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ROLLS OUT NEW ENGINE
Rotax has added a new engine to its line
of popular four-cylinder, four-stroke aircraft enginesthe 912iS.
The new engine represents somewhat of a technological leap for aircraft
powerplants in that it features direct fuel injection and an electronic
engine management unit. Company officials rolled out the new engine at
BRP/Rotax's company headquarters in Gunskirchen, Austria on Thursday
morning. The launch customer for the new engine will be Pipistrel
Aircraft, an LSA and soon-to-be manufactuer of certified aircraft
located in Slovenia. BRP clearly intends the 912iS to be a "green"
engine with improved fuel economy and lower emissions as one of its
design goals. More...
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SUES EPA OVER LEADED AVGAS
The environmental group
Friends of the Earth (FOE) has sued the EPA asking for the regulation of
lead emissions from general aviation aircraft under the Clean Air Act,
and Wednesday, AVweb spoke to a lawyer on the case. According to
attorney Marianne Engelman Lado, FOE is seeking to phase out lead as an
additive to aviation fuel but, "The sky is not falling and no one is
even calling for shutting down an industry." Lado said the action is
meant to precipitate a two-step process. The GA Avgas Coalition has
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CAPSULE READY FOR LAUNCH
The capsule that
will carry Austrian skydiver Felix Baumgartner to 120,000 feet in an
attempt to beat a 52-year-old freefall record is "mission-ready," the
Red Bull Stratos team said on Tuesday. Five years in the making, the
capsule's retro-futuristic design recalls the Apollo spacecraft, but the
materials and science that went into its construction are
state-of-the-art. The 2,900-pound spacecraft will be carried aloft by a
helium balloon. After Baumgartner jumps, the balloon tether will be
severed and a recovery chute will float the capsule back to Earth. The
record attempt will launch from New Mexico. The team has not announced a
launch window. More...
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WEEK TO CELEBRATE AVIATION'S WOMEN
Over the years,
various events to recognize women's contributions to aviation have been
held in March to coincide with Women's History Month, and this year,
many events are scheduled for this week, in honor of International
Women's Day on Thursday. A group based in Canada has organized Women of
Aviation Week Worldwide to encourage pilots to introduce women to
aviation. This Saturday, pilots can participate by taking a woman or
girl for her first flight, or by taking part in an airport open house or
fly-in event. In Europe on Saturday, volunteer pilots will fly across the English Channel to celebrate the
centennial of the first crossing by a female pilot, Harriet Quimby, in
1912. Many more events are planned around the world and throughout the
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GUN 2' TO FEATURE F-35, TOM CRUISE
Tom Cruise, star of the
first Top Gun film, is expected to appear in Top Gun 2,
now in the works, and according to recent reports, he'll play the test
pilot of a Lockheed Martin F-35 joint strike fighter. Cruise confirmed a
few months ago that he was talking with the producer and director of the
1986 film -- Jerry Bruckheimer and Tony Scott -- about a sequel. A
Lockheed Martin official said last week at an industry event that a
production crew is expected to start filming in the next month or so at
the company's flight test center in Fort Worth, Texas. Officials from
the film industry declined to comment on the reports. More...
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SOLD TO RUSSIAN FIRM
Aircraft, the Bend, Ore., manufacturer of speedy turboprop kit
aircraft called the LT, has been sold to a Russian company. In a news
release, Epic describes its new owner, Engineering LLC, as "Russia's
premier maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) provider." The Russian
company intends to certify the LT but will keep making the kits, too.
CEO Doug King, who essentially led a group of builders with partly
completed airplanes in the acquisition of the kit side of Epic when the
original company went under three years ago, will stay in his position.
"It's exciting to be a part of Epic Aircraft's next chapter. Working
together with Engineering LLC, Epic will be able to extend our great
commitment and dedication to the aircraft manufacturing industry
including our customers, employees, vendors and all other stakeholders.
This will be a truly significant move for the future of both companies,"
King said. More...
INTEGRATED COCKPIT CHOSEN FOR NEW EVEKTOR OUTBACK
Montreal-based Esterline CMC Electronics has
announced a new turboprop application for their acquired SmartDeck
integrated glass cockpit. CMC's Greg Plantz told AVweb in an
exclusive interview that Czech Republic aircraft maker Evektor has
chosen the SmartDeck for the new-generation EV-55 Outback twin
turboprop, bringing the once seemingly abandoned yet capable SmartDeck
suite to a higher market level. More...
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OF THE WEEK: THE LEAD QUESTION
Friends of the Earth has upped
the ante in its bid to ban lead additives in aviation fuel by suing
EPA to get that process moving. What are your thoughts on the
Plus: Last week, we asked AVweb readers
about the impact of modern panels on general aviation; click through to
see the breakdown of responses. More...
AVWEB'S TBM 850 FLIGHT TRIAL
What's not to like
about flying 320 knots at FL280? Not much that we can think of. That's
exactly the performance Socata's TBM 850 will deliver. The 850 has
become one of the most popular turbine personal transportation airplanes
for several reasons. Chief among them are that its speed is closer to
jet performance than prop numbers and its operational cost with a
single engine rather than two is relatively low, given its
capability. In this video, AVweb's Paul Bertorelli took a flight
trial with Socata's Nicolas Chabbert and demo pilot Wayman Luy. His
normally well-coifed salt-and-pepper hair can be seen smoldering
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OF THE WEEK: LOCKWOOD AVIATION REPAIR (KSEF, SEBRING,
FBOs aren't the only heroes who can save the day when
you arrive at an airport far from home. This week, reader John
Williams tells us how Lockwood Aviation Repair saved the day when
he visited Sebring Flight Center (KSEF) in Florida.
Flew my Weight Shift Control Trike from
Williamsburg, Virginia to Florida to accomplish some in-flight testing
of cold-weather gear to keep pilots warm while flying in open cockpit
aircraft. When I landed in the Sarasota area, I noticed some problems
with my exhaust system during my post-flight inspection. I called
Lockwood Aviation, a major ROTAX repair station ... . I spoke with Aaron
Prentiss, service manager for Lockwood, described my predicament, and
was immediately invited to fly my plane to their hangar ... . Within
minutes [of pulling up to the hangar], my plane was pulled into their
immaculate hanger, Joe diagnosed the problem, and they went to work on
the exhaust manifold-to-muffler connections. Thankfully, their weld shop
could drop current projects to work me into their afternoon schedule. I
walked to the KSEF FBO, found the pilot's lounge and computer, and took
time to check e-mail. Within half an hour, Aaron tracked me down, in
person, to inform me about the progress of the repair job. It sure is
nice to be treated like a valued customer when in transit and have
industry representatives recognize that, without immediate assistance,
my trip would [have] become a nightmare. Instead, my plane is being
taken care of, I am being taken care of, and I am very pleased to
recommend Lockwood to fellow pilots.
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