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Forces To Be Reckoned With In The Aero-Educational World Team Up It's really tough to know who to trust in the aviation education business these days... stories like the frauds surrounding the Silver State Helicopter mess, as well as other such catastrophes, certainly give someone thinking of an aviation education a reason to pause. So... when two of the best known and most highly regarded names in the aero-educational industry decide to cooperate on something, you know you have a good deal. The big news (and the subject of this Aero-TV feature) is that Delta Connection Academy and Embry Riddle Aeronautical University have partnered up on a program that gives students who earn their tickets at Delta Connection Academy a solid 36 credit hours toward a degree. To those looking for a solid way toward an airline career (which favors those applicants with a degree), this manna from heaven. These are two of the industry's heaviest players -- with a heck of a pedigree. ERAU notes that on December 17, 1925, exactly 22 years after the historic flight of the Wright Flyer, barnstormer John Paul Riddle and entrepreneur T. Higbee Embry founded the Embry-Riddle Company at Lunken Airport in Cincinnati, Ohio. The following spring the company opened the Embry-Riddle School of Aviation. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University began with a simple plan to train airplane pilots. Today, Embry-Riddle is a leader in aviation and aerospace higher education. Embry-Riddle is an independent, nonsectarian, not-for-profit, coeducational university. The University serves culturally diverse students seeking careers in aviation, aerospace, engineering, and related fields. Residential campuses in Daytona Beach, Fla., and Prescott, Ariz., provide education in a traditional setting, while the Worldwide Campus provides instruction through more than 130 centers in the United States, Europe, Canada, and the Middle East and through online learning. Delta Connection Academy, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Delta Air Lines, operates a fleet of more than 110 aircraft and has trained students from 89 different countries. The Academy has placed pilots with 26 airlines including, but not limited to, all Delta Connection carriers, American Eagle Airlines, ExpressJet Airlines and Cape Air/Nantucket Airlines. In addition to its main campus at the Orlando/Sanford International Airport, the Academy is the flight-training partner for five colleges and universities across the United States and has a total enrollment of more than 800 flight students. FMI: www.erau.edu, www.DeltaConnectionAcademy**** Copyright 2008, Aero-News Network, Inc., ALL Rights Reserved.
21 May 2008
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A Novel Solution To An Important Problem Airplanes are expensive... and valuable...especially when they're yours. Securing them properly has always been a concern to owners and operators but in an era when access and security of aircraft is becoming more and more a "Public" issue, novel solutions to aircraft security would seem to be apropos. Such is the case with Airlock Security... a company has developed and "Electronic" key that is both self-powered, as well as "intelligent in order to offer not only security but intelligent access to an aircraft, a hangar or critical components, at the behest of the owner/operator. The AirLock system is an "innovative lock system that easily converts existing mechanical locks into an access control system." The system is comprised of three individual components: the lock cylinder, the programmable key and the software used to program the system. Airlock Features Allow: • Enables owners/operators to schedule limited access to any area of an aircraft • Provides the ability to create an audit trail to determine when the plane was accessed or when access was attempted and by whom • Allows key to be disabled if lost or stolen • Software support enables users to remotely program the system from any location • Simple installation with no wiring of any kind • Allows a single key to access multiple aircraft as well as hanger and gate locks Each lock cylinder is an electronic version of the mechanical lock. Installing the cylinder into the lock hardware is reportedly as simple as removing the mechanical cylinder and replacing it with the AirLock assembly. The AirLock cylinder uses no wiring of any kind, and does not contain a battery. The power required to open the AirLock is actually contained within a battery located within the key. AirLock cylinders do not contain a keyway and cannot be picked like a traditional mechanical lock. Additionally, it is not possible to duplicate a key for use in the lock. Although multiple keys can be programmed to access a given lock, each key also creates its own unique record of events -- which cane be accessed and downloaded at the owner/operators discretion... Each lock contains: • A unique ID number that cannot be changed or duplicated • A list of the most recent 1,100 access events: Key ID, date, time and type of event • Encrypted access codes, created by the software and derived from your passwords Each key contains: • A unique ID number that cannot be changed or duplicated • A list of up to 3,900 access events: lock ID, date and time, and type of event • The access permissions for that specific key • Encrypted access codes, created by your software and derived for your passwords Join Us Now As Aero-TV Unlocks The Details Of Aircraft Security With 'Airlock Security' FMI: *******airlocksecurity**** Copyright 2008, Aero-News Network, Inc., ALL Rights Reserved.
