AVwebFlash Complete Issue: Volume 18, Number 31a

July 30, 2012

By The AVweb Editorial Staff
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AVflash! RED's New V-12 Diesel at Oshkosh back to top 

500 Horsepower V-12 Turbo Diesel Engine From Germany

Raikhlin Aircraft Engine Developments (RED) has developed a V-12 diesel for large singles, twins and whatever else can use 500 horsepower of takeoff power and 15.5 gallons an hour at cruise. In a podcast interview at AirVenture Oshkosh, a company spokesman said visitors to the booth tucked over by the vintage area suggested all kinds of applications for the innovative geared (1.88) mill. Among the innovations is a dual redundant cam and valve setup on each bank of cylinders. Weight might be an issue in some applications, however. With all accessories it tops out at about 800 pounds, but Wadsworth said the company is banking on the fact that the "competitive" price of $170,000 and fuel efficiency will make it attractive for even light turbine conversions. Wadsworth said he expects a TBO of 2,000 to 3,000 hours after the initial 1,000-hour maximum imposed by EASA on new designs expires for this engine. The engine is being field tested in a Yak-52 with positive results and there's another engine on the drawing board that might quell some of the concerns over the demise of 100LL and the fate of the high-performance GA engines that need it.

RED is developing a 300-hp V-6 that it says will be developed once it's putting V-12s out the door. The V-12 project was started three years ago and this video gives a glimpse of that process. The company says it plans a bigger presence at next year's show.

Podcast: Turbocharged 500hp V-12 Certified Diesel Launched

File Size 4.1 MB / Running Time 4:30

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Yep, we got that right. Raikhlin Aircraft Engine Developments (RED) of Germany has developed the engine and expects certification this year. RED's Dave Wadsworth spoke with AVweb's Russ Niles.

Click here to listen. (4.1 MB, 4:30)

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Catalina Airmen Recovered back to top 

Remains Recovered From Second World War Wreck

The remains of up to five U.S. airmen lost when their PBY Catalina sunk in Quebec's Gulf of St. Lawrence in 1942 have been recovered and sent for DNA identification. For the last three weeks the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC)'s USNS Grapple has been on station off Longue-Pointe-de-Mingan, a small fishing village on Quebec's north shore. Longue-Pointe-de-Mingan was a stop on the so-called "Crimson Line" supply route to Europe during the war. That's where Parks Canada employees found the Catalina intact in 2009. Because the hull was intact and there might be human remains inside, the workers left the relic alone and called U.S. officials. The recovery effort has been successful. "To be able to do this and bring some closure to families is pretty rewarding," Stefan Claesson, a forensic archaeologist aboard the Grapple told reporters. "As long as we find one remain it's a success for us. And in this case we have a significant number of remains to bring back home, so that's very exciting." Also remarkable is that 70 years later there are still eyewitnesses to the crash living in the town.

It was Josephine Vibert's wedding day and she clearly recalls watching the big flying boat pounding through big swells trying to get airborne. On the second takeoff attempt, she said, waves inundated the aircraft. "I counted five waves, but there may have been more," Vibert said. "After the last one, water started entering their plane." Four airmen were rescued by local fishermen but five crew members went down with the PBY. It rested upside down 150 feet below the surface, the intense cold and darkness preserving not only the remains but a treasure trove of war-era artifacts. Aviator's glasses, a sealed bottle of Listerine, photo negatives and even paper from what might have been one of the aircraft's logs have been recovered. There are no immediate plans to recover the aircraft.

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Another Airline Closes Up Shop back to top 

Comair To Cease Operations

Regional airline Comair will be closed down in September, its parent company, Delta, said on Friday. Comair operates about 50 regional jets on 290 routes. Ryan Gumm, president of Comair, said in a letter to employees that the company operates "some of the oldest 50-seat aircraft in the Delta Connection fleet, which also have the highest unit cost per flight hour." He said Comair couldn't continue to be sustainable given "the economic limitations of our aging aircraft, cost structure, the long-term outlook for 50-seat aircraft, and our challenging industry and economy." All 1,700 Comair employees will lose their jobs.

