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WICHITA, Kan., May 9, 2014 – McCauley Propeller Systems, a division of Cessna Aircraft Company, part of the Textron Aviation segment of Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT), announced today the FAA Certification of the McCauley Propeller Systems' Blackmac Carbon Series constant speed composite propeller.

The propeller's advanced composite materials and patented high-strength, low-weight continuous carbon loop blade retention system significantly reduces propeller assembly weight and improves product life.

"The low weight of the Blackmac Carbon Series propeller, offers the ability to improve payload without compromising strength or weight in other areas," said Scott Howell, McCauley Business Leader. "McCauley has spearheaded innovation in the propeller industry for generations. Earnest McCauley was instrumental in designing and producing the first forged steel propeller in the 40's, and today his legacy lives on with the certification of the Blackmac Carbon Series propeller."

The scimitar propeller blades, optimized for balanced performance, are made of seamless carbon fiber and fiberglass material and feature electro-formed nickel leading edges providing a stronger, more durable and impact-resistant product.

The Blackmac Carbon Series is certified with no set maximum life and with an overhaul interval of 2,400 hours or 72 months. The Carbon Series retains McCauley's standard industry leading parts—including the single-piece oil-filled hub—and labor warranty of 3 years or first overhaul. Compared to other aluminum propellers, it has 25 percent fewer parts. No other certified propeller rated at 350 Hp, wood or composite, weighs less.

The newly certified propeller will be on display at the 2014 Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) Expo on May 12-15 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.


About McCauley Propeller Systems
McCauley Propeller Systems, a division of Cessna Aircraft Company, part of the Textron Aviation segment of Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT), is the world’s largest full-line propeller manufacturer and has been designing and manufacturing high-quality propellers and systems for the commercial, general aviation and defense industry for more than 75 years.

About Textron Aviation
The Textron Aviation segment is the leading general aviation authority and home to the iconic Beechcraft, Cessna and Hawker brands which account for more than half of all general aviation aircraft flying. Textron Aviation includes the businesses of Cessna Aircraft Company and Beechcraft Corporation, bringing together decades of unmatched experience in designing, building and supporting airplanes. It provides the most versatile and comprehensive general aviation product portfolio in the world through five principal lines of business: business jets, general aviation and special mission turboprop aircraft, high performance piston aircraft, military trainer and defense aircraft, and a complete global customer service organization. Its broad range of products include such best-selling aircraft as Citation and Hawker business jets, King Air and Caravan turboprops and T-6 military trainer aircraft, all of which are backed by the industry’s largest global service network. For more information, visit

About Textron Inc.
Textron Inc. is a multi-industry company that leverages its global network of aircraft, defense, industrial and finance businesses to provide customers with innovative solutions and services. Textron is known around the world for its powerful brands such as Bell Helicopter, Cessna, Beechcraft, Hawker, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Greenlee, and Textron Systems. For more information visit:


EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wis. — (May 8, 2014) — Kenny Loggins, who has been making hit music for the past four decades, will kick off the evening entertainment at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014 when he headlines the fly-in’s popular opening night concert on Monday, July 28.

The concert, presented by Ford Motor Company, is free to all AirVenture attendees that day and will be held on the EAA Plaza immediately following the July 28 afternoon air show. Loggins’ newest endeavor, Blue Sky Riders (Loggins, Georgia Middleman, Gary Burr), will start the evening’s entertainment.

“Kenny Loggins is a sensational fit for the opening-night concert at Oshkosh since his music is well-known and loved by multiple generations of fans,” said Jim DiMatteo, EAA’s vice president of AirVenture features and attractions. “He brings the energy and enthusiasm that complements the full week of aviation excitement that will be featured at EAA AirVenture.”

Kenny Loggins' remarkable career has brought him from the top of the charts to the toast of the Grammys. He's had smash hits on Hollywood's favorite soundtracks (Footloose, Top Gun, Caddyshack), rocked stages around the world, and found his way into children's hearts while bringing his soulful, beautiful voice to platinum albums of a stunning variety of genres. His gift for crafting deeply emotional music is unparalleled, and it's been a part of his life as long as he can remember. "I've been lucky that I love what I do and I get to keep doing it," says Loggins.

