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MAPS A COMEBACK NEW AUDIO PANEL, NAV APP
It's been a while
since we've seen new avionics products from Bendix/King, so much so that
the company has fallen to second-tier status with many buyers and
dealers. But at AirVenture 2012, the company hopes to change that with
the introduction of two new products -- a smart audio panel and a new
tablet app -- with more products in the pipeline in the coming months,
according to Jeff Simon, Bendix/King's director of strategic marketing.
"Bendix/King is back and we're just getting rolling," Simon told
AVweb in a pre-opening day interview in Oshkosh on Sunday. "We've
got a lot of stuff in the works and we are looking to surprise people,"
he added. The two lead-off products are the new KMA30 six-place audio
panel and an iPad app called MyWingman, which is intended to work with
Aspen Avionics' Connected Panel cockpit network. More...
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AIRVENTURE 2012 LAUNCHES WITH BLUE SKIES, BUSY RUNWAYS
in Oshkosh, the day before the official opening of AirVenture, started
with an early-morning flood of Piper Cubs swarming in to cover the field
with yellow, in celebration of the iconic airplane's 70th anniversary.
As the day went on, more and more aircraft arrived to join the thousands
already here, among them, a rare Junkers Ju52 trimotor visiting the show
for the first time. Mid-afternoon, 40 RVs flew over in formation to mark
the 40th anniversary of the Van's design. On the field, vendors and
airplane manufacturers finished up work on their displays, as early
visitors and campers got an early look around the show, some of them
checking out the view from the top of a new Ferris wheel set up near the
LSA Mall. More...
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The Newest Member of the
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Built on a dual databus architecture, the IFD540
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FLIGHT CENTER OFFERS SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE
Whether you're a
newcomer to flight, an experienced pilot in need of refresher training,
or a lapsed pilot ready to return to the fold, the folks at EAA's Learn
To Fly Discovery Center have something for you at EAA AirVenture this
week. Ted Sanders and Mark Adams, both experienced CFIs, have put
together a series of programs inside a sprawling tent just off the
Phillips 66 Plaza at the center of the show. "Everyone has heard how the
pilot population has been shrinking," Sanders told AVweb on Sunday.
"We're here to sell people their own dream of flight, and share our own
passion for aviation, all week long, and do our part to reverse that
trend." One highlight at the tent is a Redbird full-motion flight
simulator, where newbies can try an intro flight and experienced pilots
can fly some challenging scenarios. More...
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EAA'S LEARN TO FLY DISCOVERY CENTER
This year, EAA has
expanded the programs at its Learn to Fly tent, offering forums and
simulator sessions for certificated pilots as well as those just
starting to pursue their dream to fly. A full slate of forums, free
sessions in a full-motion Redbird flight simulator, and lots more will
be available all week long to enhance safety for current and future
pilots at all levels. AVweb's Mary Grady spoke with Ted
Sanders and Mark Adams, co-chairs of the
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AUTO-LAND SYSTEM FROM MAKER OF X-PLANE
programmer of X-Plane, one of the most dynamic flight simulators and
aircraft design tools commonly available, is creating an auto-land
system for actual aircraft -- and he hopes to bring it to Oshkosh, this
year in his own Lancair Evolution. Austin Meyer is the founder of
Laminar Research and the original programmer of X-Plane. He is currently
developing, in coordination with Vertical Power, a
real-world "artificially intelligent Runway-Seeker." The program is
packaged into the Vertical Power VP-400 avionics system, which itself is
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AIRCRAFT AND AVIONICS FOR LSA
It's a busy show ahead this
week for the light sport segment, Dan Johnson, chairman of the Light
Aircraft Manufacturing Association, told AVweb at the LSA Mall on
Sunday. The brand-new amphibious Akoya design from France will be here
for the first time, and is sure to invite a lot of comparisons with the
amphibious Icon LSA that has been working its way toward the market for
several years. One big difference between the two is price -- Icon sells
for about $139,000, while the Akoya, which comes complete with a
training package, is listed at more than $350,000. The Quicksilver
company, which has turned out more than 15,000 sport aircraft over the
years, now is under new ownership, Johnson said. The new owners are
holding a news conference later in the week to talk about their plans
for the company. More new aircraft and products also will be introduced
over the span of the show. More...
VoiceFlight Demonstrating New
VFS101 Features at Oshkosh
In addition to Victor Airways, the VFS101
has been enhanced to
support Jet Airways and T/Q routes. The software has also been extended
to include support for non-WAAS GPS. These features are operational now
and can be tried in Hangar D at Oshkosh. The complimentary software
upgrade will be available this fall. For VFS101 users that fly outside
of the United States, VoiceFlight
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CONSIDERS HAWKER ASSETS
Cessna's parent company, Textron
Inc., reported increased earnings in Q2 2012, and reportedly might
consider making a bid on assets held by bankrupt Hawker Beechcraft Inc.,
if the price is right. Bloomberg News reported Thursday that Textron's
CEO, Scott Donnelly, said during an earnings conference call that Hawker
holds "assets in which we have an interest." He added, "but it would
have to be at a value that we think is appropriate." Textron, through
Donnelly, expressed interest in Hawker's defense business. But
considering Cessna's recent deals with China, a broader acquisition of
Hawker's assets could have other strategic implications. In any case,
Textron's interest will have to wait. More...
INSIDER BLOG: BEECHCRAFT EXECS WANT BONUSES
the company into bankruptcy, a group of Hawker Beechcraft executives is
now asking a court to approve $5.3 million in bonuses for them. It's
this sort of rapacious, short-term thinking that made the company an
easy buy for Chinese interests, and resident blogger Paul Bertorelli is
stumped when it comes to making up some kind of justification on the
AVweb Insider blog. If you'd like to try your hand, read
the blog and join the conversation. More...
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SIGNIFICANCE OF THE CIRRUS RULING
Wednesday, the Minnesota
Supreme Court ruled that Cirrus Aircraft was not legally required to
provide training to Gary Prokop, who was killed while flying his SR-22,
and also may have created a significant legal precedent. The suit
alleged that Cirrus and training partner The University of North Dakota
(UND) had not provided the roughly 240-hour pilot with sufficient
training upon his purchase of the aircraft. Cirrus is not required by
the FAA to provide any training. It did provide the pilot with four
flights accounting for 12.5 flight hours of transition training, plus
5.3 hours of ground instruction. According to Cirrus' vice president of
business administration, Bill King, the ruling could have a
wide-reaching implications for manufacturer liability.
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SOLD TO CHINESE COMPANY
Glasair, which sells a popular line
of homebuilt aircraft and offers the "two weeks to taxi" option at its
Washington factory, announced on Saturday that it has been acquired by
Jilin Hanxing Group, based in China. Fang Tieji, chairman of the
company, has formed Glasair Aviation USA LLC. The new owners plan to
invest "substantially" in Glasair's existing product lines, starting
with certifying the Sportsman design, according to the company's news
release. "There are no plans to relocate or terminate any existing
Glasair Aviation employees," according to the company statement. "Mr.
Fang plans to retain Glasair's U.S. headquarters, management team and
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