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So, you've heard diesel engines can run on cooking
oil. It may still be a while yet before you can fill your tank with
recycled cooking grease and take off smelling of french fries -- but
maybe not as long as you think. Rising gas prices have reignited interest in alternative fuels, and
increased research could in the future mean more choices for pilots.
This week in Texas, country star Willie Nelson opened a new biodiesel production plant, the 66th in the
nation. Another 49 are in the works. Biofuels, which are generally a mix
of diesel and plant-derived oils, work fine in car engines, but they
tend to congeal in the cold -- not a good thing for aircraft engines
that run at high altitudes. Researchers in North Dakota said earlier this year they are making progress
toward solving the cold-temperature problems. More...
FISHY IN YOUR TANK -- WITH A WINE CHASER
It's not just
soybeans and corn that can be turned into fuel additives. Agifish, an
aquaculture company based in Vietnam, can turn catfish fat into diesel
fuel, Reuters reported on Tuesday. Agifish has been using
the fuel, made from fat left over from processed fish, to run pumps at
its fish ponds, Deputy Director Nguyen Dinh Huan told Reuters. "The fuel
is as good as diesel oil," Huan said. The firm plans to build a factory
in 2007 and process 10,000 tons of fish per year to produce fuel for
local markets. Meanwhile, in Australia, farmers are experimenting with
turning their wine grapes into ethanol fuel. Investors apparently
are lining up to finance these experiments. "We need to be cautious that
this doesn't become like the dot-com bubble,'' venture capitalist Vinod
Khosla told Bloomberg News. "We don't want to get ahead of
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FLORIDA WORRIES ABOUT GA OVERLOAD
Florida is the
second-busiest aviation state in the U.S., according to the Orlando
Business Journal, and while that's generally seen as a good thing
for industry and tourism, the article raises concerns about overcrowding
and safety. Central Florida has seen a lot of recent growth, with both
people and aircraft moving in at a steady rate. The Journal also reports
an increase in accidents, but it's not clear if that's simply an
artifact of the increased flight activity. Nonetheless, while the report
cites "troubling signs" that the crowded skies perhaps need to be more
regulated, it notes that aviators in the state don't seem to think so.
"Personally, I think the system is working fine," says Richard Null, the
state's administrator of aviation operations. More...
AIRCRAFT AND PILOTS TO COME
The state's Transportation Department, however, notes that
Florida's aviation growth has exceeded the national average and fears
too much of a good thing could cause problems. "Florida stands at the
threshold of an exciting new era in aviation, an era full of promise but
also with many potential pitfalls," the DOT says in a recent overview of projected growth through 2025.
There are already 860 air facilities in the state, including heliports,
glider ports and seaplane bases. The state is home to more than 14,000
aircraft, or 6 percent of the national GA fleet, and hosts 20 percent of
the world's flight training. Population growth is expected to continue,
especially among older migrants, and GA will grow as well. "A capacity
crunch is imminent," the report warns. More...
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It wasn't long ago that it seemed unlikely to many
that Cessna would take a serious interest in the sport aircraft market,
with their popular business jets and a full line of GA aircraft to keep
them busy. But now Cessna has followed up on its recent announcement
that it will bring a Light Sport concept aircraft to AirVenture by
officially joining up with the Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association (LAMA). "We
are very pleased to welcome Cessna to membership in LAMA," said Tom
Gunnarson, president of the organization, in a news release on Tuesday.
"We have all the important producers in the emerging light sport
aviation industry, so as Cessna studies the opportunities, we believe
aligning with LAMA was the right thing to do." More...
EXPANDS THE ENVELOPE
Diamond Aircraft has flight-tested its D-Jet up to
the design limit of 25,000 feet altitude and has flown as fast as 280
knots, the company said on Tuesday. "We are very pleased to have
expanded the envelope in such a short time. The aircraft is a joy to
fly, smooth, very stable and with all systems functioning perfectly,"
said CEO Christian Dries, who is also on the test-pilot team. "The
aircraft is doing everything we are expecting of it." In a series of
flight tests last week, the speed and altitude envelope was
progressively expanded from the previously flown 170 knots and 12,000
feet. See it at AirVenture Oshkosh 2006. More...
