AVwebBiz - Volume 9, Number 35

September 14, 2011

By The AVweb Editorial Staff
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Taking Garmin's New aera 796 Out for a Spin back to top 
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Garmin Touchscreen Portable Debuts At AOPA

At AOPA's Summit event in Hartford, Connecticut next week, Garmin will roll out its newest portable GPS navigator/plate reader, the aera 796. The 796 is a follow-on product to both the GPSmap 696 and the aera product line, which brought touchscreen control to Garmin's lineup. The new navigator features capacitive-type touchscreen control similar to the iPad and some smartphones, so it can be finger scrolled and pinch scaled. It will be available in two versions, the $2199 aera 795 without weather link and the $2499 aera 796 which includes an XM receiver for both weather datalink and entertainment.

Although synthetic vision has been used in portables previously, the 795/796 mark Garmin's first inclusion of this feature in its portables. Garmin calls this feature 3D Vision and it appears on the display screen as a miniature airplane flying into a horizon defined by the GPS-derived synthetic view. The detail is similar to Garmin's panel mounts, such as the G500/600 series and such details as color-coded terrain, obstacles and airport runways are clearly visible.

According to a report in the October 2011 issue of our sister publication, Aviation Consumer, the most impressive feature of the 795/796 may be its improved charting functions. Although the GPSmap 696 had approach plates, it didn't have low- and high-altitude charts or sectionals. The new 796 has all three, easily accessible through a dedicated button at the bottom the screen. All of the charts are fully georeferenced on both the visual and the instrument charts. Weather depictions appear only on the navigator's base navigation map. The capacitive interface also allowed an additional feature: An electronic scratchpad that allows you to quickly jot down notes or clearances. Garmin says improved battery technology—lithium ion—has extended battery life to between four and eight hours.

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Video: Garmin's New 796 -- Product Tour

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At AOPA Summit in Hartford, Garmin will unveil its latest portable, the touchscreen aera 796. Take a video tour of the navigator's features, which include synthetic vision, enhanced chart functions, and a new touchscreen interface.

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Privacy, Transparency Battle Lands in the House back to top 

House Committee Moves To Restore BARR

A bill now n the works in the U.S. House would restore a program that allows private aircraft operators to block flight data from display on public flight-following sites, NBAA said this week. U.S. Rep. Tom Latham, of Iowa, chairman of the House Appropriations Committee's Subcommittee on Transportation, included a provision to preserve the Block Aircraft Registration Request in the annual appropriations bill for the Department of Transportation. "The government's move to severely curtail the BARR program represents an unwarranted invasion of the privacy of aircraft owners and operators, a threat to the competitiveness of U.S. companies, and a potential security risk to persons on board general aviation aircraft," said NBAA President Ed Bolen. "We are pleased to see this recognition reflected in the subcommittee's bill."

According to NBAA, the bill states: "None of the funds made available under this Act or any prior Act may be used to implement or to continue to implement any limitation on the ability of any owner or operator of a private aircraft to obtain, upon a request to the Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration, a blocking of that owner's or operator's aircraft registration number from any display of the Federal Aviation Administration's Aircraft Situational Display to Industry data that is made available to the public, except data made available to a government agency, for the noncommercial flights of that owner or operator." The FAA in March cited freedom of information concerns and said it would limit the program only to operators who could show valid security threats. At EAA AirVenture in July, FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt indicated the agency was not very interested in restoring the program. "This is one of those cases where we need to distinguish between a right and a privilege," Babbitt said. Flying in the national airspace system qualifies as a privilege, he said.

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Other Shoe Preparing to Drop on Depreciation? back to top 

Jobs Act Hits Aircraft Depreciation

The Obama administration appears to be following through on its earlier anti-business aviation rhetoric by recommending Congress lengthen the depreciation schedule for business aircraft. According to NBAA, the administration's proposed American Jobs Act contains a measure to change a 25-year-old depreciation schedule established by the IRS. That's a separate issue from the current "bonus depreciation" of 100 percent of the acquisition cost of business-related goods in the first year that was passed last year. That measure runs out at the end of this year.

NBAA didn't say how the administration wants to change the depreciation schedule for business aircraft but NBAA President Ed Bolen said the proposal is counterproductive to the Act's apparent goal. "The president's proposal to lengthen depreciation schedules for general aviation aircraft seems directly at odds with the stated purpose of the proposed legislation, which is to create jobs," Bolen said. "The president himself has said shorter depreciation schedules create jobs. With that in mind, it is difficult to see how this latest proposal could support his broader goal of addressing the nation's job crisis." Earlier this year, President Obama and senior government officials began using business aviation as a symbol of excess and economic disparity in public statements.

