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KLAPMEIER'S CRYSTAL BALL...
General aviation needs to be less intimidating, more accessible and
stop shooting itself in the foot to help fuel the growth needed to
return it to strength according to the CEO of a company that's defied
convention on the way to becoming the second largest builder of
single-engine piston aircraft (all in less than a decade). Cirrus CEO
Alan Klapmeier again defied convention at Sun 'n Fun on Tuesday when,
instead of using his news conference slot to promote new products or
changes to the Cirrus line, he lectured the assembled reporters on the
need to get GA's message "to the outside world" and chastened those
within the industry for creating illogical barriers to those who might
want to learn to fly. More...
PRIORITIES WOULD CHANGE...
Klapmeier said the whole training system needs to be revamped and new
pilots should be trained to fly the aircraft they intend to fly in the
real world. "I think the SR22 should be a training aircraft," he said.
"I think we should stop talking about getting your license and start
talking about learning how to operate the airplane safely. Why not
have [new pilots] start in the aircraft that [they're] going to fly?"
He said an ab initio student on a Cirrus might need 50 hours of dual
before soloing but he said that makes more sense than training on
another type of aircraft and then switching to the Cirrus or other
higher performance, more complex aircraft that they really want.
Klapmeier said he believes Cirrus aircraft are safe but he also
acknowledged that the full airplane parachute might give pilots the
confidence to fly in conditions that would otherwise keep them on the
ground. However, he said, the same could be said for any number of
other safety innovations like TAWS or cockpit weather and pilots are
always weighing the risks of flight. "We will make tradeoffs," he
said. Klapmeier said that because his company does stress safety as a
selling point, he acknowledges that makes Cirrus crashes more likely
to attract attention. More...
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ENGINES, HUGE PAYLOADS -- AND SPEED...
While petroleum pundits forecast $3.00 per gallon at the pumps,
headlines claim demand and immediate gratification have outpaced
production of hybrid autos (used models are selling for more than
spots on a waiting list). In aviation, we have fuel-sipping and
generally less-expensive to operate LSA aircraft spilling over the
horizon -- but proving there is no cure for horsepower kit aircraft
manufacturers have embraced the SUV. At Sun 'n Fun 2005, a collection
of high-wing heavy-hauling fast-flying fixed-gear kit aircraft aim to
offer everything even a Lycoming IO-720 (at 400 hp) has to offer. In
one case, that translates to a 2300lb useful load and cruise of 206
mph for the price of a used 206 ... plus countless hours of build
time. There are more modest offerings -- and both save cost and
performance ... if not so much fuel. More...
ASSEMBLY REQUIRED, SOME CERTIFIED...
Aircraft (craftsmanship required), the NewGlasair
(craftsmanship required) company, and Canadian Foundair (the
company has been around since 1996 and you can buy its FAR 23
certified product, finished) are all offering aircraft designed to get
you from here to some remote paradise in high-winged piston powered
glory. The Four Winds kit mates a very strong (plus nine, minus four)
composite wing to a robust structural steel box hidden in a
streamlined fuselage. Behind 310 hp, the four to six-seater will haul
1200 pounds for 1300 (statute) miles or shrink those miles down a bit
for a 175 knot cruise. Foundair's 5-seat or utility BushHawkSP loads
1525 pounds (useful) behind a 300 hp IO-540 for an 880 nautical mile
trip at or near 145 knots for $325,000. That follows the 750-foot
ground roll. We expect to fly NewGlasair's Sportsman 2+2 this morning.
Weather permitting, expect better insight, Friday. More...
REVISING AVIAT'S STANDARD
Aircraft has improved its standard of short field heavy hauling
utility -- the Aviat Husky will soon (June-ish) be available with a
200-hp engine behind a composite prop. It also has longer span (but
still) semi-Fowler slotted flaps that give an extra 300-fpm down when
circumstance or desires conspire and will roll better (50-percent
better with half the effort) with shorter-span deeper-chord
aerodynamically (they're hinged far behind their leading edge) and
mass-balanced ailerons The weight gain associated with the coming
higher horsepower option is (almost) balanced by swapping in an
82-inch composite propeller courtesy of MT. More...
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KEEPING COOL AND GROWING FAST
For those pilots who dread hot sweaty summer cockpits, Lancair is
promising no more discomfort and no more fiddling around with heat and
A/C controls. Soon a "set-and-forget" climate-control system will be
available factory-installed on the Columbia 350 and 400 aircraft. Set
and forget means you can select 72 degrees on the ground in California
on a hot day and the cabin stays at 72 as you climb on up to chilly
air at FL250. The system is "designed in," Lancair VP Tom Bowen said,
for maximum effectiveness and minimum intrusion. "You've got [this
system] in your Audi, BMW, Lexus or Mercedes-Benz," according to
Lancair, "so why not your airplane?" Lancair execs also announced that
they are adding 100 positions at their Bend, Ore., factory. Veterans
returning from Iraq will be given preference and will be trained to
build airplanes. More...
