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Volume 18, Number 35a
August 27, 2012
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AVflash! NTSB's Video of Reno Crashback to top 

The NTSB is meeting today (Aug. 26, 2012) to determine a probable cause of the crash at the National Championship Air Races in Reno on Sept. 16, 2011 that resulted in the deaths of 10 people and injured more than 60. Jimmy Leeward's highly modified P-51, the Galloping Ghost, went out of control near the home stretch pylon and crashed a few feet from a premium ramp seating area. Leeward and eight others died at the scene and a ninth spectator died later in hospital. The role of the departure of the left trim tab has been a major factor in the investigation and video released by the NTSB last week shows the aircraft was clearly out of control before the part separated from the aircraft, although that doesn't mean it wasn't damaged or disabled before it fell. More...

The NTSB released a spectator video of the September 16, 2011 crash of Jimmy Leeward's modified P-51 at the National Championship Air Races in Reno. The board is meeting August 26 to determine a probable cause. More...

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Remembering Neil Armstrongback to top 

Neil Armstrong, the civilian astronaut who became the first human to set foot on another celestial body, died Saturday from complications from a heart bypass operation he underwent two weeks ago. He was 82. Armstrong lived with his wife Carol in Cincinnati. There was no immediate word on the plan for remembering the self-described "nerdy engineer" who did his utmost to avoid the hero worship the world nevertheless bestowed upon him. It's safe to say Armstrong carried the dreams of the world and the prestige of his country with him (and Buzz Aldrin, of course) when he saw where the Eagle's guidance system had picked for a landing site, snapped off the automatic system and manually guided the Lunar Excursion Module over a crater full of boulders to the relative safety of the Sea of Tranquility. That's when he uttered the second most famous line of the mission: "Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed." It had 30 seconds of fuel left. More...

One of the most famous pictures of Neil Armstrong shows him smiling broadly in the lunar module after completing the first walk on the moon's surface. On the AVweb Insider blog, Paul Bertorelli wonders whether Armstrong, who died over the weekend, realized he'd spend decades trying to deflect attention away from his personal achievement and toward the 400,000 people who gave him the opportunity to command Apollo 11. Read more and join the conversation. More...

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Aviation Safetyback to top 

New wing cracks on an Airbus A380 airframe and the continued possibility of full panel blackouts aboard some A320s put Airbus back in the spotlight this week. The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Thursday announced that operators of A380 superjumbo aircraft must perform additional "repetitive detailed visual inspections" after a new area of the jet's wing showed signs of cracking. EASA is already working with Airbus to create an approved repair process for another wing cracking issue known to affect existing aircraft. Meanwhile, The Associated Press chose this week to highlight that an electrical problem that has led to instances of extensive failures of instrumentation and avionics aboard Airbus A320 aircraft has yet to see fleet-wide correction. More...

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Checking in with the Airplane Manufacturersback to top 

Cessna says it has reclaimed (from Gulfstream) the distinction of offering the world's fastest production civilian aircraft with a maximum speed increase on its flagship Citation Ten. In an announcement Friday, the company said it is now calling the top speed of the lengthened and updated version of the Citation X .935 Mach, a .015 increase from the figure used when Cessna announced the aircraft at NBAA 2010 in Atlanta. "As our founder Clyde Cessna said, 'speed is the only reason for flying,' so at Cessna we design, engineer, manufacture and fly the fastest civil aircraft in the world –- not for us, but for our customers so they can work faster, more efficiently and get the job done," said CEO Scott Ernest. More...

Some pilots training as pilots for the French air force and navy will be passing through Cirrus SR20 and SR22 aircraft along the way following a new agreement, Cirrus announced Thursday. The agreement goes through Cassidian Aviation Training Services (CATS), which the French Air Force Flight School has selected for outsourced training. CATS will operate and maintain at least 23 Cirrus aircraft at various French military units. Thirteen SR20s will be used for pilot training, seven SR22s will earn dedicated spots for training "navigating officers arm systems" and three more SR20s will be flown by students at a French naval air station. The first aircraft has already been delivered and deliveries will continue through year-end, with some specific special equipment. More...

