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OREGON AERO'S "FORGETTABLE" PRODUCTS AT OSHKOSH 2005
You might think it's strange for a company to promote the fact that
it designs and manufactures products that customers will very likely
forget about, but that is truly a compliment to Oregon Aero, Inc. From ShockBlockers Insole Inserts for your feet to Aviation Headset
Upgrades for your head, Oregon Aero products are so comfortable,
you'll forget all about them. Visit the Oregon Aero booth at EAA
Airventure (#3137 in Building C) to find out how Oregon Aero makes
"forgettable" products like Seat Cushion Systems. When you stop by,
you can try out many products that make flying painless, safer, and
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AirVenture Booths #3137-3140
Light Sport Meets The Heat At AirVenture
The grounds were already hot at OSH yesterday (have a quick look around our pre-show gallery number one and number two) ... the temperature rose pretty high, too. EAA AirVenture has become such a huge event that it's almost
impossible to encapsulate and in earlier issues we've told you about the truly incredible range of aircraft that will be on display here this year (some have already arrived). Years past have seen
thematic marketing, but this year the best of years-in-the-waiting new aircraft designs, engine developments, electronic wizardry, and record-setting dream-fulfilling prototypes -- which in years past
often surfaced as yet uncompleted, yet untested, "maybe next year" good intentions -- have found themselves made manifest. You can walk right up and, in many cases, touch them. GlobalFlyer,
SpaceShipOne, actual, flying, very light jets -- they're all here. And representing perhaps the most widely pursued, hard-fought and now-attainable everyman's dream -- here are hordes of freshly
certified light sport aircraft.
Organizers and manufacturers had hoped for the LSA rule in 2003. It was finally announced in time for the 2004 show but none of the implementation work had been done. Well, another year has passed and
neither the FAA nor the manufacturers can be accused of wasting it. For the first time, those attending Oshkosh's big show can not only kick the tires, they can actually buy any of a dozen or more
ready-to-fly aircraft that have been certified in the special light sport aircraft (S-LSA) category. The various manufacturers have been organized into the Light-Sport Aircraft Mall. In fact, there's
been a major push in recent weeks to certify new designs (or new variations on old designs) in time for AirVenture. As expected, most S-LSA aircraft currently available are European designs. Light
Sport-type regulations have been in effect in most European countries for more than 10 years and the industry has evolved there to turn out some pretty slick airplanes, many of which employ composite
construction and advanced aerodynamics. Most are powered by four-stroke Rotax engines. One of the few American S-LSAs has none of those features but it does have a certain pedigree. American Legend
Aircraft Company has redesigned the J-3 Cub, incorporating elements of the Super Cub and PA-11 and squeezing under the 1320-pound weight limit with a Continental 0-200 engine.
While part of the show's focus may be on little airplanes, those who build the bigger stuff have plenty to talk about, although the recent flurry of new-product announcements seems to have waned. Last
year, Diamond Aircraft's new Twin Star, with its efficient diesel engines, was among the most visited booths. This year,
Diamond is bringing both the diesel sipper and its brawnier Lycoming-powered stablemate to the show. While the diesel version is no slouch, performance wise, the 30-percent power boost offered by the
twin IO-360s on the avgas model translates to better climb, cruise and single-engine performance. The Garmin G1000 suite is standard
in both models. In keeping with its safety theme, Cirrus will be showing off the new terrain awareness warning system (TAWS) that it is now including as standard equipment in all its aircraft. In a
pre-show news release, Cirrus noted that 20 percent of GA fatalities occur in controlled flight into terrain (CFIT) accidents. Cirrus picked the Honeywell Bendix/King KGP 560 system for factory installation, and retrofit kits will be available for existing planes. High technology also comes in small packages and Symphony
Aircraft Industries will roll out its glass-cockpit two-seater today. It's a long road for some exhibitors to get to Oshkosh but none comes farther than Gippsland Aeronautics with its GA8 Airvan. One of the display aircraft has flown from Latrobe City, east of Melbourne, Australia. The Airvan will be put to work this year as a jump
plane for the Liberty Sky Dive team during each day's air show.
