AVwebFlash Complete Issue: Volume 15, Number 14a

April 6, 2009

By The AVweb Editorial Staff
 
Lycoming® — The Engines of Choice
Lycoming® produces the most complete line of horizontally opposed, air-cooled four-, six-, and eight-cylinder certified aircraft engines available, with power ranging from 100 to 400 HP. For homebuilders, air race and aerobatic pilots, and others looking for non-certified engines with Lycoming dependability, Lycoming offers custom-built Thunderbolt Engines. Lycoming piston engines have a reputation for reaching or exceeding TBO. For more information, please visit Lycoming.com.
 
Top News: Diamond's Diesel back to top 
 
Sponsor Announcement

Diesel DA50 Headed To U.S.

Diamond Aircraft used AERO Friedrichshafen as the setting to announce the first delivery of a DA42 NG, with Austro engines, and to firm up timelines for various certifications involving the in-house diesel. The first DA42 NG, which was certified in Europe last month, went to a customer in Sweden. North American customers can expect two Austro-powered Diamonds to be available by mid-2010. Its DA50 Magnum AE300 Austro Engine diesel single was announced as heading towards U.S. certification, probably by mid-2010. A 300-hp gas-powered example -– or a newer high-powered Diesel -– should follow with certification by 2012. Along with the DA50 Magnum, Diamond's Austro Engine DA42 NG will likely achieve U.S. certification sometime in 2010 at which time retrofits should also be available for customers of their Thielert-engined products.

Diamond also used the event to announce its Premium Maintenance Program (PMP) wherein customers of DA42 NGs built in Austria and paid for in 2009 will have complete maintenance coverage on their airframes and engines for the first two years, or their first 1,000 engine operating hours, whichever comes first.

 
3 Airplanes ... 3 Levels ... 1 Edition ... Ice
New for 2009, Cirrus Aircraft shakes the lineup with a new way to spec out your new Cirrus. SR20, SR22, and Turbo models are now available in three well-equipped trim levels - "S," "GS," and "GTS"; Known Ice Protection is ready to go on SR22 and Turbo models; or choose an all-new premium interior and exterior upgrade package dubbed "X-Edition." Visit CirrusAircraft.com for details.
 
AERO Report from Friedrichshafen, Part I back to top 
 

Innovation Shines At AERO Friedrichshafen

Innovation was alive and well at AERO Friedrichshafen, which showcased plenty of new and novel ideas and designs. One of the more interesting aircraft on display included a composite-based turboprop five-seat amphibian from Hungarian builder Avana Industries Ltd. It looks like a Seawind on steroids. At the other end of the scale was the German-made, two-seat, Rotax-powered Dornier S-Ray 007 that made a subtle appearance at Oshkosh in 2007. Out of Hungary again came another amphibian, the two-seat Hydropteron LSA from IDEA Aircraft, which has Rotax power and is equipped with a ballistic parachute. The Em11 Orka from Poland was on display. It looks like an amphibian, but isn't. This striking four-seat high-winged twin is a pusher propelled by two counter-rotating Lycoming IO-320 engines driving three-blade constant speed props that give a 142-knot cruise at 75 percent power.

There were plenty of gliders filling the exhibit halls and none stood out more than the intriguing jet-powered offering from Italian company Alisport Srl. Its Silent 2 Targa has a retractable single-stage axial jet engine that's not much bigger than a football. Out of Italy, too, were LSA examples from FlySynthesis, makers of the two-seat Texan and Storch, and now the newly announced Rotax 912-powered Syncro. Showing off its latest and lightest, too, was Flight Design with its new CT Supralight LSA. It offers a combination of the aerodynamically optimized wings from the CTLS adapted to the lighter CT fuselage.

