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Volume 13, Number 30g
July 29, 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
Top Newsback to top 

If you've never written the President, now's a good time to start. That's the message from House aviation subcommittee members as the FAA reauthorization bill moves through Capitol Hill. The subcommittee attended a somewhat sparsely attended public session at EAA AirVenture on Saturday, and Rep. Sam Graves, R-Mo., said that while user fees are big news in aviation circles, most senators and representatives are barely aware of the issue, as is the Administration. The House is likely to pass its version of the bill (H.R.2881), which does not include user fees or major tax breaks for the airlines. The Senate bill, S.1300, contains a $25-per-leg fee for all turbine-powered aircraft in the IFR system. It also eliminates fuel taxes paid by airlines, meaning the tax revenue from a cross-country trip for an airliner would drop from about $500 in fuel taxes to the flat $25. Most observers believe that the $25 fee would justify establishment of a billing and collection system that would be quickly put to work collecting new and expanded user fees on general aviation. The Administration is likely to back the Senate version of the bill, so it's important that the President also know directly that there is widespread opposition to the user fee, according to Graves. More...

Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., is asking those opposing user fees to time it right when expressing that opposition. In a session at the EAA's members' village on Saturday at AirVenture, the veteran pilot and politician indicated he has something up his sleeve that he'll introduce when the Senate votes on its reauthorization bill.The Senate bill, S.1300, contains a $25-per-leg fee on turbine aircraft using the IFR system, which has prompted general aviation leaders to be very concerned. The worry is that the fee is just the beginning of a massive bureaucracy to directly tax the movement of aircraft. Inhofe has been contacting his colleagues in the Senate, but he's not letting anyone know what his amendment will say until the time is right. Likewise, he doesn't want anyone writing their senator in advance because it will alert the senators that are adamantly in favor of user fees that some kind of organized oppposition is being mounted. "That'll just tip them off," he said. Instead, he's telling those opposed to user fees to wait until they are alerted by EAA and AOPA and to then write their senators urging them to "support the Inhofe amendment." 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
News Briefsback to top 

In a press briefing Saturday afternoon, NTSB air safety inspector Jim Silliman said the Safety Board is still very much in the investigation stage of Friday afternoon's accident involving two P-51 Mustangs participating in the showcase flights at EAA AirVenture. EAA spokesman Dick Knapinski said Gerald Beck, 58, of Wahpeton, N.D., was killed in the fiery crash and Casey Odegaard, 24, of Kindred, N.D., suffered only minor injuries. Silliman said both airplanes were landing on Runway 36L at Oshkosh Wittman Regional Airport when Beck's P-51A hit Odegaard's P-51D from behind before flipping over and catching fire. As expected, several airshow watchers caught the accident on camera or video camcorders, and Silliman said the NTSB is now reviewing a video and several photos submitted to investigators. More...

Award-winning aerobatic pilot Jim LeRoy died Saturday when his Pitts Special crashed during a performance at the Dayton (Ohio) Air Show. According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, LeRoy, 46, was in one of two aircraft making loops when his biplane hit the runway at an angle and slid about 300 yards before catching on fire. First responders arrived in less than a minute, and firefighters quickly extinguished the flames. LeRoy was cut out of his Pitts airplane, but he died en route to Miami Valley Hospital. More...

Fly with the Bose® Aviation Headset X
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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 

Eighty years ago, Claude Dornier introduced a small "flying boat," and on Friday afternoon his grandson, Iren Dornier, revealed the Dornier Aircraft S-Ray amphibian light sport aircraft. The all-composite two-seater, which achieved first flight on July 14 in Germany, has a high wing with a forward-facing engine mounted on top. At present, the prototype is powered by a Rotax 914 engine, though the production version is likely to have a 100-hp Rotax 912. However, Dornier said his company is exploring different engines as well (the Jabiru engine was specifically mentioned). Designed as a flight trainer, the S-Ray is expected to cruise at 115 knots, go up to 500 miles without refueling and have a stall speed of only 30 knots. Interesting features of the S-Ray are its tiltable wing, which will make for easy storage of the $129,000 LSA amphib, and optional skids. According to Dornier, the company wanted to fly the prototype to AirVenture, but the FAA nixed those plans, at least for this year. He said there are orders for 20 aircraft, with first deliveries planned in "four to seven months." 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 Briefsback to top 

With customer deliveries of the A500 centerline twin under way, Adam Aircraft is working to enhance the features of the product. Upgrades include the addition of a Traffic Advisory System, certified in May, and XM weather and audio and CMAX Jeppesen charts are now available. Testing is completed for an enhanced ground-proximity warning system, engine cooling and inadvertant-icing protection. Testing of an air-conditioning system will be complete by September, CEO Rick Adam said at a press conference at AirVenture on Thursday. 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 

