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EVER" HUMAN-POWERED ORNITHOPTER FLIGHT
A group of University
of Toronto students has just announced that a flight of their
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set an FAI record with a "first ever" flight for its kind. The group
believes that after being towed aloft, the aircraft maintained speed and
altitude for 19.3 seconds and covered approximately 145 meters while
flying at 25.6 km/h. During that time, it was powered solely by its
pilot and designer, U of T engineering PhD candidate Todd Reichert, who
estimates he's capable of about 0.3 horsepower. Reichert believes his
team's effort represents the first-ever sustained flight of a
human-powered ornithopter. The aircraft was built from carbon-fiber
tubing, balsa wood and foam with a Mylar covering. It weighs 94 pounds
and boasts a 32-meter (105-foot) wing. The wing's bracing wires, like
the rest of the aircraft, serve as the team's best compromise amongst
aerodynamic, structural and weight considerations. They also serve to
pull the wing down, leading edge first, during the thrust portion of the
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HOMES DEBATE HEARD IN WASHINGTON
The FAA says so-called
through-the-fence agreements, where "hangar home" landowners adjacent to
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operations, safety, securit and future expansion of airports and House
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure heard from all sides of
the debate over whether these kinds of deals should be allowed. The FAA
has proposed that the 75 existing arrangements between publicly funded
airports and private owners be honored but that no further
through-the-fence deals be allowed. AOPA says it was misquoted by the FAA in FAA new releases about the
issue. "The FAA stated that AOPA would accept a policy against
establishing new residential through-the-fence (RTTF) access
arrangements," AOPA said in a statement. In fact, AOPA's comments on the
FAA's 2009 proposal to eliminate this access clearly stated 'that the
FAA should not necessarily close the door to future requests but rather
establish specific criteria for new RTTF access and not ban it
entirely.'" The National Air Transportation Association supported the
FAA proposal. More...
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TO CUT 700 JOBS
Cessna will cut an additional 700 jobs, CEO
Jack Pelton announced on Tuesday. In an e-mail to employees, Pelton
cited a "stalled ... lackluster economy" and said that while
cancellations of aircraft orders have slowed, the recovery and growth
that was expected this year has not materialized. "We must continue to
lower our cost structure to remain competitive," Pelton wrote. Scott
Donnelly, the CEO of Textron, Cessna's parent company, said orders for
business jets at Cessna have failed to show a "discernable improvement,"
although most of the conglomerate's other businesses are showing "solid
performance." Cessna is based in Wichita and Independence, in Kansas,
but also has operations in Georgia and Mexico. The company has already
cut its workforce in half over the last two years, eliminating 8,000
jobs, mostly in Wichita. More...
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AEROSPACE PURSUES HIGHER OPERATIONS
Eclipse jets should soon
be able to fly as high as Flight Level 410, as originally intended,
Eclipse Aerospace said this week. Currently, the FAA restricts the fleet
to FL 370, but since taking over the EA500 twin-engine personal jet
design just over a year ago, the new Eclipse Aerospace Inc. has been
working to upgrade the fleet. EAI said it has designed a modification
for the EA500 to dissipate potential precipitation static, using a
maintenance-free thin carbon strip that is bonded across the windshield
and the aircraft structure. "This new diverter strip replaces the
previous chemical-based application, which was hard to apply and
difficult to maintain," said Ken Ross, president of the company's
service and support division. More...
LSA EXPO THIS WEEK
The Midwest LSA
Expo, which launched for the first time just last year, is back for
a second time. This version features more exhibitors and it's scheduled
a week earlier in hopes of catching nice early-fall weather. The event
runs Thursday through Saturday this week at Mt. Vernon Outland Airport
(MVN) in Illinois, about an hour's drive south of St. Louis. The
organizers say hotel rooms and restaurants are plentiful in the area,
and even those without advance reservations should have no trouble
finding a place to stay. The airport will provide free shuttle service
for those who fly in. About three dozen exhibitors will be on hand,
ready to show off their LSAs to potential buyers, and a full slate of
forums will cover topics such as how to form an aircraft partnership,
how to navigate with GPS, and how to care for your airplane's engine.
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OKS TAX BREAK FOR AIRCRAFT SALES
The Senate has OK'd the
continuation of a tax break for companies that buy airplanes before the
end of this year, and both the National Business Aviation Association
and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association welcomed the news.
The tax break, known as "bonus depreciation," allows companies to take a
bigger tax deduction in the first year of ownership rather than
spreading it over five years. One general aviation manufacturer said the
provision helped close 55 percent of its aircraft sales last year,
according to GAMA. "This incentive is a critically needed measure for
bringing back jobs and boosting economic recovery in our industry," said
GAMA President Pete Bunce. NBAA President Ed Bolen called on the House
to quickly approve the House bill to allow time for sales to close
before the end of the year. More...
CONSIDERS THIRD CAMPUS
If there's any truth to the maxim that
the right time to expand is when times are tough, Embry-Riddle
Aeronautical University may be poised to test that. The country's
largest aviation education institution is considering a third campus to
complement the current facilities in Daytona Beach and Prescott, Ariz.
ERAU President John Johnson told the Daytona Beach News-Journal that Houston, Los
Angeles and Rockford, Ill., are being considered for the new facility,
which he said will be similar in scope to the Daytona main campus but
much smaller. Johnson said the university is looking to serve untapped
markets. "We are not expanding for the sake of expanding. We are trying
to make it possible for students to get an Embry-Riddle education who
currently would not come to either Daytona or Prescott," he said.
Johnson said no decision has been made on whether to expand, much less
where, but Rockford is rolling out the red carpet. More...
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"FIRST EVER" HUMAN-POWERED ORNITHOPTER FLIGHT
of University of Toronto students has just announced that a flight of
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kind. The group believes that after being towed aloft, the aircraft
maintained speed and altitude for 19.3 seconds and covered approximately
145 meters while flying at 25.6 km/h. During that time, it was powered
solely by its pilot and designer, U of T engineering Ph.D. candidate
Todd Reichert, who estimates he's capable of about 0.3 horsepower.
Reichert believes his team's effort represents the first ever sustained
flight of a human-powered ornithopter. The FAI ruling committee (the
record keepers) is expected to offer it's opinion in October.
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OF THE WEEK: TRADITION AVIATION (KTRM, THERMAL, CA)
AVweb reader Brian Stirm from Swift
Enterprises recently spent some time at our latest "FBO of the Week"
Tradition Aviation at Jacqueline Cochran
Regional Airport (KTRM) in Thermal, California.
As Brian's quick
to point out, "A closed course world speed record was set at the airport
by Smokey Young, his Reno race crew using Swift's new 100SF renewable
pure hydrocarbon fuel." And the staff at Tradition? During Brian's stay,
"Penny, Ann, Lynn, and crew went out of their way to support the effort.
... [Over] a three-day period, I observed many happy customers who
received a great value and wonderful services with a smile from every
Tradition employee," writes Brian.
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