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December 14, 2012
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  • Diamond aims to offer fly-by-wire for GA within 3 years
    According to Christian Dries, Diamond Aircraft's CEO, fly-by-wire capabilities are currently installed in a DA42 testbed, and could be certified and on the market by 2015. The company says the technology could either prevent upsets, or automatically recover from them, and also make the airplane capable of auto-landing -- even without pilot-initiated commands. AVweb (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Aviation Update 
  • Retired Cessna to be turned into race car
    Police officer and race car driver Jeff Bloch has come up with an idea for a retired 1956 Cessna 310 -- he plans to merge it with a 1987 Toyota Van Wagon in time to race in the 24 Hours of LeMons at the Carolina Motorsports Park in Kershaw, S.C., in mid-March. The competition awards not only the fastest vehicles but also "the coolest car that has no business being on a racetrack," said Bloch. Flying online (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Solar plane working on U.S. cross-country flight
    Swiss company Solar Impulse is planning a U.S. cross-country flight for its all-solar-powered HB-SIA prototype plane in 2013. The flight is expected to begin in California and end in New York City. The company's ultimate goal is to fly around the world without using any fuel. Flying online (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Air traffic controllers urge Washington to avoid "fiscal cliff"
    The National Air Traffic Controllers Association said sequestration legislation could include cuts that would affect general aviation pilots. "It is our role to warn the rest of the country that these cuts will be detrimental to our National Airspace System and the economy," a statement from NATCA President Paul Rinaldi said. "We urge Congress to act to avert the sequester before it's too late." WMAQ-TV (Chicago) (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Business aircraft still in demand in Middle East
    Deliveries of new business aircraft to the Middle East continue to increase. Hawker Beechcraft says it continues to receive orders for new turboprop aircraft. According to HBC data, overall business aircraft deliveries to the Middle East increased more than 130% between the periods of 2003-2006 and 2007-2011. AIN Online (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Airport Focus 
  • Mass. airport honors aviation roots
    Plymouth Municipal Airport in Massachusetts will name six gates in honor of local aviation pioneers. Among those to be honored are the late Elio Barufaldo, the airport's first manager, and airport commissioner Walter Morrison. A dedication ceremony is set for Monday. Wicked Local/Carver, Mass. (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Helicopter News 
  • Teenager takes top Sikorsky design prize
    Sixteen-year-old Ethan Chu of Indiana won Sikorsky's second annual Helicopter 2050 Challenge. This year's theme required an environmentally friendly design; Chu drew from technology used on hovercraft during the Cold War. Chu will receive a $1,000 scholarship, a trophy and a tour of the Sikorsky assembly line. WTNH-TV (New Haven, Conn.) (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
U.S. Sport Aviation Expo. Sebring, FL hosts the 9th annual Expo January 17-20, 2013 — the largest sport aircraft-event in the world. New for 2013: twilight air show, Year of the Cub, Manufacturers Showcases, and contest that will crown sport aviation's most efficient aircraft/pilot duo. Four days in Sebring, Florida to "See, Try, Fly and Buy" sport aircraft. Learn more here.
  Avionics & Technology 
  • What will 2013 mean for biofuels?
    Columnist Jim Lane answers 15 questions about industry trends and issues for the upcoming year. Some of the issues to affect the industry in 2013 will be the increased domestic production of natural gas and oil, the expected commercialization of cellulosic ethanol, the possible adoption of low-carbon fuel standards beyond California, the potential bifurcation of corn and advanced-ethanol interests, and the impact of less government spending, Lane writes. (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Pilot Spotlight 
  • Gliding becomes art in the Stemme S10-VT
    The long, lithe wings of the Stemme S10-VT mark it as a high-performance glider, but reporter Rohit Jaggi finds out that's not all. The German-made motorglider aims to provide the best of both powered and sailplane flight. "As a sudden stillness descends, I tuck away the now stationary propeller. The aircraft relaxes and I start to explore the other side of its split personality," Jaggi writes. Financial Times (free content) (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Study shows aviation gives businesses an edge
    A study of Standard & Poor's 500 companies showed that businesses that took advantage of aviation during the recession (from 2007 to 2011) topped companies that did not. "In Wichita, everybody knows that business airplanes represent good manufacturing jobs," said Ed Bolen, president and CEO of the National Business Aviation Association. "But they're also critical to companies all over the United States." The Wichita Eagle (Kan.) (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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