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Volume 25, Number 15e
April 13, 2018
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Sun 'n Fun Job Fair Finds A Hot Hiring Market
Paul Bertorelli

As hiring in aerospace heats up, a job fair at Sun ‘n Fun 2018 this week connected dozens of would-be pilots, mechanics and technicians with companies eager to put them to work. The job fair was sponsored by JSFirm, a well-known online job listing service that has more than 4000 openings posted. And it’s adding more every day.

In this podcast recorded at Sun ‘n Fun, JSFirm’s Sam Scanlon told us turnout for the event was impressive on both sides of the hiring line. “We had 14 airlines, including UPS, United, all the regionals. We had 400 registered; pilots, mechanics, engineers, avionics, flight attendants. They all came to the career fair dressed to the nines. There was hiring going on right there at the museum. It was an exciting event,” Scanlon told us.

The job fair, the fourth such event held during Sun ‘n Fun, was held in the Florida Air Museum on the Sun ‘n Fun site. Scanlon said applicants arrived nervous and ready to sell themselves and many left with job offers. “We heard story after story of people who actually got a job offer," he said.

JSFirm says there no question the pilot shortage is real. “It’s here. It’s very evident,” Scanlon told us, and it’s expected to persist through 2035. JSFirm is also seeing more hiring in the unmanned systems market. “That in itself is an environment that’s booming. That’s a very good field for a young person to get into,” Scanlon said.

Sun 'n Fun 2018 Exceeding Expectations, So Far
Ashley Anglisano

As the 2018 show reaches its halfway point, Sun ‘n Fun President Lites Leenhouts reported an increase in attendance, revenue and high vendor satisfaction from years past. Attendance as of Wednesday was around 125,000, exceeding Leenhouts’ expectations.

JSfirm hosted a career fair Wednesday and 14 companies were hiring on the spot. The fair was so successful it will be moved out of the museum next year into a larger location, and more companies will be in attendance.

Another camping area has been created on the north side of the airport to accommodate an increase in campers. A shuttle was created to bring attendees between the camping area and the show. Airbus, a Sun ‘n Fun sponsor, has redirected one of its satellites to take a high-resolution photo of the show grounds at 4 p.m. on Thursday.

Flight to the Future will be held Thursday night to raise money to create scholarships for the Aerospace Center for Excellence. Thursday’s airshow will begin at 1 p.m. and although the Thunderbirds could not attend, Leenhouts guarantees a full show every day for the rest of the show, including performances from a Superhornet and Viper.

If you were looking forward to seeing a F-22 and F-35, Leenhouts said the odds of them arriving are shrinking by the hour. Stay tuned for more updates.

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Sun 'n Fun Welcomes Honor Flight
Tim Cole

Sun ‘n Fun welcomed more than 100 returning World War II, Korea and Vietnam war veterans back to the warbird area last night after a whirlwind day of visiting war memorials in Washington, D.C. The Flight to Honor continues a tradition of chartering day flights to the nation’s capital so aging veterans can see the monuments erected to commemorate their service.

The Enduring Misfire Of Gyrocopters
Paul Bertorelli

Anyone who attends Aero in Friedrichshafen for the first time would quite naturally believe Europe is awash in gyrocopters. The expo floor is just cheek-by-rotor jammed with them and somebody must be buying them or there wouldn’t be so many companies selling them.

And that’s also why most of the gyrocopters you see at the U.S. shows are also of European origin, including the Rotovox C2A described in this video. Whether U.S. buyers would develop a taste for gyros is, at the moment, an academic question because the approvals to sell them as modern certified aircraft or even light sport aircraft don’t exist in the U.S. It wouldn’t necessarily be obvious that the C2A is being imported into the U.S. not as a completed aircraft but as an experimental amateur built with a fast build program. It’s priced at around $165,000-ish.

As dollars-to-capability goes, that much money doesn’t compare favorably to a well-equipped EAB  or a light sport airplane, say the Flight Design CTLS or some of the other imports from Eastern Europe. While it’s an apples-to-lug-wrenches comparison, the airplanes just fly faster and farther than any of the gyros. Gyroplanes are pure fun flyers that have their own niche, but it’s not a broad one, at least in the U.S.