23 May 2008
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Former House Speaker Talks Aviation To The Aircraft Electronics Association Newt Gingrich's high-energy luncheon speech at the 2008 Aircraft Electronic Association annual convention provided more than a little opportunity for some thought-provoking discussion throughout the annual gathering. No matter what you think of the man or his politics, Gingrich was knowledgeable and well-prepared to speak on aviation matters to an aviation-centric audience... who seemed more than interested in what the former House Speaker had to say. Gingrich covered ALL the bases... progress, technology, education, ATC, Airspace, GPS, airports... you name it. Despite being out of office for several years, Gingrich remains a prominent and compelling figure in the Republican Party, as well as the Washington political scene. Gingrich spoke during the AEA's main luncheon on Friday, April 25, at the Gaylord National Resort in Washington, DC. AEA says Gingrich gives audiences the "big picture" view of the issues at stake in the upcoming presidential election, and the future of the country after the votes are cast. He draws on his years in the front lines of politics and his current role as a leading figure in entrepreneurial and technological advances to discuss the current political climate in Washington and offer an up-to-the-minute look at today’s issues and events. A prolific author, Gingrich has published several fiction and nonfiction best sellers. His nonfiction books include "Winning the Future: A 21st Century Contract with America," "Contract with America," "To Renew America," "Lessons Learned the Hard Way," "Saving Lives & Saving Money," "Window of Opportunity," "The Art of Transformation," "Rediscovering God in America," which was made into a documentary-style movie with he and his wife, Callista, "A Contract with the Earth," and his latest "Real Change." He also is the author of these fiction books: "Gettysburg," "Grant Comes East," "Never Call Retreat: Lee & Grant, the Final Victory," "1945," and "Pearl Harbor: A Novel of December 8." Join Aero-TV In Our Two-Part Look At Some Of Speaker Gingrich's remarks (Excerpted) From The 2008 AEA Convention! Copyright 2008, Aero-News Network, Inc., ALL Rights Reserved. FMI: www.aea****/convention
2 Jun 2008
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Four Industry Hopefuls Weigh In On State Of Small Jets At NBAA Panel Discussion The current state of the very-light jet segment -- as well as its uncertain future -- were the subjects of a well-attended forum at last month's NBAA 2008 Convention. Four industry leaders hoping to see their companies profit from the sale of small jets offered their thoughts on the matter, while sweating out an economic forecast that was looking more dour with the hour. Among the topics discussed were the difficulties in certifying any new aircraft, and in particular VLJs... as well as the overall health of the segment, especially as the global economy appears headed for a pronounced downturn. The panel was dominated by comments from four players in the controversial VLJ market: Cl
4 Nov 2008
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Four Industry Hopefuls Weigh In On State Of Small Jets At NBAA Panel Discussion The current state of the very-light jet segment -- as well as its uncertain future -- were the subjects of a well-attended forum at last month's NBAA 2008 Convention. Four industry leaders hoping to see their companies profit from the sale of small jets offered their thoughts on the matter, while sweating out an economic forecast that was looking more dour with the hour. Among the topics discussed were the difficulties in certifying any new aircraft, and in particular VLJs... as well as the overall health of the segment, especially as the global economy appears headed for a pronounced downturn. The panel was dominated by comments from four players in the controversial VLJ market: Cl
6 Nov 2008
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Cessna Launches Sixth Citation Special Olympics Airlift With Harrison Ford Cessna provided an inspiring addition to the early hours of last month's NBAA 2008, with the announcement of the company's sixth annual Citation Special Olympics Airlift Program, to help athletes travel to the 2010 USA National Games to be held near Lincoln, NE. This will be the sixth time Cessna has organized the extensive airlift campaign to benefit Special Olympics. The company put out the call Sunday for volunteers to help transport more than 2,000 athletes and coaches from across the nation on their Citation jet aircraft. "The success of the airlift starts with our Citation owners committing to provide a safe way for the athletes, coaches and families to travel to the games," said Cessna Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Jack J. Pelton. "We also rely on support from Cessna employees and volunteers, the Federal Aviation