Meet the Pilot We All Look Up
Don't miss your chance to meet one of aviation's most revered pilots,
U.S. Airways "Miracle on the Hudson" First Officer
, at this year's EAA AirVenture Oshkosh.
Wednesday, July 28, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Phillips 66 Aviation, tent #304.
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2010 LAUNCHES TODAY
With the logistical challenges of sopping
rains and soaked campgrounds giving way to bright blue skies and
easy-to-bear temperatures in the 80s, EAA AirVenture 2010
kicks off on Monday with an overflowing slate of events. While brand-new
airplanes continue to be scarce as the economy struggles to recover, a
few new designs are expected to make appearances this week, along with
plenty of new products. Lots of aviation's superstars and heroes, both
aircraft and human, will visit the show. EAA is saluting veterans and
those who serve all week long, with warbird fly-bys scheduled for every
day this week. Celebrations of the 75th anniversary of the DC-3 and the
B-17 will also take place throughout the week. More...
FIELD RAPIDLY DRYING OUT
Although Wittman Field looked like a
soupy mess for the start of EAA AirVenture 2010, warm temperatures and
low humidity are rapidly drying the field for the start of the Monday
rush. AVweb toured the North 40 Sunday and found more dry spots
than wet, despite days of torrential rains leading up the event. EAA's
Dick Knapinksi told us Sunday evening that the North 40 will likely open
to arrivals sometime on Monday. However, EAA cautions that pilots
concerned about conditions on the field can spend a day or two in Fond
du Lac or Appleton until the North 40 firms up. More...
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The Farnborough International Airshow ended
Thursday after seeing roughly 820 passenger aircraft sold but relatively
little movement of high-profile aircraft like Boeing's 787 and Airbus'
A350 widebody, and none for the A380. Orders for Airbus and Boeing
aircraft appear to have topped out somewhere near $28 billion as
measured by non-discounted list prices, and accounting for about 237
jetliners. That triples sales seen at the Paris Airshow, last year,
according to Bloomberg news. Narrow-body aircraft accounted for
nearly all the aircraft sold and that made Embraer a relative winner,
selling about 44 Embraer 190 jetliners. The big two, Airbus and Boeing,
saw most demand for their 737-800 and A320 narrow-body jetliners,
respectively. Boeing's 787 Dreamliner made its international debut at
the show and the manufacturer may have been surprised by buyers'
AIRSHOW DEMO AIRCRAFT CRASHES
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A Canadian Forces airshow
demonstration pilot is in the hospital with undisclosed but
non-life-threatening injuries after his CF-18 Hornet fighter crashed
during preparation for an airshow in Alberta on Friday. Capt. Brian
Bews, 36, ejected from the aircraft just before it dove into the ground
at Lethbridge, Alberta. In advance of the weekend airshow, Bews was
practicing a maneuver called the High Alpha Path when witnesses say they
saw sparks coming from one of the engines and heard loud "popping
noises." The High Alpha Path is a maximum angle of attack/minimum speed
maneuver that relies on engine power to keep the aircraft stable. "I
noticed it start to bank a little bit off to one side, which I kind of
thought was unusual and I saw a couple of pops and all of a sudden this
plane just banked and slowly dropped into the ground into this huge
orange ball of fire," said Lethbridge Herald photographer Ian Martens,
who took these jaw-dropping images. More...
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NEXT PROJECT: THE KESTREL
It was considered inevitable among
most aviation industry observers that former Cirrus CEO Alan Klapmeier
would get back in the airplane business, and it was announced in Maine
Friday that he will head up the company that will certify and bring to
market the Kestrel turboprop single. In an announcement at Brunswick
Landing (soon to be the former Naval Air Station Brunswick), Maine Gov.
John Baldacci announced that Klapmeier's new venture, the Kestrel
Aircraft Company, has taken an option to lease a 170,000-sq. ft. hangar
built for the Navy in 2004. Baldacci said Kestrel is pouring $100
million into the development of the mostly composite aircraft and about
300 people will be hired initially. More...
ADDS HYPOXIA RECOGNITION
Cirrus Aircraft announced that a
pilot might "never fly single pilot again" with two new features for
Perspective-equipped aircraft where the autopilot system can act of its
own accord. The Hypoxia Recognition and Recovery system listens to the
com radio whenever the pilot is above 15,000 feet. A long period without
you talking on the radio will trigger an alert. If you don't respond,
the plane will descend on its own to 14,000 feet while continuing to try
and alert the pilot. If the pilot still doesn't cancel the alert the
plane can The autopilot can also step in if you're flying too slow or
potentially losing control of the aircraft. More...