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Flying Commercial? Do It in Style back to top 

Qantas Launching Premium Airline

Qantas is promising a "private jet feel" in a new ultra-premium airline it's hoping to launch in Asia. The Sydney Morning Herald says the airline is narrowing down names for the new carrier, which will likely be based in Malaysia or Singapore and cater to high-end business clients. The newspaper says the new carrier will compete with the decadent offerings of Singapore Airlines A380 first class in an attempt to gain a bigger share of the burgeoning Southeast Asia and Chinese business travel market. It will not, however, be assigning its own A380s to the task. Rather, a fleet of 24 refurbished A320s will be used.

Matching the luxury of Singapore's super-jumbo first-class staterooms and compartmentalized seats will be a tall order (particularly in a single-aisle airliner) but Qantas says it will actually do better than that with a "top premium product." The top contender for the new name of the airline is RedQ but apparently OneAsia is also in the running.

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An Airport to the World? It'll Be Big Enough ... back to top 

China Starts Work On World's Biggest Airport

When China's new Beijing airport opens in 2015 it will be the largest in the world, covering 21 square miles, with nine runways and the capacity to handle 370,000 passengers per day. Construction is expected to begin soon on a site about 30 miles southwest of the capital city in Daxing, according to the Guardian. The new runways will provide relief for the city's main airport, which is nearing its capacity of 75 million passengers per year. "Last year it handled 73 million," Cao Yunchun, a professor at the country's Civil Aviation University, told the London Telegraph. "In two years, it will be totally packed. And it cannot be expanded infinitely."

With the new airport, Beijing is expected to handle a total of 120 million to 200 million passengers per year, which would make it the world's busiest aviation hub. About 100 million travelers use the airports in London and Tokyo each year, most of them on international flights. Daxing also will have the most runways, beating out Denver, which has just six. Workers now on site are building a 30-foot-tall map of the world out of steel and concrete, topped by red characters announcing: "Construction of a New Airport City for the Capital." Work on runways and facilities is expected to begin sometime this year.

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Who's Where back to top 

Rine Joins Sun 'n Fun

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Stacie Rine is Sun 'n Fun's new Director of Business Development. She's a Naval Academy graduate, retired from the Navy in 2008 after 13 years as a pilot, instructor and check pilot, and is working on her MBA.

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Opinion & Commentary back to top 

AVweb Insider Blog: Cliff Robertson -- Pilot/Actor

Actor Cliff Robertson was a fixture around Oshkosh because, besides acting, he was an accomplished pilot, too. Robertson died over the weekend, a day past his 88th birthday. On the AVweb Insider blog, Paul Bertorelli reveals a couple of interesting coincidences about Robertson's intersection with history.

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AVweb Insider Blog: Prez Nixes EPA On Ozone; How About Lead?

President Obama shocked the environmental community by telling the EPA to shelve proposed new regulation that would tighten ozone emissions. The ostensible reason was economics and jobs, but the underlying motivation was political. So, we have to ask, if he can do that for ozone, how about lead? A permanent waiver for leaded avgas could reduce the headwinds GA is currently trying to weather. Yes, it's a fantasy, admits Paul Bertorelli in his latest post to the AVweb Insider blog, But we have entertain ourselves somehow.

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AVweb Media: Look, Listen, Laugh and Learn back to top 

Video: Aerotrek's Bargain LSAs

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The way Rob Rollison figures it, most LSAs are overpriced, which is why he's marketing his nicely made Aerotrek airplanes at a base price under $70,000. Although most invoice for more than that, they still sell for less than $100,000. In this brief video, AVweb's Paul Bertorelli flies the Aerotrek 220 taildragger version and finds that it has great visibility, excellent climb performance and features you might not expect to find in a bargain airplane.

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Video: Electroair's Electronic Ignition

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Electronic ignition for certified airplanes has been somewhat of a hard sell, primarily because owners don't always see clear benefits in either fuel economy or reliability. Electroair would like to change that with its new certified system for four-cylinder Lycomings. Here's a quick video tour of how the system works.

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Names Behind the News back to top 

Meet the AVwebBiz Team

AVwebBiz is a weekly summary of the latest business aviation news, articles, products, features, and events featured on AVweb, the internet's aviation magazine and news service.

The AVwebBiz team is:

Timothy Cole

Editorial Director, Aviation Publications
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