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Lycoming Service Letter L180B

Engine Preservation for Active and Stored Aircraft

Engines in aircraft that are flown only occasionally may not achieve normal service life because of corrosion. This occurs when moisture from the air and products of combustion combine to attack cylinder walls and bearing surfaces during periods when the aircraft is not used. The procedures for combating this condition consist of coating the vulnerable surfaces with rust inhibitive compounds as herein described.

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Pilots Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge, Chapter 17

Aeronautical decision-making (ADM) is decision-making in a unique environment—aviation. It is a systematic approach to the mental process used by pilots to consistently determine the best course of action in response to a given set of circumstances. It is what a pilot intends to do based on the latest information he or she has.

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Avidyne Announces New Products

Avidyne Announces New Products


Release 10.1 software adds new IFD540 functionality, and will be the first software release of the new IFD440.

AEA - GRAPEVINE, Texas – April 8, 2015 – Avidyne Corporation, a leading provider of integrated avionics and safety systems for general aviation aircraft, announced today that certification of their IFD440 FMS/GPS/NAV/COM and Release 10.1 software for the IFD540 FMS/GPS/NAV/COM should be completed in May 2015.

“We are excited to be bringing the IFD440 certification program to its conclusion, and the certification of Release 10.1 software will also bring many new features to the IFD540,” said Dan Schwinn, Avidyne CEO. “We are continuing to grow our product portfolio and enhance our existing products, and we are confident that our customers will appreciate the added benefits of this R10.1 upgrade.”

About Release 10.1

Release 10.1 (R10.1) software is a field-loadable upgrade that provides IFD540 owners with product improvements and new functionality such as support for display of ADS-B weather, scrollable data blocks, expanded checklists, rubber-banding of the active flight plan leg, and multiple-user customization of checklists, user settings, user-defined waypoints, routes, and more. R10.1 also adds support for control of Avidyne's new remote-mounted AXP322 remote transponder, and R10.1 is needed to enable the new MK10 Mini Keyboard for wireless control of the IFD540 and IFD440 via Bluetooth®.

Pricing and Availability
The IFD540 GPS/NAV/COM/FMS has a plug & play list price of $16,995 and is certified and delivering now. The IFD440 has a plug & play list price of $14,995. The Release 10.1 software upgrade will be offered at no charge for all current IFD540 customers. Avidyne expects certification and initial deliveries of the IFD440 and Release 10.1 software for the IFD540 to begin in May 2015. Once certified, Avidyne will begin scheduling orders through authorized dealers for the R10.1 upgrade.IFD540/440 install kits and antennas sold separately.

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MK10 Mini Keyboard allows pilots to wirelessly control and enter flight plans into the IFD540 or IFD440 via integrated Bluetooth®.

AEA - GRAPEVINE, Texas – April 8, 2015 – Avidyne Corporation, a leading provider of integrated avionics and safety systems for general aviation aircraft, introduced today their new MK10 Mini Keyboard that gives pilots an additional method of controlling and entering flight plans into Avidyne's IFD540 and IFD440 FMS/GPS/NAV/COM systems wirelessly via integrated Bluetooth® .

"We are excited to offer the MK10 Mini Keyboard, which is our first but certainly not our last wireless device for the IFD540 or IFD440," said Dan Schwinn, Avidyne CEO. "Integrated Bluetooth and WiFi technologies open up lots of possibilities for IFD540 and IFD440 customers, and Avidyne will continue to expand our product offerings and wireless capabilities."


The pocket-size MK10 Mini Keyboard, measuring 4.5 inches x 2.25 inches x 0.375 inches, is a customized Bluetooth device offered by Avidyne specifically for the IFD540 and IFD440. The MK10 lets pilots wirelessly enter flight plans and waypoints, execute "Direct TO" operations, change Pages and Tabs, and zoom the Map range in and out, among other things.

The IFD540 was initially certified in July 2014, and included integrated hardware needed to support Bluetooth and WiFi functionality. The MK10 Mini Keyboard will be enabled for the first time via a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) after the certification of the upcoming Release 10.1 software upgrade for the IFD540 and IFD440 is completed.

Avidyne will continue to work with selected device and application developers to expand upon the significant potential of wireless connectivity capabilities in the cockpit made possible with WiFi and Bluetooth technologies, and announcements of additional wireless functionality will be forthcoming with future software releases.

Pricing and Availability
The IFD540 GPS/NAV/COM/FMS with integrated Bluetooth and WiFi has a plug & play list price of $16,995 and is certified and delivering now. The IFD440 with Bluetooth and WiFi has a plug & play list price of $14,995.

The MK10 Bluetooth Mini Keyboard has a list price of $299.

