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Volume 18, Number 14b
April 5, 2012
 
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AVflash! AEA Convention Sounds the Klaxonsback to top 
 

AEA OPENS IN WASHINGTON: A MIX OF DETERMINATION AND OPTIMISM
The Aircraft Electronics Association opened its 55th annual trade show and exhibition in National Harbor, Maryland, just across the Anacostia River from Washington, D.C. with a mix of determination and optimism. In this video intro to the show, AEA president Paula Derks told AVweb—and the opening session of the event—that it's time for the industry to stop apologizing for imaginary sins and to take back the market momentum it enjoyed before the economic downturn in 2008. More...

VIDEO: AEA OPENS IN WASHINGTON, D.C.
The 55th annual Aircraft Electronics Association convention opened in Nations Harbor, Maryland this week with good attendance and new product introductions. AEA President Paula Derks gave AVweb an overview. More...

QUESTION OF THE WEEK: HAS THE AVIATION INDUSTRY LOST ITS EDGE?
The Aircraft Electronics Association launched its convention in Washington with a rallying cry to the industry to be progressive and to be proud of what it does. If the aviation industry is broke, will an attitude adjustment fix it?

Plus: Back before Sun 'n Fun, we asked which of the possible contenders AVweb readers see as the likely fuel of tomorrow; click through for a breakdown of answers. More...

 
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AEA 2012: Top Videoback to top 
 

VIDEO: AVIDYNE AND ASPEN JOIN UP ON AUTOPILOT INTERFACE
Avidyne and Aspen are collaborating to make the Aspen Evolution EFIS system compatible with Avidyne's DFC90 autopilot. Tom Harper explains the details in this video coverage of the Aircraft Electronics Association meeting in Washington, D.C. More...


VIDEO: GOT BACK-UP? ASPEN AVIONICS DOES
Aspen Avionics showed its new back-up EFIS at the Aircraft Electronic Association show in Washington, D.C. More...

 
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AEA 2012: Moving Them Bytes Around the Cabinback to top 
 

GUARDIAN COMBINES CO DETECTION AND BLUETOOTH FOR IPAD
As if to bookend Garmin's decision to release a major app for tablet computers, another company, Guardian Avionics, has developed a clever box that distributes GPS data into the cockpit through a wireless Bluetooth link. Guardian is best known for its extensive line of sophisticated carbon monoxide detectors, but in this podcast, company owner Ash Vij told us that now Guardian has combined CO detection and GPS bluetooth capability in a single box. More...

PODCAST: GUARDIAN TRANSMITS NAV DISPLAY TO IPAD
Guardian Avionics has introduced a Bluetooth transmitter that takes the output from a Garmin GPS and sends it to up to three iPads in the aircraft. AVweb's Paul Bertorelli spoke with Guardian CEO Ash Vij about the product at AEA 2012. More...

 
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AEA 2012: Garmin Pilot for Your Tablet PCback to top 
 

WILL APPS KILL THE GPS PORTABLE? GARMIN SAYS NO
At Sun 'n Fun, Garmin announced a new product that not-so-subtly acknowledges that the burgeoning tablet computer market represents real competition for Garmin's core portable GPS market. Garmin's new product, called Pilot, evolves the former Pilot MyCast product into a full featured navigator for tablets with the look and feel of Garmin's GTN series navigators and its some of its recent portables, such as the GPSmap 796. We asked Garmin's Jim Alpiser at the Aircraft Electronics show in Washington, D.C. if this signals the beginning of the end for big ticket portable GPS. "We recognized that the tablets on the market today are very attractive for a lot of reasons. It allows, number one, to get a giant display in the cockpit and get charts on there," Alpiser told us in this podcast recorded at the AEA show. "But Garmin portable GPSs are still the most feature rich devices that you can get your hands on and fly behind. I can show you a dozen different things you can do on a Garmin GPS portable that you still cannot do on a tablet device," he added. More...

