A Bipe With Folding Wings, Convertible Cockpit and Aerobatic Goodness!
Sometimes it enough just to be cute... but it doesn't hurt to have a whole lot of other attributes to with one's cuteness... and the Comet FK-12 has that game down pat. A two seat tandem bird, the FK-12 is distributed in the USA by Hansen Air Group.
The aircraft is currently available, as a non-aerobatic mount with a Rotax 912S, while an aerobatic version, using a Lycoming AEIO-233 is in development. A taildragger, the aircraft boasts conventional stick and rudder controls and cruise speeds in the 90-100 knot range. A magnificently designed convertible enclosure system allows one to choose a two pilot bubble canopy, a dual pilot open cockpit arrangement or a single bubble enclosure for one pilot. Each of these cockpit systems can be changed out in a matter of minutes.
With over 100 FK-12 Comets flying worldwide, the design is still fairly new to the USA, but gaining interest rapidly. Heading for availability as an LSA bird, the aircraft has previously been available in Europe as an amateur built kit. A short test flight at Sebring, with a far aft CG (but within limits) and pretty much a gross weight load, offered the better part of 1000 FPM in a climb to 2500 feet and a pretty good slow speed capability down to and through 40 knots. 355 knots is the posted stall speed. ANN is looking forward to a full flight test of the Lycoming powered aerobatic version shortly.
Aero-TV: Sandel And APG Aid The UN -- Enhancing Int’l Terrain Avoidance for Demanding Helo Ops
Impressive International Deal Provides Much-Needed Protection For Int'l Helicopter Operations
ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief Jim Campbell meets with Jerry Henry of Sandel Avionics at the 2013 NBAA convention. Jim starts the interview with his standard question which is, “What’s going on at Sandel?” The response to this question is, “quite a bit,” and it’s significant in the international market. Sandel avionics has joined with a company named Aviation Partners Group, also known as APG. An APG representative explained that there is a large international market for helicopter terrain avoidance electronics, and Sandel is the product of choice.
In The Air With The AuRacle CRM 2120 and An Extraordinary Baron
This time ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief Jim Campbell shows how to get an interview done the right way. When Jim wanted to know how Russ Demaray decided to purchase the Ultra Electronics AuRacle CRM 2120 twin-engine management system for his Baron, he started off by taking a ride with Demaray in his beautiful B55.
Also: FIFI Takes Off, Tuskegee Airman Goes West, Thanksgiving In Space, Seattle Councilwoman Wants To Privatize Boeing....
FAA Administrator Michael Huerta called on the airline industry to work together to assess and prioritize voluntary actions to further improve training across the industry. The German company e-volo, together with a network of partners is pressing ahead with the development of the technology for the Volocopter during the next few years. The Volocopter is an electric-powered multi-rotor vertical takeoff or landing aircraft. Think of it as being like a quadcopter unmanned aerial vehicle on steroids ... with the ability to carry a pilot and a passenger. Last month we reported that the Proud Bird restaurant, a fixture for decades at Los Angeles International Airport, was due to close its doors after failing to come to terms with airport managers for a lease. Well, that may change. All this... and MORE in today's episode of Airborne!!!
Also: B777X Launch Record, Deadstick Landing Bill, B737 Down, Super Legend, Boeing To Hunt For New Plane Building Site?
The Aircraft Electronics Association announced its third quarter Avionics Market Report for this year. In the months of July, August and September 2013, total worldwide avionics sales amounted to more than $1.72 billion, as reported by the 20 aviation electronics manufacturers participating in the report. The FAA, which many industry insiders claim is out of control already due to other issues, is preparing new guidelines for its medical examiners that could disqualify many pilots because of their Body Mass Index, also known as BMI. Neck size is an indicator that the body mass index may exceed FAA limits. Ralph Acs, VP and General Manager, Learjet, Bombardier Business Aircraft said, “We are delighted to have received FAA certification for the first Learjet 75 business jet. This jet is clearly a leader among its peers.” All this... and MORE in today's episode of Airborne!!!