Don Bornhorst, Senior Vice President of Delta Connection, said regional flying will remain a "key component" of Delta's network, but added that "customer expectations and the unit costs of regional flying have evolved." Delta said it plans to reduce the number of regional jets in its network while adding more mainline flying. Most of the employees affected by the shutdown live in Cincinnati and northern Kentucky. Comair has been flying since 1977, starting out with three Piper Navajos.

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Protecting Pilots back to top 

Pilots Bill Of Rights On Obama's Desk

A bill introduced by Senator James Inhofe, who in October 2010 landed on a closed runway, scattering workers, will now allow pilots easier access to evidence against them if faced with disciplinary action by the FAA -- if President Obama signs it. The bill has passed both the House and Senate and awaits the president's attention and official signature. "If a person is going to be accused of something," Inhofe told the Washington Post, "he has to know what he's being accused of." In Inhofe's case, the accusation may have seemed clear to the workers who said they watched the Senator's Cessna 340 as it "hopscotched" over them while landing. But Inhofe, who ultimately received a remedial training order from the FAA, found flaws in the system. AOPA, EAA, and Harrison Ford (the actor is a pilot and general aviation advocate) stand behind the bill.

AOPA President Craig Fuller called Inhofe's decision to introduce the legislation "bold" at a time that general aviation "seemed to be under attack in Washington." That and the bill's progress through Congress were "powerful testaments to Inhofe's commitment to protecting the freedom to fly," Fuller said. "We applaud Sen. Inhofe's ongoing work on behalf of general aviation." EAA's Rod Hightower called the bill's progress "a very important win for GA and protecting aviators' rights." Hightower noted his appreciation for the bipartisan support the Senate managed in passing the bill. Two years ago, the workers who fled Inhofe's plane had this to say: (Click to listen (MP3)). Inhofe later told his story to AVweb; (click to listen). Details in the bill include improvements to the NOTAM system. It also requires that the GAO review the FAA's process and forms with the goal of creating greater clarity in the questions and fewer allegations of intentional falsification against pilots.

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iFlightPlanner for the iPad back to top 

Sennheiser Steps Into Flight Planning

iFlightPlanner.com, in cooperation with Sennheiser, now offers features, pricing and portability that may make it an appealing option for pilots seeking comprehensive one-stop flight planning on the go. The companies have created a new app for the iPad that allows pilots to plan and file with iFlightPlanner through a home computer's full keyboard and mouse (yours or anyone else's). All the data can then be wirelessly exported to the portable iPad. And the iPad can be used to close the flight plan at the destination. The app is free, the flight planner is free (with paid options), and a full airport facilities directory including charts and approach plates is included, free.

As it is, flight plans created through iFlightPlanner.com can be closed through the iPad and iFlightPlanner.com says it is currently beta testing features that will further enhance the platform's integration and utility in the field. Meanwhile, Sennheiser's participation highlights that company's thrust to be more than just a headset company. So far, their involvement has resulted in lower costs for the pilots using iFlightPlanner.com and a faster development cycle for new features. The two companies plan to use their relationship to bring new technology to market quickly and provide a better product at a lower cost.

Video: iFlightPlanner with iPad Interface

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iFlightPlanner.com, through cooperation with Sennheiser, offers features, price (there's a free version), and portability that make it a competitive option for comprehensive one-stop flight planning on the go. If you're a pilot, try it yourself at iFlightPlanner.com.

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Also at Oshkosh: FlightLink, King Schools back to top 

FlightLink Records Radio Calls

Lightspeed Aviation's FlightLink is a free iPhone/iPad app for folks with a Zulu 2 headset that records all intercom and ATC communications as you fly. You can scroll back and replay any part of the recording, and search a library of recordings from previous days. The iPad version also has a scratchpad for writing notes.

