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Volume 13, Number 30f
July 28, 2007
Oregon Aero® Aviation Headset Upgrade Kits End Pain and Noise
Oregon Aero® offers the complete solution to painful, noisy aviation headsets with new, convenient upgrade kits. The complete aviation headset upgrade kits eliminate pain and pressure, improve intelligibility, and keep the head and ears cool and dry. Visit Oregon Aero® in Building C and get complimentary installation when you purchase a headset upgrade kit during AirVenture. Or go online for more information.

» Visit Oregon Aero in booths 3137-3141 (Building C) at AirVenture
Top Newsback to top 

Two P-51 Mustangs collided on the south end of the north/south runway at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wis., on Friday at 3:17 p.m., killing the sole-occupant pilot of one airplane and injuring the sole occupant of the other craft. The two warbirds were participating in the daily Showcase Flights at EAA when they apparently came into contact with each other and crashed. At press time, the FAA and NTSB were on the scene of the accident and had already begun their investigation. More...

On Friday, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) announced airplane shipments and billings for the first half of 2007 at EAA AirVenture. During the six-month period, shipments of general aviation airplanes totaled 1,883 units, a 1.7 percent increase over the same period last year. Industry billings rose 11.7 percent to $9.8 billion. While overall growth was positive, shipments of new piston aircraft through the second quarter slid 4.2 percent year-over-year to 1,226 airplanes. Turboprop shipments rose 15.2 percent from 158 airplanes in the first half of last year to 182 this year. The business jet market segment grew by 14.7 percent, with an increase in shipments from 414 units in first-half 2006 to 475 this year. More...

Fly with the Bose® Aviation Headset X
Enjoy an unmatched combination of benefits: Full-spectrum noise reduction, clear audio, and comfortable fit. Voted the #1 headset for the sixth consecutive year in Professional Pilot's 2006 Headset Preference Survey.

Buy today and receive a Garmin® Geko 201 handheld GPS. Learn more and order.

» Visit Bose Corporation in booths 173-176 at AirVenture
News Briefsback to top 

Gobosh (short for Go Big Or Stay Home) Aviation unveiled an aircraft it considers worthy of a variation of the LSA. The G-700S is what it terms a luxury sport aircraft and it promises to change the way people think about the new market sector. The aircraft is based on a Polish design built by Aero, but Gobosh says it is not simply an import. The company notes the aircraft is built to its standards, and that means superior fit and finish with top quality materials. Wing skins are made from a single piece of aluminum, while structural pieces are anodized for corrosion protection. Gobosh President Tim Baldwin said the current offerings in the LSA market are a "hodgepodge" of designs, and his company has a different vision. "So we decided to raise the bar in light sport and tailor the aircraft for the market," added Baldwin. 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
AVweb Original Videosback to top 

The latest active noise reduction headset making news is LightSPEED's Zulu, which specializes in comfort and convenience. We stopped by their booth at EAA AirVenture 2007, where VP of Operations Jim Mueller gave us a quick tour of the headset's features. More...

Our request for an impromptu product demonstration (with CEO Mike Dennis) of Oregon Aero seat cushions brought a lot of smiles ... . (Click through to watch.) 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 Briefsback to top 

This week at EAA Airventure, Avidyne introduced the TWX670 Tactical Weather Detection system, which it bills as the "first color, real-time, lightning-based tactical weather avoidance sensor for general aviation aircraft." The unit uses advanced technology to detect lightning more accurately than previous-generation systems and creates a color-coded display of storm-cell intensity for tactical weather decisions. Unlike competitors, the TWX670 is approved by the FAA to display lightning strikes in the zero to 25-nm range, as well as up to 100 nm out. Avidyne said the box has been TSO'd, and it plans on announce pricing and availability later this year. The TWX670 was developed by Avidyne’s Safety Systems Group (formerly Ryan International) in Columbus, Ohio, and can be displayed on the Avidyne EX5000 and EX500 multifunction displays (MFD), as well as the Avidyne 3-ATI Multi-Hazard Display (MHD). More...

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
News Briefsback to top 

With four new aircraft introduced at the show this week sporting parachutes from Ballistic Recovery Systems, CEO Larry Williams was beaming at his AirVenture press conference on Thursday morning. "We've never had this many aircraft announcements all at once before," he said, and hinted that a fifth might be revealed before the show is over. The new BRS-equipped aircraft are Lancair's turbine-powered Evolution, Epic Aircraft's Victory jet single, the Cirrus LSA and the Diamond DA-50 SuperStar. Williams also reported that flight tests of the company's jet chute are complete, though the overall system is still in development. He expects to be ready to start the certification process by the end of this year. The jet chute's interface with aircraft systems is challenging, he said. "The system will have the capability to slow down the aircraft, and lower the gear. It adds complexity." The T-tail on the DA50 also is a challenge for extraction, he said. 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
News Briefsback to top 