LIGHTSPEED INTRODUCES THE MACH 1 HEADSET AT AIRVENTURE
Be the first to see LightSPEED's new Mach 1 in-the-ear (ITE) headset at
booth 3056 in Hangar C. The Mach 1 offers up to 40dB of passive hearing
protection and a clean-sheet design that is loaded with features and style. The
magnesium alloy headset weighs in at around one ounce and is equipped with a
feather-weight gooseneck boom and noise-cancelling electret mic. Specially
designed ear plugs comfortably block noise before it has an opportunity to enter
the ear canal, and miniature high-fidelity speakers inside the plug deliver
crisp, clear voice and stereo music. The streamlined magnesium alloy control box
secures with a belt-clip and provides cell/satellite phone and music interface,
stereo/mono options, and volume control. For more, visit the newly redesigned
LightSPEED web site at
LightSPEED at AirVenture Booths #2023-2024
And for the gadgetly inclined, you may need to seek a twelve-step program after AirVenture. Every kind of aviation-related tool and toy imaginable is on display, and among the highlights are Garmin's
next-generation navigation system, the GPSmap 396. It's a GPS navigator that combines XM-based weather datalink with XM audio
and terrain alerting of the sort found in TAWS boxes costing thousands. Our sister publication, Aviation Consumer, reviewed
the 396 in depth. The full seven-page report is available on the magazine's Web site. Don't forget that many of the high-tech gizmos now common on certified airplanes first took flight in the
experimental market and that trend continues with PCAvionics, which continues its impressive drive, pushing the leading edge
further. PCAvionics, with MountainScope, helped to pioneer software for 3-D moving maps (sometimes called synthetic vision) and it continues to find its way into state-of-the-art hardware for use in
experimental aircraft. Watch for PCAvionics to add ADS-B to the highest-resolution terrain-awareness product (its MountainScope software) plus digital approach plates -- all accessed from the same
Today, MountainScope can be installed in Motion Computing's LS800 Tablet PC, which features an 8.4-inch screen that can be yoke mounted or strapped to your knee. Also sharing PCAvionics' booth at
Oshkosh will be PlanePC, which makes sunlight-readable LCD displays and "rugged" computers. The setup has a 1.6 GHz Pentium M processor to make the most of the complex software. And Chelton Flight Systems, which also taps the experimental market in developing its certified products, will be releasing its
latest software package, called simply 6.0. It's the basis for the system that will be certified for transport-category aircraft in 2006 and comes with a long list of navigation, terrain awareness and
instrument features that gives it some pretty impressive capabilities. "Flying a full procedure turn ILS followed by a missed approach with a parallel entry to a holding pattern without ever touching
the controls is truly amazing," said Kirk Hammersmith, president of Direct-To Avionics. Not all the new stuff hangs from the panel, however. LoPresti Aviation has redesigned its "Boom Beam" landing
lights and introduced a new, more powerful version that puts out 750,000 lumens (enough light from a quarter mile to read a newspaper by).
Sometimes, AirVenture offers a good opportunity to catch up on some old stories that began with fanfare and then didn't seem to amount to much. Such is the case with Bombardier's highly publicized
(and even a little mysterious) launch into the GA engine industry. Two years ago, the aerospace giant's V220 and V300T geared V-6s were the talk of Oshkosh after a splashy introduction. But the
company missed the next Sun 'n Fun and had a relatively low profile at last year's AirVenture. This year, the engines will be showcased again but the branding has changed, too. Shortly after the
engines were introduced, Bombardier hived off its recreational products division and the V-6 program, along with the Rotax fours, went along. The V-6s are now being promoted by a company called
Aircraft Engine Services in Titusville, Fla., and the name Bombardier has seemingly disappeared from any connection with the engines. Luc de Gaspe Beaubien explained that AES is a separate marketing
entity for the engines, which are produced by Rotax. He said the company is still going through the certification process and has recently completed a rigorous testing program that involved putting
one of the engines through the 150-hour European test profile six times. That engine has been torn down and the parts will be on display at the AES booth. De Gaspe Beaubien said the fledgling company
is methodically going through the certification and testing program and, while it has a launch customer OEM for the engine, that will be disclosed by the OEM.
