Garmin GPSMap 496 with XM Weather, Terrain, AOPA Airport Guide, Taxiway
Database, and Built-in StreetPilot (Auto) JA AIR
CENTER has the new GPSMap 496 in-stock for purchase at our
EAA AirVenture Booth, #2088-2089 (Oshkosh, WI). Call (800)
323-5966, or order online. Update your Garmin portable GPS or sell
your used GPS at our booth. Flying to the show? PITSTOP for fuel at our Dekalb Taylor Municipal
Airport (KDKB) FBO location in Dekalb, IL (123 nm to OSH).
Find the new Garmin
GPSMap 496 at JA Air Center, EAA AirVenture Booths
THE STAGE FOR BIG ANNOUNCEMENTS If size means anything,
manufacturers displaying their wares at EAA AirVenture are exploiting
its full potential. Many of the displays are noticeably larger, grander
and more spectacle-oriented (which may just be an indication that, in
the absence of anything really new, they've had time to hype up the
hype). Of anticipated news, it's expected that Eclipse will have a big
announcement about its 500 very light jet sometime during the show.
(We've heard much more specific information, but Eclipse's press
briefing isn't until Thursday). The first Eclipse 500 destined for
customer ownership flew yesterday, and whatever other news is coming,
the Eclipse display matches the magnitude of a grand announcement.
RUMORS (AND REALITY?) True or rumor (we'll know soon) --
scuttlebutt around the Honda display yesterday imagined that the
decision has been made to go into production with the HondaJet at a
price in the current (rather broad) VLJ range -- now that the show's
begun we'll soon see if that's fantasy or reality. For now, local lore
suggests GE, which developed the allegedly ultra-efficient engines along
with Honda, will be taking a big role in the commercial exploitation of
the technology. Honda has always been a large, if somewhat peripheral,
player at AirVenture. But perhaps fueling speculation of a big
announcement, Honda is this year on the fringes no more and the HondaJet
is the centerpiece of a massive collection of boy toys housed in a huge,
carpeted tent with theatrical lighting and enough flat-screen
televisions to outfit a sports bar. More...
ATTENTION-GETTERS Of course, not every airplane company has
the budget to claim half an acre of prime real estate (this week) at
Oshkosh, but that doesn't mean they don't stand out. For instance, a
patch of grass between two exhibit hangars, can be seen from all over
the grounds for the bright yellow copy Cub hoisted 10 feet in the air on
a steel frame (advertising a different product altogether). Even EAA has
turned up the Fun, Fun, Fun at this year's show, as expressed by a huge
stage that went up in Aeroshell Square on Sunday. The Beach Boys will
play a concert against a backdrop of military aircraft, business jets
and war birds on Monday. More...
Fly with the Bose®
Aviation Headset X Enjoy an unmatched combination of
benefits: Full-spectrum noise reduction, clear sound, and comfortable
fit. Voted the #1 headset for the fifth year in a row by readers of
Professional Pilot magazine. (Professional Pilot, Headset
Preference Survey, 12/05.) Buy today and receive a complimentary
Garmin® Geko 201 handheld GPS.Learn more and order.
WAAS COMING REALLY SOON. NO, REALLY Garmin couldn't keep the
cat in the bag about its new GPSMAP 496, but it still had a few
surprises up its sleeve for its Sunday afternoon press conference (click
through to find the PowerPoint presentation in AVweb's expanded
coverage). The WAAS-capable GNS 430W and GNS 530W (W for WAAS, get it?)
will be available this fall for $10,750 and $16,495 respectively. Garmin
is sticking with its word to owners of non-WAAS 400- or 500-series
navigators with an upgrade cost of $1500. The G1000 is also getting WAAS
capable. Unlike the panel-mount GPS navigators, the G1000 uses Line
Replaceable Units (LRUs) for its GPS information and that redesign is
much more complex, according to Garmin's Senior Director of Aviation
Marketing and Sales Carl Wolf. More...
MATH: A G600 IS MORE THAN HALF A G1000 The bigger
announcement was that Garmin is going after the retrofit market in three
ways. The full G1000 system will be made available on select aircraft,
one at a time, with the first instance being late-model King Air C-90s.
No firm price is set but the estimate is $350,000. If you wish you could
put a glass panel in your cardinal but that's a bit more than you
planned to spend, you may get part of your wish. Garmin announced the
G600, which houses two portrait-orientation screen (taller than they are
wide) in a 6.75 inch by 10 inch bezel. The size is designed to fit in
the area used by the six-pack in most airplanes. Of course, it's not
quite that simple. More...
