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Volume 19, Number 4b
January 24, 2013
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AVflash! Dreamliners' Battery Issue Goes to the Hillback to top 

The Senate's aviation subcommittee will investigate the FAA's oversight of the Boeing 787 design, Reuters reported on Wednesday. The hearing has not been officially announced but is expected in the next few weeks, according to an aide. Reuters also noted that under special conditions granted to Boeing by federal regulators in 2007, the lithium-ion battery was determined to be safe as long as if the battery caught fire during flight, the flames were contained and the smoke and fumes were vented. Boeing said redundant protections against overcharging made a battery fire "extremely unlikely," and if it did occur, the fire could safely burn itself out. More...

Never doubt that aviation and politics are joined at the hip, and the bigger the aircraft program, the more likely it will go political. On the AVweb Insider blog, Paul Bertorelli notes that the Senate Aviation Subcommittee, if it asks the right questions and finds the right witnesses, may actually shed more light than heat on the 787 battery issues. On the other hand, when's the last time that happened? Read more and join the conversation. More...

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Aviation Safetyback to top 

A Canadian company that made a high-profile and risky rescue flight to Antarctica 12 years ago is the subject itself of a search and rescue operation in a mountainous area of the continent. A Kenn Borek Air Twin Otter is presumed to have gone down on a flight from the South Pole to an Italian base on the coast. There are three Canadian crew members on board. The aircraft's emergency locator transmitter began broadcasting about 10 p.m. Wednesday and a U.S. C-130 flew over the area but was unable to see anything because of the weather. Heavy snow and winds up to 100 mph are ripping the area. Calgary-based Kenn Boreck earned international fame in 2001 when its Twin Otters plucked a critically ill doctor from the South Pole. More...

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Pelton's New Gigback to top 

A business consortium led by former Cessna CEO and acting EAA President Jack Pelton has started taking orders for a "remanufactured" Cessna 421 they call the Excalibur and say they have plans to add other designs. The Aviation Alliance, a partnership of 10 individuals and companies that represent a cross section of aviation experience and disciplines, plans to offer "remanufactured, modernized turbine-powered aircraft to the aviation and defense industries." Pelton is the managing director of the ambitious enterprise, which includes Clay Lacy Aviation, Oklahoma Jet Center, Capital Aviation and Aircraft Technical Service/Ventura Aerospace, plus aviation industry executives from a variety of high-profile businesses. "We've assembled a who's-who of aviation leaders and resources on this team to ensure both our mutual success and our customers' satisfaction," said Pelton, who suddenly retired from Cessna a couple of years ago amid a shakeup at the company. "We're optimistic about the business and proud to announce our first offering." More...

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From the leader in hospital pulse oximetry comes the world's first pulse oximeter for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch that measures during movement and low blood flow to the finger. The iSpO2 allows you to noninvasively track and trend blood oxygenation (SpO2), pulse rate, and perfusion index – for sports and aviation use.* Click here for more information.

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Searching for Spitfiresback to top 

Undaunted by a failure to find any buried Spitfires at the first dig site in Burma, project leader David Cundall said he is ready to start excavating a second site. Cundall said he will be flying soon to Myitkyina, about 900 miles from the first dig site. A preliminary dig at Myitkyina found a buried wooden crate filled with water, and Cundall hopes further excavation there will find airplanes. Cundall also said that excavation at the first site, at Yangon Airport, was stymied when officials prevented crews from digging more than five feet deep, to prevent damage to airport infrastructure such as pipes and cables. Cundall had said he wanted to go to at least 20 feet deep. More...

