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SAYS IT WILL RESUME PRODUCTION IMMEDIATELY
Aircraft Engines has resumed full production of its diesel engines,
the company said on Wednesday. Just the day before, Diamond Aircraft had
updated customers on its plans
for getting by in a post-Thielert world, by certifying its airplanes to
fly with Lycoming engines and accelerating the development of its own
Austro diesel, already in the works. Now Thielert says it can produce up
to 80 engines per month, almost as many as before the insolvency
problems began. "We very much regret that losses were incurred because
of the company's insolvency," said Bruno M. Kubler, the company's
insolvency administrator. "I am pleased that we can now supply Thielert
customers with engines and spare parts once again." There is no relief
in sight, however, from the high parts prices Thielert posted a month
ago. The company is offering a guarantee against defective materials and
labor, but so far they have not offered to cover the expense to owners
of required inspections of gearboxes. Kubler said a company audit will
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announced Tuesday that it's accelerating plans to certify its
hot-selling DA42 Twin Star with Lycoming engines to replace the troubled
Thielert Centurion diesels. And just to give itself and customers more
options, Diamond has also asked the European Aviation Safety Agency to
give it approval to provide technical support and parts for Thielert
engines, which presumably would be the European equivalent of the parts
manufacturing authority common in the U.S. More...
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SEEKS OUT GLOBAL MARKET
Sales of general aviation piston
airplanes have been slumping
this year in the U.S., but some manufacturers are finding that global
demand is taking up the slack, and then some. Air Tractor, of Olney, Texas, is having one of its
best years ever, according to company president Leland Snow. The
company's utilitarian aircraft are used mainly for agriculture and
firefighting. "A combination of economic factors are producing a
favorable climate for aircraft sales [globally]," Snow said this week.
"High commodity prices and the worldwide boom in agriculture, plus a
weak U.S. dollar have made aircraft more affordable for overseas
customers." The company expects to produce 94 airplanes this year and
120 in 2009, at an average price of $700,000. Liberty Aerospace, of
Melbourne, Fla., also said this week it is seeing a hefty increase in
orders from overseas customers for its fuel-efficient XL-2 two-seat
AND PRODUCTION SLOWDOWN AT MOONEY
Economic uncertainty and
high gas prices are hurting sales of general aviation aircraft -- as
shown by a 28-percent
drop in piston aircraft sales in the first quarter of this year --
and on Monday, Mooney Airplane Company said it is responding to
that reality by slowing down production and laying off 80 staffers.
"These decisions will not have an adverse effect on the quality or
safety of our products, nor will they delay scheduled aircraft
deliveries," Mooney CEO Dennis Ferguson said in a statement. "They were
made to create corporate resiliency in the present economic conditions.
Our plans include positioning Mooney as a strong contender in the
international market." The weak dollar has created a strong market for
U.S. goods overseas. "We are strengthening our business in Europe, South
America and Australia, where Mooney's high performance, efficiency and
pricing are especially appealing," Ferguson said. "Our focus is to
ensure the long-term viability of the company through prudent management
and expansion of our market reach." More...
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FLIGHT PILOTS WILL BARNSTORM TO OSHKOSH
Brad Jones and Sean
O'Donnell, winners of Able Flight Scholarships that helped them earn
their sport pilot certificates, will take off in Atlanta next month and
barnstorm their way to an opening-day arrival ceremony at EAA AirVenture
in Oshkosh. Both pilots use wheelchairs due to spinal-cord injuries
suffered in accidents. They'll fly a matched set of specially adapted
Sky Arrow 600 LSAs. Along the way, they'll meet with disabled veterans
and others to talk about their flying experiences. "Our goal is to bring
these special pilots and airplanes to as many people as possible as they
travel to Oshkosh," said Charles Stites, of Able Flight. "It is one
thing to read about a person with a disability becoming a pilot, and
it's quite another to hear from them in person how they have overcome
traditional barriers and successfully faced the challenges of learning
to fly." To help fund the tour and its general scholarship fund, Able
Flight is seeking donations. Go to their Web site for more
info or to donate online. More...
AIR-TAXI OPERATOR TO LAUNCH THIS SUMMER
air-taxi model has had its ups and downs -- a few new companies are
thriving, while others have already come and gone, or never got started.
