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CONTINENTAL PLANS CERTIFIED DIESEL WITHIN TWO YEARS
future of 100LL avgas looking ever more iffy, Teledyne Continental's new
president, Rhett Ross, says the company is planning to aggressively
develop a diesel or heavy fuel engine for certification in late 2009 or
early 2010. "We are kicking off a major aerospace engine project this
year with some realistically aggressive targets," Ross told
AVweb's Paul Bertorelli in a detailed podcast interview last
week. Ross says TCM would like to ground demonstrate a prototype later
in 2008 or early 2009, probably in the 300-horsepower range, thus making
a nice fit with the company's IO-550 series that dominates the
high-performance gasoline engine market. More...
GUIDANCE FOR KITBUILT AIRCRAFT ON THE WAY
On Friday, the FAA
published the final report (PDF) from the Amateur-Built Aircraft Aviation
Rulemaking Committee that outlines plans to keep the "home" in
homebuilt. There will be a public comment period, which EAA predicts
will be announced in April or May, and the FAA intends to have a final
rule by October. The report follows months of work by the FAA and
industry representatives in an attempt to curb flagrant violations of
the experimental/amateur-built rules, which state that individuals must
complete a major portion of the aircraft to be eligible for
registration in that category. The report acknowledges that some
companies provide de facto manufacturing facilities for kitbuilt
aircraft in which the builder does little actual work. In the most
extreme cases, other persons fabricate and assemble the major portion of
an amateur-built aircraft for the applicant, according to the
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Diamond Aircraft confirmed on the
weekend that its five-passenger D-Jet will be built at its London, Ont.,
facilities after the Canadian government announced it was giving the
company a $19.6 million strategic, repayable investment. The
money is being provided under a new aerospace business incentive
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aircraft. The Ontario government earlier chipped in $11 million.
UAV NEARLY READY TO BE SHOT DOWN
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of Sacramento, Calif., has announced the successful flight of its newest
supersonic unmanned aerial target system, the . The aircraft achieved
sustained supersonic flight Jan. 31, 2008, at the U.S. Navy Pt. Mugu
Test Range. The aircraft is powered by a Microturbo turbojet and
equipped with an avionics suite from Microsystems. CEi expects to
complete its demonstration contract by the end of the Q1 2008. Sometime
after that, the BQM-167X may be ready to be blown out of the sky,
regularly -- shot at and shot down as part of weapons and weapons
systems projects. The BQM-167A aerial target system is currently used by
the U.S. Air Force for all subscale target missions at Tyndall Air Force
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|Reevaluating FAA Funding ... And Noise Pollution||back to
PASSES FAA FUNDING EXTENSION
The House of Representatives has
arranged for the FAA to remain funded through June 30, including
provisions for $2.76 billion in "contract authority" to restart the
suspended Airport Improvement Program (AIP). Timing is seen as key to
AIP construction projects that can be negatively impacted by weather if
those projects are not started early in the year. The Senate must now
approve the extension prior to the current funding's expiration --
currently set for Feb. 29. Major industry players are expected to step
forward to press governmental powers to see beyond the conflicts and
confusion surrounding funding mechanisms (read: the user-fee argument)
and secure FAA reauthorization. Many of those major players could become
contract winners should this year's reauthorization provide for
development of the NextGen satellite-based air traffic control system
currently sought by the FAA. More...
STUDY: AIRCRAFT NOISE AND BLOOD PRESSURE
noise can affect your blood pressure instantly and increase the risk of
hypertension," according to Dr. Lars Jarup of the Department of
Epidemiology and Public Health at Imperial College, London. ...And so
can sleeping next to someone who snores, according to a study
co-authored by Jarup and published in the February issue of the European
Heart Journal. Researchers remotely measured the blood pressure of 140
volunteers and analyzed the noise level in each person's bedroom. The
sample included people living near London's Heathrow, and airports in
Athens, Milan and Stockholm. Noticeable increases in blood pressure were
correlated with increases in noise levels reaching more than 35 decibels
-- which can be similar to the amount of noise generated by snoring or
nearby automobile traffic. The level of noise, according to researchers,
was the key factor. The type of noise was not. More...
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BUSINESS JET RESCUED FROM RUNWAY OVERRUN
Executive Airport in Leesburg, Va., (JYO) was closed for nearly two days
last week after a Raytheon 390 Premier 1 business jet slid off the end
of an ice-slicked runway on Tuesday night. No injuries were reported.