JET WILL FLY WITH WILLIAMS ENGINE
Williams International will supply its certified FJ33-4A small jet
engine to Excel Jet for its single-engine four-seat Sport-Jet now in
development, the two companies announced here yesterday. Excel Jet
President Bob Bornhofen, who also developed the Maverick TwinJet, said
the Williams engine is the only one that's appropriately sized and FAA
certified. Since he expects to move quickly to produce the Sport Jet,
he wants an engine that's ready to go, he said. The Sport-Jet has been
designed for single-pilot operation by pilots with no prior turbine
experience, Bornhofen said. It will be FAA Part-23 certified and cost
about $1 million. More...
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CHARTLESS COCKPIT APPROVED
The FAA has agreed that pilots flying aircraft with a new electronic
chart display don't have to carry paper charts as an alternative
source of navigation information. However, even the folks promoting
the new system say they'll likely continue to carry the charts. This
tempest in a teapot arose with the certification of the Avidyne CMAX
system in Cirrus aircraft. CMAX stores Jeppesen charts (the same you'd
get with your paper subscription) in a database for cockpit display
via the Entegra flat panel system that is standard on Cirruses. Cirrus
CEO Alan Klapmeier told reporters at Sun 'n Fun on Tuesday that the
FAA never required paper charts be carried. He said overly
conservative staff at Avidyne and Cirrus thought it would be a good
idea to be on the safe side and the notation was included in the
Cirrus pilot operating handbook. When the book was approved by the
FAA, it became a requirement, but it won't be for long.
First there was enhanced vision, then synthetic vision and now there's
Forward Vision's forward looking infrared (FLIR) system. As
AVwebtold you last fall, Forward Vision, which is a subsidiary
of Florida-based Aerocomp, introduced the system (for experimental
aircraft only) at the 2004 AOPA Expo in Long Beach. Since then, the
company has been looking at the long-term potential and is now working
on a certified version. The experimental system, which includes a
mounting pod, costs about $18,000 but certified models will likely
cost about 40 percent more. More...
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ICING SYSTEM OFFERED
Piper Saratogas and fixed gear 6X series aircraft are now being
offered with an emergency deicing system for use in unforecast icing
conditions. The Piper Inadvertent Icing Protection System (PIIPS) is
not certified for known icing but it could be an added measure of
safety for pilots who get into unexpected icing problems. The TKS
weeping wing system seeps a glycol solution over the leading edge of
the wings, horizontal stabilizer and prop to remove small amounts of
ice and prevent further buildup while the pilot retreats from the
icing conditions. The system costs $28,000. Piper also announced that
its flagship Meridian will join the rest of the fleet in offering the
Avidyne Entegra glass panel as an option. More...
DIESELS: DO YOU WANT ONE?
The diesel engine has been making steady, if slow, inroads into the
world of general aviation, with Diamond leading the way with its
DA-42tdi and DA-42 Twin Star, parking the twin in the grounds at Sun
'n Fun. We see lots of interest in these airplanes from
European buyers but Diamond is delaying their introduction in the U.S.
Market demand has something to do with that but so does the lack
of a proper service network for the Thielert diesels found in
these models. While we're awaiting further developments, our sister
publication, Aviation Consumer, would like to know what you think of
aero diesels. Click
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three minutes to answer the questions. More...
LOADS TRAINER WITH TECHNOLOGY
Aircraft joined the glass panel club on Tuesday and became the
least expensive certified aircraft to offer the feature and the only
one priced at less than $200,000. The two-place SA60, as it is now
called, with the Glass IFR package, which includes the Avidyne Entegra
primary and multi-function displays, the Avidyne Emax Engine
Indication System plus Garmin GNS 430 and GNC 420 GPS systems will set
you back just shy of $190,000. But that's not the most you can spend
on the composite high-wing, thanks to agreements with two other
high-profile aircraft system suppliers. An SA60 with all the bells and
whistles will approach $250,000 but it will be a much more capable
aircraft than the Cessna 152 it vaguely resembles and is aimed at
replacing. "This is the way the next generation of pilots is going to
learn how to fly," said CEO Paul Costanzo at a Sun 'n Fun press
TRACKING, TEXT MESSAGING OFFERED
Glass panels have always been good at showing pilots what lay ahead
but a new system created by Avidyne shows people on the ground what's
going on with planes in the air. FlightCenter, available on Avidyne's Web site,
allows anyone with the correct password to track any airplane equipped
with the Multilink option on the Entegra or FlightMax 500 or 5000
series multifunction displays. The feature also permits two-way text
messaging between the aircraft and the ground. "Flight schools just
love it because now they know where all their planes are," said
Avidyne spokesman Mark Sandeen. "And if there's a thunderstorm in the
area they can call them all back in," he said. More...
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