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Volume 17, Number 30a
July 25, 2011
 
Bose® A20™ Aviation Headset
Bose® A20® Aviation Headset
The Best We've Ever Made
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 Headset. The headset provides acclaimed noise reduction, with a comfortable fit and the clear audio you expect from Bose. It also features Bluetooth® connectivity, an auxiliary audio input and priority switching. Learn more.
Booths at EAA AirVenture:283-287
 
AVflash! Oshkosh Takes Center Stageback to top 
 

A 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. More...

 
'Power Your Panel' Rebate || Save $1,000 
on Aspen's Evolution 1000 Pro PFD
Aspen Avionics Rebate — Power Your Panel
Aspen celebrates Air Show season with a $1,000 consumer rebate on the versatile and flexible Evolution Flight Display system — the industry's best value in EFIS technology.

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Booths at EAA AirVenture:2145-2148
 
The Good Stuff Is on the Insideback to top 
 

ROCKWELL COLLINS INTRODUCES TOUCHSCREENS FOR BIZJETS
Rockwell Collins 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...

KESTREL 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...

 
Cessna Aircraft || Makers of the Cessna 
Caravan
More Versatile than a Swiss Knife
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 remarkable dispatch reliability rate of over 99 percent and exceptional 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.

So, where will the Caravan take you?
Visit Cessna.com.
Booths at EAA AirVenture:78-82, 100-116
 
Walking the Grounds, Looking at New Offeringsback to top 
 

SENNHEISER'S 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...

FLIGHT 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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Booths at EAA AirVenture:476
 
Aviation's "David Copperfield" Year?back to top 
 

4,000 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...

CESSNA 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...

 
Zulu.2 || More Quiet, More Comfort, More 
Clarity
Lightspeed Aviation Announces the Availability of Zulu.2
Lightspeed is pleased to announce the availability of the new Zulu.2. 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 applications. Learn more at LightspeedAviation.com.
Booths at EAA AirVenture:259
 
AVweb Audio — Are You Listening?back to top 
 

PODCAST: AIRVENTURE 2011, HOW TO ...
Thursday, AVweb's 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 attendees. More...

PODCAST: SENNHEISER'S SMART NEW HEADSET, THE S1
Competition among premium headsets is heating up, and Paul Bertorelli spoke with Dave Dunlap about the latest entry in this class, the Sennheiser S1. More...

PODCAST: TODD SIMMONS, CIRRUS AIRCRAFT
Todd Simmons, Cirrus Aircraft's executive vice president for marketing, talks with AVweb's Mary Grady about how the company is moving forward now that it has new investment funding from China and what that access to resources might mean for future products.

This podcast is brought to you by Bose Corporation and WxWorx XM WX Satellite Weather. More...

PODCAST: KESTREL PUTS HONEYWELL UNDER THE COWL
As Kestrel's single-engine composite turboprop approaches market, the time has come to choose an engine. In this podcast, Kestrel's Steve Serfling explains why the company has chosen Honeywell's TPE331-14GR.

This podcast is brought to you by Lightspeed Aviation and Phillips 66 Aviation. More...

 
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Vision
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Booths at EAA AirVenture:190, 3037-3039
 
AVweb Media: Look, Listen, Laugh and Learnback to top 
 

VIDEO: OSHKOSH VIA DA42NG
AVweb's Russ Niles arrived in style at Airventure 2011 via a Diamond DA42 re-engined with Diamond's own Austro diesels to become a DA42NG. The airplane is on its way from Oshkosh to Embry Riddle Aeronautical University's Prescott, Arizona campus.

This video is brought to you by Lightspeed Aviation and Phillips 66 Aviation. More...


VIDEO: FLIGHT DESIGN'S C4 FOUR-PLACE AIRPLANE
Flight Design is known for their light sport designs, but at Oshkosh they're showing the design for a four-seat, fully certified airplane — their C4.

This video is brought to you by Bose Corporation and WxWorx XM WX Satellite Weather. More...

 
True Flight's Flight Cheetah FL 650 || 
Featuring HELM X650 Technology
Introducing the FL 650 Display
True Flight's FL 650, utilizing the new HELM X650 by Helm Navigation LLC, can be used as either a panel-mount or portable device in any aircraft. Featuring an ultra-bright 1,000 NIT screen and the most comprehensive list of capabilities of any display out there.