But now another new player is ready to take its chances -- YourJet, based in
Louisville, Ky., announced this week that it expects to start booking
flights this summer. The company will offer per-seat, on-demand service
to airports within 700 miles of Louisville aboard a Diamond DA42 Twin
Star, with Diamond D-Jets expected to join the line next year. The
company has said it hopes to offer competitive prices flying the
single-engine D-Jet with a single pilot, saving on fuel and labor costs.
YourJet founder Todd House is a pilot and anesthesiologist who lives in
Louisville. "YourJet returns valuable time to travelers who have been
bound by airlines' hub-and-spoke systems throughout the country," he
said this week. "This is a cost-effective, safe, and highly convenient
mode of air travel ... and we lead you right to the plane with no
luggage hassles or security checks." More...
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RESEARCHER PROPOSES WINGLESS FLIGHT
An engineer at the
University of Florida has unveiled a design for a "flying saucer" that
can take off vertically, hover, and fly, and it has no wings or
propeller -- it doesn't have any moving parts at all. "This is a very
novel concept, and if it's successful, it will be revolutionary," said
Subrata Roy, the ship's inventor, who applied for a
patent on it last week. "If successful, we will have an aircraft, a
saucer and a helicopter all in one embodiment." The saucer is propelled
by a force called magnetohydrodynamics, which is created when a current
or a magnetic field is passed through a fluid. By interacting with the
atmosphere, the force is able to create lift and momentum and provides
stability against wind gusts. The ship's surface is partially hollow and
continuously curved, like an electromagnetic flying bundt pan.
Unfortunately, it seems the technique is likely to work better in space,
where pesky things like gravity and drag are minimized.
THE FLY ...
AOPA tells the story of the first U.S. pilot to
serve jail time for an aircraft accident...
A Diamond DA-42 stayed
aloft for over 13 hours, the company said this week...
fuel discounts and other help for cost-conscious pilots bound to
Janet Dietrich, the first woman to earn an ATP, has
died, at age 81. More...
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OF THE WEEK: YOUR IDEAL INSTRUMENT PANEL
Many of you will be
shopping for new cockpit instrumentation at AirVenture, and that brings
to mind a question put to us by reader Brett Friermood a while
back. Brett's not so fond of the glass panel cockpits but has the
impression he's in a minority. This week, let's see where Brett's
preference ranks in relation to other AVweb readers. Plus:
The results of last week's poll, "How long do you think 100LL will be
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VIDEO: B-2 SPIRIT STEALTH BOMBER CRASH TECHNICAL REPORT
The crash on takeoff of a 509th Air Wing,
Air Force B-2 Spirit bomber, February 23 operating at Andersen Air Force
Base, Guam, was caused by water in the aircraft's sensors, according to
an Air Combat report issued Thursday. Specifically, moisture in three
port transducer units "distorted data introduced by a B-2 Spirit's air
data system" which led to flawed information entering the bomber's
flight control computers. The aircraft was reacting to inaccurate
airspeed and a "perceived" negative angle of attack. This resulted in an
"uncommanded 30 degree nose-high pitch-up on takeoff," according to the
Air Force. (Click through to watch our video crash report.)
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OF THE WEEK: AAR (WILL ROGERS WORLD AIRPORT, KOKC, OKLAHOMA CITY,
"FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to AAR's location at Will Rogers World
Airport (KOKC) in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
A couple of
weeks ago, AVweb reader Mitch Hargrave found himself in
the vicinity of Oklahoma City, checking the local weather
I checked the weekend weather, and the chance
for thundershowers was quite low for the OKC area. But, wouldn't you
know it, three hours after arriving I could see storms brewing out to
the west. As the evening wore on, they intensified and were moving
toward Will Rogers, where our beloved N33V was sitting out on the ramp.
Feeling not a little uneasy, I called AAR. I was told not to worry
33V was [already] in the big hangar! That, my friends, is
service. Needless to say, I slept soundly that
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OF THE WEEK: AVWEB'S FLYING PHOTOGRAPHY SHOWCASE
Heyel of Apex, North Carolina steals our breath (and the top
spot in this week's feature) with an understated but beautifully
composed shot snapped "during the Kitty Hawk 99s' Airmarking in
Elizabethtown." With the kids out of school and summer storms
buffeting "POTW" HQ, we're finally getting used to it being
summer. In between the golf, the short pants, and the ever-growing
anticipation for our trip to Oshkosh, we can still find time to rifle
through each week's bevy of reader-submitted photos and pick out our
favorites so keep 'em
coming, O.K.? More...
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