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Aeromobil, a Slovakian company that has been working on a flying-car design since the 1990s, recently flew its aircraft for the first time. The company says it aims for the design to be a "real 'roadable aircraft'" that combines the performance of a sports car with the qualities of a light aircraft. The airplane that flew is the third-generation prototype, which the company said aims to be "stylish [and] comfortable for both the driver and the passenger." In its auto configuration, the Aeromobil fits into standard parking spaces, and can be fueled at any gas station. It runs with a 100 hp Rotax 912 engine and, in its airplane configuration, has a top speed of 124 mph and a range of 430 miles. It's constructed of a steel framework with a carbon-fiber coating. Read More
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One of the first owners of a Gulfstream 650 has flipped the aircraft for 10 percent more than she paid for it. Fabiana Flosi, the wife of Formula One Racing CEO Bernie Ecclestone, who paid $65.5 million for aircraft number 6023, sold it in September for $72 million. Read More
Opus Aircraft, based in Rockingham County, N.C., will be sold at auction on Nov. 15, the Iron Horse Auction Co. has announced. Opus, which launched at Shiloh Airport in 2004, produces the ARC Super 2 light sport aircraft, an all-aluminum design based on a British airplane first produced in the 1980s. The auctioneer said it will accept sealed bids for the entire company, which has assets including one airworthy airplane, a second airplane that is "98 percent complete," four partially completed airframes, all structural jigs, hundreds of thousands of spare parts, and "all drawings, plans, copyrights, patterns, accessories and equipment." The minimum bid is $199,000, and the company will be sold as long as that minimum is met. Read More
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The FAA has partially granted an exemption that EAA sought to allow Young Eagles pilots to be reimbursed for fuel costs, but EAA says the requirements the FAA would impose are too onerous. "Meeting [the exemption's requirements] would literally be impossible for EAA," said Sean Elliot, EAA's vice president of advocacy and safety. To comply with the exemption would require a "total restructure" of the Young Eagles and Eagle Flights programs, he said. EAA would have to create an all-new chapter monitoring, data gathering, and approval system. "EAA regretfully will not exercise the privileges of exemption 10841, and does not intend to renew it," Elliot said. Read More
The Wounded Warrior Project has given $45,000 to Able Flight to expand the opportunities for injured service members to receive free flight training and scholarships to help with aviation careers, the groups announced this week. "This grant gives Able Flight the resources to offer five new scholarships for wounded veterans," said Charles Stites, executive director of Able Flight. "We look forward to making it possible for them to become pilots or train for a variety of careers in aviation." Veterans wounded in service since 9/11 can apply for a scholarship at the Able Flight website. Applications are now being accepted and reviewed, and the scholarships will be awarded on a rolling basis, the group said. Read More
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When the Society of Aviation and Flight Educators announced last month it would hold its first pilot-seminar weekend in Texas at the end of October, Redbird Skyport's $1 avgas was promoted as an extra incentive to attend -- but that was before Redbird decided to end the promotion early. But Redbird has announced the offer stands for those who fly in for the SAFE Pilot Proficiency Project, Oct. 26-27, in San Marcos. "The fact that Redbird is carrying through proves their dedication to aviation safety, and we appreciate it," said Doug Stewart, executive director of SAFE. The weekend features a roster of educational seminars, plus time in Redbird's advanced motion flight simulators. Early registration discounts are available until Oct. 23. Read More
Forty-nine pilots (and planes) participated in a world-record-breaking attempt, flying a filled Vee formation in Van's RV aircraft at Arrowhead Stadium prior to an NFL football game Oct. 13. Officially, there were 49 airplanes flown by pilots from 19 different states as part of the KC Flight Formation Team. That may set a record recognized by Guinness for civilian aircraft flown together in formation. A thorough review of witness statements and video that may lead to an official record could take up to eight weeks. The performance was part of pre-game ceremonies for the Kansas City versus Oakland NFL football game. And the pilots used the flight to raise money for charity. Permission for the flight was denied before it was approved. Read More
