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Volume 16, Number 38b
September 23, 2010
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A group of University of Toronto students has just announced that a flight of their human-powered flapping-wing aircraft, The Snowbird, on Aug. 2 may have 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 wing's stroke. More...

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Through-the-Fence Over the Hill?back to top 

The FAA says so-called through-the-fence agreements, where "hangar home" landowners adjacent to airports have gated access to the airport next door, threaten 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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Cutbacks at Cessnaback to top 

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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News Briefsback to top 

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...

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. More...

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What You Missed in AVwebBiz This Weekback to top 

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...

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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Opinion & Commentaryback to top 

Noise abatement rules top the list when complying with them whittles your margin down to unacceptable limits or is just — stupid. Better to have the neighbors complain about the noise than to have a Cub come down on the patio. On the AVweb Insider blog, Paul Bertorelli offers his usual inciteful, hot-headed and %#*! crazy observations on the topic. Read more and join the conversation. More...

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The Top Reporter on Our Crack Staff ... Is You!back to top 

The FAA says through-the-fence arrangements work against airport development and expansion. Opponents to their plan to ban any future TTF deals on federally funded airports say the opposite is true. What do you think?

Plus: Last week, we asked AVweb readers about the U.S. Air Force's proposal to mix UAV traffic amongst GA aircraft in the skies over North Dakota; click through to see the breakdown of answers. More...

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AVweb Media: Look, Listen, Laugh and Learnback to top 

A group of University of Toronto students has just announced that a flight of their human-powered flapping-wing aircraft, The Snowbird, on August 2 may have 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 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. More...

AVweb visits the Airline History Museum in Kansas City. More...

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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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AVweb is actively seeking out the best FBOs in the country and another one, submitted by you, will be spotlighted here next Monday!


Reader-Submitted Photosback to top 

... will return on Monday. We're running a bit behind today, but we've got a fresh batch of reader submissions ready and waiting to be cropped, sized, and shared. Watch for 'em!

Names Behind the Newsback to top 


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