AVwebFlash Complete Issue: Volume 15, Number 16b

April 21, 2009

By The AVweb Editorial Staff
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Top News: Daily Coverage of Sun 'n Fun Starts Here back to top 

Sun 'n Fun Opens Today

The clouds have parted, the threat of rain seems to be past and the forecast for the rest of the week is for blue skies and sunshine here in Lakeland, Fla. The show site is busy, with the usual mix of turboprops and sport planes, jets and ultralights, kit aircraft, and long lines of homebuilts and classic airplanes on the flight lines. Signs of the ongoing economic uncertainty in the U.S. are not front and center here, but those signs are not too hard to find with a little scratching beneath the surface. All this week we'll be bringing you stories about all the new products, the companies who are moving forward full speed ahead, the innovators who are bringing new ideas to aviation, and the creative ways folks are coping even as the economy starts to show positive signs of recovery. We'll also check out some seaplanes, Sun 'n Fun's world-class aerobatic shows, and bring you a taste of all the many facets of the aviation world on display here. Check your inbox every day this week for our news reports and links to our daily videos and podcasts.

Thanks for being an AVweb reader! Is there anything in particular you're hoping to learn about this week? Drop us a line and we'll do our best to find out about it for you.

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Forging Ahead: Cessna's New Mantra? back to top 

Cessna Update On SkyCatcher Program

Cessna is showing off a bright purple mockup of its SkyCatcher LSA front and center at its exhibit, and the company reiterated this week that it intends to continue with the program despite the crashes of two test aircraft during spin testing. In the coming weeks, Cessna said, it will gather additional wind tunnel data, then combine that information with what it learned from the recent spin tests to refine the SkyCatcher configuration before flight testing is resumed. The design was tweaked after the first accident also, when Cessna increased the size of the tail. The company is scheduled to hold a forum about the SkyCatcher later this week, but is not expected to release any additional details about the test program. When the airplane crashed on March 19 it was undergoing a very aggressive spin test regime, power on and cross controlled, Cessna said. The aircraft was slightly damaged but is being repaired.

The spin test was one of more than 500 flown using various combinations of center-of-gravity positions, power settings, flap settings and control inputs. The company said it has committed to complete additional testing beyond what is required to certify the aircraft under ASTM light sport aircraft standards. Cessna has said they have more than 1,000 orders for the Skycatcher.

There's Nothing Like Spring Break for Pilots!
Well, it's obvious that it takes more than the economy to keep people who love to fly away from Sun 'n Fun. And clearly the word continues to spread about Lightspeed's Zulu headset. People have been coming into the booth from the minute we opened, telling us why they're changing their minds about what they thought was the world's best headset. See some of their stories on ZuluChangeYourMind.com.
Innovations & Debuts back to top 

Canadians Reconsidering Passenger Rule

Canadian authorities are considering a rewrite of commercial charter regulations in response to a request from Texas Turbines for full recognition of a U.S. Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) on its Cessna Caravan engine conversion. The company puts 900-horsepower Garrett turbines in the Caravan, replacing the 600-675 horsepower PT-6s that come standard, but a quirk in Canadian regulations is keeping many operators from making the switch. When single-engine turboprops were first allowed to carry passengers in IFR conditions, Transport Canada inserted a requirement that only "factory-built" aircraft would qualify. In a podcast interview, Texas Turbines President Bobby Bishop says he's making headway convincing Canadian authorities to reconsider the pax ban for modified aircraft such as the Super Van 900.

The first STC for the Garrett conversion was for a wheel-equipped 208B and the company is now working on one for an amphibious standard Caravan. Bishop said he's had interest from all over the world for the souped up Caravan, which he said flies and climbs faster. It also offers superior high and hot operation and the extra speed and power helps it handle ice better.

Kitfox Shows a New LSA At Sun 'n Fun

At every new show, we see a new LSA or two and Sun 'n Fun 2009 is no exception. Building on its success with the popular Kitfox, the same company is introducing a new Rotax-powered LSA with exceptional short field and slow flight performance and nifty clear panel doors for the ultimate in in-flight visibility.

