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Volume 11, Number 5
January 30, 2013
Peerless Electronics || Circuit Breakers, 
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AVflash! DOT Seccy LaHood's Farewellback to top 

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood will be leaving his job after four years in President Obama's Cabinet, he announced on Tuesday morning. In a statement to his staff, LaHood said he was proud of his team's achievements, including FAA reauthorization, a rule to combat pilot fatigue "that was decades in the making," progress on NextGen, and stronger consumer protections for airline passengers. LaHood will stay on in the job until a successor is named, which is expected to take about two months. More...

'The Aviators' Season 3 || The Biggest 
Aviation Show on the Planet - Now on PBS, iTunes, and Hulu
The Biggest Aviation Show on the Planet ... Is Back!
The award-winning hit TV series The Aviators is back for an all-new third season showcasing everything from the F-22 and DC-3 to LSA and balloons. We take you dogfighting in the Nevada desert, flying with the USAF Thunderbirds, and look on as Mötley Crue frontman Vince Neil learns to fly. Join our 10 million weekly US viewers and countless more worldwide.

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Aviation Safetyback to top 

A tourist helicopter that crashed in Nevada in December 2011, killing the pilot and two couples on a sightseeing tour over Hoover Dam, was brought down by an improperly fastened nut, the NTSB determined on Tuesday. The investigators found that a maintenance crew working on the Eurocopter AS350-B2 before the flight had probably reused a self-locking nut that should not have been reused. The nut failed in flight, making the aircraft uncontrollable. The mechanic and a supervisor both had been called in to work on their day off, the board said, and fatigue was cited as a factor. NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman said the accident shows that mechanics need to use checklists in their work, just as pilots do. More...

AEA Pilots Guide || Aircraft Electronics 
Pilot's Guide to Avionics Now Available
The 2012-13 edition of the Aircraft Electronics Association's Pilot's Guide to Avionics is now available. To request a complimentary copy, visit

This special 10th anniversary edition is a consumer's directory containing buyer's guides, educational articles and timely information about the avionics industry, its products and its people. The publication helps pilots make better buying decisions and locate more than 1,300 AEA member companies, including government-certified repair stations around the world.
Concern Over Future Fuelsback to top 

Innospec, the American owned company that is the world's sole producer of tetraethyl lead (TEL), the octane booster for gasoline, has reportedly told its shareholders it will stop producing the additive for automotive fuel by the end of this year but will keep making it for avgas. The company says on its website that it will continue production as long as aviation needs it even if it doesn't make it for cars anymore and it has a plan for making it work. "Plans are already in place to ensure our plant can safely and economically manufacture TEL solely for the aviation market while it seeks a technical and cost effective alternative," the website says. More...

Sennheiser S1 Headset
Sennheiser S1 Digital Aviation Headset
It is time to look beyond the ordinary and treat yourself to the most technologically advanced headset in the market. Offering revolutionary adaptive digital noise cancelation and customizable comfort features such as headband contact pressure adjustment, the S1 Digital redefines customization and comfort in the cockpit. Be bold, be different, and join Sennheiser in the pursuit of perfect sound! Learn more.
Probable Causeback to top 

The NTSB says a Cirrus SR20 that parachuted to safety last week in Danbury, Conn., was out of fuel. In its preliminary report on the incident, which was widely publicized in the mainstream media, the NTSB says the aircraft, with a flight instructor, another pilot and a third person on board, was on final for the Danbury Airport when the pilot flying radioed to air traffic control that the aircraft was "out of fuel." Investigators later were able to drain just 26 ounces of fuel from the tanks and none had spilled when the plane settled to the ground about three miles from the airport. More...

GA8 Airvan from GippsAero
GippsAero, the Australian Utility Aircraft Manufacturer
We are the only company in Australia, and one of a handful in the world, with the capability to both design and manufacture commercial aircraft from first principles. Our most popular and versatile aircraft is the GA8 Airvan; wide ranging in its capabilities and versatile in its design, the GA8 has many advantages over other aircraft. Call GippsAero toll-free on (855) 424‑7826, e-mail us at or visit to learn more.
More to See in Farnboroughback to top 

Two exhibitions of interest to business jet owners and operators are scheduled side-by-side at Farnborough March 19-21. The Business Airport World Expo and the Business Jet Interiors World Expo are expected to draw exhibitors and attendees from all over the world. The airport exhibition is a venue for FBOs to show prospective customers the services and features they can offer for the aircraft and the people on it. "Every single exhibit will be of relevance to every single visitor, meaning executive jet owners and operators and those responsible for scheduling aircraft can visit Business Airport World Expo for a day or two to come away armed with new possibilities to save money, save time or indeed find routes and facilities that can attract more passengers," said organizer Graham Johnson. He's expecting more than 150 exhibitors. More...

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Who's Whereback to top 

Jayson AltieriTim Verrett
Col. Jayson Altieri and Tim Verrett are the newest members of the Civil Air Patrol Board of Governors. Altieri is an active Army officer, and Verrett is an Anchorage lawyer.

Get a promotion or a new job? Your colleagues want to know about it, and AVwebBiz can get the word out. Drop us a line about the staff appointment, with a nice recent photo, and we'll do our best to include it in our new section, "Who's Where." The items will be permanently archived on AVweb for future reference, too. More...

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Opinion & Commentaryback to top 

Last week's Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, Florida had record attendance, according to the organizers, but anemic sales suggest tire-kickers outnumber buyers in the thousands. The market forces to change this still aren't in evidence. On the AVweb Insider blog, Paul Bertorelli speculates on why. Read more and join the conversation. More...

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

"Pardo's push" of March 10, 1967 was preceded by a similar event. In 1952, fighter ace Robbie Risner pushed fellow flyer Joe Logan 60 miles. The two men were flying F-86 Sabre jets and successfully cleared hostile territory, but Logan bailed out over water, was tangled in his canopy lines, and drowned. Risner was deemed a hero, but by Pardo's account, pilots were not encouraged to partake in similar activities. More...

The Top Reporter on Our Crack Staff ... Is You!back to top 

Our best stories start with you. If you've heard something 255,000 pilots might want to know about, tell us. Submit news tips via email to What have you heard? More...

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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Tom Bliss

Editorial Director, Aviation Publications
Paul Bertorelli

Russ Niles

Scott Simmons

Contributing Editors
Mary Grady
Glenn Pew

Kevin Lane-Cummings

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Karen Lund

Avionics Editor
Larry Anglisano

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