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WANTS MORE INFORMATION ON ICON WEIGHT EXEMPTION
The FAA says
it needs more information before it can decide whether to exempt the
Icon A5 from the upper weight limit restriction for amphibious light
sport aircraft and allow it to weigh 1680 pounds. As AOPA reported last week, the agency wrote a letter
(PDF) to Icon President Kirk Hawkins that due to "the
complexity, extent and precedent-setting aspects" of Icon's request it
needs time and more documentation to process the petition. In the
letter, Earl Lawrence, manager of the FAA's Small Plane Directorate,
said the agency normally tries to process requests in 120 days. Icon filed
the request in July of 2012, saying the 250-pound weight increase is
warranted because it's required to make the aircraft spin-resistant.
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X-51A SCRAMJET FLIGHT EXCEEDS 5.0 MACH
An unmanned X-51A
WaveRider aircraft reached 5.1 Mach, Monday, pushed to more than 3,000
miles per hour over the Pacific Ocean near Point Mugu, Calif., by a
scramjet engine. The Air Force said Wednesday that the WaveRider was
carried aloft from Edwards Air Force Base by a B-52. It was released
over the ocean at about 50,000 feet and accelerated to 4.8 Mach in 26
seconds by way of solid rocket booster. The aircraft, which is designed
to ride its own shockwave, then lit its air-breathing scramjet engine
and accelerated to 5.1 Mach at 60,000 feet, covering 264 miles in just
over six minutes. The effort follows an early program success followed
by two less fruitful attempts. More...
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The Solar Impulse team sent
their solar aircraft out from Moffett Airfield near San Jose, Calif.,
Friday at 6:12 a.m. Pacific time, for Phoenix, Ariz., on the first leg
of a transcontinental U.S. flight. The aircraft is powered by four
10-horsepower electric motors that draw energy from 12,000 photovoltaic
cells on its wings and lithium-polymer battery packs that store excess
solar energy for use in darkness. Six hours into the roughly 550-nm
flight, flying at roughly 40 knots in climb, the aircraft had collected
more energy to power its motors than it had stored at takeoff. Even
before that, pilot Bertrand Piccard was chatting with family and taking
calls from reporters, espousing the benefits of solar power -- but not
for practical manned flight. More...
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CREW LIKELY ON CRASHED TANKER
It appears the three crew
members lost in the overseas loss of a KC-135 tanker were from Spokane,
Wash., but the aircraft was based in Kansas. Two of the three bodies
have been recovered after the loaded tanker apparently exploded in
flight and crashed in Kyrgyzstan. The aircraft was on its way to support
the mission in Afghanistan but that's about all military authorities are
saying. The aircraft, which was based at McConnell AFB in Wichita, was
deployed to Manas, a U.S. military base leased in Kyrgyzstan.
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Harvard University researchers
have demonstrated a fly-sized UAV that actually mimics insect flight.
The researchers spent 12 years developing the robo-fly, which uses
piezoelectric devices that contract and release when power is switched
on and off, allowing it to beat its tiny wings. "We get it to contract
and relax, like biological muscle," Dr. Kevin Ma, one of the scientists,
said in a news release. The researchers released a video of the device
in a controlled hover and envision it being used for search and rescue,
where it could fly through the tiny spaces of a debris pile to locate
survivors. It might even take on jobs normally done by insects, like
pollination of crops. More...
Jetman Yves Rossy, the man who flies strapped to
a small wing powered by four small turbines, has been scheduled for
flight displays at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2013. Rossy previously flew in
the U.S. back in 2011 when he made a successful flight over a section of
the Grand Canyon (video),
but the flight was not made available to public viewing. For that flight
and his AirVenture appearance EAA worked with Rossy to acquire an
experimental exhibition special airworthiness certificate. "I am excited
to share my project with fellow enthusiasts," he said, "and be a part of
aviation's biggest gathering in the world." AirVenture isn't Rossy's
only planned U.S. public appearance in 2013. More...
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MAY 6, 2013
Letter of the Week: Dangers of Rearward C of
Regarding the speculation
that shifting cargo caused the crash of Boeing 747 in Afghanistan, I
have some experience with flying an aircraft with rearward center of
Years ago, I was flying a C-47, and the urinal in the
head froze up. The co-pilot and several other people were trying to thaw
it out with cigarette lighters. The head on the C-47 is in the tail end
of the aircraft.
In all of my years of flying, this really scared
me. I asked them all to slowly back out of the area one at a time, and
to leave only one person in the head. We would always load the aircraft
with as far aft CG as we could. In doing so, we could get another 10 to
15 knots of cruise speed out of the C-47.
The controls on a DC-3
are rather heavy. In this case, with all of them stacked in the tail end
of the aircraft, all I had to do was touch the yoke, and the aircraft
went into wild gyrations, nose up and down. The aircraft was no longer
I knew if we should hit turbulent air we would
be toast and the accident investigation board would want to know why so
many people were in the toilet. I can just imagine the different
theories on that one.
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OF THE WEEK: HONAKER AVIATION (KJVY, SELLERSBURG,
AVweb's "FBO of the Week" ribbon goes to Honaker
Aviation at Clark Regional Airport (KJVY) in Sellersburg,
AVweb reader Charles Black recommended the
Kevin Happel and crew
proactively removed a bird nest from the engine compartment. It could
have led to an in-flight engine fire. I never suspected it was there.
Profuse thanks for noticing the bird activity.
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I had a buyer from Argentina for my unfinished home
built aircraft. For tax purposes, the Argentine government required the
aircraft not be registered by the FAA. I sent a letter to the FAA
requesting a letter stating that the aircraft had not been
The FAA's reply:
"Your request for the FAA to
notify Argentina cannot be accomplished as the aircraft has never been
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