AVwebFlash Complete Issue: Volume 17, Number 13b

March 29, 2011

By The AVweb Editorial Staff
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AVflash! Sleek Corvalis Arrives at Sun 'n Fun back to top 

Updated Corvalis Has Touch-Screen Panel

Cessna has announced a major upgrade of the Corvalis high performance single , featuring the "first touch-screen-controlled glass flight deck ever designed for a piston aircraft" the company said in a news release. The new Intrinzic panel was designed by Cessna but is based on the Garmin G2000 and features two 14-inch wide HD screens that transmit touch commands via an infrared grid under the glass, rather than the normal surface resistance sensors. "We've taken an airplane with incredible performance and made flying it even more natural and instinctive with Intrinzic," said CEO Jack Pelton. "This interface is so advanced, it's the same as what you'll find in the upcoming Cessna Citation Ten business jet."

The panel is loaded up with all the latest Garmin features dual AHRS, a GFC 700 auto flight control system, Garmin's GTS800 traffic system, Garmin's GTX 33ES transponder with provisions for ADS-B In and Out capability, and Garmin's Electronic Stability Protection, which helps keep the aircraft within the flight envelope. There are no steam gauges on the plane. The backup instruments are the L-3 Trilogy system. There's also a built-in pulse oximeter. The new plane also features new paint (no decals) and new interior. AVweb will have a full video report on the new airplane during our Sun 'n Fun coverage.

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... But It's a Little Wet in Lakeland back to top 

Spring Rains Challenging for Sun 'n Fun Launch

As exhibitors prepped for opening day at Sun 'n Fun in Lakeland, Fla., on Monday, a huge frontal system spread rain and wind across the region, slowing down their efforts and keeping the pattern mostly quiet. Nonetheless, by Monday evening, all of the major exhibitors were set up and ready to welcome visitors for Tuesday's opening day. Weather reports showed a chance of rain and thunderstorms at about 40 to 50 percent for the next few days, with clear weather expected for Friday and the weekend. The mood among exhibitors so far seems to be cautious, as aircraft sales haven't yet shown signs of robust recovery. But for those ready to buy, Sun 'n Fun is the season's first big general aviation show, with some of everything on site, from ultralights to light sport aircraft to turbines and light jets, plus all the latest avionics and pilot gear.

Cirrus is showing off their 10th anniversary limited edition SR22, with a slick paint job and just about every possible option installed. The company's executives will be offering an update on Wednesday about their new investors and future plans. On Tuesday, Cirrus will launch an online video update about progress on their Vision SF50 jet. Piper will announce a new partner offering a new private pilot training program, and introduce Global Wings as a new dealer serving the Caribbean region.

For more about how Sun 'n Fun organizers are dealing with the rain, and a look at highlights of this year's show, click here to listen to AVweb's podcast interview with John Burton, chairman of the Sun 'n Fun Fly-In.

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Diamond Tightens Belt, Focuses on D-Jet back to top 

Diamond Cuts Staff Pending D-Jet Funding

Peter Maurer, president of Diamond Aircraft, said this week he has laid off 213 workers at the company's facility in London, Ontario, while waiting for a decision on a loan from Canada's government. "We are disappointed and frustrated in the extreme to have to take this action," Maurer said in a news release on Monday. "We had deferred these cost-cutting measures as long as possible, while awaiting a positive response to our request for a federal government loan. At this time we are still awaiting a formal response." The job cuts mostly affect workers in the D-Jet program, which has stalled in the face of increased costs and delays. The project is more than 60 percent complete, Maurer said, and if the government financing will come through, he will recall all the laid-off workers and get the program "back on track."

Maurer said the company needs another $35 million to complete the program and has turned to the Canadian federal government to support the company with a fully repayable loan. "The federal government loan is key, because it not only completes the required funding, but also triggers the other arranged financing commitments," according to the Diamond news release. The company also said the infrastructure and technology that are being developed for the D-Jet will be used to support an entire family of future aircraft. "We are hopeful that the government will give this matter urgent attention and provide the requested assistance," Maurer said.

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ATC, It's for You ... back to top 

FAA Mandates Controller Wake-Up Calls

Reacting to last week's incident at Reagan National Airport when a sleeping controller supervisor failed to respond to radio calls from two airplane crews late at night, FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt has announced an "interim plan" that he says will ensure it won't happen again. The plan requires controllers at radar facilities to contact towers where a single controller covers the overnight shift to confirm they are ready when an incoming flight is approaching. Babbitt also ordered a nationwide review of the ATC system to ensure that appropriate backup procedures are being used. "I am determined to make sure we do not repeat Wednesday's unacceptable event," Babbitt said.

