AVwebFlash - Volume 19, Number 18a

April 29, 2013

By The AVweb Editorial Staff
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AVflash! Aero, CAFE, U.S. Politics, and More back to top 

Aero, CAFE And Aviation News In Today's Flash

Welcome to the largest issue of AVwebFlash we've ever produced. If you've been following us over the last few days you'll know that Editorial Director Paul Bertorelli has been at Aero Friedrichshafen in Germany since the middle of last week and that Contributing Editor Mary Grady has been at the CAFE Electric Aircraft Symposium in Santa Rosa, Calif. So we have dozens of news items, podcasts and videos in today's edition from those shows and oh, by the way, the controllers are back to full strength. So, scroll down to get caught up on a wide range of innovation, new aircraft, new technology and maybe the coolest picture ever taken of an air demonstration team. So, set some time aside for this one. Buckle in and enjoy.

AVweb Insider Blog: Aero -- Why It's Such a Player

The Aero show in Friedrichshafen, Germany is attracting ever more North American participation. There's a reason for that. On the AVweb Insider blog, Paul Bertorelli explains -- and offers observations on the Pipistrel Panthera and new regulatory reforms.

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Aero: Waiting for Tomorrow's Fuel, Coping with Today's back to top 

Future Fuels Market: Still Mixed Signals in Europe and U.S.

At Aero 2013 in Friedrichshafen this week, fuel has been a leading topic of discussion and if there's any single word to describe the mood on the industry it's this: confused. In Europe, many airports have three fuels available -- autogas, 100LL and Jet A -- and a handful are distributing French refiner Total's 91UL. But that fuel isn't widely deployed enough to have gained other than toehold market status.

"I don't think we have any clearing on the horizon from clouds surrounding fuel options yet," says Continental Motor's CEO Rhett Ross in a podcast recorded at Aero this week. In 2010, Continental launched a trial balloon to see if 94UL fuel would gain any traction, but since then, says Ross, the company has stepped back awaiting market clarity. "But we're not just waiting and seeing, we continue to believe that we have to provide solutions that take into account all of the options," Ross says. Continental last December certified its first diesel, a four-cylinder 200- to 250-HP turbocharged engine called the TD300. The company says it has a launch customer but has declined to reveal who it is, promising more information later in the year. Continental also developed an alternative fuel version of its IO-360 line approved for 91AKI fuel and that engine will be used in Flight Design's C4, whose development has been delayed to take advantage of regulatory reform.

During the course of Aero, we asked both Continental's Ross and Lycoming general manager Michael Kraft about the likelihood of mogas -- that is automotive fuel, not aviation-certified 91AKI -- becoming a player in the fuels market. Both say it's unlikely. "What we are observing is that pump gas is going to be increasingly unsuitable, particular with the pressure to move to a 15-percent ethanol content. There's a big information gap in people understanding how potentially destabilizing these increased amounts of ethanol are," says Lycoming general manager Michael Kraft in a podcast interview recorded at Aero this week. Both Ross and Kraft agree that the variability of motor pump gas is too great to make it a practical, reliable aviation fuel, despite its wide popularity in Europe.

Lycoming's strategy has been to release a broad range of approvals for engines to operate on 91AKI such as Total's UL91 or the equivalent. Even in Europe, where Total has been at it for several years, distribution of this fuel is limited and it's not much cheaper than 100LL, if it's any cheaper at all. "We're in a little bit of a chicken and egg situation. It's a supply and demand problem. As long as there are a limited number of aircraft approved to use an alternate fuel like the unleaded 91 grade, the opportunity for the fuel producers to put it out there is limited," Kraft says. "So this round, we covered a substantial number of engines. It captures a large amount of the installed base within in the EU and now we'll watch and see what happens on the distribution side," he adds. He also believes there's no reason why a carefully controlled automotive blendstock fuel couldn't be used for aviation, but this might place it out of mainstream of commodity fuel pricing.

