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The White House, with the apparent blessing of the FAA, is urging the FCC to make 406 ELT equipage in aircraft mandatory by 2022. In comments filed with the FCC on Feb. 5, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) recommended the FCC get moving on its plan to eliminate 121.5 MHz-only ELTs but to give aircraft owners up to eight years to make the transition. Read More
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A lightning strike that injured an air traffic controller at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport has exposed a potential vulnerability at air traffic control towers during storms. It has prompted Federal Aviation Administration officials to inspect hundreds of towers nationwide, according to The Associated Press. Read More
The Federal Aviation Administration took an important step on Feb. 5 to help improve safety in small aircraft by simplifying design approval requirements angle of attack (AOA) indicators. AOA indicators give a precise indication of the angle between the wing and the relative wind, which provides critical information to the pilot regarding the lift being generated by the wing and how close the wing is to its critical angle of attack—at which it stalls and departs from controlled flight. Read More
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The Mooney production line will start moving Feb. 26 and the first new Mooney to be built in almost five years, an M20TN Acclaim Type S, should be ready for a flight test within days after that. Mooney CEO Dr. Jerry Chen said the production start comes after a couple of months of intense activity at the Kerrville, Texas, plant. Read More
Agence France-Presse is reporting that a Ukrainian airliner made an emergency landing in Turkey due to a hijacking attempt. Other reporters are adding details on Twitter. So far, they've said that the Pegasus plane contains 110 passengers, and that the hijacker attempted to divert the plane to land in Sochi during the Winter Olympics opening ceremony. Read More
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A Canadian hang gliding instructor may go to jail after pleading guilty to criminal charges in an accident that killed a Mexican woman he was taking on a tandem flight. Lenami Godinez-Avila died April 28, 2012, when she fell from the hang glider after it launched from a mountain about 80 miles east of Vancouver. Read More
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AVweb's has compiled the results of our in-depth investigation into why airplanes land at the wrong airports. Read More
Tod Lanham writes: "Regarding the story about the NFL not being charged for air traffic services for the Super Bowl: There is a lack of understanding of the difference in cost of supporting AirVenture and the Super Bowl. I am a retired controller who worked EAA three times and worked the Super Bowl traffic once. ... AirVenture requires about 40 air traffic controllers to travel from their home facility to work at OSH for about 10 days. This requires travel cost to be paid, temporary housing, and per diem for food. It also requires overtime shifts to be paid covering for the controller that is at OSH instead of working his scheduled shift at his home facility. This is all a huge expense. ... When Super Bowl occurred, we just jockeyed the schedule and started three people later than their normal start time, paid two controllers to work two extra overtime hours, and had one extra person on the midnight shift to handle that late rush out after the game. So, to add it up for the Super Bowl, we paid 12 hours at time and half to cover the game. ... For AirVenture, there are hundreds of hours of overtime, plus all the expenses. ... I've been an EAA member and I own an airplane, but I don't think the taxpayer should foot the bill for AirVenture." Click through to read other mail from AVweb readers. Read More
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AVweb Classic
AVweb landed on the World Wide Web in 1995. Since then, we've amassed a huge archive of advice, analysis and inspiration. Travel back with us for a look at a classic article from AVweb's past.

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Insurance -- and talking about insurance -- can be one of the most tedious things to deal with when the sky is blue and beckoning for winged aviators. Yet even pilots who think they've got it covered can be rudely awakened after an accident, as AVweb's Rick Durden explains in this month's column. Read More
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Well, why not? I can think of worse ways to interest kids in math. Just don't expect them to become pilots. Read More
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Author and avid pilot Richard Bach is back at the keyboard and back in the cockpit after surviving a serious crash in his beloved SeaRey amphib Puff 18 months ago. AVweb's Russ Niles spoke with him about the crash, the new book he wrote about the crash, and the fourth part of "Jonathan Livingston Seagull." Spoiler Alert: Crashing an airplane and almost dying is actually kind of cool, but hospitals suck. Read More
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Although aircraft sales are still in the doldrums, Hartzell has stayed busy in its R&D shop, developing a range of new products that are lighter and more efficient than existing props. Hartzell's Joe Brown gave AVweb an update recently. Read More
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