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Volume 14, Number 29b
July 17, 2008
 
NEW! Zulu with Panel Power!
With the new Zulu: P (Panel Power) headset, Lightspeed has raised the bar in performance, comfort and crystal-clear audio quality, with more total noise cancellation than any other headset — and no batteries needed! The Zulu: P uses the same LEMO plug that you may already have installed. The Zulu: P also comes with built-in Bluetooth. No one else offers this much in a total headset package. Click here for more information.

» Try Lightspeed's Zulu and compare it to other premium brands
at booths 2019-2020 & 2023 at EAA AirVenture
 
After the VLJ Revolution Comes ... the VLPJ?back to top 
 

STRATOS AIRCRAFT PLANS VERY LIGHT PERSONAL JET
When Diamond Aircraft announced plans to offer a single-engine "personal jet" a few years ago, it's likely no one could predict the market nerve the Austrian/Canadian company had touched. There are now at least six aircraft in the same general genre under development and a Bend, Ore. company, Stratos Aircraft, entered the running on Wednesday with a four-place design, the Stratos 714, it says will go 1,500 nm at 400 knots, in sleek looking, $2 million carbon-fiber package pushed by a Williams FJ-44. It also coined a new acronym for its entry, the VLPJ, or very light personal jet. No other aircraft, certified or announced, can claim to achieve the speed, range and utility that make the Stratos 714 a practical, owner-flown Very Light Personal Jet (VLPJ). More...

 
Aircraft Spruce at the Annual EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008!
Join the Aircraft Spruce team at AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin in Booths 1022-1029 on July 28th to August 3rd, 9am-5pm. Take advantage of some of your favorite products on sale, complimentary ground shipping (does not apply to hazardous or oversize products) and a helpful staff to answer all questions. Don't forget your complimentary copy of the new 2008–2009 Aircraft Spruce Catalog! Call Aircraft Spruce at 1 (877) 4-SPRUCE or visit online.

» Visit Aircraft Spruce for your catalog and show specials at booths 1022-1029 at EAA AirVenture
 
Light Sport Amphib Takes to the Sky .. and the Waterback to top 
 

ICON LSA AMPHIBIAN'S FIRST FLIGHT
The Icon amphibious light sport aircraft flew for the first time last week, the company announced on Tuesday. It launched from a lake in Southern California. "Everything went as well as an initial test flight possibly could go," said Jon Karkow, lead engineer and test pilot, who in the past worked on the Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer project. "The aircraft flew exceptionally well and met or exceeded our design expectations ... I was especially pleased with the water handling." The company said it expects to continue to test and modify the aircraft for another year or so before building a pre-production prototype for certification purposes. The aircraft has attracted considerable attention with its nifty electric wing-folding design, which has been demonstrated on a mock-up. The flying prototype features a manual folding wing. Both the prototype and the mockup will be exhibited at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh on July 28. More...

 
Precise/Cirrus Fixed Oxygen Is Now Available as an SR22 Retrofit
Because every SR22 deserves the best, we have acquired STCs for the G2 and G3 Models. The Precise Flight Certified Fixed Oxygen System, unique in its clean and simple integration into the aircraft, is making its way "standard" on the industry's leading airframes. Click here to find out more about the Precise Fixed Oxygen System.

» Learn more about the Precise Flight Fixed Oxygen System at booth 2090 at EAA AirVenture
 
FAA's Help for Homebuildersback to top 
 

FAA RELEASES PROPOSED GUIDANCE FOR 51% RULE
The homebuilder community has been waiting anxiously for a few months now to see what the FAA would come up with in its promised "guidance" for interpreting the rules that guide the construction of amateur-built aircraft. The policy, released on Tuesday, mandates more stringent oversight of amateur-built certification by the FAA, said EAA's Earl Lawrence, vice president of industry and regulatory affairs, but at first glance, he added, it seems to contain no shocking surprises. "We urged the FAA to preserve the amateur builder's privilege to design, build, and fly an aircraft of any airworthy design, without limitations on the aircraft's complexity, power, size, performance, or other specifications," Lawrence said. "We've retained that essential privilege." The FAA policy notice calls for more stringent scrutiny of the construction process, requiring the amateur builder to provide clear evidence of a hands-on contribution to the project. It also proposes that the FAA may require an amateur builder to fabricate a minimum of 20 percent of an aircraft and assemble a minimum of 20 percent, and asked for comments on that proposal. EAA will petition the FAA to extend the brief 30-day window that was designated for a comment period. More...

 
Sensenich: Right on the Nose ... Again!
For more than 75 years, Sensenich has been the industry's fixed-pitch prop leader. No surprise Sensenich leads the way again with new composite propellers for light sport and homebuilt aircraft. Proven on 5,000 airboats over the last eight years, plus Rotax- and Jabiru-powered planes, the new lightweight, precision composite props are now available for Continental- and Lycoming-powered planes. Call (717) 569-0435, or click here to learn more.

