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of the Cirrus Vision SF50 jet are bringing changes to the company's
Grand Forks, N.D., facility that will affect SR-2X series aircraft as
well, Cirrus said Thursday. The company's expansion includes the
addition of an autoclave facility that will move some previously
outsourced production "in-house." Cirrus expects the autoclave to go
online in mid-August, producing spars for both SR-2X series aircraft and
the Vision SF50 jet and saving the company time and money over
outsourcing. But customers may be more interested in the SF50
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PREDICTS HONDAJET PROFIT BY 2020
Honda hopes to begin
deliveries of HondaJet aircraft as early as next year and said in a
Tokyo interview, Tuesday, that its aviation business is on track to
become profitable within fives years after that. Honda has kept order
numbers close to the vest, saying its order books are full for at least
two years, and maybe three. It has not said how many jets that
represents. Tuesday, Michimasa Fujino, president of Honda Aircraft said
he expects sales to top 80 jets annually within a few years.
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YATES PRESSES ON IN QUEST TO CROSS ATLANTIC ON
AVweb introduced readers to Chip Yates in
April, and his quest to retrace the steps of Charles Lindbergh, flying
more than 3,500-miles across the Atlantic -- but in an electric aircraft
-- is making progress, but is hampered by funding. The engineer's
project currently exists as plans calculations and projections. Among
them, Yates proposes to build an electrically-powered twin motor
aircraft that otherwise has the physical appearance of a sailplane in
canard configuration. Yates calculates his 100-foot wingspan airplane
will have a sailplane-respectable lift to drag ratio of 35:1 and the
ability to carry 26,000 pounds of its own airframe and batteries. As we
told you in April, his design is not solar powered and he would
undertake the 3,500-plus mile oversea route with the clear understanding
that his battery pack only has capacity for 700 miles. Yates' solution
to that mathematically impossible range dilemma is that he would not be
flying "alone." If successful, this project would not be Yates' first
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AIRLINER' CERTIFIED AIRWORTHY
With more than five years of
work behind it, a replica of The Lark of Duluth (a 1913 Benoist flying
boat) has officially received its airworthiness certificate from the
FAA, clearing it for first flight, the Duluth Aviation Institute said
Thursday, and also a centennial celebration. The Institute recognizes
the two-seat aircraft as "the world's first 'commercial' airplane" and
says "January 1, 2014, marks the 100 year anniversary of commercial
aviation." The organization also says it managed to see the airplane FAA
approved on the 100-year anniversary of its first flight in Duluth. The
original aircraft was intended to fly passengers for hire and did so on
Jan. 1, 1914, in Florida, and for at least three more months that
followed. Now, pilots and vintage aircraft lovers will have a few
chances to see it again. More...
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RELEASES FINAL REPORT ON A380 ENGINE FAILURE
aviation accident investigation agency, the ATSB, Thursday released its
final report on an uncontained engine failure that occurred November 4,
2010, on a Qantas Airbus A380 over Indonesia and severely damaged
aircraft systems. Investigators concluded that an oil pipe in the jet's
Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engine had been "made with a thin wall section"
that "did not comply with the design specifications." That pipe cracked,
investigators concluded, led to an oil fire that eventually caused one
of the engine's turbine discs to separate from its drive shaft. The disc
then over-accelerated, broke apart and burst through the engine casing
"releasing other high energy debris" tha damaged the aircraft's
structure and caused a "multitude of system failures." The jet was
carrying 469 people out of Singapore at the time and returned to the
airport safely. Rolls-Royce issues a statement, Thursday, supporting the
ATSB's conclusions and saying in part, "On this occasion we clearly fell
GROUNDS PIAGGIOS, FURLOUGHS WORKERS
Avantair employs about 500 people, is the target of a class-action
lawsuit, and Wednesday said that it is furloughing pilots and workers
while seeking financing to keep its aircraft and continue operations.
Last summer, a company Piaggio Avanti turboprop lost its left elevator
during flight and landed safely with passengers on board. And the
company has grounded its entire fleet twice in the past eight months to
conduct safety reviews. As the company was filing with the U.S.
Securities and Exchange Commission, Wednesday, employees learned through
a company letter that they would not be paid for their work since June
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150 COLLIDE: FOUR DEAD
Four people and a dog died following
the midair collision of a Cessna 150 and a glider over a campground in
British Columbia Saturday. Wreckage fell onto the campground, which was
packed for the Canada Day holiday weekend, but there were no injuries on
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SELLING WARBIRD COLLECTION
One of the largest and most prized
collections of rare warbirds is being sold off because owner Jerry Yagen
says he can't afford it anymore. (Click here for a PDF list
of the inventory.) Yagen, who recently added the world's only flying
Mosquito fighter bomber to his stable of 44 warbirds, says he's always
pouring money into the aircraft and he can't do it any longer. "[I] just
can no longer afford to subsidize the operations of these airplanes.
There are a few interested parties," Yagen said in an email to AVweb.
Yagen's B-17 "Chuckie" an a Focke-Wulf 190 were bought by the Tillamook
Air Museum in Oregon.As we
reported earlier this year, Yagen asked EAA for financial help to
bring aircraft to AirVenture 2013 but EAA said it could not set that
precedent. Yagen told the Virginia Pilot he's already sold four
vocational trade schools associated with his aviation enterprises in
Virginia and the Military Aviation Museum in Pungo, near Virginia Beach,
may also be shuttered. More...
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OF THE WEEK: CULLMAN REGIONAL AIRPORT (K3A1)
AVweb's latest blue ribbon goes to the FBO at Cullman
Regional Airport (Folsom Field/K3A1) in Vinemont,
AVweb reader Christopher Leonard brought
Cullman to our attention:
This is a great airport! Ben Harrison, the assistant airport
manager, was out in front to greet us when we arrived. That doesn't
happen very often elsewhere.
In addition, I had an experience
where they really shined in terms of customer service: I inadvertently
left my iPad in a rental car there and called the next morning when I
realized it was missing. The person I spoke with at the front desk
immediately went and tracked it down, and then Ben took it over to the
UPS Store for me, got me in touch with the person at the store while he
waited so I could arrange shipping back to me, and then stayed to ensure
that everything was all set with the package before leaving. This is
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NASA'S FLYING 747 OBSERVATORY
How do you cut a
hole the size of a two-car garage door into the side of a 747 and fly
with it at 0.8 Mach without turning the thing into a 300-ton organ pipe?
In this exclusive AVweb video, find out how NASA did exactly this
for the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (or SOFIA).
AVweb recently visited the program at its Palmdale, California
Last week at our local airport (CYKF), the automated
AWOS/ATIS was out of commission. So one of our well-known ATC guys (Dave
Clark, who was working ground control at the time) was heard on the ATIS
"The automated AWOS/ATIS is currently
unavailable. Winds are light and variable, and vis is CAVOK; runway 14
is in use, altimeter 29:95."
The pilot ahead of me taxiing out
called ground and said:
"Waterloo Ground, this is Cessna CXYZ with
The ground controller (Dave Clark) immediately
broke up, and we all had a good chuckle.
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