Aero-TV Checks Out The Jet A-Powered Diesel Skyhawk!!!

January 13, 2010

Cessna, Thielert Partner On 172S Turbo Diesel Option

Last fall, we asked ANN readers to, “Just imagine how cool will it be for a student pilot… on their first cross-country flight… to ask the lineperson to ‘fill it with Jet-A, please’ — and then point to their Cessna 172!” The new Skyhawk TD (turbo diesel, of course) features a Full Authority Digital Engine Control (FADEC) equipped Thielert Centurion 2.0 liter engine. The DOHC (double overhead camshaft) inline four-cylinder turbocharged engine develops 155 horsepower, is certified to operate on Jet-A fuel, is liquid cooled and drives a composite three-blade constant speed propeller.

Thielert was issued a supplemental type certificate (STC) for the Skyhawk in March, allowing Cessna to offer a factory-installed Thielert engine. The engine features low specific fuel consumption, electronic engine control systems and improved hot-and-high engine performance.

With increased range and endurance, Cessna says the Skyhawk TD will offer an ideal solution for special mission applications like forestry patrol, wildlife conservation efforts, pipeline/power line patrol, traffic reporting and airborne law enforcement, according to Cessna. News of a Skyhawk turbo-diesel was not entirely unexpected. As ANN reported, Cessna announced a partnership with Thielert on “future projects” earlier this year.

The Wichita gang is also making the Garmin GFC700 Automatic Flight Control (AFCS) and Flight Director (FD) system standard equipment on most Skyhawk models. The autopilot function selector will be conveniently located on the Garmin G1000 flight display with the GFC700 capable of using all of the data available within the G1000 avionics system. Among the new navigational features included is all-digital, dual-channel, two-axis flight control — featuring an attitude-based (versus rate-based) autopilot.

The GFC700 on the Skyhawk also features a Flight Director, offering pitch and roll guidance to show the pilot the attitude for a standard climb or turn. The system also sports Flight Level Change capability — to ensure the aircraft maintains airspeed while climbing or descending to a pre-selected altitude — and a Go Around mode. Additionally, Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) with Lateral Performance, Vertical Guidance approach (LPV) and Vertical Navigation (VNAV) capabilities; Garmin SafeTaxi; and Garmin FliteCharts became standard for the Skyhawk, Skylane and Stationair starting with 2007 models. The Garmin ChartView powered by Jeppesen is optional.

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Quartz Mountain Re-Intro’s The Luscombe 11E On Aero-TV

January 14, 2009

All Things Old May Be New Again?

Its been a long tough road for the folks of Quartz Mountain Aerospace in their quest to bring a fabled airframe back to life. Following years of sometimes-choppy operations, a small Altus, OK-based planemaker might finally be heading for smoother skies. Quartz Mountain Aerospace recently earned a significant milestone on its way towards having its name ociated with the likes of Cessna, or Mooney: the company earned its first airworthiness certificate from the FAA.

Aero-TV caught up with QMA at the 2008 AOPA Fly-In to see an example of their handiwork. Formerly known as Luscombe Aircraft Corp., the company says the Model 11E — which will be used primarily as a trainer — is an adaptation of the Luscombe Model 11A Sedan, introduced in 1946. The new model is distinguished by superior in-flight and landing stability over the tailwheel-equipped Sedan.

Like with innumerable other upstart planemakers, QMA’s trip to this point hasn’t been an easy one. As ANN reported in June 2007, Quartz Mountain attributed the need for layoffs (since rescinded) to delays in FAA inspections related to earning production certification, and various parts, training, and supply issues. With the ability to now produce sell its Luscombe 11E en masse, Quartz Mountain’s 110,000-square-foot work floor — eerily quiet just a year ago — is now filled with the noises of a busy production facility.

Quartz Mountain has also taken recent steps to show it’s serious about playing in the big leagues. As ANN reported last April, QMA announced it will be the first to offer Garmin’s G950 glass-panel avionics suite.

