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Volume 14, Number 31b
July 29, 2008
Zulu's Gone Wild!
People are coming to the booth with the reviews in their hands, wanting to see the difference for themselves. No doubt about it — for comfort, quiet, sound quality, it's Zulu! If you're here, come on by for a Zulu demo. And if you couldn't make it this year and you want to see the reviews, go to Lightspeed online.

» Try Lightspeed's Zulu and compare it to other premium brands
at booths 2019-2020 & 2023 at EAA AirVenture
Top News: Eclipse Aviation in the Spotlightback to top 

Acting Eclipse CEO Roel Pieper says the company is working out the details of honoring an unknown number of $150,000 deposits made by an unknown number of position holders who balked at the latest ($500,000) price increase of the Eclipse 500. Pieper said he expects announcements to be made in "a few days" concerning alleged delays in the processing of refunds. The deposit refund issue has dominated discussion on blog and forum sites recently. Two position holders AVweb spoke with say there is real concern among those who have requested refunds and they're hopeful a resolution is coming as quickly as Pieper said there will be. "I have to admit that I am a little nervous," said Doug Cayne, who requested his refund about two weeks ago. Eclipse has said the requests will be processed within 30 days. Others have been waiting longer, he said. More...

AV8OR™ Horizon 3D
AV8OR Horizon 3D is the first portable — and affordable — cockpit information system with 3-D synthetic vision. Its touch-screen, multi-function display (MFD) delivers a realistic cockpit-like view, no matter what the conditions beyond the aircraft window, through dynamic, synthetic 3-D imagery. On the ground, use it as a Tablet PC to plan your route, download weather, save your flight plan, generate checklists and more. For more information, go online.

» Register to win a Bendix/King AV8OR by Honeywell at booths 2081-2086 at EAA AirVenture
Checking in with the Plane You Can Driveback to top 

Terrafugia CEO Carl Dietrich says his Transition flying car -- which he prefers to call a "roadable aircraft" -- will fly by the end of this year, and customer deliveries will start by the end of 2009. Dietrich brought his proof-of-concept prototype to EAA AirVenture this week, and says it will be certified as a light sport aircraft, which will require some further refinements in the next version, to reduce the weight. It will use super-unleaded auto gas, so you can drive to the pump and fill up, and it will burn about 4.5 gallons per hour at 100 knots. The prototype is powered by a Rotax 912S. The company's work so far has been funded by private investors, who wish to remain anonymous, Dietrich said, and he expects no problems with continuing to fund his development plans. "We've been very successful at raising money," he said. The company is now taking $5,000 fully refundable deposits, and the aircraft sells for $194,000. Dietrich says the next delivery slot available is about number 50. More...

Fly With Bose® Aviation Headset X™
Enjoy an unmatched combination of full-spectrum noise reduction, clearer audio, and comfortable fit. Voted the #1 headset for the seventh consecutive year in Professional Pilot's 2007 Headset Preference Survey. Also rated "Best ANR Headset: The Aviation Consumer Product of the Year" by Aviation Consumer.

Purchase by August 16, 2008 and receive a complimentary pair of Bose in-ear headphones ($99.95 value). Learn more and order.

Quotes reprinted with permission: Professional Pilot, 2007 Headset Preference Survey, 12/07; Aviation Consumer, 8/07.

» Try out the Headset X™ and other Bose Corporation products at booths 171-176 at EAA AirVenture
Branson and Rutan Unveil Latest Modern Spaceshipback to top 

WhiteKnightTwo, the huge double-hulled aircraft that will carry SpaceShipTwo and its cargo of space tourists to 50,0000 feet, rolled out to the public for the first time Monday morning at Scaled Composites in Mojave (click here for AVweb's exclusive on-scene video, live today). Shortly afterward, Will Whitehorn, CEO of Virgin Galactic, spoke with reporters at AirVenture in Oshkosh, via a Web link to the EAA Museum. Whitehorn said he expects that by next July, WhiteKnightTwo will be flying in to Oshkosh. First flight is expected by the end of this year, he said, and a thorough test regime lasting up to two years, with at least 100 flights, is planned before the ship goes into commercial service carrying tourists into space. Whitehorn said that while Virgin is the launch customer for the first two WhiteKnightTwos, he expects there is a wider commercial market for the aircraft, which has the capacity to transport large cargo items, to launch satellites, and also could launch a ship carrying a single person into orbit. [more] WhiteKnightTwo is the largest carbon-fiber aircraft ever built, with two cabins that can each hold eight seats, plus eight more in SpaceShipTwo. At 50,000 feet, it will drop SpaceShipTwo, with eight on board, to ride its rocket into suborbital space. Whitehorn said that altitude is optimal for the spaceship to get the most thrust while still having aerodynamic control to get the nose pointed up, but it would be possible for WhiteKnight to fly much higher if needed for other missions. Its two cabins are identical, Whitehorn said, and both can carry eight seats. Only the right side is pressurized and equipped for flying. The other side can be used to haul cargo or passengers, and he suggested that on a typical flight the ship might carry future space tourists for training purposes, and fly parabolas on its way down to give them a simulated zero-g experience. More...

