During January, test pilot Larry Neal flew the Carter Personal Air Vehicle (PAV) prototype breaking five of its own records. He set an altitude record of nearly 18,000 feet, slowed the rotor to a new minimum of 105 rpm which is Mu 1.3, and achieved a level 202 mph true air speed. The flight was well over one hour; the longest flight to date. Jay Carter said, “We are expanding the envelope in baby steps. This aircraft should be able to fly up to 8 hours on its given fuel capacity, cruise at 220+ mph and reach an altitude up to 28,000 feet.” Vans Aircraft has issued a service bulletin for all of its RV-6/6A, 7/7A, and 8/8A flying or under construction following the discovery of cracks in the forward spar of the horizontal stabilizer. In the bulletin, Vans Aircraft says all aircraft should be inspected for such cracks, and if they are present, the bulletin includes detailed instructions for repairing the cracks and strengthening the structure. Lockheed Martin officials submitted a Program Notification Letter to the Federal Aviation Administration on January 21 for a type design update for the Lockheed Martin Model L-382J airplane, a civil-certified variant of the C-130J Super Hercules to be marketed as the LM-100J. All this... and MORE in today's episode of Airborne!!!
Airborne 02.05.14 is chock full of info in this thrice-weekly news period ending Wednesday, February 5th, 2014... Presented by Aero-TV veteran videographer and Airborne Host Ashley Hale, and supported by ANN CEO/Editor-In-Chief Jim Campbell, Chief Videographer Nathan Cremisino, and Aero-Journalists Tom Patton, Earl Downs, and Glen Moyer, this episode covers:
Carter Aviation Breaks Five Records In Four Days
Vans Aircraft Issues Service Bulletin For RV 6, 7, 8 Aircraft
Lockheed Martin Files For FAA L-328J Type Design Update
Bell Helicopter Wins Contract With NYPD For Four Bell 429s
Aero-TV Classic -- The Nature Of AirVenture
JetBlue Airways Pilots Seek Union Representation
FAA: Unmanned Aircraft Not Allowed To Deliver Beer
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