Let’s Take A Look At A NEW Classic, The Luscombe 11E, With Aero-TV

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ALL Things Robinson: RHC’s Founder Talks About The …

December 21, 2008

Frank Talks About The Future of The R44, Helo Training, The Silver State Fiasco, And More!

Life has been good for Frank Robinson and the R22/44/66 family. After years of building expertise throughout the helicopter industry, Frank Robinson set out several decades ago to do what they said could not be done… create a powerful new civil helicopter company. He did it… and probably did so beyond even his own imaginings.

For example, as 2007 was coming to a close, the folks at Robinson Helicopter Company achieved another milestone when their 8000th helicopter was flight certified. The new, solid green, Robinson R44 Raven II S/N 11984 was ordered by SkySales Aviation (Christchurch, New Zealand) for a private owner.

In the past few months, RHC played host to a visit by President Bush… no doubt attracted by RHC’s exceptional overseas helicopter sales… making them a major aerospace exporter and a great place to do a little ‘politicking.’ In RHC, White House staffers chose an appropriate location for President Bush to hawk the benefits of foreign trade since Robinson Helicopters sells 70 percent of its production overseas. A point hammered home by the President.

“You can’t tell the people at Robinson Helicopter that trade isn’t good,” Bush said Wednesday. “When 70% of that which you manufacture gets sold somewhere else other than the United States, they ought to have a sign walking in here and say, ‘Trade is not only good, it is great; and we want the federal government to make it easier for us to sell products.'”

Better yet, work continues on Frank’s next design… the Rolls Royce RR300 powered turbine helicopter…a first for RHC.

Robinson Helicopter Company was founded in 1973. The first R22 was delivered in October 1979. In 1993, the R44 came online and is now the best selling helicopter in the world. The R44 is offered in two models: The Raven I and the more powerful Raven II. The Raven II is available in four specialty configurations: Police Helicopter, Newscopter, Clipper, and IFR …

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Aero-TV Gets A Look At Flight Design’s New MC Model LSA

December 19, 2008

‘Metal Concept’ Intended To “Swallow The Flight School Market Whole”

The Aero-News and Aero-TV teams participated in the Oshkosh 2008 unveiling of an all-new light sport aircraft (LSA) produced by Flight Design, the 2009 MC or Metal Concept Model. The aircraft has been in development for approximately 36 months and with significant user input, was designed to respond to the needs of flight schools, flight clubs and the preferences of aviation enthusiasts who value the characteristics and maintainability of a metal fuselage.

Flight Design’s new MC uses aluminum for the fuselage, wings, and tail, with a complete steel internal fuselage and carbon fiber used on the nose cowl. A welded steel safety cell surrounds the cabin. As with Flight Design’s other offerings, the MC comes standard with a whole airframe emergency parachute system.

The overall length of the MC is similar to the CTLS, but has a wider wing span and is designed with a conventional stabilizer-elevator, intended to improve pitch stability and allow for “easier landings.” With the student pilot in mind, the aircraft includes urethane polymer shock absorbers in the nose gear designed to absorb more than 50% of the energy generated on the first bounce.

The aircraft controls include a center, floor-mounted stick and will be available with the Classic or Advanced Instrument Panel options similar to the other CT lines, provided by Dynon, Garmin, and PS Engineering.

The MC provides a roomier cabin as compared to the CTLS and CTSW adding nearly 8″ in height over the CTLS, and claiming to be more than 12 inches wider than most GA training aircraft. The MC payload is approximately 525 pounds, slightly less than the CTLS. The fuel capacity of the aircraft is considerably less than the other Flight Design LSAs, holding 26.4 gallons vs. 34 gallons in both the CTLS and CTSW. However, the MC maintains noteworthy and economical fuel consumption in the same 4-5 gallon per hour range, using the ubiquitous Rotax 912 engine.

