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ANNOUNCED FOR BOEING 787
Corporation has announced the itinerary for the landmark appearance of
its new 787 Dreamliner during AirVenture on Friday, July 29. This will
be the airplane's first hands-on viewing and touring opportunity for the
general public. And you can track its progress as it heads east from
Seattle via FlightAware.com by using the tail number N787BA. Read
Sikorsky X2 Makes Final Flight
made its 23rd and final flight last week, Sikorsky Aircraft's
award-winning X2 Technology demonstrator was officially retired - spare
one final appearance at AirVenture 2011. The X2, which features twin
coaxial counter-rotating main rotors and a pusher propeller, set an
unofficial speed record of 253 knots in level flight on September 10,
2010, a milestone that earned it the 2010 Robert J. Collier Trophy from
the National Aeronautic Association. The general public's only chance to
see it will be here next week. Read
FISK(E) AND OSHKOSH, HERE WE
just the short hop between my new home airport at Muskegon,
Michigan, and Oshkosh, I'll be flying VFR to the big show this
year. So it will be out to Ripon and the Fisk arrival for
Stancie and me - and several thousand other pilots.
The absolute essential item for
flying into Oshkosh is the official Oshkosh NOTAM. Even if you
have flown to Oshkosh dozens of times, be sure to get the 2011
version of the NOTAM. And if you have never flown into Oshkosh
you would not have a clue on how to arrive without it.
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TO OSHKOSH THROUGH AIRVENTURE LIVE
you are on convention grounds or following from afar, you can connect to
AirVenture through AirVenture
Live. We'll be collecting all types of AirVenture content,
including news stories, videos, photo galleries, and features, in one
convenient portal. You can also participate by using the #OSH11 hash tag
to upload your own tweets, Flickr photos, Facebook feedback, and YouTube
videos directly to the website.
Other features included are access to
LiveATC.net, where you can listen to air traffic control live on the
Web, and the e-Hotline newsletter, published daily during
AirVenture. Via Oshkosh365, you'll have access to five AV webcams
located throughout the grounds streaming live video during the week
including air shows and evening programs at Theater in the Woods. Click
here to visit AirVenture Live.
ADDED TO MEET AIRVENTURE DEMAND
Air Zoo's Ford Tri-Motor, N8449, will pair up with EAA's Tri-Motor to
provide flights during AirVenture next week. The Kalamazoo aircraft is
painted in Army Air Corps colors, and like EAA's is a 1929 model. The
addition a second Tri-Motor will provide more opportunities for
AirVenture attendees to fly on a vintage airliner. Ford Tri-Motors were
the first all-metal airliners in the world. To book your flight during
the convention, head on over to the south end of the warbird flightline
and look for the Tri-Motor ticket stand. Price is $70 per person.
Tickets can be purchased on day of flight at the Tri-Motor building
located at the south end of the Warbirds area or avoid lines by purchasing
WEBCAMS NOW ON-AIR
year EAA is offering members several ways to see AirVenture as it happens.
The ever-popular AirVenture webcams return this year offering great views
of North (Warbirds area), Central (ConocoPhillips Plaza and Vintage), and
South (Ultralights). Each camera will have views of the runways; however,
they will be panning to capture as much of the look and feel of the event
as possible. This members-only benefit also includes live streaming video
of the daily air show and Theater in the Woods evening programming Sunday
through Thursday during AirVenture. Watch
the webcams here
|GA GROUPS PRESS AHEAD TOWARD DAY IN COURT
The National Business Aviation
Association (NBAA), Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) and
Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) today announced that, following
a court’s decision not to suspend the government’s looming deadline
for curtailing the Block Aircraft Registration Request (BARR) program,
the three associations will move ahead expeditiously toward a full
hearing on the matter. Read
DAILY BROWN ARCH DEDICATIONS SCHEDULED
day at 11:30 a.m., Monday through Friday, join Tom Poberezny at the
Brown Arch as he honors several outstanding volunteers for their
commitment and dedication to AirVenture over the years. Honorees include
Ron Scott (Monday); Zonnie Fritsche and Shirley McQuillan (Tuesday);
Pete Eide (Wednesday); Roscoe Morton (Thursday); and Judy Mueller
(Friday). For more information on how to leave your mark at the Brown
Arch, click here.
