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Eerie end to Erie Evektor

What looks from the NTSB factual report to be a bobbled soft-field takeoff in an Evektor SportStar by a light sport student pilot turned out to be a close call for he and his instructor as well as for a homeowner adjacent to the Erie Municipal airport in Erie, Colorado on 14 June. The instructor took over as the […]

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Sun n’ Fun with Flight Design

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Cirrus phrophesizes big news on 18 April

Cirrus Aircraft says it will unveil “The Next Leap Forward” on 18 April, next Wednesday. What could it be? We knew of several things the company was working on, including path forward for its single-engine jet, the SF50 Vision, which the company was to begin discussing in January 2012 but did not. Cirrus had also […]

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Florida Air Museum is resting place for PiperJet

One of the most interesting sites at the Sun n’ Fun aviation gathering in Lakeland, Florida last week was a retired aircraft I found, not on the flight line, but sitting in front of the Florida Air Museum down the road. The PiperJet prototype in all it’s DC-10-like glory now graces the museum (where in […]

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Corvette gets the best of Huey Cobra in Top Gear Stunt

No that’s not the corvette in the foreground, but that’s definitely the soon-to-be-crashed AH-1F (N197LE) in the background. According to the US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) in a preliminary report, the pilot and his passenger had just completed a practice run of the race course when he experienced a control malfunction. The sequence, at the Coolidge Municipal Airport (P08) in Arizona on 1 March, […]

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Missionary positioning behind Aurora UAV capture

A trick used by missionaries to drop and retrieve supplies to remote native villages in Ecuador more than 50 years ago is now the centrepiece of an innovative idea by Aurora Flight Sciences. As suggested by the title of a 2011 patent application (#20120048996 published on 1 March), “System and method for the retrieval of […]

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Boeing 737 to be garnish for Southern Cookin’

This Boeing 737-200 (N219PA) that I spotted on approach to Runway 22 at the Smith Reynolds Airport in Winston-Salem, North Carolina on 12 March will look quite a bit more tasty in the near future… According to sources, the former Pace Airlines workhorse will be hauled in the near future to a location in the Winston-Salem, North Carolina metro […]

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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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