Babbitt formerly said he was "personally outraged" by the controller's failure to respond. The NTSB said the controller, who was a supervisor, admitted to having fallen asleep while working his fourth consecutive overnight shift (10 p.m. to 6 a.m.). Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood asked for a study of staffing levels at other airports around the country. Babbitt will be visiting Sun 'n Fun this week. AVweb editors Paul Bertorelli and Mary Grady posted blogs about the incident which have sparked a lively discussion; click here to read.

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Video Report: Join Us for a DC-7 Tour at Sun 'n Fun back to top 

Video: DC-7 Visits Sun 'Fun

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There's not much you can do to a beautifully restored DC-7B passenger airplane to make it more interesting than it already is — except, perhaps, to pair it with a strikingly young captain. 23-year-old Glen Moss showed us around the venerated DC-7 (the last flying passenger version) and shared her story with us at Sun 'n Fun 2011 in Lakeland, Florida.

Learn more about the aircraft at the Historical Flight Foundation's web site.

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Video Report: 100 Years Later, Bleriot Lands in Florida back to top 

Video: Bleriot at Sun 'n Fun 2011

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A modernized version of the airplane Louis Bleriot used to cross the English Channel isn't for everyone. "You really have to fly it all the time to get it where you want it," cautioned builders Pascal Kremer and Robert Bassley, who were both at Sun 'n Fun in Lakeland, Florida with the airplane. In this video, they explain the challenges (and joys) of piloting the modern Bleriot.

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Rain, Rain, Go Away back to top 

Podcast: Soggy Start to Sun 'n Fun

File Size 8.2 MB / Running Time 8:58

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Shades of Oshkosh 2010 are looming over Sun 'n Fun 2011 as a relentless parade of storms dumped inches of rain on the grounds at Lakeland Linder Airport. SNF President John Burton told AVweb's Mary Grady that plans are in place to cope with the deluge and a great show will emerge from the soggy start.

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Click here to listen. (8.2 MB, 8:58)

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LSA's Honeymoon Period May Be Over back to top 

Podcast: Light Sport Under Increased Scrutiny

File Size 4.7 MB / Running Time 5:06

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The FAA has let the Light Aircraft Manufacturers' Association (LAMA) know that major changes are coming in the oversight of the emerging aircraft sector. LAMA President Dan Johnson spoke with AVweb's Mary Grady at Sun 'n Fun 2011 in Lakeland, Florida.

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Click here to listen. (4.7 MB, 5:06)

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Opinion & Commentary back to top 

AVweb Insider Blog: Snoozing at DCA Tower — Last Week's Crisis du Jour

But was it really? With Japan sinking and Libya exploding, the press still had a field day with a midshift controller nodding off in the Reagan National tower, as if Randy Babbitt really needs this on his desk. On the AVweb Insider blog, Paul Bertorelli argues that throwing more people at the problem is just featherbedding, but Mary Grady says you can't beat Mother Nature: Circadian rhythms mean that nobody can be expected to be fully alert at 3am.

Read more and join the conversation.

ICAS Foundation's Kyle & Amanda Franklin Fund

Kyle & Amanda Franklin Fund || Click to Donate via the ICAS Foundation

The aviation community is coming together to help Kyle and Amanda Franklin get back on their feet and eventually back in the air after their mishap at Air Fiesta at the Brownsville/South Padre Island Airport. If you'd like to contribute, click on the banner at right to visit the ICAS Foundation web site.

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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
Kevin Lane-Cummings

Scott Simmons

Jeff van West
Mariano Rosales

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Where to Find Our Sponsors at Sun 'n Fun 2011

B-001-009Aircraft Spruce & Specialty Co.
Aspen Avionics
C-055-056Avemco Insurance
SNF-009Bose Corporation
Cessna Aircraft
N-083, N-088Conoco-Phillips Aviation Lubricants
Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA)
A-065General Aviation Modifications, Inc. (GAMI)
D-082Hilton Software (WingX)
B-042JP Instruments
D-051-053Lightspeed Aviation
D-039-042Lycoming Engines
A-020-021RMS Technology
C-024WxWorx XM WX Satellite Weather