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'N FUN TAKES OFF: NEW ARRIVALS, NEW AIRCRAFT
With the weekend on its way and the sun finally blazing down in all its
Florida exuberance, Sun 'n Fun started to live up to its name yesterday
as the clouds disappeared, Wednesday's relentless winds died down, and
the sky filled with airplanes. "Move! Move! Move!" was the mantra on the
tower frequency, as a breathless controller tried to keep the flow
going, with arrivals and departures all crowding onto the same busy
runway. "Taxi! Taxi! Taxi! As fast as you can without taking off!" And
squeak-squeak, there's a little red taildragger touching down and racing
by on its front gear, a "mixmaster" hot on its heels, a gallant
(certified) Seawind going around, a Cirrus on short final, while a tall
yellow crane plucks a sorry warbird by the tail from the grassy verge,
where it ran afoul of the runway edge. "No rubbernecking! Move, move,
move! YOU, doing the 360, don't EVER do that again!" More...
'NEW' ENGINE CERTIFIED
The first GA engine certified to run on unleaded automotive gasoline is
a reality. Superior Air Parts officials told a packed Sun 'n
Fun news conference their Vantage O-360 (aspirated) and IO-360
(injected) engines will happily sip mid-grade 91 Octane mogas. Keith
Blockus, who was in charge of development of the engine for the Coppell,
Texas-based company, said the 180-h.p. mill went through "one of the
most documented test programs" ever conceived for an engine and they're
confident in the longevity and reliability of the engine whether it runs
on 100 LL, unleaded or a mix of the two. The revamped engine has a bit
of a track record, however--it's a retooled, re-engineered and improved
(says Superior) of the venerable Lycoming 360. More...
Now, Superior isn't the first to launch a certified autogas engine
project but the most recent entrant in that market was conspicuously
absent from the sunny grounds of Lakeland Linder Regional Airport. Bombardier, which
created a major stir at last year's AirVenture in Oshkosh with the
introduction of its V-6 GA engines, was a no-show at Sun 'n Fun.
Deadline pressures prevented us from contacting Bombardier for comment
on the Superior announcement but we will be in touch. Meanwhile,
Superior's PR data on the Vantage says its competitors (who have also
been its bread and butter as a parts manufacturer for 30 years) have
every reason to be concerned about the Vantage. More...
FADEC IN THE WORKS
Although it may look like a Lyoming 360-series engine, Superior claims
its new engine is much different on the inside, where it counts. Blockus
said they re-engineered just about every part of the decades-old design,
improved materials throughout and made it breathe, oil and run better.
Blockus said they decided to "stick to the basics" in offering only two
versions of the engine to start. A full authority digital engine control
(FADEC) system is on the drawing board as is a turbocharged version. Now
that the engine is certified (production certification is expected by
the end of the year), CEO Chuck Denman said the focus shifts to
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AND SMELL THE EXHAUST...
While the main fairway -- filled with exhibits and banners and tents,
things to look at and things to buy -- is crowded with visitors, the
low-key flight lines around the edges are where the true heart of the
show is found. Here are the thousands of airplanes flown in by loving
pilots and their families and friends, polished and pampered, many of
them built or restored by hand, and each of them the pot of gold at the
end of somebody's rainbow. Art Culver, a retired American Airlines pilot
from North Carolina, spent 10 years building his sleek Seawind
amphibian. "I can see why some people never finish," he said. "You just
have to keep going and going, and not think about it, till finally one
day you run out of parts, and you're done." More...
JUST FOR FUN...
On the far side of the field, Ron Karwacky sits in the sun, sheltered
from the wind by the fuselage of his polished aluminum 1952 Cessna 195.