» Find the right Sensenich Propeller for your aircraft at booths 4145-4147 at EAA AirVenture
 
Better Tech Building a Safer Future (We Hope)back to top 
 

RAYTHEON TO WORK WITH NASA ON US NEXTGEN
Raytheon is leading a research team of industry experts that will examine the impact of new classes of aircraft on America's next generation air transport system – NextGen. Four new classes of aircraft, very light jets, super heavy transports, UAVs and supersonic transport will soon enter already overburdened skies. More...

FAA MANDATES FUEL-TANK CHANGES FOR AIRLINES
U.S. airlines are already reeling from high fuel prices and a slack economy, and on Wednesday the FAA dropped a $700 million cost into the mix -- that's the estimate to retrofit about 3,000 airliners with fuel-tank systems intended to prevent explosions like the one that destroyed TWA Flight 800 in 1996. New aircraft will be required to have the systems. "Our intent today is to close the door on fuel-tank explosions," said FAA Acting Administrator Bobby Sturgell at a news conference announcing the new policy. FAA engineers and scientists have developed an inerting system that works -- "Something early on people said could not be done," said Sturgell. The NTSB, which has listed such systems on its Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements since 2002, welcomed the decision. "The NTSB congratulates the DOT and the FAA on this important safety achievement," said NTSB Chairman Mark Rosenker. More...

 
What You Don't Know About Charts Can Hurt You — Or Worse
Instrument flying and aeronautical charts are inextricably linked. From SIDs to IAPs, this interactive course will get you up to speed on instrument charts and how to use them effectively in the system. Covering everything from departure procedures to approach plates, it's a comprehensive look at the world of IFR charts — both NACO and Jeppesen. Begin the IFR Insight Charts course today!

» Look for the AOPA Air Safety Foundation at booths 164-166 at EAA AirVenture
 
News Briefsback to top 
 

SEARCH RESUMES FOR MISSING ADVENTURER STEVE FOSSETT
A team of searchers is back in the mountains of Nevada this week, hoping to find an answer to the mystery of Steve Fossett's disappearance. Fossett, a well-known pilot and adventurer, vanished last September while flying near a friend's ranch in a Super Decathlon. An extensive aerial and ground search, plus worldwide efforts using satellite imagery, failed to turn up any trace of Fossett or his airplane, and in February a court declared him legally dead. The new search team of 12 mountaineers, led by Canadian adventurer Simon Donato, will cover a rugged area on the east slope of the Sierra Nevada where Fossett was last seen. By traveling on foot, the searchers hope to explore hard-to-reach areas that have not previously been checked. They plan an eight-day search. To follow their progress online, go to their Web site, which is updated daily. More...

AOPA JOINS EFFORT TO FIGHT FUEL PRICES
AOPA says that about three-quarters of its members have scaled back their flight time due to the high cost of fuel. In an effort to take action, AOPA has joined a coalition called Stop Oil Speculation Now (S.O.S. Now). The S.O.S. group sent e-mails to millions of airline customers over the last week, alleging that "normal market forces are being dangerously amplified by poorly regulated market speculation." AOPA President Phil Boyer acknowledged that for AOPA to join forces with the airlines makes for "strange bedfellows." However, the S.O.S. effort is drawing support from many quarters, he said, such as labor groups, bus and trucking associations, and members of Congress. "We're all frustrated with these high prices, and this is a step in the right direction to do something about it," Boyer said. "We hope that it ultimately creates a national energy policy that Congress can adopt." EAA said it will "continue to explore measures aimed at containing the cost of personal flight" but stopped short of joining the coalition. More...

ON THE FLY ...
Miami officials are courting an unnamed German aircraft manufacturer...
A new, taller control tower will be open at Oshkosh in time for AirVenture...
FAA posted a new online video promoting NextGen...
NASA is working on technology that could change wing shape in flight. More...

 
Piper Matrix — Piper Compelling
Click here for more information on the new Matrix, Piper's next generation of cabin-class sophistication. Compellingly priced at $757,000.

» Discover the Matrix and other Piper Aircraft at booths 72-75 & 79-82 at EAA AirVenture
 
Share Your Opinions with Usback to top 
 

QUESTION OF THE WEEK: VLJS ARE ONE THING, BUT IS THE AGE OF THE SINGLE-ENGINE JET UPON US?
"Personal jets" are all the rage these days, but this week we want to know how you think they'll fare over the long term. How many single-engine jets do you think will be available 10 years from now? Plus: How fellow AVweb readers are making the trek to Oshkosh this year. More...

SURVEY: HOW IS FLIGHT SERVICE DOING NOW THAT THEY SUPPOSEDLY HAVE THE BUGS WORKED OUT?
Our sister magazine, IFR, is asking pilots nationwide how their experience with Lockheed Martin Flight Service has affected the way they do their preflight prep. We'd love to hear your thoughts on how LockMart is doing these days. The survey takes just a few minutes. Click here to take part.

(The results will appear in a future issue of IFR magazine. For subscription information, click here.) 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...

