Video: Audio Authority's Flexible Power Unit By Larry Anglisano
More owners and pilots would probably invest in ground power units for starting and running avionics in the hangar if the things were just more flexible. One that is comes from Audio Authority, which, besides being a GPU, also doubles as a battery tender. In this video, Aviation Consumer's Larry Anglisano gives us the lowdown on this versatile unit.
Video: Yves Rossy's Jetman School (Without the Jets) By Glenn Pew
A video released Feb. 8, 2013, by Jetman Yves Rossy suggests the skydiving innovator may be on the verge of marketing an unpowered version of his strapped-on wing and opening a school to teach people how to fly it. Rossy has piloted another version of the wing with four micro-turbines attached to its underside delivering power. He has flown that version across the English Channel and a section of the Grand Canyon. Rossy describes the unpowered version by saying it can achieve a "glide angle" of 4.5. English is not Rossy's first language and a glide angle of 4.5 would translate to a glide ratio of roughly 13:1 -- substantially better than a Cessna 172. It's possible that Rossy's use of the term instead indicates the wing's glide ratio. Rossy says he's flown his gliding wing in excess of 150 mph, he has demonstrated aerobatics while flying it and believes there is much more potential for his unique brand of flight. Rossy is meticulous in his flight preparations, studying terrain, angles of flight and walking portions of the route when able. It is not yet known if his apparently proposed school will train the same pre-flight planning.
Video: Pardo's Push -- McDonnell F4 Phantom By Glenn Pew
"Pardo's push" of March 10, 1967 was preceded by a similar event. In 1952, fighter ace Robbie Risner pushed fellow flyer Joe Logan 60 miles. The two men were flying F-86 Sabre jets and successfully cleared hostile territory, but Logan bailed out over water, was tangled in his canopy lines, and drowned. Risner was deemed a hero, but by Pardo's account, pilots were not encouraged to partake in similar activities.
Video: Sebring Sport Expo 2013 By Paul Bertorelli AVweb was at opening day of the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo show in Sebring on Thursday and filed this video report.
Video: Levil Technology's New ADS-B/AHRS By Paul Bertorelli
The competition in the iPad remote ADS-B and AHRS market is getting white-hot, and now comes Levil Technology with a new device called the iLevil. AVweb took a took at it at the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo show in Sebring.
Video: Garmin's New GNC255A Navcomm Radio By Larry Anglisano
There's still plenty of demand for traditional navcomm radios. The new Garmin GNC and GTR line of navcomm radios bring smart features and advanced interfacing. Larry Anglisano from Aviation Consumer magazine gives a product tour of the new radio on the test bench at EXXEL Avionics in Connecticut.
Video: Flight Design Delivers the Rotax 912 iS By Paul Bertorelli
After rolling it out last spring, Rotax is now delivering its new fuel-injected, electronic engine, the 912 iS. Flight Design is now delivering a new variant called the CTLSi that features the new engine. The 912 iS builds on the basic 912 S, but in place of carburetors, it has dual-injector port-type common-rail fuel injection and electronic ignition, powered by a pair of alternators. AVweb recently flew a new CTLSi demo aircraft, and in this brief product video, we run through our findings.
Video: Meet Mid-Continent's SAM By Larry Anglisano
As much as we love them, iron gyros are on their way to the scrap heap of history. They're even losing their value as backup instruments to glass panels now that glass itself has become more reliable and affordable enough to replace even analog backup devices. In this new video from AVweb, Aviation Consumer's Larry Anglisano examines a new product from Mid-Continent Instruments and Avonics called the SAM. It fits into a small space on the panel and can be backed up with its own lithium-ion battery. Installation considerations are mimimal, but here's a close look at how the instrument looks and performs.
Video: L-3's Trilogy Backup Gyro By Paul Bertorelli
Glass panels have become standard in new aircraft, and now that more legacy airplanes are retrofitted with these systems, there's a growing market for backup gyros. That market has clearly stated a preference: Backup glass units are making inroads. In this AVweb video, Larry Anglisano of Aviation Consumer and Kirk Fryar of Sarasota Avionics give us a tour of the L-3 Trilogy.
Video: FK's Comet Biplane By Paul Bertorelli
FK Lightplanes has significant presence in Europe but almost none in the U.S. They'd like to change that with a sporty little aerobatic biplane called the FK-12 Comet. Right now, it's got a Rotax 912, but it will soon have a fully aerobatic Lycoming AEIO-233, making it one of only a couple of light sports approved for aerobatics and the only biplane. AVweb recently took a spin in the Comet with Hansen Air Group's Mitch Hansen. Here's a video report.
Video: iPad Mini -- AVweb's Flight Trial By Paul Bertorelli
The iPad, and tablets in general, have gained wide acceptance among pilots. But if you find the iPad a tad too large for the cockpit, the new iPad Mini may address that complaint. It's 2/3 the size of the full iPad but otherwise has the same features and performance as an iPad 2. In this video, AVweb and Aviation Consumer wrung out the Mini for both cockpit and pre-flight use. Other than screen glare, we found it had few warts worth mentioning, and it just might become the perfect cockpit accessory.
Video: Flying the B-17 Flying Fortress By Glenn Pew
The Collings Foundation's Derek "Otter" Ward sometimes serves as co-pilot aboard the organization's WWII B-17 Boeing Flying Fortress bomber Nine-O-Nine. He describes some of the aircraft's ground and flight characteristics.
Video: Piper Matrix Flight Trial By Paul Bertorelli
Piper's Matrix an unpressurized version of its Mirage has proven a popular seller and a stalwart of the company's M-class product line. AVweb's Paul Bertorelli recently took a test flight in the airplane for this video report.
Video: Piper's 75th Birthday Party By Paul Bertorelli
On Saturday, November 10, Piper Aircraft celebrated its 75th anniversary as an aircraft company. AVweb was there and got a look at some terrific vintage aircraft as well as Piper's latest line of M-class airplanes.
Video: Flying Eyes Pilot Sunglasses By Larry Anglisano
Sunglasses are a must-have for pilots, but when you shove the temples under a headset for several hours, the pain isn't far behind. A new product called Flying Eyes solves that problem. In this video by Larry Anglisano and Marc Gunther, AVweb takes a close look at this product.
Video: Mid-Continent Introduces New SAM Backup Gyro By Paul Bertorelli
When glass first appeared a dozen years ago, virtually all of the required backup gyros were of the iron variety vacuum- or electric-powered. Increasingly, manufacturers are turning to glass backups as well, and at NBAA in Orlando this week, Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics announced its new SAM, a two-inch combined attitude gyro and pitot-static instrument.
Video: Cox Electromechanical De-Icing System By Russ Niles
Pneumatic boots are probably the best known way to remove ice from an aircraft in flight. But there's another way: electromechanical pulse de-icing. In this video from NBAA, AVweb reports on the Cox system, which has gained some market traction.
Video: Ikhana's X2 Remanufactured Twin Otter By Paul Bertorelli
No other airplane does what de Havilland's famed Twin Otter does, which is why there are so many of the legacy aircraft still flying. Viking Air recently resumed production of an updated version of the utility twin but and Ikhana Aircraft is remanufacturing the original production aircraft into virtually a new airplane. AVweb checks it out in this video from NBAA.
Video: Tamarack's CitationJet Active Winglets By Paul Bertorelli
Two weeks ago, AVweb reported on Tamarack Aerospace's unique active winglet technology that substantially reduces drag, dramatically increasing climb rate and reducing fuel burn in cruise. At NBAA in Orlando, Florida, AVweb's Paul Bertorelli flew with the system in a CitationJet. Here's his report.
Video: Citation Longitude Program Update By Russ Niles
At NBAA, Cessna showed a reworked mock-up of its new Longitude jet, with a larger walk-in baggage bay. Russ Niles filed this video report from Orlando.
Video: Redbird's Unique Sim-Based Flight Training By Paul Bertorelli
Last week, we covered Redbird's industry training conference and learned more about the company's unique approach to simulator-centric flight training, including primary and instrument. In this new video, Redbird's Roger Sharp tells AVweb what the company has learned in about a year of intensive research and experimentation in their sophisticated sim lab.
Video: Tamarack Aerospace -- Winglets for All By Russ Niles
Winglets improve the aerodynamic efficiency of wings, but they also affect the wing's aerodynamic loading and that matters. The changes can shorten the life limit of wings. The proper addition of winglets includes consideration of engineering factors, and that's where Tamarack Aerospace comes in. Their new active winglet is specifically designed so that it can be added to any aircraft without further modification to the wing's internal structure.
Video: Lockheed T-33 at Palm Springs Air Museum By Glenn Pew
AOPA Summit 2012 brought together pilots and aviation enthusiasts from across the nation and also provided a stage for local aviation attractions like the Palm Springs Air Museum. The museum contributed three warbirds to AOPA's outdoor display. In this video, Palm Springs Air Museum director of design Richard Grosser talks about the Lockheed T-33 jet trainer.
Video: Beechcraft Bonanza Upgrades By Glenn Pew
Hawker Beechraft Systems offers an in-house upgrade program for Bonanzas that can provide better performance, better comfort and more utility. Pilots can select from a range of upgrades that include window, avionics, engine, air conditioning, and interior upgrades as well as range improvement through the addition of wing tanks. Prices range from thousands to roughly $100,000 depending on the extent of the work.
Video: King Katmai STOL Cessna 182 By Russ Niles
New aircraft sales continue to be on the soft side, but some specialty refurbishing and modification companies can't keep up. "I can't build them fast enough," said Todd Peterson, owner of Peterson's Performance Plus, creator of the King Katmai modification of the Cessna 182. On set-up day (Wednesday) at AOPA Summit in Palm Springs, Peterson sold a fully tricked-out $350,000 version of the aircraft complete with Tundra tires, wing extensions and nose-mounted canards that turn the venerable cross-country platform into a serious back-country performer.
Video: John Stahr's Unique RV-8 at the AOPA Summit 2012 Parade of Planes By Glenn Pew
One of the most aesthetically interesting aircraft in the AOPA Summit's Parade of Planes at Palm Springs this year was John Stahr's Van's RV-8. Stahr is a painter by trade and a pilot at heart. His ability to merge his passions has created an extraordinary artistic expression of his loves, in flight. And a paint job that's hard to forget.
Video: Super Legend Flight Trial By Paul Bertorelli
American Legend gained success with its popular Legend Cub, and now it's followed up with a new Lycoming-powered version of the airplane. If you like the Super Cub, you'll like the Super Legend, too, because its performance is quite similar. AVweb ventured to Legend's Sulphur Spring, Texas, homebase to fly the airplane, and here's a video report on the flight.
Video: The Last Flying B-24 Bomber (Collings Foundation) By Glenn Pew
The B-24 was the most widely produced bomber in world history. This video shows the sole surviving regularly flown example, from roughly 18,000 B-24 Liberator bombers produced. This is the Collings Foundation's B-24, Witchcraft.
Su-24 Buzzes Civilian Road? By Glenn Pew
A viral video has people questioning if they can believe what they see: a Sukhoi Su-24 buzzing a car (and its dash-cam) as both drive down a civilian Russian road in opposite directions and different, but not too different, altitudes. The drama begins about 20 seconds in. Click for video.
Video: PlaneDriven's Roadable Airplane By Paul Bertorelli
The problem with flying cars is that it's a lot harder to make a car fly than it is to make an airplane drive. That's the thinking behind Trey Johnson's roadable Glasair Sportsman, which we filmed at Oshkosh. He flew it in and drove it around town a couple of times. We're not sure what kind of demand there is for this sort of thing, but it's fun to watch it come together.
Video: Flight Trial -- Dynon's New D1 Pocket Panel By Paul Bertorelli
It was only a matter of time before someone stuffed a full-up EFIS into a portable box the size of drink coaster. It didn't exactly take Dynon very long to get around to it, either. In this video, AVweb takes a tour of the new D1 Pocket Panel, and while it's not really a full EFIS, it's close enough a clever combination of MEMS gyro and GPS aiding.
Video: iFlightPlanner with iPad Interface By Glenn Pew
iFlightPlanner.com, through cooperation with Sennheiser, offers features, price (there's a free version), and portability that make it a competitive option for comprehensive one-stop flight planning on the go. If you're a pilot, try it yourself at iFlightPlanner.com.
Video: Super Tucano at AirVenture By Russ Niles
Embraer launched a public relations offensive at AirVenture Oshkosh in support of its bid to supply the Air Force's light air support aircraft.
Video: Van's Roomier RV-14 By Mary Grady
Van's Aircraft is meeting fans of their popular RV-7 aerobatic sport plane halfway -- with a new model, the RV-14, that offers a roomier cabin and baggage compartment. You can still do the occasional roll in it, reassures Van's spokesman Gus Funnell in this video explaining where the RV-14 fits in between the RV-7 and RV-10 models.
Video: Garmin's Portable ADS-B Receiver By Jeff Van West
Garmin's GDL39 streams free weather and traffic data to an iPad or Garmin portable GPS. AVweb's Jeff Van West tried it out on the way to Oshkosh this year and shares his thoughts.
Video: Portable and Backup EFIS Solutions Debut at Oshkosh By Jeff Van West
Hey, buddy, is that an EFIS in your pocket? If you went to Oshkosh this year, it might be. Aviation Consumer's Jeff Van West took a look at three backup and portable electronic flight displays that offer new capabilities in tiny packages.
Video: Jeppesen Kicks It Up a Notch By Jeff Van West
The next version of Jeppesen's iPad app, JeppFD, is pegged for release this September. The new version has an improved user interface better organized around phases of flight. It also includes new tools, such as a night mode and highlighter. The latter version allows you to highlight your assigned taxi route right on an airport diagram, as well as make notes. It will also include much-awaited datalink weather. Jeppesen will also introduce a new pricing structure that will allow for multiple installs of the JeppFD for less money than in the past.
Video: Sennheiser Introduces S1 Headset Without the ANR By Jeff Van West
Headset manufacturer Sennheiser introduced the little brother to their top-of-line S1 digital ANR headset. The S1 passive sports many of the same fit-and-feel improvements such as adjustable pressure on the headband and has a control box for volume and music input with auto-muting. It lacks the active noise reduction, but it also only costs $369.
Video: Avidyne Announces the IFD440 By Larry Anglisano
It'll be a year before you can get one, but Avidyne announced its plan for a drop-in replacement to the almost ubiquitous Garmin GNS 430. It will have a touchscreen and buttons, as well as advanced capability for two units to work together.
Video: Foreflight's New Advisor Update By Paul Bertorelli
As the leading aviation flight planning app, Foreflight has been a mile a minute with revisions and improvements. Here at AirVenture 2012, they've announced a new set of revisions that include sophisticated but easy-to-use routing and altitude functions.
Video: Akoya Multi-Modal Aircraft By Jeff Van West
LISA Airplanes' Akoya light sport aircraft can land on pavement, water or snow. It also boasts impressive performance. The flying prototype was at AirVenture 2012, where visitors couldn't help but make comparisons to Icon's A5.
Video: Cubs 2 Oshkosh By Russ Niles
To mark the 75th anniversary of the incomparable Piper Cub, nearly 100 Cubs flew into AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin on Sunday. AVweb's Russ Niles interviewed Clyde Smith Jr. about how the event was organized.
Video: Bendix/King's New Products at OSH By Paul Bertorelli
At AirVenture 2012, Bendix/King announced that it's back in the avionics market with two new products, the KMA30 audio panel and an interesting app called myWingman. The company's Jeff Simon gave AVweb a demonstration of the new products.
Video: Flying the Cessna TTX By Jeff Van West
What started life as a Columbia and then became a Corvalis is now the Cessna Corvalis TTX. While it hosts many small improvements, the big change is the touchscreen-controlled G2000 avionics suite. Aviation Consumer's Jeff Van West took the pixels and the plane up for a spin.
Video: ANA 767 Hard Landing Creases Fuselage By Glenn Pew
An All Nippon Airways Boeing 767-300 carrying 193 passengers was damaged during a hard landing at Tokyo Narita airport, Wednesday, June 20, 2012. The ANA jet touched down on Runway 16R. Airport weather reports show winds at 230 and 16 knots gusting to 29 at that time, suggesting a potential crosswind component of more than 27 knots. However that may have affected the pilots and aircraft, security camera footage shows the airliner came down first on the right main, then on the nosewheel alone, before porpoising into a second impact that appears to impart visible flex on the airliner's forward fuselage. No injuries were reported, but an early post-flight inspection clearly showed buckling and creases in the fuselage skin forward of the wing root. Japan's transportation safety board is investigating. Click the image at right for video.
Video: Cessna Grand Caravan Flight Demo By Paul Bertorelli
Since its launch in 1985, the Cessna Caravan and later the Grand Caravan have been strong sellers for Cessna. In this video, AVweb takes a flight demo in the latest model, complete with G1000 and GFC700 autopilot.
Video: Viking Air Twin Otter Factory By Russ Niles
Viking Air is quickly ramping up production of its new build Twin Otter 400 series. AVweb's Russ Niles toured the Victoria, British Columbia factory with VP of Operations Dan Tharp, a Wichita aircraft production veteran recently hired by Viking to boost production.
Video: Diamond Multi-Purpose Platform DA42 By Russ Niles
Diamond has diversified its market to the military, law enforcement and even media realms with the DA42 Multi-Purpose Platform. Diamond Airborne Sensing's Markus Fischer took AVweb through the product at Diamond's factory in Wiener Neustad, Austria.
Video: Red Bull's Latest Aerial Ballet By Glenn Pew
Red Bull Wednesday shared video of one of its latest sponsored adventures -- five wingsuit skydivers joining up with and maintaining formation with two sailplanes in a dive over Austria. The team flew two aerobatic LET L-13 Blanik sailplanes and just to complicate things, the lead flew inverted and one skydiver formed up in between the inverted and upright glider. The skydivers and gliders came together in formation at roughly 12,000 feet. The sailplanes wore wingtip-mounted smoke canisters and one skydiver wore one on an ankle. The trick of the task was mating airspeed and descent rates and this time all members performed flawlessly. Check the video after the jump.
Video: How Austro Engines Are Made By Paul Bertorelli
Daimler-Benz makes about 1,500 OM640 diesel engines a day, and Austro diverts about 15 minutes worth of production to its factory in Wiener Neustadt, Austria, where it forms the core of the AE300 aerodiesel. In this video, Austro's Peter Lietz takes us through how the company turns a car engine into an airplane engine.
Video: Cessna's Largest Jet Yet, the Longitude By Mary Grady
On the first day of the European Business Aviation Convention and Expo in Geneva, Switzerland, Cessna Aircraft announced its largest jet yet a new version of the Citation dubbed "Longitude."
Video: William Rankin, the Man Who Rode the Thunder By Glenn Pew
The story of William Rankin's ejection at 47,000 feet and 500 knots is legendary, not only because the fall took him 40 minutes, but also because he lived to talk about it. There are other and more recent cases of people who have been drawn into thunderstorms under canopy and not every one ends in survival.
Video: Flight Design News at Aero 2012 By Russ Niles
Flight Design announced EASA certification of two aircraft and unveiled the full-scale mockup of the interior of its C4 four-place at Aero 2012 last week.
Video: PC-Aero's New Solar One Electric Cruiser By Paul Bertorelli
PC-Aero has come out with its second solar-powered airplane, the Electra Solar One. PC-Aero's Calin Gologan gave AVweb a briefing on it at the Aero Friedrichshafen show in Germany.
Video: Messerschmidt Bf 109 Simulator By Paul Bertorelli
If you could fly a Messerschmitt Bf 109, how cool would that be? A simulator is the next best thing. In this AVweb video from Aero 2012 in Friedrichshafen, Germany, we get a sim tour from Hans Schmid.
Video: AVweb's Aero Engine Tour By Paul Bertorelli
At Aero 2012 in Friedrichshafen, the German Fliegermagazin has sponsored an engaging display of aircraft powerplants ranging from tiny electric engines to a new turbofan from a French company called Price Induction. AVweb video contributor and Fliegermagazin editor Thomas Borchert shows us three of the most interesting engines in the collecton.
Video: Diamond's New V1 Twin By Paul Bertorelli
At Aero 2012 in Friedrichschafen, Diamond is showing off two new twins, including the DA52 Austro-powered V1. With major work on drag reduction, improved engine performance, and lower weight, the V1 definitely has better performance over its predecessor, the DA42 NG.
Video: Pipistrel Panthera Revealed By Russ Niles
Have you ever wondered how a new aircraft is born? At the Pipistrel factory, Tine Tomazic gave AVweb an exclusive look at the prototyping process for their much-anticipated new Panthera.
Video: Aero 2012 Opens in Friedrichshafen By Paul Bertorelli
As Aero Friedrichschafen begins its 20th year, it's becoming an increasingly important international trade show, and AVweb is there on the ground. Here's a video report on opening day of the show.
Video: Cessna 152 vs. LSAs -- Flying School Shootout By Paul Bertorelli
Which is better for training a new-age LSA or an old-school Cessna 152? For Texas flight school U.S. Aviation Group, the Cessna wins hands down on economics. It's also easier to fly and solo, but not necessarily more fun.
Video: Avidyne and Aspen Join Up on Autopilot Interface By Paul Bertorelli
Avidyne and Aspen are collaborating to make the Aspen Evolution EFIS system compatible with Avidyne's DFC90 autopilot. Tom Harper explains the details in this video coverage of the Aircraft Electronics Association meeting in Washington, D.C.
