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NEEDS A TUNEUP
A survey expert who recently earned
his private pilot certificate says the industry isn't exploiting the
cool factor of being a pilot to keep students in training. Mark Benson,
CEO of APCO Insight told a news conference at AOPA Summit
in Long Beach that the whole sense of community and belonging that
pilots feel among pilots could be an important promotional tool for the
industry to retain student pilots. Jennifer Storm, who is heading up
AOPA's Flight Training Student Retention Initiative told AVweb in
a podcast interview that the survey data provides important insight
into what student pilots want from schools."The research says that
there's a huge element of the specialness of being a pilot that we're
not especially tapping into," she said. Storm also noted that student
pilots want value for the money and a sense that flight schools or
independent instructors are actively trying to save them money rather
than running up the bill.
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172 AIMED AT TRAINING MARKET
Bye Energy says its
electric-powered Cessna 172 will be much more than an airshow curiosity.
In fact, the company told AVweb that it hopes to revolutionize
the Part 23 training market with the aircraft. "Our clear focus is
mainstream aviation," company president George Bye said. "It's ideal for
training." Bye said the aircraft will be a two-place with an endurance
of two hours on a combination of battery power, solar and power
reclaimed from wing tip devices intended to capture vortex energy in
flight and by the push on the prop during descent. He said the company
intends it to be "the point of entry for new pilots."
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HELICOPTER'S NEW TURBINE, THE R66
A newly certified
five-place Rolls-Royce turbine powered helicopter is now available from
Robinson, which hopes to fit the aircraft into the market between its
own very popular piston R44 and more expensive light turbine heli's. The
turbine blends vastly improved high altitude performance and load
carrying capabilities with a moderate increase in fuel burn. The
R66 burns about 22 gallons in the same hour its piston sibling burns
closer to 15. As company president Kurt Robinson told AVweb
Thursday, aside from the added capability and some nuances specific to
turbine helicopter operation "the aircraft actually handles very similar
to an R44" ... it just does it with a 300-horsepower Rolls-Royce
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FIRST LONG CROSS-COUNTRY IN SIX YEARS
Commemorative Air Force's (CAF) freshly re-engined B-29 FIFI is the only
airworthy example of its kind anywhere in the world and it was on
display as part of AOPA's Summit at Long Beach Airport's Airfest, 2010.
AVweb caught up with the aircraft's crew chief, Dave Miller, who flew in
on the rare bomber as flight engineer and also logged some stick time.
Click through to our video to hear how the flight went, catch up with
FIFI's recent history and have a look around inside and out. The
aircraft is running on four new custom engines that are a cross between
the R-3350-95W and the R-3350-26WD. They were installed through the hard
work of volunteers and thanks largely to the financial backing of Jim
Cavanaugh. CAF plans to take FIFI on tour -- and they're giving
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SECOND CHANCE AT YESTERDAY'S HEADLINES
Due to technical
difficulties, some of you may not have received yesterday's edition of
AVwebFlash until later in the day than you're used to getting it.
If you're the type who checks your e-mail in the morning and doesn't
loop back to see what you've missed, be sure to visit our
online archive to catch all the stories from our first day of
coverage of the AOPA Summit in Long Beach. More...
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YEARS AND NOW 15 GRAND GIVEAWAYS ... IT'S YOUR CHANCE TO WIN AN IFLY 700
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