I remember as a kid being just fascinated with airshows, as I’m sure most of us were. I remember Sean D. Tucker hanging vertical on his prop sliding back and forth for the crowd. Amazing stuff. But then I became a pilot. (more…)
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Burton cited Boyer’s, “unending commitment to aviation,” during his term as AOPA president as reason enough for the tribute, then added that AOPA’s recent request for a clarification of Florida state’s use tax laws as they apply to general aviation pilots as being an important step in keeping pilots free to fly their airplanes to Florida and to Sun ‘n Fun.
Maule Air of Moultrie, Georgia, has added the enhanced vision system of Forward Vision of Russell, Pennsylvania, to the options list in its line of utility category airplanes. Enhanced vision permits pilots to “see” through visual obstructions such as haze, darkness, and clouds.
“The pilots who really need this technology are the ones who fly low and slow and close to the ground,” said Forward Vision President Patrick Farrell.
The Forward Vision system consists of a long wave infra red (LWIR) sensor mounted in an aerodynamic shell that measures 3.7 inches by 8.6 inches. Weight is 1.2 lbs.
The “images” from the sensor can be displayed on a standalone display such as VistaNav’s portable MFDs or the Flight Display “Flipper” display unit. Farrell said that many of the MFD manufacturers are adding what he called pixel real estate capacity to display the images on their units.
Brent Maule, marketing manager of Maule Air, said the Forward Vision option cost is $21,900. Farrell said that his company is working aggressively with One Sky Aviation of Anchorage, Alaska, on an STC program and said the STCed systems would be in the same price range as Maule’s optional package.
The question:was: “Can you tell us what the nationality and halting accent of that female interviewer is on the morning after views of the muddy camping tiedown area? We have a pool going with most insisting she is foreign and most of those saying Scandinavian but I think it could be Pennsylvania Dutch.”
Wow, I’m part of a pool! This is getting exciting! So, let’s see what hints I can give you…
I was born in Wellington, New Zealand, but it was not my native country. As the child of a diplomat, I lived throughout the world, although only one country, to which we returned periodically, was my family’s home and the origin of my accent. Water, flowers, and the Golden Age culture defines that country.
So, what do you think? Where am I from? Take a look at the video, to see if you can place me.
Jack Neubacher didn’t finish the annual on his Piper Tri-Pacer in time for the trip, so he drove down from Salisbury, North Carolina. With him were two friends who flew Douglas C-47s over The Hump during World War II. Jack has plans to get them into a DC-3/C-47 cockpit sometime this week.
John and Martha King arrived from San Diego in King Schools’ Falcon. “We didn’t get lost this time,” John quipped to friends.
Bonnie Higbie of Lakeland, Florida, a former media chairman for Sun ‘n Fun, now volunteers during the fly-in at the on-site radio station. She let me in on one of the fly-in’s best-kept secrets (until now)–the radio station’s staff prepare fresh, homemade waffles every morning. That’s a good reason to say “yes” if one of the Sun ‘n Fun Radio reporters asks to interview you.
Here’s the big consensus: Foreign sales have switched places with domestic sales. Five years ago, 70-80 percent of sales went to the U.S. market. The rest went overseas.
Today, 70+ percent of sales–piston and turbine–are now to foreign customers. And domestic sales seem to have slumped.
Sure Cessna sells a lot of piston singles, but how many are to Europe and Asia? And how long will it be before their demand for lightplanes is sated?
The pull across the oceans is increasing. Diamond has built a factory in China. Cessna’s SkyCatchers will be also be built in the Middle Kingdom. Russia will build Eclipse jets. Eastern European nations and the Ukraine are home to many light sport designs.
Is the U. S. losing its GA mojo?
Such is the case with LoPresti Speed Merchants’ “Speedpants.”
They’re regular composite wheel fairings–with one key difference. They have a set of clamshell doors on the bottom designed to totally enclose the wheels when an airplane’s in flight. LoPresti estimates the fairings will add about eight knots to an RV-7′s top speed. (And for those of us who miss raising and lowering landing gear, Speedpants will provide us with another lever to move each time we take off and land.)
If we forget to open them on landing (and you know we will), the fiberglass scrapes off and the airplane remains on the wheels.
Speedpants are meant to minimize the aerodynamic penalty for fixed gear. And with so many of today’s aircraft manufacturers electing for fixed gear on airplanes that are meant to go fast, LoPresti may be onto something . . .
* Nemesis NXT flybys. That airplane makes everything else with a propeller on it look slow.
* The XP-30 is a German aerobatic brute painted in a scheme that seems to pay tribute to the Great Pumpkin. But it’s got a 450-degree-per-second roll rate, a 220-knot top speed, and more than 1,000 miles range. It’s only doing flybys at the show–not full aerobatic performances. But it looks like the closest thing to a magic carpet since Aladin.
* Sport Cub S2. I want to give it a hug whenever I see it. Cub Crafters is talking about offering a clipped-wing version. If they do, it will fit my notion of The Perfect Sport Plane and Back-To-The-Future Trainer . . .