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Volume 14, Number 45c
November 8, 2008
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. Click here to learn more about XM WX's new suite of weather data and Aviator Pro.

» XM WX Satellite Weather, the top provider of pilot wx data,
is an official sponsor of AVweb's AOPA Expo 2008 coverage
Please visit them at booth #908 to learn more.
AOPA Expo '08: A Different Vista from Previous Yearsback to top 

There's no shortage of incentives to boost airplane sales these days and Diamond announced on Thursday that it was offering existing aircraft owners a $10,000 finder's fee for existing owners who steer new customers to the company. Now Cessna is offering those joining the waiting list to buy a Cessna Mustang the opportunity to lease a Cessna 400 for the time between order and delivery. "This is a great solution for Mustang customers who are waiting to take delivery, yet have an immediate need for an aircraft," said Cessna's vice president of marketing Tom Aniello. "The Cessna 400 is the fastest fixed-gear single piston on the market today and is a natural stepping stone into the Mustang. More...

Attention! The Zulu Is Available with Panel Power
The Lightspeed Zulu: P headset raises 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 utilizes the same panel-powered LEMO plug used in Bose headsets and comes with built-in Bluetooth for wireless cell phone or music interface. Stop by Lightspeed's AOPA Expo booth (#226), or click here for more information.

See for yourself why Zulu is Aviation Consumer's "Headset of the Year" 2008.

» Lightspeed Aviation, maker of the Zulu ANR headset,
is an official sponsor of AVweb's AOPA Expo 2008 coverage
Visit them at booth #226 for a Zulu demonstration!
Light Sport Weathers the Bad Economyback to top 

After a dismal last few months, sales of light sport aircraft are showing signs of rebounding according to one of the founding entrepreneurs of the LSA movement in the U.S. Tom Peghiny, who distributes CT light sport aircraft in the U.S. told AVweb in a podcast interview that some attrition is inevitable among LSA manufacturers but the concept is still valid and sales are improving. The market, however, is not exactly what was envisioned when the category was created. It was believed that the lower cost and easier medical, training and maintenance requirements would bring new people to aviation. Instead, he said, the market continues to be people abandoning complex GA aircraft to continue "fun flying" in the smaller aircraft. Drawing new pilots will require some innovation, he said. 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 December 31, 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.

» Bose Corporation is an official sponsor of
AVweb's AOPA Expo 2008 coverage. Please visit them at
booth #1320 to see the Bose Aviation Headset X® in action!
Glass for the Massesback to top 

Diamond Aircraft says it's now offering the least expensive certified aircraft with a class cockpit in the DA20. The company announced at AOPA Expo that it is now offering Aspen Avionics primary flight displays as an option in the DA20 two-place aircraft. The $8,000 option (a few thousand dollars more for the pro model) puts the price of the DA20 up to $184,000, making it the only certified aircraft with purchase price of less than $200,000. In a podcast interview with AVweb, Marketing Director Mark Lee said flight schools have been looking for a glass cockpit trainer but the cost of most flat-panel systems was prohibitive for an entry-level aircraft. More...

Ever Wish You Could Flip a Switch and Turn IFR Visibility into VFR?
To find out more, go to True Flight.

» True Flight brings the most information to your displays and
is an official sponsor of AVweb's AOPA Expo 2008 coverage.
Oxygen on Demand — Pulse Demandback to top 

The regs say you need oxygen above 12,000 feet. If you end a flight exhausted, with a headache, your body is telling you it needed oxygen regardless of the altitudes you flew. "Hypoxia is getting in there and doing its job," Robert Jamieson, of Mountain High Equipment and Supply told a news conference at AOPA Expo in San Jose. His company's answer is Full Authority Digital Oxygen Control (FADOC) through a device the size of a deck of cards that accurately meters the precise amount of oxygen aircraft occupants need in a process called "pulse demand." More...

Untie Your Dreams at 235 Knots
Leave the runway at 1,400 vertical feet per minute. Climb to 25,000 feet. Cruise at 235 confident knots. Nothing releases a pilot's passion for flight like the Cessna 400, the world's fastest fixed-gear aircraft. It's more than speed that makes the Cessna 400 such a pleasure to fly. There's the sophisticated stylish cabin, glass cockpit, side-stick control, and the head-turning gorgeous looks. Looks like Cessna is in the fast business. Go online for all the details.