Kraft is optimistic on fuel certifications in the wake the Unleaded Avgas Transition ARC which established a new FAA office to oversee approvals. "From Lycoming's perspective, this has been a real benefit and a well implemented recommendation from the ARC," Kraft says. When Lycoming moved its most recent round of engine approvals through the new FAA AIR-20 office, Kraft says the streamlined process worked well. Another unit, AIR-21, handles airframes. "You can really tell that the FAA has implemented those offices with a very positive attitude," Kraft adds.

Podcast: Engines for a Multi-Fuel World -- Continental's Rhett Ross at Aero Friedrichshafen

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At Aero 2013, AVweb's Paul Bertorelli asked engine developers how they're coping with the changing landscape of avgas. Rhett Ross from Continental Motors spoke about the challenges of predicting the future and staying current with the wide array of fuels in play today.

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Podcast: The Changing Face of Fuel -- Lycoming's Mike Kraft at Aero Friedrichshafen

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How are engine makers coping with the ongoing changes in aviation fuel? At Aero 2013, Paul Bertorelli put this question (and more) to Lycoming's Mike Kraft.

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Aero: Diesel Dominance back to top 

Podcast: SMA to Offer a Six-Cylinder Diesel

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With avgas in Europe hovering around the $12-a-gallon mark, little surprise that there's continuing interest in diesel technology. SMA has already introduced the second generation of its certified four-cylinder diesel, and at Aero this week, it showed a technical mock-up for a six-cylinder model in the 400-hp range, just what some OEMs are insisting is needed to tip the diesel market toward large airframes such as cabin-class singles and twins, which now rely on thirsty, large-displacement gasoline engines.

According to SMA's Thierry Argaud, the company isn't quite at the mold metal stage with the new motor -- to be designated the SR460 -- but it hopes to have what's now essentially a mock-up running the test cell by the end of the year. In planform, the engine is similar to the four-cylinder model -- with a split case, bolt-on cylinders, and a combination of air and oil cooling. In this podcast recorded during AVweb's continuing coverage of the Aero show in Friedrichshafen, Germany, Argaud said the engine's dry weight is about 455 pounds (206 kg) with expected fuel specifics of about 0.36 lbs/hp/hr.

Click here to listen. (4.1 MB, 4:57)

Video: Smart Car Goes Flying -- FlyEco's Three-Cylinder Diesel

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Although some may consider it a smugmobile, Mercedes's diminutive SmartCar has gained a worldwide following and a market. The European version has a nifty three-cylinder diesel with impressive fuel specifics that a company called FlyEco has adapted for aircraft use. The engine has all the usual suspects -- high-pressure common-rail injection, turbocharging, and liquid and oil cooling. In this excluse AVweb video from the Aero show in Friedrichshafen, Germany, FlyEco's Arnim Wegener gave us a detailed rundown on the FlyEco 450 three-banger.

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Aero: New Airplanes back to top 

Flight Design Taps The Brakes On The C4

With major certification rules revisions on the book, Flight Design has decided to reset its certification schedule on the much-watched C4 four-place aircraft, its first venture into the world of certified aircraft. Although Flight Design had initially planned a more aggressive development schedule, revisions to CS23/FAR Part 23 now in the works in the U.S. and around the world will almost certainly significantly streamline the C4's trip through the cert process and whatever sales it might or might not lose will be worth the tradeoff, according to Flight Design. The C4 was originally planned for $250,000 (220,000 Euros) and in this podcast from Aero, Flight Design's Tom Peghiny explained that slipping the first flight schedule will increase the likelihood that the company can hold that price based on simpler and quicker certification.

"Also," said Peghiny, "it will allow us to embed more technology into the aircraft at a more affordable price." Peghiny says Flight Design is looking at features such as the enveloped protection found in Cirrus and some Cessna aircraft and more innovative electronics that won't be as costly as what we've seen thus far. Peghiny says the C4's final mold lines have been set with first flight expected less than a year from now. Flight Design hopes to deliver certified airplanes to customers within about 15 months of the first flight.

