Aircraft Spruce Annual East
Coast Super Sale & Fly-In!
Aircraft Spruce East will be holding their Annual East Coast Super Sale
and Fly-In on Saturday, May 22, 2010
8:00am to 4:00pm
in Peachtree City, Georgia.
Come and join the Aircraft Spruce Team and vendors for lunch, special
pricing, vendor demonstrations, and educational seminars. Lots of
opportunities to win raffle prizes from some of your favorite vendors,
and a complimentary shuttle will be offered to and from Falcon Field
Airport. Call Aircraft Spruce at 1 (877) 4-SPRUCE
UNVEILS A DIESEL PROJECT (CORRECTED)
Continental says it's bullish on piston-engines that burn Jet A and
today in the company's Mobile skunk works, it took the wraps off the
project for a group of visiting journalists. It's a 230-HP
four-cylinder, four-cycle design that's readily scalable to a
six-cylinder version with up to 350-HP, a power range that will clearly
match TCM's products on the gasoline side. Certification of the
four-banger is planned for 2011, according to TCM's Johnny Doo, with the
six to follow as early as 2013. More...
94UL REPLACE 100LL? TCM THINKS SO
Continental is moving
forward with its research to pitch 94UL as a replacement for 100LL
avgas, which the EPA seems serious about regulating out of existence. At
the company's Mobile, Alabama test center, TCM is running detonation
tests of 94UL and on Wednesday, it gave visiting journalists a preview
of the project. TCM's Bill Brogdon told us on Tuesday that 94UL is
essentially 100LL without the tetraethyl lead added as an octane
enhancer. He says engines certified to operate of 80/87 octaneand
that's a lot of engineswill have no trouble making rated power
with 95UL. Similarly, says Continental, even its higher power
turbocharged large displacement, low-compression ratio engines can run
the lower octane. The problem engines are higher compression variants
that use 8.5 to 1 compression ratios. Brogdon told us these engines may
tolerate a diet of 94UL by tweaking the timing or developing affordable
knock detection and variable timing. Another option, he says, is reduce
compression ratio but increase displacementre-engining with a
IO-550 to replace an IO-520, for instance. Whether the owners of
aircraft with these engines will nibble on that remains to be seen.
NEW DIESEL PROJECT
said more than a year ago that it wanted to get an aerodiesel into its
product line, and now it has one. The company bought diesel technology
already developed from a European source and is forging ahead with its
own program. More...
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Centurion Aircraft Engines says it has
extended the life of its 2.0 liter diesel aircraft engines to 1,500
hours and eliminated a requirement to ship the engines to its German
headquarters for a 1,200-hour inspection. The engines previously had a
TBR (time before replacement) of 1,200 hours and there are still a few
things that need replacement at that interval, including a belt, hoses
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Removal and replacement of the engine takes about 13 hours, not to
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LEARN TO FLY DAY, SATURDAY
May 15, 2010, is national Learn to
Fly Day, which means that participating flight schools, airports, flight
instructors and aviation enthusiasts across the country will host Learn
to Fly seminars completely free of charge. Hundreds of venues across the
country are expected to host Learn To Fly events, Saturday, in what may
be the largest push for pilots in recent memory. This year, Learn to Fly
Day has been organized and sponsored by EAA volunteers in
conjunction with AOPA, Remos Aircraft, and PilotJourney.com, which
provided presenters with standardized materials. Those materials include
a "press here to play" presentation package to serve as the foundation
for Saturday's organized events. While it's too late for you to receive
a package and host your own event, you can still visit the Learn To Fly Day
website to find a catalog of every participating events listed by
state and venue, plus a link to free tickets (which are required to
attend). You can also attend online. More...
TO FLY KNOWS NO GENDER (BUT IT DOES HAVE ITS OWN
May 15 is International Learn to Fly Day, and
there's a push on to interest girls in aviation, since only about six
percent of the pilot population is female. AVweb's Russ Niles
spoke with Lt. Col. Maryse Carmichael, the new commanding officer
of the Canadian Forces Snowbirds, about pursuing your aviation dreams.
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NEWS FOR AIRPORT ACCESS
Two recent developments are good news
for expanding access to general aviation airports, AOPA said this week.
In Tennessee, the state legislature has approved a bill
that will provide liability protection to owners of private airfields
who open their facility to the public. "I think this is going to open a
lot of doors," said AOPA Southeast Regional Representative Bob Minter.
"The fun of flying is no better than at a small grass strip." The new
legislation, once signed into law by the governor, will allow
"recreational noncommercial aircraft operations" under the same kind of
rules that govern public use of private lands for hunting or fishing.
Also, the FAA recently said it will allow through-the-fence access at an
Oregon airport, a change to the hard line the agency has taken to such
requests for the last couple of years, AOPA said. More...
