AVwebFlash Complete Issue: Volume 19, Number 15e

April 12, 2013

By The AVweb Editorial Staff
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Pelton Prognosticates back to top 

EAA Ready To Roll, Sequester Or Not

The federal sequester will certainly have an impact on EAA AirVenture, coming up in July in Oshkosh, Wis., chairman Jack Pelton told AVweb on Thursday in a podcast interview, but he's sure the show will go on as usual. Pelton also said the search for a new president to replace Rod Hightower is on hold at least until after AirVenture. "There's no timeline," he said. "As a retired volunteer, I can spend as much time as necessary to keep the organization going." The extra tower staff for AirVenture is generally provided by volunteer controllers, he said, so even if the contract operation is closed, he expects the tower will run as usual. Pelton also said he's "a little bit pessimistic" about getting the EAA/AOPA Class III medical exemption request approved.

EAA also announced on Thursday a new partnership with Sennheiser as the first commercial sponsor for EAA's Eagle Flights program, which works to introduce adults to general aviation flying and help them overcome obstacles in their flight training. Sennheiser will provide financial resources as well as outreach assistance. The EAA program is in sync with Sennheiser's Live Your Dream effort, which launched in 2011. "Both programs provide a wealth of resources designed to educate and motivate, while bringing the possibility of attaining a pilot's license one step closer," said Sennheiser spokesman Christian Pulm. Jeff Skiles, EAA's director of education programs, told AVweb he is developing a new discount-priced online ground school for the Eagle Flights program that will be available soon.

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Podcast: FAA Cooperating for AirVenture, Medicals Not So Much

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EAA Chairman Jack Pelton says sequester will have an effect on AirVenture but not in terms of safety. But he also told AVweb's Mary Grady that he's pessimistic about the chances of the joint effort with AOPA to get an exemption from third-class medicals for recreational flying in certified airplanes being approved.

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Click here to listen. (5.5 MB, 5:58)

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Inside Diamond's Slick New DA40 back to top 

Diamond Introduces DA40 XLT

Diamond Aircraft is showing its latest model, the DA40 XLT, with an all-new interior, at the Sun 'n Fun show in Lakeland, Fla., this week. The upgrade is the first major overhaul to the interior in over eight years, company spokesman Jeff Owen said in a news conference Wednesday morning. The changes include deluxe leather seats with improved lumbar contours and a special sun-resistant coating that can produce substantial reductions in seat temperatures, plus sun visors, more cup holders, and more storage spaces for phones and tablets. "These things really do make a difference" in the comfort of everyone on board, Owen said.

The front seat widths have also been increased by an inch, and the rear footwells were redesigned to give passengers more space. The technology for the seat coatings is the same that's used on BMW convertibles, Owen said, and can lower the seat temperatures by as much as 20 degrees Celsius compared to traditional uncoated leather in direct sunlight. The XLT is on display at Diamond's exhibit all this week. The company also is offering a DiamondShare program at several sites in the Eastern U.S. Essentially, the program helps an owner share the airplane with two or three other pilots, reducing the costs of ownership. Owen also said the company has started to recall workers after layoffs earlier this year.

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Anything Good on the Telly? back to top 

Air and Space Channel in the Works

If you find yourself missing the old Wings channel, there may soon be a replacement. After several years of work, television entrepreneur Phil Hurst told AVweb that his latest project, Air and Space Television, grows ever nearer to going on the air. "We're through the first phase, which is developing content and making sure there's an audience out there and developing the entire concept," Hurst said in an AVweb interview. After that, said Hurst, A&S TV will actually acquire the content, then acquire an underperforming network to launch the new service.

As the name implies, Air and Space Television will broadcast a steady diet of aviation and aerospace-related programming from a variety of sources, including news and documentary programs. It will likely feature regular weekly shows. "For instance, we may have a reality show, but it will be about pilots or we may have a contest where you can win, say a Virgin Galactic ride. Just because it's about aviation and space doesn't mean that you can't tell all kinds of incredible stories." Air and Space Television, by the way, is a private venture not associated with the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. Hurst said the project is seeking investment capital with a launch in about two years. Prior to A&S TV, Hurst was a partner in starting the Golf Channel, which followed a similar developmental model.

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Podcast: TV Channel About Flying

File Size 4.9 MB / Running Time 5:20

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Air and Space Television has been working for about five years to bring a dedicated channel about flying to cable. Phil Hurst updates AVweb's Paul Bertorelli on progress to date.

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Click here to listen. (4.9 MB, 5:20)

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Securing the Device That Secures Your Data back to top 

iPad Mounting Solutions

iPads may have conquered the cockpit, but handling and mounting them with ease remains a challenge. MyGoFlight has set out to tame the iPad in the cockpit, offering a variety of products -- including kneeboard mounts, glare shield mounts and storage cases. Unlike other manufacturers with similar but universal mounting products, MyGoFlight offers mounts that are specific to aircraft type, particularly for mounting on a control yoke.

The mounting hardware has obvious quality and perceived durability, while providing useful features that might solve some of the problems pilots face with both the full-size and mini iPad. The company also makes anti-glare screen covers, carry cases and flight bags geared toward tablet storage.

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Video: MyGoFlight iPad Cockpit Accessories

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Without the proper hardware, managing an iPad in the cockpit can be a challenge. MyGoFlight has a line of high-quality iPad mounts, knee boards, cases, and other accessories designed for the task. AVweb's Larry Anglisano had a look at the products at Sun 'n Fun 2013 in Lakeland, Florida.

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A New Approach to an Old Problem back to top 

MWFly's Unique Experimental Engines

An Italian company named MWFly has come up with an intriguing way to handle the problem of torsional loads on small geared engines. Rather than a clutch or a dog gear to absorb the loads, MW's idea is to reduce the loads in the first place so it has developed a variable compression ratio design that backs off compression at idle and low speeds, but allows it to return to high compression when more power is needed.

In its first showing in the U.S. market at Sun 'n Fun this week, MWFly showed AVweb how this clever idea works. In this exclusive AVweb video, the company's Guido Fantini said the variable compression ratio approach reduces weight and parts count without a loss in performance.

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Video: MWFly's New Experimental and LSA Engines

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At Sun 'n Fun 2013, an Italian company called MWFly showed off an intriguing variable compression ratio engine that they say addresses the typical torsional loads on a small engine's gearbox.

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Photos from Lakeland back to top 

Sun 'n Fun 2013 Photo Gallery: Paradise City

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With the 39th annual Sun 'n Fun fly-in in full swing, we decided to lighten up and spend some time among the frames, sticks, and engines of Paradise City.

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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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