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Volume 18, Number 30g
July 29, 2012
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Booths at EAA AirVenture:288
Embraer's Campaign for USAF Contractback to top 

Embraer launched a public relations assault at AirVenture Oshkosh to shore up its bid to supply the Air Force with light, fast and impressively destructive aircraft for its Light Air Support competition. Embraer and its U.S. partner Sierra Nevada Corp. had its top executives at a news conference earlier in the week to press its case for the A-29 Super Tucano in a second attempt to secure the $1 billion deal. There was also a Super Tucano on display and fully staffed at the Embraer booth all week. "The Super Tucano has been proven in combat," said Taco Gilbert, CEO of Sierra Nevada. The news conference also announced that Embraer and Sierra Nevada had reached a deal with Boeing to allow the aircraft to be equipped with GPS-guided JDAM missiles that are standard issue for the fourth-generation tactical aircraft that the Super Tucano emulates. More...

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Booths at EAA AirVenture:2145-2148

Embraer launched a public relations offensive at AirVenture Oshkosh in support of its bid to supply the Air Force's light air support aircraft.

This video is brought to you by Avidyne, Sennheiser, Bendix/King by Honeywell, 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
Simulators Get (Even More) Realback to top 

One of the hardest things for many new pilots to overcome is their fear of dealing with air traffic control, and a new simulation system aims to offer a real-time ATC experience in the simulator. PilotEdge uses live controllers synced with pilots flying in simulators to give a real-world experience without all the expense of actually flying. "Becoming comfortable with ATC is not necessarily that difficult but it can be expensive," Smith said. Because the other pilots and the controllers are live, the interaction and consequences of incorrect interaction are also real. 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

PilotEdge has introduced an ATC simulator in which the voices on the other end are in real time and the traffic represents others who are using the same simulated airport. Keith Smith explained how it all works to AVweb's Russ Niles.

This podcast is brought to you by ForeFlight, Sennheiser, 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
Eagle Flights Programs Kicks Off at AirVentureback to top 

EAA launched its new Young Eagles program for adults, branded simply as Eagle Flights, this week at AirVenture, with a dual flight in a T-6 flown by EAA President Rod Hightower. The first flight went to Diane Thornton, an educator affiliated with the Boy Scouts' Aviation Explorers program. "When I was growing up, my dad flew a plane in support of his business," she told the media gathered on the ramp, "but our mother didn't like the idea of her kids going flying." Thornton said she only got to fly with her father once, and that experience left a lasting impression. Jeff Skiles, who leads the education program at EAA, said the ongoing effort to attract new adults to aviation "will be a major focus for EAA going forward." More...

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

Jeff Skiles, EAA's new vice president of chapters and youth education, talks with AVweb's Mary Grady at EAA AirVenture about new programs in the works to help mentor new pilots and offer introductory flights to adults.

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

Phillips 66® Aviation || The Most 
Trusted Wings in Aviation™
Phillips 66® Aviation — The Most Trusted Wings In Aviation™
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
ElectraFlyer Ultralight Glides into OSHback to top 

Randall Fishman, who's been bringing various electric aircraft to EAA AirVenture for the last five years or so, turned up this week with his latest creation, a one-seat, battery-powered motorglider ultralight. The aircraft flew for the first time just last week, Fishman told AVweb on Friday. "It took off in about 150 feet, and it handles really well," he said. The sleek little aircraft is for sale with a choice of battery packs good for up to one or two hours of flight. The battery also can be recharged by the folded prop while the airplane is soaring. Fishman said the motorgliders, which are built in the Czech Republic, are available for sale at a starting price of $59,000. More...

Click Here for the Best Insurance Quote || 
Our Agents Are Pilots!
Our Agents Are Pilots!
Talk to pilots who value your airplane, even before they insure it.
Aviation Insurance Resources (AIR-PROS.COM) will research your aircraft's market value before you buy, sell, trade, or renew. And we shop coverage options from all major aviation insurance markets to save you time and money — or expand coverage — for new owners, transitioning pilots, renters, FBOs — even flight schools.

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Booths at EAA AirVenture:1141

At Oshkosh this week, AVweb's Mary Grady sat down in the shade with Randall Fishman for a chat about his latest design, an electric-powered ultralight motorglider.

This podcast is brought to you by WxWorx XM WX Satellite Weather, Bose Corporation, ForeFlight, and Sennheiser. 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
Pack a Bag and Go Cross-Country in Van's RV-14back to top 

Van's Aircraft is meeting fans of their popular RV-7 aerobatic sport plane halfway -- with a new model, the RV-14, that offers a roomier cabin and baggage compartment. You can still do the occasional roll in it, reassures Van's spokesman Gus Funnell in this video explaining where the RV-14 fits in between the RV-7 and RV-10 models.

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

Bose® A20™ Aviation Headset
Bose® A20® Aviation Headset
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Booths at EAA AirVenture:283-285
Having a Wonderful Time, Wish You Were Hereback to top 

click for photos
As EAA AirVenture 2012 winds down, we make time for one last tour of the grounds — and take in the spectacular nighttime air show. 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
Opinion & Commentaryback to top 

AirVenture 2012 was a strong year for innovation, if not crowds. Paul Bertorelli offers some closing thoughts on this year's show in his latest post to the AVweb Insider blog. Read more 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
We Ask, You Answerback to top 

If so, our sister publication, Aviation Consumer, would like to hear about your experiences with it for a Used Aircraft Guide. We would like to know what it's like to fly, what kind of performance you've seen, and how much it costs to insure and maintain. Click here to send us your comments. 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...

IMC Clubs || IFR Currency Is Not Enough - 
Proficiency Will Save Your Life
IFR Currency Is Not Enough! Proficiency Will Save Your Life!
Join (or create a new one) local communities of instrument-rated pilots who meet to discuss topics and share information relative to instrument flying. Participate in "organized hangar flying" that promotes the sharing of experience and encourages more and safer flying under IFR.

Join us at the Oshkosh AirVenture Welcome Center Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 11:30am to 12:45pm (starting July 23) to sample what IMC Club is all about or visit us online.
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

Have a product or service to advertise on AVweb? Your advertising can reach over 225,000 loyal AVwebFlash, AVwebBiz, and AVweb home page readers every week. Over 80% of our readers are active pilots and aircraft owners. That's why our advertisers grow with us, year after year. For ad rates and scheduling, click here or contact Tom Bliss, via e-mail or via telephone [(480) 525-7481].

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Comments or questions about the news should be sent here.

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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