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July 31, 2013

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 08.01.13

EAA Members Speak – and Pelton Listens…
Unmanned Aircraft Systems – Boosting Maritime Safety and Security…
The Governor Goes to Airventure…

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Arrival To Mecca

The Hajj To Oshkosh Begins Again

Passengers will endure the ever changing grope-a-dope at TSA, the surly, SS flight attendants and knee room only fit for a Smurfette to merely get to their destination these days. For the most part for fifty-one weeks of the year pilots fly for the journey, the pleasure of viewing this big blue marble from the vantage point of which only an Eagle has, but for one week the destination is the objective and that destination is Oshkosh.

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Air TIES To Demonstrate Biofuel Flight With Purdue Jet

Plans Saturday Flight To Oshkosh On A Phenom 100

To demonstrate the use of aviation biofuels, Purdue University pilots will fly an Embraer Phenom 100 jet to EAA AirVenture August 2 partially powered by a biofuel blend. The jet is powered by twin Pratt & Whitney Canada (PWC) engines. The biofuel blend — a mixture of a Camelina-based HEFA (hydroprocessed esters and fatty acid) biofuel and conventional Jet A fuel — will power one of the Phenom’s engines.

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Belite Enters The Angle Of Attack Instrument Market

Because AOA Is Fundamental When Flying Any Airplane 

Angle of Attack is a very useful flight parameter for every pilot, increasing safety and providing vital flight feedback to the pilot. Belite’s new Angle Of Attack (AOA) instrumentation is priced at $594.95 and is packed with new technology, allowing immediate cockpit display of the aircraft’s angle of attack.

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Kelly Announces Electric Air Conditioning Project For The Cessna 206

Stay Cool In One Of The Most Versatile Airplanes Produced

The long-awaited Kelly Thermacool electric air conditioning system for the Cessna 206/T206 will be demonstrated at the Kelly Aerospace Thermal Systems at Oshkosh this year. The system prototype is in its final stages of the certification process and is expected to receive FAA/STC certification in late August or early September.

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Cessna Highlights Innovative Improvements Combined With Innovative Marketing

Updates AirVenture Media On Piston Programs

Cessna opened AirVenture Monday with announcements concerning their piston line of airplanes, including the Grand Caravan EX, The TTX, and the Turbo Skylane JT-A.

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Two HondaJets Make Special Appearance At EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2013

Formation Flight Elevates First Public Debut of FAA-Conforming HondaJet

Two HondaJets made their first public debut Tuesday at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2013. The FAA-conforming HondaJets, one red and one blue, concluded the day with another first: a flight demonstration that included a picturesque formation flyby. The aerial salute served as a tribute to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh and the more than 500,000 attendees who gather annually to celebrate aviation.

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Embry-Riddle Installs AOA Indicators In Entire Cessna Training Fleet

Devices Intended To Enhance The Quality Of Flight Education

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University has installed Angle of Attack (AOA) indicators in its entire fleet of 61 Cessna training aircraft at its Daytona Beach and Prescott campuses.

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Skycraft SD-1 Minisport: An Inexpensive Single-Seat LSA

Cruises At 118 mph On 1.8 Gallons Per Hour

Among the Czech Republic offering on display at Oshkosh this week is the Skycraft SD-2 Minisport LSA. Powered by a fuel-injected 50 horsepower Hirth F-23 engine, the Skycraft can cruise at 118 MPH with a range of 575 miles burning only 1.8 gallons of fuel per hour.

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The Cavalon Gyroplane

A Far Better Gyroplane Than What You Grew Up Hearing About

The Cavalon gyroplane is a product of the "AutoGyro" company in Germany. They sell over 350 gyroplanes a year, of different models, and they're currently expanding into a larger facility to ramp up their production even more.

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An Engine To Get Excited About

Adept Airmotive Designs An Engine For The Future

South Africa-based Adept Airmotive showcased their new engine at Oshkosh. The company is targeting the 260 to 320 horsepower engine market.

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Sarasota Avionics To Give Away Aspen Installation

Oshkosh-Tied Contest With A $3,000 Value

Florida-based Sarasota Avionics is holding an Aspen Installation Giveaway promotion for the week of Oshkosh, where one lucky customer that purchases an Aspen PFD or MFD will receive the installation labor at no charge – up to a $3,000 value. Sarasota Avionics says that the promotion can also be combined with any other discounts that are currently being offered by Aspen avionics for additional savings.

