AVwebFlash Complete Issue: Volume 17, Number 30b

July 26, 2011

By The AVweb Editorial Staff
 
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Booths at EAA AirVenture: 259
 
Invigorated Cirrus Hits the Ground Running back to top 
 

Cirrus Ready To Move With "Sense Of Urgency"

Now that Cirrus Aircraft has closed on its merger deal with Caiga, the company is ready to move forward on a variety of fronts with a "sense of urgency," CEO Brent Wouters said at EAA AirVenture on Monday. "We need to expand our product line -- bigger, smaller, faster airplanes, a much broader range, and very quickly," he said. "And we need more penetration in the top 10 foreign markets. And we must go forward quickly on both avenues." He said as the capital infusion from Caiga takes effect, probably the next thing that will happen is Cirrus will start to hire more engineers to work on the jet project.

The company also is interested in expanding into more fleet sales and "institutional markets," Wouters said. Growing markets in Brazil and the rest of Latin America and Europe also are of interest, he said. In the short term, he added, the main impact of the Caiga merger is that it has created financial stability for Cirrus. Todd Simmons, executive vice president for marketing, announced that Cirrus has redesigned its web site, and the new version launched on Monday. The site is optimized for the iPad and iPhone, he said. AVweb's Mary Grady spoke with Simmons on Sunday about a variety of topics, click here for that podcast.

 
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Booths at EAA AirVenture: 283-287
 
Fuel Not a Hot Topic at OSH, Still Pressing for ARC back to top 
 

Lycoming's Kraft: FAA Absence Won't Delay Fuel Deliberations

Lycoming General Manager Michael Kraft said Monday that although the FAA has furloughed many staffers directly involved with the agency's rulemaking committee on leaded avgas, their short-term absence won't delay progress on finding a replacement for 100LL. Because Congress has refused to reauthorize the FAA's operating budget, a number of FAA officials expected to appear at EAA AirVenture to brief pilots and owners on progress toward a replacement fuel won't appear at the show. As of Monday afternoon, it appeared that a Wednesday briefing from the UAT-ARC committee won't occur on schedule, if at all.

But at a press conference on Monday and in an interview afterward, Lycoming's Kraft, who is a member of the ARC panel, said he thought this won't impact the committee's work much in the long term. Although no details are available, the ARC committee has reportedly made good progress toward a regulatory framework that would ultimately pave the way for approvals of unleaded aviation fuels. When the ARC was formed earlier this year, one goal was to have at least an initial report available for AirVenture 2011, but that clearly won't happen.

During a brief press conference Monday, Kraft also announced that the company's new O-233 series LSA powerplant is now flying in several aircraft, including a Kitfox LSA on display in the Lycoming booth. The O-233 represents Lycoming's first production foray into electronic ignition and Kitfox's John McBean, who flew the airplane to Oshkosh from Idaho, reports that the engine operated flawlessly. AVweb will have a video report about the engine later in the week.

 
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Booths at EAA AirVenture: 2145-2148
 
Are You ADS-B Ready? Avidyne's New Stack Is back to top 
 

Avidyne Launches "Plug & Play" Stack, Synthetic Vision Upgrade

Avidyne introduced a full panel-mounted, plug-and-play replacement avionics stack for general aviation aircraft at EAA AirVenture on Monday morning. The stack includes the IFD540 FMS/GPS/ Navigation/ Communication system with touch-screen controls, the AMX240 stereo audio panel with marker beacon, the AXP340 Mode S extended-squitter transponder, and the attitude-based DFC90 digital autopilot—although the autopilot requires you also have an Aspen Evolution PFD or an Avidyne Entegra PFD. The IFD540 is sized to replace the popular Garmin GNS 530 and the AXP340 is a slide-in replacement for the popular KT76A and KT78A transponders. Ease of installation will provide significant cost savings for buyers, the company said. The transponder provides "ADS-B Out" capabilities, which will be required in most U.S. airspace by 2020.

Avidyne also announced that their DFC90 digital flight control system is now available for the Cessna 182, Beechcraft Bonanza and Beechcraft Baron (with the same PFD requirement). Certification for Piper Matrix and Mirage aircraft is expected soon. And the company said synthetic vision will be included in the next upgrade to Entegra Release 9. The upgrade, 9.3, is expected to receive final FAA certification later this year. It will also provide support for three-screen R9 installations and on-board weather radar.

 
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Booths at EAA AirVenture: 78-82, 100-116
 
Remembering Greg Poe back to top 
 

Airshow Performer Greg Poe Died Unexpectedly

Renowned airshow performer Greg Poe died suddenly on Sunday from an apparent heart attack, his team announced early on Monday. "It was completely out of the blue," spokesman Greg Gibson told AVweb. He said there had been no prior suspicion of health problems for Poe, who was 57, and his death was "very sudden." Poe was not riding motorcycles at the time, Gibson said, contrary to some rumors that have circulated online. He had been riding earlier in the day, but was a passenger in a truck when he died, Gibson said. Poe, of Boise, Idaho, had flown professionally as an airshow pilot for over 20 years, and acquired over 10,000 flight hours in more than 100 types of aircraft in his career.