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DRIVEN'S "ROADABLE" GLASAIR
The PD-1 combines a modified
Glasair Sportsman with a road-worthy trike undercarriage driven by a
separate engine; it has flown and is expected to arrive this week at
AirVenture Oshkosh 2010, according to its developers. The design
combines the Sportsman GS-2 with a kit that incorporates an auxiliary
external drive pod below the aircraft, between two large wheels and
behind an oversized nosewheel. Plane Driven says the drive's location
maintains the aircraft's original center of gravity. A streamlined pod
helps minimize the aerodynamic impact of carrying one inert engine in
flight. That engine is an 80-horsepower, 4-cycle, 2-cylinder,
liquid-cooled powerplant fueled by a separate gas tank. It's attached to
an automatic transmission with a reverse gear. The weight of the kit is
yet to be announced and it's not clear if the prototype vehicle is
currently street-legal. The vehicle's developers say that, as of July
21, the Plane Driven prototype has flown, and they've offered proof.
ECO-INCUBATOR WILL PROMOTE GREEN TECHNOLOGIES
last week it will launch an ecoDemonstrator program to help develop new
green technologies and get them to market more quickly. The project will
focus on fuel efficiency, noise reduction and operational efficiency.
"Commercial aviation is in rapid pursuit of its goal of carbon-neutral
growth by 2020, primarily driven by technology advancements," said Billy
Glover, managing director of Environmental Strategy for Boeing
Commercial Airplanes. "The ecoDemonstrator program can help accelerate
industry efforts by providing a platform that integrates innovation and
technologies in a way that ensures as they mature, they are
market-ready. The program also will enable emerging technologies to be
tested for further research consideration." The FAA recently awarded
Boeing $25 million in matching funds to support the project.
AND CHINA PARTNER ON HUGE HELICOPTER
An agreement between
Russian Helicopters Holding and Avicopter of China may produce an
Mi-26-type helicopter weighing in between 30 and 35 tons, if details are
ironed out. The two partners hope to arrive at technical decisions
regarding the new aircraft this fall, according to The Voice of Russia. The Mi-26, which is similar in
empty weight, has a maximum takeoff weight near 120,000 pounds. It has
been called the heaviest and most powerful helicopter in the world and
can carry up to 150 tightly packed people (90 is more common). It flies
under an eight-blade rotor spanning 105 feet, driven by two turboshaft
engines that can propel the aircraft at 180 mph. The Mi-26 won respect
from the Chinese government for its participation in rescue efforts
following a 2008 earthquake in China. More...
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KLAPMEIER: KESTREL HAS TO PROVE THE VALUE OF ITS SIZE
As the newly appointed CEO of Kestrel
Aircraft, former Cirrus visionary Alan Klapmeier says the big
turboprop is a complex, expensive airplane that will need to prove its
worth against stiff competition from small jets. So what's the niche? In
this podcast, Klapmeier told AVweb that the Kestrel and
others of its ilk do something little jets can't. They carry a
lot of stuff over long distances into and out of short runways. The
airplane also has a large, comfortable pressurized cabin rather than the
tighter confines of entry-level jets it might compete against. The
Kestrel prototype is on display at AirVenture.
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WORLD VIEW OF THE INDUSTRY
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trying to find new markets to replace traditional aircraft buyers who
are holding off on committing to new planes. He told AVweb's Russ
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OF THE WEEK: ST. CLAIR COUNTY AIRPORT (PELL CITY,
AVweb's "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to the FBO at
St. Clair County
Airport (KPLR) in Pell City, Alabama.
Randy Martin put PLR to the test when he decided to change his
go-to airport for trips to Birmingham. Having already spoken with the
airport manager (Larry), Randy expected thins to run smoothly when he
arrived. What Randy didn't expect was an experience he called "Southern
hospitality at its finest."
Upon my arrival, a silver van was planeside before the prop
stopped spinning, and Heath [a lineman] ask me if I needed a ride to the
motel. ... [After finding myself stranded at the motel later on, I
reluctantly called Larry and asked for a ride.] Bill arrived at the
motel within half hour and happily drove me over, offering several local
attractions to visit my next time in, and would not take any money for
gas or even a tip. ... A very big thank you for all the
guys at KPLR. I will definitely be back.
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