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Volume 18, Number 40b
October 4, 2012
Aircraft Spruce West Coast Super Sale & 
Fly-In || October 6, 2012
Aircraft Spruce Annual West Coast Super Sale & Fly-In
Aircraft Spruce West will be holding their annual Super Sale and Fly-In on Saturday, October 6, 2012 from 7:00am to 3:00pm in Corona, California. Come and join the Aircraft Spruce team and vendors for lunch, special pricing, vendor demonstrations, and educational seminars. Lots of opportunities to win raffle prizes from some of your favorite vendors. A no-cost shuttle will be offered to and from Corona Airport. For more information, call 1 (877) 4‑SPRUCE or visit
AVflash! AOPA's Flying Club Initiativeback to top 

AOPA says it's tapping an underused resource by offering some structure and incentive to build the flying club population in the U.S. In a podcast interview with AVweb, Adam Smith, head of AOPA's new Center to Advance the Pilot Community, said there are about 650 flying clubs in the U.S. and the goal is to have up to 2,000. He said most flying clubs do tremendous work in the areas of promotion, training and fostering of grass roots aviation but they do so in isolation. AOPA, which has done a study on flying clubs, will unveil the full program at next week's AOPA Summit in Palm Springs, Calif. It hopes to build a network of flying clubs with transferrable benefits and common strategies for the growth of the pilot community. More...

Flying clubs do a great job of fostering GA, but AOPA believes that benefit can be compounded. It's launching a major effort to help out existing clubs and create new ones. AOPA's Adam Smith spoke with AVweb's Mary Grady.

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There are more than 5,000 airports in the U.S., but only 650 flying clubs, and AOPA hopes to change that. Can flying clubs help turn GA around?

Plus: Last week, we asked AVweb readers ; click through to read what AVweb readers had to say on the subject. More...

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A Place in the Marketplace for AOPAback to top 

AOPA President Craig Fuller says he's puzzled by the reaction of three aviation companies to the organization's move to modernize its flight planning product. In a Sept. 25 letter (PDF) to Fuller last week that was made public this week, the companies complained that AOPA was competing directly with them when it should be paying more attention to its core functions of advocacy and building the pilot population. "... we believe AOPA products and initiatives that detract from the organization's main goals are bad for members and the industry in general," the letter read. "And, as advertisers, we feel our financial contributions are furthering these initiatives that will ultimately compete with our own products –- essentially we are funding a competitor." So far, only Sporty's Pilot Shop has publicly acknowledged its participation in the letter. AVweb has confirmed the identities of the other companies but has not been told by either that they are willing to go on the record with their complaints. Sporty's CEO Michael Wolf told AVweb his company has a long history of cooperation with AOPA but is concerned by the "new direction" of the organization. "They're getting into business and they're becoming our competitors rather than our partners," Wolf said. But Fuller said AOPA has been offering products and services that compete with those of some of its advertisers for decades and the updated flight planning platform, called FlyQ, is an extension of that. More...

As AOPA has sought more revenue to fund itself in a declining market, three companies have complained that it's engaging in predatory competition with the very people who support it. On the AVweb Insider blog, Paul Bertorelli argues that they have a point. It's time for AOPA to recalibrate. Read more and join the conversation. More...

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Missing de Havillandback to top 

A meticulously restored and rare 1934 De Havilland DH84 Dragon with six aboard went missing Monday northwest of Brisbane, Australia, and its wreckage was found Wednesday in bushland near Mount Kandanga, with no survivors. Weather conditions at the time of the aircraft's afternoon flight, Monday, included low-level clouds. The restored aircraft was not equipped for instrument flight and two hours into the fatal flight, the Dragon's pilot, Des Porter, contacted air traffic controllers for help, saying he'd been flying up and down through clouds trying to establish his location, according to the Rescue teams located the aircraft's wreckage with the aid of mobile phone technology by tracking a signal from a phone that was still operating, post-crash. More...

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Back to Business, with a Smaller Slice of the Bandback to top 

LightSquared has filed an application with the Federal Communications Commission to revive its broadband proposal without, it says, interfering with GPS signals. According to Broadcast Engineering, LightSquared, which went bankrupt last May when its first application was rejected by the FCC, says it would like to initially use a 5 MHz sliver of radio spectrum it says did not interfere with GPS signals during testing. It also hopes to share a 5 MHz slice of spectrum owned by the federal government to carry signals for the ambitious nationwide LTE wireless system. It has not, however, given up on using the 10 MHz slice of spectrum it owns that was shown to interfere with GPS. More...