Video: AEA Opens in Washington, D.C. By Paul Bertorelli
The 55th annual Aircraft Electronics Association convention opened in Nations Harbor, Maryland this week with good attendance and new product introductions. AEA President Paula Derks gave AVweb an overview.
Video: Sun 'n Fun Husky A1C Flight Trial By Paul Bertorelli
At Sun 'n Fun 2012, AVweb's Paul Bertorelli took a flight demo in Aviat's new Husky A1C with the higher gross weight and shock-absorbing landing gear. Even he can get a decent landing.
Video: Kyle Franklin on His 'Extremely Tough Year' By Glenn Pew
At Sun 'n Fun, AVweb's Glenn Pew stole a few moments from air show fixture Kyle Franklin. Already performing again after sustaining serious injuries during a crash last March that proved fatal for his wife and partner Amanda, Franklin didn't shy away from discussing his future plans and what he called "an extremely tough year."
Video: Movie Pilot Corkey Fornof and 'the Ferrari of Airplanes' By Glenn Pew
If you've never seen Corkey Fornof fly well, you probably have, whether you realized it or not. He's worked as a stunt pilot in more productions than we (and maybe even he) can keep track of. AVweb's Glenn Pew caught up with Fornof during a rare moment of downtime at Sun 'n Fun and asked for the scoop on the drool-worthy Fury he flies for Lopresti Speed Merchants.
Video: The DIY Spitfire By Glenn Pew
Ever wanted to fly your own Spitfire? Of course you have and now, thanks to Supermarine Aircraft, you may actually be able to afford it. Mike O'Sullivan explains the program that will let you build your own 9:10 scale Spitfire for a fraction of the cost of a full-size warbird.
Video: TBM 850's New Elite Seating Option By Paul Bertorelli
DAHER-Socota's TBM 850 is the fastest single-engine turboprop on the market, and at Sun 'n Fun 2012, the company announced (and displayed) a new interior mod that allows carrying large, bulky cargo in place of two extra seats.
Video: Piper's 75th Anniversary J-3 Cub Display By Paul Bertorelli
At Sun 'n Fun this year, Piper has on display a pristine 1946 J-3 Cub to celebrate the company's 75th anniversary. The company's Jacqueline Carlon gave AVweb the details.
Video: L-39 Mig-17 Black Diamond Performance Team -- Pilot Interviews By Glenn Pew
The Black Diamond air show performance team is one place where Air Force, civilian, and Navy pilots mix. The four-ship diamond flies one of the tightest formations in the business in L-39s. The solos fly Polish-made Migs. Team lead Jerry "Jive" Kerby (retired Air Force) and Dale "Snort" Snodgrass (retired Navy) give the interviews in the video.
Video: Van's Aircraft Original 'RV-1' By Glenn Pew
Dick VanGrunsven is responsible for the most populous homebuilt airplane of all, the RV-3. Five years ago, Van's Aircraft enthusiast Paul Dye found the RV-3's forerunner a heavily modified Stits Playboy that became VanGrunsven's prototype and embarked on a restoration project. The rejuvenated "RV-1" is currently on tour with Dye and will find a permanent home at the EAA Museum in Oshkosh at this summer's AirVenture fly-in. We spoke with Dye and got a close look at RV-1 at Sun 'n Fun in Lakeland, Florida.
Video: Garmin Pilot for iPad, iPhone and Android By Jeff Van West
Garmin's Pilot MyCast has been updated with new features, new navigation and a new name. A single weather, flight planning and moving map app will be available for both iOS and Android.
Video: Anywhere Map's New Multi-Platform Nav App By Paul Bertorelli
Are you an iPad purist or someone who swears by his android tablet? Maybe you like to switch back and forth between different devices for different tasks. Whatever your device, Anywhere Map has you covered with their new multi-platform navaid, Anywhere Map Freedom. Jay Humbard showed us around the application on different tablets at Sun 'n Fun.
Video: Legend's Lycoming O-233 Cub By Paul Bertorelli
American Legend is working away on its Lycoming O-233-powered Legend Cub. Although it's not at Sun 'n Fun, AVweb's Paul Bertorelli got a detailed look at the airplane at Legend's factory on the way to Sun 'n Fun. Here's his report.
Video: Diemech's Small Turbine Engine By Glenn Pew
With avgas on the ropes, any new engines that uses a heavy fuel like Jet A or diesel gets a lot of attention. In this video, a company called Diemech is trying to capitalize on that with a smal turbine.
Video: Sun 'n Fun Preview with J.R. 'Lites' Leenhouts By Glenn Pew
Lakeland, Florida and the 2012 Sun 'n Fun international fly-in and expo. AVweb staff is on location and got a preview with new Sun 'n Fun president and CEO John "Lites" Leenhouts. And from our off-camera conversations, we'll add thiss: If you get the chance to talk airplanes with Leenhouts, take it.
Video: Pipistrel Virus SW Flight Trial By Paul Bertorelli
On AVweb's recent swing through Europe, we visited Pipistrel Aircraft, a Slovenian manufacturer that's staked out the hyper-efficient segment of the LSA world. The company demonstrated its sophisticated Virus SW, which boasts fuel economy of nearly 50 MPG. This video is worth the watch just for the spectacular mountain scenery.
Video: Rotax's New 912iS By Paul Bertorell
This week, Rotax rolled out its new 912iS light aircraft engine at its Gunskirchen, Austria factory. AVweb was there, and here's a full video report on the new engine, which features dual electronic fuel injection, dual ignition, and power options. The engine will be ready for volume shipments as early as May of 2012.
Video: AVweb's TBM 850 Flight Trial By Paul Bertorelli
What's not to like about flying 320 knots at FL280? Not much that we can think of. That's exactly the performance Socata's TBM 850 will deliver. The 850 has become one of the most popular turbine personal transportation airplanes for several reasons. Chief among them are that its speed is closer to jet performance than prop numbers and its operational cost with a single engine rather than two is relatively low, given its capability. In this video, AVweb's Paul Bertorelli took a flight trial with Socata's Nicolas Chabbert and demo pilot Wayman Luy. His normally well-coifed salt-and-pepper hair can be seen smoldering slightly.
Video: Dynon SkyView Product Tour By Larry Anglisano
Dynon's SkyView big-screen avionics suite brings sophisticated automation to LSA and experimental aircraft cockpits. Aviation Consumer's Larry Anglisano offers a detailed look at the system's features.
Video: Helicopter Shakes Self Apart By Glenn Pew
Some observers speculate that a bad episode of ground resonance may be to blame for the violent self-destruction of a medevac helicopter as it landed in a field in Para, Brazil. Few details are available about the incident, which reportedly took place Wednesday -- the same day video of the accident began spreading, online. The helicopter appears to be a Eurocopter A-Star AS350BA. Some reports state that there were four aboard -- two pilots, a doctor, and a nurse -- and all escaped serious injury in spite of the helicopter engaging full-flail mode. Several accounts repeat that the aircraft suffered excessive vibration while airborne and that vibration developed into destructive ground resonance after the aircraft landed. Generally, ground resonance will resolve itself if the pilot is able to respond quickly by returning the aircraft to hover. Click through to watch.
Video: Gippsland Airvan Flight Trial By Paul Bertorelli
Australian-based Gippsland has sold its GA8 Airvan all over the world, and now it's got a follow-on model, the GA8TC, with a turbocharged Lycoming TIO-540. AVweb got a crack at trialing the airplane recently, and here's our video report on the model.
Video: P-51C Mustang Flight Demo and Cockpit Tour By Paul Bertorelli
There's only one P-51C Mustang in the world with dual controls, although a couple of D-models have the spare stick, too. In this video, AVweb's Paul Bertorelli takes a hop in the back seat of the Collings Foundation's Betty Jane, and pilot Mark Murphy gives us an in-depth cockpit tour.
Video: Where's My Flying Car? By Glenn Pew
A practical flying car with everyman usability has so far eluded the public, but we may have already been introduced to a design that could lead to a breakthrough. Some of the major challenges of producing a point-to-point simple and safe to operate vehicle are technological in nature. Autonomous navigation (enter the destination, press a button, and allow the vehicle to navigate, communicate with, and autonomously avoid other aircraft) may be one key to safely organizing masses of flying vehicles in the same airspace. And as society progresses, the gap between the dream and reality may be shrinking.
Video: CTLE Light Sport Police Aircraft By Russ Niles
There's a new eye in the sky over Tulsa these days, and it's keeping an eye on things for the local sheriff's office for about 10 percent of the cost of a helicopter. AVweb's Russ Niles spoke with Roger Crow of Echo Flight Resources about the Flight Design CTLE law-enforcement platform based on a light sport aircraft.
Video: Allegro Comes to the U.S. By Larry Anglisano
Most light sport aircraft are made in Eastern Europe, but there's a slight trend to bring these airplanes to the U.S. for manufacture. One of the companies at the fore of that trend is Allegro. At the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, AVweb talked to the company about its plans.
Video: Vans RV-12 By Russ Niles
One of the most popular kitbuilt light sport aircraft is the Vans RV-12. Ken Scott took AVweb through the airplane at the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, Florida.
Video: Corbi Air Conditioning System By Russ Niles
The common wisdom in aviation is that air conditioning is heavy. Corbi Aviation has proven that effective air conditioning can come in a package that's light enough (22-35 pounds, depending on application) to use in light sport aircraft. The system was on display at the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, Florida.
Video: Flying the Renegade Falcon LS By Paul Bertorelli
The Renegade Falcon LS is one of the first airplanes to have Lycoming's new IO-233 light sport engine. AVweb's Paul Bertorelli took the airplane for a flight trial recently.
Video: The FK12 Comet Biplane By Paul Bertorelli
One thing the light sport aircraft industry doesn't have much of is biplanes and aerobats. But the F12 Comet is both. At the Sport Aivation Expo in Sebring, AVweb talked to Mike Hansen of Hansen Air Group about this German-designed East European import. Besides being the rare aerobatic LSA, it will soon be getting Lycoming's new AEIO-233, a fully aerobatic powerplant.
Video: iPad Datalink Weather ADS-B vs. XM By Jeff Van West
To make the iPad a real MFD contender, you need some datalink weather. There are two ways you can get it, and Aviation Consumer's Jeff Van West takes a look at both.
Video: Got an Oily Hangar Floor? This Stuff Can Spruce It Up By Paul Bertorelli
Many of us dream of a gleaming gray expoxy-coated hangar floor illuminated by the glare of bright lights. But most of us actually have oil-stained concrete, dingy from years of abuse. If your floor is stained badly, a product called ReKrete can help improve it. Aviation Consumer's Paul Bertorelli demonstrates the product in this brief video.
Video: F-106 Corn Field Bomber, Convair Delta Dart By Glenn Pew
This is an unusual story. The jet you're looking at is an F-106 Delta Dart. A storied interceptor in its day, it was built to exceed an Air Force requirement for 1.9 mach and continuous flight at 57,000 feet. It did both. And in December 1959, it set a speed record, of 1,525 mph, or about 2.3 mach, while flying at 40,000 feet. Its pilot at the time, Major Joseph Rogers, claimed the record might not be accurate. He was still accelerating, he said, at the time. But this particular jet is famous for a different reason.
Video: Jeppesen's Mobile FliteDeck (Part 3) By Paul Bertorelli
Jeppesen has switched strongly to delivery of charts via electronic means, and its new iPad app, Mobile FliteDeck, does the heavy lifting. In this video, the final of three, AVweb's Paul Bertorelli takes a video tour of the plate management part of the application.
Video: Jeppesen's Mobile FliteDeck (Part 2) By Paul Bertorelli
Jeppesen's new Mobile FliteDeck is a route-based app that compiles approach plates and procedures from Jeppesen's charting materials. In this video, part two of three, Paul Bertorelli takes a look at how its route functions work.
Video: Jeppesen's Mobile FliteDeck (Part 1) By Paul Bertorelli
Last summer, Jeppesen rolled out its iPad-based Mobile FliteDeck, a complete chart manager system for owners who already subscribe to Jeppesen's electronic charting products. In this video, AVweb launches the first of three Product Minutes to review the new app.
Video: Premier Edition Diamond DA40 Flight Trial By Paul Bertorelli
Diamond's DA40 Star is a popular entry-level and midspeed cruiser, but it lacks air conditioning and other options. Fort Lauderdale's Premier Aircraft added a rich options list to the airplane, and in this report, Aviation Consumer's Paul Bertorelli took a trial flight.
Video: Denali Hotrod By Paul Bertorelli
When the Aeronca Champion first appeared, it had 65 horsepower and was just fast enough to get out of its own way. Into what is a very similar airframe, American Champion has stuffed a 210hp Lycoming IO-390 to produce ACA's latest model, the Denali Scout. AVweb's Paul Bertorelli recently took a test flight in it, and here's his video report.
Video: American Champion Factory Tour By Paul Bertorelli
Even in an age when composite airplanes rule, the rag-and-tube taildragger still has a place in the market. In Rochester, Wisconsin, American Champion Aircraft still builds the airplanes the way they always have, but with a number of modern improvements. In this video, ACA owner Jerry Mehlhaff gives us a factory tour and tells us about some of ACA's models.
Video: DRE's New Portable Intercom By Larry Anglisano
Most portable intercoms barely meet the mark for basic cabin chatter. DRE's newest unit may be a bit big, but it performs like a certified panel-mount system.
Video: Piaggio P.180 Avanti II By Glenn Pew
One of the most unusual-looking aircraft flying and shown at the static display during the 2011 NBAA convention in Las Vegas, the Avanti II is an all-Italian twin-turboprop airplane. Manufacturer Piaggio Aero says the Avanti II offers superior speed per horsepower and larger interior cabin dimensions than its competition in the turboprop segment.
Video: The Remanufactured Beechjet By Russ Niles
Nextant Aerospace is modernizing the Hawker/Beechjet 400A/XP business jet with new engines and avionics, and they say the result is more efficient than similar aircraft and very cost-competitive.
Video: Embraer Lineage 1000 Business Jet By Glenn Pew
Embraer's Lineage 1000 business jet at NBAA 2011 in Las Vegas -- this is not your average executive transport and compares with offerings from Airbus and Boeing.
Video: Blackhawk Caravan By Glenn Pew
Blackhawk Worldwide Aircraft Performance Enhancements has improved the performance of the Cessna Caravan by mating it to a more powerful Pratt & Whitney PT6 turbine engine. Displayed at the National Business Aviation Association Convention 2011 in Las Vegas.
Video: Cessna Citation Latitude Bizjet By Russ Niles
Cessna's latest business jet, the Citation Latitude offering has an emphasis on cabin comfort and electronic connectivity. Announced at the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Convention 2011 in Las Vegasm, the Latitude's cabin is integrated with its new Clarity electronic interface system.
Video: Quest Kodiak Executive Interior By Glenn Pew
Executive style and comfort come to the rugged Quest Kodiak. The tuboprop Kodiak can carry more than 3,500 pounds of useful load into and out of 1,200-foot unimproved airfields. (No paved runway or airport required.) The airplane can cruise at 170 knots over 1,000 nautical miles. And it can now do all that with air conditioning, weather radar, synthetic vision GPS, TKS flight into known icing protection, and leather-clad executive seating for six.
Video: Cessna M2 Unveiling By Russ Niles
Cessna Aircraft Company unveiled a new business jet, the Cessna M2, at the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) convention in Las Vegas, October 9, 2011.
Video: Electronics International's MVP50 Engine Monitor By Paul Bertorelli
Electronics International has had great sales success wit its large-screen engine monitor, the MVP50. In this video, AVweb's Paul Bertorelli takes a test flight to see how it works. The MVP50 has proven popular because it fits well with aftermarket glass products likes the Garmin G500/600 line and the Aspen Evolution system.
Video: 'IFR' Magazine Learns How Jeppesen Prints Approach Plates By Jeff Van West
Jeppesen prints half the approach plates they used to -- one billion sheets per year instead of two billion. But they've also changed the way they print many of them. Any custom order, from trip kits to new manuals, gets printed similarly to how you might at home. Just bigger. And faster. And more.
Video: Bristell LSA Makes Its Debut By Mary Grady AVweb found a new LSA at AOPA Summit last week. It's called the Bristell, and its main selling point is a super-wide cabin. Here's Mary Grady's video report on the new model.
Video: Jeppesen's New Focus on GA By Paul Bertorelli
For years, Jeppesen has owned the market in commercial charting services, but now it has formed a new division specifically to serve light aircraft GA charting needs, with a strong focus on digital subscriptions and apps.
Video: Avidyne's New Multi-Touch at AOPA Summit By Larry Anglisano
With smartphones and iPads setting the standard for user interface, Avidyne this week announced that its new IFD540 multi-function navigator will have touchscreen control, including pinch-scaling and finger scrolling.
Video: Terrafugia Flying Car Update By Mary Grady
Terrafugia continues to chase the dream of a flying car. At AOPA Summit in Hartford this week, they updated AVweb on their latest version, which is soon to enter flight testing.
Video: Redtail Squadron at AOPA Summit By Mary Grady
At AOPA Summit in Hartford, Connecticut, the Redtail Squadron is displaying its P-51 and traveling documentary on the Tuskegee Airmen. See it at Airport Fest at Brainard Airport.
Video: Continental's New IO-360 By Paul Bertorelli
Continental's not waiting for the industry to figure out a replacement for 100LL. At AOPA Summit in Hartford, it announced a new line of low-compression engines that can run on low-octane fuels.
Video: Synvis on the iPad By Jeff Van West
Garmin's new 796 has a touchscreen and 3D vision -- but so can an iPad. It's not as robust as any certified system (or even the AV8OR Horizon, nee VistaNav) but it would certainly help keep the sunny side up in the clouds if you ever needed it. It looks pretty cool, too.
Video: Garmin's New 796 -- Product Tour By Paul Bertorelli
At AOPA Summit in Hartford, Garmin will unveil its latest portable, the touchscreen aera 796. Take a video tour of the navigator's features, which include synthetic vision, enhanced chart functions, and a new touchscreen interface.
Video: Electroair's Electronic Ignition By Paul Bertorelli
Electronic ignition for certified airplanes has been somewhat of a hard sell, primarily because owners don't always see clear benefits in either fuel economy or reliability. Electroair would like to change that with its new certified system for four-cylinder Lycomings. Here's a quick video tour of how the system works.
Video: Aerotrek's Bargain LSAs By Paul Bertorelli
The way Rob Rollison figures it, most LSAs are overpriced, which is why he's marketing his nicely made Aerotrek airplanes at a base price under $70,000. Although most invoice for more than that, they still sell for less than $100,000. In this brief video, AVweb's Paul Bertorelli flies the Aerotrek 220 taildragger version and finds that it has great visibility, excellent climb performance and features you might not expect to find in a bargain airplane.
Video: Kent Pietsch at Abbotsford Air Show By Russ Niles
Most of us who go to air shows have seen Kent Pietsch's Interstate Cadet routine. Here's an up-close look at what makes it one of the most impressive flying displays on the circuit.
Video: Aviation Consumer's Remos NXT Flight Trial By Paul Bertorelli
Remos has a successful line of light sport aircraft, and now they've introduced a new and improved model, the NXT. Aviation Consumer's Paul Bertorelli flew the airplane recently, and here's his video report.
Video: Oshkosh North and South 40 Breeze-By By Adam Cutler
Couldn't make it to Oshkosh this year? Too busy with work or short on free time? You'll only need three minutes to experience the crowded North and South 40 with us in this sped-up video we put together for those of you stuck at home.
Video: Aerostar 340-Knot Jet Debut at AirVenture Oshkosh By Glenn Pew
The Aerostar jet cruises at 340 knots at 85 percent power; climbs at 5,000 feet per minute at 160 knots; and burns 80 gallons per hour. The standard piston-engine driven Aerostar carries 210 gallons with auxiliary fuel aboard, which would give the jet an endurance (with required reserves) of about two hours and a range near 780 miles. But the jet may be capable of carrying more fuel still. This aircraft made its public debut at AirVenture Oshkosh 2011.
Video: Mitsubishi A6M3 Model 22 Zero WWII Fighter By Glenn Pew &RandomNum
One of three flying examples left in the world, this rebuilt Mitsubishi A6M3 Model 22 Zero WWII Japanese fighter is on display at the AirVenture air and trade show in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. This aircraft is owned and operated by the Commemorative Air Force's (CAF) Southern California Wing, based at Camarillo.
Video: Boeing 787 Walkaround By Glenn Pew
Boeing's latest airliner design has seen delays, pushing first delivery back by three years, but the order book is strong according to the company. This aircraft made its landing at Oshkosh on July 29 for EAA AirVenture and departed later in the day.
Video: The Navy Takes Over Oshkosh By Paul Bertorelli
Celebrating 100 years of naval aviation, the U.S. Navy has turned KOSH into a veritable NAS, with a wide assortment of naval aircraft on display. Paul Bertorelli walked the line and spoke with servicemen about the different aircraft.
Video: Controlling Your GPS with Your Voice By Jeff Van West
Voiceflight has a system to tell your Garmin 430 or 530 what waypoints you want in your flight plan. It can even turn a vector airway into a series of waypoints. AVweb's Jeff Van West took a closer look.
Video: The Navy's First Airplane By Jeff Van West
Retired Navy pilot Bob Coolbaugh had a vision: In 2008, he set out to build a replica of the first aircraft to make an arrested landing on a ship (an intentional arrested landing, anyway) in time for the 2011 Naval Centennial of Aviation. He knew the design was not an easy bird to manage in even in the best of conditions and was even told he'd kill himself in the first five hours. With the help of some friends, he completed his replica 1911 Curtis Pusher and has accumulated over 80 hours and about 2,500 miles flying it from airshow to airshow. It's an exhausting bird to fly, but Coolbaugh says exposing people to the earliest roots of aviation makes it all worthwhile.