Flight Design's Hybrid Aircraft At AERO

Flight Design GmbH, the German creators of the popular CT line of light sport aircraft, used AERO Friedrichshafen to announce details of their work on a new hybrid engine concept. The propulsion package consists of a standard Rotax 914 turbocharged engine to which is mated a 40-hp (30 kW) electric motor. The electric motor is coupled to the propeller hub using a poly-V-belt drive that has no overloading impact on the crankshaft and, thus, allows the motor to transmit its power directly to the point where it's needed. Since the basic Rotax is left mostly untouched, its 130-hp output, combined with the electric motor's 40 hp, provide for a combined 170-hp output for the hybrid. The electric motor will be used for takeoffs and climbs, and makes use of its full capacity over a maximum five-minute span. In cruise, power comes entirely from running the gas engine at full power. Twenty minutes is required for a full recharge on the 25 kilos of lithium ion batteries that power the electric motor.

One of the features being touted by Flight Design is the added safety inherent with a hybrid. Should there be a failure of the combustion engine, power from the electric motor can supplant a stopped engine and provide sufficient thrust to stretch the aircraft's glide to an emergency landing. Flight Design expects to begin flight testing of its hybrid in one of its existing aircraft by the middle of 2009.

 
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AERO Report from Friedrichshafen, Part II back to top 
 

Rotary Engine Certification Eyed

Rotary engines have been around for decades in experimental applications but MISTRAL, a European company is targeting early 2010 for FAA type certification of a 300-horsepower normally aspirated rotary that it claims will "bridge the gap" between piston and turbine power for GA. The company had its products on display at AERO Friedrichshafen and explained that rotary engines "take the best" from piston and turbine designs. The company, which has a U.S. subsidiary in Deland, Fla., says rotaries will run happily on mogas or avgas, will have a 3,000-hour TBO and run quieter than either piston or turbine engines. Digital engine management will maximize efficiency the company says.

The 300-horsepower version will be first but the company intends to have a range of engines from 200-360 hp. "MISTRAL targets sales of 1500 units per year within five years. While certification activities are in full swing, MISTRAL is developing its production, distribution and maintenance networks," the company said in a news release. The engines have been in development for eight years and the company now has 24 employees working full time to get the project into the mainstream.

Solar, Fuel Cell Power Displayed

Sunseeker II came to AERO Friedrichshafen to start a European tour that will cover eight countries: Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Hungary, Slovenia, Italy, France and Spain. The solar-powered aircraft has already completed hundreds of miles of test flights over the U.S. Southwest, logging more flight hours than all other manned solar-powered aircraft combined. Its latest modifications include greater surface area for solar cell coverage. A teetering propeller reduces vibration, and the new aircraft is fitted with four packs of advanced lithium polymer batteries, which are installed in the wings. Fuel cell power was also front and center at AERO.

A world tour is on the cards — sponsorship permitting — for Helite's hydrogen-powered aircraft. Three fuel cells of two kilowatts each generate power from hydrogen to run the electric motor. Though the aircraft didn't make its anticipated debut flight at AERO Friedrichshafen (owing to lack of permits, not aircraft preparation), the hydrogen-powered trike should have its first flight within a month, according to Gerard Thevenot, president of Helite. The company is expecting to be able to fly its trike for anywhere from one to two hours at a time depending on the size of the hydrogen bottle it carries, the smallest of which can weigh as little as three kg.

 
Sun 'n Fun — It's Like Spring Break for Pilots
Scheduled for April 21-26 in Lakeland, Florida. Featuring the U.S. Army Parachute Team "Golden Knights." This annual event includes more than 4,500 airplanes, 500 commercial exhibitors, over 400 educational forums, seminars, and hands-on workshops for virtually every aviation interest. Plus a spectacular daily air show. All included in your ticket price. Special online-only discounts. Get your tickets online now at Sun-N-Fun.org.
 
