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The SkyCatchers Are Coming... Soon! It won't be long now... before brand new Cessna LSAs start taking to the sky to help a new generation of aviators take wing. At the 2009 US Sport Aviation Expo, ANN's Jim Campbell caught up with the Cessna folks to get an update on the SkyCatcher program. At this time, all engineering work and testing of the 162 SkyCatcher is being completed according to American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) standards. Remaining flight tests are focused on gathering data and making minor refinements to ensure the aircraft complies with ASTM requirements and fulfills its intended role in the training and sport flying market. An extensive Ground Vibration Test, though not an ASTM requirement, was conducted to meet Cessna’s lofty standards for airframe integrity. Additional testing beyond the ASTM requirements will include a full airframe fatigue test on a production aircraft. Cessna plans to begin deliveries in the US later this year. The $111,500 Model 162 has two-seat capacity including the pilot. Suitable allowance for luggage is provided aft of the seats. A left hand and right hand door allow access for the pilot and passenger. An all-new Garmin G300 avionics package was specifically designed for the SkyCatcher. A single Garmin G300 display will provide primary flight, engine and moving map information in a split screen format. Other standard equipment will include a Garmin SL40 Com radio, Garmin GTX327 Mode C transponder, VFR GPS and a 121.5 MHz ELT. Options include a second MFD, audio panel and autopilot. The SkyCatcher's use of a novel iteration of dual control sticks makes for a roomy and functional cockpit. Teledyne Continental's new O-200D will be doing motivational duty for all SkyCatchers. The SkyCatcher's Continental O-200D is an air-cooled, four-cylinder, naturally aspirated, spark ignition, direct drive engine that produces a maximum of 100 brake horsepower at 2,800 RPM. The Continental O-200D allows for a cruise at speeds up to 118 knots, with a range of 470 nautical miles and a service ceiling of 15,500 feet. The Takeoff Distance is 1250 ft, Landing Distances are reported to be 1040 ft and the SL ROC is 890 fpm. Cessna Updates The SkyCatcher Program For Aero-TV! FMI: www.cessna****, www.aero-tv****, www.youtube****/aerotvnetwork, *******twitter****/AeroNews Copyright 2009, Aero-News Network, Inc., ALL Rights Reserved.
  • 22 Jan 2012
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OK... We Admit It, We're BIG Fans! Most of the world has seen him fly -- but often in the guise of some other person... whether it be James Bond or The Phantom. The man behind the stick for some of aero-movie-dom's most famous scenes is none other than JW "Corkey" Fornof... one of the best pilots in the biz and a helluva nice guy. Better yet, he claims to be ANN's biggest fan... and with that particular approbation (one he hasn't been bashful about voicing -- Thanks!), it seemed only natural that he become the subject of an Aero-TV feature. Fornof is more than James Bond's 'stand-in pilot.' Corkey is a living/flying legend... for all the right reasons. Corkey flew with his father, J.W. "Bill" Fornof, in a world famous two ship air show with matching bronze Bearcats for a number of years (until Bill's tragic loss in 1971). Their airshow business was based in Houma and involvced routines built around the flying of the T6, Mustang and his favorite warbird, the rotund but formidable Bearcat. He has over 17,000 hours in over 287 different types of aircraft and has worked as a test pilot, corporate pilot, and formed the first civilian jet demonstration team. He is a member of the Screen Actors Guild and the Motion Picture Pilots Association -- among others. He has planned, organized and flown some of the most thrilling aviation stunts in movies -- movies with immediately familiar names -- like License to Kill, Face Off, Moonraker, The Phantom, or Six Days and Seven Nights. And to add to these distinctions, he's flown for over 100 commercials and even done his thing on MTV. These days, though, Corkey is living a love affair while extolling the virtues of the little sporty two place plane that will not die... Roy Lopresti's exquisite "Fury." Corkey loves this thing, noting that, "The LoPrestiFury flies like a little fighter. It does everything my Mustang would do except 500 kts... This is one sweet ride. Roy LoPresti was right on when he designed this plane. The Fury is perfect for aerobatics or cross country flying". The Lopresti gang knew what they were doing when they drafted Corkey to be the Aerial Ambassador for their dream-plane. The Lopresti camp rightly notes that, "If you're going to show off a fast, sexy, high performance aircraft, it helps to have a secret agent as your pilot. The Fury possesses the thrilling excitement of air combat or an aerobatic WWII fighter. It's precision and perfection allows smooth rolls and figure 8s. One can glide cross-country in this leather-seated beauty listening to tunes of your choice through the Bluetooth Headset and 'Intuition' Ipod system." So, for now, Corkey tours the aviation world with the Fury, stopping at air shows and aviation establishments all over the country -- and taking on the occasional film job. The Fury program benefits immensely from his demonstrations and spokesmanship... while demonstrating the charms of the single engine, retractable two seat sport aircraft designed by LoPresti Speed Merchants and destined for serial production. Roy's dream lives on, courtesy of his son, Curt, who has is realizing his father's dream by pushing to manufacture and market the Fury in the not too distant future. This 222 mph airplane sports a bubble canopy, sticks, economical operating costs, aerobatic performance and a sweet soul that offers excellent handling. ANN and Aero-TV look forward to meeting the first of the new generation of Fury owner/pilots -- ASAP. Join Aero-TV and Corkey Fornof In A Bit Of Aviation History (Part 2) FMI: www***rkeyfornof****, www.loprestifury****, *******www.imdb****/name/nm0286544/, www.aero-tv****, www.youtube****/aerotvnetwork, *******twitter****/AeroNews Copyright 2008, Aero-News Network, Inc., ALL Rights Reserved.
