AVwebFlash - Volume 14, Number 31a

July 28, 2008

By The AVweb Editorial Staff
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EAA AirVenture 2008 Kicks Off in Style back to top 

The World Comes To Oshkosh!

Well, maybe not the whole world, but in EAA's opening-day excitement, it does feel like the whole aviation world has descended upon AirVenture. As visitors stream in through the main gate, they find the now-venerable Cirrus Design on one side, showing a mock-up of the Cirrus Vision jet (the real one will fly into Oshkosh for the first time on Wednesday), and on the other side, the Icon light sport aircraft, with its folding electric wings, fresh from its first flight. That sets the tone for the mix of old and new, tried-and-true and cutting-edge, vintage and experimental, industry leaders and hopeful upstarts, that mix it up across acres and acres of nonstop aviation exuberance here in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. With the "virtual" unveiling of Burt Rutan's giant WhiteKnightTwo -- the world's largest-ever carbon fiber aircraft -- set for Monday in Mojave, with a live video link here to the AirVenture crowds, the show promises to be off to a grand start, showcasing its experimental roots and celebrating the futuristic vision of Virgin Galactic.

AVweb staff has the event covered, with daily videos, podcasts, newsletters, and photo galleries. Be sure to check the AVweb.com Web site every day for all the latest news-as-it-happens, and every morning our AVwebFlash digest will be delivered direct to your inbox. The weather for the whole week promises to be severe clear, with cool breezes and low humidity -- and no doubt a thunderstorm or two tossed in -- sure to help keep the airplanes flowing in and out nonstop, great for the thousands of campers, and encouraging for the EAA folks, who hope that their usual throng of visitors will be willing for a week to forget about high fuel prices and other dreary economic woes and come to Oshkosh to explore the world of flight.

Lycoming Goes Big; FADEC, LSA and New IO-390 Debut

At this year's AirVenture, Lycoming has blown the doors off the notion that engine manufacturers aren't capable of fresh thinking and innovation. Lycoming revealed Monday that it's about to certify a new closed-loop FADEC system for its large displacement engine line, the O-540 series. The new system is called the IE-2 and it will eventually apply to the company's entire line of powerplants. Lycoming's Ian Walsh told AVweb that the IE-2 system is a fully integrated solution with individual cylinder control with electronic knock detection and fuel and ignition controls with state-of-the-art sensors. Walsh says the IE-2 equipped engines are effectively brand new engines, with a redesigned accessory section. Certification is planned for the end of 2008 or early 2009.

Speaking of certifications, Lycoming also announced that its highly successful experimental IO-390 engine will be certified as an IO-360 replacement, something it's calling the Echelon STC. Lycoming's initial approval will be in the Cessna Cardinal, but other models that use the popular O-360 line will also be addressed. Presumably, as Lycoming's FADEC project expands, the certified 390 will eventually become a fully electronic engine. For now, the Cardinal Echelon is full, firewall forward solution offering more horsepower at an affordable price.

Like the airframers, Lycoming is bullish on the LSA segment and it announced a new clean-sheet 100-hp engine for these aircraft called the IO-233. This engine, based on the all-but-bulletproof O-235 series, appears to be highly sophisticated, with electronic throttle bodies and ignition and car-like starting. You can see a near-production version of this engine in Lycoming's AirVenture booth.

For a detailed discussion of these products with Lycoming general manager, Ian Walsh, click here.

Find Lycoming on the web at Lycoming.Textron.com.

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Podcast interview with Lycoming's Ian Walsh

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Must-See Products at the Show back to top 

First Production Skycatcher At AirVenture

Cessna's Skycatcher has been a fixture at various air shows since its introduction two years ago at AirVenture but those attending this year's EAA AirVenture get to see the real thing. The first production model of the aircraft, complete with the standard interior, final panel configuration and factory paint job (which is quite conservative compared to the paint treatment on the proof of concept plane).

Some historical perspective on Cessna's long history in the training aircraft business will be there in the form of a restored Cessna 150 that the University of North Dakota refurbished in honor of the 40th anniversary of its aviation training program. The Skycatcher on display is the second of three aircraft, which are now undergoing ASTM testing for compliance with Light Sport regulations. The Skycatcher is aimed directly at the training market and has a useful load of 490 lbs., of which up to about 144 lbs can be fuel.

