AVwebFlash - Volume 18, Number 30g

July 29, 2012

By The AVweb Editorial Staff
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Booths at EAA AirVenture: 288
Embraer's Campaign for USAF Contract back to top 

Embraer Launches PR Assault For Attack Plane

Embraer launched a public relations assault at AirVenture Oshkosh to shore up its bid to supply the Air Force with light, fast and impressively destructive aircraft for its Light Air Support competition. Embraer and its U.S. partner Sierra Nevada Corp. had its top executives at a news conference earlier in the week to press its case for the A-29 Super Tucano in a second attempt to secure the $1 billion deal. There was also a Super Tucano on display and fully staffed at the Embraer booth all week. "The Super Tucano has been proven in combat," said Taco Gilbert, CEO of Sierra Nevada. The news conference also announced that Embraer and Sierra Nevada had reached a deal with Boeing to allow the aircraft to be equipped with GPS-guided JDAM missiles that are standard issue for the fourth-generation tactical aircraft that the Super Tucano emulates.

The Super Tucano won the initial competition against Hawker Beechcraft's AT6-B, but the Air Force withdrew the award after Hawker Beech launched a court challenge and the Air Force determined there were flaws in the procurement process. A fresh competition launched in June and there will be an answer in January. Meanwhile, Hawker Beech briefly displayed a T-6 Texan II at its booth. The AT6-B is based on the Texan II but they are not the same aircraft. For most of the show, the trainer was on display at Phillips 66 Plaza, but it was fenced off. The trainer flew a demonstration routine on Saturday, but the description of the routine did not refer to the LAS competition.

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Embraer launched a public relations offensive at AirVenture Oshkosh in support of its bid to supply the Air Force's light air support aircraft.

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Simulators Get (Even More) Real back to top 

Live ATC In A Simulator

One of the hardest things for many new pilots to overcome is their fear of dealing with air traffic control, and a new simulation system aims to offer a real-time ATC experience in the simulator. PilotEdge uses live controllers synced with pilots flying in simulators to give a real-world experience without all the expense of actually flying. "Becoming comfortable with ATC is not necessarily that difficult but it can be expensive," Smith said. Because the other pilots and the controllers are live, the interaction and consequences of incorrect interaction are also real.

However, because it is after all an artificial environment, the consequences are less severe and the tone of the controllers is a little different. "It's more of a nurturing environment," Smith said. Flight schools have been among the early adopters of the technology but there are plenty of individuals who have also signed on to brush up on or learn ATC skills.

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Booths at EAA AirVenture: 293-294, 2098-2101

Podcast: Live ATC Simulator

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PilotEdge has introduced an ATC simulator in which the voices on the other end are in real time and the traffic represents others who are using the same simulated airport. Keith Smith explained how it all works to AVweb's Russ Niles.

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Click here to listen. (5.3 MB, 5:45)

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Eagle Flights Programs Kicks Off at AirVenture back to top 

EAA Launches Eagle Flights For Adults

EAA launched its new Young Eagles program for adults, branded simply as Eagle Flights, this week at AirVenture, with a dual flight in a T-6 flown by EAA President Rod Hightower. The first flight went to Diane Thornton, an educator affiliated with the Boy Scouts' Aviation Explorers program. "When I was growing up, my dad flew a plane in support of his business," she told the media gathered on the ramp, "but our mother didn't like the idea of her kids going flying." Thornton said she only got to fly with her father once, and that experience left a lasting impression. Jeff Skiles, who leads the education program at EAA, said the ongoing effort to attract new adults to aviation "will be a major focus for EAA going forward."

Pilots in EAA chapters will be encouraged to not only give introductory flights but also to act as mentors to new pilots, Skiles told AVweb in a podcast interview. Some chapters may conduct rallies, similar to those for Young Eagles. EAA also plans to offer various kinds of ground-school opportunities, and EAA staff will provide support and counsel to new recruits. Click here to listen to the podcast.

