AVwebFlash Complete Issue: Volume 14, Number 31d

July 31, 2008

By The AVweb Editorial Staff
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PiperJet Flies in Vero Beach back to top 

PiperJet Makes First Flight

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Hundreds of Piper workers and others crowded the ramp at Vero Beach Airport Wednesday to watch the long-awaited first flight of the PiperJet. Randy Brennan, a Vero Beach resident who got a heads-up on the flight from friends that work at the plant, said the proof-of-concept aircraft used only about 2,000 feet of runway as it lifted off on a 60-minute maiden flight about 11 a.m. "It was really cool," he said. "It's a beautiful aircraft. It's really quiet." Test pilots Dave Schwartz and Buddy Sessoms took the aircraft to 10,000 feet and a speed of 160 knots to check basic handling and the pitch trim characteristics that can be a concern with a tail-mounted engine. The pitch issues were "easy to overcome" according to Schwartz and the aircraft generally behaved as expected.

Piper President Jim Bass said there's a lot riding on the PiperJet. "With this major milestone in the PiperJet's development, we are witnessing our future – one that is built on a strong and lasting heritage and reputation for innovation and excellence," he said. Brennan said people at the airport have gotten used to the aircraft doing high speed taxi tests but word spread quickly that today might be the day for the first flight. He said that the plane did a couple of high speed runs on the runway before lifting off. There has been no official announcement of the flight from Piper but we expect to hear from them soon.

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» Discover the thrill of Cessna Single-Engine for yourself at booths 143-156 at EAA AirVenture
... While Cirrus Jet Flies at Oshkosh back to top 

Cirrus Jet Makes Public Debut At EAA AirVenture

It was a perfect day in Oshkosh on Wednesday afternoon -- sunny, breezy, and not too hot -- and it was even more perfect for Alan and Dale Klapmeier, who enjoyed the keen pleasure of introducing their latest product -- the Cirrus Vision SJ50 single-engine jet -- to the huge crowds of EAA faithful. "This is the place to introduce new aviation innovations," said Dale Klapmeier to the crowd as his sleek red jet rolled off the taxiway into Aeroshell Square, after flying a single low pass over the field. "EAA has always been the home of innovation -- they have kept the dream alive," he said. The jet is designed to fly at about 300 knots, at a maximum operating altitude of 25,000 feet, with seating for up to seven.

Alan Klapmeier said he first considered building a jet over 20 years ago, and added that the aviation world needs to commit to a lot of "missionary work" to convince the world at large that airplanes have value, that flying is fun, and that it's easy enough for most people. The SJ50 first flew July 3 in Duluth, and has been undergoing initial flight testing. The aircraft was announced 13 months ago and has been under development for four years. AVweb will have more to report about the airplane and reaction to it later in the week.

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Watching the Bottom Line While Staying in the Sky back to top 

Affordable Flying -- Get Aloft For $10K Or Less

If you're a creative scrounger -- like Tracy Buttles, an EAA'er from Appleton, Wisconsin -- you might be able to build yourself a sweet little two-seat taildragger for $6,500, like he did. "A friend of mine had some extra fabric laying around," says Buttles, who has the airplane on display here at EAA AirVenture this week. "The tail feathers I got for $50 apiece, and we have a flat windscreen, so that was $40." The prop, however, is his only on loan, and a little smaller than would be ideal. But Buttles is proud that he can fly around for fun on under five gallons per hour, and help to keep GA alive at the little airports around the country. That's the same goal shared by EAA at the nearby Affordable Flying Center, where staffers answer questions all day long about the various affordable aircraft on display. They're showing an Alatus-M ultralight motorglider, which sells for under $30,000; a Pietenpol Air Camper, that you can build from plans or find used for under $10,000; or a Sonerai II, which sells for about $15,000. Take on a partner, and your costs are cut in half. The Center, which is new this year, has a full slate of forums this week on topics like fuel efficiency, FAQ for buying LSA, and how to own an airplane for less than the cost of your cell phone.

EAA's Ron Wagner said response to the Center has been positive. "We're trying to show that you don't have to be wealthy to enjoy flying," he told AVweb. "Folks come by and say they're glad to see us promoting this, and the forums have been well attended. I hope we can continue this next year, and do it even bigger and better."

New Insurance Options For CFIs

Prospective pilots across the country find it difficult to find good instructors, and Avemco hopes its new insurance policy will help to encourage qualified CFIs who own their own aircraft to consider teaching part-time. Such arrangements are difficult and expensive under current insurance options, but Avemco says its new product, announced at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh on Wednesday, will make it easier and more affordable. The customized CFI insurance is now available in most states, the company said. "Our hope is to facilitate an increase in the number of qualified, experienced flight instructors available to the general aviation community," said Avemco President Jim Lauerman.

The low rate of student starts, the shortage of CFIs, and the overall low level of flying activity across the country, is of concern to Avemco, Lauerman said.

