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Volume 18, Number 30a
July 23, 2012
Bose® A20™ Aviation Headset
Bose® A20® Aviation Headset
The Best We've Ever Made
Bose was the first to introduce active noise reducing headsets to aviation more than 20 years ago, forever changing the way pilots fly. Today, we continue to set the standard with the Bose A20 Aviation Headset. The headset provides acclaimed noise reduction, with a comfortable fit and the clear audio you expect from Bose. It also features Bluetooth® connectivity, an auxiliary audio input and priority switching. Learn more.
Booths at EAA AirVenture:283-285
AVflash! Bendix/King's Opening Volley at AirVentureback to top 

It's been a while since we've seen new avionics products from Bendix/King, so much so that the company has fallen to second-tier status with many buyers and dealers. But at AirVenture 2012, the company hopes to change that with the introduction of two new products -- a smart audio panel and a new tablet app -- with more products in the pipeline in the coming months, according to Jeff Simon, Bendix/King's director of strategic marketing. "Bendix/King is back and we're just getting rolling," Simon told AVweb in a pre-opening day interview in Oshkosh on Sunday. "We've got a lot of stuff in the works and we are looking to surprise people," he added. The two lead-off products are the new KMA30 six-place audio panel and an iPad app called MyWingman, which is intended to work with Aspen Avionics' Connected Panel cockpit network. More...

BRS Parachutes || When It Has to Work, 
Choose BRS
When It Has to Work — Choose BRS
276 Lives Saved and Counting
Join us at AirVenture Friday, July 27 at 11:30am at Forum Pavilion 06 to learn about two amazing saves by BRS ballistic parachute systems: a Cirrus SR-22 Bahamas splashdown after engine failure — and a low-altitude Cessna 182 save from 400 feet AGL over dense forest. More than 5,500 Cirrus SR-20s and SR-22s, hundreds of Cessna 172s and 182s, and thousands of experimental, ultralight, military, and UAV aircraft fly with BRS systems. Visit for more.
Booths at EAA AirVenture:2017-2018

At AirVenture 2012, Bendix/King announced that it's back in the avionics market with two new products, the KMA30 audio panel and an interesting app called MyWingman. The company's Jeff Simon gave AVweb a demonstration of the new products.

This video is brought to you by Avidyne, Sennheiser, Bendix/King by Honeywell, and WxWorx XM WX Satellite Weather More...

See More, Spend Less || Aspen Avionics
See More. Spend Less.
Aspen Avionics' innovative Evolution Flight Display technology clears your way to an affordable EFIS solution. Avoid expensive gyro overhauls and unexpected downtime with a reliable, leading-edge Evolution glass panel. Improve situational awareness, reduce pilot workload, and get more utility out of your airplane. Aspen Avionics delivers the industry's best value, with multi-display solutions starting about $15K. Aspen's breakthrough pricing makes it easy to fly with glass panel technology. Click here for more information.
Booths at EAA AirVenture:2145-2148
All Indications Point to a Busy Week at OSHback to top 

Sunday in Oshkosh, the day before the official opening of AirVenture, started with an early-morning flood of Piper Cubs swarming in to cover the field with yellow, in celebration of the iconic airplane's 70th anniversary. As the day went on, more and more aircraft arrived to join the thousands already here, among them, a rare Junkers Ju52 trimotor visiting the show for the first time. Mid-afternoon, 40 RVs flew over in formation to mark the 40th anniversary of the Van's design. On the field, vendors and airplane manufacturers finished up work on their displays, as early visitors and campers got an early look around the show, some of them checking out the view from the top of a new Ferris wheel set up near the LSA Mall. More...

Pilot Workshops || Three Things You Should 
Never Say to ATC || Click Here to Find Out
Three Things You Should Never Say to ATC
Listen as two ATC pros share tips on better communication with ATC. Avoid these common mistakes and make your interactions more efficient and accurate. This is a sample from PilotWorkshops' Tip of the Week. Click here for this quick tip.
EAA AirVenture:Official Coverage Sponsor
Getting to the Show in Styleback to top 

To mark the 75th anniversary of the incomparable Piper Cub, nearly 100 Cubs flew into AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin on Sunday. AVweb's Russ Niles interviewed Clyde Smith Jr. about how the event was organized.

This video is brought to you by Aspen Avionics, Aviation Insurance Resources, Bose Corporation, and ForeFlight. More...

