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Aero-TV At AOPA Expo 2008: From Boyer To Fuller It was somewhat bittersweet to all concerned... the thought that Phil Boyer was presiding over his last AOPA Expo as the President of the world's largest pilot's organization. And what an Expo it was! The combination of seasonably pleasant weather, new product announcements -- and, most importantly, Phil's looming retirement -- drew 9,500 members and attendees, according to the pilot advocacy organization. That's far from the record 12,973 members and others who attended AOPA's last West Coast event, the 2006 Expo in Palm Springs... but given current anxieties about a looming recession, it's a rather impressive number nonetheless. 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." Following its usual biennial rotation, the 2009 Expo will take place November 5 through 7 in Tampa, FL, before returning to the western US the following year. Aero-TV looks forward to seeing you there. Aero-TV: Working Tomorrow -- AOPA Outlines Support For Members FMI: www.aopa****, www.aero-tv****, www.youtube****/aerotvnetwork, *******twitter****/AeroNews
9 Feb 2009
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Private TiltRotor Operations May Be in YOUR Future In the midst of the 2008 NBAA Convention, the mockup of a BA609 TiltRotor concept destined for civilian usage continued to draw curiosity. First announced in 1998, full-size mockups of the BA609 have been fixtures at industry trade shows for several years... but actual progress on the program has been slow in coming. Most of the 80+ orders for the 6-9 passenger aircraft have been on the books for a decade, and the initial $10 million asking price has skyrocketed to somewhere south of twice that amount. So far, two of a planned four prototypes have taken flight. The flight test program has validated the BA609's unique flight envelope, including flight at altitudes up to 25,000 feet and speeds up to 310 knots, all at the maximum weight. The test program continues to check all the points of the flight envelope as required by both the FAA and EASA. The BA609 partners believe the BA609 is the most suitable, flexible, and versatile aircraft for many Homeland Security operations, surveillance and control of illegal traffic and immigration, search and rescue with the possibility to rescue people at more that 500 kilometers from the coast. Bell/Agusta and the FAA continue to work closely with EASA to achieve a dual FAA/EASA certification by 2011/early 2012, the company added. The second prototype Bell/Agusta BA609 made its first-ever appearance at the Farnborough International Airshow this past summer. Get A Lift With the BA609 and Aero-TV! FMI: www.bellagusta****, www.agustawestland****, www.aero-tv****, www.youtube****/aerotvnetwork, *******twitter****/AeroNews Copyright 2008, Aero-News Network, Inc., ALL Rights Reserved.
11 Dec 2008
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Red Bull Gives You... Rotors? So what makes pilot Charles "Chuck" Aaron's airshow act so special? Well, all you had to do was watch his HELI-AEROBATIC act at Oshkosh to know that something SERIOUSLY DIFFERENT had come to Wittman Field. The Red Bull BO-105 CBS, made by Eurocopter/Messerschmitt Boelkow Blohm (MBB), blew everyone away with a routine rarely seen anywhere, much less at world-class airshow like Oshkosh. As noted in our 2008 Oshkosh coverage, how he got there is enough to write a book on. It almost seems that he was born into aviation, although Chuck will say he was never pushed into it. For him, his father (a flight instructor) was "my greatest inspiration." This ignited the fire... but it was rotorcraft that gave him that feeling of a "magic carpet ride." Fast forward several years... to when energy drink company Red Bull asked him if he could make a helicopter perform aerobatics. Chuck needed some time to ponder the notion, but he soon came around to the idea. However, it took one-and-a-half years to convince the FAA, and several modifications to his helicopter, to make that dream a reality. Besides the aerobatic certificate, Chuck also has an aerobatic move named after him -- similar to the Lomcevak, called (naturally) the "Chuckcevak." So what drives Chuck to do what he does? "I really want young kids to see what I'm doing, take that experience and take their own dreams and say what can I do that is as big as that is in aviation." And what's next for Chuck in all his endeavors? Chuck is working on making additional modifications to his aircraft so he can hover upside down. "It's going to take a lot of work and even though I know how to do it, it's going to take a lot of nerve to do it, and I'm just not there mentally yet," said Chuck. Come See One Of The Most Amazing Helicopter Flyers in The World... On Aero-TV! FMI: www.redbullusa****, www.aero-tv****, www.youtube****/aerotvnetwork, *******twitter****/AeroNews Copyright 2008, Aero-News Network, Inc., ALL Rights Reserved.