  • 21 Oct 2011
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AirBoss Ralph Royce Chats About Airshow Safety There are few more complex "organisms" than an airshow in full operation. The amount of detail, coordination and expertise needed to pull off the modern American airshow is beyond the abilities of any one human being... though it does rely on one to try to coordinate the aerial operations... the much respected and much feared AIR BOSS. At an inaugural East Coast airshow in 2008, ANN and Aero-TV had the chance to see one of the best at work. Ralph Royce -- Aviation Legend, Pilot, Warbird Jock and Airshow Expert, was at work this time keeping everything safe, entertaining and ON TIME. Following the completion of the show, ANN's Editor-In-Chief Jim Campbell sat down with Royce to talk airshows, safety and how to help all involved to (according to one of Ralph's favorite sayings) "don't do nuthin' dumb." Royce has an amazing history in the aviation world. Royce served for 15 years as President and Chief Executive Officer of the The Lone Star Flight Museum and Texas Aviation Hall of Fame, having taken on that post in 1991. His emphasis on team-building and his plans for the future were evident in the statement he gave ANN upon his departure, "I cannot thank the volunteers and staff enough, for they have helped make this organization into the world recognized collection of aircraft and aviation memorabilia that it is..." said Royce. "I have had a wonderful ride but I have been planning this for some time. There are a couple of things I want to try in the aviation and air show worlds, and now is a good time to try them." A commercially rated pilot with extensive warbird and airshow credentials, and a descendent of two generations of aviators, Royce has been involved in some aspect of aviation his entire life. His grandfather was a career Army Air Corps officer earning Military Aviator License # 44. In 1917, he led the 1st Aero Squadron in France and became commander of all U.S. Forces in the Middle East during WWII. Ralph’s father was also a career Air Force officer learning to fly in 1935 and he taught Ralph to fly gliders and small aircraft when he was a teenager. Two generations later, Ralph flew as a command pilot on a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress and many of the high performance fighters and aircraft of WWII. After selling his business, Ralph was named the Executive Director of the Confederate Air Force in Harlingen, Texas in early 1983. During his tenure he oversaw a doubling in size of the CAF, the restructuring of the CAF’s maintenance programs and a total reorganization of the financial structure of the CAF. Opting not to make the move to Midland, Ralph joined the Lone Star Flight Museum where he was President until 2006. In 1995 Royce recognized the need for an “aviation” Hall of Fame in Texas. He successfully petitioned to have the Lone Star Flight Museum named as the Texas Aviation Hall of Fame and helped raise the necessary funds to build a facility that is today recognized as one of the finest Aviation Halls of Fame in the US. Royce is known through out the aviation and air show industries as the premier Air Boss for his unique ability to design and control complex or difficult air shows -- safely. He is the principal instructor for “Air Show 101” which teaches air show flying and ground operations basics to new air show committees or staff members. He coordinates instructors for the Air Show Advanced Course, the Air Boss seminar, serves on several committees for aviation safety, and spends time teaching seminars to the FAA and Military on the finer points of managing and operating air shows in the waivered airspace environment. FMI: www.icashq****, www.aero-tv****, www.youtube****/aerotvnetwork, *******twitter****/AeroNews Copyright 2008, Aero-News Network, Inc., ALL Rights Reserved.
  • 10 Aug 2011
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USMC's Most Versatile Jet Takes Oshkosh By Storm You couldn't get away from it... that roar... that blast of unconfined thrust that occurs as the US Marine Corps Harrier 'Jump Jet' spools up and takes a flight... in the most amazing ways. One of the truly all-time favorites at Oshkosh, Aero TV got the chance to speak with the pilot for this year's Harrier demonstration, Major Dave Martin, call sign: Doc. The Harrier arrive at the fabled land of Oshkosh on July 28th, and stayed through the daily air show on Wednesday, July 30th, before heading home. It performed its ever-popular flight demonstrations during each of the EAA AirVenture air shows on July 28-30. (Note to anyone within about a 1/4-mile radius of show center at future such demonstrations: bring earplugs... or not, since the noise is part of the fun -- E-I-C). The AV-8B Harrier II is designed for combat air support, as well as combat air patrol, missions against ground defenses and armed escort. The single-seat fighter is 46 feet long with a wingspan of 30 feet. It can reach transonic speeds and has radar systems similar to those found in F/A-18 fighter jets. The Marines first deployed the Harrier II in 1985, with the upgraded AV-8BII Plus model introduced in 1993. The aircraft is the latest descendant of the original British Harrier jump jet that first appeared in the early 1960s. The AV-8B V/STOL strike aircraft was designed to replace the AV-8A and the A-4M light attack aircraft. The Marine Corps requirement for a V/STOL light attack force has been well documented since the late 1950's. Combining tactical mobility, responsiveness, reduced operating cost and basing flexibility, both afloat and ashore, V/STOL aircraft are particularly well-suited to the special combat and expeditionary requirements of the Marine Corps. The AV-8BII+ features the APG-65 Radar common to the F/A-18, as well as all previous systems and features common to the AV-8B Harrier II. Operation Desert Storm in 1991 was highlighted by expeditionary air operations performed by the AV-8B. The Harrier II was the first Marine Corps tactical strike platform to arrive in theater, and subsequently operated from various basing postures. Three squadrons, totaling 60 aircraft, and one six-aircraft detachment operated ashore from an expeditionary airfield, while one squadron of 20 aircraft operated from amphibious shipping. During the ground war, AV-8Bs were based as close as 35 nautical miles (40.22 miles) from the Kuwait border, making them the most forward deployed tactical strike aircraft in theater. The AV-8B flew 3,380 sorties for a total of 4,083 flight hours while maintaining a mission capable rate in excess of 90%. Average turnaround time during the ground war surge rate flight operations was 23 minutes. General Schwartzkoph, in his report to the Secretary of Defense after the war, cited seven weapon systems that significantly contributed to the quick success of Operation Desert Storm; only three of which were aircraft, the F-117, the AH-64, and the AV-8B Harrier. Enjoy the Roar of the USMC Harrier AV-8B With Aero-TV (Part 1)! FMI: www.marines.mil, *******hqinet001.hqmc.usmc.mil/AVN/, www.aero-tv****, www.youtube****/aerotvnetwork, *******twitter****/AeroNews Copyright 2008, Aero-News Network, Inc., ALL Rights Reserved.