Discover the Thrill of a Family Getaway
Discover that the best family vacation photos aren't taken through the window of a minivan. In a brand-new Cessna Stationair, every single weekend becomes your chance for a family getaway. Without ever hearing the dreaded words "Are we there yet?" Call 1 (800) 4-CESSNA. Or visit CessnaYouAreHere.com.

» Discover the thrill of Cessna Single-Engine for yourself at booths 143-156 at EAA AirVenture
Learning to See a Little Better at Oshkoshback to top 

We've known for several years that Bendix/King's engineers have been busily developing new products and, surprisingly, three of them came out of the ground this week at EAA AirVenture. Specifically, the company announced three portable devices, one a high-feature budget model and two sophisticated electronic flight bag type products based on Samsung tablet PCs and integrated from the VistaNav line which Bendix/King just bought. All of these products fly under a product flag called AV8OR. More...

It's fair to say that Avidyne launched the glass cockpit revolution for light aircraft with its groundbreaking Entegra, which quickly became standard equipment in the Cirrus line. At AirVenture this week, Avidyne announced a new expansion of its glass product suite intended specifically for the aftermarket. The latest major glass product is the PFD4000, an 8-inch EFIS designed to fit into the space occupied by a standard legacy six-pack instrument grouping.

Related Content:
Audio interview with Avidyne's Tom Harper More...

Inflight. Every Flight.
XM WX Satellite Weather has quickly become the leading way to fly for pilots across the country. And now, with Aviator Pro, the brand-new weather data package from XM WX, pilots have an even better reason to fly with the datalink weather leader — inflight and every flight. See the new suite of weather data at AirVenture 2008, or click here to learn more about XM WX and Aviator Pro.

» See why XM WX Satellite Weather is the official weather provider
of EAA AirVenture when you visit WxWorx at booths 3030-3032
More New Product Announcements from the Showback to top 

ancair, which had its painted and demo-flying turbine Evolution out on the flight line this week, today announced a further development of the airplane to use piston power. In a radical break from Lancair tradition, which has most recently relied on either Continental or Superior piston power, the upcoming Evolution will use a version of the just announced Lycoming TEO-540 six-cylinder powerplant. It will produce 400 horsepower, according to Lancair president Joe Bartels. More...

Chelton Flight Systems (CFS) and S-TEC Corporation, both part of Cobham plc's Avionics and Surveillance Division, are consolidating their offices and product integration activities and moving forward to develop new avionics as their parent merges the two companies, according to a briefing this week at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008. S-TEC, which was acquired by Cobham at the beginning of 2008, employs 180 people and operates out of a 10-acre engineering and production campus. The merger involves closure of Chelton's Boise, Idaho, headquarters and relocation of most staff to S-TEC's facilities in Mineral Wells, Texas. The merger has gone so smoothly, the company said, its main challenges now involve branding issues. More...

Avidyne's Color Lightning System Provides Truly Tactical Weather Detection
Avidyne's TWX670 Tactical Lightning Detection System provides highly-accurate depiction of lightning from 0nm-200nm and features TWxCell™ and Color Strike modes on compatible displays, including Avidyne's EX500, EX5000 and MHD300. In addition, the TWX670 provides alternate interface protocols for compatibility with other leading manufacturers' displays. Click here for more information.

» See Avidyne's state-of-the-art technologies in action at booths 2098-2101 (Combo E) at EAA AirVenture
Arriving at Oshkoshback to top 

Cirrus Design confirmed that the public unveiling of its Vision SJ50 jet will take place at EAA AirVenture on Wednesday at about 2:15. The aircraft first flew July 3 and has been undergoing initial flight testing in Duluth. The company had hoped to bring the aircraft to Oshkosh but CEO Alan Klapmeier said it would depend on the progress of the flight testing and the discretion of the test pilots. The aircraft was announced 13 months ago and has been under development for four years. More...