Video: Panthera Wows at Aero 2013

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When Pipistrel displayed the innovative Panthera retractable at Aero in Friedrichshafen last year, it was the hit of the show. And now they've flown in the test article in a 90-minute hop over the Alps, and showgoers are crawling over the thing like ants. Pipistrel is allowing cockpit and rear-seat access, and the line stretches nearly around the block. AVweb's Paul Bertorelli interviewed Pipistrel's Vid Plevnik about the test program and, in this exclusive video, Plevnik gives you a visual cockpit tour of this unique aircraft as part of our continuing coverage of Aero 2013.

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Video: Video Tour of Tecnam 2010

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At Aero 2013, Tecnam seems to be pulling out all of the stops, introducing two new LSAs -- one aerobatic -- and showing off the highly refined P-2010, which might best be thought of as a reimagined Cessna 172 that's faster and carries more than the progenitor that may have inspired it. In this Aero 2013 video, fliglermagazine chief editor and AVweb contributor Thomas Borchert, who has flown the airplane, gives us a tour of the P-2010. Look for more coverage on the two product announcements from Tecnam later in the week.

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Aero: Knowing Where You're Going back to top 

Garmin: Tablets Have Made an Impact, But Dedicated Portables Aren't Dead

At Aero 2013, Garmin International expanded its presence with a larger display area and space for demonstrations and training and the company told AVweb that it saw its strongest show yet. In this podcast with AVweb, Garmin VP of aviation sales and marketing Carl Wolf, said the company is looking for even stronger results in Europe and has hired dedicated staff to manage the territory. "Not that other shows have more tirekickers, but we can definitely tell the difference. This show definitely has a good feel of qualified buyers and intelligent questions. We have a large presence here with more sales people than we've had before," Wolf said.

Although there's sufficient wealth in Europe to support expensive airframe sales by Cirrus and Cessna, there's also a definite tilt toward ultralights and aircraft that are less expensive to operate. And along with that, comes demand for avionics that may be less expensive than Garmin's mainstream products have been in the past. Wolf says Garmin hears this in the voices of customers. When we asked if Garmin is on the verge of announcing a major new certified product line to appeal to buyers of modest budgets, Wolf said the company has nothing to announce yet. But he noted, as have others, that Garmin recently entered the experimental segment an aggressive line of new products centered on the G3X, including an ADAHRs and a full-featured autopilot. Wolf said the technology used on those products is a direct result from general, across the board advancements and these will inevitably affect the cost of certified avionics, generating downward pressure on prices.

And what about the dedicated GPS portables? Has the iPad and related tablet products killed it? Wolf acknowledges the dent in Garmin's portable market, but he thinks portables still have legs. "There are still people who prefer a dedicated device and while we have nothing to announce at this show, I'm convinced we'll have another dedicated portable product at some point," Wolf added.

Video: Jeppesen's New Euro Charts

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For years, we've been wondering when someone would get around to producing data-driven charts -- that is, a portable or a panel mount that renders charts not from an enhanced PDF but from a database of coordinates it uses to draw the basic map graphics. Now Jeppesen has stepped up and done just that, offering what it calls Mobile Flight Deck VFR for the Euro market. In Germany, for instance, pilots are required to carry visual charts -- and not just sectionals but visual approach charts as well. Mobile Flight Deck boxes up everything into one app for the iPad, and fliegermagazin's Thomas Borchert, AVweb's European editorial partner, reports on the new product in this video from Aero in Friedrichshafen.

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Aero: Around the Show back to top 

Diamond Offers Airline Training Solution

Diamond has introduced an airline training package for its DA40 that it says will jump-start students into the airliner environment and make the process more efficient. The Advanced Airline Trainer Concept was unveiled at Aero Friedrichshafen 2013 and the company says it will help schools and airlines mitigate the pilot shortage that many agree is coming. Diamond says the sophisticated environment of current and future airliners should be what the student works with right from the start. "This requirement starts from the Ab Initio training phase, therefore the flight academies need adequate equipment right from the start," Diamond said in statement released at Aero.

Diamond used the standard operating procedures used for transport category aircraft to set up the AAT cockpit. It even includes mounts for tablet-based electronic flight bags for student and instructor along with a state-of-the-art panel. The DA40 is only the first airframe to be equipped this way. Diamond intends to make it available on all its aircraft.

