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(STILL) PROMISING GA'S TURBINE
A small company from Osceola Mills, PA, Innodyn, Inc intends
to prove its line of 165, 185, 205 and 255 hp, less-than-$35,000
turbines will soon run in customers' aircraft (at 60,000 rpm) and
eventually well past their 5,000-hour projected TBO. According to the
company, the 188 pound turbine spins an MT or NSI
electric prop at closer to 2750 rpm through a 12-part planetary gear
reduction while burning roughly seven gallons (of almost anything
combustible) per hundred horsepower per hour. We were hoping to see
(read: told to expect) first deliveries this past February, but
Innodyn, Inc. instead brought four "production" model turbines to Sun
'n Fun ... albeit, free of airframes (look again for those -- attached
to airframes -- OSH). For optimists: the company has been making
progress, granted more slowly than advertised, but it seems they're
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LT FLIES IN...
The big Epic
LT single-engine turboprop is flying in Lakeland this week, and CEO
Rick Schrameck said there is a lot of interest in the design. The
six-seat carbon-fiber airplane has a big, powerful, graceful look, and
strong performance specs with 350-knot airspeed, 1,600-nm range, and
1,350-pound payload. It's being sold as an Experimental aircraft. The
airplane is assembled at Epic's facility in Bend, Ore., where the new
owner gets full factory support while contributing the FAA-mandated
51-percent effort. "The FAA is very comfortable with the way we do
it," says Schrameck. "We've taken the Experimental category about as
far as you can take it." More...
EPIC JET YET TO COME
Meanwhile, the Epic Jet will be flying later this summer, Schrameck
said, and debut before the end of the year. "Our first customer
delivery is in December, so we have to make that," he said. The
six-seat twinjet will follow the same development model as the LT,
being introduced first as an Experimental with extensive
builder-assistance at the factory. Schrameck plans to seek FAA
certification for both aircraft. The company is growing and will open
an expansion of its facility in Bend in mid-May, he said.
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YOUR LIGHT JET TODAY, FOR UNDER $500K...
It's loud, and it slurps fuel at 125 gallons per hour, but it's ready
to fly, and you can even slide the canopy open in flight and get a
suntan. There's a place in Calhoun, Ga., you can today go, write a
check, and buy yourself a fully certified, four-passenger, pressurized
twin jet, plus get change from your half-mill. It's the Paris Jet, a
50-year-old design originally built in Europe as a military trainer
(read: it's aerobatic, too). Your
Aircraft Source (YAS) has about 20 of them for sale, and is
working to get more. They are totally refurbished with optional
Chelton avionics. The engines are available new or used. "I've sold
four in the last four months," Greg Webster, director of marketing and
training for YAS, told AVweb on Wednesday. "And from the leads I have
already, I expect to sell three or four more from this show." Webster
said that two of his last four customers were pilots waiting for new
Cessna Mustang and Eclipse 500 jets. "They can build time in this jet
for the next couple of years, and it makes it much easier and cheaper
for them to get insurance when they get their new jet," he said.
BUILD A (ROOMIER, MORE EXPENSIVE) COMPAIR JET
flew its new kit-jet into the show. The jet has accumulated 43 flight
hours since its first flight last June, said company President Steve
Young, and it's been signed off so they can fly people in it besides
the test pilot. The interior is not finished yet, and the start system
still needs some tweaking, but he says they're satisfied that it's
ready enough to start taking orders. The big six-foot tall cabin can
fit up to nine seats, and it's single-pilot ... operable. With "full
everything," the price is about $866,000. Base price -- for the kit --
with engine but minus interior and avionics is just $449,000. The
company is developing a factory-assist builders' center, says Young.
For now they are delivering the kit with parts in "a high state of
completion." Any homebuilder who can tackle a Glasair or Lancair can
handle this jet, he said. "It's the same thing, just bigger." A
turbo-prop is in the works. More...
|CONFUSED ABOUT DATALINK WEATHER?|
DATALINK WEATHER AT SUN 'N FUN
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datalink weather systems in the cockpit. Close attention will be paid
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ask your own questions about datalink at WSI's premiere
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GIRL FLIES IN SUN 'N FUN DEBUT
The story of the twin-engine P-38 fighter known as Glacier Girl is
well-known by now, but the airplane this week is making its first
appearance at Sun 'n Fun. It's been opening the daily 2 p.m. airshow
with dramatic low fly-bys, climbing out steep and banking hard to show
off that distinctive profile with the double tail booms and sounding
... fantastic. The World War II-era airplane was recovered from
beneath the Greenland ice cap in 1992, and after 10 years of
restoration, flew again in October 2002. Glacier Girl is made up of 80
percent original parts, project manager Bob Cardin told AVweb
FOR THE REST OF US
While the new-generation airplanes with their glass panels and
satellite datalinks are awesome machines, the fact is there are still
thousands of pilots hand-flying their little puddlejumpers behind
round dials. They're pre-planning flights on paper sectional charts,
and getting their weather before they leave the ground. To help those
pilots out, Enflight.com offers a newly upgraded online
service with pre-flight briefings, weather information, route
planning, and flight-plan filing all packaged with easy-to-read
graphics and organized according to your own pre-set criteria.