  • 23 Jul 2011
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Terrafugia Readies For Flight Tests The stories are legion... the 'roadable plane' the vehicle that would cross over a number of barriers to offer the ultimate in transportation versatility. And that' just some talented engineers from MIT are working on... the 21st century version of the 1960s "Aero Car." Introduced at Oshkosh 2008, a group of award-winning MIT Aeronautical Engineers introduced a proof of concept version of what they hope will expand the general aviation market and bring more flexibility to flying. The Terrafugia management team credits the creation of the Light Sport category of aircraft as the catalyst to being able to develop a buildable and marketable LSA, capable of both flying and driving. Unlike other historic attempts at developing a "flying car", the Transition's transformation from aircraft to car is fully automated and takes an estimated 15 seconds to fold the wings and reconfigure from an aircraft to a car. The company has a US patent pending on the folding wing technology, and from a business perspective, sees many of the technological achievements as alternative revenue sources to fund company growth and financial stability. At Oshkosh, Terrafugia President Dr. Carl Dietrich shared what MIT scientists believe are fundamental obstacles to increasing the GA market and the benefits that a roadable aircraft has in response. The first obstacle presented is weather. The Transition would allow the LSA pilot to use the road configuration during IFR conditions. Dietrich says this improves safety, by providing an alternative option to "pushing it" in marginal VFR. Another obstacle Dietrich cited is cost. The Transition is spec'd with a 20 gallon tank designed to achieve 4-5 gallons per hour fuel economy in flight configuration. It can be powered with either super-unleaded gasoline or 100LL, and most notably would not require a hangar or tie-down space at an airport. The Transition could be driven home and parked in the garage. The third issue mentioned was mobility once arriving at an airport. The theory is the remote nature of most GA airports presents some inconvenience and the ability to drive to an off airport destination would appeal to many GA aircraft users. The interior cabin is equipped with two seats and has both a fixed wheel, for driving, and a left handed stick typical in most LSAs. The stick can be mounted to the floor in driving configuration. The Transition is carbon fiber construction powered by a Rotax 112S. Based on an estimated empty weight of 890 lbs, the aircraft would have an approximately payload of 430 pounds with a range of 400 nm and a cruise speed of 100 kts. In addition to FAA certification, the Transition must also pass roadway safety standards mandated by the National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration (NHTSA), explained Gregor Cadman, one of Terrafugia's engineers. "The Transition will include things like airbags, safety glass, and a must undergo a crash test" said Cadman. "FAA is used to looking at new aircraft concepts; we can't say the same for NHTSA. They're used to talking with the likes of Ford and GM. These features do add some weight." The design has been extensively tested in simulation and the MIT wind-tunnel. The proof of concept aircraft will undergo further refinement in the Boston area and is projected by Terrafugia to be road tested in the Fall 2008 and take its first flight Late 2008. If all goes as planned, the first delivery would occur as early as Late 2009. They anticipate the purchase price to be in the range of $194,000 and are accepting deposits of $10,000. FMI: www.terrafugia****, www.aero-tv****, www.youtube****/aerotvnetwork, *******twitter****/AeroNews Copyright 2009, Aero-News Network, Inc., ALL Rights Reserved.
  • 25 Apr 2011
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Three Guys, Three Helicycles... Way Too Much Fun Some years ago, it was my pleasure and privelege to get to know a gentle, sweet man by the name of BJ Schramm. Uncommonly talented in all things rotary-wing related, BJ had a gift for rotors and was a truly great human being, to boot. The designer of the much lauded Rotorway heli series, it was BJ's dream to build the ultimate little single helicopter for the sport enthusiast... but to give it the kind of reliability that had not heretofore been associated with sport helicopter kits. The Helicycle folks sum up BJ's fascination with rotorcraft, thusly, "Having flown many types of helicopters both piston and turbine powered, for over 30 years and having constructed, from scratch, over a dozen prototype helicopters from one to four seats; it was B.J. Schramm's desire to create a personal single seat helicopter which embodies all desirable features that could be engineered into a single machine." This was near the time that the horrific death toll of a shoddily manufactured Mini-500 kit-copter was really escalating, and a known and reliable expert like BJ was just what the sport helicopter business needed to restore some respectability to an industry traumatized by alleged con-man Dennis Fetters (a.k.a. Mohammed Al Faris and God knows what other aliases he used) and the tragedies brought on by his death-trap. That was then... and when BJ was just about done with all he could do to make the machine the best that he could, even to the point of pioneering a truly lovely turbine installation, something unfortunate happened and BJ "went home" to meet God -- who was truly the cornerstone of everything he did. Since then, family members and fans of BJ have kept the Helicycle alive and in production, while dozens are now flying safely and racking up hours right and left. The Helicycle costs less than $40K to purchase, including the Modified Solar T62 turbine 160 derated to 90 hp. The single seat bird allows for pilots of up to 220 lbs max, a Gross Weight of 850 lbs, and an Empty Weight of 500 lbs. Fuel Capacity is 21 gallons (16 + 5 reserve). A Helicycle's range (with reserve) is 160 miles, and boasts a Rate of Climb of 900 fpm, as well as a Hover IGE of 9500 ft. The Service ceiling is 11,000 ft and the bird cruises (with doors) at approximately 95 mph, though it has a max level speed of 110 mph at Sea level. ANN caught up with three Helicycle builder/flyers at the recent Lee Bottom Fly-In... three guys of varying experience and backgrounds, who all built the same helicopter and now enjoy the occasional group flight to find a bit of adventure. Let's let them tell you what BJ's genius and passion, via the creation of the Helicycle, means to them... Aero-TV Tells the Tale of Three Helicycle Builder/Flyers (Part Two)! FMI: www.helicycle****, www.aero-tv****, www.youtube****/aerotvnetwork, *******twitter****/AeroNews Copyright 2008, Aero-News Network, Inc., ALL Rights Reserved.
