AVwebFlash Complete Issue: Volume 18, Number 13f

March 31, 2012

By The AVweb Editorial Staff
Safer by Design || Evolution 2000 from Aspen 
Safer by Design
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Why Did He Do It? (Because It Was There) back to top 

Pipistrel LSA Flies Above Mt. Everest

In the midst of his flight around the world, Slovene pilot Matevz Lenarcic took his Pipistrel Virus to 29,344 feet above the Himalayas -- not directly overflying the summit of Mt. Everest, but reaching an altitude about 300 feet above that highest peak. "There were a lot of trouble getting the permits to fly over the Everest (the Nepali permit got cancelled right before the flight)," according to Pipistrel's news release, "but Matevz did it anyway, so the news were only released a day later to prevent him from having any trouble with Nepal authorities." Matevz is now "already safely in India," the company said.

The Virus SW 914 Turbo was modified with an Intercooler unit for the flight. Matevz's track took him to the east of the Everest peak, on the Nepali side of the mountain. On his way to the mountain, Matevz reported on his blog that "visibility was again very poor, mountains were hiding in the clouds, heavy traffic in the air and bad communication was present." Finding a weather window for the Everest flight was challenging. "If it is clear they are high winds and severe turbulence which can easily destroy aircraft,  in more calm days the clouds with snow could come over the Himalaya." After the flight, he wrote that "the weather was very beautiful, relatively good temperature, only minus-27-Celsius, north westerly wind of 40 knots and from time to time turbulence. The Pipistrel Virus was performing perfectly, also MH oxygen mask." Pipistrel said the flight was a first for a Slovenia-built aircraft.

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Reimagining Flight Training back to top 

Redbird's Flight Lab: Good Initial Results

Shortly after accepting the keys to a new Piper Seminole, Jerry Gregoire of Redbird Flight Simulations told AVweb that its initial results in training students with an intensively simulator based program have proven positive. Redbird has been operating the program for a little over two months and graduated about 20 students. Gregoire says Redbird offers the program for a flat feet of $9,500 to the Private Pilot certificate, which he says is far less than the national average, according to Redbird's analysis of AOPA flight training cost averages. The Redbird program is not hours-based but involves training to proficiency in specific skill areas. It can also involve the student flying the simulator solo to practice maneuvers that he or she may be having trouble with. The student can also self-evaluate before moving on to the next task.

Redbird says it's collecting biometric data from its simulators to understand how people learn flying skills in order to improve the simulator-based program. The new Seminole, Gregoire said, will be used as a flying laboratory to collect more deta to refine the program. To hear the full podcast with Gregoire, click here.

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Podcast: GA Sim Training Works

File Size 7.5 MB / Running Time 8:11

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With 20 students through the course, Redbird Flight Simulations' Jerry Gregoire says the results from its flat-rate, simulator-based PPL course are positive. He spoke with AVweb's Paul Bertorelli.

This podcast is brought to you by Control Vision's Anywhere Map and Bendix/King by Honeywell.

Click here to listen. (7.5 MB, 8:11)

VoiceFlight || Aren't You Tired of Twisting Knobs?
GNS 430W/530W Users:
Aren't You Tired of Twisting Knobs?

With VoiceFlight's revolutionary technology, you can enter and edit flight plans in seconds without all of the tedious knob-turning. The VFS101 also adds Victor Airway support to your GNS430W/530W! The VFS101 eliminates knob-induced tunnel vision, is lightning-fast even in turbulence, and takes the anxiety out of in-flight re-routes. Visit us at Sun 'n Fun booth D-26 and stop twisting knobs today!
Deltahawk Dawn back to top 

Deltahawk Update: About to Fly in a Cirrus

Deltahawk, the Wisconsin engine development company, continues to close in on its long awaited goal of a workable four-cylinder aerodiesel engine, According to the company's CEO, Dennis Webb, whom AVweb interviewed at Sun 'n Fun, several companies (and the military) have test engines and programs in various states of progress, including a Cirrus SR20 test bed at LoPresti Speed Merchants.

Webb said Deltahawk is now concentrating on lining up production suppliers rather than R&D suppliers and its conducting FAA endurance testing. Although its first engines won't be certified but will enter the experimental market, Webb said Deltahawk intends to make them certification compliant. As for certification itself, Webb expects that sometime in 2012.

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Podcast: Deltahawk Diesel Progressing

File Size 6.4 MB / Running Time 7:00

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Deltahawk is moving from the research and development phase to testing and production for its four-cylinder diesel. AVweb's Paul Bertorelli spoke with Deltahawk's Dennis Webb.

This podcast is brought to you by FAST (Flight and Aircraft Services Tracking), Aspen Avionics, and XM WX Satellite Weather.

Click here to listen. (6.4 MB, 7:00)

Anywhere Map from Control Vision
Anywhere Map® Is Now an App, Too!!!
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A Warbird of Your Own back to top 

Video: The DIY Spitfire

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Ever wanted to fly your own Spitfire? Of course you have — and now, thanks to Supermarine Aircraft, you may actually be able to afford it. Mike O'Sullivan explains the program that will let you build your own 9:10 scale Spitfire for a fraction of the cost of a full-size warbird.

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A New Day at Bendix/King by Honeywell
Bendix/King Avionics has established new business operations in Albuquerque, NM. Soon, we'll have an all-new product line. We have renewed our brand — and our promise — to design, build and support the best-performing, most innovative and cost-effective avionics products available for general aviation. Visit us at Sun 'n Fun hangar B, booth 80. Or click here.
Flying in Style — And Sometimes in a Dress back to top 

Video: Movie Pilot Corkey Fornof and 'the Ferrari of Airplanes'

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If you've never seen Corkey Fornof fly — well, you probably have, whether you realized it or not. He's worked as a stunt pilot in more productions than we (and maybe even he) can keep track of. AVweb's Glenn Pew caught up with Fornof during a rare moment of downtime at Sun 'n Fun and asked for the scoop on the drool-worthy Fury he flies for Lopresti Speed Merchants.

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XM WX Satellite Weather || Weather with Perspective
Weather with Perspective
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Opinion & Commentary back to top 

AVweb Insider Blog: Sun 'n Fun -- Notes from the Show

Over on the AVweb Insider blog, Paul Bertorelli checks in from Sun 'n Fun -- with a bevy of thoughts and name-checks on subjects ranging from the Redbird sim training program to what consitutes great customer service at FBOs to promising new engines and what Phil Boyer got up to at the show. Plus a few thoughts on getting around the show -- and missing some of the things you most want to see.

Read more and join the conversation.

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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 twice-weekly summary of the latest news, articles, products, features, and events featured on AVweb, the world's premier independent aviation news resource.

The AVwebFlash team is:

Tom Bliss

Editorial Director, Aviation Publications
Paul Bertorelli

Russ Niles

Contributing Editors
Mary Grady
Glenn Pew

Scott Simmons

Kevin Lane-Cummings
Jeff Van West

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Where to Find Our Sponsors at Sun 'n Fun 2012

B-001-009Aircraft Spruce & Specialty Co.
D-097Aircraft Tax (Scott Horton, CPA)
Aspen Avionics
C-055-056Avemco Insurance
Bendix/King by Honeywell
SNF-009Bose Corporation
A-011-012Control Vision Anywhere Map
MD-023BDiamond Aircraft
MD-027CEclipse Aerospace
Engine Components, Inc. (ECi)
A-065General Aviation Modifications, Inc. (GAMI)
B-046-047Hartzell Engine Technologies
D-082Hilton Software (WingX)
D-051-053Lightspeed Aviation
D-039-042Lycoming Engines
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