top 

Are You Flying with a Continental PowerLink System?

If so, we would like to hear your impressions of the system for a follow-up article on this product, which Continental might be about to take another run at promoting. Drop us a line at pbertorelli@avweb.com, and we'll get back to you.

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The aviation community is coming together to help Kyle and Amanda Franklin get back on their feet and eventually back in the air after their mishap at Air Fiesta at the Brownsville/South Padre Island Airport. If you'd like to contribute, click on the banner at right to visit the ICAS Foundation web site.

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Opinion & Commentary back to top 

AVweb Insider Blog: LaHood's Speech — How I'd Have Written It

From AVweb Insider to Washington insider? Not quite. Paul Bertorelli may not hold the title of Secretary of Transportation, but after hearing Ray LaHood's speech in Wichita, he wanted to try his hand at making a few promises to the aviation community. And while he may not be headed to the Beltway anytime soon, you can read his speech and add your own comments here.

AVweb Insider Blog: Is Potomac Airfield Our Tahrir Square?

O.K., so it's a reach. Professional nudge (and Potomac Airfield owner and operator) David Wartofksy has asked the DOT to review the onerous security procedures that burden anyone flying into the District of Columbia. In the latest installment of our AVweb Insider blog, Paul Bertorelli asks the obvious (and, to some, unthinkable) question: Isn't it time we just stop doing this stuff?

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The Top Reporter on Our Crack Staff ... Is You! back to top 

Associate Editor Opening

One of our sister aviation publications is looking for an associate editor. If you are a savvy, motivated layout master and wordsmith, they would love to hear from you. (There's a link to contact them beneath the following job description.)

Job Description: Associate Editor

Associate Editor will provide primary editorial support to Editor of consumer aviation magazine, which may include rewriting press releases for publication, web postings, copy and substantive editing of articles, departments and columns, preparation of galleys for review, writing articles, sizing and color correction of photos, enterprise reporting, proofreading and packaging of layouts for offsite production staff.


  • Two years of magazine or similar experience
  • Strong copy editing/substantive editing/fact-checking skills
  • Skilled in using CS3 Suite/Mac, MS Office
  • Interest in aviation
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively from a home office
  • Intellectual curiosity and willingness to learn
  • Strong work ethic and self-motivation
  • Clear written and verbal communication skills
  • Solid organizational skills
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Sensitivity to and ability to meet deadlines
  • Ability to internalize and adhere to publication's style guide/style sheets
  • Willingness to travel occasionally

Desirable Skills

  • Experience in building things
  • Experience leveraging social networking/web to encourage product visibility and reader interaction
  • Digital video/still photography, video editing
  • Pilot's license

This is a telecommute position. To apply, submit a cover letter, resume and three clips to BelvoirJobOpportunity@avweb.com. (Resume and cover letter should be Microsoft Word attachments; please attach clips as PDFs.)

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Who's Where back to top 

Jones, Lee Join Matrix

Russell JonesJeremy Lee

Russell Jones has been named Director of Sales for Latin America, and Jeremy Lee is the new holder of that position for the Asia-Pacific Region for Matrix Aviation. Both will be based at the Wichita head office.

Who's Where? You Tell Us

Get a promotion or a new job? Your colleagues want to know about it, and AVwebBiz can get the word out. Drop us a line about the staff appointment, with a nice recent photo, and we'll do our best to include it in our new section, "Who's Where." The items will be permanently archived on AVweb for future reference, too.

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AVweb Media: Look, Listen, Laugh and Learn back to top 

Video: Legend Cub vs. CubCrafters LSA

Original, Exclusive Videos from AVweb | Reader-Submitted & Viral Videos

To look at an original Piper J-3 Cub, you'd have to say, "What's the big deal?" Tube and fabric construction and a cork for a gas gauge. Yet the Cub idea endures in the form of several LSA Cub clones. In this video, AVweb's Paul Bertorelli gets a flight demo in the Legend Cub and in CubCrafters' S2.

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Names Behind the News back to top 

Meet the AVwebBiz Team

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

The AVwebBiz team is:

Timothy Cole

Editorial Director, Aviation Publications
Paul Bertorelli

Russ Niles

Contributing Editors
Mary Grady
Glenn Pew

Features Editor
Kevin Lane-Cummings

Scott Simmons

Jeff van West

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