RADIO RAMPS UP COVERAGE FOR AIRVENTURE
Radio is ready to be your constant convention companion with live
interviews, special event coverage, and daily broadcast of the Showcase
flights, air show, and Theater in the Woods. AirVenture programming
resumes the evening of July 24 with a strong lineup of interviews and
new programs. On-field attendees should stop by the EAA Welcome Center
daily at 11 a.m. for EAA Radio Live featuring notable guests including
EAA President/CEO Rod Hightower, B-787 Chief Pilot Mike Carriker,
Astronaut Gene Cernan, a Navy Day special, EAA Young Eagles Co-Chairmen
Sully Sullenberger and Jeff Skiles, and Aaron Tippin. Read
AVAILABLE ONLINE: 2011 AV INFO GUIDE
out the who, what, when, and where of more than 1,500 presentations and
800 exhibitors with the 2011 EAA AirVenture Info Guide, now available
online for pre-convention planning. Also contained in the Info Guide
are lists of Warbirds, Homebuilts, and Vintage in Review sessions,
special tributes throughout the week, hours of operation, maps, and
loads of other general information that will help you to plan your week.
Information covers pre-convention
activities starting Saturday, July 23, and runs through closing day on
Sunday, July 31. Printed booklets will also be available at the
|AN EVENING WITH
VOYAGER CELEBRATES 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF EPIC FLIGHT
year marks the 25th anniversary of arguably the most incredible
flight ever - the Voyager flight, in which the Voyager aircraft
flew around the world nonstop without refueling. EAA will help
celebrate this achievement with a special "Evening With
Voyager" on Friday, July 29, in the AirVenture Museum area
dedicated to the flight, to be held near the mock-up of Burt
Rutan's Model 76 Voyager fuselage. Read
SETS FOR THE SPACE SHUTTLE PROGRAM
shuttle Atlantis landed safely at Cape Canaveral early Thursday morning,
concluding the agency's 135th mission and marking the end of the 30-year
Space Shuttle Program. "At today's final landing of the space
shuttle, we had the rare opportunity to witness history," said NASA
Administrator Charles Bolden. "We turned the page on a remarkable era
and began the next chapter in our nation's extraordinary story of
YOUR OPPOSITION TO USER FEES AT AIRVENTURE
the specter of user
fees raises its ugly head once again, you can wear your opposition on
your shirt while at AirVenture and beyond. Just like several years ago,
when GA successfully fought user fees, EAA will be distributing buttons at
AirVenture. You can pick up your "Answer's still the same: NO TO USER
FEES!" button at the EAA Welcome Center.
RADIO INTERVIEW WITH AARON TIPPIN
music star Aaron Tippin is ready to make his Oshkosh concert debut as
his "Red White and Loud" tour touches down on Super Saturday,
July 30, at Theater in the Woods. Recently EAA Radio's Steve Buss had a
chance to talk with Tippin about his career, airplanes, and sharing the
stage with the CAF B-29. Click
here to listen
RIDESHARE PROGRAM CAN STILL GET YOU TO OSHKOSH
Are you still looking for a ride to Oshkosh for AirVenture, or maybe
have extra space for someone? Nearly 100 rides are still being offered
from 29 states and Canada through the EAA Rideshare program, and there
are about 175 people from 41 states, Canada, and other countries still
looking to get to Oshkosh. Click
here today, but hurry - AirVenture is nearly upon us!