But who am I to judge what people want? Still, before the want can be satisfied, the FAA has to get out of the way and provide an approved definition so gyroplanes can be certified under the light sport rule. Just to make things confusing as hell, you can fly them under the sport pilot rule because they meet the weight limit, but you can’t buy the equivalent of a S-LSA that’s a gyroplane. I’m told that a proposal to change this is percolating through the ASTM committees, but no one seems to know when that will emerge or if it ever will.  

And here, I’ma flip into autorant repeating my screech about the LSA weight limit. I was out at Vashon Aircraft in Seattle last week flying the Ranger. Nice airplane, brilliant production plan and maybe timed right to become the next Cessna 150. Maybe. But because it’s an LSA with an increasingly arbitrary 1320-pound weight limit, it’s artificially limited in adding more structure, a different engine or maybe even a ballistic parachute.

People want that kind of stuff, so here’s yet another example of the bureaucratic inertia of ASTM rules and FAA agreements both stunting the market and working against safety. Again, the raising or eliminating the weight limit is on the table, but it’s unclear if it’s going anywhere.

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TKM Offers Drop-in KX155 Replacement
Tim Cole

BendixKing's venerable KX155 remains a gold-plated standard for navcomms, but it's long overdue for replacement. At Sun 'n Fun 2018, TKM announced its MX155 digital navcomm, a pin-for-pin replacement for the KX155 that owners can slide right into the tray. TKM's Vic Casebolt told AVweb this week in this video that the MX155 has been in development for three years and will be ready to ship in May. Price has not been fixed, but Casebolt cited a target of around $4,000.

The Scottsdale, Arizona-based company is well known for its line of drop-in replacements for geriatric Narcos and BendixKing KX170s. Casebolt said the MX155 continues the tradition, and takes advantage of 21st-century digital technology that’s software based and easily upgraded. It has a high-visibility alphanumeric touchscreen, an easy-to-use menu system, and active and standby flip-flop displays.

The MX155 navcomm is designed to be mechanically and electrically interchangeable with both the KX155 and KX165, popular radios that are still widely in use. It's available in both 14- and 28-volt versions and has 8.33 kHz or 25 kHz channel spacing selectivity. Since it uses the existing tray, an owner can slide the radio into the mount in a few minutes.

Progressive Aerodyne Offers Searey For Promotions
AVweb Staff

Progressive Aerodyne, manufacturer of the light sport and experimental Searey line, says it has offered the Seaplane Pilots Association a yearlong loan of an aircraft to promote aviation in general and seaplane flying specifically. At Sun 'n Fun 2018 in Lakeland, Florida, this week, Progressive Aerodyne's Kevin Oaks said the company is committed to popularizing and promoting seaplane flying and sees the nonprofit SPA as a safe means to do that.

The Searey, which is available as an S-LSA with a Rotax 912 or 912 iS or a turbocharged 914 and as kit, is a popular entry-level amphibian with good performance and docile handling. About 700 have been fielded in the 26 years that Progressive Aerodyne has been in business. The company has recently been testing a model with Rotax's new 135-HP 915 iS engine, which is also turbocharged and features a redesigned gearbox and new electronic controls. AVweb flew that aircraft for this video and AVweb editor Paul Bertorelli recently earned a light sport seaplane rating in the Searey Elite.

Kate O’Connor Joins AVweb Team
Paul Bertorelli

Just in time to join AVweb’s firehose coverage of Sun ‘n Fun, aviation journalist Kate O’Connor is now a member of the AVweb news team. A 2009 graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s professional pilot program, O’Connor comes to AVweb from a stint as an associate editor at Plane and Pilot magazine, where she wrote and edited features on aviation and technology topics.

She also brings to our staff a rich experience in science fiction writing and editing for Abyss &  Apex and she has been a guest lecturer in academic writing at the College of New Jersey. At AVweb, O’Connor will be taking on news, feature and multimedia assignments across a range of aviation topics. If you see her on either side of the camera at Lakeland, be sure to say hello. Just don’t spoil the take.

Boeing, American Airlines Sign Major Order for 47 787 Dreamliners
Joy Finnegan

Boeing and American Airlines announced the airline will more than double its 787 Dreamliner fleet with a new order for 47 of the super-efficient airplane plus 28 options. The 47 787s are valued at more than $12 billion at list prices, and makes American Airlines the largest 787 customer in the Western Hemisphere.