16 Dec 2008
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Red Bull Gives You... Rotors? So what makes pilot Charles "Chuck" Aaron's airshow act so special? Well, all you had to do was watch his HELI-AEROBATIC act at Oshkosh to know that something SERIOUSLY DIFFERENT had come to Wittman Field. The Red Bull BO-105 CBS, made by Eurocopter/Messerschmitt Boelkow Blohm (MBB), blew everyone away with a routine rarely seen anywhere, much less at world-class airshow like Oshkosh. As noted in our 2008 Oshkosh coverage, how he got there is enough to write a book on. It almost seems that he was born into aviation, although Chuck will say he was never pushed into it. For him, his father (a flight instructor) was "my greatest inspiration." This ignited the fire... but it was rotorcraft that gave him that feeling of a "magic carpet ride." Fast forward several years... to when energy drink company Red Bull asked him if he could make a helicopter perform aerobatics. Chuck needed some time to ponder the notion, but he soon came around to the idea. However, it took one-and-a-half years to convince the FAA, and several modifications to his helicopter, to make that dream a reality. Besides the aerobatic certificate, Chuck also has an aerobatic move named after him -- similar to the Lomcevak, called (naturally) the "Chuckcevak." So what drives Chuck to do what he does? "I really want young kids to see what I'm doing, take that experience and take their own dreams and say what can I do that is as big as that is in aviation." And what's next for Chuck in all his endeavors? Chuck is working on making additional modifications to his aircraft so he can hover upside down. "It's going to take a lot of work and even though I know how to do it, it's going to take a lot of nerve to do it, and I'm just not there mentally yet," said Chuck. Come See One Of The Most Amazing Helicopter Flyers in The World... On Aero-TV! FMI: www.redbullusa****, www.aero-tv****, www.youtube****/aerotvnetwork, *******twitter****/AeroNews Copyright 2008, Aero-News Network, Inc., ALL Rights Reserved.
12 Dec 2008
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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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Two Seriously Big Birds Heading For Certification Among the more intriguing aircraft of NBAA 2008 were two good-sized birds brought by a manufacturer formerly best known for their experimental designs. Ron Lueck was on hand to discuss the new and upcoming airplanes from Comp Air, starting with the most recent Comp Air 9 and continuing on to the Comp Air 12. Comp Air claims that the fully Carbon Composite construction of the 250 kt CA9 gives it a 'sleek airframe that allows it to cruise at 250 knots even though it has fixed landing gear.' The fixed landing gear gives the aircraft the ability to utilize rugged terrain and unimproved airstrips where a retractable gear aircraft may be impractical, while the high useful load offers additional capabilities and utility. The Honeywell TPE331-12 powerplant provides 1000 HP. The CA9 has a seating capacity for 6 persons, a wing area of 250 sq. ft., and a stall speed of 58 kts. It has an empty weight of 3,800 lbs, and a gross weight of 7,200 lbs. A Fuel Capacity of 400 gallons should yield a Max range of 2200 nm, while burning 35 gph. The CA9 has a Solo ROC of 4000 fpm, and a GW ROC of 2800 fpm. The even-larger/speedier Comp Air CA12's specs are impressive -- with a 310 kt max cruise (at 30K), over 2500 nautical mile range, and a near standup cabin. Powered by a 1,650 hp, Honeywell TPE331-14GR turbine, which features excellent fuel efficiency and a 9,000 hour TBO, this new aircraft offers a Stall Speed of 73 kts. The CA 12 will have up to 10 seats (including two in the cockpit), and empty weight of 5,880 lbs. and a GW of 10,800 lbs. With a fuel capacity of 600 gallons, and an hourly consumption of 71 gph. The resultant Max range is 2,535 nm. The CA12 has a Solo ROC of 4000 fpm, and a GW ROC of 2800 fpm. Comp Air has a 15-year history in the experimental kit aircraft business, and specializes in larger turbo-prop airframes. This is their first major endeavor in certified aircraft. Aero-TV Gets Updated On Comp Air's CA-9 and CA-12 Cert Efforts FMI: www****pairaviation****, www.aero-tv****, www.youtube****/aerotvnetwork, *******twitter****/AeroNews Copyright 2008, Aero-News Network, Inc., ALL Rights Reserved.
