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MAKERS ACCELERATE TESTING
Actions speak louder than rumors and if there was any question Sino
Swearingen would survive the tragic loss
of its chief test pilot and an aircraft, the company appears to have
answered it with an even more determined development effort. The San
Antonio, Texas, firm announced this week that a replacement SJ30-2 test
aircraft for the one lost last April 26 had its maiden flight Oct. 17.
April 26 crash, during high-speed flutter testing, killed pilot
Carroll Beeler. The NTSB hasn't ruled on a probable cause, although the
preliminary report says the pilot was unable to correct an uncommanded
roll to the right during flutter testing. The new plane will resume the
aerodynamics, stability/controls and performance flight-test program
that was being carried out at the time of the crash. Another conforming
model is undergoing systems and engine testing and a third example will
be added in a few months for autopilot, interior and
function/reliability testing More...
ECLIPSE RETIRES ONE...
As Sino Swearingen launched a new test aircraft, Eclipse Aviation announced it
was retiring its first test aircraft, which has told them all it can
about the low- and medium-speed handling of the Eclipse 500. The test
plane flew a total of 54 hours in 55 flights using a pair of Continental
target drone engines for power. Eclipse is awaiting development
of the Pratt and Whitney Canada PW610F
engines that will ultimately (certification is targeted for early 2006)
provide the ponies for the 500 but, in the meantime, decided to test
various aerodynamic and handling qualities. There weren't any major
surprises in the program and no significant redesigns are forthcoming.
"This airplane has not only enabled our engineers to validate all of the
aerodynamic data that was predicted in the wind tunnel, but has also
given us the valuable information we need to start building our
certification and production aircraft," said CEO Vern Raburn.
SHOWS OFF SIMULATOR
Perhaps the most unconventional of the so-called personal jets hasn't
left the drawing board yet but those attending the National Business
Aircraft Association convention earlier this month got to "fly" Aviation
Technology Group's Javelin. The two-seat
twinjet looks (and may perform) more like a fighter than a bizjet but
its proponents claim there's no better way to get from your breakfast
meeting to a lunch appointment hundreds of miles away. ATG unveiled the
Javelin's flight simulator to give potential owners a glimpse of what
the airplane might be like to fly. "Typically this level of engineering
simulator use occurs after actual flight tests are underway," said CEO
George Bye. For those who prefer the looks of the F-5 -- and an aircraft
that has flown and is currently available in kit form -- there's always
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PARACHUTE FOR YOUR JET?
Ballistic Recovery Systems (BRS)
says the work it's doing on emergency parachutes for light jets could
one day put a canopy over some airliners. Vice President Dan Johnson
said BRS, best known for the chute it developed for Cirrus, has a NASA contract to
develop a system that would handle the much higher speeds and loads on
aircraft like Cessna's new Mustang or the Eclipse 500. Neither of those
companies is currently interested in putting parachutes on their planes
but Johnson said NASA really wants the concept developed as part of its
Highway in the Sky scenario. He said several companies, which he can't
disclose, are taking part in the project. The biggest technological
challenge in developing parachutes for jets is the comparatively high
speeds at which they can operate. More...
Johnson said there's nothing new about huge parachutes being used for
big, heavy things like airliners. The space shuttle's solid rocket
boosters weigh more than a Boeing 737 and are recovered with parachutes.
Tanks and other military hardware are also dropped safely. Johnson said
applying the bizjet technology to airliners is a logical next step for
the company. "We find that to be a technically doable thing," he said.
However, marketability is the other side of the equation and flying in
an airliner with a parachute is bound to cost more. Johnson said there
may be enough nervous flyers out there to provide a market for a service
that has an easily identifiable (if not quantifiable) safety edge at a
slightly higher cost. More...
RUMORS OF EARHART GRAVESITE
New hopes have sprung that the graves of Amelia Earhart and her
navigator, Fred Noonan, may next spring be confirmed "found," ending a
66-year-old mystery. Earhart and Noonan went missing in 1937 on a flight
from Papua New Guinea to Howland for a fuel stop in what was to be the
last leg of a round-the-world flight. The (latest) key to the mystery
might be in the wartime memories of an 81-year-old war veteran from
Alabama. Saint John Naftel was with the 2nd Marine Division on Tinian in
1944 when a man who claimed to have participated in the burial of the
flyers pointed out to him the burial site on the island of Tinian.
LOOKS TO JAPAN FOR 7E7 LAUNCH
For the first time, Boeing may launch a new aircraft design with a
non-U.S. carrier. The Wall Street Journal reported last week that Japan
Airlines and All Nippon Airways may be the first to fly the 7E7
Dreamliner. In the past, Boeing has always worked closely with a
U.S. airline in development of an airliner but cash-strapped airlines
don't have the need or interest to get involved with the massive project
now. According to the Journal, that sent Boeing looking offshore for
potential launch customers and "serious" talks have been held with the
Japanese carriers. Boeing has been coy about the future of the
Dreamliner project but the Journal said the Japanese dialogue "is the
most concrete sign yet of just how determined Boeing is to build the new
model." As one project comes to life, the end of the line is coming for
another familiar Boeing. More...
An Israeli company has come up with a fully automatic missile detection
and decoy system for airliners that fits into three shoe-sized boxes.
Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI) unveiled the Flight Guard system to
celebrate its 50th anniversary. Airlines and governments have been
investigating anti-missile systems for airliners since an Israeli
airliner came under an unsuccessful attack last year. The IAI system is
fully automatic and uses flares to decoy heat-seeking missiles. An array
of antennae distributed throughout the aircraft detect incoming
REDESIGN DA40 PANEL TO OPTIMIZE FORM AND FUNCTION Diamond's DA40
is the platform for the first certified installation of Garmin's new
integrated glass panel. The G1000 offers better situational awareness by
rolling the functions of conventional panel-mounted instruments into two
10-inch sunlight-readable displays, including digital audio, a
WAAS-capable IFR GPS, VHF navigation with ILS and VHF communication,
8.33-kHz-channel spacing, Mode S, solid-state attitude and heading, a
digital air data computer and optional weather and terrain data all
hooked up to a Bendix/King KAP two-axis autopilot. The jet-style,
laser-etched polycarbonate overlay adds the final high-tech touch. For
more information on the DA40, and Diamond Aircraft's other innovative
aircraft designs, stop by AOPA Expo Booth #156, or go online at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/diamond
ENDS GLOBAL JOURNEY
Carol Ann Garratt is back home in Florida, wiser and poorer, after a
around the world in her Mooney M20. Garratt took off from Kissimmee
in early February with two goals in mind: to raise money for research
into Lou Gehrig's Disease (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, or ALS) and to
fly her father to a family reunion in New Zealand. She doubted the
wisdom of the adventure while flying through a tropical storm near Samoa
but most of the trip was relatively uneventful, she said. Garratt flew
west on the trip. Most round-the-world flyers go east to take advantage
of prevailing winds. She raised $12,000 for ALS but estimates the trip
cost her $25,000. More...
AUSSIE AIRPORT THREATENED
What its supporters say is the oldest continuously operating military
air base in the world could become condos and cul-de-sacs soon. Point Cook Airfield, in Melbourne,
Australia, was where the Royal Australian Air Force was born in 1913 and
it operated as a training base until 1992. An earlier attempt by the
Australian government to sell it off as surplus real estate was blocked
by public outrage, but that didn't discourage the cash-hungry
bureaucrats. A new plan is on the table that would retain a small
portion of the airport as a heritage site but sell off the majority of
the prime real estate. Aviation fans down under are having none of it.
STUDY AIRPORT NOISE, POLLUTION
The FAA is calling on the country's best and brightest to cut noise and
pollution around airports. Administrator Marion Blakey announced that seven
U.S. universities will conduct research into all aspects of the
broad-ranging topics with the goal of a cleaner and quieter environment
at airports. They're part of the FAA's new Air Transportation Center of
Excellence for Aircraft Noise and Aviation Emissions. There are also 18
companies and other institutions taking part in the research. Purdue
University, in Indiana, will tackle some of the most vexing questions to
plague airport planners. More...
IF YOU TAKE PRIDE IN
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Flight Jacket products can be purchased in a convenient leak-proof kit
bag designed for any carrying and storage. The AeroShell Flight Jacket
Kit Bag contains all six AeroShell Flight Jacket polish and cleaners
along with applicator pad and cleaning cloths. Shine and protect your
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#520, or order online at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/shell
The Cessna Twins Spar
Corporation will address Cessna 400-series ADs...
Express Aircraft Company LLC
has been sold after the death of its president Larry Olson...
Aircraft Manufacturing and
Development is offering start-up dealerships for its Alarus
Hundreds of pieces of Concorde memorabilia are in an online auction that
begins in early November...
Construction workers found 26 World War
II bombs at Palembang, S. Sumatra's airport...
Five young women have
become the first to be accepted into pilot training in China.
Congratulations and an AVweb hat go out to Ken Cusack, this week's
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ARTICLES AND FEATURES ON AVWEB
Wingtip vortices have caused lots of problems for
aircraft, but there is another side to them. AVweb's Linda Pendleton
explains how wingtip vortices affect your own plane.
Cheap Electronics for Pilots
Long GA flights require special
planning and, sometimes, special equipment. During a recent
transcontinental trip, Mike Busch had the opportunity to fly with some
new electronic gadgets -- each priced well under $1,000 -- and found
them too terrific not to share. More...
GETTING THE MOST
OUT OF THE AIRCRAFT IN YOUR CLUB? TimeSync's ScheduleMaster
online aircraft scheduling service offers advanced features such as
standby scheduling and notification of cancellations. ScheduleMaster
helps your club improve aircraft utilization and will make your members
happy. Add AccountMaster, an integrated billing system that works with
Peachtree and QuickBooks. For a no-obligation online demonstration go to
PICTURE OF THE WEEK...
We received over 100 pictures last week. Congratulations to this week's
winner, Bob Eeuwes, of Markham, Ontario. His picture captured the last
visit on the Concorde to Toronto. This winning photo seems fitting as we
celebrate the last flight of the supersonic airliner this week. While
not economically viable, the Concorde changed air travel forever. Great
picture, Bob! Your AVweb hat is on the way.
To check out the winning
picture, or to enter next week's contest, go to http://www.avweb.com/potw
QUESTION OF THE WEEK...
We received over 200 responses to our question last week on unusual
attitudes training. Over half (54 percent of those responding said they
had received unusual attitudes training as part of their primary
flight-training curriculum. Fourteen percent indicated they have
participated in specialized course, while 18 percent have not but would
like to do so. Only three percent said they had no interest in this type
To check out the complete results go to http://www.avweb.com/qotw
week we would like to know your thoughts on the Concorde.
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NOVEMBER ISSUE TAKES A PHOTO LOOK OF THE OSHKOSH SHOW And
reports on: Gulfstream's G200 super-midsize business jet; a cockpit
redesign for the King Air 350 and 200 models; and Embry-Riddle's new
training program for regional airline pilots; plus all the Flying news,
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