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Tablet Apps: Connectivity is the Buzzword
What’s ahead for tablet apps? For the short term, look for yet more features, improved operational interfaces and more capability, especially with regard to getting weather. Longer term, however, the big thing will be connectivity with all sorts of devices in the cockpit, including certified panel-mount boxes. 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.
FAA Releases GA Certification Action Plan
The FAA this week released its implementation plan for streamlining the certification and approval processes for general aviation aircraft, "to keep pace with technological advancements in aviation products and to help the United States maintain global competitiveness." The plan lays out a timetable and road map for the project, which aims to get airplanes certified twice as fast, at half the cost, while providing a greater margin of safety. The FAA said its revision of Part 23, which governs the certification of GA aircraft, should be complete in July 2016. The new rules should promote an increase in application for primary-category type certificates, and an increase in the installation of angle-of-attack sensors, two-axis autopilots, glass avionics, and other important safety-enhancing systems that can aid the pilot, the FAA said. 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.
Continental Ready But Not Enthusiastic About Mogas
With Continental Motors tilting strongly toward aerodiesels as a growth strategy, CEO Rhett Ross says he’s less convinced that mogas will play a major role in the aviation fuels market. In this podcast recorded this week at AirVenture 2013, Ross said Continental will remain committed to gasoline engines, especially its successful line of large displacement powerplants for aircraft such as the Cirrus and Beechcraft lines. Read More
Garmin Says "Sooner Is Better" for ADS-B Compliance
All aircraft operating in designated U.S. airspace must be ADS-B "Out" equipped by January 1, 2020. However, Garmin's ADS-B experts are encouraging pilots at this year's EAA AirVenture to start considering their options right away. By equipping now, pilots can avoid the deadline crunch at their avionics shops while gaining access to no-cost graphical weather data and traffic uplinks that are already available with ADS-B today. Visit the ADS-B Academy at to learn more.
Podcast: Continental's Rhett Ross on Thilert TBOs, Diesels, Mogas, and More
Following their acquisition of Thielert Engines' assets, Continental Motors is working to extend TBOs on the Thielert IO-series. And that's not all they're up to. Paul Bertorelli spoke with Continental's Rhett Ross about the company's new gearbox, its upcoming diesel projects, and support for mogas in international markets. 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
New From Quicksilver, Two S-LSA Models
Quicksilver, which has sold more than 15,000 kit aircraft around the world, announced at EAA AirVenture this week it plans to offer its first factory-built aircraft -- two two-seat Special Light Sport Aircraft models. The Sport 2S open-cockpit and a GT-500 with a closed or partially closed cockpit, which provides more speed and range, both should be available by the end of the year. The 2S approval process is nearly complete, the company said, and they are taking deposits now. "We expect demand to be brisk for the first factory-built Quicksilver models ever offered," said Will Escutia, company president. The S-LSA 2S sells for about $40,000. 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.
New LSA From Italy -- Trial
Nando Groppo, an Italian aircraft manufacturer, debuted their Trial light sport aircraft this week at EAA AirVenture. The all-metal airplane is a short-takeoff-and-landing design capable of operations from rough runways, with folding wings for easy storage. The wing change requires only about five minutes, for one person, with no tools required, the company said. The Trial cruises at 110 mph with a 100hp Rotax 912 engine. The pilot can fly from either of the tandem seats. The aircraft is available with either tricycle gear or as a taildragger. Read 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 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
AOPA Prepares Debonair For Sweepstakes
AOPA has a strong presence this week at EAA AirVenture, and visitors exploring the central show grounds can find the AOPA sweepstakes airplane on display, a 1963 Beech Debonair, a restoration project still in progress. The engine was in good shape when AOPA acquired it, but it has a completely new avionics panel -- after about four months of work -- and the cabin interior also will get a thorough overhaul. AOPA Pilot editor-at-large Tom Horne has been overseeing the process. "We have full ADS-B, in and out," he told AVweb at Oshkosh this week. "We have electronic charts, and a total of about seven screens in the cockpit. If you get lost in this airplane, you have a serious problem." Read More
Podcast: AOPA Sweepstakes Airplane
At EAA AirVenture this week, AOPA is displaying a 1963 Beech Debonair that is in the process of being restored as the prize in their next sweepstakes. AOPA's Tom Horne, who is overseeing the project, spoke with AVweb's Mary Grady about the progress so far and plans to complete the restoration. 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.
Able Flight Graduates Six New Pilots
Able Flight held its annual wings ceremony at AirVenture Oshkosh and the organization's remarkable record of success continues. The six graduates brought to 33 the number of students in wheelchairs who have qualified for light sport and/or private certificates in the past four years. This year everyone who entered the program, which uses aircraft with hand controls, has earned a certificate. 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
Social Flight Expands; Adds Regional Ambassadors
Just a year after launching, Social Flight, the aviation online resource that connects those interested in aviation with events and activities in the industry, is expanding its reach with regional ambassadors. Social Flight’s Jeff Simon told AVweb at AirVenture that the service was several years in the making, but just a year after its public launch, it reaches 20,000 pilots and has listed more than 4,000 events worldwide. Read More
Podcast: Get Out There and Fly! -- SocialFlight's Jeff Simon Can Help
It's a beautiful day for flying -- but where will you go? SocialFlight has an answer or ten at your fingertips. Jeff Simon chatted with AVweb's Paul Bertorelli at AirVenture this year about SocialFlight's growth and its new ambassador program. 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.
OpenAirplane Adds Eight Outlets
OpenAirplane, a network of aircraft rental places has added eight new outlets, including one in Alaska. In an interview with AVweb at AirVenture 2013, co-founder Rod Rakic said thousands of pilots have registered for the unique program, in which they take a single checkride in the aircraft of their choice and that checkride is valid for renting aircraft of the same type at any of the participating rental businesses. Read More
Podcast: OpenAirplane Grows
OpenAirplane, a network of aircraft rental outlets with a common database of renting pilots, has more than doubled in size in a month. AVweb's Russ Niles spoke with OpenAirplane co-founder Rod Rakic. 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.
Video: Jeppesen's New App for the VFR Pilot
The general trend in tablet apps is to add ever more features as a competitive edge. But at AirVenture 2013, Jeppesen took a different tack, introducing Mobile FliteDeck VFR, an app intended for the less demanding needs of the VFR-only pilot. 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.
Video: Adept Airmotive Shows Its V-6 at AirVenture
Two years ago, a South African startup called Adept Airmotive announced a V-6 engine project, and they're back at AirVenture 2013 with a running example and some test data. The company's Richard Schultz says testing has thus far revealed that at 320 pounds and 320 horsepower, the Adept engine has an excellent power-to-weight ratio, and it addresses one sticky issue in aviation: It doesn't require 100-octane fuel but can operate on lower grades, including mogas and biofuels. Certification, says Schultz, is about two years out. 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.
AirVenture 2013 Photo Gallery #5
Can't make it to AirVenture this year? Photo galleries of the people, products, and planes that make Oshkosh a pilot's paradise will pepper our coverage throughout the week, courtesy of eagle-eyed aviation photographer Mariano Rosales. 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.
AirVenture 2013 Product Minute Videos
There's so much to see and touch at AirVenture that your eyes may tire of looking and your button-pushing finger can get a little stiff. That doesn't deter the AVweb team, however, as they poked, prodded, and otherwise product-tested their way through some of this year's most interesting products in a series of "Product Minute" videos. 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.
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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.
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Apps: Tilting Toward Simplicity?
That's where Jeppesen's Mobile FliteDeck VFR seems to be going. We welcome the trend. Read More