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Volume 10, Number 36
September 26, 2012
U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, FL || 
January 17-20, 2013
U.S. Sport Aviation Expo
January 17-20, 2013

Sunny Sebring, Florida will hold its 9th annual U.S. Sport Aviation Expo this January 17-20, 2013 — the largest LSA-dedicated event in the world. Additions for 2013 range from a twilight air show opened by Patty Wagstaff demonstrating LSA Aerobatic Aircraft to The Year of the Cub to star-studded Manufacturers Showcases and a contest that will crown LSA's most efficient aircraft/pilot duo. Four days in Sebring, Florida to "See, Try, Fly and Buy" ... everything in the world of Sport Aviation. Visit for details.
AVflash! Americans in the E.U.back to top 

If the European Union wants to regulate aviation emissions, operators of U.S. aircraft should not have to comply, the U.S. Senate said last week. The Senate passed a bill that prohibits U.S. operators from participating in the E.U. Emissions Trading Scheme. "We appreciate the forceful message this bill sends to the E.U. against the imposition of a new carbon tax on aircraft," said NBAA President Ed Bolen. The U.S. House has also passed a similar bill. The two bills must now be reconciled and then voted on a final time by both chambers. Bolen testified before a Senate committee about the plan, calling it "fatally flawed," and added that "as badly as the airlines are treated, general aviation is treated even worse" under the E.U. scheme. More...

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Dreamliner Soars into the U.S.back to top 

Nearly two dozen Boeing 787 Dreamliners are already flying all over the world, but this week the first one for a U.S. airline was delivered to United Airlines, in Everett, Wash. The airplane is the first of 50 copies the airline has on order, with five to be delivered by the end of this year. The 787 will start out on domestic flights, then transition to international flights later this year. Next year, the airplane will operate on United's new Denver-to-Tokyo route. "Customers will be more comfortable with improved lighting, bigger windows, larger overhead bins, lower cabin altitude and enhanced ventilation systems," according to Boeing. The airplane will be flown to United's hub in Houston sometime this week. More...

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The Next Generation of Jet?back to top 

Boeing recently showed off its ecoDemonstrator project at a news conference in Washington, D.C. The airplane is a modified 737-800. "The ecoDemonstrator is a Boeing technology demonstrator that we're using to test cutting-edge technologies that will hopefully reduce our carbon footprint, lower our fuel burn, lower our emissions, and also reduce our community noise impact," said Erin Henderson, lead ground operations engineer for the project. The experiment "really helps us to understand what we need to do to bring this technology forward and make it work in an airplane," said Joe Breit, of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. More...

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A Little More Latitude at One Particular Longitudeback to top 

Two different programs are trying out new flight procedures in the airspace above the Atlantic Ocean. The FAA is conducting a trial that aims to establish lower aircraft separation minima within the Gander and Shanwick Oceanic Control Areas, in the North Atlantic airspace. The Reduced Longitudinal Separation Minimum Trial (PDF) will reduce the longitudinal separation requirement from 10 minutes to 5 minutes for eligible aircraft. No application is required -- if pilots are properly equipped and have minimum navigation performance specification approval, they can simply request a change in altitude. "Aircraft will benefit by having a greater opportunity to climb to more fuel-efficient levels as well as change speed or altitude due to turbulence or bad weather," the FAA said. Meanwhile, NATS, which provides air traffic control services for the United Kingdom, is testing a project called "Topflight" that aims to minimize emissions and delays on trans-Atlantic routes. More...

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Piper Operators, Take Noteback to top 

FAA official Keith Noles has clarified the cost estimates published in last Monday's airworthiness directive affecting some Piper aircraft. According to Noles: "An owner/operator could choose one of two paths, either inspection or replacement. The key here is that the disassembly/removal and reassembly/installation is the bulk of the cost in any scenario, and it would not be repeated in any one event. Here are the possible scenarios: 1. Disassemble, inspect with no discrepancies, reassemble. Cost estimate is $1020. 2. Disassemble, inspect with discrepancy requiring replacement. Cost estimate is $1592. 3. Disassemble, do not inspect, replace/reassemble. Cost estimate is $1592." AVweb's story last Monday read, "If the assembly needs to be replaced, it would cost another $1,600," but that amount should be $572. More...

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Maybe You Just Had to Be There ...back to top 

The mechanics of airplane windows got some attention on the campaign trail this week after presidential candidate Mitt Romney made a remark at a Beverly Hills fundraiser over the weekend, saying "It's a real problem" that you can't roll the windows down in an airplane. He was talking about the recent experience of his wife, Ann Romney, on a flight en route to Santa Monica, when the crew declared an emergency due to an electrical malfunction. "When you have a fire in an aircraft, there's no place to go, exactly … and you can't find any oxygen from outside the aircraft to get in the aircraft, because the windows don't open," Romney said. "I don't know why they don't do that. It's a real problem. So it's very dangerous. … Fortunately, there was enough oxygen for the pilot and copilot to make a safe landing in Denver." A New York Times reporter who was there later said "it was clear" that Romney was joking. A video clip including his remarks is posted online at MSNBC. More...

No, it's not a good excuse for a highly technical explanation — it's a joke. On the AVweb Insider blog, Paul Bertorelli speculates on why it fell flat. Maybe Mitt Romney just needs a better straight man. Read more and join the conversation. More...

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Who's Whereback to top 

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What Have You Missed on AVwebcom?back to top 

Does the pilot community have something to teach us about how democracy works? AVweb contributing editor Mary Grady looks for signs of hope in her latest post to the AVweb Insider blog. Read more and join the conversation. More...

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AVweb Video: Look, Listen, Laugh and Learnback to top 

American Legend gained success with its popular Legend Cub, and now it's followed up with a new Lycoming-powered version of the airplane. If you like the Super Cub, you'll like the Super Legend, too, because its performance is quite similar. AVweb ventured to Legend's Sulphur Spring, Texas, homebase to fly the airplane, and here's a video report on the flight. More...

The B-24 was the most widely produced bomber in world history. This video shows the sole surviving regularly flown example, from roughly 18,000 B-24 Liberator bombers produced. This is the Collings Foundation's B-24, Witchcraft. More...

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Names Behind the Newsback to top 


AVwebBiz is a weekly summary of the latest business aviation news, articles, products, features, and events featured on AVweb, the world's premier independent aviation news resource.

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Paul Bertorelli

Russ Niles

Scott Simmons

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Glenn Pew

Kevin Lane-Cummings

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Karen Lund

Avionics Editor
Larry Anglisano

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