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Redbird Launches a Diesel Skyhawk Conversion Project
With the ink barely dry on Continental’s agreement to buy Thielert Aircraft Engines, the company already has one customer commitment from an unlikely quarter: Redbird Simulations. On Sunday at AirVenture, Redbird announced a new initiative to convert Cessna Skyhawks to diesel power using Continental’s 135-hp Centurion 2.0. The project is called Redhawk and will be pitched to the training market as an alternative to conventional avgas fueled trainers. Read More
Summer Sale
A Cool Deal for a Hot Summer
Lightspeed Aviation and participating dealers will be offering $100 (USD) instant savings on the Zulu.2 ANR headset with Bluetooth July 29 through September 27, 2013. Experience the remarkable comfort and quiet of the ANR aviation headset that firmly established Lightspeed as the innovation leader. Zulu.2 is a triumph of communication connectivity and delivers all of the other advanced features you expect from Lightspeed. Learn more.
Redbird's New Redhawk Diesel 172
What can you do to bring the venerable C-172 to an even wider audience at a more affordable price? If you're Redbird (the simulator folks), you consider putting a new Continental turbodiesel into it and completely retrofit the panel to create a Redhawk -- which may be coming soon to a flight school near you. Read More
New iPad Display || MGF Sight Line 
iPad Display — Built for the Cockpit
New! MGF Sight Line Display. Head up, eyes out. Takes the heat and sun.
The iPad wasn't built for the rigors of the cockpit. It can't take the heat or be seen in sunlight, it and can be difficult to mount. See the new MGF Sight Line Display that solves all these problems.

Visit us! Hangar B (Flagship Store), booth 2144; Hangar A, booth 1153
Phone (303) 364-7400 or visit
Pelton: The Challenges Facing AirVenture 2013
EAA faced challenges as it headed into AirVenture Oshkosh 2013 that included new cost burdens and performance cancellations, but EAA Chairman, Jack Pelton, believes the association has overcome. Pelton told us that although military team performances were cut as part of the federal sequester, overall, there would be more performers at AirVenture this year. For pilots, AirVenture 2013 will also offer the most vendors ever, 821 in total, Pelton said. Read More
Bose® A20® Aviation 
Bose® A20® Aviation Headset
Focus on what matters. Flying.
Better sound matters. So does comfort. That's why the A20 headset is designed with proprietary ear cushions to provide quality acoustic seals, even over eyeglasses. So you can fly comfortably for hours. And 30% greater noise reduction than conventional noise-reducing aviation headsets means you hear more of what you need to hear. Also features Bluetooth® communications interface,* auxiliary audio input, and priority switching. Learn more.

* Available in certain variants of the headset.
Jack Pelton AirVenture Preview 2013
EAA's AirVenture Oshkosh aviation trade and air show faced challenges this year, but Jack Pelton remains optimistic and lists his reasons. Read More
Clarity || The Most Sensitive ADS-B Receiver 
on the Market || Sagetech
Clarity SV ADS-B Receiver: See Us at Oshkosh — Booth #2067
It's stunning — like having a back-up EFIS panel on your iPad or tablet. Clarity SV is GA's most sensitive ADS-B/GPS-WAAS/ADHRS with ADI/HSI depiction and 3-D synthetic vision. Its wi-fi connection lets your apps display no-cost NEXRAD radar, weather, and traffic for better situational awareness — weather or not. To see our video, click here.
Epic Aircraft Debuts Mockup Of Production Model
Epic Aircraft, which has delivered about 50 of its turboprop LT kit airplanes, now is progressing toward a certified version, and this week at EAA AirVenture, the company has a fresh new mockup of the certified aircraft on display. The cockpit features the Garmin G1000 avionics suite, and the cabin has a spacious feel with lots of legroom and big oval windows. "We got that wow factor into the cockpit, so it looks like a Ferrari," Epic spokesman Mike Schrader told AVweb at the show on Sunday. Read More
SkyCraft Airplanes || Introducing the SD-1 
The Next Little Thing in Aviation
SkyCraft Airplanes is happy to introduce the SD-1 Minisport to the LSA market. The SD-1 redefines what is possible for the budget-conscious pilot with its 118-mph cruise speed, 1,400-fpm climb rate, removable wings, and 575-mile range. Included standard on the aircraft are Dynon Glass Avionics, nav and strobe lights, ELT, radio, and an auxiliary port for your iPod. Total hourly operational cost: $12. Total Airplane Cost: $54,850. Click here to visit our web site.
