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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CHALLENGES TWA FLIGHT 800 CRASH REPORT
A documentary film
called TWA Flight 800 is attracting attention through its claims that
the NTSB's four-year investigation into the 1996 crash included
intentionally falsified information and a phony conclusion, and that the
case should be reopened -- but some key players are, so far,
unimpressed. Tom Stalcup, the documentary's co-producer, says the movie
does not explain the explosion of the jet. He told CNN the documentary
presents "solid proof that there was an external detonation" and "radar
data shows an asymmetric explosion coming out of that plane," contrary
to the findings of investigators. He says the documentary includes six
former investigators and eyewitness accounts, and the producers say they
intend to file a petition asking the NTSB to reopen the case. TWA Flight
800, a Boeing 747-131, exploded in the air over southern Long Island on
July 17, 1996, killing all 230 onboard. Investigators determined the
cause of the explosion was a fault common to several other explosions.
In response to the documentary the family member of one victim was
direct in his criticism of the filmmakers. More...
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UNVEILS NEW LIGHT HELICOPTER
Bell Helicopter introduced a new
five-seat, entry-level helicopter at the Paris Air Show this week. The
aircraft was developed to meet performance targets set by an advisory
council of customers who will operate the aircraft for utility,
training, private use, and law enforcement. "The SLS [short light
single] class is both extremely competitive and price sensitive, so we
collaborated with customers to incorporate their mission needs in a
high-performance, high-value helicopter at a very competitive price,"
said John Garrison, Bell CEO. The helicopter will feature a
high-visibility cabin with large cabin doors, a flat floor, and five
forward-facing seats. It will cruise at 125 knots for up to about 360 nm
and carry a useful load up to 1,500 pounds, the company said.
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BICYCLE, VERSION TWO
Last week, a group of Czech engineers
flew a hybrid bicycle/multi-copter
by remote control, but this week, another take on the flying-bicycle
concept -- one that's already flown with live human pilots -- turned up
in the news. This one is basically a lightweight powered-parachute with
a bicycle attached as a means of traveling from your garage to your
launch site. For a powered parachute, the launch site doesn't have to be
much more than an open field. The folding bicycle tows a two-wheeled
trailer that holds the fan. An optional tent creates an all-in-one
door-to-campsite recreational vehicle. Its British creators have spent
two years developing and test-flying a prototype, and now have launched
a Kickstarter campaign with the hope of developing a
production line. More...
Continental Motors Extends
TBOs Up to 400 Hours!
TBOs are increased on our Gold Standard Factory-produced engines. The
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frequent flyers receiving up to 400 hours. In 2012, Continental
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FLIGHT FOR JETMAN NO. 2
Until this week,
Yves Rossy was the only human to have flown the jet-pack that he
designed, but now there's a second flyer, after two years of training.
Vince Reffet on Monday became the second person to fly the Jetman wing,
and Rossy's Facebook page promised that soon there will be news of a
Jetman Team. Reffet, 28, is an experienced skydiver, BASE jumper, and
instructor from France. Rossy is scheduled to make his first public
flight in the U.S. at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh next month. Also, on
Tuesday, Rossy posted a short video titled "Close Encounters," showing a
jet-powered flyer in the air with at least two parachutists.
Masimo Introduces a Pulse
iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch
From the leader in hospital pulse oximetry comes the world's first pulse
oximeter for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch that measures during movement
and low blood flow to the finger. The iSpO2
allows you to noninvasively
track and trend blood oxygenation (SpO2), pulse rate, and perfusion
index for sports and aviation use.*
Click here for more information.
intended for medical use.
E-FAN DUCTED FAN ELECTRIC TRAINER
In 2011, Didier Esteyne and
EADS debuted a tiny single-seat aerobatic electric-powered Cri-Cri at
the Paris Air Show and this year returned with the E-Fan, a twin
ducted-fan electric powered aerobatic tandem seat trainer project. The
project is co-funded by the French civil aviation authority and other
government entities. Aside from shrouded propellers the design
incorporates a wheel motor to more efficiently drive the aircraft over
taxiways and early in the takeoff roll. E-Fan employs multi-cell lithium
ion batter packs housed in the wing roots that, Esteyne estimates the
power pack is easily capable of driving 20 kilowatt motors for one
hour's flying at 110 mph cruise. The plane is still in development and
has not yet flown, but the developers have big plans. More...
