AVwebFlash Complete Issue: Volume 19, Number 27b

July 4, 2013

By The AVweb Editorial Staff
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Coming Soon: The New AVweb back to top 

Coming This Month: AVweb's New Look

Later this month, AVweb will unveil a completely redesigned website and e-letter that will deliver news stories, features, video and podcasts in a fresh new format. We've had the redesign in the works for months and although we'll retain the familiar features that readers find compelling, we'll be streamlining delivery in a way that will make it easier for you find AVweb's deep well of aviation-related content and in the coming months, we'll be adding new features. Thanks to a more efficient content loading system, we'll be updating the site more frequently with breaking news.

Our improved site will feature fresh new typography, sharper imagery and the capacity to host more multi-media content. The new design has roll-over menus that will make finding specific articles and stories quicker and easier and an improved search engine will locate archived material with just a few clicks. In addition, our advertisers will benefit from an array of new options that present their products and services creatively in ways that complement our new editorial presentation. For the time being, we'll retain our four times weekly e-letter format, with AVwebFlash newsletters on Monday and Thursday morning, a business aviation e-letter on Wednesday morning and our expanded Friday Feature section with columns, blog, videos and podcasts. Watch the new site launch within a few weeks.

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NTSB Answers TWA 800 Questions — Again back to top 

NTSB Reviews TWA 800 Findings For Press Corps

In Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, NTSB investigators gave reporters a briefing on their investigation into the crash of TWA Flight 800 in 1996. A documentary that raises questions about the cause of the crash is due to be released on July 17, and on June 19, the safety board received a petition for reconsideration of the board's findings and probable-cause determination regarding the crash. "This petition is currently under review," the safety board said. At the briefing, "The investigators provided a summary of the investigation," NTSB spokeswoman Kelly Nantel told AVweb. "They provided no new information. The purpose behind the briefing was to provide reporters who are not as familiar with the investigation, a briefing into all the investigative work that went into determining the findings, conclusions and probable cause."

In a statement, the NTSB said, "The TWA Flight 800 investigation remains one of the NTSB's most extensive and exhaustive investigations; the final report includes more than 400 pages of detailed information. In addition, the NTSB's docket, which has been available to the public since the late 1990s, contains more than 17,000 pages of supporting material." According to CNN, relatives of two crash victims said at the press briefing on Tuesday they were satisfied with the NTSB conclusions that faulty wiring caused a fuel tank explosion. NTSB investigator Jim Wildey told reporters, "I'm totally convinced there was no bomb or missile," a scenario suggested by the filmmakers.

Critics of the NTSB report, who were not allowed into the briefing, spoke with reporters in the parking lot outside, CNN said. Hank Hughes, a former NTSB investigator who now questions the board's conclusion, told CNN he is motivated only by a desire to uncover the truth. "There's no profit motive," he said. "It's a matter of conscience and integrity as far as we're concerned. Two hundred and thirty people were killed and that's a tragedy that can't be ignored." The 90-minute documentary, TWA Flight 800, is scheduled to premiere at 8 p.m. July 17 on the Epix TV network.

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EAA Appeals FAA's Controller Fee Demand in Court back to top 

EAA Protests ATC Fees In Court

When the FAA sent EAA a bill of nearly $450,000 last month to cover expenses for air traffic controllers during AirVenture, the organization had little choice but to comply -- but at the time, Chairman Jack Pelton said "This isn't over," and this week, the EAA took its argument to a U.S. Court of Appeals. On Wednesday, EAA filed a petition with the Seventh Circuit court in Chicago, asking for a review of the case and relief from the payments demanded by the FAA. EAA says the fees were imposed without following standard notice and comment procedures, making the demand "improper and unlawful."

As part of its petition, EAA is asking the court to reverse the FAA's decision to seek these payments, return the fees already paid, and reimburse EAA for other costs incurred. "While we understand the FAA's position and the temptation to augment its congressional appropriation, we naturally don't agree since we believe this approach unlawfully circumvents congressional approval and standard due process," said Pelton in a statement on Wednesday. "This affects AirVenture and numerous other aviation events throughout the nation in an unauthorized and unjustified manner. That is why we are seeking review, relief, and clarification from the court." EAA has posted the full text of its petition online (PDF).

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News Briefs back to top 

High Schoolers Build Two Glasair Sportsmen

Two groups of high school students have completed the Two Weeks to Taxi program at the Glasair factory in Arlington, Wash., building two copies of the four-seat Sportsman, the company said on Tuesday. The students were chosen to participate after creating their own aircraft design that was judged by a panel from GAMA. "It was a remarkable experience for everyone involved," said GAMA CEO Pete Bunce, who worked side by side with the students during the two weeks. "The kids were focused, hard-working and enthusiastic. They were involved in every aspect of the build, and mastered tasks such as bucking rivets, installing windows, connecting the panel, wiring the engine and linking the controls." The program was co-sponsored by Build A Plane.

The two girls and six boys came from high schools in Michigan and Minnesota. They and their chaperones were provided with air transportation and housing for the two weeks. They also got to visit the Seattle Museum of Flight and went flying in a Sportsman aircraft, a Sportsman float plane, and a gull-wing Stinson. The company plans to complete the phase-one flight testing and then fly the two Sportsmen to Oshkosh later this month for EAA AirVenture. The students also will attend, and will be reunited with their airplanes.

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Opinion & Commentary back to top 

AVweb Insider Blog: Do We Really Need to Revisit TWA 800?

It's taken 17 years to get past the wild-eyed conspiracy theories, and now the makers of a new documentary want to pursue them anew. What's to be gained? On the AVweb Insider blog, Paul Bertorelli argues that while a second look might not be a bad idea, all of us should know this: If it happens, the nutcases will run amok. During the first 800 investigation, the web was just a baby. Now it's a full-blown megaphone for every lunatic with a theory. And they all have theories.

Read more and join the conversation.

Question of the Week: Does TWA 800 Deserve Another Look?

A documentary filmmaker says the NTSB got it wrong (or was told to get it wrong) in its findings in the explosion and crash of a TWA Boeing 747 off Long Island in 1996. The NTSB is standing by its conclusion that a spark from wiring in a fuel tank downed the aircraft, not a missile or bomb as has been alleged.

Is it worth having another look at TWA 800?
(click to answer)

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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:

Tom Bliss

Editorial Director, Aviation Publications
Paul Bertorelli

Russ Niles

Scott Simmons

Contributing Editors
Mary Grady
Glenn Pew

Kevin Lane-Cummings

Ad Coordinator
Karen Lund

Avionics Editor
Larry Anglisano

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