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Volume 14, Number 16a
April 14, 2008
 
Cirrus Announces New Standard Maintenance Program
A planemaker fond of comparing its planes to high-end luxury automobiles just brought those two seemingly disparate markets a little closer. Cirrus Design has announced the launch of Cirrus Maintenance, a new "standard with purchase" benefit designed to help reduce the cost of scheduled and unscheduled maintenance. For more information, click here.
 
A Final Word from Sun 'n Fun — And It's "FADEC"back to top 
 
Sponsor Announcement

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO FROM SUN 'N FUN 2008:
FADEC COMING OF AGE?

For more than 100 years, piston aircraft pilots have been priming, pumping and leaning their engines to coax maximum performance out of them (or just keep them running). Other types of gasoline-powered conveyances largely ditched carburetion and all that comes with it 10 years ago but aircraft have been slow to adopt digital control of the things that make the prop go around. Continental has certified Full Authority Digitial Engine Control (FADEC) on its 0240 engine and the lessons learned are modestly leading the industry in a direction that seems inevitable. AVweb flew the FADEC demo Diamond DA20 at Sun 'n Fun and, thanks to software upgrades and other tweaks, there were none of the running faults that have been reported in the past. Not only does the engine run well, it can tell you when it's not feeling well. In this AVweb Exclusive Video, Continental's Phillip Grice explains the system and its advantages. (Click through to watch.)

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AEROCAR FLIES AGAIN — WITH FADEC (REALLY)
Modern technology has come to the rescue of a persistent problem, which, had it been addressed in its time, might have made Molt Taylor's Aerocar more appealing in its day. The aircraft flew to Sun 'n Fun (it's the only flying example of five left) from its home away from home at a museum in Kissimmee, Fla. with its O-360 engine equipped with full authority digital engine control (FADEC). Owner Ed Sweeney said that through most of its life the machine suffered chronic running faults because of the geometry of its old carburetor installation. (Click through for video of Sweeney showing off the Aerocar at Sun 'n Fun.) More...

 
Do You Have Enough Life Insurance?
The truth is most people do not. Studies show that 40% of adult Americans have no life insurance whatsoever and over 50 million people in this country lack adequate life insurance. Pilot Insurance Center can help you protect your family with full-coverage life insurance and no aviation exclusions. PIC specializes in providing pilots — from student to ATP — with the life insurance protection they need. For a personalized quote, call PIC today at 1 (800) 380-8376 or visit online.
 
Venerable Vendorsback to top 
 

G3 SR20 HAS NEW WINGS, REFINED INTERIOR
When Cirrus unveiled the G3 SR22 at last year's Sun 'n Fun, the reaction was positive and the response from customers was favorable. Lessons learned from the improvements of the flagship model were applied to the entry-level SR20 and it made its show debut at this year's Sun 'n Fun. Probably the biggest change (and biggest mystery) of the project was putting the new wing from the SR22 on the new SR20. Previous SR20s had a smaller wing than their more powerful stablemates. But when the larger wing was put on the SR20, the cruise speed actually went up by six or seven knots. (Click through to get inside the cockpit with us in a short video.) More...

NEW CESSNAS MAKE SHOW DEBUT
Cessna 350 and Cessna 400 models made their air show debut at Sun 'n Fun last week and company officials say there's been overwhelming response to the aircraft. Cessna was the winning bidder at a bankruptcy auction for the former Columbia Aircraft late last year and began building the speedy composite singles in Cessna colors in December. The aircraft have been integrated into the company's sales and support systems and Cessna continues to hire more staff at the Bend, Ore. plant. (Click through for video of the Cessna 400 at Sun 'n Fun.) More...

 
Cessna Caravan
Introducing the perfect union of brains and brawn. With more than 10 million fleet hours under its heavy-lifting wings, the Cessna Caravan now has brains to match. The standard Garmin G1000® glass cockpit combined with the WAAS-certified GFC700 automated flight control system integrates all primary flight, engine and sensor data to provide intuitive, at-a-glance situational awareness and precise flight guidance and control. For complete information, go online.
 
Nifty Newbiesback to top 
 

CROWDS GANDER AT NEW GOOSE
Antilles Seaplanes made its first appearance at Sun 'n Fun 2008 and the company says it hopes to be delivering newly-manufactured modern versions of the venerable Grumman Goose in the next year or two. The company has the type certificate for the aircraft and has been developing the manufacturing processes at its plant in Gibsonville, N.C. and the company says it's getting close to actually building aircraft. (Click through for video of Antilles talking turkey — er, "Goose" at the show.) More...

