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Volume 16, Number 31a
August 2, 2010
Bose® A20™ Aviation Headset
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AVflash! Superior's Chinese Comebackback to top 

Superior Airparts, which has been operating in bankruptcy since 2009, announced that it has made a partnership deal with a Chinese technology group to both revitalize the company's U.S. operations and to also build a factory in China. The Chinese plant will build Superior's 180-HP Vantage engines for the Chinese and Asian markets. The new company will be called Superior Aviation, Beijing and the U.S. operation will a subsidiary. Tim Archer, who ran Superior's marketing and sales for several years, will be the company's new CEO. More...

What He Didn't Know About His Life Insurance Cost His Family $500,000
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HondaJet: Anticipation Still Highback to top 

Honda Aircraft Company has concluded electrical-system checks of its first conforming flight test HondaJet, and its first static test aircraft is ready to endure static structural testing in August. Successful completion of power-on tests means that Honda can begin integration of the avionics and electrical systems and begin assembly of what they call "the most advanced glass flight deck available" in a light bizjet. Meanwhile, the static test aircraft has been fitted with more than 1,800 strain gauges. It will be physically tested by 61 hydraulic actuators at Honda's Greensboro, N.C., facility, which also includes an environmental chamber. Honda says the facility can simultaneously "prove static and fatigue strength under various flight and ground load conditions." The proof-of-concept aircraft has already flown more than 500 hours, reached 420 knots and 43,000 feet ... and the grounds of AirVenture Oshkosh where it is on display, this year. If coming tests go as planned, Honda anticipates a first flight of its first conforming flight test aircraft, later this year. But there's a chance a few of you may see the concept jet fly sooner. More...

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Latest Incentives from Cessnaback to top 

Cessna is showing a Citation Mustang at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh this week with their latest upgrade package, called "High Sierra." The interior features premium leather, hand-woven carpeting, and high-quality sidewalls and cabinetry. "The option package also includes synthetic vision for the G1000, two years or 400 hours of turnkey maintenance, and the Jepp-view chart upgrade," Cessna's Jim Perry told AVweb at the show. "Plus locking fuel caps, which you might not think is a big deal, but it's a very popular option," he said. The package comes for $75,000 on top of the $3 million Mustang base price. Cessna also rolled out a new program to provide mentor pilots for new owners. More...

European Corporate Aviation Summit (ECAS) 
|| September 2-3, 2010 || Linkoping, Sweden || Register Now
ECAS 2010 — Light Jets Take Off!
ECAS 2010, a major business aviation event for Europe, will take place in Linkoping, Sweden, the birthplace of Swedish aviation. The event coincides with the 100th anniversary of flying in Sweden. Light jets take off in Europe, and this international two-day conference will explore the latest developments in the corporate aviation sector of Europe, as well as new business models, opportunities, and challenges in the region. Business aircraft operators admitted at no cost. Click here for more information.
More Aircraft We Saw at AirVentureback to top 

Korean manufacturer KAI aims to make the KC-100 South Korea's first FAA-certified aircraft, and offer it as direct competition to top-end Cirrus and Cessna Corvalis turbocharged piston models, by 2013. What the KC-100 brings to the party is nearly full carbon-fiber construction, a cabin that adds one or two inches in width over Cirrus and Corvalis designs, an Avidyne Entegra II panel, plus standard TKS ice protection, air conditioning and oxygen. As that package suggests, the KC-100 intends to provide for a good life in the fast lane at high altitude. Powered by a FADEC-controlled TCM TSIOF-550-K turbocharged engine, KAI plans to deliver cruise speeds of about 190 knots, a maximum range of 1,200 nautical miles, and a useful load of at least 1,100 pounds. The manufacturer did not bring a prototype to AirVenture (it's due for completion in early 2011), but they did have a presence, and expect a first flight by late summer next year. Click through for more details. More...

