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Volume 16, Number 45c
November 12, 2010
 
Bendix/King KFD 840 Apex Edge Series (by 
Honeywell)
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 the newly certified flight director and enhanced graphic features. Click here for more information.
 
AVflash! Shining a Light on Flight Trainingback to top 
 

TRAINING NEEDS A TUNEUP
A survey expert who recently earned his private pilot certificate says the industry isn't exploiting the cool factor of being a pilot to keep students in training. Mark Benson, CEO of APCO Insight told a news conference at AOPA Summit in Long Beach that the whole sense of community and belonging that pilots feel among pilots could be an important promotional tool for the industry to retain student pilots. Jennifer Storm, who is heading up AOPA's Flight Training Student Retention Initiative told AVweb in a podcast interview that the survey data provides important insight into what student pilots want from schools."The research says that there's a huge element of the specialness of being a pilot that we're not especially tapping into," she said. Storm also noted that student pilots want value for the money and a sense that flight schools or independent instructors are actively trying to save them money rather than running up the bill.

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Lightspeed Aviation || Change Your Mind
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And if you purchase during the show, you'll receive a $25 discount at the dealer's booth, plus another instant $25 cash rebate when you bring us your receipt. To learn more about Zulu's focused noise attenuation, Bluetooth connectivity, and Front Row Center for surround sound music, go to LightspeedAviation.com.
 
A Completely New Take on an Old Standbyback to top 
 

ELECTRIC 172 AIMED AT TRAINING MARKET
Bye Energy says its electric-powered Cessna 172 will be much more than an airshow curiosity. In fact, the company told AVweb that it hopes to revolutionize the Part 23 training market with the aircraft. "Our clear focus is mainstream aviation," company president George Bye said. "It's ideal for training." Bye said the aircraft will be a two-place with an endurance of two hours on a combination of battery power, solar and power reclaimed from wing tip devices intended to capture vortex energy in flight and by the push on the prop during descent. He said the company intends it to be "the point of entry for new pilots."

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Wings, Reward Yourself a Latte || Click to Get Your Card
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Reward yourself when you refuel with WingPoints from Phillips 66® Aviation. Start earning points immediately, and earn double points when you use WingPoints with any Phillips 66 Aviation branded card. Get your card today!
 
Up Close and Personal with Robinson's R66back to top 
 

ROBINSON HELICOPTER'S NEW TURBINE, THE R66
A newly certified five-place Rolls-Royce turbine powered helicopter is now available from Robinson, which hopes to fit the aircraft into the market between its own very popular piston R44 and more expensive light turbine heli's. The turbine blends vastly improved high altitude performance and load carrying capabilities with a moderate increase in fuel burn. The R66 burns about 22 gallons in the same hour its piston sibling burns closer to 15. As company president Kurt Robinson told AVweb Thursday, aside from the added capability and some nuances specific to turbine helicopter operation "the aircraft actually handles very similar to an R44" ... it just does it with a 300-horsepower Rolls-Royce turbine.

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Ultra Electronics || Flightline Auracle
Fly Safely. Reduce Your Workload. Increase Your Fuel Economy. Fly Intelligently.
Save $500 Now! The Auracle Engine Management System from Flightline Systems offers comprehensive engine and fuel situational awareness, delivered on a stunning full-color LCD display. Available for both single- and twin-engine aircraft in several form factors, Auracle helps you make critical decisions rapidly. It's the most sophisticated, intuitive engine management system available, and it's STC's for primary. Learn more at Ultra‑Fei.com/auracle.
 
Veterans Day at AOPA Summit: Visiting with Fifiback to top 
 

FIFI'S FIRST LONG CROSS-COUNTRY IN SIX YEARS
The Commemorative Air Force's (CAF) freshly re-engined B-29 FIFI is the only airworthy example of its kind anywhere in the world and it was on display as part of AOPA's Summit at Long Beach Airport's Airfest, 2010. AVweb caught up with the aircraft's crew chief, Dave Miller, who flew in on the rare bomber as flight engineer and also logged some stick time. Click through to our video to hear how the flight went, catch up with FIFI's recent history and have a look around inside and out. The aircraft is running on four new custom engines that are a cross between the R-3350-95W and the R-3350-26WD. They were installed through the hard work of volunteers and thanks largely to the financial backing of Jim Cavanaugh. CAF plans to take FIFI on tour -- and they're giving rides.

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XM WX Satellite Weather || As Vital as 
Vision
XM WX: As Vital as Vision
With XM WX Satellite Weather in the cockpit with you, it's possible to see immediate weather threats. Keep safe and comfortable by planning to avoid any weather that could impact your flight — especially bad weather. Viewable on multiple displays, including most portable devices, XM WX Satellite Weather helps keep your wings in the air. Learn more.
 
Opinion & Commentaryback to top 
 

AVWEB INSIDER BLOG: ROLL YOUR OWN — THE AGE OF DIY SERVICES IS HERE
The recent election is almost certain to accelerate an already established trend — fees for all kinds of aviation services. You've already been paying them for a while, says Paul Bertorelli on the AVweb Insider blog — but as government spending tightens and privatization of services increases, you may be paying for some of them a la carte in the future. Read more and join the conversation. More...

AVWEB INSIDER BLOG: GIVING BACK, MOVING FORWARD
In the latest installment of the AVweb Insider blog, Mary Grady is appreciative of the time and labor invested by the town of Talkeetna, Alaska in a Build A Plane restoration project — but why, she wonders, did it take Build A Plane's involvement to galvanize the community when there was clearly so much willingness and passion there in the first place? Read more and join the conversation. More...

