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Volume 16, Number 30g
August 1, 2010
Bose® A20™ Aviation Headset
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Booths at EAA AirVenture:283-287
AVflash! Red Bull Hiatus in 2011back to top 

The Red Bull Air Races won't be back next year, the organizers said this week. The one-year hiatus is needed to develop strong host city partnerships and secure a "long-term race calendar," according to Red Bull. Some late-in-the-game venue changes and cancellations disrupted the race schedule for this year, and a couple of near-accidents raised safety concerns. Brazilian pilot Adilson Kindlemann flew into the Swan River in Australia in April, and Australian pilot Matt Hall smacked into the Detroit River in the Windsor race, though he stayed aloft. Neither pilot was hurt. Red Bull said the organization will spend the next year working to "fast track the technological advancements currently in the making which would further improve the already high levels of safety." More...

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Booths at EAA AirVenture:304
AirVenture Sees New Life in Familiar Brandsback to top 

Doug King, the CEO of the new Epic that bought the original company out of bankruptcy in April, told AVweb at EAA AirVenture this week that he's been busy since then getting back up and running. "We've worked through a lot of legal issues, spent a lot of time with the FAA, and the guys are back at work on their airplanes," he said. There are 11 Epic LT kit aircraft in the hangar now in Bend, Ore., in various stages of completion, and several other owners are working on their projects elsewhere. King said the company is ready to sell kits again. Besides the Epic LT turboprop, the line includes the Escape, which is a smaller version of the LT, and the Victory jet. More...

"We'll take other airplanes as trade-ins -- and if a customer has a deposit on another jet, we'll take that in trade, too," Eclipse Aerospace President Mason Holland told AVweb at EAA AirVenture on Thursday. Holland flew into the show in his own Eclipse jet, but it was parked off the field at an FBO -- quite a different kind of presence from the original Eclipse company, which occupied a sprawling space right in the center of the show. Holland is selling what he calls the Total Eclipse, refurbished and upgraded lightly used jets from the original fleet of 260 airplanes. "Forty percent of the fleet has been upgraded now," Holland said, in just 10 months of operation. He has hired 145 staffers in Albuquerque and plans to re-start production as soon as the market demand returns. More...

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
Certification Newsback to top 

The turbocharged version of the GippsAero Airvan GA8 is now FAA certified, the company announced this week at EAA AirVenture. The type was certified in Australia last year and recently also won EASA approval; the piston version was FAA certified in 2003. "The Airvan has already proved its airworthiness and is in great demand among international customers," said Arvind Mehra, CEO of Mahindra Aerospace, the parent company of Gipplsand Aeronautics. Mehra said GippsAero also has a new 10-seat and an 18-seat aircraft in the works. More...

FlightPrep ChartBook EFB || Aviation 
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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
Lightning Restoration in Need of Helpback to top 

Late in the Oshkosh week we found a group of dedicated volunteers passionately involved in the restoration of a very rare and historic aircraft; the 10-year project is just months from completion, and they've run out of funds. The British Aerospace Lightning was the first Mach 2 British interceptor and the last all-British-made aircraft of its kind (all subsequent fighter/interceptors have been born of coalition efforts involving multiple nations). As such, the Lightning has earned a precious place in the hearts of many British aviation enthusiasts and often evokes the same admiration, respect, and sense of awe earned by the Spitfire. Today, there are three airworthy Lightnings in the world. None are currently flying. The Anglo-American Lightning Organization says it's potentially 12 to 16 weeks from first flight -- here in the U.S. -- but now they'll need help. And if your pockets are deep, that may present a special opportunity. More...

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Vote for Your Favorite Aviation Charity

The five with the most votes from the pilot community will each receive $10,000 from the Lightspeed Aviation Foundation. And don't leave without checking out Lightspeed's greatly expanded trade-up program. No matter what headset you currently own, you could move up to the Zulu, the quietest, most comfortable headset in the world. Learn more at
Booths at EAA AirVenture:259
Opinion & Commentaryback to top 

Maybe the sun's getting to him, or maybe it's the long hours covering the news out of Oshkosh. Either way, Paul Bertorelli's taking a moment to appreciate the little things in his latest post to our AVweb Insider blog — including the incredible efforts of those folks in the "volunteer" t-shirts, the wonder of dusk as seen from the Goodyear Blimp, the joys of a great noise-cancelling headset, and even the efforts of FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt to ride herd on a giant bureaucracy. Click here to see what's on Paul's mind and comment. 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
AVweb Audio — Are You Listening?back to top 

We met up with AVweb reader Lukasz Shaded at Oshkosh, where he was shopping for new aircraft for his Atlanta-based LSA flight school. Paul Bertorelli asked Shaded how he's made a successful go of it in a tough economy.

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

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Booths at EAA AirVenture:2137
Video Reports: Jeff Skiles and Goodyearback to top 

Jeff Skiles is co-chair of the Young Eagles program, along with Chesley Sullenberger. Check out the WACO cabin Skiles is using to introduce Young Eagles to the magic of flight.

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

At AirVenture 2010, AVweb took a tour on the Goodyear Blimp. This video reveals some interesting stuff about an entirely different kind of flying machine.

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

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Photo Galleriesback to top 

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The weekend is here, and that means a quick look back at some of the sights Mariano and Adam couldn't squeeze into their galleries during the week. More...

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It's been a great AirVenture, but our time is almost up. Join contributing photographer Mariano Rosales and AirVenture intern Adam Cutler as they make a final sweep of the grounds, snapping a few more shots of their favorite airplanes. More...

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Booths at EAA AirVenture:190, 3037-3039
Bonus Videoback to top 

Gene Soucy performs at AirVenture Oshkosh 2010, shot by AVweb intern Adam Cutler. More...

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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

Adam Cutler

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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