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July 29, 2011

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 07.29.11

Randy Babbitt avoids the hard questions at Oshkosh.
LoPresti has a diesel SR20 in the works.
And Rolls-Royce steps up to help Young Eagles.

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The Dreamliner Has Landed

Boeing Shows Off New Airliner At Oshkosh

Boeing's new Dreamliner landed at Wittman Regional Airport just after 0900 CDT Friday morning. The airplane, No. ZA001, made one photo pass over the runway before banking right and coming around on a short final.

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Aero-TV: Recapping ANN's Live Video Coverage Of AirVenture 2011, 07.28.11, Day 4

Nightly Webcasts Keep You Up To Date On Events At The Show

Welcome to our Thursday wrap-up of the days events at AirVenture, 2011. FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt made his third appearance at AirVenture as head of the regulatory agency, and in many ways gave the same speech as he has the past two years.

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Commemorative Air Force Red Tail Squadron Intros Educational Tool

"Rise Above" Traveling Exhibit Features Two Documentaries About The Groundbreaking Pilots

The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Red Tail Squadron has come to AirVenture to introduce a new educational tool, the Rise Above Traveling Exhibit. It can be found near the CAF Red Tail Squadron Booth at the ConocoPhillips Plaza. The initiative includes a traveling theatre, with a 180 degree screen, housed in a brand new customized 53 foot trailer with expandable sides that can comfortably accommodate an audience of 30 people.

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Rotorcraft Industry Establishes A Commanding Presence At AirVenture

HAI Welcomes Visitors To A New Heli-Center

The flight line at AirVenture has a handsome new feature as the rotorcraft segment of the aviation industry is well represented by a new, branded Heli-Center complete with a beautiful mezzanine that looks directly out on Runway 18/36 at Wittman Field. HAI estimates hundreds of attendees at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh Wisconsin visited the HAI Heli-Center on opening day of AirVenture 2011.

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GippsAERO GA10 Goes Turbine

Australian Manufacturer Builds A 10-Place Utility Airplane

Finally!  The first time I saw the GippsAERO GA8, the first thing I though was “that airplane needs a turbine!”  GrippsAERO is developing a big brother to the GA8 and has named the project the GA10. GippsAERO and Rolls-Royce signed an agreement Wednesday to supply the Rolls-Royce M250-B17F/2 engine for the GA-10 ten passenger airplane.

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Lancair Announces New Avionics Suite

The EFC900X Developed For Evolution Aircraft

Lancair International has rolled out a new avionics suite for the Evolution Aircraft. Equipped since its inception with Garmin Avionics centered around the G900X system, the only thing missing was the integrated flight control provided by the certified GFC 700 Autopilot. Now, for the first time in the experimental market, this level of autopilot is available in the Evolution by Lancair.

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The Buzz From Honey Bee

New Engine Option For For The Top Of The Line Rotorcraft

Jim Fields, the head bee at Aeroworks International, manufacturers of the Honey Bee Gyroplane, said Tuesday that the 2-place Honey Bee is now going to be supplied with the GM Ecotec 4-cylinder inline engine. The engine is rated at 200 hp but it will be reduced to 180 hp for the Honey Bee 2-place.

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Aerostar Jet Roars Into Airventure

Modified Airplane Looks Like A Mini-737

Looking like a miniature 737, the Aerostar Jet is drawing lots of attention here at AirVenture 2011. The Aerostar was originally designed for jet engines by Ted Smith, but the design was ahead of it’s time since suitable engines were not available. So the Aerostar began life with piston engines.

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Blackhawk Certifies Cessna Caravan Upgrades

Company Says New 850 SHP Engine Give Extra Power, Better Performance

Blackhawk ... the modification company, not the helicopter ... recently certified the XP42A upgrade on the Cessna Caravan with the FAA. The upgrade installs an 850 shp PT6A-42 with a new engine warranty. It also installs a new carbon composite, frakes exhaust stacks and a Hartzell 100” four blade propeller.

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Embraer Flying High In To 2012

Expanding Their Product Offerings In Every Segment From Light Jet to Long Range Wide Body

It's pretty well known by now that AirVenture is about more than Sport Aviation and GA. As if to put a period on that point, Brazilian jetmaker Embraer brought their Phenom 100 and 300 aircraft to Oshkosh. Wednesday morning, they provided an update on their company’s expanded executive jets portfolio.

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ACI-NA Urges Congress To Pass a ‘Clean’ FAA Extension

Association President Greg Principato Sends A Letter To House And Senate Leaders

Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) President Greg Principato today again urged the congressional leadership on the transportation committee in both chambers to pass a “clean” extension of the FAA operating authority.

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AuRACLE Engine Management System Introduced At AirVenture

GippsAERO, Ultra Electronics Flightline Systems Integrate Instruments Into GA10 Project

GippsAERO has signed a multi-year agreement with Ultra Electronics Flightline Systems to integrate the AuRACLE digital engine management system to the GippsAERO family of aircraft. The agreement provides for an initial joint design, development, integration and certification project over the next 12 months for the GA10 program.