Administration, on-site airport officials, local fixed base operators, hundreds of volunteers from the community and the Special Olympics organization. It's amazing to see the collaboration that happens for this massive event." Cessna also introduced the event's honorary chairman... and noted that future athletes may have the opportunity to fly with Han Solo himself. "The Citation Special Olympics Airlift is a unique event that brings together the general aviation community to carry out the largest peacetime airlift in the world," said actor and Citation owner Harrison Ford. "This is just another example of how GA owners and operators give back, whether it's encouraging young people to learn to fly through EAA’s Young Eagles organization or providing transportation to special athletes." Cessna expects to recruit at least 325 Citations to transport 2,000 athletes to Lincoln on July 17 and return athletes to their home base on July 24. The first Citation Special Olympics Airlift in 1987 involved more than 130 Citations carrying nearly 1,000 athletes to and from South Bend, Ind. The last airlift, in 2006, included 235 Citations transporting 1,500 athletes to and from Des Moines, IA. Corporations and individual Citation owners and operators in every state are needed to donate their Citation business jet(s), pilots and fuel for the airlift. While the games are centrally located, more than 3,000 athletes will travel from all over the US to compete. "The airlift would not be possible without the support of Citation owners and operators, so our goal as event organizers is to make participation as easy as possible. Going to on line-only registration will streamline the process," said Rhonda Fullerton, Cessna Community Relations manager and director of the Citation Special Olympics Airlift. For the first time, registration is exclusively on line, at the FMI link below. Check Out Details Of Cessna's Sixth Citation Special Olympics Airlift With Aero-TV! FMI: www.airlift.cessna****, www.aero-tv****, www.youtube****/aerotvnetwork, *******twitter****/AeroNews Copyright 2008, Aero-News Network, Inc., ALL Rights Reserved.
7 Nov 2008
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Avionics Spectacular!!! This is a special avionics news update from AOPA Expo 2008. Avidyne wants pilots around the world to think of them, when they think of real-time weather awareness in their cockpits. At Expo, Avidyne announced the expansion of its global satellite downlink weather product into Europe and Australia, courtesy of WSI... The EFD1000 Evolution primary flight display from Aspen Avionics may be small... but it packs a big punch, and brings a wealth of information to cockpits in over 650 aircraft models. And company President John Uzecjai tells ANN the EFD1000 was recently cleared for use in even more general aviation planes... Uzecjai tells Aero-News to look for even more models to be added to the EFD1000's AML in the near future, including heavier Class 3 aircraft. Intriguing Avionics News From AOPA Expo 2008... Courtesy of Aero-TV! FMI: www.aopa****, www.avidyne****, www.aspenavionics****, www.aero-tv****, www.youtube****/aerotvnetwork, *******twitter****/AeroNews Copyright 2008, Aero-News Network, Inc., ALL Rights Reserved.
9 Nov 2008
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AOPA, Boyer, Fuller: The Passing Of The Torch! Following Friday's general session at AOPA Expo 2008, ANN spoke with outgoing group president Phil Boyer, about what he thinks is the greatest challenge facing not only pilots, but Americans of all stripes... There's no denying when most pilots think about the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association... they think of Phil Boyer, the man who has helmed the pilot advocacy organization for the last 18 years. Alas, Phil's time at AOPA headquarters in Frederick, Maryland is nearing its end, and on Saturday, incoming president Craig Fuller was formally introduced to AOPA members, and the media... Boyer introduced AOPA President-elect Craig Fuller, who graciously said that the opportunity "to take my professional passions, and now put those to work on behalf of something that's been a part of my life for 40 years, general aviation, is frankly a blessing beyond anything I could imagine. "It's been a wonderful few weeks during this transition, it's been great to be here," Fuller said. "Thanks to you, as members, for the support you have given the organization, for the personal support you have given me in this last week, and for the chance to work with you over the course of the years ahead in making sure aviation is as exciting looking forward as it has been for all of us in the past." Look for more of our exclusive Aero-TV interviews with Craig Fuller in the coming days. Aero-TV At AOPA Expo 2008: The Passing Of The Torch FMI: www.aopa****, www.aero-tv****, www.youtube****/aerotvnetwork, *******twitter****/AeroNews Copyright 2008, Aero-News Network, Inc., ALL Rights Reserved.
