EAA AirVenture 2013: You
Gotta Be There!
Enjoy daily world-class air shows plus two sensational night air shows;
witness the first U.S. public flights by Yves "Jetman" Rossi;
see 2,500-plus show planes; camp with 40,000 fellow enthusiasts; rock to
the classic sounds of Chicago; choose from hundreds of forums and
workshops; peruse what's new from 800 exhibitors ... Only in Oshkosh
and all in one week!
July 29 to August 4
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MAY ALLOW COMMERCIAL PILOT POWER NAPS
DGCA, the regulating
authority for Indian aviation has drafted strict rules under which
airline pilots may be allowed to nap while on the flight deck.
Pilots' unions had sought changes to flight duty time limitations to
combat fatigue associated with flight duty time limitation provisions.
DGCA would allow controlled rest only under certain conditions and on
flights of three or more hours during cruise in conjunction with added
responsibilities for the cabin crew and non-sleeping pilot. Regulators
in other parts of the world, including the U.S. and Europe, already
regulate controlled rest periods for pilots during certain phases of
flight to combat fatigue. More...
Dynon SkyView COM Radio
Available at Aircraft Spruce
tunes frequencies by airport and station type at
the touch of a button. You can also send frequencies from the SkyView
map airport information pages. When following ATC instructions, a dual
concentric knob lets you spin in frequencies "the old-fashioned
will identify the airport and station type as
you tune to help ensure you're talking to the right radio station.
Available in both horizontal and vertical versions. Call
1 (877) 4‑SPRUCE
MODEL-SPECIFIC PERSONALIZED ONLINE ACADEMY
developed an online interactive training tool specific to Pipistrel
owners or flight students flying Pipistrel aircraft as part of the
"Pipistrel Academy Program" for Pipistrel certified flight schools, the
company formally announced, Wednesday. The training solutions, which
were introduced during AERO 2013, seek to provide "a deep understanding
of flight theory with a specific focus on flying PIpistrel aircraft
models." The full academy program provides both students and flight
schools with training materials, syllabus, a business model and
consultation and is for schools certified by Pipistrel. The
company describes its model-specific training as "online mentorship"
tailored through interactive programs to meet the needs of individual
students. Currently, model-specific training is limited to just one
model, but the company says more options will follow. More...
Navigator App Does the Flight Plan for You
Simply enter your start point and end point, and go. It'll calculate
your best route VFR and IFR based on weather and terrain
conditions. Two- and three-way split-screen options give you flexible,
custom views. Just touch. And go.
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OFFERS WIFI CONNECTED PANEL
Aspen Avionics has been offering
a wifi-connected panel interface in the aftermarket for about a year
now, and this week Pilatus announced it will offer its own version of
the system as a factory option or retrofit for its PC-12 NG turboprops.
Pilatus worked with Aspen, Jeppesen and Honeywell to create four
customized applications designed for the PC-12 operators' needs. One app
will enable the pilot to wirelessly upload chart, navigation and terrain
databases to the cockpit. Pilots also can create a flight plan on an
iPad or other tablet and wirelessly upload it to the PC-12 NG flight
deck. The other two apps provide wireless downloads of maintenance data
and a moving map that can show passengers their current location and ETA
on their own mobile device. The system can be installed at a retail
price of about $16,500, according to Pilatus. More...
TECHNIQUE PROMISES STRONG, LIGHT MATERIALS
Researchers at MIT
recently developed two new methodologies for creating composite
materials that are both lighter and stronger than today's materials.
Their methods make it easier to create composites of carbon fibers
coated with carbon nanotubes, a process that has proved problematic in
the past. "Up until now, people were basically improving one part of the
material but degrading the underlying fiber, and it was a trade-off,"
says Brian Wardle, an associate professor of aeronautics and
astronautics at MIT. Using the newly developed techniques, he said, "you
can now get everything you want." The researchers have filed for
patents, and they expect that advanced fiber composites incorporating
their techniques will be developed for a range of applications,
including aircraft. More...
The Easy-to-Install IFD440
& IFD540 with Hybrid Touch
are plug-and-play replacements for
GNS430 and GNS530 Series navigators, providing powerful NAV, COM, and
Map capabilities. Featuring a Hybrid Touch user interface, these new
systems allow pilots to perform virtually all functions using dedicated
knobs/buttons or via the touchscreen interface.
Make the Easy Choice.