“Ford is proud to be the exclusive automotive partner with EAA for more than a decade and pleased to enhance the experience for everyone attending EAA AirVenture Oshkosh,” said Kevin Keling, North America Corporate Events Manager for Ford Motor Company. “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 Kenny Loggins 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 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

May 2014-

Airplanista Aviation Blog Editor and aviation writer Dan Pimentel has announced his blog’s
2014 Twitter #Avgeeks meetup called #Oshbash to be held at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh on Tuesday,
July 29th, 5:30pm - 7:30pm in the EAA Press Tent.
While the primary focus of Airplanista’s #Oshbash meetup events is to create a venue for #Avgeeks
that communicate via Twitter to meet face-to-face, Pimentel always presents a themed program to
provide entertainment for the standing-room-only audiences. The theme for 2014 will be the GA Power
Collective, a high-profile panel discussion with participants from many of the major aviation associations.
“The desire to grow aviation is universal,” said Pimentel. “My GA Power Collective panel discussion
will bring some of the aviation industry’s most influential people together in one room to spark a
transparent conversation and discuss how we get to one million certificated pilots. The ultimate goal of
the event will be to encourage the major aviation groups to work together as a ‘collective’ to develop
new strategies for reaching out to the non-flying public and grow aviation. Expect to hear a spirited
discussion born from non-standard thinking about how the aviation industry markets to the public. It is
my intent to throw away the “box” the industry has been wedged in for decades and focus not on what
is wrong with our GA world, but what we can do as one giant, unstoppable force to make it right.”
Confirmed Panel participants include Frank Ayers Jr., Ed.D., Chancellor, Prescott Campus
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University; Dick Knapinski, Senior Communications Advisor, Experimental
Aircraft Association; Dr. Peggy Chabrian, President, Women in Aviation International; Brittney
Miculka, Director of Outreach, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association; Dan Johnson, President, Light
Aircraft Manufacturers Association; Martha Phillips, President, The Ninety Nines and Kathryn Fraser,
Director of Safety & Outreach, General Aviation Manufacturers Association.
Sponsors of the event include (live video streaming); Windtee (event
t-shirts); Edco Awards and Specialties (participant awards) and Celeste/Daniels Advertising (aviation
marketing/creative services).

For more information or to interview Pimentel about this event, email is preferred to .

The official #Oshbash website is Further developments to the event will be tweeted by @Av8rdan and posted on the blog at

EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wis. — (April 21, 2014) — Four outstanding replica aircraft from the Great War Flying Museum of Caledon, Ontario, Canada, will participate in EAA's World War I aviation centennial activities at the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014 fly-in, which will be held July 28-August 3 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh.

The four aircraft – Sopwith 1-1/2 Strutter, Royal Aircraft Factory S.E.5a, Nieuport 28, and Fokker Dr.I – will be on display throughout AirVenture week and also fly several times during the daily afternoon air shows at Oshkosh. The airplanes are part of the Great War Flying Museum collection, which is dedicated to honoring the pilots who served with gallantry and distinction during the First World War.

“These aircraft are a magnificent addition to our centennial salute to World War I aviation,” said Jim DiMatteo, EAA’s vice president of AirVenture features and attractions. “The airplanes show how important aviation development was during that period while also demonstrating how far we’ve come in 100 years.”

Each of the aircraft is painted in the markings that honor specific pilots and flying groups, from the Manfred von Richthofen “Red Baron” Fokker Dr.I and the Nieuport 28 honoring American Ace Eddie Rickenbacker, to Canadian pilots such as ace Billy Bishop on the S.E.5a and R.F. Redpath on the Sopwith 1-1/2 Strutter.

"We truly appreciate what Oshkosh is and felt it was a must to be there this year. Oshkosh is Oshkosh - there is no other,” said Kees Van Berkel of the Great War Flying Museum. "On behalf of the museum members and the board of directors, we're thrilled at the honor and privilege of taking part in the World War I aviation centennial. It's something that you can only do once, so it's a great opportunity."