10 Nov 2008
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Boyer Retires Following Distinguished 18-Year Tenure It's official... AOPA President Phil Boyer will retire in just a few weeks and as ANN FIRST reported, experienced Washington political insider Craig L. Fuller will take the helm of the influential 415,000-member pilots association. AOPA Board Chairman Bill Trimble noted that, "Starting last year to find AOPA's next leader, a Board of Trustees search committee hired national search firm Heidrick & Struggles to help identify final candidates from among 597,000 US pilots. After hundreds of interviews and painstaking review of 100 potential candidates, it was clear that Craig Fuller, a recognized leader in business, public affairs and association management, would be ideally suited to carry-on Phil's tremendous legacy. "Craig is a committed 40-year pilot, aircraft owner and AOPA member," added Trimble. "He is as comfortable with fellow pilots and 'hangar talk' as he is facing a Congressional committee." Fuller left his native California in 1981 to be Assistant to the President for Cabinet Affairs in the Reagan White House. In 1985, he became chief of staff for Vice President George H.W. Bush, traveling with the vice president to every state and 60 nations overseas. Later, after working with international public affairs organizations in Washington and Philip Morris Companies Inc. in New York, he became president and CEO of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) linking retailers, manufacturers and suppliers in that industry. He will be leaving his current post as executive vice-president at global public affairs and strategic communications company APCO Worldwide in Washington to become AOPA president. Fuller learned to fly at Buchanan Field in Concord, CA while still in high school and flew with the UCLA flying club at Van Nuys while earning a B.A. in political science. He has a Master's degree in urban studies from Occidental College in Los Angeles, where business travel in his early public affairs career fostered purchase of a Cessna 172RG Cutlass based at Santa Monica. He now logs 200+ hours a year in his Beech Bonanza A36. He is a director of the US Chamber of Commerce, active in The Aspen Institute and a former trustee of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the George (H.W.) Bush Presidential Library Foundation. He and wife Karen reside in Northern Virginia just outside Washington, DC. "Being selected by the Trustees as only the fourth president of AOPA in 70 years is a tremendous honor and a serious responsibility," said Fuller. "I am fully dedicated to ensuring that the best days of general aviation remain ahead of us. And AOPA is ready with a strong organization bolstered over two challenging decades by an individual we all admire." "Moreover, he facilitated general aviation's return to the skies following a long post-9/11 grounding by talking sense -- and common-sense cooperative programs -- with lawmakers and security officials." "I have often mentioned that this day would come, on schedule, as planned with my family and the AOPA Board of Trustees," said Phil Boyer. "...I am delighted Craig will captain AOPA on the 'next leg' of this remarkable journey to preserve and advance general aviation." Fuller is to take office on January 1, 2009, following formal election at the Trustees' September Annual Meeting of Members. Get A Chance To Learn More About AOPA's New Incoming President, Craig Fuller, With Aero-TV's Intriguing Interview FMI: www.aopa****, www.aero-tv****, www.youtube****/aerotvnetwork, *******twitter****/AeroNews Copyright 2008, Aero-News Network, Inc., ALL Rights Reserved.