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Another Viral Video, Another FAA Inquiryback to top 

A 19-second video clip titled "200mph Plane fly-by within 2 feet of person" has prompted at least one news agency to contact the FAA in an effort to discern whether the act was properly approved by the FAA. The event involved pilot Jason Newburg of Viper Airshows and Team Stunters, which performs "street bike stunt shows," according to The video shows a biplane buzzing an ATV rider and whoever filmed the act, reportedly on the runway at Lancaster Airport in Texas. A member of Team Stunters posted to Twitter that the footage was shot while practicing for upcoming airshows. A local news channel, WFAA, reported Tuesday that the FAA said it "could not immediately locate" waivers associated with the event. Further information was unavailable as AVweb went to press. The video was posted Monday and had collected more than 100,000 views by Wednesday night. Click through to watch the video. More...

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Top Techback to top 

A nine-month test using infrasound to repel birds has been successful, Technology International Inc., of Louisiana, has reported. Low-frequency sounds, which are not heard by humans, were generated using a rotary woofer, the company said. The sounds "jam the birds' acoustic navigational system … [and] mimic the atmospheric disruptive features of unstable weather conditions that birds instinctively avoid." The sounds don't harm the birds, the company said. The company hopes to use the technology at airports to create bird-free zones, and plans to test a prototype system at an airport soon. More...

E-Volo, a German company that successfully flew an innovative electric-powered vertical-takeoff aircraft in 2011, now says it is ready to build a two-person design. Germany's transport ministry will have to create a new category and develop new regulations to allow the aircraft to fly, and E-Volo says that process is under way. The company said they hope to achieve extensive endurance testing of the passenger cabin, the landing framework and the rotor array by this summer, so they can start test flights this year. 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
What You Missed in AVwebBiz This Weekback to top 

Roadable aircraft developer Terrafugia has released more video of its Transition vehicle being put through its paces but it's suggesting production and delivery of the device may come later rather than sooner. In a carefully worded news release on Tuesday, the Massachusetts company said it might have to build a third prototype based on the testing it has done so far on the second machine. "Once the engineering team is satisfied that the majority of the field issues have been identified from this prototype, we will evaluate if the number and magnitude of potential modifications warrant the construction of another prototype prior to final compliance testing for certification," the company said. The video, shot in late October, shows an aircraft that appears to have significantly better handling characteristics than the first prototype (we think it looks better, too) and Terrafugia says they continue to make improvements, hence the possibility of a third prototype. More...

Transit police who were using explosives to train bomb-sniffing dogs left one of the bombs aboard an Air Canada 767 that later carried passengers, a taxpayers group reported this week. The incident happened about two years ago, in January 2011, and was only confirmed after the group filed a Freedom of Information request. The dog handler noticed the device was missing two days after the training session, and reported it. Air Canada inspected the airplane 14 times, but the bomb was never found. It was believed to have been tossed out with the trash. The material was inert without the aid of an explosive booster, "i.e., blasting cap," according to the police report. More...


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Opinion & Commentaryback to top 

An incident involving a glider and a nuclear power plant raised questions about the conduct of some local sheriffs — but, as Russ Niles notes on the AVweb Insider blog, it won't have an impact on aviation in general. Read more and join the conversation. More...

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Your Favorite FBOsback to top 


AVweb's "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Mt. Pleasant Regional Airport (OSA) in Mt. Pleasant, Texas.

AVweb reader Larry Richardson writes:

At OSA you get great service; a courtesy car if needed; competitive fuel prices; 6,000x100-foot runway; and always a friendly smile.

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!


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

AVweb was at opening day of the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo show in Sebring on Thursday and filed this video report. More...

The competition in the iPad remote ADS-B and AHRS market is getting white-hot, and now comes Levil Technology with a new device called the iLevil. AVweb took a took at it at the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo show in Sebring. More...

Reader-Submitted Photosback to top 

Our latest winning photo comes from Kenny Lisle and Michael Damiani of Watsontown, PA. Click here for the rest of this week's submissions. More...

Names Behind the Newsback to top 


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Paul Bertorelli

Russ Niles

Scott Simmons

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Mary Grady
Glenn Pew

Kevin Lane-Cummings

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Karen Lund

Avionics Editor
Larry Anglisano

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