AVwebFlash Complete Issue: Volume 16, Number 30b

July 27, 2010

By The AVweb Editorial Staff
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Booths at EAA AirVenture: 283-287
AVflash! New Leadership at EAA back to top 

EAA Names New President

Since its founding in 1953, EAA has been led by a Poberezny -- the founder, Paul, and then his son, Tom -- but in September the organization will appoint a new president, Rod Hightower. Hightower and his family were introduced to the press in a brief news conference on Monday, Opening Day at AirVenture 2010. The effort to find a new leader was intensive. "We hired a professional search firm, and over 700 candidates were screened," Poberezny said. The field was narrowed down to six finalists, who were interviewed in March. Hightower, a longtime EAA member and aviation enthusiast, flies a Stearman biplane that he restored. In his 25-year business career, he has held high-level positions in various large international corporations, EAA said.

Hightower also is a director of the National Stearman Foundation and helps organize the national Stearman National Fly-In. He is originally from Texas, he said, but now lives in St. Louis. In his Linked-In profile, he lists past positions as president and CEO at Public Safety Equipment, vice president and general manager at York International, and vice president of strategic accounts at Schneider Electric. He graduated from Central Missouri State University in 1981 with a degree in aviation technology and aeronautics. Hightower will host a more intensive Q&A with the press later today.

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EAA's Rod Hightower Meets The Press

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Rod Hightower, who was named as the next EAA president at EAA AirVenture's opening day, met with the aviation press for the first time on Monday afternoon in an open question-and-answer session. The first question he faced was, what were you doing before? Hightower said he spent his career as a businessman, starting his first business with his brother at age 15. That generated funds to pay for his flight training, and he earned his private license at age 16. "Now I have commercial, multi-engine and instrument ratings," he said. Besides the restored Stearman biplane that he now flies, he previously flew a Cessna P210 in support of his business interests. "And that was such a productivity tool," he said, adding time to his schedule and providing a competitive edge. Tom Poberezny, the outgoing president, also attended the session and said he is confident that Hightower has the necessary skill set to carry EAA forward.

"I've taken the organization as far as I can," he said. Poberezny will remain involved with the nonprofit group as chairman of the board, where, he said, "I can do what I do best -- building relationships and fundraising. That will keep me involved and productive." For now, both Poberezny and Hightower said, the first priority is for Hightower to get to know the organization, and for the members to get to know Hightower. Going forward, Hightower said, his goal for the organization is to carry out the strategic plans developed by the board.

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Booths at EAA AirVenture: 304
From X to 20: Debuting the New Bose Headset back to top 

Bose A20 Headset Replaces Bose X

It was way back in 1998 when Bose came out with the Bose Headset X. The headset has remained a strong seller even though it lacks Bluetooth connectivity and music input. As of today the company is retiring the Headset X and replacing it with the Bose A20 Headset. Bose claims the new headset is significantly quieter with redesigned microphones and speaker drivers. They also say it's more comfortable, with slightly wider, redesigned earcups.

As we'd expect from a new design, a controller on the cord allows for connection to audio via a cable or to a cellphone via Bluetooth. In a side-by-side comparison with a Headset X at the Bose booth, the new A20 did seem noticeably more quiet. Our sister publication, Aviation Consumer, will be reviewing the headset in its September issue. The new Bose A20 sells for $1,095 with Bluetooth or $995 without it.

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Booths at EAA AirVenture: 3130
EAA AirVenture: The Old and the New back to top 

DC-3s Fly Over AirVenture

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Did The Last Time get the last word on a huge formation flight of DC-3s over AirVenture Oshkosh? About 20 DC-3s flew over the grounds, apparently above the 2,500-foot ceiling of the restricted airspace over Wittman Regional Airport Monday. The Last Time attracted more than 30 DC-3s to Rock Falls, Ill., about an hour south of Oshkosh. The original plan was for a mass arrival of the aircraft and display at AirVenture but the two groups couldn't agree on the form and structure of such an event.

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Terrafugia Unveils New Prototype Design

A scale model of the next version of the Terrafugia Transition roadable aircraft was unveiled Monday morning at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, and it differs considerably from the current proof-of-concept vehicle. The canard is gone, giving the front view a cleaner aerodynamic profile, and the airfoil of the wing is changed. "Our team is back in Woburn, Mass., right now working on building this airplane," said CEO Carl Dietrich. The new version will start test flights early next year, Dietrich said. EAA President Tom Poberezny joined the news conference to announce that the airplane will fly at AirVenture 2011 for its public debut, first stopping at several cities along the way.