ABOUND FEDERAL PAVILION
2011 marks another year of participation by the international federal
agencies that exhibit in the Federal Pavilion, just north of the Sky
Shoppe on the flightline. The National Park Service will feature a 1911
Wright EX Replica of the Vin Fiz, the first pusher biplane to cross
North America by air. Federal Pavilion visitors will also have the
opportunity to experience soaring across Huffman Prairie, Ohio, nearly
100 years ago, courtesy of the National Aviation Heritage Alliance's
1911 Wright B Simulator, and try to match the Wright Brothers first
flight over the dunes of Kitty Hawk in EAA's Wright Flyer simulator. Read
TO WIN A FREE SPORTAIR WORKSHOP
any workshop offered during EAA AirVenture 2011 and you have the
opportunity to win a free EAA SportAir Workshop of your choice! One
winner per day will be awarded a complementary SportAir Workshop, which
offers the following courses at various locations throughout the United
YOUR WI-FI QUESTIONS
EAA's network administrator, Brian Huth, answers questions about the
newly upgraded Wi-Fi system that will be available at AirVenture 2011. Click
here for the Wi-Fi FAQs. For additional questions, please contact
Brian via e-mail. Locate the Wi-Fi
stations and hotspots on the AirVenture 2011 map
LAUNCHES CHAPTER WEBSITE PROGRAM
During the past year, EAA has worked with Webs.com to create new
websites for all EAA chapters, providing them with easy-to-use tools that
allow each chapter to customize their site. These websites were launched
last month and many chapters are taking advantage of the program to create
custom websites. Website creation and hosting are provided free of charge
though support from the Peter Burgher Chapter development fund. This fund
was established to provide financial support for creating programs and
services exclusively for EAA Chapters. Read
BREAKFAST FRIDAY FOR VETERANS
Veterans who have served the United States are invited to a free
breakfast at AirVenture on Friday, July 29, sponsored by Fagen Inc. The
breakfast will be held at 8 a.m. in a large tent near the PHP Conference
Center, just west of the main convention entrance. While the event is
free, reservations are required and the event is limited to 200 guests. Read
DEADLINE FOR GPS COMMENTS COMING FAST
Input Welcome on LightSquared
Proposal before July 30
Aviators concerned about the future of GPS should make comments to the
Federal Communications Commission by Saturday, July 30, regarding the use
of satellite band frequencies for a ground-based transmitter network. This
proposal, made by LightSquared, could severely hamper GPS effectiveness
throughout the country. Read
CUSTOMS, CAMPING AT OSHKOSH, AND EAPIS FORMS
pilots will be flying into Oshkosh for AirVenture from other countries,
particularly Canada. Each of those pilots will need to make an online
electronic eAPIS notification filing with U.S. Customs and Border
Protection, and a visit to AirVenture can raise some interesting
questions about exactly how to fill out the eAPIS form. Read
'TWEEPLECHASE' TO ENERGIZE AIRVENTURE TWEETERS
Magazine, a new media online all-digital aviation publication, will
engage the active aviation Twitter community at EAA AirVenture 2011 with
a new game called Tweeplechase. In this fun game, anyone who follows the
hashtag #tweeplechase can win valuable prizes by following clues tweeted
by the magazine's editor, Dan Pimentel. The game is scheduled to be
played from Thursday, July 28, through Saturday, July 30. Read
REPRIEVE FROM CALIFORNIA AVGAS BAN ATTEMPT
The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) reports that California’s
Center for Environmental Health (CEH) has agreed to put its Proposition 65
enforcement action against the use of leaded avgas in the state on hold
until October 28 so a federal judge can rule on a lawsuit requesting an
injunction against the action. Read
TIME TO REGISTER FOR WORLD SYMPOSIUM ON ELECTRIC AIRCRAFT
Hear from aviation visionaries and discuss the future of electric flight
at the second annual World Symposium on Electric Aircraft, sponsored by
GE Aviation, that will be held Friday, July 29, and Saturday, July 30,
during EAA AirVenture 2011. Open and free to AirVenture attendees, the
two-day event will feature several influential industry leaders
discussing electric propulsion aircraft in an open forum, offering what
they envision is the future for this rapidly growing flight segment that
is attracting the attention of scientists, engineers, manufacturers, and
AIRVENTURE IN A NEW, "COOLER" WAY IN 2011
EAA Aviators Club presented by Shell Aviation is a place to unwind,
replenish, and watch the air shows from the best seats around, plus have
a chance to mingle with some very special guest personalities during the
week. Open Monday, July 25, through Saturday, July 30, the
air-conditioned oasis is the perfect place for individuals, families, or
large groups to meet and share their AirVenture stories. Daily and
weekly passes are available to purchase. Learn more about the new EAA
Aviators Club here.
WAIT UNTIL AIRVENTURE FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN A PLANE - ENTER ONLINE NOW!