In a conversation at Oshkosh Friday, Pipistrel confirmed to AVweb that we should expect their coming hybrid-driven four-seater to cruise at 200 KTAS, while burning less than 10 gallons per hour. And we should expect to see it unveiled before July 2011. Discussion of the aircraft's powerplant suggest something like a Lycoming four-cylinder around 200 hp, but "will presented by Pipistrel with an electric motor system." We've seen images of the official low-wing T-tailed design. Along with a high-aspect-ratio wing that's tapered from the back, it's what we'd comfortably call next-generation Pipistrel. "Every line serves a function," a Pipistrel engineer told us, "whether to reduce wind noise in the cockpit, or for pressure recovery. There is no form on the aircraft that is not shaped for maximum efficiency." That means advanced composites and compound curves. While weight restraint flows right down into the titanium landing gear, it doesn't appear Pipistrel plans to cut corners on creature comforts. More...

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Insurance Endorsement for Forward Visionback to top 

The Forward Vision EVS (Enhanced Vision System) has apparently earned the respect of Aggressive Insurance. Aggressive has announced they will provide a credit of 5 percent applicable to both liability and hull coverage premiums for aircraft equipped with the certified EVS. Better yet, aircraft equipped with EVS, a parachute and airbag systems can earn an insurance credit of 15 percent. More...

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Opinion & Commentaryback to top 

Tired of reading about avgas? AirVenture has left resident blogger Paul Bertorelli in a cheerful mood, so how about a few reflections on professionalism, running a solid show, and how he's jump at the chance to fly in those cluster balloons. More...

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AVweb Audio — Are You Listening?back to top 

U.S. Air Force pilot Buck Kozlowski, who flies the CV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor, explains what it's like to fly the aircraft, which is "not the best airplane and not the best helicopter in the world," he says, but has unique qualities that make it valuable to the armed forces.

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

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More AVweb for Your Inboxback to top 


If you subscribe to our AVwebAudio newsletter, watch your inbox for a special issue recapping all of our media coverage from EAA AirVenture 2010 — not only podcasts, but videos, blogs, and photo galleries, too.

This special issue will hit inboxes tomorrow (Tuesday), so now would be a good time to add AVwebAudio to your subscription (if you don't already get it). To do so, just visit and choose "Update E-mail Subscriptions." From there, you can add or drop any AVweb newsletters.


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Your Favorite FBOsback to top 


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We heard from many readers who were diverted on their journey to Oshkosh this week and discovered other FBOs along the way. The most popular FBO we heard about, though was Wisconsin Aviation at Dodge County Airport (KUNU) in Juneau, Wisconsin.

Jon Dean was the first to bring this FBO to our attention:

When over 190 aircaft arrived un-planned thanks to the closure of OSH for arrivals, Tim and his team (Mary and Josh) were truly amazing. They got everyone tied down, allowed us all to camp, got transport, helped with finding food — Domino's actually delivered to my plane on the far side of the field! — made coffee, and organised shower and head facilities. And with all this, they levied no charges at all, just the regular top off with gas! ... They then helped organize transport for all of us stranded there to get to OSH some 45 nm north.

The best part of this story? Most of the readers who told us about Wisconsin Aviation have already made plans to fly into KUNU next year as part of their AirVenture pilgrimage!

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!


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Help Us Celebrate AVweb's 15th Anniversaryback to top 

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Congratulations to Lukasz Shaded of Atlanta, GA, who won a Zaon PCAS XRX in our last drawing! (click here to get your own from Zaon)


The Lighter Side of Flightback to top 

Overheard in IFR 
Magazine's 'On the Air' Section
Overheard in IFR Magazine's "On the Air"

The October day when the tables turned in Des Moines, Iowa:

"Citation Two Bravo Charlie: Runway 31, cleared to land."

"Cleared to land, Two Bravo Charlie."

"United Eleven Eight Four: Runway 31, cleared for take-off."

There was some delay, and United couldn't go, so tower rescinded the take-off clearance and told United to hold short of the runway for the landing Citation.

"We're across the holdshort line."

Tower (left with no option) :
"Citation Two Bravo Charlie, go around."

"Going around — and Tower? Call the hangar at 555-XXXX when we get on the ground."

Wayne Whitfield
Des Moines, Iowa


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
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Glenn Pew

Features Editor
Kevin Lane-Cummings

Scott Simmons

Jeff van West
Mariano Rosales

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