View Online | View Extended Version | View Printer-Friendly Version (recommended for mobile devices)

Volume 18, Number 50b
December 13, 2012
Warbirds Pin-Up Calendar 2013 - 'Mustangs' 
|| Available at
Warbirds Pin-Up Girls 2013 "Mustangs"
Calendar Available at

The Warbird Pin-Up Girls 2013 "Mustangs" calendar features new gorgeous pin-up girls and a selection of outstanding P-51 Mustangs. In this edition you will find some of the best examples of ready-to-fly P-51 Mustangs the country has to offer. With such classics as Old Crow, Quick Silver, Crazy Horse, and the amazing unlimited-class Reno air racer Precious Metal among others, this is a classic in the making. Call (877) 288‑8077 or visit
Aviation Safety and Experimentalsback to top 

The EAA this week published a list of CFIs authorized to offer training in experimental aircraft, as the NTSB requested in a study released in May. The study showed that experimental amateur-built aircraft have a fatal accident rate 3 to 4 times higher than the rest of the general aviation fleet, and four recommendations were made to EAA, in addition to 12 directed at the FAA. EAA's CFI list is categorized by state and lists each instructor with contact information, location, and the types of experimental aircraft they can instruct in. "Proper transition training is an essential first step toward safe operation of experimental aircraft," EAA said. More...

IFR Mastery || Online at
Online Scenario Training for IFR Pilots
Instrument-rated pilots can experience a new type of online, scenario-based training produced by Called IFR Mastery, the program uses a combination of video, audio, live survey, online quiz, and private discussion forum to tackle a challenging IFR scenario and work through a recommended course of action. Taught by PilotWorkshops' team of nationally recognized expert instructors, IFR Mastery presents new scenarios each month. Click here to find out more.
"Super Unleaded" a Little Extra Superback to top 

The state of New Jersey confirmed Wednesday that six automotive gas stations received and sold leaded aviation fuel to drivers before the mistake was discovered and the sales were shut down. The fuel was delivered by eight tankers between Dec. 5 and Dec. 7 to six gas stations owned by the same company. In a statement from the Division of Consumer Affairs, the fuel was not directly identified as 100LL. The agency said the fuel was "rated at 104.7 octane compared to 93 octane for super unleaded," and contained "a small amount of lead." It was mistakenly sold to motorists as super unleaded. According to the agency, it "should not cause damage to vehicles engines." Click through for a link to the release from Consumer Affairs and a list of affected stations. More...

Flying Eyes Pilot Sunglasses || 
Headset-Friendly Sunglasses
Introducing: Headset-Friendly Sunglasses
Flying is better when your noise-canceling headsets perform at their best — and when you don't have an aching head from uncomfortable sunglasses. So we bring you a completely unique pair of sunglasses designed by a pilot specifically for this purpose: to be the best, most comfortable sunglasses to wear with a headset. Flying Eyes: Watch the video review and take advantage of our special introductory price.
Aviation and the Arcticback to top 

A California climatologist says the Arctic Circle should be off limits to high-flying jets because their emissions are likely a major factor in the rapid melting of the polar ice cap. Mark Jacobson, a professor of civil engineering at Stanford University, told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation he believes black soot particles from jet engines are creating an unnaturally warm layer in the atmosphere over the Arctic and that might be causing the ice to melt below. Arctic icepack levels were at their lowest ever this past summer and global warming has been getting the blame, but Jacobsen's theory suggests it's more localized. "One of the effects of the aircraft is they emit a lot of soot into the upper atmosphere and the sunlight is absorbed by that soot, and the air heats up, so you get this kind of elevated, heated air layer where the aircraft fly," Jacobson said. Jacobson also says he doesn't expect the skies to empty over the Arctic anytime soon. More...

A California climatologist thinks polar air traffic might be behind the accelerating melting of the Arctic ice cap, and most light aircraft use leaded fuel. Does the environmental impact of your flying concern you?

Plus: Last week, we asked AVweb readers about the role of volunteerism in their holiday season; click through to see the breakdown of responses. More...

Quality OEM Magnetos and Harnesses at 
Competitive New Pricing || That's Continental Factory Value
Are You Facing TBO? Want to Upgrade Your Engine?
Are You in Need of High-Quality OEM Parts?