Podcast: Trade-A-Plane's Global Plan -- 20 Years Exhibiting at Aero

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CAFE: Electric Flight Beyond the Core Concept back to top 

Electric Flight Pioneers Assess Battery Options

To realize the potential of electric flight, batteries are key -- they must be safe, powerful, affordable, and long-lasting -- and several of the speakers at this week's CAFE Electric Aircraft Symposium are working to address these issues. Winfried Wilcke, a researcher in an IBM lab in San Jose, Calif., is studying the potential "Mount Everest" of batteries, which would incorporate lithium-air technology. His goal is to build batteries for electric vehicles that could last for 120,000 miles with operating costs about one-fifth of today's lithium-ion batteries. This is a "bleeding-edge science project," Wilcke said, but perhaps in 10 years or so, lithium-air batteries could provide an option for aircraft as well as cars.

Dan Friel, director of systems engineering for Leyden Energy, told AVweb the company currently makes batteries for laptops and cellphones, but they are exploring the potential for building batteries that would be used by aviation manufacturers, especially for vertical flight. "Near the end of its capacity, a battery's ability to deliver power drops off fast," says Friel, which is not ideal if a pilot is ready to land but then needs to go around. Leyden has developed a lithium-ion battery that retains extra reserve capacity, effectively extending the useful range, and has been testing it. "There's a need that's drawn us into it," Friel said. His company was not a presenter at the symposium, but sent several battery experts to explore the potential aviation market. Brothers Thomas and Christopher Cook, who are partners in a new company called LithiumStart, gave a talk about their efforts to develop complete "plug and play" battery systems for aircraft. They also were searching for partners among aircraft manufacturers. They plan to also offer products that could be retrofit to an existing airframe.

But the research that Maher El-Kady, from UCLA's Kaner Lab, explained on Friday could make all of those battery efforts obsolete. El-Kady said his lab is working with graphene micro-supercapacitors, which are quick and cheap to make from carbon -- and which can be disposed of in an organic compost pile. These materials can be used to create devices that can charge and discharge a hundred to a thousand times faster than standard batteries. More details about the technology can be found in the video posted here and at the UCLA website.

Podcast: In-Flight Recharging for an Electric Airplane

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Chip Yates of Flight of the Century, who set an unofficial speed record last year in an electric-powered Long-EZ, is now working on a mid-air recharging system for the aircraft, which he plans to test prior to appearing at EAA AirVenture later this summer. He spoke with AVweb's Mary Grady about his plans at the CAFE Electric Airplane Symposium in Santa Rosa, California on Friday.

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CAFE: Pipistrel's Alternative-Power Ambitions back to top 

Pipistrel Expands Electric Aircraft Line

Pipistrel has several new all-electric and hybrid products in the works, Tine Tomazic told AVweb at the CAFE Electric Aircraft Symposium, in Santa Rosa, Calif., on Friday, and the new powerplants offer substantial savings over conventional models. A new battery pack for the Taurus electric G2 will boost power by 33 percent. Also, a converter kit will be offered so owners of the gasoline-powered Taurus can easily switch it to an electric powerplant. Pipistrel is also creating a complete electric-powerplant kit for homebuilders as a drop-in replacement for the Rotax 912. Prices for these new products will be announced at EAA AirVenture, Tomazic said. Also, a hybrid and an all-electric version of the four-seat Panthera are in the works. "We believe hybrid is the future of flight when it comes to general aviation," Tomazic said.

The Panthera, which debuted last week at Aero Friedrichshafen shortly after its first flight, was conceived to fly with various powerplant options, Tomazic said. A hybrid version will cruise at 170 knots on 7 gallons per hour. Also in the works is a project to create an electric version of the Alpha trainer, which could bring the cost of training down by 70 percent, he said. "Imagine how many new pilots such an approach could produce," Tomazic said. "It could be a real breakthrough."

AVweb's Paul Bertorelli got a close look at the Panthera at Aero; click here for that video.

