This issue of AVweb's AVflash is brought to you by …

LIGHTSPEED 20XL HEADSETS GET A MAKEOVER! The 20XL is back, and better than ever! The 20XL/2 brings back the popular model with a new, even smaller, battery box and the Aux Audio 3G input, at a new LOWER price of just $395. Get MORE LightSPEED for LESS at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/litspeed

The Top Headlines From AVweb's Expanded, Illustrated News Coverage At AVweb's NewsWire.

DALEY GETS SUPPORT ON THE GA THREAT...
After weathering a media storm for three weeks over his X-marks-the-spot destruction of Meigs Field, Chicago Mayor Richard Daley has found a few words of support. Editorial writers at the Boston Globe gave Daley their Op/Ed attaboy on Friday, suggesting his actions, in a more restrained fashion, make a good public policy blueprint. "The Department of Homeland security and the [Transportation Security Administration] should take a page from Mayor Daley and, without using bulldozers, explore ways to reduce the threat to this country's population centers and national monuments posed by small private aircraft," the Globe opined. Well, you can imagine what EAA thought of that. More...

...AS TSA DROPS (SOME) RESTRICTIONS
Just as the Globe's opinions were being formulated for the next day's edition, the people whose job it is to actually gauge security risks were concluding that those risks had abated considerably. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced Thursday that it was eliminating many of the flight restrictions imposed when the terrorism threat level was at orange, or high. That level dropped to yellow on Wednesday and the TSA cancelled the New York ADIZ, Chicago TFR and the gateway airport and screening requirements for the Maryland-3 airports within the Washington SFAR. Sporting event overflight waivers (except banner towers) were also reinstated. The Washington ADIZ and the Disney TFRs remain but there's a hint they may be eliminated or relaxed in coming days, something AOPA is fighting for. More...

LOWER RATES ON TERM LIFE INSURANCE FROM PILOT INSURANCE CENTER A 45-year-old male current Instrument-Rated pilot can now obtain a $500,000 Twenty Year Guaranteed Level Term Life Policy for only $746.00 per year through Pilot Insurance Center (PIC). PIC specializes in providing pilots, from student to ATP, with premium rates that are not available through other agents. Take advantage of the best life insurance program available to pilots through the Pilot Insurance Center. A+ rated carriers. No Aviation Exclusions. Quick and Easy Application Process. For a personalized quote, call PIC today at 1-800-380-8376 or go online at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/piclife

TEXTRON COST-CUTTING RUNS DEEP...
September 11 and the poor economy can only take part of the blame for Textron's problems, according the company chairman. A year before the terrorist attacks, Lewis Campbell embarked on a reorganization of the company, which owns Cessna, Lycoming and a variety of other manufacturing interests. Layoffs and plant closures were inevitable to trim a corporation that was bloated with duplication and startling inefficiencies. "Ashamed to say we had 87 data centers around the country," Campbell told Reuters. There were also 156 employee medical plans. Within a few years, the data centers will be consolidated into a handful and there are now just two available medical plans. Campbell said Cessna is now the corporation's example of the new way of doing things at the plant level.More...

...BUT SALES GO ON, NEW PLANES FLY
Being a PR person for Cessna can't be the easiest job in times like these but they have dug up some positive things in recent weeks. For instance, the Civil Air Patrol ordered 15 Skylanes last week to use in its increasing emphasis on homeland security missions. The high-winged 182s are pitched as good for that type of surveillance work. Universities are also modernizing their fleets and Cessna sold seven 172Rs to Southern Illinois University Carbondale last week. The university traded in seven, 18-year-old 152s on the new Skyhawks, which host some of the latest flight and navigation technology that students need to learn. As for the future, Textron is convinced Cessna is poised for recovery, particularly in the business jet market. More...

GARMIN'S 196 GPS IS THE MOST UTILITY AMONG AVIATION HANDHELDS! WAAS-capable, the Garmin 196 has advanced mapping and logbook capabilities offering more utility as a cross-platform navigator than any aviation portable on the market. On land the GPSMAP 196 can navigate along roads or waterways. For details on this and all the other Garmin GPS models, go online at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/garmin

COURT ORDERS DALEY TO REVEAL ALL
Cook County Circuit Court Judge William Maki has ruled the City of Chicago and its Park District must turn over all relevant documents and answer written questions about the March 31 late-night destruction of the runway at Meigs Field. The city and park department have asked the court for a "stay of discovery" in their attempt to overturn a temporary restraining order that prohibits further destruction of the facility, but Judge Maki turned them down. The restraining order is in effect until a May 16 hearing on a permanent end to the destruction. After that, Daley and other high-ranking city officials may have to file depositions in response to questions from the plaintiffs. More...