And that notorious Wisconsin weather that seems to always be a thread in Oshkosh coverage got an early start disrupting things. Severe thunderstorms and tornados reportedly prevented the mass arrival
of Bonanzas that helps kick off the fly-in part of the show on Saturday. The horrific weather also played havoc with those trying to set up displays and it looks like it's going to be a factor for the
first few days of the show. Current forecast calls for cloudy, warm, humid conditions with the chance of thunderstorms through Monday. Make sure you get a thorough briefing ...
PIC at AirVenture Booths #2065-2066
The FAA has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Lycoming 540 and 360
series engines that were the subject of a company Service Bulletin and recall two weeks ago. The good news, according to AOPA, is that parts are in stock and the fully funded repairs of the 1,128
engines shouldn't take too long. Lycoming is estimating the engines will be in their shop for 10 days and the rest of the down time is dependent on the removal and re-installation. The FAA didn't
issue an Emergency AD on the engines, which have suffered 12 crankshaft failures in the past five years. The NPRM comment period goes until Aug. 22 and then owners have 50 hours or six months,
whichever comes first, to comply. "Three years ago, Lycoming did a good job, in most cases, in covering reasonable expenses and getting claims processed," AOPA spokesman Woody Cahall said. "But owners
should let us know (1-800-872-2672) if they encounter any problems."
The FAA's decision to outsource flight service stations to Lockheed Martin has been upheld by a contract appeals judge. Judge Edwin Neill recommended FAA Administrator Marion Blakey deny bid protests
from within her own organization and from the National Association of Air Traffic Specialists alleging procedural errors, bias and favoritism in the process that resulted in Lockheed Martin's winning
the $1.9 billion contract in February. It's the largest and most complex outsourcing process ever undertaken by the agency. However the judge's decision could be moot if some in Congress have their
way. The House has already passed a Homeland Security appropriations bill that would prevent the FAA from implementing the outsourcing and now Sen. Joe Lieberman, a prominent Connecticut Democrat, is
trying to get the Senate to include similar language in its version of the bill. He said the judge's decision "will downgrade critical services for private pilots" while AOPA and other aviation
organizations have been generally supportive of the outsourcing plan and the modernization requirements it contains.
Bose at AirVenture Tents #174-176
A U.S. District Court Judge in Florida is now pondering whether negligence by FAA air traffic controllers contributed to the midair collision of two planes in 1999 at Deland Airport, an uncontrolled
facility about 14 miles southwest of Daytona Beach. Judge John Antoon didn't render a decision after the civil trial against the FAA by the family of one of the four people who died ended last week.
The family of Todd Landry, 22, of Meraux, La., claims controllers should have maintained separation between his aircraft and another, both of which were doing touch and goes at Deland. Landry and his
student Eliza Lewis died when their Piper Cadet collided with a Seminole flown by Nicholas Simatos and Abdulla Alhaz, who also died. The NTSB report blamed the pilots for the accident but Landry's
family's lawyer Robert Spohrer said they were not entirely to blame. "The fact is, there was a chain of events here," he said. FAA lawyer Henry Goddard didn't disagree. "Frankly, it was a breakdown in
the way the system is supposed to work," Goddard said. But he also said it wasn't entirely the fault of the controllers. He said it's impossible for them to know how pilots will act around an airport
that doesn't have a control tower. The tower issue will be solved next year when one is built at Deland, which is busy by anyone's standard. There were more than 119,000 movements there last year and
that's expected to go to 184,000 in ten years.
If you're planning a flight to the Washington, D.C., area in the future, you may soon need a new endorsement in your logbook. The FAA is considering making it mandatory for all pilots who fly into the
national capital region to complete a training course on the rules of the air in that complex restricted airspace. Pilots who take the course will get a certificate of completion that they'll have to
take with them if they want to fly in that space. There's no word on when the course might be available but AOPA hopes it's soon. It's also hoped that the training requirement might calm calls for
draconian penalties suggested by some in Congress to deter wayward pilots. In fairness, the politicians have a point, according to AOPA President Phil Boyer. "It's not surprising that lawmakers are
frustrated with airspace incursions that disrupt Congress and send staffers running for cover," he said, referring to a couple of instances earlier this year in which evacuations were ordered.