Click here for more information and to view a live video.
... Or see an FL 650 at Val Avionics' booth (#3074) in Building C at AirVenture.
Booths at EAA AirVenture:See it at Val Avionics' booth (#3074)
 
Photos from the Showback to top 
 

EAA AIRVENTURE 2011: PHOTO GALLERY — DAY ONE
click for photos
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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Opinion & Commentaryback to top 
 

AVWEB INSIDER BLOG: FUEL DISCUSSIONS AT AIRVENTURE?
Yes, there will be some, but compared to last year, the process has gone underground. On the AVweb Insider blog, Paul Bertorelli says the FAA's ARC committee appears to have made progress and will report on that this week — but it would be altogether better if the deliberations were open to the public and press. Read more and join the conversation. More...

AVWEB INSIDER BLOG: SO LONG, SHUTTLE — IT'S BEEN GREAT
The U.S. space shuttle program ended with a pre-dawn touchdown of the Atlantis orbiter on Thursday morning. If you didn't pay much attention to the program when it was flying, will you miss it now? On the AVweb Insider blog, Paul Bertorelli says you will — maybe more than you realize. Read more and join the conversation. More...

AVWEB INSIDER BLOG: A FEAR OF HEIGHTS AND WINGWALKING
Even though he's a little afraid of heights, AVweb's Russ Niles didn't mind standing on top of a Stearman in flight. We're not quite sure how the love of flying overcame that particular phobia, but Russ tries his best to explain in a post to the AVweb Insider blog. Read more and join the conversation. More...

 
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in Aviation
Fly More for Less
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Your Favorite FBOsback to top 
 

FBO OF THE WEEK: HIGHLAND COUNTY AIRPORT (KHOC, HILLSBORO, OHIO)

AVweb's latest "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Highland County Airport (KHOC) in Hillsboro, Ohio.

Dr. Andrew 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.

Keep those nominations coming. For complete contest rules, click here.

AVweb is actively seeking out the best FBOs in the country and another one, submitted by you, will be spotlighted here next Monday!

More...

 
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Join the fastest-growing segment in GA today! With a subscription to Kitplanes, you're where the action is — at a price that won't break the bank!

Strap in now.
 
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...

SURVEY: HAVE YOU HAD YOUR AIRPLANE PAINTED RECENTLY?
If so, Aviation Consumer would like to hear about the results. Did the shop do a good job? Did it deliver on time? And what about the price? To take our survey, just click here, and it will take you right to our survey page. 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.
 
The Lighter Side of Flightback to top 
 

SHORT FINAL

From "many years ago":

N12345:
"Las Vegas Radio, this is N12345. Request airport advisory for landing Las Vegas. And would you please call Caesar's Palace for transportation?"

Las Vegas Radio:
"N12345, Las Vegas Radio. Stand by for airport advisory — and I will call Caesar's Palace if you want, but it will be 19 hours before they get here. This is Las Vegas, New Mexico!"


Joe H. Morgan Jr.
via e-mail

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HEARD ANYTHING FUNNY ON THE RADIO?
Heard anything funny, unusual, or downright shocking on the radio lately? If you've been flying any length of time, you're sure to have eavesdropped on a few memorable exchanges. The ones that gave you a chuckle may do the same for your fellow AVweb readers. Share your radio funny with us, and, if we use it in a future "Short Final," we'll send you a sharp-looking AVweb hat to sport around your local airport. No joke. Click here to submit your original, true, and previously unpublished story. More...

 
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.)

Comments or questions about the news should be sent here.

Have a product or service to advertise on AVweb? A question on marketing? Send it to AVweb's sales team.

If you're having trouble reading this newsletter in its HTML-rich format (or if you'd prefer a lighter, simpler format for your PDA or handheld device), there's also a text-only version of AVwebFlash. For complete instructions on making the switch, click here.

Aviate. Navigate. Communicate.

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Where to Find Our Sponsors at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh (booth numbers)

476, 1022-1029, 4066Aircraft Spruce & Specialty Co.
2145-2148Aspen Avionics
1159-1160Avemco Insurance
293-294, 2098-2101Avidyne
283-287Bose Corporation
78-82, 100-116Cessna Aircraft
1148ForeFlight
3005General Aviation Modifications, Inc. (GAMI)
1040-1042Hartzell Engine Technologies
3083Hilton Software/WingX
1071-1072JP Instruments
1008Kitplanes
259Lightspeed Aviation
277-282Lycoming Engines
476Phillips 66 Aviation
2065Pilot Insurance Center (PIC)
3133Spidertracks
229-234Teledyne-Continental Motors (TCM)
1121-1124Trade-A-Plane
3118Travers Aviation
3074True Flight (at Val Avionics' booth)
190, 3037-3039WxWorx XM WX Satellite Weather