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Cool Airplanes We Saw Today back to top 

Eco Flyer The SUV Of LSA's

Five enterprising Québécois have found a bit of a loophole in the LSA rules. The Ecoflyer from Explorer Aeronautique meets all the LSA rules yet it's big enough to seat four inside for dinner. The rather portly looking fuselage contains over 150 cubic feet of baggage space and has a cushion rear area for sitting or sleeping (when not flying). The front seats reverse and a rear door for entry makes it as much a camper as an aircraft.

The primarily-composite Ecoflyer will be available with either the 100-hp Rotax 912 or the 120 hp Jaribu engine. The company's chief engineer, David Rancourt, says they expect an empty load of about 750 pounds in the final product. With its 30-gallon tanks filled, that still leaves 390 pounds for all your camping gear. Far from vapor-ware, the company flew two prototypes to Oshkosh (one with each engine option) and is progressing on flight testing. They hope to have production models by late next year.

Electraflyer -- Your Airplane Of The Future, Flying Today

"It's a magic carpet ride," says inventor Randall Fishman of his electric-powered aircraft, the ElectraFlyer-C, on display all this week at EAA AirVenture under the shady wing of a DC-3 on Aeroshell Square. The motor runs smooth and quiet, and it can fly for about an hour and a half on a single charge, cruising at 65 mph, says Fishman. If there's any nice thermal lift available, the old single-seat Monnet motorglider can extend the flight up to four or five hours, he says. Controls allow the pilot to choose between braking the prop or letting it spin to recharge the batteries. The flight is emissions-free, and a full recharge takes less than a dollar's worth of electricity. Fishman said he is working now to develop a two-seat aircraft and he's hopeful the recent EAA petition for an FAA rule change to allow electric motors in light sport aircraft will prove fruitful soon. Fishman wants to fly the ElectraFlyer for the crowds at Oshkosh this week, and as of Wednesday afternoon, he had a tentative slot for sometime Thursday. For a closer look at Fishman's airplane, click here for AVweb's video report, shot this week at Oshkosh.

Also on Thursday, he will be among the presenters at an Electric Aircraft Forum in Honda Pavilion 7, here at AirVenture, at 2:30 p.m. Other presenters include Pete Buck, John Monnett, Dr. Morton Grosser, Ivo Boscarol, Craig Willan, and David Palombo.

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News Briefs back to top 

Nemesis Sets Speed Record

Jon Sharp and his Nemesis NXT have broken a speed record that endured 19 years in a run down runway 36/18 at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh on Wednesday. The tricked out racer with a Lycoming Thunderbolt engine shattered the old record of 331 mph in the 3Km C1-b Speed Blast category by covering three kilometers in 18.75 seconds for a speed of 356 mph, according to the preliminary measurements. Although the final numbers may change, it seems unlikely they'll vary enough to knock Sharp out of the record books.

The speed run took place in front of thousands of people lining the runway and was a prelude to what is hoped to be an even faster run on Saturday. For Wednesday's flight, Nemesis had to be lean and light to fit the weight category. Saturday's flight won't have those restrictions and the team intends to hang every speed modification they can on the aircraft.

TECNAM To Test Gemini Dieses

Italian manufacturer TECNAM will be testing a series of diesel engines on its P92 Eaglet LSA and under-development P2006T light-light twin, Tim Archer, CEO of engine-maker Powerplant Developments' CEO told EAA AirVenture 2008 attendees Wednesday. Under a memorandum of agreement between the two companies, Powerplant Developments will supply both a 100-hp and a 125-hp turbocharged version of its Gemini diesel engine platform. The engines will be used for evaluation purposes, with two of the 125-hp turbo versions possibly a part of TECNAM's FAR Part 23 certification process.

"We are anticipating the Powerplant Developments' Gemini engines will bring an exceptional level of performance and capability to TECNAM aircraft owners," Paolo Pascale Langer, TECNAM's managing director said in a statement. In response, Archer added, "We couldn't be more excited and proud that such a well-established aircraft manufacturer like TECNAM has shown such a high level of confidence in the Gemini engine program."

During his briefing, Archer admitted he had been "too optimistic" about his company's overall development program schedule, which presently is 6-8 months behind schedule. However, he noted Powerplant Developments this week was shipping a prototype engine to a government/military contractor to be used aboard a long-endurance unpiloted vehicle presently under development. In addition to TECNAM and the unidentified contractor, Archer said his company was in negotiations for future engines with more than one airframe manufacturer.

Powerplant Developments' Gemini 100 and 125 engines are based on the Junkers Jumo series of aircraft diesels first flown in the 1930s. In the 100- to 125-hp output range, the diesels are a three-cylinder, six piston design, using a two-stroke cycle and liquid cooling. The 100-hp version weighs 156.5 lbs ready-to-run on a test stand, while the 125-hp turbocharged version slated for TECNAM's P2006T light-light twin checks in at 201 lbs wet. The company says its 100-hp Gemini 100 is roughly the same height and width as similar-output aircraft powerplants from other manufacturers, but is shorter. The Gemini 100's projected retail price will be around $18,000, with its TBO initially set at 2000 hours. The engine, which turns at 4000 rpm, will be geared down to turn a propeller at 2500 rpm. Its projected brake specific fuel consumption is .38.