American originally ordered 42 787 Dreamliners and says it has been using the airplanes' tremendous fuel efficiency and superior passenger amenities to open new routes around the world, boosting efficiency. While American still has more airplanes on the way from its initial order, the airline is buying the additional Dreamliners – 22 787-8s and 25 787-9s – to further modernize and expand its fleet.

Boeing says the Dreamliner family lowers operating costs by more than 20 percent compared to previous airplanes, and nearly 10 percent compared to today's competing jets, by using lightweight composite materials and advanced engines.

This order for the 787 Dreamliner has helped the 787 program achieve more than 1,350 orders to date.



Podcast: Sun 'n Fun Airshow Live Streaming
Paul Bertorelli

Jumbotrons at airshows have become commonplace but this year at Sun ‘n Fun, the airshow has both the giant screens and live streaming for those who can’t make it to the actual event. In partnership with Sun ‘n Fun, a company called LiveAirshowTV is feeding both pre-show programs and the show itself to online audiences the world over. In this AVweb Sun 'n Fun podcast, LiveAirshowTV's Bryan Lee and Sun 'n Fun airshow director Greg Gibson give us an overview of the program.

Healthy Pilot #8: Let’s Talk About Your Kidneys
Tim Cole

You've focused intently on pre-flighting the airplane,  and you've paid attention to passenger safety and comfort. But that twinge in your lower back as you line up on the centerline gives you a moment's pause. Taxi back to the ramp or press on? If it's a kidney stone, and the pain only gets worse at altitude, you'll wish you'd listened to that little voice in your head suggesting a call to your doctor instead of that morning's fly-in pancake breakfast.

Funny aches and pains are all a part of the IMSAFE mnemonic we won’t bore you with. Today's focus is on what that pain might be, and if it turns out to be a kidney stone, you'll be glad you stayed on the ground. "Kidney stones and blood in urine" are item 18j on the new Basic Med Checklist. 

If you’ve ever had a kidney stone, you’ll agree the experience is…memorable. It feels like someone has taken a baseball bat to your back, with a sharp pain that grows and radiates, sending most first-time sufferers to the ER. Emergency department staff will likely order an X-ray or CT scan and you’ll see your tormenter as a bright point heading merrily down your ureter towards the bladder.

You might get a bit of respite when it leaves the ureter, but you know it will have to pass in the way nature intended. Any attentive urologist will give you a nice screen cup to capture the little bugger when the moment arrives. And after you’ve picked yourself off the floor, you’ll be amazed that this little meteorite could cause so much havoc.

Bottom line: You’ll want to ease the passing of a kidney stone if you can, and forestall its occurrence if family history or gustatory predilection suggests it may be your turn to have one.

What To Do

We’ve once again turned to our sister site University Health News for some guidance. Basic navigation is in order:  There are four types of kidney stones, but the most common are made of calcium oxalate.

Most people believe kidney stones are the result of eating too much calcium-rich foods, or taking too many calcium supplements. Rather, failure to adequately hydrate is the most common reason. When you don’t drink enough fluid, your urine becomes concreted into stone-forming substances.


Your first clue you may be the rich, brown hue of your urine, indicating the presence of blood. A trip to the doctor may result in an X-ray or a CT scan or ultrasound to locate the stone and rule out other possible sources of pain. Conventional treatment of symptomatic kidney stones includes pain medication and oral or intravenous fluids to help the stone on its way.

In extreme cases, your doctor may order surgery. Lithotripsy, or shock treatment to break up the stone, is usually not recommended, as it’s associated with potential adverse effects to kidney function.

To prevent a recurrence, conventional medical guidelines call for drinking at least two liters of fluid during the day. Drug treatments may include thiazide diuretics, potassium citrate or allopurinol.