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ADS-B Readiness — To Goback to top 

A new product joining the ranks of ADS-B offerings may have particular appeal to individuals and operators who own multiple aircraft as well as renters who own none, because it's portable. SkyVision Xtreme this week introduced its fully portable ADS-B In and Out system that delivers all ADS-B traffic and weather "to any display without installation" via Wi-Fi. At under $4,000 the system could be considered a stopgap measure for people who want the added utility but don't want to commit panel real estate to evolving and yet un-required technology. But company principal Harry Sanders told AVweb Thursday that since 2009, his company has never charged for software updates and when ADS-B becomes mandatory in 2020, the system can also by permanently installed. More...

The hardware requirement for ADS-B is still eight years off, but many of the system's benefits are available now and may be more accessible, more palatable, and more affordable in a portable package. SkyVision Xtreme principal Harry Sanders discusses his company's latest product. More...

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News Briefsback to top 

The Aviators, a mostly general aviation-themed documentary lifestyle television series, has wrapped filming for its third season and the first episode will appear Sept. 17 on PBS. In a news release, producer Anthony Nalli said the crew spent 46 days filming in 18 locations to compile a wide variety of segments for the increasingly popular show. "Many months and 36 segments later I'm more excited about The Aviators than I've ever been," Nalli said. "This season picks up where the last left off and continues to break new ground." More...

An Oregon app developer has come up with a unique solution to the problem of spotting unfamiliar airports from the air. Paul Mace is offering ARPort, which he says turns an iPad, iPod or iPhone into a "mini-HUD" that displays pushpin locations of airports within 25 miles in the field of view of the device's camera. The pilot or front seat passenger points the camera through the windshield and all the applicable airports show on the screen as pushpins. Move the selection icon under the pushpin to get distance and heading and tap on the icons to get airport information. More...

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The Long Arm of the Lawback to top 

The prosecution was seeking one year in prison, but a judge has handed down a sentence of four years probation, plus a $100 "special assessment," for a pilot who falsified logbook entries while seeking advanced ratings. According to the U.S. Attorney's office, Fahad al-Daous submitted a logbook containing an extra 90-plus hours pilot-in-command time and more than 41 hours of cross country time that he did not fly, but applied while seeking an instrument rating. The pilot's flight school, Livingston Aviation in Waterloo, Iowa, reportedly began training al-Daous in 2010 and alerted federal officials when it spotted discrepancies between its own records and the pilot's claims. The pilot reportedly later admitted to inflating the numbers. Lawyers on both sides highlighted other considerations that may have influenced the 33-year-old father of three. More...

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Your Favorite FBOsback to top 


AVweb's "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Apalachicola/Franklin County Regional Airport (KAAF) in Apalachicola, Florida.

AVweb reader Ray Mozingo told us the FBO staff checked all the boxes in making their recent visit a pleasant stopover:

Flew down for a weekend of fishing. The FBO met us when we landed and helped us unload and get to the terminal. Offered us hanger space if we needed. Got plane fueled while we were loading and getting flight plan. Looking forward to going back and meeting with them again! Went out of their way to be helpful.

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...

The Lighter Side of Flightback to top 


Royal Flying Doctor Service was flying a B200 IFR out of Broken Hill, Australia and had a young student doctor in the right seat, who was unfamiliar with flying and for whom English was a second language. As the flight progressed, the pilot noticed the student becoming more and more uncomfortable and, after a normal landing, noted an undue amount of relief on the student's face.

"Why are you so relieved?"

Student Doctor:
"Because we survived the emergency."

"Err, what emergency?"

Student Doctor:
"You know. I heard you on the radio talking about 'my big dilemma.'"

(She had misheard the call sign "Mike Victor Lima" ... .

Duane Stace
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.

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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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