According to a recent report by the Government Accountability Office, there have been almost 3,400 incursions since 2001 and 90 percent were blunders by GA pilots. The other 10 percent were procedural
errors by commercial carriers but the GAO also couldn't rule out the possibility that some of the incursions were intentionally aimed at testing the emergency response system.
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The FAA continues to defend its Age 60 retirement rule for airline pilots in the face of Congressional rumblings about a change in the policy. At a hearing last week, Jon Jordan, the FAA's top flight
surgeon, testified that at age 60 people start to experience "a general decline in health-related functions and overall cognitive and performance capabilities." However, Ike Eichelkraut, president of
the Southwest Airlines Pilots' Association, told the hearing the rule costs both the airlines and pilots money and takes "the safest, most experienced pilots in the skies" out of the left seat. The
issue is being discussed because of bills introduced by Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Rep. James Gibbons (R-Nev.) to raise the retirement age to 65. Although individual pilots have long criticized
the rule, unions and airlines have supported it in the past. The financial troubles of major airlines and the rise in the number of discount carriers (which don't have fat pension packages) has
chipped away at that common front in recent years.
New York Republican Rep. John Sweeney has introduced a bill that would require written
security plans, full fencing and double locks on all GA aircraft. "These common sense measures will go a long way toward keeping our nation safer at general aviation airports," Sweeney said. However,
AOPA calls the proposals "ridiculously expensive" and unnecessary for most GA airports. "Instead, airport owners should work with their local communities to determine what security measures make sense
for them," said AOPA spokesman Andy Cebula. "The Transportation Security Administration developed guidelines that can help communities establish standards but they are meant to be just that --
guidelines." The recent concern about GA security has its roots in an early-morning joyride allegedly taken by a 20-year-old student pilot and two of his teenaged friends in a Cessna 172 recently.
There have been similar incidents in recent years in the south and central areas of the country but this one ended at Westchester Airport in New York where there were plenty of people, influential
people, to notice. The state of Connecticut (the flight originated in Danbury) has called for a nationwide review of GA security and so has Sen. Hilary Clinton (D-N.Y.). Now Westchester County
Executive Andrew Spano has joined in by asking Homeland Security Chief Michael Chertoff and the FAA to require that security measures already in place at Westchester (wheel locks, chains and a common
employee ID system) be forced on all GA airports.
WSI at AirVenture Booths #2123
Going up in an airplane could mean something completely different for owners at Albert Whitted Airport in St. Petersburg, Fla., if a local architect has anything to say about it. Steve Lange is
proposing a $16 million hurricane-proof, multistory hangar for aircraft. But don't worry about taxiing your airplane around a series of ramps to get to your spot on the fourth floor. Instead worry
whether the robotic system that is supposed to winch your plane to its elevated stall doesn't mix you up with your neighbor. The automatic system of elevators and robots would enable the relatively
small (450 feet by 228 feet) building to house up to 336 airplanes. Local pilots are reportedly supporting the project but politicians are leery of the cost. In the end, the law of supply and demand
might make the dream a reality, what with 70 aircraft owners on a waiting list for hangar space. "There just isn't any room to expand," said Ed Montari, chairman of the Albert Whitted task force.
A length of electrical cable that has caused two recent power outages at Philadelphia International Airport will soon be replaced. The problem was traced to the wire and it should be replaced
in a week. An outage on June 5 halted operations for about 40 minutes and affected 135 flights...
A charter company whose Challenger jet ran off a runway at Teterboro Airport last winter is denying claims by the FAA that it falsified weight and balance calculations, leading to the plane's
inability to lift off the runway. The plane ended up crossing a highway and coming to rest in a warehouse. No one was killed but several were injured...
