AVwebFlash - Volume 17, Number 13e

April 1, 2011

By The AVweb Editorial Staff
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AVflash! Sun 'n Fun: After the Storm back to top 

Tent Collapse Did Trap 70 at Sun 'n Fun

There were some scary moments for about 70 people, including nine former Women Air Service pilots in their 90s, when the storm that ripped through Sun 'n Fun on Thursday collapsed the tent structure in which a luncheon was being held in the WASPs' honor. The event was sponsored by the Wings of Dreams Aviation Museum of Keystone Heights Airport in Florida. Bob Oehl, an executive volunteer with the museum said he and others fought to keep the aluminum structure and tent supported while most of the attendees huddled under the tables. He said he called 911 as rain, hail and furious winds collapsed the structure around them. Initial reports of a building collapse trapping 70 people were refuted by Lakeland Police and Sun 'n Fun staff, possibly because the facility was not a permanent structure. "But it happened," said Oehl.

Oehl said many of the people trapped were elderly and able-bodied people all chipped in to protect them as well as possible. They were able to escape from an opening in the tent fabric before first responders arrived. Everyone was soaked from the torrential rain but no one was seriously hurt. Oehl said the museum lost a large tent and other property that it can ill afford to replace. Meanwhile, work continued through the night to restore the Sun 'n Fun grounds for the resumption of the show Friday.

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Fuel Discussion Grinds to a Halt for Weather back to top 

"Aviation Green" Event Cut Short By Storm

The Lindbergh Foundation's day-long series of forums about alternative fuels and cleaner aviation technology was under way Thursday in Sun 'n Fun's new Central Florida Aerospace Academy building when the storm hit. Everyone in the building was told to move into the hallways, away from doors and windows, as the wind whipped and rain poured. The electricity went off, and people were told not to leave the building because powerlines were down. The hallways filled with forum attendees and soaking-wet refugees from the weather outside. Some forum speakers continued on with their captive audience, using laptops to show their powerpoints, until volunteers came into the rooms again and herded everyone back into the hallways, anticipating a second assault of weather.

Before the event was interrupted, speakers from Cessna, LoPresti Aviation, Swift Engineering, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and more, spoke about ongoing efforts to find alternative fuels and more efficient engines, driven by the need to replace 100LL as well as the desire to minimize environmental impacts. Later forums that were scheduled to examine clean propulsion alternatives and electric-powered aircraft were cancelled.

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New Flavor of Cub on the Way back to top 

New "Super Legend" Cub Introduced

American Legend Aircraft Company said on Thursday it is adding a new model, the Super Legend, to its Legend Cub two-place sport aircraft line. The Super Legend comes with the Lycoming 233 Series lightweight engine, a Super Cub-style pressure cowling, and a classic Super Cub paint scheme. With a base weight of just about 845 pounds, the Super Legend's power-to-weight ratio rivals that of a 150 hp Super Cub, the company says. The Super Legend comes with a choice of avionics, including basic "low and slow," cross-country with night VFR, or the Smart Cub panel. The Lycoming engine, which is expected to be certified later this year, can fun on either 100LL or unleaded auto fuel. The intro price is $139,000, and first deliveries are expected early in 2012.

American Legend manufactures a variety of Cub-style light sport aircraft. AVweb's Paul Bertorelli recently compared the Legend Cub to CubCrafters S2 LSA. Click here for that video report. Last year, Bertorelli filed a video flight report on the "insanely fun to fly" Legend amphibian.

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HondaJet Pursues Speed back to top 

HondaJet Records 425 KTAS

Honda Aircraft Company announced that an FAA-conforming prototype HondaJet recorded 425 KTAS at 30,000 feet, on March 11, exceeding the company's performance goal of 420 KTAS for production models. The jet is currently participating in system, handling and in-flight mechanical tests at the company's world headquarters in Greensboro, NC. Michimasa Fujino, Honda Aircraft president and CEO said the jet has exhibited "excellent control harmony and stability" in early flight tests and the HF120 engines have shown "carefree handling." A second conforming aircraft has already undergone multiple structural tests, while a third and fourth aircraft are currently being built. Meanwhile the company is preparing for more changes at Greensboro.

Honda Aircraft is currently building a 263,000-square-foot production facility on its Greensboro campus. That building will begin accepting equipment and personnel in pre-production preparations through the year. The aircraft's list price is near $4.5 million, with more than 100 orders on the books and first deliveries scheduled for the third quarter of 2012. Honda believes the jet's GE Honda HF120 turbofan engines and aerodynamics will amount to a 35 percent reduction in fuel burn when compared to jets of similar size.

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AVweb Audio — Are You Listening? back to top 

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The shows are a great place to find deals on airplanes, and AVweb's Russ Niles spoke with Jeff Owen about how a new promotion for Diamond Aircraft products sweetens the pot even more.

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Podcast: Epic Back on Track

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Builder-owners of Epic LT aircraft have finished two planes that have been approved by the FAA in the amateur-built category, and about a dozen more are coming down the pike. AVweb's Mary Grady spoke with CEO Doug King about the company's turnaround.

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Bonus Podcast back to top 

Podcast: Tent Building Collapse Briefly Trapped 70 People

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There was considerable confusion about a persistent rumor that a building had collapsed at Sun 'n Fun trapping 70 people during the storm on Thursday. Bob Oehl was there trying to hold up support structures of the tent building, and he assured AVweb's Russ Niles that the event actually occurred.

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AVweb Media: Look, Listen, Laugh and Learn back to top 

Video: Garmin's New G2000 Flight Deck

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Garmin has so many new products out there, we're having trouble tracking them all. The latest is the G2000, a fully-integrated flight deck meant for high-end piston airplanes. Here's Garmin's Ben Kowalski to explain how the system works.

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What's the best, fastest way to become an airline pilot? Have a lot of twin time — and a new company called Airline Training Solutions has a way for you get there in a hurry. Russ Niles spoke with the company's Sterling Malone at Sun 'Fun 2011.

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Opinion & Commentary back to top 

AVweb Insider Blog: The Show Will Go On

AVweb staff have been on-site at Sun 'n Fun all week, including Thurday's shockingly destructive storm. As he dries out from the ordeal, editor-in-chief Russ Niles has one thought he wants to share via the AVweb Insider blog: Come out and support the show this weekend. Friday's forecast calls for sunny skies, and the volunteers have been hard at work cleaning up the mess and putting things back on track for the weekend. We'll be here, and we hope you'll join us for a weekend of, well — sun and fun.

Read more and join the conversation.

AVweb Insider Blog: Airliners as Interceptors — Not a Good Idea

Or, if it is, Paul Bertorelli couldn't make the case in his latest post to the AVweb Insider blog. When ATC decided to vector a Southwest 737 to have a look at a NORDO Cirrus this week near Jacksonville, the incident exploded into yet another you've-got-to-be-kidding hairball rolling across Randy Babbitt's desk. If it weren't for bad luck, the man would have no luck at all — but we're wondering: What the heck is next? At least tower and ground now appear to be awake and alert at DCA.

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

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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. You're a part of our team ... often, the best part.

ICAS Foundation's Kyle & Amanda Franklin Fund

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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
Diamond Aircraft
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