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CLAIMS NEW HELO SPEED RECORD
Eurocopter said on Tuesday its
X3 hybrid helicopter reached 255 knots in level flight last week,
unofficially breaking the helicopter speed record. Sikorsky's X2 had
reached a speed of 253 knots before it retired in 2011. The X3 reached
its top speed while flying at an altitude of about 10,000 feet during a
40-minute test flight over southern France. Eurocopter said the X3 is
its technology demonstrator for a cost-effective
vertical-takeoff-and-landing transportation system that would offer the
speed of a turboprop-powered aircraft and the full-flight capabilities
of a helicopter. More...
Navigator App Does the Flight Plan for You
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DORNIER DO-17 RAISED FROM BRITISH WATERS
A salvage crew
Monday recovered the badly corroded but recognizable remains of a
Dornier DO-17 that was shot down off England's Kent coast during the
Battle of Britain 70 years ago, delivering to the terrestrial world what
may be the only example of its kind. The aircraft's propellers were
separated and dangling from wreckage, the fuselage was nearly split in
two and outboard sections of wing were not attached to the aircraft when
it was raised from 50 feet of water. There are plans to put the airframe
through a two-year restoration with the goal of placing the aircraft on
display at the RAF Museum in Hendon, north London. Museum spokesman Ajay
Srivastava told bbc.co.uk, "The aircraft looks great" and that the
operation "has been an absolute success." If authorities are correct in
the aircraft's identification, 70 years ago, the aircraft's final flight
had less successful outcomes for its crew. More...
EAA AirVenture 2013: You
Gotta Be There!
Enjoy daily world-class air shows plus two sensational night air shows;
witness the first U.S. public flights by Yves "Jetman" Rossi;
see 2,500-plus show planes; camp with 40,000 fellow enthusiasts; rock to
the classic sounds of Chicago; choose from hundreds of forums and
workshops; peruse what's new from 800 exhibitors ... Only in Oshkosh
and all in one week!
July 29 to August 4
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GREAT LAKES PRODUCTION UNDERWAY
Waco Classic Aircraft
Corporation has unveiled the first conforming new-production Great
Lakes 2T-1A-2, culminating a project that launched a couple of
years ago. The open-cockpit two-seat tandem biplane features a
Lycoming AEIO-360 180-HP engine, fuel injection, and a Hartzell
propeller. It's fully aerobatic, and sells for about $245,000. The first
three aircraft for customers are already in production, the company
said. Deliveries are expected to start in the next few months, with
an initial production rate of one airplane per month. More...
Everyone's Talking About the
IFD440 & IFD540!
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learn more about Avidyne's IFD440 & IFD540 GPS/NAV/COMs
plug-and-play replacements for G430/530-Series navigators! Learn how
such features as Hybrid Touch, GeoFill, and Procedure Preview can
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JET OK'D FOR LONGER LIFE
When the original Eclipse jet was
certified, back in 2005, the FAA approved the airframe for a 10,000-hour
lifetime, and last week, the owners of Eclipse Aerospace said the FAA
had agreed to double that. "An actual Eclipse jet was subject to the
movements, loads, and fatigue that would normally be experienced over
more than 60,000 flight operations," said Cary Winter, vice president of
manufacturing. "This testing also validated the strength and superiority
of our patented friction-stir-welding process." With the new 20,000
hours/20,000 cycles limit and unlimited calendar life, an Eclipse jet
that flies 400 hours a year would be approved for a 50-year lifetime.
Clarity SV: The ADS-B
Receiver with Attitude
It's stunning like having a back-up EFIS panel on your iPad or
tablet. Clarity SV
is GA's most sensitive ADS-B/GPS-WAAS/ADHRS
with ADI/HSI depiction and 3-D synthetic vision. Its wi-fi connection
lets your apps display no-cost NEXRAD radar, weather, and traffic for
better situational awareness weather or not.
To see our video, click
MADE A FLYING BICYCLE? (WITH VIDEO)
A group of Czech
engineers and designers have successfully test flown via radio control a
proof of concept hybrid bicycle/multi-copter, the FBike, at an
exhibition in Prague, Wednesday. The group says they hope to perform a
manned flight at a future date. Early design specifications made
available last year included lithium-polymer batteries powering six
electric motors together capable of producing 50 kW of power. Thrust is
delivered by two sets of counter-rotating blades mounted fore and aft,
and two stabilizing rotors on the left and right side. The design
includes most of the limitations a skeptic might anticipate, including
limited flight times (currently estimated at three to five minutes),
limited redundancy, and limited real-world usefulness as a bicycle due
to its roughly 200 pound weight. ... All of which may be of little
concern to the bike's designers. More...