Aero-TV: Big, Bright and Beautiful -– MGL’s iEFIS Challenger 10.4” Display System
MGL's Stunning Glass Panel Displays Keep Evolving
EAA AirVenture 2013 had lots to look at, and ANN’s CEO and Editor-in-Chief, Jim Campbell couldn’t pass up the MGL display. He talked with MGL’s Matt Liknaitzky to learn more about the MGL line of electronic instrumentation. The big deal this year is the new 10.4 inch iEFIS that features “push screen” functions, not to be confused with “touch screen.” You’ll have to watch the video to see what this is all about.
Aero-TV: 26,000 Pounds of Heli-Beast -- The Cold War Air Museum’s Mi-24
Ugly To Many, But Incredibly Beautiful To Hard-Core Helo Fans
ANN CEO and Editor-in-Chief, Jim Campbell visited the Cold War Air Museum's Mi-24 Russian helicopter at HAI a little over a year ago and just couldn’t pass it up. Jim linked up with retired Col. Pete Coz of the United States Marine Corps and asked him to explain this flying exhibit.
Welcome to the THIRD YEAR of Airborne... our second anniversary of production having been yesterday, Monday, November 18th... U.S. House of Representatives Passed the Small Aircraft Revitalization Act of 2013, clearing the way for President Barack Obama to sign the landmark overhaul of Part 23 certification guidelines into law. NTSB Chair Deborah A.P. Hersman has written a letter to the U.S. Department of Transportation saying its NPRM for an Airworthiness Directive covering thousands of ECi cylinder assemblies goes well beyond the Board's recommendations for inspecting and replacing the cylinders. Sixty-seven percent of members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers voted last Wednesday to reject the Boeing Company’s offer of an eight-year contract extension that would have expired in 2024. All this... and MORE in today's episode of Airborne!!!
Also: Doolittle Raiders Last Toast!, ACE-360, Skydivers Rally To Save DZ, AMA Supports FAA UAV Roadmap, Bye-Bye Evergreen?
The saga of Solberg Airport in Readington, New Jersey continues. We reported last week about 500 residents and airport supporters attended a meeting of the Readington Township Committee held for the purpose of allowing public comment and Committee deliberation on an ordinance concerning embattled Solberg Airport. The city wants to condemn the privately owned airport and take it over under eminent domain laws. AMR Corporation and US Airways Group announced Tuesday that the airlines have settled the litigation brought by the U.S. Department of Justice, six states, and the District of Columbia challenging the merger of American Airlines and US Airways. A ceremonial Olympic torch flown to the international space station and has now returned to Earth. It arrived with the three crewmembers of Expedition 37 when they landed in Kazakhstan aboard a Soyuz spacecraft on Monday. All this... and MORE in today's episode of Airborne!!!
Aero-TV: Approach Fast Stack--Panel Wiring Made Easy
Panel Wiring Often Seems Akin To Black Magic... Until You Look At Approach Fast Stack
EAA AirVenture 2013 allowed ANN CEO and Editor-in-Chief, Jim Campbell, to look into the subject of aircraft panel wiring. Speaking with James Lentsch at the Approach Fast Stack display booth, Campbell said he has seen some wiring that looked like a ball of spaghetti and asked if Approach Fast Stack offered a solution.
Aero-TV: 'We're Surviving'-- Kyle Franklin Describes Airshow Life Circa 2013
Dracula Lives on Through Kyle Franklin... and We're NOT Scared!
ANN CEO and Editor-in-Chief, Jim Campbell speaks with Aerobatic and airshow master, Kyle Franklin, at EAA AirVenture 2013. Kyle puts on a show that is fun to watch, exciting, and most important, it’s entertaining. Every airshow pilot has a carefully crafted flight routine, but Kyle is also known for being a showman.
