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PHENOM 100 NEARS FIRST FLIGHT
Embraer is within weeks of
taking its Phenom 100 very light jet for its very first flight,
the company said on Tuesday. The prototype is now in a ground-testing
phase at company headquarters in Sao Paulo, Brazil, as engineering teams
confirm the design quality of the aircraft and test its systems. "The
Phenom 100 test campaign has begun and steadily advances," said
Alexandre Figueiredo, an Embraer spokesman. "The ground tests prepare
the aircraft for its first flight and provide results for the
certification process, which is scheduled to be completed in mid-2008."
The first test conducted was the engine run, when the Phenoms
Pratt & Whitney Canada PW617F engines were powered up after being
mounted on the aircraft. Now the Ground Vibration Test is being
conducted, in which the aircraft is suspended with elastic cables in
order to float as if in flight to check the durability of the airframe.
REMINDS GA PILOTS TO BE ALERT
The Transportation Security
Administration is reminding general aviation pilots to remain vigilant
after the car-bomb incidents in Glasgow and London last week. TSA
representatives asked GA pilots to exercise extra vigilance when they go
out flying this summer, and report any suspicious activity to local
authorities or the toll-free GA hotline, 800-GA-SECURE. AOPA offers
information and resources to help pilots enhance security at their
airports. Secure your aircraft and follow airport security requirements,
AOPA says, and most important, be sure and watch for and report unusual
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TO DEBUT DA50 AT OSHKOSH
Diamond Aircraft will introduce its
latest creation, the DA50 Super Star, to the North American market at EAA AirVenture in
Oshkosh, Wis., later this month. The airplane will debut at a press
event on the show's opening day, Monday, July 23. The single-engine
Super Star is equipped with a Teledyne Continental TSIOF-550J engine,
rated at 350+ hp with FADEC control and twin turbochargers. Turbo-diesel
engine options also will be available. The DA50 first flew in April.
"The DA50 Super Star will surely be a big hit," said CEO Christian
Dries. "We have planned an aggressive development and certification
schedule with production to start no later than January 2008." All of
Diamond's other aircraft will be on display at the show, along with a
mock-up of the D-Jet that visitors can climb into. More...
TO UNVEIL GREEN POWERPLANT AT AIRVENTURE
Sonex Aircraft says
it will unveil a new proof-of-concept aircraft at EAA AirVenture in
Oshkosh, Wis., later this month that's propelled by a "revolutionary"
environmentally friendly powerplant. Sonex and AeroConversions Products
will reveal their E-Flight project at a press conference on Tuesday,
July 24, at AeroShell Square, the center of the show at Oshkosh, the company said
on Tuesday. The project is a research and development initiative to
explore viable alternative energies for powering the sport aircraft of
tomorrow, Sonex said. The aim of E-Flight is to reduce the environmental
impact of sport flying, while keeping recreational aviation affordable.
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70 YEARS, EARHART MYSTERY RETAINS ITS ALLURE
July 2, 1937,
was the last time anyone heard from Amelia Earhart, and 70 years later
the mystery of her disappearance still fascinates people. The official
search for the aviator and her navigator, Fred Noonan, ended just a few
weeks after they vanished over the Pacific Ocean while en route to tiny
Howland Island on a trip around the world. But searchers have never
given up in their quest to determine the facts of what happened after
her last radio call. Next week, The International Group for Historic
Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR) will mount an expedition to a tiny Pacific island where they
believe Earhart and Noonan might have been stranded. The TIGHAR team
will fly to Fiji and then embark on a five-day journey by sea to the
island of Nikumaroro. There they will excavate a site where they say
they have found evidence in the past of a castaways' camp site.
REALLY SUCKS FOR MEDEVAC NURSE
A Piper PA-31T Cheyenne
turboprop twin was flying at 20,000 feet from Twin Falls, Idaho, to
Seattle last Wednesday on an air ambulance mission when a window
suddenly broke. Chris Fogg, a critical-care nurse, had just
returned to his seat by the window and didn't have his seatbelt on, and
found himself partially outside of the airplane. "My left hand was on
the ceiling and was holding me in, and my knees were up against the
wall," Fogg told the Seattle Times. "It was pretty scary ... I have a
vivid picture of looking at the tail of the plane and seeing my headset
dangling out of the plane." He was alone in the cabin with the patient,
and had to push as hard as he could to get enough air between his chest
and the window to break the suction. Meanwhile, the pilot was unaware of
the broken window, but knew there was a decompression problem and
descended to 10,000 feet. More...