2011 EAA Share the Spirit Sweepstakes drawing is right around the
corner - Sunday, July 31 during AirVenture. Don't miss out on your chance
to win a Cessna 162 Skycatcher with fuel for the year courtesy of Shell
Aviation, along with other great prizes. And never before have the other
prizes been this big! Every donation to the EAA Sweepstakes directly
supports EAA programs, which allow members to share the spirit of aviation
among fellow enthusiasts and the next generation of aviators. Click
here for more details or to enter online. No donation necessary to
enter by mail. A donation will not improve your chances of winning.
A B-17 TYPE CERTIFICATE! JUMP INTO OSHKOSH!
is running out for your chance to win a thrilling parachute jump into
Oshkosh, the never before offered B-17 Type Certificate, 18-holes at the
Oshkosh Country Club with Ken Griffey Jr., and many more unique items!
These once-in-a-lifetime auction items are only available for a limited
time, so don't miss your last chance to bid! This year's Online Auction is
an exciting new way to make an incredible impact on the future of aviation
- log on and
UP YOUR RUNNING SHOES - THE RUNWAY 5K IS ALMOST HERE!
now through Thursday, July 28 to be a part of something great! Navigate a
unique, aircraft-lined course while competing in the fifth annual EAA
Runway 5K, scheduled for Saturday, July 30, at 7a.m. during AirVenture.
Running and walking enthusiasts will enjoy the 3.1-mile run/walk while
participating in a benefit to support the Boys & Girls Club of
Oshkosh, YMCA Strong Kids Fund, and Cerebral Palsy of Mideast Wisconsin. Read
A FORD MUSTANG GT CONVERTIBLE OR OTHER GREAT CASH PRIZES!
the 2011 Young Eagles Raffle for only $100 for your chance to win up to
$5,000 in cash, or the grand prize, a Ford Mustang GT Convertible! Only
1,500 tickets will be sold. Get yours during AirVenture at the EAA
AirVenture Museum, the Welcome Center, or multiple locations around the
AirVenture grounds. The drawing will be held on Sunday, July 31, at
4:30p.m. at the Announcers Stand. Learn
THE LINKS WITH CELEBRITIES AT THE YOUNG EAGLES GOLF CLASSIC
at the historic Oshkosh Country Club on Wednesday, July 27, with
celebrities like baseball legend Ken Griffey Jr., Pro Football Hall of
Famer Thurman Thomas, aerobatic legend Sean Tucker, and Robert Hays, known
for his role as "Striker" in the aviation comedy Airplane!.
The Young Eagles Celebrity Golf Classic is a unique opportunity to bring
together golf and aviation enthusiasts in support of EAA Young Eagles -
the most dynamic aviation youth program in the world. Register
today online or call 800-236-1025 for more information.
|SIGN UP FOR
AIRVENTURE TEXT ALERTS
New for 2011, AirVenture attendees can
stay up-to-date on daily highlights, including aircraft arrivals
and air show lineups, as well as potential severe weather or
vehicle traffic updates, by subscribing to receive text messaging
alerts on their mobile devices. EAA staff will provide timely
updates in case of severe weather, as well as what necessary
procedures to follow.
- Text OSHALERT to 84444 to
automatically sign up for any necessary Weather & Vehicle
- Text OSHFUN to 84444 to
automatically sign up for notable Features &
You can cancel at any time by
texting STOP to 84444. View the list of supported
carriers. Note: 84444 can only send text messages to those
with telephone numbers based in the United States and its
territories, and only to phones/plans that are enabled for short
code messaging. Please verify with your provider.
Additionally, take time to review severe
weather procedures in case necessary precautions need to be
made during AirVenture.
WEBINARS: LEARN HOW TO SURVIVE A
Engine failure! Aside from a fire, it's the airborne emergency pilots
fear the most. Many pilots simply do not have enough recent practice in
emergency skills to allow them to safely execute an emergency landing.
This presentation, hosted by Gold Seal CFI and corporate pilot Eric
Basile, touches on a number of seldom-discussed factors related to
successfully handling an engine failure, including proper pre-flight
planning, managing stress in emergencies, airspeed control, impact
management, and crash survivability. You'll review some basic procedures
you may have not thought about in a while, and you might learn a few new
tricks as well.