Kitfox's John McBean told Kitplanes editor Marc Cook before the show that the company's goal is to keep the price at or below $100,000 and, with the exception of the engine, the entire aircraft will be manufactured in the U.S. For a video analysis of the company and its product line, see this exclusive Sun 'n Fun video.

Cessna Display
You Won't Need SVT to See Where No-Cost Fuel Can Take You, But We're Throwing It in Anyway
If you buy one of a limited number of 2008 Cessna 350 or Cessna 400 aircraft from existing inventory, Cessna will supply you with $25,000 in fuel at no cost to you and upgrade your state-of-the-art Garmin G1000 integrated flight deck with new Synthetic Vision Technology. Supply of eligible aircraft is limited, so act fast and contact your Cessna representative today.
King Air Easter Emergency Audio back to top 

More ATC Tapes Released In Private Pilot King Air Incident

The FAA on Monday released additional tapes of the conversations between air traffic controllers and Doug White, the low-time private pilot who successfully landed a twin-engine King Air in Florida last week after the pilot died at the controls. The new tape documents the first 14 minutes of radio calls, starting with White's first transmission, when he declares an emergency and asks for help. The airplane continued to climb up to 17,000 feet until Miami air traffic controller Lisa Grimm, a commercial pilot with a multi rating, was able to help him find the correct way to turn off the autopilot and level off the airplane. "I disengaged it. I'm flying the airplane by hand," White said. "You find me the widest, longest runway you can, ma'am." Fort Myers air traffic controller Dan Favio then contacted a King Air pilot he knew, Kari Sorenson, who was able to help relay information to White so he could successfully land the airplane.

  • For the full 14-minute tape, posted at the Naple News Web site, click here (MP3 file).
  • If you missed the other half of the tape, which was released earlier, click here (MP3) for the second half, which continues until the landing.
  • You can also click here for AVweb's exclusive podcast interview with Doug White by AVweb editor-in-chief Russ Niles.

Gulf Coast Avionics — Your One-Stop Shop
For Avionics, Instruments and Pilot Supplies

See us at Sun 'n Fun booths #D28-33! Take advantage of show-special rebates and pricing from major manufacturers like JPI, ICOM, and others. Stop by our booth daily for great deals on great products, and be sure to ask about instant savings on specially marked products. See our interactive showroom conveniently located on Lakeland Linder Airport or shop our comprehensive e-commerce site at GCA.aero.
News Briefs back to top 

Hostages Freed In Jamaican Standoff

A 20-year-old Jamaican, described by authorities as a "mentally challenged youngster" was nabbed by police early Monday after he took six members of the flight crew of a CanJet Boeing 737 hostage late Sunday in Montego Bay and demanded to be flown to Cuba. None of the hostages were hurt when police stormed the aircraft after eight hours of negotiations broke down, but early in the drama it's alleged that the hijacker almost killed the First Officer, whose face was grazed by a bullet when a gun discharged on the tarmac. Oddly enough, if the hijacker had a ticket, he would have gone to Cuba as the charter flight was scheduled to stop in Santa Clara, Cuba on its way to Halifax, Nova Scotia. The man barged through security guards, all of whom were unarmed, and briefly held some of more than 180 passengers and crew but he quickly set the passengers and two of the crew free after they gave him money. The freed hostages, all Canadian, were taken to local hotels.

The man's father is reportedly helping authorities negotiate with his son. There are also unconfirmed reports the hijacker may have been an airport worker. The flight left Halifax at 7:15 p.m. Sunday and was to depart Montego Bay for Santa Clara later that night. The man forced his way past security about 10 p.m., 40 minutes before the scheduled departure, and many of the passengers hadn't boarded yet. An unknown number were held briefly. Jamaican authorities are sorting out the paperwork for those whose travel documents were left on the aircraft and a new aircraft will be dispatched to pick up the stranded passengers in Cuba and Jamaica when the airport reopens.

