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Volume 18, Number 47b
November 22, 2012
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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 PilotWorkshops' Tip of the Week. Click here to this quick tip.
AVflash! UAS Not Going Mainstream Yetback to top 

Citing concerns over privacy, FAA Administrator Michael Huerta has told members of Congress that the selection of six test sites for unmanned aerial systems will not happen in time to meet the agency's target of the end of this year. In a letter (PDF) to U.S. Rep. Howard McKeon, R-Calif., co-chair of the Unmanned Systems Congressional Caucus, Huerta said FAA staffers have been "working diligently to establish the framework for test-site selection … However, increasing the use of UAS in our airspace also raises privacy issues, and these issues will need to be addressed as unmanned aircraft are safely integrated." Earlier this month, 20 aviation advocacy groups (including AOPA, EAA, NATCA, NBAA, GAMA, and more) jointly sent a letter (PDF) to Huerta, asking him to keep the FAA focused on safety, not privacy issues, in regards to the integration of UAS. More...

The FAA has backed off on integrating UAVs into the NAS, citing privacy concerns. Is that a wise move?

Plus: Last week, we asked AVweb readers if the NTSB's comparison of GA safety to airline safety is a fair one; click through to see the breakdown of responses we received. More...

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Dynamite Aerodynamicsback to top 

Three high school students have won an innovation award for developing an adaptive 737 winglet that could save the fleet up to $2 billion per year in jet fuel, the Department of Transportation has announced. Miraj Rahematpura, Christopher Muckle, and Mario Chris, of Middletown, Conn., entered their project in a competition organized by the DOT to encourage interest in science and technology, and recently visited the staff in Washington to talk about their work. "To say we were all impressed with the quality and real-world value of their work would be an understatement," said DOT Secretary Ray LaHood. "Not only did they develop a highly technical winglet, they were able to explain their work with exceptional clarity and maturity." More...

You've no doubt noticed the wind skirts sported by most 18-wheelers today. They're there for a reason, and on the AVweb Insider blog, Paul Bertorelli wonders whether the airplane equivalent — winglets — might not become just as common. Both devices do the same thing — reduce drag and save fuel. Read more and join the conversation. More...

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A High-Tech Horror Storyback to top 

Recent reports in the mainstream media raised questions about whether FAA's NextGen air traffic control system might be vulnerable to hackers who can create "ghost airplanes," and also asked why 102 "zombie towers" across the country are kept open all night despite low traffic. The FAA has said that airports with four or fewer flights per hour at night don't need to keep the tower open, according to Bloomberg News, yet about 100 towers are staffed that fall within those guidelines, costing about $10 million per year. Meanwhile, an NBC affiliate in California's San Francisco Bay area reported that hackers say they could insert fake "ghost" airplanes into the ADS-B system and controllers would be unable to tell them from real aircraft. More...

MIssion-Specific Pilot Flight Bags - The 
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We took our award-winning flight bag and made it better! The FLEX System is engineered to handle the simple fact that you face different types of flights on different days. With FLEX, you can build your own perfect bag for each flight from eleven different modules, pockets, and end caps. This lets you add or remove space without having to reload and repack.

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At the Moviesback to top 

Plans were in the works for a sequel to Top Gun, one of the most popular aviation films ever, when director Tony Scott's suicide in August stalled the project, but a 3-D Imax version of the original movie now is expected to debut in February. The new version of the film already has been completed by Legend3D, according to The New York Times. It had been seen as a way to build excitement for the sequel, but now representatives of Paramount, producer Jerry Bruckheimer and Legend3D don't want to talk about the project, said the Times, and they are being careful not to seem "insensitive or exploitative." More...

Aero Telemetry, a small company in southern California, is finishing up a model of Howard Hughes' Spruce Goose flying boat with a 20-foot wingspan, which it calls "the world's largest flyable, most historically accurate and detailed scale model" of the iconic aircraft. The airplane is one of three Hughes aircraft that the company is building to create a traveling exhibit. Joe Bok, the company CEO and an aerospace engineer, designed the models used in The Aviator film, released in 2004. Bok, however, felt that the models used in the movie, created under intense deadline pressure, "left much to be desired," company spokesman Rob Hartz told AVweb. So on his own, Bok is creating meticulous new versions based on extensive research. More...

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What You Missed in AVwebBiz This Weekback to top 

A bankruptcy judge has rejected Hawker Beechcraft's bid to fire-sale its inventory of Hawker 4000 jets to raise some quick cash. The company was planning to dump the aircraft, the all-composite flagship of its jet roster, for as little as about 35 cents on the dollar until some existing 4000 owners stepped in to prevent their $20 million aircraft from suffering the same devaluation. Hawker Beech has 13 finished new 4000s, three in production and four used aircraft. The inventory clearance bid was part of a filing made by the company that also requested the court to allow it to abandon warranty and extended service plans on the 4000 and on Premier I and Premier IA jets. Hawker Beechcraft VP Shawn Vick outlined the warranty decision in a podcast interview at the 2012 NBAA convention in Orlando in October. More...


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

Piper's Matrix — an unpressurized version of its Mirage — has proven a popular seller and a stalwart of the company's M-class product line. AVweb's Paul Bertorelli recently took a test flight in the airplane for this video report. 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...

New airplanes sales may be a little soft, but we're seeing plenty of refurb work -- everything from new panels to fresh paint to full-up interiors. We would like to feature some of these airplanes in the pages of AVweb and spotlight the owners and shops doing the work. If you have photos of your restored aircraft -- single, twin or turbine -- send them along to us, and if we select your airplane as refurb of the month, we'll contact you for more information. More...

International Association of Flight 
Training Professionals (IAFTP)
IAFTP Share-a-Training-Practice Promotion
The first month of our promotion is complete, and the IAFTP Advisory Committee has selected training practices submitted from Canada, Australia, Italy, and Peru for recognition. The instructors submitting these training practices have from less than 1,000 hours to more than 15,000 hours total time.

To learn more about this promotion and the instructors being recognized, click HERE.
Your Favorite FBOsback to top 


AVweb's "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Sterling Aviation at Buchanan Field (KCCR) in Concord, California.

AVweb reader Sid Tolchin had a great visit at Sterling recently:

After landing and checking in at the FBO, we noted our rental car (from a major agency) had not been delivered. No questions asked, Justin had the crew van available immediately at no cost, helped us get another rental when we asked, and made certain we were settled and comfortable. After all of this, no tie-down fee and nothing but friendship from all there — especially noteworthy on a holiday weekend. Previously, their service department had serviced a brake hydraulic leak on one of our aircraft — again, at no charge. Just their smiles made it all worthwhile. The only glitch was a thoughtless CAP who started up his engine full-throttle and blew away all of our covers and hats. He was chastised by the horrified FBO attendants and learned a lesson!

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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Reader-Submitted Photosback to top 
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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.

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Avionics Editor
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