View Online | View Extended Version | View Printer-Friendly Version (recommended for mobile devices)

Volume 15, Number 44c
November 6, 2009
Bose® Aviation Headset X
Fly with the Acclaimed Aviation Headset X®
Enjoy an unmatched combination of full-spectrum noise reduction, clearer audio, and comfortable fit with the Bose® Aviation Headset X. Voted the #1 headset for the eighth consecutive year in Professional Pilot's 2008 Headset Preference Survey. Purchase by December 31, 2009 and receive a complimentary pair of Bose in-ear headphones ($99 value). Learn more and order.

Quote reprinted with permission:
Professional Pilot, 2008 Headset Preference Survey, 12/08.
Top News: AOPA to Give Away Remos GX Next Yearback to top 

The LSA sector may still be young and wet behind the ears compared to the industry stalwarts, but on Thursday at AOPA Aviation Summit, AOPA got on board with the LSA movement, choosing an LSA as their annual Sweepstakes airplane for the first time ever. The shiny new Remos GX LSA is a carbon-fiber airplane with a 100-hp Rotax engine and wings that fold back for trailering. For the next year, AOPA will fly it around to local events to promote their own membership drive and to celebrate light sport aviation. "We plan to get out and have fun with it," said AOPA President Craig Fuller at the unveiling in the exhibit hall, complete with drum roll and a dramatic opening of the curtain. At next year's Summit, in Long Beach, the winner of the airplane will be announced. More...

Ultra Electronics || Flightline Auracle
Ultra Electronics — Flightline Systems
Proud sponsor of AVweb AOPA coverage and makers of the AuRACLE engine management system — the premier engine monitoring system certified as primary for over 350 model aircraft. Come see us at booth #603, where you can learn about the right AuRACLE for your aircraft and the exciting twin-engine CRM2120, which will be available in early 2010! Click here for more details.
All Eyes on New Aircraft at AOPA Summitback to top 

Undertaking the development of a light jet is a project "not for the faint of heart," Cirrus CEO Brent Wouters said at AOPA's Aviation Summit on Thursday, but he assured the press who had gathered for his update that Cirrus is up to the task. "We are making progress," he said. The team working on the Vision Jet is smaller than it was, and progress is less dramatic now that they are out of the flight-test phase and focused on detailed internal and structural design. He said the project is "capital constrained," and unless new investment is found soon, it's "highly unlikely" that a timeline for deliveries in 2012 will be possible, and he declined to project a new date. "Progress will depend entirely on access to capital," he said. "We're working hard to find that capital, but it's just not available today." Wouter also announced that Avidyne's Entegra Release 9 integrated flight deck system is now available as a factory-installed option on selected new SR20 and SR22 aircraft. More...

The first owner of a Cessna Skycatcher won't have far to turn if she has a complaint. Cessna announced at AOPA Summit that Rose Pelton, wife of Cessna CEO Jack Pelton will get the first 162. "When I first saw the Skycatcher mockup at Oshkosh in 2007, I knew that was the aircraft I wanted to learn to fly in," Pelton said. "I couldn't be more excited to own the first Skycatcher." Mrs. Pelton will get her Skycatcher later this year and although the aircraft is an LSA, she'll be going after her private pilot certificate. The aircraft received ASTM certification earlier this year and production has begun at the contractor's factory in China but the Skycatcher has had a more difficult development than many Cessna designs and two aircraft crashed during spin testing. More...

WX WX Satellite Weather || Vital as 
As Vital As Vision
XM WX Satellite Weather provides comprehensive in-flight weather data directly to your cockpit. Never fly blind again when you sign up today for one of XM Weather's Aviator LT, Aviator, or Aviator Pro weather data packages. Enhance your situational awareness with data products like Radar, Lightning, Winds, and more. Come see the latest from XM WX Satellite Weather at Booth #731 during the AOPA Summit or visit us online at
A Little Something for the Cockpit, Tooback to top 

Avidyne Corp. announced a new EX600 Multi-Function Display for GA airplanes and helicopters, at AOPA Aviation Summit in Tampa on Thursday. The new model features a larger display and the addition of Map Planning, a highly-requested feature, according to Avidyne, which makes it more user-friendly. The MFD can be used in aircraft that have never had an MFD or as an upgrade to an early-generation MFD. "We continue to refine our display technology and incorporate the features and functions that pilots care about most, and with the EX600 we have made the very best radar-replacement MFD even better." Pricing starts at $9,990. More...

