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PHOTOS OF ROUSH CRASH
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photographer Brian Flanagan captured images of the last seconds of Jack
Roush's Beechcraft Premier 1 as it dipped a wing and then pancaked on an
infield area of Wittman Regional Airport Tuesday evening. The sequence
shows the aircraft in a relatively steep bank over the runway before it
hits hard, collapsing the gear as onlookers flee to safety. Meanwhile
Roush, 68, has undergone surgery at a local hospital and is now in the
Mayo Clinic for more treatment and recovery. At last report his
condition was listed as serious but stable. The status of his passenger,
Brenda Strickland, 61, hasn't been discussed in detail but her injuries
were initially thought to be less severe than Roush's.
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DREAMS OF ELECTRIC FLIGHT
Burt Rutan, in one of the seven
talks he will be giving during EAA AirVenture this week, addressed the
World Electric Symposium at the EAA museum on Friday, and said the "most
impressive thing I have ever seen anywhere in aerospace" was a remotely
controlled, dynamically soaring glider that he watched fly from the top
of a mountain. He went on to talk about the electric aviation advances
he would most like to see. First would be a self-launching sailplane. He
also described an electric backup propulsion system that would consist
of two pods that could be snapped on to the wings of an airplane and
provide just enough power for an approach or a go-around, in the event
the main engine fails. It could also boost power for
high-density-altitude takeoffs. Such a device could save a lot of lives,
Rutan said. But he added that the prospect he is most excited about is
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ENERGY, CESSNA TEAM ON ELECTRIC 172
Cessna is teaming up with
George Bye of Bye Energy to design a proof-of-concept electric-powered
172, Cessna said this week at EAA AirVenture. "As we look at the
landscape of alternative fuels for general aviation aircraft, the
electric powerplant offers significant benefits, but there are
significant challenges to get there," said Cessna CEO Jack Pelton. "We
believe Bye Energy has gotten off to a good start in understanding those
challenges and how to overcome them." Cessna said it expects to fly the
electric Skyhawk by the end of this year, but Bye told
AVweb he was shooting for the first quarter of next year.
LINDBERGH ELECTRIC AIRCRAFT PRIZES AWARDED
The efforts of
Yuneec, Sonex and Lange Aviation were recognized at EAA AirVenture on
Friday as the three were awarded the first Lindbergh Electric
Aircraft Prizes. Yuneec took the honors for the best example of an
electric aircraft, the E430; Sonex won for its efforts in developing
subsystems and components; and Axel Lange took the individual
achievement award for his development of the Antares 20E motorglider. The prizes totaled $25,000,
but Erik Lindbergh announced shortly after the ceremony that all of the
winners had agreed to donate their prizes back to the LEAP organization
to help fund education programs that aim to inspire young people to
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TURBOPROP DEBUTS AT OSHKOSH
One aircraft attracting a lot of attention
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design that's been under development in the UK for a number of years.
The project now has been taken over by Alan Klapmeier, one of the
co-founders of Cirrus Aircraft, who left Cirrus about a year ago.
announced that the project will be based in Maine and start down the
long road to FAA certification. Here at Oshkosh, the Kestrel display is
right next door to Epic Aircraft, which is selling a similar aircraft
that has some common heritage. Adrian Norris, a spokesman for Kestrel,
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as he works toward a prototype design. In any case, the Epic aircraft is
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MUSTANG RAISES $375,000
It may be an aviation event but a car
stole the show at the Gathering of Eagles fundraiser at AirVenture
Oshkosh 2010 Thursday. The Ford SR-71 Mustang, the first-ever
collaboration between NASCAR owner Jack Roush and the legendary Carroll
Shelby, raised $375,000 for Young Eagles at auction. The car is, of
course, an instant collectible and was purchased by an unidentified
buyer from Texas. The sale was made more poignant by the crash
of Roush's Premier 1 in a landing accident at Wittman Field on Tuesday.
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