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The Air Safety Foundation’s David Wright Updates …

December 11, 2008

ASF’s Vice President of Operations Talks About Air Safety Programs

AOPA… well-known as the 600 pound gorilla of aviation ociations, has a cousin that isn’t as well-known… though it should be. Cognizant of the issues involved in aviation safety — and the many controversies surrounding how to deal with them, the Air safety Foundation has NOT sat on the sidelines of this issue… but instead has taken a leading role in the examination of a myriad of safety issues and the subsequent education of the pilot population so that those issues might be better understood, throughout the industry.

The AOPA Air Safety Foundation is ‘a nonprofit, tax exempt organization promoting safety and pilot proficiency in general aviation through quality training, education, research, analysis, and the dissemination of information.’

Aero-TV sat down with several ASF and AOPA staffers over the last few months to get a feel for the organization and the people that staff it… this time catching up with David Wright, ASF’s Vice President of Operations.

David joined ASF in November 2002 and serves as the vice president of operations. In that role he is responsible for all of ASF’s day-to-day operations in support of the Foundation’s strategic objectives. He also contributes to the live and online ASF safety seminars that reach more than 100,000 pilots yearly with updated flight safety information.

He holds an MBA from the University of Maryland and a bachelor’s degree in aeronautics from the University of North Dakota, and has been both lead flight instructor for UND and an airline pilot with USAir Express. He holds an FAA commercial pilot certificate, is a flight instructor with both instrument and multi-engine ratings, and has logged about 2,500 flight hours.

ASF’s David Wright Talks Safety With Aero-TV

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Aero-TV Interviews A True Master Flight Instructor — …

December 9, 2008

Noted Flight Trainer Earns Exceptional Honor

In each of the past 45 years, the General Aviation Awards program and the FAA have partnered to recognize a small group of aviation professionals in the fields of flight instruction, aviation maintenance, avionics and safety for their contributions to aviation safety and education.

This awards program is a cooperative effort between the FAA and more a dozen industry sponsors. The selection process begins with local FAA Safety Team managers at Flight Standards District Offices (FSDO) and then moves on to the eight regional FAA offices. Panels of aviation professionals from within those four fields then select national winners from the pool of regional winners.

When all was said and done, the selection team chose Max Trescott, MCFI/MGI, of Mountain View, CA as the 2008 Nat’l Certificated Flight Instructor of the Year.

Max is an independent Palo Alto-area flight and ground instructor specializing in instrument and technically advanced aircraft training (www.sjflight.com). A Master CFI, Master Ground Instructor, and FAASTeam representative, Max is also a noted aviation author and speaker and founder of Glass pit Publishing. He represented the San Jose FSDO area (Jack Hocker, FPM) as well as the FAA’s Western Pacific Region.

Max was licensed to fly as a teenager. He earned degrees in Psychology and Electrical Engineering from Swarthmore College and an MBA from NYU. He worked for 25 years in sales, marketing and management positions for Hewlett-Packard and now devotes full time to teaching flying, speaking, and publishing aviation training materials.

He holds an Airline Transport Pilot certificate and is an FAA Gold Seal CFI. He is recognized by the National ociation of Flight Instructors as a Master CFI. He’s a past President of Los Medicos Voladores or “Flying Doctors”, and regularly flew volunteer medical teams to Mexico in his Cessna T210.

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An Intriguing Aero-TV Interview: Thielert Talks Thielert

November 21, 2008

Frank Thielert Talks About The Engine That’s Creating A New Level of “Buzz”

A few years ago, the idea of a General Aviation diesel was pretty much… science fiction. Today, it’s science fact. While many have contributed to our ulative knowledge of aero-diesel technology, no one has done as much in the certified realm as Frank Thielert and Thielert Aircraft Engines.

Diamond Aircraft deserves aggressive pats on the back for being the first to truly integrate diesel engine technology into modern GA airplanes. On the DA40, a staple in the rental/flight training market (especially in Europe), the Thielert Centurion 1.7 achieved excellent fuel specifics and built up thousands of hours in heavy-duty service.