BRANSON WANTS VIRGIN CONCORDES
On the off chance that the flamboyant owner can turn a profit in the supersonic market, British Airways (BA) is saying "No, thank you" to Virgin Atlantic Airways owner Richard Branson's offer to take seven Concordes off its hands. BA announced last week it was retiring the Concordes by October due to falling revenue and increasing expenses and planned to turn the aircraft over to any museum that wanted one. That riled Branson's patriotic sensibilities and aroused his entrepreneurial spirit. Branson said the aircraft were developed with a healthy infusion of taxpayers' pounds (and francs) and if need be, he would appeal to the government to decide their fate.More...

SPACE, RUTAN'S NEXT FRONTIER
XPrize, here we come. While other people talk about commercial manned space flight, Burt Rutan is one of few doing something about it. The owner of Scaled Composites LLC unveiled his company's hardware -- a suborbital spacecraft (click here for larger image) that consists of an airborne launcher (a.k.a. the White Knight) and the space ship, SpaceShipOne. The vehicles have been under development for two years at Scaled's Mojave, Calif., facility. The company's Web site says the craft will be used to determine the feasibility of commercial manned space flight. Meanwhile, another California company is burning rubber in its bid to supply the power for SpaceShipOne. More...

AVIONICS WEST HAS THE BEST PRICES ON GPS UNITS AND TRAINING! With Avionics West's discount price and Garmin's factory rebate, it's never been a better time to purchase a Garmin portable GPS. Need a flight computer? The CX-2 Pathfinder is a great choice. The PDC-100 displays altitude, density altitude and computes takeoff roll. Read Avionic West's PDC-100 "Product Review" on the Web site. Plus, Avionics West has the best prices on all Avcomm flight and headset bags. TRAINING CLASS: Hands-on Garmin 400/500 series training class April 26-27. Learn all the features on your Garmin GPS unit, or find out if this Garmin is right for your flying needs. For too-low-to-advertise prices, send an email to pricing@avionicswest.com or call 1-805-934-9777 and mention this AVflash. Check out Avionics West's user-friendly shopping cart and helpful information at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/avionics

PILOTS PACKIN' THIS WEEK
There could be an armed pilot locked behind a reinforced cockpit door at the controls of your next airline flight. The TSA said last week the first class of 48 "federal flight deck officers" were to have completed their weeklong training program on Saturday. Those pilots would then be authorized to carry a .40-caliber semiautomatic pistol into the cockpit to defend against would-be hijackers, terrorists and other pernicious ne'er-do-wells. During the week, the pilots learned how to use the gun and also studied defensive tactics to foil anyone intent on taking over the plane. Graduates will need annual recertification of those skills. More...

COMPUTERS PLOT PILOT FATIGUE
It's hard to imagine anyone falling asleep at the controls while flying water bombers but Australia's Civil Aviation Safety Authority has come up with a computer program to help firefighting pilots avoid fatigue. The "fatigue management systems" are designed to optimize flight time while ensuring the pilots get enough rest. Pilot fatigue has been identified as one of the most serious risks in fire operations and a chronic hot topic between line pilots and their managers. More...

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE AVEMCO SAFETY REWARDS PROGRAM Avemco, the only direct writer of personal and business general aviation aircraft insurance in the U.S., is offering up to 10% savings on your insurance premiums. And, in the process you will become a safer pilot! For more information go to Avemco's Web site and click on the "Rewards Program" button at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/avemco

AMERICAN WORKERS TIGHTEN BELTS ... ON MANAGEMENT
American Airlines workers nearly got all the pain and the company's top managers got the gain after unions agreed to massive concessions in a bid to keep the airline out of bankruptcy. Union leaders said it's unlikely their members would have voted in favor of salary and benefit cuts of $1.8 billion had they known that fat bonuses and pensions were intended for the company's top executives. "We are appalled and just disgusted," John Ward, president of the flight attendants' union, told the Associated Press. "It's the equivalent of an obscene gesture from management." The revelation caused such upheaval that American Friday dropped the bonus plan. More...

