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Volume 18, Number 30e
July 27, 2012
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Booths at EAA AirVenture:1141
AVflash! Thunderstorm on Final Approachback to top 

Weather is instantly changeable at AirVenture Oshkosh and the widespread knowledge of that fact that could be why there was little aviation-related damage from a significant but short-lived storm that blew through AirVenture Oshkosh on Thursday. There were reports of upturned portable toilets, and lots of tents went down in the five-minute deluge and wind storm but it would appear almost all aircraft were properly tied down and able to withstand the gusts that accompanied the cell. A homebuilt biplane near the forums area flipped but it appears to have been tied down. 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
Three Quarters of a Century of the Cubback to top 

Piper CEO Simon Caldecott visited EAA AirVenture on Monday and provided an update on the state of his company. "We've made 76 deliveries so far this year," he said. "We're being cautiously optimistic." The balance sheet has shown improvement for 10 quarters in a row, he said, with about half of aircraft sales being delivered overseas. He's launching a demo tour from Oshkosh for the Seneca V light twin, which he said at a price of $935,000 offers a "great value proposition" compared to similar aircraft. He also said the company is looking at "additional product improvements" across its line, but he's not yet ready to make any announcements. 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
Flying Goes Socialback to top 

A new free app and website called "SocialFlight" makes it easy for pilots to find events taking place in their area by collecting aviation events on an easy-to-use map. The site was created "to promote GA flying," the creators said. "We believe that by providing pilots with a great resource to see all the wonderful events going on around them, they will fly more and strengthen general aviation." The site just launched a few weeks ago, and the developers said this week at EAA AirVenture they already have registered thousands of users and have posted about 2,000 events. SocialFlight is available for iPad/iPhone, Android, and on the web at More...

Sennheiser S1 Headset || No-Risk Trial
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With its revolutionary adaptive digital noise cancelation and customizable comfort features such as headband contact pressure adjustment, the S1 Digital is truly a headset that can be personalized for every user and every environment. We want you to experience this level of customization for yourself. For a limited time only, try an S1 Digital without risk for 30 days, share your experience with us, and get rewarded. Learn more.
Booths at EAA AirVenture:288
New Features for JeppFDback to top 

The next version of Jeppesen's iPad app, JeppFD, is pegged for release this September. The new version has an improved user interface better organized around phases of flight. It also includes new tools, such as a night mode and highlighter. The latter version allows you to highlight your assigned taxi route right on an airport diagram, as well as make notes. It will also include much-awaited datalink weather. Jeppesen will also introduce a new pricing structure that will allow for multiple installs of the JeppFD for less money than in the past.

This video is brought to you by Bose Corporation, Aviation Insurance Resources, Bendix/King by Honeywell, and ForeFlight. More...

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
Keeping an Eye on the Tankback to top 

A new-technology digital fuel sensor that has been adopted for Cirrus aircraft soon will be available as a retrofit for other GA aircraft, the manufacturer said this week at EAA AirVenture. "Even in turbulence I have found the system to be extremely accurate," says Scott Philiben, CEO of CIES, headquartered in Redmond, Ore. "When it says I have half a tank, I do have half a tank." The sensor technology provides a steady data stream to the multi-function display in the cockpit, Philiben said. There is no need to amplify or condition the signal to compensate for long wiring runs or corroded connections. "The end result is precise and reliable fuel level reporting in all conditions and with all fuel types," according to the company. 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
FAA Administrator Fields Questionsback to top 

At his first open forum with the GA public at EAA AirVenture, held on Thursday morning, acting FAA Administrator Michael Huerta faced a wide range of questions, and unlike in some recent years, he took them direct from the audience instead of from EAA officials. Huerta and his staff handled the usual questions about user fees -- "There's not a lot of support for the president's proposal," Huerta said -- and NextGen -- "This is the biggest infrastructure project in the nation," he said. NextGen has a lot of moving parts, but Huerta said he's hopeful that it will continue to be implemented and GA will see benefits from it. But the last question of the session, from a young pilot, perhaps raised the most concerns about the future of aviation. More...

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Booths at EAA AirVenture:2145-2148
Portable EFIS Units Are All the Rageback to top 

In addition to being the summer of the portable ADS-B receiver, it seems to be the summer of portable and backup EFIS. Sagetech develops avionics for military drones, but made a debut appearance at Oshkosh with their Clarity portable ADS-B receivers including built-in AHRS (digital gyros). The Clarity SV systems cost about $1000. When paired with an iPad running WingX Pro, the Clarity provides weather, traffic and synthetic vision. More...

