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Volume 17, Number 30b
July 26, 2011
Zulu.2 || More Quiet, More Comfort, More 
Trade in Your Bose® X Headset at the Lightspeed Pavilion
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Booths at EAA AirVenture:259
Invigorated Cirrus Hits the Ground Runningback to top 

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. More...

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
Fuel Not a Hot Topic at OSH, Still Pressing for ARCback to top 

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 on the engine later in the week. More...

'Power Your Panel' Rebate || Save $1,000 
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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
Are You ADS-B Ready? Avidyne's New Stack Isback to top 

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 autopilo -- 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. More...

Cessna Aircraft || Makers of the Cessna 
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?
Booths at EAA AirVenture:78-82, 100-116
Remembering Greg Poeback to top 

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. More...

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

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. More...

WX WX Satellite Weather || Vital as 
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Booths at EAA AirVenture:190, 3037-3039
News Briefsback to top 

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. 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.

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... 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)
Report from On-Siteback to top 

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. More...

click for photos
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. More...

Abe's Tie-Down System || The Tie-Down 
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Opinion & Commentaryback to top 

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...

AVbuys || AVweb Stories About Great Deals 
in Aviation
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Visit the AVbuys page for discounts, rebates, incentives, bargains, special offers, bonus depreciation, or tax benefits to help stretch your budget. We're helping you to locate and view current offers instantly, with a direct link to sponsors' web sites for details.

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AVweb Audio — Are You Listening?back to top 

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

Traditional Tactics Need a Fresh Approach
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The Top Reporter on Our Crack Staff ... Is You!back to top 

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...

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Names Behind the Newsback to top 


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 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
3005General Aviation Modifications, Inc. (GAMI)
1040-1042Hartzell Engine Technologies
3083Hilton Software/WingX
1071-1072JP Instruments
259Lightspeed Aviation
277-282Lycoming Engines
476Phillips 66 Aviation
2065Pilot Insurance Center (PIC)
229-234Teledyne-Continental Motors (TCM)
3118Travers Aviation
3074True Flight (at Val Avionics' booth)
190, 3037-3039WxWorx XM WX Satellite Weather