AVflash
Vol. 9, Issue 01b
Thursday, January 2, 2003

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The Top Headlines From AVweb's Full, Illustrated News Coverage At NEWSWIRE COMPLETE ISSUE


LYCOMING DENIES INSURANCE THREAT
Lycoming is denying claims by a Texas law firm that owners of IO-540 engines affected by its crankshaft recall are risking future insurance coverage by accepting a compensation package. "We strongly disagree with this position and are certain that accepting our Customer Care Program with its general release will not adversely affect your future insurance needs," Lycoming President Michael Wolf said in a letter posted on the company Web site. More...

COMMANDER FILES FOR CHAPTER 11 PROTECTION...
Commander Aircraft Company, a manufacturer of high-performance single-engine aircraft, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in federal court in Delaware last Friday. Wirt Walker, CEO of Commander's parent company, Aviation General Inc. of Bethany, Okla., told AVweb on Tuesday that operations at the company "will be going on as usual." He said he is entertaining talks from parties interested in merging, acquiring, refinancing, or restructuring the company. "All options are open," he said. More...

...AS ORDERS "VIRTUALLY HIT THE WALL"
In a Dec. 27 news release, the company said it has about $3.7 million in total net indebtedness, and "has been working amiably with its creditors and vendors." However, orders for new and used aircraft softened significantly in the third quarter of 2002, and "have virtually hit the wall recently," the statement said. The Chapter 11 filing was prompted by "an immediate cash flow shortage of approximately $1 million," which ensued when several expected orders for aircraft "failed to be consummated." More...

CAPSTONE GETS A POSITIVE REPORT IN ALASKA...
The University of Alaska this month released an interim report on the progress of Alaska's Capstone experiment, in which onboard avionics upgrades and new ground equipment have been deployed in an effort to cut the state's fatal aircraft accident rate in half. The report is inconclusive regarding the safety record, but recommends that the program should be continued. More...

...NEW IDEAS GROWING IN FLORIDA
While Capstone relies on well-developed technologies such as GPS and datalinks, edgy new ideas for safer flying are growing under the Florida sun. At the University of West Florida in Pensacola, researchers at the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition are testing new ways to display information to pilots. David Still and Leonard Temme believe the single-screen display they've designed, called OZ, could replace a panel full of gauges. More...

TSA REVISES DEFINITION OF AIRCRAFT SUBJECT TO CHARTER RULE
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) issued on Dec. 26 a final rule that revises the original Private Charter Security Rule, which requires that charter passengers and their bags must be screened prior to boarding. The original rule would have targeted all aircraft that weigh 95,000 pounds or more. The revised rule applies only to aircraft that weigh over 45,500 kg (100,309.3 pounds) or carry 61 or more pax. More...

JETCRUZER GOES FOR $125,000
Let's hope Jetcruzer investors weren't looking for help to pay the Christmas bills from the auction sale of the once-vaunted company. After pouring almost $100 million into engineering, development and certification of the rear-engine turboprop, the top bid was just $125,000. That's a bit more than a tenth of a cent on the dollar. More...

"STRONGER-THAN-STEEL" COCKPIT DOORS GET FAA OK
When bulletproof cockpit doors are installed on U.S. airliners -- the rules say the doors must be in by April -- they may be constructed from composite materials. The FAA has certified Dyneema polyethylene fiber for use in the doors, which the manufacturer says is 15 times stronger than steel. The cockpit doors are slated for use by American Airlines, United Air Lines, Delta, Lufthansa, British Airways, and KLM. More...

NOT A HAPPY NEW YEAR FOR UAL WORKERS
Beleaguered United Air Lines wants its machinists to accept a temporary pay reduction of 13 percent, but the union said last Friday it will fight the cut in court. The airline also told employees on Monday that it expects to announce "significant layoffs" within the next few weeks. United's other unions, representing pilots, flight attendants, dispatchers and meteorologists, have agreed to cuts, as the bankrupt airline struggles to survive. More...