EAA FLIES REALITY TV SHOW
Well, it seems like everyone has a reality show these days and EAA is next up. Starting April 28, the trials, tribulations, challenge and honor that comes with earning a private pilot certificate will be a weekly feature on the Discovery Wings Channel. The 13-week series Learning to Fly will follow Kyle, an actual student and her instructor through the process that pilots all remember but can often find so difficult to describe to the uninitiated. More...

ON THE FLY...
EAA announced 13 more states confirmed for Countdown to Kitty Hawk...Civil Air Patrol won aerospace education award...F-86 confirmed for Tullahoma show...Grand Aire back flying after two crashes.

YOUR AIRLINE CAREER STARTS AT PAN AM INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT ACADEMY Choose a training center: that is known worldwide as the leader in aviation training; that has trained pilots for over 200 airlines; that has a curriculum that was developed by the airlines; that has the industry's largest fleet of all New Piper Aircraft; where the only goal is to get you hired at the airlines, sooner than possible anywhere else; that will deliver what they promise. All this is Pan Am International Flight Academy. Go online for more information at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/panam

SHORT FINAL...
A friend of mine was cruising along in his turbo arrow at 18,000 feet one day when a 737 was called out to him at his 1 o'clock and 15 miles passing to his left. The 737 crew was similarly advised. When they passed, the 737 Capt remarked "What are you doing up here?" My friend replied, "About a 178 knots."

MOUNTAINSCOPE FROM PCAVIONICS IS A SAFETY ESSENTIAL With 17% of general aviation fatalities caused by controlled flight into terrain (CFIT), MountainScope is essential to display situational awareness of your surroundings in plain and 3-D views with pictorial warnings of dangerous obstacles or terrain. Terrain elevation points at 90-meter intervals provide the basis of the topo and 3-D map displays. Overlaid onto the terrain are familiar aviation charting symbols to provide guidance to the closest airports, and navaids in case of emergency or disorientation. Flight Planning and Track Logging are additional features. For a demonstration and more details go to http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/pcav

_____________________________
AVweb's AVscoop Award...

Congratulations and an AVweb hat go out to Jeff Chandler, 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.

_______________________________________
New Articles and Features on AVweb

_______
COLUMNS
The Pilot's Lounge #60: Daley, Meigs And The Tyranny Of Small Minds
Like others in The Pilot's Lounge, AVweb's Rick Durden was stunned by the violent, dictatorial act that took place on the western shore of Lake Michigan. This month, Rick bemoans the triumph of fear and manipulation, and presents a call to action.

___________________
MAINTENANCE MATTERS
Mag Timing is Easy as One, Two, Three
There are several easy ways to time a magneto, as well as specific how-to data. The staff of Light Plane Maintenance describes a common and accurate way.

___________________________________________________________________
Reader feedback on AVweb's news coverage and feature articles:
http://www.avweb.com/avmail/

Reader mail this week about protecting airliners from the ground and from the cockpit.

Sponsor News and Special Offers

Remember, we are able to provide FREE access to AVweb+AVflash thanks to our fine sponsors so please try to patronize them whenever you can.

______________
SHOPPING DEALS

SPECIAL OFFER FROM SUMMIT AVIATION: BUY ONE, GET ONE FREE!The Computerized Aviation Reference Library contains hundreds of FAA and related publications on one CD and is fully searchable. Till April 30, buy a single copy, and receive a copy for a friend FREE (or get a free update for yourself) or, buy any one-year subscription and get an additional year FREE (value up to $495!) Order at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/summit

FED UP WITH BIG BILLS FOR ROUTINE MAINTENANCE? Subscribe to Light Plane Maintenance and join thousands of savvy general aviation owners who are saving BIG by doing-it-themselves! Each monthly issue brings you tips and techniques for maintenance procedures you can perform legally and easily. Order now for BIG savings off the regular rates at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/belvoir/lpm

