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Video: AVweb Product Minute -- ForeFlight Five

AVweb News - Fri, 04/19/2013 - 05:35
ForeFlight's new version 5 features new terrain hazard warnings and a runway selection advisor. In this AVweb product minute, Tyson Weihs gives us a tour.
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Video: Zenith Aircraft's New CH-750 Cruzer

AVweb News - Fri, 04/19/2013 - 05:35
At Sun 'n Fun 2013, Zenith Aircraft unveiled its new CH-750 Cruzer, a faster version of its popular CH-750 STOL, which is available as both a kit and an LSA. AVweb took a video tour of the new airplane.This video is brought to you by Sennheiser, Garmin, Aspen Avionics, and Flying Eyes Pilot Sunglasses.
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FAA: No Hacking ADS-B Via Android App

AVweb News - Fri, 04/19/2013 - 05:35
A new claim by a security consultant that he could take control of an aircraft's autopilot through vulnerabilities in ADS-B has elicited a response from the FAA, which said, in part, "It does not work." The consultant, Hugo Teso,recentlymadeheadlines when he demonstrated an Android app of his creation at a security conference in Amsterdam. Teso used his system to remotely hack into Flight Management System (FMS) software and upload data. He claimed that access allowed him to control the aircraft. The FAA has now responded saying it has determined that Teso's exact technique would not work on certified hardware. EASA agreed, but questions remain.
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Video: MyGoFlight iPad Cockpit Accessories

AVweb News - Fri, 04/19/2013 - 05:35
Without the proper hardware, managing an iPad in the cockpit can be a challenge. MyGoFlight has a line of high-quality iPad mounts, knee boards, cases, and other accessories designed for the task. AVweb's Larry Anglisano had a look at the products at Sun 'n Fun 2013 in Lakeland, Florida.This video is brought to you by Aspen Avionics, Flying Eyes Pilot Sunglasses, Sennheiser, and Garmin.
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Video: MWFly's New Experimental and LSA Engines

AVweb News - Fri, 04/19/2013 - 05:35
At Sun 'n Fun 2013, an Italian company called MWFly showed off an intriguing variable compression ratio engine that they say addresses the typical torsional loads on a small engine's gearbox.This video is brought to you by Bose Corporation, Bendix/King by Honeywell, Lightspeed Aviation, and XM WX Satellite Weather.
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Progress For Aerial Laser Weapons

AVweb News - Fri, 04/19/2013 - 05:35
The Navy's Laser Weapon System (LaWS) recently targeted and shot down an aerial drone in testing; meanwhile another aircraft-mounted laser system (this one for self-defense) may commence testing in 2014. The Navy's test involved a destroyer-mounted laser that successfully tracked and engaged a flying drone. The aerial vehicle caught fire in flight and crashed into the sea. Next year, the USS Ponce is expected to carry the system to the Persian Gulf. Meanwhile, DARPA may soon test a High Energy Liquid Laser Area Defense System (HELLADS) mounted on an aircraft and designed for defense against inbound threats.
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The Dark Lightning Threat

AVweb News - Fri, 04/19/2013 - 05:35
Florida Institute of Technology researchers say that a silent phenomenon called dark lightning can silently deliver to pilots and passengers high doses of ionizing radiation in one sudden burst. Dark lightning is associated with thunderstorms, which pilots usually actively avoid, and occurs at a rate of roughly once per thousand visible flashes, according to researchers. So while researchers note that ionizing radiation is not well received by the human body, they expect that the risk of physical injury from a dark lightning event is slight. But in that case that an aircraft is subjected to the phenomenon, researchers say that all aboard could be exposed to radiation levels equivalent to the safe lifetime limit … or more.
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Video: Just Aircraft's SuperSTOL

AVweb News - Fri, 04/19/2013 - 05:35
Just Aircraft is well known for it's line of sporty two-place taildraggers. Now it's offering a new kit called the SuperSTOL. How about landings and take-offs in less than 100 feet. (Even less with a wind?)This video is brought to you by Lightspeed Aviation, XM WX Satellite Weather, Bose Corporation, and Bendix/King by Honeywell.
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Video: Product Minute -- Bendix/King myWingman

AVweb News - Fri, 04/19/2013 - 05:35
At Sun 'n Fun, Bendix/King is out with a new version of its myWingman app. The company's Jeff Simon gave AVweb a product tour.
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President's Budget Proposes User Fees For Some

AVweb News - Fri, 04/19/2013 - 05:35
A section of President Obama's proposed 2014 budget aims to "reduce the deficit and more equitably share the cost of air traffic services" through a "$100 per flight fee" payable to the FAA, with exceptions. The fee would not apply to piston, military, public, or air ambulance aircraft as detailed on page 43 of the budget. It would also exempt Canada-to-Canada flights and those operating outside of controlled airspace. The user fee is one of two proposed measures that would directly affect general aviation. Aviation interest groups, from AOPA to GAMA to NATA, responded quickly, and negatively, to both proposals.
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NTSB: Pilot's Texting Contributed To Fatal Crash

AVweb News - Fri, 04/19/2013 - 05:35
An accident synopsis from the NTSB identifies the pilot's personal texting as a contributing factor in the Aug. 26, 2011, crash of a Eurocopter AS350 B2 helicopter near Mosby, Mo., that killed all aboard. The flight was operated as a medical services mission flown in VFR conditions, carrying three crew and one patient. It crashed due to fuel starvation "about 1 nm short" of its planned refueling stop, according to the NTSB. The NTSB says that "the pilot missed three opportunities to detect" the aircraft's low fuel state and was engaged in texting before and during the flight portion of the mission.
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Video: ForeFlight's New Stratus with AHRS

