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Volume 18, Number 48a
November 26, 2012
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AVflash! Down, Set, Drop!back to top 

If it's a fake, it's a pretty good one and if it isn't a fake it's likely the FAA will be paying a visit to New York Giants star receiver Victor Cruz to find out who his aerial quarterback was for a video sure to go viral. In the 21-second clip, Cruz is shown catching a football that may originate from a Cessna flying overhead. The drop (called by one sports wag the best pass made by a Jet this year) appears to be dead on target from an aircraft that looks like it's at least the legal minimum altitude of 1,000 feet AGL. Cruz makes the two-handed catch easily and it's where he made the grab that might interest the FAA. More... || Intelligent Apps for 
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Tomorrow's Airplanes Todayback to top 

Solar flight pioneer Eric Raymond is working to complete his first two-seat design, Sunseeker Duo, which he expects will be "the highest performing solar airplane ever built and the first to carry passengers," and he's seeking grassroots support. Raymond has previously worked on the Solar Impulse project, which aims to fly around the world on solar power, alone, and in the 1990s he flew his own solar-powered design across the country in 21 legs. Raymond's Sunseeker Duo project has won support from Stemme, Allstar Gliders of Poland, University of Stuttgart, and SunPower, which produced the solar cells, but requires additional funding to reach completion. He is actively seeking public support, and is offering perks for donors, including rides in the Duo after it has been completed and tested. More...

A jointly funded industry/government initiative in the UK is operating a Jetstream 31 commuter plane in flight trials to demonstrate autonomous flight systems and flight via a remotely based pilot, while also carrying two onboard safety pilots. The twin-engine turboprop aircraft will be flown in trials during the next few weeks from Warton Aerodrome in Lancashire, England. A pilot on the ground will operate the aircraft in conjunction with onboard systems. The tests aim to demonstrate the systems' ability to navigate the aircraft, avoid others, and respond to air traffic control requests relayed to the ground-based pilot through the aircraft. Two pilots will fly in the aircraft as safety crew to observe operations and take positive control if needed. Developers don't expect these tests to lead directly to remotely piloted passenger operations, but they do consider that as a possible outcome of the technology's evolution. More...

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Behind the 100% Soft-Sueded Cotton Curtainback to top 

The 55-year-old former captain of the Gulfstream G550 owned by teen clothing store chain Abercrombie and Fitch has settled an age discrimination suit with his former employer after the pilot alleged he was fired in favor of a younger (32) pilot. The retailer fought the suit brought by Michael Bustin until a judge ordered CEO Michael Jeffries (who is 68) to give a second deposition, undoubtedly to fill in gaps about evidence that came to light regarding the "Aircraft Standards" manual he and his life partner Matthew Smith wrote that outlined the required conduct of the cabin crew. More...

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Aviation Safetyback to top 

Australia recorded its first "successful" Cirrus Airframe Parachute System (CAPS) Nov. 21, according to the Australian Transportation Safety Board, and pilot John Nixon's cellphone self-portraiture told the story pretty well. After the engine on the SR22 G3 he and a friend were flying lost oil pressure and seized near Gilgandra, New South Wales, Nixon told the Daily Liberal that he first looked for an airstrip or country road to set down on but as he ran out of options he decided to pull the chute. "Adrenalin kicked in and I automatically did what was needed," Nixon, a private pilot with about 1,950, hours told the newspaper. "We were on the ground less than a minute after the oil gauge indicated the problem." It was third time a Cirrus pilot has pulled the chute in Australia but the other incidents didn't work out so well. More...

A Cape Air Cessna 402C out of Barnstable Municipal Airport Wednesday for Nantucket returned to the airport after a red-throated loon crashed through the right windscreen, sending blood and bird fragments into the cabin and slightly injuring the flight's co-pilot. The flight's captain and four passengers were uninjured, but "they all got a little bit bloody from the bird splatter," airport manager Roland Breault told CapeCodOnline. The co-pilot suffered abrasions from the broken windscreen. The flight usually lasts less than 20 minutes. Impact with the loon occurred roughly five minutes into the flight when the aircraft had reached the coast. The bird was identified from remains left in the cabin after the impact. Average weight for the red-throated loon is about four pounds. More...

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A Rare Day Outback to top 

One of the most unusual hangar queens in the U.S. got a little sun and exercised its considerable muscles last week, but the fate of the Il-78 cargo plane is still not clear. As we reported in 2010, the Russian-built cargo plane has been at Sawyer International Airport in Marquette, Mich., since 2009 after the crew flying it from Texas to Pakistan was arrested and deported for immigration violations. Last week, the aircraft was rolled out of a hangar and mechanics started all four engines, according to the local Fox News channel. However, those doing the work weren't saying what significance, if any, the engine test had. More...

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Opinion & Commentaryback to top 

For cockpit use, Apple's new iPad Mini is a considerable improvement over the original iPad, which is just a little too big and heavy to be the perfect all-purpose cockpit device. Not that the Mini is exactly perfect, mind you. On the AVweb Insider blog, Paul Bertorelli wonders if Steve Jobs would approve. Read more and join the conversation. More...

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...

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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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Your Favorite FBOsback to top 


AVweb's latest "FBO of the Week" comes to us from reader Sandra Wirth, who found herself making an unplanned stop at Burnet Municipal Airport/Kate Craddock Field (KBMQ) in Burnet, Texas, where she discovered Faulkner's Air Shop:

While on a ferry flight from California to Florida in a Piper Warrior last month, due to a weather system in western Texas, I made an unplanned evening landing at KBMQ. It was after 6:00pm, and I was expecting to find a deserted airport and to have to figure out the fueling and lodging on my own. Instead, the lights were on at Faulkner's Air Shop, and smiling faces greeted me as I entered the building. Dale took care of my fuel needs before I had much chance to think about it and then gave me some phone numbers of nearby motels. When none of [the hotels] would pick me up, Johanna drove me herself.

The next morning, I ended up waiting several hours for some low clouds to clear. Johanna brought me back to the FBO, and I had a comfortable place to relax while the activity of a busy flight school swirled around me. At lunch time, they offered me a ride into town. Meanwhile, Dale towed the aircraft into the shop, serviced the flattened nose strut with nitrogen, and towed it back to the ramp.

They wouldn't accept payment for any of this, nor were there tie-down fees. By the time I was finally able to take off around 2:30pm, I felt I had been given VIP treatment to a level that was far above anything else I experienced on my 2,500-nm journey across the country.

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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The Lighter Side of Flightback to top 


As an AIM AIR missionary pilot flying in South Sudan, listening in on Juba International Airport's frequency can provide a few minutes of eye-watering laughs. It is a completely non-radar environment, and all position reports are by radial and DME. Everyone, from the British Airways flights transiting overhead to our small bush airplanes, all share the common frequency.

Last year, I heard this exchange between a Kenya Airways jet and the tower controller after he was done handling half a dozen other aircraft:

"Kenya 543, please state your position."

Kenya 543:
"Juba, we are on the ground."

Juba (rapidly) :
"Confirm on the ground!"

Kenya 543:
"Yes, sir. On the ground."

Juba (pausing) :
"Roger. Vacate via taxiway Bravo. Over to the marshaler."

Needless to say, my confidence in their traffic separation abilities went way up!

Jerry Hurd
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...

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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

Have a product or service to advertise on AVweb? Your advertising can reach over 225,000 loyal AVwebFlash, AVwebBiz, and AVweb home page readers every week. Over 80% of our readers are active pilots and aircraft owners. That's why our advertisers grow with us, year after year. For ad rates and scheduling, click here or contact Tom Bliss, via e-mail or via telephone [(480) 525-7481].

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