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WEEK: AIRVENTURE 2008!
Over the next few days, AVweb's
crew will be packing up our gear, heading for various airports, and
winging our way to Oshkosh, Wisconsin, ready to bring you daily news
(including a full AVwebBiz edition next Wednesday) from the EAA AirVenture
grounds all next week. The show promises to be an exciting one, with
several aircraft making their debut, new products galore, a diverse
lineup of unique aircraft on the flight line at Aeroshell Square, the
unveiling of the Rocket Racing fleet, the latest experimental electric
aircraft, the world's best airshow pilots, and much more. Staffers from
Kitplanes and other Belvoir publications will be pitching in to
help AVweb bring you the fastest, most complete, and in-depth
coverage possible. Watch for frequent blog updates, daily videos and
podcasts, and of course our daily AVwebFlash newsletter to bring
all the news from the show straight to your desktop. And if you are in
Oshkosh next week, check in with AVweb on your handheld device to
be sure you are not missing a thing. More...
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LANCAIR EVOLUTION PROTOTYPE TO FLY DEMOS AT EAA
When the first Lancair
Evolution showed up at Sun 'n Fun earlier this year, still in its
plain white undercoat, the design attracted plenty of attention.
Pressurized and turbo-powered, the four-seat kit aircraft promised high
performance, with 385-mph speed. Now prospective buyers will be able to
find out for themselves how it performs. The company is bringing the
newly painted prototype to Oshkosh, where it will be available for demo
flights. Lancair also said this week it has delivered the first
Evolution kit, and the buyer will participate in the two-week builder
assist program at the company's facility in Redmond, Ore. Also, Forward Vision
said this week its EVS-100 synthetic vision system will be offered as an
option for the Evolution. More...
DIESEL ENGINE AT AIRVENTURE
Diamond Aircraft will be
exhibiting the new AE 300 Austro engine next week at EAA AirVenture in
Oshkosh. The Austro is a jet-A-burning, 170-hp, next-generation
turbo-diesel engine that soon will be available on the DA42 Diamond
twin. The AE 300 offers 26 percent more power than the engines currently
on the DA42, says Diamond, for better takeoff and climb
performance, better single-engine performance and more speed. Diamond
has been working with MB Tech (a Mercedes Benz daughter company) and
Bosch to develop the engine, and they expect European certification
within a few months. The "next-generation" features include a
clutch-less gearbox, a cast-iron crankcase, integral oil/coolant heat
exchanger and improved turbocharger air induction and cooling systems.
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PULL PIPER TWIN APART, DAMAGE 10 OTHERS
painted, slashed tires and smashed instruments on and otherwise tampered
with at least 11 aircraft, including a Citation 550, in a spree that
caused hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of damage at Monmouth
Executive Airport, near Belmar, N.J. last week. It's speculated that the
vandals used a vehicle to tear the tail and part of the wing off a
twin-engine Piper. "It appears that a motor vehicle, with a cable
attached, may have been used to accomplish this damage," Wall Township
Police Lt. John Gavin told the Coast Star. More...
AIRCRAFT WINGS RECOVERED FROM METAL THIEVES
apparently in search of scrap metal when they made off with two
irreplaceable vintage aircraft wings from a storage yard used by the
Wingspan Aviation Heritage Foundation in Mesa, Ariz. When the theft was
discovered, about a week ago, foundation director Robert Kropp went to
the media in hopes of uncovering information about the wings' fate --
and he got lucky. An anonymous tipster led Kropp and police directly to
both wings, hidden in two separate remote locations in the desert. "I
really feel like I found a winning lottery ticket in the street," Kropp
told The Arizona Republic. "I'm just absolutely elated.
Without the media exposure, it was gone, baby, gone." The wings, from a
1940s-era Lockheed T-33 trainer and a 1950s Lockheed PV-2 bomber, were
found intact and police dusted them for fingerprints. More...
Sensenich: Right on the Nose
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booths 4145-4147 at EAA AirVenture
TEAMS PREPARE FOR CAFE CHALLENGE
The General Aviation
Technology Challenge, hosted by the CAFE Foundation and funded by NASA,
has announced the five teams that will take part in this
year's event, coming up Aug. 5 to 9 in Santa Rosa, Calif. The
competition aims to promote the development of "green" and efficient GA
aircraft. CAFE will award $300,000 in prizes for achievements in noise
reduction, fuel economy (mpg), safe handling, and speed. The five teams
will be: "Team Pipistrel" flying a Pipistrel Virus 912, team leader
Frank Vance Turner; "Team Aerochia" flying a modified Diamond DA20-A1,
team leader Geoff Stevenson; "Team Wilkinson Aero Sport" flying a
Dynamic WT9, team leader Neil Wilkinson; "Team Lambada" flying a UFM-13
Lambada, team leader John A. Dunham; and "Team Flight Refine" flying a
Flight Design CT, team leader John Robert Basham. All of the competing
aircraft are two-seaters, and four of the five are light sport aircraft.
