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Volume 17, Number 13c
March 30, 2011
 
FIND THEM AT:
D-051
D-052
D-053
More Comfort - More Quiet - More Clarity 
|| See the New Zulu at Lightspeed Aviation's Booth at Sun 'n Fun (Booth 
#D51)
Lightspeed Aviation Foundation Gets Ready to Announce Finalists
Be sure to join us at the AOPA LIVE stage on Thursday at 10:30 to hear the names of this year's Lightspeed Aviation Foundation finalists. While you're at the show, take a minute to stop by Lightspeed's booth (D51) and experience all that the new Zulu headset has to offer. Learn more about Zulu and the Lightspeed Aviation Foundation at LightspeedAviation.com.
 
AVflash! Another Controller in the Hot Seatback to top 
 

CONTROLLER, 737 CREW SUSPENDED AFTER CIRRUS INTERCEPT
The FAA said on Tuesday it is investigating an incident in which a Southwest 737 crew allegedly flew too close to a Cirrus at the request of a controller. The incident took place about 5 p.m. on Sunday, when a controller in the Central Florida Tracon asked the 737 crew if they would check on an SR22 that had been out of radio contact for over an hour. The Southwest crew approached the Cirrus and told ATC they saw two people in the cockpit, then turned away. About 30 seconds later the Cirrus pilot contacted Jacksonville Center. Both aircraft landed safely at their destinations. "Preliminary information indicates that there was a loss of required separation between the two aircraft," the FAA said. The controller, who is a supervisor, has been suspended. Southwest also suspended the flight crew pending an investigation. More...

 
FIND THEM AT:
B-078
B-079
B-090
B-091
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What's with That New Building at Sun 'n Fun?back to top 
 

NEW AEROSPACE ACADEMY OPENS AT SUN 'N FUN
The Central Florida Aerospace Academy now has a new home on the Sun 'n Fun campus, which was formally dedicated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday morning. The 58,000-square-foot building features classrooms, a media center, a cafeteria and an engineering lab, and can serve up to 500 students. The school aims to help students prepare for careers in aviation and aerospace. "I hope this building serves as a launching pad for CFAA students to become more actively involved in aviation and, in doing so, build a pathway for successful careers and successful lives," said John C. Ray, whose Aviation Education Foundation provided $7.5 million for the project. More...

 
FIND THEM AT:
Bose Pavilion
SNF-009
Bose® A20™ Aviation Headset
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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.
 
Best of the New from Sun 'n Funback to top 
 

PIPER REPORTS PROGRESS ON JET, SHOWS MOCKUP
Piper brought a mock-up of its Altaire single-engine jet to Sun 'n Fun this week, and reported that the program is on track for first flight of the conforming prototype in 2012. "We now have 175 engineers at work on it, and production parts are being cut for the first four conforming test articles," said company spokesman Randy Groom. The jet, powered by a Williams FJ44-3AP turbofan, features a roomy cabin with club seating for four plus two up front. Performance targets aim for cruise speed up to 360 knots and a 1,300-nm range. "We are completing our new production facility for 2012," Groom said, "and adding new dealers around the globe." More...

LIGHTSPEED ADDS UPGRADES TO ZULU HEADSETS
The popular Zulu headset now has several new added features, Lightspeed Aviation said this week at Sun 'n Fun in Lakeland, Fla. The innovations, some of which are patent-pending, include microport  vent technology that provides greater consistency in the active noise reduction capabilities, and a new lighter design for improved fit and less side pressure. A dual aperture disc microphone adds more voice clarity and improved noise canceling, Lightspeed said. Dealers are taking orders now for the new headsets, which will start shipping by early July. More...

