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Volume 18, Number 14a
April 2, 2012
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AVflash! Medical Certificate Reform Down Underback to top 

Australia's Civil Aviation Safety Agency (CASA) is considering "driver's licence" medical requirements for private pilots who want to fly mainly recreationally. However, there would still be some medical standards to be met beyond simply carrying a valid D.L. In a newsletter, CASA Director of Aviation Safety John McCormick said pilots would still need a note from their family doctors declaring their medical fitness to drive a car but after they got that they would email CASA and carry the declaration with them while flying. CASA also appears to be much less restrictive when it comes to aircraft than the joint AOPA/EAA proposal now before the FAA. More...

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Wait! ... What?back to top 

Flying is serious business and maybe that's why aviation organizations can't resist a prank or two on April Fool's Day. The web is replete with obvious gag postings for April 1 but a couple that caught our eye likely had some believers, initially at least. Canadian budget carrier WestJet likely had some customers laughing on the outside but crying on the inside that their YouTube video announcing the creation of child-free cabins on some flights was a hoax. The tipoff was footage of a couple of tots disappearing on a luggage conveyor before being loaded into the "Kargo Kids" compartment in the belly of one of its 737s. And an Ottawa vintage aviation collection turned some heads with an April 1 announcement of the creation of a special variant of the venerable Beaver. More...

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The Future of Researchback to top 

NASA plans to launch a "virtual institute" to solicit and foster innovative ideas that address technological challenges facing aviation and the U.S. air transportation system, the agency said on Tuesday. The NASA Aeronautics Research Institute (NARI) will be based at Moffett Field in California. "This institute will fulfill NASA's desire to make deliberate investments in innovative, early stage and potentially revolutionary aviation concepts and technologies," said Jaiwon Shin, NASA's associate administrator for aeronautics research. "We want innovation not only within our technical portfolio, but also in the management of it. NARI represents a new approach to introduce fresh lines of research." More...

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Powerhouse Partnership Produces Premium Panelsback to top 

Avidyne Corporation and Aspen Avionics announced a new autopilot interface that includes the popular Evolution Primary Flight Display and the DFC90 flight control system. The all-digital DFC90 interface was previously certified and limited to Cirrus and Piper PA-46 aircraft that are equipped with Avidyne's Entegra suite. But the DFC90 and Evolution PFD interface opens the interface potential to a wide variety of aircraft and aftermarket retrofits thanks to Aspen's sizeable Approved Model List (AML). The DFC90 includes full-time flight envelope protection and alerting as well as a straight and level mode. Since the DFC90 is an attitude-based autopilot the Aspen PFD is a logical interface given its proven AHARS system that seamlessly drives pitch and roll reference to the autopilot. Further, the DFC90 logically displays its mode annunciation on the Aspen PFD display using symbology and mode status color coding that was borrowed from the transport category aircraft world. More...

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Opinion & Commentaryback to top 

Over on the AVweb Insider blog, Paul Bertorelli checks in from Sun 'n Fun -- with a bevy of thoughts and name-checks on subjects ranging from the Redbird sim training program to what consitutes great customer service at FBOs to promising new engines and what Phil Boyer got up to at the show. Plus a few thoughts on getting around the show -- and missing some of the things you most want to see. Read more and join the conversation. More...

Paul Bertoreli's already spotted lots of changes this year at Sun 'n Fun, most of them positive. The fly-in's management is making subtle changes in how the show is marketed to local and regional audiences — and that's worth a few words on the AVweb Insider blog. Read more and join the conversation. More...

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

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...

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Your Favorite FBOsback to top 


AVweb's "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Flightways Columbus at Columbus Metropolitan Airport (KCSG) in (you guessed it) Columbus, Georgia. "The entire staff on more than one occasion has gone way beyond to make sure that I was happy," writes AVweb reader Matt Hinkle. "These guys really know what customer service means!"

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AVweb is actively seeking out the best FBOs in the country and another one, submitted by you, will be spotlighted here next Monday!


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The Lighter Side of Flightback to top 


While I was waiting for departure clearance, a student pilot was departing on a parallel runway and was cleared to cross my intended departure flight path. Concerned of a possible collision, he was maintaining healthy climb.

"Skycatcher 12345: While your climb performance is impressive, I would remind you that Class B Airspace starts at 3,000 feet."

[A long silence followed.]

Skycatcher 12345:
"Skycatcher 12345 leveling out at 2,500 feet."

Michael Landgraf
via e-mail


Heard anything funny, unusual, or downright shocking on the radio lately? If you've been flying any length of time, you're sure to have eavesdropped on a few memorable exchanges. The ones that gave you a chuckle may do the same for your fellow AVweb readers. Share your radio funny with us, and, if we use it in a future "Short Final," we'll send you a sharp-looking AVweb hat to sport around your local airport. No joke. Click here to submit your original, true, and previously unpublished story. More...

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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

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