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Volume 19, Number 13b
March 28, 2013
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AVflash! Tower Closure Falloutback to top 

As the FAA moves forward with plans to close 149 contract towers across the U.S., local communities are scrambling for ways to keep their towers open, and in at least one case, a city is suing the FAA to stop the shutdown. In Spokane, Wash., the airport board has asked a federal court to prevent the FAA from closing the tower at Felts Field, arguing that the agency failed to complete a required safety analysis, according to Bloomberg News. Felts Field, a reliever airport for Spokane International, handles about 52,000 takeoffs and landings per year. More...

The U.S. is an anomaly in most of the aviation world with a government-run air traffic system. Given the effect of the sequester, is it time to consider a privatized system, as suggested by by Robert Poole of the Reason Foundation?

Plus: Last week, we asked AVweb readers if the Wright Brothers were really the first to achieve powered, controlled flight as conventional wisdom holds forth. Click through to see the breakdown of answers we received. More...

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ADS-B Readiness — at Both Ends of the Spectrumback to top 

Garmin International already has a complete line of active traffic products, but at the Aircraft Electronics Association show in Las Vegas, it introduced two more models aimed at high-end aircraft. The GTS 825 Traffic Advisory System and the GTS 855 Traffic Alert and Collision Avoidance System have improved range out to 40 and 80 miles, respectively. Both products offer up to 400 watts of transmit power, and both are capable of correlating ADS-B targets. Garmin's Jim Alpiser discussed both with Paul Bertorelli at the 2013 Aircraft Electronics Show in Las Vegas. More...

There's certainly no shortage of ADS-B products to pick from at AEA this year, and every company seems to take a different twist. Freeflight Systems' idea is to pitch affordable products for owners of legacy aircraft that want to meet the ADS-B requirement but haven't otherwise upgraded their aircraft with new equipment. In this podcast, Freeflight's Peter King gave us a summary of the company's product line. More...

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More ADS-B at AEAback to top 

Demand for ADS-B products continues to trickle upward, and everyone who is anyone in the avionics business is developing or already selling ADS-B gadgets. Aspen rolled out its first products at the Aircraft Electronics Association show in Las Vegas, with an eye toward a range of solutions that rely on the company's innovative Connected Panel system, an in-cockpit wireless network that links up with tablet computers. In this video from the show, Aspen's George Pariza gives AVweb a tour of the new products. More...

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Museum's Sky-Blue Silver Screen Eventback to top 

To celebrate the installation of its giant new movie screen, the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, in Dayton, Ohio, is hosting an all-aviation film festival, April 12 to 14. The museum's 400-seat theater is reopening after an $800,000 renovation, featuring a high-definition digital 3D screen that stands six stories high and an all-new sound system. The Reel Stuff Film Festival of Aviation will feature at least 10 films, including documentaries and features, with each screening introduced by a special guest. A digitally remastered version of the 1927 classic film Wings will be shown, presented by William Wellman, Jr., the director's son; and Top Gun 3D will be introduced by Clay Lacy, the film's aerial cinematographer. More...

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The Long Arm of the Lawback to top 

Former aircraft mechanic Joel Stout Thursday pled guilty to charges that involve a retired FAA examiner and falsified documents in a case affecting inspections that took place over a span of several years, last decade. Stout worked as an aircraft mechanic at the Flying Tigers aircraft maintenance facility at Donegal Springs Airpark in Marietta, Pa., between October 2006 and October 2009. He was certified in 2005, but his certification expired in 2006. According to federal prosecutors, Flying Tigers continued to perform annual inspections from October 2006 to October 2009 without the presence of an IA, forged the signature of a certified mechanic, and arranged for retired FAA examiner Howard Gunter to sign off on inspections in which he was not otherwise involved. Stout may now face decades in prison. Gunter and Stout's father are also facing charges. More...

A 19-year-old man who pointed a powerful laser at a Netjets Cessna Citation and then at a police helicopter that responded to the pilot's complaints in Burbank, Calif., was sentenced on Monday to 30 months in prison. Adam Gardenhire pleaded guilty to the charge, which was made a federal crime last year. At sentencing, "Gardenhire basically argued that it wasn't dangerous, that he couldn't have known it was dangerous -- that basically he was just bored and entertaining himself," said Asst. U.S. Atty. Melissa Mills. "The judge found the facts didn't bear that out and his behavior was reckless and very dangerous." More...

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What You Missed in AVwebBiz This Weekback to top 

A former Delta Air Lines senior captain has launched a petition trying to convince the reorganized company to reinstate pensions that were terminated when the airline first filed for bankruptcy eight years ago. Robert Moser was among about 3,500 retired pilots whose pensions were cut by 80 percent or more when they were assumed by the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. Northwest Airlines filed for bankruptcy on the same day as Delta but the company did not ask for the pension plan to be terminated. Now that the two airlines have merged, Moser says there's a terrible injustice in that the reorganized airline continues to fund the pensions of the Northwest retirees while the long-term employees who were at Delta long before the merger are left without. "The very pilot group that helped place Delta in an extraordinary business position to capitalize on recent big moves, are the same ones that have disproportionately suffered the biggest hit during and after the re-organization," Moser says in the petition preamble. More...

Twenty seven years after the fact, Dick Rutan says he's somewhat astonished that he and Jeana Yeager made it around the world in the Burt Rutan-designed Voyager, given the rudimentary avionics of the day and the fact that the airplane had so little surplus load factor that moderate turbulence would have torn it apart. As the keynote speaker at the 56th Aircraft Electronics Association Convention opening in Las Vegas on Tuesday, Rutan flashed a photo of his panel that was then state-of-the-art but which now features some boxes long since faded from the market. More...


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Opinion & Commentaryback to top 

We tried to forestall Paul Bertorelli from writing another blog about tower closures, but he wiggled out of the restraints and shook off the sedative. But he does make one relatively lucid point in his latest post to the AVweb Insider blog: When your neighbor or a co-worker asks about this close of control towers thing, try to inject some sanity into the conversation. Read more and join the conversation. More...

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Your Favorite FBOsback to top 


AVweb's latest "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Baxley Municipal Airport (KBHC) in Baxley, Georgia.

AVweb reader Robert Inman recommends adding it to your Sun 'n Fun flight plan:

This facility has been completely remodeled with an emphasis on pilot efficiency and comfort. The young manager, Tyler Beach, is as pround as can be as he gives you a tour, including two bedrooms for those who might get stranded there by weather — all at no charge. There are a brand-new ramp, self-service pumps (although Tyler helped pump the fuel, and the cheapest fuel in Georgia. This is a great place to stop on your visit to Sun 'n Fun!

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AVweb is actively seeking out the best FBOs in the country and another one, submitted by you, will be spotlighted here next Monday!


More Video from AEAback to top 

As avonics manufacturerers are spinning out new ADS-B products by the week, they're also creating some new sub-niches. One of those is for a simple, compact Mode-C transponder since some kind of transponder will be needed once the ADS-B mandate is in place. Sandia Aerospace recently added just such a product to its well-respected line of avionics fans, integration boxes, and encoders. At the Aircraft Electronics Association show in Las Vegas, Sandia's Dennis Smith gave AVweb a video tour of the company's new STX 165 compact transponder. More...

Although they're not the centerpiece of Garmin's booth at the Aircraft Electronics Association show in Las Vegas this week, Garmin has made quite a ripple with its announcement of seven new avionics products for the experimental and light sport markets. In this video, Garmin's Jim Alpiser explains why the company is so bullish on the experimental segment and why Garmin carved out a segregated engineering team to develop uncertified avionics, with more products on the way. More...

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Names Behind the Newsback to top 


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