View Online | View Extended Version | View Printer-Friendly Version (recommended for mobile devices)

Volume 18, Number 11b
March 15, 2012
Rod Machado's Private Pilot Training Basic 
eKit || Available from Aircraft Spruce & Specialty Co.
Aircraft Spruce Now Offers Rod Machado's Private Pilot eKits
A combination of convenient eBooks and physical training tools make up a high-quality private pilot training package. Rod Machado's unique and effective teaching style offers exceptional and documented results to aviation students of all levels. Very thorough, very detailed, very complete, highly illustrated — but taught in a way that makes you remember what you're supposed to be learning. Rod Machado has done an excellent job presenting a vast amount of required information to the student pilot. Call 1 (877) 4‑SPRUCE or visit
AVflash! Peering into the FAA's Crystal Ballback to top 

In its annual aviation forecast, released last week, the FAA said it expects the numbers of active general aviation aircraft to continue to decline slowly, but by 2025 the numbers should start to gradually increase. "Although the slow growth and expectations of a European recession has dampened the near-term prospects for general aviation, the long-term outlook remains favorable," the FAA said in its report. Business aviation is expected to grow faster, driven by a growing U.S. and world economy, and turboprops and jets will fare better than piston aircraft, with continuing growth of about 3 to 4 percent per year. The outlook is also good for light sport aircraft. The LSA fleet should grow about 4 percent per year until 2013, then increase about 2 percent yearly until 2032, the FAA said. The numbers of GA pilots and sport pilots also should continue to grow, but slowly, the FAA said. More...

Hartzell Aircraft Starters || 
Aviation-Manufactured, OEM-Endorsed, Factory-Installed - For Over 20 
Lycoming & Continental Aircraft Starters: Aviation-Manufactured, OEM-Endorsed, & Factory-Installed — For Over 20 Years
TCM supplier Hartzell Engine Technologies introduces the zero back torque M-Drive starter — the best lightweight starter designed to start even the hardest-cranking large-bore TCM engines while safely disengaging from the starter adapter. Lycoming-chosen E-Drive starters from Hartzell Engine Technologies are unaffected by kick-backs, saving hours of service time and replacement costs along with the best warranty available — two-year unlimited!

More on Hartzell Engine Technologies' aircraft starters ...
Safety & Lawback to top 

The fatal crash of an F-22 Raptor preceded a series of events that have left some confusion about the aircraft's life-support systems and more, and have now culminated in a lawsuit filed by the lost pilot's widow. Anna Haney's lawsuit names Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Honeywell International and Pratt & Whitney, alleging that critical life-support systems aboard the F-22 failed to "safely or properly provide breathable oxygen" to her husband while he flew the aircraft. It also accuses Lockheed of "fraud." An accident report issued by the Air Force in late 2011 said Captain Jeff Haney had become preoccupied with the problem and lost control of the jet. Early this month, however, the Air Force Chief of Staff said the Air Force did not blame Haney for the crash. More...

Buy Today and Ship Tomorrow - Over 50 
Engines in Process || Continental Motors
Stock Engines Expanded on Continental
Factory-Rebuilt and New Engines

Many models are available for immediate shipment. Others will ship within 1-2 weeks. Over 50 engines in process. Visit CMI's stock engine list daily for updates at
Baumgartner Test Delayedback to top 

The Red Bull Stratos team, which is preparing to beat a 52-year-old free-fall record with a jump from a balloon at 120,000 feet, cancelled a test flight this week when the balloon failed to operate properly. The team had planned to send their capsule to 60,000 feet above Roswell, N.M., where Felix Baumgartner would jump out to practice the fall back to earth. The test was rescheduled for Wednesday morning using a backup balloon, but fog at the landing site canceled it. The team plans to try again at 7 a.m. local time on Thursday morning, according to Baumgartner's Facebook page. More...

Aerial Tribute || Every Cloud a Monument
Ascension Scattering™: A Dignified Final Tribute for Any Aviator
Using a high-performance sailplane, Ascension Scattering™ releases cremated remains into strong thermals over the Rocky Mountains. The ashes are carried heavenward, making them part of the sky. Your family is invited to personalize the release to create an individualized memorial event. Optional video of the release serves as a lasting memorial. Contact Aerial Tribute to book an eternal flight, either as an advanced arrangement for yourself or as an arrangement for a loved one. Click here for a video overview.
High-Tech Headgearback to top 

A project at NASA Langley Research Center has created augmented reality glasses that can deliver critical information -- beyond airspeed, altitude, and attitude data -- to a pilot's eye, at all times, Innovation Daily reported Monday. Different from a fixed panel or even heads-up display, the head-worn display tracks the pilot's head movements. That feature will allow the unit to provide details like runways towers and taxiways where they would appear within the pilot's field of view, regardless of head movements, and whether or not they are obscured in natural vision by fog or darkness. When mated to digital NextGen routes, the system could paint a virtual runway centerline and also project paths to create a visual pathway instead of taxi instructions. More...

