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AOPA To Respond To FlightPrep Suit
AOPA says it will file its formal response Monday to a $66 million patent infringement suit launched by SD Holdings LLC, the company that owns FlightPrep, a Washington company that produces electronic flight bags, navigation hardware and software and offers an online flight planning tool by subscription. As we reported extensively in 2010 and 2011, FlightPrep was awarded two patents for its online systems, one for "generating travel plans on the Internet" and another for "generating computer flight plans on the Internet. Read More
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Govt. Shutdown Highlights Aviation Safety Requirements
Furlough of FAA aviation safety inspectors and NTSB accident investigators may put the country in default of its obligations under an aviation treaty that sets standards for safety for ICAO, former FAA lawyer Loretta Alkalay told Forbes magazine this week. The U.S. failure to approve a federal budget and subsequent partial government shutdown has furloughed some 3,000 FAA safety inspectors and stalled NTSB investigations. Alkalay told Forbes that the inspectors perform oversight and surveillance required under the Chicago Convention treaty. And it's possible that could have repercussions for U.S. carriers. Read More
How The Govt. Shutdown Affects Aircraft Sales
Aircraft sales can't be completed during the government's partial shutdown because the FAA's registry office is not considered an essential function and has been closed, the Wichita Eagle reported Friday. The Eagle says the General Aircraft Manufacturers Association (GAMA) has polled its members and deliveries of 12 new airplanes scheduled for the first two days of the shutdown have not occurred. GAMA also says ten times that number of aircraft are scheduled for delivery over the next few weeks. But new aircraft sales aren't the only ones affected -- used aircraft sales are affected, too. And there are several other side effects. Read More
Bad Elf GPS
Rock-Solid GPS for the iPad in Any Aircraft — Piston or Jet!
The Bad Elf GPS Pro accessory was designed for demanding use in multi-crew and jet aircraft, providing high-performance WAAS GPS reception even with heated windshields. It connects wirelessly with up to five iPad or iPhone devices simultaneously, has a 16+ hour battery life, and the large LCD display shows your GPS status at all times.

Works great with ForeFlight, JeppFD, WingX, Garmin Pilot, and any other location-based app. Flying worldwide in piston singles, Fortune 50 fleets, and charter aircraft — even airlines! Click here for more information.
Avgas Survey: Slightly Higher Confidence in Supplies; Mogas Gains Favor
Compared to two years ago, aircraft owners and operators say they’re more confident in future supplies of 100-octane gasoline of some kind—no thanks to the FAA-- and fewer owners are delaying purchases or upgrades due to worries about fuel supplies. Owners are also casting a more favorable eye on mogas, even though it's available at only about 115 U.S. airports. Read More
ICAO Tackles Aviation Emissions
The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has agreed by consensus to address the contribution aviation makes to climate change by 2016. However, the somewhat nebulous resolution, adopted in the closing hours of the ICAO's once-every-three-years general assembly in Montreal last week, apparently doesn't guarantee that any concrete measures will result, nor does it satisfy the concerns of environmental groups who largely viewed the measure as a delaying tactic. Read More
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Time for the Ultimate Flight Bag?
"The praise continues for the Flight Bag PLC Pro ... . Easily converted with either a shoulder strap or a super comfortable backpack-style strap, the bag is easy to carry for a few steps or across terminals." -- Robert Goyer, editor of Flying magazine. Modern, lightweight, and checkpoint-friendly, the Flight Bag PLC Pro is the ultimate flight bag. As a shoulder bag or backpack, it provides iPad/computer protection and is designed to easily store and find all of your gear. For more information, click here.

