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DRIES: FLY BY WIRE AS "ELECTRONIC PARACHUTE"
says it's very close to flying a fly-by-wire version of its
Austro-diesel-powered DA42 twin and the company's CEO Christian Dries
told AVweb that he sees this technology as an "electronic
parachute." On a visit to Diamond's headquarters at Wiener Neustadt,
south of Vienna, AVweb was shown a test project under way in the
company's Multi-Platform division that included a conventional stick but
electric servos to operate control surfaces. This technology, says
Dries, will be incorporated into the autopilot and he believes it will
eventually evolve to include both flight envelope protection and full
auto-land capability for the DA42. Dries told us he sees this technology
as the trend of the future and that it's inevitable. In a clear dig at
the Cirrus BRS system, Dries calls the technology "an electronic
parachute" because once refined, it would be continuously available to
bail the pilot out of any unusual flight attitude or emergency and would
work passively, which the BRS parachute does not. More...
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TROPHY GOES TO 787
The Boeing 787 was chosen for the 2011
Robert J. Collier Trophy, which honors the "greatest achievement in
aeronautics or astronautics in America," the National Aeronautic
Association announced on Tuesday. The jet was one of four finalists for
the award, along with the Lockheed C-5M Super Galaxy, the Gamera
human-powered helicopter, and Pipistrel's Taurus G4 electric-powered
airplane. "We were very pleased with this year's slate of nominations --
all of them were impressive, inspirational, and innovative, and
certainly represent the future of aviation and aerospace," said Walter
Boyne, NAA chairman. "We congratulate Boeing on their great
accomplishment with the 787." The mid-size, long-range, fuel-efficient
787 Dreamliner was certified last year. More...
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SLOWS PRODUCTION ON COMPOSITE JETS
Some workers on the
Premier 1A and Hawker 4000 assembly lines will be furloughed for four to
six weeks due to delays in the composite-material supply line, Hawker
Beechcraft said this week. Production of the jets will be slowed down,
according to the Wichita Eagle. The company didn't release
information about how many workers will be affected. The
composite-materials supplier, Cytec Engineered Materials, is working at
full capacity and is trying to ramp up production to alleviate the
delays, Yeow Ng, an advanced materials expert at Wichita State
University, told the Eagle. Spokesmen at Cessna and Bombardier said they
are not experiencing any similar delays. More...
NOTES WICHITA INCENTIVES
The common practice of municipal
governments in the U.S. providing incentives for aircraft companies has
apparently been ruled illegal by the World Trade Organization. On Monday
the WTO determined that both Boeing and Airbus received billions in
illegal subsidies to develop and produce commercial aircraft. The WTO
noted that NASA and the U.S. military had directly subsidized Boeing,
something Airbus has been alleging for years. But also included in the
list of subsidies were the incentives provided by the city of Wichita.
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FIRMS PROTEST EU CARBON TAX
European aviation officials say
the threat of economic reprisals from countries opposed to the European
Union's application of a carbon tax to foreign airlines is growing. As
last week, Li Jiaxiang, China's director of the Civil Aviation
Administration, told Bloomberg the choice of airplanes was up to the
airlines, but Airbus claims that's not quite true and that $12 billion
in orders has been "suspended." More...
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SHOW THIS WEEK
Against a backdrop of struggling airlines and
a controversial regulatory environment, India's major commercial and
business aviation show opens in Hyderabad March 14. The theme of this
year's India Aviation 2012 is "India: the Emerging Aviation Hub," and
while the airline side has certainly seen meteoric growth in the last
decade, the battle for passengers among the budget carriers that flooded
the market in that time has stretched the patience of the government and
the credibility of the industry. However, assuming the finances and
regulations get sorted out, the country is still considered a growth
area for aerospace companies that are looking outside their traditional
markets to keep their production lines busy. More...
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ROTAX'S NEW 912IS
This week, Rotax
rolled out its new 912iS light aircraft engine at its Gunskirchen,
Austria factory. AVweb was there, and here's a full video report
on the new engine, which features dual electronic fuel injection, dual
ignition, and power options. The engine will be ready for volume
shipments as early as May of 2012. More...
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