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Volume 16, Number 30e
July 30, 2010
KFD 840 from Bendix-King by Honeywell || 
$11.995 for a Limited Time
Bendix/King by Honeywell KFD 840
The KFD 840 Primary Flight Display is now certified and available from your local dealer today. To mark the occasion, initial pricing is set at an unprecedented $11,995 MSRP. The KFD 840 makes flying easier with features like an expansive 8.4" diagonal LCD and wide horizon, much larger than other systems. It includes a solid-state attitude sensor that outperforms the competition. And the KFD 840 protects your investment with ongoing upgrade capability. Click here for more information.
Booths at EAA AirVenture:3130
AVflash! Up, Up, and Away!back to top 

Jonathan Trappe, a certificated balloon pilot who has re-defined the concept of lawn-chair-small-balloon flying, launched from EAA's AirVenture grounds on Thursday evening in his cluster balloon system with the aim to probably fly all night long. As of 10 p.m. Thursday night, he had crossed Lake Winnebago and was tracking southeast, making about 7 mph at 6,919 feet, according to the track displayed on his Web site. Trappe crossed the English Channel in his rig in May, and has the process of inflating, assembling, and flying his aircraft down to a science. AVweb was there as he prepared to launch on Thursday afternoon, and we will have a video later in the week. More...

FlightPrep ChartBook EFB || Aviation 
Consumer's Top Pick || Demo It Yourself at Booth C3140 at EAA 
Top Pick EFB by Aviation Consumer:
ChartBook, Again!

FlightPrep™ ChartBook™ EFB wins "Top Pick" again with the call-outs "best 3D, simple, big buttons, highly configurable, fast rendering." Dedicated Charts and IP (instrument procedures) buttons make using the system easy and intuitive. Our Exclusive Flight Definition display upgrade gives you improved brightness, clarity, contrast and freedom from glare. Includes standard solid state disk, too. Add XM Wx or traffic awareness when you're ready. Demo ChartBook™ yourself at Oshkosh booth #C3140 or buy online at
Booths at EAA AirVenture:3140
Meet the Administratorback to top 

FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt hosted an open forum at EAA AirVenture on Thursday, an annual tradition, and addressed the usual questions about bureaucratic tangles, shrinking GA airspace, and fears about user fees. But first, the administrator took some time to express his satisfaction with the sport pilot/light sport aircraft experiment, and reiterated the concerns about homebuilt safety and the update on NextGen he communicated to the press on Wednesday. Regarding LSAs, he said the safety record is "marvelous," and people in the industry "have done what they said they would do." The segment has brought in 3,500 new pilots, and 8,700 new sport aircraft have been registered. The administrator also briefly touched on the 100LL fuel issue. More...

Lightspeed Aviation || Change Your Mind
Have You Traded Up to the Zulu?
If Not, What Are You Waiting For?

No matter what headset you currently own, you may be able to move up to the quietest, most comfortable headset in the world. Come by the Lightspeed Aviation Pavilion just outside Hangar B and learn more about this program. And, while you're here, make sure you vote for your favorite aviation charity. Five will be awarded $10,000 each from the Lightspeed Aviation Foundation. Learn more at
Booths at EAA AirVenture:259
Diesels in the Wild: A Check-In with Diamond's Austroback to top 

Diamond Aircraft says its in-house diesel engine, the Austro, is performing as expected after about a year in service and fleet life of about 11,000 hours. In a podcast interview with AVweb at EAA AirVenture Thursday, Ken Shaelkin, Diamond's director of customer support, said there are 132 engines in service and many have gone through the 300-hour inspection of the flywheel, alternator and high-pressure pump. He said all components are behaving and wearing as expected and customers are reporting no problems with the engines. The highest-time engines have almost 500 hours on them and that's another maintenance interval. More...

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Bose® A20™ Aviation Headset
Introducing: Our Best Pilot Headset Ever
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Bose was the first to introduce active noise reducing headsets to aviation more than 20 years ago, forever changing the way pilots fly. Now the Bose A20™ Aviation Headset sets an entirely new standard, providing significantly greater noise reduction than currently available. It also features an improved level of comfort, clear audio, Bluetooth® connectivity, auxiliary audio input and priority switching. Learn more.
Booths at EAA AirVenture:283-287
Something to "Like": Jepp on the iPad, Facebookback to top 

There's a new iPad app, and it's from Jeppesen ... which you can now also find on Facebook in the form of its JeppDirect page, and both are new to the world as of this week. They're calling the iPad app "Jeppesen Mobile TC." The "TC" stands for terminal charts. The app allows users to view and search terminal charts and interact with them using tools like "favorites." It's available to JeppView electronic navigation charting service subscription customers at no additional charge. As a first mobile media offering, Jeppesen plans to use feedback from Mobile TC users as a development guide for future mobile applications, which they say we should expect. Meanwhile, on Facebook, Jeppesen also unveiled its JeppDirect page, which supports its product sales website by sharing promotions and community experiences. More...

