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NEW 230 HP DIESEL AIRCRAFT ENGINE
Monday, Thielert Aircraft
Engines announced at the Berlin Air Show intent to produce a new
liquid-cooled turbocharged diesel-burning, FADEC-controlled
single-lever-power 230 bhp engine, the Centurion 3.2. The engine is
targeted for air-time in late 2007. Frank Thielert, CEO and founder of
Thielert Aircraft Engines GmbH, said his goal was to offer a complete
piston engine product line with, "New engines and engine integrations
[that] will enable us in [the] future to cover the entire spectrum of
piston aircraft engine technology." Those products -- the 150 bhp
Centurion 1.7 (powering many Diamond DA42 Twin Star aircraft and burning
5.6 gph in economy cruise), the coming 230 bhp Centurion 3.2, and a 350
bhp Centurion 4.0 -- are supported by 111 service centers currently
spanning 97 countries. The addition of more service centers is a company
priority, as is Thielert's intent to make its 350 hp 4.0 available for
multiple Cessnas. More...
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TOURISM: SPACEPORT PROPOSALS PROLIFERATE
passenger-carrying commercial spaceship has yet to fly, four serious
proposals to develop spaceports for the tourist trade in New Mexico,
Oklahoma and Texas are under review by the FAA, The Associated Press reported on Sunday. New Mexico
already has a deal with Virgin Galactic to build a spaceport, expected
to open in 2009. Texas has submitted two proposals -- Blue Origin, a
space-tourism company, plans to develop a 165,000-acre site near El Paso
and begin flight tests around 2012. A second Texas port would be on the
Gulf Coast. The Oklahoma proposal, also pending FAA approval, would
be sited at a former Air Force base that already has a 13,500-foot
States have plenty of economic incentive to
push for the ports, according to the AP. Most are sited in desolate
regions with little competition for development and a desperate need for
jobs. A study commissioned by New Mexico predicted that its proposed
port could bring in $750 million and create up to 5,800 jobs by 2020.
Besides the launch infrastructure, the ports will require training
facilities, luxury hotels and other services for passengers. The
spaceports also can be designed to attract tourists beyond the few
well-heeled flyers, generating even more jobs and revenue. In an effort
to compete, the Mojave, Calif., airport recently asked the state for an
$11 million loan to help build a hangar complex and terminal for space
tourism -- a proposal that met with some resistance. More...
COMPLICATIONS FOR PRIVATE SPACE LAUNCH
Although most of the
proposed spaceports are in remote areas, AOPA has expressed concerns about airspace being closed down
for frequent launches, especially at the Oklahoma site, which is
currently used as a municipal airport. "For three hours during each
launch ... 16 Victor airways could be closed. When combined with the two
nearby military operations areas, a launch could severely limit the
options for GA aircraft transiting across the entire state of Oklahoma,"
said Heidi Williams, AOPA director of air traffic services. The New
Mexico site is also a concern, AOPA said. More...
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-- A SPORT-JET'S FIRST FLIGHT
Excel-Jet, of Colorado Springs,
Colo., flew its single-engine Sport-Jet for the first time last weekend, logging
almost four hours in the air. "The Sport-Jet is proving to be very
stable, quiet, and with excellent control harmony and feel," according
to test pilot Ron McElroy. Takeoff rolls were less than 1,800 feet from
the 6,000-foot-elevation airfield, designer Bob Bornhofen said.
"Rotations are smooth at 65 knots, and Sport-Jet literally flies off the
runway around 70 knots. Climb rates are almost 2,000 fpm," Bornhofen
said. The tests were flown at less than full power, "so the real
performance is still to come," he added. The company took delivery on
the FJ-33 Williams engine less than two weeks before the first flight.
LIFE, NEW JOB FOR PARIS JETS
Every so often we're reminded
that there's nothing new under the sun -- or in the sky. A four-seat jet
was developed by the French back in the 1950s. Refurbished models of the
MS760x Paris Jet, complete with glass Chelton cockpits, now are being
offered on the fractional market in Canada. JetSet
Fractions, based in Burlington, Ontario, has 20 of them on order,
and is selling shares at $60,000 for 25 hours per year -- monthly fees
and hourly operating costs, of course, are extra. The twin-engine jets
will cruise at 400 mph at 25,000 feet, JetSet says. A few of these jets
have been trickling into the U.S. market in recent years, sometimes
marketed as time-builders for VLJ owners who can't wait to take
delivery on their new jets. More...
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AIR SHOW SHOWCASES GA
The Berlin Air Show opened Tuesday at Schoenefeld
airfield, featuring what has become Europe's biggest exhibition of GA
aircraft. General Aviation Avenue continues to expand its space for
corporate, personal, and sport planes, and this year over 1,000
exhibitors from 40-plus countries will show 300 airplanes. The show also
attracts commercial and military exhibitors, as well as rotorcraft. Just
prior to the air show, an international conference was held on the
situation of GA in Europe. Topics included navigation and air traffic
control, new technologies, and the economic impact of the GA sector.
