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Thu, Jul 31, 2014

AeroSports Update: What’s The Deal With A 2-Place Ultralight?

A 2-Place Ultralight May Look Good But, In Fact, There Is No Such Thing

There are airplanes that have the appearance of an ultralight yet have 2 seats. However, an ultralight can only be a single place aircraft that qualifies under FAR 103. For a number of years the FAA used to allow certain 2-place ultralight trainers to be operated under an FAA exemption from certification, but they were never classified as ultralights.

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Thu, Jul 31, 2014

EAA Holds Annual Meeting

Membership Feels Flight Path Still On The Center Line

EAA held its annual membership meeting on Wednesday, at 08:30 on 30 July 2014 at Oshkosh, WI. in the Theater of the Woods. In attendance were 100 members. The secretary received over 28,000 proxies.

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Thu, Jul 31, 2014

One Week Wonder Project Shows Progress After 2 Days

The ANN Crew Stopped By On The Morning Of The 3rd Day And Were Impressed By The Progress

Our report of the start of the project on Monday showed the first opening of the shipping crates and the unpacking of the Zenith 750 Cruzer kit. When we checked on the morning of the 3rd day, it was readily apparent that the airplane was taking shape.

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Thu, Jul 31, 2014

Introducing The WA3 Surveyor Sport

Open Air Flying  With Speed & Utility

The World Aircraft Company based in Paris, TN has introduced their open frame, tandem seat, light sport aircraft. While it looks like a modernized Breezy, it isn't. This aircraft is a real light sport aircraft with a 75% cruise speed of 103 mph. Actually it has capabilities greater than LSA, which is how you know it's an actual LSA performer. The instruments and radio are a package of Dynon's.

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Thu, Jul 31, 2014

Flight Design Still Leading LSA Market After 10 Years

Announces The Vision Touch Avionic Suite On The C4

Flight Design had several interesting announcement at their press conference Tuesday morning at AirVenture. First, Flight Design's introduction of the Rotax 912 iS Sport in their CTLS series of airplanes. The 912 iS Sport is a further improvement on the fuel injected 912 engine series launched in 2012. The iS produces the same horsepower as the 912 but with higher torque and reduced fuel consumption.

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Wed, Jul 30, 2014

AeroSports Update: Does The Term ‘SportPlane’ Equate To Limited Capability?

When We Use The Term “Sport Plane” Or “Light Sport Aircraft,” Does That Equate To Limited Usability?

Some aircraft are specifically intended for transportation and travel. A good example of this would be a corporate jet or even a high-performance single-engine airplane. Other aircraft seem to have found their niche in what we call sport or recreational flying, but to lump all these aircraft into the term “sport plane” is a bit limiting.  

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Wed, Jul 30, 2014

ICON Aircraft Constructs And Flies First Production A5

ESN-1 Was Built From The Production Design, Tooling

After years of waiting... and doubting... ICON Aircraft has unveiled what it says is the first production A5, an aircraft the company refers to as Engineering Serial Number 1 (ESN-1). This is reportedly the first A5 built from the production design, with production tooling, and using production methods and components. ESN-1 was built over a five-month period, from January to June of 2014, and successfully completed its first flight on 7 July 2014 in Tehachapi, CA. This aircraft is one of three that will be used to verify performance and complete FAA approval prior to the start of customer deliveries in May of 2015.

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Wed, Jul 30, 2014

Perlan Project Takes Off To The Edge Of Space

The Perlan Project Announces Their Partnership With Airbus Group To Finance The Project To Finish

The Perlan project is a non-for-profit research company studying atmospheric conditions utilizing a sailplane designed to fly at extremely high altitudes. They have joined with the Airbus group on  financing and technical support. The objective is to continue the research that was started by Steve Fossett and his crew, who set a previous world record of 51,000 feet, by exploring the very upper level weather patterns at 90,000 feet above the surface of the earth.

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Tue, Jul 29, 2014

Just Singing In The Breeze

Flying The Breezy Can Require A Fluid Imagination ... And An Iron Posterior

For the 50th anniversary of the Breezy, a number of the aircraft are on static display at AirVenture this year. Though similar in make, each of them has customized changes to suit the owners. But most people see the Breezy as a local flight machine. You give rides, you take-off and land, and you give more rides.

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