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Booths at EAA AirVenture:304
"It Has Italian Style" — And Room to Spareback to top 

Despite the name, the Skycar is not trying to be a flying car -- it's an all-new twin-pusher GA utility aircraft now being manufactured by the Italian company Oma Sud. The multipurpose airplane can be equipped for executive use, medevac, or cargo, company President Valter Proietti said at EAA AirVenture on Tuesday. Oma Sud has been a subcontractor for other aviation companies such as Boeing and Airbus for about 30 years, and the Skycar is its first venture into producing an airplane of its own. "It has Italian style," said Proietti, "and it's simple to fly." The airplane is EASA certified and the company hopes to have FAA certification in hand by the end of this year. For the U.S. market, they are based in an office at Miami International Airport. The price is set at about $975,000. More...

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To find out more, go to True Flight TV.

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Photo Galleriesback to top 

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So what did Mariano and Adam get up to today? They seem to have stayed out of trouble by taking in the afternoon air show (and, we'd wager, probably a few bratwursts). 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 WX 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 booths #3037-3039 during EAA AirVenture or visit us online at
Booths at EAA AirVenture:190, 3037-3039
AVweb Audio — Are You Listening?back to top 

It's early times for the Austro Engine — but so far, so good. AVweb's Russ Niles spoke with Diamond's Ken Shaelkin about the engine, the customer experience, and the incentive to convert.

This podcast is brought to you by Lightspeed Aviation and Conoco-Phillips. More...

AVweb speaks with Jeppesen's Scott Reagan about the company's current social media offerings and how it plans to use the platform as a tool for product delivery, product development, and market research.

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

Introducing Cobalt's Co50
Introducing Cobalt's Co50
A 5-place canard for the certified market using the latest innovations in composites, chassis structure, and fuel/power management systems. TCM's FADEC, 350 hp, twin-turbocharged TSIOF-550-D2B and Hartzell's Constant Speed 3-blade aluminum propeller produce high performance to go 600nm with four adults and one child at +200 KTAS, including 45' reserves. Luxurious and ergonomic interior with great panoramic views. Discover Cobalt's Co50 in the Main Aircraft Display, booths #21-22, at EAA AirVenture.

Experience the next stage in aircraft evolution.
Booths at EAA AirVenture:21-22
Video Reports: Aircraft You'll Only See at Oshkoshback to top 

There are lots of DC-3s still flying around the world, but only one original DC-2. It showed up at AirVenture in Oshkosh (via Rock Falls, Illinois), and AVweb had a look at it.

This video is brought to you by Lightspeed Aviation and Conoco-Phillips. More...

Oma Sud, an Italian aircraft company that builds parts for the likes of Airbus, has it's own unusual new twin. AVweb's Mary Grady took a closer look at EAA Airventure Oshkosh.

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

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Booths at EAA AirVenture:2137
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...

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Names Behind the Newsback to top 


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Timothy Cole

Editorial Director, Aviation Publications
Paul Bertorelli

Russ Niles

Contributing Editors
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Glenn Pew

Features Editor
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Scott Simmons

Jeff van West
Mariano Rosales

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Where to Find Our Sponsors at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh (booth numbers)

1022-1029Aircraft Spruce & Specialty Co.
1143AirFleet Capital
191-193AOPA Air Safety Foundation
1159-1160Avemco Insurance
293-294, 2098-2101Avidyne
3130Bendix/King by Honeywell
1141Big South Fork Airpark
283-287Bose Corporation
78-82, 100-116Cessna Aircraft
21-22Cobalt Aircraft Industries
235-246Diamond Aircraft
3005General Aviation Modifications, Inc. (GAMI)
2089JA Air Center
3097-3099JP Instruments
259Lightspeed Aviation
277-282Lycoming Engines
124-126, 137-139Pilatus
2065Pilot Insurance Center (PIC)
140-145, 156-161Piper Aircraft
4128-4130Sporty's Pilot Shop
229-234Teledyne-Continental Motors (TCM)
2137Ultra Electronics
190, 3037-3039WxWorx XM WX Satellite Weather