Also From Pipistrel, Future Plans

At Pipistrel, "We are not only thinking short term," said Tine Tomazic at the CAFE Electric Aircraft Symposium on Saturday. "We are thinking, what will it take to revive aviation? I think it's important to bring fun and affordability back to personal aviation." Tomazic said it would be great if you could take off and land just about anywhere, fly for 30 minutes or travel 50 miles, and fly quietly and emission-free, just for fun. To fill those needs, Tomazic said Pipistrel is working on a VTOL fun flyer that will sell for less than $50,000. Details of the design will be released later, he said, but a preliminary concept sketch has been posted on the CAFE Facebook page.

Tomazic also said the ASTM committee that is working to create an approval process for electric-powered light sport aircraft met at AERO Friedrichshafen last week and agreed on new language for the standards. The new standards still must be approved by the FAA, but if that process stalls, the committee may pursue an exemption to keep things moving forward. Tomazic was hopeful that one way or another, "This [obstacle] may change much sooner than any of us think." Several projects to develop electric-powered LSAs have been put on hold because the standards, as currently written, don't allow for those powerplants.

CAFE: Slick, High-Tech Surface back to top 

Cheap New Coating Could Enhance Aircraft Aerodynamics

Rick Stenberg, the CEO of Coval Molecular Coatings, said this week at the CAFE Electric Aircraft Symposium that his product could potentially provide a super-thin, lightweight, smooth and durable coating for aircraft, minimizing parasite drag and preventing dirt and ice from sticking to the surface. The nano-coating won't peel or flake, he said, and has been used in a variety of applications from boat hulls to hangar floors to graffiti-prevention programs on bridges. It's also inexpensive, at less than 30 cents per square foot.

The coating meets high air-quality standards, according to the company website, with low VOCs and no known carcinogenic components. The material bonds with surfaces at a molecular level, becoming one with the surface it is applied to. The coating is available with a gloss, satin, or matte finish, and protects surfaces from moisture, mold, stains, scratches, and graffiti. Stenberg said he has been in discussions with at least one major aircraft manufacturer and a helicopter manufacturer interested in using the coating on carbon-fiber rotor blades and polycarbonate windscreens. AVweb's Mary Grady spoke with him at the Symposium; click here to listen to the podcast.

Podcast: Cheap New Nano-Coating Offered to Aviation Market

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Rick Stenberg, the CEO of Coval Molecular Coatings, says his product could potentially provide a super-thin, lightweight, smooth, and durable coating for aircraft, minimizing parasite drag and preventing dirt and ice from sticking to the surface. He spoke about his material this week at the CAFE Electric Aircraft Symposium and later spoke about it with AVweb's Mary Grady.

Click here to listen. (3.6 MB, 3:54)

Meanwhile, the U.S. Government Had a Busy Weekend back to top 

FAA Furloughs Cancelled

The FAA has cancelled all employee furloughs, and the National Airspace System should be back to normal operation. The action on Saturday followed legislation rushed through Congress to allow the agency the flexibility to use judgment over where the $637 million in sequester cuts it must make will come from. Congress acted under mounting pressure from the public and the aviation industry after the cuts caused seemingly random and at times significant disruption to the system.

Although it's difficult to say exactly how many flight delays were caused by the furloughs, there were significantly more delays than in a normal week and anecdotal evidence points to the cuts for many of them. Weather and equipment caused their normal amount of headaches but the equipment problems may have been compounded by the fact that the FAA had furloughed technicians and was only repairing essential equipment. The FAA hasn't said how it's going to make up the $200 million it hoped to save with the staff cuts.

Foxx Tapped As Secretary Of Transportation

The mayor of Charlotte, NC has been tapped as the next Secretary of Transportation according to numerous media outlets who have spoken with "unnamed sources." Anthony Foxx was the host of the Democratic National Convention last year and recently announced he would not be running for re-election in Charlotte. Foxx is a lawyer who worked briefly for a hybrid bus company while sitting on Charlotte council. He became Charlotte's mayor at the age of 38 in 2009. He does not appear to have any aviation experience. Among the other potential candidates for the post was NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman.