Intake vs. Outgo

If you’re experiencing a kidney stone, or prior history suggests you may be susceptible, the experts at University Health News offers some guidance:

  1. Increase fluid intake. All stone formers need to drink enough fluid to achieve a total urine volume of at least 2.5 liters over 24 hours. The total amount you need to drink to excrete 2.5 liters of urine per 24 hours will vary, depending on your diet, activity level, kidney function, and other factors. For most people, drinking 2 liters of fluids is needed to excrete that much urine. If you have no idea how much urine you excrete, do a 24-hour collection and measure the total yourself.
    Pure, filtered water is best. Adding fresh squeezed lemon, lime, or unsweetened cranberry juice to the water may be more beneficial than plain water for preventing stones. These juices contain the highest amounts of citric acid and thus increase the citrate concentration of the urine. Citrate is a powerful inhibitor of the crystallization of calcium salts and higher urinary citrate concentrations reduce the formation of calcium stones.
    Another fluid option is coconut water, which is high in potassium. Potassium reduces urinary calcium excretion and people who eat high amounts of dietary potassium are at lower risk of forming kidney stones.  Do not drink soda or other sugar- or fructose-sweetened beverages. These are associated with a higher risk of kidney stone formation.
  1. Swap meat for veggies. Reducing your meat intake or switching to a vegetarian diet lowers the risk of kidney stones. Animal protein sources such as beef, chicken, and fish increase the risk of calcium oxalate, uric acid, and cysteine stone formation. Animal protein increases the acid load of the diet. The higher the dietary acid load, the higher the acidity of the urine and the higher the risk of recurrent kidney stones. The DASH-style diet, which is not vegetarian but is low in animal proteins and salt, moderate in low-fat dairy, and high in fruits and vegetables, markedly decreases the risk of stone formation. Anytime you decrease your meat intake, it is always best to do so in conjunction with increased vegetable intake since vegetables create more alkalinity in the body and the urine, further reducing the acid load.
  1. Take magnesium-potassium citrate. To boost citrate—and reduce the risk of kidney stones—you can supplement with a combination of potassium citrate and magnesium citrate. High doses of both are preferable to potassium supplementation alone and lowered the rate of calcium oxalate kidney stone recurrence from 64% to 13% in one study.
    Other trials have also shown that potassium and magnesium citrate supplementation reduces kidney stone recurrences. The combination lowers stone risk factors by alkalinizing the urine, decreasing calcium excretion, and enriching the urine with magnesium, another inhibitor of calcium-containing stones. The total dose of potassium citrate should provide 1,600 mg of elemental potassium and the dose of magnesium citrate should provide 500 mg of elemental magnesium per day, in divided doses.


Additional Tips

  • Get enough antioxidants. There is a growing body of evidence that increasing anti­oxidant intake can help reduce your risk of stones. In one preliminary human study, 1,000 mg per day of pomegranate polyphenol extract in people with recurrent kidney stones lowered the concentration of calcium oxalate in the urine. You can take supplements or eat a variety of antioxidant-rich foods. (Think bright, colorful fruits and vegetables.)
  • Take probiotics. There is evidence that kidney stones are related to certain gut microbes and preliminary studies show that probiotics, such as bifido­bacterium (B. animalis subsp. lactis), can help reduce the risk of stones. You’ll find probiotics in plain, low-sugar yoghurt.
  • Manage your weight. Being overweight and having insulin resistance significantly increases the risk of kidney stones. If you are overweight and/or have diabetes, pre-diabetes, or metabolic syndrome, returning to a healthy weight, improving your blood sugar control (improving insulin sensitivity), and getting more physical activity can greatly lower your risk.
John Bogie, COPA Co-Founder, Dies
Joy Finnegan


John Bogie, co-founder of the Canadian Owners and Pilots Association (COPA) and its first president and chairman, has died. COPA says Bogie “has been an unswerving supporter of COPA, seeing it grow from modest beginnings to some 16,000 members. John served in most of COPA’s executive capacities and continued as an honorary director and life member.” The organization said he attended as many COPA events as he could, even into his 90s. The group listed his COPA accomplishments as simplified medicals for pilots, and aviation liability group insurance now used by commercial carriers.

Bogie helped to create the Experimental Aircraft Association Canada organization, as well as a civilian pilot group for Search and Rescue as an adjunct to the military. Another entity he helped bring into being was the Canadian Business Aircraft Association (CBAA), first as an arm of COPA and then as a distinct entity.


Born into an aviation family in the United States, Bogie made his home in Canada since the early 1950s, following service in the United States Navy. Later Bogie worked as an airport operator and charter pilot. In Canada, he made a name for his charter and resource exploration work for Laurentian Air Services (ultimately becoming president) and Spartan Air Services.

“John passed away on April 6, 2018, we and the aviation community of Canada will dearly miss him,” said Bernard Gervais, COPA president and CEO. The funeral is April 21st in Ottawa.



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