11 Nov 2008
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Icing On The Cake! HBC Receives Brazilian Order Worth Nearly $200M When Hawker Beechcraft said earlier this year it wanted to strengthen its foothold into international markets... the company wasn't kidding, or making idle comments. In the early hours of NBAA 2008, HBC announced Brazilian-based L
9 Feb 2009
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In Times Of Economic Uncertainty, This Program May Be A REALLY Big Help Let's face it, these are not great times for aviation... but for those of us willing to brave the economic storm, there is help with the rocky road to aircraft ownership... and its a big aid, indeed. But check this -- The Recovery Rebates and Economic Stimulus for the American People Act 2008 offers accelerated tax deductions to qualifying businesses that take delivery of a new aircraft before the end of 2008. ANN checked with one of the true experts in aircraft sales, our friend Fred Ahles, from Premier Aircraft Sales, who runs one of the most professional aircraft sales operations we've seen. Fred arranged for us to conduct an interview with Lou Meiners, CPA, of Advocate Consulting. Lou has been around the aviation biz for a while... having served as the tax advisor of a large commercial airline for over 20 years, while serving as President of a fixed base operator providing charter services, while also operating a flight school. As President of Advocate, Lou tells ANN that has served thousands of aircraft owners with tax, regulatory, and planning advice over the last 15 years. Lou notes that, "The Economic Stimulus Act of 2008 includes an unlimited 50% bonus depreciation for new assets placed in service during 2008. A special rule relating to certain qualifying aircraft will extend bonus depreciation on new aircraft purchased in 2008 but delivered in 2009. The 50% bonus depreciation allows an immediate deduction of 50% of the cost, followed by accelerated depreciation on the balance. Noncommercial operators would generally therefore be entitled to deduct 60% of qualifying assets in the year of acquisition. The balance of the asset will be written off in the remaining five years under an accelerated method." It sounds complicated... and at times, it can be... hence the reason we went to an expert for an interview covering some of the basic questions that a potential aircraft owner might have in taking advantage of this program -- which pretty much expires at the end of the year. Aero-TV Checks Out Bonus Depreciation Issues With Lou Meiners FMI: *******advocatetax****/stimulusPackage.php, www.flypas****, www.aero-tv****, www.youtube****/aerotvnetwork, *******twitter****/AeroNews Copyright 2008, Aero-News Network, Inc., ALL Rights Reserved.
25 Nov 2008
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In Times Of Economic Uncertainty, This Program May Be A REALLY Big Help Let's face it, these are not great times for aviation... but for those of us willing to brave the economic storm, there is help with the rocky road to aircraft ownership... and its a big aid, indeed. But check this -- The Recovery Rebates and Economic Stimulus for the American People Act 2008 offers accelerated tax deductions to qualifying businesses that take delivery of a new aircraft before the end of 2008. ANN checked with one of the true experts in aircraft sales, our friend Fred Ahles, from Premier Aircraft Sales, who runs one of the most professional aircraft sales operations we've seen. Fred arranged for us to conduct an interview with Lou Meiners, CPA, of Advocate Consulting. Lou has been around the aviation biz for a while... having served as the tax advisor of a large commercial airline for over 20 years, while serving as President of a fixed base operator providing charter services, while also operating a flight school. As President of Advocate, Lou tells ANN that has served thousands of aircraft owners with tax, regulatory, and planning advice over the last 15 years. Lou notes that, "The Economic Stimulus Act of 2008 includes an unlimited 50% bonus depreciation for new assets placed in service during 2008. A special rule relating to certain qualifying aircraft will extend bonus depreciation on new aircraft purchased in 2008 but delivered in 2009. The 50% bonus depreciation allows an immediate deduction of 50% of the cost, followed by accelerated depreciation on the balance. Noncommercial operators would generally therefore be entitled to deduct 60% of qualifying assets in the year of acquisition. The balance of the asset will be written off in the remaining five years under an accelerated method." It sounds complicated... and at times, it can be... hence the reason we went to an expert for an interview covering some of the basic questions that a potential aircraft owner might have in taking advantage of this program -- which pretty much expires at the end of the year. Aero-TV Checks Out Bonus Depreciation Issues With Lou Meiners (Part 2) FMI: *******advocatetax****/stimulusPackage.php, www.flypas****, www.aero-tv****, www.youtube****/aerotvnetwork, *******twitter****/AeroNews Copyright 2008, Aero-News Network, Inc., ALL Rights Reserved.