EADS Socata's new chairman and CEO, Jean-Michel Léonard, came to his first EAA AirVenture show with momentum on his side. The French aircraft manufacturer said sales of its souped-up TBM 850 turboprop single has now passed the 100-airplane mark, and Léonard sees no erosion in interest whatsoever due to the in-service entrance of the very light jets. While the 320-knot cruise speed of the $2.85 million(2007 $) TBM 850 is comparable to the VLJs, he says the turboprop "is more efficient than a jet, and it also produces fewer emissions than a jet. Jets use 50 percent more fuel than a turboprop, so I'm quite puzzled by the number of very light jet projects." Léonard notes that TBM sales has increased from 31 aircraft in 2005 to 50 this year, and the current backlog is a record 40 aircraft. On Friday, Socata will deliver S/N 411 (the 61st TBM 850) on Friday at EAA AirVenture. Meanwhile, the company is exploring new additions to its product line. More...

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News Briefsback to top 

Long before Sean O'Donnell was paralyzed in an accident, his dreams soared far above the wheelchair that is now a part of his life. Last Monday, the first stage of that dream came true when he became the proud holder of a sport pilot certificate. "I've been doing the paralyzed thing for 12 years, and I've been doing the flying thing for a month," he said moments after being honored at EAA AirVenture as one of the first scholarship holders in Able Flight to complete Sport Pilot training. O'Donnell did his training at Wittman Field in Oshkosh and his successful completion was timed for inclusion in the show. O'Donnell, an engineer who runs a distance-education department for a college in Pennsylvania, said flight has been his dream since he was a kid, but financial concerns, his accident and getting on with life kept him from pursuing it until recently. More...

What Is the Role of Aerobatics in Upset Recovery Training?
In this article, we discuss how aerobatic maneuvering can be effectively integrated into a thorough upset recovery course. Although related, aerobatic training is not the same as professionally-administered upset recovery training. More details? Please follow the link below ... .

Integrate 10,000 hours of specialized upset recovery expertise into your safety training today. Call (866) 359-4273 or read more on the Role of Aerobatics online.
News Briefsback to top 

Aviation memorabilia collectors might want to check out the Aurora Auctions Web site for a list of the items that will into an online auction on Saturday. The auction will feature mostly items from the golden age of aviation, from 1920 to 1940 and includes the sculpture used to cast the 1930 Charles E. Thompson Trophy for unlimited racing. The sculpture was found in in the 1990s in a storage room of the foundry that produced the trophy, and the auction house is anxious to get the word out about the sale so the trophy sculpture can find "an appropriate home." More...

Fly in Ultra-Comfort with LightSPEED Headsets:
Discover the most comfortable headsets in the industry. The in-the-ear Mach 1 weighs less than 1 oz., and the full-size Thirty 3G just under 16 oz. and uses soft conform-foam ear cushions. Try a LightSPEED headset with a 30-day money back guarantee. To order, contact a LightSPEED dealer or call (800) 332-2421 (PST, business hours). For more information and to view a video clip, click here.

» Visit LightSPEED Aviation in booths 2010, 2019, & 2023 at AirVenture
AVweb Audio News -- Are You Listeningback to top 

Teledyne Continental invested heavily in FADEC technology nearly a decade ago, but it has few takers for electronically-controlled engines among GA manufacturers. But Diamond says it will use TCM's IOF-550-N in the new Diamond DA50 SuperStar. Diamond's Peter Maurer explains why the company opted for this intriguing new engine.

Click here to listen.

Avemco Insurance announced relaxed restrictions on certain homebuilt aircraft and the availability of third-party and passenger liability policies for Experimental designs previously not covered by the company. Avemco executive vice president Jim Lauerman spoke with Kitplanes editor-in-chief Marc Cook about the new programs, as well as the company's sponsorship of the Airmanship Education Research Initiative.

Click here to listen. More...

Meridian. Mirage. Pressurized Comfort. Pure Performance.
Turboprop or piston, your choice in pressurized comfort.
Meridian: 500 hp turboprop; maximum cruise speed - 260 ktas; range - 1,000 nm; useful load - 1,720 pounds; maximum altitude - 30,000 feet.
Mirage: Turbocharged 350 hp piston engine; maximum cruise speed - 213 ktas; range - 1,345 nm; useful load - 1,245 pounds; maximum altitude - 25,000 feet.
Excitement Level: Off the charts!
Up to $150,000 in factory incentives on your way to PiperJet ownership. Call Piper at (866) FLY-PIPER for a dealer near you, or go online.

» Visit Piper Aircraft in booths 72-75 & 79-82 at AirVenture
Contact Usback to top 

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» Visit the Piper Flyers Association (PFA)
& Cessna Flyers Association (CFA)
in booth
4068 at AirVenture
Names Behind The Newsback to top 


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