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Volume 18, Number 32a
August 6, 2012
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AVflash! Kent Pietsch Crashback to top 

Veteran airshow performer Kent Pietsch is in a hospital in Alberta, Canada, after crashing his Interstate Cadet shortly after a performance Saturday in Wetaskiwin, a small city about 70 miles south of Edmonton. Pietsch is not thought to have suffered life-threatening injuries. He got out of the plane himself and was lying nearby when crash crews arrived at the scene moments later. The aircraft may be a write-off, however. According to the latest report in the Edmonton Journal, Pietsch was finished with his comic routine when he clipped a wing during what might have been a low-level pass. More...

Bose® A20™ Aviation Headset
Bose® A20® Aviation Headset
The Best We've Ever Made
Bose was the first to introduce active noise reducing headsets to aviation more than 20 years ago, forever changing the way pilots fly. Today, we continue to set the standard with the Bose A20 Aviation Headset. The headset provides acclaimed noise reduction, with a comfortable fit and the clear audio you expect from Bose. It also features Bluetooth® connectivity, an auxiliary audio input and priority switching. Learn more.
There's Money in Space Tourism, Says FAAback to top 

An FAA-funded study of reusable suborbital vehicles forecasts that total demand will translate into as much as $1.6 billion in revenue for operators and thousands of people flown over a decade. The study predicts commercial human spaceflight to represent the largest portion of demand. "About 8,000 high net worth individuals" around the world "are sufficiently interested and have spending patterns likely to result in the purchase of a suborbital flight," the study said. It concluded that only about 40 percent of those would fly within the 10-year forecast period, but that was just the baseline scenario. The study details scenarios that could drive demand much higher. More...

Bendix/King by Honeywell || Solo, But Not 
Solo, But Not Alone
Nothing compares to the freedom of flight. Pilot and aircraft, one with the elements. Today, that sense of freedom can quickly become clouded by complex technology. At Bendix/King, we're working to make the pilot's job easier. To anticipate every need. And develop innovative products and support to help you handle any situation. Safely. Simply. And with absolute confidence. We're pilot-focused and passion-fueled. Learn more at
New Approaches to Trainingback to top 

The Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE) arranged and presented at AirVenture a pilot proficiency project that created a new approach to training that may ultimately be coming to a forum near you. The project offers forums and simulator training sessions that specifically target key areas of flight safety. Examples include sessions on controlled flight into terrain, glass panels, angle of attack awareness and more. Working in partnership with Redbird Flight Simulations, scenarios like high-density-altitude takeoffs and complex instrument approaches can be introduced and addressed while engaging real-time critical thinking and decision-making skills. SAFE says it "is now exploring other venues" for the project. More...

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Aviation Safetyback to top 

Weather and a miscommunication left pilots and controllers confused and caused three commuter jets to breach separation requirements at Reagan National Airport Tuesday. Preliminary reports indicate that one aircraft came within 500 vertical feet and 1.7 miles of a departing aircraft and 600 feet and 2.8 miles of another jet. None of the jets were on collision courses, according to the FAA, and all were operated by US Airways. Audio of the event captures one controller stating that there were opposite-direction arrivals holding departures at the time. Other comments suggest controllers may have been working to reverse the flow of traffic on active runways. Audio of the event (included after the jump) shows controllers and pilots working through the confusion. More...

Colorful New York Sen. Chuck Schumer wants tougher regulations to prevent pilots from seeing red and particularly green lasers in the cockpit. The Democrat says he's written government regulators asking them to tighten up regulations on the sale of laser devices, which are sold primarily as pointers for people making presentations, usually indoors. There have been thousands of cases in which pilots have been intentionally targeted from the ground and Schumer said that in one incident earlier this year in Syracuse a JetBlue pilot suffered "minor" eye damage. "Some people are using this technology recklessly," the New York Democrat said Sunday. "Some who have far more evil intent may decide to use them as well." More...

Chamonix-Mont Blanc, home of Europe's highest peak, saw the death of nine other adventurers in July, but it was the tenth who participated in a particular aerial activity that the town's mayor has now banned. An avalanche killed nine climbers last month as concerns mounted that the mountain's cliffs, and easy access, were attracting too many new adventurers. Then, a Norwegian wingsuit flyer was killed when his parachute didn't open. Wingsuit fliers are relatively new to the mountain in the numbers the region experienced since spring. A YouTube video that emerged at that time is credited with expanding the region's popularity among that group. While the ban is effectively in place, it is not expected to be permanent. More...

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Opinion & Commentaryback to top 

We all like to flap our lips about the imaginary light, cheap and efficient turbine that's hovering somewhere out there over the horizon. Except that it isn't. On the AVweb Insider blog, Paul Bertorelli examines the reason: We just like piston engines. It's that simple. (Plus an extra bonus thought: Do you have the guts to hog up all the overhead space in an airliner? He doesn't.) Read more and join the conversation. More...

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New on AVweb.comback to top 

BrainteasersWithin the privacy of our own hangars, many pilots envision ourselves with a fistful of throttles and a cheap cigar clamped in a DC-3 captain's grimace. Take your multi-engine fantasies to new heights by overpowering this quiz.

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The year's mostly eagerly anticipated fly-in and trade show, EAA AirVenture took place in Oshkosh, Wisconsin from July 23 to July 29, 2012. Click here for an all-in-one-place index to coverage from the show — including podcasts, videos, blogs, and photo galleries. More...

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

It was only a matter of time before someone stuffed a full-up EFIS into a portable box the size of drink coaster. It didn't exactly take Dynon very long to get around to it, either. In this video, AVweb takes a tour of the new D1 Pocket Panel, and while it's not really a full EFIS, it's close enough — a clever combination of MEMS gyro and GPS aiding. More...

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Your Favorite FBOsback to top 


AVweb's "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Ferguson Air Services at Jack Edwards Airport (KJKA) in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

AVweb reader Sheldon Olesen recommended the FBO:

When we pull into a strange airport and have a choice of FBOs, we generally pick the one without "jet" in their name. Ferguson Air Service was pur choice on our recent trip to the Gulf Shores area. We had made no reservations for a rental car, but we were able to rent a car immediately at a cost of about $200 less than what we had been quoted online. Bags were taken for us, water provided, and the plane tied down — all with great efficiency and courtesy. Michelle provided directions for us to get to our final destination. On our return, we came back late in the day and turned our rental car back in. Thunderstorms surrounded the airport by the time we had preflighted the airplane. So no flyinfg, but no problem. Michelle got the rental car out again and sent us on our way after recommending some local hotels. A nice, friendly FBO with excelent facilities — there is no question we would return.

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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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...

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.

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Tom Bliss

Editorial Director, Aviation Publications
Paul Bertorelli

Russ Niles

Scott Simmons

Contributing Editors
Mary Grady
Glenn Pew

Kevin Lane-Cummings
Jeff Van West

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Karen Lund

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