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GOES SOLO WITH CONCEPT JET
On Monday morning at EAA
AirVenture, Eclipse Aviation President and CEO Vern Raburn stunned the
press corps when he taxied up to the company's exhibit in the V-tail,
single-engine Eclipse Concept Jet (ECJ) prototype just minutes after the
airplane project itself was announced by COO Peg Bilson. The four-set
very light jet single, which shares about 60-percent commonality with
its larger Eclipse 500 sibling, was built in complete secrecy at the
NASA Wallops Island facility in Virginia by contractors Swift
Engineering and Basis. It features a V-tail and pod-mounted Pratt &
Whitney Canada PW610F, along with the Avio NG integrated avionics suite.
According to the company, the all-aluminum ECJ prototype has logged
about 30 hours since its first flight on July 2, and the airplane has
reached speeds of 250 knots and altitudes up to 25,000 feet. Ultimately,
the small jet is expected to attain 345 knots and FL410 during testing;
NBAA IFR range is predicted to be 1,250 nm. Preliminary weights include
a 4,800-pound mtow, 2,480-pound empty weight, 2,000-pound useful load
and 1,261-pound fuel capacity. Eclipse stresses, however, that the
airplane is only a concept model and is not a product launch.
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IS LATEST TO SOAR INTO LSA MARKET
Cirrus Design on Monday at
EAA AirVenture announced a partnership with Fk Lightplanes of Speyer,
Germany to produce the Cirrus SRS (or SR Sport) light sport aircraft.
According to Duluth, Minn.-based Cirrus, the SRS will be an extension of
the company's current product line for people who would like a Cirrus
but are more interested in sporty, recreational or entry-level missions.
Cirrus said the all-composite SRS will be equipped with the Cirrus
Airframe Parachute System and glass avionics (system to be determined).
First deliveries are expected next summer, but the pricing has not yet
been firmed up but should be in the neighborhood of $100,000. "For years
we have talked about how we, as an industry, needed to introduce more
people to flying," said Cirrus Chairman and CEO Alan Klapmeier. "The SRS
is yet another example of [us] providing a high customer value product
that is easier to fly, more comfortable, loaded with safety features
all at an extremely affordable cost." The company said the SRS is
based on the Fk14 Polaris, which is "the best in class."
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|More on the Eclipse Concept Jet, Diamond's Osh '07
SHOWS OFF ITS NEW SUPERSTAR
Diamond Aircraft formally
introduced its DA50 SuperStar at EAA AirVenture on Monday, saying it's
intended to fill the niche between the plethora of four-place
high-performance singles and the in-development personal jets. The
SuperStar will fit three on its rear bench seat, allowing the whole
family to fly. "We saw a gap in the market," said company spokeswoman
Heike Larson. "This is different from what's out there." With a
52-inch-wide cabin and a full range of creature comforts, including
seatback entertainment screens for the backseat passengers, Larson said
the SuperStar is aimed at those that want a big, high-performance load
hauler. Ice protection and a BRS parachute will be available options.
First versions will be powered by a Continental TSIOF-550J engine with
FADEC, with a 200-knot cruise (true) and a 900-nm range. The aircraft is
projected to cost in the $600,000 range. More...
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WILL RISE AGAIN, SAYS INVESTOR
The so-called angel investor
whose money funded the second incarnation of Symphony Aircraft vows the
slick two-seater will have a third chance at a market that has become
increasingly crowded and less defined than it was when the plane was
first produced early in this century. The aircraft was first made in
Germany by OMF. It restructured in Canada with American investor Lou
Simons providing most of the capital, but it went under again earlier
this year. Simons, speaking at a news conference at EAA AirVenture said
the combination of a weak American dollar, delays in certifying the
Symphony's glass cockpit model and higher-than-expected start-up costs
all led to the second bankruptcy. The third incarnation will be in the
U.S., Simons said, and he predicted resuming production in 2008.