XM WX Introduces New In-Flight Weather Products For Pilots

Pilots can never have too much in-flight weather information, and to help fill that infinite need, XM Satellite Radio on Monday said it is releasing a new real-time weather package called Aviator Pro, from XM WX Satellite Weather. Although designed for the professional aviator, the product aims to serve all pilots, the company said. "This increased weather data will significantly improve pilots' situational awareness in-flight, especially at higher altitudes," said Roderick Mackenzie, vice president of advanced applications for XM Radio. New features include high-altitude turbulence data, a convective outlook that classifies severe thunderstorm threats across the U.S., a severe weather watch that provides warnings before a watch is issued, hurricane track forecasts,icing probabilities, and more. The brand-new product is being unveiled for the first time at AirVenture this week, and costs $99.99 per month. XM WX also said on Monday it will add more functionality to its standard $49.99 per month Satellite Weather Aviator package.

It will add three new products -- air reports, pilot reports and Storm Prediction Center Aviation Weather Watches -- at no additional charge. The new products will help to enhance pilots' situational awareness, the company said. In order to receive and display the XM WX data, pilots must have a subscription to the XM WX service, as well as an XM WX capable receiver, antenna and screen display. In order to receive and display the XM WX data, pilots must have a subscription to the XM WX service, as well as an XM WX capable receiver, antenna and electronic display monitor. These new products will be on display at at the XM WX booth at AirVenture this week.

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Bendix/King's Apex Aftermarket Glass Is Ready

Honeywell/Bendix/King has proven that it has a legion of loyal customers, many of whom have been waiting for the company's glass panel product. Bendix/King says the wait is over, or nearly so. This week at AirVenture, it announced that it will begin accepting orders for the new Apex Edge series aftermarket EFIS system in October. Unlike aftermarket offerings from other manufacturers, the Edge consists of two discrete units, the KFD 840 primary flight display ($16,995) and the KSN 770 integrated multi-function display at $13,995. Integrated in this case means it contains a single digital navcomm and a WAAS-capable GPS navigator all rolled into a single panel-mounted box.

Deliveries of the 840 are expected before the end of the year while the MFD is promised for the first quarter of 2009 with approval planned under an approved model list that encompasses hundreds of aircraft types. The KFD 840 has an 8.4-inch diagonal high resolution display with a single ADAHRS designed to operate without GPS or other sensor adding. It will talk to most common attitude-based autopilots and includes a weight-and-balance calculator that can be customized for the aircraft installation. Rate-based autopilots will need to retain their mechanical rate sources. The Edge is intended for installation in aircraft under 6,000 pounds and for approval under approved model lists. Honeywell's Chad Cundiff told AVweb that the 840 has the largest display available for aftermarket applications and the multi-function display is unique for integrating a navcomm and GPS in a single box for legacy aircraft applications. For more detail on this system, see www.bendixking.com/apexedgeseries or visit Hangar B, booth 2081-2066. Listen to our detailed podcast on the Apex here.

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Podcast interview with Chad Cundiff of Bendix/King

Flight Design Introduces Metal Version Of CT LSA

Flight Design USA, makers of one of the most popular Light Sport Aircraft designs in the U.S., unveiled a new all-metal model at EAA AirVenture on Monday. The Flight Design MC -- for Metal Concept -- is essentially the same as the Flight Design CT-LS but is constructed mainly of metal, and is aimed to appeal to the flight school and training market. Matthias Betsch, CEO of Flight Design in Stuttgart, Germany, said the company has been working on the new design for three years. The wings and tail are metal, the MC has a simpler tail structure, and the cockpit sill is lower for easier entry. It will be about 5 to 7 knots slower than the CT-LS. The LS also carries about 50 pounds more load and has about 500 miles more range with full fuel. The MC is available with 80 or 100 horsepower and analog instruments or a glass cockpit; the LS is only available in the high-end configuration. Check back with AVweb later this week for more details about the new airplane and a video tour direct from Oshkosh.

The CT-LS model was introduced worldwide at the Sebring LSA Expo in January 2008.

Kick-Off to a Great Week!
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Some of Our Favorite Gadgets from the Show back to top 

Want A Free Satellite Beacon? Spot Has One

If you're an EAA member, Spot International has a deal for you. At EAA AirVenture this week, the company is giving away free satellite messenger units, a $169.99 value. So what's the catch? They'll ask you to sign up for at least one year of locating service, which costs $99 for basic service and an additional $49 for tracking. A Spot works by plotting its position via GPS, then reporting or messaging that data through a separate low-altitude satellite system that then forwards the data to a web-based network that can be accessed by others.

