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Volume 13, Number 40d
October 6, 2007
 
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» Visit Bose Corporation in booths 538 & 540 at the AOPA Expo
 
Lockheed Martin Answers Criticsback to top 
 

LOCKHEED MARTIN: AFSS PERFORMANCE IS IMPROVING
Right up front, we'll say we've heard the same complaints about Lockheed Martin's handling of the Flight Service Station contract as everyone else: Long wait times, dropped calls, lost flight plans and briefers lacking local knowledge of the areas they cover. Lockheed Martin's Dan Courain, the company's VP of aviation services, says he has gotten a similar earful and at AOPA Expo on Thursday, Courain told AVweb that LockMart is doing something about. Specifically, it has rewired the call waiting system to delay bumping of calls from their origination area to other parts of the system, where briefers may be umfamiliar with local landmarks, airspace and conditions. More...

 
Legendary Aircraft, Revolutionary Engine
In a diesel-equipped Skyhawk, you'll burn 30% less fuel per hour. And because the power plant burns Jet A instead of pricier avgas, you'll save even more on direct operating costs. What's more, this remarkable Thielert engine operates at 2,300 rpm (vs. 2,400 in a standard model), significantly reducing cabin noise levels. Go online for more information.

» Visit Cessna Aircraft in booth 803 at the AOPA Expo
 
Ahhh, the Airframe ... !back to top 
 

MOONEY TYPE-S AIRFRAME: NO, IT'S NOT THE INLETS
O.K., so we guessed wrong. When Mooney announced the new Type-S Acclaim last week, we guessed that some of its additional 5-knot speed gains over the Acclaim came from reducing the size of the cooling inlets. No, says Mooney CEO Dennis Ferguson, the Acclaim's speed was inched up entirely through subtle drag reduction on the airframe itself. If Mooney's claims pan out in the real world, dumping that much drag is no mean feat; our hats are off to the Kerrville team. Ferguson also hinted that the airplane has a slightly different prop, but he declined to provide any details. More...

 
Inspiring Daydreams Daily, BoeingStore.com
The one-stop shop for the aviation enthusiast, BoeingStore.com has everything you're looking for: Apparel, travel gear, aviation posters, photographs, models, books, toys, novelties, and more. Now just a click away, take your passion to a higher altitude at BoeingStore.com
 
After the Expo — Places to Go, People to Seeback to top 
 

READY FOR ADVENTURE? FLY THE MOUNTAIN WEST, WITH EXPERT GUIDES
If aircraft owners and pilots come to AOPA Expo looking for ideas about how to have more fun with their airplanes, they have plenty of options. ParkWest Air Tours, based in Grand Junction, Colo., will train pilots in mountain flying and then take them and their families on a guided tour to some of the most spectacular regions in the American West. Expert guides and experienced pilots will take care of all the planning, including rental aircraft, lodging, ground activities, and meals. Pilots and their passengers can explore National Parks like the Grand Canyon and Yellowstone, and spectacular regions like Monument Valley, Mesa Verde, and Mexico's Copper Canyon. Most tours are in groups of just five to seven airplanes and last about 10 days. More...

CARIBBEAN OPTIONS: FLY ON YOUR OWN, OR WITH A GROUP
For pilots who want to explore the Caribbean region, loaded with beautiful beaches and resorts, AOPA Expo offers several options. The folks at Caribbean Flying Adventures help you plan your own flight via their web site. Features include pre-departure checklists, online access to required documents, step-by-step arrival and departure procedures, and approach videos to each of the island airports. For those who prefer a full-service escorted tour, Air Journey offers many options, from short hops to the Bahamas, to extended tours in Central America, featuring stops in Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama City, and Guatemala. More...

FOR GRANDER AMBITIONS: AUSTRALIA, AFRICA, AROUND THE WORLD, AND MORE
Australia's remote outback is best explored from the air, and with help from Air Safaris International, based in Toronto, U.S. pilots can get the full Aussie experience. Guided self-fly tours last 11 to 21 days, with stops at Ayers Rock, tropical beaches, offshore islands, and the Great Barrier Reef. Custom tours also can be designed. In southern Africa, Hanks Aero Adventures has been offering fly-yourself tours for 10 years. They can help you rent an airplane and get your local certification to fly. Hanks also offers escorted tours or ground support for your solo adventure. African Aero Safaris offers similar services. For the ultimate flying adventure, Air Journey also offers tours across the North Atlantic and around South America, to Europe and the Galapagos, and will launch its first-ever round-the-world flight in May 2008. More...

 
Fly Single-Pilot IFR with Confidence!
2004 CFI of the Year Doug Stewart shares over two hours of tips, tactics and strategies for IFR pilots in a new Pilot Workshops CD-ROM-based program. Doug's hands-on approach and entertaining style make this an enjoyable, memorable way to learn and refresh these vital IFR skills. Click here for more details.
 