Video: Lycoming's O-233 Takes Flight By Paul Bertorelli
Compared to Rotax and even Continental, Lycoming hasn't had much of a presence in the light sport market. It does now. Lycoming announced this week that its O-233 four-cylinder engine is nearly ready for volume production and that a handful of airplanes are flying with it, including a new Kitfox and a pair of Renegade E-LSAs here at AirVenture. In this video, Lycoming's GM, Michael Kraft, takes us on a tour of the 115-hp electronic-ignition O-233. Although the Kitfox version has carbureted induction, the experimental models can also have fuel injection.
Video: Flying Cars at AirVenture By Russ Niles
Although they rate a high dingbat factor, nothing quite captures the imagination like a flying car. At EAA AirVenture on Sunday, the Experimental Aircraft Association sponsored a unique flying car "drive-in" at where else? a 1950s-style drive-in with curb service. AVweb was there.
Video: ConocoPhillips Square (And Its Lockheed 12A) By Paul Bertorelli
At AirVenture 2011, a baton-passing of sorts happened on Monday. What was once AeroShell Square is now ConocoPhillips Square. To kick off the change, ConocoPhillips had a lavishly restored Lockheed 12A on site, an airplane that served as its corporate ride during the 1930s.
Video: Oshkosh via DA42NG By Russ Niles AVweb's Russ Niles arrived in style at AirVenture 2011 via a Diamond DA42 re-engined with Diamond's own Austro diesels to become a DA42NG. The airplane is on its way from Oshkosh to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's Prescott, Ariz., campus.
Video: AVweb's Russ Niles Goes Wingwalking By Russ Niles
Wingwalking is like having the world at your feet with your cheeks wrapped around your neck. Thanks to Breitling Chronometers, editor Russ Niles got to try it.
Video: P-51 And Skyraider Midair With Pilot Account By Glenn Pew
Sunday, July 10, the P-51 Mustang dubbed Big Beautiful Doll crashed after a midair collision with a Douglas Skyraider while performing a flyby at the Duxford Flying Legends event in Duxford, England. No one was seriously injured. The Mustang's pilot, Rob Davies escaped under parachute, but was struck by the aircraft on his way out. The Skyraider completed a full roll to the right after hitting the P-51 and landed safely, missing a portion of its right wing. Davies gave a local news station his account and AVweb has obtained video of the event. Click through to watch the impact, see Davies escape and hear his story.
Video: Aviation Consumer's Tiedown Shootout By Paul Bertorelli
If that tornado at Sun 'n Fun in April didn't get your attention, it should have. With EAA AirVenture looming and storms hammering the midwest, it's time to think about portable tiedown systems for the show. In this brief video, AVweb and Aviation Consumer wring out three systems, and the walkaway winner is a product you've never heard of.
Video: IFR Magazine Deals with Emergency Descents on Instruments By Jeff Van West
Emergencies don't have the decency to happen only on clear days. IFR magazine's Jeff Van West takes a brief look at how you might get an airplane down as fast as possible or precisely lined up with a runway, even when you can't see much past the propeller.
Video: B-17 Down, All Escape By Mary Grady, Glenn Pew
The Liberty Belle, a B-17 Flying Fortress operated by the Liberty Foundation of Florida, was destroyed by fire after the crew made an emergency landing in a cornfield in Illinois about 10 a.m., Monday morning. All seven people on board escaped without injury, according to the NTSB, but the airplane was a total loss. The B-17 had taken off from Aurora Municipal Airport near Oswego, Ill., flying with a T-6 in chase. It may be the pilot of the T-6 who communicated the fire on tower frequency shortly after takeoff repeating, "you're on fire, you're on fire, you're on fire!" and "put it on the ground, put it on the ground, put it on the ground!" Several local residents reported seeing the plane flying low, trailing smoke and flames. An account of the event was released Tuesday by Liberty Foundation chief pilot, Ray Fowler. That, as well as audio and video, are available after the jump.
Extreme Low Pass Video By Glenn Pew
Video of an extremely low, low pass is making the rounds on the internet and we thought we'd share. The aircraft appears to be an Argentinean FMA IA 63 Pampa or something similar. It also appears to be flying about three feet off the ground. The picture at right is a screen capture from in-cockpit footage that shows people running out of the way ahead of the jet.
Video: Eastman Aviation's CH750 Video Review By Paul Bertorelli
There are only a few LSAs that qualify for true STOL status, and Eastman's CH750 is one of them. With full-span flaperons and leading-edge slats, it won't win any beauty contests, but it could excel at some short landing contests. In this video, Aviation Consumer editor Paul Bertorelli takes a spin with Eastman's Gary Webster.
Video: 100 Years of Naval Aviation Erik Hildebrandt's 'Fly Navy' By Paul Bertorelli
No one does aviation quite like the Navy, and carriers are only half of the story. In this vodcast, author/photographer Erik Hildebrandt talks about his experiences in shooting and compiling an impressive history of a century of naval aviation.
Video: Simulator Training for GA with 'IFR' Magazine By Jeff Van West
Come ride along on some simulator training in a Cirrus SR22 to see the kinds of things you can do better in the box than in the real world. We'll also give you some tips for getting the most out of your simulator time.
Video: "Jetman" Rossy Conquers Canyon By Mary Grady, Glenn Pew
Yves Rossy, the Swiss pilot known as "Jetman" for flying a unique jet-propelled wing attached to his back, has successfully flown above the Grand Canyon, after canceling a scheduled attempt last Friday. The flight occurred in Nevada over the weekend, sponsor Breitling announced on Tuesday. "My first flight in the U.S. is sure to be one of the most memorable experiences in my life, not only for the sheer beauty of the Grand Canyon but the honor to fly in sacred Native American lands," Rossy said in a news release. "Thank you Mother Nature and the Hualapai Tribe for making my lifelong dreams come true." Rossy launched from a helicopter at 8,000 feet above the canyon, and steering only by movement of his body, flew at speeds up to 190 mph for more than eight minutes at altitudes as low as 200 feet above the canyon rim. He then deployed a parachute and landed safely on the canyon floor.
Video: Practicing Slam-Dunk Approaches with 'IFR' Magazine By Jeff Van West
Eventually, every instrument pilot gets a slam-dunk approach. IFR magazine's Jeff Van West explains how to practice for the slam to remove the guesswork and even add the high-speed technique to your instrument flying toolbox.
Video: Martin Jetpack Latest Tests By Russ Niles
Development of the Martin Jetpack is continuing in New Zealand, and the latest publicly released video shows it reaching new heights. However, that's a mannequin onboard and not a human pilot.
Video: Dynon's New Portable Radio By Paul Bertorelli
Dynon is best known for its innovative glass displays for expertimental aircraft. At Sun 'n Fun 2011, it revealed a surprise: a new, full-featured portable handheld radio.
Video: Waco Classics Great Lakes Revival By Russ Niles
The Great Lakes biplane was the light sport aircraft of its day, and now Waco Classics is planning to offer a revised model with a Lycoming engine and updated structural and avionics additions. At Sun 'n Fun, AVweb's Russ Niles talked to Peter Bowers about the Lakes.
Video: Explorer Post 491's Sun 'n Fun Recovery By Russ Niles
When an F1 tornado roared through Sun 'n Fun at Lakeland, Florida on Thursday, square in the path of it was a completed Kitfox that Explorer Post 491 hoped to raffle away. It was not to be. The storm destroyed the airplane, but not the post's spirit. AVweb's Russ Niles reports on how the Explorers are not just recovering but thriving.
Video: Liberty's New Rotax Option By Paul Bertorelli
We always enjoy a visit to the Liberty Aerospace display at an air show but at Sun 'n Fun, we found a little something unexpected. What's that Liberty XL2 doing with a Rotax engine (912F) instead of the trusty Lycoming IO-240? CEO Keith Markley explains why they're getting the Rotax STC'd for Asian markets and (no surprise here) it's down to fuel.
Video: Dramatic Sun 'n Fun Storm Footage By Mary Grady, Russ Niles, Paul Bertorelli
Less than 24 hours after a storm ripped through the airport, Sun 'n Fun 2011 was getting back to normal. But that was hardly the case Thursday, as this dramatic footage shows.
Video: Hawker Beechcraft's Improved King Air 250 By Paul Bertorelli
It's good to be King. But when you're the King Air 250, your challenge is staying modern and finding ways to improve history's most successful turboprop. In this video, Don Mercer explains how Hawker Beechcraft has discreetly improved the 250.
Video: A Unique Take on Airline Training By Russ Niles
What's the best, fastest way to become an airline pilot? Have a lot of twin time and a new company called Airline Training Solutions has a way for you get there in a hurry. Russ Niles spoke with the company's Sterling Malone at Sun 'Fun 2011.
Video: Garmin's New G2000 Flight Deck By Paul Bertorelli
Garmin has so many new products out there, we're having trouble tracking them all. The latest is the G2000, a fully-integrated flight deck meant for high-end piston airplanes. Here's Garmin's Ben Kowalski to explain how the system works.
Video: Storm Rips Sun 'n Fun By Russ Niles
A destructive storm cell packing high winds, torrents of rain, and marble-sized hail hit Sun 'n Fun in Lakeland, Florida about noon on March 31. At least 40 airplanes were damaged or destroyed, but there were no reports of any serious injuries.
Video: Green Flight Challenge By Mary Grady
NASA's Green Flight Challenge challenges engineers and flight students to conceive (and fly) an aircraft capable of 200 passenger miles per gallon of fuel meaning it has to go fairly fast, but not burn much fuel. At Sun 'n Fun, AVweb took a look at Embry-Riddle's entry, based on a Stemme motorglider.
Video: Cessna's New Training Idea By Russ Niles
No single company has created more pilots than Cessna, and to continue its tradition in training pilots, the company has teamed up with Red Bird flight simulations and King Schools to offer a unique new training program that takes advantage of computer self-learning technology.
Video: CFAA Opens at Lakeland By Mary Grady
If you're attending the Sun 'n Fun Fly-In at Lakeland Linder Airport this year, you'll notice a new addition to the Sun 'n Fun campus. The building where seminars and educational presentations are being held is the new home of Central Florida Aerospace Academy, which will soon be fully operational as an aviation high school for up to 500 students. (In the meantime, it means access to air conditioning and running water during your Sun 'n Fun seminars.)
Video: Cessna's New Corvalis TTx at Sun 'n Fun By Paul Bertorelli
The breakout star of the Sun 'n Fun Fly-In thus far is Cessna's new Corvalis TTx, which features sharp-looking leather interiors and an ultra-modern Garmin Intrinsic avionics package. Cessna Aircraft's Kirby Ortega showed us the high points during a break in the rain on the first day of the show.
Video: Bleriot at Sun 'n Fun 2011 By Paul Bertorelli
A modernized version of the airplane Louis Bleriot used to cross the English Channel isn't for everyone. "You really have to fly it all the time to get it where you want it," cautioned builders Pascal Kremer and Robert Bassley, who were both at Sun 'n Fun in Lakeland, Florida with the airplane. In this video, they explain the challenges (and joys) of piloting the modern Bleriot.
Video: DC-7 Visits Sun 'Fun By Russ Niles
There's not much you can do to a beautifully restored DC-7B passenger airplane to make it more interesting than it already is except, perhaps, to pair it with a strikingly young captain. 23-year-old Glen Moss showed us around the venerated DC-7 (the last flying passenger version) and shared her story with us at Sun 'n Fun 2011 in Lakeland, Florida.
Video: Garmin GTN Series By Paul Bertorelli
At the 2011 Aircraft Electronics Association show in Reno, Garmin rolled out its long-awaited replacements for the GNS430/530 series. Garmin's Jim Alpiser gave AVweb the rundown on the new products, called the GTN650 and GTN750.
Video: Garmin GTN Flight Trial By Paul Bertorelli
Garmin's new GTN navigators have some cool features like touchscreen control, voice recognition, and remote transponder and audio panel control. AVweb's Paul Bertorelli flew with Garmin engineer Grant Wittenborn to wring out the new products.
Video: Legend Cub vs. CubCrafters LSA By Paul Bertorelli
To look at an original Piper J-3 Cub, you'd have to say, "What's the big deal?" Tube and fabric construction and a cork for a gas gauge. Yet the Cub idea endures in the form of several LSA Cub clones. In this video, AVweb's Paul Bertorelli gets a flight demo in the Legend Cub and in CubCrafters' S2.
Video: World's Fastest Helicopter Pilot By Russ Niles
Kevin Bredenbeck took the Sikorsky X2 technology demonstrator to 250 knots and beyond last September. He spoke with AVweb about the aircraft, the program, and what it's like to go that fast in a helicopter in this interview at the 2011 HAI Heli-Expo in Orlando, Florida.
Video: Bell 407AH Helicopter Unveiled By Russ Niles
Bell Helicopters bypassed the usual military procurement procedure and adapted a 407 for "law enforcement and paramilitary" use. With a 3,000-round-per-minute machine gun, a rocket launcher and FLIR, it's a potent adaptation of a proven airframe that's already attracting attention.
Video: A Look Inside the Cessna Factory By Paul Bertorelli
Facing ever-growing global competition, Cessna has to find way to make airplanes more efficiently. In this video, Terry Clark explains how the company has done that at the company's Independence, Kansas plant.
Video: Paradise P1 Flight Trial By Paul Bertorelli AVweb's Paul Bertorelli took a spin in this Brazilian import as part of a major flight report for Aviation Consumer magazine. It has several cool features, including removable seats to turn it into a camper and prodigious load capability. It will also allow a paraplegic pilot to fly it, using special hand controls.
Video: Embraer Comes to the U.S. By Russ Niles
Brazil's Embraer held the ribbon-cutting for its first U.S. assembly plant in Melbourne, FL on Feb. 21. Embraer CEO Fred Curado says the plant, which is designed to build as many as 100 Phenom 100 and 300 light business jets a year, may not be the end of the company's investment in the U.S.
Video: U Fly It Aircraft Introduces the Sport Storch By Russ Niles
In the 1930s, the German war machine created an amazing STOL aircraft called the Storch. A 3:4 scale version of the aircraft is now available as an LSA or experimental amateur-built plane through U Fly It Sport Aircraft.
Video: Is Carbon Monoxide About to Kill You? By Paul Bertorelli
Probably not, but you may still want to consider a cockpit carbon monoxide detector. In this video, AVweb and Aviation Consumer take a look at these relatively inexpensive safety gadgets. They have steadily improved in recent years, and there are more choices than ever.
Video: Navy X-47B Unmanned Combat Aircraft Flies By Glenn Pew
Friday, Feb. 4, 2011, the tailless, strike-fighter-sized unmanned system, the X-47B, under development by Northrop Grumman, completed its first flight at Edwards Air Force Base (AFB), California. The flying wing took off at 2:09 p.m. PST and flew for 29 minutes. The UAV climbed to an altitude of 5,000 feet, flew several racetrack-type patterns, and landed safely at 2:38 p.m. Northrop says the flight provided test data to verify and validate system software for guidance and navigation and the aerodynamic control of the tailless design. The aircraft will remain at Edwards AFB for flight envelope expansion before moving its test program to Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., later in 2011. There, the system will undergo tests to validate its readiness to begin testing in the maritime and carrier environment. The X-47 is being prepared for carrier trials in 2013.
Video: Flight Recorders Reviewed by 'Aviation Consumer' By Jeff Van West
Ever wish you could replay a flight and analyze what really happened? Aviation Consumer's Jeff Van West reviewed three different cockpit recording systems that target three significantly different needs. Here's the video recap.
Click-and-Control Interactive Heli Video By Glenn Pew
A company called northStudio has created a video with Nimmo Bay Helicopter Resort that allows viewers to control the viewing angle of 360-degree panoramic pre-recorded video through a click-and-drag interface. The technology uses six cameras strapped to a custom-built rig attached to a pole that's attached to the helicopter. Proprietary video merging software then creates the "seamless flying experience." According to the company, the technology was made possible due to improvements in internet and processor speeds. In the video, the camera is slung below a helicopter as it flies down rivers, skims 10,000-year-old glaciers, hovers over waterfalls, and more, and the viewer controls the viewing direction at all times.
Video: Own an Airplane, Make Money, Save Taxes By Russ Niles
If it seems like David Sussman has achieved airplane ownership Nirvana, he would probably agree. AVweb spoke with him at U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring about enjoying financial benefits from a light sport aircraft.
Video: A Convertible Glider By Russ Niles
The Phoenix motorglider is two airplanes in one, and just about anyone can fly it, regardless of his medical status. AVweb took a tour at U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring over the weekend.
Video: iCub An Airplane Wrapped Around an iPad (Plus an iPhone) By Paul Bertorelli
If there aren't enough iWidgets in your life, here's one more: the iCub. It's basically a Cub clone LSA built around the network and display capabilities of an iPad and an iPhone. The iPad serves as the airplane's main navigation device, plus it also receives and tracks data from the Rotax 912 engine. At the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, AVweb talked with the company's Bill Canino, and this brief video offers a tour of the airplane.
Video: First Flight of Chinese J-20 'Stealth Fighter' By Glenn Pew
A collection of video clips from Chinese media outlets including: the J-20 fifth-generation "stealth" fighter jet's first flight, taxi and flight control tests, a size and planform comparison with other contemporary aircraft (F-22 and T-50), and brief images that may suggest the aircraft's avionics package.
Video: 757 Overrun Video Ignites Pilot Speculation By Glenn Pew
Video shot by a passenger aboard American Airlines Flight 2253 as it overran Runway 19 at Jackson Hole, Wednesday, shows unusual operation of the aircraft's systems, according to some pilots. The 6,300-foot runway sits at an elevation of 6,451 feet and the pilots landed in light snow at about 11:37 a.m. About seven inches of snow had fallen in the area since midnight, but the runway itself was reportedly in good condition with good braking coefficients. The aircraft appears to be on the ground prior to passing the PAPI lights and wind sock, which would be appropriate. In the video, the engine's thrust reverser panel first moves just after touchdown, but it does not fully open and the outboard spoilers are not visibly deployed. Because of that, things quickly get more interesting.
Video: IFR Magazine Shows You How to Use a GPS for NDB-Only Approaches By Jeff Van West
You can't legally fly an NDB approach in the clouds using a GPS unless it says "or GPS" in the title. But there's nothing that says you can't practice VFR what it's like to fly an approach with a bearing pointer and no moving maps. Come along with IFR magazine editor-in-chief Jeff Van West and see how to make your glass cockpit (or portable GPS) go retro to fly an old-school NDB approach just for the fun and proficiency of it.
Video: Eclipse Jet Flight Demo By Paul Bertorelli
As Eclipse Aerospace tries to put the pieces together following the bankruptcy of the original company in 2008, it's busily modifying the 259 existing airframes. AVweb recently flew one of the upgraded models with owner David Green. The airplane is fast, comfortable, and a blast to fly.
Video: AVweb Flies the Kitfox LSA By Paul Bertorelli
Everyone complains that light sport aircraft are too expensive, but Kitfox is doing something about it. AVweb recently went to Homedale, Idaho to try out Kitfox's new moderately priced LSA. Here's a full video report.
Video: Learning to Fly with Flyvie & Jeppesen By Glenn Pew
Jeppesen and Flyvie may revolutionize the way student pilots learn to fly (and the way flight instructors approach flight training) by making actual flight lessons recordable, portable, and reviewable on the ground at the flight school, at home, and almost anywhere.
Video: Robinson's R66 Turbine Helicopter By Glenn Pew
That's right: Robinson Helicopter Company has a certified turbine offering the five-place R66 Turbine, to be exact. Company president Kurt Robinson shares some details.
Video: SNJ-5 'Daisy Pearl' A Tribute at AOPA Summit 2010 By Glenn Pew
Wilbur Owens's SNJ-5, The Daisy Pearl, is a tribute to two men, Thomas Hudner and Jesse Brown, who flew for the United States military. Brown was the Navy's first African-American pilot. He was shot down during the Korean war. Hudner, a fellow pilot, earned the Medal of Honor trying to save Brown from the elements and Chinese infantry. Read more here.
Video: Piaggio Royal Gull at AOPA Summit 2010 By Glenn Pew
At the AOPA Summit in Long Beach, Don Albin was kind enough to offer this tour of his rare aircraft an amphibious twin engine pusher, the Piaggio Royal Gull seaplane.
Video: Yves Rossy Does Loops in His JetMan Rig By Glenn Pew
The man you're watching is 51-year-old Yves Rossy also called Jetman, for reasons that should be obvious. In 2006, he became the first person to fly with custom-made composite wings on his back powered by four small jet engines. This footage (shot Friday, November 5, 2010) is proof that he's now the first man to perform aerobatics and loop in the rig.
Video: iPad vs. Garmin's 696 By Paul Bertorelli
With Foreflight or WingX loaded, the iPad aces the plate reader function, hands down. But how about for all-purpose cockpit navigation? Looks to us like the 696's robust GPS wins that round. But there could be an interesting and less expensive compromise, as this video reveals.
Video: AmSafe Airbags for Divans By Paul Bertorelli
For biz aircraft operators, side-facing divan seating common in these airplanes represents a problem. These seats can't be certified with full occupancy because of safety considerations. AmSafe's new airbags address this shortcoming.
