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THE ADAM A500 The natural assumption is that two engines must
be better than one in terms of safety and performance but reality often
gets in the way of such broad notions. Sure, the cushion of an extra
engine is comforting on an IFR flight over the mountains but keeping two
props spinning comes at a premium, not only in cost, but in the extra
skill necessary to manage and handle the aircraft. Putting the engines
one in front of the other eliminates many of those concerns, as we
discovered on a demonstration flight in the Adam A500 during EAA
AirVenture last week. More...
PHILOSOPHY -- BIGGER, FASTER Since one of the A500's selling
points is ease of transition from singles, AVweb sent writer (and Cessna
140 pilot) Russ Niles to test that claim. The biggest difference Niles
found was in speeds. Take the 140 figures and almost double them for
everything, notably the landing speed of 95 knots, pretty much the top
speed of the Cessna. "Twins go faster," said Adam's chief pilot Butch
Allen, who kept a relaxed but ready watch from the right seat during the
flight. But if the speeds seem scary to the pilot of a slow single, they
are entirely appropriate for something as big as an A500.
TWIN FLYING QUALITIES We set the altitude bug on the big
Avidyne display at 4,500 feet, dodging the remnants of a late afternoon
storm, and went through the usual routine of steep turns, slow flight
and general goofing around. Allen chopped power to the rear engine and
there was a sag in performance that was felt more than observed. No
rudder adjustment, no yaw or roll issues, just a minor pitch adjustment
through the big stick-mounted trim button. The side-stick controllers
are surprisingly light and responsive and very intuitive, even for
someone coming off a yoke arrangement. Allan had to intervene to steepen
our final approach a tad but other than that the landing was all ours
and resulted in no damage to aircraft or ego. More...
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"NEXT GENERATION" PERSONAL JETS IN THE WORKS It may seem
strange that when a very light jet has made it to FAA certification for
the very first time this week, so many people already are working on
"next-generation" designs, but that's what AirVenture is all about --
the spirit of innovation. Maverick Jet, which had an experimental VLJ
flying back in 1999, this week said it will build two new jet aircraft
the single-engine Solo Jet, which they say will fly 472 knots at
31,000 feet, and an "economy" version, the twin-engine SmartJet, which
will go 290 knots at 22,000 feet, at half the operating cost. Both will
have five seats. Target prices are $899,000 for the SmartJet, which will
be certified, and $1.25 million for the single-engine experimental Solo
Jet, which offers an optional BRS full-airplane parachute.
TO SOLDIER ON The folks from Excel Jet in Colorado planned to
fly their Sport-Jet at Oshkosh for the first time this week, but instead
they were telling the story of how the prototype cartwheeled down the
runway after apparently hitting wake turbulence on takeoff, proving the
hardiness of the cabin. Test pilot James Stewart (who tells his story in
today's AVweb audio news) and mechanic John Welty survived without
injury, and the company brought the damaged cabin to the show, minus its
wings, tail and nosecone, and put it on display. Other than a few
scratches, and a few square feet of sod jammed into the underbelly
(visible thanks to mirrors laid on the Oshkosh grass), the cabin looks
good to go. The aircraft was in late flight tests. More...
WHAT IF IT'S BETTER THAN A JET? Socata's TBM 850 is not a
VLJ, but the company says its performance is pretty darn close, and
given the lower acquisition and operating costs, the difference is
negligible. "No need for a VLJ," says the company's brochure. "Fly
smarter with a VFT!" as in, Very Fast Turboprop. The 850 will climb to
26,000 feet in 15 minutes and cruise there at 320 knots. It can carry
six people, and will fly 1,500 nm nonstop with four adults on board. The
company says it's an easier transition for the owner-pilot than moving
into a jet, and saves on insurance. The powerplant of the TBM 850 is
Pratt & Whitney Canada's PT6A-66D, which delivers 1,825 eshp flat-rated
to 850 shp. More...
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LSA CONCEPT UNVEILED Cessna was not the only big player to
bring a new "proof-of-concept LSA" to this year's show. Van's Aircraft,
which has sold thousands of kit airplanes (and whose builders have
thousands flying), brought out its RV-12, a work in progress that it
expects to fly later this year. It has two side-by-side seats, an
all-metal airframe, and a Rotax 912S 100-hp engine. Van's said it won't
offer the kits for sale until flight testing is complete and they are
satisfied with the performance and handling characteristics, which would
be late 2007, at the earliest. The LSA would most likely be offered as a
standard kit, with a quick-build version to come later. An LSA kit,
which allows for the airplane to be completed to greater than 49
percent, might come later. What about a factory-built version?
