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Aimed at the training market, the Archer DX has 31 percent lower operating costs, according to Piper. It's fitted with Continental's 155-hp Centurion 2.0s. Read More
Show organizers say they expect the largest North American participation ever. Read More
At Aero 2014 in Friedrichshafen, the big new is Piper's introduction of the new Archer DX, its first diesel-powered aircraft. The engine uses Continental's Centurion 2.0S. In this overview of the show, AVweb's Paul Bertorelli and Thomas Borchert from the German fliegermagazin give an overview of the show. Read More
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Bonus depreciation could be making a comeback for business aircraft buyers and NBAA is encouraging lawmakers to make it happen. The Senate Finance Committee last week drafted legislation that would restore a series of tax incentives for two years, including bonus depreciation on capital assets. Read More
With the FAA running into a legal quagmire over its blanket ban on commercial drone use, operators are losing patience. A Texas group that uses drones to help search for missing people told the Wall Street Journal they plan to challenge the FAA's restrictions in federal court. The FAA responded that the group should try to partner with a law-enforcement agency that already has a certificate of authorization for drone operations. Read More
The total number of helicopter accidents in the U.S. has dipped sharply in recent years but the distribution of mishaps across the various industry sectors hasn't changed according to the U.S. Helicopter Safety Team. The group did a detailed analysis of accidents from 2009-2011 and compared the data from an earlier assessment of the years 2000, 2001 and 2006 and said there was a 21 percent overall reduction in accidents between the two periods. Read More
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Carter Aviation Technologies recently has started public demos of its technology demonstrator, which "takes off like a helicopter, transitions to an autogyro, and flies like a fixed-wing aircraft," CEO Jay Carter told AVweb on Tuesday. "We're pretty excited about this technology." The aircraft flew several times at Sun 'n Fun last week, and then the crew was asked to fly at the nearby MacDill Air Force base on Monday for military officials. Read More
Lightspeed Aviation Foundation has announced the 2014 finalists for its 5th annual round of charitable grants, and pilots are invited to visit the foundation's Facebook page to vote for their choice to receive funding. Each of the finalists will receive an award up to $10,000, with the final amounts determined by the Facebook votes cast. Voting is open until midnight October 31. Read More
Anyone who's ever seen an Erickson AirCrane knows how distinctive these flying machines are, and recently one of the aircraft completed an unusual mission to transport an endangered female Sumatran rhinoceros to a wildlife reserve. Laurentius Ambu, the director of the Sabah Wildlife Department in Malaysia, said the rhino is "on the verge of extinction" in the local region. "Without the use of Erickson Air-Crane's huge Sikorsky S-64 helicopter, this rescue would have been impossible," he said. Read More
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Brainteasers Quiz #194: Before Beginning a Flight ...

Eat your dessert before your peas, and plan your landing before you take off. That way you'll anticipate what the universe might toss in your flight path, allowing you to fly safer and ace this quiz. (Includes a bonus question about checkrides.)

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Meet the AVweb Team

AVweb is the world's premier independent aviation news resource, online since 1995. Our reporting, features, and newsletters are brought to you by:

Publisher
Tom Bliss

Editorial Director, Aviation Publications
Paul Bertorelli

Editor-in-Chief
Russ Niles

Webmaster
Scott Simmons

Contributing Editors
Mary Grady
Rick Durden

Avionics Editor
Larry Anglisano

Contributors
Kevin Lane-Cummings
Paul Berge

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Karen Lund

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If there were standouts, we would say diesel engines and down-scale avionics qualify. At least the trends are in the right direction. Read More
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At Sun 'n Fun 2014, Seattle Avionics introduced a new app that offers just charts, plates and sectionals — no ADS-B support and no weather-getting. Here's AVweb's quick take on the new app. Read More
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Touchscreen for LSA and experimental avionics is the new trend at Sun 'n Fun 2014. Dynon Avionics brought its latest touchscreen system, the Skyview Touch. Dynon's Michael Schofield showed the system to Kitplanes magazine at the show. Read More
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At Sun 'n Fun 2014, Kitfox had its new S7 LSA with a turbocharged Rotax 914 on display. John McBean gave AVweb a tour of the airplane. Read More
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Garmin has its pilot watch, and now Hilton Software has an interface that sends wireless flight plan data from its WingX Pro 7 iPad app to the Pebble e-paper watch. Hilton Goldstein gave AVweb an overview of the interface from Sun 'n Fun 2014 in Lakeland, Florida. Read More
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At Sun 'n Fun 2014, WACO Classics was showing off its new Great Lakes 2T biplane, a neat little sport and acro aircraft. Peter Bowers gave AVweb a video tour of the aircraft. Read More
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Textron's acquisition of Beechcraft has resulted in the creation of Textron Aviation, the combination of Cessna and Beech. AVweb's Rick Durden spoke with Textron Aviation's Joe Hepburn about the transition. Read More
Following FAA certification on February 28, Eclipse Aerospace has already delivered five of its new model 550 jets. On April 2, it was set to deliver number six at Sun 'n Fun to a buyer who agreed to put the brand-new airplane on display during the show. Mason Holland of Eclipse briefed AVweb on the 550 and Eclipse's plans going forward. Read More