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EXPLORES ALTERNATIVE ENGINES
On Tuesday morning at EAA
AirVenture, Sonex Aircraft made public its AeroConversions division's E-Flight
Initiative, which started in 2006 with the intention to pioneer
alternative energy research and development for sport aircraft engines.
The unveiling included a proof-of-concept 80-hp-equivalent electric
powerplant installed in a Sonex Waiex airframe and news that the company
is testing an AeroVee 2.0 engine that will run on E85 (a blend of up to
85 percent ethanol with 15 percent gasoline). According to Sonex, the
E-Flight Initiative has three major areas of focus -- electric power,
ethanol fuel and engine efficiency enhancements -- that take a diverse
approach to the problems of rising energy costs and environmental
effects of burning fossil fuels to provide near, intermediate and
long-term "green" powerplant solutions. Addressing the first focus area,
Sonex has developed a prototype brushless DC cobalt motor that is the
size of a coffee can but weighs only 50 pounds. More...
DEVELOPMENTS INTRODUCES THREE-CYLINDER ENGINE FOR GA MARKET
three-cylinder, opposed piston two-stroke diesel engine may seem like a
strange configuration, but Derek Graham, chairman of the U.K.-based
Powerplant Developments, says the design has been around in aircraft
since the 1930s. His engineering team believed the concept could be
updated with new technology and deliver a high weight-to-power ratio.
"Everyone wanted an engine that would deliver 100 horsepower at a 150
pounds, but it was thought to be impossible," he said. The new Gemini
engine delivers 100 hp at 166 pounds installed, according to Graham.
"And the design eliminates the need for a camshaft, valve gear and
cylinder head joints -- three main causes of unreliability and high
maintenance costs of older-generation piston engines," he said.
The New WSI InFlight®
Cockpit Weather System
Introducing the new WSI InFlight® AV-300
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
, the most trusted name in aviation weather.
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» Visit WSI in booth 2123 (Hangar B) at AirVenture
UNVEILS COMMON PFD/MFD PLATFORM
Aspen Avionics on Tuesday
morning at EAA AirVenture introduced the Evolution Flight Display system
glass cockpit system for certified general aviation aircraft. The system
is not only modular, expandable and upgradable, but the company says is
easy to afford, install and own. According to Aspen, the evolution line
includes three primary flight display (PFD) models starting at $5,995
and twomodels of multifunction displays (MFD) starting at $4,995.The
Evolution system enables aircraft owners to upgrade their primary flight
instrument "six pack" to glass cockpit technology all at once, or in
stages. At Aspen Avionics, we believe that installing the latest
avionics technologies and safety advances in GA aircraft shouldnt
have to mean emptying your bank account, said Vice President of
Marketing Doug Cayne. And you shouldnt have to throw out the
old every time you want to add something new. Starting with a
common hardware platform containing a miniature solid-state air data,
attitude and heading reference system (ADAHRS), the EFD1000 slides
easily into existing three-inch instrument panel holes, requiring little
to no panel modification or mounting of heavy remote boxes.
AND WSI GET SIRIUS ABOUT WEATHER
Avionics maker Avidyne and
weather provider WSI have teamed to provide Sirius
satellite-radio-delivered weather information to aircraft. Under the
agreement, Avidyne's Safety Systems Group in Columbus, Ohio, is
developing and manufacturing WSIs new AV-300 data receiver and
AV-350 data/audio receivers, and the MLB700 receiver specifically for
Avidyne EX500 and EX5000 multifunction displays. Meanwhile, WSI is
providing its InFlight weather service via the Sirius satellite network
for the datalink receivers. According to Avidyne, the AV-300 and AV-350
systems will be compatible with a wide array of multifunction displays
and available as upgrades to existing WSI AV-100 and AV-200 receivers.
The MLB700, which is available in a $4,795 data-only version or a $5,495
data/audio combo, is schedule to start shipping in the third quarter.
All of the Avidyne datalink receivers use advanced chipsets that improve
receiver performance and reception and eliminate interference from
ground-based signals. The AV-350 and data/audio version of the MLB700
come with a remote controller to select audio programming from the more
than 130 channels of Sirius sports, news, talk, and commercial-free
music programming that can be heard through an aircraft's audio system.
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Lumbar support, shown in photo
with cushion, is highly recommended and sold separately.
