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Volume 18, Number 49b
December 6, 2012
Pilot Workshops || Three Things You Should 
Never Say to ATC || Click Here to Find Out
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! Phenom 300 Airborneback to top 

Embraer Executive Jets took another step forward in its expansion into U.S. production this week with the first flight of the first Phenom 300 built at the company's Melbourne, Fla., assembly plant. Embraer announced just a couple of months ago that it would be adding the 300 to its Florida production line, which has been turning out Phenom 100s since last year. The company also said it has been refining its production processes and has cut in half the time required to assemble an airplane. "We are now on schedule to produce eight [airplanes] per month in the coming months," said Phil Krull, managing director of the facility. More...

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Simple one-handed operation is the most essential feature of the IC-A6 and IC-A24. The well-labeled large keypad provides user-friendly operation. The large display shows both letters and numbers and is easy to see, making for fast frequency recognition. The display is backlit, and so is the keypad. These are some features both models have to offer, and now, for a limited time, save up to $30 this holiday season with Icom's limited offer mail-in rebate on the IC-A6 and IC-A24 at Aircraft Spruce. Call 1 (877) 4‑SPRUCE or visit
Marketwatchback to top 

Textron Systems and Bell Helicopter have jointly launched a new laboratory in Huntsville, Ala., to develop unmanned aircraft systems. The companies said on Tuesday the facility will make it easier to quickly integrate and troubleshoot new components for both manned and unmanned systems, and will provide high-fidelity simulated environments to help with testing and system integration. A Kiowa Warrior helicopter simulator at the site will be used for training. The lab will help researchers to explore "next-generation concepts for situational awareness," said John Garrison, Bell CEO. More...

The Italico Aviation company announced this week it hopes in early 2013 to begin hiring for its new Kissimmee, Fla., facility, forming a base of employees the company says may eventually grow to 55, to produce the company's two-seat amphibious LSA, the FX1. State and local officials wooed the company with an incentive package, including a property-tax exemption, that is worth nearly $850,000. The local government hopes the company will introduce to the area jobs that are expected to pay an average of $60,000 each. The company hopes the high-wing pontoon aircraft will find roles in surveillance and agricultural work and also hopes to broaden the small-aircraft market with the FX1's sub-$100,000 price tag. The company's production targets may be ... optimistic. More...

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Communication? To Sound SMOOTH, CONFIDENT, and PROFESSIONAL Every Time 
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This course will teach you the insider secrets to master radio communication. You'll learn how to sound smooth, confident, and professional every time you transmit. You'll feel comfortable flying into ANY kind of airspace, whether under IFR or VFR, day or night, busy Class B or dead-silent Class G. You'll gain skills that other pilots will envy. Guaranteed.

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Something You Don't See Every Dayback to top 

In what Red Bull referred to as "an incredible synchronized moment," a pilot in an aerobatic Extra 300SR flew "in formation" with a skydiver recently in the skies above the Czech Republic -- and of course, the moment is captured in video. Pilot Martin Sonka, a former pilot with the Czech Air Force who has competed in the Red Bull Air Races, flew "within arm's reach" of skydiver Peter Mestak, according to Red Bull. This isn't the first time Red Bull has experimented with various types of aircraft and divers flying together. More...

Bad Elf GPS
Introducing Bad Elf GPS Pro!
Bad Elf introduces the GPS Pro, the most feature-rich Bluetooth GPS for aviation. This new, made-for-iPad GPS delivers high performance and reliable operation with Bluetooth connectivity.

Travel all day with 16 hours of battery! Share your GPS with up to five iPads! Datalog your trip, map it, tag it, and share it! Stop guessing about your GPS status with the big LCD display! Click here for more information.
Come Along for the Rideback to top 

Boeing has taken online interactive technology into the 787 Dreamliner with its "Dream Pass" that allows you to actively control through 360 degrees the view from an in-cockpit virtual jump seat as a crew takes off flies and lands the jet. The technology allows you to scroll 360- degrees around the cockpit, looking where you like, including up and down, while the video plays with narration. In other words, the technology effectively offers real-time control of the viewing angle over a 360-degree panoramic pre-recorded video. As the jet lands at Boeing Field Seattle, the "pilot commentary" advises you to look left at the city's skyline, which comes into view, clearly, if you pan left. Another audio option provides "in-flight audio" through the flight. The tour offers exterior fuselage wing and engine views as well. Click through for access. More...

