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Volume 18, Number 33a
August 13, 2012
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AVflash! Pilot Saves Passengersback to top 

A young Illinois skydive-plane pilot who died Saturday in a crash in Taylorville, Ill., is being hailed as a hero after he ensured his load of 12 jumpers got out safely before he tried unsuccessfully to save himself. Brandon Sparrow, 30, of Augusta, Ill., has been identified as the pilot. Circumstances of the crash are still sketchy but there have been unconfirmed reports that there was no post-crash fire or explosion after the Beech 18 crashed in the back yard of a home. More...

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Dramatic Crash Video Draws Attentionback to top 

Video that made its way to YouTube early this month shows the June 30 crash of a Stinson 108-3 as filmed by an occupant sitting right seat in the cockpit. All four aboard survived the crash and the NTSB is collecting information. The aircraft came down near Bruce Meadows airstrip near Stanley, Idaho. The strip offers 5,000 feet of grass and dirt at an elevation of 6,370 feet. Weather at the time of the accident included an altimeter setting of 30.00 inches Hg with a temperature of 27-degrees Centigrade and a dew point of three. The observations result in a density altitude of 9,167 feet. The four had flown into the airstrip earlier in the day and had reportedly gone hiking before attempting their departure. The video shows that the aircraft becomes airborne before settling to the ground and then gaining altitude. A passenger told the NTSB the Stinson never made it more than about 70 feet above the treetops before settling again -- this time, into the trees. More...

Video of a plane crash as it was experienced from the right seat, inside the cockpit. The accident took place on Saturday, June 30, 2012 near Bruce Meadows airstrip, not far from Stanley, Idaho. More...

When a pilot does a mea culpa on YouTube, the natural reaction is a cyber lynch mob. But shouldn't we, as an industry, be asking how we can get inside the heads of pilots who make bad judgements to prevent accidents in the first place? That's the subject of Paul Bertorelli's latest post to the AVweb Insider blog. Read more and join the conversation. More...

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Aviation Safety: Quick Reactions Over Fuelback to top 

Truckee Tahoe airport authorities told AVweb Friday they have swapped out their self-serve 100LL and contacted pilots after initial tests following a fatal crash suggested there may have been a problem with fuel sold on the airport. As of Friday, it was not clear if there was a problem with the fuel, with the testing, or if any other airports might be affected. The crash took place at the California airport on Aug. 3, when an O-540-powered PA-24 Piper Comanche that had fueled up on the field crashed into a hangar shortly after takeoff, killing the pilot. Kevin Smith, general manager, Truckee Tahoe airport district, told AVweb Friday that the airport immediately stopped selling fuel after the crash as part of protocol and sent fuel samples to an independent lab for testing. Those results were inconclusive, Smith said, but showed a discrepancy regarding octane levels. That was enough for the airport to replace its supply and start looking for and replacing fuel in potentially affected aircraft while waiting on more lab results over the weekend. Some potentially affected pilots may yet be unaware. More...

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Kent Pietsch Updateback to top 

Airshow pilot Kent Pietsch is back home in Minot, N.D., after crash landing his Interstate Cadet show plane after a show in Wetaskiwin, Alberta, Canada last week. According to local media, Pietsch broke his nose when the aircraft clipped a wing during a forced landing short of the runway after his performance. He was looking for the aileron he drops as part of his act and lost power at low altitude. Pietsch and his bright yellow "Jelly Belly" aircraft are expected to be back. More...

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The Joy Is in the Journey, Not the Destinationback to top 

Considering the navigation resources available to pilots these days it would seem like Wrong Way Corrigan type incidents would be next to impossible, but a military and an airline crew each proved recently that it is still possible to land at the wrong airport. Last Tuesday, a United Express Saab 340 operated by Silver Airways missed its destination of Clarksburg, W.V., by about 10 miles and landed instead at Fairmont Municipal Airport. The 11 passengers were "re-accommodated" to the right airport shortly afterward and the crew has been suspended. "Safety is our top priority, and we have launched an internal review to determine what led to the flight diversion," Silver Airways COO David Querio said in the statement emailed to CNN. "We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience to passengers aboard flight 4049." The incident came a few weeks after an Air Force C-17 mistook an executive airport in Tampa for its intended target. More...

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New on AVweb.comback to top 

After time in Korea, Richard Taylor re-entered civilian life with many duties: teaching at OSU, writing books, shuttling students and staff in the university's Air Transportation Service in T-Bones and Diesel-3s, learning to fly helicopters and sailplanes. And for good measure, he added time in the Army National Guard and the Air Force Reserve. Click here to read the 16th chapter. More...

International Association of Flight 
Training Professionals (IAFTP)
GAO: "Weaknesses Exist in TSA's Process for Ensuring
Foreign Flight Students Do Not Pose a Security Threat"

Is the concern about verifying foreign student pilot identity only a U.S. problem, or does it relate to the much broader global challenge of verifying individual pilot identity and competency? And how will the potential remedies for this perceived problem affect the U.S. flight training community? Join the discussion:

Do You Think the Concern About Verifying Individual Pilot Identity and Competence Is Just a U.S. Issue?
Your Favorite FBOsback to top 


Our latest "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Liberty Flying Service at Lonesome Pines Airport (KLNP) in Wise, Virginia.

We hear plenty of stories of FBO personnel going above and beyond, but this tale from AVweb reader Dennis Wilt may top the list:

My wife and I arrived late in the day due to weather on our way to Oshkosh for AirVenture on Saturday, July 21. We called the FBO manager, who had left for the day, and he immediately came back to the airport to give us the keys to the courtesy car and give us directions to a hotel. The FBO manager, Robert Spera, is a member of SAFE, and it turns out we knew him — but he didn't know that when he drove back to the airport to help us. He was trying to get his wife to a surprise retirement party that evening, and we delayed him somewhat. The next morning, when we needed to depart for Oshkosh, he came out to the airport again on his day off to fuel the plane. This is beyond the call of duty for an FBO. Wonderful kudos to Bob and Liberty Flying Service.

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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What Have You Missed on AVwebcom?back to top 

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...

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...

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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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...

The Lighter Side of Flightback to top 


Overheard on the radio a few years ago:

"Kalamazoo approach, student pilot N1234 five miles west."

"Are you the red and blue Cessna 172?"

"Yes. How did you knnow?"

"I have color radar. N1234, go to tower 123.45."

"Kalamazoo approach, white Bonanza with black and red stripes checking in."

Approach (laughing) :
"I used to fly that 172!"

Robert Brown
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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