51-PERCENT SOLUTION? Builders of experimental aircraft will
be paying close attention in the coming months as the FAA begins its
review of the rules that govern amateur-built airplanes. EAA's Joe
Norris said a lot of issues have arisen with various aspects of the
51-percent rule, which was crafted back in the 1950s. A lot has changed
since then, with more complex and higher-performance aircraft being
built, which were never envisioned when the rule was written. Also,
custom builders and owner-assist consultants sometimes operate in a
grayish area. "The regulation maybe hasn't kept up with what is
happening in the aviation community, so the FAA is going to take a look
at some of these issues," Norris said. More...
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POWERPLANT FOR AIRCRAFT General Electric, which has partnered
with Honda to squire the engine through the FAA certification maze, says
Honda did things differently when it developed its engines. In GE's
large fanjets, such as the giant GE90-115B found in the Boeing 777, TBOs
of 20,000 to 30,000 hours are common, with 5000 hours "on wing" not
unusual. In Honda's 400-pound package, the 2000-pound thrust HF118,
Honda and GE are aiming for a 5000-hour TBO, with no interim hot section
overhaul, something that's predicted to reduce operating costs and
downtime. Like the Pratt 600-series used on the Eclipse and Cessna
Mustang, the HF118s have drastically reduced parts counts compared to
small jet engines of even a decade ago. More...
EXPANDS ITS DIESEL OPTIONS Prowling the grounds at
AirVenture, we couldn't help but notice that Frank Thielert, the
Germany-based entrepreneur responsible for the engines in Diamond's
brisk-selling aerodiesel-powered Star and Twin Star, was in intense
discussions with Cessna officials. Is a Thielert diesel about to find
its way into a new Cessna? Cessna CEO Jack Pelton said earlier this week
that diesel may be an option in the new next-gen high-performance single
Cessna shown in a low-key flyby on Monday. But it could just as well be
a Lycoming diesel, a mock-up of which we saw in Lycoming's tent.
Nonetheless, Thielert has a Cessna diesel program of its own in Europe
and announced this week that U.S. approval for an STC to convert the
Cessna 172 to the 135-hp Centurion 1.7 has just been granted. And
there's more. More...
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GOES TO THE MOVIES Some of you who went out to catch a movie
over the weekend may have noticed that a distinctive GA airplane made
its Hollywood debut in "Miami Vice." An Adam A500 flew to Florida and
the Dominican Republic the first international flight for an Adam
aircraft - and took part in the filming of the Michael Mann
picture. Some segments were shot from the cabin, and many of the movie
crew, including Mann and stars Jamie Foxx and Colin Farrell, took the
opportunity to fly in the airplane. Also this week at Oshkosh, a
screening was held of the movie "Flyboys," which tells the story of the
Lafayette Escadrille -- the American pilots who volunteered to fly for
the French in the early stages of World War I, before the U.S. entered
the fray. More...
OF MUSTANGS -- THE ONES WITH GUNS Of all the warbirds that
appear every year at AirVenture, a perennial favorite is the North
American P-51 Mustang, examples of which arrive at OSH in the dozens
each July. But that's a pale shadow of a gathering of P-51s planned for
September 2007 at Rickenbacker International Airport in Columbus, Ohio.
"Gathering of Mustangs and Legends" is next year expected to attract at
least 100 of the famed World War II fighters. As important as the
airplanes may be, however, it's the guys who flew them -- the legends --
who are more interesting. GML 2007 says of the 1279 aces in World War
II, 274 were Mustang pilots. Sadly, only about 80 of those pilots are
still living and GML 2007 hopes to get as many of them as possible to
the Columbus event, which will take place at an airport with a rich
World War II history. More...
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IT ALL UP Tough as it was to live up to last year's
spectacular lineup, opening day at EAA AirVenture this year was the
biggest ever, EAA spokesman Dick Knapinski told AVweb on Saturday, with
the Beach Boys and the B-1 bomber helping to draw that crowd. This
year's show also had huge breaking news announcements, with the Eclipse
certification, the unveiling of two new Cessna piston airplanes, and the
Honda decision to move into jet production and partner with Piper
Aircraft. "We had more news conferences than ever, almost 50," Knapinski
said. What's in the works for next year? More...
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On the return home Saturday I heard the following exchange as I headed
southbound passing Madison, WI. Warrior 98765 was heading north and
already receiving a Flight Following Service from Madison Approach.
Warrior 123: Madison, Warrior 123. Can you tell me if
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