FUEL: IN ALASKA, GAS PRICES HURT PILOTS
People who live in
Alaska are accustomed to paying more for lots of things, but the price
of avgas has been rising so steeply that it's having an impact on
operations. Some fuel prices at Anchorage have almost doubled already
this year, the Kenai Peninsula Clarion reported this week. "This is
going to change the landscape of who is flying and who is not," Tim
LaPorte, of Iliamna Air Service, told the newspaper. Prices of 100LL
vary widely across the state, with some remote areas actually selling at
some of the lowest prices. In isolated Homer, for example, fuel arrives
on a barge just once a year, so 100LL was selling there recently at
$3.93 while Anchorage was charging $4.49. Other airports, where fuel
arrives weekly, have seen price hikes up to 20 cents per week.
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FLYERS FIRST IN COLLEGE COMPETITION
competed last week in the National Collegiate Flying Association's
annual Safety and
Flight Evaluation Conference, hosted at Ohio State University. More
than 400 students and 100 single-engine airplanes converged in Columbus
to test their skills with short-field and power-off landings, message
drops, E6B calculations and more. First-place honors went to the University of North Dakota. Embry-Riddle Prescott
placed second and Western Michigan University finished third. The
competition consists of 11 events -- four flying and seven on the ground
-- that test a variety of piloting skills, with a special emphasis on
AND AIRPLANE CRASHES
The list of famous musicians killed in
airplanes is a familiar one -- from Buddy Holly and The Big Bopper
to John Denver -- but it seems politicians also have an unlucky record
with GA flying. "It's push, push, push. We think we're so important and
this admiring throng is waiting for us, we fly through thunderstorms and
fog and whatever, thinking we can get there," former Sen. Lauch
Faircloth, of North Carolina, a crash survivor, told The Twin Cities Pioneer Press. The list of
politicians who have survived small-airplane crashes includes Senators
Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts and Ted Stevens of Alaska. Among those who
died are Sen. John Heinz of Pennsylvania, in 1991, Missouri Gov. Mel
Carnahan in 2000, and Sen. Paul Wellstone, of Minnesota, in 2002.
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DEADLINE LOOMING, NATCA EXPANDS PUBLIC OUTREACH
The clock is
ticking for the National Air Traffic Controllers Association
(NATCA), which is facing a June 5 deadline for Congress to take action,
or else the FAA's contract will be unilaterally imposed on air traffic
controllers. The union already has taken its case to the public via TV
ads, but last week the union started a face-to-face campaign. At
airports around the country, controllers handed out leaflets to the
flying public, asking them to lobby their congressional representatives
to support bills that would help NATCA's cause. The union told flyers
that if Congress doesn't act, one in four controllers -- nearly 4,000
total -- could retire next year upon reaching their eligibility date,
leading to staffing shortages and flight delays. More...
EXPLORER ADDS IFR ROUTES
Flight Explorer, the popular
flight-tracking software company, announced an upgrade in capabilities this week with
the release of Professional Edition 6.1. The new version offers extended
route analysis and display capabilities and additional weather
information, the company said in a news release. Beyond flight tracking,
the system incorporates multiple data feeds, dynamic weather overlays,
situational alerts and predictive weather and air traffic tools. For IFR
flight planning, Standard Instrument Departures (SIDs) and Standard
Terminal Arrival Routes (STARs) can be displayed. Decoded Terminal
Forecasts are now available. More...
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Cessna pilot caused a scare in Florida with
transponder hijack code...
FAA revoked the operating certificate of
American Air Network...
Month-old fire-bomber crashed in
Saskatchewan, killing its pilot...
"Frankenstein" jet saves taxpayers
Boeing denies it will take part in Japan's SST
Deadline near for nominations for NAA Public Benefit
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OF THE WEEK
Engines: With the rising cost of fuel, fears
(founded or not) that 100LL may one day dry up, and production problems
hitting long-established manufacturers, how do you feel about diesel
piston-engines? PLUS: Results of last week's question on the U.K. report
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OF THE WEEK
One of our favorite
mathematical principles is starting to kick in this week: As time
approaches summer in the U.S., the number of submissions to our "Picture
of the Week" contest increases dramatically. The number tipped
back over 100 this week with the most variety we've seen in
"POTW" entries all year long. In fact, there were surprisingly few
sunset photos or air show photos (our two most popular types of entries)
this week. And that explains why we couldn't resist naming Frank Santoro of Missouri this week's top
winner. Frank's clever captioning would've made him a contender on any
week, but in this batch of light-hearted and widely-varied photos, his
"portable autopilot" seemed to sum up the fun-filled spring fever that's
making the rounds on many airstrips and here in our own offices.
Congratulations, Frank we'll be sending you an official AVweb
baseball cap in the next couple of days. (Your autopilot will have
to get his own.) More...
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