Foxx replaces Ray LaHood, who resigned in January. Foxx takes the Cabinet post on the heels of troubled week in which air transportation all over the U.S. was hampered by a 10 percent reduction of air traffic controllers due to sequester cuts. Congress passed legislation over the weekend to allow the controllers to return to work in full force. The appointment will likely come this week.

More Unexpected News back to top 

NYPD: 9/11 Landing Gear Found In NYC

The NYPD said Friday that it believes a piece of wreckage found Wednesday in a narrow space between two buildings in lower Manhattan came from one of the jets that impacted the World Trade Center twelve years ago, but how it got there isn't clear. According to a police spokesperson, the item was found by surveyors conducting an inspection of a lower Manhattan Islamic community center, and it is stamped with a Boeing part number. First reports from police stated that there was no obvious scarring on either wall of the narrow alley above the part, and the part was draped with a section of rope.

The part was found resting in a narrow space between 51 Park Place and 50 Murray Street, which is the site of a mosque and Islamic community center made famous through controversy after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. The location is about three city blocks north of where New York City's Twin Towers once stood. Reports that no obvious signs of scarring are visible on walls immediately adjacent to the part have stirred conjecture that either the part was ejected with unique precision as an airliner impacted the World Trade Center, or it was intentionally placed there. By Friday, the NYPD had secured the location as a crime scene and the medical examiner was called to evaluate the site and nearby soils for possible human remains.

Ethiopian Airlines Resumes 787 Service

Ethiopian Airlines became the first to launch a revenue flight with the Boeing 787 since early January with a flight from Kampala to Nairobi, Kenya. "We would like to thank Ethiopian Airlines for the patience, support and leadership shown throughout the period that the 787 Dreamliner has been grounded," Boeing Commercial Airplanes President Ray Conner said in a news release. Japan's transport minister Friday gave the OK for that country's airlines to resume flights of their Boeing 787 Dreamliners, pending compliance with measures outlined by the FAA, plus additional measures. Along with modifications to the aircraft's battery systems, Japan is requiring that JAL and ANA also add specific battery monitoring systems for test flights. There are 50 Dreamliners in service worldwide and Japanese airlines JAL and ANA together operate 24 of the jets. A first test flight may come as soon as Sunday, but a full return to service may take weeks longer.

ANA operates a fleet of 17 Dreamliners, while JAL flies seven. Each aircraft flown by each airline must undergo installation of the modified battery system, the monitoring system, and  then undergo subsequent flight tests before they are returned to service. The new battery systems use new chargers along with new containment and venting measures that are specifically designed to avoid or contain lithium ion battery fires. Two 787s experienced lithium ion battery system fires in January of this year. Those events led to a worldwide grounding of the entire 787 fleet.

Parting Shot back to top 

Snowbirds Snapped From Space

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While sequestration has grounded all U.S. military aviation demonstration teams, the Royal Canadian Air Force's Snowbirds and its CF-18 demo team are getting ready for a busy season and they got some high-flying public relations help this week. With a little help from the weather, they were able to launch a 12-ship formation with a smoke trail over the ocean off Vancouver Island at the precise moment the International Space Station was orbiting 250 miles overhead. ISS Commander Chris Hadfield, himself a former RCAF CF-18 pilot, was able to snap a photo out the window. "During the two minute photo window, as the ISS passed overhead at 28,000km/h, Cmdr Hadfield was able to see the smoke lines with only his eyes by just looking out the window 370 km above the earth," says a posting on the Snowbirds' Facebook page.

The formation included 11 CT-114 Tutor jets from the Snowbirds (nine performance aircraft and two support) and the CF-18. All the Snowbirds were emitting smoke. The flight took place just offshore from RCAF base Comox where the teams do their final rehearsals before heading out on the airshow circuit. For American airshow enthusiasts, the Canadian teams will offer really the only military jet demonstrations this season. The Snowbirds will perform in Sidney, Montana on May 22 before returning to Canada for four months. Shows are planned for Sacramento, Oct. 5-6, Redding, Calif., on Oct. 9 and El Paso, Oct. 12-13. The CF-18 team also has several U.S. shows.

Names Behind the News back to top 

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