 
Compare and Save at the Pilot Insurance Center
Don't pay more for life insurance coverage just because you fly. Contact Pilot Insurance Center to see how you can save. PIC works with A+ rated insurance companies to provide preferred rates for pilots. Call (800) 380-8376 or visit PICLife.com.
 
AVweb Audio — Are You Listening?back to top 
 

AOPA STUDY SAYS TO ACCENTUATE THE COOL
Student pilots want to be part of the pilot club. But as AOPA's Jennifer Storm told AVweb's Russ Niles, they expect professional training without being gouged, too.

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A PART 23-CERTIFIED ELECTRIC 172
Bye Energy says there's a big market for an electric Cessna 172. President George Bye spoke with AVweb's Russ Niles.

This podcast is brought to you by WxWorx XM WX Satellite Weather and Ultra Electronics' Flightline Auracle. More...

 
Take the 'Radio Communication' Safety Quiz 
|| AOPA Air Safety Institute (ASI)
Do You Have What It Takes to Be a Safe Pilot?
Challenge yourself with the Air Safety Institute Safety Quiz, underwritten by the AOPA Insurance Agency.

Quiz Topic: Radio Communication
Are you making the most of your time on the airwaves? This quiz challenges you with questions about everything from announcing your position in the pattern on the CTAF to what to do in an emergency if you are on frequency with ATC. Take this safety quiz to get you back up to speed.
 
AVweb Media: Look, Listen, Laugh and Learnback to top 
 

VIDEO: B-29 SUPERFORTRESS 'FIFI' SPENDS VETERANS' DAY AT AOPA SUMMIT
AVweb talks with Dave Miller, flight engineer and crew chief for Fifi, the Commemorative Air Force's B-29 Superfortress bomber — the only airworthy B-29 in the world — at AOPA Summit, Long Beach, California on Veterans Day 2010.

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VIDEO: ROBINSON'S R66 TURBINE HELICOPTER
That's right: Robinson Helicopter Company has a certified turbine offering — the five-place R66 Turbine, to be exact. Company president Kurt Robinson shares some details.

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Thursday Reduxback to top 
 

A SECOND CHANCE AT YESTERDAY'S HEADLINES
Due to technical difficulties, some of you may not have received yesterday's edition of AVwebFlash until later in the day than you're used to getting it. If you're the type who checks your e-mail in the morning and doesn't loop back to see what you've missed, be sure to visit our online archive to catch all the stories from our first day of coverage of the AOPA Summit in Long Beach. More...

 
WingX Pro 7 || Moving Map for the iPad || 
Hilton Software
WingX Pro7 Moving Map for iPad!
The $99 Moving MapWingX Pro7 Moving Map for iPad is now available for your iPad. See your location on the approach chart; Approach Charts and Airport Diagrams are now geo-referenced*, and all are stored right on the iPad! WingX Pro7's interactive moving map displays Class B, C, and D airspaces; animated weather images; A/FD; AOPA Directory with Yelp integration; route planning, FARs, METARS, TAFS, winds, and temperatures aloft; TFRs' text and graphics; an E6B; and more. WingX is also available for Windows Mobile, Blackberry, and Android. Click here for more information.
 
Help Us Celebrate AVweb's 15th Anniversaryback to top 
 

15 YEARS AND NOW 15 GRAND GIVEAWAYS ... IT'S YOUR CHANCE TO WIN AN IFLY 700 GPS FROM ADVENTURE PILOT
CLICK HERE to Register for All 15 
Drawings

Win an iFly 700 GPS from Adventure Pilot as we celebrate our 15th Anniversary! All you have to do is click here to enter your name and e-mail address. (You only have to enter once, and you'll be entered in our prize drawings for the entire year — so if you've already entered, you're all set.)

And no, we're not going to rent or sell your name, ever. Tell your friends, and invite them to sign up for AVweb so they can qualify for our 15 Grand Giveaways prize drawings, too. (We won't spam them, either — but we hope they will sign up for our newsletters.)

Deadline for entries is 11:59pm Zulu time Sunday, November 28, 2010. (That's a couple of days later than our usual Friday deadline, because of the Thanksgiving holiday.)

Click here to read the contest rules and enter.

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What's Hot? Homebuilts || Subscribe to 
Kitplanes Magazine
What's Hot? Homebuilts
Subscribe to Kitplanes magazine now and catch the building excitement. Flight reviews, building, buying, and flying guidance — it's everything you need!

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The Top Reporter on Our Crack Staff ... Is You!back to top 
 

AVWEB'S NEWSTIPS ADDRESS ...
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 newstips@avweb.com. What have you heard? More...

 
Traditional Tactics Need a Fresh Approach
Doing the same thing and expecting different results is the definition of insanity. Isn't it time to initiate a digital marketing program with AVweb that will deliver traffic and orders directly to your web site? Discover several new and highly successful marketing options to use in lieu of static print or banner campaigns. Click now for details.
 
Names Behind the Newsback 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:

Publisher
Timothy Cole

Editorial Director, Aviation Publications
Paul Bertorelli

Editor-in-Chief
Russ Niles

Contributing Editors
Mary Grady
Glenn Pew

Features Editor
Kevin Lane-Cummings

Webmaster
Scott Simmons

Contributors
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.)

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