Epic Debuts Production Mock-Up
At EAA AirVenture, Epic Aircraft is showing their new mock-up of the certified version of the LT turboprop. Spokesman Mike Schrader spoke with AVweb's Mary Grady about the progress being made and some of the differences between the two versions. Read More
iLevil || Levil 
Levil Technology's Line of AHRS/ADS-B Receivers Just Got Better!
Offering the most compatibility with your favorite apps and uncontested AHRS performance, the iLevil SW has been known as the most flexible AHRS/ADS-B system in the market. Levil Technology is now introducing the iLevil AW, featuring internal pressure sensors that measure indicated airspeed, pressure altitude, and VSI when connected to the pitot-static system of a homebuilt or light sport aircraft. Check out the iLevil at AirVenture Oshkosh or visit our web site here.
Top iPad Developers' Roundtable At OSH
Wednesday, July 31, at AirVenture Oshkosh, a free forum hosted by MyGoFlight will include executives from ForeFlight, Hilton Software, Bendix King, Jeppesen, Garmin and MyGoFlight in a roundtable discussion moderated by Aviation Consumer editor Larry Anglisano. During the main forum, Anglisano will pose the same question to each panelist, who will be allowed time to answer or defer. Attendees will later have an opportunity to pose their own questions to the panelists. Read More
XGPS170 GPS + ADS-B Receiver || From Dual 
Weather Where You Want It the Most — In the Cockpit!
The XGPS170 GPS + ADS-B Receiver delivers no-subscription weather (FIS-B) & traffic (TIS-B) services to many EFB apps on Apple and Android devices. See NEXRAD radar imagery, NOTAMs, METARs, TAFs, PIREPs, winds aloft, TFRs, and SUA updates right on your tablet! The XGPS170 features a WAAS GPS and USB-rechargeable battery that lasts over five hours and connects to two tablets using Bluetooth. Non-slip mount included. Click here to learn more.
Terrafugia Ready For First Public Flights
Terrafugia has brought its most recent version of the Transition roadable aircraft to EAA AirVenture this week for its first flights before an airshow crowd. The first demo is expected on Monday afternoon, with a second flight Wednesday at 8 p.m., before the night airshow. The airplane will be driven from the Terrafugia booth out to the runway, take off and fly; then after landing, the pilot will fold the wings and drive back to the exhibit, Terrafugia CEO Carl Dietrich told AVweb on Sunday. This is the second prototype, and the design will be tweaked for a third version, now in the works, Dietrich said. Read More
Jeppesen Mobile FliteDeck 
See the Difference
Introducing Mobile FliteDeck VFR — our new intuitive, easy-to-use app that delivers the data you need, when you need it. Paper charts can't do that. Neither can a scanned picture of a chart on an iPad®. So spend less time fumbling with charts and applications and more time heads-up, enjoying what you love — flying. See us at AirVenture® — in front of hangar A on Knapp St. — for a demo. Or click here for more.
Terrafugia Ready to Launch
Terrafugia, the company that has been working on a flying car prototype, will fly their Transition roadable aircraft at EAA AirVenture this week for its first public demonstrations. CEO Carl Dietrich spoke with AVweb's Mary Grady about the ongoing development of the program. Read More
Bad Elf GPS
Upgrade Your External GPS Receiver for the iPad & iPhone
The Bad Elf GPS Pro was designed for use in multi-crew jets and provides strong GPS reception even with heated windshields. Supports up to five iPads/iPhones simultaneously with a 16+-hour battery life. Works great with ForeFlight, Jepp FD, and WingX. Flying worldwide in GA singles, Fortune 50 fleets, and charter aircraft — even airlines! Visit us at EAA AirVenture (booth #B-2125), or click here to learn more.
Jeppesen Introduces Mobile FD For U.S.
Jeppesen has introduced the Mobile FliteDeck VFR for U.S. GA pilots to use on iPads. Until now only the IFR version was available but the VFR option has been available in Europe for a year. It offers numerous charting, navigation and flight-planning options with charts and data covering the whole continental U.S. Jeppesen said in a news release that the U.S. release builds on the experience gained from the European introduction and the information is organized to reflect the workflow requirements of the VFR cockpit. Read More
Sennheiser Welcomes S1 NoiseGard to the S1 
Join Us in Welcoming the S1 Family and Win an iPad Mini™
Visit Sennheiser at AirVenture (Booth #288) and join us in welcoming the S1 Family of aviation headsets. The launch of our new S1 NoiseGard with state-of-the art analog noise cancellation technology marks the completion of the S1 Family. Try out the S1 NoiseGard or our groundbreaking S1 Digital with digital adaptive noise reduction and give yourself a chance to win a new iPad Mini™. Learn more.
