A new nonfiction book by Stephen Frater
unearths a twisting tale about a B-17 bomber pilot of German descent who
flew for the U.S. in World War II, the co-pilot under secret orders from
the FBI to kill him, and the lasting friendship they shared despite all
the intrigue. Frater spoke with AVweb's Mary Grady about how he
tracked down the story.
Click here to listen. (11.0 MB,
EUROPEAN PILOT RULES
Something that is a likely topic of
discussion as AERO 2012 gets under way in Germany this week is the new
EU pilot certificate rules as they apply to non-European pilots.
AVweb's Russ Niles spoke with Jan Brill, the managing
editor of Pilote and Flugzeug magazine, about the immediate and
long-term effects of the controversial rule.
Click here to listen. (9.7 MB,
The General Aviation Manufacturing Association is
working with regulators all over the world to lower one of the biggest
barriers to bringing new aircraft to market. GAMA's Greg Bowles
told AVweb's Paul Bertorelli the goal is to cut certification
costs in half for many general aviation aircraft.
Click here to listen. (5.5 MB,
DESIGN NEWS AT AERO 2012
announced EASA certification of two aircraft and unveiled the full-scale
mockup of the interior of its C4 four-place at Aero 2012 last week.
NEW SOLAR ONE ELECTRIC CRUISER
PC-Aero has come out
with its second solar-powered airplane, the Electra Solar One. PC-Aero's
Calin Gologan gave AVweb a briefing on it at the Aero
Friedrichshafen show in Germany.
BF 109 SIMULATOR
If you could fly a
Messerschmitt Bf 109, how cool would that be? A simulator is the next
best thing. In this AVweb video from Aero 2012 in
Friedrichshafen, Germany, we get a sim tour from Hans Schmid.
AERO ENGINE TOUR
At Aero 2012 in
Friedrichshafen, the German Fliegermagazin has sponsored an
engaging display of aircraft powerplants ranging from tiny electric
engines to a new turbofan from a French company called Price Induction.
AVweb video contributor and Fliegermagazin editor Thomas
Borchert shows us three of the most interesting engines in the
Have you ever
wondered how a new aircraft is born? At the Pipistrel factory, Tine
Tomazic gave AVweb an exclusive look at the prototyping process
for their much-anticipated new Panthera.
NEW V1 TWIN
At Aero 2012 in
Friedrichschafen, Diamond is showing off two new twins, including the
DA52 Austro-powered V1. With major work on drag reduction, improved
engine performance, and lower weight, the V1 definitely has better
performance over its predecessor, the DA42 NG.
2012 OPENS IN FRIEDRICHSHAFEN
Friedrichschafen begins its 20th year, it's becoming an increasingly
important international trade show, and AVweb is there on the
ground. Here's a video report on opening day of the show.
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