Basic service allows you to use the Spot's "come find me" 911 feature while the tracking feature allows you to send routine position updates to e-mail recipients with positions plotted on Google maps. For a full explanation of Spot, listen to our podcast with Derek Moore. Find Spot at Oshkosh in booths 325 and 326 located east of Aeroshell Square. Spot's web site is FindMeSpot.com.

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Podcast interview with Spot's Derek Moore

Audio Panel Has Built-In MP3

For those who like to take their own tunes along to add to cruise enjoyment, PS Engineering has taken the hassle out of listening to those MP3s. The company has introduced the PMA8000B-MP3, which adds a 1 Gig MP3 player to the PMA8000B audio control panel. The company is already selling a non-certified audio controller with a built in MP3 player and the popularity of that model prompted development of the certified version.

"We saw the popularity of the MP3 player in our PMA9000EX and designed a way to add this functionality into the certified PMA8000B." said company founder Mark Scheuer, "Not only is the MP3 electronics carefully integrated, but the user interface is as simple and easy to use, which was our number 1 consideration when implementing the player."

Tunes are loaded from a thumb drive in the USB port on the unit and all the usual function controls are included. Most importantly, one more wire is eliminated from the cockpit. "Once the tunes are loaded, there are no more cables running around the cockpit, and there is no risk of damaging personal electronics," said Steve Hudson, PS Engineering's VP of engineering.

Avidyne Delivers Worldwide Datalink Graphical Weather and Two-Way Messaging
Avidyne's new MLX770 Iridium®-based two-way datalink transceiver brings strategic datalink weather services to Entegra- and EX500-equipped aircraft operating worldwide. The MLX770 allows pilots to more easily make go/no-go decisions on the ground and fly more strategically while en route. Additionally, the MLX770 provides convenient two-way SMS text messaging from an airborne MFD to any ground-based SMS-capable mobile phone or e-mail address, allowing pilots to communicate in-flight. Click here for more information.

» See Avidyne's state-of-the-art technologies in action at booths 2098-2101 (Combo E) at EAA AirVenture
News Briefs from Outside of Oshkosh back to top 

Diamond Tries To Soothe DA42 Customers

Diamond Aircraft is offering DA42 position holders a variety of options after suspending the production of the twin, which the company said had 80 percent of the piston twin market. But the insolvency of Thielert Aircraft Engines and the decisions of the insolvency administrator (among them canceling warranty support and TBO prorating) on the diesels prompted Diamond to stop production while it gets alternatives in place. Most of the options involve a significant wait time for delivery but there is one way to get instant gratification if the owner is willing to bet on TAE's recovery from its current woes and Diamond's ability to fill in the support gaps in the meantime.

"A very limited number of TAE-equipped aircraft are available for delivery from distributor inventory. All such customers are eligible for the Diamond DA42 Customer Assistance Program , also announced today, that may address the current support issues for many position holders," Diamond said in a news release. The program essentially subsidizes the increased operating costs of the Thielert engines resulting from the decisions of the insolvency trustee and would be viewed by most as an interim measure until Diamond's own Austro diesel is ready, which could be later this year. Other options include simply waiting for the Austro, waiting for the Lycoming 360 avgas engine option to be ready or asking for a full refund of the deposit (which comes with a $20,000 discount on any other Diamond aircraft. "Diamond enjoys a great, loyal and supportive customer base. With the uncertainty regarding resumption of TAE powered DA42 production and viable options now on the horizon, we designed this program to offer maximum flexibility to our DA42 position holders," said Heike Larson, Diamond's VP of Sales and Marketing.

Aeroshell Team Lead Determined To Battle Back

The condition of Aeroshell Team Lead Alan Henley is guarded after several surgeries and some deterioration of his general health since his fall from a chinning bar last Tuesday. In a blog posted on the Aeroshell Web site last night, his wife Jennifer says that while the affable team lead is determined to beat the partial paralysis that resulted from the broken vertebrae in his neck, he's facing immediate surgery to prevent blood clots from entering his lungs and heart. Meanwhile, the rest of the team is determined to go on with their shows at EAA AirVenture next week and that includes the practice flight with a lucky winner from AVweb in the rear seat of one of the beautiful T-6s.