All webinars begin at 7 p.m. CDT unless
otherwise noted. To find
out more about upcoming EAA Webinars and to register, visit the webinars
EAA gratefully acknowledges the
support of Aircraft Spruce and Specialty Co. for their generous
sponsorship of our webinar programs.
last week's poll, 76 percent voted they would take a flight with
Sean D. Tucker, while 24 percent said they'd rather open the air show at
AirVenture with a tandem skydive to show center.
This past weekend we all learned
about the Scaled Composites' BiPod, Burt Rutan's final design for a
roadable, two-seat electric-hybrid aircraft.
This week's poll question is simple:
Which would you choose, Scaled's BiPod or the Terrafugia
OVERCAST IN MINNESOTA, THEN HOME
B-17 makes its last pre-AirVenture tour stop this weekend in Minneapolis,
Minnesota, then it's on to Oshkosh. The World War II bomber is at Anoka
County-Blaine Airport hosted by EAA Chapter 237 through July 24. For more
information on flights and bookings, click
here. To reserve a flight mission during AirVenture Oshkosh, click
OF THE WEEK: RESERVE YOUR COPY OF THE OFFICIAL EAA AIRVENTURE 2011
DVD AND RECEIVE FREE SHIPPING
your AirVenture 2011 DVD today and get free shipping (domestic orders
only). International shipping is $3 for the first DVD and $1 for each
additional DVD purchased. Offer good through July 31, 2011. Click
here to find out how you can save on shipping when you order your
AirVenture 2011 DVD.
| EAA MERCHANDISE:
THE EAA HERITAGE COLLECTION. MERCHANDISE THAT HONORS THE HISTORY OF EAA
AND OUR FOUNDER
out our selection of apparel and collectibles with the cool retro look
that's more popular than ever. And remember, when you shop at the EAA
online store, you support EAA programs that help grow participation in
online or call us toll-free at 800-564-6322. Going to AirVenture? Stop
by the EAA Wearhouse to see our collection for yourself. And don't forget
to visit Authors' Corner, also at the EAA Wearhouse.
We're very happy to announce the launch of our brand new
forums, live now at EAAForums.org!
It's a clean slate - and these forums are simple, reliable, and fast!
Check them out, and join the conversations!
Monthly Photo Contest
EAA Sport Aviation Interview
If you have suggestions or
submissions for EAA’s weekly AeroInnovations column, please send them to
AeroInnovations editor Bob Waldron.
Big Frog Is NXT Generation Nemesis
||Le Big Frog is a next generation race aircraft, “the first carbon-fiber race plane to run on a Diesel engine powered purely by jet-A fuel.” This French aircraft is one of 10 Nemesis NXT racers in the world and has an SMA SR305-230 engine using unleaded fuel.
Frugal Ground-Proven Approach to Electric Aircraft
Mark Beierle’s electric-powered Gull 2000 uses an economical combination of components, including a 20-kilowatt, 16-pound motor he designed. The battery packs and the motor/battery monitor have been tested and proven reliable in ground vehicles, with the Cycle Analyst monitor designed for bicycles.
Electric Lazair Soars With Eagles, Floats With Ducks
The world’s first electric propulsion amphibious plane is Dale Kramer’s Lazair. Dale’s Lazair uses a pair of Joby JM1 motors and draws 70 amps at 3100 rpm while cruising. After taking off from the lake for the first time, he decided to go ridge soaring, proving the versatility of this unique aircraft.
Magnetic Flux and Rail Gun Technology for Flying Saucer
An unusual propulsion system is found in this NASA Tech Briefs “Create the Future” concept flying saucer. The fan, which provides lift, is powered by the type of motor used for electronic rail guns, and an opposing magnetic flux will offset the effects of torque in the propulsion system.
