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Volume 18, Number 52a
December 24, 2012
Bose® A20™ Aviation Headset
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AVflash! Viral Veracityback to top 

It's not often a viral video is debunked by federal investigators but the FAA has determined that Victor Cruz's admittedly significant skills were exaggerated in a YouTube video. The video depicted Cruz, the star receiver for the New York Giants, catching a football that appeared to have been thrown from an airplane. As we reported in November, the video showed him easily catching a ball as a Cessna flies overhead at what looks to be the required 1,000 feet. Cruz makes the catch in the parking lot of what looks like a football stadium in a built-up area and that's what caught the attention of the FAA. As many AVweb readers had also determined (through mathematical, anecdotal and plain common sense deduction) the agency quickly found out the pilot of the Cessna did not allow an object to be dropped from the plane against federal regulations. They took a more direct route to that conclusion. More... || Intelligent Apps for 
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Canada Gets Serious About Biofuelsback to top 

A couple of months after making the first-ever flight of a jet aircraft on 100-percent biofuel, Canada's National Research Council is applying the knowledge it gained in that effort to help the FAA find a drop-in replacement for 100LL. The NRC will conduct a comprehensive series of experiments and evaluations of five potential avgas substitutes at the government-run facilities in Ottawa. NRC director of flight operations Tim Leslie said in a podcast interview that NRC had planned to do the research independently but it has now agreed to cooperate with the FAA's effort in a fundamental way. More...

Canada's National Research Council recently flew the first flight using 100 percent biofuel in a Falcon business jet, and the NRC is now applying that research in a study that will parallel the FAA's work to find a suitable unleaded replacement for 100LL. AVweb's Russ Niles spoke with the NRC's Tim Leslie.

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404 Error 86'edback to top 

A banner posted on the FAA's popular preliminary accident and incident notices page as late as Thursday afternoon told visitors the service will be discontinued at the end of the year, but actual human beings at the FAA have told AVweb otherwise. The site provides preliminary information, updated daily, regarding the most recent aircraft accidents. It maintains the information in a rolling database covering the preceding 10 days. The banner sparked a few emails to AVweb, which prompted our emails to the FAA. Responses from contacts there unequivocally stated that the banner message was posted in error. More...

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The Law and the Skiesback to top 

A county audit has found that managers at the Los Angeles county Sheriff's Department dispatched aircraft for personal reasons, costing the county tens of thousands of dollars, the L.A. Times reported Thursday. The county audit was prompted in part by allegations that misuse of county aircraft was impacting response to emergency calls. The audit found no support for that claim, but did find improper use that included a trip to Connecticut in a county aircraft that cost the county $35,000. According to the audit, a commercial flight could have performed the same task faster and for significantly less money. Another flight involved carrying the daughter of a commander to his retirement party. Still, a department spokesperson called the audit an "exoneration." More...

The former director of a flight school in New Zealand, Ravindra Pal Singh, 65, has been found guilty by a local District Court judge of separately assaulting two student pilots while providing instruction to them in the air. One student testified that Singh had slapped him in the face and pushed his head into the side of the cockpit. Another student said Singh elbowed her on several flights and raised his hand above her head in a manner that was threatening. Singh argued that the accusations were levied by poorly performing students who were in the county on visas that he was not inclined help extend. The judge disagreed with Singh's account in spite of the fact that an arrest warrant has been issued for a third accuser. More...

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Opinion & Commentaryback to top 

On the AVweb Insider blog, Paul Bertorelli contends that spending $170,000 to equip an LSA with dual-redundant glass and an autopilot just to tool across the county for a burger raises an obvious question: Why not fly these things IFR? This turns out to be a gray area, rules wise, but it can be done if certain sensible limitations are observed. Read more and join the conversation. More...

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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Reader Mailback to top 


Letter of the Week: Not for Pantywaists

In regards to your drop zone pilot's nail-biting video, I think this pilot's operations are completely unwarranted, unnecessary, and unsafe. You've heard the one about old, bold pilots and — really, to save a few minutes? Having said that, it is a cool video, and I admire his skill.

When I was in flight training at a university, my instructors seemed to think I was overly cautious, with one even calling me a pantywaist when I turned back from a cross-country with a huge storm approaching.

Really? I'm flying one of your brand-new $130,000 aircraft, and I'm being overly cautious? Anyway, I enjoyed the video, and I always enjoy your newsletters. Keep up the good work.

Bob Price

Click here to read the rest of this week's letters.


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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...

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Your Favorite FBOsback to top 


AVweb's "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Chesapeake Aviation Services at Lee Airport (KANP) in Edgewater, Maryland.

AVweb reader Steven Oxman recommended the FBO:

Chesapeake takes care of aircraft problems in the shortest time I have ever seen.

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

Glass panels have become standard in new aircraft, and now that more legacy airplanes are retrofitted with these systems, there's a growing market for backup gyros. That market has clearly stated a preference: Backup glass units are making inroads. In this AVweb video, Larry Anglisano of Aviation Consumer and Kirk Fryar of Sarasota Avionics give us a tour of the L-3 Trilogy. More...

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...

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Reader-Submitted Photosback to top 
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The Lighter Side of Flightback to top 


A double-dose of holiday merriment to celebrate the season.

As a retired NWA/Rep/NCA pilot, I spent a lot of time in and out of ORD. One time, leaving the gate for departure, we heard ground control say to us:

"Via the outer and over the bridge, to 32 rt you go."

Very melodic for the season.

John Clark
via e-mail

In the early 1970s, just before Christmas:

Landing at Burbank, California, the ATIS was:

"Information Raindeer"

When we departed a short time later, it was:

"Information Santa Clause"

On Christmas Day a few days later, Van Nuys ATIS:

"Advise Van Nuys Ground or Tower on initial contact that you are having a merry Christmas."

Terry Lankford
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...

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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