AVweb staff have spoken with team members since the accident and they've assured us that the three-ship performance will go as planned. In a contest that's attracted thousands of entrants in just a few days, new subscribers to AVweb or current subscribers who introduce their friends to the site get their names entered to win a backseat ride with the team during a practice session.

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News Briefs from Outside of Oshkosh back to top 

FAA Medicals Now Last Longer For Younger Pilots

Pilots who haven't turned 40 yet now have five years between medicals and the new term is retroactive in many ways. As of July 24, a third class medical for someone who hasn't reached his or her 40th birthday lasts five years, instead of three years, and a first class medical is valid for a year, up from six months. AOPA says it even reactivates some medicals that were expired on the day the new regs came into effect.

For instance, if your three-year medical had expired before July 24 it was automatically extended to five years from the anniversary date. Also, turning 40 during the new term of the medical doesn't affect the length of the term.. If you renew your medical the day before your 40th birthday, the new medical is good for either full five years or one year. "This is welcome news for the GA industry," said AOPA President Phil Boyer. "AOPA supported the FAA's move that makes it easier and more affordable for younger pilots to fly."

'By The Book' Decompression Incident Ends Happily

There may be a few new grey hairs on some passengers but the apparent explosive decompression of a Qantas Boeing 747 over the Pacific on Friday resulted in no injuries and , other than the six-foot hole in the baggage compartment of the aircraft, near the right wing root, no serious damage. Flight QF-30 from London to Melbourne was at 29,000 feet when there was a big noise that caught everyone's attention (and if that didn't,the appearance of the oxygen masks did). Remarkably most mainstream media news reports focus on the "sudden plunge" of the aircraft to thicker air that is the standard response during a decompression incident. After the emergency landing in Manila, passengers have arrived in Melbourne and the work of determining cause will begin.

The Australian Transportation Safety Board is, of course, investigating, and the airline pilot forums are alive with speculation—and admiration. It's generally acknowledged that the crew handled the situation by the book. One forum poster has suggested investigators start looking at a "pneumatic duct rupture near the crossover duct."

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CEO of the Cockpit #85: Two Guys, a Gal, and a Bloody Mary Mix

People in aviation may have their differences, but there is peace in the valley at a fly-in.

Click here for the full story.

It seems strange to feel cold while flying in the middle of summer but I was chilled to the bone. Long legs in high-altitude transports always result in a cold-soak, and the low temps work their way though the cockpit wall and over to your seat.

On the Boeing 727, it was just something we had to live with. A normal long leg in that airplane was one request to "throw another log on the fire" to the engineer after another.

This was a problem for me when I flew in the flight-engineer seat because I never got cold next to all the hot lights of my flight-engineer panel. Every time I turned the heat up to keep the captain's and the first officer's butt cheeks unfrozen, I had to endure jungle-like conditions back in the sideways seat. Also, even though the left air-conditioning pack was supposed to only supply the cockpit, a lot of the air also fed the first-class cabin. This almost always led to calls from the flight attendants in the front cabin telling me to turn the temps down a little.

When Boeing got around to designing the 767, they added an electric sidewall heater next to each pilot's position. It works great and can really make you feel all warm and fuzzy on a five-hour leg like we were on tonight ... when it isn't broken.

Mine was broken, in another example of MBC, or, "maintenance by crisis." The airline probably didn't have to fix this problem for a month and wasn't going to waste precious airline-management bonus money by doing so. My copilot, Riley, was enjoying his heated work station and was as comfortable as an old sweatshirt on a sweet-smelling coed while I was a cold as a witch's kitty in a snowy litter box.

My discomfort was increased by the fact that the fuzz was not only on board, she was sitting right behind me. An FAA inspector was riding with us from Chicago to San Francisco. A lot of times it isn't such a big deal to have the fuzz on your jump seat. For example, if a tired maintenance inspector is just trying to hitch a ride back home, you've got no problems. Connie, our jump-seat rider, was an air carrier inspector. This can lead to problems if we screw up.

Even if we did everything right, this would be a very long leg. Not that we ever plan to do anything wrong, but even a simple thing like reading a short magazine article to keep your mind sharp while the other pilot is flying, or listening to your MP3 player, can be misconstrued by the fuzz as a lapse in the rules.

Riley was staying out of the whole thing by playing dead. I hadn't heard a word or a sound out of him since we got west of Rockford, climbing into the flight levels.

Connie Quizzes the CEO

I had called back and had one of our few remaining blankets delivered to me from the back along with a hot coffee for me, a Diet Coke for Riley (even though he hadn't asked for one) and a Bloody Mary mix for Connie.