While it normally takes just a few hours at the most to tow a disabled
aircraft onto a flatbed truck and haul it out of the way, this rescue
turned into a major production, hence the two-day headache for local
AVIONICS EVOLUTION FLIGHT DISPLAY
Aspen Avionics recently
completed its TSO performance tests and final systems integration
testing and is ready for final FAA certification test flights for its
EFD1000. The digital electronics glass panel LCD cockpit display
consolidates primary flight data and is designed vertically (the display
is a vertical rectangle) with pairs of instruments -- one on top (an
EFIS, for example), and one on the bottom (maybe an HSI). System
software versions allow the units to function as primary flight displays
(PFD) or multi-function displays (MFD). They are designed to work with
whatever is currently in your panel and built to fit into a top
instrument hole, replacing both it and the instrument below it
simultaneously. Test flights are expected to take place almost
immediately. A Cirrus SR22, Cessna 412C and multiple Pipers have been or
will soon be used for test installations. At last check, the Cirrus was
scheduled to begin testing at Aspen's Albuquerque headquarters on
Valentine's Day. Pricing for units is currently just under $6000 not
including professional installation. More...
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RUNS AMOK AT VENEZUELAN AIRPORT
There were apparently no
serious injuries but it looks like it might be awhile before an Aserca
Airlines DC-9 is back in service after a bizarre accident at Simon
Bolivar Airport in Maiquetia, Venezuela, last week. According to the
aviation Web site volarenvenezuela.com,the aircraft apparently left a
hangar with both engines running and crossed a runway and a taxiway
before coming to rest with at least part of its gear collapsed in the
infield. Details are sketchy but the report says whoever was at the
controls was unable to turn or brake the aircraft. More...
THE FLY ...
US Airways planes clip wings in
Young pilots killed in helicopter/airplane
Steve Fossett has been delared dead. More...
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US ABOUT YOUR INTERIOR SHOP
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OF THE WEEK: SANTA YNEZ AIRPORT (KIZA, SANTA YNEZ, CA)
You guys have
been doing a lot of flying lately! We received more "FBO of the Week"
nominations over the last seven days than we have in months. Despite
some outstanding recommendations, we're awarding our "FBO of the Week"
ribbon to the FBO at Santa Ynez Airport at KIZA in Santa Ynez,
Not only do they have a great webcam on their site (where you can check real-time
fuel prices and ground conditions at a glance), but they inspired this
heartfelt endorsement from AVweb reader Eric
This is the way airports used to be, and I
believe [Santa Ynez] is the best small airport in the U.S. Made me feel
like a kid again.
Keep those nominations
coming. For complete contest rules, click here.
actively seeking out the best FBOs in the country and another one,
submitted by you, will be spotlighted here next Monday!
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OF THE WEEK: ILYUSHIN IL76 NAIL-BITING RUNWAY TAKE-OFF
couple of weeks ago, we ran a pretty impressive video
of some Alaskan pilots doing short-runway take-offs. This week, we offer
up something that can only be described as the opposite a Russian
Ilyushin IL76 freighter making the most of a runway that seems
nail-bitingly short in this clip from YouTuber jerrabomb. (Click
through to watch.)
"NSFW" Note: This video
does contain some objectionable language you'll see why as you
wait for the Ilyushin to take to the air so keep that in mind
when playing it at the office or in the company of others.
VIDEO: AMAZING FEATS OF AVIATION DHL BAGHDAD
Recounting one of the most impressive feats in
recent aviation history, AVweb video editor Glenn Pew
recalls the circumstances of the DHL A300 shot by a surface-to-air
missile over Baghdad. The crew successfully landed the aircraft without
the ability to manipulate any control surfaces. (Note: The aircraft
shown in simulation is a Boeing 777, not an Airbus A300.) (Click
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|Overheard in IFR Magazine's "On the
I was on the ILS into Oakland,
California one busy dav and was cleared to land behind two other
aircraft that were in the pattern. The pilot of the aircraft ahead of me
was clearly flustered:
"Tower, is Piper One
Two Three cleared to land?"
"Piper One Two
Three, yes, you're cleared to land. Runway 27 Right, number two behind a
Cessna just passing over the numbers."
Piper One Two Three cleared to land behind the
"I don't see
"Tower, is Piper One
Two Three number one to land on 27
"Piper One Two Three, you are soooo
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