AVflash Vol. 9, Issue 11a Monday, March 10, 2003

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The Top Headlines From AVweb's Expanded, Illustrated News Coverage At http://www.avweb.com/newswire/9_11a/complete/183248-1.html.

JEPPESEN'S MAP PROBLEM...
Well, so much for the paperless cockpit. The FAA has issued a NOTAM warning pilots using Jeppesen NavData flight-planning information to use paper charts until the company sorts out a glitch in its database that might misrepresent the boundaries of several types of special-use and controlled airspace. "This affects a small number of NavData users," said Jeppesen spokesman Mike Pound. Pound said the company has traced 350 boundary "irregularities" in the database out of more than 20,000 listed. Pound said the false boundaries can show up on data supplied directly to owners of moving-map GPS units. More...

...SOLUTION AT LEAST A MONTH AWAY
Pound said the company is working flat-out to get all the errors fixed but they won't be ready for the March publication of the monthly updates Jeppesen sends its database customers. He said the earliest the problem can be fixed is by the April 17 release of the database. "It is very important that our customers and our partners know we are aggressively working to resolve the situation," Pound said in a company news release. In the meantime, the company has prepared a comprehensive list of the mistakes and posted it as a PDF file on its Web site. Several large U.S. and Canadian airports are mentioned, including the Class B boundary at O'Hare. More...

LARGE TRAINING SCHOOL FOLDS...
Students at a well-known flying school in Florida are plotting their next move after the establishment suddenly ceased operations last month. According to students, Airline Training Academy staff were assembled the evening of Feb. 27 and told the school was closing. Feb. 28 found some portion of 150 active students and about the same number of inactive students asking grim-faced instructors why they were packing their desks -- and where their money is. Student Steve McCabe told AVweb he's owed at least $15,000 worth of prepaid training. The students have launched legal action and a creatively named Web site to keep each other apprised of developments. More...

...STUDENTS LEFT HANGING
In addition to his $15,000 still held by the school, McCabe said he's looking at some $5,000 more to complete the multi-IFR rating he was working on. Still, McCabe says his isn't the worst tale and that he met three young people from California who arrived at the school Friday -- each had arranged bank loans of more than $50,000 to attend. A civil suit, representing 100 students, alleges, among other things, that ATA kept taking new students until it closed and the owners bought expensive cars "and otherwise engaged in a lifestyle that would belie any financial distress or difficulty." More...

AIRPORT WATCH GETS SPLASHY SEND-OFF
Announced last December, AOPA's Airport Watch program and video was formally launched and presented to the general media last week amid accolades from high-ranking politicians and Transportation Security Administration head Adm. James Loy. "Airport Watch makes a significant contribution on the security awareness front," Loy told the news conference held by AOPA. The program reminds us to keep our collective 1,400,000 eyes (700,000 pilots and airport workers) alert to suspicious activity, which then can be reported to the TSA's toll-free security hotline: 1-866-GA-SECURE. The program takes its lead from the ubiquitous Neighborhood Watch program. More...

MEDICAL A MUST FOR RECREATIONAL PILOTS
FAA medicals will continue to be a requirement for recreational pilot certificate holders for the time being. The FAA has turned down requests by both EAA and AOPA to scrap the requirement long enough to see if it's really needed. Both groups proposed gathering detailed data on pilot performance and accidents over a five-year period to see whether the medical requirement enhances safety in recreational aviation. In a letter to EAA, Louis Cusimano of the FAA said the agency is going to use data from the pending Sport Pilot classification, which will use a valid driver's license as proof of medical acceptance, as its database. More...

WASHINGTON FLIGHT RULES EASED
As AVweb reported last week, the reduction in security alert status from orange to yellow is making life a little easier for GA in the Washington, D.C., area. The air defense identification zone (ADIZ) remains in effect within a 30-mile radius of the capital. But a week of negotiations between the FAA and various security agencies has resulted in a new amended NOTAM containing some practical relaxations of the rules within the ADIZ. Also the FAA has restored post-9/11-normal operations to the so-called DC-3 airports. More...

EUROPEAN CHAMP BUYS AMERICAN
While Wall Street frets about the Europeans taking the lead in some aerospace ventures, there's proof positive that some Europeans still respect Yankee know-how. One of Europe's best aerobatic pilots, 2001 European champion Zoltan Veres, of Hungary, will use a custom-built round-engined Culp's Special biplane for the 2003 competition and air show schedule. "It's definitely a crowd pleaser," said Steve Culp, the plane's designer. "There's kind of a nostalgia about it. A lot of people would like to see the older, more graceful aerobatics." More...

MILITARY LIGHTS UP FOR GA
You can't avoid what you can't see and the military has seen the light when it comes to training in total darkness. The FAA has approved a scaled-back and more GA-friendly approach to "lights out" training by military pilots in military operating areas (MOA). The boys in blue (or brown or green) will still be able to play their night games but only if they're under constant radar surveillance. Also, when a non-participating aircraft enters the MOA, the night-goggles get put away and the lights go back on. More...

AD WATCH
Design flaws don't come much more basic than this. The FAA has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that could require inspection and/or replacement of the seat belts in more than a dozen Socata aircraft. Seems the buckles come apart when they're jerked.

As AVweb reported last week, IFR approaches have been cancelled at three Texas airports and it seems the FAA has found a few more that don't meet its standards or have to be amended for any number of reasons. In fact, there were so many, they split it up into two lists. Check to see if your airport might be affected (before a dark and stormy night) by going to list one and list two. More...

CIVILIAN TILTROTOR ROTATES ... ITS NACELLES
The world's first civilian tiltrotor aircraft rose vertically for the first time from Bell Textron's Flight Research Center in Arlington, Texas, on Thursday. The maiden flight of the Bell Agusta 609 lasted 36 minutes and included hovering, turns, forward and backwards flight as well as four takeoffs and landings. Test pilot Roy Hopkins reported the aircraft performed as expected but Bell CEO John Murphey could barely contain himself. "This achievement is as remarkable as when the Bell X-1 first broke the sound barrier 50 years ago," he enthused. AVweb was unable to reach Chuck Yeager for comment, but did find news on the military's troubled V-22 Osprey. More...

ON THE FLY...
Lycoming IO-540 line back up to speed after airline lost parts...
Charles B. Johnson took over Cessna from Russ Meyer...
Bombardier Aerospace announced 3,000 job cuts, none in Wichita...
Doolittle Raiders planning 61st Reunion at Travis AFB...
Feminine side of Amelia Earhart featured in museum exhibit...
Boeing's efficient airliner will come in two sizes...
EAA published AirVenture planning guide.

SHORT FINAL...

More from our "It's all relative file" ...

Approach Control: Cessna 123N, say flight conditions.

Cessna 123N: I'm not sure ... it's so hazy up here it's hard to tell.

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AVweb's AVscoop Award...

Congratulations and an AVweb hat go out to John Tibbs, 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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COLUMNS
As the Beacon Turns #61: Job One
Divert or press on? VFR into IMC? It's one thing to have instructors and safety experts challenge you with hypothetical examples. It's quite another when home is so close and you're weighing probabilities, as AVweb's Michael Maya Charles relates in this month's As the Beacon Turns.

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REVIEWS
Review of "Boyd: The Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of War"
Any fighter pilot worth his flight suit knows the power of "energy management" during a dogfight -- but most don't know it was a rebellious USAF captain who came up with the equations necessary to take dogfighting from instinct to science. A recent biography sheds light on this mysterious man.

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