The app will keep recording even if you switch to another app on the iPad, but it won't work with original Zulu headsets, due to a technical issue, or any non-Lightspeed headsets because the app needs a Zulu serial number to unlock. The recorder also requires the cable connection between the iPad and headset rather than Bluetooth.

King Schools, New Advanced Releases

Flight training syllabi for the Private Pilot, Instrument Rating, Instrument Instructor Refresher, Crew Resource Management, and Part 135 Initial and Recurrent online training courses are the among new courses announced this week by King Schools. The company says its Part 135 training courses are crafted to fit smoothly into operators' own pre-existing training packages. And its syllabus programs are designed to sharpen the learning curve by clearly defining common goals shared by both instructor and student. Together the new products push the company toward a new landmark for products created.

John and Martha King have now released 94 aviation training courses developed over 37 years. Inching toward the century mark, the catalog already includes 26 courses that target the professional/turbine pilot. The rest run the full range from student to Airline Transport Pilot. And the content is not frozen. "We continuously monitor and improve our courses based on the feedback we receive," says John King. The Kings' 37 years of experience creating training products is part of the new syllabi packages. According to Martha King, the benefits of a syllabus approach "will increase customer satisfaction while helping students excel at each task." Like many King products, it is also intended to improve learning efficiency, thereby reducing training hours required and saving students money.

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Opinion & Commentary back to top 

AVweb Insider Blog: AirVenture 2012 -- Oshkosh Wrap

AirVenture 2012 was a strong year for innovation, if not crowds. Paul Bertorelli offers some closing thoughts on this year's show in his latest post to the AVweb Insider blog.

Read more and join the conversation.

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Your Favorite FBOs back to top 

FBO of the Week: Signature Flight Service (KOMA, Omaha, Nebraska)

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AVweb's "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Signature Flight Service at Eppley Field (KOMA) in Omaha, Nebraska.

This Signature location earned the respect (and praise) of AVweb reader Charlie Bobbish when he needed a helping hand on a recent trip:

Being far from home with a mechanical problem is something no owner looks forward to experiencing. Having it happen on vacation is even worse. We had to stop in Omaha due to engine roughness. With no notice, Signature dedicated a mechanic to us, diagnosed the problem, and got us on our way with a smile. They offered us a crew car all day and made sure that our stop was as pleasant as possible. What a great way to treat a customer in need!

Keep those nominations coming. For complete contest rules, click here.

AVweb is actively seeking out the best FBOs in the country and another one, submitted by you, will be spotlighted here next Monday!

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The Top Reporter on Our Crack Staff ... Is You! back to top 

Survey: Do You Fly a Diamond DA20?

If so, our sister publication, Aviation Consumer, would like to hear about your experiences with it for a Used Aircraft Guide. We would like to know what it's like to fly, what kind of performance you've seen, and how much it costs to insure and maintain.

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The Lighter Side of Flight back to top 

Short Final

Several years ago, as the volume of traffic was increasing at BNA, an American Eagle flight received and acknowledged an incorrect altimeter setting. After mentioning it to ground control, he added:

"Well, up-periscope and taxi to the ramp!"

Rich Mays
via e-mail

Heard Anything Funny on the Radio?

Heard anything funny, unusual, or downright shocking on the radio lately? If you've been flying any length of time, you're sure to have eavesdropped on a few memorable exchanges. The ones that gave you a chuckle may do the same for your fellow AVweb readers. Share your radio funny with us, and, if we use it in a future "Short Final," we'll send you a sharp-looking AVweb hat to sport around your local airport. No joke.

Click here to submit your original, true, and previously unpublished story.

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

Scott Simmons

Contributing Editors
Mary Grady
Glenn Pew

Kevin Lane-Cummings
Jeff Van West

Ad Coordinator
Karen Lund

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