The GWFM was founded in 1970 by members of the Brampton Flying Club. The museum's mission is "to provide the finest local presentation of World War I aviation history by acquiring, building, maintaining, and flying representations of period aircraft as well as displaying period artifacts for the education, entertainment and benefit of our members and the visiting public."

Further details and schedules of the World War I aviation centennial commemoration activities will be announced as they are finalized.

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 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



EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wis. — (April 18, 2014) — The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has released the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014 Notice to Airmen (NOTAM), featuring arrival and departure procedures for the Experimental Aircraft Association’s 62nd annual fly-in convention July 28-August 3 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh.

The NOTAM, which is in effect July 25-August 4, outlines procedures for the many types of aircraft that fly to Oshkosh for the event, as well as aircraft that land at nearby airports.  It was designed by FAA, in partnership with EAA, to assist pilots in their AirVenture flight planning.  While the overall procedure is similar to past years, there are some changes compared to the 2013 version and updates on many of the NOTAM’s 32 pages. 

Some of those changes include:

  • Fond du Lac ATIS changed to 121.1
  • Expected Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFRs) for Wittman Regional Airport on August 1-3
  • Closed runway 4/22 at Wittman Regional Airport is now 5/23
  • Air show waiver times changed on Sunday, August 3

A high influx of VFR arrivals is expected to begin at Oshkosh on Saturday and Sunday, July 26-27.  Besides following the published arrival and departure procedures in the AirVenture NOTAM, pilots should maintain high vigilance in watching for other aircraft.  Pilots are expected to have a copy of the NOTAM available for in-flight reference.

You may download a PDF version of the NOTAM or request a free printed copy by visiting You may also request a free copy of the printed NOTAM by calling EAA Membership Services at 800-564-6322. Printed copies will be sent in early May after the FAA completes printing the NOTAM. Additional hints and tips for pilots arriving at and departing from EAA AirVenture 2014 are also available online at

This year’s NOTAM cover features a photo of Van’s RV aircraft on the runways of Wittman Regional Airport.

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 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





Attendees can participate and discover that homebuilts are accessible, affordable


      EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wis. — (January 28, 2014) — The Experimental Aircraft Association is the home for those who build and restore aircraft and at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014, the tens of thousands of attendees at “The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration” can share the building experience through the “One Week Wonder” project.

EAA’s unique building project is focused on building a Zenith CH 750 kit aircraft during the seven days of EAA AirVenture 2014, beginning on July 28 and continuing through completion or the event’s final day on August 3. The goal is to completely construct, inspect, and taxi test the aircraft by the end of the weeklong event.

      “We want people to discover that building an airplane is not that complicated and is within the reach of just about anyone, by watching this project take shape during the week and participating in it themselves,” said Charlie Becker, EAA’s manager of the organization’s homebuilt programs. “This Zenith kit will arrive at Oshkosh just as any builder would receive it. The One Week Wonder will show how today’s advanced kits and technology make aircraft building accessible and affordable, especially with the support from many EAA programs and members. It’s a fun, interactive opportunity that will show thousands of people exactly how an airplane goes together.”

The One Week Wonder project will also allow EAA to showcase how a person can build their own airplane, the technical achievements along the way, and EAA support programs for aircraft builders. AirVenture attendees will be able to add their own “hands-on” moment in the construction project and sign the logbook as one of the builders.

      In the One Week Wonder display area, which will be located near the EAA Welcome Center in the main crossroads of the AirVenture grounds, other displays will include the completed Zenith CH 750 built by EAA employees – including many who had never built an airplane previously. There will also be interactive displays that highlight the aircraft construction process, the variety of aircraft available for builders, and information on getting started on an aircraft project.

      More details about the One Week Wonder project will be announced as they are finalized.


