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Volume 18, Number 51b
December 20, 2012
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AVflash! Seaplane Pilots Have Spokenback to top 

The State of New Mexico has abandoned plans to ban seaplanes from landing on lakes in its state parks, thanks, it would seem, by a lobbying effort among seaplane pilots. Faced with significant opposition, the New Mexico State Parks Division issued this statement. "The Division proposed adding a new section prohibiting the taxiing, landing, or takeoff of seaplanes or floatplanes in state parks. The Division received hundreds of comments opposing the implementation of this rule. Based upon the comments received, and given that the Bureau of Reclamation and United States Army Corps of Engineers already have regulations addressing seaplanes and floatplanes, the Division did not adopt the proposed rule." More...

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Aviation Lawback to top 

A pilot whose daughter was killed when his Cessna 310F twin crashed in 2011 has pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in Massachusetts. Steven Fay, 58, of Hillsboro, N.H., was sentenced to probation until Dec. 31, 2013, and is prohibited from operating an aircraft or seeking reinstatement of his certificate during that time, according to The Associated Press. Fay's daughter, Jessica Malin, 35, was killed when the airplane hit trees while on final approach to a small airport in Orange, Mass., and crashed. 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.
Hall of Fame Honorees Announcedback to top 

The National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) this week announced who it will welcome next October as its "incoming Enshrinee Class of 2013" and the list includes three former military pilots and a former CEO of Cessna. Captain Robert L. "Hoot" Gibson, USN (retired) has served as a fighter pilot, flight test pilot and Commander of four Space Shuttle missions. Major General Patrick H. Brady, a Vietnam combat veteran, developed foul weather and tactical techniques for helicopter air ambulance rescue in combat. The late Charles Alfred Anderson helped develop civilian pilot training and has been described as "the father of African-American aviation." He served as chief instructor for the Tuskegee Airmen. And the late Dwane L. Wallace saw Cessna Aircraft Company through some of this country's most difficult years and made major contributions beyond the company as well. 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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Drop In, Drill, Repeatback to top 

An energy company in Canada says an experimental drill rig that can be transported via helicopter has proved to be a viable alternative to building roads into remote regions to explore for oil. Cenovus Energy said recently it has been working on the rig, called SkyStrat, for two years. The rig provides the company with added flexibility and lower costs, executive vice president Harbir Chhina said in a company report. Using traditional rigs, Chhina said, road access and camps are required, and a minimum of 40 to 50 wells must be drilled to justify the expense. "With this rig we can drill one, two, three, 50 wells, whatever we want," he said. More...

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... is the most effective method to treat nausea and vomiting due to motion sickness and other problems. Worn on the wrist (acupuncture's P-6 meridian), the Reletex produces a small neuromodulating current which stops peristaltic waves in the stomach, ceasing nausea and vomiting without drugs or side effects. Reletex is available in 60- and 150-hour versions. FAA-O.K. for pilots doing aerobatic flight as well as everyday passengers.

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Where It All Startedback to top 

December 17, 1903, is remembered as the day when the Wright brothers first flew successfully in North Carolina, but now a group in Dayton, Ohio, is working to build a monument to the brothers' pioneering work there. The brothers' bicycle shop was in Dayton, and there they worked on their 1905 design, which improved on their original ideas and convinced the public they had truly solved the problem of controllable and sustained flight. A nonprofit group is working to raise $12 million to build a 250-foot-tall monument to the 1905 Flyer that would stand at the intersection of two major interstate freeways. 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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What You Missed in AVwebBiz This Weekback to top 

Indonesian investigators say the pilots aboard a Sukhoi Superjet 100 airliner that crashed into a mountain last May, killing all 45 on board, were to blame for the crash. They said the crew ignored repeated warnings from the aircraft's systems of the impending terrain conflicts because they thought the alerts were the result of a database problem. In fact, it appears the crew never knew what they hit since they turned off the terrain avoidance functions just before the aircraft, on a demo flight with potential customers, hit Mt. Salak. According to The Associated Press, cockpit voice recordings show the captain of the aircraft was chatting with a potential customer as the aircraft hit the mountain. More...

With a $350 million contract at stake, a court has ruled that it's OK for the U.S. Air Force to restart its bidding process for 20 new training aircraft, the Wichita Eagle has reported. The contract was awarded about a year ago to Sierra Nevada Corp.'s version of Embraer's Super Tocano, but after a protest from Hawker Beechcraft, both parties were asked to resubmit their bids. Sierra Nevada protested that decision, but now the way is clear for both companies to remake their case. The court also said there was adequate evidence that the original decision was "likely tainted by bias." More...


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National Association of Flight Instructors 
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Opinion & Commentaryback to top 

Yeah, we all know it's a great film, but did you ever stop to think why? Paul Bertorelli has been up late recently watching movies and explains some interesting points about this classic aviation film of the Korean War in his latest post to the AVweb Insider blog. Read more and join the conversation. More...

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We Ask, You Answerback to top 

The high cost of aviation has been a theme throughout the year, so let's pretend someone in your circle has a $2,000 contribution to support your aviation habit but you can only spend it on one thing. What would it be?

Plus: Last week, we asked AVweb readers if they lose any sleep over the environmental impact of their flying; click through to see a breakdown of responses. More...

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...

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

FK Lightplanes has significant presence in Europe but almost none in the U.S. They'd like to change that with a sporty little aerobatic biplane called the FK-12 Comet. Right now, it's got a Rotax 912, but it will soon have a fully aerobatic Lycoming AEIO-233, making it one of only a couple of light sports approved for aerobatics and the only biplane. AVweb recently took a spin in the Comet with Hansen Air Group's Mitch Hansen. Here's a video report. More...

Aerial Tribute || Every Cloud a Monument
Ascension Scattering™: A Dignified Final Tribute for Any Aviator
Using a high-performance sailplane, Ascension Scattering™ releases cremated remains into strong thermals over the Rocky Mountains. The ashes are carried heavenward, making them part of the sky. Your family is invited to personalize the release to create an individualized memorial event. Optional video of the release serves as a lasting memorial. Contact Aerial Tribute to book an eternal flight, either as an advanced arrangement for yourself or as an arrangement for a loved one. Click here for a video overview.
Your Favorite FBOsback to top 


AVweb's "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Cook Aviation at Monroe County Airport (KBMG) in Bloomington, Indiana.

AVweb reader Paul Johnson told us about Cook recently and how they've worked with him to make some memorable visits:

As a student pilot, I've had the pleasure of visiting Cook Aviation twice on cross-country flights. My daughter and grandson live in Bloomington, so it's an added benefit to visit them. Both times, the folks at Cook have been extremely friendly and helpful. The first time, they loaned us a very nice Cadillac, and more recently [they] offered me a newer SUV.

On my last visit, I had hoped to have my grandson and a couple of his playmates meet us at the airport to see Grandpa's plane. I called Cook to see if that would be a problem and was assured that they would work with us to have our group of toddlers visit safely. They followed through, and the kids had a blast. I earned some "cool grandpa" points with that vist, along with my solo cross-country check-off.

To top it off, their fuel prices are much less than home. There's no question that when we come back to Bloomington to visit, we'll be coming back to Cook. And did I mention the fresh baked cookies?

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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Tom Bliss

Editorial Director, Aviation Publications
Paul Bertorelli

Russ Niles

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Glenn Pew

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Avionics Editor
Larry Anglisano

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