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Aero-TV: Recapping ANN's Live Video Coverage Of AirVenture 2011, 07.28.11, Day Four

Nightly Webcasts Keep You Up To Date On Events At The Show

Welcome to our Thursday wrap-up of the days events at AirVenture, 2011. FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt made his third appearance at AirVenture as head of the regulatory agency, and in many ways gave the same speech as he has the past two years.

Aero-TV: Teacher's Day At Oshkosh -- Inspiring Students Through Aviation

The Heck With The Apples, An Airplane Lesson A Day....

Over 200 teachers from as far as Chevak, Alaska came to the Founders Wing at the EAA AirVenture Museum to attend an event called “Teachers Day”. The event is intended to inspire educators to appreciate the value of aviation as an education tool and provide examples of resources that can be brought to the classroom. Teachers at all grade levels (K-12) from across the United States were invited to participate at no charge.

Babbitt Makes Largely Stock Speech At AirVenture

Calls For Quick Passage Of Long-Term Funding, Touches On BARR, GPS, Pilots' Bill Of Rights

FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt made his third appearance at AirVenture as head of the regulatory agency, and in many ways gave the same speech as he has the past two years. Some of the issues have changed. Babbitt called on Congress to "immediately pass a clean extension" of the continuing resolution which has kept the agency open since 2007, and to pass a long-term funding bill for the agency.

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Commentary: What Has A Third Class Medical Done For You Lately?

Could We Do Better With Less Regulation?

Is it possible to repeal the third class medical for the flying public? The FAA has alluded to the possibility during the rulemaking committees when they were forming the LSA regulations but little has been mentioned since. There seems to be a grass roots ground swell forming to remove the third class medical certification as the realization that LSA hasn’t effectively addressed all the issues that people have.

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Introducing The KC-518 Experimental Helicopter Kit

High-End Kit For A 5-6 Place Carbon/Kevlar Helo

Composite Helicopter, a New Zealand company, introduced their new kit helicopter at AirVenture this week.The KC-518 Adventourer kit helicopter is a high-end kit. The company states that it carries 5-6 people, has 36 cu ft of baggage space, cruises at 135 kts, carries up to 141 gal. of fuel, and has a 1450 lb. useful load with a direct operating cost of approximately $125 per hour.

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Aero-TV: Teacher's Day At Oshkosh -- Inspiring Students Through Aviation

The Heck With The Apples, An Airplane Lesson A Day....

Over 200 teachers from as far as Chevak, Alaska came to the Founders Wing at the EAA AirVenture Museum to attend an event called “Teachers Day”. The event is intended to inspire educators to appreciate the value of aviation as an education tool and provide examples of resources that can be brought to the classroom. Teachers at all grade levels (K-12) from across the United States were invited to participate at no charge.

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Kitfox Series 7 Super Sport Receives FAA 51% Approval

National Kit Evaluation Team Completes Evaluation

The FAA's National Kit Evaluation Team (NKET) recently concluded its evaluation of the Kitfox Series 7 Super Sport Aircraft.  In a letter dated July 21, 2011, Terry Allen, manager of the FAA Production and Airworthiness Division, stated that the Evaluation Team determined that the kit will "allow an amateur builder to meet the major portion requirement of Title 14, Code of Federal Regulations part 21, Certification Procedures for Products and Parts, § 21.191(g)," known as the "51-percent" requirement to register the aircraft as Amateur-Built - Experimental.

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Young Pilots Encouraged Through Rolls-Royce Sponsored EAA Scholarships

Grants Awarded To Six Students Interested In Aviation Careers

At the annual Young Eagles awards dinner Wednesday night, Rolls-Royce announced they will be pledging financial support for the 2011 EAA Young Eagles Scholarship Program. Designed to support teenagers interested in aviation and aviation careers, EAA Young Eagles scholarships fund flying lessons and flight experiences for deserving teenage student pilots.

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ATA: U.S. Industry, Economy Could Lose Billions Due To Unlawful EU ETS

Estimates U.S. Airlines Will Pay $3.1 Billion To EU By 2020

The ATA said Thursday that the illegal European Union (EU) Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) could cost the U.S. airline industry more than $3 billion through 2020, if the extraterritorial cap-and-trade requirements are implemented as planned next year.

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Data-Driven Enroute Navigation Information On iPad

Jeppesen Mobile Flitedeck Is A Digital Charting App For iPad

Jeppesen introduced its Mobile FliteDeck app Thursday at AirVenture. The app is a new aviation navigation solution for iPad. Jeppesen Mobile FliteDeck includes a representation of your airplane's position and route overlay, as well as the ability to view a complete library of terminal charts, airport diagrams and Jeppesen Airway Manual text information.

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Klyde Morris 07.29.11

Klyde Needs A Tent ... But Not For Camping

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (07.29.11)

"It's not business as usual at the FAA." Source: FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (07.29.11): Dense Fog Advisory

Issued when fog reduces visibility to 1/8 mile or less over a widespread area. For marine products: An advisory for widespread or localized fog reducing visibilities to regionally or locally defined limitations not to exceed 1 nautical mile.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (07.29.11)

Project North Star

The mission of the Project North Star Association of Canada (PNSAC) is to assist the Canada Aviation Museum in the restoration of its aircraft collection, as well as other related tasks that fall within its capabilities.

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