PODCAST: GARMIN'S TABLET NAVIGATION UNVEILED
Garmin has responded to the surge in tablet cockpit apps with a fully functional navigation system for tablets. Garmin's Jim Alpiser spoke with AVweb's Paul Bertorelli at AEA 2012. More...

 
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AEA 2012: Trig's Compact Radiosback to top 
 

NEW COMM RADIOS FROM TRIG
Given all the excitement over tablet apps and big-screen EFIS, the lowly comm radio has become a lost ball in high grass. But Trig Avionics, a U.K.-based company, has introduced two new comm radios that fit into a standard instrument hole with a remote box that can be mounted just about anywhere in the aircraft. At the AEA show in Washington, D.C., Trig's Andy Davis gave AVweb a briefing on the new radios in this podcast. More...

PODCAST: SMALL RADIO FOR SMALL PANELS FROM TRIG
Trig Avionics has developed a full-featured VHF radio designed for aircraft with limited panel space. Trig's Andy Davis explained the system to AVweb's Paul Bertorelli at AEA 2012. More...

 
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Meanwhile, in the World of Rules & Regulations ...back to top 
 

FAA OFFERS WEBINARS ON UAS CHANGES
Last month, the FAA said it plans to establish six test ranges to start integrating unmanned aircraft systems into the National Airspace System, and last week, the agency said it will offer two webinars with more information about its plans and a question-and-answer session. The two identical webinars, which are meant to provide more information for those who might want to comment on the proposal, are scheduled for Tuesday, April 10, from 10 a.m. to noon EDT, and Wednesday, April 11, from 2 to 4 p.m. EDT. Each webinar will include a discussion of the proposed changes and a question-and-answer period. Online pre-registration is required to attend. More...

EAA/AOPA MEDICAL PROPOSAL OPEN FOR COMMENTS
Anyone with an opinion about the recent exemption request from EAA and AOPA that would enable more pilots to skip their third-class medical renewals now has a chance to comment on the official federal docket. The two advocacy groups are encouraging pilots to post their support for the change, and posted a guide (PDF) to help with the process. "Comments should be substantive, significant, specific, or supported," the guide says. The exemption would give pilots who fly recreationally the option to participate in a recurrent online education program and self-assess their fitness to fly, instead of renewing their third-class medical. More...

 
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New Airplanes: Giving Them the Shakedownback to top 
 

MOTORGLIDER AUTOLAND A SUCCESS
German motorglider manufacturer Stemme has demonstrated an automatic flight control system that is under development. The LAPAZ system will eventually be able to take control of a flight from takeoff to landing and on March 22 it put a STEMME S15 right on the centerline of the runway at Neuhardenburg, near Berlin. The "pilot assistance system," as Stemme refers to it, is designed for flights with a pilot on board. An enhanced version will be installed in unmanned aerial vehicle versions of the aircraft. The system also has a "gust alleviation system" to minimize the effect of rough air during sensor missions. The March 22 flight tested the flexibility of the LAPAZ system as well as its precision. More...

SOLAR IMPULSE AIMS FOR 1,500-MILE FLIGHT
It has already set three world records and now the solar and battery powered aircraft Solar Impulse will attempt a two-day flight covering 1,500 miles flying out of Switzerland for Morocco. That flight is scheduled for May or June. The aircraft will stop in Spain so the crew can switch pilots and won't use a single drop of fuel during the flight. Solar Impulse has already set endurance and altitude records during an earlier 26-plus hour flight and another record earned in 2010 for manned flight powered only by sunlight. The Solar Impulse team is stepping up toward significantly higher goals. More...

 
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Stay Occupied When You're Not Flyingback to top 
 

AIR RACERS 3D MOVIE OPENS TODAY
A new 3D film currently scheduled for a handful of IMAX theaters offers unique visual perspectives of the Reno Air Races, good engine noise and a bit of aviation history. The film loosely follows Steve Hinton, Jr.'s 2009 bid to succeed his father's record as the youngest pilot to win the Unlimited Gold championship at the races in the modified P-51, Strega. Filming was done at 2009 and 2010 Reno race events and was completed in June 2011 with specially staged air-to-air shots. The final product leaves out mention of the September 2011 crash that killed pilot Jimmy Leeward and 10 spectators, injured 74 others, and destroyed the modified P-51 Galloping Ghost. (Trailer after the jump.) More...

