AVwebFlash Complete Issue: Volume 19, Number 8c

February 22, 2013

By The AVweb Editorial Staff
 
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Ownership Issues back to top 
 

Cirrus CAPS Repacks: Expense, Depreciation

The fleet of older Cirrus airframes could face further depreciation because of pricey parachute upkeep. We look at the economics and the CAPS repack process.

Cirrus owners rave about having the CAPS parachute system as the ultimate safety backup, but if you're shopping for a used Cirrus, know this: Many used airframes are coming up on the required 10-year parachute repack cycle. This work is expensive, requires considerable down time and can only be accomplished by select and highly specialized shops.

This should be taken into consideration when negotiating the sale price and if you pull the trigger on an airplane that needs the repack, you should know what you're getting into first. In this article, we'll take a look at this major service event, including the mandatory repack requirement and what you should expect for costs. During our research, we discovered that all repacks aren't created equally.

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AVweb Classics back to top 
 

The Savvy Aviator: Secrets of Cost-Effective Maintenance

Under the FARs, performing maintenance is the job of an A&P mechanic or FAA-approved repair station, but managing maintenance is the owner's job. In essence, the FAA looks at each aircraft owner as the Director of Maintenance (DoM) of a one-aircraft aviation department. Unfortunately, few owners know how to do this important job, and most do it very poorly. Many owners leave it to their A&Ps to manage their maintenance, and generally are unhappy with the results.

For the past four and a half years, I've been going around the country teaching owners how to manage the maintenance of their aircraft properly. My seminar is a very intense weekend of training -- at least 17 hours worth -- that covers a wide variety of subjects ranging from reliability-centered maintenance to regulations to engine condition monitoring to troubleshooting (just to name a few of the topics covered).

But to make a long story short, the basic principles of good maintenance management can be boiled down to five simple principles. Follow these five principles religiously and you'll discover that you have a safer and more reliable aircraft while at the same time spending a great deal less on maintenance.

Click here to read the full article.

 
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AVweb Video: Look, Listen, Laugh and Learn back to top 
 

Video: Historic Flight Foundation DC-3

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Everett, Washington's Historic Flight Foundation recently flew home its newly-restored DC-3 from Sealand Aviation in Campbell River, British Columbia. The museum's founder, John Sessions, talks about the aircraft's rich history and its future at the Foundation.

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AVweb Audio — Are You Listening? back to top 
 

Podcast: X-Plane Innovations and Patent Lawsuits

File Size 18.2 MB / Running Time 19:57

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Our conversation with X-Plane creator Austin Meyer ranged from flight simulation to synthetic vision highway-in-the-sky iPad apps, avionics for experimental aircraft that could theoretically land real planes, and patent-trolling lawsuits that cripple innovative, successful companies for the benefit of unscrupulous plaintiffs.

The following index applies to the timeline of this podcast:

  • Click play for the introduction and discussion of the X-Plane flight simulator and its capabilities.
  • Advance to 5:27 for specifics regarding the VP400 safe-landing avionics product
  • Skip to 9:48 for the Xavion iPad app of similar capability
  • Skip to 11:50 for details regarding the difficulties faced by businesses like Meyer's when patent lawsuits arise

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Podcast: Beechcraft Emerges from Chapter 11

File Size 13.5 MB / Running Time 14:51

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A trimmed down Beechcraft has come out of bankruptcy protection after nine months, and company officials say they're properly financed and organized to grow the business. AVweb's Russ Niles spoke with Beechcraft's Shawn Vick.

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Click here to listen. (13.5 MB, 14:51)

 
Names Behind the News back to top 
 

Meet the AVwebFlash Team

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

The AVwebFlash team is:

Publisher
Tom Bliss

Editorial Director, Aviation Publications
Paul Bertorelli

Editor-in-Chief
Russ Niles

Webmaster
Scott Simmons

Contributing Editors
Mary Grady
Glenn Pew

Contributors
Kevin Lane-Cummings

Ad Coordinator
Karen Lund

Avionics Editor
Larry Anglisano

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