Video: VisionSafe EVAS Demo By Paul Bertorelli
Smoke in the cockpit is a serious danger for pilots. With oxygen available, breathing isn't the problem; seeing is. The VisionSafe Emergency Vision Assurance System (EVAS) addresses the threat of zero-zero vis in the cockpit. AVweb filmed a demo at NBAA 2010 in Atlanta.
Video: PiperJet Altaire By Paul Bertorelli
At NBAA 2010 in Atlanta, Piper surprised the world with a complete redo of its single-engine jet, included an upgraded interior and larger, circular section cabin. Piper's Geoff Berger gave AVweb a tour of the revised jet, dubbed the Altaire.
Video: Cessna's Citation Ten (That's 'T-E-N') By Paul Bertorelli
At NBAA 2010 in Atlanta, Cessna announced a new model, the Citation Ten not to be confused with the Citation X. In this video, Cessna CEO Jack Pelton gives us the details.
Video: Poplar Grove Airport, Summer 2010 By Glenn Pew
Airplanes are clearly a passion for the Thomas family, and they're pretty handy with a video camera and editing software, too. Steve and his wife Tina own Poplar Grove Airmotive, a full-service maintenance shop at Poplar Grove Airport (which they also own) in Illinois. Their personal aircraft are a Waco SRE, a Beech 18 and a Brunner-Wingle Bird, and they paid tribute to their airplanes this way.
Video: "First Ever" Human-Powered Ornithopter Flight By Glenn Pew
A group of University of Toronto students has just announced that a flight of their human-powered flapping-wing aircraft, The Snowbird, on August 2 may have set an FAI record with a "first ever" flight for its kind. The group believes that after being towed aloft, the aircraft maintained speed and altitude for 19.3 seconds and covered approximately 145 meters while flying at 25.6 km/h. During that time, it was powered solely by its pilot and designer, U of T engineering Ph.D. candidate Todd Reichert, who estimates he's capable of about 0.3 horsepower. Reichert believes his team's effort represents the first ever sustained flight of a human-powered ornithopter. The FAI ruling committee (the record keepers) is expected to offer its opinion in October.
Video: An Illuminating Look at LED Landing Lights By Paul Bertorelli
Don't look now, but LED landing lights have gotten brighter and better over just the last year. In this video, AVweb takes a look at some of the current offerings and concludes they perform better than the old standby 5509 tractor bulb.
Video: Turbocharged Sportsman TC By Marc Cook
Glasair Aviation's Mikael Via introduces the new turbocharged, carbon-fiber-bodied Sportsman TC to Kitplanes editor-in-chief Mar Cook at EAA AirVenture 2010.
Video: No, the Little One Pulls the Big One By Paul Bertorelli
This video comes from an airport security camera, believed to be at New York's JFK, where a 747 got momentarily loose from the crew and pushed a tug across the ramp. Yeah, we know it's supposed to work the other way around.
'Beyond This Historic Brown Gate' Slick Hutto's AirVenture 2010 Video Montage By Russ Niles
We introduced you to 19-year-old James Wesley Perkins, who's gone by the nickname Slick since he can remember, just after the 2009 AirVenture Oshkosh via a video he put together of all the stuff we didn't get to see, or saw out of the corners of our eyes as we rushed from one assignment to another. Another AirVenture has come and gone and the routine was pretty much the same for AVweb staffers. Thankfully Slick had his video camera and talented eye at the show and recently posted his assembly of the highlights of AirVenture 2010. The young future naval aviator has also had a few highlights of his own in the past year.
Sonic Boom Heard in Seattle By Glenn Pew
Two Air National Guard F-15s out of Portland International Airport went supersonic over the continental U.S. Tuesday, and the sonic booms were caught on local videos. The jets had been dispatched by NORAD. They had been granted permission to go supersonic to intercept an aircraft that was wandering near airspace that had been temporarily restricted during a presidential visit to the region. The first video was shot in Seattle by a local news crew; the second, apparently, by a local mother.
Biplane and RC Airplane Midair Collision By Glenn Pew
The FAA has confirmed it is investigating a midair collision between a biplane and what appears to be a large-scale radio-controlled model on Aug. 14. FAA spokesman Mike Fergus said the mishap occurred at an airport in Brighton, Colo. during what appeared to be a model aircraft event. The RC pilots were using an airport runway or taxiway for their activities, and the model involved in the collision was hovering on prop thrust above a paved surface when the biplane (type unknown) made a low-level pass with air show smoke on over the field, then struck the model.
Real Aircraft Loses Wing, Lands Safely (Under Canopy) By Glenn Pew
A Rans S-9 Chaos piloted by 22-year-old Dino Moline lost its wing during an air show routine in Argentina Sunday. Because it was equipped with a Ballistic Recovery Systems (BRS) full-plane parachute system, the pilot survived uninjured.
Cluster Balloonist Jonathan Trappe By Glenn Pew
Jonathan Trappe is a sort of super-hero to some children and a crazy man to some adults. We found him inspirational. Trappe is licensed to fly beneath a group of homemade helium-filled balloons. That means his aircraft is one of the most structurally redundant vehicles in the sky. But it's also challenging to fly. Trappe controls his direction by varying his altitude. He can drop water ballast or stab balloons with a knife to alter his buoyancy as he flies. Wind direction can vary with altitude, and Trappe uses that to his advantage, adjusting his present reality to the forecast conditions. To stay visible to controllers and aircraft, Trappe carries a radio and transponder, making him visible on radar. For visual avoidance, Trappe relies mainly on the 50-foot brightly colored canopy of balloons above his head. At night, he uses lights.
X-Air's $60,000 Light Sport Aircraft By Jeff Van West
X-Air is trying to deliver on the promise of a low-cost LSA for affordable, fun flying. Just before he left Oshkosh at the end of EAA Airventure 2010, AVweb's Jeff Van West took the X-Air LS up for a flight.
AVweb's Goodyear Blimp Adventure By Adam Cutler
At AirVenture 2010, AVweb took a tour on the Goodyear Blimp. This video reveals some interesting stuff about an entirely different kind of flying machine.
Jeff Skiles' WACO By Paul Bertorelli
Jeff Skiles is co-chair of the Young Eagles program, along with Chesley Sullenberger. Check out the WACO cabin Skiles is using to introduce Young Eagles to the magic of flight.
AirVenture from the Air: A Flight Around the Pattern By Paul Bertorelli
Once the place finally dried out, it filled up with airplanes and here's a look at the campgrounds, AeroShell Square, and all the neat stuff you've been hearing about shot from pattern altitude.
DC-2 at EAA AirVenture By Russ Niles
There are lots of DC-3s still flying around the world, but only one original DC-2. It showed up at AirVenture in Oshkosh (via Rock Falls, Illinois), and AVweb had a look at it.
The Skycar: A Five-Seater with a Hatchback By Mary Grady
Oma Sud, an Italian aircraft company that builds parts for the likes of Airbus, has it's own unusual new twin. AVweb's Mary Grady took a closer look at EAA Airventure Oshkosh.
Sikorsky Firely: An Electric Helicopter By Glenn Pew
It's at nearly gross weight before the pilot steps in and can only fly for 15 minutes, but that's not the point. Sikorsky Innovations sees the Firefly as a testbed for the technologies that may make for a real electric helicopter ... someday.
Ford's Wild AirVenture Wind Tunnel By Paul Bertorelli
At EAA AirVenture 2010, Ford has a number of attractions, not the least of which is a portable vertical wind tunnel. It'll give you a good taste of what skydiving freefall is all about. AVweb staffers from our show intern Adam Cutler to resident skydiver Paul Bertorelli tried it out and here's the video report.
"TransAtlantic" Helicopter Flight to Oshkosh from France By Glenn Pew
Matthieu de Quillacq flew his lightweight Kompress CH-7 kit helicopter from southern France to Oshkosh, and he hopes to continue right around the world. AVweb's Glenn Pew caught up with him at AirVenture to find out more.
New Bose A20 Headset By Jeff Van West
Has it been 20 years since Bose pioneered the first aviation noise cancelling headset at Oshkosh? Yes, it has and at this year's EAA AirVenture, they've introduced the latest and greatest, the new A20, a follow-on product to the popular Headset X. Here's AVweb's quick look at the new headset.
The Cobalt 50 By Jeff Van West
The Cobalt 50 is a pusher-prop design that the company hopes will carry five people at 220 knots. AVweb's Jeff Van West spoke with Cobalt founder and CEO David Loury to find out more.
DC-3s Gather in Rock Falls for "The Last Time" By Russ Niles
More than 30 DC-3s were on the ramp at Whiteside County Airport in Rock Falls, Ill. from July 24-26 to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the first flight of the aircraft that some say changed the way aviation was used and perceived. Organizer Dan Gryder gave AVweb a unique perspective on the event and the people involved.
Sploshkosh Arrivals By Paul Bertorelli
Although it looked ugly Saturday night, Wittman Field is rapidly drying out for the start of EAA AirVenture 2010 at Oshkosh. AVweb's Paul Bertorelli walked the North 40 on Sunday and found it more dry than wet. EAA's Dick Knapinksi said Sunday that the field may be dry enough for normal operations by Monday.
IFR Magazine's Tips for GPS VNAV By Jeff Van West
Going vertical? Get more from your GPS. VNAV is a great feature that goes unused or underutilized on many a GPS. See how a GNS 430's VNAV can do more than just tell you when to start down for the airport.
Canadian Military Flight Training: A Ride-Along in the CT-156 Harvard II By Russ Niles
To many people, it's just a joke about funny Canadian place names, but Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan is the center of the universe for young military officers from all over the world who want to become military pilots. Under the auspices of 15 Wing Moose Jaw, the Canadian Forces and Bombardier are in a joint venture to train Canada's next generation of pilots and also new pilots from as far away as Singapore. AVweb's Russ Niles went for a ride in the CT-156 Harvard II (the Canadian version of the Texan II used by the U.S. Air Force) and spoke with flight instructor Capt. Zack Charbonneau.
MySky MSOne LSA By Larry Anglisano
There are a handful of high-wing LSAs offering tandem seating but only a couple of low-wing designs offering the same feature, giving that fighter-like view from the cockpit for both pilot and passenger. The MySky MSOne is one of those, and in this brief video, AVweb gets a look at the MSOne.
Lycoming's IE2 Project Tech Review By Paul Bertorelli
If Lycoming's electronically controlled IE2 engine seemed like it was over the horizon, it is in fact just around the corner. Lycoming and Lancair are in full-swing flight test in the launch aircraft, the Lancair Evolution, and certified versions are expected by the end of this year or a little later. In this video, Lycoming's Jim Morris provides an update on the project.
Cirrus SR22T Flight Demo By Paul Bertorelli
Cirrus is out with a new version of the SR22, the SR22T, with a TSIO-550-K groundboosted turbo system. AVweb's Paul Bertorelli took a demo flight in the new airplane with Cirrus's Matt Bergwall.
Supersonic Flight & Transonic Phenomena By Glenn Pew AVweb's Glenn Pew finds some of the web's most popular footage and takes a look behind the visual and auditory phenomena created when machines "break" the speed of sound.
Aviation Consumer Reviews the iPad Warts and All By Paul Bertorelli
Could it really be? Is the iPad the ultimate cockpit EFB (electronic flight bag) that we've all been waiting for? Find out in this review by AVweb and Aviation Consumer's Paul Bertorelli. It has potential so much potential ... .
Kim Prout Gives Kitplanes a Tour of His Europa Monowheel By Marc Cook
Kim Prout's homebuilt Europa Monowheel is one of the highest-time examples in the U.S. and amply shows off the superb combination of agility and utility in this exclusive video from the editors of Kitplanes magazine.
IFR Magazine Shares GPS Tricks for VOR Clearances By Jeff Van West
Handling clearances with that panel-mount GPS is a snap until they throw some rogue radial off a VOR into the mix. IFR editor Jeff Van West unlocks the insider techniques that make clearances like this just another day plying the airways.
Aviation Consumer's Diamond Motor Glider Gliding Trial By Paul Bertorelli
At Sun 'n Fun, AVwebtook a look at Diamond's reintroduced HK36 motor glider. In this follow-up video, we tried it out in extended glider operation, and (no suprise) it's a great performer. If you want to learn soaring and still want a powered airplane, the HK36 is a remarkably well-executed compromise.
Anywhere Map's Quadra GPS By Jeff Van West
Big things come in small packages really small in this case. Come see what happens when you try and pack scanned charts, approach plates, and more into a portable GPS that's about the size of a deck of cards, courtesy of Aviation Consumer's Jeff Van West.
Woopy-Fly Inflatable Wing Ultralight Aircraft By Glenn Pew
The Woopy-Fly, a sort of paraglider/trike/ultralight hybrid shown on the world stage at AERO Friedrichshafen this April 2010 in Germany, has a wing that folds for storage like a paraglider because it's inflatable. Currently, it appears the wing itself is only available from distributors in Switzerland, Russia, and Japan. Those wishing to buy the trike (plus wing) can expect a complete kit cost to run about 13,780 Swiss Francs, which currently is about US$12,400 plus the legal disclaimer that releases the manufacturer of liability.
TCM's New Diesel Project By Paul Bertorelli
TCM said more than a year ago that it wanted to get an aerodiesel into its product line, and now it has one. The company bought diesel technology already developed from a European source and is forging ahead with its own program.
Kitplanes Reports from CAFE Electric Aircraft Symposium By Marc Cook
With electric airplanes continuing to gain favor, the fifth annual Electric Aircraft Symposium was held recently, and here's a video report from Kitplanes magazine editor Marc Cook. In case you haven't been paying attention, there has been broad progress in battery technology and endurance, motor weight, and power and charging systems. This video summarizes the high points.
IFR Magazine Shows You How to Get More from a Portable GPS in IFR By Jeff Van West
That gadget you bolted to the yoke can do a lot more than show pretty moving maps. Come along with IFR magazine editor Jeff Van West to see how correct use of track (and several other features) on your portable GPS can improve all aspects of your IFR flying.
Ride-Along with Dale Snodgrass By Paul Bertorelli
Famed air show and fighter pilot Dale Snodgrass took an AVweb camera along on his Paris Jet afternoon air show at Sun 'n Fun. In this unique video, he gives us the details about his routine.
UL Power's Unique Lightweight Engine By Marc Cook
Aircraft engine development isn't exactly a major growth industry, but we do see new products from time to time. At Sun 'n Fun, Kitplanes editor Marc Cook talked to Gus Warren about the unique, lightweight UL Power engine for LSAs and kit airplanes.
Berlin Airlift Foundation's C-54 Spirit of Freedom By Larry Anglisano
In 1948, the newly minted U.S. Air Force did a remarkable thing. When the Soviets blockaded land links to Berlin, the Air Force sustained the city by air for nearly a year. At Sun 'n Fun, the Berlin Airlift Foundation displayed a C-54 used in the operation. (It's actually a Navy R-5D, but the airplanes are identical.)
Paris Jet at Sun 'n Fun By Mary Grady
Dale Snodgrass is widely known as the most experienced F-14 pilot in the world. At Sun 'n Fun 2010, he debuted with a new aerobatic demo team, flying the famed Paris Jet.
Lancair Evo Update By Paul Bertorelli
Lancair's piston Evolution is one of the most ambitious kit aircraft ever, and it has an equally ambitious engine, Lycoming's IE2 electronic powerplant. At Sun 'n Fun, Lancair's Doug Meyer gave us an update on the program.
Diamond Motor Glider Flight Trial By Russ Niles
At Sun 'n Fun, Diamond announced the reintroduction of its HK36 motor glider, and AVweb's Russ Niles took a demo flight with Great Lakes Aircraft's Andy James.
Lock and Key Upgrade for Piper Navajo By Larry Anglisano
Piper's Navajo was one of the most successful cabin class twins, mainly because it carries a lot at a good cruise speed. But it hasn't been made since the 1980s, so Mike Jones Aircraft has developed an extensive upgrade program for the Navajo called the Lock and Key. Here's a report.
Red Bull Air Race Crash, Perth, April 15, 2010 Adilson Kindlemann By Glenn Pew
The Red Bull Air Race experienced the first crash of its seven years on Thursday, April 15, 2010 in Perth, Australia. 36-year-old Adilson Kindlemann lost control of his aircraft after rounding a pylon during practice and managed a near-wings-level impact, but the aircraft flipped as the fixed landing grear struck the water. Rescue crews extracted Kindlemann from the river, and local police reported he was conscious and appeared to be suffering only minor injuries.
DeltaHawk Engine Update By Marc Cook
DeltaHawk will be the first to admit they've been plodding along on the diesel engine certification project ... like, forever. Actually, it's been 14 years but they think they'll have a production engine available this year. Here's Kitplanes editor Marc Cook with an update.
Waco YMF-5D Biplane Flight Trial By Paul Bertorelli
If you think the glory days of classic biplanes are long gone, check out Waco's new YMF-5D with a full glass cockpit, no less. Paul Bertorelli flew it at Sun 'n Fun and says it's a high-zoot hoot.
King Air 350i Cabin Tour By Mary Grady
Hawker Beechcraft's King Air has been in continuous production longer than any other turboprop in history. The latest variant, the 350i, emphasizes cabin amenities, and this detailed video from AVweb tells the complete story.
Kestrel Turboprop By Russ Niles
On the show line at Sun 'n Fun is a largish single-engine turboprop that looks like an Epic but it isn't. It's the Kestrel turboprop. Here's AVweb's report on this intriguing aircraft.
Spot's New Messenger Model By Mary Grady
As 121.5 MHz ELTs are being phased out, aircraft owners are looking for alternatives. One of these is the Spot satellite messenger device. It's not technically an emergency beacon, but it can provide similar functions. At Sun 'n Fun 2010, the company showed us its new model.
Dick Jackson's Fabulous S39 By Russ Niles
Before he built helicopters, Igor Sikorsky designed and built well-regarded fixed-wing aircraft, including Dick Jackson's fabulously restored S-39 amphib. Jackson brought his S-39 to Sun 'n Fun 2010, and AVweb took a tour.
1549's Jeff Skiles: "Yeah, I'd Bid the Trip Again" By Paul Bertorelli
At the Aircraft Electronics Association meeting in Orlando, US Airways' Jeff Skiles took a few minutes to give his perspective on the flight 1549 ditching in the Hudson 15 months ago. Does he have flashbacks? No but when the engines are pulled back sharply during climb, it gets his attention.
Sandel Rolls Out Heli-TAWS By Paul Bertorelli
Certified TAWs systems for helicopters are on the pricy side because there's not much competition and, because helos fly nap of the earth, the requirements are different. That's where Sandel's new Heli-TAWS product fits in. The company's Jerry Henry explain the new offering at the Aircraft Electronics Association expo in Orlando, Florida.
PS Engineering's New Low-Cost Audio Panel By Paul Bertorelli
So maybe you don't have a trust fund to support your aircraft. If so, you'll be interested in what PS Engineering is up to. The company has packed a ton of sophisticated features into its new low-cost PMA8000B audio panel. Gary Picou gives the highlights.
Mid-Continent Expands Autopilot Services By Paul Bertorelli
In case you haven't looked recently, the autopilot market ain't what it used to be. Bendix/King has abandoned the KFC225, and there's not much competition in the field. Because owners are therefore keeping their old autopilots, Mid-Continent Instruments is expanding its service and repair. At the Aircraft Electronics Association, Tom Genovese explained the new services.
Garmin's G500/G600 PC Trainer By Paul Bertorelli
Want a free EFIS trainer? Garmin's got one for the G500/G600 EFIS products. Here's Garmin's Jim Alpiser to explain it, straight from the Aircraft Electronics Association show in Orlando.
Avidyne's New FMS R9 Feature By Paul Bertorelli
At the Aircraft Electronics Association show in Orlando, Avidyne's Tom Harper demonstrated the impressive FMS capabilities of the latest Release 9 software for the company's sophisticated EFIS.
Aircraft Electronics Association Looking for a Strong 2010 By Paul Bertorelli
The Aircraft Electronics Association opened its 53rd annual convention in Orlando's Gaylord Palms Center on Thursday. AEA President Paula Derks told AVweb that initial impressions suggest good show attendance and a recovering avionics market. Most of the companies AVweb interviewed reported a stronger spring sales season over 2009, with Aspen Avionics leading way and expecting a banner year for 2010.
Exclusive Video: F-35B Joint Strike Fighter 40-Knot Fly-By By Glenn Pew
Test pilot Graham Tomlinson on March 10, 2010 flies the first F-35B Joint Strike fighter (or JSF), BF-1, at 40 knots on its 40th flight, employing the jet's forward shaft-driven vertical lift fan look behind the nosegear and the aft-vectored thrust nozzle.
Exclusive Video: Legend's New Amphib Floatplane By Paul Bertorelli
American Legend has made a name for itself in the LSA market with well-made Cub clones. At U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring in January, it showed a new amphib LSA that attracted lots of eyeballs. Last week, AVweb flew the amphib, and here's our video report on this new product. It's not just fun to fly; it's insanely fun to fly.
Exclusive Video: Advanced Flight Systems' Innovative Display By Paul Bertorelli
Wouldn't it be great if the modern primary flight display integrated the attitude indicator with the HSI? You'd have only one point to scan. Advanced Flight Systems' new EFIS does exactly that. Rob Hickman gives us a tour.
Exclusive Video: AVweb's PiperSport Flight Trial By Paul Bertorelli
At the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, Florida, Piper launched its entry in the light sport market, the Czech-built PiperSport. Aviation Consumer editor Paul Bertorelli got a flight demo on the airplane, and here's his video report.