AVweb News - Fri, 04/19/2013 - 05:35
At Sun 'n Fun 2013, ForeFlight and Sporty's introduced the new Stratus ADS-B portable, which features two-band traffic and an AHRS. ForeFlight's Tyson Weihs gave AVweb a tour of the new gadget.This video is brought to you by Aspen Avionics, Flying Eyes Pilot Sunglasses, Sennheiser, and Garmin.
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Video: Redbird's Unique Take on Desktop Training

AVweb News - Fri, 04/19/2013 - 05:35
At Sun 'n Fun 2013, Redbird showed off a new desktop training device capable of flying detailed and novel flight scenarios for training. It's a dedicated box selling for $2,495. In this AVweb video, Redbird's Jeff Van West gave us a tour of the new product.This video is brought to you by Lightspeed Aviation, XM WX Satellite Weather, Bose Corporation, and Bendix/King by Honeywell.
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Senators Move To Stop Tower Closures

AVweb News - Fri, 04/19/2013 - 05:35
A bipartisan group of senators will introduce legislation to stop the FAA from closing any control towers to meet its sequester cut requirements. "The Protect Our Skies Act, which is co-sponsored by a bipartisan group of 18 Senators, would prohibit the Department of Transportation (DOT) from closing any air traffic control towers, including those that are operated by the FAA," says a news release issued by Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., one of the bill's sponsors.
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Video: Discovery Aviation's New Aerial Pickup Truck

AVweb News - Fri, 04/19/2013 - 05:35
At Sun 'n Fun 2013, Discovery Aviation showed off its new Russian-designed Discovery 201.This video is brought to you by Aspen Avionics, Flying Eyes Pilot Sunglasses, Lightspeed Aviation, and XM WX Satellite Weather.
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Video: Sagetech's Clarity SV ADS-B/EFIS

AVweb News - Fri, 04/19/2013 - 05:35
Portable ADS-B is all the rage these days, including a new class of products that provide not just ADS-B weather and traffic but also turn an iPad into an EFIS. AVweb just flew with the first of these products this week, and Paul Bertorelli prepared this video report.This video is brought to you by Sennheiser, Garmin, Aspen Avionics, and Flying Eyes Pilot Sunglasses.
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Short Final

AVweb News - Thu, 04/18/2013 - 15:30
A ground controller told me, after I cleared the runway at JFK, to proceed to the gate and then "stay with me."I said, "Sure. Just give me your address."The silence was deafening.John Lewisvia e-mail
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FBO of the Week: Leading Edge Aviation (KU42, West Jordan, UT)

AVweb News - Thu, 04/18/2013 - 13:30
>>> AVWEB FUEL FINDERCURRENT PRICE FOR 100LL: $6.05 (down 1¢ from last week)CURRENT PRICE FOR JET A: $5.59 (up 1¢ from last week)Fuel prices provided weekly by AirNav, based on prices from the past 2 weeks. Changes are relative to last week's prices. /TEXT_ONLY-->AVweb's "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Leading Edge Aviation at South Valley Regional Airport (KU42) in West Jordan, Utah (outside Salt Lake City).AVweb reader Mike Coster recommended the FBO:Capable and efficient staff. In the course of several visits in the past weeks, I've been impressed with the vey quick service — from marshaling to greeting [me] with carpet (!) and iced water and drinks planeside, from immediate delivery of a low-cost rental car (left running for warmth) to a greeting from a flight instructor offering a two-minute air space briefing. Facility is spotless and complete (right down to a good pilot shop), but not so extravagant as to make an RV pilot feel like he's paying for a corporate headquarters. On my most recent visit, they kept the doors open after hours to faciliate my return of the rental car. It was just the right balance of courtesy, speed, and good pricing. I highly recommend Leading Edge Aviation at South Valley Regional Airport.Keep those nominations coming. For complete contest rules, click here.AVweb is actively seeking out the best FBOs in the country and another one, submitted by you, will be spotlighted here next Monday!
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Panthera First Flight

AVweb News - Wed, 04/17/2013 - 11:23
Pipistrel's much anticipated Panthera four-place GA aircraft had its first flight April 4 and continues testing in Slovenia. The all-composite aircraft flew for 54 minutes from the airport at Cerklje ob Krki where the test team, including test pilot Mirko Anel and co-pilot Sašo Knez, got help from the Slovenian Armed Forces. The aircraft reportedly performed as expected during the first few flights. "Both pilots agreed the handling was straightforward and pilot friendly, with parameters exactly as predicted," said a Pipistrel news release, which added that the flights so far offer "reassurance that all target performance goals will be met." Those goals are lofty.
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Women Of Aviation Week Flies 5,000 Girls

AVweb News - Wed, 04/17/2013 - 11:23
St. Andrews Airport in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada is the World's Most Female Pilot-Friendly Airport after the results from Women of Aviation Worldwide Week in early March were tabulated. More than 150 volunteers, including dozens of pilots, gave introductory flights to 680 girls and women on March 9. Second place went to Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, which did 634 flights and Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario was third at 517. The top U.S. effort was in Frederick, Md., which managed 342 flights. "Engaged individuals at all levels is what has made the Women Of Aviation Worldwide Week initiative the largest female outreach aviation program ever created," said Mireille Goyer, founder of the initiative and president of the Institute for Women Of Aviation Worldwide.
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