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Volume 18, Number 32b
August 9, 2012 || Intelligent Apps for 
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AVflash! Sorting Out the Traffic Confusionback to top 

The FAA said this week air traffic controllers must temporarily stop using a procedure that allows airplanes to land and take off in the opposite direction from normal, after a mix-up with three commuter jets in Washington on July 31. However, the procedure was not at fault, according to the FAA, but a communication lapse between the tower at Reagan National Airport and the Potomac tracon. "This incident should not have happened," FAA chief operating officer David Grizzle said in a memo (PDF) to FAA acting administrator Michael Huerta. "At no time were the aircraft on a head-to-head course and the aircraft remained at different altitudes." More...

Now that the FAA seems to have figured out why the tower launched a couple of departures into an arriving RJ last month at Reagan National, it's suggesting that there will be consequences. We can only hope that the agency doesn't come up with some silly procedures that complicate things further, introducing new distractions and errors. On the AVweb Insider blog, Paul Bertorelli offers the novel suggestion that the guy who owns this deal — probably a supervisor — simply be asked not to do that again. Not that he hasn't figured that out already. What we have here is a failure to communicate. Read more and join the conversation. More...

Aircraft Spruce 2012-2013 Catalog
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Aircraft Spruce & Specialty Co. began distributing their new 2012 catalog at EAA's AirVenture Fly-In. Now exceeding 920 pages in length, the Aircraft Spruce catalog is available in a print format, CD format, and a PDF format. The catalog lists various composite, wood and metal construction materials, hardware, airframe parts, engine parts, covering supplies, instruments, avionics, and pilot supplies — as well as books and videos on every imaginable subject relating to aviation. Call 1 (877) 4‑SPRUCE or visit
The Pilot's Bill of Rightsback to top 

Legislation known as the "Pilot's Bill of Rights" was signed into law by President Barack Obama on Friday. The new law requires the FAA to provide pilots with information about cases that could result in the revocation of their pilot privileges. The change was welcomed by general aviation advocacy groups. "The legislation safeguards the rights of those who fly," said EAA President Rod Hightower. "We are very pleased for all aviators." AOPA President Craig Fuller also welcomed the news. "Having access to all available information, including FAA data, is critical for pilots who find themselves under investigation or whose certificates may be in jeopardy," he said. More...

We have one now thanks to Sen. Jim Inhofe, who discovered the power of the FAA the hard way after being sanctioned. Is the new system going to be better?

Plus: Last week, we asked AVweb readers if they were excited about Cessna's diesel-powered 182 NXT Skylane; click through to see how they answered. More...

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Aviation Safetyback to top 

Investigators have made progress toward explaining the failure of a Boeing 787 Dreamliner GEnx engine during a taxi test and a separate incident that many pilots might understand involving the crew of an A380 out of LAX. The 787 incident took place July 28 at Charleston, S.C., and resulted in a contained engine failure. The NTSB has found that a fan located mid-shaft on the 787's GEnx engine fractured. Detailed metallurgical and dimensional analysis of the parts is ongoing. Meanwhile, ATSB investigators found that complications and interruptions introduced into the cockpit of an A380 as the crew prepared for takeoff last October ultimately left them without automated lift-off target speeds during the takeoff roll. More...

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NASA Forges Ahead with X-48back to top 

NASA flew a new version of its remotely piloted blended-wing-body test aircraft for the first time, on Tuesday, at Edwards Air Force Base in California's Mojave Desert. The X-48C aircraft is modified from the X-48B, which last flew in 2010. The winglets from the earlier design have been moved inboard from the wingtips, close to the engines, "effectively turning them into twin tails," NASA said. The X-48B's three 50-pound-thrust engines have been replaced by two engines, each with 89 pounds of thrust. Also, the aft deck of the aircraft was extended about two feet to the rear. The aircraft has a wingspan of about 20 feet. The new model will be used to evaluate the low-speed stability and control of a low-noise version of a hybrid-wing-body aircraft design, NASA said. More...

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One Less Airportback to top 

It's home to roughly 73 aircraft and averages 96 operations per day, according to, and AOPA has fought for years for its survival, but it appears the battle for Cincinnati-Blue Ash airport is now officially lost. According to AOPA, the city of Cincinnati has sent notice to the FAA that it will close the reliever airport, effective August 29. AOPA says it "received personal assurances from city leaders" and that the airport "would continue to operate as a general aviation airport." Those assurances have apparently evolved into new plans. More...

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What You Missed in AVwebBiz This Weekback to top 

Cirrus Aircraft will build "a significant portion" of the composite airframe components for the Icon A5 light sport aircraft, the two companies announced on Monday. Cirrus will add up to 60 jobs over the next 18 months or so to handle the extra work, Cirrus spokesman Todd Simmons told AVweb. "It could be even more," Simmons said. Composite component production will begin by the end of this year at the Cirrus facility in Grand Forks, N.D., and the first production aircraft will be completed next summer, according to the news release. Icon expects the effort to produce about 50 airframes in the first 12 months, and about 250 to 300 in the second 12 months, Icon spokesperson Amy Julian told AVweb. More...

A medical helicopter broke a skid in flight when it hit a cellphone tower early Sunday morning, but the crew landed safely at San Antonio International Airport after firefighters built a pile of mattresses to take the place of the missing skid. The Bell 407 helicopter, with three crew and a patient on board, was headed for the San Antonio Military Medical Center about 3:30 a.m. when the accident occurred. "[The pilot] knew if he landed, that he would crash," firefighter Kevin Campbell told the San Antonio Express-News. "He suggested mattresses, and I told Engine 23 to grab three or four mattresses from the dorm." They also brought 45-pound weights from the firehouse gym to hold the mattresses down. Campbell said the helicopter crew hovered for a short time before attempting the landing. "It was tense for a little bit," he said. But the helicopter landed safely, and nobody was hurt. "It worked great," Campbell said. 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!


Reader-Submitted Photosback to top 

After a brief hiatus, "Picture of the Week" is back, and we've got a lot of ground to cover. Our latest winning photo comes from Manas Shukla, Luke Penner, and Adam Penner of Steinbach, MB (Canada). Click here for the rest of this week's submissions. More...

The Lighter Side of Flightback to top 


Departing north from Moorabbin (YMMB) on a warm summer's day, in a very tired rental Arrow, I was cleared to climb in class C over the busy approach to Melbourne.

"ABC, cleared to Eildon Weir; climb 7,500."

[shortly thereafter ...]

"ABC, maintain best rate of climb."

"Best rate? I'm peddling as fast as I can."

Andrew Fry
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...

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

Scott Simmons

Contributing Editors
Mary Grady
Glenn Pew

Kevin Lane-Cummings
Jeff Van West

Ad Coordinator
Karen Lund

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