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August 01, 2013

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker Visits AirVenture

Brief Talk To Press Supports EAA Event

Governor Scott Walker visited AirVenture today. In brief comments, he recognized the importance of aviation to the Wisconsin economy. He also expressed his support of AirVenture and the economic impact it has on the local economy.

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A Swift Mosquito Is Sighted In Oshkosh

Innovator Technologies Displays Their New 2-Place Helicopter Body

Innovator Technologies, the maker of the Mosquito helicopter, and Composite FX, have partnered together to build a new 2-place helicopter called the "Swift." Mr. Dwight Junkin, of Composite FX, discussed the merits of the new helicopter when they complete it.

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Able Flight: Yes They Can!

Six New Pilots Get Certificates Through Able Flight

One of the best things to do in aviation is to share the wonderful experience of flight and piloting. Each pilot is fortunate and has to overcome obstacles to be successful. Tuesday at AirVenture, six new pilots were recognized for their achievements of successfully becoming pilots. These pilots had to overcome greater obstacles than most of us.

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Belite Electronics Announces Dual Rate Turn Coordinator

Unit Features Rate Selection And Enhanced Rate Sensing

Belite has added a new Dual Rate Turn Coordinator to its stable of non-certified instruments. This new instrument features a dual position switch, allowing selection of different turn rates while in flight. As an example of usage, an experimental aircraft owner might desire the ability to practice standard two minute turns, and also have the ability to display rate info for faster one minute turns.

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Piper On The Straight And True

Steady Upward Trend Buoys Established Company

Simon Caldecott presented a brief yearly review at AirVenture Monday. Caldecott reported "satisfactory" increases in orders, and sales described as a “steady upward trend.” Piper reports deliveries of 86 aircraft in the first half of 2013, divided into a few units in Q1 and the majority of deliveries in Q2 due to certification activities around the Garmin G1000 avionics package.

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Lightspeed Set To Introduce The Zulu PFX

PFX = Personal Flying Experience Technology Adaptable To The Individual

Lightspeed is about to introduce the Zulu PFX headset, which the company says is the quietest headset on the market. I say "about to" because the new Zulu PFX won't be available until the end of September, but if President and founder of Lightspeed, Alan Schrader delivers on the innovation promised, headsets will take a quantum leap.

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Just Aircraft Offers Simple STOL, Simple Flying

Self-Deploying Slats, Build Assist Program Among Recent Upgrades

Gary Schmidt from Just Aircraft announced the latest upgrades to their Highlander Super STOL aircraft. The improvements consist of self-deploying slats, shock absorbing landing gear, and a builder assist program. The slats are independently self-deploying, lowering stall speeds into the low to mid 20 mph range. The landing gear allows for up to 18” of travel with 5” of tail wheel range.

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FAA Certified Audio Panel With Com Radio On Display At AirVenture

Is It A Com With A Radio Or A Radio With A Com? Who Cares, It's Certified

PS Engineering has added a new dimension to the certified communication systems, a full featured VHF com radio fully integrate with an advanced audio control panel.

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Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Announces New Headquarters Base

Organization Announces New Location Finalists For Its New Headquarters And Other News

Stephen Brown, the president and CEO of the Commemorative Air Force announced that the headquarters for the CAF will be moving to a new location. The Midland location will stay where it is and will maintain its museum while the new location will have a new museum. The annual CAF Airsho will also stay in Midland.

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Aerotrek Shows Off Their $85k LSA At Oshkosh

Aircraft Can Be Configured With Tricycle Or Conventional Gear

Aerotrek has their two aircraft on display at Oshkosh this week;  the A220 is a tail dragger and the A240 features tricycle gear.

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FAA Approves G1000 Simulator

Two Leading Flight Simulation Developers Combine Forces To Build An AATD

Elite Simulation Solutions and Flight1 Aviation Technologies announced today that the innovative Elite PI-1000 and RC-1000 glass cockpit training devices have received FAA certification as Advanced Aviation Training Devices (AATDs).

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Airborne at Oshkosh 2013-Day Three: EAA Biz, Lycoming, Kestrel

Also: Jetman!, PAR200, Pelton Intvw Part Three, Sights and Sounds of Oshkosh!