As we reported last week, the Readington Township Committee has been pushing to use condemnation and eminent domain laws to take over the privately owned Solberg Airport, despite overwhelming opposition. On Wednesday of last week, about 500 residents and airport supporters attended a meeting of the Readington Township Committee held for the purpose of allowing public comment and Committee deliberation on an ordinance concerning embattled Solberg Airport. The U.K. government and Civil Aviation Authority, called the CAA, have announced plans to strip away unnecessary bureaucracy for the U.K. general aviation sector. Some of the proposed changes were suggested during the General Aviation Red Tape Challenge, also known as the RTC. A new trio of Expedition number 38 flight engineers opened the Soyuz and space station hatches last Thursday and were greeted by six station crew members already on-board the ISS. They docked to the Rassvet docking compartment aboard a Soyuz spacecraft with the Olympic Torch on board. All this... and MORE in today's episode of Airborne!!!
Airborne 11.08.13: FAA's New Pilot Regs, NJ Airport Faces Gov't Theft, GA A/C Searches Protested
Also: Superscooper Sale, A380 Sales Slowing, Paul DeHerrera Promoted, Luigi Pascale, Alligators At OHare
New pilot training rules have been issued by the FAA that will affect pilots training for the Airline Transport Pilot certificate, and those pilots that are already employed by an airline. The final rule stems, in part, from the crash of Colgan Air 3407 in February 2009, and addresses a Congressional mandate in the Airline Safety and Federal Aviation Administration Extension Act of 2010. The private owners of Solberg Airport, a public-use airport, in Readington Township, New Jersey have been fighting an ongoing legal battle with the township board that is attempting to take over the airport through eminent domain laws. While the Township Committee says they want to preserve the airport in its current use, others say that the township has wanted to have the land and surrounding property for development for years. Bombardier has announced the sale and delivery of its 50th Bombardier 415 Superscooper firefighting aircraft -- purchased by a partnership led by Tenax Aerospace, will be used under contract to the United States Forest Service. All this... and MORE in today's episode of Airborne!!!
Aero-TV: Michael Goulian -- Moving Airshows Forward In 2014
The Best Thing To Say About The 2013 Airshow Season Is That It Is Behind Us
Michael Goulian of Goulian Aero Sports is an airshow pilot. While at the Redbird Migration 2013, ANN CEO and Editor-in-Chief, Jim Campbell had the opportunity to spend a few minutes talking with Mike about the airshow business. Jim asked Mike how the 2013 airshow season was going. Goulian admitted that 2013 has been a tough airshow season because a number of airshows canceled and he had to push hard as the season came to an end.
Airborne 12.03.13: SARA Is Law, GEnx AD Coming?, Tecnam's New Panel
Also: VLJ Comeback?, DiamondShare, Faux Pilot PLeads Guilty, Enstrom Helis, Pan Am Reunion
Legislation designed to reduce the cost and complexity of doing business in the general aviation world is now law... but it will take some time to determine if the benefits of the law will be lost in a government bureaucratic sinkhole. The legislation requires the FAA to implement the recommendations of the FAA's Part 23 Reorganization Aviation Rulemaking Committee by December 31, 2015. Recommendations focus on increasing safety and reducing government and industry certification costs for light general aviation airplanes. According to a new study a second phase in the development of the very light jet market is about to get underway. The FAA is expected to issue an airworthiness directive this week which will warn airlines flying certain Dreamliner models that are powered by GEnx engines as well as all 747-8 airplanes, to avoid flying near towering thunderstorms. There have been several reports of ice building up behind the first compressor fan of the engines in such conditions, and the ingested ice has led to a temporary reduction of power in the engines. Well, that may change. All this... and MORE in today's episode of Airborne!!!
Aero-TV: Krafting' The Future -- Lycoming's Boss Offers a Progress Report
Lycoming Continues To Power Much Of GA Via Innovation and Perseverance
ANN CEO and Editor-in-Chief, Jim Campbell sits down with Lycoming’s Michael Craft at EAA AirVenture 2013 to get an update on what’s going on in the world of general aviation engines. Topics about new products include the new Lycoming iE2 engine. With its electronic ignition, throttle, mixture, and prop control operated through an integrated system, it’s a state of the art one-lever controls everything powerplant.