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 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

Wednesday, 08 January 2014 14:37

1012 Tempest Tech-Tip Changing Spark Plugs

Although complaints from the field about Tempest spark plugs rarely occur, most take place immediately after their installation, reporting that the engine ran rough. If requested, we expeditiously send replacement plugs to get the customer back in the air ASAP and arrange to have the suspect plug(s) returned to us for analysis. Upon receipt, we inspect and test each one. In virtually all cases, after cleaning, the plugs test ok. So, what’s going on?

Download the PDF to learn more

Wednesday, 08 January 2014 14:26

1113 Tempest Tech-Tip Oil Filter ADB Valves

Many aircraft engine oil filters incorporate anti-drain-back valves (ADB valves). Most mechanics know about them, but there’s lots of misunderstanding about what they do and why. This Tempest Tech Tip takes the mystery out of the ADB valve.

Download the PDF to learn more.



Portland, OR — January 6, 2014 — Each year, through its Pilot's Choice Awards, the Lightspeed Aviation Foundation recognizes a select group of deserving aviation nonprofit organizations that are actively promoting growth in aviation or using aviation to aid in humanitarian causes. Deadlines for the 2014 awards are rapidly approaching and the foundation is urging eligible groups to apply and interested parties to nominate their favorite organization.


Nominations must be submitted by January 31, 2014 midnight PST and applications will be accepted until February 3, 2014 midnight PST. Anyone may nominate an organization, but those organizations that are nominated will need to submit an application, if they have not yet done so. A group of finalists will be selected from the applicant pool for the opportunity to compete for one of the ten Pilot's Choice Awards grants. Nomination and grant application forms are available at


The foundation strongly recommends that grant applicants have a designated development director, website, Facebook page and the willingness and capacity to regularly engage and actively reach out to new supporters.


"Mounting a successful voting campaign for the Pilot's Choice Awards requires creativity, tenacity, and teamwork across the organization's member base," said Allan Schrader, Lightspeed Aviation Foundation founder and president. "Finalists are rewarded with re-energized boards, heightened member engagement, and an elevated awareness of their mission well beyond their own constituents."


To help boost these effects, the foundation is ready to provide marketing support and heightened exposure. And grant applicants have found that the seven months of publicity while the voting is active is an effective platform from which to reach out to new and existing constituencies for votes.


"During the four years we have been doing this, we have been heartened to see how the process of competing for the Pilot's Choice Awards gives the organizations a meaningful platform to tell their story," said Schrader. "It is our desire not only to reward the fine work these groups are doing through the grants themselves, but to lift them up to gain more exposure for their cause."


Those who nominate a charity and "Like" the Lightspeed Aviation Foundation on Facebook ( will be entered to win a pair of Lightspeed Aviator sunglasses valued at $350. The winner of the sunglasses will be contacted via email and announced on the Lightspeed Aviation Foundation Facebook page in February of 2014.


The Lightspeed Aviation Foundation was established in 2010 out of the commitment and passion of the Lightspeed Aviation Corporation to serve the aviation community. Since introducing its first product at EAA AirVenture in 1996, Lightspeed Aviation has established a reputation for leading product innovation in aviation headsets with a number of "first to market" advances in comfort, quiet, clarity, and pilot-centric functionality. This has earned Lightspeed a loyal customer following among professional, commercial, and private pilots.



LAF Contact:




Bill Dolan
Phone (503) 698-5540


Friday, 03 January 2014 13:16

Garmin Pilot and VIRB Integration

Garmin is excited to announce even more integration and capabilities within Garmin Pilot, which are coming very soon. Customers who utilize version 6.0 of Garmin Pilot on iOS devices in conjunction with VIRB™, Garmin’s HD action camera, will be able to view live video simultaneously in Garmin Pilot.


In addition to viewing live video footage from VIRB within Garmin Pilot, the option to control VIRB remotely will be available.  The option to start and stop video recording and take stills within the application is a convenient way to easily gather in-flight footage, all while viewing pertinent flight plan information.  This feature will be available in split screen mode, so pilots can simultaneously view their moving map display while also controlling VIRB.


Here are two example images from Garmin Pilot. Version 6.0 is anticipated to be available in the coming weeks and will offer pilots a unique opportunity to easily obtain high definition video and photos of their day-to-day flying adventures.

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