 
You Could Win a Refurbished Piper Archer II!
Enter AOPA's "Get Your Glass" Sweepstakes today and triple your chances of winning. Simply join AOPA as a new member or renew your existing membership, and you're automatically entered in the sweepstakes contest. Enter to win a plane now.

» If you aren't already, become an AOPA Member at booths 164-166 at EAA AirVenture
 
New on AVwebback to top 
 

ACROSS THE POND #19: REPORT FROM EUROPE
This month's column reports on good news for flying licenses, calls to action from Holland and BBGA and a deaf flight instructor. More...

AVWEB INSIDER BLOG: RAISE THE #@!$% FARES (PART II)
Last week, the major airlines sent a letter to their customers blaming oil speculators for high prices. AVweb Editorial Director Paul Bertorelli thinks they're giving customers the runaround, asking them to become junior lobbyists and urge Congress to crack down on oil speculators instead of demanding a consistent, practical national energy policy. Read what Paul has to say about this on the AVweb Insider blog. More...

 
Diamond DA40 XL Demonstrator Sale
For a limited time only, while quantities last, Diamond DA40 XL Demonstrator models are available at a special price of $299,950. The aircraft also qualify for special 2008 tax incentives. You can enjoy owning a Diamond DA40 and write off up to 93% of the purchase price. Visit Diamond Aircraft now for more information.

» Experience the Diamond Aircraft DA40 at Combo L at EAA AirVenture
 
Your Favorite FBOsback to top 
 

FBO OF THE WEEK: ST. PETERSBURG FLYING SERVICE (KSPG, ST. PETERSBURG, FL)

AVweb's "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to St. Petersburg Flying Service at KSPG in St. Petersburg, Florida.

AVweb reader Shaina Lotu writes:

I've never met a more user-friendly FBO. This FBO has an extremely competitive fuel price for how much service they offer ... [and] they have a brand-new terminal and are located right in downtown St. Pete.

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!

More...

 
Q: What's the Difference Between a $10,000 Annual and a $2,500 Annual?
A: SAMM

Mike Busch and his team of seasoned maintenance professionals are saving their aircraft-owner clients thousands of dollars a year in parts and labor — not to mention hours of hassle — by providing professional maintenance management for owner-flown singles and twins. Learn how they do it.

» Attend one of Mike's six Savvy Aviator technical sessions at EAA AirVenture Forums Plaza at Oshkosh
 
AVweb Media: Look, Listen, Laugh and Learnback to top 
 

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: F-16 INTERCEPTS JET & TURBOPROP LEGALLY FLYING THROUGH MOA
Last March, AVweb told you about a close encounter between two private aircraft, a Pilatus PC-12 and a Beech Premier and an F-16 in an Arizona Military Operating Area (MOA). AOPA has obtained the radar video and audio from the incident, and AVweb Video Editor Glenn Pew has put them together in an enlightening package. (Click through to watch.) More...

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: CIRRUS THE-JET -- FIRST FLIGHT
July 3, 2008, Cirrus Design marked the first flight of its jet offering. The aircraft, currently dubbed "The-Jet" successfully flew for 45 minutes. (Click through to watch.) More...

 
Aviation Consumer, the Only Magazine with the Guts to Tell the Truth
Truth about the gear you buy and the planes you fly. Aviation Consumer is packed with in-depth and uncompromising ratings of equipment, avionics, accessories, mods, services, aircraft, and much more. Order online and receive unlimited access to Aviation Consumer's ratings-packed web information database!
 
Reader-Submitted Photosback to top 
 

PICTURE OF THE WEEK: AVWEB'S FLYING PHOTOGRAPHY SHOWCASE
This image from Gary Plummer of Burlington, Ontario (Canada) was one of the first we laid eyes upon this week, and it set the tone for all the photos that were to follow. Despite some stiff competition (and nearly not making it to the Top Five, if you can believe that!), Gary's shot is our "Picture of the Week," and we'll be sending Mr. Plummer one of those keen AVweb ball caps we're always going on about as thanks for sharing his pics with us. More...

 
More AVweb for Your Inboxback to top 
 

AVWEBBIZ: AVWEB'S BUSINESS AVIATION NEWSLETTER
HAVE YOU SIGNED UP yet for AVweb's NO-COST weekly business aviation newsletter, AVwebBiz? Reporting on breaking news, Business AVflash focuses on the companies, the products and the industry leaders that make headlines in the business aviation industry. Business AVflash is a must read. Sign up today at http://www.avweb.com/profile/. More...

 
Names Behind the Newsback to top 
 

MEET THE AVWEBFLASH TEAM

AVwebFlash is a weekly summary of the latest news, articles, products, features, and events featured on AVweb, the internet's aviation magazine and news service.

The AVwebFlash team is:

Publisher
Timothy Cole

Editorial Director, Aviation Publications
Paul Bertorelli

Editor-in-Chief
Russ Niles

Contributing Editors
Mary Grady
Glenn Pew

Features Editor
Kevin Lane-Cummings

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