Input Sought For New CFI Standards
The FAA has released a draft revision of the airman certification standards for flight instructors, and the public has until August 23 to submit comments online. The revision is part of an overhaul of several airman certification standards, including private pilot and the instrument rating, in an effort to promote more efficient and effective training. The FAA and a number of industry partners have been working together on the revisions, and they will host a forum about the draft standards at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh on Wednesday, July 31, from 4 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. in the Forum Pavilion 08. The project is slated to be completed in September. Read More
The Phillips 66® Aviation Wings™ Card 
- The Card That Does More
The Phillips 66® Aviation Wings™ Card — The Card That Does More
When your primary business is aviation, your primary fuel charge card should be the Phillips 66® Aviation Wings™ Card. With more locations, more rewards, and superior service, your Wings Card is convenient and flexible. Use it with your WingPoints® Rewards Card for twice as many points! Corporate flight departments can apply online today for the card that does more. Click here to start now.
FAA Acts On 787 Honeywell ELTs
The FAA Friday issued an airworthiness directive (AD) as a final rule for Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners requiring removal or inspection of Honeywell's heretofore unimpeachable fixed emergency locator transmitter (ELT), in part "to prevent a fire in the aft crown of the airplane." The FAA action is the result of a fire that involved the Honeywell ELT on an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing Model 787-8 aircraft as it sat on the ground at Heathrow this July. The agency has determined that the ELT may have initiated the event. Read More
Meet Garmin Team X & Get ADS-B Answers at Oshkosh
You've got questions. Garmin has answers. Our experts will be happy to answer them for you at this year's EAA AirVenture. Team X will show off their latest developments for experimental and homebuilt aircraft. ADS-B gurus will help you plan how to equip. And we'll let you get hands-on with our latest Garmin flight decks, panel mounts, and portables. Plan ahead with our online seminar schedule.
FAA Certifies First Drones For Commercial Use
The FAA said on Friday it has issued its first restricted category type certificates to two unmanned aircraft systems. The approval is "a milestone that will lead to the first approved commercial UAS operations later this summer," the FAA said. The two systems are small -- Insitu’s Scan Eagle X200 weighs about 44 pounds and AeroVironment’s hand-launched Puma weighs just 13 pounds. Each is about 4.5 feet long, with wingspans of 10 and 9 feet, respectively. "The major advantage of having type-certificated UAS models available is that they can be used commercially," the FAA said. The type certificates will permit the use of the aircraft for aerial surveillance. Read More
ADS-B || New Solutions from Aspen 
Aspen Avionics Introduces ADS-B Solutions
Designed to work with what you already have in your panel, Aspen's affordable NextGen ADS-B solutions provide an easy, cost-effective path to increased situational awareness and meeting the FAA's NextGen mandate. Try our simple ADS-B solution finder to get started, at
NTSB: Southwest 737 Nosegear Hit First
The NTSB Thursday said it had evidence that the nosegear of a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-700 with 150 aboard touched down prior to the mains and collapsed as the jet landed at LaGuardia, July 22. Video "and other sources," the agency said, are consistent with the nose-gear making contact prior to the main landing gear. Both the aircraft's voice and flight data recorder have been recovered in good condition, providing two hours of clear audio and information about 1,000 aircraft parameters over 27 hours of operation. Read More
Bendix/King KT74 
Bendix/King KT74 ADS-B Transponder
Is it time to upgrade your transponder? The ADS-B-compliant Bendix/King KT74 meets 2020 requirements, is low-cost, is easy to install, and fits into your existing panel. Suiting your needs now and in the future. It's never been so easy to plan ahead. Click here to learn more.
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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 are 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 3037-3039 during AirVenture 2013 or visit us online at
Short Final
Each week in "Short Final," we select the strangest, funniest, or most unusual thing AVweb readers have heard over the radio -- either from other pilots or coming directly from the Air Traffic Control (ATC) tower. Click through to listen in as this week's winner keeps it quiet to accomodate local regs. Read More
Heard Anything Funny on the Radio?

Heard anything funny, unusual, or downright shocking on the radio lately? If you've been flying any length of time, you're sure to have eavesdropped on a few memorable exchanges. The ones that gave you a chuckle may do the same for your fellow AVweb readers. Share your radio funny with us, and, if we use it in a future "Short Final," we'll send you a sharp-looking AVweb hat to sport around your local airport. No joke.

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AirVenture 2013: Maybe the Market Is Stirring
Our pre-show mailboxes and press conference schedules suggest the strongest show in five years. Read More