Track Up with Garmin
With new dynamic navigation maps in Garmin Pilot
, you can now
choose Track Up
map orientation to see what lies ahead. You can
also configure maps by turning on or off different airspaces, airports,
and other features. Garmin SafeTaxi®
airport diagrams are integrated right into
the map, as well. Plus, you can now annotate procedures to highlight
approach minimums, jot down frequencies, and more.
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SEEKS NEW GA FUEL PROPOSALS
The FAA on Monday asked the
world's fuel producers to submit proposals for new fuels that could
replace 100LL in the general aviation fleet by 2018, a move that GA
advocacy groups greeted with enthusiasm. The FAA said it will assess
each of the candidate fuels, taking into account production and
distribution infrastructure, impact on the environment, toxicology, and
economic considerations. "General aviation is vital to the U.S.
economy," said Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. "We need to work
with industry to develop an unleaded fuel that advances aviation safety
and improves the environment." The General Aviation Avgas Coalition
described the move as a "significant step" in the search for an unleaded
aviation gasoline that will perform adequately in all types of general
aviation aircraft. More...
FIRST FLIGHT FRIDAY
It's been a few years since there was a
first flight of a clean sheet airliner design but it seems likely there
will be two by the end of the month. Airbus announced the first flight
of its A350 will be June 14 at 10 a.m. in Toulouse, France. Assuming
that goes well, the A350 will become the main attraction at the Paris
Air Show, which starts June 17. The company rolled out the prototype of
the XWB (extra wide body) aircraft a month ago with a full paint job and
the aircraft has been undergoing ground tests. The A350 is a direct
challenge to the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and the highly successful Boeing
777, a new model of which will be on display at Paris. Meanwhile, in
Canada, Bombardier is planning to fly its new CSeries single-aisle
airliner by the end of the month. More...
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THE FUTURE OF 100LL
The FAA this week announced its new plan
for finding a replacement fuel for 100LL. Doug Macnair, vice
president for government relations at EAA, talks with AVweb's
Mary Grady about the details of the plan and what it will mean to
general aviation pilots and aircraft owners. More...
Is Your iPad "Cockpit
iPad must be secured, viewable, and operable with one hand to be useful
during critical phases of flight. There are many choices. Mounted
windshield/suction, yoke, or panel. Kneeboards single-leg or lap
desk. What is best for you?
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CIRRUS SR22T G5 FLIGHT REVIEW
The 2013 Generation
5 Cirrus SR22T turbo offers more than a new 3,600-lb. gross weight
increase and extra seating. Aviation Consumer's Larry Anglisano
flew the new model halfway across the country to sample the compilation
of recent improvements that could make the G5 SR22 the best Cirrus yet.
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OF THE WEEK: SHOW PLANS
Air shows will look a little
different this year without the U.S. military presence, but they're
working hard to get you to come. What air shows are you planning to
Plus: Last week, we asked AVweb readers
about their summer flying plans; click through to view the breakdown of
their answers. More...
'AVIATION CONSUMER' WANTS TO HEAR ABOUT YOUR PIPER WARRIOR
Our sister publication, Aviation
Consumer, is doing a Used Aircraft Guide on the Piper Warrior and is
looking for input from Warrior owners and pilots. They want to know what
it's like to fly and/or own a Warrior. How does it handle? How much does
it cost to operate, maintain, and insure? What suggestions would you
give to a person considering buying one? If you'd like your airplane to
appear in the magazine, send along any photographs you'd care to share
-- as high-res as possible. Comments on mods, support organizations, and
anything you feel is pertinent to the Warrior are welcomed. Send your
email to firstname.lastname@example.org
by June 15. More...
REFURBISHED AIRPLANE OF THE MONTH
New airplanes sales may be
a little soft, but we're seeing plenty of refurb work -- everything from
new panels to fresh paint to full-up interiors. We would like to feature
some of these airplanes in the pages of AVweb and spotlight the
owners and shops doing the work. If you have photos of your restored
aircraft -- single, twin or turbine -- send
them along to us, and if we select your airplane as refurb of the
month, we'll contact you for more information. More...
OF THE WEEK: SIGNATURE FLIGHT SUPPORT (KRST, ROCHESTER,
"FBO of the Week" readers know the smallest things can
make a big difference. AVweb reader Terry L. Martin
provides the case study as he tells us about a recent visit to Signature Flight Support at Rochester
International Airport (KRST) in Rochester, Minnesota:
Very friendly faces and a desire to help.
Prompt service and courtesy. In the little gift shop, they displayed a
t-shirt that caught my eye. I asked if they had one in smaller
children's sizes (grandchildren sizes). They did not. However, the
gentleman behind the counter aksed if he could have my contact
information and he would check with the supplier for avilability and let
me know. I know it's not much, but sometimes it's the little things that
cause someone to notice. I've been to this FBO numerous times over the
last few years, and I receive top-notch treatment every
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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