"CONVERTIBLE" LSA OFFERED
Warner Aerocraft is offering a unique concept in Light Sport Aircraft design with a three-way convertible cockpit. The Sportster can be flown single or tandem with or without a canopy. The company says it only takes five minutes to reconfigure the plane. It's powered by a Continental 0200 and has a top speed of 130 mph. It has a fabric fuselage and metal wings. (Click through for video.) More...

 
JA Air Center, Your Garmin GPSMap 496 Source, Is Looking to Purchase Used GPS Units, Avionics, and Aircraft
Call (800) 323-5966 for current value, with no purchase required. JA Air Center is your source for Garmin GPS and Avionics, including the popular GPSMap 496 with XM Weather, Terrain, AOPA Airport Guide, Taxiway Database, and built-in StreetPilot Auto GPS.

JA Air Center [Dupage Airport (KDPA) in West Chicago, IL] provides the finest avionics installations, turbine/piston maintenance, avionics/instrument service, mail order, and aircraft sales. Call (800) 323-5966, or click for more information.
 
AVweb Audio — Are You Listening?back to top 
 

GLASAIR AVIATION'S MIKAEL VIA ON "TWO WEEKS TO TAXI" AND THE 51% RULE
(RECORDED LIVE AT SUN 'N FUN 2008)

One of the more visible of the "new generation" of builder-assist programs, Glasair Aviation's Two Weeks to Taxi program has been continually updated since its inception in 2006. Company president Mikael Via talks about the program and the possible impact of changes to the 51% Rule.

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FIRST COMPLETED TEXAS SPORT CUB DEBUTS AT SUN 'N FUN
(RECORDED LIVE AT SUN 'N FUN 2008)

Texas Sport's Kurt Sehnert talks with Kitplanes magazine's Marc Cook about the first completed Texas Sport Cub, which was on prominent display in the company's booth at Sun 'n Fun. The Texas Sport Cub is a derivative of the Legend Cub factory-built Light Sport aircraft that is constructed as an Experimental/Amateur-Built aircraft. It can be built to conform to LSA rules so it can be flown by Sport Pilots or to a higher gross weight for the rest of us.

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NO SLIPPERY STUFF ON AVIATION OIL
(RECORDED LIVE AT SUN 'N FUN 2008)

To wrap up our daily Sun 'n Fun coverage, we have a quick chat with ConocoPhillips' Harold Tucker, director of technical information and training. An industry veteran, Tucker offers his thoughts on the ideal oil and external additives and gives us a few tips that could help pilots and owners get more life from their engines.

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Lycoming Engines
Lycoming Engines specializes in Engineering, Manufacture, Service and Support of piston aircraft engines. Headquartered in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, Lycoming piston engines power more than half of the world's general aviation fleet — both rotary-wing and fixed-wing. Lycoming Engines is a division of Avco Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Textron Inc. More information is available online.
 
News Briefsback to top 
 

ON THE FLY ...
A pilot leaving Sun 'n Fun was killed after his plane crashed just after takeoff ...
National Guard pilot grounded after blown flypast ...
Prince William got his RAF wings. More...

AVWEB'S NEWSTIPS ADDRESS ...
Our best stories start with you. If you've heard something 200,000 pilots might want to know about, tell us. Submit news tips via email to newstips@avweb.com. What have you heard? More...

 
What Are the Advantages of Working with an Aviation Insurance Broker?
An aviation broker gives you a choice of coverage and pricing options offered by numerous insurance companies. Today's policies offer more enhancements and features, including coverage for handheld avionics, automatic increase in insured value, trip interruption, and more. The AOPA Insurance Agency can help you select the features that best meet your unique insurance needs. Call for a complimentary quote at (800) 622-2672, or go online.
 
New on AVwebback to top 
 

AVMAIL: APR. 14, 2008
Reader mail this week about LSAs, N.Mex., and much more about GA vs. F-16s in MOAs. More...

PROBABLE CAUSE #56: NIGHT SHIFT
Flying VFR at night can be very safe and enjoyable, but not when you're in the mountains. More...

 
Find Your Next Aircraft on ASO!
When you search for used aircraft on ASO, you get the most complete picture of the market available anywhere. View thousands of listings with detailed specs and photos or use ASO's advanced search tools to quickly find your next aircraft. Best of all, know that every ad is current and no time is wasted on stale listings. If you're ready for your next aircraft, it's ready for you — on ASO. Visit ASO.com today!
 
