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ROLLS OUT A NEW TURBOCHARGED MODEL
Cirrus continues to be
bullish on turbocharging and has announced a new model, the SR22T.
Cirrus rolled out the new airplane at the Cirrus Owners and Pilots
Association Migration in Dayton, Ohio. The model is a follow-on to the
SR22TN, which has a turbonormalized version of the IO-550-N installed in
the normally aspirated SR22. The SR22T has a ground-boosted TSIO-550-K
with 315 HP, five more than the TN model. The SR22T's TSIO-550 has low
compression pistons 7.5 to 1 so Cirrus sees this as a path
to the use of lower octane fuels. (At least lower than 100 octane.)
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TRIGGERS CALL FOR RE-REGULATION
Congressmen James Oberstar
and Jerry Costello said at a hearing, Wednesday, that if the proposed
United and Continental merger is approved, they'll be pushing to restore
financial regulation of the airline industry. Oberstar, chairman of the
House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and Costello,
chairman of the panel's aviation subcommittee, say that if the merger is
approved, they'll put the issue before Congress. Federal regulation of
airline pricing would re-establish the government in a position to set
pricing for consumers and decide which companies would be fit to fly
passengers. Deregulation of the airline industry came about in 1978 and
has been cited by proponents for initiating a new era of competition and
affordable air travel. Oberstar says that era is over and consumers are
now suffering under a new fee-based system that would only get worse
with the creation of a United/Continental mega-carrier.
TO SPLIT FROM EAA
EAA announced Friday that its affiliate,
the National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI), will become an
independent organization no later than March 1, 2011. The move will
create "a cleaner operating structure" for both organizations and the
ability for each to focus on their core strengths, according to EAA
Chairman and President Tom Poberezny. The two organizations have
operated together since 1995, in which time NAFI has doubled its
members. "We truly appreciate all that EAA has done for NAFI," Ken
Hoffman, the association's board chairman, said. He pledged to work with
EAA to serve each organization's common interests and said that going
forward, NAFI will continue to work for the benefit of professional
flight instructors "and other teachers of flight." According to EAA
communications director Dick Knapinski, the transition to independence
is already under way. More...
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GROUP PRESSES AOPA ON FUEL ISSUE
Leaders of owners groups for
Cirrus, Malibu/Mirage, Bonanza, Mooney and Twin Cessna aircraft have
banded together to form the Clean
100-Octane Coalition to make clear what they need from any
replacement 100LL. Owners of these aircraft have the most to lose if the
nation adopts 94UL (essentially 100LL without the lead) as a replacement
fuel, because that fuel will mandate either expensive engine
modifications, power de-ratings or both for their aircraft. It's likely
this group's existence has already influenced AOPA's latest statement on a replacement for 100LL. At the
annual Cirrus owner's migration in Dayton on Saturday, the coalition met
with AOPA President Craig Fuller, as well as representatives from
Cirrus, Piper, GAMA and Teledyne-Continental Motors (TCM), in what
became a four-hour meeting to further press the point.
CLAIMS LSA "FIRST" WITH TAURUS
Pipistrel has announced the
Taurus LSA, claiming it's the "first ever high-performance two-seat
self-launching glider," and the company is encouraging green-minded
pilots to inquire about the company's electric version. The standard
aircraft is heavy on advanced systems, including a flip-and-forget
switch for retracting or extending the internally stowed powerplant and
a mass trim system that drives "trim fluid" to different parts of the
aircraft to properly balance it for single- or dual-occupant flight. The
aircraft also carries a Kevlar-reinforced cockpit structure and a huge
clear canopy, and can be fitted with an optional full-plane parachute
system. Pipistrel claims a 41:1 glide ratio and says the aircraft can
easily achieve a 78-knot cruise with its standard 50-hp Rotax that burns
3.1 gph when turned up for 90 knots. Those numbers hold firm for the
aptly named Taurus Electro (the electric-powered version), according to
the company, which offers more interesting technology in the Taurus
package not usually seen in an LSA, or the Taurus' price range.
