The Best We've Ever Made
Bose was the first to introduce active noise reducing headsets to
aviation more than 20 years ago, forever changing the way pilots fly.
Today, we continue to set the standard with the Bose A20 Aviation
. The headset provides acclaimed noise reduction, with a
comfortable fit and the clear audio you expect from Bose. It also
connectivity, an auxiliary audio input and priority switching.
THE ECLIPSE -- FLYING, MAINTENANCE, TRAINING
Certification functionality and bankruptcy issues, plus a fair does
of malaise, plagued many early adopters of Eclipse jets, but there are
263 jets in the wild now reaching a combined 200,000 total flight hours
-- and the new Eclipse ownership experience has changed. The early
Eclipse experience was a master class in "the pioneers get the arrows."
Many production slot holders took those arrows in the form of shifting
performance targets and missed development goals. Others lost their
substantial deposits, altogether. In the end, the jet proved underpriced
when introduced and the original company suffered, accordingly. The
Eclipse jet concept may have been born from significant positive
aspiration for general aviation. It was executed, some might argue, with
significant hubris. But that was before.
Now the aircraft is under
the guidance of Eclipse jet owner Mason Holland who is determined to
secure the aircraft's future and support the owners. And as we've found,
some of those owners are finally living the dream of safe simple fast
efficient flight that they were sold when they put their money
At the helm of Eclipse Aerospace, today, Mason Holland is a
hands on owner. "I know at least 80 percent of our jet owners on a first
name basis," he says, "even those flying internationally." Holland has
pulled the company up by its boot straps and now supports seven dealers
representing 30 different countries. The jet is actually certified in
about 10 more than that. Holland has recently entered the Latin American
market following certification in Brazil. "Middle East sales have been
great," says Holland, "and it's a great plane for Europe." According to
Holland, the cost in fuel per nautical mile to fly an Eclipse in Europe
is less than what it costs to fly the same trips in a Cirrus SR22.
"Jet-A is so much cheaper than avgas over there," he says. When (if?)
the piston fleet turns to Jet-A, that equation will change. But even in
the U.S. customers who purchased largely based on promised efficiencies
in flight time, fuel burn, and simplicity of operation are reporting
back positively. For this story, we spoke with two happy owners. Their
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AVIATORS PITCHING IN
Pilots who'd like to volunteer to
support the aviation community or assist those in need can find plenty
of opportunities to use their aircraft and their skills as a force for
good. Rol Murrow, executive director of the Air Care Alliance and
the Wolf Aviation Fund, talks with AVweb's Mary Grady about some
of the work that's being done and how you can take part.
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L-3'S TRILOGY BACKUP GYRO
Glass panels have
become standard in new aircraft, and now that more legacy airplanes are
retrofitted with these systems, there's a growing market for backup
gyros. That market has clearly stated a preference: Backup glass units
are making inroads. In this AVweb video, Larry Anglisano of
Aviation Consumer and Kirk Fryar of Sarasota Avionics give us a
tour of the L-3 Trilogy. More...
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|From the Pages of Light Plane Maintenance
YOUR AIRPLANE FOR THE WINTER
As the temperature plummets and the snow flies, the hangar door may
not open until spring. Here's how to put the airplane to bed
More than ever the need for following manufacturer
guidelines for aircraft and engine storage has come to the fore. This is
particularly true when the aircraft is parked outside or in other than
those relatively limited, dry areas of the country that also do not have
industrial pollutants to deal with.
Unfortunately some of the
greatest concentrations of aircraft are along the coasts where the
environment is not at all friendly to airplanes not properly kept up.
With the onset of the winter season we like to publish a refresher on
the importance of proper preparation of the plane.
Lycoming "Our experience has shown that in regions of high humidity,
active corrosion can be found on cylinder walls of new engines
inoperative for periods as brief as two days. In engines that have
accumulated 50 hours or more time in service in a short period, the
cylinder walls will have acquired a varnish that tends to protect them
from corrosive action; such engines under favorable atmospheric
conditions can remain inactive for several weeks without evidence of
damage by corrosion. Aircraft operated close to oceans, lakes, rivers
and in humid regions have a greater need for engine preservation than
engines operated in arid regions."
Conversely, for those engines
subject to moderate amounts of blow-by and relatively high oil
consumption, accumulating moisture and acid in the oil is a given,
regardless of how often the aircraft flies.
In some respects, we
can do only so much to keep the damaging impact of corrosion to a
minimum, but some form of storage should be considered when limited
operation and frequent periods of downtime are expected. This would also
be applicable to engines removed from the aircraft awaiting
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