Also Unveils New Standard Radar, Touts NextGen Compliance Of
After months of some less-than-pleasant news for Eclipse
Aviation -- including an FAA Airworthiness Directive limiting the
aircraft to two-person operation in VFR conditions -- it appears
there may a light on the horizon for the Albuquerque, NM-based
Civil Aviation Council Requests Location Options For New Sao
Days after Brazil's worst air disaster, the country's Civil
Aviation Council (Conac) is finally taking some action. The agency
announced new measures recently to reduce the amount of air traffic
at the Congonhas airport in Sao Paulo.
Continuing what seems to be a trend this summer... the past few
days haven't been real good to Northwest Airlines passengers. Once
again, the carrier, fresh from bankruptcy reorganization, has had
to cancel a large number of it flights at the end of the month
because of a pilot shortage due to pilots reaching their allowed
flight time limits.
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Better Performance For Mooney M20A-G, M20J Operators
Hartzell Propeller announced at AirVenture 2007 this week it has
received an STC to install a newly designed, two- bladed 74"
diameter blended airfoil Top Prop performance conversion kit onto
Mooney M20A-G and M20J models.
Columbia Aircraft announced Tuesday at AirVenture 2007 it
delivered 55 new Columbia 350 and 400 aircraft in the second
quarter of 2007, more than double the number delivered during the
same period in 2006. While the Columbia's 2007 delivery pace is
ahead of the figures posted in 2006, company officials caution that
comparing 2006 to 2007 can lead to misconceptions.
If you’ve gone through flight training, John and Martha
King have probably been beside you -- in their DVD/video courses
helping you through those rough spots and explaining things step by
step. The Kings are uniquely qualified to teach aviation. The
two hold every FAA category and class rating on their pilot and
Freedom From TSO Regs Allow A Plethora Of Features
Thousands of their audio panels have been installed in homebuilt
and experimental aircraft over the years... but the folks at PS
Engineering are now taking direct aim at the market, with the
company's new PMA9000EX.
By Downloading A Microsoft Flight Simulator Add-On, That
Even though there can only be one winner of the Aircraft Owners
and Pilots Association's 2007 Catch-a-Cardinal Sweepstakes grand
prize of a refurbished 1977 Cessna 177B Cardinal, any AOPA member
can now fly it any time -- from the comfort of their own home.
Company Dismisses Speculation, Adds Serious Changes Would Have
Even though Italy has officially closed its seven-month auction
for its state-owned airline, Alitalia, rumors are re-circulating
that Air France - KLM is still interested, but the carrier isn't
Sometimes, an airplane just stands out. Adaptability to odd
applications, a unique shape, or a machine that towers head and
shoulders above the rest of the line -- any factor can qualify an
airplane as odd. Jan Christie's EP.9 is just that, on all
On Tuesday, EADS Socata's new CEO Jean-Michel Leonard made his
first appearance at Oshkosh since joining the company June 13...
and he was quick to defend his company's turf amongst the
announcements of very light jets out of Cirrus and Eclipse.
Company Takes Orders, Announces Upgrade Path From
Last week, Lightspeed Aviation announced the company's latest
active noise cancelling (ANR) headset, the Zulu (as in, Zulu time).
This premium priced offering promises to be smaller, lighter,
quieter, clearer, and more comfortable than any previous Lightspeed
product, but the company doesn't expect Oshkosh visitors to just
take their word for it.
Powerplant Developments, a UK company, in a joint development
effort with Weslake Air Services and Jade Air, unveiled plans
Tuesday at AirVenture 2007 to produce a diesel engine intended for
the LSA market.
Jet fuel piston engine makers Thielert AG and SMA (Societe de
Motorisations Aeronautiques) held back-to-back press conferences at
AirVenture on Tuesday, coincidentally illustrating the tense
competition between the two companies.
She's here, but she's late. "Glacier Girl" touched down at EAA
AirVenture 2007 minutes before 1 pm July 24. The delayed arrival
forced "Glacier Girl," a "Best of the Best" contestant to withdraw
from the voting, which began Monday.
The SkyCatcher is catching some big orders at AirVenture 2007.
Through Tuesday -- just over two days since the planemaker began
accepting orders for its new light sport aircraft -- Cessna says it
has garnered over 400 orders for the plane.
Group Finds Scholarships, Support For Those In Pursuit Of
As part of our extensive coverage at AirVenture 2007, Aero-News
spoke with industry leaders about what is being done to address to
issue of the workforce crisis in the aviation industry... and the
shortage of students pursuing careers in aviation.
The ARINC eFlyBook display sits innocently among a row of vendor
displays in an Airventure hangar. To most it seems that this is
just another electronic flight book, a copy of many companies all
claiming the best readability. What is different about eFlyBook is
the technology used to create its unique display.
Company Aims For An Affordable... And
This week at AirVenture 2007, Rotorway proudly displayed its
newest aircraft, the A600 Talon. Successor to the well-known Exec
162F, the A600 looks almost identical... but Rotorway CEO Grant
Norwitz is quick to point out beneath the aircraft's skin is an
entirely new aircraft.
Mooney came to AirVenture armed with their biggest display
ever, and good news about their sales. Mooney's Acclaim, first
delivered in November 2006, passed a milestone this month -- 50
Acclaims are now in the hands of owners, including one particular
owner who will be present July 25.
Who thought a business plan could actually be made to reach for
the stars? Virgin Galactic COO Alex Tai took some time at
AirVenture 2007 to describe what the company plans to accomplish,
both in the near and distant future.
The combination of a passion for aviation, and a love of
educating and entertaining children has resulted in the production
of a new animated series designed for school children ages 3
through 8. It is called Andy's Airplanes.
Delivery Marks First Helo Of Type To Operate In The
Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. has delivered the first S-92 helicopter
to China. Eastern General Aviation Corporation (EGAC), a subsidiary
of China Eastern Airlines Group, recently accepted the aircraft
along with two S-76 C++ helicopters.
Aero-Terms are designed to be a daily reminder of the terms,
names, acronyms and explanations of the unique language that
populates the aviation world. Aerospace, sport aviation, fixed
wing, helo, you name it... it's all fair game.
“This is not to sound arrogant. Our engine is not
a car engine. All components are carefully [designed for] aviation.
We want to match the worldwide customers’ needs and
Source: SMA chairman Luc Pelon, during a press
conference Tuesday at AirVenture 2007. Sitting in the front row
during that conference was Frank Thielert, CEO of Thielert Aircraft
Engines... a fierce -- and, so far, more popular -- competitor to