Now is a great time to purchase. With a factory-rebuilt or new engine, you receive upfront pricing, latest product improvements, zero time, no history, new cylinders, new lifters, etc. And the factory lead time is 15 business days on average from engine order to shipment. Several engines in stock.

Visit to price your engine or contact the customer service and sales team at (800) 326‑0089 or (251) 436‑8292.
Aviation Safety: Two Dramatic F-18 Crashesback to top 

click for photos and video
Military investigators say a sticky piston in the fuel control mechanism of a Royal Canadian Air Force CF-18 was likely the root cause of a spectacular crash of the jet during rehearsal for an airshow in Lethbridge, Alberta, in July of 2010. The pilot, Capt. Brian Bews, ejected from the aircraft less than 300 feet above the ground and suffered three compressed vertebrae, but has since gone back to work. The crash was caught from multiple angles by video and still photographers. Bews was practicing the high alpha maneuver in which the aircraft flies at its lowest possible forward speed using a combination of engine power and an extreme angle of attack. To resume normal flight, the pilot applies full power and afterburner to climb out and that's when things went wrong. More...

Newly released footage of the non-fatal F-18 crash at a Virginia Beach apartment complex last April captures the jet's last moments as an instantaneous grey streak on film, but the camera's proximity conveys much more. The video was collected from a security camera at Mayfair Mews Apartments where the jet crashed through two buildings on April 6 after a malfunction led the crew to eject. The footage shows the fighter, the explosion on impact and the aftermath, sometimes indirectly and literally from feet away, with debris blowing past. This will, hopefully, be the closest you'll ever get to a jet crash. Click through for video. More...

Hartzell Aircraft Starters || 
Aviation-Manufactured, OEM-Endorsed, Factory-Installed - For Over 20 
Lycoming & Continental Aircraft Starters: Aviation-Manufactured, OEM-Endorsed, & Factory-Installed — For Over 20 Years
TCM supplier Hartzell Engine Technologies introduces the zero back torque M-Drive starter — the best lightweight starter designed to start even the hardest-cranking large-bore TCM engines while safely disengaging from the starter adapter. Lycoming-chosen E-Drive starters from Hartzell Engine Technologies are unaffected by kick-backs, saving hours of service time and replacement costs along with the best warranty available — two-year unlimited!

More on Hartzell Engine Technologies' aircraft starters ...
News Briefsback to top 

A bankruptcy court on Tuesday reversed an earlier decision and said Hawker Beechcraft can go ahead and sell the last 20 of its Hawker 4000 business jets, the Wichita Eagle has reported. Current owners of the jets have protested the sell-off, asking the court to slow down the process to help preserve the value of the fleet. Three weeks ago, the court said the company shouldn't rush to sell off the airplanes at deep discounts. The judge now says the sales can proceed, but Hawker must report each sale and the purchase price to the court, according to the Eagle. More...

New aviation weather forecasts are helping pilots to avoid storms over remote regions of the world's oceans, NASA said this week. A prototype system developed by the National Center for Atmospheric Research, in Boulder, Colo., and funded by NASA, combines satellite data and computer weather models to produce eight-hour forecast maps, which are updated every three hours. NASA said development of the forecasts was spurred in part by the 2009 crash of Air France Flight 447, which encountered a complex of thunderstorms over the Atlantic Ocean. 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.
What You Missed in AVwebBiz This Weekback to top 

Epic Aircraft is planning to expand its Bend, Ore., operation as it goes for certification of the LT single-engine turboprop. The Associated Press reported the kit builder is negotiating with Cessna to buy the building Cessna abandoned two years ago when it consolidated manufacturing of its Corvalis high-performance singles in Wichita. The Bend City Council has approved transfer of the land lease from Cessna to Epic. Epic CEO Doug King said the expansion is needed because of growth in the kit business and because of the certification effort. "We expect to hire 40 to 80 new staff in 2013," he said in an email to the Bend Bulletin. "Our commitment to Bend continues." More...

Piper Aircraft has not attained all the benchmarks that were set when the state of Florida invested $6.6 million in the company's expansion four years ago, but given the state of the economy since then, the state has agreed to not seek payback from the company. As long as Piper stays in Florida and meets certain employment obligations for the next four years, the debt will be forgiven, Piper said this week. The company also received $4 million from the county, but a similar compromise to avoid repayment is expected to be finalized by next week. More...


