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April 17, 2004

Certified: Turbocharged Lancair Columbia 400

Hands Over First Customer Aircraft

A new speed king was crowned today when officials from the FAA presented The Lancair Company with the paperwork certifying the new turbocharged Lancair Columbia 400. The Columbia 400 is The Lancair Company's third certified aircraft, following the normally aspirated Columbia 300 and 350. With its 310-horsepower Continental TSIO 550, the 400 speeds through the sky at 220 KTAS at 18,000 feet and 235 KTAS at 25,000 feet. Though turbocharged engines tend to reward flying at higher altitudes, the Columbia 400's performance advantage is also realized lower down with a cruise speed of 210 KTAS at 12,500 feet.

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Avidyne's Flightmax Entegra Integrated Flight Deck Certified On Lancair Columbia

Avidyne has announced they have received FAA certification of their FlightMax Entegra Integrated Flight Deck for the Lancair Columbia 400. FlightMax Entegra will be offered as standard equipment on the Lancair Columbia 400. The FlightMax Entegra system for the Columbia 400 features the unique portrait versions of Avidyne’s large 10.4” EXP5000 Primary Flight Display (PFD) and EX5000 Multi-Function Display (MFD).  FlightMax Entegra for the Columbia 400 fully integrates autopilot functions, providing flight director capability, full autopilot control and mode annunciations on the EXP5000.

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AVEMCO Eases Insurance Tasks

To many, dealing with insurance issues is a task akin to performing black magic... but in one case, it's just gotten a fair amount easier. AVEMCO Insurance Company tells ANN that its customers are now able to pay their insurance premium online at the company's website. This is the latest in an ongoing series of improvements to Avemco's electronic commerce capabilities that allows customers to pay their premium at www.avemco.com at any time, day or night.

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FAA Caves -- Public Meetings To Be Held On Charity/Sightseeing Rule

The FAA has finally agreed to hold public meetings to hear directly from pilots who will be hurt by a proposed charity/sightseeing rule and will extend the formal comment period on the rule. The agency granted AOPA's petition five months after it was filed on November 12, 2003. The meetings will be held in Washington, D.C., on May 11 and in Las Vegas, Nev., on May 21.

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Trio Avionics Upgrades EZ Pilot Autopilot for Experimentals

New "Get Me Outta Here!" Automatic Inadvertent IMC Exit Mode Rocks!

Trio Avionics - sharing a booth with Alturair at E-13, look for the white and red Bede BD-5 shell - is showing an updated EZ Pilot autopilot system for experimental aircraft at Sun-N-Fun 2004. The unit has been upgraded to add several new features designed to increase tracking performance, safety and options for its customers. They're also working on a new product, but it's secret, strictly need to know, and they told this reporter that you won't get any information by coming to the booth to ask about it.

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Flight School Owner Accused Of Unauthorized Passenger Flights

FAA: Rudi Dekkers' Lears Flew Uncertified

Rudi Dekker, owner of Huffman Aviation Services in Venice (FL), is in trouble again. Huffman is where 9/11 hijackers Mohamed Atta and Marwan al-Shehhi trained before attacking the World Trade Center and Pentagon three years ago. But it's Dekker's former company, Ambassador Aviation, that's now accused of flying passengers for hire without an air carrier operating certificate.

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Cessna 340 + 1 List of Extensive Mods = Innova 341… Homebuilt?

Result Is A Very Familiar-Looking Single-Engine Six Seat Cabin Class Turboprop

It looks like a Cessna light twin, but there's no getting away from the fact that it doesn't have two engines - it has only one, and it's clearly a Walter turboprop with a five-bladed Avia prop sticking out of what used to be the nose. And get this… the designer/manufacturer claims that it can handle six adults, 400 lbs. of baggage, full fuel and deliver all of it 1,200 nautical miles away… with IFR reserves and in pressurized comfort and heated de-iced safety! Talk about a true aviation SUV…

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (04.17.04)

"This is an important step for the general aviation community.. It allows us to respond to the threat the proposed rule poses to hundreds of small businesses." Source: AOPA President, Phil Boyer, responding to the fact that the FAA has finally agreed to hold public meetings to hear directly from pilots who will be hurt by a proposed charity/sightseeing rule and will extend the formal comment period on the rule. 

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Hell Freezes Over... Part II

You're NOT going to believe this. On Thursday, in the oh-so-public glare of TV and still cameras wielded by a dozen journalists and a lawyer or two, the ever-deceptive Sun 'n Fun Fly-In organization seemed to finally cave in, and gave ANN Editor-In-Chief Jim Campbell the access to the Federally funded airport (and the FAA Building therein) which numerous legal experts state is his right. Then, the cameras left. Since then, we have read that they claim that Campbell's access was a "mistake." This, after we (and others) watched the media staff call headquarters and wrangle over the phone for the

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