EVENT LOST TO SEQUESTER
While EAA and Sun 'n Fun weren't
happy about paying for their own controller staff for their airshow
events, at least they had the resources to do it, which isn't true for
many smaller events around the country. At Columbia Airport in Tuolumne
County, Calif., the 47th annual Father's Day Fly-in never happened last
weekend, due to the cost for the FAA to staff a temporary tower. "We
don't have the money," airport supervisor Jim Thomas told the local Union Democrat news. An "airport appreciation day"
was held instead, with airplane rides, a pancake breakfast, and a
barbecue. In addition, many local airshows have been cancelled due to
the unavailability of military aircraft, especially the Blue Angels and
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OF THE WEEK: IS INNOVATION STILL ALIVE?
There's nothing like
a global recession to kill the buzz around new airplanes and gadgets,
but they seem to keep cropping up. This week, we have a 1,430-lb.
personal jet, two flying bicycles, and electric
taxiing for airliners. What's going on?
week, we asked AVweb readers what air shows they're attending
this year; click through for the breakdown of answers.
New! The iPad mini
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Clarity SV: The ADS-B
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It's stunning like having a back-up EFIS panel on your iPad or
tablet. Clarity SV
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lets your apps display no-cost NEXRAD radar, weather, and traffic for
better situational awareness weather or not.
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Safran and Honeywell have unveiled an
electric taxiing system for airliners that is expected to save millions
of gallons of fuel and make airports much nicer places. According to France 24 the companies collaborated on
the system, which puts electric motors on the main wheels to allow
pilots to maneuver on the ground without using the main engines. The
system is virtually silent and the weight penalty is more than
compensated for by the smaller fuel load it allows aircraft to carry.
It's estimated that about 5 percent of jet fuel is burned before takeoff
and after landing and taxi times are on the increase at airports all
over the world. The companies are demonstrating the system on an A320,
which is actually at the upper end of the target market.
VLJ DEBUTS IN PARIS
Flaris, a Polish company, introduced its
prototype single-engine personal jet at the Paris Air Show this week.
The all-composite airplane reportedly has begun taxi tests and first
flight is expected soon. It weighs about 1,430 pounds and can carry five
people. Top speed is over 375 knots, according to the company website,
and the range is 1,350 nm. It can fly from grass strips as short as 820
feet. It glides well, the company says, and comes with a ballistic
parachute that's packed in the nose. Also, the wings can be removed for
easier storage. The cockpit features Garmin avionics. The engine is by
Pratt & Whitney, but the company told a French news site they are still
considering other options. Flaris said it plans to start production next
year and has set a price of about $1.5 million. More...
FOUNDER JAILED AS TRIAL PROCEEDS
Frank Thielert, founder of
Thielert Aircraft Engines, which produced Centurion diesel engines for
the aviation market, last week was jailed by a judge in a German
bankruptcy court who reportedly considered him a "flight risk."
According to the Google translation of a story in the Hamburg Abendblatt newspaper, the judge said Thielert faces
several years in prison if convicted on charges that investors in his
company were "systematically deceived." The Thielert AG company went
public in 2005 and declared insolvency in 2008. More...
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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.
Click here for more information.
MUSIC OF THE MERLINS
assembly of Merlin-powered warbirds took to the skies over Hamilton,
Ontario on Father's Day weekend, providing sights and sounds not
experienced in decades. The star of the show was Jerry Yagen's recently
rebuilt de Havilland Mosquito (the only one of its type flying), and it
flew in formation with the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum's
Lancaster, alongside two Spitfires and two Hurricanes. AVweb's
Russ Niles spoke with Mosquito pilot Mike Spalding of the Military
Aviation Museum. More...
DIAMOND DA40 TUNDRA EDITION
It turns out there's
money in Russia, and people want to fly sophisticated airplanes into
places where the runways suck or don't exist. Diamond has risen to the
challenge with its DA40 Tundra edition. Paul Bertorelli recently had a
flight demo in the airplane and prepared this video report.
Aircraft Financing Doesn't
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OF THE WEEK: ATLANTIC AVIATION (KAUS, AUSTIN,
AVweb's "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Atlantic Aviation at Austin-Bergstrom
International Airport (KAUS) in Austin, Texas.
Diane Myers let us know about their outstanding
We always park at
Atlantic in Austin. Large airport means more expensive fuel, but their
service is outstanding. Two years ago, we needed maintenance on Sunday
after Thanksgiving. They called out a mechanic. He was out of town but
called his co-worker to drive out to the airport to fix our problem.
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...
Aspen Avionics Introduces
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