Lightspeed Aviation || Booth #831 at AOPA 
Summit 2009
Jay Maynard, Also Known as "The Tron Guy," Compared the Zulu With Other Premium Headsets And Says It Provides the Best Noise Reduction and Most Comfort.
He now has one in each seat in his plane. Come to booth 831 at the AOPA Summit and see why Jay won't start his engine until his Zulu is on and powered up. Or visit Lightspeed's web site and see the dozens of other stories from pilots who say Zulu has changed their minds.
Aviat Joins Wildlife Preservation Fleetback to top 

The folks with the Lindbergh Foundation have been working for a few years now to provide support to the pilots of the Kenya Wildlife Service, who fly under extreme conditions in their effort to protect wild animals from poachers, and on Thursday at AOPA Summit, Foundation chairman Larry Williams announced the group will donate a brand-new Aviat Husky to the effort. The Foundation has been working with Patty Wagstaff and John and Martha King to provide training to the pilots. "They have a fleet of about seven airplanes and a couple of helicopters, and each of them has crashed at least three times," said Williams. The pilots have minimal training. They are often shot at and operate from rough runways with no lighting. "It's very challenging conditions," Williams said. More...

Cessna Rise || Click to Learn More
Business Aviation Will Help Companies Not Only Survive
But Prosper During the Current Financial Crisis

To be your most productive, and your most efficient, you must keep flying. Because in so doing, you will emerge from these times even stronger than before. And you will replace the uncertainty that surrounds many, with the confidence and courage to light the way for all. Visit
News from Outside the Summitback to top 

Piper Aircraft has shuffled the front office after the resignation of former president John Becker. Current CEO Kevin Gould will assume the presidency and that, along with some promotions from the ranks, seem to be in line with the new owners' plan. "The expansion of Kevin's responsibilities and the augmentation of his management team directly reflect the strategic investments we're making in Piper's future," said Stephen W. Berger, Piper's Chairman and Managing Partner of Imprimis. "Kevin has an exciting and aggressive vision for the company.... We will deliver the breakthrough Piper Jet to the market and dramatically expand Piper's global market presence, especially in Asia. Kevin's team has the experience and commitment to deliver on this vision and help solidify a durable global leadership position for Piper. We are prepared to support that vision with substantial new capital." More...

The general aviation industry, which each year contributes an average of $150 billion to the economy, lost 19,000 jobs over the past year and among the industry's biggest coming challenges is the implementation of NextGen -- financial incentives may help, says GAMA. The organization Thursday told a House Subcommittee on Aviation that steps necessary for putting NextGen in place "will be imperative in helping realize long-term safety, capacity, economic and environmental benefits," GAMA said. But user confidence is key, meaning, in the words of GAMA vice president of operations Jens Hennig, that "equipage will only take place when users are confident about the potential for benefits." Until then, GAMA supports financial incentives for operators. Meanwhile, the industry is pushing ahead with investments in NextGen avionics like Required Navigation Performance, data communications, and ADS-B. Those pieces of the puzzle not only help develop NextGen, but also stimulate economic growth and employment. There are potential bottlenecks. More...

AV8OR ACE™ from Bendix/King by 
The new AV8OR ACE from Bendix/King by Honeywell is the latest in paperless, full Electronic Flight Bag solutions — a highly affordable, portable system for the cockpit. Its compact, lightweight design includes airborne navigation, all FAA charts, airport diagrams, weather, traffic, automotive, and multimedia capabilities. With its geo-referenced charts and large, easy-to-use touchscreen, the AV8OR ACE lets you clearly read your charts as you stay on course. For more information, go online.
News Briefsback to top 

When the filmmakers at Fox Searchlight needed a Lockheed Electra for their movie about Amelia Earhart, it took only a couple of phone calls to lead them to Joe Shepherd, a retired airline pilot with a beauty of an Electra gleaming in his custom-built hangar in Fayatteville, Ga. "There were 130 of these that were built, and 23 now on the registry," he said on Wednesday, as he rested in the shade beneath a shiny wing at AOPA Summit's flight line, at Peter O. Knight Airport in Tampa. Of those 23, as far he knows, about a dozen are flying, and maybe five have been brought up to prime condition like his. He spent about 20 hours flying it for the Amelia movie, which opened in theaters on Oct. 23. "We worked long hours, dawn till dark," he said. "It was an incredible amount of work, but we had a wonderful time." You can get a close look at Shepherd's handiwork and hear more of his story, coming up soon in an AVweb video. More...

