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July 25, 2012

Redbird Announces Joint Venture With China

Redbird To Ship And Support Flight Training Devices

John and Martha King moderated a flurry of announcements to a packed room today at Redbird Flight Simulation's press briefing. King Schools is acting as the exclusive Marketing and Design partner for Redbird simulators. King Schools, Continental Engines and Bad Elf are teaming up to supply Simulator Training devices to China.

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Two New Sky Arrows Introduced At Oshkosh

Magnaghi Aeronautica Unveils The New LSA Model And The Sky Arrow Aerial Work Platform (AWP)

A "highly updated" LSA was introduced at AirVenture in Oshkosh Tuesday afternoon by Italian manufacturer Magnaghi Aeronautica. The updated Sky Arrow light-sport aircraft (LSA) sports new extended wing tanks, modified aerodynamics on the stabilizer, and a new, streamlined leaf-spring landing gear.

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A Discussion With Christopher Erickson, Chairman Of HAI

Priorities For The Helicopter Industry Are Safety, Career Awareness

AirVenture 2012 is the second year that the HAI Heli-Center has been center-stage along the flightline. Daily forums on Helicopter Safety, Careers and Innovations are being presented to bring awareness to the general aviation community of the opportunities for employment in the helicopter industry and to collaborate with the fixed wing side of aviation on common issues and concerns.

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FAA Certifies TBM 850 Elite’s Cabin Configuration

Re-Make The Interior For Any Mission

During a news briefing at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh Tuesday, Daher-Socata announced FAA certification of the new seating and cabin configuration on its latest fast turboprop aircraft version, the TBM 850 Elite. The Model Year 2012 TBM 850 Elite offers a unique capability in tailoring the passenger cabin to meet operators’ needs.

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Fly With Your Pet? Don't Forget, He Or She Needs Oxygen Too

And Like People, Different Dogs Have Differing Oxygen Needs

Some people need oxygen at 5,000 feet above sea level, but by about 14,000 feet, oxygen can be required. Although people get the needed oxygen, their pets might not. For those who can’t bring their dogs flying at high altitudes due to the lack of oxygen, pilot and dog owner Eric Coburn of 4 PAWS Aviation came up with a solution.

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1956 Helicopter Gives Rides At Pioneer

A Bell 47g-2 Pilot Talks About His Years Flying

In 1956, the first successful civilian helicopter was made. With it's unique and large cockpit bubble the Bell 47g-2 can be recognized, along with other things, as the M*A*S*H* helicopter. It's main job was being an aerial ambulance during the Korean War, but the Bell 47 was also used for mail delivery, photos, fire fighting, and agricultural spraying.

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New Avionics Company Formed Through Strategic Partnership

TruTrak, Advanced Flight Systems Form ATS To Manufacture Avionics For The Experimental And LSA Market

A marriage between autopilot and backup flight instrument maker TruTrack and EFIS and AOA system manufacturer Advance Flight Systems has resulted in the formation of a new company, ATS. TruTrak and AFS will combine resources in order to enhance their renowned abilities and to continue their development of cutting edge products in the experimental and light-sport markets.

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MT-Propeller Announces New Propellers, Hubs For Vintage Aircraft

Ground Adjustable Propellers Back In Production After Nearly 70 Years

Aviators and aviatrixes are celebrating! MT-Propeller today announced the availability of its new 5400-Series of 2-blade ground adjustable aluminum propellers for vintage aircraft. The new propellers are reconstructions of ground adjustable propellers made by the famous Standard Steel Propeller Company (later Hamilton Standard) manufactured from 1925 through 1945. This type of propeller, used primarily on vintage aircraft, has been out of production for decades, making the propellers scarce.

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A Little Attitude For Everyone

Pocket EFIS At An Affordable Price

It doesn’t make sense to invest $20,000 to $100,000 for a glass panel in an aircraft that may only have a market value of $20,000 to $50,000. There was a void in that segment of the market, and because of it apps and iPads have gained significant market share in the aviation arena.

