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Bose was the first to introduce active noise reducing headsets to
aviation more than 20 years ago, forever changing the way pilots fly.
Today, we continue to set the standard with the Bose A20 Aviation
. The headset provides acclaimed noise reduction, with a
comfortable fit and the clear audio you expect from Bose. It also
connectivity, an auxiliary audio input and priority switching.
Gulfstream ended the year with a brace of
accomplishments for its G650 program that set the stage for a busy 2013
in terms of deliveries. The company delivered its first G650 to a U.S.
customer last week. "The first delivery of an aircraft is always an
auspicious occasion and this one is especially so. This delivery
represents the beginning of a new era in aircraft design and
manufacturing in terms of quality, capabilities, reliability, parts
availability and maintenance activities," said Gulfstream President
Larry Flynn. "We're thrilled to see the first G650 leave our hangar for
a customer's. Soon the G650 will be a common sight at airports around
the world." The company also closed out the year with a couple of
important certifications. More...
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YAW PRECEDED CRASH: NTSB
A phenomenon known as loss of
tailrotor effectiveness may have had something to do with the crash of a
Bell 206 in the East River off Manhattan 14 months ago. The NTSB factual
report into the crash (PDF) says an uncommanded right yaw while the pilot
was trying to land the aircraft preceded the crash, which killed two of
five people on board. Pilot Paul Dudley told the NTSB the he thought
he'd had an engine failure on takeoff and tried to return to the helipad
when the uncommanded right yaw occurred. Dudley said he thought the
sudden yaw was the result of tailrotor failure or loss of tailrotor
effectiveness and tried to minimize the impact of the helicopter by
manipulating the collective. No pre-crash mechanical faults were found
with the aircraft. Although the factual report does not determine cause,
the investigators included a detailed description of loss of tailrotor
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largest sport aircraft-dedicated event in the world. Additions for 2013:
a twilight air show featuring Patty Wagstaff demonstrating LSA aerobatic
aircraft and Team AeroDynamix; Wings of Freedom Tour; a contest that
will crown sport aviation's most efficient aircraft/pilot duo;
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PILOTS WARNED OF ICING PROBLEMS
Airbus pilots all over the
world have been warned how to react if they suddenly lose data from the
angle-of-attack sensors on the aircraft and confuse its fly-by-wire
system. EASA and the FAA both issued emergency ADs last week ordering
flight manuals for single-aisle Airbuses to be updated. It came two
weeks after a similar order for wide-body Airbuses. The root cause of
the issue appears to be a cone-shaped mount that Airbus thought would
offer better ice protection for the angle-of-attack sensor -- but the
opposite turned out to be true. More...
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BUYS MAINTENANCE BASES
Cessna says the purchase of two major
maintenance facilities in Zurich and Dusseldorf is part of its plan to
boost its global reach. The company announced last week it's buying Jet
Aviation's maintenance repair and overhaul facilities in the European
cities. About 200 employees will be absorbed by Cessna in the takeover.
"Germany and Switzerland are strategically located where a majority of
Citations in the region are based and we are enthusiastic about bringing
more service options to our customers in Europe," said Scott Ernest,
president and CEO at Cessna. He said Jet Aviation has been the main
Cessna service center in both cities for decades and the acquisition
made sense. Jet Aviation will continue to operate the FBOs at both
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THE ECLIPSE -- FLYING, MAINTENANCE, TRAINING
Certification functionality and bankruptcy
issues, plus a fair does of malaise, plagued many early adopters of
Eclipse jets, but there are 263 jets in the wild now reaching a combined
200,000 total flight hours -- and the new Eclipse ownership experience
has changed. The early Eclipse experience was a master class in "the
pioneers get the arrows." Many production slot holders took those arrows
in the form of shifting performance targets and missed development
goals. Others lost their substantial deposits, altogether. In the end,
the jet proved underpriced when introduced and the original company
suffered, accordingly. The Eclipse jet concept may have been born from
significant positive aspiration for general aviation. It was executed,
some might argue, with significant hubris. But that was
Now the aircraft is under the guidance of Eclipse jet
owner Mason Holland who is determined to secure the aircraft's future
and support the owners. And as we've found, some of those owners are
finally living the dream of safe simple fast efficient flight that they
were sold when they put their money down.
At the helm of Eclipse
Aerospace, today, Mason Holland is a hands on owner. "I know at least 80
percent of our jet owners on a first name basis," he says, "even those
flying internationally." Holland has pulled the company up by its boot
straps and now supports seven dealers representing 30 different
countries. The jet is actually certified in about 10 more than that.
Holland has recently entered the Latin American market following
certification in Brazil. "Middle East sales have been great," says
Holland, "and it's a great plane for Europe." According to Holland, the
cost in fuel per nautical mile to fly an Eclipse in Europe is less than
what it costs to fly the same trips in a Cirrus SR22. "Jet-A is so much
cheaper than avgas over there," he says. When (if?) the piston fleet
turns to Jet-A, that equation will change. But even in the U.S.
customers who purchased largely based on promised efficiencies in flight
time, fuel burn, and simplicity of operation are reporting back
positively. For this story, we spoke with two happy owners. Their
here to read the full article. More...
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INSIDER BLOG: LSAS FOR IFR? WHY NOT?
On the AVweb
Insider blog, Paul Bertorelli contends that spending $170,000 to
equip an LSA with dual-redundant glass and an autopilot just to tool
across the county for a burger raises an obvious question: Why not fly
these things IFR? This turns out to be a gray area, rules wise, but it
can be done if certain sensible limitations are observed. Read
more and join the conversation. More...
Flying the Cessna 210: The
Available from AVweb Bookstore.
A primer on flying the Cessna 210 Centurion (C-210, T-210, P-210)
dedicated to helping pilots master the operation of this complex
airplane while focusing less on history and more on system, operations,
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L-3'S TRILOGY BACKUP GYRO
Glass panels have
become standard in new aircraft, and now that more legacy airplanes are
retrofitted with these systems, there's a growing market for backup
gyros. That market has clearly stated a preference: Backup glass units
are making inroads. In this AVweb video, Larry Anglisano of
Aviation Consumer and Kirk Fryar of Sarasota Avionics give us a
tour of the L-3 Trilogy. More...
FK'S COMET BIPLANE
FK Lightplanes has
significant presence in Europe but almost none in the U.S. They'd like
to change that with a sporty little aerobatic biplane called the FK-12
Comet. Right now, it's got a Rotax 912, but it will soon have a fully
aerobatic Lycoming AEIO-233, making it one of only a couple of light
sports approved for aerobatics and the only biplane. AVweb
recently took a spin in the Comet with Hansen Air Group's Mitch Hansen.
Here's a video report. More...
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