Midweek Update 19 March 2013
By Willie Bodenstein
In Midweek Update we will be looking ahead to what's happening on the weekend and report on international and local news. Feel free to let us know if you or your club has got anything planned and we will gladly publish the details here. News snippets are also most welcome. E-mail all material to: firstname.lastname@example.org
We are promoting this as a family day for anyone from anywhere - bring your kids and grandkids! Breakfast will be available at the club. There will be an Easter egg hunt put on for the kids. For those wishing to stay a bit later, they are welcome to pack a picnic lunch and fires will be made available for those wanting to bring n braai. There will be liquid refreshments available all day.
Saturday 23 March SAPFA Fun Rally and 2nd Precision Qualifier Virginia Airport, Durban. Contact Mary de Klerk: email@example.com
Saturday 23 March TMG fly-in Kitty Hawk Airfield.Contact Marietjievan Niekerk: firstname.lastname@example.org
Events to diarise:
Robertson Flying Club is hosting our annual fly-inn breakfast on 13 April 2013 from 9:00 to 11:30 @ R50 per person. (The same price as 8 years ago, so we really want you to come!!)
Come and enjoy a morning (or day) in the valley of wine and roses. Bring your tent and sleep over on the clubhouse lawn or we will take you to one of our B&B's. You can even do a tandem skydive, if you dare.
Spotlanding competition as you arrive, with avgas and wine as prizes.
Fars - licensed
Altitude: 640 feet
Runways: 10/28 1600m x 15m tar 15/33 grass
Contact: Alwyn 083 270 5888
Local and International News
Lightning strike destroy ATC Tower at NAMPO Airfield
The wood and thatch control tower is manned by volunteer Air Traffic Controllers for the duration of the five day event. On Friday 15 March it was hit by lightning and completely destroyed. A new tower will be erected and will be completed in time for NAMPO 2013 which is set to start on 15 May. (Photos courtesy Cliff Lotter)
The aircraft is registered to a Montana company and operated by a Tulsa business. The neighborhood had to be evacuated because of a gas leak. By late Sunday it appeared that not all the occupants of the houses had been accounted for.
Albuquerque, NM, March 18, 2013 - Eclipse Aerospace, Inc. celebrates a major production milestone - the first power up of the new production Eclipse 550 Twin-Engine Jet. The first production Eclipse 550 aircraft successfully powered up its two Pratt & Whitney PW610F engines, and the aircraft systems came on line today at the company's facility in Albuquerque, N.M.
Eclipse Aerospace officially restarted the Eclipse Jet aircraft production line last June and continues to track for delivery of the first new Eclipse 550 series aircraft in the third quarter of this year. Built upon the same proven airframe as the Eclipse 500 aircraft, the new Eclipse 550 series is enhanced by additional technologies including a dual and redundant integrated flight management system and independent standby displays all powered by advanced microprocessors.
"What a great accomplishment by our entire team at Eclipse," said Mason Holland, CEO of Eclipse Aerospace. "This event is another key signal to the world that we continue on our methodical and well executed plan to reintroduce production and delivery of the Eclipse 550 Jet this year."
While other pioneers may have preceded the Wright brothers in briefly achieving controlled flight in a powered airplane, a lack of clear convincing evidence and successive development of an airframe have likely stunted their notoriety. And that may be the case for Whitehead.
The first written account cited by Brown that is descriptive of Whitehead's pre-Wright flights was published by the Bridgeport Herald in August of 1901. That story states that an unnamed representative of the Herald witnessed the flight. According to Brown, the Herald published the story on page five of a subsequent issue and did not include a photograph. Jackson writes that existence of a photograph is supported by written accounts that describe it as blurry and identify it as part of an exhibition that showcased aviation in 1904 and 1906. Whereabouts of the original photograph, or any copies, are unknown. Jackson adds that Brown's work found multiple "affidavits and statements" that exist "on tape and film or video" of individuals who "bear witness to the many powered flights made by Whitehead between August 1901 and January 1902." There are no taped, filmed or video records available to provide visual confirmation of Whitehead's flights. Jackson appears satisfied by the evidence presented by Brown.
"The flight was a great success. The aircraft handled well. The engine performed without any hiccups. The G2000 is extremely impressive. The avionics system is new technology and very exciting for us. It's a nimble, top-of-the line aircraft that will provide everything our customers need and want in a high performance aircraft" Test Pilot Bob Lott
THE NEED FOR SPEED
Continuing in the tradition as the fastest commercially-certified fixed-gear aircraft on the market, the Cessna TTx achieves a maximum cruise speed of 235 knots. Combine this with the fighter jet responsive controls enabled by the TTx's pure aerodynamic qualities, true side-stick controls and you get an unparalleled flight experience. Every antenna, outlet and exterior feature has been designed and positioned to shave drag coefficient and attain an aerodynamic purity from nose-to-tail.
INDUSTRY LEADING AVIONICS SUITE
The Intrinzicô Flight Deck powered by the Garmin G2000 is the first touch screen controlled glass flight deck ever designed for piston aircraft. Information is clearly displayed on two HiDef 14" LED screens. These displays feature a 60/40 split screen capability giving the pilot access to the right information, at the right time.
Unlike competitive aircraft, our standard avionics features include:
3D Digital Audio
Integrated traffic advisory system
Electronic standby Instruments
The GTC 570 touch screen controller is an intuitive interface enabling easy access to virtually everything: instrumentation, navigation, weather, terrain, traffic, engine operations, airway charts, approach plates and climate controls. The G2000 is built on the same backbone as the Garmin suite of avionics found in our new Citation business jets to be delivered later this year, featuring identical displays and touch screen interfaces.
TEST FLIGHT LOG
Total flights to date: 275 flights
Total hours flown to date: 339 hours
Three aircraft are in the development and certification program
Over 12 aircraft have started line flow in Independence, KS with eight of these aircraft in the final stages
Certification of the G2000 continues to progress
Completed avionics cooling and electromagnetic interference ground tests
Beginning final TSO software ground and flight tests
Starting final certification testing of the GSR 56 Iridium system
MATCH YOUR STYLE
Did you know there are 42 exterior color combinations? We encourage you to create the ramp appeal that best suits your style. The interior is designed to elicit second looks with its sleek sports car styling. You can spec yours in four new interior options.
Cessna is marketed in South Africa by Comair. For more information go to: www.comairsales.co.za
It's not clear how long the men, identified as Benjamin Hudon-Barbeau, 36, and 33-year-old Danny Provencal, hung underneath but Barbeau and the two alleged accomplices were arrested 30 miles from the prison. Provencal was located nearby and reportedly phoned a Montreal radio station saying he'd been shot in the leg. The station released a recording of Provencal who, speaking in French, said: ""I don't want to hurt anyone. I just don't want to stay in prison, and I'm ready to die."
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