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Volume 19, Number 14c
April 5, 2013
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Risk Managmentback to top 


The airplane may not know it's dark, but the pilot does, and the accident record shows it. AVweb's Thomas P. Turner helps reduce the risk of night flight.

Already the northern hemisphere daylight hours are becoming noticeably shorter. Restricting flight to daylight hours significantly reduces the utility of airplanes as summer wanes and the cooler, darker months return. What can we do to fly safely at night?

Click here to read the full article.


What He Didn't Know About His Life
Insurance Cost His Family $500,000

Pilots should take special care when comparing life insurance. Pilot Insurance Center specializes in providing pilots with insurance planning. Get the right coverage. Call PIC at (800) 380-8376 or visit
From the Pages of Aviation Consumer Magazineback to top 


The good news is that you probably won't need cylinders, but you'll always get a new crank. Buying a factory-new exchange is sometimes a practical choice.

When Diamond introduced the two-seat Katana to North America in 1995, it might as well have been powered by alien technology. The 81-HP Rotax 912F3 was about as familiar to aircraft mechanics as brain surgery is to a plumber.

But all that has changed. Rotax has made serious market inroads and with the advent of light sport aircraft, it has become more familiar to maintenance shops and an overhaul infrastructure has sprouted.

In North America, there are two sources for full overhauls. Rotech Research in British Columbia owns the North American territory and in Sebring, Florida, Lockwood Aviation Supply is a Rotech dealer for overhauls. Both serve the U.S. market. There are other U.S. service centers, but none have the capability of splitting cases, although they can do heavy repairs up to building up a short block. For this report, we visited Lockwood and spoke to Rotech.

Click here to read the full article.


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AVweb Audio — Are You Listening?back to top 

After analyzing their data on general aviation accidents, the NTSB recently published five Safety Alerts that aim to address the most common causes. AVweb's Mary Grady talks with Cathy Gagne, the leader of project, to learn more about the safety board's efforts to improve the GA safety record. More...

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Names Behind the Newsback to top 


AVwebFlash is a twice-weekly summary of the latest news, articles, products, features, and events featured on AVweb, the world's premier independent aviation news resource.

The AVwebFlash team is:

Tom Bliss

Editorial Director, Aviation Publications
Paul Bertorelli

Russ Niles

Scott Simmons

Contributing Editors
Mary Grady
Glenn Pew

Kevin Lane-Cummings

Ad Coordinator
Karen Lund

Avionics Editor
Larry Anglisano

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