17 Dec 2008
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Almost Like The Real Thing... The largest exhibition of modeling and simulation technology in history was held just a few weeks ago Orlando from December 1-4, 2008. Thanks to the able guidance of the folks of I/ITSEC, especially their John Williams, the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference, Aero-TV got another good long look at some of the impressive simulation and training technologies being brought to our defense by military training operations. The event, known as the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference, (I/ITSEC) occupies nearly 200,000 square feet of exhibition space at the cavernous Orange County Convention Center. More than 575 exhibitors, including government, research, academic, industry and military participants, display all facets of modeling and simulation -- live, virtual and constructive. Virtual reality and totally immersive environments were prominently featured in hundreds of exhibitor areas. Applications on display will include immersive environments for cultural and language training, predictive simulations for weather phenomena, structural failure analysis and other complex predictive applications. Additionally, virtual medical environments for military and first responder training were featured, along with a series of special events focusing on the future of medical simulation technology. I/ITSEC 2008 also featured a serious games competition, with 12 entries from around the world, gaming everything from search and rescue training to historical scenarios. In 2007, almost 20,000 attendees from 50 countries crowded the exhibition hall floor and Aero-Tv shot over a dozen features there on the floor... Join Aero-TV As We See What's New In The Mlitary Simulation World At I/ITSEC 2008! FMI: www.iitsec**** Copyright 2009, Aero-News Network, Inc., ALL Rights Reserved.
5 Jan 2009
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EVS Is Here... and Changing The Vision of GA! At the AOPA Expo 2008, it was obvious that 2009 was to be (in part) the year of EVS. A number of OEM and aftermarket deployments were shown and discussed and ANN's Aero-TV crews used the event as an opportunity to find out more about the Forward Vision offering... recently TSO'ed for retrofit installation in the Cirrus SR 20 and SR 22. Patrick Farrell, CEO of Forward Vision, joined with One Sky Aviation president at AOPA to announce the STC (#SA02329AK) award for installation of the EVS-100 infrared sensor on the Cirrus SR20 and SR22 aircraft. "With this STC, we will cooperatively be able to provide an affordable (and STC certified) EVS system to the general aviation community that will bring an enhanced level of situational awareness and ultimately flight safety to the cockpit of Cirrus aftermarket aircraft," Farrell stated. The companies had hoped to announce the STC much sooner, but weather delays preempted flight testing. Those tests were recently completed by the Anchorage ACO. The Forward Vision EVS-100, powered by Max-Viz, is a low cost, non-cryogenically cooled Enhanced Vision System (EVS) for the OEM and retrofit markets. The sensor offers Long-Wave Infrared ( LWIR) sensing, is sunlight safe and has excellent resolution in a grey scale presentation format. The lightweight self-contained and ready to mount system is effectively operated both day and night and is designed to be upgradeable. The Cirrus STC program is the first in a series of general aviation airframes that is under development for FAA approval. The EVS-100 is billed as a low cost, non-cryogenically cooled Enhanced Vision System for the OEM and aftermarket. The company says it offers the latest generation Long Wave Infra Red (LWIR) sensor that is sunlight safe, and has excellent grey scale to discern detail. The price of the entire retrofit kit is $17,500 MSRP, including the sensor. See What Might Otherwise NOT Be Seen With Forward Vision and Aero-TV! FMI: www.forward-vision****, www.aero-tv****, www.youtube****/aerotvnetwork, *******twitter****/AeroNews Copyright 2008, Aero-News Network, Inc., ALL Rights Reserved.
