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AOPA Says Texas Summit Will Be The Last
The annual AOPA Summit is coming up in a few weeks, in Fort Worth, Texas, but AOPA said on Tuesday this will be the last time it holds the event. "Convention plans for 2014 have been cancelled," AOPA said in a news release. AOPA said it plans to redirect the time and resources spent on the Summit to hosting more "grassroots" events and visiting community airports. "I want our members to make a personal connection with AOPA, and that is best achieved by meeting them where they fly," said Mark Baker, AOPA president, who took office last month. "This decision is about going out to where our members are, maximizing the number of pilots that we reach ... and seek their honest feedback in a more comfortable and relaxed setting." Read More
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Aviation Groups Ask FAA To Justify ECi Cylinder AD
Six aviation groups, including AOPA, EAA and the National Air Transport Association, have asked the FAA to publish the data and analysis that led to the agency's proposal to require thousands of aircraft owners to inspect and perhaps replace certain ECi engine cylinders. The letter also requests that the FAA either withdraw its NPRM until that information is provided, or extend the comment period 120 days from the time additional information is provided. "To date the FAA has provided no supporting or substantial data of any kind to the docket to back its proposed action," says the letter (PDF). Read More
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Asian Nations Press Aviation Reform
The transportation departments of the 21 countries in Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum have agreed on a common set of goals to facilitate the development of business aviation in the region. APEC met in Tokyo last week and the business aviation initiative was one of the key announcements. Essentially, the countries agreed that business aviation operations are non-commercial, which should make it easier for them to move around the region, but China is the primary focus of attention. Read More
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Seawind Announces Stall Prevention System
Seawind says it has overcome the final major technical roadblock to certifying its amphibious touring aircraft. In a news release Tuesday, the Pennsylvania company said it will be the first to certify a Part 23 aircraft with a stall/spin prevention system, clearing the way toward what CEO Dick Silva called "probably the longest certification of a general aviation aircraft in history." The unusual design of the Seawind, with its tail pylon-mounted tractor engine, prevented it from passing a key element of the flight test certification program. Read More
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Next From Musk: VTOL Supersonic Jet?
Billionaire Elon Musk, known for his successful private ventures into space and the Tesla electric roadster, said recently he'd like to develop a supersonic jet capable of vertical takeoffs and landings and powered by electricity. Musk said in an online chat that he's been thinking about the jet idea for "about four years." He said when the Concorde fleet was retired, he felt it "seemed so sad that the world's only supersonic passenger aircraft would never fly again and there was nothing planned to replace it." He also mentioned the jet idea during an online video chat several weeks ago, saying that he'd like to see "somebody" develop such an aircraft, adding, "If somebody doesn't do that, maybe at some point in the future, I will." Read More
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FlyRight, a simulator training company that specializes in King Air training, has announced that it has received FAA Level-D certification of its new King Air 350 ProLine21 simulator. The company, which is located at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport, already trains to that level in King Air 90-, 100- and 200-series simulators and will start 300-series training in the new device this month. Read More
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AOPA Ditches Summit: The Right Move at the Right Time
For those of us who cover Summit, it has recently felt like an expensive distraction. In canceling it, AOPA may be signaling this: no more business as usual. That's a good thing. Read More
Video: Redbird's Redhawk Diesel -- A Detailed Look
At AirVenture, the really cool airplane wasn't from an airplane manufacturer but from Redbird, the guys who build motion simulators. They showed off a nicely refurb'd Cessna 172 with a diesel engine from Continental, and they invited us to come fly it at their San Marcos, Texas Skyport. So we did. In this video, we offer a detailed analysis of the Redhawk, along with a closer look at the airplane's performance and cost figures. Read More
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While old airframes may keep soldiering on, the instruments and radios in the panels usually don't. At AirVenture this year, Electronics International rolled out a new instrument designed to replace older instruments, including tachometers, engines instruments, and other indicators. In this video, EI's Tyler Speed gives us a quick product tour of the new CGR-30P. Read More
Video: PS Engineering's PAR200 Multi-Function Audio System
There's a need for affordable audio system upgrades for basic aircraft. PS Engineering attempts to answer the call with the PAR200 -- a three-in-one system that combines an advanced audio panel, a stereo intercom, and a remote comm radio. In this video, Aviation Consumer's Larry Anglisano takes a look at the unit during it's introduction at AirVenture 2013 at Oshkosh. Read More