25 Nov 2008
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Where Will The Aviators Of Tomorrow Come From? Here's One Flyer Trying to Affect Our Future... Positively He's made quite a name for himself in his 25 years... and we surely haven't heard the last of this aviator. Barrington Irving is reportedly the youngest person to pilot a plane around the world solo. He is also the first African American and first Jamaican to accomplish this feat. He accomplished his amazing adventure in a Columbia 400 named the "Inspiration." Over the course of the trip he got to know Mother nature very well. Of the over water portions of his flight, Irving (above) added "My hats off to Charles Lindbergh. I don’t know how he did it but I know why his windows were so small, when you’re flying over that much water, you don’t want to see it." Born in Jamaica and then raised in Miami inner-city, Irving and his friends didn’t have many routes "out." Good grades and athletic prowess in football promised Irving a future in sports and a way to shed Miami’s influence. One day when he was 15, his life turned to aviation. A customer in his parent’s Christian bookstore was Jamaican Airlines Captain Gary Robinson. Robinson invited Irving to see the Boeing 777 he flew. The aviation bug snagged Irving, who became the airport kid -- washing planes for money for lessons or rides. The football team lost a star as Irving turned down all the scholarships and turned his dreams skyward. Few people understood his choice, including parents, friends and coaches... but Irving knew his path. Irving attended Florida Memorial University and has worked his way an instructor rating. Throughout his training Irving started speaking at schools, churches and community groups about aviation careers. In 2005 Irving founded Experience Aviation, Inc. on Opa Locka Airport (FL). The program is designed to offer information and guidance to young people in the South Florida area about aviation careers. Mr. Irving was born in Jamaica, and grew up in the Miami, Florida.[12] He is a graduate of Miami Northwestern High School. Mr. Irving turned down multiple football scholarship offers with his sights set on aviation. He later founded Experience Aviation, a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering minority youth to pursue careers in aviation. His airplane, the "Inspiration", has been registered to Experience Aviation since 2006. His message echoes Lindbergh’s. "It doesn’t matter where you’re coming from, what you have or what you don’t have all that matters is your passion." Irving never thought he was smart enough to be a pilot so one of his goals is to make sure young people realize their dreams in aviation are attainable. In the future, Irving will be working with NASA to encourage students into engineering. And just recently, sixty high-school students participating in aviator Barrington Irving's "Build and Soar" program got a special thrill, when the plane they assembled was successfully test flown by Irving himself in mid-October. Hundreds of students, supporters and onlookers gathered last Wednesday morning at Miami's Opa-Locka airport to witness the event. Just before take off, Irving told the crowd, "I'm not nervous about flying this aircraft because I believe in our students. I'm about to do something monumental." An exemplary flyer, we're proud that Barrington is one of "us" and can't wait to see the effect he's going to have on our industry. Come Meet Barrington Irving On Aero-TV! Copyright 2008, Aero-News Network, Inc., ALL Rights Reserved. FMI: www.experienceaviation****, www.aero-tv****, www.youtube****/aerotvnetwork, *******twitter****/AeroNews
27 Nov 2008
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Retrofittable 21st Century Engine Management -- For Twins! AOPA Expo 2008 gave the Aero-TV crew a chance to catch up with the latest and greatest from Xerion Avionics. This time we got a long look at the with the AuRACLE CRM 2120 twin-engine monitoring system. The CRM 2120 is designed to be a total replacement system for aged/old tech engine gauges with a single integrated monitoring system that will make engine management shores a far less tasking effort. Xerion representatives state the AuRACLE shortens the scan required by scattered and outdated steam gauges by providing a localized and innovative display. The AuRACLE CRM 2120 displays engine data on dual 5.0" sunlight-readable LCD displays (now available in either vertical or horizontal formats), and offers military-grade reliability. Engine and fuel data from both engines appear on two five-inch, sunlight-readable, LCD screens. Operation info such as MP, RPM and fuel flows are displayed on the upper screen, along with critical engine parameters, including CHT, EGT