 
FIND THEM AT:
C-024
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Not Everyone Is a Pilot — But Anyone Could Beback to top 
 

EAA SEEKS WIDER AUDIENCE, ADDS LANE WALLACE
EAA wants to reach beyond the faithful and bring new converts into general aviation, EAA President Rod Hightower said at Sun 'n Fun on Tuesday. "How do we reach out to the non-flying public?" Hightower asked. One way he proposes is to expand the audience of the organization's Sport Aviation magazine, which currently is available only by mail to members. Soon the magazine will appear on racks in pilot shops, and plans are in the works to further expand the title into the wider world, Hightower said. Signing on to help with that effort is longtime Flying contributor Lane Wallace, who will bring her "Flying Lessons" column to EAA. "Reaching out to the world at large, I'm all about that," Wallace said. "It's not about the plane -- it's about where it can take you." More...

 
FIND THEM AT:
SNF-001
SNF-002
SNF-004
SNF-005
Cessna Aircraft || Makers of the Cessna 
Caravan
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So, where will the Caravan take you?
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AVweb Audio — Are You Listening?back to top 
 

PODCAST: PELTON ON THE NEW CORVALIS
Cessna CEO Jack Pelton says the company has continued to innovate, even during the worst economic spell in aviation in recent memory. He spoke with AVweb's Paul Bertorelli about the new Corvalis TTx and other observations on the state of the industry.

This podcast is brought to you by Bose Corporation and Aspen Avionics. More...

PODCAST: PIPER UPDATES THE ALTAIRE PROGRAM
Piper is ready to make some major moves with its Altaire single-engine jet program. Piper's Jacquie Carlon spoke with AVweb's Mary Grady at Sun 'n Fun 2011.

This podcast is brought to you by Lightspeed Aviation and WxWorx XM WX Satellite Weather. More...

 
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AVweb Media: Look, Listen, Laugh and Learnback to top 
 

VIDEO: CESSNA'S NEW CORVALIS TTX AT SUN 'N FUN
The breakout star of the Sun 'n Fun Fly-In thus far is Cessna's new Corvalis TTx, which features sharp-looking leather interiors and an ultra-modern Garmin Intrinsic avionics package. Cessna Aircraft's Kirby Ortega showed us the high points during a break in the rain on the first day of the show.

This video is brought to you by Lightspeed Aviation and WxWorx XM WX Satellite Weather. More...

VIDEO: CFAA OPENS AT LAKELAND
If you're attending the Sun 'n Fun Fly-In at Lakeland Linder Airport this year, you'll notice a new addition to the Sun 'n Fun campus. The building where seminars and educational presentations are being held is the new home of Central Florida Aerospace Academy, which will soon be fully operational as an aviation high school for up to 500 students. (In the meantime, it means access to air conditioning and running water during your Sun 'n Fun seminars.)

This video is brought to you by Aspen Avionics and Bose Corporation. More...

 
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Garmin Magic Days at JA Air Center
Garmin has drawn back the curtain on some new and exciting avionics technology. You are invited to be amongst the first to see and touch this revolutionary equipment during Garmin Magic Days at JA Air Center: Monday, April 11 at 3pm and 6pm and Tuesday, April 12 at 6pm. Please RSVP to magic@jaair.com for one of the three formal presentations.

JA Air Center — Aurora Municipal Airport — KARR
 
Opinion & Commentaryback 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. More...

 
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Kyle & Amanda Franklin: How You Can Helpback to top 
 

ICAS FOUNDATION'S KYLE & AMANDA FRANKLIN FUND
Kyle & Amanda Franklin Fund || Click to 
Donate via the ICAS FoundationThe 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. More...

 
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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 255,000 pilots might want to know about, tell us. Submit news tips via email to newstips@avweb.com. What have you heard? More...

 
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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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BOOTHS AT
Where to Find Our Sponsors at Sun 'n Fun 2011

B-001-009Aircraft Spruce & Specialty Co.
B-078-079
B-090-091
Aspen Avionics
C-055-056Avemco Insurance
C-071-072
N-026
Avidyne
SNF-009Bose Corporation
SNF-001-002
SNF-004-005
Cessna Aircraft
N-083, N-088Conoco-Phillips Aviation Lubricants
MD-023B
MD-024C
Diamond Aircraft
NE-039-040
N-062-064
AC-005
Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA)
E-030ForeFlight
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-031Spidertracks
A-001-003Trade-A-Plane
C-024WxWorx XM WX Satellite Weather