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STORM BLOWS THROUGH AIRVENTURE
Weather is instantly
changeable at AirVenture Oshkosh and the widespread knowledge of that
fact that could be why there was little aviation-related damage from a
significant but short-lived storm that blew through AirVenture Oshkosh
on Thursday. There were reports of upturned portable toilets, and lots
of tents went down in the five-minute deluge and wind storm but it would
appear almost all aircraft were properly tied down and able to withstand
the gusts that accompanied the cell. A homebuilt biplane near the forums
area flipped but it appears to have been tied down. 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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Jeppesen to offer international navigation data.
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CELEBRATES 75-YEAR HISTORY
Piper CEO Simon Caldecott visited
EAA AirVenture on Monday and provided an update on the state of his
company. "We've made 76 deliveries so far this year," he said. "We're
being cautiously optimistic." The balance sheet has shown improvement
for 10 quarters in a row, he said, with about half of aircraft sales
being delivered overseas. He's launching a demo tour from Oshkosh for
the Seneca V light twin, which he said at a price of $935,000 offers a
"great value proposition" compared to similar aircraft. He also said the
company is looking at "additional product improvements" across its line,
but he's not yet ready to make any announcements. More...
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APP AIMS TO BRING PILOTS TOGETHER
A new free app and website
called "SocialFlight" makes it easy for pilots to find events taking
place in their area by collecting aviation events on an easy-to-use map.
The site was created "to promote GA flying," the creators said. "We
believe that by providing pilots with a great resource to see all the
wonderful events going on around them, they will fly more and strengthen
general aviation." The site just launched a few weeks ago, and the
developers said this week at EAA AirVenture they already have registered
thousands of users and have posted about 2,000 events. SocialFlight is
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SENSOR RETROFIT IN THE WORKS
A new-technology digital fuel
sensor that has been adopted for Cirrus aircraft soon will be available
as a retrofit for other GA aircraft, the manufacturer said this week at
EAA AirVenture. "Even in turbulence I have found the system to be
extremely accurate," says Scott Philiben, CEO of CIES, headquartered in
Redmond, Ore. "When it says I have half a tank, I do have half a tank."
The sensor technology provides a steady data stream to the
multi-function display in the cockpit, Philiben said. There is no
need to amplify or condition the signal to compensate for long wiring
runs or corroded connections. "The end result is precise and
reliable fuel level reporting in all conditions and with all fuel
types," according to the company. More...
When It Has to Work
276 Lives Saved and Counting
Join us at AirVenture Friday, July 27
11:30am at Forum Pavilion 06 to learn about two amazing saves by BRS
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: a Cirrus SR-22 Bahamas splashdown after
engine failure and a low-altitude Cessna 182 save from 400 feet
AGL over dense forest. More than 5,500 Cirrus SR-20s and SR-22s,
hundreds of Cessna 172s and 182s, and thousands of experimental,
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FIRST OSHKOSH FORUM
At his first open forum with the GA
public at EAA AirVenture, held on Thursday morning, acting FAA
Administrator Michael Huerta faced a wide range of questions, and unlike
in some recent years, he took them direct from the audience instead of
from EAA officials. Huerta and his staff handled the usual questions
about user fees -- "There's not a lot of support for the president's
proposal," Huerta said -- and NextGen -- "This is the biggest
infrastructure project in the nation," he said. NextGen has a lot of
moving parts, but Huerta said he's hopeful that it will continue to be
implemented and GA will see benefits from it. But the last question
of the session, from a young pilot, perhaps raised the most concerns
about the future of aviation. More...
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THAT AN EFIS IN YOUR POCKET?
In addition to being the summer
of the portable ADS-B receiver, it seems to be the summer of portable
and backup EFIS. Sagetech develops avionics for military drones, but
made a debut appearance at Oshkosh with their Clarity portable ADS-B
receivers including built-in AHRS (digital gyros). The Clarity SV
systems cost about $1000. When paired with an iPad running WingX Pro,
the Clarity provides weather, traffic and synthetic vision.
Three Things You Should
Never Say to ATC
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CLUB UPDATE AT AIRVENTURE
The IMC Club, a nonprofit project
based in Norwood, Mass., to help instrument pilots maintain their
efficiency, continues to grow and develop, co-founder Radek Wyrzykowski
told AVweb at EAA AirVenture this week. "Our motto is essentially
that currency is not enough," said Wyrzykowski. "You might be legal, but
that doesn't mean you're proficient." The clubs bring instrument pilots
together to share their experiences and learn from each other. Local
chapters are found across the country, and each group can decide for
itself how often it wants to meet and in what format, Wyrzykowski said.
A side benefit of these groups is that they help to create friendships
and grow more powerful local aviation communities. More...
The Newest Member of the
Avionics Family: IFD440
Built on a dual databus architecture, the IFD540
are key components in Avidyne
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avionics suite, which also includes the AMX240 Audio Panel and AXP340
ADS-B Extended Squitter Mode S Transponder.
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A PLANE HOSTS TEACHERS AT AIRVENTURE
Build A Plane, a
nonprofit group based in California that helps school groups to build
their own aircraft, held its fourth annual Teachers Day at EAA
AirVenture this week in Oshkosh. The program, which ran on Tuesday in
the EAA Museum, provided a free day at AirVenture for about 150 teachers
from around the country, along with a series of forums about how to
incorporate aviation into their classrooms to help teach kids about
science, technology, engineering and math. "We are amazed by how many
great opportunities are out there to use aviation to engage and motivate
kids to learn," said Lyn Freeman, Build A Plane president. "Today's
students respond to real-world applications, and aviation really
captures their attention." The Teachers Day program was co-sponsored by
the General Aviation Manufacturers Association and EAA.
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FLIGHT DEAD, MARKET HAS SPOKEN
The team responsible for the
development of Microsoft Flight has been laid off and plans for adding
future content have been scuttled, but the free download version of the
flight sim will remain available, for now. Critics complained that the
flight simulation program lacked extensive terrain and aircraft options
and fell short in its support for third-party add-ons. The development
team included about 35 programmers and staffers. Microsoft said the
decision was part of "the natural ebb and flow" of its portfolio
management, but there may have been other factors. More...
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