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Cessna Grand Caravan EX; More Power, Greater Performance

Latest In Cessna's Line Of Big Turboprops

Cessna is at Oshkosh, but much of the company's focus is on the its big airplanes rather than the piston singles. On Monday, they announced the Cessna Grand Caravan EX, with increased horsepower (HP) which improves the aircraft's performance in current mission profiles and allows for missions to extend into regions of the world with higher altitudes and higher temperatures.

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GE Aviation To Upgrade C-130J Communications And Navigation

New Data Link Systems To Provide Compatibility With Future Air Traffic Management System

A multi-million dollar agreement for the communication, navigation and air traffic management data link for the C-130J aircraft in the Block 8.1 configuration was announced at the Farnborough Air Show Monday by GE Aviation and Lockheed Martin.

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Airborne--Oshkosh 07.24.12: New Planes, Redbird, Aspen, and MORE!

Oshkosh Day Two Coverage -- Part Two Of Five Part Hightower Interview, A Chat With Phil Boyer!!!

We have two more new airplanes to tell you about at AirVenture. The wraps came off the new RV-14, and Lisa Airplanes Akoya amphibious skiplane made its U.S. debut. Meanwhile SeaRey was showing off its 20th anniversary edition amphib and announced an innovative new flight training program.

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Aero-TV: A Sea Of Yellow -- 75 Years of Piper Cubs

America's Iconic GA Airplane Celebrates Its Heritage

Whether you fly ultralight, LSA, certified airplane, military jets, or wide-bodied airliners, there is one aircraft type that practically personifies aviation. That airplane is the Piper J-3 Cub. The 75-year-old design is perhaps the most recognizable, and most copied, airplane that has ever graced the skies.

Aero-TV: Oshkosh 2012 -- Rod Hightower On The Record

Rod Sets The Tone For Oshkosh 2012

EAA President and CEO Rod Hightower met with the aviation media on the opening day of AirVenture Monday. He expressed a great deal of enthusiasm for the show this year, saying that the campgrounds and the North 40 were "filling up," and that the grounds are in the best shape than they have been in years in the early stages of the show.

Airborne--Oshkosh 07.24.12: New Planes, Redbird, Aspen, and MORE!

Oshkosh Day Two Coverage -- Part Two Of Five Part Hightower Interview, A Chat With Phil Boyer!!!

We have two more new airplanes to tell you about at AirVenture. The wraps came off the new RV-14, and Lisa Airplanes Akoya amphibious skiplane made its U.S. debut. Meanwhile SeaRey was showing off its 20th anniversary edition amphib and announced an innovative new flight training program. Continental Motors, Redbird Simulators, and the King Schools have all gotten together in an effort they're calling Zulu Flight Training. The school, which is officially a division of Continental, sees advanced full motion flight simulators and advanced technology training

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National Air Transportation Association Selects New President

Thomas Hendricks Succeeds James Coyne In The Associations' Top Spot

The NATA Board of Directors has selected of Thomas L. Hendricks as the association's new president. He succeeds James K. Coyne, who has served as NATA's president since 1994. Hendricks will start his duties on September 1, 2012.

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Airborne Live Shifts To 2100 CDT

Sorry, Folks, But Logistics Just Got The Better Of Us

We hope you all enjoyed last nights inagural Airborne Live from AirVenture in Oshkosh ... but you may have noticed we slipped just a bit on our planned 2000 CDT start time. All we can say is that logistics got the better of us ... as well as the traffic getting onto and off of the aiport grounds.

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Aspen Avionics Announces Initial Production And Shipment Of Connected Pilot

First 2-Way Data Interface For GA

Aspen Avionics announced on Tuesday that they have received TSO approval for the first in the series of the company’s revolutionary Connected Panel product line that provides a wireless link between certified instrument panel avionics and portable smart devices. FAA Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) approval for Connected Pilot is imminent, so with TSO in hand Aspen has begun production and shipment of Connected Pilot units.