The prototype will be powered by a Rotax 100-hp 912S engine with a pusher prop. Specifics on the avionics were not announced but Dietrich said the cockpit will have a "touch-screen interface." Performance goals are cruise speed in flight of about 90 knots, and a fuel burn of 5 gph. "With a full-aircraft parachute and the ability to drive in bad weather, this should be a very safe LSA," Dietrich said. The company is re-evaluating the price point on the aircraft now, Dietrich said. They were looking at a figure of $194,000 but a new price will be announced at a later date. He said the company has 80 orders for the airplane. More images and details can be found on the company's Web site.

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Booths at EAA AirVenture: 3140
Traveling the U.S. back to top 

Hare, Meet Turtle; Turtle, Meet Hare

Not that you'd call a 250-knot airplane a turtle and they weren't exactly racing, but the Lycoming-powered Lancair Evolution turned in a remarkable performance against its turbine-powered stablemate on a flight into Oshkosh this week. In an AVweb podcast Lancair chief operating officer Tom Bowen told AVweb that both airplanes left Redmond, Wash., within 10 minutes of each other, with the piston engine out front.

The turbine landed in Rapid City, S.D., for fuel and to keep the two as a pair; so did Bowen in the IE2-powered piston version. But he still had 90 gallons of gas aboard, more than enough to continue on nonstop to Oshkosh. Bowen told us had he done so, the trip would have ended in a near dead heat. At 250 knots true, Bowen saw ground speeds of up to 330 knots.

TSA Expands GA Initiatives

The latest administrator of the Transportation Security Administration, John Pistole, visited EAA AirVenture on Monday along with Janet Napolitano, secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. They said the nationwide "If You See Something, Say Something" DHS campaign will be expanded to general aviation, and the process for crossing the border in a GA aircraft will be simplified. Starting Sept. 1, pilots will be able to file a single manifest to meet both the TSA requirements and those of Customs and Border Protection. Officials from both AOPA and NBAA were quoted in a DHS news release as encouraged by the changes.

"This decision demonstrates [TSA and CBP] commitment to improving the efficiency of the system for all users," said AOPA President Craig Fuller. NBAA President Ed Bolen added: "We thank the TSA and DHS for working with industry on these measures, which will be fully effective and workable as a result of our collaboration."

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Booths at EAA AirVenture: 259
Video Reports: "New" Is the Order of the Day back to top 

New Bose A20 Headset

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Has it been 20 years since Bose pioneered the first aviation noise cancelling headset at Oshkosh? Yes, it has — and at this year's EAA AirVenture, they've introduced the latest and greatest, the new A20, a follow-on product to the popular Headset X. Here's AVweb's quick look at the new headset.

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The New President at EAA

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EAA president Tom Poberezeny introduced Rod Hightower of St. Louis as EAA's next president at a news conference at Airventure Oshkosh on July 26, 2010.

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Booths at EAA AirVenture: 2137
AVweb Audio — Are You Listening? back to top 

Garmin's ESP: Nothing Paranormal — But Closer to It than You Might Expect

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Garmin's Electronic Stability and Protection (Garmin ESP) system is designed to "gently nudge a pilot back to level flight." We pulled aside Garmin's Ben Kowalski to find out what the system really does and doesn't do.

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Evolutions Stretch Their Legs

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In a cross-country test of turbine and piston-powered Lancair Evolutions, each aircraft was a winner in its own way. Lancair's COO Tom Bowen explains to AVweb's Paul Bertorelli.

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Opinion & Commentary back to top 

AVweb Insider Blog: AirVenture 2010 — The Vision Thing

Long-time EAA President Tom Poberezny is skilled at conveying the passion that drives aviation innovation. Can his successor do the same? AVweb's Mary Grady thinks Rod Hightower may have stumbled a bit when asked to comment on his vision for EAA's future.

Click here to read Mary's analysis and share your own thoughts (and visions).

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Booths at EAA AirVenture: 190, 3037-3039
Photo Galleries back to top 

Photos from EAA AirVenture 2010: The Journey to Oshkosh

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AVweb's AirVenture intern Adam Cutler was among the first folks to arrive at the show. Adam made the journey this year by Cirrus and spent his first day at the show ferrying our news team around the field and taking photos of exhibitors, attendees, and media gearing up for the big show amid some very wet conditions.

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Photos from EAA AirVenture 2010: Airplanes!

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Our intrepid photographer Mariano Rosales is now on-site, and he and intern Adam Cutler wandered the field to get a look at some of the aircraft on display at this year's show.

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Introducing Cobalt's Co50
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Booths at EAA AirVenture: 21-22
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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
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Jeff van West
Mariano Rosales

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259Lightspeed Aviation
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2137Ultra Electronics
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