496 GOOD ON THE DETAILS While the GPSMAP 496 we reported on
Thursday was already old news by the conference, seeing it in action was
cool. The new SafeTaxi system places the symbolic aircraft on
high-resolution airport diagrams for over 600 airports. Smart Airspace
automatically highlights airspace when the pilot might fly through it
and automatically deemphasizes it when the airplane will pass above or
below it. The map resolution is 11 times greater, making for stunning
topographic and terrain-warning images and the update rate is now five
hertz -- practically matching the performance of the real instruments in
the airplane. AOPA's airport directory also coming preinstalled. ... And
did we mention we're giving one 496 away at our booth?
Because Two Antennas Are Better than One! Whether
you're flying in a busy terminal area, navigating a long cross-country,
or hovering over a city, seeing and avoiding traffic requires having the
right information in real time. Avidyne's TAS600 Traffic Advisory
Systems, with dual-antenna technology, provides significantly improved
signal coverage and target tracking, enabling faster updates and
enhanced performance over single-antenna systems, for maximum safety.
Starting at $9,990, Avidyne's TAS600 Series makes premium
performance, active-surveillance traffic alerting affordable for
virtually every general aviation aircraft. Visit Avidyne at
AirVenture or online.
AND FLYING DIAMOND'S DIESEL TWIN Aviation news tends to be
made in the press area, a long way from the tie-down area at the west
end of Wittman Regional Airport, but a couple of German pilots may have
quietly made history when they touched down in a DA42 TwinStar (serial
number 16) on Friday. Aircraft owner Wolfgang Daiser and his friend and
co-pilot Michael Frohling flew from their home in Dusseldorf to Oshkosh,
via Greenland, Canada, and New York. Flight time was about 38 hours and,
while TwinStars have been showcased at the Diamond display for the past
couple of years, theirs may be the first owner-flown copy to have made
it to the show. More...
DIAMOND DOINGS While the TwinStar was Diamond's big draw at
last year's show, the star attraction this year will be the appearance
of the D-Jet, the single-engine personal jet that may find work in the
air taxi business. Although details haven't been released, Diamond and
Point2Point Airways, a North Dakota-based air taxi company, will be
holding a joint news conference with Diamond this week. Diamond is also
joining Ballistic Recovery Systems to talk about parachutes for the
D-Jet, Powerflo Exhaust (to show off the installation on the new faster
DA40XLS) and Utah State University, which is going all-Diamond in its
flight school. More...
MOCK-UP, FIRST IMPRESSIONS Diamond's actual D-Jet will be
coming to Oshkosh this week, but people are already checking out the
mockup. The D-Jet interior isn't much bigger than most single-engine
piston airplanes, but the view from the front is quite different. The
mock-up has the full, three-screen G1000 with two audio panels,
FMS-style keypad, and autopilot controls under the glareshield. Like
most of the other VLJs, the layout looks simple compared to bigger jets,
although it's even simpler in the D-Jet with only one power lever for
its single engine. Diamond also left its penchant for a control stick
behind, and gave the D-Jet conventional yokes. Click through for a link
to view the D-Jet interior. More...
Oregon Aero Where It Hurts at AirVenture Oshkosh Oregon
Aero designs and manufactures more than 500 Painless, Safer,
Quieter products from custom Seat Cushion Systems to
handmade Headset and Helmet Upgrades and more. Stop by Building C
at Oshkosh 2006 and just tell Oregon Aero where it hurts they'll
recommend a solution for you. Can't make it to Oshkosh? Request a
complimentary 124-page color catalog on the Oregon Aero web site.
Visit Oregon Aero at
EAA AirVenture Booths #3137-3141
FEE DISCUSSION A precedent-setting decision north of the
border will undoubtedly come up in a discussion planned for EAA
AirVenture on Tuesday. The General Aviation Manufacturers Association is
hosting the forum and featured speakers include Cirrus CEO Alan
Klapmeier and Cessna President Jack Pelton, along with NBAA President Ed
Bolen, AOPA President Phil Boyer and GAMA President Pete Bunce. EAA
President Tom Poberezny will moderate and the solidarity represented
should send a strong message to the FAA. The session comes a week after
the Canadian Transportation Agency upheld Nav Canada's decision to
impose a so-called "daily charge" on general aviation aircraft using the
country's seven busiest airports. GA operators will pay $10 for 24 hours
of access to any or all of the airports but it's not the money that's
bothering Kevin Psutka, president of the Canadian Owners and Pilots
CIRRUS While original equipment manufacturers put the whole
package together, GA has thousands of smaller companies that specialize
in all the bits and pieces that go into an airplane. And when a good
airplane like the Cirrus SR22 starts flying in numbers, there are plenty
of specialists ready to make it better. When AVweb talked to George
Braly, of General Aviation Modifications Inc. last winter, his Tornado
Alley Turbo engineers were testing a turbonormalizing system for the
Cirrus and hoped to have it ready for AirVenture. Looks like they made
Reason #1 Pilots First Leading the
aviation industry isn't about bragging rights. Being No. 1 is about
providing pilots with all of the things that make owning a Cessna
such an irresistible value. Things like safety. Affordability.
