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Citing the need to forge closer links with China’s small but growing aviation market, Wichita, Kansas, mayor Carl Brewer announced yesterday his city has opened an office in the Chinese capital. “We have 90 years of experience in aviation, and we think we can show our Chinese partners how to do some of the things we’ve learned. More importantly, we want to connect our businesses together.” AVweb interviewed Brewer and Shanghai-based William J. Shultz of Cessna Aircraft Company at the Chinese International General Aviation Convention in Xi’an, China. Read More
Geographically, technologically, and spiritually, Xi'an is poised to be the heart of general aviation in China's emerging GA market — much as Wichita, Kansas is to the U.S. GA scene. Perhaps that's why Wichita is opening a bureau in Xi'an. AVweb spoke with Cessna's William J. Schultz and Wichita mayor Carl Brewer at the China International General Aviation Conference 2013. Read More
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Mooney Aircraft is the latest U.S. company to be snapped up by Chinese interests and the new CEO, Jerry Chen, told AVWeb in an exclusive interview in Xi'an that he intends to keep the company in Kerrville, Texas, and resume production of Ovation and Acclaim models. Chen sees the airplanes as city-to-city personal aircraft and step-up trainers for China's burgeoning flight training industry. Read More
A Chinese-based company recently bought Mooney and pledges to restart production, keeping the company at its Kerrville, Texas headquarters. In this exclusive interview from AVweb's CIGAC/ATCC coverage of Chinese aviation, Jerry Chen reveals new details about where Mooney will be headed. Read More
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As China struggles to expand its aviation infrastructure at a breakneck pace, it's seeking help from every corner of the globe, and the European Union is stepping up expertise in airport design. AVweb's Tim Cole interviews Norbert Gronak of Aviare Consult GmbH about China's airport design needs. Read More
In Europe, autogyros are a mainstay in the recreational aviation market, and the same trend may develop in China. In this exclusive video report from the China International General Aviation Conference in Xi'an, AVweb's Tim Cole reports that autogyros may be uniquely suited to China's developing GA market. Read More
China is building new, modern, and capable airports at a blistering pace, and many of these will eventually serve the developing general aviation market. AVweb's Tim Cole visited Peucheng Airport in east central China and filed this video sampler of what's on the flightline there. Read More
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A study by St. Louis University senior researcher Matt Vance seeks to discover key factors that would encourage or discourage travel on unmanned autonomous airliners and, while the results aren't yet complete, Vance told AVweb Thursday that he expects at least one pattern to emerge. Vance performed a pilot study in March that included 44 people and said he's reticent to draw any conclusions from that smaller sample. But, those early results have led him to expect that responses will follow a polarization by age group. (Younger people may be more open to the idea than older people.) Vance has so far earned more than 1200 responses to his current study, which he says is designed to influence respondents. He also said it is not designed or intended to advocate for, or promote, the idea of pilotless airliners. It may, however, help identify some factors relevant to that task. He explained his approach. Read More
Less than 20 minutes after departing Mid-Continent Airport, Kan., Friday, a 1975 Cessna 500 Citation I carrying California faith healing pastor Ed Dufresne, 72, and his pilot Mitchell Morgan, 49, crashed in a field, killing both men. The aircraft reached an altitude of 16,500 feet before it was lost from radar shortly after 10:15 a.m. a local sheriff told Kansas.com. Witnesses reported hearing an explosion while the jet was still in the air, and seeing the aircraft impact at approximately 10:18 a.m. Some said they saw pieces coming off of the plane as it came down. According to The Associated Press, "a wing" was found one mile from the crash site. Read More
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This summer, a company called Universal Helicopters was called on to fight fires in Canada using the Bell 407, an aircraft often associated with executive or VIP transport, and AVweb spoke with one of the aircraft's pilots about his experience. Geoff Goodyear said the aircraft was contracted to serve as a firefighter because clients found it offered load-carrying capabilities that made it an economically advantageous option when compared with older designs. The helicopter's performance also offered some advantages not provided by fixed-wing aircraft, he said. Goodyear told AVweb about some of the challenges faced by firefighting pilots and gave a rundown of what a pilot could expect while flying a firefighting mission. The full conversation is this week's podcast. Read More
AVweb speaks with Universal Helicopters pilot Geoff Goodyear about his experience flying the Bell 407 to fight fires in Canada this summer and the advantages helicopters bring to the task. Read More
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Thomas Yarsley writes: "News of the imminent resurgence of Mooney spawned two reactions in me. I'm happy that owners of the breed are likely to have a secure supply of spares to keep their birds flying. I have fond memories of a variety of Mooneys. Most of my M-20 time is in a 231. It's fast and capable, if a little snug for my taste. If you're willing to fly it very slowly on final, it's even a decent short-field lander (short-field take-offs being another subject). So, I admit that I like Mooneys. But among the almost 100 aircraft types I've flown, I can't think of a single one that I've actually disliked. Like pretty girls, some planes simply are nicer than others, but they're all good. But here's my thing: What can a Mooney do that an SR-22 can't? I'm stumped. Frankly, what can a Warrior do that a Skyhawk can't? I wish Mooney the best, but I'm having trouble seeing how a low-volume industry and marketplace is aided by the addition of more me-too models. This absolutely is a big part of why light airplanes are so expensive. An already tiny market is divided among ten times as many manufacturers as it needs. I fear that this is vanity masquerading as innovation." ... Click through to read this letter and other mail from AVweb readers. Read More
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Let's right away get over the fact that another American icon has been snapped up by the Chinese. What we want to see is how the inflow of real capital is going to move Mooney forward again. Read More
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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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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