We're foregoing our usual Friday podcast in favor of three bonus
casts from our sister publications, Aviation Consumer, Aviation Safety, and IFR Magazine. If enjoy AVwebAudio (and
AVweb's G.A. coverage in general), then you may want to check out
their web sites and learn more about them. At the very least, you can
listen to these three special podcasts and benefit from their
perspectives on the world of flying.
Look for a brand-new, exclusive AVweb audiocast on Monday.
APEX COMES OUT OF THE GROUND
For months if not years
we've been hearing about Honeywell's new APEX EFIS system. We
clapped eyes on it for the first time at the NBAA show in Atlanta in a
second-generation PC-12. (You'll find a full report on the airplane in
the November issue of Aviation Consumer.) Meanwhile, we interviewed
Pilatus North America's chief pilot, Peter Duncan, who gave un a brief
tour of APEX.
Click here to listen. (11 MB,
PEW GOES BEHIND-THE-SCENES OF ASRS FOR IFR
Pilots often think of the ASRS as a "get out of jail
free" card, but it's more than that. IFR chats with Linda
Connell, Director of the Aviation Safety Reporting System at NASA Ames
Research Center. Get to know the program, how it works, and what it can
do for you.
Click here to listen. (16.5 MB,
CHAT WITH NTSB VICE-CHAIRMAN ROBERT SUMWALT
Contributing Editor and Aviation Safety magazine Editor-in-Chief
Joseph E. (Jeb) Burnside sat down recently with Robert Sumwalt,
vice-chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).
Portions of their wide-ranging interview on Sumwalt's aviation
background, increases in general aviation's accident rate, and
light-aircraft flight data recorders are included in this month's
Aviation Safety magazine podcast.
Click here to listen. (15.8 MB,
SPORT PILOT TRAINING A NEW BREED OF PILOT
Light Sport Aircraft category and the Sport Pilot certificate were
created a couple of years ago, proponents claimed a new era in aviation
had begun because learning to fly would become so much more accessible
under the relaxed training and medical rules. Well, if the experience of
Chesapeake Sport Pilot is any indication, it would seem the original
boosters were right on the money. AVweb's Russ Niles spoke with
Tim Adelman, who helped found the flight school only seven months ago
and has watched it grow faster than he ever imagined it would.
Click here to listen. (8.5 MB,
"EXPRESSES INTEREST" IN COLUMBIA AIRCRAFT
Things got a lot
more interesting in the Columbia Aircraft saga in the last week, with
Cirrus Design expressing interest in a takeover that seemed to be sewn
up by Cessna. Cirrus CEO Alan Klapmeier told AVweb's Russ Niles
that he wasn't about to let Cessna buy his company's main competitor in
the high performance market for the $22 million that is on the table
right now. Klapmeier has plenty more to say about the deal that will
have a significant impact on the future of the piston single market,
whichever way it goes.
Click here to listen. (8.3 MB,