‘One-Touch’ Button Helps Pilots Regain Control
Rockwell Collins took another step forward in flight control safety and aircraft automation with its Pro Line Fusion integrated flight deck. If a pilot loses situational awareness, he can push the “one-touch” safe mode button on the Fusion system. This rolls the wings level, holds position for 15–30 seconds, then climbs “autonomously to an altitude safely above terrain,” where it goes into a holding pattern.
|AeroInnovations aims to highlight developments that have potential to impact the future of aviation. EAA does not necessarily endorse the ideas, products, services, or views contained therein.
|HINTS FOR HOMEBUILDERS: CUTTING
A "HALF" HOLE
Dueck shows one way of making a perfect half hole using a hole saw. Jack
is a Technical Counselor, a Sportair Workshop Instructor and Chairman of
the EAA Canadian Council. Watch
|TIMELESS VOICES OF AVIATION: MIKE
from last week’s theme of highlighting people whose lives have been
effected by Burt Rutan, this week we bring you Mike Melvill’s story.
Mike was born in Johannesburg, South Africa and moved to England when he
was 19. He married his wife Sally there and after seven years moved to
the U.S. in 1967. They started a business in Indiana and Mike found
himself traveling extensively, so he learned to fly so he could save
time in his traveling. Eventually Mike and Sally decided to build an
airplane because the cost of renting was too much. They came to EAA
Oshkosh in 1970 and purchased plans for a Nesmith Cougar. They soon
discovered that their house was not big enough to build the airplane, so
they purchased a finished Cougar later that year and used it for
traveling. They came back to Oshkosh in 1971 and were impressed by Burt
Rutan’s new VariViggen design. They purchased the plans directly from
Burt on the flight line, bought a bigger house in Indiana, and for the
next three years worked together on the VariViggen in the living room.
Over the course of building the airplane they became well acquainted
with Burt, and in 1978 they moved out to Mojave and began working for
Burt full time. From pushing brooms in the hangar to flying
SpaceShipOne, Mike has been instrumental in Burt’s success. Mike
retired from Scaled Composites in 2007 after working with Burt for 29
Are You Flying This Weekend?
Oshkosh, of course! And there are
fly-ins and events over
the next two weekends in the EAA
Events Calendar. Find one near you or add your event!
& A: I
own a Sky Ranger light-sport aircraft and want to
know if I can take my wife and my pet dog on the
plane. The dog is a Yorkie and weighs 4 pounds. If I
can, what do I need to carry her in?
long as you have enough room in the cabin area and
stay within the proper weight and balance range, you
can legally bring a passenger and pet with you in
your Sky Ranger. I recommend that you use a pet
carrier, especially if your pet is not used to
flying. There is nothing worse than a pet freaking
out and getting loose in the cabin, and with a pet
so small, jammed controls are a real possibility.
Also, you may want to check into some "Mutt
Muffs" for your pet - as you know, a dog's
hearing is much more sensitive than ours. A number
of aircraft supply sources carry them.
Have a question?
To ask a question regarding government issues,
e-mail EAA Government Relations.
For questions about registration, airmen, aircraft
and medical certification, safety records,
performance, or any other matter, e-mail EAA
787 Dreamliner is scheduled to make a landmark visit
to AirVenture 2011 on Friday, July 29, including the
public cabin tours. (Photo credit: Boeing)
this wallpaper image from the EAA
website, where you can choose among several different
resolutions to suit
your screen - including three wide-screen
sizes ... or select an image from the archive.
NEW CONTROLS 912/914 SERIES ROTAX ENGINES
McFarlane Aviation Products now offers a complete list of controls for experimental aircraft including push-to-unlock, turn-to-lock, simple push-pull, and dual carburetor Rotax choke and throttle controls. The controls feature all-metal construction, a Teflon liner, and many options for length, inner wire, end configuration, and knob style. They are also available in either a single or dual wire configuration. All McFarlane experimental and Rotax controls meet the same quality standards as the company’s FAA-PMA approved controlled, but they are not approved for certified aircraft. McFarlane Aviation will be exhibiting at AirVenture 2011 in Hangar C, Booth 3122. For more information, click here.
COMBAT VET TO HOST B&S AIRCRAFT BOOTH
For a second straight year B&S Aircraft Parts & Accessories will offer a salute to wounded veterans at Exhibit 3085 in Hangar C at AirVenture Oshkosh 2011. Marine Sergeant Jonathan Blank of Augusta, Kansas, will be the company’s guest during the show. Blank lost both of his legs and sustained internal injuries when an improvised explosive device detonated while he was on duty in Afghanistan in October 2010. The 24-year-old Marine and B&S Aircraft will promote the “Semper Fi Fund” at the company’s exhibit. The funds provide immediate financial support for injured and critically ill members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families. Sergeant Blank will remain at AirVenture 2011 through Friday, July 29.
