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Van's Aircraft is now taking orders for its second batch of ready-to-fly RV-12 airplanes, the company said this week. Van's, which has sold more than 8,000 kits around the world, offered a dozen S-LSA versions of the RV-12 last year, and sold out the first day. The new batch of 12 sells for $123,000 each, fully equipped, or $115,00 for the base model. The aircraft components are built by Van's and assembled into an S-LSA by Synergy Air, of Eugene, Ore. Read More
Rosen Monorail iPad Mount 
Aircraft Spruce Carries Rosen Monorail iPad Mounts
Rosen Monorail iPad mounts are available for the iPad 2 and iPad 3 with long- and short-arm options. This mount naturally displays the iPad in either a deployed or stowed position with one-hand tension control and multi-directional adjustability. Visit for other Rosen products, including sunshades, sun visor systems, and more. For more information, call 1 (877) 4-SPRUCE or visit
Three of the four surviving members of the 80 crew members whose 1942 attack on Japan made them Doolittle’s Raiders met for the last time publicly at the National Air Force Museum in Dayton Ohio last Veterans Day weekend. The men held a pact that the last survivor among them would open a 1896 vintage bottle of Hennessy cognac gifted to the raid’s leader, Jimmy Doolittle, and drink to his lost comrades. But the four surviving men resolved last year to break the bottle’s seal and share a drink together at one final public meeting. One of the men is 98-year-old Dick Cole who was in the first B-25 to leave the aircraft carrier USS Hornet, flying as Jimmy Doolittle’s copilot. “The story has run its course,” he told NBC news. “It’s about time to tie things up and ride off into the sunset.” Read More
At museums and parades across the country, aviators and their contributions to the U.S. military were remembered over the Veterans Day weekend. The Air Museum In Palm Springs, Calif., introduced its newly renovated Vietnam-era Republic F-105D Thunderchief bomber. In Mesa, Ariz., four U.S. Navy veterans from World War II, all in their 90s, went flying aboard a restored B-17G at the Arizona Aviation Museum. In San Antonio, Texas, the nonprofit Ageless Aviation Dreams Foundation gave free flights to veterans in a 1942 Boeing Stearman. And one veteran, a retired Air Force colonel, asked for aviators from the Cold War to be remembered, too. Read More
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The deck of a cargo ship in the English Channel became a landing site recently for the pilot of a Foxbat Xtreme STOL airplane. The landing, caught on camera from several angles, was a carefully planned stunt by Dutch pilot Jaap Rademaker. "The ship was sailing at 9 knots speed over ground, the true windspeed was 14 knots, just about the full flap stall speed with just myself in the plane and full long-range fuel tanks," Rademaker wrote at his YouTube site. "What is misleading is that control is perfect at several meters above the deck, but as soon as you get a meter or two above the deck to land, 1) there is curl-over turbulence coming off the bow and sides, 2) you have only some visual reference like the mast in front. I won't do it again." Read More
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Federal rules that limit how people can invest in startups recently were changed, making it easier for small investors to buy shares, and Terrafugia has taken advantage of that by posting a new investing opportunity on the funding site Wefunder. Terrafugia launched the Wefunder page in late September, CEO Carl Dietrich told AVweb on Monday. "To date, Terrafugia has been entirely funded by large 'angel investors' who have been in a position to write pretty large checks, but there are a number of accredited investors who are interested in investing smaller amounts," Dietrich said. "It has not made sense in the past to allow very small investments (for logistical/voting reasons), but Wefunder groups lots of smaller investors into one fund which then gets one vote -- minimizing the logistical overhead for us." Read More
Question of the Week

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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.
What You Missed in AVwebBiz This Week

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Gulfstream has been forced to take extraordinary measures to prevent speculation in the market for its flagship G650 long-range big cabin business jet. As we reported in October, an early position holder of the $65 million aircraft, Formula One luminary Bernie Ecclestone, sold his almost-new G650 at a $7 million premium to the owner of a soccer team. Read More
A Reaper attack and surveillance drone has gone down in Lake Ontario during a training mission about 1 p.m. local time. The Reaper belonged to the Syracuse, New York-based 174th Attack Wing of the Air National Guard, which trains Air Force pilots to fly them all over the world. Read More
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Help us motivate a new generation of aviators, scientists, and engineers: Think STEM and! TGF's April 2014 orbit of the Earth will interactively reach students at Student Command Centers via SATCOM in 37 countries enroute about science, technology, engineering, and math. As little as $25 sponsors a Skyway along the way, fueling the TGF Cirrus SR-20 around the globe! Click here to learn more.
Frank van der Hulst of Marton, New Zealand supplies a touch of majesty in our latest installment of "Picture of the Week." Click through for more reader-submitted photos. Read More
Comfort - Quiet - Clarity || Zulu.2 Is Now 
Zulu.2: The Best Value in Premium ANR Is Now Even Better
Now you can experience the remarkable comfort, quiet, and clarity of one of the world's best aviation headsets at an even more remarkable price. The retail price of our Zulu.2 headset is now $850 USD. The choice of private and professional pilots around the world, this triumph of communication connectivity is now more affordable than ever. Learn more...
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Virgin Galactic is about ready to launch the first space tourism flight, with XCOR right behind them. Which ride would you choose, assuming you had the quarter-mill ticket price? Read More
FAR/AIM 2014 || ASA - Training Starts 
With a cruise speed of around 270 knots and a price tag of nearly $5 million, the 2013 Pilatus PC-12NG isn't the fastest or the least expensive single-engine turboprop on the market. It is, however, arguably in a class of its own. That's because it has a cabin that can carry 1,200 lbs. of payload while carrying over 400 gallons of fuel, the ability to operate from unpaved runways, and a huge 53x52-inch cargo door. In this video, Aviation Consumer's Larry Anglisano takes a look at the airplane. Read More
At an annual fly-in in Connecticut, pilots who design and build their own hot-air balloons gather to fly their aircraft, learn from each other, and try out new ideas. Read More