Archive | February, 2012

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Ercoupe speed no cure-all in Panacea prang

The 1946-built Ercoupe 415-C took the worst part of a landing prang in Panacea, Florida on the evening of 16 December; its pilot and passenger walking away and wondering why the brakes didn’t work after setting down on the 2,600ft turf strip at the Wakulla County airport (2JO) after a flight in from Atlanta. Kyriakos Loumakis, the pilot, tells the […]

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Heli-Expo 2012: Eurocopter inklings of X4 flight deck

Eurocopter chief Lutz Bertling last year at the Heli-Expo show mentioned some enticing details about the company’s EC155 Dauphin replacement for later this decade, dubbed the X4, the least of which being that it would not have a cockpit!   On Sunday at the 2012 Heli-Expo show in Dallas, Bertling gave up just a little […]

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Sikorsky S-76D gets “A” from Flightglobal Test Pilot

On 8 December 2011, I grabbed my Nikon D3100 camera and joined Flight International helicopter test pilot Peter Gray (pictured above with his Sikorsky experimental test pilot for the day, Greg Barnes) for a test flight and photo shoot of the new Sikorsky S-76D twin-engine medium helicopter, set for certification and first deliveries later this […]

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