Poe had flown at EAA AirVenture in the past, but was not scheduled to be here this week. Poe recently told a reporter for the St. Joseph News-Press that he hoped to be remembered as a pilot, an entertainer, and someone who gives back to the community. "If they remember me as a daredevil, then I've failed," he said. "Because I'm not." Besides his airshow performances, Poe was known for his "Elevate Your Life" youth-outreach program, which he created in 2002 after the drug-related death of his son, Ryan. Greg Poe Airshows issued a statement that it intends to continue operations in both the airshow arena and the Ryan J. Poe Foundation, and will be making decisions toward achieving that goal in the near future.

 
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Booths at EAA AirVenture: 476
 
Puerto Rico's Open House Fly-In for Aviation Business back to top 
 

Puerto Rico Looking For Avbiz

There's an American alternative to outsourcing manufacturing and it comes with some pleasant side benefits. The territorial government of Puerto Rico is aggressively marketing the island as an affordable alternative to doing business on the mainland with many of the benefits of shipping jobs to other countries. In a podcast interview, Juan Augayo of Puerto Rico's Department of Economic Development and Commerce told AVweb the Caribbean paradise has a four per cent corporate tax rate and generous incentives for business and it's offering an interesting way of exploring the economic and other benefits of moving aerospace enterprises there by holding a fly-in in December.

The five-day event from Dec. 8-13 will include tours focused on future economic opportunity. Augayo said the government is actively trying to attract aviation companies and has the land, buildings and workforce to build and sustain it. More information is available at seepuertorico.com

 
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Booths at EAA AirVenture: 190, 3037-3039
 
News Briefs back to top 
 

Two Die In AirVenture Cub Crash

Two people died in the crash of a 1940 Piper Cub in Lake Winnebago, about five miles from Wittman Regional Airport. The man and woman onboard were attending AirVenture and there are unconfirmed reports that they were on a local sightseeing flight when they may have attempted an emergency landing on the lake. Names were not immediately released.

 
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Booths at EAA AirVenture: See it at Val Avionics' booth (#3074)
 
Report from On-Site back to top 
 

EAA Celebrates Lucky Weather, Healthy Crowds

Compared to last year, when persistent wet weather muddied the grounds and slowed arrivals, AirVenture this year is booming, president Rod Hightower said at a news conference on Monday. "Ticket sales are up, campsite reservations are up, and attendance is looking to be well above last year," he said. "Thank goodness for this wonderful weather!" Tom Poberezny, EAA chairman, said the true success of the show can be judged by the "happy faces and happy smiles" found all over the grounds. "These are tough economic times, and people have to make choices to be here," he said. The robust attendance shows that aviation and innovation are valued, he said.

Hightower said he has spent his first year as president of EAA in learning the ropes and meeting people all across the country who are part of the aviation community. Going forward, he said, EAA will be developing a five-year strategic plan. Key will be how to engage more adults in aviation, to enhance and expand the Young Eagles program, and to encourage the next generation of aviators. More details about new projects will be announced soon, Hightower said. Poberezny said that while he will continue to gradually hand over the reins of EAA to Hightower, he also will continue to provide advice and counsel moving forward.

EAA AirVenture 2011: Photo Gallery — Day Two

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As AirVenture 2011 opened to the general public, the clouds peeled back and allowed the sun to welcome visitors. Once again, Adam Cutler logged serious mileage on his golf cart to bring back a photo record of the day.

Click for photos.

 
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Opinion & Commentary back 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.

 
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AVweb Audio — Are You Listening? back to top 
 

Podcast: Centurion Says It's Improving Service on Thielert Engines

File Size 7.8 MB / Running Time 7:35

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Although its Thielert operating unit is still in bankruptcy, Centurion Engines says it continues to deliver finished engines and parts profitably and has expanded its service network throughout the world. Centurion is a sister company to Thielert, and, according to German bankruptcy rules, is allowed to operate without the restrictions placed on insolvent companies. In this podcast, Cenurion's Jasper Wolfson told AVweb that the company's service network has focused on rapid turnaround on parts and technical services, and, although R&D work on larger diesel engines is suspended, Wolfson believes the diesel market will continue to grow.

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Click here to listen. (7.8 MB, 7:35)

Podcast: Avbiz Opportunities in Puerto Rico

File Size 6.3 MB / Running Time 6:50

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Not all offshore locations for business are outside the U.S. Juan Aguayo of the Puerto Rican Department of Economic Development and Commerce spoke with AVweb's Russ Niles about the benefits of setting up shop in the U.S. territory.

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Click here to listen. (6.3 MB, 6:50)

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

Video: ConocoPhillips Square (And Its Lockheed 12A)

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At AirVenture 2011, a baton-passing of sorts happened on Monday. What was once AeroShell Square is now ConocoPhillips Square. To kick off the change, ConocoPhillips had a lavishly restored Lockheed 12A on site, an airplane that served as its corporate ride during the 1930s.


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Video: Flying Cars at AirVenture

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Although they rate a high dingbat factor, nothing quite captures the imagination like a flying car. At EAA AirVenture on Sunday, the Experimental Aircraft Association sponsored a unique flying car "drive-in" at — where else? — a 1950s-style drive-in with curb service. AVweb was there.


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

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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:

Publisher
Timothy Cole

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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)
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