GAMI - General Aviation Modifications, Inc. 
|| Engineering the Future of General Aviation
Over 20,000 Happy GAMIjectors® Customers Can't Be Wrong!
GAMIjectors® have given these aircraft owners reduced 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.
Places to Go, Pilots to Seeback to top 

Women in Aviation International wrapped up its annual conference over the weekend, drawing 3,350 participants to Dallas, a new attendance record for the event. "Our numbers were up almost 8 percent from last year," said WAI President Peggy Chabrian. Participants at the conference represent diverse interests within the aviation community, including military, commercial, corporate and recreational flying. Men as well as women of all ages are welcome. The event is known for its focus on career-building, and this year was no exception, with dozens of companies and organizations on site to actively recruit new employees. WAI also awarded 85 scholarships worth $559,680 to members at every stage of life, from university students to mature members seeking a mid-life career change to aviation. More...

This year's Sun 'n Fun International Fly-In and Expo will launch on Tuesday, March 27, less than two weeks away, turning the small airport in Lakeland, Fla., into one of the busiest fields in the world. The show is earlier than usual this year, as organizers try to avoid conflicts with other events, especially the Aero Friedrichshafen show in Germany, which attracts many of the same general aviation exhibitors. Starting next year, however, Sun 'n Fun plans to return to April dates through 2020. After last year's tornado, show officials worked to meet federal guidelines to ensure safety in case of stormy weather. The show is now officially "StormReady," with designated shelter areas and enhanced alert systems. More...

Lightspeed Trade-Up Program || We'll Put 
Our Money Where Your Headset Is
Lightspeed Aviation Trade-Up Program
Your old less-than-perfect headset has trade-in value on our new Zulu.2 or Sierra headsets. Just visit us online at, click on our Trade-Up Program, and discover how easy it is to own the headset most pilots prefer. Quiet and clarity never felt so comfortable. You get an incredible headset at a great price from a company that is totally committed to aviation. Headsets for aviation is our only passion.

Click here to learn more and to find a dealer near you.
What You Missed in AVwebBiz This Weekback to top 

Diamond Aircraft says it's very close to flying a fly-by-wire version of its Austro-diesel-powered DA42 twin and the company's CEO Christian Dries told AVweb that he sees this technology as an "electronic parachute." On a visit to Diamond's headquarters at Wiener Neustadt, south of Vienna, AVweb was shown a test project under way in the company's Multi-Platform division that included a conventional stick but electric servos to operate control surfaces. This technology, says Dries, will be incorporated into the autopilot and he believes it will eventually evolve to include both flight envelope protection and full auto-land capability for the DA42. Dries told us he sees this technology as the trend of the future and that it's inevitable. In a clear dig at the Cirrus BRS system, Dries calls the technology "an electronic parachute" because once refined, it would be continuously available to bail the pilot out of any unusual flight attitude or emergency and would work passively, which the BRS parachute does not. More...

The Boeing 787 was chosen for the 2011 Robert J. Collier Trophy, which honors the "greatest achievement in aeronautics or astronautics in America," the National Aeronautic Association announced on Tuesday. The jet was one of four finalists for the award, along with the Lockheed C-5M Super Galaxy, the Gamera human-powered helicopter, and Pipistrel's Taurus G4 electric-powered airplane. "We were very pleased with this year's slate of nominations -- all of them were impressive, inspirational, and innovative, and certainly represent the future of aviation and aerospace," said Walter Boyne, NAA chairman. "We congratulate Boeing on their great accomplishment with the 787." The mid-size, long-range, fuel-efficient 787 Dreamliner was certified last year. More...


Have you signed up yet for AVweb's no-cost weekly business aviation newsletter, AVwebBiz?

Delivered every Wednesday morning, AVwebBiz focuses on the companies, the products and the industry leaders that make headlines in the business aviation industry, making it a must-read.

Add AVwebBiz to your AVweb subscriptions today by clicking here and choosing "Update E-mail Subscriptions."