Hey, buddy, is that an EFIS in your pocket? If you went to Oshkosh this year, it might be. Aviation Consumer's Jeff Van West took a look at three backup and portable electronic flight displays that offer new capabilities in tiny packages.

This video is brought to you by Sennheiser, Avidyne, Aspen Avionics, and WxWorx XM WX Satellite Weather. 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
Staying Proficientback to top 

The IMC Club, a nonprofit project based in Norwood, Mass., to help instrument pilots maintain their efficiency, continues to grow and develop, co-founder Radek Wyrzykowski told AVweb at EAA AirVenture this week. "Our motto is essentially that currency is not enough," said Wyrzykowski. "You might be legal, but that doesn't mean you're proficient." The clubs bring instrument pilots together to share their experiences and learn from each other. Local chapters are found across the country, and each group can decide for itself how often it wants to meet and in what format, Wyrzykowski said. A side benefit of these groups is that they help to create friendships and grow more powerful local aviation communities. More...

Radek Wyrzykowski, one of the co-founders of IMC Clubs, talks with AVweb's Mary Grady at EAA AirVenture about the expansion of the group's efforts to help instrument pilots maintain proficiency and explains how pilots can start a chapter at their airport.

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

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IFD440 FMS/GPS/NAV/COM || Avidyne
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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
Visiting with Build A Planeback to top 

Build A Plane, a nonprofit group based in California that helps school groups to build their own aircraft, held its fourth annual Teachers Day at EAA AirVenture this week in Oshkosh. The program, which ran on Tuesday in the EAA Museum, provided a free day at AirVenture for about 150 teachers from around the country, along with a series of forums about how to incorporate aviation into their classrooms to help teach kids about science, technology, engineering and math. "We are amazed by how many great opportunities are out there to use aviation to engage and motivate kids to learn," said Lyn Freeman, Build A Plane president. "Today's students respond to real-world applications, and aviation really captures their attention." The Teachers Day program was co-sponsored by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association and EAA. More...

Lyn Freeman, president of the nonprofit Build A Plane organization, talks with AVweb's Mary Grady at EAA AirVenture about BAP's projects, including hosting a forum for dozens of teachers at Oshkosh and finding airplane projects for school kids to build.

This podcast is brought to you by Aspen Avionics, Aviation Insurance Resources, WxWorx XM WX Satellite Weather, and Bose Corporation. 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
RIP Microsoft Flightback to top 

The team responsible for the development of Microsoft Flight has been laid off and plans for adding future content have been scuttled, but the free download version of the flight sim will remain available, for now. Critics complained that the flight simulation program lacked extensive terrain and aircraft options and fell short in its support for third-party add-ons. The development team included about 35 programmers and staffers. Microsoft said the decision was part of "the natural ebb and flow" of its portfolio management, but there may have been other factors. More...

Bendix/King by Honeywell || Loud and 
New! Bendix/King KMA 30 Audio Panel
Proof We Listen to Pilots
The Bendix/King KMA 30's music and phone Bluetooth® capability provides unsurpassed audio flexibility throughout your airplane. Connect one or two devices simultaneously, enjoy a six-place hi-fi stereo intercom with flexible soft-muting converse on the ground or in the cabin with a wireless mobile phone link. It integrates seamlessly with other Bendix/King products and is a "slide-in" replacement for select older audio panels. Learn more at
Booths at EAA AirVenture:313-314, 2162
Hands-On with Sennheiser's Passive Version of the S1back to top 

Headset manufacturer Sennheiser introduced the little brother to their top-of-line S1 digital ANR headset. The S1 passive sports many of the same fit-and-feel improvements such as adjustable pressure on the headband and has a control box for volume and music input with auto-muting. It lacks the active noise reduction, but it also only costs $369.

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

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Trusted Wings in Aviation™
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Booths at EAA AirVenture:484
We Ask, You Answerback to top 

Have you had your aircraft interior redone in the past five years? If so, our sister publication, Aviation Consumer, wants to hear about it. Please take a moment to answer this completely confidential survey and help your fellow aircraft owners find the best shop to replace their 1970s Royalite-and-velour with something less embarrassing. 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 


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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