3 Airplanes ... 3 Levels ... 1 Edition ... Ice
New for 2009, Cirrus Aircraft shakes the lineup with a new way to spec out your new Cirrus. SR20, SR22, and Turbo models are now available in three well-equipped trim levels - "S," "GS," and "GTS"; Known Ice Protection is ready to go on SR22 and Turbo models; or choose an all-new premium interior and exterior upgrade package dubbed "X-Edition." Visit CirrusAircraft.com for details.
AVweb Audio — Are You Listening? back to top 

AVweb's Sun 'n Fun 2009 Podcast #1: Re-Engined Caravan Attracting Attention

File Size 4.3 MB / Running Time 4:43

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The Super Van 900, a Cessna Caravan with a 900-horsepower Garrett engine, was granted a supplementary type certificate (STC) by the FAA recently, and interest is strong in the souped-up Caravan. IFR magazine editor and AVweb contributor Jeff Van West spoke with Texas Turbines CEO Bobby Bishop about how more ponies help this workhorse.

This podcast is brought to you by Lightspeed Aviation's Zulu Headset and Gulf Coast Avionics.

Click here to listen. (4.3 MB, 4:43)

AVweb's Sun 'n Fun 2009 Podcast #2: Mooney Seeing Light

File Size 4.6 MB / Running Time 5:02

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Times are tough all around, but industry icon Mooney Airplane Company says it's looking to the future. AVweb's Russ Niles spoke with Director of Marketing Wayne Fischer about retooling for a changing market.

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

Click here to listen. (4.6 MB, 5:02)

Like a 696 on Steroids
The new Flight Cheetah FL 210-S is the most advanced GPS Moving Map system available today. The Flight Cheetah incorporates the most powerful and comprehensive list of features that you will find anywhere. For more information and live video demonstrations, click here.
AVweb Media: Look, Listen, Laugh and Learn back to top 

AVweb's Sun 'n Fun 2009 Video #1: A Sun 'n Fun Preview

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If you're coming to Lakeland, we'll show you the highlights we've come across so far. If you can't make it, here's a glimpse of what we'll be showing you this week.

This video is brought to you by Lightspeed Aviation's Zulu Headset and Gulf Coast Avionics.

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AVweb's Sun 'n Fun 2009 Video #2: Kitfox Unveils New LSA

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Kitfox used Sun 'n Fun to unveil a new LSA. AVweb's Paul Bertorelli takes us through the details.

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Having XM WX Satellite Weather On-Board Is Not a Luxury
— it is a necessity, and when it comes to getting the most accurate and reliable weather information onboard, more pilots trust XM WX Satellite Weather than any other satellite-delivered weather service. Come see the latest from XM WX Satellite Weather at booth #C-024 during Sun 'n Fun 2009, or visit us online at XMWXweather.com/aviation.
Photos from Sun 'n Fun back to top 

AVweb's Sun 'n Fun 2009 Galleries: Day One

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Ah, Sun 'n Fun! Despite the name, it seems — at least for the past few years — that this show always starts off with storm clouds and just a hint of rain. Not that the weather dampens our spirits! AVweb's Mary Grady wandered the grounds as the show was preparing to open and brought back a few shots of vendors and attendees getting a jump on the week.

Click here to view photos.

Avidyne Introduces Release of the Entegra Integrated Flight Deck
Avidyne's Entegra Release 9 Integrated Flight Deck System represents the next generation of integrated flight deck systems for light general aviation. The Entegra Release 9 retrofit for Cirrus SR20 & SR22 includes dual XGA high-resolution IFD5000 displays, dual-redundant FMS900w systems with a QWERTY-style control/display unit, next-generation fully-digital VHF radios, and dual WAAS/RNP-capable GPS receivers. Find out more about The Best Flight Deck in Aviation at Release9.com.
Register to Win an AV8OR! back to top 

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All you have to do is click the image at right to enter your name and e-mail address. And no, we're not going to rent or sell your name, but Bendix/King by Honeywell may send you information on the AV8OR. You may also forward this newsletter to friends and invite them to sign up for AVweb's Sun 'n Fun coverage and qualify for the AV8OR prizes also. (We won't spam them, either, but we will send them our e-mail news Flashes.)

Deadline for entries is midnight, Monday, April 27, 2009.

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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

Scott Simmons

Jeff van West

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