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Volume 19, Number 18b
May 2, 2013
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Great Alaska Aviation Gathering
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Staring into the Changing Face of the Sequesterback to top 

President Barack Obama has signed a bill that will end furloughs of air traffic controllers, and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood Wednesday said the administration will seek to prevent tower closures, but other areas may see cuts. The president's signature allows the FAA to shift $253 million from other accounts to fund controllers and 149 federal contract towers. The furloughs have already stopped, but the tower closures are still a possibility, beginning June 15, until that issue is formally resolved. Meanwhile, the FAA still needs to make cuts as a result of the sequester, and the agency has plans to eliminate airport weather observers. More...

Bendix/King myWingMan Navigator App
There's no easier way to fly informed.
Ease-of-use is on every pilot's checklist — myWingMan delivers. With sophisticated yet intuitive flight planning, simply enter your start point and end point and go. It'll calculate your best route — VFR and IFR — based on your weather and terrain conditions. Two- and three-way split-screen options give you flexible, custom views.

Just touch. And go.
Aviation Safety Updateback to top 

Six Michigan residents and one from Louisville, KY have been identified as those aboard a National Air Cargo Boeing 747-400 that crashed on takeoff from Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan on Monday. According to USA Today, pilot Brad Hasler, of Trenton and Jeremy Lipka of Brooklyn; First Officers Jamie Brokaw of Monroe and Rinku Summan of Canton; loadmaster Michael Sheets of Ypsilanti, and maintenance crew Gary Stockdale of Romulus, along with Timothy Garrett of Louisville all died in a horrific crash that was captured on video and is a sombre topic on blogs and forums all over the world. More...

Avidyne IFD540 & IFD440
The Easy-to-Install IFD440 & IFD540 with Hybrid Touch
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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Saving Lives, One Passenger at a Timeback to top 

The nonprofit, volunteer-driven, non-emergency air transport organization Angel Flight West is inviting all other volunteer pilot organizations to use its new software and database system at no cost. The system facilitates management of personnel and flight requests and includes debrief capabilities "through a user-friendly, robust filtering system," according to the group. By offering the system, free of charge, the organization hopes both to reduce the workload of individual volunteers who process and coordinate missions for similar groups, and to facilitate the expansion of public-benefit flying organizations. Angel Flight West saw a surge in activity in 2012 that left them seeking additional volunteer pilots. More...

Angel Flight West arranges free flights for people with chronic medical conditions are urgent needs when traditional forms of transportation are unavailable or cost prohibitive. This specific organization is active in the western United States. They're always looking for volunteer pilots to fill the ranks because there is always a need. More...

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Masimo is an American manufacturer of hospital-grade oximeters famous for holding a signal in high vibration/motion environments. With iSpO2, they have developed software that will run on an iPod/iPad/iPhone and married it with their pulse oximeter design. You can watch your oxygen saturation as you climb to altitude and observe your heart rate. Very helpful for setting the proper oxygen flow. Get yours today at!
We Ask, You Answerback to top 

Frankly, we're tired of all the misery that has been aviation news for the past few days, so we'd like to be uplifted. How are you going to advance yourself as a pilot or aviation in general this flying season?

Plus: Last week, we asked AVweb readers how the sequester has affected their flying -- if at all. Click through to see the breakdown of their answers. More...

Garmin Traffic Solutions
Track More Targets with Garmin GTS™ 825 & 855
The new Garmin GTS 825 and GTS 855 traffic systems keep an eye on even more targets, so you can stay even safer in the skies. They combine active and passive (like ADS-B) surveillance technologies to track up to 75 intruder threats to 40 or 80 nm, respectively, and provide both visual and audible alerts. Learn more.
AVweb Video: Look, Listen, Laugh and Learnback to top 

At Aero in Friedrichshafen last week, the Italian planemaker Tecnam introduced two new models. AVweb was there to report on it. More...

Bendix/King is moving its myWingman app into Europe with new charting features for both Europe and for the U.S. At Aero, AVweb caught up with Jeff Simon for a briefing on new features. More...

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Over 21,000 Happy GAMIjectors® Customers Can't Be Wrong!
GAMIjectors® have given these aircraft owners reduced cylinder head temperatures, reduced fuel consumption, and smoother engine operation. GAMIjectors® alter the fuel/air ratio in each cylinder so that each cylinder operates with a much more uniform fuel/air ratio than occurs with any other factory set of injectors. To speak to a GAMI engineer, call (888) FLY‑GAMI, or go online for complete engineering details.
What You Missed in AVwebBiz This Weekback to top 

Russia has ordered its airlines to avoid Syrian airspace after a charter airliner with 159 passengers and eight crew aboard escaped a possible missile attack Monday. Russia Today quoted Interfax as saying the the Nordwind Airlines A320, on a flight from an Egyptian resort to Kazan in Tatarstan, was over the mountains of Syria when the crew spotted the launch of two ground-to-air missiles and took evasive action. The missiles reportedly exploded "very close" to the airliner at about 30,000 feet, but it was not damaged. The crew then asked ATC for a higher altitude and continued the trip at 33,000. More...

Cessna has flown the production version of its updated Sovereign mid-sized business jet and, as expected, everything went well. The two and a half hour flight tested all the systems, including the new G5000 avionics suite that includes autothrottles. "The aircraft handling characteristics and performance were exceptional, just as we had anticipated after flying more than 1,300 hours in three test flight articles. The Garmin G5000 avionics system provides a sense of control and situational awareness that any pilot will appreciate," said Matt Freund, Cessna production flight test pilot. More...

While other governments, including the current administration, are increasingly viewing aviation as a cash cow, the State of Indiana has slashed aviation-related taxes that will save some aircraft operators thousands of dollars a year. The legislature in Indianapolis has cut fuel taxes from 60 cents a gallon (based on current prices) to a 10-cent-a-gallon excise tax. Taxes on parts used in repairs and maintenance have also been eliminated. AOPA says the outcome came after a lobbying effort it supported involving the local aviation community. The group showed Indiana lawmakers how Maine had significantly improved its aviation industry by amending its aviation tax structure a few years ago. More...


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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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