NEW HAZARD TO WATCH FOR: MET TOWERS
Landowners in search of a
wind-power site first install meteorological towers, or met towers, to
collect wind data, and these towers may be a hazard to pilots, the FAA
said this week. The towers can be up to 260 feet tall, and no lighting
is required if they are less than 200 feet high. They can be erected
very quickly and may remain on the site for just a few days, but most
will stay for a year or longer. "At this time there is no standardized
notification system in place to indicate when and where these towers are
erected," the FAA said. They are not posted in any Airport Facility
Directory or Notams unless they interfere with airport operations.
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SEEKS INPUT ON AIRCRAFT DESIGN RULES
The FAA is mulling over
major changes to the rules for certifying small aircraft, and the public
is invited to chime in at a meeting to be held in Scottsdale, Ariz.,
June 8 and 9. "Specifically, we would like feedback from manufacturers,
pilots, owners, mechanics, instructors and anyone else with an interest
in the small airplane industry," the FAA said. The Scottsdale meeting is
one of several that will be held around the country, and follows a
similar event in Wichita, Kan., in February. The FAA wants to reorganize
Part 23 so it's based on airplane performance and complexity, instead of
the current divisions based on weight and propulsion. "New small turbine
engines, composite airframes, and lightweight digital electronics offer
part 23 airplanes the operational capability and performance of
traditionally larger part 25 airplanes," the FAA said in its
certification study. "The slow, simple Part 23 airplanes have suffered
as the standards have shifted toward more complex airplanes."
CRASHES ON APPROACH IN LIBYA
An Airbus A330-200 crashed on
approach to the Tripoli airport in Libya on Wednesday morning, killing
103, with only one survivor, a child from the Netherlands. The volcanic
ash from Iceland didn't seem to be a factor in the region, according to
news reports. Visibility at the time of the crash was reportedly hazy,
with a cloud layer at 300 feet. The airplane was delivered to Afriqiyah
Airways last September and had accumulated about 1,600 flight hours. It
was on final approach to the airport's main runway, approaching from the
east, when it hit the ground near the runway threshold and broke apart.
Investigators have retrieved the airplane's voice and data recorders.
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FINDS GA SALES "FAR FROM RECOVERY"
Sales of general aviation
aircraft didn't drop as dramatically in the first quarter of this year
as they did the year before, but nonetheless, sales are down by 15
percent overall compared to the first quarter of 2009, the General
Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) reported on Monday. Worldwide, a total of 390 GA
airplanes were delivered. "These numbers are being released on the heels
of Europe's premier business aviation show, the European Business
Aviation Conference and Exhibition [EBACE], where many of our
manufacturers noted that the market seems to be stabilizing," said GAMA
President Pete Bunce. "Reported flight activity from the FAA and
Eurocontrol is on an upward trend and the used aircraft inventory is
slowly decreasing. However, these first-quarter figures reveal that our
industry is far from a recovery." Some GA manufacturers did report
slight upticks in deliveries. More...
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REPORTS FROM CAFE ELECTRIC AIRCRAFT SYMPOSIUM
electric airplanes continuing to gain favor, the fifth annual Electric
Aircraft Symposium was held recently, and here's a video report from
Kitplanes magazine editor Marc Cook. In case you haven't been
paying attention, there has been broad progress in battery technology
and endurance, motor weight, and power and charging systems. This video
summarizes the high points. More...
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OF THE WEEK: DANVILLE/BOYLE COUNTY AIRPORT BOARD (KDVK, DANVILLE,
We saw plenty of great FBO stories this week, but none
that wowed us so much as AVweb reader Liza Kummer's story
of above-and-beyond service at Danville/Boyle County Airport Board, located
at Stuart Powell Field (KDVK) in Danville, Tennessee:
We landed late at night enroute from Penn to
Texas and stayed at the fabulous Hampton Inn. The lady with Sharon's Car
Service Danville did not have taxis waited an hour for us
at the airport! It looked like we were going to be unable to fly the
next day because of a scary-looking squall line with forecasts of hail.
After thoroughly researching the weather, we were able to plan a path to
avoid all those nasty orange and red radar echoes and decided to forge
on before the squall line hit. It was raining now, and they retrieved my
plane from the corporate hangar, filled the tanks at the self-service
for me, pulled the plane close to the FBO to avoid getting wet, handed
me an umbrella for my pre-flight, and gave us bottles of water for the
flight. We felt like royalty.
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the country and another one, submitted by you, will be spotlighted here
next Monday! More...
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OF THE WEEK: AVWEB'S FLYING PHOTOGRAPHY SHOWCASE
"There are a
few of us out here who still fly steam gauges," writes
"POTW" semi-regular Ron
Horton of Ft. Mill, South Carolina; "the NuLite rings
sure help to light them up at night." Ron snapped this shot on
clear night when the 496 seen here didn't have much heavy lifting to do
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