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Volume 19, Number 15a
April 8, 2013
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AVflash! Pipistrel's Panthera Takes to the Airback to top 

Pipistrel's long-awaited Panthera four-place GA aircraft had its first flight April 4 and continues testing in Slovenia. The all-composite aircraft flew for 54 minutes from the airport at Cerklje ob Krki where the test team, including test pilot Mirko Anžel and co-pilot Sašo Knez, got help from the Slovenian Armed Forces. The aircraft reportedly performed as expected during the first few flights. "Both pilots agreed the handling was straightforward and pilot friendly, with parameters exactly as predicted," said a Pipistrel news release, which added that the flights so far offer "reassurance that all target performance goals will be met." Those goals are lofty. More...

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Tower Closuresback to top 

Citing safety and logistical concerns, the FAA Friday announced it will delay until June 15 closure of 149 federal contract air traffic control towers. The FAA previously decided to begin tower closures on April 7, and to carry them out over a four-week period. According to transportation secretary Ray LaHood, "We will use this additional time to make sure communities and pilots understand the changes at their local airports." Complications resulting from the announced closures include lawsuits brought against the FAA by local authorities and, separately, requests to maintain open towers with non-FAA funding. The delay brought positive responses from AOPA, the American Association of Airport Executes (AAAE) and the U.S. Contract Tower Association (USCTA). More...

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Grab Your Tabletsback to top 

MyGoFlight, which sells cases, mounts, bags and other accessories for iPads, is offering a "Mastering the iPad" seminar at Sun 'n Fun 2013. The company says the seminars will help pilots choose the best apps for their needs and identify strategies for optimizing use of the tablets in both preflight and in-flight scenarios. Specific topics include flight planning, "iPad readiness," in-flight re-routing, and re-planning for diversions or emergencies. The company is running a total of three seminars at the airshow, with one each on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. More...

Garmin has added new features to its Garmin Pilot app, enabling track-up, faster rendering, SafeTaxi, cloud-based information storage and chart annotations, the company announced Thursday. Garmin says the new feature set includes customization, with adjustable label sizes, visibility range, and map color, and pilots can now also annotate charts. Subscribers to Garmin's SafeTaxi will see airport diagrams appear automatically when zooming in on airports and Garmin says new cloud integration will make it easier for subscribers to use the app across multiple devices. More...

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Where the Women Areback to top 

St. Andrews Airport in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada is the World's Most Female Pilot-Friendly Airport after the results from Women of Aviation Worldwide Week in early March were tabulated. More than 150 volunteers, including dozens of pilots, gave introductory flights to 680 girls and women on March 9. Second place went to Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, which did 634 flights and Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario was third at 517. The top U.S. effort was in Frederick, Md., which managed 342 flights. "Engaged individuals at all levels is what has made the Women Of Aviation Worldwide Week initiative the largest female outreach aviation program ever created," said Mireille Goyer, founder of the initiative and president of the Institute for Women Of Aviation Worldwide. More...

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Aviation Safetyback to top 

The preliminary report of the NTSB into the crash of a Beech Premier bizjet into three houses in South Bend, Ind., last month raises at least as many questions as it answers. According to the report (PDF), witnesses told investigators they saw the airplane "bounce several times on the runway before it ultimately entered a climbing right turn" after apparently landing with only the nose gear extended. The unusual climb-out also occurred minutes after the crew told ATC, "We've lost all power, and we have no hydraulics." More...

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News Briefsback to top 

The existence of a Pilatus jet project has been discussed in the European press since at least 2011 and Pilatus has confirmed its plans to show a mockup of its twinjet design, the PC-24, at EBACE, Geneva, this May. Earlier reports had forecast that deliveries of the new jet would reach customers by 2015 for an asking price near twice that of the company's best-selling model, the PC-12 turboprop. The forecasts also foresaw the design's public rollout in the fall of 2012; later dates should now be expected. There are multiple rumors surrounding the PC-24 design that the May unveil should put to rest. More...

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Opinion & Commentaryback to top 

Rancid backwater that it sometimes is, things change slowly in aviation. But two technologies are changing that, if just a little. They may also be feeding into a wider trend: People are getting fed up with the inaccessible cost of aviation. They may be tilting toward other solutions in droves. 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 Leading Edge Aviation at South Valley Regional Airport (KU42) in West Jordan, Utah (outside Salt Lake City).

AVweb reader Mike Coster recommended the FBO:

Capable and efficient staff. In the course of several visits in the past weeks, I've been impressed with the vey quick service — from marshaling to greeting [me] with carpet (!) and iced water and drinks planeside, from immediate delivery of a low-cost rental car (left running for warmth) to a greeting from a flight instructor offering a two-minute air space briefing. Facility is spotless and complete (right down to a good pilot shop), but not so extravagant as to make an RV pilot feel like he's paying for a corporate headquarters. On my most recent visit, they kept the doors open after hours to faciliate my return of the rental car. It was just the right balance of courtesy, speed, and good pricing. I highly recommend Leading Edge Aviation at South Valley Regional Airport.

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 

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...

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...

As avionics manufacturers 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...

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

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...

The Lighter Side of Flightback to top 


A ground controller told me, after I cleared the runway at JFK, to proceed to the gate and then "stay with me."

I said, "Sure. Just give me your address."

The silence was deafening.

John Lewis
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.

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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

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