AVwebFlash Complete Issue: Volume 18, Number 13b

March 27, 2012

By The AVweb Editorial Staff
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AVflash! Sun 'n Fun Kicks Off Today in Lakeland back to top 

Sun 'n Fun Launches The Flight Season

After record mild winters in much of the U.S., celebrating the arrival of Spring may seem anticlimactic, but springtime in Lakeland, Fla., still has it attractions -- jasmine in bloom, calm blue skies, and thousands of airplanes en route to Sun 'n Fun. The weather outlook for this year's show is looking very promising, especially compared to last year, when torrential rains were followed by a destructive tornado. On Monday, the parking and camping areas all were manicured and ready, with no mud to be seen, and sunny, relatively calm weather was forecast through at least the next few days.

The show grounds are manicured and ready to go, with a few new features that return visitors might notice. An area by the flight line is lined with chairs for "premium seating" for the daily afternoon air shows, improvements to the grass runway at Paradise City are continuing, and a seemingly endless swarm of golf carts circle the show grounds, filled with smiling staff and volunteers eager to offer help, advice, and rides. The afternoon air shows are overflowing with show acts and fly-bys, including the new Black Diamond civilian jet team, Patty Wagstaff, Michael Goulian, Kyle Franklin, and Chuck Aaron in the Red Bull helicopter. The popular night air show returns on Friday, and the Thunderbirds visit over the weekend. AVweb staff will be here all week to bring you daily reports, podcasts, and videos from the grounds.

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ERAU and LAMA Team Up back to top 

Embry Riddle To Offer LSA Audits

Embry Riddle Aeronautical University and the Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association are moving forward with a plan for ERAU to provide audits to LSA manufacturers, LAMA and ERAU said this week. The audits, which previously were provided by LAMA, are meant to ensure buyers that an independent party has checked to ensure that the manufacturer is following ASTM standards in production. Dan Johnson, president of LAMA, told AVweb the idea took root when LAMA worked with staff and students from the school on the Green Flight Challenge last year. "We found out that they were interested in taking this on, so we started discussions and have been figuring out how to make it work," he said.

Mikhael Ponso, a test pilot for ERAU who has been working on the project, spoke with AVweb about it at Sun 'n Fun on Monday. "We have multiple people on staff who are very familiar with LSA aircraft," he said. Some staff have had training in audits with the FAA, and they are eager to take on this new task, he said. Ponso spoke with AVweb's Mary Grady about the project; click here for the complete podcast.

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Podcast: ERAU and LAMA Partnership

File Size 6.2 MB / Running Time 7:00

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Staff at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University are working with the Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association to offer audits to LSA manufacturers. AVweb's Mary Grady spoke with Mikhael Ponso of ERAU at Sun 'n Fun on Monday for more details about how this new collaboration will work.

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Click here to listen. (6.4 MB, 7:00)

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Meanwhile, Quest Teams with Northrop Grumman back to top 

Quest Teams With Northrop Grumman For Kodiak Special Missions

Quest Aircraft is now working on developing "special mission" capabilities for its rugged Kodiak STOL turboprop in partnership with Northrop Grumman, the companies have announced. Under the new agreement, the two companies will work together to develop technology to use the Kodiak as a platform for new purposes such as aerial intelligence, aerial observation, law enforcement, search and rescue, and aero-medical transport. "We believe that once integrated, this platform will be a real game-changer for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance capabilities for state, civil and international agencies as well as for special operations forces," said Bob Gamache, of Northrop Grumman Technical Services.

The Kodiak is powered by a PT6 by Pratt & Whitney Canada, and can take off in less than 1,000 feet at maximum gross weight of 7,255 pounds. It should prove competitive with other speical-mission aircraft due to its STOL capabilities and also on a cost basis, the company said. "We believe this will be a real game changer for us," Quest's marketing director Steve Zinda told AVweb at Sun 'n Fun this week. To listen to AVweb's Mary Grady talk with Zinda about the project, which Quest has dubbed "Air Claw," click here.