6 Jan 2009
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Despite The Economy, The Airshow Industry Seems Optimistic The annual ICAS Airshow Convention is one of our favorite events of the year... both for the pure enjoyment of our fellowship with an amazing group of people, as well as the bell weather research we get from our attendance. Following a fairly safe and positive year, ANN sat down with International Council of AirShows President, John Cudahy to see what the current economic malaise may do to a cost-conscious industry, as well as other pressing aero-issues. The airshow industry often serves as the public's best view of the excitement and potential of the aviation world, so a healthy airshow industry seems critical to the well-being of flyers everywhere. ICAS tells us that Airshows draw large numbers of demographically attractive spectators - a well-educated, affluent group of men, women and children of all ages. More than 70 percent of the audience at an air show has had some college education. Three quarters report household income of $35,000 or more. The average spectator is just under 39 years of age, but more than 53 percent of spectators are between 30 and 50. ICAS notes that Airshows offer a consistently and historically safe environment for millions of spectators each year. Since current rules were implemented nearly 50 years ago, there has not been a single spectator fatality at a North American show – an enviable safety record for any business. But... they're not satisfied to leave it that. A 'small working group' of ICAS members met last year to begin work on a new Safety Management System for the air show industry that will serve as an important tool in improving air show safety. As far as 2008 looked, it seems to have been a good start. Aero-TV's Conversation With ICAS Prez, John Cudahy. FMI: www.icashq****, www.aero-tv****, www.youtube****/aerotvnetwork, *******twitter****/AeroNews Copyright 2009, Aero-News Network, Inc., ALL Rights Reserved.
7 Jan 2009
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As We've said before... Who Ya Gonna Call When Ya REALLY Need Help??? Doug Ritter is a man with a mission... to get you through what could conceivably be the worst day of your life so that you can have a day after the worst day of your life. And in the case of a ditching at sea, the issues necessary to insure survival both numerous as well as ponderous... and that's why Ritter, Aviation's own "survival guy" is the man to listen to. As we've previously described the irrepressible Ritter, he's the guy that no one wants to talk to... until it's too late. Doug Ritter, aviation's most prominent survival expert, has built a business and a devoted following among those knowledgable pilots that understand that survival is more a matter of preparation than reaction. Douglas S. Ritter's, 'Equipped To Survive' web site is easily the most comprehensive online resource for independent reviews of survival equipment and outdoors gear, as well as survival and Search and Rescue information. Equipped To Survive can help you determine the best choices to prepare for anything from a hike in the park to a life threatening emergency or disaster. Doug asks us to "please note" that this is not a "survivalist" site and that the Equipped To Survive Web site is supported by the non-profit 501(c)(3) Equipped To Survive Foundation and edited by him, personally. The 'Equipped To Survive Foundation' is dedicated to saving lives by: Raising awareness of potential survival emergencies Promoting preparedness as the key to surviving life-threatening circumstances Performing research and offering objective information to allow intelligent selection of effective survival and emergency preparedness equipment and supplies Providing education in practical survival and emergency preparedness techniques and procedures Encouraging development of new and improved survival and emergency preparedness equipment, supplies and technique In this outing with Aero-TV, we caught up with Doug for an interesting look at how to survive the ditching of an aircraft at sea... Join Aero-TV and Doug Ritter As We Learn About Surviving A Ditching FMI: www.equippedtosurvive****, www.aero-tv****, www.youtube****/aerotvnetwork, *******twitter****/AeroNews Copyright 2009, Aero-News Network, Inc., ALL Rights Reserved.