I had put the blanket over my left shoulder and was sitting on the tail end of it to get a little shelter from the cold. Just as I was about to zone out for the next three hours, Connie spoke up. From directly behind me I heard a question that would keep me up most of the rest of the flight.

"Are you," Connie asked, "going to Oshkosh this year?"

Yes, I am ... right after this rotation. Are you going?

"Yup" she said. "I'll be flying my Cessna 140 up from Crystal Lake after I get home from this trip. I've camped there in the past, but this year I have a motel room with air conditioning and running water. I'm getting too old to enjoy waking up under my wing."

So, I asked, when you are up there, do you take your violation ticket-book and gig pilots who don't have their logbooks up-to-date and stuff?

"Naw," she said, "I'm on vacation when I'm at Oshkosh. Of course, now that you mention it, I'm about five violations from getting my quota for the month and this is my last trip until August ..."

Connie was all right. I knew I could relax a little bit because we could talk about aviation things that wouldn't put my ticket in jeopardy.

Suddenly, a voice that up until now had been as quiet as a Queen's fart, said, "I'm flying my Ercoupe into Appleton and going to the thing."

Riley was alive! Who would have guessed that he was a closet 'coupe flyer?

The CEO Rides A Car To The Big Show

I've got to make a confession here, I told them. I'm not going to fly into Oshkosh quite as much as I'm going to drive my Toyota there. I know the fly-in is the "big party" and everybody wants to bring their planes, but I'm inhibited by two things. First, I don't own a plane; and second, I get enough flying in high-density traffic areas during the year. I'm content to let others look for six or seven dozens pieces of traffic in the pattern while they try to slow from 200 knots to 80 so they can fit in behind a Skycatcher on short final.

"Wuss" said Connie.

Yes, I said, but a live Wuss, thank you very much.

It is like New Year's Eve, I continued. Why get drunk on a night when everybody else is getting sloshed? Semi-professional drunks I've flown with over the years have called it "amateur night." I agree. Even though I might go for a flight or two with a friend or two the week of Oshkosh, for me it's all about sitting in my lawn chair and re-connecting with my friends.

"You have friends?" Riley asked. His question reminded me of an old saying that an even older captain told me once, something to do with the fact that even though everybody likes a little ass from time to time, nobody likes a smart ass.

The CEO Admits To Having Friends

Yes, as a matter of fact, I do have friends. Oshkosh is where we meet every year to find out who is dead, who got divorced, who got remarried and who has a new flying story to tell. As we have gotten older, we even discuss our grandkids and mourn the loss of those who died out of our group during the earth's most recent trip around the sun.

The world of aviation is a very small one and it only gets smaller as you get older. The thing I love about our little Oshkosh confabs is that we can drop all the crap for a few precious days and talk flying. We are old enough now that we aren't lusting for each others jobs or spouses. We have seen enough wars, storms, in-flight fires, hijackings, tremendously adventurous layovers and all-nighters to keep our mouths moving non-stop for the entire week if we want.

"Talk about small worlds," said Connie, "try the size of my world as a female pilot and FAA inspector. Half of the people I run into don't want to talk flying with me because they think I'm out to get them and many in the other half still can't get over the fact that you don't need a penis to fly a plane."

But it helps, I said.

"Did I mention the five violations I have yet to give out?" Connie said with a grin that I couldn't see behind me but I could feel.

Connie, you can join our group any time. You call the cell number I going to give you and I'll throw another brat on the fire and ice down another six-pack. You're welcome anytime, especially if you leave your ticket book at home.

Riley had to chime in: "What about me?" he asked.

Didn't you mention that you are flying in an Ercoupe?

"Yeah, what about it?"

Tell you what, I said. If you can manage to fly that thing into Appleton and leave it there -- and by that I mean refrain from taxiing it south to the fly-in -- you can join our pilot party. You don't have one of those Ercoupes with those lame rudder pedals, do you?

The Job Interrupts a Puppy Dog Moment

Like many happy moments in flight, ours was ended by the FAA. We got a call from Denver Center.

"Triad seven six five," the disembodied voice of the high-guy said, "flights up ahead on your route report continuous moderate turbulence over the front range from FL210 up to 340. Rides above FL350 are reported as continuous light to occasional moderate chop."