Exclusive Video: AVweb's G100UL Flight Test By Paul Bertorelli
For nearly three decades, general aviation has been struggling to find an unleaded replacement for 100LL avgas. General Aviation Modifications Inc. (GAMI) in Ada, Oklahoma says they've found it. AVweb's Paul Bertorelli recently took a test flight to see how the new fuel works.
Exclusive Video: How the Amateur Challenger Explosion Video Went Public By Glenn Pew
Twenty-four years after the event, what may be the only amateur video shot of the Space Shuttle Challenger explosion has gone public. A Presidential commission resolved the accident took place on a day that was 15° colder than any previous launch ... and that the 36° launch-time temperature was a contributing factor.
Exclusive Video: Rotax Engine Essentials By Jeff Van West
What's special about preflighting the Rotax engines found on most LSAs? Tim Brooks, Director of Maintenance for Heart of Virginia Aviation, takes you on a just-the-facts tour explaining what you're looking for and why it's important.
Exclusive Video: Dynon Skyview in the Flight Design CTLS By Paul Bertorelli
Just as you think LSA cockpits can't get any better, along comes something like the Dynon Skyview, a new multi-screen dual sensor EFIS system. AVweb's Paul Bertorelli got a tour of the new product from Flight Design's John Hurst.
Exclusive Video: Garmin's Engine Software for the G3X By Paul Bertorelli
At the U.S. Sport Expo in Sebring, Garmin introduced operating software for the G3X EFIS that allows extensive systems and engine monitoring for LSAs and experimentals. It also announced a new G3X mode interface with the TruTrak autopilot.
Exclusive Video: Build Your Own PC-Based EFIS By Paul Bertorelli
That's what Levil Technology is offering. With the company's basic software, you can run all sort of other software and sensors in a Windows-based EFIS for experimentals.
Exclusive Video: NASA's Puffin VTOL Personal Air Vehicle By Glenn Pew
It's just a computer concept, but what a fun idea. An electric motor-powered single-man carbon fiber aircraft that can take off and land like a helicopter but also fly at 300 miles per hour that's convenient and practical flying and motivation to become a pilot. Of course, it's flying now ... only on your computer screen. AVweb's Glenn Pew takes you on a tour of NASA's demo video.
Exclusive Video: Improving Your Cockpit Lighting By Glenn Pew
Ancient 1970s-style post lights don't cut it for night flying in a modern world. Aviation Consumer's Larry Anglisano explains some of the products available to improve panel lighting.
Exclusive Video: Aviation Safety Dissects the Anatomy of a Cirrus Stall Accident By Paul Bertorelli
So-called over-the-top or cross-control stall accidents have been common among general aviation pilots for years. But no one has ever really documented what happens in one until now. Thanks the widespread use of glass cockpits, this fatal stall accident has been extraordinarily well-documented by accident investigators and includes a video re-creation. Aviation Safety magazine walks you through the accident in this video.
Video: Sukhoi Su-27 Flanker Civilian Warbird Over Illinois By Glenn Pew AVweb reader Scott Ross turned us on to this video of the first civilian registry SU-27 Sukhoi Flanker flying overhead ... in Rockford, Illinois. Scott tells us he "heard it banging around yesterday but didn't realize what it was. RFD's Runway 25 touchdown point is four miles from my house, and we are directly below the ILS. Wish I'd been outside when she went over.
Video: Wacos to Brodhead En Route to the Grass Roots Fly-In By Glenn Pew
Jay Olburg and Scott Ross have cooked up another fantastic video production, this time showcasing a 1941 Waco SRE owned by Steve and Tina Thomas and a '36 ECQ-6 flown by Bob Grist on their way to the Brodhead Grass Roots Fly-In. Enjoy!
Exclusive Video: Product Minutes New Products at AOPA Summit By Paul Bertorelli
Our cup did runneth over AOPA Summit last week, but we managed some time to shoot another brief video on cool products we saw, including a Cirrus engine modification from Next Dimension, Flightline Systems' new AuRACLE Engine Monitor for legacy twins, a nifty flashlight that's really a glove, and a new Cessna 210 inspection guide from the Cessna Pilots Association.
In this video, veteran Reno Racer Thom Richard tells what it's like to wail around the pylons at Reno in a Formula 1 race aircraft. It's powered by a 100hp O-200, but Invictus which was on display at AOPA Summit in Tampa this week is still capable of nearly 250 MPH. It's hot, high-G work, but it's also six minutes of one of the biggest shots of adrenaline in aviation.
So what if new aircraft sales are in the tank? You can still fix up an older airframe to near new standards. Two companies at AOPA Summit were offering such upgrades, and a third, Premier Aircraft, is offering a premium upgrade to new Diamond DA40s that can include air conditioning, plus a second alternator and comfy upgraded leather seats. Nexair Avionics saw an opportunity in Avidyne's sophisticated Release 9 EFIS and is selling legacy Saratogas with this big glass upgrade. Sierra Industries is taking a similar tack, but they're using Garmin's G500 in their Super Centurion upgrade. This video offers a quick glimpse at products from all three companies.
Lockheed 12 owner Joe Shepherd got the rarest of opportunities: His fully restored airplane was used in the film Amelia, now playing in cinemas across the country. Shepherd tells what it was like to play a small but important part in a major film.
Exclusive Video: Diamond's DA20 with Aspen and Garmin By Paul Bertorelli
Diamond Aircraft has always stepped right out there with innovation, and even in its modest DA20 trainer, the company is offering two glass panel choices. AVweb recently took a look at the Aspen EFD1000 and Garmin G500, both offered as options in the DA20.
The Dornier 328 is a perfectly fine 32-seat airliner, but can it also be a decent bizjet. Livejet thinks so and they're converting the former airliners into a 12-seat, large-cabin business aircraft. At NBAA 2009, Russ Niles took a tour of the first conversion.
Video: Near CFIT Close Call with Terrain By Russ Niles
The circumstances of this incident are unclear (and the subject of much speculation in the forums), but the result is pretty clear. The people aboard this Bonanza came within a tree branch or two of becoming victims of controlled flight into terrain (CFIT).
Exclusive Video: Flying the Zeppelin NT with Airship Ventures By Mary Grady
Pilots who signed up for sightseeing flights over San Francisco in the new Zeppelin NT kept asking the crew if they could take a turn in the front seat. Tired of having to say no, the company created a special day-long program just for pilots. AVweb's Mary Grady tried it out during a session in Long Beach last month, and here is her report.
Exclusive Video: Garmin's New Traffic Products By Paul Bertorelli
At Oshkosh this year, Garmin announced the new GT-series traffic awareness and collision avoidance products. These devices are priced according to capability and aircraft mission. In this video, we take a quick look at all three systems.
Exclusive Video: On "Non-God-Fearing Aircraft" By Glenn Pew
Stability is a good thing ... except when it isn't. Nearly all general aviation aircraft are inherently stable, which makes them, in the words of military experimental test pilot Desmond "Deuce" Brophy, "God-fearing aircraft." But the fighter jets Brophy flies and tests are a little different. During our visit to the flight test center at Edwards Air Force Base, Brophy explained the fundamental aerodynamic differences between the aircraft we fly and what he calls "non-God-fearing aircraft."
Exclusive Video: Aviation Consumer's DA42 NG Flight Trial By Paul Bertorelli
With its new Austro engines, the new DA42 NG is a strong performer and a bit more economical than the previous version of this aircraft. AVweb editorial director Paul Bertorelli took a spin in one last month, and here's his report.
Video: Dave Carroll and Sons of Maxwell Deliver on Their Promised Follow-Up to "United Breaks Guitars" By Glenn Pew
Sons of Maxwell front man Dave Carroll is back in the spotlight with a follow-up to his "United Breaks Guitars" music video. Carroll made news back in July with a YouTube video describing how United Airlines had failed to help him make good on a $3,500 Taylor guitar damaged during a commercial flight. The video quickly became a sensation, and the Canadian singer-songwriter promised a series of three songs about his experience with United. The second installment has now hit the web and, at last look, had almost 400,000 views. (The original has more than five million.)
Exclusive Video: Why Did This Landing Go Wrong? By Paul Bertorelli
Another YouTube star is born. This time, it's a runway overshoot on St. Barthélemy's notoriously short runway 10/28. Several readers drew our attention to this video, and we've done an analysis on what went wrong. St. Bart's is short, all right, but really not that different from a hundred other runways cluttered up with trees, towers, and close-in terrain. This is a stark, metal-bending lesson in airspeed control.
Exclusive Video: Victor Bomber Take-Off Hero or Hoax? By Paul Bertorelli
At an air show, an old Handley Page Victor bomber was supposed to do a taxiby photo op. Instead, it took off. The explanation? The co-pilot accidentally firewalled the throttles. Really? You be the judge.
Exclusive Video: Avro Lancaster Bomber Tour By Glenn Pew
With only two left flying, the Avro Lancaster is among the rarest of the rare of World War II aircraft. AVweb recently toured one when it appeared at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh.
Video: Belarussian Su-27 Crashes at Polish Air Show By Glenn Pew
The pilot and backseater aboard a Belarussian Su-27 fighter died Sunday when the aircraft failed to recover from loop at an air show in Radom, Poland. A bird strike is being reported as a factor in the crash, but so far there is no explanation as to why the crew members didn't eject.
Video: In-Cockpit Video of Old Rhinebeck Mishap By Russ Niles
There's been nothing written (that we can find, anyway) about an accident involving the New Standard biplane used for giving rides at Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome, but this video, posted on YouTube about 10 days ago, tells quite a tale. According to the reader who sent us the YouTube link, the accident reportedly happened July 26 and, from the video, appears to be an off-runway excursion into a nasty ravine filled with big rocks. As might be expected, the off-roading takes a toll on the wood and fabric but doesn't seem to have banged up the pilot and his passengers, one of whom kept the camera rolling through the whole accident and aftermath. There is no NTSB report on the mishap, and FAA incident reports are only available for the last 10 business days. The museum's web site says only that biplane rides are suspended until Labor Day weekend, but it's not clear whether the crash airplane will be fixed or a replacement found for rides.
Exclusive Video: Loss of Control in an F-16 Fighter, Test Pilot on Yaw Departure By Glenn Pew
At Edwards Air Force Base, they still test F-16 fighters, because each software upgrade and each new weapons package introduces new parameters. Experimental test pilots need to identify the aircraft's performance limits, and they need to know how it will perform before their brothers- and sisters-in-arms take upgraded Vipers into combat. This is one of those tests, and Air Force pilot Desmond Brophy walks us through it step-by-step.
Video: Rowing Team Aids Ditching Rescue By AVweb's 'Video of the Week' Editors
A British charity rowing team raced to the scene of a ditching by an Irish pilot in the Irish Sea Wednesday and were in the process of throwing him a line when a rescue helicopter arrived and winched him to safety. One of the rowers had a video camera with him.
Video: The Fun Side of Oshkosh By AVweb's 'Video of the Week' Editors
The common lament among AVweb staff at EAA AirVenture is that we spend a full week at the show but it seems like we see hardly anything. Sure, we cover the news, interview lots of interesting people and make sure there's a wide variety of video, podcasts, photos and written information to give our readers a good picture of what's going on. But few of us have ever gone to AirVenture for the pure joy of it, and that's been an unintentional gap in our coverage. Kitplanes Editor Marc Cook came across this video on YouTube by James Perkins, of Georgetown, Texas, who has elevated getting the most out of Oshkosh to high art. James, who's been going by the nickname Slick since before he can remember, is a carded aerobatic pilot who competes in his Pitts S-1C. He's also an Eagle Scout and will soon be a freshman at Texas A&M where he has a full ride ROTC scholarship as a future naval aviator. He'll turn 19 next month.
Once again, we visit the LSA Mall and vendor booths at EAA AirVenture to see what don't-miss products we can find among the displays. This time, we uncovered: VAL Avionics' super-slim COM 2000 radio; a keen Bluetooth receiver/remote control from ComLinkPro; and one of the handiest flight bags we've seen, at the Brightline Bags booth.
Ever wanted to fly a classic warbird? AVweb's Paul Bertorelli can tell you there are more switches, cranks, and levers that you may be used to in the cockpit of the P-40N. Vintage Wings of Canada's Dave Hadfield walks you through all those mechanisms.
Thielert AG's financial struggles gave diesel aircraft owners some sleepness nights last year, but now Centurion seems poised to take over the top spot in diesel engine production. Centurion's Jasper Wolfson took a moment to talk with us about the state of the industry at EAA Airventure 2009.
Jessica Cox, the first person with no arms to be granted a light sport pilot license by the FAA, met with AVweb at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2009. As you watch the video, be prepared to never complain about anything ever again. (For more on Jessica, visit her web site, RightFooted.com.
There are lots of new products at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2009. Here's AVweb's look at some of the more interesting ones: Garmin G500 in Diamond's popular Eclipse trainer, the Austro diesel-powered DA42 NG, and the Vampire LSA.
EAA AirVenture 2009 Video Series: In the Pattern Over Oshkosh By Paul Bertorelli
Sitting in front of your computer thinking how awesome it would be if you could at least get up in the air for a few minutes and fly around the patch at Oshkosh? We feel ya and that's why we strapped on some cameras for this bonus video, which gives you an aerial tour of the EAA AirVenture grounds.
"If it used to fly, if it does fly, or if it's possibly gonna fly, you'll find it here," says Randy Babbitt of his first AirVenture as FAA Administrator (though it's hardly his first time at the show). AVweb caught up with the new Administrator at the KidVenture section of the show.
Bendix/King has introduced a new follow-up product to its AV8OR touchscreen navigator. It's called the ACE and can display geo-referenced charts and plates. AVweb took the new product for a spin at AirVenture this week.
Amazon's Kindle e-reader has proven to be a hot seller, so it was just a matter of time before someone adapted it for displaying approach plates. The Kindle and Kindle 2 are too small for this purpose, so Gold Seal Ventures has adapted the new Kindle DX, which is much larger and has a greater grayscale range than the early e-readers did. Gold Seal is formally launching the Kindle DX at AirVenture this week, with demos and improvements on its web site, AirBrief.com.
Exclusive Video: Airtex's DIY Aircraft Interiors By Paul Bertorelli
For 60 years, Airtex has been providing quality aircraft interiors that owners can install themselves. AVweb recently visited the Airtex factory in Fallsington, Pennsylvania to have a look.
Exclusive Video: How GAMIjectors Are Made By Paul Bertorelli
GAMIjector calibrated fuel injection nozzles correct the characteristic air/fuel imbalance problems in most Continental engines. Here's how they're made.
Exclusive Video: Aspen EFIS in the Diamond DA20 By Paul Bertorelli
The DA20 is a terrific instrument and basic trainer, and now it has the option of a glass panel with the Aspen EFIS system. AVweb's Paul Bertorelli recently checked out the system with test pilot Rob Johnson.
Exclusive Video: TV News Copters Made Affordable By Paul Bertorelli
Thanks to seismic shifts in the news business, many local television outlets can no longer afford their own turbine-powered eye-in-the-sky. As a result, Robinson is doing a brisk business selling its R44-based ENG camera ship. AVweb visited Robinson in Torrance, California for a closer look.
Live Video Feed: AVweb 'Fiddling Around America' DC-3 Tour By DC-3 Cockpit AVweb and Verizon Wireless are taking readers where they've never been before to the cockpit of the Herpa DC-3 in flight through America's heartland. What's more, it'll be interactive. Text us at (678) 371-6293 (or just use this form) and we'll answer your questions live through the headset audio that will play along with the video. We usually launch around 11 a.m. Eastern and fly for a couple of hours before lunch and couple of hours after, weather (and the airplane) willing. Join us in a new interactive experiment in web media!
Exclusive Video: F-16 Viper Cockpit Tour By Glenn Pew
At Edwards Air Force Base, AVweb had the chance to take a quick look around the cockpit of an F-16 Viper F-16 folks never use the official name of "Fighting Falcon" courtesy of military test pilot Desmond Brophy. If you're wondering what test pilots are doing in a relatively senior and proven airframe, the answer lies in continuous improvement and the fact that the airframe itself is far from the only thing that changes the flight characteristics of a modern fighter. These aircraft are inherently unstable, and, though they are flown by pilots, it's computers that keep them in the air. When changes are made to the hardware, software, or weapons systems that give these aircraft their edge, test pilots are sent up to evaluate the effects of those changes on the aircrafts performance, capability, and controllability. But enough with the big picture click through for your guided tour of the front office.
Exclusive Video: Aviation Consumer Reviews Jeppesen's Visual Charts By Paul Bertorelli
Does the world need an alternative to the government's section charts? Jeppesen thinks so, and Aviation Consumer's Jeff Van West finds that these new products from Jeppesen are well-designed and well-executed, with a just a couple of small shortcomings.
Exclusive Video: Martin Jetpack Shows Improved Controllability By Glenn Pew
At last year's AirVenture, the Martin Jetpack was easily the most anticipated and hyped product. But the sort-of jetpack only sort of flew, with spotters keeping a close eye on it. Martin has shown the vehicle will fly without external assistance in this latest video, but as AVweb Video Editor Glenn Pew explains, the latest demonstration may not answer all those questions from Oshkosh.
AVweb's Sun 'n Fun 2009 Video #8: Product Minutes By Paul Bertorelli
Looking for a headset? A good deal on a custom seat pad? Sun 'N Fun is the place to shop. Here are four product minutes on things that caught our editors' eyes at the show Garmin's G1000 glass cockpit for the Piper Meridian, the Bose Aviation Headset X, 3xtrim's Navigator 600, and the SoftSeat from Oregon Aero.
AVweb's Sun 'n Fun 2009 Video #6: Sea Fury Cockpit Tour By Paul Bertorelli
Like the Bear Cat, the Hawker Sea Fury was one of those end-of-war superfighters that arrived too late to have much impact in any theatres in World War II. But there's only one word to describe the Fury: awesome. The Commemorative Air Force has its Fury at Sun 'n Fun, and we got a cockpit tour from David Peeler, the Fury's pilot.
AVweb's Sun 'n Fun 2009 Video #5: WxWorx Offers Online Option By Paul Bertorelli
Customers of WxWorx's popular datalink weather service now have another option: They can access the same weather data available in airborne receivers via a new online service. WxWorx's Glenn Gray told AVweb one advantage of this approach is that all of the weather products appear on the same page, accessible with clearly labeled buttons.
AvWxWorkshops Video: Non-Convective Low-Level Wind Shear (LLWS) By Glenn Pew
Aviation weather expert and former National Weather Service meteorologist Scott Dennstaedt has created a web site for online weather training and one-on-one pilot mentoring, called AvWxWorshops.com. Here's part of his training module on low-level wind shear not associated with a thunderstorm and what it means when you see the notation in a terminal forecast.
Exclusive Video: AEA Product Minute AirCell By Paul Bertorelli
Just one more minute of your time! In this final "Product Minute" from the AEA Convention, AirCell's Andy Geist talks about in-flight wireless access, a hot topic in the age of Blackberrys and smartphones.
Exclusive Video: AEA Product Minute Avidyne By Glenn Pew
Got time for one more "Product Minute" from AEA? This time, Tom Harper from Avidyne explains how you can bridge the gap from TAS to ADS-B with the company's new NextGen-ready TAS600A.
Exclusive Video: AEA Convention Pre-Show Report By Paul Bertorelli
If any segment of the aviation industry can be said to be weathering the economic storm in good stead, it's electronics and that's evident from the pre-show buzz at this year's Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA) convention in Dallas, Texas.
Exclusive Video: Bendix/King AV8OR Demo By Paul Bertorelli
When Bendix/King rolled out its AV8OR portable GPS last summer, the $749 retail price about $675 discounted caught GPS buyers by surprise. So did the AV8OR's feature set, which includes a touchscreen interface and automotive navigation as built-in standard capability. In this video, AVweb's editors took the AV8OR out for a spin to wring out its major features.
Exclusive Video: AVweb's Blooper Reel By Editor
So you think TV is easy? Take a look at AVweb's hilarious blooper reel, in which the staff unmasks the ugly side of the exciting world of web video. (And this is the G-rated version.)
Exclusive Video: B-24 Cockpit Tour By Paul Bertorelli AVweb's Paul Bertorelli takes you on a detailed cockpit tour of the Collings Foundation B-24J Liberator, the only one of its type still flying.
Exclusive Video: Can't Get to the Airplane Dealer? The Dealer Will Come to You By Paul Bertorelli
With perfect weather almost over the weekend, Florida Aircraft Expo kicked off something new in aircraft sales. Would-be buyers could kick tires and twist knobs on new aircraft at two Florida airports St. Petersburg/Clearwater and Sarasota. The Expo shows off most models of new aircraft across a range of manufacturers, offering serious buyers a chance to spend as much time with the airplanes as they like and even get a demo flight, all on one day and in the same place. Fort Lauderdale-based Premier Aircraft Sales developed the Expo idea by expanding on its own regional sales efforts. Premier's Jeff Owen told AVweb Saturday that although turnout at the Expos is designed to be small, the leads it generates tend to yield real sales. (And yes, there are buyers out there, although many are hesitant to pull the trigger, awaiting yet a better deal.) Owen told us the new and used aircraft market has never had better inventory or more high value offerings. Check out the event's web page at FloridaAircraftExpo.com. (Click through to watch the video.)
Exclusive Video Demo: Why Cirrus's New Flight Into Known Icing Package Is the Best of Its Kind By Paul Bertorelli
Cirrus's Matt Bergwall recently checked out AVweb on the company's new approved flight into known icing package. When you see this video, you'll understand why this system is not just another version of TKS. The airplane is exceptionally well-protected, and the de-icing is cleverly integrated into the avionics suite. This demo is definitely worth the watching. (Click through to watch.)