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Committee To FAA: PEDs Are Safe
Personal Electronic Devices (PEDs) are safe for use in all phases of flight on almost all aircraft, according to information soon to be released by an FAA advisory committee and made available to The Wall Street Journal. The committee's conclusions reportedly include scores of recommendations that include lifting current restrictions on WiFi use below 10,000 feet. The recommendations refer specifically to devices used to access onboard WiFi services. The findings are expected to add weight to arguments that support gate-to-gate use of personal electronics in the passenger cabin of commercial aircraft. Cellular access has not been approved. And for many commercial flights the recommendations may not usher in substantial changes. Read More
Dynon Adds WiFi To Portable EFIS
Dynon has introduced the D2, a small portable MEMS-based AHRS true artificial horizon with WiFi suitable for use by all pilots but not certified for aircraft flown outside of the experimental and light sport categories. The WiFi connectivity can be used to transmit real-time attitude, GPS ground speed, G's, track, and altitude to an aviation application (WingX Pro7, AOPA FlyQ, BendixKing myWingMan and specific others) for display on an iPad or other smart device. Compared to the D1, the D2 also adds an extra screen with a G-meter. The new product does not replace the old one but adds to Dynon's product line and alters pricing. Read More
Garmin GTR 200
The New $1,199 Comm from Garmin Has Pilots Talking
An all-in-one comm radio and stereo intercom solution for experimental and light sport aircraft owners, the new Garmin GTR 200 is generating plenty of buzz. Standing just 1.35" tall, this space-saving radio combines a 10-watt transmitter with innovative features like 3-D audio, advanced auto-squelch, stereo music input, best-in-class standby frequency monitoring, optional remote "flip-flop" frequency entry, on-screen frequency identification, and much more. Learn more at
Cautious Rollout For New Air Taxi Service
Two companies, Linear Air and Hopscotch Air, are hoping to spread awareness of, assess demand for, and then build on their new air taxi service launched Oct. 1, that operates the Cirrus SR-22 between White Plains, New York and Boston. Both companies are involved in other sustaining ventures, so neither depends directly on the success of the new venture for their survival. Linear Air COO Peter Schmidt told AVweb this week he expects demand to develop slowly. "You can't stimulate demand for transportation by offering it to people. People travel when they need to travel. And people need to hear the message multiple times before they start to take the message seriously." And Linear Air has a plan in place to address that. Read More
Podcast: Linear Air's Cautious Approach to SR-22 Air Taxi Service
Linear Air and Hopscotch Air have teamed up to offer new a air taxi service, flying the Cirrus SR-22 between White Plains, NY and Boston. But there may be something unique about their approach -- they're starting slow. Linear Air COO Peter Schmidt explains the service and why he thinks his company's business model is positioned for long-term success where others have tried and failed. Read 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.
AVmail: October 7, 2013
Doug Stewart writes: "AVweb's September 22 article titled 'SAFE Wants Pilot Experience Data Collected' misstates the recommendation made by the Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE) at the GA and Part 135 Survey stakeholders meeting. The assertion that SAFE believes "the FAA should be looking in pilots' logbooks to help it curtail the GA accident rate" is inaccurate. Moreover, the misrepresentation of our recommendation has fostered confusion and angst among pilots about the true intent of our suggested changes." ... Click through to read the rest of this letter and other mail from AVweb readers. Read More
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Changing Lives with the Power of Aviation
Able Flight makes it possible for people with disabilities and wounded veterans to become pilots or have a career in aviation. We don't offer rides or introductory flights. We make pilots! With nearly 30 licensed pilots to date and more to come very soon, Able Flight is the only non-profit of its kind in the United States. Support the scholarship fund with your tax deductible donation at
Short Final
On Wednesday, September 11, 2013, while taxiing to show parking for this years Reno Air Races, we overheard another aircraft's communication with Reno Ground that went something like this: ... Learjet: "Reno Ground, Lear 12345. Request taxi to Atlantic's main office ramp." ... Ground: "Lear 12345, are you here for the races?" ... Learjet: "Affirmative." ... Ground: "Then you will have to go to show parking." ... Learjet: "I have specific instructions to go to the main ramp at Atlantic." ... Ground: "I'm sorry, sir, but you have to go to show parking." ... Learjet: "I have a VIP on board, and I need to go to Atlantic's ramp." ... Ground: "You cannot go to Atlantic's ramp. You have to go to air show parking." ... Learjet: "I have Bob Hoover on board, and I am instructed to deliver him to Atlantic's main office on their ramp." ... Ground: "You cannot go to Atlantic's ramp. You have to go to air show parking." ... Learjet: "Do you know who Bob Hoover is?" ... Ground: "No, I don't." ... Learjet: "Then get me somebody that does." ... At this point, we needed to shut down our aircraft, so we did not hear the remainder of the communication. But, rest assured, Bob Hoover was in fact at the Reno Air Races. -- Mike Hanson (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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Mogas: The Great Missed Opportunity
Our recent survey showed that more owners are interested in burning mogas and those that already are have no complaints. What's it going to take to get this stuff wider distribution? Read More
FAR/AIM 2014 || ASA - Training Starts 
A well-regulated FAA, being necessary to the security of your pilot certificate, the right of the aviators to keep and fly aircraft, shall not be infringed. Knowledge is power, so preserve your rights by acing this quiz.

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SAFE Pilot Proficiency Project || October 
26-27 at Skyport in San Marcos, TX
Video: Jeppesen Global Support and Command Center Tour
Navigation data giant Jeppesen is determined to increase the performance of its technical support department to better serve the market of electronic data users. AVweb's Larry Anglisano visited the Jeppesen Global Support and Command Center at the company's headquarters in Colorado for a tour. Read More
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Video: A Visit to the Curtiss Museum
AVweb travels to Hammondsport, New York for the 2013 Curtiss Seaplane Homecoming, including a visit to the Glenn H. Curtiss Museum of local history. Read More
Podcast: A Boost for Backwoods Flying
Flying for fun isn't restricted to Alaskan mountain valleys or Idaho rivers. The Recreational Aviation Foundation is working to preserve pilot access to unique backcountry runways all around the country. RAF President John McKenna spoke with AVweb's Mary Grady about the group's mission, their achievements, and their plans for the future. If you want to learn more, they'll have an exhibit at AOPA Summit in Fort Worth, Texas, coming up in just a few weeks, October 10-12. Read More