News Briefsback to top 
 

FLYING OCTOGENARIANS EMBRACE SPORT PILOT
Access to one of aviation's most exclusive clubs just got easier. The United Flying Octogenarians (UFO) has voted to allow those holding Sport Pilot certificates to join the more than 600 members of the group, which is restricted to those 80 years of age and older. "You have to be able to prove that you've flown solo since your 80th birthday," Secretary-Treasurer Bart Bratko told AVweb. The club held a lunch and business meeting at AOPA Expo in Hartford and the Sport Pilot issue was on the agenda. More...

THE PAPERLESS LOGBOOK
The latest aircraft cockpits use electronics for virtually all functions but when the flight is over, most pilots have to haul out the books. Greg Ratcliff and Doug Stewart created AircraftLogs.com three years ago to take aviation from the quill-and-inkwell era to the digital age. Stewart told a news conference at AOPA Expo that the system they've developed not only takes some of the drudgery out of the mandatory record keeping associated with an airplane, it may enhance its value. "Often records don't receive the proper care and it makes compliance difficult," he said. An aircraft with incomplete logs is worth substantially less and the owner risks enforcement action from the FAA. More...

 
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 Briefsback to top 
 

D-JET GOES TO SCHOOL -- IN UNIVERSITY OF NORTH DAKOTA FLEET
Aviation students at the University of North Dakota will have the chance to train in a Diamond D-Jet, thanks to the UND Aerospace Foundation. Their purchase of a jet was announced Friday at AOPA Expo in Hartford, Conn. "Diamond Aircraft and UND have a long-standing relationship, and we are very excited that UND will now be using the D-Jet for their advanced training programs," said Diamond Aircraft President Peter Maurer. UND official Bruce Smith said the D-Jet will provide a transition aircraft for students training to fly regional jets, and will be used in conjunction with the school's CRJ 200 flight-training simulator. "We are excited to add the D-Jet to our training fleet," he said. More...

 
Enter to Win a Cessna Cardinal — See It at the Expo!
Become a member of AOPA or renew your membership for only $39, and you're automatically entered for a chance to win a refurbished 1977 Cessna Cardinal! Stop by the Aircraft Display at the Expo to inspect the Cardinal up close. Renew or join at the Expo, or enter online now.

» See the Cardinal in person in the Aircraft Display at AOPA Expo Today!
 
More News from the Show Floor ...back to top 
 

ON THE FLY ... FROM AOPA EXPO 2007
Sportsplanes.com said they will introduce the Breezer II LSA this fall ...
Powerful Learning has released two new software products, the VFR Pilot Review System and The Private Pilot Study System ...
L-3 Communications announced on Thursday that its SkyWatch collision-avoidance system will now feature Verbal Intruder Positioning ...
The Wolf Aviation Fund is seeking grant proposals for projects such as education, public service, outreach, and research that promote GA ...
WxWorx announced on Thursday the release of its next-generation plug-and-play data receiver for XM WX satellite weather ...
AircraftLogs is adding fleet management service ...
Airguide Publications has published a new Flight Guide Online. 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. Click for more information online.

» Visit Avidyne in booths 838, 840, & 842 at the AOPA Expo
 
Original, Exclusive Videos from AOPA Expoback to top 
 

AOPA EXPO 2007 EXCLUSIVE VIDEO #4:
CIRRUS'S ALAN KLAPMEIER SHOWS US AROUND THE-JET

Cirrus's The-Jet is finally here, and President Alan Klapmeier takes you on an exclusive guided tour of the latest VLJ in this exclusive AVweb video. (Click through to watch.) More...

 
Diamond DA40 A Fleet Favorite
Airline Transport Professionals, Beijing PanAm, Empire Aviation, European-American Aviation, Middle Tennessee State University, Sabena Airline Training Academy, Utah Valley State College, and Utah State University have all selected the G1000-equipped Diamond DA40. For value, efficiency, and safety, the Diamond Aircraft DA40 is the fleet favorite. Go online for information on all Diamond Aircraft.

» Visit Diamond Aircraft in booth 121 at the AOPA Expo
 
AVweb's Audio News — Are You Listening?back to top 
 

AVWEB'S AOPA EXPO 2007 PODCAST #3:
LOCKHEED MARTIN SAYS AFSS PERFORMANCE IS IMPROVING

Anyone who's gotten a telephone preflight briefing during the past year knows that Lockheed Martin has had its troubles in delivering this important service to pilots. At AOPA Expo this week, AVweb's Paul Bertorelli asked Lockheed Martin Dan Courain what the company has done to improve its service. Here's his report. More...

 
Attention, LSA Builders & ROTAX 912 Engine Operators
ASA, the industry's leader in aviation supplies, software, and publications, offers the ROTAX Engine Introduction DVD with tips and techniques for trouble-free operation of Light Sport Aircraft (LSA) with the ROTAX engine. This DVD also provides an introduction to the specific concepts important to maintaining the ROTAX 912. Go online for complete details and bonus features!

» Visit Aviation Supplies & Academics (ASA)
in booths
512, 514, & 516 at the AOPA Expo
 
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