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CLEARS CONTROLLER IN SPORT-JET CRASH
The clash between a
light jet's insurance company and air traffic controllers over the 2006
non-fatal crash of the prototype Sport-Jet has been decided in court, in
favor of the on-duty controller. The defendant in this case was the
United States of America (according to court documents) in the form of
the FAA. The plaintiff was the Sport-Jet's insurer. Court papers dated
June 17, 2010, show the Sport-Jet followed a Dash 8 as it departed. Once
airborne the Sport-Jet's wing dipped and the aircraft cartwheeled. The
plaintiff charged that proper separation was not provided per the FAA's
regulatory guidance and a wake encounter had caused the accident. The
court decided that the on-duty controller met the applicable regulations
for separation in handling the departures and concluded that even if a
breach of regulations had occurred, "a wake turbulence encounter did not
cause the accident." The logic that lead to that conclusion was
HURT IN CURTISS REPLICA CRASH
Officials of the Glenn H.
Curtiss Museum in Hammondsport, N.Y., say their summer flying schedule
is in doubt after the crash of one of its aircraft Friday seriously
injured their chief pilot. Jim Poel, 67, is in critical but stable
condition in an upstate New York hospital after the 1910 replica Curtiss Albany Flyer he was flying went down in a
cornfield about a quarter of a mile from Penn Yan / Yates County
Airport. "To rebuild it would take a couple of years, so it's ...
changing our game plan for our flying programs for 2010 and 2011,"
Trafford Doherty, the museum's executive director, told the Elmira
Star-Gazette. The aircraft was slated for some high-profile flights this
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|Red Bull World Series: "If You Can Make It Here
UPSET TURNS THE TIDE IN NEW YORK
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Paul Bonhomme literally inched his way into a victory at the New York
stop of this year's Red Bull Air Race World Series. Race favorite Hannes
Arch from Austria posted the best race times during the practice
sessions and Saturday's qualifying runs. But his lead slipped away from
him when he hit a pylon with his wing tip in his very last run giving
him a six-second penalty added on to his total time. With less than
three seconds separating the times of the top three contenders all of
Arch's hopes of winning, or even placing in the top three, had all but
vanished. "Yes, it's been a great day," commented Bonhomme after the
races. "I concentrated on me, my aeroplane, and the track today. Now I
think we can celebrate, though." More...
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JUNE 21, 2010
Letter of the Week: Bill Threatens
California has the most airports, the most
air traffic, the most pilots, and the most flight instructors by FAA
region or state. As of December 31, 2009, there were 61,709 active
pilots residing in California, [and] 17 percent (or approximately 9,316)
were listed as flight instructors. Flight instructors are the essence of
aviation in an ever more complicated and extensive aeronautical
Flight instructors are needed to maintain and
increase aviation safety levels and to facilitate growth in general and
commercial aviation for the state of California. Adding statutory
financial burdens to flight instructors and flight schools,
especially in this economy, will reduce the availability of the
much-needed human resources now providing initial, advanced, currency,
and proficiency training. Fewer flight instructors will reduce the
safety and growth ratios. Flying in California will become more
expensive and [more] dangerous.
The FAA is anticipating domestic
flight operations in the U.S. to double by 2025, and California is not
exempt. AB 48 will reduce the number of flight instructors and flight
schools in California that provide the needed safety training to
maintain the state's growth and its direct connection to aviation safety
and accident prevention. It is irresponsible to implement AB 48 and not
to evaluate its safety impact. Repeal AB 48, California's Private
Postsecondary Education Act of 2009.
FAASteam Lead Rep.
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LOGJAM A LABOR ISSUE
The issue holding up passage of
the FAA reauthorization bill has little to do with aviation per se. A
controversial amendment would change the way labor laws apply to FedEx,
and the company is fighting tooth and nail to prevent that.
AVweb's Russ Niles spoke with FedEx spokesman Maury Lane.
SR22T FLIGHT DEMO
is out with a new version of the SR22, the SR22T, with a TSIO-550-K
groundboosted turbo system. AVweb's Paul Bertorelli took a demo
flight in the new airplane with Cirrus's Matt Bergwall.
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|Overheard in IFR Magazine's "On the
At some now-forgotten backwoods class G
airport, I was in the run-up area trying to unfoul a plug by leaning the
crap out of my worn-out Lycoming 180hp engine, and, despite my anxiety
over an impending $25K overhaul, I managed to catch the following on
[unintelligible] ... . Please advise ..." [becomes completely
Another Aircraft in
"Cherokee 1234, what do you need advice on how
to fly your airplane? a career choice? tips on your love life?
"Ah ah how about
advise your position?"
"Man, if you
have to ask, you need to learn to look out the window."
I wanted to ask if any of them could
advise how to keep my spark plugs from fooling.
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