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WILL EVALUATE HUMAN-RIGHTS IMPLICATIONS OF AGE-60 RULE
in the U.S. have been protesting for years that the FAA's mandatory age-60
retirement rule is age discrimination, but in Canada, pilots are taking
the issue before a human-rights tribunal. A group called the Fly Past 60
Coalition says the contract between Air Canada and the pilots' union
"forces healthy, competent and motivated airline pilots to retire from
Air Canada at age 60, notwithstanding the fact that Canadian law allows
individuals to continue to be licensed and to operate as airline pilots
until age 65." Air Canada maintains that its retirement policy doesn't
contravene the Canadian Human Rights Act. More...
IF YOU CAN'T BEAT 'EM ... BUY 'EM
The FAA might not have
money to hire inspectors or examiners these days, but it's spending $59
million to buy 122 houses and soundproof 1,000 more near Mississippi's
Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport. Another 1,300 homeowners will be
paid $3,000 for right-of-flyover privileges, a strategy that's meant to
ward off potential lawsuits, the Sun-Herald reported on Monday. The FAA will not fund
noise-mitigation measures for houses built after 1998. After that,
municipalities were expected to use compatible zoning and land-use rules
to prevent noise conflicts. Still, airports around the country continue
to spend millions to buy up or soundproof nearby older homes.
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LANDS ON ROAD, IS KILLED TRYING TO TAKE OFF
The pilot of a
Cessna 180 landed on a residential street in Oklahoma on Sunday, then
tried to take off, but clipped power lines and crashed nose-first into a
suburban front yard. The pilot was killed and his 11-year-old grandson
was critically hurt, The Associated Press reported. The airplane had
taken off from a private airport just a few minutes earlier. The pilot
may have intended to land at a nearby residential airpark, where the
runway is bordered by hangars and homes, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol
told the AP. That airport is less than a mile from the road where the
pilot landed. More...
SPACE LAUNCH FROM NEW MEXICO SET FOR AUGUST
Spaceport has scheduled its first launch of a spacecraft for Aug. 14.
The 20-foot-tall, 800-pound rocket will be fired by UP Aerospace, a Colorado
company that designed the craft to carry light payloads into space at
low cost. The rocket will carry over 50 payloads and experiments, mostly
from high-school and college students. The SpaceLoft XL solid-fuel
rocket will accelerate to Mach 5 in 13.5 seconds, reach the edge of
space at 62 miles in a minute and a half, and achieve a flight apogee of
about 70 miles shortly thereafter, according to Jerry Larson, president
of UP Aerospace. The 30-minute flight will be tracked by radar at White
Sands Missile Range, providing data that will help the Spaceport get
licensed by the FAA. More...
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Airbus CEO Gustav Humbert resigned on
Forward Vision reduced its GA night-vision price to just
Michael Fanfalone, 57, PASS founder, died June 27 in
Comp Air introduced its latest aircraft, the Comp Air
Malaysia is experiencing a boom in business aviation
A Bonanza hit a tractor-trailer in Colorado on Monday, two
American Airlines jet had to evade skydivers' airplane on
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OF THE WEEK
This week, AVweb wants to know how prepared you
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OF THE WEEK
After a busy weekend of
researching stories, gearing up for AirVenture, and testing the features
of the all-new, all-different AVweb site (coming your way in a matter of
days, folks!), Team AVweb was grateful for a chance to eat hot dogs,
watch fireworks, and gawk at airplanes on the Independence Day holiday.
Now that it's back to work, what better way to ease back into the
routine than with a few dozen photos submitted by AVweb readers over the
last week? Mike Hanson takes home the
top honor this week and you may recognize his bird from a special
appearance he made a couple of weeks ago in "POTW." Mike was a mystery
pilot then we didn't have his name and contact information
but after submitting one of his own photos, he's found himself in the
AVweb spotlight. As this week's top winner, he'll be getting one of our
official AVweb baseball caps to warm his ears at high altitudes.
Remember to submit
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