BERINGER OFFERS NEW BRAKE SYSTEM FOR LANCAIRS
Beringer Wheels & Brakes announced a new, higher-capacity brake for the Lancair 320, 360, and Legacy models. Beringer wheels feature sealed lifetime ball bearings, aluminum axles, and tubeless tire design, which helps save weight and reduce the chance of a blowout. Retail for the two-wheel mains system, including assembled wheels and tubeless tires, brakes, and axles is $1,678-$2,050, depending on the model. Beringer will exhibit at AirVenture Oshkosh 2011 at Booth 437, and the company plans to offer an “exchange rate discount” discount for customers who pay with cash. For more information, click here.
NEW CESSNA CITATION FLIGHT PLANNING APP FOR IPAD
Cessna Citation operators can now accomplish full flight planning on Apple iPads using iPreFlight, an app that features real-time METARs and winds aloft, graphical weather, routing, graphical weight and balance, flight planning, Runway Analysis Max Payload Estimator (MPE), and more. For more information on the app, click here.
DYNON ANNOUNCES DX15 HANDHELD RADIO LAUNCH AT
Dynon Avionics will have DX15 Air Band Transceivers for sale at AirVenture. The DX15 is a company handheld aviation band transceiver created as part of Dynon’s plans to supplement the versatile SkyView Glass Panel System with a panel-mounted radio. The DX15 comes with a Li-Ion battery that is designed to require infrequent charging to be ready to perform in an emergency situation. For more information on Dynon Avionics, click here.
FLIGHT DESIGN WINS PARIS TO MADRID AIR
Flight Designed announced that its CTLS light-sport aircraft took first place in the “aircraft” class for the Paris to Madrid 2011 air race. The four-leg, 768-mile race celebrated the 100th anniversary of the first Morane-Saulier race between Paris and Madrid in 1911. The flight tasked competitors and manufacturers with entering highly efficient aircraft. Organizers said they wished to reward the manufacturer having conceived, made, or improved the best performing aircraft based on energy consumption, payload, and speed. For more information on the air race, click here. For more information on the Flight Design CTLS, click here.
AIRWOLF AEROSPACE OFFERS STC’D ROTOR BLADE TAPE
Airwolf Aerospace LLC is marketing its FAA-certified (STC) blade tape kits as a protective measure against blade skin delamination on Robinson R22 and R44 helicopter main rotor blades. The FAA recently issued a second Airworthiness Directive (AD 2011-12-10) on all Robinson helicopters. This most recent AD revisits a 2007 directive that instructs Robinson R22 and R44 operators to inspect main-rotor blades for possible defects before each flight. The certified blade tape overlaps the skin and leading edge of the blade, obviating the need for recurrent inspections and lap-joint painting.
For more information contact John Montana at 440-632-1687.
GARMIN’S NEW REMOTE TRANSPONDER FOR EXPERIMENTALS, LSA,
AND SPECIAL AIRVENTURE PRICING ON G3X
Garmin International Inc. announced the GTX 23 ES remote transponder, a new remote-mounted Mode-S extended squitter transponder for experimental and light-sport aircraft (LSA). The GTX 23 ES is designed for use with the G3X glass flight deck and Garmin’s flight display designed exclusively for the experimental and LSA market. In addition, Garmin announced special pricing on the G3X, available at the start of AirVenture 2011. Garmin also announced that the company delivered its first DAHER-SOCATA TBM 700 upgraded with the G1000 integrated flight deck. The first delivery went to the French Ministry of Defense and is part of a contract to upgrade 27 TBM 700 aircraft in service with the French military. For more information on the G3X, click here.
LIGHTSPEED AVIATION ANNOUNCES ZULU.2 HEADSET
Lightspeed Aviation announced the release of its next-generation headset, Zulu.2. The Zulu.2 is the only headset currently available that offers full-function Bluetooth compatibility for both phone and music devices. In addition, the company says that the headset’s proprietary LightComfort design provides exceptional fit with plush ear seals and less side pressure. For more information, click here.