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Overhaul Shops: Mixed Reaction to Massive ECI Cylinder AD
Last week’s massive proposed airworthiness directive aimed at thousands of Engine Components International cylinder assemblies is drawing mixed reactions from engine overhaul shops, according to an AVweb canvass of shops this week. While some say the proposed AD is a kneejerk over reaction, at least one shop told AVweb that the AD is justified, based on the shop’s direct experience with cracking in ECi cylinders. Read More
No One Knows Your Factory Engine Better than the Factory That Built It in the First Place
Only Lycoming can rebuild your engine to factory-new specifications that come with a zero-time log book, a two-year factory warranty, and increases to your airplane's value. There is no comparison. Visit your local distributor or call Lycoming at 1 (800) 258-3279 and ask how you can save up to $5,000 on a rebuilt engine. Learn more at
Pilot Posts Plane Crash Video
There were no injuries in the crash of a Bradley BA-100 kit-built aircraft (Wikipedia reference) in Killeen, TX (about 70 miles north of Austin) on Aug. 10 but there is an illustrative video. The unidentified pilot secured several cameras to the aircraft before he took off on an abruptly-ended flight from Skylark Airfield. The video record seems to be foremost in his mind as his first words after impact describe that the camera still recording. Read More
Autopilot, Autothrottles On In UPS Crash
The UPS A300 that crashed in Birmingham, Ala., on Wednesday flew itself into the ground, according to the NTSB preliminary analysis of the flight data recorder information. At a news conference on Saturday NTSB spokesman Robert Sumwalt said the aircraft was flying on its autopilot until "moments" before it crashed less than a mile short of the runway at the airport about 4:45 a.m. “The autopilot was engaged until the last second of recorded data,” said Sumwalt. Read More
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SpaceX Hovers, Steers 10-Story Rocket (with Video)
The 10-story "Grasshopper" rocket created by SpaceX was successfully flown to hover on August 13, and then returned to land on its launch platform after executing a lateral maneuver, the company said Wednesday. Read More
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Eclipse Adds Upgrades And One 'First'
As part of the Eclipse 550 certification process, Eclipse Aerospace now has available a new "safety enhancement" package offering new or existing owners upgrades from brakes to multifunction displays, plus one "industry first," the company has announced. Read More
Sennheiser Welcomes S1 NoiseGard to the S1 
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The launch of our new S1 NoiseGard with state-of-the art analog noise cancelation technology marks the completion of the S1 Family. Try out the S1 NoiseGard or our groundbreaking S1 Digital with digital adaptive noise reduction, adjustable headband tension, and Bluetooth technology and give yourself a chance to win a new iPad Mini™. Learn more.
New Strong Lightweight 'Morphable' Structure
Researchers at MIT say they have created a new structure that is "10 times stiffer" than existing ultralight materials, can be easily disassembled and reassembled for maintenance or repair, and is "useful for anything you need to move or put in the air or in space."  The research team says the structure is made by linking composite fiber loops and that the resulting part behaves like an elastic solid with the stiffness of much heavier traditional structures. The new structure is built from the creation of a "cubic lattice of octahedral cells," which can be engineered to be very strong in the direction of load but easily disassembled. They can also be designed to "morph." Read More
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FAA Allows Some Young Eagles Fuel Reimbursement
The FAA says some pilots can get their fuel costs covered when flying Eagles and Young Eagles flights at EAA-sanctioned events. Last week the agency responded to EAA's 2012 petition for a wide-ranging exemption to rules that prohibit non-commercial pilots from accepting compensation for flights, other than allowing passengers to chip in up to half the fuel and other direct expenses for the flight. Read More
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AVweb/Aviation Consumer Avgas/Mogas Survey
As the quest for a replacement for 100LL drags into its third decade, our sister publication Aviation Consumer, is seeking opinions from owners, pilots and aircraft operators on how you think the process is going. The FAA has established a special office devoted to a replacement for 100LL and piston fuel in general. We would like to know if you've followed the process and if so, what you think of it. And how about mogas? We have some questions on that, too. Read More
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Short Final
It has happened about 50 years ago at the old Munich airport in Germany. The date was August 15, a Catholic holiday called Maria Ascension Day. In those days, there were often quiet moments over the radio. In one of these silent moments, a booming voice came over the R/T: ... Unidentified Pilot: "This is Maria, still climbing." ... Radar: "No restrictions on your climb." -- Hans Koeners, via e-mail Read More
Heard Anything Funny on the Radio?

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.

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AirVenture 2013 Product Minute Video: Dual Electronics' XGPS170 ADS-B
The XGPS170 is a combination GPS and ADS-B weather and traffic receiver from Dual Electronics. Dual's Greg Lukins gives a tour of the unit at AirVenture 2013. Read More
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As AirVenture 2013, ForeFlight was showing off the latest version of its popular app, and it now includes Canadian charts, a unique plate overlay feature, and helicopter charts for U.S. pilots. In this AVweb Product Minute, ForeFlight's Jason Miller gives us a tour of the app's new high points. Read More