A Canadian pilot says he was delayed almost three hours on the flight to AirVenture while U.S. authorities checked his aircraft for radioactive material in the instruments. Joe Scoles says his vintage Cessna 170 most likely has radium dials but he was shocked when the TSA official sweeping his plane with a detector at Port Huron, Mich., told him his aircraft was just below the limit of detectable radiation allowed in the U.S. and that it could have been impounded if it was above that limit. "That was a real surprise to me," he said. More...

Ever Wish You Could Flip a Switch and Turn IFR Visibility into VFR?
To find out more, go to True Flight.
AVweb Audio — Are You Listening?back to top 

Remember that cool rocket belt James Bond flew in Thunderball? Glenn and Vanessa Martin have their own version, but it will fly for up to five minutes. See it fly at OSH this week and hear the details on flying it from Vanessa in this podcast.

This podcast is brought to you byLightspeed Aviation, makers of the Zulu ANR headset ... More...

Avidyne pioneered the first small aircraft glass cockpit for new airplanes — the Cirrus line — and now it's forging ahead with a new EFIS product for the aftermarket, an affordable, single ADAHRS primary flight display that will fit into legacy panels. Paul Bertorelli spoke with Avidyne's Tom Harper about glass panels and the PFD4000.

This podcast is brought to you byWxWorx XM WX Satellite Weather, official weather provider of EAA AirVenture ... More...

Bendix/King has been busy over the last year and stunned avionics shoppers this week with three new portable navigators, including one weatherlink-capable model for only $749. Hear all about in this podcast with Bendix/King's Chad Cunniff.

This podcast is brought to you by Bose Corporation's Aviation Headset X™ ... More...

Announcing: First-Ever, Zero-Down Factory Engine Financing!
Air Power, Inc. — the World's Largest Factory Engine Distributor — announces an industry first: long-term, low-interest, no-money-down financing on all Continental and Lycoming Genuine Factory Engines: New, Remanufactured, and Overhauled, always sold at just $300 over factory invoice. Offering 20-year 6.9% simple interest Factory Engine Loans with no prepayment penalty and payments as low as $129.79 for a Cessna Skyhawk Factory Engine. For details, call Air Power at (888) 759-4295, or go online to FactoryEngines.com.
AVweb Media: Look, Listen, Laugh and Learnback to top 

Matthew Junta, Vice President of Engineering and Chief Technical officer for Icon Aircraft gives AVweb's Jeff Van West a look inside the Icon Amphibian LSA in this original video from AVweb's Glenn Pew. (Click through to watch.)

This video is brought to you byLightspeed AviationandWxWorx XM WX Satellite Weather ... More...

Virgin Galactic today unveiled its WhiteKnightTwo — a twin-hulled, four-engined, SpaceShipTwo-hauling aircraft — at Scaled Composites in Mojave, California. Entrepreneur and project financier Richard Branson and designer Burt Rutan spoke at the event, and we have video to share thanks to the efforts of Linda Reynolds and AVweb Video Editor Glenn Pew. (Click through to watch.)

This video is brought to you byBose Corporation andWxWorx XM WX Satellite Weather ... More...

Lycoming® — The Engines of Choice
Lycoming® produces the most complete line of horizontally opposed, air-cooled four-, six-, and eight-cylinder certified aircraft engines available, with power ranging from 100 to 400 HP. For homebuilders, air race and aerobatic pilots, and others looking for non-certified engines with Lycoming dependability, Lycoming offers custom-built Thunderbolt Engines. Lycoming piston engines have a reputation for reaching or exceeding TBO. For more information, please visit Lycoming.com.

» Learn more about the full line of Lycoming Engines at booths 177-182 at EAA AirVenture
Images from the Showback to top 

The public arrived today for EAA AirVenture, and now the fun can really begin! More...

Between Wheels Up and Wheels Down, There Is One Important Word: How
As the team managing the FAA AFSS system, Lockheed Martin serves nearly 90,000 general aviation pilots every week. Providing timely, accurate information and helpful service 24/7. From weather forecasts to en route information, from Hawaii to Puerto Rico, ensuring flight safety in the National Airspace System is all a question of how. And it is the how that makes all the difference. Click here for more.
The Top Reporter on Our Crack Staff ... Is You!back to top 

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...

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Names Behind the Newsback to top 


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.

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Editorial Director, Aviation Publications
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