Reliability. Insurability. Flyability. And the world's largest service
organization. All of which have helped make Cessna the No. 1 selling
line of new single-engine aircraft. Explore more reasons at CessnaREASONS.com.
Visit Cessna Aircraft at EAA AirVenture Booths
STILL FASTEST? Columbia Aircraft says its 400 model remains
"the undisputed speed champion" (Mooney might disagree) and a big reason
for that is the Continental twin turbo TSIO 550C that pulls the
composite airplane along at about 235 knots (true). To commemorate the
100th anniversary of Teledyne Continental Motors, Columbia has created
the Columbia 400LCE (Limited Commemorative Edition). As you might
expect, the aircraft is a fully decked out 400 with every bell and
whistle offered by Columbia. It also has a platinum paint job. Only 10
will be made and joining that exclusive club has a price. The 400LCE
will cost $676,700 and a non-refundable deposit of $35,000 is required
to make you one of the 10. More...
THE SIMPLE LIFE Francessco Rizzi flys left-seat in an
Alitalia Airbus for his day job, but his passion is decidedly
old-school. He has designed the Aerolab Sport Camper to meet the LSA
standards in the U.S. and Europe, as well as sell as a kit. The airplane
is an open-cockpit, radial-engine powered taildragger. The wings are
even made of wood. The instruments have an old style but reveal modern
amenities -- such as an electrical system. The radial engines -- you
have a choice of two -- are also both modern. The Parmatechnik Mikron
IIIC is an 80-hp engine out of the Czech republic and the Rotec R2800 is
a 110-hp model out of Australia. More...
Cases of Exxon Elite in July and Get a Complimentary $20.00 ExxonMobil
Cash Card! For every two cases of Exxon Aviation Oil
Elite 20W-50 you purchase between July 1 and July 31, ExxonMobil
will give you a Cash Card worth $20.00. Purchase Exxon Elite online at
EliteEtc.com or at the ExxonMobil Aviation Lubricants'
exhibit at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh.
HAVE I FORGOTTEN? Most pilots planning to fly to Oshkosh
likely prepare more for this arrival than any other, and with good
reason. Spend a half hour listening to a handheld radio and the closely
choreographed parade of airplanes landing less than a half mile apart,
sometimes three at a time on the same runway, gives you some idea how
important that advance preparation can be. Mostly, it goes off without a
hitch, with tense, but friendly controllers welcoming and even
congratulating pilots for their performance in some demanding
conditions. But icy silence greeted the pilot of a 182 who landed on
Runway 36R late on Sunday morning. "I'm out of gas," the pilot reported
as the plane rolled out. More...
THE FLY... It's AirVenture gallery time -- walk with
Visit AVweb.com tomorrow for a podcast "live" from Oshkosh...
Second Bell/Agusta civilian tiltrotor began ground testing...
Space Adventures is offering a spacewalk option...
Blue Angels will do a few passes at AirVenture...
GA, military pilots, meet to discuss Georgia airspace.
Get Our "Best
Class" Rates with Only 250 Total Hours Now, through the
Pilot Insurance Center, a private instrument-current pilot with as few
as 250 total hours may qualify for our "Best Class" rates. Pilot
Insurance Center works closely with leading insurers to develop life
insurance policies specifically designed for pilots. All of our
insurance products offer full coverage with no aviation exclusions and
are provided by A+ rated (A.M. Best) insurance companies. Compare and
Save for a quote, call PIC today at (800) 380-8376 or go online.
Visit the Pilot Insurance Center at EAA AirVenture
Probable Cause #11: Right Pilot, Wrong EquipmentEven experienced pilots
can have trouble if their plane has instruments they're not used to
using -- or doesn't even have the right instruments for a particular IFR
_____________ WHAT'S NEW What's New for
July 2006This month AVweb's survey of the latest products and services
for pilots, mechanics and aircraft owners brings you Palm software,
cleaning products, online training courses and much more.