Diamond Aircraft
Find Out Why Leading Flight Training Schools
Fly Diamond Aircraft!

Diamond Aircraft offers the only complete modern fleet of technically-advanced training aircraft, along with model-specific flight training devices and a safety record that is second to none. Call now to find out why leading flight training schools around the globe fly Diamond Aircraft.
Opinion & Commentaryback to top 

When Diamond announced the DA42 in 2003 with new, untried diesels, we thought they were nuts. But they've sold hundreds of them to happy owners. Now they're about to roll out a new, improved version of the DA42, and AVweb's Paul Bertorelli got a demo flight. Question is, can it take on Cirrus head-on for the personal transportation market? Read Paul's latest post to the AVweb Insider blog and place your bets in the comments. More...

Although the sales of Diamond's innovative twin took a nosedive in 2008, it enjoyed good timing on one thing: As the UAV market bloomed, it discovered that the DA42 could be equipped with sensors and cameras and flown both more cheaply and flexibly than either a UAV or a helo with sensors. On the AVweb Insider blog, Paul Bertorelli discusses the details. Read more and join the conversation. More...

AVbuys || AVweb Stories About Great Deals 
in Aviation
Fly More for Less
Visit the AVbuys page for discounts, rebates, incentives, bargains, special offers, bonus depreciation, or tax benefits to help stretch your budget. We're helping you to locate and view current offers instantly, with a direct link to sponsors' web sites for details.

Click for the resource page.
The Top Reporter on Our Crack Staff ... Is You!back to top 

AVweb reader Bill Menzel wrote to us a few weeks ago: "A columnist in an aviation magazine recently mentioned in passing that he thought many pilots are actually afraid of heights. Are you afraid of heights?" It's an interesting question: Are you afraid of heights?

Plus: Last week, we asked AVweb readers about Friends of the Earth's California lawsuit over lead in avgas; click through to see the breakdown of their responses. More...

Our best stories start with you. If you've heard something 255,000 pilots might want to know about, tell us. Submit news tips via email to What have you heard? More...

Light Plane Maintenance || Practical 
Maintenance Advice for Mechanics and Pilots
40 Top Maintenance Tips at No Cost to You!
Subscribe to Light Plane Maintenance now and receive these time- & money-saving tips! Find out how much money you can save on annuals and overhauls!

Click here to subscribe.
AVweb Media: Look, Listen, Laugh and Learnback to top 

This week, Rotax rolled out its new 912iS light aircraft engine at its Gunskirchen, Austria factory. AVweb was there, and here's a full video report on the new engine, which features dual electronic fuel injection, dual ignition, and power options. The engine will be ready for volume shipments as early as May of 2012. More...

Traditional Tactics Need a Fresh Approach
Doing the same thing and expecting different results is the definition of insanity. Isn't it time to initiate a digital marketing program with AVweb that will deliver traffic and orders directly to your web site? Discover several new and highly successful marketing options to use in lieu of static print or banner campaigns. Click now for details.
Your Favorite FBOsback to top 


AVweb reader Ed Abrams received outstanding service on his visit to our latest "FBO of the Week" — Cape Aviation at Cape Girardeau Regional Airport (CGI) in Cape Girardeau, Missouri:

We diverted to this airport because of the weather. Winds were 220 at 23 gusting to 36 on landing. Line crew came out and tied the plane down before we got out of the plane, then loaned us a courtesy car for the night to get to the hotel. When we arrived at the airport the following morning, they brought the plane into the hangar to deice. Line crew also cleaned the windows after fueling.

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!


Reader-Submitted Photosback to top 

This week's winning photo comes from Frantisek Manik of of Poprad (Slovakia). Click here for the rest of this week's submissions. More...

Names Behind the Newsback to top 


AVwebFlash is a twice-weekly summary of the latest news, articles, products, features, and events featured on AVweb, the world's premier independent aviation news resource.

The AVwebFlash team is:

Tom Bliss

Editorial Director, Aviation Publications
Paul Bertorelli

Russ Niles

Contributing Editors
Mary Grady
Glenn Pew

Scott Simmons

Kevin Lane-Cummings
Jeff Van West

Have a product or service to advertise on AVweb? Your advertising can reach over 225,000 loyal AVwebFlash, AVwebBiz, and AVweb home page readers every week. Over 80% of our readers are active pilots and aircraft owners. That's why our advertisers grow with us, year after year. For ad rates and scheduling, click here or contact Tom Bliss, via e-mail or via telephone [(480) 525-7481].

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.

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

Aviate. Navigate. Communicate.