AVwebFlash Complete Issue: Volume 18, Number 13g

April 1, 2012

By The AVweb Editorial Staff
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Talking with Air Show Performer Kyle Frankin back to top 

Kyle Franklin, One Year Later

Amanda Younkin Franklin died from injuries she sustained in a crash with her husband Kyle Franklin nearly one year ago, and at the 2012 Sun 'n Fun fly-in we had the opportunity to ask Kyle how he's doing. Kyle was at the back of the airshow performers' hangar when AVweb's Glenn Pew found him. The two spoke for about half an hour. Kyle still wears the scars on his right hand and forearm that he earned trying to free his wife from the burning forward cockpit. And two on his head where he hit the instrument panel. Most of his lesser burns have healed well. When asked about his choice to continue performing, Kyle answered, "This is what I've been doing my whole life. I don't know anything else to do. And I'm going to keep doing it." Kyle is flying this year and has plans for more work on the airshow circuit.

Kyle Franklin and Amanda Younkin married in 2005, just a few months after they both lost their fathers to the same midair crash at the Saskatchewan Air Show. The husband and wife team rebuilt their lives together. In 2009 they debuted a wingwalking act and performed it at air shows until early 2011. On March 12, 2011, two days before Amanda's 25th birthday, their biplane Mystery Ship lost power during a maneuver. Amanda was still up on the wing at the time and managed to get back inside before impact. Kyle made a survivable off-airport landing, but a fire broke out in the forward cockpit. Kyle was in the rear cockpit, free of flames. He was badly burned on his right hand and forearm reaching into the flames in an unsuccessful attempt to free his wife. Amanda died from her injuries two months later on May 27, 2011.

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At Sun 'n Fun, AVweb's Glenn Pew stole a few moments from air show fixture Kyle Franklin. Already performing again after sustaining serious injuries during a crash last March that proved fatal for his wife and partner Amanda, Franklin didn't shy away from discussing his future plans and what he called "an extremely tough year."

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Flying the Aviat Husky A1C back to top 

New Aviat Husky A1C: How to Tame Taildragger Bounce

Any taildragger pilot who's jammed a landing--and that's basically all of them--will tell you that nailing three-point landings without a bounce takes practice and sometimes even that's not enough. But in the latest version of its popular utility aircraft, the Husky A1C on display at Lakeland, Aviat has added a nice little feature: The gear legs have race-car style shock absorbers that take the worst of the bite out of a landing that smacks the runway a little harder than the pilot intended. In this video, Aviat's Larry Schlaslinger gave Avweb a video tour of the airplane and we then adjourned to South Lakeland Airport for a brief flight test.

Aviat also announced that the airplane's gross weight has been increased by 50 pounds, to 2250 pounds. The A1C has been available with MT composite props for a while, but now buyers have the choice of either a two or three-blade MT.

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At Sun 'n Fun 2012, AVweb's Paul Bertorelli took a flight demo in Aviat's new Husky A1C with the higher gross weight and shock-absorbing landing gear. Even he can get a decent landing.

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Learning the History Behind the J-3 Piper Cub back to top 

Piper J-3: A Member of the Family

With the 75th anniversary of the Piper Cub upon us, there were lots of good Cub stories around Sun 'n Fun this year. One of our favorites, as described in this podcast with Bob Jones, is a 1946 J-3 that became a member of Jones family for several generations. Jones' father was a duster pilot and bought the airplane from Southern Airways, which had used it as a trainer in the civil pilot training program. His Dad bought the airplane for $725.

Bob Jones first flew in the airplane at the tender age of six weeks, in his Mom's lap in the back seat. In the years since, three generations have learned to fly in the airplane and Jones keeps it on a residential strip where he can fly it a couple of times a week. The airplane has a Continental 85 that's been converted to 100 HP and has an absolutely pristine cover and paint job.

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The centerpiece of the EAA booth at Sun 'n Fun was a 1946 J-3 Cub that has taught three generations of the Jones family how to fly. AVweb's Paul Bertorelli, a fellow Cub owner, went over the beautiful aircraft and its history with owner Bob Jones.

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Getting the Scoop on Superior Air Parts back to top 

Podcast: Superior Is Back

File Size 5.2 MB / Running Time 5:40

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After a tumultuous few years, Superior Air Parts has reorganized and is now stocking many of the parts that have made it a trusted vendor. AVweb's Paul Bertorelli spoke with Superior's Kent Abercrombie.

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Looking to the Future of the Sky Arrow back to top 

New Owners Aim To Enhance Sky Arrow Airplane

The Sky Arrow, a composite, tandem airplane with a pusher prop, is under new ownership, the new owners announced at Sun 'n Fun on Wednesday. Magnaghi Aeronautica, based in Naples, Italy, has bought the design, first introduced in 1993, and plans to upgrade it with new features such as larger wing tanks, improved aerodynamic design and stability, stronger structural elements, and new avionics. It will be available as both an LSA and a certified aircraft, company spokesman Vincenzo Damiano told AVweb. The company also is developing a four-seat version of the airplane.

The company sees a market for the aircraft to fill the need for border patrol, pollution monitoring, and other aerial-surveillance missions. It can carry sensors in its belly or its nose, and will operate at about one-seventh the cost of a helicopter, the company says. The airplane also will be available as a kit. They expect to have a new version of the aircraft flying at EAA AirVenture at Oshkosh later this summer, Damiano said.

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Raising Money for Build A Plane back to top 

Build A Plane Asks Kids' Help In Fundraising

Build A Plane, the nonprofit group that helps school kids build their own airplanes, is asking kids around the country to pitch in and help to raise money for the organization, and win prizes in the process. AOPA announced at Sun 'n Fun this week that they have signed on as a partner in the project. Participants up to age 18 are asked to find sponsors to make a pledge to Build A Plane for each mile they travel from home to EAA AirVenture at Oshkosh later this summer. Those who raise the most can qualify to win prizes, including a private pilot training course from Redbird Flight Simulations, a seven-day Bahamas trip from Air Journey, scholarships, and pilot supplies like headsets and flight bags.

Kids can travel to Oshkosh by virtually any means, including private airplane, commercial aircraft, or automobile, said Lyn Freeman, president of Build A Plane. While at the show, they will be eligible to participate in a special Kids Across America Fun Day at Oshkosh. All the money raised will go to help establish more Build A Plane projects across the U.S. Participants have until July 28 to sign up sponsors and submit their pledges to the organization.

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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.

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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
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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
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