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Volume 18, Number 42b
October 18, 2012
Pilot Workshops || Three Things You Should 
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Three Things You Should Never Say to ATC
Listen as two ATC pros share tips on better communication with ATC. Avoid these common mistakes and make your interactions more efficient and accurate. This is a sample from Pilot Workshops' Tip of the Week. Click here for this quick tip.
AVflash! New Mexico, New Policiesback to top 

Float and amphib aircraft operators throughout the U.S. are rallying to fight a proposal by the state of New Mexico to ban aircraft from the state's lakes. The proposal is a single line item tucked in a long list of proposed changes (top of page 6 in this PDF) to the New Mexico Administrative Code. According to Jason Baker, the editor of, the proposal blindsided the floatplane community in New Mexico and it found out in the nick of time to attend a hearing in Santa Fe Oct. 17. Written comments are being accepted until the end of the month to April Alvarado, EMNRD, State Parks Division, 1220 S. St. Francis Drive, Santa Fe, NM 87505 or by email to More...

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Something to See, Part Iback to top 

When skydiver Felix Baumgartner stepped out of his capsule 24 miles high above the Earth on Sunday, he was all alone up there, but he had 8 million people watching on YouTube -- a new record for an online live event. "On the step, I felt that the whole world is watching," Baumgartner said after the jump. "I said, I wish they would see what I see. It was amazing." On Tuesday, Red Bull released new footage from Baumgartner's point of view as he made that long fall through the upper stretches of the atmosphere. Baumgartner also posted a fan video depicting his now-famous jump in a Lego version. More...

Moving a retired space shuttle from LAX to the California Science Center, 12 miles away through densely populated urban neighborhoods, is no easy task. Residents complained when about 400 trees were cut down (each one will be replaced with two new plantings), but when the huge shuttle actually turned up on their streets over the weekend, it drew admiring crowds. The shuttle's final trip started just before midnight on Thursday and finally reached its new hangar on Sunday afternoon, about 16 hours behind schedule. Bryan Chan, of the Los Angeles Times, created a fascinating time-lapse video showing Endeavour's last trip; click here to watch. More...

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NASA Considers Crowdsourcing UAS Solutionsback to top 

NASA is considering the creation of an Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) challenge with the goal of finding solutions to problems involved in integrating drones into the National Airspace System. The challenge would require competing UAS vehicles to maintain separation from traffic while operating in congested airspace and under a range of conditions and failure modes. Competitors would use and demonstrate sense-and-avoid technologies compatible with NextGen systems. Winners would receive a monetary prize up to 1.5 million dollars as the result of winning two parts of the challenge.  NASA says competing aircraft would need to display reliable and accurate four-dimensional trajectories. But the agency isn't prepared to move forward just yet. More...

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Airliner's Unscheduled Rescue Missionback to top 

A solo yachtsman who ran into trouble in high seas off the north coast of Australia has an Air Canada flight to thank for diverting to low altitude to confirm his location after he set off his emergency beacon. The event took place two weeks ago, but an Air Canada spokesman commented Tuesday on the role of the airliner. Flight AC033, a Boeing 777 out of Vancouver for Sydney, was one of two airliners that rescue authorities estimated would pass over the sailor's transmitted GPS position. Air Canada said Tuesday that its crew quickly determined they had sufficient fuel reserves to participate "and headed out to the remote area which was over fairly rough seas." The 777 then descended to roughly 4,000 feet and, with the help of passengers, the crew started looking. More...

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Starting 'Em Youngback to top 

Those who worry that the next generation has failed to embrace the romance of flight might be heartened by the three flights launched Sunday morning by Drew Gryder, of Hampton, Ga., on his 16th birthday. Gryder, who has grown up in an aviation family -- his father, Dan, flies for Delta and instructs in a DC-3 on the side -- was waiting on the centerline at midnight for the clock to tick over to Sunday, so he could launch on his own from the left seat in a Cessna 150. His dad and a local pilot friend took off with him, one on each wing, for a special solo flight that had been in the works for two years. Later in the day Gryder also soloed in a Blanik K-7 glider and a Piper Apache twin. He said he hoped his triple-solo day would help to show other youngsters that "age 14 and 15 is not too young to start, and that they can also fly." More...

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Something to See, Part IIback to top 

The big news in aviation film for this fall is the national release of Flight, starring Denzel Washington, on Nov. 2 -- early reviews are starting to turn up online -- but meanwhile other filmmakers are working to promote the wonder of flight. In Ohio, director Adam White recently won a film festival award for his documentary, The Restorers, and now is trying to create a TV series about historic aircraft and the volunteers who keep them flying. White's company, Hemlock Films, is searching for investors and will show the film in Cleveland on Oct. 23. Meanwhile, reviews for Flight, which has shown at several film festivals around the country, are mostly positive. More...

Denzel Washington plays an alcoholic airline pilot in Flight, which premieres Nov. 2, and the preliminary reviews seem positive. Do you go to aviation movies?

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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What You Missed in AVwebBiz This Weekback to top 

Both pilots of an An-28 that crashed in eastern Russia last month were drunk. Ten of the 14 aboard the aircraft died when the plane went down in a forest. At the time, local reports said there was no post-crash fire at the accident scene, which was about six miles short of the airport at Palana, a tiny community on the Kamchatka Peninsula. Witnesses said they say both pilots hoisting a few the night before the flight. The Russian authorities have now turned their attention to finding out how they got to the flight deck. More...

The workings of the Brazilian justice system took another strange twist for two American pilots convicted of negligence in the midair collision that resulted in the loss of a GOL Boeing 737 in 2006. A Brazilian court on Monday upheld the criminal conviction of Jan Paladino and Joe Lepore but reduced their sentences a second time. After first sentencing the pilots to four years in jail, Brazil's courts then converted the sentence to "community service." Federal prosecutors and family members of passengers on the 737 appealed and on Monday the courts upheld the conviction but further reduced the sentence. The two are now officially free to go about their business but are supposed to check in with Brazilian penal officials from time to time. Neither man has been in Brazil since being allowed to return to the U.S. a couple of months after the accident. More...


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Opinion & Commentaryback to top 

Plus several other records. Red Bull pulled it off almost without a hitch, and on the AVweb Insider blog, Paul Bertorelli admires the perfect execution of what was, in the end, a brilliant stroke of marketing and promotion. He would lift a can of Red Bull in recognition, but he'd be up all night regretting it. Read more and join the conversation. More...

AOPA Summit was a smaller show with some notable absences. Sitting in the airport on the way home, AVweb editor Russ Niles posts to the AVweb Insider blog asking just what (if anything) that means. Read more and join the conversation. More...

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

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Your Favorite FBOsback to top 


AVweb's "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to the Memphis/Shelby County Airport Authority (MSCAA) FBO at General Dewitt Spain Airport (M01) in Memphis, Tennessee.

AVweb reader Scott Bartley had high praise for the facility:

By far the best FBO I have flown into in the past three years. They met the plane with a golf cart and offered to assist. They looked over my plane (Mooney M20C, '65) and noticed a minor problem in the front tire, which they repaired without any charge. Fuel is cheap. The helped me get a cab and gave me recommendations of places to eat during my stay. These people were friendly and just great overall.

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 

Our latest winning photo comes from Fred Simpson of Mansfield, ON (Canada). Click here for the rest of this week's submissions. More...

Names Behind the Newsback to top 


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Paul Bertorelli

Russ Niles

Scott Simmons

Contributing Editors
Mary Grady
Glenn Pew

Kevin Lane-Cummings

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Karen Lund

Avionics Editor
Larry Anglisano

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