Exclusive Video: JetLev-Flyer Water-Powered Jet Pack By Glenn Pew
Fly on water thrust this new jet pack idea may not be the best way to get to work, but it sure does look like a good time. The German company MS Watersports GmbH is marketing the JetLev-Flyer and selling it (lessons included) for about $128,000 or just about what a brand-new two-seat 120-mph light sport aircraft costs. (Click through to watch.)
Exclusive Video: Are LED Lights Bright Enough? By Paul Bertorelli
Judge for yourself by viewing AVweb's latest product report video. Editorial director Paul Bertorelli demonstrates traditional incandescent bulbs, HIDs, and new-age LEDs. The results are revealing. (Click through to watch.)
Exclusive Video from U.S. Sport Aviation Expo 2009: LSA Engine Overview By Paul Bertorelli
New to the world of LSA? One of the things you'll discover is that your engine choice makes a big difference, in terms of both weight and performance. For an overview of the three top choices in the light sport segment, Marc Cook, Editor-in-Chief of Kitplanes magazine, visits Rotax, Jabiru, and Continental on the grounds of the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, Florida. (Click through to watch.)
Video of the Week: Learning to Fly, 1953 By AVweb's 'Video of the Week' Editors There's a touch of annoying feedback in our latest "Video of the Week," but it's worth adapting your ears to. Even if you turn the sound down a few minutes into the video, you'll still enjoy promotional "Learn to Fly" video from 1953. Break out the reel-to-reel, and help us with this screen, willya? (Kudos to AVweb reader Jim Dixon for uncovering this gem on YouTube! Click through to watch.)
Video of the Week: Wingsuit Base-Jumping By AVweb's 'Video of the Week' Editors We've seen bits and pieces of our latest "Video of the Week" around the web, but it was AVweb reader Joe Rowell who pointed us to the full version we're running today. Even if the phrase "wingsuit base-jumping" doesn't pique your interest, we think you'll enjoy the breath-taking scenery and incredible camera work in this clip from Matchstick Productions' Seven Sunny Days, posted by Vimeo user Ali.
Video of the Week: Canyonlands Flying in a Piper Cherokee By AVweb's 'Video of the Week' Editors Did someone say "backcountry flying"? It doesn't get more majestic than this video AVweb reader Alan Loehr pointed out to us recently. Sit back and enjoy several of Arizona and Utah's most breath-taking sites, seen through the canopy of a Piper Cherokee 140 and edited together into a couple of minutes by YouTube user webdaddy. (Click through to watch.)
Video of the Week: Big Beautiful Doll at Compton Abbas By AVweb's 'Video of the Week' Editors A favorite plane of ours (and pretty much everyone else) is the P-51 Mustang Big Beautiful Doll, and this week she touches down for a gorgeous landing on a small grass field runway at Compton Abbas in Dorset, U.K. AVweb reader Charles Davis had just hangared his Cub when he heard a Mustang was coming in for a landing and shot this clip of Rob Davies landing the Doll on the fly. "I like it so much I put in on YouTube," Charles writes; "I hope you like it, too." No worries there, Charles. We enjoyed it quite a bit, and now the rest of AVweb can start the week with it, too.
Video of the Week: Cow Strike By AVweb's 'Video of the Week' Editors Oh, the commentary (both serious and otherwise) we could offer with this week's "Video of the Week"! But, in the end, what could we add that isn't already said beautifully by the title of this clip "Plane Hits Cow (With Slow Motion)"? Thanks to AVweb reader Mike Whaley for sending us the link. And let us assure you no cows were harmed in the presentation of this video according to Florida Today, the star of this video escaped the encounter "apparently uninjured." (Click through to watch.)
Video of the Week: STOL Maule Bush Plane Maneuvers By AVweb's 'Video of the Week' Editors Last week, we treated you to high-powered, low-footprint maneuvers centered around an aircraft carrier. This week, we're at the opposite end of the spectrum, watching as a bush plane (a Maule M4-220C) goes through its paces in the wide open spaces of the Lone Star State. (Click through to watch.)
Video of the Week: Ark Royal Traps By AVweb's 'Video of the Week' Editors Landing on an aircraft carrier may be an experience (and a skill) few of us share, but thanks to this video from DailyMotion, we can learn a little about it without having to leave our computer chairs. Thanks to AVweb reader Pete Madden for sending us the link. (Click through to watch)
Exclusive Video: Honest, That One-Winged Landing Video Really Is a Hoax By Glenn Pew
On Oct. 29, Ric Lee sent us an amazing, actually unbelievable, video of an aerobatic airplane losing a wing in flight and landing successfully. We were initially amazed, then became skeptical, and finally, in our AVweb Insider blog, explained some of the reasons this dramatic video could be nothing more than an (ultimately very successful) attempt to create a viral video that flashes the name of a skateboarder clothing line in front of millions of viewers. Trouble is, people by the dozens keep sending us the video and urging us to present it on our site. Our video editor, Glenn Pew, spent some time illuminating the glaring shortcomings of this admittedly clever hoax and put them together in a single video. We should have thought of this a month ago ... . (Click through to watch.)
Video of the Week: Warbirds Over the White Cliffs of Dover By AVweb's 'Video of the Week' Editors We didn't discover this week's "VOTW" in time for Veterans' Day, but somehow we think our readership will appreciate it anyway. Thanks to AVweb reader Ian Herron, who dropped a link in our submission box and drew attention to one of the best homemade music videos we've seen lately. Featuring a breath-taking locale, great airplanes, and the timeless voice of Dame Vera Lynn, this one's a must-see. (Click through to watch.)
Video of the Week: U.S. Air Force 'Monday Blues' By AVweb's 'Video of the Week' Editors "Video of the Week" returns after a brief hiatus to accommodate our AOPA Expo in-house video production and we've got some nice clips in the hopper. First up, a video montage of two USAF demo teams paying a visit to Poplar Grove, Illinois's C77, courtesy of AVweb reader Scott Ross. (Click through to watch.)
AVweb's AOPA Expo 2008 Video #8: Build an Airplane in Two Weeks with Glasair By Glenn Pew
Glasair's "Two Weeks To Taxi" program has been approved by the FAA. Pilots can now build their own experimental category "homebuilt" aircraft with the help of Glasair technicians inside of two weeks' vacation time. Kitplanes Editor-in-Chief Marc Cook (himself a veteran of the program) talked to Glasair's Harry DeLong at AOPA Expo about the current state of "Two Weeks to Taxi." (Click through to watch.)
AVweb's AOPA Expo 2008 Video #7: Rolls Royce Turbine Engine By Glenn Pew
A 300+ hp (flat-rated) turbine that weighs well under 300 pounds designed for small general aviation aircraft is this what the high-end piston market has been waiting for? Pilots may be asking, and Mooney may have an answer, via Rolls Royce. (Click through to watch.)
AVweb's AOPA Expo 2008 Video #1: Meet the Garmin 696 By Glenn Pew
Meet Garmin's 696 portable GPS, making its debut at the AOPA Expo in San Jose this week. AVweb and Aviation Consumer's Paul Bertorelli walks you through the basic functionality of the unit and helps you get acquainted with it. (Click through to watch.)
Video of the Week: One-Winged RC Landing By AVweb's 'Video of the Week' Editors Last week, we mentioned all the great radio-controlled flyer videos that have found their way to our inbox over the last couple of weeks. Just today we came across a new one (from AVweb reader Mike Whaley) that takes the cake. As Mike writes, making a successful landing with one wing is an impressive feat "in any scale."
Video of the Week: Radio-Controlled F-18 Cam By AVweb's 'Video of the Week' Editors Here at AVweb's video-watching department, we see plenty of radio-controlled aircraft, in addition to the full-size ones. Our latest "Video of the Week" is something we don't see every day, however an RC F-18 with carrying a tiny camera on its journey. (Click through to watch.)
AVweb's NBAA 2008 Video #5: Enhanced Vision System from Elbit-Kollsman By Glenn Pew
Elbit Kollsman provides real-time, real-world vision enhancement for pilots flying in bad weather and low visibility conditions. AVweb Editorial Director Paul Bertorelli just had to make time to see their display at the NBAA Convention, and Video Editor Glenn Pew brings you the details. (Click through to watch.)
AVweb's NBAA 2008 Video #6: Viking Reinvents the Twin Otter By Glenn Pew
One of the best utility aircraft ever made has been reborn. Viking aircraft will produce the Twin Otter with upgrades that save weight and reduce complexity while enhancing safety and performance. AVweb's Paul Bertorelli goes inside the cockpit of the new Otter, and Glenn Pew has the video. (Click through to watch.)
AVweb's NBAA 2008 Video #3: Bombardier Learjet 85 Cabin Tour By Glenn Pew
The Learjet 85 is due from Bombardier in 2012 and offers an eight-seat luxury cabin plus expansive galley and lavatory to accommodate passengers in comfort for a range of up to 3,000 nautical miles. AVweb Editor-in-Chief Russ Niles and Video Editor Glenn Pew take you on an exclusive tour of the interior. (Click through to watch.)
AVweb's NBAA 2008 Video #1: Editors' Preview By Glenn Pew AVweb Editor-in-Chief Russ Niles and Editorial Director (and Aviation Consumer Ed.-in-Chief) Paul Bertorelli discuss the state of business aviation as NBAA's annual Convention and Trade Show gets underway in Orlando, Florida. (Click through to watch.)
Video of the Week: King Air Emergency Landing By AVweb's 'Video of the Week' Editors We were honestly surprised that we haven't shared this one as our "Video of the Week" before! Thanks to AVweb reader Mark for reminding us of this inspiring video, wherein CNN's Miles O'Brien provides the play-by-play on a simply amazing King Air emergency landing. (Click through to watch.)
Video of the Week: Oakland Tower Video of a Red Bull Air Races Fly-By By AVweb's 'Video of the Week' Editors Here's an interesting perspective on the Red Bull Air Races, shot from inside the Oakland Control Tower! AVweb reader (and rabid video watcher) Robert Reid stumbled across this one on MySpace Video and send us a link. Well worth it for the controller reactions alone! (Click through to watch.)
Video of the Week: Blue Eagle Westland Lynx Helicopter Aerobatics By AVweb's 'Video of the Week' Editors AVweb reader Sean Dodd is our tour guide to the London skies this week. Sean recommended a flip-flopping, breathtaking video of the Blue Eagle Westland Lynx helicopter putting on a solo show at the London Red Bull Air Races last summer. (Click through to watch.)
Volunteers in The Glenn H. Curtiss Museum restoration shop, led by Art Wilder, have constructed several flying examples of early Curtiss aircraft, including a 1913 Flying Boat and the A-1, the Navy's first airplane. Their next project is a flying replica of Curtiss's Albany Flyer, which flew down the Hudson River to New York City in 1910. If you would like to make a donation to help support the fine work of these dedicated individuals, send a donation to the museum at Glenn H. Curtiss Museum, 8419 State Route 54, Hammondsport, NY 14840.
Video of the Week: Highlander Dead-Stick Take-Off By AVweb's 'Video of the Week' Editors "You're gonna love this," wrote AVweb reader Scott Evans by way of introduction to this week's featured viral video. "We've all heard of dead-stick landings now check out this dead-stick take-off!" We're not sure what the backstory is on this clip is that actually Bob Hoover narrating? but it's worth a look. (Click through to watch.)
Video of the Week: 747 Acrobatic Aerosur Low Pass Over Portugal 2007 By AVweb's 'Video of the Week' Editors We try to spend as much time as possible surfing the web for aviation-related content, but some days we think AVweb reader Robert Reid may have us beat. Robert's usually the first person to e-mail us links to flying videos buried deep in the bowels of YouTube and other user-driven aviation communities, and this week we feature one of his recommendations as our "Video of the Week." Although the airplane featured here is a real 747 (an acrobatic Aerosur) performing a low pass during last year's Portugal Air Show, your brain can easily mistake it for a prop of some sort, watching its low, slow glide for the crowd. (Click through to watch.)
Video of the Week: Cardinal RG Flight, Seen from a Different Angle By AVweb's 'Video of the Week' Editors Sometimes a simple idea leads to interesting footage, and that's definitely the case with our lastest "Video of the Week." AVweb reader Beaux Graham "attached a budget Harbor Freight security camera to the tail tiedown ring ... of our Cardinal RG ... to watch the odd gear-retraction action." Not only did he get a chance to watch the wheels, but he also recorded an unusual perspective on the flight. (Beaux reminds you to "watch for the spray of dirt from the nose wheel just before the plane lifts off." (Click through to watch.)
Video of the Week: Cessna 140 Watching By AVweb's 'Video of the Week' Editors Among the AVweb readers we were lucky enough to meet at Oshkosh this summer was John von Linsowe, a semi-regular contributor to our "Picture of the Week" contest and Cessna 140 owner who shares his passion for flying with fellow members of his 120/140 club. Under duress, John admitted to having a few videos of the Club doing its thing on YouTube and even agreed to send us a link after the show. While we probably won't make it to Dayton, Ohio for the group's September 25-28 shindig, this video gives us pangs of regret. (Click through to watch.)
Video of the Week: Missionary Landing at Tiweano (Ecuador) By AVweb's 'Video of the Week' Editors This week's featured video comes from AVweb reader Robert Patterson, who spent some time last month on a missionary trip to Ecuador with MAF Vision. The clip Robert shares with us their final approach to the village of Tiweano. (Click through to watch.)
AVweb's AirVenture 2008 Video Round-Up By Glenn Pew This year at EAA AirVenture we brought you fourteen video reports over the course of seven days. We realize the news was flying fast and furious during the show, so just in case you missed any of our reports, you can catch them all here. (Click through to watch.)
AVweb's AirVenture 2008 Video #10: Inside EcoFlyer, the "Live-In" LSA By Glenn Pew AVweb's Mary Grady and Glenn Pew go inside the EcoFlyer Light Sport Aircraft from ExplorerAero and there's plenty of room for them, their tour guide, and one more besides. The 130mph flying camper with 1,000 feet/minute climb and a 6-hour endurance may be an LSA, but it's no tiny one-seater. (Click through to watch.)
AVweb's AirVenture 2008 Video #7: Our Contest Winner Flies with the AeroShell Aerobatic Team By Glenn Pew
During the lead-up to EAA AirVenture 2008, AVweb collected names and gave away a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to ride with the AeroShell Aerobatic Team. Stephanie Cruz was our lucky winner, and on the morning of July 28 she was ready and willing to fly with the Team at Oshkosh. Although lead pilot Alan Henley was recently benched by an injury at home, his twin brother Mark is flying lead in the AeroShell Team's AirVenture performances, allowing Oshkosh audiences to enjoy the thrill of seeing these guys perform throughout the week. (Click through to watch.)
Video of the Week: Sometimes You Just Have a Bad Day By AVweb's 'Video of the Week' Editors A Sterling Boeing 737 ended up in an unnatural position (for a 737) at the airport in Malaga, Spain on Saturaday after a strange encounter with the airport bridge. For some reason, the bridge went up and caught the aircraft under its open door. Early reports didn't have a damage estimate. Thanks to AVweb reader Robert Reid, who turned us on to the video and also referred us to this incredible photo from Robert Campbell. (Click through to watch.)
Video of the Week: Alaska Flying at Knik Glacier By AVweb's 'Video of the Week' Editors Last week we brought you a classic Tiger Moth doing aerobatic maneuvers over Australia. This week, we journey to the opposite end of the globe and serve up what YouTube user CrowBerry Dog modestly calls a "flight into known icing" over Knik Glacier in Alaska. (Click through to watch.)
Video of the Week: Tiger Moth Aerobatics Over Australia By AVweb's 'Video of the Week' Editors AVweb reader Michele Travierso recently spent some time playing passenger during aerobatic passes but unlike many of us who get the opportunity, he (a) had his videocamera handy, (b) was in what he describes as a "beautifully restored Tiger Moth" (what we can see in the video bears out his assessment), and (c) zoomed and flipped over some gorgeous Australian countryside. (Click through to watch.)
Exclusive Video: Inside Diamond's D-Jet Personal Jet Aircraft By Glenn Pew
With new personal jets popping up all the time, AVweb takes a look at what may very well be the next certified single-engine very light or personal jet to enter the market. Diamond's D-Jet is expected next year to earn its type certificate, and that's when the company hopes to make first deliveries. Diamond recently announced plans to upgrade the aircraft with Garmin's G1000 Synthetic Vision package and the Williams FJ33-19 powerplant offering 20 percent more thrust and a 4,000-hour TBO. AVweb's Glenn Pew offers this look inside.
Video of the Week: AIR22 Helicopters Flying Inside the Box By AVweb's 'Video of the Week' Editors We're often amazed at the precision and care with which helicopter pilots carry out certain tasks, especially those who perform power-line maintenance. AVweb reader Adam Hunt reminded us of the many pilots who exercise tremendous skill and control as part of their work day, and we spent the rest of the afternoon surfing the web, watching these guys in action. Here's one of our favorite clips, from YouTube user FlyingLineman, depicting a pilot working in a tight spot, "inside the box." (Click through to watch.)
Video of the Week: Float Plane Takeoff from a Moving Trailer By AVweb's 'Video of the Week' Editors While we certainly don't recommend this, it does make for an interesting video. Lee Hilbert and Scott Ross found themselves with a Cessna 120 (O-290) on Edo floats miles from the nearest lake, and rather than tow it to the water, they came up with an interesting solution to get the Cessna airborne. (Click through to watch.)
Video of the Week: Air Show Fly Over Grinds to a Halt in Heavy Wind By AVweb's 'Video of the Week' Editors Our latest "Video of the Week" is one that's actually been sent to us several times over the last few months, especially when high winds and difficult landings take the spotlight here on AVweb. And to be honest, we're a little surprised to discover that we haven't shared this one yet, so here goes heavy winds bring an air show fly-over to a seeming standstill, much to the delight of the crowd below. (Click through to watch.)
Video of the Week: Twin Otter Landing on a Frozen Lake By AVweb's 'Video of the Week' Editors We see so many videos of pilots making mistakes and living with the consequences that it's always a pleasure to share a video of pilots dealing well with harsh conditions and guiding an airplane to a graceful (if challenging) landing. With that in mind, our latest "Video of the Week" stars a Twin Otter (along with her skis and, of course, her pilot) landing on a snow-covered frozen lake. (Click through to watch.)
Exclusive Video: B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber Crash Technical Report By Glenn Pew
The crash on takeoff of a 509th Air Wing, Air Force B-2 Spirit bomber, February 23 operating at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, was caused by water in the aircraft's sensors, according to an Air Combat report issued Thursday. Specifically, moisture in three port transducer units "distorted data introduced by a B-2 Spirit's air data system" which led to flawed information entering the bomber's flight control computers. The aircraft was reacting to inaccurate airspeed and a "perceived" negative angle of attack. This resulted in an "uncommanded 30 degree nose-high pitch-up on takeoff," according to the Air Force. (Click through to watch our video crash report.)
Exclusive Video: Cirrus Surprise Garmin EFIS Option By Paul Bertorelli, Glenn Pew
Although EBACE isn't the usual venue for major light aircraft announcements, Cirrus rolled one out here in Geneva nonetheless in the form of a new model called the Cirrus Perspective, which sports some airframe upgrades butthe real stunnera new, upgraded version of Garmin's popular G1000 EFIS system. We went to Duluth last week for an advance look at the Perspective. (Click through to watch the video.)
Video of the Week: P-51 Mustang Emergency Landing By AVweb's 'Video of the Week' Editors We watch a lot of flying videos in the course of a week, but left to our own devices, we would still miss some of the best. Thankfully, AVweb readers like Robert Reid are there to send us links when they find great videos around the web. Here's one Robert recommended to us that shows a top-notch team handling a P-51 emergency landing. The Mustang's landing gear won't drop, and the ground team has scrambled to make sure everything goes off as safely as possible. (Click through to watch.)
Exclusive Video: Patty Wagstaff Interview and Flight By Glenn Pew
Ride along with Patty Wagstaff as she flies her airshow routine at Sun 'n Fun 2008, courtesy of AVweb's Glenn Pew. Or, if you're easily queasy, just close your eyes and listen to our post-flight interview with Patty about how it feels to fly the maneuvers and what it's like to perform. Special thanks to our friends at Bose Corporation and Aircraft Spruce & Supply Co., whose good people stepped up when we needed them and helped make this video happen. And very special thanks to Patty's main sponsor, Cirrus Design, maker of the airplanes that changed the industry. (Click through to watch.)
Video of the Week: "Living the Legend" with the Antique Airplane Association By AVweb's 'Video of the Week' Editors AVweb reader Brent Taylor brought this little gem to our attention a promotional video for the Antique Airplane Association's annual Labor Day Fly-In. (Yet another fly-in on our list of "gotta do that" destinations.) We've got aerobatics, crashes, and amazing builds on tap for the next couple of weeks, but for today, let's take a break from the excitement and marvel at some truly amazing aircraft in flight. (Click through to watch.)
Video of the Week: Boeing 777 "PTQ" ("Put Together Quickly") By AVweb's 'Video of the Week' Editors Wanna see a Boeing 777 put together from the ground up? Got five minutes? Thanks to the wonder of time-lapse videography and the thoughtfulness of AVweb reader Denis Donohue (who forwarded the video link to us), you can watch the whole process and not get caught by your boss. (No guarantees about that last part; we understand the boss comes around a little more often these days ... .) (Click through to watch.)