The New Meridian G1000 — Commanding
The new Meridian G1000 with Garmin G1000 avionics and GFC 700 autopilot suite, business jet luxury and turbine simplicity for 30% less than any comparable six-place turbine-powered aircraft. With a panel as commanding as the airplane, and a million dollars less than its closest competitor, "Pilot in Command" means precisely that.

Click here for more information on the new Piper Meridian G1000.
AVweb Media: Look, Listen, Laugh and Learnback to top 

Bose® Aviation Headset XWX WX Satellite Weather || Vital as 
Lockheed 12 owner Joe Shepherd got the rarest of opportunities: His fully restored airplane was used in the film Amelia, now playing in cinemas across the country. Shepherd tells what it was like to play a small but important part in a major film.

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

Flightline AuRACLE || Ultra ElectronicsLightspeed Zulu || Change Your Mind
Aspen is now shipping its new EFD 1000 companion MFD to the popular PFD. AVweb's Paul Bertorelli got a checkout with Aspen's Scott Smith prior to the AOPA Summit.

This video is brought to you by Ultra Electronics and Lightspeed Aviation. More...

Jeppesen Pilot Training
Smart pilots never truly fly solo. For 75 years, pilots have taken their aviation partner along for the journey — Jeppesen. Pilots (and future pilots) look to us for the tools and training they need to fly safely and effectively. Throughout your career flight path, you can count on Jeppesen. Choose the learning tools best for you with our integrated system. Learn more at
AVweb Audio — Are You Listening?back to top 

WX WX Satellite Weather || Vital as 
VisionBose® Aviation Headset X
If you don't need all the bells and whistles, PS Engineering's new $995 certified audio panel might be what you're looking for. AVweb's Paul Bertorelli speaks with Gary Picou.

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

Flightline AuRACLE || Ultra ElectronicsLightspeed Zulu || Change Your Mind
Lack of capital is slowing development of the Cirrus SF 50 jet, but progress is being made. AVweb's Mary Grady speaks with Cirrus Aircraft CEO Brent Wouters.

This podcast is brought to you by Ultra Electronics and Lightspeed Aviation. More...

Become a Mooniac Now
There has never been a better time to own the fastest single-engine piston plane available. Mooney Airplane Company is offering generous incentives, low interest rates, the best warranty in the industry, and immediate delivery from current inventory. In the Central U.S. and Canada, contact Wayne Fischer at wfischer[at] for information. As a Mooney owner himself, Wayne can guide you through the purchase process.

Click here for the top 10 reasons to buy a Mooney now.
Your Favorite FBOsback to top 


AVweb's "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to the FBO at Beatrice Municipal Airport (KBIE) in Beatrice, Nebraska.

AVweb reader R. L. Saathoff told us how the crew at BIE took care of business on a recent visit:

The airport manager and staff are willing to help in any situation. While traveling to see my father who was hospitalized, I needed transportation. They provided a crew car for my entire stay and had my aircraft ready for me when I returned.

Keep those nominations coming. For complete contest rules, click here.

AVweb is actively seeking out the best FBOs in the country and another one, submitted by you, will be spotlighted here next Monday!


Ho, Ho Holiday Gift Guide Offer
It's time to promote your gift items and stocking stuffers to AVweb's 255,000 readers worldwide. Display your items starting now for one low price to generate instant orders until 12/31. We'll promote the Holiday Marketplace in every newsletter. Click here to visit the Gift Guide and have your product featured on AVweb.
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 What have you heard? More...

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
Mariano Rosales

Click here to send a letter to the editor. (Please let us know if your letter is not intended for publication.)

Comments or questions about the news should be sent here.

Have a product or service to advertise on AVweb? A question on marketing? Send it to AVweb's sales team.

If you're having trouble reading this newsletter in its HTML-rich format (or if you'd prefer a lighter, simpler format for your PDA or handheld device), there's also a text-only version of AVwebFlash. For complete instructions on making the switch, click here.

Aviate. Navigate. Communicate.