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Volume 10, Number 31c -- July 30, 2004

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BLAKEY: SHE CAME, SHE SAW ... SHE WAS HUMAN...
"I knew I couldn't come back unless we had this rule out. This is going to be an important advance in aviation -- it will encourage people to come into aviation." -- FAA Administrator, Marion Blakey. Blakey is no stranger to AirVenture, (she visited Oshkosh in '03) but this trip will likely stand out as a highlight -- at least for the gang down on the farm. The "Farm" is the ultralight encampment; an area that's a stretch of the legs or a puttering shuttle ride away from the activities of AeroShell Square and show center. Blakey arrived in the FAA's Gulfstream at nine a.m. Oshkosh time Thursday, and was greeted in true AirVenture style -- ATC waved her pilot off when a plane that had just landed on Runway 9 couldn't vacate fast enough. Regardless, her first stop was the EAA Sport Pilot Headquarters. More...

...AND GOES UP, UP AND AWAY -- IN A POTENTIAL LSA...
After slipping away from the media throng at the Sport Pilot center, Blakey and crew made a beeline for the ultralight area, where 2,000-hour instructor Kenley Snyder and his green and orange Quicksilver Sport 2S steed were waiting. Blakey strapped into the Quicksilver to the admiring comments of the ultralight faithful, winning minds and hearts in a way Harrison Ford should note. The day before Blakey's visit, Ford refused to consider a ride in an ultralight, telling media he had "a strong desire to keep living." Word of the comments made it back to the Farm quickly. "Blakey has bigger [hand]s than Harrison Ford," said one EAA-er who asked to remain unnamed (probably because, aside from the plurality of the noun, that's not exactly what he said). More...

...BLAKEY, LSA AND Q&A: WHAT WE LEARNED
Aside from wandering into the wrong airspace at the wrong time (TFRs), being able to wander in it at all under the LSA rules (and with what medical conditions) was a hot topic generating concern, questions ... and confusion. Blakey settled down to an hour of AirVenture's annual question-fest in her best effort to clear things up (or at least to be communicative). Nearly one thousand AirVenture visitors attended. "The second century [of flight] is beginning with Sport Pilot-Light Sport Aircraft." ... "I believe the rule will have a profound effect on local and national economies." Then came the questions... ranging from making Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFRs) more accessible and up to the minute -- which the FAA is doing (says Blakey) -- to LSA and medical history. If you haven't already, click through to see what happened. More...

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'NEW' ENGINES BEAT, OSHKOSH 2004
Diamond Aircraft arrived in style with the DA-42 Twinstar, powered by dual 135-hp Thielert Centurion turbodiesels. The FADEC-controlled, four-cylinder, double-overhead-cam engine promises amazing fuel specifics: 4.5 gph in cruise, making the Twinstar less thirsty than many singles. Diamond has received type approval in Europe and is working toward certification in the U.S. The Thielerts fit into slim nacelles on the Twinstar partly because the engine is laid over on its side, with water and oil radiators on top. In the Twinstar installation, the engine breathes through a single large scoop beneath the propeller. More...

THIELERT: OFFERS FADEC TO SUPERIOR
...Slightly incestuous, but for the greater good. A version of Thielert's electronic engine controls appeared on a Superior O-360 engine (a modified Lycoming) intended for homebuilts. The fully electronic, throttle-by-wire system uses many off-the-shelf automotive components and is, in this application, boosted by a small turbocharger. The installation includes a single throttle lever and full engine-status instrumentation. Superior has no plans to certify the system. More...

