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Video: Wega Show Off Brazilian Export Kits

AVweb News - Fri, 04/19/2013 - 05:35
A Brazilian company called Wega appeared at Sun 'n Fun 2013 with a pair of good-looking retractables they hope to sell as kits. AVweb talked to the company's principle, Jocelito Wildner, about what Wega's plans are.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: Flight Training Cockpit Advanced Panel

AVweb News - Fri, 04/19/2013 - 05:35
You can build your own custom instrument panel, so why not do the same with your table-top simulator? That's the idea behind the Flight Training Cockpit Advanced Panel product offered through PilotMall.com. AVweb's Larry Anglisano took a look at the simulator at Sun 'n Fun 2013.This video is brought to you by Aspen Avionics, Flying Eyes Pilot Sunglasses, Sennheiser, and Garmin.
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Cirrus Offers Non-Pilot Ownership

AVweb News - Fri, 04/19/2013 - 05:35
Cirrus is promoting aircraft ownership to non-pilots through "Cirrus On Demand," which offers two programs of service as an option for purchasers of new Cirrus aircraft. Both programs come at additional cost to the buyer and in either case, includes a pilot "trained to the company's corporate flight standards." The program can operate like a turnkey corporate flight department or provide travel service and flight instruction to clients. According to Cirrus' Todd Simmons, the program provides "virtually unlimited access" to a purchased aircraft and a pilot, "like a corporate jet." Prices and details after the jump.
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All 108 Survive Bali Crash (Updated)

AVweb News - Fri, 04/19/2013 - 05:35
All 108 people aboard a Lion Air Boeing 737-800 survived after the aircraft reportedly missed a runway Saturday at Denpasar Airport in Bali and ended up in the rocky shallows of the ocean at the end of the runway. Details are scarce but early news reports are adamant that it was not an overrun. They say the airplane never touched the runway and "landed" in the sea. Photos show passengers able to walk off the wings into waiting rescue boats while rescue personnel secure the aircraft with lines. It was raining at the time of the accident but the weather was described as good by officials.
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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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