The Release 10.1 software upgrade will be offered at no charge for all current IFD540 customers and available with initial shipments of the IFD440. Avidyne expects certification of Release 10.1 software for the IFD540 in May 2015, and STC for Bluetooth activation shortly after that.

IFD540/440 install kits and antennas sold separately.

AXP322 Rear V2 300


AXP322 meets the ADS-B Out mandate and is designed for installation with IFD540 or IFD440 FMS/GPS/NAV/COMs; Ideally suited option for aircraft with limited panel or pedestal space.

AEA - GRAPEVINE, Texas – April 8, 2015– Avidyne Corporation, a leading provider of integrated avionics and safety systems for general aviation aircraft, today announced the AXP322 remote-mounted Mode S Extended Squitter Transponder with Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) Out. The AXP322 can be controlled by Avidyne's IFD540 or IFD440 GPS/NAV/COMs, which also provide an approved GPS position input to the AXP322 for extended squitter ADS-B Out broadcasts. Avidyne previously certified the panel-mounted AXP340 Mode S Transponder with ADS-B Out. Equipping with the AXP322 or the AXP340 allows general aviation aircraft owners to meet the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) NextGen mandate, as well as international requirements for 1090 MHz ADS-B Out, when coupled with an approved GPS source such as the IFD440/540.

"The remote-mounted AXP322 integrates nicely with the IFD540/440 providing a 1090MHz ADS-B Out surveillance solution for customers with limited panel or pedestal space," said Dan Schwinn, Avidyne's CEO. "As an example, the remotely-mounted AXP322 will free up space and allow Entegra-equipped Cirrus owners to install a large-screen IFD540 as GPS/NAV/COM #1, along with an IFD440 as GPS/NAV/COM #2, in the pedestal where their existing dual 430s and panel-mounted transponder reside."

"This will give these Cirrus owners a terrific upgrade solution with dual touch-screen GPS/NAV/COMs that perfectly complements and works seamlessly with their Entegra glass," Schwinn added.

Along with the AXP322, Avidyne offers the industry's newest and best range of retrofit avionics products for general aviation aircraft, including the AMX240 Audio Panel, the AXP340 Mode S/ADS-B Transponder, and the IFD440/540 FMS/GPS/NAV/COMs with built-in Bluetooth® and WiFi capability. Avidyne also has announced a full range of 978MHz ADS-B solutions (see separate Press Release.)

About the AXP322
The AXP322 is a remote-mounted Class 1 (250Watt), Mode S, Level 2 1090MHz Datalink Transponder with Extended Squitter (ES) that meets all the requirements for Mode S elementary surveillance for both IFR and VFR flight. The fully TSO'd AXP322 encodes and transmits the required ADS-B Out information, including your aircraft's GPS-derived position, along with ground track, ground speed and altitude, in a series of extra pulses (called Extended Squitter) on the Mode S data stream.

Measuring only 2.44"x 1.70" x 5.55" and weighing only 1.0 lbs, its compact design allows the AXP322 to be remotely mounted virtually anywhere in the aircraft, with display and mode selection controlled by any IFD540 or IFD440 using Release 10.1 software.

Pricing and Availability
The AXP322 Mode S Transponder has a retail price of $5,450 and will be certified and available in May 2015. Connector kit and Mounting Tray are included. Antenna is sold separately. Release 10.1 software for the IFD540/IFD440 will be certified and available in the May 2015 time frame.

About Avidyne Corporation (
Avidyne's continuing leadership in innovation and its Flying Made Simple™ system design make flying safer, more accessible and more enjoyable for pilots and their passengers. The company offers a full line of panel-mounted avionics including their new IFD540 and IFD440 FMS/GPS/NAV/COM, AMX240 audio panel, AXP322 and AXP340 Mode S Transponders with ADS-B OUT, and DFC90 digital flight control systems. Avidyne's product line also includes the industry-leading Entegra Release 9 integrated flight deck with DFC100 digital flight control system, datalink-capable EX600 multi-function displays, the dual-antenna TAS-A series of active traffic advisory systems with ADS-B IN, the MLX770 world-wide datalink transceiver, and the TWX670 Tactical Weather Detection system. Headquartered in Lincoln, MA, the company has facilities in Westerville (Columbus), OH, and Melbourne, FL.

Phillips 66 Aviation FBOs Take Home Top Four FBO Performance Rankings in AIN’s 2015 Survey

Ten Phillips 66-branded FBOs recognized as best in the country

HOUSTON April 7, 2015 – Phillips 66® Aviation is pleased that ten of its FBOs were recognized in this year's Aviation International News (AIN) survey. More than 11,000 respondents completed AIN's questionnaire that ranks FBOs according to line service, passenger amenities, pilot amenities, facilities and customer service representatives.