AEA Reports from Dallas, Texas back to top 
 

Cessna's Pelton: Shouting and Being Heard

In the midst of one of the deepest economic downturns the GA industry has seen, Cessna's Jack Pelton says that perception as much as dismal market conditions threaten the industry's recovery. Speaking at the 51st Aircraft Electronics Association convention in Dallas Thursday, Pelton said Cessna has determined to take a leadership role in an unapologetic campaign to reestablish the legitimacy of GA as a critical business tool. "We've got to make it clear that it's OK to fly," Pelton told the opening session of AEA. Click here to listen to AVweb's podcast with Pelton.

Following what Pelton called "that fateful day" in Washington when the Big Three automakers arrived in bizjets to seek bailout money, Cessna has been planning an aggressive public relations effort that's evolved into what it calls its RISE campaign. The program includes sales efforts, an advertising campaign and a Web site, all intended to tell GA's story to the mainstream media and general public. Although Pelton said the public may never understand the detailed economic value of business aircraft, response to the RISE campaign has been impressive. Thus far more than 300 news stories have been published, all telling GA's story. "Sometimes," Pelton said, "you have to be shout to heard. This campaign gives us a strong voice, not for Cessna, but in defending the responsible use of business aircraft. And I assure we have been heard."

Pelton said Cessna has been flooded with response expressing support. "The metamorphosis from victim to leader was palpable," he said. Although many in the industry are gloomy about the Obama administration's seeming anti-aviation attitude, Pelton says victories are still possible. He cited the extension of the bonus depreciation tax for aircraft buyers that was included in the TARP rescue package last year. Going forward into 2009 and 2010, says Pelton, the largest regulatory challenge may be security-related. "There will be new regulations and we have to make sure they make sense for the way general aviation operations while providing real security benefits. Applying airline-type security to general aviation is a round peg in a square hole," Pelton said.

Avidyne's ADS-B Traffic Option

While ADS-B shimmers mirage like on the horizon as (maybe) a really good idea, avionics manufacturers have been forging ahead with active traffic and datalink systems. Avidyne has both, but to cover all of its bets, at last week's Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA) show in Dallas, it announced an intriguing ADS-B add-on option for its popular TAS600 line of active traffic systems. Avidyne's Tom Harper told AVWeb that the company believes that even in a world dominated by ADS-B—a world that still appears years away—there will always be a place for active traffic systems.

But some buyers have expressed a desire to have the ADS-B option covered. The product will use the same diversity antennas the TAS system uses and will allow composite display of ADS-B traffic along with the real-time TAS detection. Harper said no commitments are being made on delivery, but the company is accepting a $2,000 deposit to lock in orders.

 
Dr. Blue Says, "Be Smart — Carry a PLB!"
Flying, hiking, camping, riding your ATV or bike — accidents happen that can become a life-threatening situation. Be prepared with a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB). It's as easy as pushing a button. PLBs from Aeromedix.com include the ACR MicroFix 406 MHz for pilots when you're enjoying activities in unpopulated areas. Click now to visit Aeromedix.com for complete details.
 
News Briefs back to top 
 

Flights Cancelled For Lunch

Air New Zealand says it will have to cancel 25 regional flights so tower staff at five small airports can comply with new labor rules. The rules require lunch breaks to be scheduled, rather than allowing staff to take them as workload permits. The result is the five towers will have to be closed twice a day for up to 45 minutes while staff have their meal break. "We appear to be the victims of an overly rigid dictate to business on how to achieve a healthy and safe workplace, not to mention further constraints to the agility and adaptability we need in these incredibly challenging times," airline spokesman Bruce Parton told reporters.

Parton said the cancellations will take 2,500 seats out of the company's regional capacity and cost it millions in revenue. It will also mean less convenience for passengers in the affected communities of Gisborne, Napier, New Plymouth, Rotorua and Invercargill. Jobs will also be lost at two regional carriers, Air Nelson and Eagle Air.