OREGON AERO HAS A PAINLESS SOLUTION FOR EVERY AIRCRAFT AT OSHKOSH
The EAA reports that, "Typically, about 2,800 show aircraft participate at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, including homebuilts, antiques, classics, warbirds, ultralights, and rotorcraft." Oregon Aero™ Universal Portable SoftSeat™ Cushion Systems can make flying in virtually all of these aircraft much more comfortable, no matter how long the flight. Visco-Elastic Foam "reads" body temperature and pressure and prevents hot spots, while the cushion design shifts your hips and pelvis into a comfortable seating position. You can use the cushions just about anywhere you sit — cars, boats, office chairs, even wheelchairs. Sample the cushions at Oregon Aero's booth in Building C (#3137-3140), or purchase online at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/oregon/avflash.

SMA: PLANS FOR SR305 DIESEL
The French-built SR305-230 is currently flying in several testbed aircraft, including a Cessna 182, Maule MX-9, and Piper Arrow. SMA expects to have STC approval for installation in the Cessna by fall. Including engine, prop, new cowling, engine mount and instruments, the update will sell for $77,000. SMA predicts traditional Skylane speeds on just 9 gallons per hour of Jet A. Current TBO is 2000 hours, but the company plans to expand that to 3000 hours with a predicted overhaul cost of $20,000 to $25,000. More...

BOMBARDIER/ROTAX/EVINRUDE/SKI-DOO/...: V-6 MAKES APPEARANCE
Now part of the BRP group (which we think stands for Bombardier Recreational Products). Bombardier's liquid-cooled, V300 engine debuted last year with fanfare at OSH ... then mysteriously missed Sun 'n Fun a few months back, and re-appeared at OSH this year on the nose of the massive Murphy Moose utility kitbuilt. (The company offered no news conferences, no press releases, no beautiful people in tight V300 T-shirts, no balloons ... you get the drift.) The company says it is working on certification for production aircraft. The double-overhead-cam, turbocharged engine is rated for 300 horsepower at 6000 engine rpm. A 3:1 gear reduction drive helps keep prop noise down. The engine is fully FADEC controlled. More...

THE CESSNA SKYHAWK GOES GLASS
The 2005 Cessna Skyhawk will be available with the cutting-edge Garmin G1000 glass cockpit. The G1000 is the most advanced flight deck package ever installed in this class of aircraft and features a primary and multi-function display, GPS with terrain mapping, satellite weather and radio, and many other exciting components. It's a Skyhawk so state-of-the-art, you'll have to see it to believe it. Stop by the Cessna AirVenture exhibit (booths #143-156), or, for more information, go to http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/cse/avflash.

WANKEL: MISTRAL ROTARY HMMMMS IN
Mistral's two-rotor turbocharged G-230-TS Wankel engine was on display in the Piper Arrow airframe it pulled to the show. The Swiss-built 230-hp, liquid-cooled is being developed in Daytona Beach, FL, with the assistance of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. The installation amassed more than 30 flights before arriving in OSH. Testing for FAA certification is underway. Although the engine itself, which displaces just 654cc from the twin rotors, is little bigger than a beer keg, it requires considerable ancillary equipment, including a radiator and plumbing for the turbocharger. More...

LYCOMING: NO REPLACEMENT FOR DISPLACEMENT
Alas, the hot-rodder's adage that more engine displacement is always better is borne out by Lycoming's two new engine models. Based on the IO-360 angle-valve engine, the IO-390-X produces 210 horsepower. A six-cylinder version tapes out to a whopping 580 cubic-inches version capable of 315 horsepower. Both engines are currently offered only for experimental applications, but don't be surprised to see the next-generation original-equipment engines grow into these displacement classes. And the experimental Lycomings may now come with the company's own version of FADEC. More...

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LIGHT JETS GOING MAINSTREAM
The CEO of Eclipse says he wouldn't be surprised to see some heavy hitters in the industry join the fun. Vern Raburn, the affable and voluble head of Eclipse Aviation told AVweb he's heard that Brazil's Embraer, Europe's Airbus and even the grandaddy of them all, Boeing, are poking around with the idea of entering the market. "There's lots of talk," said Raburn. During his presentation Raburn noted that VLJ is now "a very mature segment" of the industry, adding the 500's development schedule is pretty much being met, with the goal to have a test airplane in the air with the new Pratt and Whitney Canada 610 F engines by the end of the year. Although there hasn't been a peep to confirm Raburn's speculation about the looming competition, it would be hard for the large companies to ignore the numbers. More...