EAA held its annual membership meeting Wednesday morning at Theater in the Woods, a change from previous years that chairman Jack Pelton said would give more members an opportunity to attend the meeting. Lycoming Engines press conference was heavy on preparations for future industry changes. Kestrel Aircraft announced that the GARMIN G3000 avionics suite has been chosen as the launch avionics platform for the Kestrel Aircraft, currently in development. The Jetman … Yves Rossy … made his public US debut at Oshkosh. After the flight, he answered questions from reporters about what it’s like to fly the Breitling sponsored Wing. PS Engineering showed of its new PAR-200 audio panel with

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Airborne at Oshkosh 2013-Day Three: EAA Biz, Lycoming, Kestrel

Also: Jetman!, PAR200, Pelton Intvw Part Three, Sights and Sounds of Oshkosh!

EAA held its annual membership meeting Wednesday morning at Theater in the Woods, a change from previous years that chairman Jack Pelton said would give more members an opportunity to attend the meeting. Lycoming Engines press conference was heavy on preparations for future industry changes. Kestrel Aircraft announced that the GARMIN G3000 avionics suite has been chosen as the launch avionics platform for the Kestrel Aircraft, currently in development. The Jetman … Yves Rossy … made his public US debut at Oshkosh. After the flight, he answered questions from rep

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EAA Business meeting: Successfully Executing A 180 Degree Turn

EAA Membership Seems Largely Satisfied With The Organization's Direction Post-Hightower

Wednesday morning at Air Venture, the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) conducted their annual meeting at the Theater in the Woods. Over 100 members were in attendance. Jack Pelton, Chairman the Board presided over the agenda. Based on the contentious meeting last year, there was much anticipation on how this year’s meeting would play out. The major question seemed to be; could the EAA leadership get themselves out of the unintentional “VFR into IMC” conditions they’d entered?

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The FAA Is Like A Box Of Chocolates

You Never Know What You’re Gonna Get

One definition of chaos is getting an unpredictable, non-repeatable output for a given input. The recent political and regulatory actions of FAA match this model. Public intuition expects FAA to take actions that are in the best interest of the aviating public, apparently this notion is counterintuitive.

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Kestrel Aircraft To Fly With Garmin G3000

Touch Screen Flight Deck Chosen As Launch Avionics Platform

Kestrel Aircraft announced at EAA’s AirVenture 2013, that the GARMIN G3000 avionics suite has been chosen as the launch avionics platform for the Kestrel Aircraft, currently in development. The Garmin G3000 is the first touchscreen-controlled integrated flightdeck for light turbine aircraft and is designed specifically for Part 23 turbine aircraft.

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Economic Development Officials from Rockford, Illinois Come to Oshkosh

Southern Wisconsin And Northern Illinois Collaborating To Grow And Support Aviation Businesses

There was a great deal of buzz and many new faces with the opening of the EAA Innovations Pavilion at AirVenture 2013.  ANN talked with Mark Podemski, Vice President for Development at the Rockford Area Economic Development Council (EDC) to find out why they attended the opening and have an exhibit on the AirVenture site.

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Congressional Hearing Highlights Potential Of UAS In Maritime Environments

Industry Representatives Make Their Case To House Transportation Subcommittee

Industry experts told a House committee Wednesday that unmanned systems are improving the efficiency, safety and security of maritime transportation and Coast Guard operations.

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What Is The H160 Jetbeetle?

A Tiny Turbine That Packs A Big Punch

While the name may conjure up images of Godzilla movies, the Jetbeetle is a small affordable compact jet engine that produces 180 lbs. of take-off thrust and 160 lbs. of continuous thrust. Originally these small jet engines were used to support the RC community and the large model jet fighters they were building and flying.

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Dusty; An Animated Plane Brought To Life

Disney’s ‘Planes’ To Premiere Friday At Fly-In Theater

On Friday, August 2nd, the new Disney movie Planes will be showing at the Fly­-In Theater. But there is more to the main character, Dusty, than is shown on the screen.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (08.01.13)

"To fly, you need a license. No. To fly, you need wings." Source: Yves "Jetman" Rossy.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.01:13): Ballast – Balloon Inflation Ballast

Ballast in gas ballooning is used to control buoyancy (affecting altitude) during flight. Ballast is frequently in the form of sand or water and is carried aloft at launch.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.01.13)

Central Airlines

Central Airlines was founded by Keith Kahle in 1944 to operate charter and fixed base services in Oklahoma. Due to financing difficulties, it did not begin scheduled air service until September 15, 1949 just before its original certification expired.

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