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DIESEL PASSES VIBRATION TESTS
A Wisconsin company said its
new high-performance geared diesel aircraft engine reached a development
milestone this week when it passed vibration tests done by propeller
manufacturer Hartzell. Induced vibration through a gear reduction system
eats props but Engineered Propulsion Systems (EPS) spokesman Steven
Weinzierl said the integrated counter-vibration systems in the engine
work and the engine runs more smoothly than many gasoline engines. "It's
a distinct departure from prior engine designs, and we believe what
Hartzell has now confirmed: induced vibration is no longer an issue,"
Weinzierl said. Hartzell said Engineered Propulsion Systems' Vision 350
easily met is durability standards when tested with traditional aluminum
props, a carbon fiber model and its new five-bladed graphite/composite
propeller. "We were very encouraged to see that the stresses on the
propellers were acceptable and lower than most engines we have
surveyed," said Hartzell spokesman Bruce Hanke. "We look forward to
continuing to work with EPS on this innovative new product." As we reported
in 2010, EPS is developing the engine as a direct replacement for
high-horsepower gas engines that need leaded fuel to achieve full
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REPORT: AIRPLANE SALES FLAT, HELICOPTERS BOOMING
shipment report from the General Aviation Manufacturers Association,
released on Tuesday, was mixed, with deliveries of piston aircraft down
by 2 percent compared to 2011, business jets down 3.4 percent, and
turboprops up 10 percent, with growth of 0.6 percent overall for
airplanes. Helicopter sales rose 21 percent, reflecting a growing global
market. GAMA chairman Brad Mottier said what the numbers don't show is
the intense amount of development work now under way across the
industry. "The general aviation segment is poised for resurgence in the
next few years as these new technologies certify and enter the market,"
he said. More...
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BASED 70 MILES FROM WASHINGTON
The Army will test a tethered
airship-based missile defense system at a military restricted area near
Baltimore starting next year and that has prompted safety concerns for
aviation operations. As we
reported last week two aerostats packed with sophisticated radar and
other gear will be tethered anywhere up to 10,000 feet and stay there
for up to 30 days. Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger, D-Md., announced the location later in the week. The tests
will be done at the Aberdeen Proving Grounds on Chesapeake Bay. The vast
military preserve is already designated as restricted airspace but
concerns linger about the tests. More...
Pilot's Guide to
Avionics Now Available
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than 1,300 AEA member companies, including government-certified repair
stations around the world.
CRASH KILLS 3 DURING TV FILMING
All three men on board died
when a Bell 206 helicopter crashed during filming for a Discovery
Channel reality show near Los Angeles on Sunday. The crew was working
with Eyeworks USA, a production company, on a new, unnamed series with a
military theme. The incident is the worst film-set accident in
California since 1982, when actor Vic Morrow and two child actors were
killed when a helicopter crashed into them, according to the Los Angeles Times. The Times said it found in a
recent investigative report that some reality-TV
productions have cut corners on safety, and this weekend's accident may
bring more scrutiny to the industry. More...
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STRIKE INJURES PILOT
Every pilot is wary of bird strikes but
an Australian cropduster pilot has new respect for bat strikes. Josh
Liddle was on final for Ingham Airport in north Queesnsland when his
aircraft went through a colony of bats. It was just after dark and the
bats were headed out hunting when the big single went through the middle
of them. One went through the windshield and hit Liddle in the face. "I
felt a big smack on my face," he said. Although he was immediately
treated for the related injuries, the nature of the mishap has added
some medical complications for Liddle. More...
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YVES ROSSY'S JETMAN SCHOOL (WITHOUT THE JETS)
A video released
Feb. 8, 2013, by Jetman Yves Rossy suggests the skydiving innovator may
be on the verge of marketing an unpowered version of his strapped-on
wing and opening a school to teach people how to fly it. Rossy has
piloted another version of the wing with four micro-turbines attached to
its underside delivering power. He has flown that version across the
English Channel and a section of the Grand Canyon. Rossy describes the
unpowered version by saying it can achieve a "glide angle" of 4.5.
English is not Rossy's first language and a glide angle of 4.5 would
translate to a glide ratio of roughly 13:1 -- substantially better than
a Cessna 172. It's possible that Rossy's use of the term instead
indicates the wing's glide ratio. Rossy says he's flown his gliding wing
in excess of 150 mph, he has demonstrated aerobatics while flying it and
believes there is much more potential for his unique brand of flight.
Rossy is meticulous in his flight preparations, studying terrain, angles
of flight and walking portions of the route when able. It is not yet
known if his apparently proposed school will train the same pre-flight
AUDIO AUTHORITY'S FLEXIBLE POWER UNIT
More owners and
pilots would probably invest in ground power units for starting and
running avionics in the hangar if the things were just more flexible.
One that is comes from Audio Authority, which, besides being a GPU, also
doubles as a battery tender. In this video, Aviation Consumer's
Larry Anglisano gives us the lowdown on this versatile unit.
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