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DREAMS COME TRUE -- ESPECIALLY FOR SMALL AIRPLANES...
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.
TWIN STAR, TAWS FOR CIRRUS...
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
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. More...
LIGHTSPEED INTRODUCES THE MACH 1 HEADSET AT AIRVENTURE
the first to see LightSPEED's new Mach 1 in-the-ear (ITE)
booth 3056 in Hangar C. The Mach 1 offers up to 40dB of passive
protection and a clean-sheet design that is loaded with features and
magnesium alloy headset weighs in at around one ounce and is equipped
feather-weight gooseneck boom and noise-cancelling electret mic.
designed ear plugs comfortably block noise before it has an
opportunity to enter
the ear canal, and miniature high-fidelity speakers inside the plug
crisp, clear voice and stereo music. The streamlined magnesium alloy
secures with a belt-clip and provides cell/satellite phone and music
stereo/mono options, and volume control. For more, visit the newly
LightSPEED web site at
LightSPEED at AirVenture Booths #2023-2024
NEWEST A SURE HIGHLIGHT...
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, 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. More...
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. More...
THE WEATHER IF YOU'RE FLYING IN
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 ... More...
PIC at AirVenture Booths #2065-2066
CRANK NPRM ISSUED
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. More...
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.
Bose at AirVenture Tents
PONDERS CONTROL AT UNCONTROLLED AIRPORT
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. More...
PLANS TRAINING COURSE ON ADIZ
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.
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60 RULE BACK BEFORE CONGRESS
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.
NATIONWIDE GA SECURITY PLAN
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."
WSI at AirVenture Booths
AIRPLANE IS ON THE FOURTH FLOOR
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. More...
Faulty power cable to be replaced at Philly...
Charter company defends itself against FAA allegations...
Bell Agusta tiltrotor flew like an airplane for the first time.
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ANNOUNCING TRAFFIC ALERT WITH DIRECTION FOR ONLY
True Flight announces Traffic Alert.
Coming Soon: You will be able
see the direction, relative altitude, and distance of aircraft within
of your current position. This is just a small sample of what our
flight displays do that separate us from the competition. Compare our
flight display to anything else on the market, and see why, when
they pick us. For more information, go online for a video
Visit True Flight
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FEEDBACK ON AVWEB'S NEWS COVERAGE AND FEATURE ARTICLES:
Reader mail this week about Wings to Adventure
and revoked medical certificates, and a lot about NATCA vs. FAA.
ARTICLES AND FEATURES ON AVWEB
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.
FLYING TO OSHKOSH? PIT STOP: DEKALB, IL |
BIG FUEL DISCOUNTS PREVIEW THE NEW GARMIN GPSMAP
JA Air Center invites you to "pit stop" at
our newest location at the DeKalb Taylor Municipal
Airport (KDKB) on your way to and from this year's
show. We offer full FBO services as well as big
discounted fuel prices for EAA members. As an
added bonus, if you stop on July 22, 23, or 24th,
you can preview the new Garmin GPSMap 396 (estimated July 31,
2005 delivery). Plus: If you purchase fuel, we will update
Portable GPS databases at no charge (July 22, 23,
& 24th only). For more, contact JA Air Center at
(800) 323-5966 and mention this AVflash, or order
JA Air Center at AirVenture Booths #2088-2089
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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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will be on hand at AirVenture 2005 plus a few
expert consultants from our sister publications
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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
on the other. This is the first in NAA's Collier Trophy
Centennial Medallion Collection. Supplies are limited, and there's
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proudly announces the availability of their
all-new Value Series plug-and-play line of Digital
Transponders. The Value Series is designed for the
cost-conscious owner. Narco's Value Series line of
plug-and-play transponders includes the AT165/VS (a
replacement for the AT50 through AT155), the AT165/KA/VS (a
replacement for the KT76A/78A), and the AT165/K/VS (a
replacement for the KT76/78).
Coming Soon: Narco's AT165/C and AT165/C/VS,
plug-and-play replacements for the ARC (Cessna)
RT359A/RT459A. SPECIAL: Purchase an AT165 and get an
AR850 for $99. For more information, go to
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KITPLANES' SEPTEMBER ISSUE IS JAM-PACKED WITH EXCITING
"Light-Sport Aircraft Update" the scoop on
the first ready-to-fly and
certified airplanes; "Time vs. Money" three airframe kits and
differences between standard and quickbuild versions; "Just Because"
flying Just Aircraft's Escapade and Highlander folding-wing
designs; "The Corvair Craze" conversion of used Corvair engines
legitimate aircraft powerplant; "The Glass Half Full" know the
"A Whole Lot of Helping Hands" Glasair's Aviation Sportsman 2+2
assembly center; and more. Don't miss this and future issues of
Kitplanes. Stop by AirVenture Booth 1005 to subscribe, or
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PUBLISHING OFFERS G1000 PILOT-FRIENDLY MANUAL DURING
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
user waypoints; and map panning. PFD operations and optional features
as MX Weather are not included. This manual expands ZD
library of pilot-friendly manuals, which includes both panel-mount and
handheld GPS units. Stop by AirVenture Booth #3096 in Hangar C, or
ZD Publishing at AirVenture Booth
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