Video of the Week: F-16 Model (With Afterburner!) By AVweb's 'Video of the Week' Editors It's been a while since we're run a radio-controlled airplane clip as our "Video of the Week," but when AVweb reader Taber Bucknell told us about this realistic-looking F-16 model with a working afterburner ("The information with the video says afterburner 'effect,' but still it looks great!"), we couldn't resist. (Click through to watch.)
For more than 100 years, piston aircraft pilots have been priming, pumping and leaning their engines to coax maximum performance out of them (or just keep them running). Other types of gasoline-powered conveyances largely ditched carburetion and all that comes with it 10 years ago but aircraft have been slow to adopt digital control of the things that make the prop go around. Continental has certified Full Authority Digitial Engine Control (FADEC) on its 0240 engine and the lessons learned are modestly leading the industry in a direction that seems inevitable. AVweb flew the FADEC demo Diamond DA20 at Sun 'n Fun and, thanks to software upgrades and other tweaks, there were none of the running faults that have been reported in the past. Not only does the engine run well, it can tell you when it's not feeling well. In this AVweb Exclusive Video, Continental's Phillip Grice explains the system and its advantages. (Click through to watch.)
AVweb is an aviation news service and magazine, but the annual Sun 'n Fun Fly-in isn't just about products it's also about performers. So, without further ado, here are some of the best pilots in the world, doing what they're good at, courtesy of AVweb Video Editor Glenn Pew. (Click through to watch.)
Xerion Avionix showed at Sun 'n Fun the AuRACLE CRM2120 cockpit resource management system that will soon offer piston-twin owners the a single-unit certified replacement for all their primary engine instruments. The company currently produces the certified CRM 2100 for piston singles. Aviation Consumer's Paul Bertorelli spoke with Xerion's Eric Hathaway about the products. (Click through to watch.)
Van's latest design, the RV-12, is a light sport aircraft already available as a partial kit and could be available as a complete aircraft soon. AVweb gets the inside scoop at Sun 'n Fun from Dick van Grunsven himself. (Video by AVweb's Glenn Pew and Kitplanes editor-in-chief Marc Cook. Click through to watch.)
AVweb's sister publication, Kitplanes magazine, interviews Advanced Flight Systems president Robert Hickman to learn about his company's latest EFIS, engine monitor, and angle-of-attack systems available for experimental aircraft. (Video by AVweb's Glenn Pew and Kitplanes editor-in-chief Marc Cook. Click through to watch.)
Thanks to Dan Gryder and our friends at Herpa Wings, "Why I Want to Fly the DC-3" essay contest winner Christa Mabry kicked off Sun 'n Fun in style. Dan and his crew had planned a very special surprise, allowing our contest winners to take the controls of the their DC-3 and lead a morning formation of warbirds over the show grounds, welcoming everyone to the 2008 fly-in. We took up a couple of spots in the DC-3 and another plane what, you thought we were going to watch this from the ground? and brought back this video of an unforgettable experience, courtesy of AVweb video editor Glenn Pew. (Click through to watch.)
Video of the Week: Flying Low Under the Radar By AVweb's 'Video of the Week' Editors We've seen some low-flying aircraft in the past, but this clip, originally from Military.com, gave a us a little thrill on the rare occasions we weren't peeking between our fingers. (Click through to watch.)
Exclusive Video: The Story of Boeing's Hydrogen Fuel Cell Aircraft By Glenn Pew
Boeing has flown a manned aircraft on hydrogen fuel cell power and while the announcement may seem to come out of the blue, Boeing has put the fuel cell-powered Diamond Dimona through its paces outside of Madrid, leaving behind only a trail of H2O exhaust. AVweb's Glenn Pew has the full story. (Click through to watch.)
Video of the Week: High-Speed Airplane Crash Test By AVweb's 'Video of the Week' Editors We'd already picked out a really educational and visually stimulating movie clip as today's "Video of the Week" but then we remembered that the very same submitter, AVweb reader Michael King, had sent us an equally educational (but much more viscerally thrilling) video earlier in the week. The video was originally posted as part of an ongoing 9/11 conspiracy discussion, but it's well worth a watch on its own merits, demonstrating what happens when an F-4 jet crashes into the concrete wall of a nuclear power plant. (Click through to watch.)
Video of the Week: Helicopter Incident on the High Seas By AVweb's 'Video of the Week' Editors AVweb reader Jim Lin writes, "Here's a video of a scary helicopter incident at sea. Despite what the video description says, it looks like the pilot failed to keep the helicopter pinned to the deck of the pitching ship. You can see the heli get light on its skids on the swell prior to the actual liftoff and subsequent tail strike. That's one lucky deckhand!" (Click through to watch.)
Video of the Week: Eurofighter Typhoon "Drag Races" Bugatti Veyron By AVweb's 'Video of the Week' Editors Given the U.K.-based auto show Top Gear's penchant for racing, one wonders how "Video of the Week" made it this far without running this showdown between a twin-engine jet (the Eurofighter Typhoon) and the made-for-speed Bugatti Veyron. This one puts a new spin on the classic battle between land and air speedsters and comes to us courtesy of AVweb reader Dave Gwinn. (Click through to watch.)
Video of the Week: P-51 Mustang Landing By AVweb's 'Video of the Week' Editors This week's video (from LiveLeak.com) puts you at the controls of the P-51 Mustang Crazy Horse, complete with CFI walking you through the landing procedure. A big thanks to AVweb reader Robert Reid, who brought this to our attention. (Click through to watch.)
Video of the Week: Bumpy Landing at London City Airport By AVweb's 'Video of the Week' Editors Maybe we have a soft spot for videos that make us a little nervous, but today's "Video of the Week" selection (courtesy of AVweb reader Peter Snoeckx made us sit up and take notice. There's a happy ending, but this Swiss Air pilot has clearly had better days. In his defense, if you turn up the volume, you can hear the wind howling, and he did, after all, end up on the centerline. (Click through to watch.)
Video of the Week: 'Rockford, We Have a Problem ...' Recreating an Engine Failure By AVweb's 'Video of the Week' Editors Today's "Video of the Week" comes from AVweb readers Scott Ross and Chuck Jansen. After Chuck lost an engine in his Arrow, the two recreated the frightening experience in video, using a flight-simulator and radar screens to show what happened and mixing in audio from the ATC tower and a WIFR interview. The result is a stellar presentation that brough that brought the Rockford, Illinois controller (heard in the video) out to the fellows' local EAA chapter (1414) for a presentation. According to Scott, the video's been a hit with at least two other local chapters, as well! (Click through to watch.)
Video of the Week: Ilyushin IL76 Nail-Biting Runway Take-Off By AVweb's 'Video of the Week' Editors A couple of weeks ago, we ran a pretty impressive video of some Alaskan pilots doing short-runway take-offs. This week, we offer up something that can only be described as the opposite a Russian Ilyushin IL76 freighter making the most of a runway that seems nail-bitingly short in this clip from YouTuber jerrabomb. (Click through to watch.)
"NSFW" Note: This video does contain some objectionable language you'll see why as you wait for the Ilyushin to take to the air so keep that in mind when playing it at the office or in the company of others.
Exclusive Video: Amazing Feats of Aviation DHL Baghdad By Glenn Pew Recounting one of the most impressive feats in recent aviation history, AVweb video editor Glenn Pew recalls the circumstances of the DHL A300 shot by a surface-to-air missile over Baghdad. The crew successfully landed the aircraft without the ability to manipulate any control surfaces. (Note: The aircraft shown in simulation is a Boeing 777, not an Airbus A300.) (Click through to watch.)
Video of the Week: Closing the Curtains on Provincetown Boston Airlines (1988) By AVweb's 'Video of the Week' Editors An AVweb reader pointed us in the direction of this week's video as "a reminder of the days when it was fun to be an airline pilot." The video is a compilation of footage shot by pilots, staff and support personnel on the last day of operations for Provincetown Boston Airlines, all edited together and set to music by YouTuber DPatrickSutton. (Click through to watch.)
Video of the Week: Alaskan Bush Pilots' Amazing STOLs By AVweb's 'Video of the Week' Editors "That runway's too short for anything to take off from!" we've all heard the sentence, and maybe a few of us have even said it, but from now on, we'll have to make a slight revision. The next time you hear someone talking about a short take-off, feel free to add, "Except, of course, for those Alaskan bush pilots doing STOLs in that video I saw on AVweb." (Just be careful what tone you use if you're talking to the PIC, O.K.?) Thanks to AVweb reader Ronnie Hughan for sending us the original video clip and YouTube user dynmicpara for the YouTube link. (Click through to watch.)
Exclusive Video: F-15 Break-Up Report By Glenn Pew On November 2, 2007, an F-15C with the 110th Fighter Squadron (of the 131st Fighter Wing) broke up while conducting an air-to-air training mission. This video, produced by Glenn Pew for AVweb, covers the military investigative board's findings.
Exclusive Video: Behind the Scenes of That Amazing Thunderbird Ejection/Crash Photo By Glenn Pew When we first saw the photo of Capt. Chris Stricklin's ejection from a doomed U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds F-16 a few years ago, most of us here at AVweb thought it was a fake. But the more we looked at it, the more it seemed possible that someone had actually snapped Stricklin's moment of truth in what must be one of the greatest aviation photos ever shot. Well, it wasn't long before we learned that Staff Sgt. Bennie J. Davis III had actually captured the drama at an air show at Mountain Home Air Force Base in Idaho. In this week's AVweb original video, Video Editor Glenn Pew looks at the circumstances surrounding the dramatic accident combining still photos, in-cockpit and outside-of-cockpit video, and narration including the investigation's findings and changes in procedure for the T-birds. (Click through to watch.)
Video of the Week: Drums and Aerobatics By AVweb's 'Video of the Week' Editors Here's a little air show fun to spice up your holiday week, straight from the e-mail of AVweb reader Robert Reid, who (accurately) describes the clip as "short, crystal clear, [featuring] amazing photography, and fun to watch." (Click through to view the video.)
Video of the Week: Radio-Controlled Vectored-Thrust Turbine Mig 29 By AVweb's 'Video of the Week' Editors Before you ask: Yes, we have been watching a lot of radio-controlled airplane videos lately. When you see the one we've selected as the "Video of the Week," we think you'll agree that it's paying off. Courtesy of YouTube user cavemodels, we give you what may be the world's first vectored-thrust R.C. aircraft. (Click through to watch.)
Video of the Week: Radio-Controlled B-29 Bomber By AVweb's 'Video of the Week' Editors It's autumn at AVweb world headquarters, and we're already opining the passage of air show season. We've shared lots of great air show clips in the last few weeks, but today we'll shift our scale back just a bit and marvel at the radio-controlled aerobatics of a B-29 bomber at the 2003 Southeast Electric Flight Festival (SEFF). We stumbled across this at Classic Wings and then found another version on YouTube, which might save a little bandwidth for the folks at Classic Wings. (Click through to watch.)
Video of the Week: Airbus A380 Tail Scrape By AVweb's 'Video of the Week' Editors Last week, we showed you an A310 from FlyboyTV and promised more big-iron videos in the weeks to come and since we mislabelled the A310 as an A380 on the home page, this might be a good opportunity to show you a real A380 doing some interesting testing. In this clip, the pilots bring the Airbus across the runway at minimum allowable airspeed and weather a pretty significant-looking tailstrike. (Click through to watch.)
Video of the Week: Airbus A310 Low Pass By AVweb's 'Video of the Week' Editors We've all seen some impressive aerobatics at air shows. Usually, there's an F-15 doing rolls and making low passes to give the crowds a thrill, but how often have you seen those same tricks performed in the big iron like, say for instance, an Airbus A310? Thanks to the internet, you (and we) have a front-row seat waiting for us at the Portugal Air Show '07, where we can see just such a thing. (Click through to watch and hang on to your hat.)
Video of the Week: Motorcycle Jumping an Airplane By AVweb's 'Video of the Week' Editors Thrills and chills never fail to rouse our Monday-morning "Video of the Week" audience, so here you go a motorcycle jumping an airplane. 'Nuff said! (Click through to watch.)
Video of the Week: Lockheed Martin's P-791 Airship By AVweb's 'Video of the Week' Editors This week's video came to us under the radar, and we were planning to save it for another week but after you see it, we think you'll agree that it's hard to put out of your head. (Maybe especially so if you watched the History Channel's Lost Worlds episode "The Age of Airships," as we did this week. Or if you're a fan of Pink Floyd and always wanted to see an even bigger flying pig.) The behemoth shown here is Lockheed Martin's P-791, a (possibly) quarter-scale working concept for a cargo-carrying airship being developed in conditions that can only be called hush-hush. (Click through to watch.)
Video of the Week: Russian SU-30MK Demo Flight By AVweb's 'Video of the Week' Editors "This video is of an in-flight demonstration flown by the Russians' SU-30MK fighter aircraft. You will not believe what you are about to see." That's how AVweb reader Richard Pantel opened the e-mail that gives us this week's "VOTW." (Click through to watch.)
Video of the Week: Low-Flying Superscooper Fighting Fires Over Malibu By AVweb's 'Video of the Week' Editors We know them as "waterbombers," "superscoopers," and "ducks," but when wildfires burn out of control (as they did this week throughout Southern California), Canadair's CL-series firefighters are nothing short of lifesavers. In this clip from CNN (posted on LiveLeak by user bellava), we see one such scooper flying low over Malibu, fighting out-of-control California wildfires. (Click through to watch.)
Bonus Video! Aviation Consumer Demos the Zaon XRX PCAS By Paul Bertorelli, Glenn Pew The testing team from Aviation Consumer is back, bringing you another exclusive product review. This month, Consumer Editor-in-Chief Paul Bertorelli talks with Zaon CEO and co-founder Jason Clemens about the company's XRX portable collision avoidance system (PCAS), and the two demonstrate how the XRX interfaces with Garmin's 396 and 496 GPS. (Click through to watch.)
Bonus Video! Aviation Consumer Demos the Zaon XRX PCAS By Paul Bertorelli, Glenn Pew The testing team from Aviation Consumer is back, bringing you another exclusive product review. This month, Consumer Editor-in-Chief Paul Bertorelli talks with Zaon CEO and co-founder Jason Clemens about the company's XRX portable collision avoidance system (PCAS), and the two demonstrate how the XRX interfaces with Garmin's 396 and 496 GPS. (Click through to watch.)
Video of the Week: "Caspian Sea Monster" Russia's Ekranoplan in Action By AVweb's 'Video of the Week' Editors This week, we turn our attention away from the usual timely and immediately relevant videos found around the 'net and instead cast our eyes back to the 1960s and '70s. Last week, AVweb reader Noah Forden sent us a link to a page about the "Caspian Sea Monster," a Russian Ekranoplan (a sort of hoverplane or jet-boat or well, you figure out what to call it) that will captivate you if you've never seen it before. On that page, we found this clip of the Ekranoplan in action. (The voice-over is in Russian, but the Ekranoplan speaks fluent "amazing" for those who don't know the language.) (Click through to watch.)
Video of the Week: Bob Hoover's Show-Stopping Aerobatics By AVweb's 'Video of the Week' Editors This week's viral video clip comes to us from AVweb reader Brady Zaiser, who found this clip of the incredible Bob Hoover demonstrating a few aerobatic tricks on Snotr. (Brady, we'll be sending you an AVweb hat for tracking this down and we'll do the same for anyone else who recommends a video that becomes a future "Video of the Week," so be sure to let us know when you find cool flying videos around the web.) (Click through to watch.)
Cessna will offer the 172S Skyhawk with a Thielert turbo diesel engine with deliveries to start in mid-2008. AVweb's Glenn Pew and Paul Bertorelli went straight to the horse's mouth for more info on the diesel Skyhawk, talking with Cessna engineers at the AOPA Expo 2007.
AOPA Expo 2007 Exclusive Video #3: Cessna's Turbo Diesel Skyhawk By Glenn Pew Cessna will offer the 172S Skyhawk with a Thielert turbo diesel engine with deliveries to start in mid-2008. AVweb's Glenn Pew and Paul Bertorelli went straight to the horse's mouth for more info on the diesel Skyhawk, talking with Cessna engineers at the AOPA Expo 2007.
To kick off our exclusive video coverage of AOPA Expo 2007, we thought we'd share a glimpse of what you see when a press pass gets you into the Hartford, Connecticut show a day early. (Click through to watch.)
Video of the Week: Journey Through the Classics By AVweb's 'Video of the Week' Editors "Journey Through the Classics" with AVweb reader Walter Bogaardt this week. Walter's put together a couple of amazing videos from footage shot at the recent Camarillo Air Show in California. We've seen some fun musical montages since we started wasting time on YouTube, er, researching viral flying videos but these are top-notch and all worth a watch. (Click through to watch.)
NBAA 2007 Exclusive Video #3: Airbus A318 Elite Business Jet Cabin Tour By Glenn Pew The 2007 NBAA Convention has been a busy one for the AVweb team, and there were many invitations we (unfortunately) had to turn down. When the kind folks at Airbus invited us to tour a fully-equipped A318 Elite, however, we just couldn't pass up the opportunity. Grab your most presentable briefcase and join us for a taste of business travel in the highest style. (Click through to watch.)
Video of the Week: Behind the Scenes at the Red Bull Air Races 2007 in San Diego By Glenn Pew How do they clear those pylons at speeds topping 200mph? And how much Red Bull do air race pilots like Michael Goulian and Mike Mangold really consume to "give them the wings" they need to compete in the Air Race World Series? AVweb's Glenn Pew ventured to the races in San Diego last week to find out. And though he lost a few hats to stiff breezes whisked in by the racers, he managed to bring back an incredible reel of video highlights and an exclusive look at the intense two-day preparation period with racer Michael Goulian. (Click through to watch.)
Exclusive Video: Behind the Scenes at the Red Bull Air Races 2007 in San Diego By Glenn Pew How do they clear those pylons at speeds topping 200mph? And how much Red Bull do air race pilots like Michael Goulian and Mike Mangold really consume to "give them the wings" they need to compete in the Air Race World Series? AVweb's Glenn Pew ventured to the races in San Diego last week to find out. And though he lost a few hats to stiff breezes whisked in by the racers, he managed to bring back an incredible reel of video highlights and an exclusive look at the intense two-day preparation period with racer Michael Goulian. (Click through to watch.)
Video of the Week: How to Crash a Boeing 720 By AVweb's 'Video of the Week' Editors This week's "Video of the Week" comes to us from Spike/iFilm and goes all the way back to 1984, when NASA and the FAA worked together to crash a Boeing 720. Their intent was to study the influence of a fuel additive designed to suppress fire, but ours in the year 2007 is well, honestly, to watch a very expensive aircraft go down in the name of research. (Click here to watch.)
Video of the Week: Recreating the Glenn Curtiss America By AVweb's 'Video of the Week' Editors The folks at the Glenn H. Curtiss Museum are hard at work putting the finishing touches on a replica of the America, a Glenn Curtiss twin-engine OX-6 "flying boat" that was originally conceived (in 1914, mind you) as a trans-Atlantic transport. 30,000-hour retired American Airlines Captain Jim Poel is scheduled to fly America at the Lake Keuka (NY) Seaplane Fly-In this weekend, which means the project staff and volunteers will be pretty busy as you read this. YouTube user angelica4709 has posted several videos about the project (which we're still working our way through), but here's a quick look at the fuselage and a preview of the weekend fun with pilots Poel and Lee Sackett and head builder Art Wilder. (Click through to watch.)
Bonus Video! Aviation Consumer Aircraft Traffic Display Review By Paul Bertorelli Although the editors of Aviation Consumer are not convinced that traffic systems are must-have equipment, many owners apparently don't agree, and thus there's modest demand for portable collision avoidance devices. For the September issue of Consumer, the eds. tried all four systems Zaon's MRX and XRX, the ProxAlert R5, and the Monroy ATD-300. (Click through to watch their video demo and review.)
Bonus Video! Aviation Consumer Aircraft Traffic Display Review By Paul Bertorelli Although the editors of Aviation Consumer are not convinced that traffic systems are must-have equipment, many owners apparently don't agree, and thus there's modest demand for portable collision avoidance devices. For the September issue of Consumer, the eds. tried all four systems Zaon's MRX and XRX, the ProxAlert R5, and the Monroy ATD-300. (Click through to watch their video demo and review.)
Video of the Week: Big Foot Aviation in the Backcountry By AVweb's 'Video of the Week' Editors Ride alongside this Piper Cub fitted with oversized tires as it flies in the scenic backcountry and skims the lakes before making super-short landings on drier land. We can't think of a better way to start a Monday morning! (Click through to watch.)
Video of the Week: Aviation Nation 2007 Preview By AVweb's 'Video of the Week' Editors With the scintillating aerobatic performances of AirVenture fresh in our minds, how could we resist a video of highlights meant to whip us into a frenzy for this November's Aviation Nation showcase in Las Vegas? (Click through to watch.)
Video of the Week: Ridge-Soaring Schweizer 1-26E Sailplane By AVweb's 'Video of the Week' Editors Our regularly-scheduled "Video of the Week" feature returns today, with a fun flying clip of pilot Noel Anderson riding ridge lines on his way to Mt. Greylock, Massachusetts in his Schweizer 1-26E. (Click through to watch.)
AVweb says goodbye to AirVenture today, with a look at some of the sights and sounds from the Saturday air show. The 300,000-pound Boeing C-17 Globemaster can stop in about 1,200 feet -- and here's what that looks like. Plus shots of the B-2, F-86, F-22 and heritage flight formation including the restored P-38 Glacier Girl.