and TIT. The lower screen displays fuel and oil status, percentage of horsepower, OAT and more. The CRM 2120 is manufactured to military specifications with a single, remote-engine interface penetrating the firewall in each nacelle. With all the emphasis being given on retrofitting and upgrading attitude, navigation and communication displays, it's an honest pleasure to see a solid effort to bring 21st Century technology to engine data and management -- especially when it looks THIS good. The CRM 2120 is manufactured to military specifications with a single remote engine interface penetrating the firewall in each nacelle. Xerion tells ANN that the AuRACLE CRM2120 is a dual-box networked system, where the system's EIU (Engine Interface Unit) is mounted on the engine-side of the firewall and where ALL engine sensors connect directly to the EIU, 'over there.' Engine and fuel data from both engines appears on two 5-inch sunlight readable LCD screens. Operation info such as MP, RPM and fuel flows are displayed on the upper screen, along with critical engine parameters, including CHT, EGT and TIT. The lower screen displays fuel and oil status, percentage of horsepower, OAT and more. The engine data is transmitted via a networked CAN bus to the Display Unit using a single bulkhead connector on each firewall. From there, a second cable marries up with the DU. Xerion notes that this networked system 'reduces wire runs, thereby significantly reducing installation costs and is very advantageous for pressurized aircraft.' The AuRACLE CRM2120 networked system architecture also allows for future expansion to communicate with other networked Xerion engine monitoring systems. Settle On In And Watch Aero-TV's Comprehensive Look At Xerion's Intriguing AuRACLE CRM2120 FMI: *******xerionavionics****, www.aero-tv****, www.youtube****/aerotvnetwork, *******twitter****/AeroNews Copyright 2008, Aero-News Network, Inc., ALL Rights Reserved.
3 Dec 2008
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Honda Aircraft Stakes Out New Territory Via a Unique Jet Design There are few things in aviation today that can truly claim the adjective of "Unique." Much of aviation is derived form concepts, designs or planforms that we've seen before... unless you find yourself considering the HondaJet. The HondaJet is an advanced, lightweight, business jet featuring an extra large cabin, high fuel efficiency, and high cruise speed compared to existing small business jets. To achieve the high-performance goals, an over-the-wing engine-mount configuration, a natural-laminar-flow wing, and a natural-laminar-flow fuselage nose were developed through extensive analyses and wind-tunnel tests. The wing is metal, having an integral, machined skin to achieve the smooth upper surface required for natural laminar flow. The fuselage is constructed entirely of composites; the stiffened panels and the Sandwich panels are co-cured integrally in an autoclave to reduce weight and cost. The prototype aircraft has been designed and fabricated. Major ground tests such as structural proof tests, control-system proof test, system function tests, and ground-vibration tests have been completed. The first flight was conducted on 3 December 2003, and flight testing is currently underway. If that is not enough, one also has to be impressed with the fact that this revolutionary jet design will be powered by an all new jet powerplant currently under parallel development. GE Honda Aero Engines' HF120 engine has demonstrated more than 2,100 pounds of thrust while exceeding ambitious fuel efficiency and durability targets, as of Oshkosh 2008. Testing and rebuilds of full turbofan engines have been underway at Honda's Aircraft Engine RD Center in Japan for about a year, verifying the engine design's operability, thermal characteristics and component efficiencies. The GE Honda HF120 engine was launched in 2006 on the HondaJet advanced light jet and Spectrum Aeronautical "Freedom" business jet, with service entry for both aircraft scheduled in 2010. By service entry, the HF120 is expected to have accumulated more than 15,000 hours of ground and flight testing. Honda established the recently created Honda Aircraft Company to oversee development, construction, and sales of its $3.65-million, six-seat VLJ. The company expects first deliveries by 2010, with average sales of about 70 planes per year. Aero-TV Takes A New look At BizAv's NEWEST BizJet Design, The HondaJet! FMI: www.hondajet****, www.aero-tv****, www.youtube****/aerotvnetwork, *******twitter****/AeroNews Copyright 2008, Aero-News Network, Inc., ALL Rights Reserved.
25 Sep 2009
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AOPA Today
8 Dec 2008
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