  • 20 Apr 2011
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The Mitchell Bomber Turned The Tide Of A World War Of all the stories that permeate the rich heritage of the aviation world, few are as compelling and as dramatic as that of 16 B-25 bombers who launched off a pitching carrier deck to bomb Japan on April 18th, 1942. They called it the "Doolittle Raid" and it came to be the first, pivotal, air raid to strike the Japanese on their home turf during World War II. It was a huge symbolic victory for the American war effort, proving that Japan could be vulnerable to Allied air attack. It also provided a fitting response to the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941. The raid was the brainchild of LTC James "Jimmy" Doolittle, who chose the mighty B-25 to launch off the Carrier Hornet, barely a year and a half after Pearl. Two and a half weeks before the attack, 16 B-25s, modified to fit their unique mission requirements, their five-man crews and support personnel were loaded aboard the Hornet to steal away across the Pacific in search of the Japanese coastline. Each machine carried specially designed 500 pound bombs and had been stripped to the bare essentials, even to the point of losing their conventional bombsights since the mission would be flown at low-level and over easily targeted locations. The bombers carried names like the Whiskey Pete, the Green Hornet, the Ruptured Duck, Bat Out of Hell, and the like. Some 650 miles from Japan, the force launched after its premature sighting by a Japanese picket boat, in small groups, running so low over the waves that some pilots reported spray on the windshields. It took just under an hour to launch all 16 birds off a miniscule carrier deck, but together, they reached Japan, dropped their munitions (except for one that got jumped by Japanese fighters and dropped ordinance early) and headed off for the "safety" of the Chinese coast where they hoped to ditch their aircraft and evade capture by the Japanese. Some crashed, some bailed out, some barely made it to the coast, one went to Russia (where it was interned until the crew escaped in 1943), some were never seen again, some made it home, others perished in Japanese prison camps... but to a man, they all changed the course of a war -- and a nation that was still hurting after the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor. All 80 members of the "Doolittle Raiders" received the DFC, and an honored place in history. It was an extraordinary mission... in amazing planes, flown by true American heroes. Some years after the surviving members came home, the Raiders sought to meet each year -- to remember fallen comrades and to honor the mission their nation entrusted to them. The main emphasis of these meetings was a solemn roll call, in which each flyer who has been lost over the preceding year is toasted and an engraved silver goblet, one for each man on the mission, is overturned in recognition of his loss. There is also a single bottle of 1896 (the year of Doolittle's birth) Hennessy cognac that awaits the last two surviving members of the Raiders. When only two remain, the bottle will be opened and a final toast will be offered to the memory of the other 78. It is an American legend of uncommon courage, sacrifice and daring... and one of the most honored missions in military history. [ANN thanks the Lone Star Flight Museum's Jim Gregory for the narrative and help in the prep of this Aero-TV program]. Aero-TV Honors A Unique Airplane And Its Place In History... The B-25 Mitchell Bomber FMI: www.doolittletokyoraiders****, www.lonestarflight****, www.aero-tv****, www.youtube****/aerotvnetwork, *******twitter****/AeroNews Copyright 2009, Aero-News Network, Inc., ALL Rights Reserved.
  • 16 Apr 2011
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CEO Jim Bass Is Keeping Piper On Track While a number of new and revolutionary companies get a fair share of the media spotlight, industry veteran Piper Aircraft, one of the oldest GA manufacturers in the world, keeps on an evolutionary path that has kept them alive... and making progress while a number of their competitors have disappeared. The architect of this strategy is Piper CEO, Jim Bass, who has take a solidly evolutionary approach to growing Piper Aircraft to the point where it now prepares to field its first jet aircraft... and after introducing one of the few recent sales leaders in recent memory, their piston powered 6-pace hot-rod, the Piper Matrix. In news ANN broke earlier this week, Piper Aircraft announced that it has certified and will offer as optional equipment the all-glass, fully-integrated Garmin G1000 avionics suite for the Piper Meridian, the company's flagship, six-seat cabin-class turboprop. Initial deliveries of Piper Meridian aircraft with G1000 avionics will begin this week. "We are dedicated to providing our customers with the very best technology our industry has to offer," said Piper President & CEO James K. Bass. "Now, with the G1000 available for the Meridian, we are giving this amazing aircraft an avionics suite that enables it to meet its full potential." The Meridian currently features Avidyne's advanced glass avionics suite, the FlightMax Entegra Integrated Flight Deck, as standard equipment, as do the Malibu Mirage, Matrix, Seneca V, the Saratoga II TC and Piper 6X. Piper Aircraft, Inc. is headquartered in Vero Beach, Fla. Piper reports that its "rich legacy is born of 72 years of unparalleled history, with almost 150,000 aircraft brought to market and more than 160 models certified." Approximately 90,000 of those aircraft are still flying and being serviced and supported on every continent by Piper's 65 service centers, 40 dealers and 2,500 field personnel. Piper is the only general aviation manufacturer to build and offer aircraft for every general aviation mission, from trainers and high-performance aircraft for personal and business use, to turbine powered business aircraft and now the PiperJet. Aero-TV Interviews Piper's Evolutionary CEO, Jim Bass FMI: www.piper****, www.aero-tv****, www.youtube****/aerotvnetwork, *******twitter****/AeroNews Copyright 2009, Aero-News Network, Inc., ALL Rights Reserved.
