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Volume 18, Number 18b
May 3, 2012
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AVflash! Keeping Up with Gordon Boettgerback to top 

AVweb received word late Wednesday that Gordon Boettger, who was honored by the NAA this year for his 2011 sailplane flight of 1,321 miles surfing a mountain wave, plans to aim for a record downwind flight, today (Thursday); and if he's up you can watch his progress online. The flight is weather-dependent and if it cooperates, Boettger will depart Minden, Nev., at 05:30 local time with his sights set on "somewhere east of the Rockies." According to Boettger, "Rapid City, S.D., would be fantastic." It would also cover more than 900 miles as the crow flies. If he's up, you can follow his progress online, here. Altitudes, which can get significant on Boettger's flights, will not be shown on that display. They will be shown at -- just type in N55LK in the appropriate field on the left side of the screen. Boettger hopes the weather and his planning will one day conspire to allow him to reach his goal of achieving overnight flight in a glider, by "parking" in the lift from a mountain wave.

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Tomorrow's Airplanesback to top 

While there are obvious drawbacks in carrying heavy batteries as a power source on long-haul flights, Boeing has taken up the challenge of designing a concept hybrid-electric-powered commercial aircraft. Boeing calls the project the Subsonic Ultra-Green Aircraft Research aircraft, or SUGAR Volt. Much of the vehicle relies on technologies that would require further development to bring the concept aircraft to reality, but it is intended as a forward-looking project. That said, Boeing engineers targeted 2030-2050 as the timeframe that could see such an aircraft built and target a 70-percent improvement in fuel burn as a primary outcome. Along with powerplant innovations, Boeing's design also incorporates aerodynamic innovations. More...

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Aviation Safetyback to top 

A team from the Discovery Channel purposely crashed a Boeing 727 in the Mexican desert last week and filmed it for a TV show. The airplane, packed with crash-test dummies and dozens of cameras, was flown into the ground at a shallow angle. A single pilot flew the jet until it was set on its final course, then parachuted out moments before impact. The 727 then was controlled by a remote operator in a chase plane. Amateur video shows the 727 breaking apart as it hits the ground in a cloud of dust. "We hope to provide new information about how to improve the chances of survival while providing scientific results on passenger safety and new technologies, including new 'black box' flight data recording systems," said Eileen O'Neill, president of the Discovery Network. More...

A mistake by an air traffic controller put two jets on a collision course as they approached Honolulu in January, and the incident wasn't reported to FAA officials as it should have been, according to an investigation by Hawaii News Now. The close call involved a Japan Airlines 767 and a UPS MD11 when both airplanes were about 15 miles from Honolulu and approaching to land. The JAL pilot told the controller he received a TCAS alert. The 767 descended and the UPS crew climbed to avoid a collision. (Click here for the audio.) ATC employees interviewed by Hawaii News Now gave different explanations as to why the incident was not properly reported. More...

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The Long Arm of the Lawback to top 

Prosecutors in Iowa hope to charge two pilots for flying two aircraft low on November 16, 2011, and disturbing migratory birds, in a case that is not only drawing the attention of bird lovers, but also constitutional lawyers. The pilots, Paul Austin and Craig Martin were flying a Fly Baby and an Aeronca at an estimated altitude of 20 feet on two passes at Saylorville Lake reservoir north of Des Moines. Each pass reportedly scattered masses of birds. The men were photographed in the act by a nature specialist and in February, found themselves indicted by a grand jury for violation of the Airborne Hunting Act. The lake does not appear to be charted as a wildlife refuge and the two pilots weren't hunting. But the Act makes the harassment of animals with an airplane a crime punishable by up to one year in jail. A judge will soon rule on the Act's constitutionality and perhaps, as the pilots' lawyer told the judge, whether anyone can determine "if the bird is pleased or annoyed to have taken flight," when in fact, "flying is what birds do." The lawyers also found cause to invoke Sully Sullenberger. More...