One will fly on biodiesel fuel. More...
CHANCE FOR SEAWIND AMPHIBIAN?
The Seawind amphibian may yet
make it to the long-elusive certification finish line, if the company
can raise the next round of funding it needs. The airplane drew a loyal
following for its kit version, which is no longer in production, but
efforts to achieve certification have run into numerous delays. When the
only flying prototype and its pilot were lost in a flight-test accident
last year, that seemed like the end of the story. Now Seawind President Richard Silva says that he's been
encouraged by an "overwhelming" outpouring of support from the Seawind
pilot community, and he's ready to move forward with the certification
project. He said he needs to raise $2 million to complete certification
and it will cost $2 million to ramp up production. "We did not give up,
and we have our production facility secured. If it is at all possible,
we will resume operations, and the Seawind will be coming back," he said
this week. More...
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PILOTS COMPLETE AROUND-THE-WORLD FLIGHT
"It was a great
adventure," said Thierry Pouille, president of Air Journey, this
week, after his small group of GA pilots completed the company's
first-ever 10-week-long, 25,000-mile trip around the world. "We're all
back -- and we're doing it again!" Pouille said the company will
definitely offer the tour a second time in 2009. The six aircraft on
this year's trip -- a PC12, two TBMs, a Cessna Conquest, a Cessna
Mustang and a Duke Turbine conversion -- all completed the journey
without any major mechanical problems or other setbacks, he said. "It
takes a lot of organization and preparation and office support," Pouille
said, to make the trip run smoothly and on time. "But it's been a
fantastic experience." Since AVweb last checked in with the
group, they have flown up the east coast of Asia via Taipei, Taiwan;
Seoul, South Korea; and Vladivostok, Russia; then across the Bering Sea
to Anchorage, Alaska. The pilots stopped in Juneau for a cruise and
ended their journey in Seattle, then each aircraft headed for home.
FLIGHT STUDENTS TO LOSE WORK-STUDY OPTION
that allow foreign flight students to train and work in the U.S. will no
longer be granted, effective June 2010, according to a new policy issued by the U.S. State Department. The
current J-1 visa program allows foreign students to train in the U.S.
and work as flight instructors to build flying time. Eight U.S. flight
schools make use of the program, and some of them could lose up to half
of their revenue once the program is eliminated, according to AOPA. "While this only impacts a small
number of students, we are deeply disappointed that the State Department
believes that flight training programs no longer further the public
diplomacy mission of the United States," said Craig Spence, AOPA vice
president of aviation security. "This country has long been a world
leader in flight training, and we want to see that continue."
THE FLY ...
A Cessna twin crashed into a construction site in
Ocean Ridge, Fla....
NTSB is investigating a near-midair between an
ERJ-145 and a Learjet at O'Hare...
Bombardier Challenger training
should emphasize stabilizer trim, says NTSB...
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OF THE WEEK: SECURITY AT YOUR AIRPORT
recently run two stories in which aircraft were tampered with or parts
were stolen. Programs like Airport Watch work well when there are people
around. This week, we'd like to know how you rate the night security at
your airport. Plus: See how many single-engine personal jets
AVweb readers think will be around in ten years' time.
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OF THE WEEK: TAC AIR (KGMU, GREENVILLE, SC)
"FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to TAC
Air at GMU in Greenville, South Carolina.
reader John Hey hadn't stopped at GMU for six months, but he
tells us "they still remembered me":
and competent service even though I had just saved $30 using
their self-service pump. Call ahead, and they get you a great discount
on the nice Phoenix Motel one block away with the best free full
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Keep those nominations
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OF THE WEEK: AVWEB'S FLYING PHOTOGRAPHY SHOWCASE
Beek of Sioux Center, Iowa serves up this fantastic image of
the AeroShell Team doing what they do best. Believe it or not
and, to be honest, we're not sure we would! the fact that
our top photo this week features the AeroShell Aerobatic Team is
completely unrelated to the fact that we're giving away a chance
to right with these guys during their Monday morning practice at
Oshkosh. (But, of course, we will take the opportunity to link
to the page where you can enter our drawing.)
will be on hiatus during the show, but we'll return with more of your
pictures in two weeks. Don't forget to send 'em,
though, or we won't have anything to share!) More...
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