  • 10 Feb 2011
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A few weeks ago, Aero-TV traveled to Champaign, Illinois, to sample the delights of an all indoor radio-controlled model aircraft event known as E-Fest. It was quite the weekend and we, admittedly, had a great time seeing the best in small model aircraft. While many of the aircraft thrilled us to no end, it was the wild and seemingly non-aerodynamic antics of the RC helicopters that really got our attention. How they work, what you can do with them, and how you can get one for yourself, is the subject of this two part episode of Aero-TV. RC Helicopters were once given a tough rep... being billed as incredibly hard to fly, overtly expensive and endlessly complex. All that has changed - radically. In just the last few years, RC Helis, especially the electric versions, have come down aggressively in price, are available in just about EVERY RC hobby shop, and have become far more easy to fly. This has happened, in large part, due to better design, enhanced stability (and some devices that help them achieve this), and have quite simply become one of the fastest growing segments in model aviation. During the 2008 E-Fest, Aero-TV got the chance to look inside and outside a number of exciting new RV helo models to gain some insight into just how enticing and exciting these aircraft have become. Come Join Aero-TV As We Hover Along With The latest Generation of RC Helicopters. Copyright 2008, Aero-News Network, Inc. ALL Rights Reserved. FMI: www.hobbico****
  • 18 Jan 2011
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All-Composite Speedster Equipped With 'Chute Recently, Gobosh Aviation unveiled a new addition to their product line, the all-composite 800XP. Sporting rakish lines similar to several other low-wing LSAs -- more on that in a minute -- the 800XP is a Czech-designed-and-built aircraft, unlike the Polish-built G700S that kicked off Gobosh's presence in the US last July. The aircraft boasts a "structural composite" design, reducing the need for underlying metal frame supports. Gobosh adds performance also benefits from a high-performance laminar-flow wing, designed specifically for the US marketplace. The 800XP was designed by brothers Mirek & Petr Kabrt, brothers who are also responsible for the design of several other Czech-sourced LSA in the US, including the TL-2000 Sting Sport. So it's no surprise to see the 800XP carries echoes of several other LSA. The 800XP also carries forth Gobosh's nomenclature system, with "XP" signifying a glass-cockpit-equipped aircraft, equipped with the GO-SAFE (Gobosh-Strategic Alternative For Emergencies) ballistic parachute system, sourced from Galaxy. (Of course, Gobosh likely wouldn't mind a bit if the plane's designation brings to mind the "other" 800XP in aviation, the one that carries the Hawker name.) A Dynon EFIS-D100 glass-panel system, sporting Garmin ancillary hardware, rounds out the avionics package. Initially, Gobosh will offer the 800XP in Elite and Elite+ configurations. Even standard Elite-equipped planes will sport Day or Night IFR capabilities (remember, sport pilot allows only Day-VFR operation) while the Elite+ planes will add to Gobosh's "luxury"-sport aircraft advertising tagline with standard leather seats, Garmin GPS-396 with XM/WX capabilities, and Bose headset jacks. Like the G700S, all 800XPs will be backed by a two-year, 400-hour warranty. Powered by the ubiquitious Rotax 912ULS, the 800XP should offer cruising speeds close to the 120-knot upper limit for LSA. Gobosh notes the basis for the 800XP, the retractable-gear VL-3, holds the European speed record for Rotax-equipped microlights. Base prices for the 800XP are $123,700 for the Elite, and $129,990 for the Elite+. Both prices are spot-inline with similarly-equipped G700S models, meaning Gobosh customers have a choice between all-metal or all-composite airframes for roughly the same money. The company does note the G700S, with its classic "six pack" of analog instruments and sturdy landing gear, is probably better suited for the training market, while the 800XP caters towards experienced private flyers. FMI: www.gobosh.aero Copyright 2008, Aero-News Network, Inc., ALL Rights Reserved.
  • 1 Aug 2010
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Aero-TV: Antilles Seaplanes -- Rebirth Of The Goose Antilles Seaplanes Is Building NEW 'Super Goose' Amphibs The ANN crew (thanks to ANN refugee, Kevin O'Brien) has a slightly rude name for those intensely visual images and stories that come our way involving certain 'special' aircraft that are unusually exciting, interesting and abnormally attention-getting... we call such images "Plane Porn." Well, if a modernized Grumman G-21, screaming along in full turbo-prop splender doesn't qualify for that term, very little else can. A few weeks back, while goofing off, uh, working hard in covering the annual Lee Bottom Fly-In, ANN's Aero-TV crews caught their first gander of "The Goose..." and they haven't been quite same since. An upgraded and modified version of the Grumman G-21 flying boat, Antilles Seaplanes, LLC is in production of new "Antilles Super Goose" amphibious aircraft. Based on the legendary Grumman G-21 Goose, Antilles tells ANN its version has been modernized to current day aviation standards to include turboprop engines, the latest in glass panel avionics, carbon fiber composite material technology, interior environmental systems, and a variety of other technological improvements over the original airplane. A highly specialized version of the Goose is also being developed by Antilles for potential use by Special Forces operations. The "Antilles Super Goose" is a versatile twin engine, 10-seat amphibian, designed to take off and land on water (minimum depth of 36 inches in oceans, bays, rivers or lakes), paved runways, remote grass strips, rough dirt strips, and snow. The landing gear is fully retractable. Offering speed, rough water capability, cross wind ability, payload, range, economics, and ruggedness unmatched by any other aircraft in its class, Antilles calls its variation of the storied Goose a true multipurpose airplane. It can swiftly adapt as global civilian, military, government and special humanitarian support needs dictate. The Goose has a large interior, with additional storage areas in both the nose and the tail. The aircraft is powered by twin Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A turboprop engines that produce a cruise speed of over 200 knots (approximately 230 miles per hour), a useful load in excess of 5,500 pounds, and a range of over 1,200 nautical miles (six hours plus instrument flight reserves). Antilles also offers a Goose with piston engines of 450-600 horsepower each. Take A Gander At The Antilles 'Super Goose' With Aero-TV FMI: www.antillesseaplanes****, www.aero-tv****, www.youtube****/aerotvnetwork, *******twitter****/AeroNews Copyright 2009, Aero-News Network, Inc., ALL Rights Reserved.
