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SNF BOSS REFOCUSES SHOW
John "Lites" Leenhouts, who was named
president of the Sun 'n Fun organization just last summer, has hit the
ground running, with an abundance of energy and new ideas for this
year's show. "I want all of our guests to leave here feeling inspired
and educated, and with a plan for moving forward if they want an
aviation career or to learn how to fly," Leenhouts told AVweb on Sunday
in his new office, filled with memorabilia from his active aviation
career. "I want all of them to become participants, not just observers."
Leenhouts has been meeting with staff and volunteers to ensure everyone
is focused on customer service. He also has scheduled a new event for
the Sun 'n Fun campus on Nov. 9 and 10, called "When Pigs Fly," a
weekend barbecue and fly-in paired with a motorcycle and car show.
SUN 'N FUN PREVIEW WITH J.R. 'LITES' LEENHOUTS
and the 2012 Sun 'n Fun international fly-in and expo. AVweb
staff is on location and got a preview with new Sun 'n Fun president and
CEO John "Lites" Leenhouts. And from our off-camera conversations, we'll
add thiss: If you get the chance to talk airplanes with Leenhouts, take
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AVGAS: WHY UL 91 ISN'T "THE" ANSWER
UL 91 is an unleaded
avgas already powering aircraft engines in Europe and may within weeks
be approved for use in a range of Lycoming engines, but it's unlikely
you'll see it at your airport soon. AVweb spoke with
Lycoming vice president Mike Kraft, who said the fuel is basically
100LL -- without the lead. In essence, any aircraft engine currently
burning 100LL that is approved for operation on 80, 90 or 93 octane
fuels can operate just as well burning UL 91. But 100LL supplies a
one-product solution for a more complete range of engines. And that may
be reason enough for distributors to balk at offering the product to
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WANTS TO BUILD JETS IN CHINA
Cessna announced today it
intends to build business jets in China in a joint venture with Aviation
Industry Corp of China (AVIC) as part of a future plan to potentially
build the entire Cessna line of aircraft in China. "The agreements
together pave the way for a range of business jets, utility
single-engine turboprops and single-engine piston aircraft to be
manufactured and certified in China," Cessna said in a news release. Agreements were signed in China to
negotiate a joint venture to build existing models of Cessna bizjets and
to perhaps develop new models in the future at the China operations.
Cessna also announced that it will negotiate with Chinese partners to
develop an aircraft service network in China and other needed aviation
infrastructure. "China recognizes general aviation offers the foundation
to support its national air transportation needs for the future," CEO
Scott Ernest said in a statement. "These agreements will help take the
industry to the next level." It was not clear what, if any, impact the
deal would have on Cessna's Kansas operations. More...
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AMPHIB SEEKS LSA NOD
A French company
says it's preparing to certify as an LSA an amphibious aircraft that can
also be equipped with skis. The Akoya, developed by Lisa Aircraft, first
flew in 2007 and has been flying regularly ever since, according to
the company. Along the way, they say it has proved the validity of
several design innovations, including a pair of seafoils that give it
stability in the water and serve as the surface-tension-breaking
mechanism for getting it unstuck on takeoff. The aircraft sports an
electrically powered canopy, retractable gear and folding wings, but has
a useful load of more than 500 pounds as an LSA, the company says.
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SUES PILATUS OVER BUTTE CRASH
The widow of a pilot killed
along with 13 others, including seven children, in the crash of a
Pilatus PC-12 in Butte, Mont., three years ago is suing the planemaker
and others involved in the maintenance of the aircraft, even though the
NTSB laid all the blame for the crash on the pilot. As
we reported last year, the board found that pilot Bud Summerfield
didn't add a fuel deicer to the aircraft tanks, as specified in the
flight manual, after filling it up for a trip from Oroville, Calif., to
Bozeman, Mont. It also blamed Summerfield for failing to divert sooner
when he noticed a fuel imbalance and cited the resulting left-wing-heavy
state of the plane as a factor when he tried to land in Butte. But in
her suit, Janet Summerfield says the manufacturer and its maintainers
were to blame. More...
45-FOOT PAPER AIRPLANE
The Pima Air and
Space Museum, Tucson, has built and Wednesday flew (sort of) a
45-foot-long paper airplane. The team included Art Thompson as lead
engineer. Thompson's previous projects include work on the B2 Stealth
Bomber, and he currently serves as technical director of the Red Bull
Stratos Program. But the project also included insights from the
12-year-old winner of a "Great Paper Airplane Fly-Off" that took place
in January, hosted by the museum. A first video of the flight, which
followed tests of smaller versions, shows the aircraft pulled aloft
tethered by a cable to a Sikorsky S-58DT. Once released, the aircraft
appears to briefly fly in a condition similar to dutch roll before
banking off sharply down and left. More...
INTERNET SITE THREATENS TO USE DRONES
file-sharing website in the world, Pirate Bay, says it is considering
the use of aerial drones in a scheme to elude regulatory efforts that
might shut down the site over copyright concerns. The website provides a
platform for users to share content that could include copyrighted
software, video, music, and intellectual property, without payment to
the copyright holder. Lawmakers have recently proposed legislation that
could lead to the forceful shutdown of that kind of activity. And now
Pirate Bay has
announced it will consider the use of unmanned aircraft drones to
serve as "low orbit server stations." The company says, "This way our
machines will have to be shut down with aeroplanes in order to shut down
the system. A real act of war." More...
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VIDEO FORMALLY RESOLVED
More than three
million views later, the video that became a media magnet for showing a
man flying under homemade flapping wings has been identified by its
creator as a fabrication. Bird-Man Jarno Smeets said on a Dutch
television show that he is in fact Floris Kaayk, a filmmaker and
animator -- and not the inventor of a physically real and functional
man-machine-powered ornithopter as presented in his viral videos.
Translations of his admission included the phrases "online storytelling"
and "an experiment about online media." More...
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OF THE WEEK: CORPORATE FLIGHT MANAGEMENT (KJWN, NASHVILLE,
AVweb's latest "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to
a location we've spotlighted in the past: Corporate Flight Management at John C. Tune
Airport (KJWN) in Nashville, Tennessee.
Charles George shares how CFM exceeded expectations on his
I flew into John Tune
Airport on a Mercy Flight recently. We were delayed by fog at the
departure airport, so we were running late. The staff at Corporate
Flight drove my patient to the hospital to save time and make the
appointment. Another picked her up for the return. This professional
level of service at a small, uncontrolled airport is outstanding! I'll
definitely visit again when I'm in the area.
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