September 2012 - Page 4 Aviation Articles

Gulfstream G280 Earns Its Wings

Article By: Chad Trautvetter

The super-midsize Gulfstream G280, a joint project between Gulfstream and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), obtained full FAA and Israeli type certification today. This was an on-time arrival for Gulfstream, which had promised such approval in the third quarter. The aircraft received provisional type certification from Israel’s CAAI on December 29 and from the FAA on March 1.

“Gulfstream is excited to bring this aircraft to its customers, especially since we’re able to provide an airplane that does more than we originally announced,” said Gulfstream president Larry Flynn. The G280 has a range of 3,600 nm at Mach 0.80, a 200-nm increase over original projections. “It’s the only midsize aircraft that can reliably fly nonstop between London and New York,” he added.

The approvals clear the way for customer deliveries of the new twinjet. Gulfstream says it will deliver the first G280 before year-end to a “U.S.-based manufacturer with a worldwide presence spanning 190 countries.”

According to Gulfstream, the principal remaining item required before the FAA and CAAI issued full type certificates was an update to the software for the twinjet’s Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion avionics. This hurdle was cleared today, when Rockwell Collins announced that the avionics system achieved FAA certification on the Gulfstream PlaneView280 flight deck.

Meanwhile, full FAA certification of the wide-cabin Gulfstream G650 is expected by the end of this month. The G650 received provisional FAA certification in November.

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CubCrafters Announces 2013 Changes To Carbon Cub SS

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CubCrafters Announces 2013 Changes To Carbon Cub SS New Cowl Design, Improved Heater, New Starter Among The Upgrades For Next Year

After three years in production and a fleet of well over one hundred aircraft, the CubCrafters Carbon Cub SS is evolving for 2013, the company says.

Highlights include a new cowling design, an improved cabin heat system, a new starter, and a new system voltage monitor. New options are also being introduced including a ground adjustable propeller from Whirl Wind, a GPS-equipped Emergency Locator Transmitter, and new amphibious floats from Aerocet are coming soon.

“We have been working hard for the past year on these improvements and are pleased to now announce them” says CubCrafters General Manager Randy Lervold. “These improvements are a direct result of feedback from both our customers and our dealer network. Our team here has done an outstanding job of further improving an already exciting aircraft.”

The redesigned cowling meets Part 23 cooling test standards and results in up to a 40° reduction in cylinder head temperatures thereby providing greater cooling margin when operating in the most challenging ambient conditions. The new cabin heat system boasts a 340% increase in airflow (CFM) and a 200% BTU increase over the previous system, for far more comfortable cabin temperatures during cold-weather flying.

The new SmartMonitor electrical system voltage monitor improves safety by constantly monitoring and displaying the status of both the main bus and ignition backup battery systems. Should any drop in voltage be detected, the pilot is visually alerted immediately.

The new Hartzell starter is 1.7 pounds lighter than the starter used previously. It improves hot starts while drawing less current.

CubCrafters is now accepting orders for the 2013 Carbon Cub SS. Prices start at $172,990.

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Two Communities Look To Close Airports

Article By: Curt Epstein
Aviation International News

Blue Ash Airport, a part of Cincinnati, Ohio since the 1920s, was slated to close at the end of August following the city’s notification to the FAA, effectively ending a five-year battle between the city and airport users. As recently as last year the city had promised that the airport would continue to operate, albeit in a reconfigured form, but by mid-August crews had begun to remove the tanks in the fuel farm.

“The Cincinnati administration, led by Mayor Mark Mallory, has failed to honor previous commitments to AOPA and the aviation community that Blue Ash Airport would continue to operate as a general aviation airport,” said Bill Dunn, AOPA’s vice president of airport advocacy. With its 3,499-foot runway, the airport was once the busiest nontower facility in Ohio, according to Bill Christian, CEO of services provider Blue Ash Aviation, which plans to relocate to nearby Butler County Airport. Christian said the city of Blue Ash, which owns half the airport, plans to build a park and golf courses on its part of the site.

In another attempted closure, St. Clair, Mo., city authorities are wrapping up the final details requested by the FAA in their four-year process to shutter St. Clair Regional Airport. The city must receive FAA approval to close the airport since the obligations for federal grants used in land acquisition do not expire, and among the requirements specified by the agency was a meeting with interested stakeholders, including tenants and AOPA.

The city asserts the facility has failed to be profitable and is a drain on finances. If the FAA approves the closure, the city hopes eventually to lure retail merchants to the site, but Dunn believes the agency will not approve the closure. “The FAA is required under policy to consider a request to release an airport from federal obligations, but it is not required to grant the request,” he said.

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