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PICKS ROLLS ROYCE FOR NEW MODEL
Aeronautics has announced that it has chosen the 450-hp Rolls Royce M250
turboprop for its new GA10 Airvan. The GA10 is a 10-passenger version of
the eight-passenger GA8 utility aircraft, which is in service around the
world. Gippsland was an Australian company that was bought by Indian
conglomerate Mahindra in 2009 and the Indian company has begun
production there. The prototype of the GA10 is expected to fly this year
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CONFORMING COPY OF PIPERJET IN THE WORKS
Piper Aircraft has
started to build the first conforming flight-test copy of its Altaire
single-engine jet, the company announced this week at EAA AirVenture.
Assembly will start in August. Over the rest of this year and next,
workers will build an additional four test aircraft, with first flight
of the conforming prototype in 2012. The company is currently spending
$5.6 million to upgrade its facilities in Vero Beach, Fla., for
production, final assembly, completion and deliveries. "The advantage
that Piper has over other manufacturers with an interest in a
single-engine jet is a solid underlying commitment by Imprimis, the
owner of the company, to appropriately fund the program and see it
through to successful completion," said Piper CEO Geoffrey Berger.
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G4 AIMS FOR 400 PASSENGER MILES PER GALLON
They won NASA
challenges for efficiency in 2007 and 2008, produce a two-seat aircraft
that cruises at 147 knots on 100 hp, and now Pipistrel aims to
achieve 400 passenger miles per gallon (equivalent) in their Taurus
Electro G4. Pipistrel claims the twin-bodied G4 (two Taurus Electro G2
motorglider fuselages connected by a common 75-ft wing) is the heaviest
manned electric-powered aircraft ever built. It weighs in at 1.5 metric
tons (more than 3,300 pounds), including 800 pounds of people, more than
1,100 pounds of lithium polymer high energy density batteries and
supporting technology, plus the airframe. There are no plans to create a
commercial product from the G4. The plan is to use it to win NASA's
Green Flight Challenge, scheduled for Sept. 25 - Oct. 3, 2011, and
then adapt the powerplant for another airframe -- one that is
intended for commercial production and a 200 knot cruise.
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NEW TURBINE TWIN IN TESTING
Evektor introduced at AirVenture
the new high-wing twin Pratt & Whitney Canada PT-6-powered 9-14
passenger workhorse, the EV-55 Outback, that it says can haul 4,021
pounds of cargo in and out of 2,300-foot unpaved strips and cruise at
220 kts. The aircraft first flew June 24. It requires 2,000 feet to
clear a 50-foot obstacle when the runway is at 6,560 feet MSL and the
temperature is "ISA+20 degrees Celsius." It marks Evektor's 20th year in
airframe production and the company's third certified airframe currently
in production, joining ranks with a 315 hp (also available with 200 hp)
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LSAs COULD INFLUENCE PART 23
Manufacturers may push the FAA
to rewrite Part 23 type certification standards, basing their appeal on
the perceived success of the Light Sport segment's ASTM "industry
consensus standards," Dan Johnson said at AirVenture, Wednesday. Johnson
is chairman of the board and president of the Light Aircraft
Manufacturers Association (LAMA) and said that possibility is one of
many arising from new and developing ties between LAMA and the General
Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA). Johnson says there is growing
recognition that consensus standards have proven to be safe, workable
and very economical in the LIght Sport category -- they have facilitated
entry of new designs, and are gaining acceptance as a worldwide
RULE REVISIONS UNDERWAY FOR IMC, ELECTRIC MOTORS
from the light sport industry continued their work on Wednesday at EAA
AirVenture to modify the ASTM rules to allow for electric propulsion and
to sort out some complex issues regarding LSA flight in instrument
conditions. The groups have been meeting periodically to discuss both
topics and are gradually making progress. Oliver Reinhardt, of Flight
Design, proposed a simple system that would clarify parameters for
"basic IMC operation" to allow LSA aircraft to fly in IMC as long as
they avoid severe-weather conditions. A working group focused on
electric propulsion, which also met on Wednesday, hopes to finish most
of its work within a year or so. More...
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