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Volume 11, Number 30a July 25, 2005

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SEE OREGON AERO'S "FORGETTABLE" PRODUCTS AT OSHKOSH 2005
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Visit Oregon Aero at AirVenture Booths #3137-3140

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BIG 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. More...

...GAS-POWERED 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 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. More...

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 http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/litspeed/avflash.

Visit LightSPEED at AirVenture Booths #2023-2024

Oregon Aero

...GARMIN'S 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...

...THIS YEAR'S RENAISSANCE...
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...

...WATCH 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...

RECEIVE A QUOTE AND YOU COULD WIN A GARMIN HANDHELD GPS
Coming to AirVenture? Stop by the Pilot Insurance Center (PIC) booth (#2065 in Hangar B) and receive a no-obligation quote. You will automatically be entered to win a Garmin handheld GPS. Not going to AirVenture? AVweb subscribers can also register for the drawing by requesting a quote online at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/piclife/avflash.
Visit PIC at AirVenture Booths #2065-2066

LightSPEED Aviation

LYCOMING 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...

FSS OUTSOURCING UPHELD
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. More...

BOSE OFFERS COMPLIMENTARY AEROSHELL® FLIGHT JACKET™
CLEANING KIT WITH HEADSET X PURCHASE

From July 21 through August 31, 2005, Bose will offer a complimentary AeroShell® Flight Jacket™ cleaning kit (a $99 value) when customers purchase a new Bose® Aviation Headset X. For all the details, go to http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/bose/avflash.
Visit Bose at AirVenture Tents #174-176

Pilot Insurance Center

JUDGE 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...

FAA 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. More...

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True Flight

AGE 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. More...

CONGRESSMAN'S 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." More...

CONFUSED ABOUT DATALINK WEATHER?
Ask the WSI experts at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh. WSI Corporation is offering a no-cost seminar series on the topic of datalink weather. Created with the pilot in mind, these seminars will instruct on the proper use of datalink weather systems in the cockpit. Close attention will be paid to the exact nature of data products now available on various systems — ask your own questions about datalink at WSI's seminar Tuesday, July 26 at 4pm at AirVenture Pavilion GAMA 08. For more information, visit http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/wsi/osh/avflash.

HOW'S THE WEATHER AT EAA AIRVENTURE?
Get your airshow weather forecast from WSI (the Official Weather Provider of EAA Oshkosh) daily in AirVenture Today or online at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/wsi/osh/wx/avflash.
Visit WSI at AirVenture Booths #2123

P2, 
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YOUR 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...

ON THE FLY...
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. 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 to newstips@avweb.com. You're a part of our team ... often, the best part. More...

ANNOUNCING TRAFFIC ALERT WITH DIRECTION FOR ONLY $1,795.00!
True Flight announces Traffic Alert. Coming Soon: You will be able see the direction, relative altitude, and distance of aircraft within five miles of your current position. This is just a small sample of what our portable flight displays do that separate us from the competition. Compare our FL210 flight display to anything else on the market, and see why, when people compare, they pick us. For more information, go online for a video demonstration at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/true/avflash.
Visit True Flight at AirVenture Booth #4143

WSI 
Weather

READER FEEDBACK ON AVWEB'S NEWS COVERAGE AND FEATURE ARTICLES:
AVmail: July 18, 2005
Reader mail this week about Wings to Adventure and revoked medical certificates, and a lot about NATCA vs. FAA. More...

NEW ARTICLES AND FEATURES ON AVWEB
REVIEWS
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.

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NEWS FEATURES
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.

More...

FLYING TO OSHKOSH? PIT STOP: DEKALB, IL —
BIG FUEL DISCOUNTS — PREVIEW THE NEW GARMIN GPSMAP 396!

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 select Garmin 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 online at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/ja/396/avflash.
Visit JA Air Center at AirVenture Booths #2088-2089

Forward Vision Associates

AVWEB'S BUSINESS AVFLASH
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...

OSHKOSH SPECIAL — 406 MHz PERSONAL LOCATION BEACON
FROM AEROMEDIX TAKES THE "SEARCH" OUT OF "SEARCH & RESCUE"

A 406 MHz Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) should be an essential part of your safety gear. PLBs greatly reduce the time it takes rescuers to reach an individual and provide the very best chance of being rescued in an emergency. A PLB with integrated GPS transmits precise coordinates to within 100 meters and reduces SAR notification time to as little as five minutes! Aeromedix.com has great deals on FastFindPlus (for $549) and ACR 406 I/O PLBs (for $649). Order by calling (888) 362-7123, or by going online at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/aeromedi/avflash.
Visit Aeromedix at AirVenture Booths #3002-3003

SHORT FINAL...
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? More...


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SHOPPING DEALS
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 visit their web site (Higgenbotham.com) at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/hig/avflash.
NAA OFFERS FIRST COLLIER TROPHY MEDALLION FOR YOUR SPECIAL COLLECTION!
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 no cost for shipping! Order at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/naa/avflash.
LOW-COST DIGITAL REPLACEMENT TRANSPONDERS!
Narco Avionics 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 http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/narco/avflash.
Visit Narco at AirVenture Booth #2115
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Visit Belvoir Media Group at AirVenture Booths #1005-1008
ROD MACHADO BOOKS, TAPES, AND CDs AVAILABLE ON AVWEB!
You want to be up-to-date and impress the CFI on your review, but there's no time to study. The solution is easy. Rod Machado's Complete Private Pilot Handbook on 30 professionally recorded audio CDs. Review while in the car or exercising. The text is comprehensive, clever, and laced with humor, and you'll be quickly captivated by the British narrator's voice. No more commuter blues; enjoy yourself and feel righteously up-to-date. For all Rod Machado's books, tapes, and CDs, order online at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/machado/avflash.
Visit Rod Machado at AirVenture Booths #2072-2073
SPONSOR NEWS
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 Kitplanes. Stop by AirVenture Booth 1005 to subscribe, or order online at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/kitplanes/avflash.
Visit Belvoir Media Group at AirVenture Booths #1005-1006
ZD 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 handheld GPS units. Stop by AirVenture Booth #3096 in Hangar C, or order online at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/zdpub/avflash.
Visit ZD Publishing at AirVenture Booth #3096
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