This was a great, albeit unwanted, opportunity to show old Connie some highly trained aviators in action. I turned on the seatbelt sign while I was asking the controller for higher. Riley made a PA to the back telling the flight attendants to sit down for a while and, without thinking, all three of us casually leaned over to the cockpit trash bag and poured a little of our drinks into it just before the first nibble of rough air.

Once those chores were done, all we had to do was ride out the bumpiness for two or three hundred miles. Our conversation turned back to our common world -- the world of pilots happy to be getting ready to go to the big show -- as our "whale," the 767-300, lumbered through the surf on our way west.

Want to read more from AVweb's CEO of the Cockpit? Check out the rest of his columns.

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AVweb Insider Blog: Avidyne's Not to Be Outdone

GA's next big thing is synthetic vision. Everyone knows it, including Aviation Safety Editor-in-Chief Jeb Burnside, who acknowledges as much on the AVweb Insider blog. Now that we have that out of the way, let's talk about some things we could still use up there — like a HUD.

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AVweb's AirVenture 2008 Galleries: Day One

Fun an frolic were the order of the day during our first outing to the AirVenture grounds this year. Come along for a few sights. (No need for a jacket — the weather's perfect!)

Click here to view photos.

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AVweb's AirVenture 2008 Podcast #1: Bendix/King Introduces Aftermarket Glass

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Bendix/King's loyal customers have been waiting for the company to launch an aftermarket line of glass panel devices, and the wait is almost over. AVweb Editorial Director Paul Bertorelli spoke with Bendix/King's Chad Cundiff about the Apex system.

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AVweb's AirVenture 2008 Podcast #2: Lycoming Launches New Lines

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There's been a lot going on at Lycoming in the last little while, and the result is a string of major announcements at AirVenture. AVweb Editorial Director Paul Bertorelli talked with Lycoming manager Ian Walsh about the innovations coming from Williamsport.

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AVweb's AirVenture 2008 Podcast #3: Free Spot Tracking Devices For EAA Members

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For pilots who want loved ones or associates to be able to track their progress and, if necessary, come looking for them, there's a new satellite tracking system available that follows your every movement. AVweb Editorial Director Paul Bertorelli talked with Derek Moore of Spot about the unique system.

This podcast is brought to you by Lightspeed Aviation, makers of the Zulu ANR headset ...

Click here to listen. (5.6 MB, 6:06)

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AVweb's AirVenture 2008 Video #1: Sean D. Tucker, Eric Tucker Formation Aerobatics

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Behind the scenes with ambassador of aerobatics and National Aviation Hall of Famer Sean D. Tucker with his son Eric, flying power aerobatics in the "Z," courtesy of AVweb Video Editor Glenn Pew.

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AVweb's AirVenture 2008 Video #2: Belvoir Aviation Group's Editors Preview the Show

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AVweb's Russ Niles, Aviation Consumer's Paul Bertorelli and Kitplanes editor Marc Cook look forward to the week at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh.

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Your Favorite FBOs back to top 

FBO of the Week: Oakland Air (KPTK, Pontiac, MI)

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AVweb's "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Pontiac, Michigan's Oakland Air (KTPK), an FBO that recently went the extra mile to make an unplanned trip a little easier for AVweb reader Tom Ahonen.

Tom shared the story with us:

I received one of those phone calls you dread. A parent had passed (my wife's mom). So I hastily organized a trip from Minneapolis to Pontiac. I called Oakland Air to organize a car. Upon arrival, two line guys guided me to parking, where my car was waiting. They helped with bags, the plane cover, anything we needed. And in the car, there was a gift basket and a sympathy card. Wow. Thanks, Oakland Air. You really brightened our otherwise dark day.

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

The Lighter Side of Flight back to top 

Short Final

Overheard in IFR Magazine's 'On the Air' Section
Overheard in IFR Magazine's "On the Air"

Thunderstorms moved across the Cleveland area, and approach control tried to get one more airplane in:

Cleveland Approach:
"Northwest Twelve Thirty-Four, if you can descend to 3000, I'll vector you for a straight-in ILS 28."

Northwest 1234 (no doubt sensing a last-chance opportunity to beat the storm) :
"We're outta one zero thousand for three like a sack of hammers."

Ted Patterson
Marango, Illinois

Names Behind the News back 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:

Timothy Cole

Editorial Director, Aviation Publications
Paul Bertorelli

Russ Niles

Contributing Editors
Mary Grady
Glenn Pew

Features Editor
Kevin Lane-Cummings

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