...DEVELOPMENT 'PLUGGING ALONG'...
While the VLJ market generated a lot of excitement at last year's AirVenture, the various companies are having search for "news" to talk about this year. Eclipse's news conference was called to unveil the four interior design schemes being offered on the 500. Adam Aircraft, which stole last year's show by flying the prototype A700 to Oshkosh only a few days after its first flight, brought the same airplane this year, although it now has an interior and some spiffy paint. It's also sporting a new price tag that pushes it above the $2 million threshold to $2.1 million. More...

...COMP AIR JET PROGRESSING
Perhaps the only significant news out of the VLJ market in recent weeks were the initial flights of Aerocomp's CompAir Jet. The eight-passenger, single engine kit jet first flew on July 21 and is, shall we say, a more grass-roots approach to the market. "I'd never flown a jet before," said test pilot Ron Lueck. "I'd never even started a jet before." Aw shucks aside, the company, which builds highly-regarded turboprop STOL aircraft kits, estimates there's a market for 2,500 kit jets over the next 10 years. It's overcome the biggest hurdle to building a jet (either at the factory or in the garage)by finding serviceable engines that cost only $60,000 for a factory rebuild. The AI-25 bypass engine is built by Nanchanko in Russia and is used in the L39 Albatross and Yak 40. It will produce up to 3,400 lbs. of thrust. More...

LIGHTSPEED SELLS RECORD NUMBER OF XL SERIES HEADSETS AT AIRVENTURE
"The new cell/satellite phone feature was the kicker," said LightSPEED's marketing director. "Last year, that was the number one requested feature, so we added it to all our models — even the passives. That, combined with our patented auto shut-off, makes this headset series extremely desirable in its price range." To order or learn more about the XL series headsets by LightSPEED, visit their AirVenture booth (#2023 in Hangar B) or their website, http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/litspeed/avflash.

FLIGHT SCHOOLS TO BE TSA-TESTED
Within a few weeks, all flight-school operators will be required to take an online tutorial developed by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Security Specialist Steven Calabro told AVweb yesterday at Oshkosh. The tutorial, called "Flight School Security Awareness," is on display at the TSA's booth in the Federal Pavilion. "It will go online in about a month," Calabro said. "Flight-school operators can take the test online and print out a certificate to show they've met the requirement." Calabro said a similar program is in development for airport managers, and it may be extended to FBOs and corporate flight departments. At present, there is no plan to require a test from individual pilots, Calabro said. More...

TO MARKET, TO MARKET, TO SELL A SPORT PLANE
While it used to be the conventional wisdom that if you build it, they will come, the sport aviation industry isn't buying it ... they are already hard at work behind the scenes to develop a marketing plan to let the "great unwashed" know all about sport flying. "Preaching to the choir just won't get us where we need to go," said Dan Johnson, EAA's sport-pilot guru, who is spearheading the so-far-informal LSA Industry Promotional Board. The group held its second meeting yesterday, at Oshkosh. Johnson said he believes the FAA's estimate of 12,000 new pilots over 10 years is not enough. "That's only 100 new pilots a month," he said. "We think we can triple or quadruple the current market." More...

NON-OWNER (RENTER) PILOTS EXPOSED: PILOTS ARE HELD FINANCIALLY LIABLE
for losses involving rented or borrowed aircraft.  You rent an aircraft on a beautiful day to fly around the patch for a couple of hours.  It's time to land, and you get caught in a crosswind.  The aircraft is damaged.  Fortunately you are okay, but the airplane is in bad shape.  Who is responsible for the plane's repair expenses and the FBO's lost revenue?  Far too often, it's YOU — uninsured renter pilot.  Get the comprehensive coverage you need by calling AVEMCO today.  For as little as $215 annually you can have liability and aircraft damage (hull) coverage.  Stop by AirVenture Booth #1159-60 to speak with an AVEMCO professional, or call (888) 241-7891 and mention this AVflash, or go online NOW at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/avemco/avflash.