MIssion-Specific Pilot Flight Bags - The 
All-New FLEX System || BrightLine Bags
Mission-Specific Flight Bags with Adaptive Utility™
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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Time for Othersback to top 

Every year around this time, people feel compelled to give, and that's also true in the aviation world. Over the weekend, 30 pilots volunteered to help deliver holiday gifts to foster children across the state of Michigan. Bob Rivard flew about 350 miles in his Piper Saratoga to support the cause. "It's just a way for my hobby to give back, and it's an excuse to fly," he told the Detroit Free Press. All together, Operation Good Cheer delivered 13,521 gifts to 4,507 kids. About 100 pilots had offered to participate, but many flights were grounded by thick morning fog. In Massachusetts, pilots also pitched in recently to help out some stranded sea turtles. More...

The holiday season inspires many pilots to share their skills and time with those less fortunate. Do you have any charitable flying-related events planned for the holidays?

Plus: Last week, we asked AVweb readers what they thought of Michael Huerta's selection as permanent FAA administrator; click through to see the breakdown of responses. More...

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What You Missed in AVwebBiz This Weekback to top 

New technology now available will help pilots better cope with bad weather in the mountains near Montrose, in the western part of Colorado, the FAA said this week. The Wide Area Multilateration (WAM) system makes it possible for air traffic controllers to track aircraft in mountainous areas that lack radar coverage, the FAA said. "This system will allow pilots to fly search and rescue missions in weather conditions that would have previously kept them grounded," said Michael Huerta, acting FAA administrator. The system also will enable pilots to land in conditions that previously caused diversions or flight delays, Huerta said. More...

Solar Impulse, the record-setting solar-electric aircraft built by Bertrand Piccard and his team in Switzerland, will visit the U.S. next year, according to a 60 Minutes report that aired on Sunday. The aircraft will launch from California and fly across the country to Virginia. No details have been released about the planned itinerary or public displays. Piccard's team is on track to attempt an around-the-world solar-powered flight in 2015, according to the report. That flight will take 20 days and 20 nights, in a new second-generation aircraft now under construction. More...


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New on AVweb.comback to top 

The Department of Transportation's OIG says contract towers are cheaper and have fewer safety-related complaints than do FAA towers. But it admits the FAA lacks the oversight to review billed hours and FAA towers have voluntary safety reporting systems while contact towers don't. In other words, OIG's survey is less than confidence-inspiring. Further, it speaks little about customer satisfaction and complaint resolution. On the AVweb Insider blog, Paul Bertorelli says we ought to be skeptical of DOT's claims. Read more and join the conversation. More...

BrainteasersA wise guy, who never flew, once said it's easier to beg forgiveness than to ask permission. Phooey! Life aloft is smoother with pre-planning, so discover how carefree flight becomes when you ace this quiz.

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Suitable for student pilots through senior captains, Safelog features legendary flexibility and ease of use. Available for PC, iPhone, iPad, Android, web, Mac (through emulation), and more. Stuck with some underperforming other logbook? Join thousands of others by taking advantage of our complimentary transition service and step up to the power, value, stability, and professionalism of Safelog. Try a demo or learn more at
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...

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

The Collings Foundation's Derek "Otter" Ward sometimes serves as co-pilot aboard the organization's WWII B-17 Boeing Flying Fortress bomber Nine-O-Nine. He describes some of the aircraft's ground and flight characteristics. More...

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Your Favorite FBOsback to top 


AVweb's latest "FBO of the Week" can be found at Guntersville Municipal Airport (8A1) in Guntersville, Alabama. Reader Alberto Silva shared all the details of his unscheduled stop in a compelling testimonial. Click through to read what he had to say.

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 


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