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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.
Today, we continue to set the standard with the Bose A20 Aviation
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connectivity, an auxiliary audio input and priority switching.
SUNNY LAUNCH FOR AIRVENTURE 2011
This time last year, EAA
staffers faced an unprecedented "Sploshkosh" challenge, with rain-soaked
fields bogging down airplanes and shutting down parking, as weather
around the country delayed arrivals. In contrast, AirVenture 2011 has
opened to more manageable conditions, with bright sun and low humidity.
Scattered clouds caused occasional IFR en route weather for some
travelers, and a few showers at the field, but campgrounds and aircraft
parking were filling up apace. With a robust economic recovery still
nowhere in sight, new product introductions are few, but the mood
nonetheless seems upbeat. We're still here and still flying, and that's
cause to celebrate, seems to be the creed for this year's show.
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COLLINS INTRODUCES TOUCHSCREENS FOR BIZJETS
introduced new touch-control primary flight displays for business jets
and turboprops at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh on Sunday. "These displays
demonstrate our focus on empowering pilots with natural head-up,
eyes-forward interfaces," said Colin Mahoney, vice president of sales
and marketing for Rockwell Collins. "Touch-controlled, icon-based
controls on the main displays help keep pilots' attention focused up and
forward for safer and more efficient flying." The company said it is
also working on an "autonomous backup control" that with one touch of a
button will put the aircraft into a safe-altitude holding pattern until
the pilot disengages the system. More...
CHOOSES HONEYWELL ENGINE
Kestrel Aircraft Company of Maine
said this week at EAA AirVenture they have chosen the Honeywell
TPE331-14GR engine to power their new all-composite, single-engine
turboprop airplane. "Customers want lower maintenance costs, fewer
life-cycle-limited parts and better fuel efficiency when they select an
aircraft engine," said Rob Wilson, president of Honeywell Aerospace's
Business and General Aviation business. The TPE331 can deliver those
benefits, Wilson said. The TPE331-14GR produces 1,759 thermodynamic
horsepower, but Kestrel said they will flat-rate the engine to
approximately 1,000 shaft horsepower to allow for better high-altitude,
high-temperature performance. More...
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For more than 25 years, operators have relied on the Caravan
models to meet the most demanding mission parameters. To which the
Caravan replies, "Bring it on." Its confidence is backed by a
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payload capabilities from its 675-horsepower engine. And when you
consider the versatility, configurability, and sheer ruggedness of the
Caravan line, the applications are virtually limitless.
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NEW S1 DIGITAL HEADSET
Long a player in the aircraft headset
market, Sennheiser is upping its game with a new digital,
noise-cancelling model to compete in the Premium headset market.
Sennheiser announced the new S1 at EAA AirVenture on Sunday evening in
time for demonstrations on opening day of AirVenture. In this
podcast, Sennheiser's Dave Dunlap explained that the company
believes its new product will outperform the noise cancelling capability
of existing headsets. More...
DESIGN FOUR-PLACE MOCKUP OSHKOSH DEBUT
There may already be
lots of four-place single-engine airplanes in the world for buyers to
choose from, but the folks at Flight Design say their new C4 will find a
market. At a price point of $250,000, with a roomy cabin and lightweight
carbon-fiber construction allowing for a hefty payload of around 1,300
pounds, Flight Design CEO Matthias Betsch told AVweb on Sunday the C4
will appeal to plenty of pilots. Betsch is showing a full-size mock-up
of the airplane this week at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh. Cruise
performance is estimated at about 150 knots, and the BRS full-airplane
parachute will be standard on every airplane. Key to the airplane's
appeal is the price. "We'll do everything to make that number," Betsch
said. "That's the magic number." More...
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FAA WORKERS LAID OFF
Air traffic controllers are still on the
job, but on Saturday the FAA gave furlough notices to nearly 4,000
workers in a variety of positions, putting a stop to airport improvement
projects and ticket-tax collection. The furloughs will also bring to a
halt certification of new products by aerospace companies, according to
Reuters. The congressional authorization needed to
fund those jobs expired at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday. Employees paid from
the FAA's Operations Account, which is funded from both the Aviation
Trust Fund and the general fund, are not affected. More...
SIGNALS POSITIVE MOMENTUM
Cessna lost money through Q1 of
2011, but turned a profit of $120 million over the next quarter, and
Textron CEO Scott Donnelly says demand is now stable with positive
momentum, according to the Wichita Eagle. The company's second quarter
profits reflect shipments that have eroded the company's order backlog.
But Cessna expects to see an increase in customer interest and demand
for the remainder of the year, Donnely said. The company hasn't seen,
nor is it expecting, a surge. Donnely said in a conference call,
Thursday, that Cessna will talk about new products at the National
Business Aviation Association convention, this fall. More...
Lightspeed Aviation Announces
the Availability of Zulu.2
is pleased to announce the availability of the new
. Stop by the Lightspeed Pavilion across from Hangar B at
Oshkosh and give it a try. Improving in the areas of quiet, comfort, and
clarity, Zulu.2 once again sets the standard in the premium headset
market. Zulu.2 is currently the only aviation headset offering
full-function Bluetooth technology for both phone and music
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AIRVENTURE 2011, HOW TO ...
Glenn Pew spoke with EAA's vice president of membership Adam
Smith about the coming AirVenture show held this year July 25
through 31 to get a "Do Not Miss" list and tips and tricks for
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AIRVENTURE 2011: PHOTO GALLERY DAY ONE
For some attendees, getting to Oshkosh is
half the fun. Once again, we've turned AVweb
's intern, Adam
Cutler, loose with a camera and instructed him to bring back the sights
and sounds of the show grounds. More...
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OF THE WEEK: HIGHLAND COUNTY AIRPORT (KHOC, HILLSBORO,
AVweb's latest "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to
County Airport (KHOC) in Hillsboro, Ohio.
Hesketh discovered the charm and welcoming atmosphere of this
GA-friendly airport on a recent stopover:
I was returning from eastern Pennsylvania
(Pennridge/KCKZ) in my 1956 BE35 to my home base near St. Louis,
Missouri (Alton Regional/KALN), and, with predicted headwinds, I knew I
needed to plan a fuel stop. A quick check with AirNav's fuel prices
provided Highland County Airport (KHOC) selling fuel for under
$5/gallon. After a three-hour flight, I landed at Highland and taxied up
to the self-serve fuel pumps. First, there is no FBO at this airport
but you would not know it. One of the local pilots, came out,
introduced himself, made sure I was O.K. with fueling the plane, and
then helped push the plane to a parking spot. The airport building was
aged but clean inside with very friendly people doing what most GA
pilots do on a Saturday morning telling flying stories or making
plans to go flying. They had an honor system to purchase soda and
snacks, which I took advantage of to ward off the hunger pangs. I am
sure if I wanted more for lunch there would have been arrangements made
to take [me] to a local eatery. One person even provided a piece of
paper for me to copy my IFR clearance on when I realized I had left all
my writing paper in my Bonanza. I left about 30-40 minutes after
arriving, pleasantly surprised at this small yet thriving airport in
souteastern Ohio thriving because the local pilot population
wants to make it a place that you want to visit. Low gas prices are a
plus, [but] the friendly people make it a winner.
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the country and another one, submitted by you, will be spotlighted here
next Monday! More...
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