The latest active noise reduction headset making news is LightSPEED's Zulu, which specializes in comfort and convenience. We stopped by their booth at EAA AirVenture 2007, where VP of Operations Jim Mueller gave us a quick tour of the headset's features.
Kevin Hawley from AS&T summarizes Columbia Aircraft Manufacturing's new TKS product for the Columbia 300, 350 and 400 series aircraft.
Bonus Video! Aviation Consumer Vacuum Pump Review: Wet vs. Dry By Paul Bertorelli Are wet vacuum pumps as good as their owners seem to say they are? Aviation Consumer recently set out to find the answer to that question. In this video product review, you can get a look at the inside of a wet pump and decide for yourself if the claims are true. (Click through to watch.)
Bonus Video! Aviation Consumer Vacuum Pump Review: Wet vs. Dry By Paul Bertorelli Are wet vacuum pumps as good as their owners seem to say they are? Aviation Consumer recently set out to find the answer to that question. In this video product review, you can get a look at the inside of a wet pump and decide for yourself if the claims are true. (Click through to watch.)
A first look at the Eclipse Concept Jet unveiled Monday at AirVenture. Hear Eclipse president and CEO Vern Rayburn's comments and have a close look at the jet -- inside and out. (Click through to watch.)
During our first day at AirVenture Oshkosh 2007, we looked into aircraft innovations from Cessna, Eclipse, Cirrus, and Epic and sampled a mixed bag of everything aviation. Click through to join us for a video "walking tour" of the show.
Exclusive Video: Solar/Electric-Powered Flight with the Sunseeker By Glenn Pew Innovation and efficiency are key words this year at AirVenture Oshkosh, and we're expecting interesting announcements regarding alternative power sources for aircraft this week. As a teaser, we're foregoing our usual viral "Video of the Week" and instead offering this interview (conducted prior to Oshkosh) with solar-powered flight pioneer Eric Raymond. (Click through to watch.)
Video of the Week: Near Mid-Air Collision with Big Consequences By AVweb's 'Video of the Week' Editors Shifting our attention back to safety this week, we have a video clip from YouTube user RemosG3. The near mid-air collision here ends with actual mid-air when the Rans S6 (with camera aboard) strikes the tow line attached to the glider the Rans barely missed. The line isn't clearly visible, so watch closely and if you listen closely, you can hear the line hit the Rans and the parachute deploy. (Click through to watch.)
Exclusive Video: An Inside Look at Cessna's Citation Mustang By Glenn Pew Take a quick tour of Cessna's introductory jet with AVweb Video Editor Glenn Pew. Some may refer to the Citation Mustang as a very light jet or "VLJ," but others are calling it a whole new breed of personal jet. (Click through to watch.)
Video of the Week: In-Cockpit Video of C182 Gear-Up Landing By AVweb's 'Video of the Week' Editors This week, we turn to Flight Level 350 for another in-cockpit video that serves as a safety reminder. If the loud beeping of the gear warning horn isn't enough to tell you that the gear is up on this C182, then the sound of the belly scraping on the runway will definitely let you know you're landing gear-up. Let's hope none of us ever have to actually hear this sound in our cockpits. (Click through to watch.)
What's summer without a few big-budget, special-effects-heavy, totally-unbelievable blockbuster movies? In the spirit that brings us films like Fantastic Four and Die Hard and, most especially, Transformers, which opens in two weeks we think it's time to bring you something totally off-beat and just darn cool. Presenting, from the Japanese film The Returners (and thanks to a tip from AVweb reader Gerald Avella), a transforming 747. (Click through to watch.)
Betting starts now on how many AVweb readers will ask Boeing staff at AirVenture when the new transforming jet goes into production!
Video of the Week: Curtiss P-40N Warhawk Taxi & Takeoff By AVweb's 'Video of the Week' Editors This week, we cast our far-roving eye toward the viral video clips of Australia (specifically, Wangaratta, Victoria a well-known source of "POTW" submissions for AVweb). YouTube user hyperscale treats us to some candid video of a Curtiss P-40N Warhawk taxiing and taking off from Wangaratta. (Click through to watch.)
Video of the Week: B757 Bird Strike at Manchester Ringway Airport By AVweb's 'Video of the Week' Editors We all know the impact of bird strikes on small aircraft, but when was the last time you saw their effect on something as large as a Boeing 757? Simon Lowe was on hand when a Thomson 757 engine sucked in a bird on take-off a few weeks ago, and he caught the whole thing on video. Thanks to AVweb reader Lawrence Braden for sending us the clip. (Click through to watch.)
Video of the Week: 25 Hours of FedEx Flights By AVweb's 'Video of the Week' Editors Move over, Jack Bauer! If you think you accomplish a lot in one day, check out this week's time-lapse map showing all of FedEx's flights inside the continental U.S. over a 25-hour period. Suddenly Memphis is starting to look a lot like the center of the universe ... .
Video of the Week: Agrorotors Helicopter Power Line Maintenance By AVweb's 'Video of the Week' Editors Man's best friend is the dog, but the electric companies' best friend may well be the helicopter. Last week, we saw how helicopters do thankless jobs like tree-trimming around power lines. This week, let's take a look at some other (pretty impressive) line maintenance that could only be done with the assistance of pilots. (Click through to watch.)
Video of the Week: Helicopter Tree-Trimming By AVweb's 'Video of the Week' Editors "Ever wonder how they trim the trees around power lines?" That's the question YouTube user daveyonce answers for us in this week's video clip. (Click through to watch.)
Video of the Week: Australian TV Cockpit Spoof By AVweb's 'Video of the Week' Editors This week's flying video comes from an Australian comedy troupe who take us inside the cockpit of flight simulator to talk to airline "pilots." (Did we mention how thankful we are that this is just a simulator?) (Click through to watch.)
Sun 'n Fun Video Round-Up By Glenn Pew This week, we're taking a brief hiatus from reader-recommended videos to point out two videos produced on-the-fly (and largely on-the-run) by AVweb's Glenn Pew over the last couple of days at the Sun 'n Fun Fly-In in Lakeland, Florida. We shot quite a bit of video at the show, so look for more original video content here on AVweb in the next few days. For now, here are a couple of short clips that set the tone for our adventures in vodcasting at the Fly-In. (Click through to watch.)
A Video Look at Cessna's Light Sport Aircraft Cessna's LSA concept aircraft has undergone changes and may see more. At Sun 'N Fun 2007, Glenn Pew got the story from Cessna's Vice President of single engine piston sales, John Doman. (Click through to watch.)
AVweb's Video Tour of the 2007 Sun 'n Fun Fly-In And now for something completely different.... At AVweb we're used to bringing you all the news from all the big shows, but we like looking at airplanes, too. For a softer look at the sights and sounds, we found Thursday at Sun 'N Fun. (Click through to watch.)
Video of the Week: Heritage Flight at Sun 'n Fun 2006 By AVweb's 'Video of the Week' Editors Sun 'n Fun 2007 kicks off today, but before we roll out the carpet on this year's fun, let's take a quick look back at last year's with a video montage of the 2006 air show heritage flight, courtesy of YouTube's mig8769. (Click through to watch.)
Video of the Week: Sean Tucker Aerobatics to the Music of Steve Morse By AVweb's 'Video of the Week' Editors CFII (and AVweb reader) Nate Weinsaft tells us he's "a huge fan of Sean D. Tucker and the musician Steve Morse ... [who] recently purchased a Mac." We won't speculate on how long it took to match up Tucker's aerobatic feats to the swells and valleys of "Air on a 6 String," but it was long enough to earn Nate's video a spot as today's AVweb "Video of the Week." (For those who will ask, here's a link to buy the album. You're on your own when it comes to buying the Macintosh.) (Click through to watch.)
Video of the Week: Shooting Ultralights Out of the Sky By AVweb's 'Video of the Week' Editors Whenever we put out the call, we get a wide variety of links and video clips from AVweb readers. This one, from reader James Fender, made us sit up and take notice. Before you watch, we should warn you that it is indeed part of an air show performance no ultralights were actually shot down over New Jersey. (Click through to watch.)
Video of the Week: Airbus A380 Debut at New York By AVweb's 'Video of the Week' Editors Our friends at 2FlyTV were on hand last week with the first Airbus A380s landed at JFK and LAX. In this exclusive video from New York, 2FlyTV takes us behind the scenes of the celebrated landing, with great shots of the interior and some commentary on the A380. (Click through to watch.)
Video of the Week: Helicopter Whacks Hangar on Takeoff By AVweb's 'Video of the Week' Editors For the last couple of weeks, we've been sharing fun, light-hearted videos of people making things fly. This week, we dip back into the "holy crap!" file for a devastating helicopter accident from Break.com. Thankfully, no one seems to be injured, but this is one harrowing clip, especially for safety-conscious observers. (Click through to watch.)
Video of the Week: Radio-Controlled F-14 By AVweb's 'Video of the Week' Editors This week, we ask the question, "Would Top Gun have been as much fun if Tom Cruise had an RC antenna instead of a stick?" Probably not but it might have been more exciting than you think, as evidenced by this clip of a scale model radio-controlled F-14 posted on YouTube by mwtpt4270. (Click through to watch.)
Video of the Week: FLIR Demo into Aspen, Colorado By AVweb's 'Video of the Week' Editors Our latest "Video of the Week" comes to us from an AVweb reader who writes, "For those that know what FLIR is, I have a video you need to see. This is [a Gulfstream] ... on a visual landing to Aspen, Colorado at night. The right half of the view is the pilot's normal visual path to the runway during darkness in other words, totally black. The left side of the screen is the Forward Looking Infrared [FLIR], which paints the heat signature of the outside terrain for pilots so we can see at night as though it were daytime. ... You have to love FLIR ... takes all the fun out of night VFR!"
Video of the Week: The Flying Lawnmower (And This Time It's Not a Figure of Speech) By AVweb's 'Video of the Week' Editors There are two videos we receive (and stumble across) more often than any others on the web. Both videos are testaments to human ingenuity and technical achievement and they never fail to raise a giggle when we see them. We've held them in reserve for a while, just in case we needed them to brighten a particularly rough Monday morning. (Plus, we were afraid that it we ran these videos, people would stop sending them to us. And that would ruin the pleasant surprise of watching these videos at 4:00 on a Thursday afternoon and laughing our heads off.) But the time has come, at last, to unveil the first of our Two Most-Submitted Videos: the flying lawnmower! (Click through to watch.)
Video of the Week: Reno Balloon Race 2006 (Time-Lapse Video) By AVweb's 'Video of the Week' Editors Our latest "Video of the Week" is for those of who'd love to attend a hot air balloon race, but just couldn't find the time in 2006. You're in luck, because YouTube user tlapse has put together and incredible time-lapse video of the 2006 Reno Balloon Race launch ceremony using stills from a Canon digital camera! (Click through to watch.)
Video of the Week: End of the Line for the C-141 By AVweb's 'Video of the Week' Editors This week's video is an impressive slideshow of C-141s put together by Mike Novack of C-141 Heaven. The video celebrates the careers of 141s and (according to Mike's blog) was put together after last May's retirement ceremony for one of the last flying specimens. (Set to the music of Johnny Cash's "I've Been Everywhere.")
Video of the Week: Human 'Flying Squirrel' By AVweb's 'Video of the Week' Editors Who hasn't wanted to do this ever since he or she was a kid? Loic Jean Albert lives the dream in this clip from Ultimate Journey, sent to us by AVweb reader Noah Forden. Click through to watch.
Video of the Week: Ultralight Flying over Cambodia with Lee Baer (Kompong Speu International) By AVweb's 'Video of the Week' Editors Over the last few months, we've seen quite a few amazing videos from AVweb readers and if we've learned one thing, it's how tough it can be to stage, shoot, and produce your own video. Sometimes you'll see something from the air that's incredible but capturing that in a video can be tough. Ultralight pilot Lee Baer seems to have mastered the art is our latest "Video of the Week" clip. (Click through to watch.)
Video of the Week: Whidbey Island Mooney Approach By AVweb's 'Video of the Week' Editors Don't try this one at home kids midfield landing on a short strip in a Mooney, with no "out" due to the pilot's long landing and tall trees all around the airport. It's too bad we don't have Smell-O-Vision yet, because you'd actually be able to smell the rubber burn when he locks the brakes to avoid a runway overrun.
Video of the Week: Barb MacLeod & Max Bell's 52-1/2-Turn Aerobatic Spin By AVweb's 'Video of the Week' Editors In the wake of aviation instructor and spin king William Kershner's passing, we thought this would be a good time to share a video AVweb editor Jen Whitley had on hand from a few years ago. In this incredible clip, aerobatics pros Barb MacLeod and Max Bell perform a 52-and-a-half-turn spin in Austin, Texas during the winter of 1994. Click through to watch the video and be amazed.
Video of the Week: Crosswind Aircraft Testing By AVweb's 'Video of the Week' Editors Welcome back to the working week! AVweb's "Video of the Week" is here to ease the transition, with a little help from YouTube user Whatmap and his/her video clip, "Crosswind Aircraft Testing." (Click through to view.)
Video of the Week: Stopped-Engine Aerobatics with Bob Hoover By AVweb's 'Video of the Week' Editors After seeing this video posted by skoey on YouTube, there was no doubt it would be this week's "Video of the Week." Have a look at the amazing airplane-gliding aerobatic feats of Bob Hoover, and we think you'll see why. (Click through to watch.)
Video of the Week: Happy Holidays from AVweb By AVweb's 'Video of the Week' Editors Happy holidays from AVweb!
Aviation-themed videos will return next week, but since we're posting this edition of "VOTW" on Christmas morning, December 25, 2006, we thought we'd take a few moments to sip our hot cocoa and share one of the most fun viral videos that's hit the web in the last few years. This week's amazing video showcases the patience and ingenuity of Ohio electrical engineer Carson Williams, whose 2004 Christmas lights display, synchronized to the music of Trans-Siberian Orchestra's "Wizard in Winter" (buy it here) sparked so much chatter that it has its own page on the myth-busting web site Snopes.com. (Click through to watch.)
Video of the Week: Near-Miss with a T-38 Trainer By AVweb's 'Video of the Week' Editors Our latest "Video of the Week" is nail-biting footage of what's often called a "near-miss" although they're more accurately called "near-mid-air-collisions." Watch as one pilot gets a little too close for comfort to a T-38 trainer in this clip posted to YouTube by smkenney7 and marked as being from Randolph Air Force Base. (Click through to watch.)
Video of the Week: World's Smallest Twin-Engine Airplane By AVweb's 'Video of the Week' Editors Here's a YouTube clip that will have you reading through the comments and trying to make up your mind. Originally posted by user meetmrglock, this clip of "the world's smallest twin" has tongues wagging. (Click through to view.)
Video of the Week: Mountain Air Strip Landing By AVweb's 'Video of the Week' Editors Following up on last week's theme of challenging landings, we've got an air strip in Courchevel, France that you'll have to see to believe. Not only does the PC-12 pilot in this clip have contend with mountainous slopes, but he only has 550 m (1,800') to do it.
Click through to view the video, originally posted on YouTube by user Intagen.
Video of the Week: Impressive Landing By AVweb's 'Video of the Week' Editors AVweb reader Brett Bohannon brought this amazing video to our attention over the Thanksgiving holiday. (Watch your mailbox for an official AVweb hat, Brett!) The video was originally posted to YouTube by user Gooney87. Click through to watch as an unidentified pilot brings his Cessna to a graceful landing with only one landing gear available.
Video of the Week: CV-22 Osprey By AVweb's 'Video of the Week' Editors AVweb's Russ Niles was on hand at Aviation Nation last week and brought back a terrific clip of the Osprey CV-22 making its public debut. We thought everyone would like to see it, so we're sharing it here as AVweb's "Video of the Week." (Click through to watch.)
Video of the Week: Patty Wagstaff, Champion Aerobatic Pilot By AVweb's 'Video of the Week' Editors Come take a wild ride with champion aerobatic pilot Patty Wagstaff in today's "Video of the Week"! This week's clip was posted on YouTube by user Louie Schwartzberg and brought to our attention by AVweb reader Paul Stambaugh. (We'll be sending Paul a hat for his troubles and we'll do the same for you, if you point us to an interesting new video that we use here in "VOTW.")
Video of the Week: Boeing 747 SP Retirement Landing By AVweb's 'Video of the Week' Editors Welcome to AVweb's "Video of the Week" feature, where we like to kick off the work week with an interesting video we (or more often, our readers) have discovered on the web. This week's featured video comes from South African pilot Rudi Greyling and features the retirement landing of a Boeing 747 at Rand Airport in Germiston. Click through to watch ó and remember to send us a link when you come across interesting videos. We watch every one of them, and if we use yours here, we'll send you an AVweb cap as a "thank you.")
Video of the Week: U.S.A. vs. Japan in the 'Open a Beer Bottle with a Helicopter' Contest By AVweb's 'Video of the Week' Editors Each week, we get a handful of e-mails from AVweb readers who've found interesting, funny, or downright strange videos while surfing the web. And since we love a good diversion as much as the next aviation buff, we're doing our part to keep these viral videos alive by sharing one a week with the rest of you. Today's clip features the most expensive bottle opener you're ever liable to see, courtesy of Glumbert.com. Click through to watch! (And remember to tell us about any interesting videos you run across out there!)
Video of the Week: Portuguese Pilot Opts for a Go-Around By AVweb's 'Video of the Week' Editors Welcome back to AVweb's latest showcase of the funny, interesting, and downright mind-blowing "Video of the Week"! This week's clip should have you on the edge of your seat, waiting to see what happens next courtesy of YouTube's misfit22.
Don't forget to send us links to any interesting videos you find out there. If you're impressed by it, there's a good chance other AVweb readers will be too. (Plus, we like watching videos.)
Video of the Week: Helicopter Take-Off Accident By AVweb's 'Video of the Week' Editors Amazing, frightening, funny, and cool videos continue to trickle in throughout the week since we've set up a special address for you to send us video recommendations! Thanks for keeping us entertained throughout the week and please keep the videos coming. This week's clip is a take-off close call guaranteed to raise the hair on the back of your neck, courtesy of YouTube's scottuh1. Click through to watch ... .
Video of the Week: RC Model Airplane Indoor Aerobatics By AVweb's 'Video of the Week' Editors New and interesting videos continue to trickle in through reader recommendations. Thank you very much! This week, lest we forget to include it in our new "Video of the Week" feature, we showcase an amazing clip that ran at our AirVenture booth in Oshkosh this summer. Many AVweb readers stopped to speculate with us on what was going on in this clip and we discovered just how many of you are Radio Control airplane buffs! If you've never been to an R.C. meet or have no interest in these tiny aircraft, this is just the clip to show you why so many people are fascinated by them.
Video of the Week: French Connection (CAP10 Formation Aerobatics) By AVweb's 'Video of the Week' Editors Thanks to everyone who continues to send videos to add to our collection. (You can look forward to seeing some pretty nifty clips over the next few weeks.) This week, we invite you to fly again with Daniel Heligoin and Montaine Mallet, the French Connection, in this clip we found on YouTube. It was originally posted by robbif.
Video of the Week: Kirby Chambliss at Red Bull Air Race, Longleat, U.K. By AVweb's 'Video of the Week' Editors This week's video arrives, courtesy of the folks at the Red Bull Air Races and Freecaster.com. You'll need the QuickTime plug-in to view this one. (There's a link to download it if you don't already have it.) And after you've watched Kirby Chambliss strut his stuff at the Red Bull Air Race in Longleat, U.K., use the embedded menu to watch more clips from Longleat. Please keep sending your video links!
For those who asked, the song featured in last week's Video was "Treetop Flyer," recorded by Stephen Stills and found on the album Stills Alone.
Video of the Week: Ride of Your Life By AVweb's 'Video of the Week' Editors A big thanks to everyone who took a few minutes last week to share their favorite flying videos with us. We didn't get much work done on Monday or Tuesday, but we did enjoy your videos so please keep 'em coming! This week's "VOTW" is a little longer and more laid-back, but well worth a watch. It was originally posted on YouTube by richardr2000.
Video of the Week: Cars vs. 747 Thrust By AVweb's 'Video of the Week' Editors In our travels of the World Wide Web, we've saved and bookmarked quite a few video clips. Some gave us the chills, some flat-out amazed us, and some taught us a little something that we didn't already know. In the coming weeks, we'll be sharing some of these videos one a week, until we run out of them with you, our readership. Both entertainment and education are on tap for this feature, but we think the thing that will make it work in the long run is the same thing that's made our "Picture of the Week" and "Question of the Week" features so popular your participation. If you run across a video that you think would be interesting to the rest of the AVweb audience be it funny, inspirational, shocking, or something else entirely send us a link! We'll add your video to our ever-growing archive, and if it's selected to be an AVweb "Video of the Week," we'll send you one of our official AVweb baseball caps as a humble "thank you."
To kick things off, here's a gravity-defying clip we found on YouTube recently. It never fails to bring a smile to our face and was originally posted on YouTube by chenjack0220.
Video of the Week: Sean Tucker Discusses His Bailout By Glenn Pew You'll be seeing lots of cool, shocking, puzzling, and educational videos in this space on the new AVweb.com. For now, just to test drive this feature and make sure it's working up to snuff, we'd like to share an exclusive video of air show pilot Sean Tucker discussing his bailout in April. This footage was taken during Sun 'n Fun 2006, and many of you may have missed it the first time around. Watch this space for an all-new video coming your way shortly ... .