Your Favorite FBOsback to top 
 

FBO OF THE WEEK: AMELIA REID AVIATION (KRHV, SAN JOSE, CA)

AVweb's "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Amelia Reid Aviation at KRHV in San Jose, California.

AVweb reader Konstantin Blank recommended the FBO, citing the unique training experience:

Amelia Reid Aviation is a rare place where you get excellent flight instruction while connecting with the roots of aviation. While they instruct for all airplane ratings, the spcialty is in tailwheel aircraft ... a place where hangar flying is a both a pleasure and valuable (non-loggable) flight experience. I recommend everyone get a tailwheel transition training here as it will be fun and make you a better pilot.

While tailwheel training isn't on our list for this year, we'll definitely spread the word. (And now we know a good FBO in San Jose to stop in on during our travels.)

Keep those nominations coming. For complete contest rules, click here.

AVweb is actively seeking out the best FBOs in the country and another one, submitted by you, will be spotlighted here next Monday!

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Cessna Owners & Pilots — Gain Knowledge, Have Fun
Join the fastest-growing and best association for Cessna Flyers — the Cessna Flyer Association (CFA), since 2004 providing same-day parts locating, faster answers to technical questions, an informative monthly magazine, online forums, national and regional events, an annual gathering, seminars, member discounts, and more for only $40 yearly. The CFA is located in the Blue Hangar on the Waupaca Municipal Airport (PCZ) in Waupaca, Wisconsin, 35 nm NW of Oshkosh. For more info, visit CessnaFlyer.org.
 
The Top Reporter on Our Crack Staff ... Is You!back to top 
 

GOT CYLINDERS? TELL US ABOUT YOUR SERVICE HISTORY
Our sister publication, Aviation Consumer, is conducting a survey on aircraft engine cylinder products. If you've done an overhaul during the past several years, the magazine's editors would like to hear from you on how the cylinders have performed. Just click on this link to take the survey.

The results will appear in a future issue of Aviation Consumer. For subscription information, click here. More...

 
Choose the Flight Explorer Edition Right for You
Flight Explorer is an information system tracking commercial and general aviation flights. With the Flight Explorer Personal Edition, view air traffic for the U.S., Canada, or New Zealand and monitor and display real-time delay information, TFRs, SUAs, and more. With the Flight Explorer Pilot Edition, view weather along a route, receive alerts with your preliminary flight plan, and have an e-mail sent to someone on departure or arrival. Click here for more information and to subscribe.
 
Signing Off from Sun 'n Funback to top 
 

AVWEB'S SUN 'N FUN 2008 GALLERIES #6 OF 7:
WINDING DOWN

The show's starting to wind down, but we've got two more galleries of great walkabout photos to share, so strap in for final fly-by of Sun 'n Fun 2008. More...

AVWEB'S SUN 'N FUN 2008 GALLERIES #7 OF 7:
SEE YOU NEXT YEAR!

As the sun sets on another year of fun in Lakeland, we bid you all a fond adieu. Big thanks to photographer Mariano Rosales for snapping pics for us throughout the show; for more of his work, visit 12OClockLevel.com. More...

 
The Lighter Side of Flightback to top 
 

SHORT FINAL

We were a flight of three consisting of two Cessna 180s and one Maule headed into the Lake Parker holding pattern [for Sun 'n Fun 2008]. We had dropped to extended trail and began circling the lake following a Glastar, and we had two twins holding above us as well. After about 20 minutes of circling and waiting for the field to re-open after the airshow, we were joined in the hold by a new Cirrus pilot.

Controller:
"Tailwheels, nice job keeping the seperation. Keep the pattern a little closer to the shoreline on the west side of the lake. The field should open in the next 10 to 15 minutes. Cirrus, enter the hold behind the red-and-black high wing."

Cirrus:
"Control, we have a rental car waiting for us, and if we don't get down there in time they may give it away. Could we get priority consideration as soon as the field opens?"

Maule:
"Control, we have cold beer waiting for us in the campground, and if we don't get down there in time, it may get warm. Could we get priority consideration as soon as the field opens?"

Controller (laughing):
"All aircraft continue in the hold for now. We will advise when the field re-opens and release the aircraft as they arrived."

Chris Davis
via e-mail during Sun 'n Fun

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More AVweb for Your Inboxback to top 
 

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Names Behind the Newsback to top 
 

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