AVwebFlash - Volume 19, Number 15c

April 10, 2013

By The AVweb Editorial Staff
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AVflash! Senators Circle Wagons for Control Towers back to top 

Senators Move To Stop Tower Closures

A bipartisan group of senators will introduce legislation to stop the FAA from closing any control towers to meet its sequester cut requirements. "The Protect Our Skies Act, which is co-sponsored by a bipartisan group of 18 Senators, would prohibit the Department of Transportation (DOT) from closing any air traffic control towers, including those that are operated by the FAA," says a news release issued by Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., one of the bill's sponsors.

A half-dozen senators and NBAA President Ed Bolen were scheduled to have a news conference at the Capitol Wednesday to introduce the bill. The group said the control tower closure announced by the FAA two weeks ago was the "result of being targeted for sequestration cuts disproportionate to other agencies." The FAA announced last week that it was delaying the closure of the 149 towers until June 15 because of legal challenges that have popped up around the country.

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ADS-B Dominates Sun 'n Fun back to top 

More ADS-B From Sporty's

As yet more portable ADS-B products hit the market, Sporty's Pilot Shop is out today with a second generation of its hot-selling Stratus. The new device is being produced in a partnership between Sporty's, ForeFlight and Appareo, which developed the hardware.

Like the Clarity, it will feature dual-band traffic and an AHRS to be displayed on a separate app called Stratus Horizon. The second-generation Stratus -- which is out almost a year to the day after the first model appeared -- will sell for $899 and will be available in late April. It features battery life of up eight hours and has external jacks for GPS and ADS-B antennas.

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Video: ForeFlight's New Stratus with AHRS

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At Sun 'n Fun 2013, ForeFlight and Sporty's introduced the new Stratus ADS-B portable, which features two-band traffic and an AHRS. ForeFlight's Tyson Weihs gave AVweb a tour of the new gadget.

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Connecting Pilots back to top 

SocialFlight Expands Reach, Gains Media Partners

SocialFlight, a free mobile app that aims to bring pilots together by providing an easy source of information about aviation events, has grown to 15,000 users since its launch just nine months ago, founder Jeff Simon said at Sun 'n Fun on Tuesday. The app has also evolved to version 3.0. "We're adding 1,000 users a month," Simon said, "and the database users are adding 10 to 15 events a day. What we hear from users is, 'I'm flying more.'" Simon said he hopes the app will help the pilot community to grow and encourage pilots to fly more often, by making it easy to find a nearby event to fly to. Simon also announced that AVweb, Kitplanes, and General Aviation News have signed on as partners to bring SocialFlight's utility to their readership, both in print and online.

SocialFlight will provide event information to the publications. Simon said the site will always be free to users, and he hopes to support it through advertising. Visitors to the SocialFlight site can sign up for a weekly email that will provide information about the events they are interested in, according to the parameters they choose. They can also choose to use various social-networking options. The ease of making connections via the site has encouraged users to create new events, Simon said. The concept will likely expand to other communities, such as motorcycle and car enthusiasts.

AVweb's Mary Grady spoke with Simon about the app at Sun 'n Fun on Tuesday; click here to listen.

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Podcast: SocialFlight Brings Pilots Together

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Anyone looking for an excuse to fly might want to look up SocialFlight. AVweb's Mary Grady found out about the rapid growth of the site from SocialFlight's Jeff Simon at Sun 'n Fun 2013.

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Think of It as the Sun 'n Fun Home Edition back to top 

Video: Redbird's Unique Take on Desktop Training

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At Sun 'n Fun 2013, Redbird showed off a new desktop training device capable of flying detailed and novel flight scenarios for training. It's a dedicated box selling for $2,495. In this AVweb video, Redbird's Jeff Van West gave us a tour of the new product.

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More Flight Data for Your All-Purpose Devices back to top 

Podcast: WSI Introduces In-Flight Options

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WSI is bringing its popular line of weather products to your computer or iPad. AVweb's Paul Bertorelli spoke with Jamie Zajac at Sun 'n Fun 2013.

This podcast is brought to you by Aspen Avionics, Flying Eyes Pilot Sunglasses, Bose Corporation, and XM WX Satellite Weather.

Click here to listen. (4.3 MB, 4:44)

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Buy, Then Fly back to top 

Piper Sells 35 Trainers To CAE Fleet

Piper Aircraft has sold 35 single-engine and twin-engine training aircraft to CAE, which will add the airplanes to the Oxford Aviation Academy fleets in Phoenix, Ariz., and Oxford, U.K., the companies announced Tuesday at Sun 'n Fun. The agreement includes firm orders for 22 single-engine Archer TX training airplanes and 13 twin-engine trainers, as well as parts and service. Deliveries will start this spring. All of the aircraft will be equipped with Garmin G1000 avionics suites and Garmin traffic advisory systems. The airplanes will also be equipped with CAE-designed flight data analysis and cockpit video recording systems.

The systems will record data, audio and video that can be replayed immediately after the flight to help debrief students using flight animation with synchronized audio/video. The systems also will enable CAE to gather data for statistical analysis that should help to improve safety and performance. Piper also said it's beefing up its global sales force to focus on fleet sales of trainer aircraft as well as the M-Class and Twin-Class lines.

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Who's Where back to top 

Who's Where? You Tell Us

Get a promotion or a new job? Your colleagues want to know about it, and AVwebBiz can get the word out. Drop us a line about the staff appointment, with a nice recent photo, and we'll do our best to include it in our new section, "Who's Where." The items will be permanently archived on AVweb for future reference, too.

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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

Scott Simmons

Contributing Editors
Mary Grady
Glenn Pew

Kevin Lane-Cummings

Ad Coordinator
Karen Lund

Avionics Editor
Larry Anglisano

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