A NEW SPIN ON HANGAR AS HANGOUT
It keeps the rain off your airplane, there's an old sofa next to the workbench and the secondhand fridge keeps the soda cold, so your hangar is a pretty cool place to hang out in, right? Now, imagine you're a billionaire with a few stray millions -- say, $20 million or so -- to spend on your own private hangar in Scottsdale, Ariz. More...

ON THE FLY...
A Lancair 320 Monday used I-20 for an emergency landing in Calif...
$4 million upgrade coming to Pease International Tradeport in N.H...
Fighters Sunday escorted a Beech 35 out of airspace near D.C.

AVWEB'S PICTURE OF THE WEEK...
We received over 60 pictures last week. Congratulations to this week's winner, J.R. Holbrook, of Panama City, FL. His picture titled "Fly Me To The Moon" was taken on December 18th, the day before the full moon. Pictured is Mike Highsmith of Panama City flying his Fergy IIB. Great picture, J.R.!

AVWEB'S QUESTION OF THE WEEK...
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We received over 500 responses to our question last week on holiday travel. Due to our server change, exact response percentages are not available for publication. In addition, we would like to introduce you to a new QOTW setup, which is based on a single question with multiple answers. While the availability to comment is not available at the moment, we are establishing this feature within the days to come.

THIS WEEK'S QUESTION
This week, we would like to know your thoughts on the Aviation Year In Review.

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AVweb's AVscoop Award...

Congratulations and an AVweb hat go out to David James, this week's AVscoop winner. Submit news tips via email to newstips@avweb.com. Rules and information are at http://www.avweb.com/contact/newstips.html.

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New Articles and Features on AVweb

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BRAINTEASERS
Quiz #63 -- Aviation Weather Products
Most pilots are familiar with the Aviation Routine Weather Report (METAR) and the Aviation Terminal Forecast (TAF) products of the National Weather Service (NWS). There are many other aviation weather products available to pilots, who must obtain "all available information" for any flight (according to FAR 91.103). The purpose of this quiz is to refresh pilots' knowledge regarding those weather products, including the official designators (METAR, TAF, etc.), location of the originating sources, and the content of the products. Most of the information for this quiz can be found in FAA publication AC 00-45E, Aviation Weather Services.

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REVIEWS
Of Mechanics and Men: Review of One Desert Jet Turner
Ever wondered about the people involved with fighter jets who aren't the pilots? Earl Heron's "One Desert Jet Turner" aims to examine the thankless of the aviation community -- the military aircraft mechanic and crew chief, or as he puts it, a "Desert Jet Turner." Jeremy Jankowski reviews this new book.

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FEBRUARY'S ISSUE OF IFR MAGAZINE IS CHOCK FULL OF USEFUL INFORMATION such as: Develop your sixth sense for problems with rental aircraft; Behind the NSWNWS scene to see how TAFs are created; Snappy comebacks to ATC; plus questionable personal advice and political insensitivity from editor, Paul Berge; the Briefing page; and truly dumb things pilots and controllers say On The Air as reported by IFR readers. All IFR pilots should subscribe online.

AVEMCO.COM HAS VALUE-ADDED BENEFITS EXCLUSIVE TO AVEMCO POLICYHOLDERS
Avemco, through their Web site, is now able to directly update policyholders' personal information and pilot and aircraft records, and give current market valuations on aircraft and policy status online. This is the first in a series of planned enhancements to Avemco's Web site. If you are not a current policyholder, go to Avemco's site to request a no-obligation quote for aircraft owner and non-owner alike.

PLANE & PILOT'S JANUARY ISSUE HAS GREAT EDITORIAL INCLUDING A FEATURE ON "The 10 Cheapest Airplanes You Can Buy,", "Aviation's Urban Legends,", "The Truth About Straight-And-Level Flight" and "10 Preflight Tips." Plane & Pilot reports on the first certified piston-engine pressurized single-engine aircraft, the Mooney Mustang, and the Air Safety Foundation's sweepstakes Socata Trinidad TB-20. In addition, learn about adventure-filled Florida wildlife flying. Subscribe and register now for the SWEEPSTAKES to win a complete Bendix/King avionics package including a KMD550, KLN94, KMA28, KX155 and KT76C.

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