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Wed, Aug 10, 2022

Viking And The Redefinition Of The Piston Aircraft Engine

Engine Company Challenges Convention—And Seems To Be Winning

Viking—the Edgewater, Florida-based manufacturer of piston aircraft engines—has fashioned a seemingly humble business-model into a genuine, and genuinely American success story. Viking’s praxis is simple. The company buys new and gently-used, late-model Honda automotive engines, and converts them to aircraft powerplants. Conversion, however, is no simple feat. In point of fact, it’s a downright complex process comprising extensive modification of the engine’s cylinder heads, valve-train, cam chain, pistons, oil-system, crankshaft, exhaust manifold, and a great many other bits and bobs which, though critical, make for boring reading.  

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Tue, Aug 09, 2022

Classic Aero-TV: Rainbow Aviation's EMG-6 - The Cutest Motor Glider

At EAA AirVenture 2016 We Found Flying Ultralights Is Fun, and Cute Is a Bonus…

While at EAA AirVenture 2016, ANN’s, Earl Downs, headed to the south end of the Wittman Regional Airport where the ultralights hang out. This part of AirVenture, also referred to as the ‘fun zone,’ displays some great aircraft that represent the epitome of recreational aviation. Earl stopped to talk with Brian Carpenter, who is the owner of Rainbow Aviation Services and its subdivision, Adventure Aircraft.

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Sun, Aug 07, 2022

New WWII Movie Features Seven Warbirds Recreating Dogfights

Director Details Filming With Historic Aircraft

By Maria Morrison With modern computer capabilities, a director could shoot an entire World War II action film without a single aircraft needing to take flight. That’s not what Michael Chait wanted to do, and that’s not what he did. Instead, his new film Wolf Hound features seven warbirds, bringing audiences equal parts drama and history. The movie features an alternate line of history in which a Nazi Luftwaffe squad captures and flies allied aircraft.

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Sun, Aug 07, 2022

Classic Aero-TV At DSAS21: Magni M-24 Orion Visits DeLand

A Proprietary, High-Inertia Rotor That Maintains An Impressive Amount Of Energy

Mark Sprigg of Magni USA brought their M-24 Orion to the  Deland Sport Aviation Showcase, a fully enclosed, side by side gyro. The Italian made aircraft is powered by a 115hp turbocharged Rotax 914, cruising up to 105 mph on its 21 gallon fuel tank. The Orion represents an unusual offering in the gyro world, being closer in design to traditional aircraft with its two-abreast seating and dual controls. Instructors and new owners find it the perfect classroom for learning the gyro ropes and honing vital senses unique to the type.

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Sun, Aug 07, 2022

NTSB Prelim: Van's Aircraft RV-10

Traveling About 90 Kts And Was About 1,800 Ft (MSL) When The Loss Of Engine Power Occurred

On July 22, 2022, about 1647 central daylight time, a Van’s Aircraft RV-10 airplane, N4400K, sustained substantial damage when it was involved in an accident near Beaver Dam, Wisconsin. The pilot and two passengers sustained no injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. The pilot reported that shortly after takeoff from the Dodge County Airport (UNU), Juneau, Wisconsin, the engine sustained a total loss of power.

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Wed, Aug 03, 2022

Airborne Oshkosh Day 3 Redux: WomenVenture, TL Aircraft, Enstrom

07.27.22: HAI’s Jim Viola, AeroSys Speaks Up, Pedal Plane Parade, Pelton Int'vw-Pt 3

It’s time for WomenVenture 2022! While women make up a small percentage of the aviation population, EAA, WAI, the 99s, and others are looking to change all that for the better.  TL Aircraft is showing a widely varied line of sport aircraft, high-wing, low-wing, tandem, side-by-side, you name it... and there is even a small turboprop in the works! Enstrom Helicopter is back and with highly motivated new ownership. The venerable piston and turbine helicopter manufacturer is putting tough times behind them and looking forward to the future. ANN Rex Alexander caught up with HAI Boss Jim Viola to talk all things rotorcraft. HAI has a demanding role these days with the explosion of a new generation of rotorcraft. Aerosys has an interesting way to tackle today’s checklists with a computerized twist... but you have to talk to ‘Goose’ fi

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