Superior took the success of its experimental XP-360 engine line
to the next logical level Thursday, April 15, 2004, with the
introduction of the Vantage 360. The Vantage incorporates the
improvements that Superior engineered into the in an FAA certified
The type certificate, #E000001SC, was presented to Superior at a
press conference at Sun-n-Fun. All participants hailed the Vantage
engine project as a model of industry/FAA partnership.
Hey... Is that...? Naw... Couldn't Be... JIM CAMPBELL at
Sun 'n Fun????
The birds are still singing. Great chasms have not opened up in
the earth. Society's precepts are more or less intact (no matter
what Jerry Falwell may tell you). Rampaging hordes of Visigoths
have been amazingly quiet. The four horsemen of the Apocalypse are
nowhere to be seen... AND Jim Campbell has been to Sun 'N Fun. Mind
you, a heavy frost has been forecast for hell... but that's only a
And.. best of all, Pigs haven't flown.
AOPA defended general aviation to the rest of the world on
Thursday, after a USA Today editorial claimed airline passengers
"subsidize" general aviation. In an opposing view piece published
alongside the paper's editorial, AOPA President Phil Boyer
explained to USA Today readers that the current system is a single
structure, designed for the airlines.
Mike O'Sullivan remembers Spitfires fondly, and personally. "I
had RAAF pilots - Spitfire pilots - in my family. Not my dad, he
was in the Navy. But my uncles." Mike smiles, like many of us, when
he remembers his earliest interest in aviation. "Yeah, I always
wanted to fly. There were always airplanes around the station. Old
surplus airplanes, not serviceable… Mustangs, Spitfires."
Those planes were destroyed - so much old, irreparable junk, by the
standards of the day - before Mike appreciated what they were, or
what they signified. But they left their mark.
Mike is in the USA to introduce his successful Supermarine Spitfire
kit to the American market. The well-finished demonstrator, now the
property of American dealer Craig Muth, is approximately 80%
'Dash-10s' In A King Air C/E 90? Can you say,
National Flight Services has delivered their first
Honeywell TPE331-powered King Air 90 with the Kilo Alpha 290
The Kilo Alpha conversion program for the Beechcraft King Air C90
and E90 series aircraft features two new Honeywell (Garrett)
TPE331-10 (1000 horsepower engines) with new McCauley five-bladed
BlackMac noise reduction propellers backed by full factory
warranties. Also included in the conversion are Raisbeck Aft Body
Strakes and the Kilo Alpha 290 "Fresh Air" Exhaust Soot Reduction
Federal safety investigators say the test pilot aboard a
Bombardier Challenger 604 test aircraft pulled "too aggressively"
on the yoke, causing fuel to slosh aft and pushing the center of
gravity out of the safety envelope.
"Detrimental to Canada's industrial future."
"There's been some sort of quid pro quo..."
That's how some Canadians reacted when they heard that their
government has awarded a contract for new CF-18 simulators -- not
to the home team, CAE, Inc., but to Bombardier Aerospace, which
plans to buy the sims from L-3 Communications in New York. To make
that deal work, Ottawa will have to pay $44 million more than CAE
bid and uses what, to Canadians, amounts to foreign goods and
Courier Pilots Testing Product, Company In Contract
Negotiations With Four Airlines
Just a few days ago during our AEA coverage, we told you about
NavAero's new t*Bag C2 electronic flight bag product, which at the
time was estimated to receive FAA approval by June of this year.
The system consists of a control box that is permanently mounted on
the aircraft, an interconnect box and a touch-screen display that
mounts in the cockpit.
According to company Public Relations official Ms. Cheryl De
Filippo, the product is still on schedule for its first STC in
June. In addition to that, however, there's other exciting news
about this new flight bag product.
Time Pieces would like to do a little bragging... for a good
reason. They are announcing the sale of its first vintage
Organized to handle the tremendous amount of interest generated by
its initial press coverage, Time Pieces has now started after its
goal of "a franchise in every state." Bob May and Ron Dillard will
operate the new Time Pieces Franchise location at Creve Coeur
Airport, located in St. Louis, Missouri, with a nostalgic Piper
What does service with a snarl get you? Fewer passengers, if
you're not careful.
That was the message American Airlines recently sent in a letter to
flight attendants, after conducting focus groups with some of the
company's top customers, according to the Dallas Morning News.
After taking an 11-year hiatus, the world famous Red Knight
returns to the sky for the 2004 North America air show season.
Although present at air shows in past years such as the Reno Air
Races and Nellis Air Force Base, the Red Knight will be making its
first official performance on April 17th and 18th at the annual EAA
Sun and Fun convention in Lakeland, Florida. When he is not flying
the former CT-133, Chris Rounds will have the aircraft on display
in the Warbirds lot.
If the giant Airbus A380 were to fly from London to New York's
JFK tomorrow, it could pull up to one of only four gates on
landing. Now, the Port Authority of New York/New Jersey is spending
$179 million on infrastructure to make more gates available to the
"Virtually all of the problems with the air traffic control
system cited in the USA Today editorial are problems of the
airlines' own making. The delays that the FAA and the airlines are
already forecasting for this summer are largely due to the
hub-and-spoke system that the major airlines rely on. The
hub-and-spoke system creates unrealistic arrival and departure
schedules at the major hub airports. Summertime storms only
compound the problem."
Source: Phil Boyer, writing on behalf of the AOPA
in USA Today. He was responding to an editorial that accused GA
pilots of not paying their full weight when it comes to
government-provided aviation services. The paper's opinion quoted a
recent in-flight magazine article by Northwest Airlines CEO Richard
Goodrich, Boeing/Wichita Selected As Final Vendors
Boeing this week completed its 7E7 Dreamliner partner team by
selecting its Wichita division to provide the all-new passenger
jet's pylons and Goodrich Corporation to provide the nacelles,
including the thrust reverser.
Just what IS it about Krispy Kreme doughnuts? Most of us will
admit to a deep and very personal love affair with the glazed
confections -- they're so easy on the taste buds but so cruel to
the waistline. Now, all that extra weight is posing a problem
aboard flights from the mainland to the islands.
NATA has nominated three individuals to the NATA Board of
Directors: Dean Harton, president and CEO of Piedmont Hawthorne
Holdings; Jim Spinder, president and COO of Atlantic Aero; and Bill
Koch, chief operating officer of SevenBar Enterprises.