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Volume 18, Number 41c
October 12, 2012
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 new Advisor features and support for ADS-B in-flight weather — on the web at
AVflash! Three Rs Kicks Off with Industry Summitback to top 

AVweb publisher Tom Bliss Thursday gathered representatives from major engine and avionics manufacturers, mod-shops and more to discuss a plan to modernize the general aviation fleet and offer like-new aircraft at lower-than-new cost. Bliss' concept would seek to create standardized programs for updating popular existing airframes with new engines, avionics, interiors, and paint. The end result in Bliss' vision would be like-new aircraft offered with full warranty, insurable for their full value, and supported by lenders. The meeting served both as a formal introduction to the fundamentals behind the concept and as an open forum to discuss the ideas and concerns of attendees. More...

myWingman Navigator App for Tablets || 
Bendix/King by Honeywell
Bendix/King myWingMan Navigator App
There's no easier way to fly informed.
Ease-of-use is on just about every pilot's checklist. Which makes the new myWingMan Navigator app worth checking out. With full-screen or two- and three-way split-screen views, myWingMan lets you easily modify the screen to provide the information you want. Swap windows with just two fingers: drag and drop. It's completely intuitive. There's no easier way to fly informed. Just touch. And go. Visit
Backcountry Powerhouseback to top 

Despite the economy, specialty aircraft continue to enjoy strong sales and a Canadian company is celebrating the FAA certification of its "next generation" line of bush planes. Found Aviation has a Bigfoot model on display at AOPA Summit. It's the conventional gear version of the Expedition introduced a few years ago and spokesman Drew Hamblin said it's a serious performer in the back country with all the comforts of a nice cross-country aircraft. More...

Introducing the IFD440 FMS/GPS/NAV/COM || 
Introducing the IFD440 FMS/GPS/NAV/COM
As the newest member of Avidyne's integrated flight display family, the IFD440 has been designed to be an easy-to-install, plug & play replacement for legacy GNS430-Series navigators. The IFD440 provides powerful navigation, communication, and multi-function display capabilities, and its easy-to-use Hybrid Touch user interface allows pilots to perform virtually all functions using dedicated knobs/buttons or via the touchscreen interface. Now you have a Choice. And the Choice is Easy.

Click here to receive introductory pricing information.

Big engine, big tires, big load carrying and good speed — Found Aircraft's Bigfoot bushplane at AOPA Summit 2012 in Palm Springs, California.

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

Sennheiser S1 Headset || No-Risk Trial
Your Personal S1 Experience
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.
Flying High in Service to Science and Mathback to top 

There is a trend in education that Think Global Flight hopes to reverse using aviation as the messenger. The organization intends to launch a circumnavigation flight in a Cirrus SR 20 G3 in September of 2013 in a bid to encourage students all over the world to take the "STEM" subjects in school and keep science and technology moving. In a podcast interview, spokesman Guy Robinson said test scores in science, technology, engineering and mathematics are low and getting lower, especially in the U.S. and the organization hopes to help reverse that trend with some aviation inspiration. 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.

Think Global Flight hopes to encourage young people to use their brains instead of their thumbs to occupy their time, and it's using aviation to get the message across. AVweb's Russ Niles spoke with Guy Robinson on how two pilots in an SR20 aim to make a difference.

This podcast is brought to you by Bendix/King by Honeywell, Avidyne,, and Sennheiser. More...

VoiceFlight || Helicopter Speech 
Helicopter Speech Recogition at AOPA Summit
hands-free vectoring to any latitude/longitude
hands-free entry of Nav/Comm frequencies

The HELO101 uses VoiceFlight's field-proven speech recogntion technology to address the inherent conflicts between safe rotocraft flight operations and the distractions of data entry on modern avionics. See a demonstration at AOPA Summit (booth #1507) or on our web site,
Hawker Beech Shows Us the Xtrasback to top 

Hawker Beechcraft Systems has an in-house program to upgrade Bonanza aircraft with new avionics, new engines, and new ergonomics as part of its Xtra program. Upgrades range in cost from the tens of thousands to roughly $100,000 and offer improvements in comfort, speed, range, and style. Upgrading the air conditioning alone can add knots to cruise speed, shave roughly 40 pounds off the aircraft's empty weight, and offer "set and forget" convenience from taxi to shutdown. 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 booth 802 during AOPA Summit 2012 or visit us online at

Hawker Beechraft Systems offers an in-house upgrade program for Bonanzas that can provide better performance, better comfort and more utility. Pilots can select from a range of upgrades that include window, avionics, engine, air conditioning, and interior upgrades as well as range improvement through the addition of wing tanks. Prices range from thousands to roughly $100,000 depending on the extent of the work.

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

Aircraft Spruce at AOPA Summit || October 
11-13, 2012
Aircraft Spruce at the 2012
AOPA Summit in Palm Springs, CA

Aircraft Spruce provides virtually everything a pilot and aircraft owner would need to keep flying. As an AOPA Strategic Partner, Aircraft Spruce supports the association through a variety of activities, including sponsorship of the registration area at AOPA Summit and sponsorship of content. They also periodically provide special offers and discounts to AOPA members through Aircraft Spruce,, and their year-round participation in the AOPA Lifestyles Member Discounts program. Call 1 (877) 4‑SPRUCE or visit
Streamlining FSSback to top 

Director of Lockheed Martin Flight Services, Jim Derr, spoke with AVweb Thursday to discuss new tools rolled out this week to aid pilots in their flight planning and flight plan filing through The web portal offers pilots the ability to create profiles based on the aircraft they fly, routes of flight and frequent destinations. It also offers a free Adverse Condition Alerting Service (ACAS) that can provide a pilot with warnings if conditions arise (including, among other things, TFRs and severe weather) that affect his or her route of flight. 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 Pilot Workshops' Tip of the Week. Click here for this quick tip.

Lockheed Martin Flight Services are offering pilots new tools that could facilitate flight planning and improve flight safety. AVweb's Glenn Pew spoke with Director of Lockheed Martin Flight Services Jim Derr.

This podcast is brought to you by Bose Corporation, WxWorx XM WX Satellite Weather,, and Sennheiser. More...

Peter Drucker Says,
"The Best Way to Predict the Future Is to Create It"

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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...

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

Ad Coordinator
Karen Lund

Avionics Editor
Larry Anglisano

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