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SCRAMJET FLIGHT GOOD, NOT PERFECT (WITH VIDEO)
The Air Force's scramjet, the
Boeing X-51A Waverider, set a new world record, Wednesday, when it ran
for 200 seconds, burned JP-7, and reached a speed of about Mach 5
(roughly 1 mile per second). In 2004, NASA's X-43 flew much faster (Mach
9.7) but burned hydrogen and managed that for about 12 seconds before it
melted. Early data show the unmanned X-51A suffered from some
temperature problems of its own, though not as severe. It had been
scheduled for a 300-second run topping out at Mach 6 near 70,000 feet.
But temperatures at the rear of the engine bay grew higher than
expected. After the vehicle reached roughly Mach 5, it began to slow
down for reasons yet to be determined and the vehicle was destroyed by
its operators. More...
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ACTS ON GE UNCONTAINED ENGINE FAILURES
Citing four foreign
accidents in two years involving uncontained engine failures, the NTSB
Thursday issued recommendations that ask the FAA to require GE to
redesign a specific engine component. The failures (one each on two
Boeing 747s, an Airbus A300 and a DC-10) did not result any injuries or
death, but the NTSB believes they presented direct hazards to the
aircraft, the passengers and aircraft systems. An uncontained engine
event results in fragments of rotating engine parts penetrating and
exiting through the engine case. The NTSB would like to see the FAA
require operators of CF6-45/50 engines to perform recurrent borescope
inspections and recurrent fluorescent penetrant inspections, until GE
provides a redesigned substitute low-pressure turbine stage 3 disk and
operators have it installed. The NTSB believes the disks can "fail
unexpectedly when excited by high pressure rotor unbalance." The board's
recommended timeframe for replacement is "at the next maintenance
TAKES PISTON MANUFACTURING BACK IN-HOUSE
For the first time
since the late 1960s, Lycoming can produce in-house pistons, and the
company believes the technology it developed with an English partner
company and a Japanese machine tool company puts it well ahead of
competitors. The company unveiled its new process Wednesday. In
practice, a billet goes through four individual but connected machines
-- with automated quality-control measures built in -- and, two to four
minutes later, it comes out as a finished piston. According to the
company, each sub-process ends with an automated quality inspection to
ensure it meets manufacturing specifications, and every fifth piston is
checked manually. "Now we don't have to worry if there is a supplier out
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REUNION HITS TURBULENCE
The structure of a much-anticipated
mass arrival of DC-3 aircraft at this year's AirVenture Oshkosh is in
question after an apparent rift developed between the owners group
organizing the 40-ship formation and EAA. Last week EAA announced that
it will "exclusively organize and coordinate all AirVenture activities
for the DC-3 75th anniversary." The owners group, which says it's been
working for more than a year to organize the gathering independently of
EAA under the name The Last Time, has termed the EAA announcement "a
hostile takeover" of the event and it calls into question whether a
formation flight over Wittman Regional Airport on the opening day of
AirVenture will be held. EAA spokesman Dick Knapinski said EAA is not
trying to hijack the event; rather, it's trying to ensure it goes
smoothly and safely. More...
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|Concorde May Carry History Aloft, If Not
MAY FLY AGAIN
An Air France Concorde was to have undergone
borescope tests Saturday to determine if its four engines can be safely
started in advance of a possible return to flight. The aircraft is at a
French museum at Le Bourget Airport, where it was mothballed seven years
ago when Air France and British Airways ended supersonic service after
decades of financial losses and the spectacular crash of a Concorde in
Paris in 2000 that killed 113 people. There was no word at our deadline
on the outcome of the tests but it's hoped the aircraft can soon be
fueled and readied for taxi tests before returning to the air for
heritage flights. It's hoped the aircraft can be airworthy in time for a
flight over the opening ceremonies of the 2012 Summer Olympics in
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AIRMOTIVE'S NEW V-6 ENGINES: THE DETAILS
surprised us this week by announcing that it's launching a new general
aviation engine line. The powerplants will be V-6s available in
turbocharged and normally aspirated versions and up to 320hp. In this
podcast, AVweb's Paul Bertorelli got some interesting details on
the engines from Adept's Richard Schulz. More...
CONSUMER'S DIAMOND MOTOR GLIDER GLIDING TRIAL
'n Fun, AVweb took
a look at Diamond's reintroduced HK36 motor glider. In this
follow-up video, we tried it out in extended glider operation, and (no
suprise) it's a great performer. If you want to learn soaring and still
want a powered airplane, the HK36 is a remarkably well-executed
MAGAZINE SHARES GPS TRICKS FOR VOR CLEARANCES
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OF THE WEEK: CRAIG AIR CENTER (KCRG, JACKSONVILLE,
Here at AVweb, we love a good "above and beyond"
story and this week's spotlight FBO, Craig Air
Center at Craig Municipal Airport (KCRG) in Jacksonville,
Florida, has made "above and beyond" their motto.
Karney tells the tale:
stayed at Craig for a week visiting family in the area. While taxiing to
depart, we noticed one of our main tires was flat. The linemen came out
and happily towed us back to their FBO. (Where we stopped was literally
the farthest point from their FBO.) ... [S]ince it was Sunday, there
were no maintenance facilities open that day. They inflated the tire for
me ... [but] when it would not hold any air, they called every
maintenance facility on the field ... [then started] calling flight
schools on the field. Their last option came through: A mechanic was
reached that worked at Criag Air Center, and it was fixed at a
reasonable price, in a reasonable ammount of time. I was extremely
pleased with their service and helpfulness. I will definitely be back if
I am in the area.
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Overheard on the radio:
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"Piper 1234W cleared
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"Roger. Cleared to
land, runway 20."
[after a pause]
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"Yep, too much giddyup and not
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"Roger. Cleared to land,
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