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FUEL ENGINE TEST RESULTS GENERALLY POSITIVE
leadless alternative to 100LL appears to have come through a critical
engine endurance test with flying colors at an FAA lab. In a report (PDF) released last week, researchers at the William
J. Hughes Technical Center in Atlantic City said they found no problems
with wear or engine deposits in a brand-new Lycoming 540 that was broken
in and run on Swift Fuel for 150 hours. "There was no indication of
excessive wear on any of the high-contact, high-stress parts of the
engine, and the engine oil analyses showed minimal fuel dilution," the
researchers concluded. "There was no evidence of excess fuel nozzle
deposits or fuel maldistribution. Cylinder combustion deposits,
including spark plugs, valves, and piston face deposits, were light.
Varnish and sludge buildup were light." The fuel tested was made in a
refinery, rather than from the biomass process Swift hopes to use. The
researchers recommended that further tests be done using biomass-sourced
fuel. Although the tests went well, the results weren't perfect.
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|The Once-Fanastic Starts to Look a Little ...
LOOKS AT SPACE REGS
The FAA has partnered with eight
universities to figure out how space tourism fits into the airspace and,
in some ways, into society itself. New Mexico State University at Las
Cruces will lead the Center of Excellence for Commercial Space
Transportation. There are, of course, mundane practical matters to be
addressed. "If the plans of people like Sir Richard Branson of Virgin
Galactic are accurate, in the next three to five years there will be
very frequent space tourism launches," Scott Hubbard, a professor of
astronautics and aeronautics at Stanford University, told The Associated
Press. "That means you've got to clear the airspace and if it's very
frequent you've got to be sure to manage that together with airplanes
going by," he said. But the advent of regular launches to the edge of
space or beyond raises technical, regulatory and even medical issues
that haven't been considered before and the FAA's Hank Price says the
agency wants to try and keep everyone safe without unduly impeding
development of the industry. "We try to be as flexible as we can, to be
as safe as possible but also allow testing of (private spaceships and
rockets)," Price said. More...
SUFFERS GEAR COLLAPSE
Scaled Composites' WhiteKnightTwo (Eve)
was involved in what the company is calling "a minor incident" early
Thursday, when its left-side landing gear collapsed while the aircraft
was on the runway at Mojave. According to Scaled, "no injuries were
sustained and the incident did not involve the Spaceship, which was not
attached to WhiteKnightTwo." The vehicle was involved in its 37th flight
test at the time. WhiteKnightTwo is purpose-built to carry SpaceShipTwo
(Enterprise) between its twin boom fuselages and deliver "space
tourists" a temporary sub-orbital weightless experience for a ticket
price, through Virgin Galactic, of $200,000 per person.
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A February 2009 underwater discovery
evolved Thursday into the recovery effort of an extremely rare Navy
SB2C-4 Helldiver lost near San Diego 65 years ago. The aircraft was
successfully raised Friday. San Diego Air and Space Museum CEO Jim
Kidrick told nbcSanDiego.com the aircraft may be one of "two or three
others in the world today." (Other sources suggest there may be as many
as five Helldivers in museums around the world, with one flying.) The
aircraft was deposited in Lower Otay Reservoir by E.D. Frazar and his
gunner Joseph Metz after it suffered engine failure during a low
altitude target run on May 28, 1945. Too low to bail out, the two men
survived the ditching and swam to safety. Frazar's son Richard and other
family members were on hand with hundreds of other spectators to see the
aircraft pulled from the reservoir. Hundreds of volunteers now stand at
the ready to work the plane back to "new" condition, but that effort
will still take years and hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations.
The finished product is not expected to stay in San Diego.
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RETURN TO FLIGHT
Last year, layoffs at Microsoft put the
future of Flight Simulator X (FSX), popular amongst both desk jockeys
interested in flight and real pilots interested in maintaining their
question; now, we're seeing clues of a new beginning. Microsoft has
announced that a new game, "Flight," is in the works. And it will be the
first flight simulation offering released by the company since 2006. The
company says it's targeting flying enthusiasts interested in an emphasis
on accuracy and realism, but hasn't offered many details. CNET.com
recently noted that Microsoft has licensed some of its technology to
Lockheed Martin for a forthcoming military training program called Prepar3D. The web
page for that program says it can help train pilots "to fly the world's
most advanced fighter jet." It's not known if Prepar3D shares anything
with "Flight." For now, all we have is a vague announcement to expect "a
new perspective" that welcomes everyone, and a vague video.