DON'T WAIT TILL THE SUN STARTS TO BAKE YOUR AIRCRAFT'S INTERIOR. Kennon Covers is offering a spring discount of $15 on a full set of quality sun shields. Now is the time to order and save. Offer ends April 30 at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/kennon

GET 4 FREE ISSUES OF IFR MAGAZINE!Subscribe now and get the next 10 issues of IFR for only $24. That’s a rate so low, it’s like getting four issues free. Plus, with your subscription, you’ll also receive IFR’s annual Operations Handbook as a bonus gift. If you fly the gauges, don’t miss this money-saving opportunity to add IFR to your ground support team today! Subscribe at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/belvoir/ifrmag

FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER, PURCHASE THE ACCLAIMED AVIATION CONSUMER'S Used Aircraft Guide, 9th Edition, at a 25% discount. This is a limited time offer because the suits will certainly find out soon! Order now at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/avconsumer/acuag

______________
SPONSOR NEWS

USED AIRCRAFT PRICES TAKE A TUMBLE; AIR DATA COMPUTERS; UPSAT'S New Color MapComm; Flight Planner Shootout; An AVCON Cylinder Test; Helluva Landing Light: LoPresti's Boom Beam; and Used Aircraft Guide: Piper's PA-28 Warrior are all included in the May issue of Aviation Consumer. Don't miss an issue! Order your subscription today at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/belvoir/avcons

AEROX OXYGEN SYSTEMS ADD TO YOUR FLYING COMFORT, SAFETY AND PLEASURE Use Aerox Oxygen Systems at altitudes above 8000 feet during the day and 5000 feet at night so pilots and passengers avoid hypoxia and arrive at their destinations without being tired and headachy. Aerox Oxygen Systems last up to eight times longer than other systems. Having an oxygen system onboard is simple and cost-effective. Order the right system for your flying needs at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/aerox

"THE SAFEST WAY TO CATCH A KILLER" ISN'T JUST CO GUARDIAN'S MOTTO. It refers to deadly carbon monoxide that could be present in any aircraft. CO Guardian has models from portable units to panel-mount units with solid-state sensors and temperature sensors, EMI-shielded to prevent radio interference, and built in the USA. CO Guardian's FAA-certified 452 has a built-in pressure sensor, remote light outputs and has been tested to operate between -20 C and +70 C and at 25,000 feet. To see the CO Guardian models go online at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/cog

DON'T BE GROUNDED ONCE YOU FLY INTO AN AIRPORT, USE YOUR HANDYBIKE! Trans-Plata's folding 17-pound HANDYBike can free you from expensive rental cars and cabs. This German-engineered, all-aluminum, racing-inspired bike folds so small that one for each passenger can be carried in a Cessna 172. For details and ordering information on the HANDYBike, and other TransPlata products, go online to http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/trans-plata

MOTHER'S DAY AND YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT TO GET HER! STOP WORRYING Use AVweb's Shopping Directory to find everything from avionics to microlights to watches and jewelry, all at http://www.avweb.com/shopping/directory.html

_____________________________________
We Welcome Your Feedback!

AVflash is a twice-weekly summary of the latest aviation news, articles, products, features and events featured on AVweb, the Internet's Aviation Magazine and News Service. http://www.avweb.com

Letters to the editor intended for publication in AVmail should be sent to mailto:editor@avweb.com.com. Have a comment or question? Send it to mailto:newsteam@avweb.com.

Today's issue written by News Writer Russ Niles:
http://www.avweb.com/contact/authors.html#rniles
AVweb's editorial team: http://avweb.com/contact/authors.html.

Have a product or service to advertise on AVweb? A question on marketing? Send it to AVweb's sales team: mailto:sales@avweb.com.

Let's all be careful out there, okay?

AVflash is now available in optional easier-to-read graphic format, which includes some photos and illustrations. If you prefer, you can continue to receive AVflash in text-only format. Simply follow these instructions and AVflash will continue to arrive as it always has, in text format.


Want to subscribe or unsubscribe? Review/update your AVweb Account? Forgot your password? No problem! Simply go to our friendly Member Services menu.


Copyright (C) 2003, Aviation Publishing Group. All rights reserved.

Sign Up FREE  |  Advertise  |  HELP!  |  Contact Us

--BoUnDaRyCavflashM82D042103T1ZZ--