'MY WAY OR THE HIGHWAY' FOR T-6 PILOT
On Sunday, a World War
II-era North American T-6G made an emergency landing on a Wisconsin
highway on the way to EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis. Engine problems
forced the airplane to land on Highway 41 near Fond du Lac Airport, and
a state trooper caught the off-field touchdown on video. Neither pilot
William J. Leff of Dayton, Ohio, nor his son suffered injuries, but the
right wing of their airplane suffered damage after hitting highway
signs. (Click through to watch the Associated Press video.)
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FLIES TWIN, SINGLE JETS TO OSHKOSH
Epic unveiled two
prototype jets at EAA AirVenture on Monday, proving its development
schedule is as agressive as its marketing campaign. Not only did the
Victory single and Elite twin arrive as scheduled for a 10:30 a.m. press
conference, but they took to the air a few hours later in demo flights
for the airshow crowd. Not bad considering the Victory wasn't even on
the virtual drawing board until last December. Epic President Rick
Schrameck told the assembled media the approximately 200-day timeline
from the first autocad entry to a flying jet is a tribute to the design
and production team. The jets are officially kits for now and at least
five Victories will be built in the coming year, according to the script
read by the airshow announcer as the Victory was landing.
AIR 12 PROGRESS REPORT
Comp Air owner and president Ron Lueck provided an
update on his latest project, the Comp Air 12 turboprop, at AirVenture.
He is now working on a conforming prototype, which has evolved a bit
from the earlier version that was shown at Sun 'n Fun back in April.
According to Lueck, the cabin of the current Model 12 is 42 inches
longer than the earlier version and about four inches wider. The tail
surfaces have been made larger to accommodate the power of the Honeywell
TPE331-14GR turboprop engine, he said. It will have a ceiling of 29,000
feet, a 310 knot cruise, 2,800-fpm climb and an NBAA IFR range of 2,535
nm. "It can go nonstop anywhere in North America," he said. The eight to
10-seat Comp Air 12 will have a lavatory on board to ensure comfort on
longer flights. Lueck expects the design to achieve certification in the
first quarter of 2010 and sell for under $3 million. More...
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DEBUTS NEW HELICOPTER KIT
RotorWay debuted the prototype of
its new A600
Talon two-seat helicopter at EAA AirVenture on Monday morning.
Company CEO Grant Norwitz said the new model is a top-to-bottom upgrade
of the company's previous design, incorporating a glass cockpit, FADEC,
a wider and taller cabin and a new drive system. "It's a quantum leap
forward," he said. The kit version of the aircraft will sell for
$95,700, with everything, in a quick-build kit that the company says can
be completed in 450 hours. "I know it's too cheap," Norwitz said, but he
then added that a ready-to-fly version can be imported from a South
African factory for $135,000, prompting more than a few gasps and wows
even from the press corps attending the event. "One of our goals is to
provide affordable rotary-wing flying," Norwitz said. He added that the
company will work toward certification of the A600, first in Europe and
then in the U.S., and plans to develop a turbine version.
OFFERS ENHANCED VISION SYSTEM
said it will offer Forward Vision's EVS-100 both as a factory-installed
option on new Huskies and as a retrofit on older models. The company
said it is the first GA manufacturer to offer the infrared
enhanced-vision system. Stu Horn, president of Aviat, said the EVS-100
"turns night into day" and can see through light fog and clouds. "This
is not a virtual image, but actual," he said. That is, the pilot sees a
real-time image derived from the actual landscape, not from a database.
The EVS-100 can reveal obstacles on a dark runway, aid emergency night
landings and prevent midair collisions in low visibility conditions,
Horn said. The system includes an infrared sensor weighing 1.2 pounds
that is installed on the fuselage like an antenna and a cockpit display.
Cost for the system, whether as a new option or a retrofit, is $22,000,
Horn said. More...
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Columbia Introduces 2007 Models
The 2007 Columbias
have arrived. Fresh for this year are new,
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