Kick-Off to a Great
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|Washington Insiders Tell AOPA Expo: Be Patient,
OFF D.C. RADAR
The economy will, of course, dominate the
discussions in Washington, D.C. over the next while and that means some
pressing issues in the aviation world will have to wait their turn, a
panel of D.C. insiders told delegates to AOPA Expo in San Jose, Calif.
on Thursday. "I don't think anyone gives a darn about aviation," Steve
Alterman, president of the Cargo Airlines Association told the first
general assembly of the organization. He said he doubts, for instance,
that FAA reauthorization will be decided within the next year and the
much-needed modernization of the air traffic control system is likely to
languish. Alterman was on a panel with National Air Transportation
Association President Jim Coyne, former FAA Administrator Jane Garvey
and former Department of Transportation Inspector General Ken Mead. Mead
had some critical comments about the modernization effort so far.
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THIELERT PROBLEMS EASE
Owners of Thielert diesel
engine-powered Diamond aircraft have received some welcome relief in the
cost of maintaining their aircraft and more is on the way. At a news
conference on Thursday at AOPA Expo, Diamond Aircraft CEO Peter Maurer
said the insolvency commissioner overseeing the restructuring of the
engine maker now realizes that sale of the company depends on its
ability to support the product. Therefore, the cost of many maintenance
items that skyrocketed under the insolvency process, have been reduced
and Thielert has started looking at ways to reduce those costs even more
with lifetime extensions on gearbox clutches and other parts that
require expensive scheduled replacement. As Diamond's own efforts to
alleviate the issues of its customers materialize in the coming year,
the cost effective utility of its diesel-powered DA42 and DA40 aircraft
should be reduced. More...
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CELEBRATES 10 YEARS
Cirrus Design marked the tenth
anniversary of the certification of its SR20, which happened at the 1998
AOPA Expo, with the announcement that the aircraft is getting some
SR22-like upgrades. The less powerful entry-level Cirrus has always been
less popular since the SR22 was introduced and now accounts for less
than 20 percent of sales. But with tough times dominating discussion
everywhere, the company has offered the Garmin Perspective panel, with
optional enhanced vision as an option in the SR20 for less than
$300,000. Meanwhile, the development of the Vision jet continues
unabated, despite market- related layoffs and production cuts for the
current aircraft. More...
After flirting with Canadian and Russian
certification for its composite aircraft, Epic Aircraft says it will
certify its products in the U.S. CEO Rick Schrameck told a news
conference at AOPA Expo on Thursday that it will certify its first
aircraft, the turboprop Escape, in Bend, Oregon under the auspices of
the Seattle FAA office. He said that problems with the foreign
certifications notwithstanding (and aircraft seized in the Georgian
conflict and high building costs in Canada), the current economic
problems also helped make the decision to certify in the U.S. He said
that certification inspectors now have time to do the Escape
certification as activity in the market declines. Schrameck said the
market decided his choice to certify a turboprop, rather than one of the
jets his company is also developing. More...
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ENTEGRA WEATHER SERIES CLOSES THE WEATHER GAP
For the past
half decade, as aviation weather datalinked to the cockpit has become
standard equipment for U.S. pilots, European pilots could only look on
in envy. At AOPA in San Jose this week, Avidyne Corp. announced that
weather envy is no more with the introduction of what it calls its
Entegra WX Series. This new product combines four weather sensor choices
-- datalinked weather via Sirius Satellite Radio, narrowcast on-demand
datalink through the Iridium low-earth-altitude satellite system,
onboard lightning detection with Avidyne's TWX670 system and, last, an
onboard weather radar system. Obviously, this is a complex system,
requiring two datalink receivers -- the MLX770 receiver handles Iridium
data, and the MLB700 does Sirius duty. Currently, display options are
Avidyne's latest versions of its popular EX500 and EX5000 MFD products.
Eventually, display options may be expanded to include portables and
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INSIDER BLOG: HARD (BUT FRIENDLY) TIMES AT AOPA EXPO
us had girded our loins for tough times and downbeat spirits at this
year's AOPA Expo, but AVweb Editor-in-Chief Russ Niles found a
more cheerful atmosphere, despite the times. Read about his experience
in the latest installment of our AVweb Insider blog.
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AOPA EXPO 2008 PODCAST #4:
AVIDYNE'S ENTEGRA WX SERIES SERVES UP A
BUFFET OF WEATHER DATA, FOR EVERYONE
Eager to stay on the
cutting edge of cockpit information systems, Avidyne Corp. has come to
this year's AOPA Expo with an incredibly comprehensive suite of weather
tools. The Entegra WX Series combines the power of Sirius-based datalink
weather, Iridium-based satellite info, an onboard weather radar, and
Avidyne's TWX670 lightning-detection system. On top of all those
features, it's cost-conscious and useful for pilots outside the U.S.,
too. Avidyne President Dan Schwinn explains how that's
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AOPA EXPO 2008 PODCAST #6:
MORE ON THE GARMIN GPSMAP
Vendors at AOPA Expo are moving Garmin's new GPSMap 696
nearly as fast as they can get them and Garmin's booth is jammed with
would-be buyers. One question that we've heard from several readers is
why the 696's approach plates aren't geo-referenced. Does Garmin have
plans to do that? Not immediately, says Garmin's Jim Alpiser, who
explained that the NACO charts Garmin used in the 696 don't have the
necessary geographical data for geo-referencing. AVweb spoke to
him after the show opened Thursday morning, and you can here the details
of that interview in this podcast.
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