Print & Online, Trade-A-Plane Has Everything That Keeps You
Flying Get 24 issues (two years) for just $24.95 (U.S.,
standard mail), including no-cost access to
Trade-A-Plane's web site, which is updated daily.
Subscribe by calling (800) 337-5263 and mentioning this
AVwebFlash, or subscribe online.
Pick up your complimentary Trade-A-Plane at
EAA AirVenture Booths #1121-1124
AVweb's "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Ocean Air
Aviation, at KOTH, North Bend, OR. Offering up Ocean Air, Scott
Burton told us, "The elegant and relaxing facilities make it worth the
stop coupled with the extraordinary service and friendly people. Denise
runs that FBO as best as I have ever seen and always with a smile. Truly
one of the best FBOs I have been to and the service is impeccable."
Keep those nominations
here to nominate your favorite FBO and here for complete contest
rules. AVweb is actively seeking out the best FBO's in the country and
another one,submitted by you, will be spotlighted here next Monday!
Ready, Set, Go Purchase An Airplane ... No,
Wait! Don't forget the most important people to take with
you the trusted aviation professionals at Dorr Aviation.
They are there from the time you start thinking about a purchase,
through the selection process, and (most importantly) when financing.
Purchasing an aircraft is a considerable step; don't go it alone. Call
Dorr at (800) 214-0066, or download
an application online.
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
Columbia Simplifies Buying & Selling All
Aircraft Brands Selling an aircraft can be a challenging
odyssey. Aircraft owners need to: locate a broker with national
resources to sell for top dollar; select and utilize the most effective
advertising; access no-cost, no-obligation finance pre-qualification;
consult aviation tax experts; and obtain insurance quotes with higher
liability limits. Columbia Aircraft has created a tool to assist
pilots and aircraft owners of all brands. Check
out their web site.
Visit Columbia Aircraft Manufacturing at EAA
AirVenture Booths #299-310 & S-13
Now: Check AVweb's podcast index for files
you may have missed due to our homepage makeover. And watch for special
'casts this Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. We expect to be inside the
tower at AirVenture Oshkosh, and also chatting with Cessna's Jack
Make a note of it. AVweb's podcasts feature exclusive
interviews with industry gurus, like: TCM president Bryan Lewis, NATCA
president John Carr, New Piper CEO Jim Bass, Hal Shevers for Sporty's
Pilot Shop, Light Sport guru Dan Johnson, Excel Jet's Bob Bornhofen,
Adam Aircraft's Joe Walker, FAA administrator Marion Blakey, Cirrus
Design's Alan Klapmeier and more. AVweb's podcast index is online,
now. You'll hear things you won't find anywhere else. More...
Going to AirVenture Oshkosh? Don't Forget to Pick
Up Your AeroShell Poster Stop by AeroShell
AirVenture Booth #4085 in Hanger D and hear the latest news from
AeroShell. And while you're there, don't forget to pick up
your poster. But come early they go fast! Find out more about AeroShell.
at EAA AirVenture Booths #4085-4090 & 4013 and
FINAL The following was an exchange between a friend and a
pre-flight briefer last weekend. The briefer got to the NOTAMS and there
was one for a rocketry club near Schaumburg,
Briefer: ... and Schaumburg has a warning that
they'll be firing rockets.
My Friend: Man! First
it's North Korea, now Schaumburg?
It took the briefer about two
minutes to stop laughing enough to continue the briefing.
Better than an IFR Refresher, This Manual Is
Real-World Flying! With Rod Machado's
Instrument Pilots Survival Manual, private pilots can
learn: mimicking pro pilot thinking strategies; developing IFR self-talk
skills; managing cockpit resources; planning for unanticipated changes;
a three-step instrument scan; IFR charting secrets; insights into flying
GPS approaches; and techniques for avoiding thunderstorms and handling
icing conditions. Pilots claim, "You can't find some of this information
anywhere else!" Order online.
Visit Rod Machado at EAA AirVenture Booths
AVwebFlash is a twice-weekly summary of the latest news, articles,
products, features, and events featured on AVweb, the internet's
aviation magazine and news service.
Today's issue was written by AVweb's
here to send a letter to the
editor. (Please let us know if your letter is not
intended for publication.)
Comments or questions about the news should be sent
Have a product or service to advertise on AVweb? A question on
marketing? Send it to AVweb's
If you're having trouble reading this newsletter in
its HTML-rich format (or if you'd prefer a lighter, simpler format for
your PDA or handheld device), there's also a text-only version of
AVwebFlash. For complete instructions on making the switch, click