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Volume 19, Number 11b
March 14, 2013
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AVflash! UVSI on the Benefits of Dronesback to top 

Integration of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) into the U.S. national airspace system is scheduled for 2015 and, according to the UAS industry itself, that will create more than 70,000 jobs and have a broader economic impact of more than $13.6 billion by 2019. The numbers are not from an independent study but from a study done by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International. It details specific job growth forecasts within the first decade following integration. By 2025, the study predicts more than 100,000 new jobs will be created by the new industry in manufacturing, maintenance, operation, sales and support. More...

myWingman Navigator App for Tablets || 
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Touch and go even farther.
AHRS support. Interface improvements. Greater flight planning flexibility. The myWingMan Navigator app just got better with the recent version 1.1 release. The new update makes myWingMan even more powerful with an enhanced user interface for flight planning, increased stability in preset modes, and support for external AHRS sensors. There's no easier way to fly informed. Just touch. And go. Download the 60-day trial at no cost from the Apple app store or visit
Sequestration Frustrationback to top 

As federal agencies scramble to cope with looming federal budget cuts, GA advocacy groups are pressing to minimize the impact on flight operations. NBAA President Ed Bolen this week asked FAA officials to consider more factors than simply the total number of operations at an airport in deciding which towers will close. For example, Tracon staffers would have to handle IFR traffic into those airports, adding to their workload, Bolen said. The shutdown of 173 control towers (PDF) is expected on April 7, with 16 more to close on Sept. 30. The FAA said it won't take any more industry input on its tower-closure plan after today, and will announce a final decision on Monday, March 18. More...

The full impact of the 5% budget cut is becoming known, and GA-oriented airports are bearing a significant portion of the impact. Will the sequester cut your flying?

Plus: Last week, we asked AVweb readers if they'd had encounters with drones in the air space; click through to see the breakdown of responses. More...

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Sitting Down with Cirrus Leadersback to top 

Cirrus executives got what they wanted from the city of Grand Forks. N.D., this week -- not only the $950,000 loan they had requested, but also an apology. Last week, city official Doug Christensen raised questions about Cirrus's ability to repay the loan, and William King, vice president for business administration at Cirrus, tried to explain that his concerns arose from a misinterpretation of the company's financial reports. On Monday night, Christensen apologized for how he "conducted the meeting … [and] addressed Mr. King," and the city approved the loan, which will go to buy an autoclave for Cirrus's Grand Forks manufacturing facility. Cirrus also announced this week the appointment of a new president for the company, Patrick Waddick. More...

At Cirrus Aircraft this week, Pat Waddick moved up through the ranks to take on the job of president, while Dale Klapmeier will retain his title as CEO. AVweb's Mary Grady spoke with both of them about their vision for dealing with the challenges and opportunities ahead. More...

Avidyne IFD540 & IFD440
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The IFD440 & IFD540 are plug-and-play replacements for GNS430 and GNS530 Series navigators, providing powerful NAV, COM, and Map capabilities. Featuring a Hybrid Touch user interface, these new systems allow pilots to perform virtually all functions using dedicated knobs/buttons or via the touchscreen interface.

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Sam Kitplane Milestoneback to top 

The Sam LS, a new kit airplane with a retro look, flew for the first time on February 26, near Montreal, Canada, the company announced last week. "Liftoff was perfect, in about 300 feet," said Thierry Zibi, president of Sam Aircraft. The all-metal airplane features tandem seating and a narrow fuselage with a choice of three different wings -- short, for speed; medium, for versatility; or long, for short-field operations. The company is taking orders now for fast-build kits, which they say will take about 250 hours, for $75,000, or standard kits at $39,000 and 900 hours. First deliveries are scheduled for late this summer. Also in the works is a ready-to-fly LSA version for $135,000. More...