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FLIGHT GRADUATES FIRST PILOT
Able Flight, a
nonprofit group that works to offer flight training to people with
disabilities, awarded its first scholarships last December, and last
week the group graduated its first certified pilot. Only a few days
after the one-year anniversary of the accident that left him paralyzed,
scholarship winner Brad Jones, 22, earned his sport pilot certificate.
Jones trained for a month at Hansen Air Group in Kennesaw, Ga., flying a
specially adapted Sky Arrow. Instructors Mitch Hansen and Mike Davidson
said Jones is a "natural stick and rudder pilot with excellent piloting
skills, and possesses the kind of judgment that makes for a good pilot."
Jones said the experience has boosted his confidence. More...
KILLED WHEN CITATION HITS HOUSE
The pilot and a woman who
lived near the airport died when a Cessna Citation 500 (N771HR) crashed
into a house in Conway, Ark., on Saturday. A passenger on the twinjet
and the woman's husband survived the accident. The pilot was apparently
trying to go around after landing too long down the runway, which may
have been wet from a recent rain shower, an FAA spokesman told The Associated Press. Local officials have been
talking about moving the airport for several years, citing safety
concerns about homes and a freeway that are too close to the field. The
woman who died was 71. More...
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YEARS LATER, A TWIST IN ROSWELL STORY
To most, the story that
an alien spacecraft was recovered by government investigators near
Roswell, N.M., 60 years ago Monday is just a myth. But last week an
affidavit written by a former U.S. Army officer was published in a book
called "Witness to Roswell." Lt. Walter Haut, the
public-relations officer at the Roswell base in 1947, died in December
2005 and left sworn testimony to be read only after his death. The text asserts that Haut was shown a metallic
egg-shaped object, about 12 to 15 long and 6 feet across, that had no
windows. He also said he saw the bodies of two dead "aliens," each about
four feet long, with large heads. More...
SETS SHOW SCHEDULE THROUGH 2013
AERO-Friedrichshafen, the European aviation show
that has become increasingly popular among the general aviation crowd in
recent years, this week announced its schedule through 2013. In the past
the show has run into conflicts with other events, especially Sun 'n Fun
in Florida, and the organizers hope to avoid that by planning ahead. The
next AERO will take place April 2 to 5, 2009. Two years later the
exhibition will be held April 14 to 17, 2011, and in 2013 it is
scheduled for April 18 to 21. That puts it well ahead of Sun 'n Fun in 2009, and beyond it in 2011. This year
the AERO show attracted about 45,000 visitors from around the world, and
hosted 533 exhibitors from 30 countries. It was the biggest AERO show so
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AVweb posts audio news on Mondays, plus a new
in-depth interview each Friday. In last Friday's
podcast, you'll hear Alan Klapmeier on the Cirrus jet. And AVweb's
podcast index includes
interviews with NBAA's Harry Houkes; Reason Foundation's Robert Poole;
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Aircraft's Rick Schrameck; Cessna's Jack Pelton; Embraer's Ernest
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podcast, hear AOPA's Andrew Cebula dissect the House FAA
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OF THE WEEK: VLJ BEAUTY CONTEST
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OF THE WEEK: JACKSON JET CENTER
AVweb's "FBO of
the Week" ribbon goes to Jackson Jet Center at KBOI in Boise,
AVweb reader Fred Herzner said the FBO offered great
service and fair prices.
"I flew into Boise with our Bonanza on
the way home from Seattle and happened to chose Jackson Jet Center from
several FBOs on the field. Line service was great, the facility was
outstanding, the people were nice and the price of fuel was fair. They
loaned us a very nice crew car for the afternoon and booked us in a good
hotel for a low price. People were nice, and the service and facility
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OF THE WEEK: AVWEB'S FLYING PHOTOGRAPHY SHOWCASE
Each week, we go through dozens (and
sometimes hundreds) of reader-submitted photos and pick the very best to
share with you on Thursday mornings. The top photos are featured on
AVweb's home page, and one photo that stands above the others is awarded
an AVweb baseball cap as our "Picture of the Week."
weeks to go until AirVenture, and the stream of reader-submitted photos
in our "Picture of the Week" contest has slowed to a trickle.
Fortunately for us, the lighter number of submissions doesn't seem to
have any effect on quality. With only 60 photos in this week's contest,
we still had a hard time picking five to showcase here but what
better way to celebrate the air show month of July than a whooshing,
action-packed low fly-over by the Blue Angels, courtesy of W. Ross Tracey of Niantic, Connecticut?
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