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REMINDS PILOTS TO FLY SAFE
In an open letter to the general
aviation community sent just before the Memorial Day weekend, FAA
Administrator Michael Huerta asked each pilot to "make sure you're ready
-- really ready -- to fly." The letter (PDF) noted that GA accident rates have remained
"stubbornly flat" in recent years and asked everyone in the GA
community, from pilots to mechanics to passengers, to share some simple
messages. Huerta's advice includes: Take advantage of all training
opportunities, know the weather for every flight, help to grow a safety
culture among your local contacts, and intervene if you see someone
doing something unsafe. More...
Not Your Everyday Medical
Kit! Dr. Brent Blue's Medical Kit
Instead of building a medical kit crammed with stuff you don't need,
Dr. Brent Blue
developed this medical kit for his personal use to
address the most common medical needs for his family. Now available for
your family also. Great for the airplane, car, and home. Made for
routine medical issues as well as emergencies.
Plus, AVweb subscribers get 20% off with the
Click here for more information.
OFFERS PROGRAMS FOR GIRLS AND WOMEN
EAA is offering a special
four-day program for high-school girls during AirVenture this summer,
August 1 to 4, in an effort to "engage, inspire, and educate young women
to pursue their dreams in aviation and beyond." The program, called
Women Soar You Soar, will introduce 100 girls to 35 women working
in a variety of aviation and aerospace fields, from engineers to fighter
pilots. The event is "filled with career exploration, discovery,
inspiration, and fun," says EAA. Girls in grades 9 to 12 can apply. A
fee of $75 covers dormitory lodging at the University of
Wisconsin-Oshkosh, meals, seminars, T-shirts, and AirVenture admission.
Financial aid and scholarships are available, and EAA can pick up and
drop off the girls at the Appleton airport. More...
25 YEARS OF GROWTH FOR WOMEN IN AVIATION
Women in Aviation International launched with a conference in Prescott,
Arizona 25 years ago, and members are marking that anniversary with
several events in Oshkosh, Arizona, and Florida. Peggy Chabrian,
the founder and president of WAI, talked with AVweb's Mary Grady
about the group's achievements, her goals for the future, and what's in
the works for EAA AirVenture this summer. More...
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ASKS EAA TO FUND OSHKOSH CONTROLLERS
Every year for EAA
AirVenture, the FAA sends a batch of controllers to handle all the extra
traffic at the Oshkosh tower, but this year, the FAA is asking EAA to
chip in to cover their costs. The FAA wants to collect enough to cover
the controllers' travel expenses, per diems, and overtime. EAA is not
happy about the change. "This may be an early indication of further
efforts by the FAA to charge GA operators for functions in ways that
could add unforeseen costs for the average pilot who simply wants to
enjoy flying," said EAA, in a news release. Jack Pelton, EAA chairman,
called the change "alarming," and AOPA president Craig Fuller said it
was "extremely troubling news." More...
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OF THE WEEK: SHOULD EAA PAY FOR AIRVENTURE CONTROLLERS?
has been put
on notice by the FAA that it wants the organization to cover the
extra costs of controllers for the annual extravaganza. What do you
think? Who should foot the ATC bill at AirVenture?
Last week, we asked AVweb readers what kind of fuel they expect
to be burning in their airplanes ten years from now; click through for
the breakdown of answers. More...
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DIAMOND'S NEW DA52
Diamond jumped into
the aerodiesel market early, and it still leads the industry in the
number of diesels flying. This spring, it's deep into certification work
on a new diesel twin, the DA52. Based on the DA42 twin, the DA52 is
larger, faster, and carries up to seven people. Diamond views it as a
high-class, luxury minivan. On a recent visit to Diamond's factory in
Austria, AVweb's Paul Bertorelli took a demo flight in the new
airplane and shot this exclusive video report. More...
OF THE WEEK: COPECA JET CENTER (TJBQ, AGUADILLA, PUERTO
AVweb's "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Copeca Jet
Center at Rafael Hernandez Airport (TJBQ) in Aguadilla, Puerto
AVweb reader Bruce Huester told us about the
Copeca Jet Center is a
well-run, family-owned and operated FBO on the northwest end of Puerto
Rico. We have stopped there several times for fuel and customs. The
customs folks are friendly, courteous, and quick! We park right outside
the customs office and are typically processed in less than ten minutes.
We had a pressurization issue after departure, and when we returned,
Copeca was very helpful with lining up a mechanic, arranging
accommodations, and providing transportation. I highly recommend Copeca
for a tech stop or overnight.
Keep those nominations
coming. For complete contest rules, click
AVweb is actively seeking out the best FBOs in
the country and another one, submitted by you, will be spotlighted here
next Monday! More...
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