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AIRPLANE FOUND OFF MIDWAY ISLAND
Divers cleaning up garbage
in the shallow waters off Midway Atoll in the Pacific discovered
wreckage from a World War II Brewster Buffalo last summer, the New York Times reported recently. Only one intact
copy from the original fleet still exists, and it's on exhibit in
Finland, the Times said. The Buffalo is "a very rare aircraft and to
find even the wreckage of one is an exciting discovery," said Hill
Goodspeed, historian at the National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola,
Fla. The Buffalo, however, was not a great favorite with pilots, says
the Times. "It is my belief that any commander that orders pilots out
for combat in a F2A-3 should consider the pilot as lost before leaving
the ground," wrote Marine Capt. P. R. White in a 1942 report.
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ROTARY ENGINE FROM AUSTRO
Diamond Aircraft's Austro Engines
has bench tested a new dual FADEC-controlled rotary aircraft engine, the
AE80R, that aims to match a weight of 60 pounds with a power output of
80 hp. The engine has been in development for more than two years and
builds on Austro's experience with the AE50R 55-hp rotary engine but has
differences in its internal design that incorporates a "no loss
lubrication system." The new engine is targeting the LSA and ultralight
aircraft markets, and may also see use in unmanned aircraft. Austro
Christian Dries, chairman and owner of Diamond Aircraft, which owns
Austro, says the new engine "has no vibration" and is a good fit for
weight-sensitive small aircraft. More...
DESIGN OFFERED FOR KING AIR PROPS
Raisbeck and Hartzell have
debuted a new four-blade "swept" propeller for the King Air 200 line.
The design's 96-inch diameter is 3 inches greater than the B200 factory
props, and 2 inches greater than Raisbeck's previous offerings. The
increased diameter boosts low-speed performance and shaves 1,150 feet
off takeoff, the companies said. They also said the swept-back blade
design provides better high-speed performance and less noise in the
cockpit and cabin. A pair of the new props costs $83,400; deliveries
start in March. More...
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ADVANCES GREEN AVIATION RESEARCH
NASA said this week it has
made a lot of progress with its Environmentally Responsible Aviation
project for reducing the industry's noise, emissions and fuel burn, and
announced plans to take its work from the laboratory into flight
testing. "The real challenge is to integrate ideas and pieces together,"
said Fay Collier, ERA project manager for NASA. "Our next steps will
help us work towards that goal." NASA announced eight projects that will
run through 2015, including more research on its hybrid blended-wing-body
design, which could reduce fuel consumption by more than 50 percent
while also reducing noise on the ground. More...
The Easy-to-Install IFD440
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IFD440 provides powerful navigation, communication, and multi-function
display capabilities, and its easy-to-use, Hybrid Touch user interface
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FLIGHT DOCUMENTARY AND DECLASSIFIED HANDBOOK
plans to donate to charity all proceeds from his new DVD, "High Flight,"
a newly released documentary that follows his flight in a Lockheed U2
Dragon Lady and comes fresh on the heels of the CIA's release of that
aircraft's "Utility Flight Handbook." The CIA last week declassified the
Lockheed's 1959 flight handbook, a 259-page booklet adorned with
cartoons of an anthropomorphized aircraft dealing with the loss of its
vertical tail, complex camera operations and more. Sinise was able to
wrangle a flight in the aircraft, making him one of perhaps fewer than
1,000 people to have accomplished that. The High Flight Trailer is
available online, and AVweb is hosting a copy of the flight
handbook. Links after the jump. More...
FIRM ON AIRCRAFT APPEARANCE FEES
EAA Chairman and Acting
President Jack Pelton says the organization will not change a
fundamental policy and pay appearance fees for certain aircraft to
attend AirVenture Oshkosh. Pelton was commenting on a decision by
Fighter Factory President Jerry Yagen to have his exceptionally rare
Second World War demonstration aircraft steer clear of the big show this
year. Yagen is now lining up dates for his recently completed Mosquito
fighter bomber and a new-build version of an Me. 262 jet fighter but he
says he won't bring them to Oshkosh unless EAA pays him to do so. Yagen
told AVweb he believes other warbird owners feel the same as he
does and some will also boycott the show. "Sorry to say that the days of
bringing such expensive airplanes all across the countryside for free
will most likely not happen again," Yagen said. He said he thinks there
has already been a perceptible decrease in the number of warbirds at
AirVenture and that it will escalate. He also said he doesn't think
AirVenture should pay for all warbirds to attend but that there should
be compensation for aircraft like the Mosquito and Me. 262 that will be
major drawing cards to the event. Pelton said Yagen's request is not
only financially impractical, it would require EAA staff to perform the
impossible task of determining which aircraft warrant funding.
