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FORECASTS ROCKY ROAD FOR GA
In its annual aviation forecast,
released last week, the FAA said it expects the numbers of active
general aviation aircraft to continue to decline slowly, but by 2025 the
numbers should start to gradually increase. "Although the slow growth
and expectations of a European recession has dampened the near-term
prospects for general aviation, the long-term outlook remains
favorable," the FAA said in its report. Business aviation is expected to
grow faster, driven by a growing U.S. and world economy, and turboprops
and jets will fare better than piston aircraft, with continuing growth
of about 3 to 4 percent per year. The outlook is also good for light
sport aircraft. The LSA fleet should grow about 4 percent per year until
2013, then increase about 2 percent yearly until 2032, the FAA said. The
numbers of GA pilots and sport pilots also should continue to grow, but
slowly, the FAA said. More...
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CRASH PILOT'S WIDOW SUES RAPTOR BUILDERS
The fatal crash of
an F-22 Raptor preceded a series of events that have left some confusion
about the aircraft's life-support systems and more, and have now
culminated in a lawsuit filed by the lost pilot's widow. Anna Haney's
lawsuit names Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Honeywell International and Pratt
& Whitney, alleging that critical life-support systems aboard the F-22
failed to "safely or properly provide breathable oxygen" to her husband
while he flew the aircraft. It also accuses Lockheed of "fraud." An
accident report issued by the Air Force in late 2011 said Captain Jeff
Haney had become preoccupied with the problem and lost control of the
jet. Early this month, however, the Air Force Chief of Staff said the
Air Force did not blame Haney for the crash. More...
TEST JUMP DELAYED
The Red Bull Stratos team, which is
preparing to beat a 52-year-old free-fall record with a jump from a
balloon at 120,000 feet, cancelled a test flight this week when the
balloon failed to operate properly. The team had planned to send their
capsule to 60,000 feet above Roswell, N.M., where Felix Baumgartner
would jump out to practice the fall back to earth. The test was
rescheduled for Wednesday morning using a backup balloon, but fog at the
landing site canceled it. The team plans to try again at 7 a.m. local
time on Thursday morning, according to Baumgartner's Facebook page.
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A project at NASA Langley Research Center
has created augmented reality glasses that can deliver critical
information -- beyond airspeed, altitude, and attitude data -- to a
pilot's eye, at all times, Innovation Daily reported Monday. Different
from a fixed panel or even heads-up display, the head-worn display
tracks the pilot's head movements. That feature will allow the unit to
provide details like runways towers and taxiways where they would appear
within the pilot's field of view, regardless of head movements, and
whether or not they are obscured in natural vision by fog or darkness.
When mated to digital NextGen routes, the system could paint a virtual
runway centerline and also project paths to create a visual pathway
instead of taxi instructions. More...
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IN AVIATION CONFERENCE SETS ATTENDANCE RECORD
Aviation International wrapped up its annual conference over the
weekend, drawing 3,350 participants to Dallas, a new attendance record
for the event. "Our numbers were up almost 8 percent from last year,"
said WAI President Peggy Chabrian. Participants at the conference
represent diverse interests within the aviation community, including
military, commercial, corporate and recreational flying. Men as well as
women of all ages are welcome. The event is known for its focus on
career-building, and this year was no exception, with dozens of
companies and organizations on site to actively recruit new employees.
WAI also awarded 85 scholarships worth $559,680 to members at every
stage of life, from university students to mature members seeking a
mid-life career change to aviation. More...
'N FUN READY FOR EARLY START
This year's Sun 'n Fun
International Fly-In and Expo will launch on Tuesday, March 27, less
than two weeks away, turning the small airport in Lakeland, Fla., into
one of the busiest fields in the world. The show is earlier than usual
this year, as organizers try to avoid conflicts with other events,
especially the Aero Friedrichshafen show in Germany, which attracts many
of the same general aviation exhibitors. Starting next year, however,
Sun 'n Fun plans to return to April dates through 2020. After last year's tornado,
show officials worked to meet federal guidelines to ensure safety in
case of stormy weather. The show is now officially "StormReady," with
designated shelter areas and enhanced alert systems. More...
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DRIES: FLY BY WIRE AS "ELECTRONIC PARACHUTE"
says it's very close to flying a fly-by-wire version of its
Austro-diesel-powered DA42 twin and the company's CEO Christian Dries
told AVweb that he sees this technology as an "electronic
parachute." On a visit to Diamond's headquarters at Wiener Neustadt,
south of Vienna, AVweb was shown a test project under way in the
company's Multi-Platform division that included a conventional stick but
electric servos to operate control surfaces. This technology, says
Dries, will be incorporated into the autopilot and he believes it will
eventually evolve to include both flight envelope protection and full
auto-land capability for the DA42. Dries told us he sees this technology
as the trend of the future and that it's inevitable. In a clear dig at
the Cirrus BRS system, Dries calls the technology "an electronic
parachute" because once refined, it would be continuously available to
bail the pilot out of any unusual flight attitude or emergency and would
work passively, which the BRS parachute does not. More...
TROPHY GOES TO 787
The Boeing 787 was chosen for the 2011
Robert J. Collier Trophy, which honors the "greatest achievement in
aeronautics or astronautics in America," the National Aeronautic
Association announced on Tuesday. The jet was one of four finalists for
the award, along with the Lockheed C-5M Super Galaxy, the Gamera
human-powered helicopter, and Pipistrel's Taurus G4 electric-powered
airplane. "We were very pleased with this year's slate of nominations --
all of them were impressive, inspirational, and innovative, and
certainly represent the future of aviation and aerospace," said Walter
Boyne, NAA chairman. "We congratulate Boeing on their great
accomplishment with the 787." The mid-size, long-range, fuel-efficient
787 Dreamliner was certified last year. More...
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OF THE WEEK: ACROPHOBIA AND THE AVIATOR
Bill Menzel wrote to us a few weeks ago: "A columnist in an
aviation magazine recently mentioned in passing that he thought many
pilots are actually afraid of heights. Are you afraid of heights?" It's
an interesting question: Are you afraid of
Plus: Last week, we asked AVweb readers
about Friends of the Earth's California lawsuit over lead in avgas;
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ROTAX'S NEW 912IS
This week, Rotax
rolled out its new 912iS light aircraft engine at its Gunskirchen,
Austria factory. AVweb was there, and here's a full video report
on the new engine, which features dual electronic fuel injection, dual
ignition, and power options. The engine will be ready for volume
shipments as early as May of 2012. More...
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OF THE WEEK: CAPE AVIATION (CAPE GIRARDEAU,
AVweb reader Ed Abrams received
outstanding service on his visit to our latest "FBO of the Week"
Cape Aviation at Cape Girardeau Regional
Airport (CGI) in Cape Girardeau, Missouri:
We diverted to this airport because of the
weather. Winds were 220 at 23 gusting to 36 on landing. Line crew came
out and tied the plane down before we got out of the plane, then loaned
us a courtesy car for the night to get to the hotel. When we arrived at
the airport the following morning, they brought the plane into the
hangar to deice. Line crew also cleaned the windows after
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