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Volume 9, Number 28bJuly 10, 2003

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The Top Headlines From AVweb's Expanded, Illustrated News Coverage At AVweb's NewsWire.

WAAS UP: SYSTEM TURNED ON TODAY
A major technological shift in air navigation became a reality today. The FAA flicked the switch on the Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) signal, a crucial first step on the way to highly accurate satellite-based navigation in the U.S. "We're just waiting for the avionics to catch up," said FAA spokesman Greg Martin. WAAS uses a system of ground stations to analyze GPS signal errors and sends corrections to geo-stationary satellites. The result is guaranteed position accuracy to within three meters laterally and vertically, where standard non-augmented GPS with standard positioning service can be trusted to within about 100 meters. More...

LIGHTSPEED 20XL HEADSETS GET A MAKEOVER! The 20XL is back, and better than ever! The 20XL/2 brings back the popular model with a new, even smaller, battery box and the Aux Audio 3G input, at a new LOWER price of just $395. Get MORE LightSPEED for LESS. See all LightSPEED's models at AirVenture Booth 2023-24, or go online to http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/litspeed

BOEING LOOKS TO THE ATC MARKET...
Boeing says it (with help from some other companies) has what it takes to make the National Airspace System (NAS) more efficient and safer. The company hopes to clinch a big deal with the FAA to design, produce and implement a new, fully integrated air traffic flow system that will maximize use of the capacity of the National Airspace System. Boeing's Air Traffic Management business unit has formed a team to tackle this daunting project. Joining Boeing are Raytheon Inc., Metron Aviation Inc., KENROB, RLM Software and WSI Corporation. More...

...BUT CAN THE NAS BE FIXED?
Has even the mighty Boeing bitten off more than it can chew? Although most aircraft seem to get from A to B each day, hardly a day goes by without some criticism of the system that manages all those flights. After all, the current ATC structure has been criticized for the use of older, unreliable equipment. Implementation of new technology, like STARS, is years behind schedule and often has developmental problems, although in the STARS deployment in Philadelphia, the kinks seem to have been worked out, largely due to the efforts of controllers themselves, according to the National Association of Air Traffic Controllers. More...

GULF COAST AVIONICS: "WE GUARANTEE THE LOWEST PRICES IN THE INDUSTRY" Gulf Coast Avionics is a leading supplier of avionics, instruments and pilot supplies. With one of the largest comprehensive inventories in the industry, pilots are sure to find what they need. Visit Gulf Coast at AirVenture Booth A1101-1104 and go online to their e-commerce site and shop for the latest products and offers at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/gca

THE PLANE CRAZY DAYS OF SUMMER...
This installment of things you definitely should not do with an airplane comes from the Scottish Highlands. There, two Spanish pilots reportedly flew their ultralight under a road bridge, scaring the heck out of residents in the area. Witnesses spotted the light aircraft flying under the Ballachulish Bridge between Fort William and Glencoe. Air safety rules in Britain prohibit aircraft to pass within 500 feet of any "person, vessel, vehicle or structure." Needless to say, the 30-year-old cantilever bridge, which is 60 feet above high water, is off-limits. The adventurous pilots were traced to a nearby airport, detained and given a Scottish-style tongue-lashing. We're not sure how the event compared to the infamous exploits of Jurgio Kairio. (Do not try this at home ... or anywhere else.) More...

...SKYDIVING PLANE HIT BY SHOTGUN PELLETS...
In another bizzare event to taint the wild blue yonder, a skydiving aircraft was possibly hit by a shotgun blast while taking off from a Long Island airport. Newsday.com reports the Cessna 182, owned by Long Island Skydiving Center in East Moriches, was hit by 20 shotgun pellets on Sunday. Bart Spadaro, owner of Spadaro airport (1N2) in East Moriches, believes someone on nearby County Road 51 fired at the plane as it was taking off from the airport with a load full of skydivers. Local police haven't reached that conclusion and speculate it may have been shot while parked overnight. More...

...AND ZURICH RESIDENTS COMPLAIN ABOUT AIRPLANE "NOISE"
There's an international twist to the airplane noise complaints of people in Zurich, Switzerland. Neighboring Germany will ban flights over the southern part of its country. That will force airlines to use Zurich airport’s eastern approach over the densely populated suburbs to the city’s north side. In response, about 10,000 people took to the streets on Saturday to protest the new German measures, which take effect in October. As the airport increases its use of its southern runway, residents fear additional air traffic will build over the city center and a densely populated northern shore of Lake Zurich. Residents claim their property values are already suffering. More...

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TO THE EDGE OF SPACE, FOR $15K
Has flying become mundane? We hope not, but if you want something with substantially more than your run-of-the mill spam can, you might want to check out a Russian company providing a true "out-of-this-world" experience. Moscow-based Kompas Hit Ltd. operates Fly The Legend, a service that provides adventurous clients the opportunity to fly in aircraft most of us have only seen in pictures. For example, the group offers rides in MiG 25s with the promise of an 80,000-foot, high-altitude flight to the edge of space. About $15,000 will get you in the back seat of this supersonic fighter. More...