"On behalf of Phillips 66, we'd like to congratulate the Phillips 66-branded FBOs that were recognized in this survey," said Greg Hart, manager, general aviation. "These locations exemplify the Phillip 66 tradition of excellence exhibited in our quality fuel and above and beyond general aviation services."

J.A. Air Center set the pace with their gold standard offerings receiving a 9.5 out of 10 overall average score. The FBO has placed in the top performing category for the past several years, moving up to the coveted number one position from last year's second place standing.

Additionally, four other Phillips 66-branded Aviation FBOs placed in the top 10 percent, with four FBOs placing in the top 20 percent and two locations ranking in the top 30 percent. They include:


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Lycoming Engines Announces AERO Friedrichshafen 2015 Activities

Williamsport, PA – 7 April 2015 –

Lycoming Engines, an operating division of Avco Corporation, announces its exhibition activities during AERO Friedrichshafen from April 15th-18th. Attendees of this global general aviation show can visit Lycoming at booth A3-115.

Customer Support

Lycoming team members will be on-site daily at the booth during the show to answer both sales and technical support questions for customers and attendees.

Engine Display

Engines will also be displayed and we have added iPads equipped with engines to provide interactive data.

233 Series Engine: Lycoming's Light Sport Aircraft engine offers traditional Lycoming performance in a lightweight package. This engine is capable of running on low octane unleaded automotive fuels as well as aviation gasoline.

AEIO-540-EXP Engine: This engine model was selected to power the Red Bull Air Races for 2014 and 2015. These aerobatic Thunderbolt engines were custom built in our Advanced Technology Center and standardized to fit Red Bull Air Race's racing profile and specifications.

Thunderbolt 390 Series Engine: Thunderbolt Engines are Lycoming's brand of high performance, built-to-order power plants. Built in Lycoming's Advanced Technology Center, Thunderbolt engines involve the pilot as part of the design and build team. With Thunderbolt engines, you get a genuine Lycoming factory engineered engine, custom factory built, factory tested and supported – with your choice of fuel systems, ignition systems, and performance enhancements.

Engine Technology Update Presentation by Lycoming's Senior Vice President Michael Kraft, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Lycoming Engines, will present an engine technology update in the Berlin Room (Conference Center East) from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. on Friday, April 17. The presentation will also include a showing of "Experience Lycoming: History. Making. Engines," – a short movie that highlights Lycoming's rich history and today's advancements and dedicated employees. Those who are unable to attend Mr. Kraft's presentation will also be able to view the movie at Lycoming's booth (A3-115).

"AERO Friedrichshafen is an important show for Lycoming, providing us with an opportunity to showcase not only our technology but also our top notch customer support. AERO is a great opportunity for Lycoming to interact directly with our customers based near Europe, who – like every other customer in the world - trust us to build every engine as though we were going to fly it ourselves," stated Kraft.

Additional questions regarding Lycoming's AERO Friedrichshafen activities can be directed to Katie Bell, Communications Manager, at or +1.570.327.7001.

About Lycoming

Lycoming Engines specializes in engineering, manufacture, service and support of piston aircraft engines. With a factory in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, Lycoming piston engines power more than half of the world's general aviation fleet - both rotary-wing and fixed-wing and also provides engines for 44 military training schools and other specialized applications. Lycoming Engines is an operating division of Avco Corporation. More information is available at

Dierks Bentley Highlights EAA AirVenture Oshkosh Opening Day Concert on July 20

Dierks Bentley Highlights EAA AirVenture Oshkosh Opening Day Concert on July 20

Ford Motor Company presents country superstar and active pilot

EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wis. — (April 2, 2015) — Dierks Bentley, who has rocketed to the top tier of country music's hitmakers, will get EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015 week off to a great start when he headlines the fly-in's popular opening night concert on Monday, July 20.

The concert, presented by Ford Motor Company with additional support from Cirrus Aircraft, is free to all AirVenture attendees that day and will be held on Boeing Plaza following the afternoon air show. The 63rd annual Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) fly-in is July 20-26 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh.

"Dierks Bentley is a superb choice for our opening-night concert not only because he is one of music's brightest stars, but also because he is an avid pilot who has been to Oshkosh before enjoying the sights and sounds as an aviation enthusiast," said Rick Larsen, EAA's vice president of communities and member programs. "Dierks brings the energy and enthusiasm that complements the full week of aviation excitement that will be featured at EAA AirVenture."