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Podcast: Quest Kodiak's 'Air Claw' Program

File Size 6.2 MB / Running Time 6:48

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Quest has partnered with Northrop Grumman to develop new capabilities for its Kodiak STOL turboprop. This week at Sun 'n Fun, AVweb's Mary Grady spoke with Steve Zinda, Quest's marketing director, to learn more about the program.

This podcast is brought to you by Control Vision's Anywhere Map and Bendix/King by Honeywell.

Click here to listen. (6.2 MB, 6:48)

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Diemech's Diesel Turbine back to top 

Is There Room For A 240-HP Turbine?

A Florida-based company called Diemech Turbine Solutions thinks so. Here at Sun 'n Fun it's showing a nice little 241-HP turbine that weighs about 125 pounds, less accessories. In this video, Diemech president Christian Skoppe told AVweb that it's made an agreement with the Czech-based PBS to eventually certify the TP 100 engine, which will be available in both turboprop and turboshaft versions. The market thrust, says Skoppe, isn't so much speed as it is fuel availability, a story we're hearing more and more from the international market. With avgas under threat of extinction, more OEMs and buyers are looking toward heavy fuel solutions, either Jet A or low-sulphur diesel fuels. The TP 100 springs from a small turbojet engine PBS made for the drone market, but the company also has experience in the manufacture of APUs.

Diemech plans to install the TP100 in an RV-10 test bed, but to eventually certify in the U.S. It expects t o be flying in the U.S. by the middle of next year.

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Video: Diemech's Small Turbine Engine

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With avgas on the ropes, any new engines that uses a heavy fuel like Jet A or diesel gets a lot of attention. In this video, a company called Diemech is trying to capitalize on that with a smal turbine.

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Checking in on the American Legend O-233 Cub back to top 

American Legend's 0-233 Cub Moving Along

AVweb got a close look at American Legend's Lycoming-powered Super Legend but, alas, not at Sun 'n Fun. Legend's Dave Graham told us testing delays kept the company from bringing the airplane to Lakeland. But in this detailed video, which AVweb shot at Legend's home field in Sulphur Springs, Texas, you can get a look at some of the airplane's features. To keep the airframe light, Legend has used quite a bit of carbon fiber throughout the airframe, including the cabin detailing and the cowlings. It has new, balanced tail feathers and, like the Super Cub that inspired it, it has a wider cabin than the original J-3 and flaps. With the 115-HP engines, says Graham, the Super Legend has the same power to weight ratio as a Super Cub so we would expect similar performance.

The cabin is light and airy, thanks to a greenhouse-style clear roof over the seats. Legend expects to have the airplane through its testing hoops and shipping to customers by the end of 2012.

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American Legend is working away on its Lycoming O-233-powered Legend Cub. Although it's not at Sun 'n Fun, AVweb's Paul Bertorelli got a detailed look at the airplane at Legend's factory on the way to Sun 'n Fun. Here's his report.

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Names Behind the News back to top 

Meet the AVwebFlash Team

AVwebFlash is a twice-weekly summary of the latest news, articles, products, features, and events featured on AVweb, the world's premier independent aviation news resource.

The AVwebFlash team is:

Tom Bliss

Editorial Director, Aviation Publications
Paul Bertorelli

Russ Niles

Contributing Editors
Mary Grady
Glenn Pew

Scott Simmons

Kevin Lane-Cummings
Jeff Van West

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Where to Find Our Sponsors at Sun 'n Fun 2012

B-001-009Aircraft Spruce & Specialty Co.
D-097Aircraft Tax (Scott Horton, CPA)
Aspen Avionics
C-055-056Avemco Insurance
Bendix/King by Honeywell
SNF-009Bose Corporation
A-011-012Control Vision Anywhere Map
MD-023BDiamond Aircraft
MD-027CEclipse Aerospace
Engine Components, Inc. (ECi)
A-065General Aviation Modifications, Inc. (GAMI)
B-046-047Hartzell Engine Technologies
D-082Hilton Software (WingX)
D-051-053Lightspeed Aviation
D-039-042Lycoming Engines
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