MISSING JET FOUND IN NEW COLORS
You may recall AVweb's recent coverage of a missing African airliner believed to be in the hands of criminals or terrorists. Well, the Boeing 727 has reportedly been located -- with a new paint job. The Guardian reports the jet turned up last week in Guinea after disappearing from Angola's main airport more than a month ago. The missing plane had been the subject of an international search since it vanished from Angola on May 25. The last known flight of the jet was recorded shortly after it had been repossessed from Angola Air. More...

TSA REVIEWING PERMANENT TFRS
AOPA has made its voice heard and it appears that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) commander is listening. Admiral James Loy says his agency and the FAA are reevaluating more than a dozen temporary flight restrictions (TFRs) set up shortly after the 9/11 terrorist attacks and out of the dozens currently listed. "AOPA members are asking, 'Isn't it time for temporary restrictions to be lifted given the reduced threat level, ending of hostilities in Iraq, and phase out of Operation Liberty Shield?'" Boyer said in a June 25 letter to Loy. The next day Low wrote back saying the two agencies are "conducting a thorough audit" of the 16 TFRs AOPA asked be rescinded "to ensure that they are protecting the public in an efficient, cost-effective manner." More...

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TO SUE OR NOT TO SUE
It seems airline passengers can't get a straight answer on the issue of compensation for the development of blood clots on long-haul airline flights. Known as Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), this condition is characterized by the formation of deadly blood clots after long periods of immobility. Last week, Britain's Court of Appeal upheld a lower-court ruling that passengers cannot sue airlines for compensation after developing DVT. At the same time, a U.S. federal judge says he will allow two lawsuits filed by two passengers to proceed against Continental Airlines , Air France and American Airlines. More...

CONTINENTAL RELAXES CELLPHONE POLICY
At least one U.S. airline is relaxing its policy on cellphone use by passengers. Continental Airlines announced it will allow customers to use their cellphones sooner after an aircraft lands. While departure and in-flight phone use policies will remain unchanged, the airline says the devices will be permitted for calls after landing pending approval from flight attendants. Apparently, the airline didn't need to wait for the results of an ongoing FAA study on the subject. More...

AVJET SETTLES FOR $11.7 MILLION
Avjet has reached an $11.7 million settlement with the families of three people killed in the crash of a Gulfstream III flying into Aspen's Pitkin County Airport on March 29, 2001. All 15 passengers and three crew members were killed when the jet crashed into sloping terrain about 2400 feet short of Runway 15 during a night instrument approach in snow showers. On Monday, just over a year after NTSB recommendations were issued, the families of Marissa Witham and brothers Joseph and Jose Aguilar agreed to the settlement. The deal was reached after a Los Angeles jury, on July 2, found Avjet Corporation and pilot Robert Frisbie negligent and held responsible for the wrongful deaths of Witham and the Aguilars. More...

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AERIAL FIREFIGHTERS GET CALIFORNIA FIRE UNDER CONTROL
As AVweb recently reported, general aviation plays an important role during the busy fire season. Once again, GA aircraft have proven themselves over stubborn fires located in the Cucamonga Canyon above Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. Helicopters initially directed ground personnel to hot spots, which were reachable via foot. Additional air support helped get the blaze under control by Saturday evening. More...

FOR THE RECORD
In last Monday's edition, we incorrectly identified Jim Crook as a spokesman for the National Air Traffic Controllers Association. Crook is actually with the Air Traffic Control Association. We apologize for any confusion caused by this error. More...

ON THE FLY...
A Sudan Airways Boeing 737 crashed, killing 115, sparing one (more) ...
Raytheon's new Beechcraft line will show at AirVenture...
Recent data indicates military pilots are flocking less to the airlines...
The Kansas Aviation Museum asked Raytheon to donate a Starship. More...

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AVweb's Picture Of The Week...

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We received over 90 pictures last week. Congratulations to this week's winner, Naresh Sharma, of Eindhoven, The Netherlands. His photo, captures three types of aircraft in one single shot. The plane, glider, and ultralight were photographed at a barn field in Italy. Nice picture, Naresh! Your AVweb hat is on the way.

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AVweb's Question Of The Week...

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We received over 300 responses to our question last week on using anti-depressant medication. The majority (62 percent) of those responding never have taken n anti-depressant before flying and think it is unwise to do so. About 20 percent indicated they don't take this type of medication, but don't see a problem if someone does. Only 3 percent of our respondents say they do take anti-depressants quite frequently before flying.

To check out the complete results, go to http://www.avweb.com/qotw.

*** THIS WEEK'S QUESTION ***

This week, we would like to know your thoughts on flying during the July 4th holiday weekend. Please go to http://www.avweb.com/qotw to respond.

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