AOPA Expo 2007 Podcast Round-Up: Complete Audio Coverage from Hartford, CT

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Last week, we managed to record a bumper crop of podcasts with the aviation industry's leading figures covering topics that ranged from inside the cockpit (synthetic vision) to new airplanes (from Diamond and Cessna) to Lockheed Martin's embattled perspective on the newly-privatized AFSS system. In case you missed any, here's a complete recap of our exclusive audio coverge from the show:

  • Piper CEO Jim Bass introduces the Piper Matrix, a non-pressurized variant of the company's popular Mirage.
  • Heike Larson from Diamond Aircraft rolls out the welcome mat again this time for two new builds based on the venerable DA40, the high-end XLS and the introductory CS.
  • Dan Courain of Lockheed Martin answers criticisms of the newly-privatized AFSS system (and there are many) and shares a few of LockMart's strategies for stabilizing and growing the new system.
  • University of North Dakota flight operations director Don Dubuque tells us what they're going to do with the brand-new Diamond D-Jet acquired by their training department. (It didn't involve flying us home from the show.)
  • Tecnam's Lynne Birmingham says the LSA manufacturer is ready to move into making Part 23-certified aircraft, including a retractable-gear trainer and a new light twin.
  • VistaNav's Jeff Simon knows there are a lot of synthetic vision products on the market competing for your cockpit spending; in this interview, he shares a few of the reasons why VistaNav continues to be an industry leader in a tight market.