On the twin-engine DA42, the Centurion 1.7 and the newer Centurion 2.0 has been a big hit overseas and now here in North America as standard powerplants on the one of the most revolutionary piston aircraft currently produced by any GA manufacturer. And now, mighty Cessna has adopted the Centurion 2.0 for the new Skyhawk TD… the first Cessna piston aircraft capable of burning “Jet-A.”

The Centurion 2.0 engine is certified for the use of both kerosene and approved automotive diesel fuels. Just as innovative as the diesel technology is the use of FADEC systems to maintain proper efficiencies and operational parameters. The Centurion 2.0 is equipped with separate redundant FADEC (Full Authority Digital Engine Control) systems. The two independently operating systems health-check each other permanently; the healthier one takes control automatically, if one fails to meet proper specifications. FADEC controls and monitors engine functions and enables the use of a single lever control for all operating parameters including propeller pitch control. The FADEC also logs all relevant engine data for analysis.

The more recently developed and type certificated Centurion 4.0 met EASA certification requirements 28 October 2004 and has since received FAA certification. The CENTURION 4.0 is a V8-engine producing 350hp. The Centurion 4.0 is a V-arrangement with eight cylinders, each with four valves. It is dual-turbo charged and equipped with common rail direct injection. In addition, it is liquid- cooled, has a completely electronic engine and propeller control unit, and a wet sump oil system as well as a reduction gearbox. The engine is certified by EASA and FAA. The Centurion 4.0 is certified only for use with Jet-A.

It all sounds good… but somehow, we think you should hear more… and from the most knowledgeable person possible — the guy behind this massive undertaking… Frank Thielert, himself. So…. enjoy Aero-TV’s visit with Frank Thielert.

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Aero-TV Profiles A ‘Mammoth of A Miniature’

November 5, 2008

Dan Gryder’s Herpa DC-3

Dan Gryder may just be the luckiest guy in aviation… as he gets paid to fly a spotless, pristinely-maintained Douglas DC-3 throughout the country, and even offers interested pilots the chance to earn the ONLY DC-3 type rating available today. ANN’s Paul Plack talked with Dan, who brought the Herpa DC-3 to Florida this past spring, about the plane’s history, and what it can do.

When Dan Gryder isn’t flying passengers around the world in 757s and 767s for a major airline, he can be found providing DC-3 flight instruction at his training center or shaking hands and offering DC-3 tours at air
shows. He has over 11,000 flight hours and type ratings in numerous large aircraft. He’s been a flight instructor for more than 25 years and holds the FAA designations of GOLD SEAL CFI, CFII, MEI, ATP and AGI.

Dan and his team of DC-3 experts operate what appears to be the only remaining DC-3 flight training schools, based near Atlanta. If you’re looking for more than just an introductory lesson or two, Dan and his team provide complete pilot in command and second in command training — all the way through the actual type rating.

The ‘Gooney’ is no stranger to World War II veterans and historians who will remember the DC-3 as the C-47 Skytrain. The military version of this remarkable flying machine aircraft was used by Allied Forces to transport troops and supplies around the world. The plane was nicknamed “the Gooney Bird” as it swiftly earned a rep as a sturdy (even forgiving) and reliable workhorse — capable of flying nearly anywhere in almost any weather. The US Navy referred to a modified version of the plane as the R4D and the British called her the Dakota. Still others called her the Skytrooper. No matter what you call her, she’s a piece of aviation history to be treasured.

Come Along With Aero-TV and Take A Trip Through History Aboard The Herpa DC-3

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Aero-TV: Quite The Type-Rating… Checking Out In The DC-3

November 3, 2008

Get Checked Out In Dan Gryder’s Herpa DC-3

Recently, we talked to Dan Gryder… who may just be the luckiest guy in aviation… as he gets paid to fly a spotless, pristinely-maintained Douglas DC-3 throughout the country, and even offers interested pilots the chance to earn the ONLY DC-3 type rating available today. ANN’s Paul Plack talked with Dan about that process, what it takes and how YOU might be able to join the few who can proudly point to the DC-3 type-rating on their pilot certificates.