LIGHTSPEED EXPANDS TO TWO LOCATIONS AT SUN 'N
Along with LightSPEED's usual space in Hangar D
(#052-053), a second location in Hangar C (#011) has
been added to feature the new LightFlight headset. The first wearing
of the ITE (In-The-Ear) LightFlight headset is enhanced with
personal assistance to optimize the fit. With all the activity going
on at LightSPEED's regular booth, the additional location has more
staff to handle the growing interest in this new and innovative
LightSPEED product. Stop by both booths this year! For more
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'n Fun Booth
A BETTER OIL FILTER?
It looks like an oil filter and it acts like an oil filter but makers
of the Tempest
Original Aviation Spin-on Oil Filter say this is no ordinary oil
filter. In fact, according to spokesman John Herman, this oil filter
represents the first technology change in the industry in more than 30
years. The filter incorporates a small, but powerful magnet that traps
ferrous particles but doesn't affect instruments. And unlike other
magnets that have been tried on oil filters in the past, this one
keeps its magnetism at high temperature. "It'll go up to about 450
degrees [F]," he said. The company claims the filter adds extra
protection for Continental engines in particular. More...
Despite a tangle of legal problems, at least one eviction and
continued bad blood between various factions, a California man vows
that the Luscombe tail dragger will live on. "We're going to get it
into production one way or another," said John Dearden, president of
Renaissance Aircraft. Dearden's design is a souped
up and modernized version of the all-metal high wing, first introduced
in the 1940s. He has the type certificate and all the tooling. What he
needs now is a place to build it. Renaissance was set up in a
municipally-owned hangar at Cape Girardeau, Mo., but was unable to
meet its first bond payment for the city-financed building.
LANCAIR COLUMBIA 400 NOW CERTIFIED TO
The Columbia 400's twin turbochargers can now be put
to full effect with the aircraft's recent certification to 25,000
feet. With the added altitude to play with, the Columbia
400 gives pilots even more flexibility than before. Set the
throttle to 80% power and cruise at 235 knots that's faster
than any other piston-powered aircraft in production today. Or ease
the power back and increase range to standard-setting
levels. A company official recently flew an unmodified
Columbia 400 non-stop from Bend, Oregon to Fort Worth, Texas (a
distance of more than 1,300 nm) while averaging 200 kts.
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WINGS IN THE WORKS FOR FLYIN' TIGER
Never-say-die recordseeker Bruce Bohannon has been trying for a year
or so now to push his highly modified RV-4, the Exxon Flyin' Tiger, up
to 50,000 feet, and keeps coming up short. "We bolted an extra 18
inches onto each wing, and there were no gains at all," he said
Wednesday morning at a Sun 'n Fun press conference. He and his team
kept trying, tweaking the prop and the aerodynamics, and made multiple
attempts with little progress. At one point, Bohannon said, they were
about to accept that maybe 47,500 feet is just as high as you can get
in an RV-4. But that didn't take, so now former astronaut "Hoot"
Gibson is working with Bohannon to design a new wing extension that
will add 8 feet to the end of each wing, stretching the wingspan from
22 to 38 feet. "And if that doesn't work, we'll start over with a
totally new airfoil," Bohannon said. More...
AVweb's Sun 'n Fun picture galleries are up...
Seawind amphibian is
"about 75 percent" of the way to certification...
Bonanza A36 and
Baron 58 with G1000 are now G36 and G58...
one-of-a-kind Mooney Tiger to the Florida Air Museum.
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GAMI CUSTOMERS RAVE ABOUT A SMOOTHER RIDE AND SAVING
"The first ground runs were with the original
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tell me I had spent my money wisely. The motor is notably smoother and
more responsive, with mixture totally controllable." "I put my GAMIs
in my 470 and love them. I run LOP; couldn't before. My airplane uses
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ARTICLES AND FEATURES ON AVWEB
The Savvy Aviator #17: But It
Just Came Out Of Annual!
When an IA signs off an annual
inspection, most owners assume the aircraft is airworthy and safe to
fly. That's usually true, but not always. In this month's Savvy
Aviator column, AVweb's Mike Busch offers a particularly egregious
ASA MEETS THE NEEDS OF SPORT PILOTS
Sport Pilot expert Paul Hamilton have introduced a new line of
products dedicated to the Sport Pilot, the "Freedom to Fly"
series. The Sport Pilot airman certification provides a simple
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MODERNIZING YOUR KT76 DOESN'T GET ANY
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CAREFUL A PILOT ARE YOU? HOW CAREFUL DO YOU NEED TO
Exercising care in your flying involves more than just
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