9 Jan 2009
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Another Cirrus Upgrade Coming To The Market For over a week, ANN and Aero-TV personnel have been in Duluth, MN, helping to document the major announcement that you are seeing and hearing now. Cirrus Aircraft is introducing its new "X" series of aircraft, a feature rich series of upgrades to the decade long revolution started by Alan and Dale Klapmeier. Chief among these upgrades is an eye opener... Cirrus' "KIP" Known Ice Protection... an FAA certified FIKI system based on well-tested TKS technologies and an extensive series of modifications that allow high-end Cirrus SR22s equipped with the Perspective flight deck to deal with a number of known icing conditions (accompanied by an in-process FAA exemption on stall speed that should be complete shortly). The KIP program, called project "KIWI" by the folks who were in on the secret development project, has been years in the making and required extensive engineering, serious rework of the airframe and construction protocols, and lots of flight testing... some of which was fairly intense. There are a number of features inherent in this massive upgrade... extended TKS panels for the wing, vertical stabilizer, horizontal stabilizers (including the very end of the leading edge of the elevator counterbalance), as well as dual rate redundant TKS de-icing fluid pumps, a windshield TKS application system, prop slinger, an ingenious wing/tail icing detection light, heated stall detection vane, larger/dual TKS reservoirs, Perspective software upgrades that monitor the entire works, and so much more... And while they did all this, they went on a weight reduction program that cleansed nearly 50 pounds from the airframe... making this airframe even more capable, lighter and ready for just about anything. And by the way, a KIP equipped SR22 can be had for less than $600K... which is a shocker... until you realize just how committed Cirrus is to make the case for aviation around the world with products that just make 'plane sense.' Mind you, FIKI capability doesn't mean you can fly into anything without hesitation... but it does add extended capabilities and added safety to those who work their airplanes in the IFR environment year-round and at ice-inducing altitudes -- and we're pleased to see none other than Cirrus' Alan Klapmeier emphasize that KIP and FIKI do have limits... and that most of those limits will be the province of the pilot to decide. It's an amazing upgrade and while watching this project come together over the last few years -- and shooting and flying the bird over the last week, we remain convinced that the GA industry, economic issues notwithstanding, remains a substantial and compelling business and travel tool for pilots, travelers, and business people the world over. Come join ANN and Aero-TV, who have had exclusive access to this program -- both for our reporting requirements, as well as to serve as the video and news production team that Cirrus selected to document and display their latest technology to the world... it's been quite the ride... and it ain't over yet. MORE news to come... Aero-TV Checks Out Cirrus' COOLEST Announcement yet: Known Ice Protection! FMI: www.cirrusaircraft****, www.aero-tv****, www.youtube****/aerotvnetwork, *******twitter****/AeroNews Copyright 2009, Aero-News Network, Inc., ALL Rights Reserved.
19 Jan 2009
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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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Aero-TV Asks... What's "NTx" For Daher-Socata? By any measure, 2008 was a successful one for the company formerly known as EADS Socata. The year ended with the company in the hands of new ownership, with European equipment and services supplier Daher purchasing a majority stake in the planemaker. The new owners came in just as Socata posted another record year for sales of the stunning TBM 850 turboprop, an aircraft marketed squarely at private and corporate pilots who want jet-like speed, but with the efficiency of a single PT6 pulling the aircraft through the flight levels. Indeed, the TBM 850 seems to answer the same questions some very-light manufacturers once boldly proclaimed their products could answer better than any aircraft with a propeller attached... and it's also worth noting the TBM line shows no signs of disappearing anytime soon. But that doesn't mean Socata is sitting idly by, resting on its TBM 850 laurels. At NBAA 2008 last October, Socata unveiled a few tantalizing details about its upcoming "NTx" twin-engine aircraft. And we do mean "few"... as apart from that twin-engine configuration, company officials provided little hard information yet on the new plane. So far, we know only that it will be larger than the company's successful TBM 850, and "aims at completing Socata's range on the upper end" while also sporting "greater useful load, more payload capability and a bigger cabin than the TBM 850." Even powerplant applications are nebulous are this point... as Socata didn't say whether the NTx will be a turbofan-powered aircraft, or a twin turboprop. Aero-TV spent some time with Socata's VP of Sales and Marketing, Nicolas Chabbert, to talk both about the success of the TBM 850, and to try to seek out some more details about that "other" aircraft that's in the works... Let's See What's NTx With Socata and Aero-TV! FMI: www.socata****, www.aero-tv****, www.youtube****/aerotvnetwork, *******twitter****/AeroNews Copyright 2009, Aero-News Network, Inc., ALL Rights Reserved.