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P&WC Launches PT6A Turboprop Engine Extended Warranty Program

Introduces 5,000 Hour TBO Program For Skydive Operators Of Blackhawk Modifications’ XP42A Cessna Caravan Conversion

Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) and Blackhawk Modifications have launched a unique Progressive Maintenance Program (PMP) that delivers additional benefits and cost savings for skydive operators using PT6A-42A engines on Blackhawk Modifications’ XP42A Cessna Caravan conversion.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 07.31.13

The Small Airplane Revitalization Act is Marching Through the Senate…
Quicksilver Aeronautics Adds a Special Light Sport Model…
Can Crowdfunding Build an Airp

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Airborne at Oshkosh 2013-Day Two: Stemme, Quicksilver, SportPlane Resource Guide

Also: Flight Design, Small Airplane Revitalization Act, Able Flight, Jack Pelton Intvw -- Part Two

Stemme introduced its latest motor glider, the Grand Touring S6 at a news conference Tuesday afternoon. Flight Design is proceeding towards certification on its four-place C-4. Quicksilver announced that they are finalizing work on their Special Light-Sport Aircraft (SLSA) model, and waiting for an FAA audit to confirm the procedure before deliveries can commence. Flight Design is working on occupant safety for the four-place C-4. One of the projects that we’ve been working on behind the scenes at ANN is one that it’s hoped will bring a lot of new people into aviation -- Introducing the NEW SportPlane Resource Guide and the upcoming AeroSports Resource Guide. All this..

Airborne at Oshkosh 2013-Day Two: Stemme, Quicksilver, SportPlane Resource Guide

Also: Flight Design, Small Airplane Revitalization Act, Able Flight, Jack Pelton Intvw -- Part Two

Stemme introduced its latest motor glider, the Grand Touring S6 at a news conference Tuesday afternoon. Flight Design is proceeding towards certification on its four-place C-4. Quicksilver announced that they are finalizing work on their Special Light-Sport Aircraft (SLSA) model, and waiting for an FAA audit to confirm the procedure before deliveries can commence. Flight Design is working on occupant safety for the four-place C-4. One of the projects that we’ve been working on behind the scenes at ANN is one that it’s hoped will bring a lot of

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U.S. Senate Advances Small Airplane Revitalization Act

Commerce Committee Passes The Bill By Voice Vote

The U.S. Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee on Tuesday passed S. 1072, the Small Airplane Revitalization Act, by voice vote. The bill, a version of which has already passed the full U.S. House of Representatives, would require the FAA to implement the recommendations of the FAA’s Part 23 Reorganization Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) by December 31, 2015.

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Flight Design Announces 'Safety Box' Technology For C4

German Government Assisting In Funding The Research

Pilot Safety has always been one of the major concerns of Flight Design when creating new aircraft, and the safety record of the company's aircraft shows that the two-place airplanes have already reached a very good occupant protection level. For the all-new C4, Flight Design says it will significantly advance this philosophy.

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Glasair Aviation Reports On Progress Since Acquisition

Diesel Option, Focus On Opening Chinese Airspace Top Priorities

It was a year ago that Glasair Aviation, a general aviation kit aircraft manufacturer based in Arlington, WA, announced new ownership, China based Jilin Hanxing Group co., Ltd,. Glasair's new President Nigel Mott and Hanxing Chairman Fang returned to AirVenture to provide an update on progress and new projects.

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Quicksilver Aeronautics Adds Special Light-Sport Model

World’s Largest Kit Aircraft Producer Now Adding Factory-Built Version

At EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2013, California-based Quicksilver Aeronautics said in a news conference that the company is finalizing work on their Special Light-Sport Aircraft (SLSA) model and is awaiting an FAA audit to confirm the procedure before deliveries can get underway.

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Have You Come Under The Lure Of A Savage Bobber?

Airplane Company Takes A Cue From The Motorcycle Industry

When one hears about an airplane named the "Savage Bobber," one might wonder about the name. Does the name come from separate etymologies (two words, two separate meanings) or do the two words form sort of a dual-etymology (multiple words with one meaning)?

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FAA Doesn’t Do No Stinking Tours

Apparently $448,000 Doesn’t Get You Much

ANN would like to report to you from the tower at OSH but your “open government” said no. Two ANN journalists approached the OSH control tower seeking permission to see what EAA’s $448,000 was getting by going to the tower and observing to be able to report. To state the FAA was less than helpful or cooperative would be an understatement.

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MakerPlane Plans 'Open Source' LSA

Crowdfunded Aircraft Will Be An Experimental LSA For Homebuilders

When you hear the words "Crowdfunding" and "Open Source", you probably think more about software or advanced technology than LSAs. But MakerPlane is bringing those concepts to the aviation industry with their Experimental LSA (E-LSA).

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (07.31.13)

"It's dependent on FAA's decision on Part 23. We are still deciding on the most cost effective way to support a certified aircraft." Source: Glasair president Nigel Mott, at a news conference at AirVenture in Oshkosh, WI, concerning potential aircraft certification.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (07.31.13): GPS Stand-Alone Approach

GPS stand-alone approach – A nonprecision approach procedure based solely on the use of the global positioning system and an IFR-certified FMS/RNAV unit using GPS signals.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (07.31.13)

Hughes Airwest

This Website is dedicated to the 4000+ men and women that made Hughes Airwest one of the leading "regional" airlines in the United States during the 1970's prior to the airline industry being deregulated by the federal government.

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