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AIRPARTS RETURNS WITH CHINESE FUNDING
which has been operating in bankruptcy since 2009, announced that it has
made a partnership deal with a Chinese technology group to both
revitalize the company's U.S. operations and to also build a factory in
China. The Chinese plant will build Superior's 180-HP Vantage engines
for the Chinese and Asian markets. The new company will be called
Superior Aviation, Beijing and the U.S. operation will a subsidiary. Tim
Archer, who ran Superior's marketing and sales for several years, will
be the company's new CEO. More...
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Honda Aircraft Company has concluded electrical-system
checks of its first conforming flight test HondaJet, and its first
static test aircraft is ready to endure static structural testing in
August. Successful completion of power-on tests means that Honda can
begin integration of the avionics and electrical systems and begin
assembly of what they call "the most advanced glass flight deck
available" in a light bizjet. Meanwhile, the static test aircraft has
been fitted with more than 1,800 strain gauges. It will be physically
tested by 61 hydraulic actuators at Honda's Greensboro, N.C., facility,
which also includes an environmental chamber. Honda says the facility
can simultaneously "prove static and fatigue strength under various
flight and ground load conditions." The proof-of-concept aircraft has
already flown more than 500 hours, reached 420 knots and 43,000 feet ...
and the grounds of AirVenture Oshkosh where it is on display, this year.
If coming tests go as planned, Honda anticipates a first flight of its
first conforming flight test aircraft, later this year. But there's a
chance a few of you may see the concept jet fly sooner.
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OFFERS MUSTANG "HIGH SIERRA" PACKAGE, MENTOR PILOTS
showing a Citation Mustang at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh this week with
their latest upgrade package, called "High Sierra." The interior
features premium leather, hand-woven carpeting, and high-quality
sidewalls and cabinetry. "The option package also includes synthetic
vision for the G1000, two years or 400 hours of turnkey maintenance, and
the Jepp-view chart upgrade," Cessna's Jim Perry told AVweb at
the show. "Plus locking fuel caps, which you might not think is a big
deal, but it's a very popular option," he said. The package comes for
$75,000 on top of the $3 million Mustang base price. Cessna also rolled
out a new program to provide mentor pilots for new owners.
ECAS 2010 Light Jets
, a major business aviation event for Europe, will take
place in Linkoping, Sweden, the birthplace of Swedish aviation. The
event coincides with the 100th anniversary of flying in Sweden. Light
jets take off in Europe, and this international two-day conference will
explore the latest developments in the corporate aviation sector of
Europe, as well as new business models, opportunities, and challenges in
the region. Business aircraft operators admitted at no cost.
Click here for more information.
SOUTH KOREAN CIRRUCORVALIS
Korean manufacturer KAI aims to
make the KC-100 South Korea's first FAA-certified aircraft, and offer it
as direct competition to top-end Cirrus and Cessna Corvalis turbocharged
piston models, by 2013. What the KC-100 brings to the party is nearly
full carbon-fiber construction, a cabin that adds one or two inches in
width over Cirrus and Corvalis designs, an Avidyne Entegra II panel,
plus standard TKS ice protection, air conditioning and oxygen. As that
package suggests, the KC-100 intends to provide for a good life in the
fast lane at high altitude. Powered by a FADEC-controlled TCM
TSIOF-550-K turbocharged engine, KAI plans to deliver cruise speeds of
about 190 knots, a maximum range of 1,200 nautical miles, and a useful
load of at least 1,100 pounds. The manufacturer did not bring a
prototype to AirVenture (it's due for completion in early 2011), but
they did have a presence, and expect a first flight by late summer next
year. Click through for more details. More...
FOUR-SEATER: EFFICIENCY AND SPEED
In a conversation at
Oshkosh Friday, Pipistrel confirmed to AVweb that we should
expect their coming hybrid-driven four-seater to cruise at 200 KTAS,
while burning less than 10 gallons per hour. And we should expect to see
it unveiled before July 2011. Discussion of the aircraft's powerplant
suggest something like a Lycoming four-cylinder around 200 hp, but "will
presented by Pipistrel with an electric motor system." We've seen images
of the official low-wing T-tailed design. Along with a high-aspect-ratio
wing that's tapered from the back, it's what we'd comfortably call
next-generation Pipistrel. "Every line serves a function," a Pipistrel
engineer told us, "whether to reduce wind noise in the cockpit, or for
pressure recovery. There is no form on the aircraft that is not shaped
for maximum efficiency." That means advanced composites and compound
curves. While weight restraint flows right down into the titanium
landing gear, it doesn't appear Pipistrel plans to cut corners on
creature comforts. More...
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VISION EVS GETS INSURANCE BACKING AND PREMIUM DISCOUNT
Forward Vision EVS (Enhanced Vision System) has apparently earned the
respect of Aggressive Insurance. Aggressive has announced they will
provide a credit of 5 percent applicable to both liability and hull
coverage premiums for aircraft equipped with the certified EVS. Better
yet, aircraft equipped with EVS, a parachute and airbag systems can earn
an insurance credit of 15 percent. More...
The New EX600 MFD with
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situational awareness, delivered on a stunning full-color glass panel
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JPI is the leader in innovative, precise EDM and fuel flow monitors. Fly
with confidence, knowing your engine is scanned over 4-6 times a second.
Download in-flight data to your computer using JPI's no-cost graphing
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AIRVENTURE 2010 COMPLETE COVERAGE ROUND-UP
If you subscribe to our
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recapping all of our media coverage from EAA AirVenture 2010 not
only podcasts, but videos, blogs, and photo galleries, too.
special issue will hit inboxes tomorrow (Tuesday), so now would be a
good time to add AVwebAudio to your subscription (if you don't
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"Update E-mail Subscriptions." From there, you can add or drop any
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OF THE WEEK: WISCONSIN AVIATION AT DODGE COUNTY AIRPORT (KUNU, JUNEAU,
We heard from many readers who were diverted on their
journey to Oshkosh this week and discovered other FBOs along the way.
The most popular FBO we heard about, though was Wisconsin
Aviation at Dodge County Airport (KUNU) in Juneau,
Jon Dean was the first to bring this FBO to our
When over 190
aircaft arrived un-planned thanks to the closure of OSH for arrivals,
Tim and his team (Mary and Josh) were truly amazing. They got everyone
tied down, allowed us all to camp, got transport, helped with finding
food Domino's actually delivered to my plane on the far side of
the field! made coffee, and organised shower and head facilities.
And with all this, they levied no charges at all, just the regular top
off with gas! ... They then helped organize transport for all of us
stranded there to get to OSH some 45 nm north.
part of this story? Most of the readers who told us about Wisconsin
Aviation have already made plans to fly into KUNU next year as part of
their AirVenture pilgrimage!
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
next Monday! More...
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|Overheard in IFR Magazine's "On the
The October day when the tables
turned in Des Moines, Iowa:
Bravo Charlie: Runway 31, cleared to
"Cleared to land, Two Bravo
"United Eleven Eight Four: Runway 31,
cleared for take-off."
There was some delay, and United
couldn't go, so tower rescinded the take-off clearance and told United
to hold short of the runway for the landing
"We're across the holdshort
Tower (left with no option)
"Citation Two Bravo Charlie, go
"Going around and Tower? Call
the hangar at 555-XXXX when we get on the ground."
Des Moines, Iowa
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