Ascension Scattering: A
Dignified Final Tribute for Any Aviator
Using a high-performance sailplane, Ascension Scattering
releases cremated remains into strong thermals over the Rocky Mountains.
The ashes are carried heavenward, making them part of the sky. Your
family is invited to personalize the release to create an individualized
memorial event. Optional video of the release serves as a lasting
memorial. Contact Aerial Tribute
to book an eternal flight,
either as an advanced arrangement for yourself or as an arrangement for
a loved one.
Click here for a video overview.
HOPES TO BUILD USAF TRAINERS
The U.S. Air Force may be
looking for a fleet of new very-light jets to replace its current fleet
of basic training aircraft, and Eclipse Aerospace said this week it
wants to build them. The jets would be used by about 700 students per
year in the USAF Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training Multi-place
Training Track. "Our solution would save the Air Force over a billion
dollars over the next 10 years, in fuel, maintenance and training
costs," Eclipse CEO Mason Holland told AVweb on Monday. Holland
said he has met with senior Air Force leaders and the company's proposal
is "fully responsive to the Air Force's request." More...
BEECH REACHES PENSION AGREEMENT
Hawker Beechcraft has reached
an agreement with the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. to take over two
underfunded pension plans covering existing non-union and
already-retired employees. Under the deal, the company, which hopes to
exit bankruptcy protection in the next few months, will continue to fund
the pension plan for its current and former unionized employees. As part
of the deal, the International Association of Machinist and Aerospace
Workers agreed to allow the company to freeze the pension plan but
details of the freeze were not immediately released. The deal will have
to be approved by the bankruptcy court and is scheduled to be considered
Jan. 17. More...
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INSIDER BLOG: THE DREAMLINER'S TROUBLING BATTERY FIRE
the wiring faults, the fuel leaks and the odd loose fastener, what's
most worrisome about this week's Dreamliner news is that the lithium-ion
battery fire in Boston could represent a difficult challenge for Boeing.
Critics of this technology have said that it's not quite ready for
regular service in airplanes, and Cessna's recent loss of a Citation to
a battery fire underlines the point. On the AVweb Insider blog,
we take a look at how potentially serious this problem is if the
solution doesn't turn out to be a simple one. Read
more and join the conversation. More...
QUIZ #179: A LITTLE THIS, A LITTLE THAT
FAROS, RWSL, RAIM, GNSS, NOTAM
-- these words are not in Hobbit language or some weird FAA anagram
that, when unscrambled, portends the end of over-priced avgas. Instead,
they are samplings of what well-traveled pilots encounter daily and what
-- now -- you must identify. (Includes results of last month's reader
survey about the dumbest things in aviation.)
the quiz. More...
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OF THE WEEK: PRIVATE FLIGHT SCHOOLS
Training seems to get a
lot of the attention when pilot attrition is discussed, and private
schools seem to get most of the heat. If you learned at a local airport
school, how did it work out?
Plus: Last week, we asked
AVweb readers what FAA Administrator Michael Huerta's top
priority should be; click through to see the breakdown of responses.
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OF THE WEEK: GALAXY AVIATION (KSGJ, ST. AUGUSTINE,
AVweb's "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Galaxy Aviation at Northeast Florida Regional
Airport (KSGJ) St. Augustine, Florida.
David Singleton recently had a great experience at Galaxy, which
he shared with us:
Aero Club held a three-day event on December 7, 8, and 9, 2012. Galaxy
Aviation was very helpful to all our members. The staff were
professional, courteous, and very friendly. They were a major reason we
will return next year.
Keep those nominations
coming. For complete contest rules, click
AVweb is actively seeking out the best FBOs in
the country and another one, submitted by you, will be spotlighted here
next Monday! More...
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MEET MID-CONTINENT'S SAM
As much as we love
them, iron gyros are on their way to the scrap heap of history. They're
even losing their value as backup instruments to glass panels now that
glass itself has become more reliable and affordable enough to replace
even analog backup devices. In this new video from AVweb,
Aviation Consumer's Larry Anglisano examines a new product from
Mid-Continent Instruments and Avonics called the SAM. It fits into a
small space on the panel and can be backed up with its own lithium-ion
battery. Installation considerations are mimimal, but here's a close
look at how the instrument looks and performs. More...
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