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OFF THE HOOK FOR SNF TORNADO CLEANUP
Owners whose aircraft
were damaged in last year's Sun 'n Fun tornado will not be stuck with
any of the cleanup costs after all. In a statement, Sun 'n Fun President Lites Leenhouts said
the organization has paid all outstanding invoices and will not be
billing individuals for the costs. Last October Sun 'n Fun asked the 30
aircraft owners affected to submit their share of about $90,000 in
towing and cleanup costs to their own insurers after Sun 'n Fun's
underwriter decided it was not responsible for those costs. Leenhouts
said about 40 percent of the money was recovered that way and Sun 'n Fun
paid the rest. "Sun 'n Fun has paid this remaining balance in good faith
on behalf of those who chose not to submit the bill to their insurance
company or who did not carry insurance," Leenhouts said. "At no time has
Sun 'n Fun requested that the aircraft owner[s] pay their bill[s]
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BULL STRATOS PROJECT MAKES SUCCESSFUL JUMP
Felix Baumgartner of Austria as part of
the Red Bull Stratos project made one parachute jump from 71,580 feet
over Roswell, N.M., falling at speeds that reached "nearly 365 miles per
hour," Red Bull announced, Thursday. The project says the actual mark of
364.4 mph set a new world freefall speed record. The jump lasted a full
eight minutes and eight seconds and took Baumgartner through the coldest
part of the stratosphere where temperatures ranged near 94 degrees below
zero (Fahrenheit). This was just a test and more jumps are expected to
follow. The next will aim for a jump from 90,000 feet. More details and
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BIPLANES ARE COMING?
Researchers at MIT and Stanford say they
have advanced the idea of German engineer Adolf Busemann, who in the
1950s proposed that a biplane design could be more efficient and quiet
in supersonic flight. Busemann's calculations found that a biplane's two
wings could be positioned to cancel out shock waves, but there were
problems with the design. Among those, the wings, which joined at their
tips, could create egregious amounts of drag when transitioning to
supersonic speeds. Now, researchers believe they have resolved the drag
problem, found significant increases in efficiency, and significantly
reduced sonic boom signatures. There are other challenges to overcome.
AERO, MORE NEW STUFF FROM DIAMOND
The Aero show in
Friedrichshafen, Germany next month promises to be a busy one for
Diamond Aircraft. Company CEO Christian Dries told AVweb that two
new airplanes will be shown there, both twins based on the Austro
Jet-A-burning four-cylinder powerplant. The DA42 V1 is a much improved
follow-up to the DA42NG, the first model that sported the Austro
engines, developed by Diamond's sister company. The airplane has
improved aerodynamics concentrated on the engine cowling and rudder and
is considerably faster than the previous model. AVweb was given a
brief test flight in the airplane and noted that its single-engine
performance about 15,000 feet yielded nearly 400 FPM of climb.
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ORGANIZES OVER EU REST RULES
Pilots in the UK are fighting
back against proposed EU flight time limitation rules that they say
would allow them to land an aircraft after having been "awake for 22
hours." The UK pilot push has been organized online through the British Airline Pilots
Association (BALPA) and aims to keep current UK rules in place. It
claims the EU proposals were not developed using scientific data and
that existing data shows accident rates "increase markedly" as duty
periods stretch beyond 10 hours. The proposed rules allow maximum daily
flight duty periods in excess of 20 hours. More...
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GA INCHES, VERY SLOWLY, TOWARD GROWTH
Small private aircraft
almost disappeared from Russia during the turmoil of the 1990s
but, due to recent changes, they may now be making a very
modest comeback in the world's largest country. Russia's borders contain
nearly 6.6 million square miles, including thousands of villages not
accessible by paved roads. That makes it a potentially active general
aviation market. But it wasn't until 2010 that a government decree
introduced the concept of uncontrolled airspace and flight without
mandatory air traffic control. Since then, more than 3,000 private
aircraft and helicopters in the country have been testing the new system
and have found that easier access to the air isn't the only problem.
Other challenges may still prove substantially crippling in the near
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LOOKING AT ELECTRONICS USE
The FAA says it may liberalize
rules governing the use of personal electronics (not cellphones) on
airliners after it tests the latest and greatest tablets and other
devices. Tech blogger Nick Bilton accidentally broke the story last week when he
called the FAA to complain about what he considers an antiquated rule.
Instead of brushing him off, FAA spokeswoman Laura Brown told Bilton the
agency is taking a "fresh look" at the current electronics ban during
taxi, takeoff and landing. "With the advent of new and evolving
electronic technology, and because the airlines have not conducted the
testing necessary to approve the use of new devices, the FAA is taking a
fresh look at the use of personal electronic devices, other than
cellphones, on aircraft," Brown told Bilton. More...
SNARLS CANADIAN FLIGHTS
Airlines worked Sunday to clear a
backlog at Toronto's Pearson International Airport after an impressive
coincidence of things that could go wrong went wrong on the busy closing
weekend of Spring Break. An electrical fire late Saturday closed one of
the five runways and affected runway lights and directional signs on the
rest. That prompted the airport to reduce landing and takeoffs by 75
percent from about 50 an hour to 12 an hour. Then heavy fog settled on
the airport to disrupt the already-limited operation. Air Canada, which
uses Pearson as a hub for hundreds of flights each day, was the most
seriously affected. "Our operation is currently affected by a
significant reduction in runway operations at Pearson which is impacting
all airlines on a proportional basis," spokesman Peter Fitzpatrick said.
To make things even more interesting for Air Canada, about a dozen
pilots called in sick just before their flights, which might be related
to a bitter labor dispute with the airline. More...
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MARCH 19, 2012
Letter of the Week: The Height of
Regarding the recent "Question
of the Week" on acrophobia: It's often been said that "fear of
heights" is really the distress that arises from the conflict between a
very strong subconscious desire to fly, while at the same time being in
a place (e.g., an apartment balcony, a cliff) where attempting such
flight (with a certainty of failure) would be easy. So fear of heights
is the result of the conflict between the desires to fly and to
Len Deighton, an author and pilot, mentioned this theory
many years ago. And there is some (although conflicting) evidence
Lindbergh experienced such a fear, at least in early years. As for me,
I'm very happy flying airplanes, low or high, and even with the door off
for taking photos but no use at all on the roof of a two-story
Click through to read the
rest of this week's letters. More...
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OF THE WEEK: VINTAGE PHOTO SHOWCASE
A couple of weeks
back, we asked readers to send us some of their vintage airplane photos
(from before the digital camera era) and you guys came through
with some terrific shots, including this one from Edd Weninger of Overgaard, AZ. Some of these
have great stories behind them, and some come with a few unanswered
questions. In any case, we expect you'll enjoy these photos as much as
we did. Maybe you'll even be happy to hear that we squirreled away a
couple of pics to sneak into upcoming regular installments of "POTW." Click
here for the rest of this week's submissions. More...
PIPISTREL VIRUS SW FLIGHT TRIAL
recent swing through Europe, we visited Pipistrel Aircraft, a Slovenian
manufacturer that's staked out the hyper-efficient segment of the LSA
world. The company demonstrated its sophisticated Virus SW, which boasts
fuel economy of nearly 50 MPG. This video is worth the watch just for
the spectacular mountain scenery. More...
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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