"I soloed in this airplane," he says. He bought the plane for $15,000 in
1983 and recruited a few friends to help with the restoration work. The
beefy taildragger is great for cross-country flying, he says. It cruises
at about 165, and he got to Florida from southern California in two days
and 12 and a half hours of flying, with a 30-knot tailwind. Karwacky
said he has about 1,900 hours total time, just about all of it in
taildraggers, and he and his plane are both VFR-only flyers. "I fly for
a hobby only," he said. He plans to retire soon from his career as a
backhoe operator and relocate to Arkansas. "Well, I'll have to only
half-retire if I want to keep the airplane," he said. More...
GATHERING WITH LIKE-MINDED SOULS
Not every pilot that comes to Sun 'n Fun flies in, though. In the
Type-Club Tent, four guys are hanging around the table assigned to the
Ercoupe Owners Club. Thirty-two alleged Ercoupe owners have signed in so
far on the clipboard. So how many Ercoupes are on the field, a visitor
asks? They look at each other. "I think there might be one," says John
Wright Jr. "I saw one over by the campground, seems to me," says John
Wright Sr. Between them, the two own "at least seven Ercoupes ... two in
the garage, one in the driveway, one in the hangar, and parts enough for
three -- at *least* three," they say. But it was "too far to fly," as
apparently it is for all but the most rare and intrepid Ercoupe owners.
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ARE THE INSURANCE COMPANY
New owners of soon-to-be-certified (the same phrase was used in 2003) Seawind amphibs won't have to worry about getting
their $300,000 aircraft insured. They'll be doing it themselves.
Seawind, a Canadian company that hopes to produce certified versions of
the distinctive homebuilt, is organizing an insurance cooperative among
owners to keep those costs down. Sales manager Vince Parisi said there
just isn't enough historical data for insurance companies to fairly
assess the insurance premiums for a design like the Seawind so the
company has opted for the self-insurance scheme. Under the plan, owners
will put up a bond and pay initially high premiums. More...
OUT THE CZECHS
One manufacturer attracting lots of attention on the exhibit line was
the Czech Aircraft
Works, or CZAW, a five-year-old company with American ownership,
that builds American airplanes with American materials, but does it all
in the Czech Republic with Czech workers. They were debuting the
prototype of their first in-house design, a two-seat aluminum-hulled
amphibian priced at $78,500 (for the first 50, at least) and designed
expressly to conform to the FAA's potential Light Sport
Aircraft rules. It first flew on March 11. Company president Chip
Erwin was sitting in the airplane yesterday and growing hoarse from
talking about it nonstop. "We should be ready to deliver by the end of
this year," he told AVweb, and if the LSA rule isn't ready when they
are, they'll deliver the airplane as an Experimental. "We have a
seven-day build school," Erwin said. More...
|COMPLIMENTARY STUFF & NEW PRODUCTS AT LIGHTSPEED'S SUN 'N
Get out your show map and put a big dot on Booth
#D-051-053 to remind yourself to stop by LightSPEED's booth for your
complimentary promotional gift. Sure, you'll have to demo a headset
first, but do you really need another excuse to sit in our egg-ceptional
listening booth? How about this all LightSPEED headsets are now
equipped with cell/satellite phone jacks! That should do it. See you at
the show! The new cell/satellite jack feature is also available online
FASTEST AND MOST DOCILE -- HOW THEY DID IT
Today at Sun 'n Fun Lancair has received ceremoniously (or will receive,
dependant on when you read this) FAA certification for their 310 hp
turbocharged Columbia 400. What we knew, but were before today
unable to share is that the madly capable, top of its class, 235 knot at
25,000 feet super cruiser may also prove itself the most docile aircraft
of its performance class. Lancair Vice President of Engineering, Tom
Bowen, explained the outboard wing cuffs designed to keep the ailerons
flying while the inboard section of the wing is stalled, enlarged rudder
(a visually imperceptible difference from the 350) and added ventral
strake to add yaw stability and assure rudder authority should the pilot
manage to stall the aircraft; and the reduced-area elevator designed to
prevent deep stall entry at altitude. More...
