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A report on approach and landing
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angle-of-attack (AOA) systems and work to improve pilot decision making.
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and the idea was also adopted by The Daily Sentinel, in Colorado. The story was
picked up and repeated across the blogosphere, but late in the day on
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A test program in Alaska
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FAA search-and-rescue has been successful, officials said last week. The
Enhanced Special Reporting Service was tested for two years and now has
been made an official option for all pilots flying VFR in Alaska. The
technology could be a lifesaver in Alaska's remote terrain. "For
example," FAA spokesman Allen Kenitzer told the Alaska Dispatch, "if a pilot leaves Anchorage for
Nome in a Cessna 172, it's about a four-and-a-half-hour flight.
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FLIES ELECTRIC LSA
Evektor flew an
electric-powered light sport aircraft for the first time last week, the
company has announced. The airplane made two short flights from Kunovice
Airport in the Czech Republic, and was powered by its electric motor for
about 30 minutes. "I am glad that we are among the first companies in
the world who have managed to realize the idea of electric-motor-powered
sport aircraft on the level of a machine heading toward the serial
production," said Martin Drsticka, project manager. "I am convinced that
the range of potential of electric-driven sport aircraft is very wide."
The electric airplane is a derivative of the SportStar RTC two-seat LSA,
with a new trapezoidal wing with an extended span. The airplane will be
on display at Aero Friedrichshafen in Germany, coming up April 24 to 27.
"SNAP" LSA, NOW FROM TECNAM
Tecnam produces aircraft ranging
from light sport to certified twins, is responsible for more than 3,500
aircraft in the world, today, and has now added a single-seat aerobatic
LSA, the Snap, to its offerings. Snap was previously available from
Dallair, which has experience building sub-assemblies for Tecnam. And
the Snap's designer, Fabio Russo, is currently Tecnam's head of research
and development. Tecnam will build the plane in Italy. SportairUSA,
which has been the distributor for the Snap, will continue in that role.
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ACCIDENTS INCREASE IN 2012
There were more business jet
accidents in 2012 than the previous year and American operators were
particularly hard hit. Business Jet Investor quotes an annual
study by Robert E. Breiling Associates as putting the world-wide
total of business jet accidents in 2012 at 28, including seven fatal
accidents. That's up from 25 total accidents with four involving
fatalities in 2011. More...
U.S.-ASSEMBLED PHENOM 300 DELIVERED
Embraer has delivered the
first Phenom 300 assembled in the U.S. to an undisclosed customer. The
aircraft was put together at Embraer's plant in Melbourne, Fla., and
will be used in the U.S. "This is a major milestone for Embraer
Executive Jets and proves the maturity of our assembly facilities," said
Phil Krull, who runs the Melbourne facility. 'We have quickened the
manufacturing pace and will be able to accommodate a more demanding
schedule". Embraer opened
the Melbourne facility two years ago and has been producing Phenom
100s since the middle of 2011. More...
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SANDIA AEROSPACE'S NEW COMPACT TRANSPONDER
manufacturerers are spinning out new ADS-B products by the week, they're
also creating some new sub-niches. One of those is for a simple, compact
Mode-C transponder since some kind of transponder will be needed once
the ADS-B mandate is in place. Sandia Aerospace recently added just such
a product to its well-respected line of avionics fans, integration
boxes, and encoders. At the Aircraft Electronics Association show in Las
Vegas, Sandia's Dennis Smith gave AVweb a video tour of the
company's new STX 165 compact transponder. More...
GARMIN TEAM X -- PASSION-DRIVEN PRODUCTS
Although they're not
the centerpiece of Garmin's booth at the Aircraft Electronics
Association show in Las Vegas this week, Garmin has made quite a ripple
with its announcement of seven new avionics products for the
experimental and light sport markets. In this video, Garmin's Jim
Alpiser explains why the company is so bullish on the experimental
segment and why Garmin carved out a segregated engineering team to
develop uncertified avionics, with more products on the way.
ASPEN'S NEW ADS-B PRODUCTS
Demand for ADS-B
products continues to trickle upward, and everyone who is anyone in the
avionics business is developing or already selling ADS-B gadgets. Aspen
rolled out its first products at the Aircraft Electronics Association
show in Las Vegas, with an eye toward a range of solutions that rely on
the company's innovative Connected Panel system, an in-cockpit wireless
network that links up with tablet computers. In this video from the
show, Aspen's George Pariza gives AVweb a tour of the new
OF THE WEEK: AIR CARE AVIATION (W03, WILSON, NC)
AVweb's "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Air
Care Aviation at Wilson Industrial Air Center (W03) in Wilson,
AVweb reader Ron Horton had a great
experience there, as did several attending a recent
Flew into W03 (Wilson,
NC) along with two other planes to give rides to a local church through
the NC Baptist Men's Aviation wing. Gave rides to 90 passengers on a
beautiful Saturday. Guilford Mooring was running things at the FBO and
was most gracious to accomodate our three airplanes and a host of
first-time fliers ranging in age from 2 to 82. He kept everyone fueled,
shared the facilities, and welcomed the kids playing on the grass
between the FBO and the fence next to the ramp. His hospitality left a
very favorable impression on lots of locals who had never been to an
airport before. Based on conversations, there might be a few new pilots
from that group to add to the GA roster someday!
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