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|AVflash! Engine Makers Differ on Future
94UL WOULD BE A HUGE MISTAKE
As the industry continues to
drift toward some unknown solution to the extinction of 100LL,
Continental and Lycoming disagree on what the octane for that
replacement should be. Continental has been aggressively pushing for
94UL and gave AVweb a briefing on that project at the Mobile
factory two weeks ago. As with Lycoming, many of Continentals engines
will require only 80-octane fuel and will have no problem with 94UL. For
those that don't, Continental is planning a combination of tweaks,
including low-compression overhauls, engine replacements, knock sensing
and electronic controls. But Lycoming's GM Michael Kraft told us last
week that certifying 94UL as the replacement piston fuel would be a huge
mistake that could cost the industry billions in lost business.He
believes that owners and operators are the ones most at risk and that
most don't understand how significantly performance will be reduced or
restricted by 94-octane fuel. "If people really understood what's going
on today, they would understand that we need to set the objective at 100
octane fuel," Kraft told us at Lycoming's Williamsport plant last
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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
BULL RACER 'SKIPS' ON DETROIT RIVER
Australian Red Bull competitor
Matt Hall narrowly escaped disaster Saturday when he stalled and hit the
Detroit River during qualifying for the Windsor, Ontario, race. Video
supplied by Red Bull shows Hall's left wing and main landing gear
hitting the water coming out of a turn but he fortunately had enough
energy to keep flying and was able to recover. "I felt I was having a
fairly good run," Hall said. "I might have skipped twice on the water.
It's a very disappointing result for me. It's the motor racing
equivalent of touching the wall." Well, if you say so. Hannes Arch won
the race, Sunday, and Paul Bonhomme was second.. More...
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POLISH CREW IGNORED WARNINGS
Newly released transcripts from
the cockpit recorder of the Polish government aircraft that crashed in
Russia in April show the crew ignored system warnings and offer no
direct proof that the crew's actions were influenced by political
officials onboard (but may suggest that). According to reports, the 41-page transcript released Tuesday
shows the crew was aware of the weather at Smolensk's Severny airport,
which was worse than minimums, but proceeded with the approach even as
system warnings began to sound in the cockpit. The crash killed all
aboard, including the Polish president. Investigators now say the crew
apparently ignored a total of 16 aircraft system warnings before the
Tu-154 began impacting trees. But prior to that, the transcript also
shows the captain said, "We don't know if we will be able to land,"
followed by a foreign ministry official stating, "Well, we have a
BID TO AVOID VOLCANIC ASH
Low-budget British airline EasyJet
is betting more than $1 million that infrared technology will help their
pilots avoid future volcanic ash clouds and ash-cloud-induced losses for
the airline. The Airborne Volcanic Object Identifier and Detector
(AVOID) would detect an ash cloud from about 60 nm away using infrared
cameras and infrared radiation sensing equipment. In practice, it would
give the crew of a cruising EasyJet Airbus A340 about seven minutes to
identify the cloud and properly respond. The technology is being
developed in partnership with Airbus and has so far earned an investment
of more than $1.2 million from EasyJet. The airline estimates it may
have lost more than $75 million in April and May from repeated airspace
closures that occurred when volcanic activity in Iceland spread ash
clouds over much of Europe. If all goes well, devices could be in place
on EasyJet aircraft by year-end. Meanwhile, air authorities have been
working on a different approach. More...
FLIGHT LANDS ON HIGHWAY
Highway landings happen all the time
but not usually with paying passengers, as happened in central Manitoba,
Canada, on Friday. The pilot of a Gillam Air Services Britten Norman
Islander set down on a straight stretch of highway near Thompson, about
500 miles north of Winnipeg, after an apparent engine failure. There
were five pax on the nine-passenger twin. The pilot told authorities he
couldn't maintain altitude on one engine so he put down on the highway
and taxied to a picnic area so as not to disrupt the normal occupants of
the asphalt. There was no damage and no injuries. More...
