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Volume 18, Number 52b
December 27, 2012
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AVflash! Unearthing Historyback to top 

The long-anticipated dig to unearth a cache of brand-new Spitfires that are believed to be buried in Burma is expected to start on Jan. 12, local press has reported. According to The Irrawaddy, archeologists first will spend about a week studying the site, then the digging can begin. Up to 36 pristine Spitfires, still in the packing crates they were delivered in near the end of World War II, are expected to be found. David Cundall, who located the burial site, said he has confirmed the airplanes are there by sending a camera through a borehole. "We went into a crate, you can see an object which resembles a Spitfire," he said. More...

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Aviation Safetyback to top 

A Fokker 100 jet carrying 71 people for Air Bagan crashed in Burma on Christmas Day, breaking up the aircraft, which was then destroyed by fire, but the loss of life has so far been held at two, including one on the ground. The aircraft's data recorder has been recovered and details of the accident are still being collected. Early reports, which are likely to change, include one from the airline stating that the aircraft was flying in heavy fog when it hit electrical wires nearly a mile from its destination at Heho airport as it descended into rice fields. Burma's information ministry has reportedly said that the pilot mistook a road near for the airport's nearby runway. Quotes from passengers suggest the initial impact was not severe. More...

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A six-month-old infant being held in his mother's lap was the only one of nine occupants who died in the crash of a Fairchild Metro 3/23, a twin-turboprop regional airliner, in northern Canada on Saturday. Aviation rules in both Canada and the U.S. allow parents to hold children younger than two years old in their laps, although separate seats with age-appropriate safety restraints have been recommended by the National Transportation Safety Board. An FAA spokesperson told The Associated Press in 2010 that if separate seats were required, it would be more expensive for families to fly, and if they chose to drive instead, the children would be exposed to a greater risk of accident. More...

The only death in the crash of an aircraft in the Canadian territory of Nunavut last week was a baby. Should it be mandatory that young children fly in approved seats?

Plus: Last week, we asked AVweb readers ; click through to read what AVweb readers had to say on the subject. More...

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The new Type Club Coalition launched its web portal last week, with the goal to lower the accident rate for operators, owners, and builders of GA aircraft. The portal, hosted by EAA, is designed to make it easier for pilots to learn about known risks associated with their particular aircraft, whether it is a warbird, factory-built, or amateur-built design. "If the community can work together to eliminate the common mistakes of aircraft operation, type-specific or otherwise, the overall safety of GA will increase substantially," the group says at the website. The site will continue to develop, with a bigger presence planned to go online in the spring, EAA said. More...

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Back to Businessback to top 

Small towns in central Florida are taking advantage of their sunny climate and abundant lakes to attract aviation businesses. The town of Tavares recently became the new home for Progressive Aerodyne, the manufacturer of the SeaRey amphibian, and now two other aviation companies have made plans to locate in nearby towns next year, the Orlando Sentinel reported this week. ItalicoAviationUSA will open a plant in Kissimmee, and Wipaire will open a service center in Leesburg. More...

A year-end report and forecast from the Aerospace Industries Association is upbeat on the prospects for the general aviation industry in 2013 and beyond. "While the last few years have been a challenging time for general aviation, including a major bankruptcy [Hawker Beechcraft] in this sector," says the report (PDF), "the market is still much larger than it was a decade ago, and there are few doubts that growth will resume as the world economy recovers." Moderate growth is expected for 2013, according to the AIA analysis. The five-year forecast shows that nearly 80 percent of those looking to purchase GA aircraft between 2013 and 2017 will do so in the latter part of that period, with larger business jets leading sales. More...

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News Briefsback to top 

Free traffic and weather information can now be provided to pilots in seven new terminal areas, the FAA Safety Team announced recently. To receive these in-flight services, aircraft must be equipped to use ADS-B and to display traffic information. The new services are available for Fairbanks, Alaska; Lansing, Mich.; Pasco, Grant City, and Yakima, in Washington; Waterloo, Penn., and Youngstown, Ohio. More details about the services can be found online. The FAA also said recently it has published more than 3,000 new WAAS approaches, which make it possible for pilots to fly instrument approaches using GPS. More...

Survivors and families of the victims of Eastern Flight 401 are trying to collect $15,000 for an engraved granite block to serve as a memorial to the 101 people killed when the jet crashed in the Everglades northwest of Miami on Dec. 29, 1972. The flight took off from JFK with 176 aboard and while approaching Miami the pilots became fixated on an indicator light that had burned out. While working the problem, the crew failed to notice that the jet's autopilot had been accidentally switched off and the jet slowly descended into the Everglades, breaking apart on impact. Proponents of the memorial hope to see it placed on the grounds at the Glenn H. Curtiss Mansion and Gardens near Miami International Airport. They also plan to meet, Saturday, at another Everglades crash memorial. More...

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What You Missed in AVwebBiz This Weekback to top 

Gulfstream ended the year with a brace of accomplishments for its G650 program that set the stage for a busy 2013 in terms of deliveries. The company delivered its first G650 to a U.S. customer last week. "The first delivery of an aircraft is always an auspicious occasion and this one is especially so. This delivery represents the beginning of a new era in aircraft design and manufacturing in terms of quality, capabilities, reliability, parts availability and maintenance activities," said Gulfstream President Larry Flynn. "We're thrilled to see the first G650 leave our hangar for a customer's. Soon the G650 will be a common sight at airports around the world." The company also closed out the year with a couple of important certifications. More...

A phenomenon known as loss of tailrotor effectiveness may have had something to do with the crash of a Bell 206 in the East River off Manhattan 14 months ago. The NTSB factual report into the crash (PDF) says an uncommanded right yaw while the pilot was trying to land the aircraft preceded the crash, which killed two of five people on board. Pilot Paul Dudley told the NTSB the he thought he'd had an engine failure on takeoff and tried to return to the helipad when the uncommanded right yaw occurred. Dudley said he thought the sudden yaw was the result of tailrotor failure or loss of tailrotor effectiveness and tried to minimize the impact of the helicopter by manipulating the collective. No pre-crash mechanical faults were found with the aircraft. Although the factual report does not determine cause, the investigators included a detailed description of loss of tailrotor effectiveness. 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...

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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...

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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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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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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.

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Tom Bliss

Editorial Director, Aviation Publications
Paul Bertorelli

Russ Niles

Scott Simmons

Contributing Editors
Mary Grady
Glenn Pew

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Karen Lund

Avionics Editor
Larry Anglisano

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