AVwebFlash - Volume 13, Number 16e

April 20, 2007

By The AVweb Editorial Staff
End Pain and Fatigue with Oregon Aero® Aero Seat Cushion Systems
Comfortable seats are more than a luxury when they help pilots fight fatigue and focus on flying. Oregon Aero offers a variety of seat cushion systems — from the Portable Universal SoftSeat™ Cushion that can be used in aircraft, cars, and boats to custom seat upgrades for any aircraft. Visit Oregon Aero in Building A (#40) at Sun 'n Fun to learn about the seating solution that's best for you, or visit Oregon Aero online.

» Visit Oregon Aero in booths A-040-042 at Sun 'n Fun
Solving the Cirrus Puzzle back to top 

Cirrus 'the-jet' Image Emerges

Cirrus continues to have fun teasing customers and everyone else with parsimonious details on its new jet. Although there aren't many configurations possible for a single-engine jet, Cirrus has managed to whip up a fair amount of interest in what the final product will look like. The 140-plus position holders have been receiving jigsaw puzzle pieces in the mail and we can now see a few details. "We can confirm it has a windshield and wings," smirked CEO Alan Klapmeier. The mystery will end for position holders on June 27 at a private viewing, and the public will get a look at a mock-up on June 28.

Klapmeier said he's happy with the progress of the jet project, but declined to offer details on the price and timing of the airplane. But he said the jet will be aimed at ordinary pilots looking for a good transportation solution and even to people who haven't yet considered flying. "Clearly, the jet will be the kind of airplane that non-pilots will aspire to," he said.

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» Visit Bose Corporation in booth SNF-009 at Sun 'n Fun
Seeing Is Believing back to top 

Forward Vision Looks Forward

Forward Vision and Max-Viz this week at the Sun 'n Fun Fly-In in Lakeland, Fla., announced their new working relationship to bring enhanced vision systems to the general aviation market. As a result of the partnership, Forward Vision has developed a completely redesigned EVS design dubbed the EVS-100. The system is only 1.2 pounds and is completely self-contained, meaning it is smaller and easier to install than previous infrared systems. According to Forward Vision president Patrick Farrell, the EVS-100 uses a new-generation sensor technology that is sunlight safe, while still offering "excellent imaging." A single-sensor system runs $14,995 (plus installation), and an extra sensor -- which will allow operators to fly to lower minimums on instrument approaches -- will add another $3,000 or so.

Forward Vision is now accepting orders for this new system for installation on experimental aircraft. For certified aircraft, a DO-160E compliant, PMA'd and STC'd version is expected to be delivered later this year.

Reason #31 — Look Ma, No Hands
The new Garmin GFC 700 autopilot gives you more hands-free flying control than ever. The flight director is seamlessly integrated into the G1000 glass cockpit and standard on new Skylanes and Stationairs. Letting go never felt so good. For more great reasons, visit CessnaReasons.com.

» Visit Cessna Aircraft in booths SNF-003-007 at Sun 'n Fun
AVweb Audio News — Are You Listening? back to top 

AVweb's Sun 'n Fun Podcast #4: One-on-One with Piper CEO Jim Bass from Lakeland

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Following up on our conversation with Bob Kromer, we talked to Piper CEO Jim Bass about the company's resurgence as a 21st Century aircraft manufacturer.

Dual Antenna Traffic Systems Simply Perform Better
Avidyne's dual-antenna TAS600 Systems detect other aircraft sooner and more accurately, avoiding the shadowing effects inherent with single-antenna systems. TAS600s actively interrogate other aircraft, providing timely alerts and precise locations of conflicting traffic. Starting at just $9,990, the dual-antenna TAS600 provides full-time protection and higher performance. When it comes to safety, you want to see the whole picture. Go online for details.

» Visit Avidyne in booths D-069-070 at Sun 'n Fun
Growth in All Segments of the Industry back to top 

Embraer Phenom Takes Form

At the Sun 'n Fun Fly-In this week in Lakeland, Fla., Embraer said its Phenom 100 very light jet and derivative Phenom 300 light jet are making "steady" progress. The Phenom 100 prototype's wing mating went "exceptionally smooth" the company's plant in São José dos Campos, Brazil. Both the wing and the fuselage – assembled at the Botucatu plant – arrived at Embraer’s main facility and are undergoing systems integration. First flight of the VLJ is expected this summer, with certification scheduled for mid-2008. Meanwhile, the Brazilian aircraft manufacturer has cut the first metal for the Phenom 300. An automated five-axis high-speed machining center milled the aircraft’s first part – a nose landing gear fitting located in the forward fuselage.

“The first metal cut is another significant achievement that confirms the steady advance of the Phenom 30 0 program,” said Henrique Langenegger, Embraer Vice-President of Executive Jet Programs. The Phenom 300 is slated to fly next year, with Brazilian approval planned for mid-2009.

BuildAPlane Grows

A grassroots effort to expose high school students to aviation has blossomed into an international effort that now has a $6 million fundraising goal. BuildAPlane started in California in 2003 with the donation of an airplane to a Burbank school's small engine repair program. After the first year, at least five of the students, who signed up to fix lawnmowers, ended up in post-secondary aviation programs in a variety of career paths. "It's interesting what happens when suddenly there's an airplane in the classroom. The organization has caught on and has formal partnerships with the FAA and the Wathen Foundation. It's also trying to raise the $6 million needed to buy textbooks and other classroom resources. But the group has also had a profound effect on a village in Nigeria.

