Vol. 9, Issue 01a
Monday, Dec. 30, 2002
A Note to Our Readers...
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NEW YEAR'S RESTITUTIONS (INSURANCE)
This week, many aircraft owners will be receiving letters from their insurers offering something new: TRIA. For those not intimate with insurance acronyms, this one refers to the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act of 2002, passed by congress in November. In a nutshell, it gives you the right to purchase coverage to protect your airplane against acts of terrorism, with Uncle Sam footing part of the bill. But there's a catch. While the government will help insurers make good on damage claims related to terrorism, the TRIA law allows the treasury department to define exactly what constitutes an act of terrorism. More...
WHAT YOUR SIGNATURE COULD COST
Lawyers leading a class-action lawsuit against Lycoming are warning their clients that signing a legal release relieving the engine maker of any liability in the ongoing crankshaft crisis may leave them without insurance coverage. Thus far, Lycoming is silent on the issue. Recall that Lycoming offered generous reimbursement for travel and aircraft leasing to owners affected by the recent crankshaft recall that has grounded nearly 2,000 aircraft. More...
AUDITORS URGE ITWS DEPLOYMENT CHANGES
The FAA has been told to get the best bang for the traveling public's buck with a new weather avoidance and forecasting system -- a.k.a. the Integrated Terminal Weather System (ITWS). An audit by the Department of Transportation's Office of Inspector General says the FAA should put the best possible equipment into air traffic control facilities that need it most, rather than spread a watered-down system among all the control areas scheduled to get it. More...
NUKES "SAFE" FROM AIRLINER ATTACK
The nation's nuclear reactors are safe from an airborne terrorist assault ... provided the terrorists use a Boeing 767-400 and keep their speed under 350 mph. A computer engineering model study done by the Electric Power Research Institute, an industry-sponsored consortium, showed the 767, fully loaded with fuel, wouldn't breach the four-foot-thick concrete of a nuke's containment structure at 350 mph. More...
BANNERS OK'D AT ROSE BOWL
The skies are open for business over this week's Rose Bowl festivities ... and that has some local officials steamed. The FAA will allow up to six banner-towing aircraft over the parade and football game at any one time. It's doing so despite security worries by police and civic leaders. More...
AUSTIN GA AIRPORT INCHES FORWARD
Communities around Austin, Texas, are not exactly lining up to take on a GA airport the state's capital city doesn't want and the state government has said the area must have. Eighteen months after the state passed legislation ordering construction of a new GA facility near Austin, a committee of government and aviation officials is getting set to help Cincinnati-based consultant Wilbur Smith and Associates get the process moving. More...
FLY-IN COMMUNITY'S STAYIN' ALIVE
Want to swap flying stories with John Travolta? You could be his neighbor at a posh fly-in community under construction near Ocala, Fla. Travolta, who owns a Boeing 707, among other jets, was one of the first to buy a piece of Jumbolair Aviation Estates. More...
RUSSIAN CONTROLLERS SATISFY WAGE HUNGER
How would you feel if you knew the controller working your flight hadn't eaten in five days? We thought so. That was the strategy behind an innovative (and ultimately successful) job action in Russia last week. On Sunday, controllers in the Siberian city of Omsk stopped eating, but kept showing up for work, to press for a 30-percent wage increase. More...
CONTINENTAL PRICES UP
If your Continental engine needs replacing anytime soon, a call to TCM now might save you a few thousand dollars later. The company announced an across-the-board price increase of 10 percent for most of its products last week. TopCare cylinders went up 5 percent. More...
CANADIAN VRSM DEADLINE LOOMS
Canadian biz jet operators and other high-performance aircraft owners are being urged to get their planes upgraded now for the new world of high-level air traffic control coming by the end of 2004. Nav Canada will implement the Southern Domestic Reduced Vertical Separation Minimum at the same time the U.S adopts the reduced vertical spacing and aircraft that don't have the avionics required for the system will be excluded from FL 290 to FL 410. More...
HOOTERS AIR BOUNCES BACK
Looks like Hooters Air has found the support it needs. A few months after his bid for bankrupt Vanguard Airlines came undone, Hooters of America Inc. chairman Robert H. Brooks announced last week he's buying Pace Airlines, a charter outfit now owned by Piedmont Hawthorne Aviation. More...
ON THE FLY...
This year's commercial traffic was up 2 percent over 2001...
Indian Air Force is investigating 17th MiG-21 crash...
Delta co-pilot blew .07 into a breathalyzer, suspended...
More from our "It all depends on how you look at it" file...
AVweb's AVscoop Award...
Congratulations and an AVweb hat go out to John Miller, this
week's AVscoop winner. Submit news tips via email to
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New Articles and Features on AVweb
The Pilot's Lounge #56:
I Ain't Declaring No Steenkin' Emergency
Too many pilots are reluctant to declare an emergency, sometimes waiting until it is too late for help to be given. AVweb's Rick Durden knows that lots of resources and options open up to a pilot who does call.
Collision on Approach
There simply is no useful argument to excuse a flight that descends below DH or MDA; you either have the runway or you don't. In this accident report, an aircraft decended below the glideslope, hit an obstruction, and still managed to continue to the airport.
Reader feedback on AVweb's news coverage and feature articles:
Reader mail this week about too-tall towers, guns in the cockpit and a higher calling.
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