AVwebBiz Complete Issue: Volume 11, Number 7

February 13, 2013

By The AVweb Editorial Staff
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AVflash! EPS Engine's Latest Benchmark back to top 

New Diesel Passes Vibration Tests

A Wisconsin company said its new high-performance geared diesel aircraft engine reached a development milestone this week when it passed vibration tests done by propeller manufacturer Hartzell. Induced vibration through a gear reduction system eats props but Engineered Propulsion Systems (EPS) spokesman Steven Weinzierl said the integrated counter-vibration systems in the engine work and the engine runs more smoothly than many gasoline engines. "It's a distinct departure from prior engine designs, and we believe what Hartzell has now confirmed: induced vibration is no longer an issue," Weinzierl said. Hartzell said Engineered Propulsion Systems' Vision 350 easily met is durability standards when tested with traditional aluminum props, a carbon fiber model and its new five-bladed graphite/composite propeller. "We were very encouraged to see that the stresses on the propellers were acceptable and lower than most engines we have surveyed," said Hartzell spokesman Bruce Hanke. "We look forward to continuing to work with EPS on this innovative new product." As we reported in 2010, EPS is developing the engine as a direct replacement for high-horsepower gas engines that need leaded fuel to achieve full performance.

The Vision 350 will put out 350 horsepower burning Jet A or kerosene and the fuel burn at 60 percent cruise is 12.3 gph. The engine is a "flat vee" configuration with 4.4 liter displacement and develops full power at 3,800 rpm, hence the need for a gearbox. It's liquid cooled and its integrated preheating system burns fuel from the tanks to warm the coolant in the water jackets for cold starts. Weinzierl said the engine is designed specifically for aviation use and will find a market as a retrofit and new installation in high-performance piston aircraft. Cirrus has already expressed interest in the engine. The company is also targeting the military drone market. It's now building pre-production test articles but has not given a timeline on potential first deliveries.

Click here for a video of the engine in testing.

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Go Rotored, Young Man back to top 

GAMA Report: Airplane Sales Flat, Helicopters Booming

The 2012 shipment report from the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, released on Tuesday, was mixed, with deliveries of piston aircraft down by 2 percent compared to 2011, business jets down 3.4 percent, and turboprops up 10 percent, with growth of 0.6 percent overall for airplanes. Helicopter sales rose 21 percent, reflecting a growing global market. GAMA chairman Brad Mottier said what the numbers don't show is the intense amount of development work now under way across the industry. "The general aviation segment is poised for resurgence in the next few years as these new technologies certify and enter the market," he said.

The major general aviation manufacturers showed no dramatic changes over last year's numbers; for example, production at Cessna rose from 521 aircraft to 571 (including piston, jets, and turboprops), Cirrus kept almost level at 253 deliveries in 2012 compared to 255 the year before, and Diamond grew a bit, with 182 deliveries in 2012, up from 156. GAMA also announced it's expanding its work with the nonprofit group Build A Plane, which is developing a nationwide competition in aircraft design for high-school kids, and with the Recreational Aviation Foundation, which works to open up access to wilderness areas across the nation. The full GAMA report is posted online.

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Airship Anxiety Near DC back to top 

Aerostats Based 70 Miles From Washington

The Army will test a tethered airship-based missile defense system at a military restricted area near Baltimore starting next year and that has prompted safety concerns for aviation operations. As we reported last week two aerostats packed with sophisticated radar and other gear will be tethered anywhere up to 10,000 feet and stay there for up to 30 days. Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger, D-Md., announced the location later in the week. The tests will be done at the Aberdeen Proving Grounds on Chesapeake Bay. The vast military preserve is already designated as restricted airspace but concerns linger about the tests.

Several readers noted the military area is adjacent to some important airways and that the whole area is generally busy with airplanes. Although the military preserve is about 70 miles from Washington, the defense system, called the Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor System, or JLENS, is capable of covering a wide area against air-, land- and sea-based threats. The tests are expected to start in September and last three years. AOPA says it's worried about the concept of tethering airships in the Washington area. "The Washington, D.C., airspace is extremely congested. There is no place to tether these two aerostats where they will not be a hazard to aircraft," said Tom Zecha, AOPA's manager of aviation security. The operation will be headed up by the Army. Last week's story incorrectly identified the North American Aerospace Defense Command as the agency responsible. Data from the aerostats will be integrated into the defense system operated by NORAD to protect the capital.

