Cirrus Announces New Standard
A planemaker fond of comparing its planes to high-end luxury automobiles
just brought those two seemingly disparate markets a little closer.
Cirrus Design has announced the launch of Cirrus Maintenance, a new
"standard with purchase" benefit designed to help reduce the
cost of scheduled and unscheduled maintenance. For more information,
|A Final Word from Sun 'n Fun And It's
VIDEO FROM SUN 'N FUN 2008:
FADEC COMING OF AGE?
For more than 100 years, piston aircraft pilots
have been priming, pumping and leaning their engines to coax maximum
performance out of them (or just keep them running). Other types of
gasoline-powered conveyances largely ditched carburetion and all that
comes with it 10 years ago but aircraft have been slow to adopt digital
control of the things that make the prop go around. Continental has
certified Full Authority Digitial Engine Control (FADEC) on its 0240
engine and the lessons learned are modestly leading the industry in a
direction that seems inevitable. AVweb
flew the FADEC demo
Diamond DA20 at Sun 'n Fun and, thanks to software upgrades and other
tweaks, there were none of the running faults that have been reported in
the past. Not only does the engine run well, it can tell you when it's
not feeling well. In this AVweb
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FLIES AGAIN WITH FADEC (REALLY)
Modern technology has come to the
rescue of a persistent problem, which, had it been addressed in its
time, might have made Molt Taylor's Aerocar more appealing in its day.
The aircraft flew to Sun 'n Fun (it's the only flying example of five
left) from its home away from home at a museum in Kissimmee, Fla. with
its O-360 engine equipped with full authority digital engine control
(FADEC). Owner Ed Sweeney said that through most of its life the machine
suffered chronic running faults because of the geometry of its old
carburetor installation. (Click through for video of Sweeney showing off
the Aerocar at Sun 'n Fun.) More...
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SR20 HAS NEW WINGS, REFINED INTERIOR
When Cirrus unveiled the G3 SR22 at
last year's Sun 'n Fun, the reaction was positive and the response from
customers was favorable. Lessons learned from the improvements of the
flagship model were applied to the entry-level SR20 and it made its show
debut at this year's Sun 'n Fun. Probably the biggest change (and
biggest mystery) of the project was putting the new wing from the SR22
on the new SR20. Previous SR20s had a smaller wing than their more
powerful stablemates. But when the larger wing was put on the SR20, the
cruise speed actually went up by six or seven knots. (Click through to
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CESSNAS MAKE SHOW DEBUT
Cessna 350 and Cessna 400 models
made their air show debut at Sun 'n Fun last week and company officials
say there's been overwhelming response to the aircraft. Cessna was the
winning bidder at a bankruptcy auction for the former Columbia Aircraft
late last year and began building the speedy composite singles in Cessna
colors in December. The aircraft have been integrated into the company's
sales and support systems and Cessna continues to hire more staff at the
Bend, Ore. plant. (Click through for video of the Cessna 400 at Sun 'n
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GANDER AT NEW GOOSE
Seaplanes made its first appearance at Sun 'n Fun 2008 and the
company says it hopes to be delivering newly-manufactured modern
versions of the venerable Grumman Goose in the next year or two. The
company has the type certificate for the aircraft and has been
developing the manufacturing processes at its plant in Gibsonville, N.C.
and the company says it's getting close to actually building aircraft.
(Click through for video of Antilles talking turkey er, "Goose"
at the show.) More...
Warner Aerocraft is offering a unique concept in
Light Sport Aircraft design with a three-way convertible cockpit. The
Sportster can be flown single or tandem with or without a canopy. The
company says it only takes five minutes to reconfigure the plane. It's
powered by a Continental 0200 and has a top speed of 130 mph. It has a
fabric fuselage and metal wings. (Click through for video.)
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THE FLY ...
A pilot leaving Sun 'n Fun was killed after his
plane crashed just after takeoff ...
National Guard pilot grounded
after blown flypast ...
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Amelia Reid Aviation is a rare place where you
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We were a flight of three consisting of
two Cessna 180s and one Maule headed into the Lake Parker holding
pattern [for Sun 'n Fun 2008]. We had dropped to extended trail and
began circling the lake following a Glastar, and we had two twins
holding above us as well. After about 20 minutes of circling and waiting
for the field to re-open after the airshow, we were joined in the hold
by a new Cirrus pilot.
nice job keeping the seperation. Keep the pattern a little closer to the
shoreline on the west side of the lake. The field should open in the
next 10 to 15 minutes. Cirrus, enter the hold behind the red-and-black
"Control, we have a rental car
waiting for us, and if we don't get down there in time they may give it
away. Could we get priority consideration as soon as the field
"Control, we have cold beer waiting for
us in the campground, and if we don't get down there in time, it may get
warm. Could we get priority consideration as soon as the field
aircraft continue in the hold for now. We will advise when the field
re-opens and release the aircraft as they arrived."
via e-mail during Sun 'n Fun
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