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AEROBATIC CHAMPION KIRBY CHAMBLISS
DEPENDS ON OREGON
AERO TO ELIMINATE PAIN
U.S. National Champion Kirby Chambliss is one of many aerobatic
winners performing at this year's Sun 'n Fun Fly-In who depends on
Oregon Aero for comfort in the cockpit. "I use the Oregon Aero
Pilot SoftSeat in my Edge 540," says Kirby. "When pulling up to
10Gs, the seat cushion takes on about 2,000 pounds. It helps to make my
performance more bearable and also reduces back pain when I'm done
performing." Visit Oregon Aero at Sun 'n Fun Building A, Booth
#A-40-42, to see what Kirby means or check out all of Oregon
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'N FUN 2004
A bit damp, a bit breezy, but well worth the wait. Revised figures for
past years' attendance suggest we'll see about 160,000 aircraft lovers
wandering the grounds of Lakeland Linder Regional airport this year. The
impact on the local economy should reach toward $27 million ... on the
positive side. And while there will be no roll-out of the Sport Pilot
rule at the air show, and the economy (plus nasty world-changing events
we've grown tired of mentioning) has flushed the fields of those brand
new design hopefuls so prevalent in years past, still, the scene this
year is uniquely refreshing. If it's true that the strong survive,
recent history mandates that pretty much all that made it to this year's
show is the cream that's risen to the top ... or maybe just not sink to
the bottom. There are exceptions to prove the rule, but for the most
part, those that are left are the real deal. To kick off the air show
season in the East, it just doesn't get much better than Sun 'n Fun.
PILOT, BETTER LATE? OR NEVER?...
FAA officials made clear on Tuesday at Sun 'n Fun how highly the agency
views its still-pending sport pilot/light-sport aircraft (LSA) proposal
... sort of. Many view LSA as the salvation of sport, entry-level
aviation and continued flying by older pilots. Meetings yesterday with
industry leaders at Sun 'n Fun in Lakeland, Florida, LSA staffers
confirmed that the OMB rejected the proposed rule but that FAA
Administrator Marion Blakey pulled the rule for further explanation and
possible changes. The action perhaps reflects momentum earned through
time effort and money already spent. Among her other options -- throwing
her hands up in frustrated disgust and letting it die. FAA LSA team
leaders Sue Gardner and Scott Sedgwick were upbeat despite repeated
delays of a rule that is deemed critical to the survival of some
companies committed to production of ready-to-fly aircraft and kits.
WHAT CHANGES MAY COME
The proposed rule -- one of the most complex in FAA history -- would
establish a new sport pilot license with a minimum of 20 hours of flight
training, use of any state driver's license for medical qualification,
and day VFR flying with one passenger or solo. Sport pilots could be
endorsed to fly any of five categories (single-engine airplanes, land or
sea; glider; gyroplane; powered parachute or weight-shift powered hang
glider) that meets the requirements. Former KITPLANES Editor Dave Martin
speculates that the weight limit may move up to 1300 pounds gross as
recommended by many including the EAA, and that gyroplanes will be
allowed factory-built status -- not simply amateur-built status -- as
indicated in the proposed rule. More...
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Canadian authorities have determined a Cirrus SR20 was in a
potentially-deadly spiral dive when the pilot deployed the aircraft's
emergency parachute over the rugged mountains of southern British
Columbia last Thursday. "We have radar data showing the aircraft in a
spiral before it goes off radar,"said Bill Yearwood, who heads the
Transportation Safety Board's regional office in Vancouver. "It did two
360s." Yearwood wouldn't speculate on why the Cirrus, carrying the pilot
......Volk, two other men and a 14-year-old boy, went into the spiral
but he did confirm that the pilot "talked about some fuel management
problems" during initial interviews with investigators.
CITED IN SECOND DEPLOYMENT
Cirrus officials are also hesitant to speculate on the factors leading
up to the Canadian mishap or a subsequent chute deployment (this time on
an SR22) two days later in Florida. Interviewed by AVweb at Sun 'n Fun,
Cirrus spokesman Randy Bolinger said that in both cases the aircraft
have to be examined before any causes can be pinpointed. In the Florida
case, Bolinger said, the aircraft was in for some type of electrical
repair at an approved Cirrus service center. The owner .......... was
flying it home when he took off into low overcast and reported several
instrument malfunctions. Bolinger said air traffic control tried to
direct him to VFR conditions on top of second cloud deck but ......
decided to pull the chute. "There are five people walking and talking
and flying who might not be," he noted. More...
