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DeltaHawk has had a
moving target for certification of its diesel aviation engine since at
least 2006 but says its new target of 2011 is backed by millions in
investor capital and two leases covering 70,000 square feet of space.
The company says major investors began stepping up in March of last year
and brought millions of dollars to the table. The newly announced leases
are for facilities at John H Batten Field, Wis., where the company will
house its production plant and headquarters. That arrangement may hinge
on incentive deals with the city of Racine and might be approved as
early as Thursday evening (a mayoral press conference has already
scheduled for 5 p.m.). If approved, DeltaHawk says it would get started
with engine production even before certification. The company says it is
targeting general aviation, military drone markets and the generator
industry, and aims to sell more than 900 engines by its third year in
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crashed into the mid-Atlantic, about 600 miles from the Brazil coast, in
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of the 228 people who died, but investigators still hope to find the
missing cockpit data and voice recorders. Heavy thunderstorms and faulty
pitot tubes have been cited by accident investigators, but the full
chain of events that led to the crash remains unclear. The new search is
scheduled to start March 18 and could last until July. Three autonomous
probes operated by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, in Woods Hole,
Mass., will search about 4,000 square miles of seabed. Each probe is
fitted with ultra-high-resolution cameras and sonar gear.
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Foundation has launched a new project called the Aviation Green Alliance that will bring stakeholders
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mission that includes 'Encouraging solutions, acknowledging progress and
communicating ideas,' the Aviation Green Alliance will create multiple
platforms for members to share strategies, findings, progress, and ideas
related to addressing aviation's environmental challenges," said
Lindbergh Foundation Chairman Larry Williams. The Alliance intends to
provide news and information about green initiatives, grant funding for
research into new technologies, recommended practices for conservation
and sustainability initiatives, and educational programs and outreach.
FLIGHT SYMPOSIUMS SET, PRIZE OFFERED
The CAFE Foundation has
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30, in Santa Rosa, Calif., and EAA has announced it will hold its second
World Symposium on Electric Aircraft and a prize competition during EAA
AirVenture at Oshkosh. The CAFE event will feature presentations by a
variety of experts from industry, academia, and government agencies (PDF schedule). NASA scientists will provide an
update on advances in batteries and new emerging technologies; Stanford
professor Ilan Kroo will explore design concepts for small electric
aircraft; Karl Young, CEO of X-Cap, will report on energy storage using
carbon nanotubes; and many others will discuss their current research
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DAKOTA'S AIRCRAFT PARTS LIABILITY CAP
A bill proposed for
South Dakota its Governor, Dennis Daugaard, would create a 10-year
liability cap for in-state aviation parts makers and has earned
unanimous approval in a state committee. Parts manufacturers would be
protected under the bill if their parts became defective or led to
damage 10 years or more after the part was installed. Some exemptions
would apply. Manufacturers could still be sued if their parts failed to
meet safety standards at the time of manufacture, and if a company
offered a warranty of longer than 10 years. The bill is intended to
attract new business to the state and was modeled after legislation in
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Trophy, which will be awarded for the 100th time at a luncheon in
Arlington, Va., next month. The award aims to honor "the greatest
achievement in aeronautics or astronautics in America" during the year.
This year's nominees are: Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation and the X2
Technology Demonstrator team, the Boeing Company C-17A Globemaster III
team, the X-51A WaveRider team, the automatic ground collision avoidance
system fighter risk reduction program team, MC-12W Project Liberty
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WOULD OPEN UP BIZJET FLIGHT TRACKING
NBAA has sent a letter to members warning that their ability to keep
the movements of their aircraft from being tracked and reported by any
of a myriad of Internet-based aircraft trackers could be gone by Feb.
15. According to NBAA, the Department of Transportation is considering a
rule change that would make it much harder for GA aircraft owners to
take part in the Blocked Aircraft Registration Request (BARR) program.
BARR was introduced in 2000 as a way for private aircraft owners to stay
that way and keep business competitors or others from knowing where the
company aircraft (which most likely is carrying senior executives) is
flying. "NBAA has long understood that in the instant-information age of
the Internet, with the flight-tracking software that web-based
technology has made available, there are legitimate reasons why
companies' flights should not be displayed on a real-time basis," NBAA
President Ed Bolen said in the letter. More...
COMMITTEE PROPOSES 65 PERCENT FUEL-TAX HIKE
finance committee approved a plan to hike the taxes on general aviation
jet fuel by 65 percent, from 21.8 cents per gallon to 35.9 cents, The Hill reported on Tuesday. The change would raise
$400 million per year, which the committee says will help fund NextGen,
the FAA's plan to modernize the air traffic control system. The
committee also approved a surcharge of 14.1 cents per gallon on jet fuel
used by fractional aircraft. Fuel taxes have been supported as a better
option than user fees by most aviation advocacy groups. "In the last two
Congresses, AOPA and its members agreed to 25 percent and 65 percent
increases on aviation gasoline and non-commercial jet fuel,
respectively," AOPA noted on Tuesday. "Our position really has not
changed," AOPA spokesman Chris Dancy told AVweb. "In 2007 and
again in 2009, we and our members agreed to higher fuel excise taxes as
a way to fund the FAA and NextGen in lieu of user fees."
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NAVY X-47B UNMANNED COMBAT AIRCRAFT FLIES
Feb. 4, 2011, the tailless, strike-fighter-sized unmanned system, the
X-47B, under development by Northrop Grumman, completed its first flight
at Edwards Air Force Base (AFB), California. The flying wing took off at
2:09 p.m. PST and flew for 29 minutes. The UAV climbed to an altitude of
5,000 feet, flew several racetrack-type patterns, and landed safely at
2:38 p.m. Northrop says the flight provided test data to verify and
validate system software for guidance and navigation and the aerodynamic
control of the tailless design. The aircraft will remain at Edwards AFB
for flight envelope expansion before moving its test program to Naval
Air Station Patuxent River, Md., later in 2011. There, the system will
undergo tests to validate its readiness to begin testing in the maritime
and carrier environment. The X-47 is being prepared for carrier trials
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OF THE WEEK: KENOSHA JET CENTER (KENW, KENOSHA,
Our latest "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Kenosha Jet
Center at Kenosha Regional Airport (KENW) in Kenosha, Wisconsin
and while KJC was recemmended by a human reader, Warren
Levin, we suspect the FBO is also popular with four-legged
passers-through. Warren writes:
Over the last 18 months, I have done a dozen Pilots N Paws
rescues and have used the assistance of Steve and Eric [at Kenosha Jet
Center] to unload puppies and full-grown dogs. ... These two line
personnel will meet me at the hangar and help me move the dogs to their
new owners or rescue mission; they are always available to help and/or
fuel. Marie, the manager, is always happy when they do assist, as she is
also an animal lover.
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