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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
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
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.
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FOR ADVENTURE? FLY THE MOUNTAIN WEST, WITH EXPERT GUIDES
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...
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...
GRANDER AMBITIONS: AUSTRALIA, AFRICA, AROUND THE WORLD, AND
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
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
Click here for more details
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 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...
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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
GOES TO SCHOOL -- IN UNIVERSITY OF NORTH DAKOTA
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
THE FLY ... FROM AOPA EXPO 2007
said they will introduce the Breezer II LSA this fall ...
Learning has released two new software products, the VFR Pilot
Review System and The Private Pilot Study System ...
Communications announced on Thursday that its SkyWatch
collision-avoidance system will now feature Verbal Intruder Positioning
Aviation Fund is seeking grant proposals for projects such as
education, public service, outreach, and research that promote GA
announced on Thursday the release of its next-generation plug-and-play
data receiver for XM WX satellite weather ...
adding fleet management service ...
Airguide Publications has
published a new Flight Guide Online. More...
Avidyne's New MLB700 Broadcast Datalink
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audio entertainment from SIRIUS® Satellite Radio. With the
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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
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» Visit Avidyne in booths 838, 840, & 842 at the AOPA Expo
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
value, efficiency, and safety, the Diamond Aircraft DA40 is the fleet
Go online for information on all Diamond
» Visit Diamond Aircraft in booth 121 at the AOPA Expo
Attention, LSA Builders & ROTAX 912 Engine
, 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
» Visit Aviation Supplies & Academics
in booths 512, 514, & 516 at the AOPA Expo
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