Have you signed up yet for AVweb's no-cost weekly business aviation newsletter, AVwebBiz?

Delivered every Wednesday morning, AVwebBiz focuses on the companies, the products and the industry leaders that make headlines in the business aviation industry, making it a must-read.

Add AVwebBiz to your AVweb subscriptions today by clicking here and choosing "Update E-mail Subscriptions."


Great Lakes Diamond || Diamond Regional 
Distribution Center || Visit
Buy a New DA40 XLS and Enjoy Our Biggest Incentives Ever
Participating Diamond Regional Distribution Centers are offering our most generous promotion ever on new 2012 DA40 XLS aircraft. Buy before December 31, 2012 and receive: three-year, 1,000-hour spinner-to-tail warranty, three years scheduled maintenance credit, a three-year buyback guarantee, and huge tax savings for qualified buyers. Call (888) 958‑2939 or visit
Opinion & Commentaryback to top 

Last week, in a nod to downtrodden cell phone users everywhere, the FCC asked the FAA to allow phone use on take-off and landing. But hold the phone, so to speak, says Paul Bertorelli on the AVweb Insider blog. We don't want a bunch of chatting Kathies larding up the cabin with inane blather about their miserable, meaningless lives. How about we limit it to tablet and e-reader use? Read more and join the conversation. More...

Bend Up a Rental, You Could Go Broke || 
Avemco Insurance Company
Your FBO's Insurance Protects Them, Not You
Most insurance carried by the FBO or aircraft owner protects their interests, not the renter's. That's why we created Avemco® Non-Owned Insurance. It could save you thousands in damages to a rental aircraft and thousands more in injury liability lawsuits and legal fees!

Get your no-obligation quote.
AVweb Video: Look, Listen, Laugh and Learnback to top 

The iPad, and tablets in general, have gained wide acceptance among pilots. But if you find the iPad a tad too large for the cockpit, the new iPad Mini may address that complaint. It's 2/3 the size of the full iPad but otherwise has the same features and performance as an iPad 2. In this video, AVweb and Aviation Consumer wrung out the Mini for both cockpit and pre-flight use. Other than screen glare, we found it had few warts worth mentioning, and it just might become the perfect cockpit accessory. More...

No-Cost SocialFlight App Reaches 10,000 Users,
3,000 Aviation Events and Adds Social Networking for Pilots

Join the thousands of pilots using SocialFlight to discover aviation events across the U.S. Plan your weekend flying to make the most of your next airborne adventure. Pancake breakfasts, air shows, even FAA seminars. Add your aircraft info and network with other pilots with similar interests. Available at no cost for iPad/iPhone or Android and online at
The Top Reporter on Our Crack Staff ... Is You!back to top 

If so, the staff of Aviation Consumer would like to know what you think of it. Almost two years ago, Garmin introduced the GTN-series navigators to update its mega-popular GNS products. If you've been flying behind one, tell us what you think of it by taking this survey. It'll only take five minutes. 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...

IFR Refresher
Get to the Next Level!
IFR Refresher is the only magazine written for instrument pilots who care passionately about staying proficient.

Click here to subscribe — and receive a gift!
Your Favorite FBOsback to top 


AVweb's latest "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to a location that, according to reader John Brier, has had a fresh infusion of inspiration recently — the city-run FBO at Robert LaFleur Airport (KWVL) in Waterville, Maine:

This airport was on the verge of being closed. The city of Waterville took over the operation and with a dedicated crew and turned it into a very pilot-friendly place. Fuel prices are some of the lowest in the [area].

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!


Peter Drucker Says,
"The Best Way to Predict the Future Is to Create It"

It's easy for your company to be more proactive, flexible, and entrepreneurial with AVweb's cost-effective marketing programs. Discover the benefits of instant response, quick copy changes, monthly tracking reports, and interactive programs. To find out how simple it is to reach 255,000 qualified pilots, owners, and decision-makers weekly, click now for details.
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].

Click here to send a letter to the editor. (Please let us know if your letter is not intended for publication.)

Comments or questions about the news should be sent here.

If you're having trouble reading this newsletter in its HTML-rich format (or if you'd prefer a lighter, simpler format for your phone or handheld device), there's also a text-only version of AVwebFlash. For complete instructions on making the switch, click here.

Aviate. Navigate. Communicate.