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Volume 17, Number 30d
July 28, 2011
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
A Big Engine for a Big Airplaneback to top 

Mahindra Aerospace/Gippsland Aeronautics has announced that it has chosen the 450-hp Rolls Royce M250 turboprop for its new GA10 Airvan. The GA10 is a 10-passenger version of the eight-passenger GA8 utility aircraft, which is in service around the world. Gippsland was an Australian company that was bought by Indian conglomerate Mahindra in 2009 and the Indian company has begun production there. The prototype of the GA10 is expected to fly this year and first deliveries are expected in 2013. In a podcast interview, Mahindra/Gippsland projects manager Gerhard Jordann said the new aircraft will fill a niche in the market. More...

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Booths at EAA AirVenture:476
Piper Altaire to Fly Next Yearback to top 

Piper Aircraft has started to build the first conforming flight-test copy of its Altaire single-engine jet, the company announced this week at EAA AirVenture. Assembly will start in August. Over the rest of this year and next, workers will build an additional four test aircraft, with first flight of the conforming prototype in 2012. The company is currently spending $5.6 million to upgrade its facilities in Vero Beach, Fla., for production, final assembly, completion and deliveries. "The advantage that Piper has over other manufacturers with an interest in a single-engine jet is a solid underlying commitment by Imprimis, the owner of the company, to appropriately fund the program and see it through to successful completion," said Piper CEO Geoffrey Berger. More...

Zulu.2 || More Quiet, More Comfort, More 
Enter the "Get More" Giveaway at the Lightspeed Pavilion
Stop by the Lightspeed Pavilion across from Hangar B and enter the "Get More" Giveaway for your chance to win one of three new Zulu.2 headsets. Drawings will be held on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. While you are in the booth, find out why Zulu was rated #1 in Professional Pilot magazine's 2010 Headset Preference Survey. Learn more at
Booths at EAA AirVenture:259
Pipistrel Pushes Efficiency Envelopeback to top 

They won NASA challenges for efficiency in 2007 and 2008, produce a two-seat aircraft that cruises at 147 knots on 100 hp, and now Pipistrel aims to achieve 400 passenger miles per gallon (equivalent) in their Taurus Electro G4. Pipistrel claims the twin-bodied G4 (two Taurus Electro G2 motorglider fuselages connected by a common 75-ft wing) is the heaviest manned electric-powered aircraft ever built. It weighs in at 1.5 metric tons (more than 3,300 pounds), including 800 pounds of people, more than 1,100 pounds of lithium polymer high energy density batteries and supporting technology, plus the airframe. There are no plans to create a commercial product from the G4. The plan is to use it to win NASA's Green Flight Challenge, scheduled for Sept. 25 - Oct. 3, 2011, and then adapt the powerplant for another airframe -- one that is intended for commercial production and a 200 knot cruise. More...

Bose® A20™ Aviation Headset
Bose® A20® Aviation Headset
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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 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
An Airplane That Needs Its Own Truck Commercialback to top 

Evektor introduced at AirVenture the new high-wing twin Pratt & Whitney Canada PT-6-powered 9-14 passenger workhorse, the EV-55 Outback, that it says can haul 4,021 pounds of cargo in and out of 2,300-foot unpaved strips and cruise at 220 kts. The aircraft first flew June 24. It requires 2,000 feet to clear a 50-foot obstacle when the runway is at 6,560 feet MSL and the temperature is "ISA+20 degrees Celsius." It marks Evektor's 20th year in airframe production and the company's third certified airframe currently in production, joining ranks with a 315 hp (also available with 200 hp) four place and a very popular LSA. More...

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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
The Changing Face of LSAs (And GA)back to top 

Manufacturers may push the FAA to rewrite Part 23 type certification standards, basing their appeal on the perceived success of the Light Sport segment's ASTM "industry consensus standards," Dan Johnson said at AirVenture, Wednesday. Johnson is chairman of the board and president of the Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association (LAMA) and said that possibility is one of many arising from new and developing ties between LAMA and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA). Johnson says there is growing recognition that consensus standards have proven to be safe, workable and very economical in the LIght Sport category -- they have facilitated entry of new designs, and are gaining acceptance as a worldwide standard. More...

Committees from the light sport industry continued their work on Wednesday at EAA AirVenture to modify the ASTM rules to allow for electric propulsion and to sort out some complex issues regarding LSA flight in instrument conditions. The groups have been meeting periodically to discuss both topics and are gradually making progress. Oliver Reinhardt, of Flight Design, proposed a simple system that would clarify parameters for "basic IMC operation" to allow LSA aircraft to fly in IMC as long as they avoid severe-weather conditions. A working group focused on electric propulsion, which also met on Wednesday, hopes to finish most of its work within a year or so. More...

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Booths at EAA AirVenture:190, 3037-3039
Photos from AirVentureback to top 

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With AirVenture in full swing, there are more crowds for intern Adam to navigate — but that hasn't slowed him down from seeing the best and brightest Oshkosh has to offer. Nor, for that matter, did a few rain showers. 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)
AVweb Audio — Are You Listening?back to top 

A supersized version of the Gippsland A8 Airvan will be powered by a Rolls-Royce turboprop. AVweb's Russ Niles talks with Gippsland's Gerhard Jordann about it.

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

From the show grounds at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, AVweb's editorial director Paul Bertorelli talks with Joseph Maynard and Ty Jones of Embry Riddle Aeronautical University about their fleet of Diamond airplanes and the pros and cons of their experience with various engine choices, including Austro, Thielert, and Lycoming.

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

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Today's Small Aircraft Video ...back to top 

Retired Navy pilot Bob Coolbaugh had a vision: In 2008, he set out to build a replica of the first aircraft to make an arrested landing on a ship (an intentional arrested landing, anyway) in time for the 2011 Naval Centennial of Aviation. He knew the design was not an easy bird to manage in even in the best of conditions and was even told he'd kill himself in the first five hours. With the help of some friends, he completed his replica 1911 Curtis Pusher and has accumulated over 80 hours — and about 2,500 miles — flying it from air show to airs how. It's an exhausting bird to fly, but Coolbaugh says exposing people to the earliest roots of aviation makes it all worthwhile.

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

Bad Elf GPS Device for iOS || Available 
from Aircraft Spruce & Specialty Co.
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Bad Elf provides GPS information to popular aviation apps using a high-quality 66-channel WAAS GPS. It works with all iOS devices, such as iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch. Bad Elf plugs into the bottom of the iPad or iPhone and includes a USB port that can be used to sync and charge the iPad or iPhone. Furnished with a detachable lanyard. Compatible with iPad 1 and 2; iPhone 3G, 3GS, and 4GS; and iPod Touch 1G to 4G. Call 1 (877) 4‑SPRUCE or visit
... And Today's Large Aircraft Videoback to top 

It's bigger than a 747, but you could outrun it in a stiff wind. Here's the world's biggest airship.

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Opinion & Commentaryback to top 

As AirVenture 2011 shifts into cruise mode, AVweb is on-site at Wittman Field in Oshkosh. Paul Bertorelli uses the AVweb Insider blog to share some random observations, not the least of which that Congressional hijinks on the FAA budget is causing real ramifications in the aviation industry. Read more and join the conversation. More...

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 
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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...

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 What have you heard? 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

Click here to send a letter to the editor. (Please let us know if your letter is not intended for publication.)

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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