Clearwater, Fla.-based Pol-Air has been busy keeping EAA AirVenture attendees nice and cool with its "personal air chiller" for airplanes, which it introduced and is demonstrating at the airshow. "It's not an air conditioner," stressed Pol-Air President Jamie Blackstone, nor is it a whole aircraft cabin cooler. Instead, cooled air is piped through up to four hoses to provide a "zone of comfort" around the occupants. The 10-pound Pol-Air B310 is comprised of a "Gatorade-type" cooler, four hoses, drain basin and a proprietary turbine that provides 22 cfm of air pressure per hose. It holds up to 35 pounds of ice and works by drawing air through the ice, thereby drying the air in the process. The company says the B310 has a cooling endurance of about two hours. During a demo at AirVenture, the device was shown to reduce the humidity from 73 percent to 35 percent in less than a minute. Pol-Air said the cooler can be permanently kept in the baggage compartment (strapped down, of course) since melted water is discharged into an aircraft drain line or the spill-proof basin, which can be easily drained via a siphon. More...

Is There Really a Checklist that Deals with Most Any Aircraft Upset Scenario?
Yes, there is. The All-Attitude Upset Recovery Checklist is designed as a single-procedure checklist to address both stalls and unusual attitudes in a wide variety of fixed-wing aircraft to include general aviation aircraft, business jets, and airline transport airplanes ... .

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 

The guys from Boise, Idaho, who run AeroLEDs like to call themselves geeky engineers, but at EAA AirVenture this week they were showing off some marketing savvy, dunking their LED units in a fishbowl filled with water, dropping them repeatedly and shining them all night into the skies above Wittmann Field. Company cofounder Mike D'Amico is a Kitfox owner-builder and says that like many pilots of experimental aircraft, he found the traditional landing light would dim just when he needed it most -- low-rpm engine settings at night on short final and during night taxiing. His AeroSUN product results from his effort to solve that problem. "The LED lights are very bright, solid state, shock and vibration resistant, require less energy and can last up to 50,000 hours," he said. They can be used as anti-colllision lights as well as for landing lights, and will enhance the safety of flight, D'Amico 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 

In an effort to get kids back into aviation and thus help slow or even stop the declining pilot population, Alpha Tango Charlie at EAA AirVenture said it is offering a discount on its aviation trading cards for aviation education and learn-to-fly organizations. 'Several EAA chapters offer them to Young Eagle kids to help reinforce the thrilling memory of their first flight," company President Tom Trainor said. "This is a new tool available to help inspire and encourage kids to become interested and involved in aviation." Each $2.99 pack contains 11 cards -- eight aircraft cards, two trivia cards and a bonus card. Six pack bundles are also available for $17.99. More...

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AVweb Original Video Newsback to top 

AVweb says goodbye to AirVenture today, with a look at some of the sights and sounds from the Saturday air show. The 300,000-pound Boeing C-17 Globemaster can stop in about 1,200 feet -- and here's what that looks like. Plus shots of the B-2, F-86, F-22 and heritage flight formation including the restored P-38 Glacier Girl. More...

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» Visit Aircraft Spruce & Specialty in booths 1022-1029 at AirVenture
AVweb Audio News -- Are You Listeningback to top 

Monticello, Iowa may not be the biggest name in aviation circles, but aviation plays a vital role in the day-to-day lives of almost everyone in and around the bustling farming community. AVweb's Russ Niles spoke with farmer, student pilot, and aviation advocate Max Dirks about what he sees as the biggest threat to aviation down on the farm and why he's busy bending his Congressman's ear on a range of topics. More...

It's Not What You Know, but Who You Know that Can Save You Money!
Avionics. Next to your airframe and engine(s), avionics are the most expensive items you will purchase for your aircraft. Don't spend more than you need to! Before you buy anywhere else, call Bennett Avionics at (800) 653-7295, or visit online. It's not rocket science, just good business!
Bonus Audio From Kitplanes Magazineback to top 

Rotorway International introduced its new Talon A600 helicopter kit at AirVenture this week. The ship, a dramatically refined version of the popular Exec 162F, is a two-place, kit-built helicopter powered by a proprietary four-cylinder, FADEC (full-authority digital engine control) fuel-injection and ignition system. The A600 features a wider cabin, improved systems and a standard MGL Avionics EFIS (electronic flight information system) glass cockpit with comprehensive data logging capabilies. In addition, the Talon features a new shaft-driven tail rotor the previous one was belt driven) and new hydraulic tensioners for the main belt-drive system. Prices will start at $95,700. Company CEO Grant Norwich talked to Kitplanes editor-in-chief Marc Cook about the new ship. More...

WingX 2.0 - Animated NEXRAD, METARs/TAFs, Approach Charts, W&B, and Route Planning!
WingX 2.0 for the Pocket PC has animated NEXRAD, satellite, lightning prediction graphics, and more; color-coded METARs and TAFs; approach charts; advanced weight and balance; route planning; searchable FARs; endorsements; E6B; runway layouts; and SmartTaxi™. Fast access to a comprehensive A/FD with auto-dial. WingX is also GPS-enabled! Click here to download your demo version of WingX at HiltonSoftware.com.
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Names Behind The Newsback to top 


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