A passenger on a Delta Air Lines jet shot video last month of a flock of birds flying into the engine minutes after takeoff from New York's John F. Kennedy Airport -- which was good -- but he took the picture using his iPad -- which was bad. The passenger, Grant Cardone, said this week that after his video was made public, he received a stern letter from the FAA saying they wouldn't take enforcement action against him, but would keep a record of the incident for two years. After that, presuming that Cardone refrains from further infractions, "the record will be expunged." Cardone told CNN he thinks the FAA reaction is "ridiculous." More...

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News Briefsback to top 

A small town in Florida has found that investing in aviation infrastructure can pay off for taxpayers. In 2010, the city of Tavares, with a population of just 14,000, spent $8.3 million to build a seaplane base. Since then, traffic at the base has attracted 26 new businesses, including eight restaurants, and now two boutique hotels are under construction. "This all happened in the toughest of economic times," the city's economic development director, Bill Neron, told the Orlando Sentinel. "We are the contrarians. When times were booming, before 2007, Tavares had empty storefronts." More...

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What You Missed in AVwebBiz This Weekback to top 

Sikorsky remains a key partner in Eclipse Aerospace's plan to resume production of the very light jet. In a podcast interview with AVweb, Eclipse CEO Mason Holland said comments attributed to Greg Hayes, the CFO of United Technologies Corp. (UTC), the parent company of Sikorsky, that there would be no further investment in Eclipse by UTC may have been misconstrued by some. "We haven't asked for any more money from UTC or Sikorsky," Holland said. "We do have a funded plan for production." He said Sikorsky continues to take an active role in that process, particularly in supply chain management and manufacturing. In fact, the airframe will be built at Sikorsky's PZL plant in Poland. Final assembly will be in Albuquerque. More...

A Vancouver-area hang glider pilot and business owner has been arrested and criminally charged in connection with the death of one of his clients in a weekend accident. William Jonathan Orders, 50, of the Vancouver suburb of Burnaby, was charged with obstruction of justice for allegedly swallowing a memory card from a camera that was mounted on the aircraft to record the tandem flight. As we reported Monday, the woman, since identified as Lenami Dafne Godinez, 27, fell about 1,000 feet just after she and Orders launched from a mountain about 80 miles east of Vancouver. More...


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Opinion & Commentaryback to top 

If regulations can't spark innovation, is it just as good that they can spread the misery around? Paul Bertorelli contemplates that uncomfortable consolation prize in his latest post to 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 

A few days ago, Thomas Boyle wrote to us, "Only 876 people have commented in favor of the AOPA/EAA Medical Exemption proposal. Which means almost none of the readers of AVweb have. I suggest asking why, in the 'Question of the Week.'" So we are: Why haven't you commented to support the AOPA/EAA medical exemption petition?

Plus: Last week, we asked AVweb readers about their personal limits for rest when making the "go or no-go" decision; click through to read what AVweb readers had to say on the subject. More...

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

The story of William Rankin's ejection at 47,000 feet and 500 knots is legendary, not only because the fall took him 40 minutes, but also because he lived to talk about it. There are other and more recent cases of people who have been drawn into thunderstorms under canopy and not every one ends in survival. More...

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Your Favorite FBOsback to top 


AVweb reader Gordon Kirsh reminds us that a little trust goes a long way in his recommendation of our latest "FBO of the Week" -- Meisner Aircraft at Burlington Municipal Airport (KBUU) in Burlington, Wisconsin:

I had business in the area but had not visited the FBO previously. I was flying in on a Saturday. I called for the availability of a courtesy car and was told that the FBO was not manned on weekends. They gave me the code to the door and the location where they hid the key to the car. They never met me or asked me to sign or do anything. Fuel was $5.15 a gallon for self-serve 100LL. To have that level of trust in people was terrific.

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!


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Names Behind the Newsback to top 


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Glenn Pew

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