GARMIN RECALLS CNX80 GPS NAVIGATORS FOR DISPLAY FIX
Garmin -- actually GarminAT -- began contacting dealers and owners of the sophisticated CNX80 GPS navigator on Thursday to fix a potential transformer failure that could blank the display screen as cause minor smoke in the cockpit. Garmin told AVweb on Thursday that there have been three known failures of the transformer and that the condition has been reproduced on the test bench. Although further failures are unlikely, Garmin says it will replace transformers and a small resistor wired into the same circuit. An unknown number of units are affected and owners should contact dealers or Garmin at www.garmin.com for more information before removing and returning the unit for a repair covered by warranty. More...

AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT: NEAT SHOW STUFF
One of the neat things about the really big shows is the airplane stuff that's either new or just new to us. Here are a few things members of the AVweb staff noticed while poking about the show grounds and found interesting. We hope you do, too.

A new high intensity Xenon landing light that gives off six times more light than standard incandescent or halogen bulbs burns a lot cooler and is guaranteed for the rest of your natural life. OK, so the light costs $550.00, but according to Tom O'Neill at Wag-Aero, it's the "last light you'll ever need." The light is STC-ed for most airplanes. The light is # B-226-000 in the latest Wag-Aero Catalog. By the way, the company is also developing a new tailwheel towbar that they say will be a much improved method of towing your tailwheel aircraft.

Pilot-friendly GPS manuals from ZD Publishing. (My gosh, you can read them, you can actually read them!) The type is larger and the pages are task-oriented in plain English. Who would have guessed that common sense and larger type could make such a difference? Not all GPS models are available, but those that are in manual form cost between $34.95 and $39.95.

Even if you've never cared about designing an airplane, it might be a fun project to tackle. Don't do it with graph paper and a slide rule because now there is an easier way. DaVinci Technologies is offering an AirplanePDQ computer package to help you build an airplane that could carry your name. Choose your type, high-wing, low-wing, trike or taildragger, and you're off! Price of this package is $99. (www.davinci.aero.) More...

ATTENTION, CESSNA PILOTS & OWNERS! THIS IS THE BEST $45 YOU CAN SPEND
With over 12,000 active members, the Cessna Pilots Association (CPA) is the world's biggest and best aviation "type club" for Cessna pilots and owners.  Members receive technical support by a full-time staff of A&Ps with tremendous expertise in all Cessna models, model-specific buyer's guides and systems courses, a group aircraft insurance program, access to CPA's giant online knowledge bank and popular online member forums, a monthly magazine, and a weekly e-mail newsletter.  Join by calling (805) 922-2580 and mentioning this AVflash, by visiting the Cessna pros at AirVenture Tent #183-193, or by signing up online at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/cpa/avflash.

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HAVE YOU SIGNED UP yet for AVweb’s NO-COST twice monthly Business AVflash? Reporting on breaking news, Business AVflash also focuses on the companies, the products and the industry leaders that make headlines in the Business of Aviation. Business AVflash is a must read. Watch for a Business AVflash regular feature, TSA WATCH: GA IN THE "SPOTLIGHT". Sign up today at http://www.avweb.com/profile/ More...

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Drop us a line. Heard something that 130,000 pilots might want to know about? If it caught your eye, it will probably interest someone else, too. Submit news tips via email tonewstips@avweb.com. More...