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Podcast: EAA's Jeff Skiles on Eagle Flights

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Jeff Skiles, EAA's new vice president of chapters and youth education, talks with AVweb's Mary Grady at EAA AirVenture about new programs in the works to help mentor new pilots and offer introductory flights to adults.

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Click here to listen. (3.9 MB, 4:18)

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Booths at EAA AirVenture: 484
ElectraFlyer Ultralight Glides into OSH back to top 

Ultralight Electric Glider Debuts At Oshkosh

Randall Fishman, who's been bringing various electric aircraft to EAA AirVenture for the last five years or so, turned up this week with his latest creation, a one-seat, battery-powered motorglider ultralight. The aircraft flew for the first time just last week, Fishman told AVweb on Friday. "It took off in about 150 feet, and it handles really well," he said. The sleek little aircraft is for sale with a choice of battery packs good for up to one or two hours of flight. The battery also can be recharged by the folded prop while the airplane is soaring. Fishman said the motorgliders, which are built in the Czech Republic, are available for sale at a starting price of $59,000.

Fishman started flying an electric-powered ultralight in 2007, and since then has created a number of different designs under his company name, ElectraFlyer. He's won several grants and awards for his innovations from EAA and the Lindbergh Foundation. AVweb's Mary Grady paid a visit to Fishman this week at the far edge of Wittman Field, in the ultralight area; >click here to listen to the interview.

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Podcast: New at AirVenture -- ElectraFlyer Ultralight

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At Oshkosh this week, AVweb's Mary Grady sat down in the shade with Randall Fishman for a chat about his latest design, an electric-powered ultralight motorglider.

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VoiceFlight Demonstrating New VFS101 Features at Oshkosh
In addition to Victor Airways, the VFS101 has been enhanced to support Jet Airways and T/Q routes. The software has also been extended to include support for non-WAAS GPS. These features are operational now and can be tried in Hangar D at Oshkosh. The complimentary software upgrade will be available this fall. For VFS101 users that fly outside of the United States, VoiceFlight has signed an agreement with Jeppesen to offer international navigation data. Click here to view demo.
Booths at EAA AirVenture: 4026
Pack a Bag and Go Cross-Country in Van's RV-14 back to top 

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Booths at EAA AirVenture: 283-285
Having a Wonderful Time, Wish You Were Here back to top 

AirVenture 2012 Photo Gallery

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As EAA AirVenture 2012 winds down, we make time for one last tour of the grounds — and take in the spectacular nighttime air show.

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Booths at EAA AirVenture: 2017-2018
Opinion & Commentary back to top 

AVweb Insider Blog: AirVenture 2012 -- Oshkosh Wrap

AirVenture 2012 was a strong year for innovation, if not crowds. Paul Bertorelli offers some closing thoughts on this year's show in his latest post to the AVweb Insider blog.

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Booths at EAA AirVenture: 1147-1148
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Join us at the Oshkosh AirVenture Welcome Center Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 11:30am to 12:45pm (starting July 23) to sample what IMC Club is all about or visit us online.
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

Scott Simmons

Contributing Editors
Mary Grady
Glenn Pew

Kevin Lane-Cummings
Jeff Van West

Ad Coordinator
Karen Lund

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Where to Find Our Sponsors at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh (booth numbers)

476, 1022-1029, 4113-4114Aircraft Spruce & Specialty Co.
2145-2148Aspen Avionics
1159-1160Avemco Insurance
1141Aviation Insurance Resources
3058The Aviators
293-294, 2098-2101Avidyne
313-314, 2162Bendix/King by Honeywell
283-285Bose Corporation
2017-2018BRS Parachutes
229-234Continental Motors
12-14Diamond Aircraft
268ECi (Engine Components International)
381, 384Eclipse Aerospace
2067-2068Flightcom Corporation
3005General Aviation Modifications, Inc. (GAMI)
1053-1055Hartzell Engine Technologies
4069Hilton Software/WingX
259Lightspeed Aviation
277-282Lycoming Engines
2065Pilot Insurance Center (PIC)
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