 
Put AeroExpo Europe - Prague and AeroExpo Europe - London on Your Show Schedule
AeroExpo Europe - Prague (May 22-24, 2009) will showcase everything from ultralights to helicopters to business aircraft in the heart of Europe, marketing to the European and emerging Eastern European and Russian markets. AeroExpo Europe - London (June 12-14, 2009) includes aircraft from light aircraft, pistons, and turboprops through to VLJs (very light jets) and all parts and services for these general aviation aircraft. Go online for exhibitor and attendee details.
 
The Top Reporter on Our Crack Staff ... Is You! back to top 
 

AVweb's Newstips Address ...

Our best stories start with you. If you've heard something 200,000 pilots might want to know about, tell us. Submit news tips via email to newstips@avweb.com. You're a part of our team ... often, the best part.

 
Rediscover Jet City!
Make King County International Airport/Boeing Field your flight destination! Conveniently located just 5 miles from downtown Seattle, KBFI is positioned in the center of the growing economy of the Puget Sound region, serving as a hub for business travel, private jets, and general aviation travel. Partner with aviation experts when you fly to Seattle. Make your destination King County International Airport/Boeing Field! For more information, visit online.
 
New on AVweb back to top 
 

iPod in the Airplane? DeCrane Aerospace Audio Makes It Even Easier

File Size 3.4 MB / Running Time 3:41

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So busy you can't listen to AVweb podcasts on the ground, but you'd love to catch up on our exclusive interviews while you're making that cross-country flight? DeCrane Aerospace Audio International has the tech you'll need to take your iPod aloft, and Marcus Garrett gave our Paul Bertorelli the lowdown at this year's AEA Convention in Dallas.

Click here to listen. (3.4 MB, 3:41)

Aero Friedrichshafen 2009 Photo Gallery

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AVweb contributor Graeme Peppler serves up photos from Aero Friedrichshafen 2009, sharing the sights with those who couldn't make it to Germany this year.

Click here to view photos.

AVweb Insider Blog: Cessna's Rise

AVweb's Paul Bertorelli is back from the AEA Convention in Dallas, and maybe one reason he's so tired is that he didn't get to sleep through any boring speeches. In fact, you might say he's even a little excited about what Cessna's Jack Pelton has to say at the keynote address.

Read his thoughts on Cessna's "Rise" in the latest installment of our AVweb Insider blog.

 
Jeppesen Pilot Training
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AVweb Media: Look, Listen, Laugh and Learn back to top 
 
If you're not attending the Aircraft Electronics Association Convention in Dallas, Texas this week, you're missing some terrific new products. One of the things we enjoy most about these trade shows is walking the floor and seeing the latest tech in person, so we're sharing that experience with a series of "AEA Product Minutes" — in which we invite vendors to reveal (in one minute) the details of their hottest product at the show.

Exclusive Video: AEA Product Minute — Avidyne

Original, Exclusive Videos from AVweb | Reader-Submitted & Viral Videos

If you're not attending the Aircraft Electronics Association Convention in Dallas, Texas this week, you're missing some terrific new products. One of the things we enjoy most about these trade shows is walking the floor and seeing the latest tech in person, so we're sharing that experience with a series of "AEA Product Minutes" — in which we invite vendors to reveal (in one minute) the details of their hottest product at the show.

Got time for one more "Product Minute" from AEA? This time, Tom Harper from Avidyne explains how you can bridge the gap from TAS to ADS-B with the company's new NextGen-ready TAS600A.


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Exclusive Video: AEA Product Minutes — Sandel, Kannad, and Southeast Aerospace

Original, Exclusive Videos from AVweb | Reader-Submitted & Viral Videos

If you're not attending the Aircraft Electronics Association Convention in Dallas, Texas this week, you're missing some terrific new products. One of the things we enjoy most about these trade shows is walking the floor and seeing the latest tech in person, so we're sharing that experience with a series of "AEA Product Minutes" — in which we invite vendors to reveal (in one minute) the details of their hottest product at the show.

In this batch of product minutes, Sandel Avionics' Chuck Freeland brings us up to speed on their ST3400 HTAWS, Floyd Roney from Kannad shows off their 406 AF compact ELT, and Joe Braddock of Southeast Avionics shares the benefits of their TT21 and TT31 transponders.


