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Volume 13, Number 30b
July 24, 2007
The New WSI InFlight® Cockpit Weather System
Introducing the new WSI InFlight® AV-300 datalink weather receiver and the all new AV-350, a cockpit weather system capable of receiving both WSI's aviation weather content and SIRIUS Satellite Radio entertainment. It's just the latest innovation from WSI, the most trusted name in aviation weather. For more information, click here.

» Visit WSI in booth 2123 (Hangar B) at AirVenture
Eclipse's Monday Morning Surpriseback to top 

On Monday morning at EAA AirVenture, Eclipse Aviation President and CEO Vern Raburn stunned the press corps when he taxied up to the company's exhibit in the V-tail, single-engine Eclipse Concept Jet (ECJ) prototype just minutes after the airplane project itself was announced by COO Peg Bilson. The four-set very light jet single, which shares about 60-percent commonality with its larger Eclipse 500 sibling, was built in complete secrecy at the NASA Wallops Island facility in Virginia by contractors Swift Engineering and Basis. It features a V-tail and pod-mounted Pratt & Whitney Canada PW610F, along with the Avio NG integrated avionics suite. According to the company, the all-aluminum ECJ prototype has logged about 30 hours since its first flight on July 2, and the airplane has reached speeds of 250 knots and altitudes up to 25,000 feet. Ultimately, the small jet is expected to attain 345 knots and FL410 during testing; NBAA IFR range is predicted to be 1,250 nm. Preliminary weights include a 4,800-pound mtow, 2,480-pound empty weight, 2,000-pound useful load and 1,261-pound fuel capacity. Eclipse stresses, however, that the airplane is only a concept model and is not a product launch. More...

Oregon Aero® Eliminates Painful Seating in Any Aircraft
Nothing interferes with the joy of flying like painful aircraft seats. Oregon Aero® can make any seat pain-free — no matter how long the flight — with a Seat Cushion System upgrade. From homebuilts to production aircraft, Oregon Aero® can upgrade any seat. Custom leather and fabric upholstery options are available to match any aircraft interior. See examples of Oregon Aero® Seat Cushion Systems in Building C at AirVenture, or visit OregonAero.com online.

» Visit Oregon Aero in booths 3137-3141 (Building C) at AirVenture
Meet the Cirrus SRSback to top 

Cirrus Design on Monday at EAA AirVenture announced a partnership with Fk Lightplanes of Speyer, Germany to produce the Cirrus SRS (or SR Sport) light sport aircraft. According to Duluth, Minn.-based Cirrus, the SRS will be an extension of the company's current product line for people who would like a Cirrus but are more interested in sporty, recreational or entry-level missions. Cirrus said the all-composite SRS will be equipped with the Cirrus Airframe Parachute System and glass avionics (system to be determined). First deliveries are expected next summer, but the pricing has not yet been firmed up but should be in the neighborhood of $100,000. "For years we have talked about how we, as an industry, needed to introduce more people to flying," said Cirrus Chairman and CEO Alan Klapmeier. "The SRS is yet another example of [us] providing a high customer value product that is easier to fly, more comfortable, loaded with safety features – all at an extremely affordable cost." The company said the SRS is based on the Fk14 Polaris, which is "the best in class." More...

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» Visit Bose Corporation in booths 173-176 at AirVenture
More on the Eclipse Concept Jet, Diamond's Osh '07 Entryback to top 

A first look at the Eclipse Concept Jet unveiled Monday at AirVenture. Hear Eclipse president and CEO Vern Rayburn's comments and have a close look at the jet -- inside and out. (Click through to watch.) More...

Diamond Aircraft formally introduced its DA50 SuperStar at EAA AirVenture on Monday, saying it's intended to fill the niche between the plethora of four-place high-performance singles and the in-development personal jets. The SuperStar will fit three on its rear bench seat, allowing the whole family to fly. "We saw a gap in the market," said company spokeswoman Heike Larson. "This is different from what's out there." With a 52-inch-wide cabin and a full range of creature comforts, including seatback entertainment screens for the backseat passengers, Larson said the SuperStar is aimed at those that want a big, high-performance load hauler. Ice protection and a BRS parachute will be available options. First versions will be powered by a Continental TSIOF-550J engine with FADEC, with a 200-knot cruise (true) and a 900-nm range. The aircraft is projected to cost in the $600,000 range. More...

Grab Hold of the Sky. And Never Let Go.
The Cessna Skycatcher. Introducing an aircraft from a company that needs no introduction. The very latest technology. Unprecedented affordability. Extreme flyability. Click here to catch the excitement.

» Visit Cessna Aircraft in booths 143-156 at AirVenture
News Briefs from Oshkoshback to top 

The so-called angel investor whose money funded the second incarnation of Symphony Aircraft vows the slick two-seater will have a third chance at a market that has become increasingly crowded and less defined than it was when the plane was first produced early in this century. The aircraft was first made in Germany by OMF. It restructured in Canada with American investor Lou Simons providing most of the capital, but it went under again earlier this year. Simons, speaking at a news conference at EAA AirVenture said the combination of a weak American dollar, delays in certifying the Symphony's glass cockpit model and higher-than-expected start-up costs all led to the second bankruptcy. The third incarnation will be in the U.S., Simons said, and he predicted resuming production in 2008. More...

On Sunday, a World War II-era North American T-6G made an emergency landing on a Wisconsin highway on the way to EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis. Engine problems forced the airplane to land on Highway 41 near Fond du Lac Airport, and a state trooper caught the off-field touchdown on video. Neither pilot William J. Leff of Dayton, Ohio, nor his son suffered injuries, but the right wing of their airplane suffered damage after hitting highway signs. (Click through to watch the Associated Press video.) More...

