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|Inside the Challenge of Creating an Unleaded
REPLACEMENT: DROP-IN APPEARS UNLIKELY
In its first interim
briefing to the public, the FAA committee charged with recommending a
framework for replacing leaded avgas indicated this week that a
straight-up drop-in appears increasingly improbable. Both the FAA's
Robert Ganley and Michael Kraft of Lycoming engines told a small
audience at AOPA Summit on Thursday that an across-the-board replacement
for 100LL that won't require at least some downstream changes in the
distribution infrastructure looks less likely to happen now than it did
a year ago. Although the Unleaded Avgas Transition rulemaking committee
(UAT-ARC) isn't charged with actually finding the replacement fuel, but
rather recommending a regulatory framework, its deliberations so far
have revealed significant enough technical challenges to suggest
existing tankage, distribution and transportation may require
UNLEADED AVGAS AIN'T THAT EASY
Like most things in
life, it's complicated to switch from 100LL to an unleaded alternative.
AVweb Editorial Director Paul Bertorelli speaks with Lycoming's
Michael Kraft about how the fine details make a drop-in
replacement for 100LL unlikely.
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Bose was the first to introduce active noise reducing headsets to
aviation more than 20 years ago, forever changing the way pilots fly.
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AIMS TO "GO BACK TO OUR ROOTS"
"We want our customers to be
truly ecstatic about our products," said Dale Klapmeier, co-founder of
Cirrus Aircraft, at AOPA Summit on Thursday, appearing in his new role
as CEO. Klapmeier said he wants to promote GA to new customers not only
because it's useful, but because it's fun. "We're in this business
because having an airplane can transform your life," he said. He also
said the new Chinese owners of the company, CAIGA, are reviewing the
details of the Vision jet program and have not yet funded it. Pat
Waddick, Cirrus COO, added, "It's a big interest for them." The jet is
about three to three-and-a-half years away from being ready to start
production, Waddick said. More...
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NEW LSA: BRISTELL FROM LIBERTY SPORT AVIATION
Aviation brought a new LSA to the AOPA Summit in Hartford, Conn., this
week, for the airplane's U.S. debut. The all-metal low-wing Bristell is
built in the Czech Republic. "We were looking for something fast, fun,
and easy to fly," said John Calla, of Liberty. The cockpit is a roomy 51
inches across at shoulder height, and it's covered by a clear bubble
canopy. Useful load is 616 pounds, and it can carry up to 34 gallons of
fuel. The demo airplane has a Rotax 912 engine, but Calla said other
options will be available. The Czech manufacturer BRMAero already has
built 42 copies of the design. In the U.S., it will sell for $125,000 to
$150,000, Calla said.
The Bristell was designed by Milan Bristela,
who also was involved in the design of the PiperSport LSA and the
Evektor SportStar. Liberty is forming a new company, BristellUSA, to
market the airplane. The partners plan to ensure that dealers who sell
the aircraft also provide parts, support, and training, Calla said.
AVweb's Mary Grady took a tour of the airplane at AOPA AirportFest,
check back here for that video report later in the week.
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|The World Outside Hartford: Beyond the Summit||back to
BOEING 747-8'S NOT WELL RECEIVED
First Cargolux Airlines on
September 16 decided to delay taking delivery of the first two 747-8
freighters and now, for separate reasons, Atlas Air has canceled orders
for three of jets. The 747-8 was originally scheduled to enter service
two years ago but early flight tests led to a wing redesign. Cargolux
based its decision on contractual issues. Atlas says the long delays and
performance considerations motivated their decision. Regardless of the
customer, as a result of the redesign, the very first 747-8 aircraft
produced fall slightly short of the expectations originally set for the
jet. But Boeing does have a solution. More...
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