2011 HOW TO ...
Thursday, AVweb's Glenn Pew
spoke with EAA's vice president of membership Adam Smith about
the coming AirVenture show held this year July 25 through 31 to get a
"Do Not Miss" list and tips and tricks for attendees.
Click here to listen. (14.0 MB,
SIMMONS, CIRRUS AIRCRAFT
Todd Simmons, Cirrus
Aircraft's executive vice president for marketing, talks with
AVweb's Mary Grady about how the company is moving forward now
that it has new investment funding from China and what that access to
resources might mean for future products.
Click here to listen. (4.4 MB,
SAYS IT'S IMPROVING SERVICE ON THIELERT ENGINES
Thielert operating unit is still in bankruptcy, Centurion Engines says
it continues to deliver finished engines and parts profitably and has
expanded its service network throughout the world. Centurion is a sister
company to Thielert, and, according to German bankruptcy rules, is
allowed to operate without the restrictions placed on insolvent
companies. In this podcast, Centurion's Jasper Wolfson told
AVweb that the company's service network has focused on rapid
turnaround on parts and technical services, and, although R&D work on
larger diesel engines is suspended, Wolfson believes the diesel market
will continue to grow.
Click here to listen. (7.8 MB,
OPPORTUNITIES IN PUERTO RICO
Not all offshore locations for
business are outside the U.S. Juan Aguayo of the Puerto Rican
Department of Economic Development and Commerce spoke with
AVweb's Russ Niles about the benefits of setting up shop in the
Click here to listen. (6.3 MB,
The rise and fall of Eclipse Aviation and its
innovative EA500 jet represents one of the more interesting aviation
business case studies in recent years. Lavishly funded and relentlessly
promoted, the airplane never quite lived up to its billing, and despite
more than a billion dollars in invested capital, the company went bust
in 2008. In his new book, The Great Eclipse: A Dream Design
Bankrupted by Marketing and Mismanagement and Saved by a Sensible
Business Strategy, author Dennis Maxwell details how Eclipse
came out of the ground with a flourish in 2000 and bagged what it claims
were thousands of orders but encountered insurmountable manufacturing
and development problems before it could turn a profit. In this podcast,
Maxwell details his experiences at Eclipse he was involved in
early marketing development and explains what finally killed what
many assumed was a can't-miss airplane.
Click here to listen. (10.9 MB,
While other companies sell semi-synthetic
engine oils, Phillips 66 has stuck with its well-proven XC product, a
mineral-based oil with additive packages. In this podcast from
AirVenture 2011 in Oshkosh, Conoco-Phillips's Tony Negri explains
why Phillips believes mineral oils are the best choice. And if you're on
the grounds at AirVenture, stop by the Conoco-Phillips tent just off
Conoco-Phillips Plaza. The company has a number of technical displays
designed to demystify the secrets of aircraft engine oils.
Click here to listen. (7.2 MB,
AIRPLANE FROM MAHINDRA/GIPPSLAND
A supersized version of the
Gippsland A8 Airvan will be powered by a Rolls-Royce turboprop. AVweb's
Russ Niles talks with Gippsland's Gerhard Jordann about it.
Click here to listen. (3.8 MB,
MAYNARD AND TY JONES, EMBRY-RIDDLE AERONAUTICAL
&CampaignIFrom the show grounds at EAA AirVenture
in Oshkosh, AVweb's editorial director Paul Bertorelli talks with
Joseph Maynard and Ty Jones of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical
University about their fleet of Diamond airplanes and the pros and cons
of their experience with various engine choices, including Austro,
Thielert, and Lycoming.
Click here to listen. (5.2 MB,
CLEARED TO 410
After problems with carbon fouling in
compressor vanes, the Eclipse 500 was limited to 30,000 feet, a
fuel-inefficient altitude that saps its range. But now, says the
company's Mason Holland, Pratt & Whitney has come up with a fix that
involves a new burner can design. Eclipse's Ken Oden told us this
week at AirVenture that the Pratt modification will extend the EA500's
range to beyond 1,000 miles with NBAA reserves.
Click here to listen. (4.0 MB,
ELECTRONIC IGNITION SYSTEM
Every ounce of fuel matters these
days. Electroair has taken their electronic ignition system for
experimental aircraft and certified it for four-cylinder Lycoming
engines in most Cessna 152, 172, and 177 (Cardinal) models. The
company's testing shows a 10- to 15-percent fuel savings in most
applications. In addition to just supplying a hotter, longer-duration
spark, the system advances the spark timing for more efficient
combustion at altitude. Electroair's president, Michael Kobylik,
says four-cylinder Lycomings on Pipers are next up, with other common
airframes such as Mooneys after that.