Stack Avionics Featuring the All-New 
IFD440 FMS/GPS/NAV/COM || Avidyne
The Newest Member of the Avidyne Panel-Mounted
Avionics Family: IFD440 GPS/FMS/NAV/COM

Built on a dual databus architecture, the IFD540 and IFD440 are key components in Avidyne's new panel-mounted avionics suite, which also includes the AMX240 Audio Panel and AXP340 ADS-B Extended Squitter Mode S Transponder. Click here for more information.
Booths at EAA AirVenture:293-294, 2098-2101
Where to Startback to top 

Whether you're a newcomer to flight, an experienced pilot in need of refresher training, or a lapsed pilot ready to return to the fold, the folks at EAA's Learn To Fly Discovery Center have something for you at EAA AirVenture this week. Ted Sanders and Mark Adams, both experienced CFIs, have put together a series of programs inside a sprawling tent just off the Phillips 66 Plaza at the center of the show. "Everyone has heard how the pilot population has been shrinking," Sanders told AVweb on Sunday. "We're here to sell people their own dream of flight, and share our own passion for aviation, all week long, and do our part to reverse that trend." One highlight at the tent is a Redbird full-motion flight simulator, where newbies can try an intro flight and experienced pilots can fly some challenging scenarios. More...

SocialFlight || Where Are You Flying 
SocialFlight's iPad Giveaway! Where Are You Going to Fly Today?
Join the thousands of pilots using SocialFlight to discover aviation events across the U.S. Plan your weekend flying to make the most of your next airborne adventure. Pancake breakfasts, air shows, even FAA seminars — wherever you go, SocialFlight brings you the latest events on your iPad/iPhone, Android and on the web. Sign up with the no-cost SocialFlight app by August 15, 2012 for a chance to win an iPad!

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EAA AirVenture:Official Coverage Sponsor

This year, EAA has expanded the programs at its Learn to Fly tent, offering forums and simulator sessions for certificated pilots as well as those just starting to pursue their dream to fly. A full slate of forums, free sessions in a full-motion Redbird flight simulator, and lots more will be available all week long to enhance safety for current and future pilots at all levels. AVweb's Mary Grady spoke with Ted Sanders and Mark Adams, co-chairs of the program.

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Bendix/King by Honeywell || Solo, But Not 
Solo, But Not Alone
Nothing compares to the freedom of flight. Pilot and aircraft, one with the elements. Today, that sense of freedom can quickly become clouded by complex technology. At Bendix/King, we're working to make the pilot's job easier. To anticipate every need. And develop innovative products and support to help you handle any situation. Safely. Simply. And with absolute confidence. We're pilot-focused and passion-fueled. Learn more at
Booths at EAA AirVenture:313-314, 2162
Austin Meyer's "Artificially Intelligent Runway Seeker"back to top 

The original programmer of X-Plane, one of the most dynamic flight simulators and aircraft design tools commonly available, is creating an auto-land system for actual aircraft -- and he hopes to bring it to Oshkosh, this year in his own Lancair Evolution. Austin Meyer is the founder of Laminar Research and the original programmer of X-Plane. He is currently developing, in coordination with Vertical Power, a real-world "artificially intelligent Runway-Seeker." The program is packaged into the Vertical Power VP-400 avionics system, which itself is designed to obviate multiple other systems, thus saving weight and complexity while reducing panel clutter. Once proven in testing, the package will be marketed to experimental aircraft operators ... first. More...

Phillips 66® Aviation || The Most 
Trusted Wings in Aviation™
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On the go? When it comes to convenience and functionality, the WingPoints® app puts you in the pilot's seat. This no-cost app will allow you to plot your next flight. Plan your next purchase. Reward yourself with the WingPoints App. Just another reason why we are The Most Trusted Wings in Aviation™. Click here to learn more.
Booths at EAA AirVenture:484

Laminar Research's X-Plane may be the most realistic flight sim available, and its founder is developing an emergency auto-land feature for experimental aircraft. He's testing it right now. AVweb's Glenn Pew spoke with X-Plane's Randy Witt about the power of the sim and the real-world auto-land system.

This podcast is brought to you by Avidyne, Bendix/King by Honeywell, Aspen Avionics, and Aviation Insurance Resources. More...

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Booths at EAA AirVenture:1141
Light Sport at Oshkoshback to top 

It's a busy show ahead this week for the light sport segment, Dan Johnson, chairman of the Light Aircraft Manufacturing Association, told AVweb at the LSA Mall on Sunday. The brand-new amphibious Akoya design from France will be here for the first time, and is sure to invite a lot of comparisons with the amphibious Icon LSA that has been working its way toward the market for several years. One big difference between the two is price -- Icon sells for about $139,000, while the Akoya, which comes complete with a training package, is listed at more than $350,000. The Quicksilver company, which has turned out more than 15,000 sport aircraft over the years, now is under new ownership, Johnson said. The new owners are holding a news conference later in the week to talk about their plans for the company. More new aircraft and products also will be introduced over the span of the show. More...