» Cessna Aircraft, the company behind the speedy Cessna 400,
is an official sponsor of AVweb's AOPA Expo 2008 coverage.
Visit them at booth #417 to see your dream aircraft in person!
Electronic Training Solutionsback to top 

There are any number of training aids available for your home computer but Powerful Learning says it's put together the whole package in a software suite that gives student pilots and those facing recurrent training all the tools they need to be successful without taking their eyes off the computer screen. At a news conference at AOPA Expo in San Jose, company President Dave Meindl said the system offers features common in other online training devices, including an updated list of the 555 questions the FAA draws from to make its knowledge tests. But it also has a complete FAA reference library integrated into training system allowing users to instantly link to the relevant FAA documents as they prepare. "No other company offer this," he said. More...

Win This Glass Panel-Equipped Piper Archer II! — Enter by Dec. 31st
Enter AOPA's 2008 Sweepstakes and you could be flying high in a fully-refurbished Piper Archer II, accented with a new instrument panel featuring the world's first installed certified EFD1000 PFD. Custom extras include handcrafted leather seats, tie-down rings, nav light retainers, and wood trim accents. Click for more details.

» You can join AOPA at the expo in San Jose, too.
Just stop by booths #1026-1039.
AVweb Media: Look, Listen, Laugh and Learnback to top 


Departing Aircraft Owners And Pilots Association president Phil Boyer talks to AVweb and Aviation Consumer's Paul Bertorelli about his 17 years working on behalf of pilots. (Part 3 of 3.) (Click through to watch.)

This video is brought to you by Lightspeed Aviation. More...


Over the past couple of days, we've brought your our exclusive interview with outgoing AOPA president Phil Boyer. Now, after 17 years, the Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association will have a new chief. Meet Craig Fuller. (Click through to watch.)

This video is brought to you by Bose Corporation and WxWorx XM WX Satellite Weather. More...

Get into the Cockpit!
Classic Cockpits is a series of high-quality DVDs that put you into the pilot's seat of some of the world's great airplanes. Be there for engine start, checklists, taxi, take-off, climb, cruise, descent, landing, and more. Titles currently available are: Flying the Legendary DC-3, Flying the PBY Catalina, and Flying the de Havilland Vampire.

Click on the individual titles for complete descriptions, and click here to order all DVDs online now.
AVweb Audio — Are You Listening?back to top 


How are those much-touted Light Sport Aircraft faring in this tough economic climate? Flight Design CT distributor Tom Peghiny says that while there has been some scaling back, they're beginning to rebound.

This podcast is brought to you by WxWorx XM WX Satellite Weather, the premier weather provider for pilots. More...


Kitplanes Editor-in-Chief Marc Cook checks in with JPI vice president Larry Elbert. As it turns out, the company has a lot going on, especially for those of you running lean of peak.

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


Diamond Aircraft is bringing affordable glass to the venerable DA20, great news for flight schools everywhere. The new avionics system is the Aspen EFD1000 (Pilot or Pro), and it makes Diamond's DA20 the least-expensive glass-cockpit certified airplane available. Director of Marketing & Sales Mark Lee explains how the company is servicing both the high and low ends of the airplane market.

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

Join NAA and Help Shape the Next Century of Flight
It's a great time to join the National Aeronautic Association (NAA), the nation's oldest aviation organization. At $39 a year, NAA membership is a terrific value for any aviation enthusiast! Members receive the Smithsonian's Air & Space magazine, plus access to aviation records and much more. To become an NAA member, sign up online or call (703) 416-4888 and press 4.
Photos from AOPA Expoback to top 

Click for images from the show
A handful of photos from the AOPA Expo in San Jose, California, courtesy of our on-site newsteam. More...

Go Green with Diamond: $1.99 Fuel
Buy a DA40 XLS between October 1 and November 30, 2008 and take delivery of your plane by December 31, and the Diamond team will buy down your fuel cost to $1.99 per gallon for the first 200 hours or 18 months, whichever comes first. The DA40 XLS is the savvy and responsible choice in this day and age of high fuel prices. For complete details, go online.

» Diamond Aircraft Company is at the AOPA Expo in San Jose, too.
Ask about the DA40 and DA42 at booth #335.
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...

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!

» Learn more about Aviation Consumer
and other Belvoir Media Aviation Publications
at our booth (#1435) at the AOPA Expo in San Jose.
More AVweb for Your Inboxback to top 

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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.

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

Scott Simmons

Jeff van West

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