Click here to listen. (4.4 MB,
FOUNDER RADEK WYRZYKOWSKI
Radek Wyrzykowski, founder
of the IMC Club, a fast-growing nonprofit project that launched just
about a year ago in Norwood, Mass., aims to help instrument-rated
private pilots gain the confidence and skills they need to get the most
out of their rating. AVweb's Mary Grady spoke with Wyrzykowski in
detail about how the clubs work and how pilots can participate.
Click here to listen. (9.8 MB,
SKILES ON AVIATION EDUCATION
Jeff Skiles gained fame
thanks to his participation in the "Miracle on the Hudson" flight, but
these days he devotes much of his time to promoting aviation education
for youth through programs like Young Eagles and Build A Plane. He spoke
with AVweb's Mary Grady at EAA AirVenture about why he's
optimistic about career opportunities in aviation.
Click here to listen. (5.1 MB,
HILLEBRAND, ARGONNE NATIONAL LABS
Don Hillebrand of
the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Labs spoke with
AVweb's Mary Grady at EAA AirVenture about the potential of
electric flight, as well as other new propulsion alternatives that his
lab is studying.
Click here to listen. (5.5 MB,
Pipistrel says its four-seat Panthera will pull a
200-knot cruise from a 200-hp engine over 1,000 nautical miles with full
seats in a certified airframe before 2014. We asked Pipistrel's
Tine Tomazic why people should believe they can do it.
Click here to listen. (6.7 MB,
OSHKOSH VIA DA42NG
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.
CONOCOPHILLIPS SQUARE (AND ITS LOCKHEED 12A)
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.
FLYING CARS AT AIRVENTURE
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.
LYCOMING'S O-233 TAKES FLIGHT
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.
THE NAVY'S FIRST AIRPLANE
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.
CONTROLLING YOUR GPS WITH YOUR VOICE
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.
THE NAVY TAKES OVER OSHKOSH
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.
BOEING 787 WALKAROUND
Exclusive to AVwebAudio
a bonus for readers of our round-up issue
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.
MITSUBISHI A6M3 MODEL 22 ZERO WWII FIGHTER
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.
AEROSTAR 340-KNOT JET DEBUT AT AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH
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.
OSHKOSH NORTH AND SOUTH 40 BREEZE-BY
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.
AIRVENTURE 2011: BONUS PHOTO GALLERY
AVwebAudio a bonus for readers of our round-up
The annual gathering of the aviation
world at EAA AirVenture features not only thousands of airplanes, but
tens of thousands of people. Mary Grady's gallery shows us some of the
planes and a few of the personalities, too.
AIRVENTURE 2011: PHOTO GALLERY DAY ONE
For some attendees, getting to Oshkosh is
half the fun. Once again, we've turned AVweb
's intern, Adam
Cutler, loose with a camera and instructed him to bring back the sights
and sounds of the show grounds.
AIRVENTURE 2011: PHOTO GALLERY DAY TWO
As AirVenture 2011 opened to the general
public, the clouds peeled back and allowed the sun to welcome visitors.
Once again, Adam Cutler logged serious mileage on his golf cart to bring
back a photo record of the day.
AIRVENTURE 2011: PHOTO GALLERY DAY THREE
Everyone's getting into the spirit of
AirVenture. Today we sent Adam down to the afternoon airshow and around
the grounds to get a few shots worth sharing with our readers who can't
AIRVENTURE 2011: PHOTO GALLERY DAY FOUR
With AirVenture in full swing, there are
more crowds for intern Adam to navigate but that hasn't slowed
him down from seeing the best and brightest Oshkosh has to offer. Nor,
for that matter, did a few rain showers.
AIRVENTURE 2011: PHOTO GALLERY DAY SIX
As EAA AirVenture heads into the weekend,
we asked Adam to grab some photos of some of this year's big
attractions. Just like the folks on-site here at Oshkosh, you folks at
home are free to look, but please don't touch. (Unless you're on an
AIRVENTURE 2011: PHOTO GALLERY DAY SEVEN
As AirVenture 2011 begins to wind down,
we look back over a week of airplanes, camaraderie, and new product
roll-outs that appeal to the gadget geek lurking inside every pilot. Our
AirVenture intern Adam is already home by now, but he left behind this
exciting batch of photos centered on the afternoon air shows to help us
look back on a terrific show.
DAILY COVERAGE FROM EAA
For quick access, here are links to our daily coverage of the
July 25, 2011
July 26, 2011
July 27, 2011
July 28, 2011
July 29, 2011
July 30, 2011
July 31, 2011