ANN has just scored the first public photos of a much-upgraded
variant of Diamond Aircraft's highly regarded four place DA40. The
new DA40XL is a tweaked and refined DA40 with a number of
aerodynamic enhancements, including winglets, resulting in a
158 kt top speed and a 150 kt cruise.
NOTAM Number: FDC 6/2647
Issue Date: July 14, 2006 at 12:55 UTC
Location: Moline, Illinois
Beginning Date and Time: July 17, 2006 at 21:10 UTC
Ending Date and Time: July 17, 2006 at 23:40 UTC
Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for VIP (Very
Important Person) Movement
Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A
An alert ANN News-Spy called our attention to a rather
remarkable achievement recently up north: the successful, sustained
flight of a real-life, manned "ornithopter" -- a design steeped in
mystery, that originated on the drawing board of one Leonardo da
Despite criticism over its initial A350 project -- in fact,
because of it -- Airbus is reportedly looking to introduce not
one... not two... but three new aircraft, all aimed at grabbing a
few widebody sales back from archrival Boeing.
If you're afraid your commercial flight may be delayed this
summer by thunderstorms, take heart: on Thursday, the FAA
introduced its Airspace Flow Program, which should mean more
on-time flights during the stormy travel season.
EAA AirVenture veterans who pile up the family for the
ride/flight to Oshkosh may already be familiar with the marvel of
KidVenture for keeping their offspring happy, entertained, and
educated -- all at the same time (now where else can you do
NASA reports that Commander Steve Lindsey and his crew onboard
the Space Shuttle Discovery will complete their mission, STS-121,
with a landing at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, FL set for 9:07 am
EDT on Monday, July 17. Discovery began its 13-day mission to the
International Space Station on July 4.
But False Signals May Lead To Unnecessary Searches
In the wake of a July 10 glider accident (that, fortunately,
ended with the pilot being recovered safely), the British Gliding
Association is said to be "very seriously" considering recommending
the installation of emergency locator transmitter (ELT) beacons in
gliders and other unpowered aircraft.
With the final days before the official start to EAA AirVenture
2006 counting down all too rapidly... and, not quickly enough...
ANN's senior staff is all-too-aware of the Herculean task ahead of
us in reporting EVERYTHING that's news at The World's Greatest
Aviation Celebration. Fortunately, this year we'll have some
"The important thing to remember is that the aircraft needed
jet power to stay aloft. It wasn't a pure flapping-wing flight ...
Of course, in all fairness I should say that the jet alone could
not have even come close to sustaining the aircraft; the flapping
still did most of the work. So, we can say it was a jet-assisted
ornithopter that sustained level flight."
Source: Dr. James DeLaurier, on the successful,
sustained flight of his manned ornithopter on July 8.