AVwebFlash Complete Issue: Volume 15, Number 16g

April 26, 2009

By The AVweb Editorial Staff
 
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AV8OR™ Handheld
The AV8OR Handheld is the portable and affordable MFD built specifically for pilots, by a company that knows pilots. With navigation routing, planning, and weather information for the aircraft and the automobile, the AV8OR Handheld uses aviation software and symbology you understand. Its 4.3-inch touch screen is larger and easier to read than competing GPS systems, with an intuitive interface derived from the pilot-friendly, panel-mounted Bendix/King multi-function display systems. For more information, visit BendixKing.com/AV8OR.
 
Top News: Alan Henley Benefit Totals Announced back to top 
 

Benefit Air Show Raises $110,000 For Alan Henley

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When the aviation community learned last year that Alan Henley, the lead pilot with the Aeroshell Team, had broken his neck in a fall at home, they quickly rallied to find a way to raise some money to help him and his young family -- and a benefit air show was soon in the works. Bobbi Thompson, one of the show organizers, announced this week at Sun 'n Fun that the show had raised $110,000, an amount that brought a smile to Henley's face and brought his wife, Jennifer, to tears. "That is unbelievable," Henley said. "Thanks to everybody." The show was held earlier this month at Cecil Field in Jacksonville, Fla., and featured more than six hours of flying over two days, with 35 acts. "By golly, we had an airshow!" said Thompson. The Henleys live in Alabama, where Alan continues to undergo rehabilitation. The Aeroshell team has established a foundation to benefit the family, donations are accepted online.

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AVweb spoke with Thompson last year about the show.
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Last Day of the Show — But Just the Beginning for a Long Line of Pilots Who Have Changed Their Minds About Their Headset of Choice
We're heading home with literally hundreds of stories we've heard this week, and although no two of them are exactly the same, they all have one thing in common: Zulu is their headset. Check out the Zulu buzz on the Zulu Change Your Mind web site. You might just change your mind, too.
 
U.S., Vietnamese Pilots "Above & Beyond" History back to top 
 

Two Fighter Pilots, Enemies For A Moment, Now Friends For Life

The first time Brigadier General Dan Cherry (USAF Ret.) encountered Nguyen Hong My was in the skies above Vietnam, in 1972. General Cherry was flying an F-4D Phantom when the two clashed, and My was severely hurt in the crash of his MiG-21. Last year, the two met for the first time face to face, in Vietnam, in an emotional encounter broadcast nationwide on live TV. "There we were, two tough old fighter pilots crying our eyes out on national television," General Cherry wrote in a memoir.

On Wednesday at Sun 'n Fun, the two were together again, telling their story of reconciliation and friendship to the aviation world. "It is my hope that our remarkable meeting and reconciliation can somehow help the many Vietnam veterans who have had great difficulty in bringing closure to their war experiences," said General Cherry. "Mr. Hong My and I both share the mutual hope that our unusual friendship can also be an inspiration to our two countries to work toward better and friendlier relations through enhanced educational, cultural and business exchanges." At Sun 'n Fun, the two are telling their story in several presentations throughout the week. After the show, two plan to visit the National Air & Space Museum annex in Dulles where they will revisit the cockpit of a MiG-21.

 
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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.
 
Make Room on the Horizon, Flying Cars back to top 
 

"Flying Motorcycle" Prototype Coming Soon, Company Says

Sam Bousfield, CEO of Samson Motorworks, came to Sun 'n Fun this week with a scale model of his planned two-seat "flying motorcycle," along with some nifty computer animations. But he promised that by later this year, in time for EAA AirVenture at Oshkosh, he'll have some actual hardware -- not a complete prototype but at least part of one, with a chassis and some of the moving parts ready to display. By sometime in 2010, he hopes to have achieved first flight. Bousfield has been working with Swift Engineering, of San Clemente, Calif., the same folks who partnered with Eclipse to design and build the single-engine E400 jet. Bousfield's folding-wing design features a clamshell case to protect the wing from road rash when it's in motorcycle mode, as well as a steel keel in case of more severe road bumps. Bousfield said he hopes the aircraft will expand the usefulness of aviation and help to attract new pilots. He plans to market it as an Experimental, with a builder-assist center in California, but may later consider LSA or certified versions if the demand is there.

The company also plans to provide training and maintenance support, he said. In its current configuration, the aircraft could carry two people and about 50 pounds of baggage with a range of about 300 nm, at a cruise speed of 128 knots.

 
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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 eighth consecutive year in Professional Pilot's 2008 Headset Preference Survey. Purchase by May 2, 2009 and also receive a complimentary Bose premium flight bag ($80 value). Learn more and order.

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Professional Pilot, 2007 Headset Preference Survey, 12/08.
 
New Tricks from Latest JPI Engine Monitor back to top 
 

JPI Engine Monitor Upgrade

JPI has introduced an innovative new engine monitor that solves the age-old problem of where to put a square box on panel of round holes. The EDM 730/830 fits in a standard 3 1/8-inch hole and the face is offset. The display can be mounted two ways horizontally and two ways vertically so the combination of orientation and the offset should allow it to fit in most panels without obstruction of other equipment on the panel. Also, the monitor only protruded 2.5 inches through the panel. The monitor also boasts more information on a bright color LCD display.

The device will monitor four, six, eight and nine-cylinder engines and gives at-a-glance reference to key engine parameters. Oil pressure has been included on the new monitor and added to other JPI products. The new monitors are compatible with the wiring for the EDM 700/800 units and work on the same list of airplanes.