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PERSONAL FLIGHT MAY SET RECORD
At 82 years of age, Arnold
Ebneter has realized his dream of building his own aircraft and flying
it solo and nonstop across the country, and he's possibly set a record
along the way. Ebneter believes he may have set the new mark for
distance in a small aircraft weighing less than 500 kilograms. Ebneter's
E-1 weighs just 580 pounds, empty. With wet wings and its pilot aboard,
the starting weight is about 1,100 pounds. The fuel load puts 2,327
miles (west to east) in easy reach and that's what Ebneter says he's
flown. The Fédération Aéronautique Internationale will
now decide if he's met the standards and bested a 1984 record set by Frank Hertzler (and his VariEze) of
nearly 2,214 miles. Ebneter began his 18 hour and 27 minute flight at
Paine Field in Washington on July 25 and first landed the next day at
Fredericksburg, Va. The aircraft was ten years in the making; the dream
started earlier. More...
TEEN TRANSCONTINENTAL FLIGHT
Call it the Rinker Buck effect,
but as one teenager finishes an epic flight in a J3 Cub, another is
getting set for his own "flight of passage." As we reported in a recent
podcast, 18-year-old commercial pilot Samuel Daigle set out from
Whitehorse, Yukon, Aug. 6 on a ferry flight in a Cub to Montreal. He
finished the 4,000-mile trip Friday. On Monday, Nate Foster, 17, of
Reiserstown Md., plans to leave Ocean City, Md., bound for Monterey,
Calif. (about 3,000 miles) in a Cub he and his father restored. Foster
got his private pilot certificate on Friday. Both teens cite Buck's 1966
memoir Flight of Passage, which recounts Buck and his brother's
flight from New Jersey to California, as inspiration for their flights.
"It sounded like they had the absolute time of their lives," Foster told
the Baltimore Sun. "When else am I going to get a chance
to fly to California? More...
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|The Top Reporter on Our Crack Staff ... Is You!||back to
AUGUST 23, 2010
Letter of the Week: Third Class Medical
After a couple of years flying without an FAA medical,
I would like to join the growing crowd who support expanding this
freedom beyond Sport Pilot privileges. History has shown that the third
class medical certificate does little or nothing to promote flight
safety. I think this is because pilots self-certify their own health for
each flight with better judgment than the bureaucracy provides in the
medical certification process.
Click through to read
the rest of Paul's letter and other reader mail we've received
over the last few days.. More...
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HOURS ON GRAVEL
Yute Air Alaska serves dozens of
remote Alaskan villages with a fleet of 12 Cessna 207s and a single
Cessna 172, and every trip involves at least one gravel strip landing.
Three of the 207s will reach 30,000 hours in the next few months.
AVweb's Russ Niles spoke with Matt Sullivan, the airline's
assistant director of flight operations, about tough airplanes and the
tough people who keep them going.
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'BEYOND THIS HISTORIC BROWN GATE' SLICK HUTTO'S AIRVENTURE 2010
We introduced you to 19-year-old
James Wesley Perkins, who's gone by the nickname Slick since he can
remember, just after the 2009 AirVenture Oshkosh via a video
he put together of all the stuff we didn't get to see, or saw out of the
corners of our eyes as we rushed from one assignment to another. Another
AirVenture has come and gone and the routine was pretty much the same
for AVweb staffers. Thankfully Slick had his video camera and
talented eye at the show and recently posted his assembly of the
highlights of AirVenture 2010. The young future naval aviator has also
had a few highlights of his own in the past year. More...
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OF THE WEEK: LANDMARK AVIATION (KAVL, ASHEVILLE,
AVweb's "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Landmark Aviation at Asheville Regional
Airport (KAVL) in Asheville, North Carolina.
Tahj Kraus told us about this Landmark location:
I spent three weeks coming and going out of
KAVL. Initially I was hesitant to stay there, but thought I'd try out
Landmark. Rebecca and Paul made my stay so enjoyable and comfortable
that I ended up feeling like part of the family a home away from
home. Even though I'm just an avgas burner, they still made me feel like
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the country and another one, submitted by you, will be spotlighted here
next Monday! More...
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Inbound to ATL area, the following exchange took
place with Memphis Center:
"Lear 905RL, you're
cleared direct Bunni for the Dumbb Bunni2
"Roger. Cleared direct Bunni for the
Dumbb Bunni arrival.
"Question: who codes these things
"Special controllers for all
the really special pilots."
Steve Shattuck More...
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