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Volume 17, Number 30e
July 29, 2011
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Booths at EAA AirVenture:2145-2148
Ask the Administrator: 4G vs. GPS Cause for Concern?back to top 

FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt said Thursday he's convinced GPS signals will be safe despite a potential interference threat from a broadband company that appears to be ramping up for a full-scale launch in the next few years. Babbitt told the annual Meet the Administrator session at AirVenture Oshkosh Thursday that the issues regarding LightSquared's plan to create a nationwide broadband network and its potential effect on GPS are well known in Washington and he expects GPS to be preserved. "I'm very comfortable in saying that we are going to protect the GPS signal," he told the AirVenture crowd of hundreds. His comments come on the heels of a report (PDF) written by the FAA's navigation section that predicts LightSquared's plan will essentially destroy GPS reception in much of the U.S. "In the next ten years, it would result in an estimated impact to the aviation community of at least $70 billion and an additional 30 million tons of CO2...," the report, obtained by the Coalition to Preserve Our GPS, and released to the media says. LightSquared says it wants to talk to the FAA about the report and it also slams the GPS industry for failing to build safeguards into its products to prevent interference from signals in other frequency bands. It also announced a blockbuster deal with Sprint Nextel that doesn't look like it takes any regulatory hiccups into account. More...

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Booths at EAA AirVenture:78-82, 100-116
"Meet the Administrator" Fireside Chatback to top 

FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt made a quick visit to EAA AirVenture on Thursday and spent an hour talking with the Oshkosh crowds in the show's big forum pavilion. He gave a short update on FAA issues, answered a list of questions from EAA president Rod Hightower, and fielded a few queries from the audience. He said he was "deeply troubled" by the failure of Congress to extend a funding bill, forcing the agency to furlough 4,000 workers. "I had no choice," he said. "I personally regret having to take this action." Getting those workers back on the job is his number-one priority right now, he said. Regarding the future of avgas, Babbitt said, "I think we are on track to come up with workable solutions. But is there a solution that (1) is a drop-in solution, and (2) is affordable? I hope so, but I don't have clarity on it." More...

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Booths at EAA AirVenture:476
F-16 Off the Runway at KOSH Thursdayback to top 

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An F-16 rolled off the end of Runway 36 at Wittman Regional Airport after landing about 11:40 a.m. Thursday. The aircraft did what appeared to be a normal landing with a high alpha rollout, but it failed to stop, and it appears the nosegear was collapsed when it hit the grass. In the accompanying photos, the engine nozzle appears to be in the fully open position during the landing roll, and a small fire can be seen in the aircraft's tailpipe after it stops. The photos were taken by AVweb intern Adam Cutler. (The airport was temporarily closed at the time of the incident.) More...

Zulu.2 || More Quiet, More Comfort, More 
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
Booths at EAA AirVenture:259
WAI Reaches Out to Next Generationback to top 

The 2012 Women in Aviation Conference, coming up next March in Dallas, Texas, will include a day-long program designed for the daughters of those who attend, the group announced this week at EAA AirVenture. "Bring Your Daughter to the Conference Day" is aimed at girls age 10 to 18 and will take place on Saturday, March 10. A remark by EAA President Rod Hightower was the inspiration for the new program, said Peggy Chabrian, president of Women in Aviation International. When Hightower told her he was planning to bring his own daughters to the WAI conference, the idea of others bringing their daughters was put in motion. Programs are also in the works to reach out to local Girl Scout groups to invite girls who might not otherwise be introduced to aviation. About 200 girls are expected to participate. More...

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Booths at EAA AirVenture:283-287
Remembering Dave Sclairback to top 

Dave Sclair, who for many years was the publisher of the General Aviation News until he retired about 10 years ago, died on Tuesday. He started to fly in the 1960s, and soon started publishing news for the general aviation and the ultralight community. In 1990, he started General Aviation News, a large-format newspaper distributed across the U.S. His wife, Mary Lou, became his co-publisher, and his children Ben and Robyn now are co-publishers of the publication, which is based in Lakewood, Wash. "Dave Sclair has left an indelible mark of journalistic excellence on the general aviation industry," said Phil Boyer, former president of AOPA. "The fruit of his hard work will be harvested well into the future because he built a family business that will carry his mark for decades to come."

Sclair's contributions were recognized by AOPA in 1991, when he earned the Max Karant Award for Lifetime Excellence in Aviation Coverage. He and his wife also published a blog, Living With Your Plane, which aims to provide useful information to anyone who lives on an airpark, or would like to, or would like to build one. More...

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

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Today we sent intern Adam out to crawl into a few cockpits and check out some airplanes on display. Enjoy the fruits of his labors. More...

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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)
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...

On the AVweb Insider blog, Paul Bertorelli has some more observations on this year's EAA AirVenture. Despite some major players and major shake-ups, the most interesting developments are the low-key. Maybe that's what happens when a good chunk of the FAA is on furlough during aviation's big week. Read more and join the conversation. More...

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AVweb Audio — Are You Listening?back to top 

After problems with carbon fouling in compressor vanes, the Eclipse 500 was limited to 30,000 feet, a fuel-inefficient altitude that saps its range. But now, says the company's Mason Holland, Pratt & Whitney has come up with a fix that involves a new burner can design. Eclipse's Ken Oden told us this week at AirVenture that the Pratt modification will extend the EA500's range to beyond 1,000 miles with NBAA reserves.

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

Every ounce of fuel matters these days. Electroair has taken their electronic ignition system for experimental aircraft and certified it for four-cylinder Lycoming engines in most Cessna 152, 172, and 177 (Cardinal) models. The company's testing shows a 10- to 15-percent fuel savings in most applications. In addition to just supplying a hotter, longer-duration spark, the system advances the spark timing for more efficient combustion at altitude. Electroair's president, Michael Kobylik, says four-cylinder Lycomings on Pipers are next up, with other common airframes such as Mooneys after that.

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One Step Closer to Star Trekback to top 

Voiceflight has a system to tell your Garmin 430 or 530 what waypoints you want in your flight plan. It can even turn a vector airway into a series of waypoints. AVweb's Jeff Van West took a closer look.

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Charts, Plates, and GPS on Your iPadback to top 

Jeppesen has added en route charts and GPS position to its iPad app. They say these features are just the beginning.

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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