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What to Do This Weekendback to top 

The deliberate crash of a Boeing 727 will be the topic of a new Discovery channel program, Curiosity, which airs this Sunday night (9 p.m. Eastern, 8 p.m. Central time). No airplane of this size has been crashed for science since 1984, according to the channel's website, when NASA and the FAA crashed a Boeing 720 to see what would happen. Discovery strapped several crash-test dummies into the fuselage, filled it with cameras, and enlisted a panel of experts to analyze the results. A single pilot flew the jet until it was on course for its final destination, above a Mexican desert, then parachuted out. The 727 was flown into the ground at a shallow angle by a remote operator in a chase plane, breaking up on impact. More...

Beginning next week, AVweb will step up its coverage of general aviation with a new news feed called Friday Features. Each week, we'll be offering in-depth reporting on products, services and companies that we're sure will be of interest to our readers. Our focus will be primarily on stories related to aircraft upgrades, repair and refurbishment, but we'll also be covering new products of interest to all pilots. Twice a month, we'll also feature articles on safety, maintenance and instrument operations condensed from Belvoir Media Group's widely read aviation print publications. We'll continue to offer audio podcasts as part of Friday Features. If you have a topic in mind, drop us a line. We'd love to hear from you. More...

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What You Missed in AVwebBiz This Weekback to top 

The FAA has extended an exemption that allows operators of certain small aircraft to be reimbursed for expenses, NBAA said last week. Operators must be NBAA members to qualify for the exemption, which allows for cost sharing in situations such as transporting a guest on a company aircraft or the use of an aircraft by employees of a subsidiary company. The exemption applies to Part 91 operators of piston airplanes, small airplanes, and all helicopters. The extension expires on March 31. More...

Honda Aircraft Co. is working to expand its facilities in Greensboro, N.C., the company said last week, starting construction of a maintenance, repair and overhaul facility to service the coming fleet of HondaJets. The 90,000-square-foot $20-million building will support up to 12 aircraft at a time, and also has space for workshops, a pilot's lounge, conference rooms, a flight-planning area, and spare-parts storage. The facility will operate seven days a week, around the clock, Honda said, and will be ready for occupancy by the second half of next year, in advance of first deliveries. "It is my commitment to build the best maintenance, repair and overhaul facility to serve the HondaJet customer," said Honda Aircraft CEO Michimasa Fujino. More...


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The Top Reporter on Our Crack Staff ... Is You!back to top 

If so, AVweb would like to talk to you regarding your impressions of teaching flying in light sport airplanes. Send us an e-mail with your contact information, and we'll set up an interview. More...

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

American Legend gained success with its popular Legend Cub, and now it's followed up with a new Lycoming-powered version of the airplane. If you like the Super Cub, you'll like the Super Legend, too, because its performance is quite similar. AVweb ventured to Legend's Sulphur Spring, Texas, homebase to fly the airplane, and here's a video report on the flight. More...

The B-24 was the most widely produced bomber in world history. This video shows the sole surviving regularly flown example, from roughly 18,000 B-24 Liberator bombers produced. This is the Collings Foundation's B-24, Witchcraft. More...

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Your Favorite FBOsback to top 


AVweb's latest "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Tradition Aviation at Jacqueline Cochran Regional Airport (KTRM) in Palm Springs, California.

AVweb reader Ted Seastrom recommended the FBO:

For many months, KTRM was my home airport. This recommendation is based not on just one experience but the consistency of dozens of experiences under all conditions. Tradition Aviation, run by Penny Nelson and Ann Goodwyn, is simply a jewel — everything an FBO can and should be. Every person there is competent, friendly, and professional. It's obvious they love aviation and support pilots, passengers, and crew with energy and enthusiasm. Planes are met, escorted, and attended to with efficiency. The building itself has a rustic feel to it while offering the most up-to-date amenities. Everyone is made to feel welcome — from corporate moguls and their jets to new private pilots. Tradition is a case study in FBO excellence.

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 


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

Ad Coordinator
Karen Lund

Avionics Editor
Larry Anglisano

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