First Ever Aircraft Auction
, in partnership with EAA, will be hosting an aircraft
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SEEKS GREEN AIRLINER PROPOSALS
NASA is actively seeking
proposals to be received by July 15 for studies that aim to realize (by
2025) commercial airliner concept designs for quieter, cleaner and more
economical flight -- and winners could see a payoff. According to the
agency, "The total potential value of the research contracts is $36.6
million." Technological goals of the program include a 50-percent
reduction in fuel consumption and nitrogen oxide emissions and an
80-percent reduction in the "nuisance noise footprint around airports"
when compared with current airliners. Competitive design concepts will
also be optimized for operation in the NextGen air traffic control
environment. Once selected, test areas may include capabilities "that
could enable routine operation of future unpiloted air vehicles."
Entries will be distilled to as many as four teams that will then embark
on 12-month studies to commence in fiscal year 2011. More...
FIRST FOR FEMALE AIR FORCE PILOT
The Air Force says Col. Dawn
Dunlop was the first woman to fly an F-22 and becomes the "first female
fighter test pilot to lead an Air Force wing" when, on June 4, she takes
command of the 412th Test Wing at Edwards Air Force Base. Prior to 1993,
the Air Force carried a ban on female fighter pilots. Dunlop graduated
from the Air Force Academy in 1988 and went on to the Air Force Test
Pilot School at Edwards in 1997. She has accumulated more than 3,300
flight hours (including combat hours) and has flown more than 25
aircraft models. In November of 2003, then Lt. Col. Dunlop became the
first woman to fly the Raptor after that year being assigned as
operations officer for the F-22 Combined Test Force at Edwards. Dunlop
will succeed Brig. Gen. William Thornton to assume her latest command.
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JUNE 7, 2010
Letter of the Week: Getting Real With
The way I've always understood the implementation
of ADS-B is that the promise to GA was the benefit of ADS-B
in at the cost of ADS-B out. The understanding was that
the cost of both a GPS and a UAT were what we as GA pilots paid to
obtain that benefit. When I upgraded my panel, I did everything but
purchase a UAT because it really wasn't available and nothing talked to
it. What happened to that dream?
Perhaps this is an
opportunity for economic growth? Let's get some of those "stimulus"
dollars working by stimulating our avionics industries to produce the
gear we need and hire techs to install them into all those aircraft
which would benefit from a basic GNS-430W/GTX-330ES upgrade (or a newer,
lower-cost replacement for that combination). Perhaps the FAA will get
the spirit and help the manufacturers by searching for ways to
meaningfully reduce the overhead costs to certify the new equipment;
maybe something like what the LSA people are doing?
the FAA wants to mandate new technology, good; it's about time. If they
really want to see that technology deployed, then get busy and find ways
to help the manufacturers deliver quality products for a price that
makes sense on the benefit/value side of things.
Click through to read the full text of Jim's
letter and other missives from AVweb readers mostly on
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OF THE WEEK: WINDWARD AVIATION (KLNA, LANTANA/WEST PALM BEACH,
Maybe it's the summer vacation effect, but AVweb's
"FBO of the Week" nominations basket is filling up with stories of great
FBOs from the panhandle down through central Florida and all the way
south to Palm Beach, where AVweb reader Wally Moran
recently experienced "the best service I have ever had at an FBO."
Here's the story of Wally's visit to Lantana, Florida's Windward
Aviation at Palm Beach County Park Airport
This is a maintenance
facility next to the FBO. I arrived in the late afternoon with a gear
indication problem, and when Mr. James Leach, the owner, met me at the
front desk, I explained that I needed to leave ASAP but felt the gear
indication needed attention. He quickly moved another aircraft out of
the hangar, moved mine in, assigned two A&Ps to the job, and jacked and
checked the gear. Thanks to his fine service, I was able to depart on
time and at a very resonable cost.
Keep those nominations
coming. For complete contest rules, click
AVweb is actively seeking out the best FBOs in
the country and another one, submitted by you, will be spotlighted here
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