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Exclusive Video: AEA Product Minutes — Garmin, L3, and Mid-Continent Instruments

Original, Exclusive Videos from AVweb | Reader-Submitted & Viral Videos

If you're not attending the Aircraft Electronics Association Convention in Dallas, Texas this week, you're missing some terrific new products. One of the things we enjoy most about these trade shows is walking the floor and seeing the latest tech in person, so we're sharing that experience with a series of "AEA Product Minutes" — in which we invite vendors to reveal (in one minute) the details of their hottest product at the show.

In this batch of product minutes, Jim Alpiser from Garmin introduces the new G3X for sport aircraft, Michele Stevenson of L3 Avionics talks about their Trilogy Electronics Standby Instrument, and Tom Genovese from Mid-Continent Instruments shows off the MD800 series lithium nanophosphate battery.


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Video Marketplace Spotlight

Garmin GPSMap 696: Charts & Plates Demo
AVweb's Liz Swaine demos the Garmin GPSMap 696's incredible ability to manage charts and approach plates. Stuff those paper charts back in the folder and watch as we demonstrate the 696's capabilities as an electronic flight bag.

Click here to watch the video (and discover other great products) at AVweb's Video Marketplace.

 
Q: What's the Difference Between a $10,000 Annual and a $2,500 Annual?
A: SAMM

Mike Busch and his team of seasoned maintenance professionals are saving their aircraft-owner clients thousands of dollars a year in parts and labor — not to mention hours of hassle — by providing professional maintenance management for owner-flown singles and twins. Learn how they do it.
 
Your Favorite FBOs back to top 
 

FBO of the Week: Flight School Hawaii (PHNL, Honolulu, HI)

Nominate an FBO | Rules | Tips | Questions | Winning FBOs

Judging by this week's "FBO of the Week" nominations, many of our readers have had some very pleasant (and successful) trips this week. Thanks to everyone who nominated an FBO, and please — keep telling us about outstanding FBOs you encounter in your travels.

This week's ribbon goes to Flight School Hawaii, located at PHNL in Honolulu.

Chris Archer sang the FBO's praises, telling us about their "great service ... good instructors ... [and] best aircraft in Hawaii, hands down." (Chris regularly rents a Cessna 172SP with G1000 from FSH and tells us he's "never had a flight cancelled for maintenance.")

Keep those nominations coming. For complete contest rules, click here.

AVweb is actively seeking out the best FBOs in the country and another one, submitted by you, will be spotlighted here next Monday!

 
Economic Challenges Call for Proven Advertising Results — AVweb Delivers Results
Since 1995, AVweb has been the most comprehensive no-cost aviation site online. Advertisers reach over 255,000 pilots, aircraft owners, and aviation professionals via a unique and effective combination of newsletter text messages and web site banner ads. Links send readers directly to advertisers' web sites for instant information. Click now for details on AVweb's cost-effective programs.
 
More AVweb for Your Inbox back to top 
 

AVwebBiz: AVweb's Business Aviation Newsletter

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The Lighter Side of Flight back to top 
 

Short Final

Overheard in IFR Magazine's 'On the Air' Section
Overheard in IFR Magazine's "On the Air"

Skimming the tops at 6,000 feet, we heard this on New York approach:

Jet Set 123:
"Approach, if you give us 6,000, it'll put us right on top."

New York Approach:
"Jet Set One Twenty-Three, if I give you 6,000 it'll put you in the windshield of a Cessna."

Steven Corwin
via e-mail

 
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:

Publisher
Timothy Cole

Editorial Director, Aviation Publications
Paul Bertorelli

Editor-in-Chief
Russ Niles

Contributing Editors
Mary Grady
Glenn Pew

Features Editor
Kevin Lane-Cummings

Webmaster
Scott Simmons

Contributors
Jeff van West

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