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AIRLINES' RETIREES PAY PRICE FOR BANKRUPTCIES
It's business as usual at Delta and Northwest Airlines despite their dramatic back-to-back bankruptcy filings on Wednesday and most employees and passengers would notice little, if any, difference in either operation. But for retired employees or the soon-to-be retired, it's a different story. One of the principal benefits of bankruptcy protection is the opportunity to ask a bankruptcy judge to allow the airline to walk away from the company pension plan. United did it earlier this year and some retirees saw their retirement incomes chopped in half or more in the blink of an eye. In fact, according to Air Transport World, the Northwest CEO admitted the airline filed for Chapter 11 protection on Sept. 14 to avoid making a $65 million pension fund payment on Sept. 15. Now the U.S. Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. (PBGC), which will likely be saddled with the under-funded pensions -- it got United's -- is crying foul, saying bankruptcy doesn't entitle the airlines to simply stop paying. More...

...IMPACT WILL VARY...
According to the PBGC, Delta's employees will fare better than Northwest's, should those airlines obtain similar court permission to dump their pension plans. Delta's pension plan is under-funded by $10.6 billion and the PBGC would have to cover $8.4 billion of that, meaning Delta retirees would face a 20-percent cut in their checks if it were applied as a uniform cut across the board. Northwest's plan is $5.9 billion in the hole but only $2.8 billion will be picked up by PBGC, meaning the retired employees will absorb more than half the loss. The rules governing PBGC payments are particularly hard on pilots. Those who've already been there say it's not what they expected (or planned for) out of retirement. More...

...AS LENDERS LINE UP...
So, as Delta and Northwest get ready to walk away from their pension responsibilities and leave creditors in the lurch you'd think it would be difficult for them to borrow money. Not so. The country's most powerful financiers are lining up to hand over billions to the airlines to fund their emergence from bankruptcy. That's because they can cut a special deal that guarantees they're first in line to see their money return, stepping in front of others further down the queue who stand to lose more if the deal goes sour. "The reality is the lenders usually come out OK," Samuel Engel, a vice president with aviation consultant Simat Helliesen and Eichner, told the Chicago Tribune. More...

...EYEING FUEL, SOUTHWEST REQUESTS NEW PLANE
Whenever something bad happens to the heritage carriers, Southwest is usually held up as the example of how to run an airline. True, Southwest is doing well but even the leader of low budget sees some turbulence ahead. That's why CEO Gary Kelly was in Seattle last week telling Boeing executives he needs a new plane. Not another 737 (he already has 425 of them) -- a whole new air-travel-for-the-masses aircraft that borrows technology from the 787 Dreamliner to make it more efficient. "We are now facing energy prices that no airline can make money at, at least with today's [ticket prices] so we're anxious to partner with Boeing to find a successor aircraft," Kelly told The Seattle Times. Southwest is riding out the fuel price spike better than most thanks to some advance planning that will keep its costs lower than other airlines for the next five years. More...

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RENO AIR RACES...
The long-awaited debut of Nemesis NXT in the Sport Class at the Reno National Championship Air Races ended with pilot Jon Sharp "maydaying out" on the first lap of the Gold final on Sunday. Darryl Greenamyer, in a 600 h.p. Lancair Legacy came first with a speed of 364.9 mph followed by John Parker in the 700 h.p. Thunder Mustang at 356.7 mph. An indication that the Nemesis team might be on to something was Kevin Eldridge's third place finish in a Nemesis NXT he calls Relentless. With a stock Lycoming TIO-540 putting out 350 h.p. at 343.1 mph. A vibration problem thought to be from an outer gear door that has plagued the cutting edge kit racer prompted Sharp's decision to bow out of Sunday's final. More...

...PENNEY WINS UNLIMITED AND JET CLASSES
And while the Sport class is heralded as the next big thing in air racing, the sleek, composite kit planes still have a lot of work ahead of them to overcome the sheer muscle of the Unlimiteds. The hugely modified -- 4,000 hp -- Grumman Bearcat Rare Bear, with John Penney in the cockpit, took the Gold final on Sunday with a speed of 466.3 mph, more than 100 mph faster than Greenamyer's (600 hp) Sport class time. Two Sea Furies rounded out the top three with Brian Saunders guiding Dreadnought to a 448.8 mph second place and Stewart Dawson's Spirit of Texas in third at 430.4 mph. More...

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PILOTS BATTLE COMPUTER FOR CONTROL OF 777
Stanley Kubrick couldn't have scripted anything more eerie than the real-life odyssey of a Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777 that seemed hell-bent on crashing itself on a trip from Perth to Kuala Lumpur last Aug. 1. According to The Australian newspaper, the Malaysian flight crew had to literally battle for control of the aircraft after something went wonky with the computerized controls. The plane was about an hour into the flight when it suddenly climbed 3,000 feet and almost stalled. The Australian Transport Safety Bureau report said the pilot was able to disconnect the autopilot and lower the nose to prevent the stall but the autothrottles refused to disengage and when the nose pitched down they increased power. More...