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Aviation Safety back to top 

Helo Crash Kills 3 During TV Filming

All three men on board died when a Bell 206 helicopter crashed during filming for a Discovery Channel reality show near Los Angeles on Sunday. The crew was working with Eyeworks USA, a production company, on a new, unnamed series with a military theme. The incident is the worst film-set accident in California since 1982, when actor Vic Morrow and two child actors were killed when a helicopter crashed into them, according to the Los Angeles Times. The Times said it found in a recent investigative report that some reality-TV productions have cut corners on safety, and this weekend's accident may bring more scrutiny to the industry.

The 1982 crash, during the filming of Twilight Zone: The Movie, was caused by a special-effects explosion that damaged the tail rotor of the Bell UH-1B helicopter, causing the pilot to lose control, the NTSB found. The safety board is investigating Sunday's crash. Local officials identified the three men as David Gibbs, 59, of Valencia, Calif., who was the pilot; Michael Donatelli, 45, of Pennsylvania; and Darren Rydstrom, 46, of Whittier.

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News Briefs back to top 

Bat Strike Injures Pilot

Every pilot is wary of bird strikes but an Australian cropduster pilot has new respect for bat strikes. Josh Liddle was on final for Ingham Airport in north Queesnsland when his aircraft went through a colony of bats. It was just after dark and the bats were headed out hunting when the big single went through the middle of them. One went through the windshield and hit Liddle in the face. "I felt a big smack on my face," he said. Although he was immediately treated for the related injuries, the nature of the mishap has added some medical complications for Liddle.

Bats can carry rabies and doctors took no chances as Liddle was covered with gore from the small mammal, which he said "exploded" in the cockpit. "My wife rang the doctor and I had to go in to get needles -- six in the face, my chest, one in my arm, and two in my bum," he said. Liddle said he often encounters bat colonies while spraying crops but he does not believe there should be a cull to reduce their numbers.

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Opinion & Commentary back to top 

AVweb Insider Blog: Eclipse Hits the Road

With new production getting underway soon in Poland, Eclipse is finally pulling together the variables to make an airplane that ought to sell. On the AVweb Insider blog, Paul Bertorelli explains why the time may be right for a global personal jet.

Read more and join the conversation.

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Who's Where back to top 

Via Joins AeroComputers

Mikael Via

Mikael Via is the new chief operating officer of AeroComputers Inc. He was formerly CEO of Glasair.

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AVweb Video: Look, Listen, Laugh and Learn back to top 

Video: Yves Rossy's Jetman School (Without the Jets)

Original, Exclusive Videos from AVweb | Reader-Submitted & Viral Videos

A video released Feb. 8, 2013, by Jetman Yves Rossy suggests the skydiving innovator may be on the verge of marketing an unpowered version of his strapped-on wing and opening a school to teach people how to fly it. Rossy has piloted another version of the wing with four micro-turbines attached to its underside delivering power. He has flown that version across the English Channel and a section of the Grand Canyon. Rossy describes the unpowered version by saying it can achieve a "glide angle" of 4.5. English is not Rossy's first language and a glide angle of 4.5 would translate to a glide ratio of roughly 13:1 -- substantially better than a Cessna 172. It's possible that Rossy's use of the term instead indicates the wing's glide ratio. Rossy says he's flown his gliding wing in excess of 150 mph, he has demonstrated aerobatics while flying it and believes there is much more potential for his unique brand of flight. Rossy is meticulous in his flight preparations, studying terrain, angles of flight and walking portions of the route when able. It is not yet known if his apparently proposed school will train the same pre-flight planning.

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Video: Audio Authority's Flexible Power Unit

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More owners and pilots would probably invest in ground power units for starting and running avionics in the hangar if the things were just more flexible. One that is comes from Audio Authority, which, besides being a GPU, also doubles as a battery tender. In this video, Aviation Consumer's Larry Anglisano gives us the lowdown on this versatile unit.

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Names Behind the News back to top 

Meet the AVwebBiz Team

AVwebBiz is a weekly summary of the latest business aviation news, articles, products, features, and events featured on AVweb, the world's premier independent aviation news resource.

The AVwebBiz team is:

Tom Bliss

Editorial Director, Aviation Publications
Paul Bertorelli

Russ Niles

Scott Simmons

Contributing Editors
Mary Grady
Glenn Pew

Kevin Lane-Cummings

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Avionics Editor
Larry Anglisano

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