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The National Business Aviation Association's annual convention and exhibition scheduled for the Las Vegas convention center, Oct. 22 through 24, is expected to attract 25,000 attendees and more than 1000 exhibitors. Attendees will have access to more than 100 education sessions about the most pressing concerns facing business aviation today, in this country and abroad. The association will recognize 14 member companies "for outstanding safe flying achievement" and highlight 282 companies that have compiled more than 11,000,000 safe hours flown, according to NBAA. The association will also focus on making the industry's voice heard in Washington. Read More
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Red Bull has released point-of-view video from Felix Baumgartner's record-setting freefall on the anniversary of the well-covered event. The three-perspective video, accompanied by altitude, speed and biometrics display, displays what Baumgartner saw and heard as he streaked from the edge of space to the New Mexico desert in a little more than nine minutes. Read More
While pilots and aviation enthusiasts in the U.S. have annual conclaves like AirVenture and Sun ‘N Fun to sustain their passions, China’s emerging aviation industry has no equivalent. But that may be changing with Thursday’s launch of the China International General Aviation Convention (CIGAC), sponsored by the district of Shaanxi in the central Chinese city of Xi'an. AVweb will be onsite all week reporting on developments at Xi'an. Read More
This week, AVweb is attending the China International General Aviation Conference (CIGAC) and the annual Aviation Training Congress China (ATCC). We'll have coverage all week of our visits to Beijing and Xi'an. Read More
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Tom Poberezny dropped off the edge of the earth in the middle of AirVenture 2011 and essentially hasn’t been heard from much since. There's a movement afoot to change that, and it's something we should all cheer about. Read More
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Renting an airplane away from home has always been a hassle, but OpenAirplane aims to make that process "as easy as renting a car." The company has made progress since its launch earlier this year. Co-founder Rod Rakic gave an update to AVweb's Mary Grady at AOPA Summit in Fort Worth, Texas on Saturday. Read More
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At AOPA Summit in Fort Worth, Texas, Dynon Avionics introduced a new product called the D2 Pocket Panel. It follows the company's popular D1 EFIS, but the new product, rather than being limited to a built-in display, communicates wirelessly with tablet apps. Read More
At AOPA Summit, Garmin International is showing off something new: a sophisticated pilot watch that features GPS navigation, built-in altimetry with alerting, multiple timers, and even wireless camera control. The new gadget sells for $449 is expected to be available in November. Read More
At AOPA Summit, Cirrus CEO Pat Waddick gave AVweb a progress report on the company's SF50 single-engine personal jet. The aircraft is on fast track development for delivery in 2015. Read More
At every show, we see ever more functionality and high-level features in tablet apps. At AOPA Summit this year in Fort Worth, we’ve uncovered some useful new features in three apps we examined: ForeFlight, WingX Pro and Jeppesen’s FliteDeck app. In today’s video tour of these products, you can get a look how the new features work from Tyson Weihs of ForFlight, Hilton Goldstein of WingX Pro and Weston Greene from Jeppesen. Read More
At AOPA Summit, you can try all of the major ANR headsets in a single booth and fill out a survey form to quantify exactly what you think of each one. If you buy any of the headsets from any manufacturer, Giant of Quiet will give you a $25 coupon toward the purchase. We'll play the game here and refrain from identifying which company is sponsoring the mystery headset challenge. Read More
One way of attracting a crowd at shows like AOPA Summit is to have a clever gadget, and Anthony Chan definitely has one in his wirelessly controlled aircraft tug. Chan was putting the tug through its paces on the exhibit floor in Fort Worth this week and drawing plenty of interest. Unlike most tugs, which use rubber-tired wheels for traction, the AC Air Technology tug has a miniature tank tread system driven by a pair of powerful electric motors powered by a lithium-ion battery capable of multiple tows. Read More
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