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New on AVweb back to top 

AVweb's AirVenture 2008 Galleries: Day Four

Even though our feet are getting a little tired, there's still plenty to see and do around the grounds at EAA AirVenture '08. Fortunately for those who can't be here with us, we've given staff writer and crack photographer Mariano Rosales a camera and reminded him to snap picture whenever we do or see anything that will make people sitting at home jealous. Here's a sampling of how we spent our day, and yes — it's even more fun that looks.

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The Savvy Aviator #60: Misfueled!

When piston airplanes are fueled with Jet A, people can die.

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AVweb Audio — Are You Listening? back to top 

AVweb's AirVenture 2008 Podcast #7: Garmin's G600 EFIS Glass for the Aftermarket

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So your cockpit doesn't sport a glass panel EFIS, but you're interested in a new display? Very soon you'll have a new option in the form of Garmin's G600, an EFIS system designed primarily for the aftermarket. Garmin's Jim Alpiser sat down with us at Oshkosh to answer our questions about the G600 and when it will be available.

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AVweb's AirVenture 2008 Podcast #10: Why Aspen's EFD1000 Is Bigger and Better than Ever

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Aspen Avionics of Albuquerque, N.M. has announced a new weather receiver and wider compatibility for its popular glass-panel retrofit, the EFD1000. Doug Cayne, Aspen's V.P. of Marketing, discusses these new capabilities with AVweb's Jeff Van West.

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AVweb's AirVenture 2008 Podcast #13: Fly Anywhere, Anytime with X-Plane Flight Sim

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So much more than a way to fill up a boring Saturday afternoon, X-Plane flight simulation software has set a new standard for home computer-based flight simulators, and the experience doesn't stop at your PC and your $50 copy of X-Plane — you can scale the software up and enjoy a rich training environment inside your own virtual cockpit, right inside your garage. IFR magazine editor Jeff van West talks with X-Plane's Randy Whitman about what makes the software unique.

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Avidyne Delivers Worldwide Datalink Graphical Weather and Two-Way Messaging
Avidyne's new MLX770 Iridium®-based two-way datalink transceiver brings strategic datalink weather services to Entegra- and EX500-equipped aircraft operating worldwide. The MLX770 allows pilots to more easily make go/no-go decisions on the ground and fly more strategically while en route. Additionally, the MLX770 provides convenient two-way SMS text messaging from an airborne MFD to any ground-based SMS-capable mobile phone or e-mail address, allowing pilots to communicate in-flight. Click here for more information.

» See Avidyne's state-of-the-art technologies in action at booths 2098-2101 (Combo E) at EAA AirVenture
AVweb Media: Look, Listen, Laugh and Learn back to top 

AVweb's AirVenture 2008 Video #7: Our Contest Winner Flies with the AeroShell Aerobatic Team

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During the lead-up to EAA AirVenture 2008, AVweb collected names and gave away a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to ride with the AeroShell Aerobatic Team. Stephanie Cruz was our lucky winner, and on the morning of July 28 she was ready and willing to fly with the Team at Oshkosh. (Although lead pilot Alan Henley was recently benched by an injury at home, his twin brother Mark is flying lead in the AeroShell Team's AirVenture performances, allowing Oshkosh audiences to enjoy the thrill of seeing these guys perform throughout the week.)

Video editor Glenn Pew and Editorial Director Paul Bertorelli have the complete story, including interviews with Stephanie and the AeroShell Team.

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AVweb's AirVenture 2008 Video #8: Meet the Electraflyer

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Amy Laboda from Kitplanes magazine gets up close and personal with inventor Randall Fishman's Electraflyer-C at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh.

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"The-Jet" Has a New Name: Cirrus Vision SJ50
Cirrus Vision SJ50 is the official name of Cirrus Design's single-engine personal jet. Cirrus Vision has unsurpassed interior space, single-engine fuel efficiency, flexible seating for seven, state-of-the-art avionics and flight systems, and safety hallmarks including the Cirrus Airframe Parachute System (CAPS™). Sporting a V-tail design, Cirrus Vision is technologically advanced yet engineered to be simple to fly, allowing owner-pilots more lifestyle pursuits. Go online for complete details.

» See the Cirrus Vision SJ50 for yourself at booths 15-22 (Combo P) at EAA AirVenture
The Top Reporter on Our Crack Staff ... Is You! back to top 

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Sensenich: Right on the Nose ... Again!
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Names Behind the News back to top 

Meet the AVwebFlash Team

AVwebFlash is a weekly summary of the latest news, articles, products, features, and events featured on AVweb, the internet's aviation magazine and news service.

The AVwebFlash team is:

Timothy Cole

Editorial Director, Aviation Publications
Paul Bertorelli

Russ Niles

Contributing Editors
Mary Grady
Glenn Pew

Features Editor
Kevin Lane-Cummings

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