 
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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.
 
 
Defying the Economic Doom & Gloom back to top 
 

Flight Design Launches Pilot Centers

With the world economy still in an uncertain state, many manufacturers and other vendors came to Sun 'n Fun with low expectations, but some at least have been pleasantly surprised. "We sold this airplane within two hours of the start of the show," said Tom Peghiny, president of Flight Design USA, as he stood in the shade beneath a CT's wing. Altogether, by Saturday he had sold five or six airplanes, he said, "as good as any show ever." Peghiny also said the company will be establishing a Flight Design Pilot Center program, to help provide support to flight schools that use the CT for primary training. "Flight schools have been showing a lot of interest in our airplanes," Peghiny said, and he added that the latest designs are well suited for that role. "We have good training aircraft now," he said. "Our latest models are easier to fly, they have springy gear, a longer fuselage, and a more substantial feel." And they are available with glass panels and other options that make them suitable for flight training at all levels, through private pilot on up to ATP. The company is also developing a flight simulator program based on the CT, and Peghiny said the company will provide other support to flight schools, such as managing leads, and offering a special package with extra tires, keys, and checklists.

The company's new hybrid motor was not on display in Florida, but Pehigny said it will be at EAA Airventure at Oshkosh, and flight testing of the engine is to begin sometime this summer. The company also said they will deliver the first MC ("Metal Concept") S-LSA, which was introduced at Oshkosh 2008, within the next few months.

 
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Avidyne Introduces Release 9 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.
 
A Clarification back to top 
 
Editor's Note:
The following story snuck into Saturday's Sun 'n Fun coverage unedited and contained some obvious (and kind of funny) errors that betrayed the writer's fatigue. For instance, while we anxiously await the 2,400 horsepower LSA engine, it was not discussed at Sun 'n Fun. Corrected version follows.

Lycoming Chooses LSA Engine Tester

Editor's Note:
The following story snuck into Saturday's Sun 'n Fun coverage unedited and contained some obvious (and kind of funny) errors that betrayed the writer's fatigue. For instance, while we anxiously await the 2,400 horsepower LSA engine, it was not discussed at Sun 'n Fun. Corrected version follows.

Lycoming's entry in the Light Sport Aircraft engine derby will be flight tested by T&T Aviation, of Washington, Pa. in a Falcon LSA that it imports from Corvus Aircraft, of Hungary. Flight tests will begin soon with an eye to limited delivery of the 200-210 pound engines by the end of the year. The engine, which will compete directly with Continental's LSA-modified 0-200, will put out a maximum of 116 horsepower at 2,800 rpm or 100 horsepower at a more realistic 2,400 rpm. Derated models at 90 and 80 horsepower will also be available and the engine will be able to run on avgas or 91/96 octane unleaded car gas that meets D4814 or EN 228 standards.

The engine is based on the company's O-235 workhorse but there are enough differences to give it the new designation. The new mill features dual electronic ignition, throttle body fuel injection, high speed induction system and roller tappets, among other changes. It uses 5.25 gph at 75 percent power and TBO is 2,400 hours.

 
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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.
 
Our Last Day at the Show: One Final Photo Gallery back to top 
 

AVweb's Sun 'n Fun 2009 Galleries: Day Six — Seaplanes

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One of these years, we'll get out to Sun 'n Fun's Splash-In first — but for now, we're content to let it be our Saturday indulgence at the show. As always, AVweb shutterbug Mariano Rosales had his camera handy ... .

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AVweb Audio — Are You Listening? back to top 
 

AVweb's Sun 'n Fun 2009 Podcast #11: Tecnam Donates Aircraft to ERAU Flight Team

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Some of the best new pilots come out of university flight competitions, and Tecnam Aircraft is fostering that movement by donating an aircraft to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's team. AVweb's Russ Niles spoke with Lyn Birmingham of Tecnam USA at Sun 'n Fun.

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AVweb's Sun 'n Fun 2009 Podcast #12: Ravin 500 a Composite Comanche

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The Piper Comanche is one of the most popular entry-level retracts ever built, and Comanche lovers have a homebuilt option that offers an immense range and higher performance than the original. We caught up with the people behind the Ravin 500 at Sun 'n Fun 2009.

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

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AVweb Media: Look, Listen, Laugh and Learn back to top 
 

AVweb's Sun 'n Fun 2009 Video #11: Cub Crafters' New Super Cub LSA — Holy Cow!

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This thing has 180hp and still meets the LSA weight limitation. AVweb took a spin in it at South Lakeland on Saturday, and we were blown away by the airplane's short field take-off and landing capability. Cub Crafters' Jim Richmond describes it as a hot rod, and he's not kidding.

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AVweb's Sun 'n Fun 2009 Video #12: More Product Minutes from the Show

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This time we look at Scheme Designers' new photrealistic paint design service; TCW's Smart Start for experimentals; and the GoBOSH 800XP, a slick, well-detailed LSA from the Czech Republic.

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The Top Reporter on Our Crack Staff ... Is You! back to top 
 

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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:

Publisher
Timothy Cole

Editorial Director, Aviation Publications
Paul Bertorelli

Editor-in-Chief
Russ Niles

Contributing Editors
Mary Grady
Glenn Pew

Features Editor
Kevin Lane-Cummings

Webmaster
Scott Simmons

Contributors
Jeff van West
Mariano Rosales

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