FLIGHTSAFETY TO TRAIN MUSTANG OWNERS
Cessna's long-time training partner FlightSafety International will provide initial type training for customers of the new Mustang "personal" jet. FlightSafety will operate simulator and classroom sessions at training centers in Wichita and Farnborough, England. Cessna spokesman Roger Whyte said the large number of European customers made the English center necessary. Each school will have a motion-based Level D sim and avionics flight training devices. After earning their type rating, Mustang pilots will spend some time in the aircraft with FlightSafety instructors as part of a new "mentoring" program specifically for the little jet's new owners. Meanwhile, Eclipse Aviation has announced its very light jet (VLJ) has passed FAA airframe static testing. More...

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NOT HELPING THE CAUSE OF GENERAL AVIATION
A former flight instructor who allegedly thought that threatening to crash a Piper Cherokee into New Zealand's tallest building was the way to win back his estranged wife's heart is in hospital in Auckland, N.Z., after a two-hour drama that ended Saturday with the Cherokee crashing in the water 150 feet from a downtown beach. The man is being accused of stealing the Cherokee from the Massey University School of Aviation at Auckland's Ardmore Airport and telling air traffic controllers he planned to crash it into the Sky Tower, a 1,000-foot building in downtown Auckland. He reportedly told police his wife had left him and he wanted her back. No one else was hurt in the incident but the aircraft's low-level pass over the beach made an impression on 17-year-old Tortia Wilson and her friends. "We just wet ourselves," she told TV New Zealand. More...

COUNTY REIMBURSED FOR FUEL CORRUPTION COSTS
Dade County will receive $2.5 million in damages and restitution to help cover the costs of fuel thefts, inflated contractor bills and various other forms of corruption that occurred at the Miami International Airport's (MIA) fuel farm. Up to 30,000 gallon of jet fuel per month were stolen and sold on the black market while the farm was run by ASIG Miami, a subsidiary of Airport Services International Group. According to the Miami Herald, ASIG's fuel farm supervisor took part in some of the scams and is now a cooperating witness for the prosecution. Eighteen people have been arrested and five companies are facing criminal charges. More...

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FLIGHT SIMULATOR CLUB FORMED
To his colleagues, he's Frank Ferrante, photocopier repairman. But on weekends, he's Trapdoor, the flight leader of a flight of five F-14s from the famed VF-103 Jolly Rogers squadron, yankin' and bankin' over the desert expanses of Nellis Air Force Base. Or, at least what Nellis looks like on the screens inside a nondescript industrial building in Irvine, Calif. Ferrante and his friends are members of a flight simulator club, getting their tech fix on hardware worthy of an Air Force training center at Flightline Flight Simulation Center. For about $40 an hour, devotees can spend an hour in a simulated cockpit that features flight controls made from the same molds as are used in production of real F-15s. More...

KATRINA AND GENERAL AVIATION'S ONGOING CONTRIBUTION
While Katrina is now a middle item, at best, on the evening news, there is still much work to be done in the Gulf Coast area and GA continues to do its share. While most of the GA activity involves short hops into the affected areas with supplies and back out with refugees, pilots have been contributing some long-haul services, too. At least two pilots from Colorado Springs flew to Mississippi to pick up relatives of local residents trapped by the storm. "I just cried. I couldn't believe it. He did this out of the goodness of his heart," said Kimberly Akerlund after pilot Alan von Ahlefeldt delivered her relatives from Crystal Springs, Miss., to Meadow Lake Airport near Colorado Springs. But then, the selflessness of GA pilots has become a common theme in the crisis and no one has been following it more closely than AVweb. Click through for our comprehensive review. More...

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ON THE FLY...
A UAV flew into Hurricane Ophelia last week for data...
FAA has released an AD for Lycoming Crankshafts...
South African airline may face environmental sanctions for fuel dump. More...

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Drop us a line. Heard something that 130,000 pilots might want to know about? If it caught your eye, it will probably interest someone else, too. Submit news tips via email to newstips@avweb.com. You're a part of our team ... often, the best part. More...

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NEW ARTICLES AND FEATURES ON AVWEB
NEWS FEATURES
Katrina: The GA Response
When Hurricane Katrina left the Gulf Coast devastated, general-aviation aircraft and pilots were there to help. AVweb reports on what has been done so far and what else we can do.

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WHAT'S NEW
What's New For September
This month AVweb's survey of the latest products and services for pilots, mechanics and aircraft owners brings you a pulse oximeter, an aircraft security lock, a drill-powered aircraft tug and much more.

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READER FEEDBACK ON AVWEB'S NEWS COVERAGE AND FEATURE ARTICLES:
AVmail: September 19, 2005
Reader mail this week about user fuel prices, user fees, huricane relief and much more.

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GAMIJECTORS CAN CUT AIRCRAFT FUEL BILLS BY 20 PERCENT!!
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SHORT FINAL...
The dangers of the double negative...

ATC: Did you get your numbers?

Airline: [Somewhat garbled] Negative.

ATC: Was it "Negative?"

Airline: [Again, rather garbled] Affirmative.

ATC: So ... "negative," or "affirmative?"

Airline: "Affirmative" for "negative..." [the other guy in the cockpit can be heard chuckling in the background] More...

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