  • 23 Feb 2010
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2007 Was Another Record Year (Thankfully) For GA Manufacturers Just this past week, leaders of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) announced that the 2007 year-end shipment figures for the general aviation industry have led to another record high in industry billings. Speaking at GAMA’s Annual Industry Review and Market Outlook Briefing, GAMA Chairman and Chairman and CEO of Cirrus Design Corporation, Alan Klapmeier, reported that a strong worldwide market, especially outside of North America, was a driving factor for general aviation in 2007. “As these economies continue to expand, we expect general aviation to play an ever increasing role in these regions.” Klapmeier added, “Manufacturer backlogs are strong and we think this bodes well for 2008 and the years beyond.” Record industry billings totaled $21.9 billion, eclipsing last years’ figure by 16.5 percent. Year-end, worldwide shipments of general aviation airplanes totaled 4,272 units, the most in more than a quarter century and up 5.4 percent over the previous year's total of 4,053 units. Aside from the record set for year-end billings, the industry also experienced an all-time high in business jet shipments, delivering over one thousand units for the first time in history. The piston airplane segment was down 2.9 percent in 2007, but still posted the second best year in over two decades. Total units decreased from 2,755 in 2006 to 2,675 in 2007. Shipments of turboprops increased 11.4 percent, up from 412 units in 2006 to 459 units in 2007. Business jet shipments reached an all-time high of 1,138 units, up 28.4 percent over last year’s figure of 886 airplanes. Join Aero-TV in Part One of the Three-Part episode that features Alan Klapmeier's presentation... and then join us later next week for the Three Part Aero-TV presentation featuring GAMA's President Pete Bunce. FMI: www.gama.aero Copyright 2008, Aero-News Network, Inc., ALL Rights Reserved
  • 21 Jan 2010
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Ash Vij Has A Mission... To Keep You Breathing Ash Vij's CO Guardian is the undisputed leader in carbon monoxide detectors for General Aviation, and are now included as standard safety equipment on all new Cessna 172, 182, 206, Columbia Aircraft, Diamond DA40 and Skycrane helicopters -- and starting June 08, CO Guardian will now be standard on all Cirrus Aircraft. Vij is the President of CO Guardian. He's been involved in General Aviation for years, both in terms of his CO Guardian product line as well as being the President of Premier Aviation which has been in business since 1972. Various versions of the CO Guardian product line can integrate with the new Garmin G900X, as well as the G1000, GNS480, Electronic Instrument EI-MVP50, Advance-Flight Systems model AF-2500/AF-3500, Grand Rapids Sport Series Engine Monitor, Blue Mountain Avionics and Aerosonic/OPT Technology. This data is important... because ignorance of CO can produce astonishingly harmful symptoms. Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless, tasteless and toxic gas produced as a by-product of combustion. Ash explains that, "Carbon monoxide inhibits the blood's ability to carry oxygen to body tissues including vital organs such as the heart and brain. When CO is inhaled, it combines with the oxygen carrying hemoglobin of the blood to form carboxyhemoglobin (COHb). Once combined with the hemoglobin, that hemoglobin is no longer available for transporting oxygen." Come Breathe Easy With Aero-TV As We Check Out CO Guardian FMI: www.guardianavionics**** Copyright 2008, Aero-News Network, Inc. ALL Rights Reserved.
  • 20 Jan 2010
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The LSA Movement Hangs On... Despite Economic "Distractions" No one has to tell you that the economy is tanking and that money is tight... especially if you happen to be trying to sell LSAs in today's market. With that in mind, ANN wondered how well this year's Sebring Sport Aviation Expo might fare... Well, we're pleased to say that the interest in the LSA market remains high and that there does seem to be some buying activity, restricted as it is, by the times we live in. To many, the LSA movement means an affordable opportunity to do SOME flying and get a leg up on aircraft ownership at prices far less than the average GA single... and despite the few limitations placed on this market segment, that seems to be just fine with a number of would-be pilots and aircraft owners. Of course, it helped that this year's volunteer-staffed event boasted spectacular weather and the kind of positive vibe that is missing from most other fly-ins these days... While some events are obviously on the decline, the newer and more progressive offerings of the LSA business do seem to be able to attract interest where the "same old thing" plainly does not have the drawing power it used to. Sebring's boosters describe the event in this way: "The US Sport Aviation Expo is a new and unique event. It is totally focused on Light Sport Aircraft and the Sport Pilot certificate. It is a business-type event, set up to enable people who are interested in this new category of planes to conduct business. That is, they can buy and sell planes, set up business relationships and seek a location at which they want to do business. We totally depend on volunteers to enable us to conduct the event. At this event a person can learn about LSA, compare about everything available in the LSA market, select a plane, get a demonstration ride, find financing, arrange insurance, get transition training and fly his/her new plane home. Over the past 5 years, literally hundreds of planes have been sold at the event." Over these past five years, we have found the event well-run, apolitical, very well staffed and featuring solid amenities and support facilities for an event of this scope. Much of the success of the event is credited by any number of Sebring staffers to its "Boss," Bob Wood. Kinda quiet and fairly thoughtful in manner, Wood has presided over one of the Sport Aviation's few solidly successful events in recent memory. ANN spent a little time with Wood at the start of the 2009 event in order to find out why Sebring seems to be working -- as well as his thoughts on the future of the LSA industry. Overall; it was a positive and uplifting event, marred only the tragic fatal Remos accident early on the last day of the fly-in and some profane/outrageous public behavior on the part of one of the vendors (more on that another time). Still; Sebring deserves to call this event a success, and for any aspect of aviation to have a "win" in this economy, especially in the sport aviation sector, that's a grand thing, indeed. Come Enjoy The Uplifting Events of Sebring's 2009 Sport Aviation Expo, With Aero-TV! FMI: www.sport-aviation-expo****, www.aero-tv****, www.youtube****/aerotvnetwork, *******twitter****/AeroNews Copyright 2009, Aero-News Network, Inc., ALL Rights Reserved.