AVIDYNE'S NEW CMAX™ APPROACH CHARTS TAKE SITUATIONAL AWARENESS TO THE NEXT LEVEL
CMax™ Approach Charts, which can be displayed on Avidyne's FlightMax EX500 or Entegra/EX5000 MFDs, provides geo-referenced approach charts and airport diagrams. CMax reduces the amount of paper in your cockpit and allows access to critical chart data more quickly and easily. CMax overlays your flight plan and aircraft position for optimum orientation. CMax even shows runway incursion hot spots and improves taxiway awareness, reducing the need for "progressives" at unfamiliar airports. With CMax, you'll know exactly where you are on the approach, or on the field. Stop by AirVenture Booth #2100 for a demonstration, or, for more information, go online to http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/avidyne/avflash.

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CHECK WITH MARV BEFORE YOU BUY ANY PILOT SUPPLIES!
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IN CASE OF FIRE, AN EVAC-U8 ESCAPE HOOD FROM AEROMEDIX CAN SAVE LIVES
Whether it's smoke in the cockpit or a fire in your home, hotel, or office, the EVAC-U8 escape hood provides 15 minutes of breathable air to help you get to safety.  The patented EVAC-U8 has a canopy made of DuPont Kapton that protects your head, face, and eyes from temperatures up to 800 degrees Fahrenheit, plus an active air-purifying filter to remove carbon monoxide and other toxic gases.  Priced at $64.95 each, or less when ordered in a 4- or 10-pack.  Stop by AirVenture Booth #3002-03 to see this and all Aeromedix's products.  Order by calling (888) 362-7123 and mentioning this AVflash, or go online at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/aeromedi/avflash.
LET YOUR FAMILY KNOW WHEN YOU'LL BE HOME
Sign up for the AVweb Edition of Flight Explorer.  It's the PC-based service that provides a real-time picture of all IFR aircraft in flight. Your family simply enters your N-number to track your flight, be alerted to delays, and get updated ETAs.  AVweb Edition Flight Explorer costs just $9.95 a month, a small price for such big peace of mind.  Order at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/flightexplorer/avflash.
SUBSCRIBE TO AVIATION CONSUMER AND SAVE!
Plus, get access to the AviationConsumer.com subscribers-only web site packed with ratings and evaluations of aircraft, avionics, aviation products, and accessories.  If you want to enjoy greater confidence when you buy and when you fly, start your Aviation Consumer subscription now at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/avcons/avflash.
AIRSPORT ALTITUDE ALERTERS OFFERS A $100 DISCOUNT — PLUS —
complimentary shipping. AirSport Avionics is the only manufacturer of Altitude Alerters that work by listening to everything your transponder and encoder are reporting to ATC, both Mode A (squawk code) and Mode C (altitude). A double benefit! AirSport Alerters are completely portable and don't require permanent installation. OSHKOSH SPECIAL: $100 discount on all models, with complimentary ground shipping. Offer ends August 10th. Order online at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/airsport/avflash.
POWER FLOW DEBUTS C-172N WEIGHT INCREASE STC & AN EXHAUST SHINE KIT
at AirVenture. Cessna 172N owners, you can now increase the gross weight of your aircraft by 100 pounds with this new STC. To meet the STC's requirements, your aircraft must have complied with Cessna's Oil cooler relocation from the firewall to the engine baffle and the installation of a cowl cooling lip, and flaps have to be limited to a maximum of 30 degrees. Best of all, the introductory STC cost is only $300.00. (This gross weight STC does not require the installation of the Power Flow Exhaust.) For more information, go see the Power Flow experts at AirVenture Booth #1050, or go online at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/power/avflash.
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ENHANCE AIR TIME ON THE GROUND!
Wouldn't it be great if you could take all the time you "waste" on the ground — driving to work, mowing the lawn, puttering around the house — and apply it to the hours you log in the air?  Now you can, with the monthly CD program called Pilot's Audio Update.  Order your subscription at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/belvoir/avcons/paucd/avflash.
ONLY A COUPLE OF DAYS LEFT TO VISIT AVWEB at AIRVENTURE 2004 in OSHKOSH!
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