The world's first civilian tiltrotor flew like an airplane for the first time Friday. The Bell/Agusta 609 reached speeds of 220 mph in the first full forward rotation of the engine nacelles.
The six-to-nine-passenger plane is being marketed as a business, utility and search plane.
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AVmail: July 24, 2005
Reader mail this week about Wings to Adventure and revoked medical certificates, and a lot about NATCA vs. FAA.
Garmin GPSMAP 396
Navigation, weather and entertainment, all in a portable package. Here are some brief impressions of this impressive product that may be in short supply at Oshkosh.
Inside the Chart Factory
Anyone who has used a set of Jeppesen charts has probably been annoyed at the time and effort needed to file those "revisions." But if you think about it, wasn't there someone who had to sort those
charts to send to you? Or is it all automated? Come take a look behind the scenes at Jeppesen.
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JA Air Center at AirVenture Booths #2088-2089
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Aeromedix at AirVenture Booths #3002-3003
Another day, another air show...
I was "in the queue" for landing at Oshkosh a couple of years back. As everyone knows, landing aircraft are spoken to but don't verbally reply to the FAA controllers.
ATC to Two ahead of me: Brown Cessna, land on the Orange Spot. Rock your wings if you copy.
(The Cessna rocked his wings.)
ATC to One ahead of me: Red Biplane, land on the Blue Spot. Rock your wings.
(The Pitts Special executed two snap rolls to the left.)
ATC: And save that for the show, will you?
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MEET THE AVWEB EDITORS AT AIRVENTURE
Do you have something you've been dying to say to
our editors, contributors, or staff? Many of them
will be on hand at AirVenture 2005 plus a few
expert consultants from our sister publications
like Aviation Consumer and Aviation
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ONLY AT AUCTION! LAKE AIRCRAFT WILL BE SOLD AT AIRVENTURE!
The owners of the Lake Aircraft line of amphibious airplanes
have chosen the auction method of marketing to select a new
owner for their Lake Amphibian production line. This
comprehensive sale will include the FAA Type Certificate and
associated STCs, engineering data, all documentation,
historical information, fleet support inventory, and
manufacturing capacity. The inventory (in its entirety) will
be sold as a comprehensive package to one able buyer for the
purpose of resuming full production capacity. The auction
will be held at 4:30pm July 27 at the EAA Aviation Center's
Vette Theater in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. For additional
information and a complete list of assets to be conveyed,
call Higgenbotham Auctioneers at (800) 257-4161, or
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NAA OFFERS FIRST COLLIER TROPHY MEDALLION FOR YOUR SPECIAL
SpaceShipOne was the 2004 recipient of the Robert J. Collier
Trophy. A special commemorative metal medallion shows the
95-year old Collier Trophy on one side and an image of SpaceShipOne
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Narco Avionics proudly announces the availability of their
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Transponders. The Value Series is designed for the
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KITPLANES' SEPTEMBER ISSUE IS JAM-PACKED WITH EXCITING ARTICLES:
"Light-Sport Aircraft Update" the scoop on the first ready-to-fly and
certified airplanes; "Time vs. Money" three airframe kits and the
differences between standard and quickbuild versions; "Just Because"
flying Just Aircraft's Escapade and Highlander folding-wing taildragger
designs; "The Corvair Craze" conversion of used Corvair engines makes a
legitimate aircraft powerplant; "The Glass Half Full" know the 51% Rule;
"A Whole Lot of Helping Hands" Glasair's Aviation Sportsman 2+2 customer
assembly center; and more. Don't miss this and future issues of
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PUBLISHING OFFERS G1000 PILOT-FRIENDLY MANUAL DURING AIRVENTURE
GPS Operations on the Garmin G1000 covers all the navigation
options such as flight plans; GPS; VOR and ILS approaches; DME Arcs;
procedure turns; holding; OBS Mode; RAIM prediction; vertical navigation;
user waypoints; and map panning. PFD operations and optional features such
as MX Weather are not included. This manual expands ZD Publishing's
library of pilot-friendly manuals, which includes both panel-mount and
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