When Dan Gryder isn’t flying passengers around the world in 757s and 767s for a major airline, he can be found providing DC-3 flight instruction at his training center or shaking hands and offering DC-3 tours at air shows. He has over 11,000 flight hours and type ratings in numerous large aircraft. He’s been a flight instructor for more than 25 years and holds the FAA designations of GOLD SEAL CFI, CFII, MEI, ATP and AGI.

Dan and his team of DC-3 experts operate what appears to be the only remaining DC-3 flight training schools, based near Atlanta. If you’re looking for more than just an introductory lesson or two, Dan and his team provide complete pilot in command and second in command training — all the way through the actual type rating.

The ‘Gooney’ is no stranger to World War II veterans and historians who will remember the DC-3 as the C-47 Skytrain. The military version of this remarkable flying machine aircraft was used by Allied Forces to transport troops and supplies around the world. The plane was nicknamed “the Gooney Bird” as it swiftly earned a rep as a sturdy (even forgiving) and reliable workhorse — capable of flying nearly anywhere in almost any weather. The US Navy referred to a modified version of the plane as the R4D and the British called her the Dakota. Still others called her the Skytrooper. No matter what you call her, she’s a piece of aviation history to be treasured.

Aero-TV Talks DC-3 Type Ratings With Dan Gryder

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Aero-TV: Next-Gen Airplanes Require Next-Gen Training (Part

October 30, 2008

Just How Will They Train All Those Eclipse Pilots, Anyway?

E-I-C Note: One of the wonders of the computer world is the gamut of amazing capabilities we have at our possession… but the curse of it all is revealed when these new-fangled wonder go “Tango-Uniform.” Part one of this program was presented October 14th and as we were preparing to upload Part 2, a so-called redundant drive array signaled that it was having problems… and it did. That’s all fixed now, and so we’re pleased to (belatedly) present Part Two of “Next-Gen Airplanes Require Next-Gen Training.” We think you’ll see it was worth waiting for.

Despite all the growing pains ociated with getting the Eclipse program up to speed, one thing continues unabated… Eclipse Pilot training. A visit to the factory flight training facility a few weeks back showed ANN that this was one part of the program that seems ready and able to keep up with the demand, and that Director of Customer Training, Randy Brooks, seems more than optimistic about their efforts.

Just last January, Eclipse told us that the FAA had awarded Eclipse’s training provider, Higher Power Aviation (HPA), authorization to conduct Eclipse 500 Type Training under HPA’s Part 142 Training Certificate. The authorization increases Eclipse’s training capacity and enables the company to type rate customers entirely in its certified Level D Full Motion simulators.

During the Part 142 certification process, the FAA examined Eclipse’s training curriculum and analyzed how Eclipse uses its advanced simulator to train and type rate customer pilots prior to an aircraft delivery. The certification came just two weeks after the FAA certified Eclipse’s first flight simulator as a Level D Full Motion device.

The first class of customer pilots began their flight training in the Level D simulator within days, with subsequent classes beginning every two weeks. Eclipse now has three Level D Full Motion simulators in operation, which allows the company to train and type rate 60 customers per month. The certification was accomplished through partnerships between Eclipse Aviation and HPA of Dallas, TX; OPINICUS of Lutz, FL; and Flight Simulation Company (FSC) of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Eclipse built a state-of-the-art Flight Training Facility at Double Eagle II Airport on Albuquerque’s west side just over a year ago. Eclipse flight skills essment eval programs and HPA’s Part 142 type rating training are conducted in the simulators.

FMI: www.eclipseaviation.com, www.aero-tv.net, www.youtube.com/aerotvnetwork, http://twitter.com/AeroNews

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