26 Jun 2009
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Three Questions For LSA Fans Recently, we started featuring some of the people, planes and products of the just-concluded 2009 US Sport Aviation Expo. During this event, we chatted up a number of the attendees to seek their insights on the what interested them, the plight of the economic malaise as it relates to the LSA game, and other topics. We found a number of highly engaged folks, with a great deal of interest in the LSA business who had a number of concerns, as well as opinions about the industry and its viability. Here are just a few of the many remarks we recorded last month. As previously noted, 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. Aero-TV Surveys A Number of LSA Fans At The 2009 US Sport Aviation Expo FMI: www.sport-aviation-expo****, www.aero-tv****, www.youtube****/aerotvnetwork, *******twitter****/AeroNews Copyright 2009, Aero-News Network, Inc., ALL Rights Reserved.
21 Feb 2009
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Aviation's Most Positive Gathering Takes Atlanta by Storm The theme for the 20th Annual International Women in Aviation (WAI) Conference, concluded late last month, was "A New Approach for Your Tomorrow," but the Conference's underlying thrust was unquestionably jobs and the economy. Despite furloughs, fears and dwindling retirement funds, Conference-goers were full of determined optimism about their futures. Those WAI members who have spent their careers in the aviation industry were quick to assure younger attendees that the aviation industry operates in cycles and this one, too, shall pass. "Companies and organizations continue to hire, and we had active career recruiting by many of our exhibitors, especially for mechanics and technicians, but also for pilots, air traffic controllers and other positions as well," said WAI President Dr. Peggy Chabrian. "Our members and Conference attendees are proactive and steadfast; they are the top-tier candidates that any employer would want to hire." Conference highlights included: o Attendance reached nearly 3,000 women and men, including representatives from 15 countries. o The Exhibit Hall displayed 125 separate companies and organizations, representing all aspects of the aviation community o $459,450 in scholarships was distributed to WAI members at every stage of life from university students to mature members seeking a mid-life career change to aviation. o The WAI silent auction raised $18,500 for WAI's Endowment Fund, bringing the total in the Endowment Fund to $629,500. The money in the WAI Endowment Fund is used for scholarships. o WAI member Arlynn McMahon was named the 2009 National Certificated Flight Instructor of the Year. She is a chief flight instructor, a ground instructor, and the training center manager for Aero-Tech, a Part 141 Cessna Pilot Center at Lexington's Blue Grass Airport (LEX). McMahon is the first woman in 14 years to achieve this distinction. In another positive development, the Experimental Aircraft Association announced at the Conference that the organization will continue its partnership with Women in Aviation, International, to manage and host WomenVenture during EAA AirVenture 2009. This is the second year for WomenVenture, a week-long initiative to showcase women's aviation achievements while attracting more women to aviation by making resources and information more accessible and visible to them. Five women were inducted into WAI's International Pioneer Hall of Fame including Jacqueline Cochran, the first woman to break the sound barrier; Patricia Malone, a US Navy WAVE who trained aircraft carrier-based pilots on instrument flight procedures; Ruth Nichols who holds more than 35 women's aviation records; Dawn Seymour, the first woman accepted into the Civilian Pilot Training Program (CPTP) at Cornell University, and who later was chosen for the WASP program; and Anna Timofeyeva-Yegorova, one of the most famous Soviet women to fly in a male combat regiment during World War II and holder of the Hero of the Soviet Union award. Added Dr. Chabrian, "This Conference was a celebration of 20 years of Women in Aviation conferences, and a rededication of our commitment to look forward by providing career opportunities for women in all aspects of the aviation community while looking back to recognize and honor the accomplishments of the determined women who made today's accomplishments and career choices possible." The 21st Annual International Women in Aviation Conference will be held at Walt Disney World's Coronado Springs Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, near Orlando, from February 25-27, 2010. As always, ANN will be there. Aero-TV Enjoys The Positive Energy At 'Women in Aviation 2009' FMI: www.wai****, www.aero-tv****, www.youtube****/aerotvnetwork, *******twitter****/AeroNews Copyright 2009, Aero-News Network, Inc., ALL Rights Reserved.