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400 -- THE FASTEST CERTIFIED PISTON-ENGINE AIRCRAFT?
Hot off the press and delivered fresh to Sun 'n Fun, Lancair's latest
data sheet (and aircraft) lists a maximum recommended cruising speed of
235 KTAS -- at FL250 -- and an approximate useful load of 1100 pounds
for the 310hp turbo-charged dual-system-all-electric (no, not the
engine) Lancair Columbia 400. The Lancair Company's Mark Cahill told
AVweb yesterday that the performance numbers don't tell the whole story.
"The 400 is a product of the company's ongoing philosophy of preventive
medicine as opposed to remedial medicine." Our translation: Lancair
engineers have worked extremely hard to design aerodynamic features that
will keep you out of trouble over an extremely broad performance
envelope. Lancair has asked AVweb to keep the specifics of the
aeronautical innovations under wraps until the 400's official unveiling,
HOPES TIMING IS RIGHT FOR NEW TURBOPROP
Extra Aircraft is gambling that the million dollar mini-jet is nothing
more than a "great dream." CEO Ken Keith told AVweb that he thinks
Eclipse Aircraft personal jet will end up costing much more than the
company is currently predicting. That, he says, will leave room in the
market for the Extra EA 500, a $1.545 million, six-place single
turboprop developed in Germany. So far, there are just five orders for
the aircraft, something Keith frankly told a Sun n Fun news
conference that he hopes to improve upon at the show. Keith told a news
conference at Sun n Fun Tuesday that European certification is
expected in May followed about a month later by the FAA nod.
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OUTFIT YOUR AIRPLANE WITH A NEW TURBINE
Affordable Turbine Power Co.
Inc. (ATP) told AVweb they have, and are currently flying, an
experimental Vans RV-4 pulled by their less-than-200-pound turbine
engine, which puts out roughly 200hp through a double planetary gear
reduction, while burning 13.3 gallons of $1.35 kerosene per hour. Now,
the company tells us, "we're geared up aiming for full production in
July," you too can have one for about $30,000 and (wait for it)
certification is just three years away ... just as soon as an estimated
five million dollars presents itself to ATP. While we checked our
pockets, an Aviat representative dropped by and expressed the sentiment
to "help out" with certification ... but people say a lot of things at
air shows. More...
RESURFACES AS KIT JET
Aircraft designs may come and go but the dreams that drive them never
seem to fade away. Remember the Jetcruzer? Investors sunk upwards of
$100 million in the development of the single-engine turboprop pusher
that looked like a sure-bet aircraft for the new millenium during the
salad days of the late 1990s. Those investors saw all that money fly
away when the whole program was auctioned off for just $125,000 a little
more than a year ago. Well, the Jetcruzer is back, but this time as
either a single or a twin jet kit that will cost the builder somewhere
around $800,000. "We have a lot of people interested in it," said
Michael Spearman, director of business development for the new company.
TO FLY 48 CONTIGUOUS IN 65 HOURS (OR LESS)
Insulin-dependent pilot Michael Hunter expects to test his blood sugar
levels roughly 200 times over the next 60 or so hours as he shares
piloting duties with two other pilots in a bid to set a record for the
fastest time to land in each of the 48 contiguous states. The flight
left Lakeland yesterday morning, is being flown in a Cirrus SR22 made
available to Hunter by Cirrus Design, and will succeed if it manages the
tour in less than five and one half days -- the three pilots hope to
return Friday to Sun 'n Fun. Hunter is the first person with diabetes
granted FAA approval to fly as an air show performer (he flies a Laser
230) and is believed to be the only insulin-dependent diabetic air show
pilot in the world. He lives and flies in good health with the aid of an
insulin pump, which supplies a dose every three minutes. Check FlightForDiabetes.com for periodic updates including
route information and a trip log -- as well as Hunter's diet and blood
testing information. More...
'N FUN, 2004 -- DAY ONE IMAGE GALLERY
Opening day offered little in the way of sun, but the fun was aplenty
... as were the fancy paint jobs. And while many of those were still
wet, it wasn't for lack of curing. Yes, Virginia, sometimes it rains --
even at Sun 'n Fun. Fortunately, rain makes us slippery and wresting
ourselves from the hoards of adoring fans gets just a tad easier. In
other words, enjoy the
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