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Volume 18, Number 17b
April 26, 2012
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Aircraft Spruce & Specialty will be hosting their annual East Coast Super Sale & Fly-In Saturday, May 5, 2012 from 8:00am to 4:00pm in Peachtree City, Georgia. Discounted prices, spectacular raffle prizes, and a free lunch will be enjoyed by all in attendance. Lots of opportunities to win raffle prizes from some of your favorite vendors, and a complimentary shuttle will be offered to and from Falcon Field airport. For more information, please call 1 (877) 4‑SPRUCE or visit
AVflash! Eclipse 550 Moves Toward Productionback to top 
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The FAA has granted Eclipse Aerospace a Production Certificate for the new Eclipse 550 twin-engine very light jet, signaling an FAA-certified production process and established supply chain for the aircraft. Senior Vice President of Eclipse, Cary Winter, explained Eclipse is now well-positioned for production and the company now looks forward "to advancing the Eclipse 550 aircraft to full scale production." The company, which has focused on providing service parts and support for the Eclipse fleet, plans to now advance toward production with the help of financial backing won in February 2011. More...

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Speed Testsback to top 

The U.S. Air Force is planning to fly a drone this summer to test technologies that will be needed for new kinds of lightweight supersonic aircraft with flexible wings, according to a news release from NASA. The drone itself, the X-56A, is subsonic, but the knowledge gained about flutter and gust suppression will be used in designing the proposed supersonic X-54, NASA said. The tests this summer will take place at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center in California. After the Air Force completes its tests, NASA plans to take over the X-56A for continued testing. More...

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On the Chain Gangback to top 

Among the first things student pilots learn is the importance of a thorough walkaround and a California man now has plenty of time to ponder the wisdom of that precaution. Police in Compton, Calif., allege that Troy Long, of Bellflower, described as a "former student pilot," pulled a gun on staff at the Compton/Woodley Airport when they discovered him taking keys from the hook. They say he then bolted for a Cessna 152 parked outside. As staff called the authorities, Long started the aircraft and made good his escape -- except for one thing. He didn't unhook the chain holding the tail to the concrete. More...

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Now That's a Hobbyback to top 

Air traffic controller and private pilot James Price has never flown a jet, but he has logged plenty of time in the cockpit of an actual 737 that he converted into a flight simulator and keeps in his garage. Price had already been working on earlier versions of his simulator when a life change and similarly motivated friend led him to pursue his pastime with renewed vigor. Price told the Mercury News that on the advice of friend Matt Ford (who had already hauled home his own 737 cockpit), he visited a boneyard in Ardmore, Okla. There, Price found and purchased a 2,500-pound 737 cockpit shell of his own for $1,500. He then brought it to a hangar at Livermore Municipal Airport, in California, where he got to work. It's come a long way since then. Price now estimates his total dollar investment at close to $150,000. (Video after the jump.) More...

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What You Missed in AVwebBiz This Weekback to top 

Cessna has run into delays certifying its Skycatcher light sport aircraft in Europe, according to the Wichita Business Journal, and has returned deposits to some of its European customers. A Cessna spokesman said no new orders will be taken in Europe until it has worked out a plan for securing certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency. As an LSA, the Skycatcher doesn't require an FAA type certificate or production certificate for U.S. sales, but the closest EASA equivalent would require the aircraft to have both, according to the Business Journal. Cessna said it is working with EASA to find an "economical solution." More...

A bill filed in the House last week aims to extend the FAA's new airline fatigue rules to cover cargo pilots, but the effort is already drawing opposition from the cargo industry. The new FAA rules, scheduled to take effect in January 2014, stipulate that pilots must get at least 10 hours of off-duty time between flights, and can't fly more than five consecutive night shifts. The bill to change that, called the Safe Skies Act (PDF), was filed by U.S. Reps. Chip Cravaack, R-Minn., and Tim Bishop, D-N.Y. FedEx told The Hill that it would be a bad idea to impose the rules on cargo carriers. More...


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Opinion & Commentaryback to top 

On the AVweb Insider blog, Paul Bertorelli lauds the Senate for tapping the brakes on the FAA's plans to charge for navigation data and wonders why it doesn't focus the same oversight on the FAA's long-delayed unleaded fuel transition committee. Read more and join the conversation. More...

This year, for the first time, Aero Friedrichshafen became an annual show, and as a result, it was a bit smaller than usual, according to veteran exhibitors. But on the AVweb Insider blog, Paul Bertorelli's summary reports on plenty of new stuff, including the Cirrus jet announcement, the stunning Pipistrel Panthera and more LSAs, ultralights and autogyros than we could even count. Attendance at Aero hovers around the 33,000 mark, but it's a potent audience of people who are seriously interested in aviation. More...

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

The FAA is reworking its sleep rules for big iron pilots, and it's causing controversy. What are your personal standards?

Plus: With Cirrus back in the small jet business, last week we asked if there's really a market for these aircraft; click through to see the breakdown of answers. More...

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AVweb Media: Look, Listen, Laugh and Learnback to top 

Flight Design announced EASA certification of two aircraft and unveiled the full-scale mockup of the interior of its C4 four-place at Aero 2012 last week. More...

PC-Aero has come out with its second solar-powered airplane, the Electra Solar One. PC-Aero's Calin Gologan gave AVweb a briefing on it at the Aero Friedrichshafen show in Germany. More...

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Your Favorite FBOsback to top 


AVweb's "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Lux Air Jet Center at Phoenix/Goodyear Airport (KGYR) in Goodyear, Arizona.

AVweb reader Cathy Page told us about her recent experience:

We pulled in to park, [and the] line guy was right there. Before we even got out of the plane, he had it chained down. I asked him about fuel prices I had seen online, and he assured me they would honor whatever was posted. We walked inside and asked the desk if they could top off our plane while we met a business acquaintance. Then the line guy who parked us asked if we needed anything. [We told him] a ride to find the person we were to meet (who is slightly lost) would be great. He grabbed a golf cart and took us to find our guest. We had a little business to do and used the pilot lounge to finish up. We found out as we paid our fuel bill from the desk that the line guy who had been so helpful earlier was in fact the owner of Lux Air. How nice to see the hands-on from him.

Thank you, Tim. Thank you, Lux Air, for great service.

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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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Names Behind the Newsback to top 


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