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DEBUTS AT SUN 'N FUN
A British company is hoping to take the
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certified single-engine turboprop that they claim has more range, speed
and payload than other aircraft in its class. Farnborough
Aircraft contracted with Epic to do the aerodynamic work on the Epic
LT but the two companies parted ways in 2005. While Epic went on to
develop the kit-built LT, Farnborough, after some legal entanglements
were resolved, created the Kestrel, which is 27 percent larger than the
LT and headed for the certified market. "We have no interest in the
kit-built market," CEO Adrian Norris said. He also said it's possible
that Liberty Aircraft will build the aircraft in Florida.
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AIR 350I DEBUTS AT SUN 'N FUN
New at Sun 'n Fun this year is
Hawker Beechcraft's latest iteration of the King Air, which has been in
production in various forms since the 1960s. The 350i has no substantial
upgrades in engines or avionics over the last version, but the cabin has
had a total makeover that brings it up-to-the-moment for the digital
age. Slick controller devices mounted into the armrests control the
cabin environment, from dimming the LED lights to darkening the windows
to operating an iPod dock or a high-definition video monitor. Plenty of
USB ports and electrical plugs make it easy for passengers to bring
their work on board, with fold-out tables for everyone. Eight roomy
seats in double-club formation are easy to reposition or remove for a
variety of missions.
The $6.6 million 350i was recently certified
by both the FAA and the European Aviation Safety Agency. Deliveries
started last December. The twin turboprop is powered by two PT6A-60A
engines by Pratt & Whitney Canada. It has a range of up to 947 nautical
miles with full payload. More...
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Companies Not Only Survive But Prosper During the Current Financial
To be your most productive, and your most efficient, you must keep
flying. Because in so doing, you will emerge from these times even
stronger than before. And you will replace the uncertainty that
surrounds many, with the confidence and courage to light the way for
SAFETY STAND DOWN SET FOR SATURDAY
Pilots around the country
are invited to participate in a Safety Stand Down organized the FAA Safety Team
this Saturday, April 17. A special Stand Down event will be held at Sun
'n Fun, in the FAA building, with a daylong schedule of events,
including a talk by popular aviation educator Rod Machado. "Pilots
around the country, in every state, will find an event going on nearby
this Saturday," said Randy Prine, FAA FAASTeam Program Manager. "Most of
them will have a pancake breakfast or other social event, with about
four hours of safety seminar." The event will focus on four areas that
have been identified as factors in a majority of general aviation
accidents: owner-performed maintenance, approach and landing, surface
deviations, and risk management. Pilots can find an event scheduled
nearby via the newly redesigned FAA Safety Web site or click
through and use our event finder, embedded in this very story (and
always accessible on the AVweb home
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REACHES OUT TO NON-PROFITS
Lightspeed Aviation is inviting
customers and all pilots to help promote worthy aviation-related causes
through its Lightspeed Aviation Foundation charitable program.
Lightspeed has selected 20 non-profit aviation charities to be potential
beneficiaries of a unique online charity drive. At a news conference at
Sun 'n Fun 2010, Lightspeed CEO Allan Schraeder said the purpose of the
drive is to promote aviation, draw more people into it and make it
better for the planet. The company is putting up a minimum of $50,000 to
support at least five non-profits accomplishing those goals tub there's
an important interactive aspect. More...
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DESIGN DETAILS NEW MODEL FEATURES
At their Sun 'n Fun news
conference on Tuesday, Flight Design revealed more details about their
upcoming new model, the CTHL. The aircraft was developed in Europe
mainly to meet the needs of glider towing. It will be equipped with a
turbocharged 115 HP Rotax 914, a 12 percent larger wing for added lift,
a larger stabilator, and a full-aircraft parachute as standard
equipment. The model will cost an extra $14,000 over the standard CTLS.
"We think a great use for this airplane in the U.S. would be as a
floatplane," said Flight Design USA CEO Tom Peghiny. So the aircraft
will also accommodate optional Clamar amphibious floats. The new model
should be available later this year. More...
TO EXPAND PRODUCTION, OFFER SYNTHETIC VISION
Piper CEO Kevin
Gould said at Sun 'n Fun on Tuesday he's "encouraged" by the current
economy, and his company will expand production by more than 75 percent
this year, compared to 2009. Gould wouldn't hazard a guess, however, how
long it might take to return to 2008 levels. Since production in 2009
declined by about two-thirds compared to 2008, even a 75-percent
improvement shows there is a still a long way to go. Nonetheless, Gould
and other Piper execs were upbeat, noting that the company's owner,
Imprimis, is "in it for the long haul." Piper also announced that
Forward Vision Systems' EVS-100 and DVS-600 Enhanced Vision Systems are
now available for installation in the Malibu, Matrix and Mirage models.
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Today and Cast Your Vote for Your Favorite Charity
The five that have the most votes will each receive no less than $10,000
from the Lightspeed Aviation Foundation
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the show or online. Also, find out about Lightspeed's hot Sun 'n Fun
Zulu special running April 13-18
show. Can't make the show? The special's also available through any
Lightspeed dealer nationwide.
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