16 Mar 2009
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A Three Question Survey Of This Year's Amazing Women In Aviation Conference At a number of the more intriguing special events that ANN and Aero-TV partake in, we engage in an interesting exercise in which we pose at least three questions to a dozen or so of those attending to gauge the mood on a range of issues pertaining to the subject at hand. This year's Women In Aviation Event was ripe for another such pursuit. Of the three topics raised this year, one was the obvious issue of whether or not there was still a perceptible level of discrimination against women in the aviation industry, the second was whether or not the current economic issues might make it easier or more difficult for women to enter this industry -- and finally (today's episode), what advice our respondents might have for a women looking to the aviation world with her feet on the ground but stars in her eyes... The theme for the 20th Annual International Women in Aviation (WAI) Conference was "A New Approach for Your Tomorrow," but the Conference's underlying thrust was unquestionably jobs and the economy. Despite furloughs, fears and dwindling retirement funds, Conference-goers were full of determined optimism about their futures. Those WAI members who have spent their careers in the aviation industry were quick to assure younger attendees that the aviation industry operates in cycles and this one, too, shall pass. "Companies and organizations continue to hire, and we had active career recruiting by many of our exhibitors, especially for mechanics and technicians, but also for pilots, air traffic controllers and other positions as well," said WAI President Dr. Peggy Chabrian. "Our members and Conference attendees are proactive and steadfast; they are the top-tier candidates that any employer would want to hire." Conference highlights included: Attendance reached nearly 3,000 women and men, including representatives from 15 countries. The Exhibit Hall displayed 125 separate companies and organizations, representing all aspects of the aviation community $459,450 in scholarships was distributed to WAI members at every stage of life from university students to mature members seeking a mid-life career change to aviation. The WAI silent auction raised $18,500 for WAI's Endowment Fund, bringing the total in the Endowment Fund to $629,500. The money in the WAI Endowment Fund is used for scholarships. Five women were inducted into WAI's International Pioneer Hall of Fame including Jacqueline Cochran, the first woman to break the sound barrier; Patricia Malone, a US Navy WAVE who trained aircraft carrier-based pilots on instrument flight procedures; Ruth Nichols who holds more than 35 women's aviation records; Dawn Seymour, the first woman accepted into the Civilian Pilot Training Program (CPTP) at Cornell University, and who later was chosen for the WASP program; and Anna Timofeyeva-Yegorova, one of the most famous Soviet women to fly in a male combat regiment during World War II and holder of the Hero of the Soviet Union award. Added Dr. Chabrian, "This Conference was a celebration of 20 years of Women in Aviation conferences, and a rededication of our commitment to look forward by providing career opportunities for women in all aspects of the aviation community while looking back to recognize and honor the accomplishments of the determined women who made today's accomplishments and career choices possible." The 21st Annual International Women in Aviation Conference will be held at Walt Disney World's Coronado Springs Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, near Orlando, from February 25-27, 2010. As always, ANN will be there. Aero-TV Asks Three Questions At The 2009 Women In Aviation Conference (Part 3)! FMI: www.wai****, www.aero-tv****, www.youtube****/aerotvnetwork, *******twitter****/AeroNews Copyright 2009, Aero-News Network, Inc., ALL Rights Reserved.
3 Apr 2009
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