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Go to Mars, Collect Accoladesback to top 

The NASA/JPL Mars Science Laboratory/Curiosity Project Team will receive the 2012 Robert J. Collier Trophy, the National Aeronautic Association announced on Tuesday. In choosing the project from a field of seven nominees, the committee cited the"extraordinary achievements of successfully landing Curiosity on Mars, advancing the nation's technological and engineering capabilities, and significantly improving humanity's understanding of ancient Martian habitable environments." More...

International Association of Flight 
Training Professionals (IAFTP)
IAFTP Welcomes Diamond Aircraft Industries GmbH
as an IAFTP Sustaining Member

In addition to supporting IAFTP's goal of sharing pilot training practices worldwide, Diamond will also support the introduction of the IAFTP eCV through its worldwide network of flight training organizations. This will build on IAFTP's prototype eCV program at the Saudi Aviation Flight Academy (SAFA), which uses Diamond airplanes and simulators exclusively in its flight training operation. Learn more about the IAFTP eCV in this report (PDF).
What You Missed in AVwebBiz This Weekback to top 

The FAA has approved flight testing of what Boeing hopes will be a permanent fix for the lithium ion batteries on its 787 airliners. Two test aircraft have been cleared for flight to test a three-part solution to the issue that has grounded the fleet since the middle of January. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said the aircraft won't carry a passenger until the fix is proven through a "comprehensive series of tests." "We won't allow the plane to return to service unless we're satisfied that the new design ensures the safety of the aircraft and its passengers," LaHood said in a statement. It appears Boeing has opted to fix the existing setup rather than recertify a new system and it involves a reworking of the internal workings of the battery. More...

The FCC says it wants to get on with the process of phasing out 121.5 MHz emergency locator transmitters and anyone with comments or concerns has until April 1 to make them known. On Jan. 7 the commission issued its third Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (PDF) on the topic, calling for an end to the import, manufacture or sale of 121.5 ELTs a year after the rule becomes effective. In 2009, the FCC amended its rules to ban the ELTs immediately. Since ELTs are required equipment, that would have left hundreds of thousands of aircraft owners with illegal devices on their aircraft. After hearing from the FAA and various groups about the impracticality of such a move, the FCC backed off. The phased approach appears to be causing little concern among the groups or authorities. More...


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Opinion & Commentaryback to top 

Not at all, although AVweb's survey last week revealed significant complaints from members about the direction the association has taken in recent years. On the AVweb Insider blog, Paul Bertorelli distills those thousands of comments on AOPA and offers his own suggestions on how AOPA might correct its course to the satisfaction of its membership. Read more and join the conversation. More...

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"The Best Way to Predict the Future Is to Create It"

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

Eclipse is touring the country with its Total Eclipse, a factory re-do of the original EA500. But the airplane is a good stand-in for new production airplanes, which will be called Eclipse 550s. AVweb recently took a flight demo in a Total Eclipse and prepared this video report. More...

Your Favorite FBOsback to top 


AVweb's latest "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to the FBO at Orangeburg Municipal Airport (KOGB) in Orangeburg, South Carolina.

AVweb reader Jeff Grigg described his recent visit to the airport:

We had an appointment with an examiner at this airport. While there, we were offered a nice Ford to go get some lunch. When our appointment was over, the weather had turned real sloppy, and the ceiling at our home airport was only 600 feet. The folks at the Orangeburg Airport offered the use of a hangar for a few days until we could return and pick up our plane. When we returned, she was nice and dry in the hangar. The manager filled the plane and even gave me a little discount on fuel and did not charge me any rental for the hangar due to the weather. With service like this, you bet I'll recommend this airport and the management to anyone flying through! Everyone was very friendly, the facilities were everything I could want in a small town, and these were just plain good folks.

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!


The Top Reporter on Our Crack Staff ... Is You!back to top 

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Names Behind the Newsback to top 


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Glenn Pew

Kevin Lane-Cummings

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Karen Lund

Avionics Editor
Larry Anglisano

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