AIRCRAFT FUTURE GETTING CLOSER
The future of the Symphony aircraft line, which has been in limbo since
OMF GmbH, the German parent company, declared bankruptcy in December,
should be decided in the next week or two, it was announced at Sun 'n
Fun on Wednesday. "One way or another, the line is going to be
re-launched by somebody, shortly," said Paul Costanzo, the former
president of OMF Aircraft, which had just opened a factory in Quebec
last September. The North American assets of OMF Aircraft are
now up for bid, and Costanzo has formed a group called Symphony Aircraft
Industries to try to buy the company and re-open at its former site.
Forty-four orders are on the books, Costanzo said. More...
|DIAMOND AIRCRAFT SHINES AT SUN 'N FUN WITH THE NEW DIAMOND
Diamond is showing its new Diamond Star DA40-FP
at Sun 'n Fun Booth #MD-023B-024C. This fixed-pitch version of
the popular DA40-180 Diamond Star addresses the requirements of high
utilization operators. The FP has been designed to lower both
acquisition and operating cost, minimize inspection and maintenance
times, and maximize dispatch reliability. The cost savings relate mainly
to the change of the powerplant with a carburated Lycoming O360A4D 180hp
engine, driving a fixed-pitch metal Sensenich propeller. You have to see
the DA40-FP to appreciate these, and many more, innovations. Go by
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INSURANCE -- EAA COURTS SPORT PILOTS, AVEMCO AFTER RENTERS
Paying for insurance is one of those necessary evils that all pilots
hate (until they need it), but at least for this year, those insured by
Avemco won't see their bills going up. So said company officials at a
press conference at Sun 'n Fun on Wednesday. The company also has cut
its rates on some of its renters' insurance policies by up to 8 percent.
Avemco also said it
is offering more options for renters, plus discounts for pilots who
complete approved training courses. Meanwhile, the folks at EAA said this week they
have an insurance plan all ready to go for sport pilots and owners of
light-sport aircraft -- as soon as such things bloom into existence.
LEGAL BATTLES GETTING SETTLED
A six-year battle over the future of a 60-year-old aircraft design
should be on its way to settlement. As AVweb previously reported, Renaissance
Aircraft, of Cape Girardeau, Mo. has been locked in a bitter dispute
with the Arizona-based Don Luscombe Aviation History Museum and its
former president, Doug Combs over the type certificate for the venerable
Luscombe 8F. On Thursday, an Arizona bankruptcy court was to decide
whether a deal between Renaissance and the bankrupt Luscombe group would
settle the differences and allow Renaissance to get on with producing a
modern, souped-up version of the aircraft that some credit with bringing
affordable aviation to the masses in the 1940s. "We're going to be all
part of the same family, all working together," predicted Renaissance
President John Deardon. "It's been a big waste of time and a big waste
of money." More...
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'N FUN GALLERIES -- HAVE A LOOK AROUND THE GROUNDS
Better weather at Sun 'n Fun Thursday (blinding sun) translated into
many more images captured over the past two days: turbine Bonanzas (the
conversion can costs three times more than the plane, but they sold very
well for Malibu/Mirage line), a 700-plus-hp turbine Lancair (you'll know
it when you see it), very rare and vintage biplanes, warbirds,
ultralights, experimentals, Bruce Bohannon and his 380hp Exxon Flyin'
Tiger (Bohannon expects this year to shatter his old record time to
climb to 30,000 feet by attaining the altitude in well under 15 minutes)
and much more... In other words, enjoy Gallery 1, Gallery 2 and Gallery 3... More...
ARTICLES AND FEATURES ON AVWEB
Aviator #4: Debunking TBO
Engine TBO (time between overhauls) seems to be one of the most
misunderstood concepts in aviation maintenance. There are lots of
TBO-related old wives tales that are widely believed by owners and
mechanic alike, and they can cost owners a great deal of money. Mike
Busch endeavors to clear up these misconceptions, and explain what TBO
really means. More...
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