BRAINTEASERS QUIZ #170: HANDS OFF MY AIRSPACE!
BrainteasersThe instant an aircraft levitates, it's operating within some form of regulated airspace. So, while the FAA continues to seek funding for its Airspace Museum in Washington, D.C., test your grasp of this elusive administrative ether.

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What You Missed in AVwebBiz This Weekback to top 
 

DIAMOND FLIES ITS NEW DA52
Diamond reported Tuesday that its new DA52 twin completed its first flight, with Diamond CEO Christian Dries and test pilot Ingmar Meyerbuch at the controls. The DA52 is essentially the cabin of the DA50 SuperStar, which was proposed a few years ago, paired with new wings and two 180-HP Austro AE300 engines. The engines are manufactured in a new facility adjacent to Diamond's factory in Weiner Neudstadt, Austria. According to Diamond, the aircraft took off at a gross weight of 3,900 pounds and climbed to 12,000 feet in nine minutes, for an average two-engine climb rate of about 1300 FPM. On the initial flight, the aircraft achieved a true airspeed of 190 knots with no abnormalities, Diamond said. More...

PAL-V ROADABLE GYROCOPTER FLIES IN EUROPE
PAL-V, a personal air and land vehicle, has been in development in the Netherlands for several years, and recently achieved its first flight, the company said on Monday. A folding pusher prop provides power and the auto-rotating rotor provides lift. On the road, the vehicle accelerates like a sports car and handles like a motorcycle, according to the company. Several flights were conducted over the last two weeks, the company said. Robert Dingemanse, CEO and co-founder of PAL-V, said he is now inviting investors to help support development of the aircraft. "We know there is a lot of interest for the PAL-V," he said. "Prior to announcing these test flights, we were already approached on a daily basis by potential customers and dealers wanting to be part of this exciting project." More...

FIRST FLIGHT FOR TERRAFUGIA PROTOTYPE
Terrafugia's production prototype of its Transition street-legal airplane took flight for the first time just over a week ago, the company announced on Monday. The first flight took place in Plattsburgh, N.Y., on Friday, March 23, the company said. The flight lasted for eight minutes, staying in the airport vicinity, and reached an altitude of 1,400 feet above ground level. The flight "demonstrated the controllability and safe operational characteristics of the aircraft," the company said. An earlier version of the airplane flew in 2009, providing data that helped in the design of the current prototype. The current version is scheduled to complete the flight testing required to qualify as a light sport aircraft, with first deliveries expected within a year. Click here for video from the flight -- and the drive to the airport. More...

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All the News from Sun 'n Funback to top 
 

SUN 'N FUN 2012: NEWS COVERAGE ROUND-UP
AVweb attended the 38th annual Sun 'n Fun Fly-In in Lakeland, Florida from March 27 to April 1, 2012 — and brought back an assortment of news and interviews. Click here for a handy index to all our coverage from the show, including podcasts, videos, and blogs. More...

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Your Favorite FBOsback to top 
 

FBO OF THE WEEK: FLIGHTWAYS COLUMBUS (KCSG, COLUMBUS, GEORGIA)

AVweb's "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Flightways Columbus at Columbus Metropolitan Airport (KCSG) in (you guessed it) Columbus, Georgia. "The entire staff on more than one occasion has gone way beyond to make sure that I was happy," writes AVweb reader Matt Hinkle. "These guys really know what customer service means!"

Keep those nominations coming. For complete contest rules, click here.

AVweb is actively seeking out the best FBOs in the country and another one, submitted by you, will be spotlighted here next Monday!

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Names Behind the Newsback to top 
 

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