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Aero-TV: Oshkosh 2012 -- Rod Hightower On The Record

Rod Sets The Tone For Oshkosh 2012

EAA President and CEO Rod Hightower met with the aviation media on the opening day of AirVenture Monday. He expressed a great deal of enthusiasm for the show this year, saying that the campgrounds and the North 40 were "filling up," and that the grounds are in the best shape than they have been in years in the early stages of the show. Hightower mentioned that this is the 60th annual EAA fly-in, which "has grown to become the world's largest aviation event." He outlined the week's activities, including an performance by the Steve Miller Band Monday night, and the "Tora-Tora-Tora" re-enactment of the Japanese bombing o

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Aero-TV: A Sea Of Yellow -- 75 Years of Piper Cubs

America's Iconic GA Airplane Celebrates Its Heritage

Whether you fly ultralight, LSA, certified airplane, military jets, or wide-bodied airliners, there is one aircraft type that practically personifies aviation. That airplane is the Piper J-3 Cub. The 75-year-old design is perhaps the most recognizable, and most copied, airplane that has ever graced the skies. In celebration of the 75th anniversary of the airplane, more than 125 Cubs have landed on the grounds of Wittman Regional Airport for AirVenture, 2012. And 75 of those airplanes flew in in a "mass arrival" early in the week, filling the south parking area along runway 18-36 with a virtual sea of yellow ... with the occasional glimpse of white or red. It was literally Cubs as far as the eye can see.

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Newest Addition To The RV Family ... The RV-14

RV-10 Wing With A Larger Cabin And A 210 HP Lycoming

The newest airplane from Van’s Aircraft continues and improves on the legacy of the most successful side-by-side two-seat kit aircraft in history:  Van’s RV-6, RV-7, RV-9 and RV-12.

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Technology Might Be Stopping Kids From Wanting To Fly

The Simplicity Of Technology May Be Making It Harder For Flight Instructors

About 25 years ago, for a kid to talk to someone, they had to bike or get driven over to the other person’s house, plan, talk to parents, and then sort out communication. Now, you send a quick text, find a ride and you’re there. Technology has made things simpler, but according to commercial pilot and flight instructor Theodore Sanders, things might have been easier without it.

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The Akoya By Lisa Aircraft Makes A Splash At Oshkosh

Is This The Do-All LSA?

Form follows function? Function follows form? I can never remember, but the Akoya, like no other LSA, has it covered. This may be the first do-all LSA ever introduced into the US market. See if you can find something this airplane doesn't do?

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AvConnect Expands Its Cloud-Based Services With Cessna Connect

New Cloud-Based Aircraft Maintenance Tracking System

AvConnect announced Tuesday it is 'the cloud' behind Cessna's cutting edge online and mobile package for owners. "The cloud is basically taking the place of buying and installing software. There are a lot of companies talking about it, but we have been doing it successfully and more importantly, specifically, for general aviation since 2006", said Erik Murrey, CEO of AvConnect.

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Wipaire Unveils Wipline 1450 Floats For Small Aircraft

Company Now Offers Floats For Aircraft Of Nearly Every Size

Wipaire unveiled its brand-new wipline 1450 float at EAA Airventure Oshkosh. This all new float is designed for use on LSA and other small aircraft. It will eventually be certified under TSO for installation on CAR 3 and Part 23 aircraft. Now the Wipaire’s float model line encompasses a broad spectrum of aircraft ranging from light-sport aircraft and Super Cubs all the way through the Air Tractor AT-802F and the Viking Twin Otter.

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The Aeronca That 'Built 35 Kids' Donated To EAA Museum

Flabobians Put Words Into Action In Doing Something About The Future Of Aviation

At Phillips 66 Plaza, AirVenture attendees can see three aircraft from the historic Flabob Airport in Riverside, California including, The Flabob Express (a restored DC-3), a Cabin Waco, a 1937 biplane, and a 1941 Aeronca Chief, a fabric covered plane that was rebuilt by 35 students attending the Wathen Academy between 2000 and 2006.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (07.25.12)

"I started working on the Aeronca at age 12 and essentially grew up with the project." Source:  Anthony Ward, who assisted in the restoration of a 1941 Aeronca Chief with the Tom Wathan Center.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (07.25.12): Technical Standard Orders (TSO)

A TSO is a written specification published by the FAA as a minimum performance standard for specified materials, parts, and appliances used on civil aircraft. It may specify input and output parameters, operating parameters, and other minimum specifications that apply to an article.  

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (07.25.12)

Eaglers Nest

The Legal Eagle is a one-place ultralight has a pretty solid following. Many of them belong to this Yahoo group devoted to the aircraft.

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