Proof that aviation nuts are born and not products of their environment, a student from a village in Nigeria somehow found out about the program and begged for help. What's more, the boy and his friends were determined to build their own aircraft. With some seed funding from BuildAPlane, they put together a reasonable facsimile of an airplane and now the organization is looking for someone to sponsor a scholarship for the lead hands on the project so they can study in the U.S.

Upset Recovery Training: Are You Prepared?
APS Emergency Maneuver Training, the leading provider of upset recovery and spin avoidance/recovery training, delivers enjoyable turn-key programs. Fixed-wing pilots will recognize, avoid, and recover from any upset scenario. Courses directly address Loss of Control In-Flight, the leading cause of aviation accidents worldwide.

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» Meet APS President B. J. Ransbury at the NAFI booth (E-032) APRIL 20th at Sun 'n Fun
News Briefs back to top 

VistaNav Boosts Synthetic Vision Graphics

The VistaNav folks brought their new synthetic vision units to Sun 'n Fun in Lakeland,Fla., this week to introduce them to the flying world. The CIS-2000 and CIS-2200 systems provide faster graphic processing capabilities for smooth, lifelike, 3-D motion on the screen. The system is not certified, so it's for information-only, not for navigation, but VistaNav's Jeff Simon said he knows of at least two instances when pilots were able to use VistaNav to help get safely out of an emergency situation. One was a pilot who lost avionics at night in IMC, and one was a helicopter pilot who got caught in white-out conditions in a snow squall. The CIS-2000 system is designed for mid-level aircraft and can be powered from the cigarette lighter. A flat-screen display can be mounted in the coc kpit, and a 15-foot cable connects it to the hard drive, which can be secured anywhere in the aircraft. Both systems will be ready to ship in June, Simon said.

The CIS-2000 goes for $5,999 and the CIS-2200 for $9,999. "Synthetic vision is definitely the future," Simon said. He estimated that within three years or so it will be the standard for all avionic systems.

Light Sport Aircraft Industry Continues to Grow

"As of early April, the FAA has registered 838 Light Sport Aircraft," Dan Johnson, chairman of the Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association, told AVweb at the Sun 'n Fun Fly-In in Lakeland, Fla., on Friday. "The manufacturers have been working hard to increase production to meet the demand. So where a year or so ago you might have had to wait six to eight months to get an LSA delivered, now you can get one pretty quick." As the industry matures, companies are starting to expand their infrastructure beyond manufacturing and sales to provide service and support. "Flight Design, which has sold over 150 CTs, is at the forefront of developing a service network," Johnson said. Several new designs are also on display on the show.

The A22 Valor, designed i n the Ukraine by Aeroprakt, the SeaMax amphibian, and the American Flyer should soon be for sale as LSAs. EAA announced this week that the FAA has clarified its problematic rule on amphibious gear for LSAs, so the gear now can be retracted in flight.

XM WX Satellite Weather Uses a Continuous Satellite Broadcast to Deliver Graphical Weather Data to the Cockpit
Pilots view and interact with the data — including radar, winds, METARs, lightning, and more — on compatible MFDs, EFBs, and PDAs from a wide range of industry partners, as well as on laptop PCs. The situational awareness afforded by XM WX Satellite Weather allows pilots to enjoy their journeys with more confidence and comfort than ever before. For more information, please visit XMWXweather.com.
News Briefs back to top 

Around the World in 70 Days

"We've done a trip around South America in 35 days, and a 24-day Europe trip, so flying around the world seemed like the next challenge, the next dream," said Thierry Pouille, of Air Journey, on Thursday. His company announced the new trip this week at Sun 'n Fun, and six of the nine slots are already taken. "Not many people have done this on their own, and as far as we know, we are the first to offer a round-the-world escorted tour for private fliers." The trip will depart from New York in May 2008, and proceed to the west for 23,000 nm. "Most legs will average 600 miles or so, and we want to take time to visit and enjoy our destinations, and relax," he said. "It's not a race, it's an adventure." Events along the way will include a camel ride in Libya, a cruise along the Nile, snow skiing in Dubai, and a candlelit dinner on the Great Wall in China. Most nights will be spent in high-end hotels, he said, except in the Aleutian Islands, where the only accommodations are military barracks.

The trip will arrive in Oshkosh, Wis., in July 2008, just in time for EAA AirVenture. Airplanes that are signed up to go include two PC-12s, two TBMs, a Turbo Commander, and a CJ1+, Pouille said. To join the trip, an airplane must have a range of 1,000 to 1,200 miles and burn Jet-A, because the supply of avgas is not reliable in many places. Air Journey will take care of all the trip planning, including visas, insurance, finding maintenance facilities if needed, and more. An experienced trip leader will accompany the fleet and brief the pilots before every leg. "And of course the office staff will also offer full support," Pouille said. If this sounds like the trip for you, sign up soon -- the planning takes about a year. The cost is $54,950 per person, plus a $12,000 registration fee per aircraft.

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DA40 Diamond Star a Fleet Favorite
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» Visit Diamond Aircraft in booths MD-023B-024C at Sun 'n Fun
AVweb Exclusive Video back to top 

AVweb's Video Tour of the 2007 Sun 'n Fun Fly-In

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Names Behind the News back to top 

Meet the AVwebFlash Team

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