Another View of CANPA (Or, How I Learned to Appreciate the Stabilized Descent) »

GUEST COMMENTARY. In his Pelican's Perch columns #24 and #25, AVweb's John Deakin took the position that constant-angle non-precision approaches (CANPAs) may not be appropriate for use by other than glass-cockpit aircraft with sophisticated VNAV automation. Captain Erik Reed-Mohn of Scandanavian Airlines System (SAS) differs with that view, based on both his airline's experience flying such approaches in a wide range of transport jets from older round-dial DC-9s to the latest-generation glass-cockpit Boeings, as well as his participation in studies and working groups of the Flight Safety Foundation. The author illustrates his commentary with a number of actual approach procedures flown by SAS. More

Poetic Justice: The Results of AVweb's Poetry Contest »

Back in November 1999, two press releases from the Department of Transportation caught our eye. One trumpeted Transportation Secretary Rodney Slater's announcement of a final rule revising inspection and maintenance standards for steam locomotives that's right, steam locomotives. The other invited "boys and girls in grades 1-8, to craft poems about transportation in hope that their writings will inspire them to get ready for jobs in transportation." AVweb was intrigued by the Secretary's efforts to use poetry to help get today's youth involved in the transportation systems of tomorrow and asked AVweb readers to submit their best efforts at poetry supporting Secretary Slater's efforts. At long last hey, we've been busy, too AVweb presents the results from that contest. More

Why the Millennium Bug Won't Bite »

EDITORIAL. Egged on by a media frenzy of gloom-and-doom coverage of the so-called "millennium bug," well-respected economists are forecasting a global financial meltdown, untold numbers of people are stockpiling cash, food and ammunition, and opportunistic businessmen are making small fortunes by pandering to public panic about Y2K. To which AVweb's Editor-In-Chief Mike Busch says "get real!" and offers some solid reasons why January 1, 2000 is unlikely to be much different from any other New Year's Day. More

Flying vs. Transportation »

GUEST COMMENTARY. AVweb's Joe Godfrey, who lives in Southern California, flew to Oshkosh via piston-powered lightplane but returned home via turbojet-powered heavy iron. The return trip on the airlines took three hours longer, was immeasurably more frustrating and less pleasurable, and prompted Joe to pen this brief commentary on the difference between GA flying and airline transportation. More

Terminal Event: A Novel by James Stewart Thayer »

BOOK REVIEW. This new air crash novel by thriller writer James Thayer is loosely based on the TWA 800 disaster. It depicts the story of a complex air crash investigation as seen through the eyes of a former NTSB investigator whose wife was a victim of the crash. According to AVweb's Phil Kolczynski an attorney who has been involved in many crash cases at the FAA, DOT, and in private practice Thayer's latest page-turner is the best of its genre in recent memory, offering unparalleled technical accuracy, believable characters, a tight plot with plenty of action, and a surprise ending. More

It's Time to Reform U.S. Customs »

EDITORIAL. When a lightning strike took out the approach control radar at Miami International last week, ATC and airport employees scrambled to get the airport functioning again. At the same time, the U.S. Customs "Service" sat on its proverbial butt and kept arriving international passengers prisoners in sweltering airline cabins for as long as three and a half hours. AVweb publisher Carl Marbach thinks it's high time that Congress gave the U.S. Customs Service the same sort of marching orders it recently gave the IRS and is prepared to give airlines through the proposed Airline Passenger Bill of Rights. More

Firsthand Look: TCM Crankshaft Inspections »

SPECIAL REPORT. For the past month and a half, AVweb editor-in-chief Mike Busch has been living and breathing the ongoing saga of the crankshaft problems in big-bore Continental engines. He's been in nearly continuous contact with the TCM factory, talked to dozens of owners and FBOs (some furious, others happy), and watched over the shoulders of TCM inspectors when they came to his home airport to perform the ultrasonic testing mandated by Critical Service Bulletin 99-3. Here is Mike's firsthand report on the TCM crankshaft situation past, present and future. More

The FAA Throws AMEs a Curve »

EDITORIAL: The Spring 1999 issue of the "Federal Air Surgeon's Medical Bulletin" came as a shock to the nation's Aviation Medical Examiners. It announced a new plan whereby AMEs would be required to transmit FAA Form 8500-8 medical applications to Oklahoma City via the Internet, starting October 1, 1999. That was expected. What was completely unexpected and unwelcome was a requirement that this data be entered online, transmitted to OKC, and validated by a new FAA computer system before the AME may issue a new medical certificate to the airman applicant. AVweb's Brent Blue explains why this new scheme will probably mean delays and higher exam fees for pilots. More

1998 Year-End Wrap-Up »

SPECIAL REPORT. 1998 has come and gone, leaving in its wake many notable events and developments in the world of aviation. The news stories just kept on coming good and bad, joyous and sad, funny and tragic and AVweb kept you abreast of it all. The AVweb news team has assembled this brief glance back over our shoulders, offering our pick of the top ten aviation news stories of the past year, plus some very special year-end awards and a remembrance of the passing of a few friends. More

NASA Administrator Dan Goldin's Address »

Read NASA's official transcript of Goldin's October 24 address to the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA). A special supplement to AVweb's overview article . More