Share Your Thoughts on Aviation Headsets
Pilots have many choices when considering aviation headsets. So we'd like to know: What features lead you to purchase? How do you choose between brands? In short, we want to know what's important to you.

Please take a few moments to complete our survey and help influence the future of the aviation headset industry. Go to survey.
News Briefs from Oshkoshback to top 

Epic unveiled two prototype jets at EAA AirVenture on Monday, proving its development schedule is as agressive as its marketing campaign. Not only did the Victory single and Elite twin arrive as scheduled for a 10:30 a.m. press conference, but they took to the air a few hours later in demo flights for the airshow crowd. Not bad considering the Victory wasn't even on the virtual drawing board until last December. Epic President Rick Schrameck told the assembled media the approximately 200-day timeline from the first autocad entry to a flying jet is a tribute to the design and production team. The jets are officially kits for now and at least five Victories will be built in the coming year, according to the script read by the airshow announcer as the Victory was landing. More...

Comp Air owner and president Ron Lueck provided an update on his latest project, the Comp Air 12 turboprop, at AirVenture. He is now working on a conforming prototype, which has evolved a bit from the earlier version that was shown at Sun 'n Fun back in April. According to Lueck, the cabin of the current Model 12 is 42 inches longer than the earlier version and about four inches wider. The tail surfaces have been made larger to accommodate the power of the Honeywell TPE331-14GR turboprop engine, he said. It will have a ceiling of 29,000 feet, a 310 knot cruise, 2,800-fpm climb and an NBAA IFR range of 2,535 nm. "It can go nonstop anywhere in North America," he said. The eight to 10-seat Comp Air 12 will have a lavatory on board to ensure comfort on longer flights. Lueck expects the design to achieve certification in the first quarter of 2010 and sell for under $3 million. More...

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... and More New Productsback to top 

RotorWay debuted the prototype of its new A600 Talon two-seat helicopter at EAA AirVenture on Monday morning. Company CEO Grant Norwitz said the new model is a top-to-bottom upgrade of the company's previous design, incorporating a glass cockpit, FADEC, a wider and taller cabin and a new drive system. "It's a quantum leap forward," he said. The kit version of the aircraft will sell for $95,700, with everything, in a quick-build kit that the company says can be completed in 450 hours. "I know it's too cheap," Norwitz said, but he then added that a ready-to-fly version can be imported from a South African factory for $135,000, prompting more than a few gasps and wows even from the press corps attending the event. "One of our goals is to provide affordable rotary-wing flying," Norwitz said. He added that the company will work toward certification of the A600, first in Europe and then in the U.S., and plans to develop a turbine version. More...

Aviat Aircraft said it will offer Forward Vision's EVS-100 both as a factory-installed option on new Huskies and as a retrofit on older models. The company said it is the first GA manufacturer to offer the infrared enhanced-vision system. Stu Horn, president of Aviat, said the EVS-100 "turns night into day" and can see through light fog and clouds. "This is not a virtual image, but actual," he said. That is, the pilot sees a real-time image derived from the actual landscape, not from a database. The EVS-100 can reveal obstacles on a dark runway, aid emergency night landings and prevent midair collisions in low visibility conditions, Horn said. The system includes an infrared sensor weighing 1.2 pounds that is installed on the fuselage like an antenna and a cockpit display. Cost for the system, whether as a new option or a retrofit, is $22,000, Horn said. More...

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... and More Exclusive Videoback to top 

During our first day at AirVenture Oshkosh 2007, we looked into aircraft innovations from Cessna, Eclipse, Cirrus, and Epic and sampled a mixed bag of everything aviation. Click through to join us for a video "walking tour" of the show. More...

Avidyne's New MLB700 Broadcast Datalink Receiver Really Delivers!
Avidyne's MLB700 Broadcast Datalink Receiver delivers aviation-quality datalink graphical weather from WSI InFlight® and audio entertainment from SIRIUS® Satellite Radio. With the MLB700, you get WSI's industry-leading NOWrad® radar mosaic displayed on your EX500 or EX5000 MFD for the most up-to-date and highest-quality aviation weather available and over 130 channels of music, sports, news, and talk radio right through your aircraft's audio system. See for yourself at Avidyne's AirVenture booth, or click for more information online.

» Visit Avidyne in booths 2098-2101 at AirVenture
AVweb Audio News — Are You Listening?back to top 

Eclipse CEO Vern Raburn talks with AVweb's Mary Grady about the new Eclipse single-engine "concept jet," which made its surprise debut on Monday at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh. He talks about his opinions regarding composite versus aluminum; the advantages of a "go-home button" versus a parachute; his take on the safety of flying at 41,000 or 25,000 feet; and more. Click here to listen. More...

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New on AVwebback to top 

AVMAIL: JUL. 23, 2007
Reader mail this week about FSS vs. Duats, Congressional oversight and more. More...

Columbia Introduces 2007 Models
The 2007 Columbias have arrived. Fresh for this year are new, dynamic paint schemes for both the Columbia 350 and 400, as well as a host of thoughtful and unique features for the discerning aircraft owner. See how your new Columbia will look with the interactive online Paint Selector. Just go online and click on the "Paint Your Passion" icon.

» Visit Columbia Aircraft Manufacturing in booths 23-20 & S-14 at AirVenture
How to Reach Usback to top 

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Names Behind the Newsback to top 


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 Contributing Editors Glenn Pew (bio) , Mary Grady (bio) , and Russ Niles (bio) and Editor-in-Chief Chad Trautvetter (bio) .

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