  • 16 Jan 2010
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Group Calls For 'Swift Changes' As Crisis Continues At NAFI ANN broke the story about problems within the hallowed ranks of the National Association of Flight Instructors two months ago and the news has been coming fast and furious since then. Dissatisfaction with a number of NAFI board-level decisions led to creation of the 'Take Back Our National Association of Flight Instructors Committee' -- TBO NAFI. This committee, comprised of NAFI members, including Master Instructors and several Regional and National Flight Instructors of the Year, has called for swift and sweeping changes to the governance of NAFI. ANN reported that the crisis began in October when NAFI members learned two of the "most productive, well-liked, pro-instructor, and long-standing members of the Board" -- JoAnn and Sandy Hill -- would not be re-elected to their positions, and would be relieved of their day-to-day administration of the NAFI Master Instructor Program. "These issues served to focus long-due attention on the broader governance issues plaguing the NAFI Board," well-known Master Instructor Rich Stowell told Aero-News. The first informal meeting of TBO Committee members and others who wished to participate was scheduled for Friday, November 7th, at the AOPA Expo in San Jose, CA, where ANN took the opportunity to get some narrative on the matter from Stowell. In a recent e-mail, Stowell said, "On December 4th, Tom Poberezny and the NAFI Board blind-sided both TBO and the Hills with an e-mail demanding that Master Instructor Program administration be turned over to NAFI HQ," a move he said would "violate NAFI Board-approved policies and procedures controlling the administration of the Master Instructor Program." Irked further by a recent NAFI member survey prepared by the NAFI board without input from the Professional Standards Committees or TBO-NAFI, Stowell declared that the teleconference represents a "fork in the road." Poberezny responded that he is addressing multiple issues, making progress in what he sees as his number one priority -- redrafting NAFI By-laws -- and the transfer of administrative and operational responsibilities of NAFI programs to staff. "In conclusion, I do not see a 'fork in the road,' but a continuing dialogue that is so important to success. My role is not as a neutral facilitator between TBO and the NAFI Board, but rather a facilitator working with the NAFI Board on behalf of the NAFI membership, addressing the concerns presented," Poberezny said. "I will continue to work on solutions that build a stronger NAFI, both from a membership standpoint as well as industry stature. The December 9th TBO newsletter was disappointing, but I remain undaunted, and am confident that we will be successful with our future efforts." In an effort to get some insight into the conflict, ANN presents the attached interview with Stowell and has a similar discussion with EAA president Tom Poberezny scheduled shortly. Aero-TV Gets Some Background On The TBO-NAFI Controversy FMI: www.tbo-nafi****, www.nafinet****, www.eaa****, www.aero-tv****, www.youtube****/aerotvnetwork, *******twitter****/AeroNews Copyright 2008, Aero-News Network, Inc., ALL Rights Reserved.
  • 27 Dec 2009
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One Of GA's Legacy Manufacturers Wasn't Bashful About Looking To The Future We thought that the presser that Piper conducted at NBAA 2008 might hold a few clues as to their future and that, combined with other interview material, might make for an interesting overview as a revitalized Piper heads into 2009. Jim Bass, President of Piper Aircraft announced during the 2008 NBAA Convention that, against declining industry-wide sales of piston aircraft, Piper's piston sales were up through the 3rd quarter of '08. At a time when General Aviationâ??s overall piston-aircraft deliveries are down, Piper Aircraft underscored its comparative string of successes by noting that its piston aircraft deliveries were up 24 percent for the 3rd Quarter of 2008. The company also that announced overall deliveries for the first nine months of 2008 were up 18 percent over the same period last year, and that its upline PA-46 models are registering record deliveries. "In the last three years, Piper has moved forward on virtually every front -- from new product introductions to strong sales, from strategic alliances to breaking into an entirely new segment with our all-new PiperJet," said Piper President & CEO James K. Bass. "We are a modern-day, American success story: a company that relies on American workers to provide the next generation aircraft for the world." Piperâ??s current piston increases are driven by the unparalleled -- and, for some, unexpected -- success of its cabin-class Piper Matrix, a decontented model off the Malibu Mirage platform. It appears Piper correctly predicted the market for an the unpressurized, six-seat aircraft... as to date, the model has accounted for close to half of the company's 195 aircraft deliveries in the first nine months of 2008. That number compares favorably against the 166 aircraft Piper delivered over the same period in 2007. Of that total, 76 were from deliveries of the Piper Matrix. The Vero Beach, FL-based planemaker also reported sales of its entire PA-46 model line (Meridian, Mirage and Matrix) were at record levels as 2008 came to a close. "We have orders for 101 Matrix models this year," Bass said. "The Piper Matrix fills a niche in the market that hasn't been truly addressed until now. To date, our entire first year of production is sold out and market demand continues to be very strong. At the same time, deliveries of our flagship turboprop, the Piper Meridian, continue unabated, with 33 aircraft for the first nine of this year and an expected 53 deliveries in total for 2008. These deliveries have continued at the same strong levels as those in 2007." In all, Piper recorded $150.5 million in billings in the first nine months of 2008, compared with $125 million in billings for the same period in 2007. It also puts the company on a favorable footing as it prepares to bring its first-ever turbofan-powered aircraft to market. "With first flight of the PiperJet, Piper Aircraft marked the beginning of a new era by literally taking flight into a whole new realm of large-cabin luxury, performance, capability and single-engine efficiencies," said Bass. "The PiperJet speaks to our future -- one that is built on a strong and lasting heritage and reputation for innovation and excellence." Bass termed Piper's achievements during the past three years as an index of the company's success, and key to its rejuvenation since a hurricane nearly leveled the company in 2004. "We are... a new company fueled by a venerable heritage," he said. "We know where we've been and what milestones we have accomplished. And we know where we're going. We truly are the inheritors of a great legacy, and we are inspired by the knowledge that our best days are ahead of us." Aero-TV Has More Upbeat Piper Info From NBAA 2008 FMI: www.piper****, www.aero-tv****, www.youtube****/aerotvnetwork, *******twitter****/AeroNews