Bentley, an ACM top male performer nominee, is seven albums into one of country music's most respected and most unpredictable careers. His latest evolution comes in the form of his critically acclaimed and No. 1 selling album RISER, which has already spawned two consecutive No. 1 hits with "I Hold On" and "Drunk On A Plane." His latest single "Say You Do" is now climbing the Top 10 charts. Bentley's six previous studio albums have sold more than five million copies, notched 12 chart-topping singles and earned 12 GRAMMY nominations. Additionally, Bentley is the most nominated male artist for the upcoming ACM Awards with seven nominations including Single Record of the Year for "Drunk On A Plane," Vocal Event of the Year for "The South," Video of the Year for "Drunk On A Plane," Song of the Year for "I Hold On," Album of the Year for "RISER" and Male Vocalist of the Year. He recently announced his 2015 SOUNDS OF SUMMER TOUR kicking off June 5 and running through the summer. For more information and a full list of appearances, visit

"Ford is proud to be the exclusive automotive partner with EAA for 15 years and pleased to enhance the experience for everyone attending EAA AirVenture Oshkosh," said Edsel B. Ford II, member of the Ford Motor Company Board of Directors. "Since 2006 we've helped bring some of the biggest names in music history to the stage at Oshkosh to kick off aviation's annual reunion, and we're eager to have Dierks Bentley join that roster for the opening-night concert."

The opening-night concert at EAA AirVenture is just one of a variety of family attractions and entertainment that are part of the week-long event. These added activities, ranging from night air shows to entertainment, are nearly all included with AirVenture admission. They are in addition to the hundreds of aviation forums and workshops, special presentations, and aviation exhibits available at Oshkosh.

About EAA AirVenture Oshkosh

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is the "World's Greatest Aviation Celebration" and EAA's yearly membership convention. Additional EAA AirVenture information, including advance ticket and camping purchase, is available online at EAA members receive lowest prices on admission rates. For more information on EAA and its programs, call 1-800-JOIN-EAA (1-800-564-6322) or visit Immediate news is available at

Tempest Promotes Jessica Cox for Sun-N-Fun 2015

Tempest Promotes Jessica Cox for Sun-N-Fun 2015


April 2015-

GIBSONVILLE, NC - Tempest Plus Marketing Group (TPMG) is pleased to announce that it will lend its support in 2015 to Jessica Cox, motivational speaker, author, and Guinness World Record Holder as the first armless person in aviation history to earn a pilot certificate.

Jessica Cox, born without arms, learned to fly in a 1946 415C Ercoupe and gained her sport pilot certifi- cate in 2008 with the help of Able Flight. Jessica recently published her first book, Disarm Your Limits, which relates her story of living her life fully without choosing to use prosthetics, and to use her feet as others use their hands. It outlines her "formula for flight": unrepentant regard and self-acceptance as a whole person. Jessica has been speaking for 10 years in 20 countries.

"I am thrilled to be a part of my first Sun nʼ Fun!" said Jessica. "Aviation has empowered me, and I look forward to an inspirational and high-flying weekend."

"Tempest is honored to provide support to Jessica," said John Herman, President of Tempest. "Her lifeʼs story provides an extremely inspirational testimony of meeting lifeʼs challenges head-on and not letting obstacles prevent you from fulfilling your lifeʼs dreams. Our support is but a small contribution to ensure as many people as possible hear Jessicaʼs story of human will and the desire to persevere."

Jessica plans several appearances at the 2015 Sun-n-Fun Fly-In in Lakeland, Florida. She will sign her new book on Wednesday, April 22, from 11 am to noon, at the Tempest booth, located in the Sarasota Avionics Hangar C, booths C-081 and C-082. Jessica will present a motivational talk at the Florida Air Museum at Sun-n-Fun on Tuesday, April 21, at 11 am, followed by an appearance at Able Flightʼs event at noon, and then speaking again at the Aviation Pavilion at 6 pm. Jessica will speak again at the museum on Friday, April 24, at 1 pm. Follow Jessica on Facebook, Twitter, and on the website.

The introduction of Tempest oil filters in 2004 complimented the Aero/Tempest legacy product line of OEM pneumatic systems and electrical components produced since 1984. In 2009, addition of the Tempest Spark Plug broadened that product range. Tempest oil filter and spark plug designs are the technology leaders of the industry today. OEMs, maintenance shops, and aerobatic performers worldwide choose Tempest, making it the fastest growing brand of aviation spark plugs and oil filters in the industry. OEMs such as Continental Motors, Robinson Helicopter, Cirrus, and others have chosen Tempest as their supplier of choice for spark plugs and oil filters. Follow Tempest on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

Tempest manufacturing facilities are located in Gibsonville, NC, San Antonio, TX, and Lakeview and Wa- terford, MI, with sales and marketing offices located in Greenville, SC, and Atlanta, GA. For more informa- tion on Tempest products, please go to