» Visit Oregon Aero in booths 3137-3141 (Building C) at
GETTING ON ITS FEET
After a flurry of product announcements
in recent years, Mooney Airplane Company is concentrating on turning the
resulting orders into black ink. CEO Dennis Ferguson told the media at
EAA AirVenture on Tuesday that the product line is set for the
foreseeable future as the focus turns seriously to "getting Mooney on
its feet financially." The venerable Kerrville, Texas company has been
through several ownership changes, including a brief period as a public
company, and has struggled financially, but Ferguson says he's
optimistic about the future. The Acclaim, a turbocharged version of the
M20 that was introduced in the spring of 2006, has enjoyed particular
success, with 50 copies delivered since last November.
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» Visit Bose Corporation in booths 173-176 at AirVenture
PLANS INCREASED U.S. PRESENCE
"We have no new engine models
in the works," Frank Thielert said at EAA AirVenture on Tuesday morning.
But a lot of work is under way to expand the U.S. service network,
improve the TBR of the Centurion diesel engine and secure additional
STCs so the engine can be mated with more airframes. "The trend is
definitely toward diesel, especially in Europe," Thielert said. "We're
certain that the diesel trend is real and right." When he flew into
Paris Le Bourget several weeks ago, Thielert said there was no avgas
available there, and it is the biggest GA airport in all of Europe. He
said that as more engines are returned to the factory for replacement,
each one is torn down and inspected, and as the database builds up, that
statistical information about engine wear can support a change in TBR.
Currently the engines are replaced after 1,000 hours of use.
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
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» Visit Cessna Aircraft in booths 143-156 at AirVenture
CHARTS NOW APPROVED FOR PART 91
Jeppesen spokesman Todd
Krawczyk told media at EAA AirVenture that the FAA has formally
recognized electronic charts for use in Part 91 operations and cleared
up all the ambiguity that has been his industry's biggest marketing
impediment. The FAA issued Advisory Circular 91-78 on Monday that gives
specific guidance to Part 91 operators on the use of electronic charts.
"This just completely clears things up," Krawczyk told AVweb. In
a nutshell, electronic charts in Class 1 and Class 2 electronic
flightbags can be legally used in all phases of flight in lieu of paper
documentation. The AC suggests (but doesn't require) back up, but it
says that back up can be another source of electronic charts and doesn't
have to be paper, although it's pretty easy to print out the electronic
Avidyne's New MLB700
Broadcast Datalink Receiver Really Delivers!
's MLB700 Broadcast Datalink Receiver
aviation-quality datalink graphical weather from WSI InFlight® and
audio entertainment from SIRIUS® Satellite Radio. With the
, 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
» Visit Avidyne in booths 2098-2101 at AirVenture
PRESIDENT PAT FORREY TESTIFIES ON WORKING CONDITIONS
president of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA)
told the House aviation subcommittee on Tuesday morning that while the
group supports modernization efforts, the bricks and mortar that house
that equipment and controllers are from the Stone Age. Patrick Forrey
described problems ranging from toxic mold to condensation on tower
windows that contribute to making controllers' jobs even tougher than
they already are. "Unfortunately, the aging air traffic control
facilities that house these advances have gone unchanged," he said.
"More importantly, the maintenance and basic structures are not keeping
pace with the rest of the industry and this is weakening
controllers ability to operate." More...
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AIRVENTURE 2007 PODCAST #3: CESSNA'S KEEPING BUSY (MAYBE TOO
It's busy at this year's EAA AirVenture, and nobody's
been busier than Cessna CEO Jack Pelton. With the announcement of the
company's Light Sport Aircraft (which is being well received), does
Cessna have some time to pursue other projects? AVweb's Russ
Niles found a relatively quiet place at AirVenture to ask Pelton about
Cessna's current projects and the future of its Next Generation Piston
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XM WX Satellite Weather Uses
a Continuous Satellite Broadcast to Deliver Graphical Weather Data to
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
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FLITELite Reinvents Light ... Once
, aviation's LED innovator, introduces the next step in
headset technology a new intercom-powered, hands-free LED
flashlight built into the headset microphone without loss of audio
system quality, factory installed by AVCOMM Communications
lose your flashlight again. And the FLITELite
controls are hands-free; just a gentle touch
with your lip to turn it on give it a kiss, and conquer the
More details online
» Visit FLITELite & AvComm in booth 223 at AirVenture
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