VoiceFlight || Aren't You Tired of 
Twisting Knobs?
VoiceFlight Demonstrating New VFS101 Features at Oshkosh
In addition to Victor Airways, the VFS101 has been enhanced to support Jet Airways and T/Q routes. The software has also been extended to include support for non-WAAS GPS. These features are operational now and can be tried in Hangar D at Oshkosh. The complimentary software upgrade will be available this fall. For VFS101 users that fly outside of the United States, VoiceFlight has signed an agreement with Jeppesen to offer international navigation data. Click here to view demo.
Booths at EAA AirVenture:4026
Outside Oshkosh: The Hawker Bankruptcyback to top 

Cessna's parent company, Textron Inc., reported increased earnings in Q2 2012, and reportedly might consider making a bid on assets held by bankrupt Hawker Beechcraft Inc., if the price is right. Bloomberg News reported Thursday that Textron's CEO, Scott Donnelly, said during an earnings conference call that Hawker holds "assets in which we have an interest." He added, "but it would have to be at a value that we think is appropriate." Textron, through Donnelly, expressed interest in Hawker's defense business. But considering Cessna's recent deals with China, a broader acquisition of Hawker's assets could have other strategic implications. In any case, Textron's interest will have to wait. More...

Having piloted the company into bankruptcy, a group of Hawker Beechcraft executives is now asking a court to approve $5.3 million in bonuses for them. It's this sort of rapacious, short-term thinking that made the company an easy buy for Chinese interests, and resident blogger Paul Bertorelli is stumped when it comes to making up some kind of justification on the AVweb Insider blog. If you'd like to try your hand, read the blog and join the conversation. More...

ForeFlight Mobile || Intelligent Apps for 
ForeFlight: Intelligent Apps for Pilots™
Best-in-class design, best-in-class pre-flight and in-flight weather, Touch Planning™, auto-routing, geo-referenced approach and enroute charts, aviation documents, and our Fanatical Pilot Support™ make ForeFlight Mobile for iPad aviation's most popular app. Learn more about ForeFlight — including our recently announced support for ADS-B in-flight weather via Stratus — on on the web at
Booths at EAA AirVenture:1147-1148
Outside Oshkosh: The Cirrus Verdictback to top 

Wednesday, the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled that Cirrus Aircraft was not legally required to provide training to Gary Prokop, who was killed while flying his SR-22, and also may have created a significant legal precedent. The suit alleged that Cirrus and training partner The University of North Dakota (UND) had not provided the roughly 240-hour pilot with sufficient training upon his purchase of the aircraft. Cirrus is not required by the FAA to provide any training. It did provide the pilot with four flights accounting for 12.5 flight hours of transition training, plus 5.3 hours of ground instruction. According to Cirrus' vice president of business administration, Bill King, the ruling could have a wide-reaching implications for manufacturer liability. More...

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Booths at EAA AirVenture:288
Outside Oshkosh: Two Weeks to China?back to top 

Glasair, which sells a popular line of homebuilt aircraft and offers the "two weeks to taxi" option at its Washington factory, announced on Saturday that it has been acquired by Jilin Hanxing Group, based in China. Fang Tieji, chairman of the company, has formed Glasair Aviation USA LLC. The new owners plan to invest "substantially" in Glasair's existing product lines, starting with certifying the Sportsman design, according to the company's news release. "There are no plans to relocate or terminate any existing Glasair Aviation employees," according to the company statement. "Mr. Fang plans to retain Glasair's U.S. headquarters, management team and employees." More...

XM WX Satellite Weather || Weather with 
Weather with Perspective
XM WX Satellite Weather gives you onboard perspective on the weather. Graphical data like Radar, Lightning, Winds and more enhance your situational awareness and is compatible with the industry's leading MFDs, EFBs, glass cockpits, and now the iPad. Additionally, flexible subscription options ensure you get the dataset that's right for you. Come see the latest from XM WX Satellite Weather at booths C-3037-3039 during AirVenture 2012 or visit us online at
Booths at EAA AirVenture:190, 3037-3039
The Top Reporter on Our Crack Staff ... Is You!back to top 

Our best stories start with you. If you've heard something 255,000 pilots might want to know about, tell us. Submit news tips via email to What have you heard? More...

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Names Behind the Newsback to top 


AVwebFlash is a twice-weekly summary of the latest news, articles, products, features, and events featured on AVweb, the world's premier independent aviation news resource.

The AVwebFlash team is:

Tom Bliss

Editorial Director, Aviation Publications
Paul Bertorelli

Russ Niles

Scott Simmons

Contributing Editors
Mary Grady
Glenn Pew

Kevin Lane-Cummings
Jeff Van West

Ad Coordinator
Karen Lund

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Where to Find Our Sponsors at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh (booth numbers)

476, 1022-1029, 4113-4114Aircraft Spruce & Specialty Co.
2145-2148Aspen Avionics
1159-1160Avemco Insurance
1141Aviation Insurance Resources
3058The Aviators
293-294, 2098-2101Avidyne
313-314, 2162Bendix/King by Honeywell
283-285Bose Corporation
2017-2018BRS Parachutes
229-234Continental Motors
12-14Diamond Aircraft
268ECi (Engine Components International)
381, 384Eclipse Aerospace
2067-2068Flightcom Corporation
3005General Aviation Modifications, Inc. (GAMI)
1053-1055Hartzell Engine Technologies
4069Hilton Software/WingX
259Lightspeed Aviation
277-282Lycoming Engines
2065Pilot Insurance Center (PIC)
190, 3037-3039WxWorx XM WX Satellite Weather