  • 9 Nov 2009
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Jack Defends Aviation and Defines A Proper Response For Our Critics Say what you will, but these days Cessna CEO and C-195 aficionado, Jack Pelton, is a man with a mission. Sick and tired of watching an industry he loves victimized by misinformation and prejudice, Jack has come out swinging... and the man knows how to take on his foes. At the recently concluded AEA 2009 Convention and tradeshow, Jack was a featured speaker. He spoke to attendees about “Weathering the Storm,” and received a very positive response from an admittedly sympathetic crowd. But its the Cessna campaign to fight the anti-aviation hysteria around the nation that has the rest of aviation applauding Pelton. Regardless of how you feel about corporate America right now, in this age of federal (taxpayer-funded) bailouts and billions of dollars allocated for "stimulus" funding... more than a few in the aviation industry have been disgusted these past few months over how business aviation has been portrayed by lawmakers, pundits and the general media as a whole. A few weeks ago, the company announced a new marketing campaign to address what it says is "misinformation" on the business use of general aviation aircraft." "We think it's time the other side of the story be told, and that support be given to those businesses with the good judgment and courage to use business aviation to not only help their businesses survive the current financial crisis, but more quickly forge a path toward an economic upturn," said Cessna Chairman, President and CEO Jack J. Pelton. While one could argue business jets have never been lovingly embraced by the public at large, the image of 'corporate fatcats' traveling on lavish private aircraft became harder to combat last year when CEOs of the Detroit Three automakers opted to fly to Washington, DC to beg Congress for bailout funds to save their companies. Lawmakers quickly seized on the fact each had traveled to DC onboard his own corporate plane -- for the same meeting, and from the same airport -- to ask for a $25 billion loan. Despite efforts by such entities as the National Business Aviation Association to downplay that PR misfire, companies responded to the public backlash against corporate jets by dumping their planes onto an already-glutted resale market, cancelling orders for new planes and closing down corporate flight departments. Lost in the resulting tumult was the fact executives use those aircraft as traveling offices, on which to conduct business in time that might otherwise be wasted thumbing through the SkyMall catalog on a commercial flight. (And never mind the fact most of the same lawmakers who criticized those CEOs also travel on private jets... including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who commutes from her California home to DC on a government-supplied Boeing 757 -- Ed.) Perhaps recognizing now isn't the time to attempt to change the public image of business aviation, Cessna's campaign instead targets the executives who use corporate aircraft... in essence, telling them to stand firm against that public outcry. Pelton added general aviation contributes more than $150 billion annually to the US economy and is one of the few remaining industries that maintain a positive balance of trade with nearly 40 percent of the country's total 2007 production of $12 billion worth of aircraft exported. Aero-TV Brings You Jack Pelton's Address To AEA 2009! FMI: www.cessns****, www.aero-tv****, www.youtube****/aerotvnetwork, *******twitter****/AeroNews Copyright 2009, Aero-News Network, Inc., ALL Rights Reserved.
  • 6 Nov 2009
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Piper's PA-46 Meridian Gets The G1000 Treatment One of the more intriguing upgrades we saw on our last visit to Piper Aircraft was the availability of the G1000 avionics suite for the PA-46-500TP Meridian six-seat single-engine turboprop aircraft. Initial deliveries of Meridians equipped with the G1000 are already underway. "We are dedicated to providing our customers with the very best technology our industry has to offer," said Piper President & CEO James K. Bass. "Now, with the G1000 available for the Meridian, we are giving this amazing aircraft an avionics suite that enables it to meet its full potential." Garmin's all-glass flightdeck in the Meridian presents all flight-critical data -- from engine and flight instrumentation to navigation, communication, weather, terrain and traffic data -- digitally on three large-format, high-resolution displays. The 15-inch multi-function display is flanked by two 10.4-inch PFDs; Garmin's Synthetic Vision Technology will also be offered as standard with the application. "The G1000 gives pilots highly-detailed, highly-reliable, yet easy-to-use information that ultimately makes flying safer and more enjoyable, and we are confident Meridian pilots will appreciate the advanced capabilities it offers," said Gary Kelley, Garmin's vice president of marketing. In addition to SVT, the G1000 suite on the Meridian will also include the GFC 700 three-axis digital automatic flight control system with autopilot; dual solid-state Attitude and Heading Reference System; dual digital air-data computers; Mode S transponder with Traffic Information Service; and GWX 68 weather radar. This marks Piper's second flight deck agreement with Garmin; the first was for the Olathe, KS avionics manufacturer to supply the avionics suite for the upcoming PiperJet. Despite recent advances by rival Avidyne, whose glass panels are currently standard through the Piper line... one senses this probably won't be the last time we see "Piper" and "Garmin" in the same sentence, either. Aero-TV Gets Briefed On Piper/Garmin's Meridian Makeover! FMI: www.garmin****, www.piperaircraft****, www.aero-tv****, www.youtube****/aerotvnetwork, *******twitter****/AeroNews Copyright 2009, Aero-News Network, Inc., ALL Rights Reserved.
  • 6 Nov 2009
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