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Some analysts disagree with a Rockwell Collins forecast and are predicting a return to more normal business in 2014. At the International Corporate Jet Finance conference in London on Tuesday, several analysts interviewed by Bloomberg said sales will improve. Read More
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Come join Aircraft Spruce in Lakeland, Florida at Sun 'n Fun (hangar B, booths 1-9) April 1-6, 2014. Avoid freight charges by placing a pre-show order for pick-up at our Sun 'n Fun booth. Orders must be placed by 12:00pm (EST) on March 27. For online orders, choose Store/Airshow Pickup at the shopping cart, then select a valid date between April 1 and 6 and complete checkout. It's that easy! For additional details and restrictions, call 1 (877) 4-SPRUCE or visit
EAA says it's wondering why the FAA billed it $450,000 for air traffic services at last year's AirVenture when the NFL won't have to pay the extra costs associated with the Super Bowl. On Sunday, the FAA told AVweb that it only bills for services if it has to move equipment and personnel to the venue. EAA says it got a different story from FAA officials last summer. Read More
Van's Aircraft has released two service bulletins that advise owners of a variety of its aircraft to inspect for cracks in specific areas before their next flight. The first bulletin, which came out on Friday, applies to RV-6, -7, and -8 aircraft and advises owners to inspect a portion of the horizontal stabilizer forward spar for cracks on a flange. "There are no known accidents related to these cracks," Paul Dye, editor of Kitplanes, told AVweb on Tuesday. Read More
AEA Pilots Guide || Aircraft Electronics 
Pilot's Guide to Avionics Now Available
The 2013-'14 edition of the Aircraft Electronics Association's Pilot's Guide to Avionics is now available. To request a complimentary copy, visit

The publication is a consumer's directory loaded with educational articles and timely information about the avionics industry, its products and its people, which helps pilots and aircraft owners make better buying decisions and locate more than 1,300 AEA member companies, including government-certified repair stations, around the world.
A Gulfstream/Aero Commander 690C crashed and burned in a small field in Nashville, Tenn., just before 5 p.m. on Monday, about 10 miles south of John C. Tune Airport. All four on board -- a couple with their daughter and granddaughter -- died in the crash. According to the NTSB, the pilot was executing a second try at the RNAV approach when the crash occurred. The 690C is a variant in the twin-turboprop Aero Commander line, which at various times has been owned by Rockwell, Gulfstream Aerospace, and others. Read More
The Air Force says it wants surveillance aircraft to be built on business jet platforms as a way to cut acquisition and long-term operations costs. According to Defense News, the first candidate for a bizjet conversion is the E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (JSTARS), which is based on a Boeing 707-300. Read More
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The timeline for certification has slipped back a little, from early 2015 to mid-2015, but Epic Aircraft said this week it is moving forward, and holding fast on the introductory price of $2.75 million for its factory-built E1000 single-engine turboprop. The new airplane, based on the 2004 kit aircraft, will carry six at speeds up to 325 knots, with a range of 1,600 nm. "We believe our performance and price point distinguish us in the industry, so we are ramping manufacturing to service that demand," Epic CEO Doug King said this week. Read More
Spike Aerospace, an engineering firm based in Boston, has joined the ranks of companies working to bring to market a new supersonic jet. Spike, which launched in 2011, says its S-512 will carry 12 to 18 passengers, sell for about $80 million, and reach speeds up to Mach 1.8. The company hopes to find a manufacturing partner soon and have its first jet flying in 2018. Read More
FAR/AIM 2014 1/2
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Van's aircraft has dominated the kit market with the RV, line and now you can buy a factory-built RV-12 S-LSA model. Aviation Consumer's Larry Anglisano flew the RV-12 at the 2014 U.S. Light Sport Expo in Sebring, Florida. This video takes a detailed look at the aircraft. Read More
Although aircraft sales are still in the doldrums, Hartzell has stayed busy in its R&D shop, developing a range of new products that are lighter and more efficient than existing props. Hartzell's Joe Brown gave AVweb an update recently. Read More
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Might as well. When the FAA clips your wings, you may go from startup to national brand overnight. Read More
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Sydney, Australia pilot Paul Reynolds was the only one around who could help the teen-aged passenger on a Piper Cherokee (previously incorrectly reported as a Cessna 150) whose pilot blacked out at the controls on January 25 over Forbes, New South Wales. AVweb's Russ Niles spoke with Reynolds about the actions he took to help ensure a positive outcome for the crisis. Read More
Private Pilot Online Ground School: Instructor 
Edition || ASA - Training Starts Here
Now that iPads have become the dominant portable navigation device, there are more accessory options than ever to pick from, including remote GPS receivers. In this video, Aircraft Spruce's Ryan Deck walks us through three popular solutions. Read More
Cactus Fly-In || February 28 - March 1, 2014 
|| Casa Grande Airport, AZ (CGZ)
Early Bonanzas have such timeless good looks that when gussied up with new paint and avionics, they hold their own against anything flying. Read More