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Flight Design Celebrates 25 Years

Special Limited Edition 'Jubilee' Models Offered Worldwide
Article By: www.aero-news.net

While the U.S. Light-Sport Aircraft sector is just eight years old, and the first FAA-accepted aircraft began arriving in 2005, Flight Design GmbH has been involved with aircraft development and manufacturing aircraft for 25 years. To mark this milestone, the company is offering a special “Jubilee” series of their models with unique features and value pricing.

This will be a global celebration of Flight Design’s 25th Anniversary. “It has been an exciting 25 years where we brought interesting new airplanes to markets around the world,” said Flight Design CEO Matthias Betsch. “For this anniversary we have a special model created expressly for our worldwide dealership partners and their customers.”

Flight Design will build the special Jubilee edition in a very limited series of airplanes. The specially constructed airplanes add a personal touch, a unique equipment list, and special pricing. The Jubilee treatment can be applied to any of several models in production, including CTLSi, CTSLi (Supralight) or MCi. To insure quality and desirability, only 25 Jubilee airplane models will be manufactured.

“Each 25th Anniversary Jubilee airplane will have an upper management ‘Godfather’ assigned to personally monitor its build process to ensure our extraordinary level of quality is attained throughout every step and detail of manufacturing,” said Betsch. Jubilee models will have a special inscription plate affixed with signatures of Flight Design’s top managers, the name of that aircraft’s “Godfather” and its sequential number within the series of 25 models built for the celebration.

Flight Design’s 25th Anniversary Jubilee airplanes will have the following standard features: Rotax 912iS engine; Dynon SkyView avionics, dual 10-inch displays (for LSA/EASA 1,320-pound CTLSi and MCi) or dual 7-inch displays for CTLSi at 1,040-pound, or single 10-inch display for CTSLi; Dynon autopilot; 8.33-kHz communications radio with Mode S transponder; Garmin 796/795 GPS; electric stabilator trim; two upgraded Bose A20 Active Noise Reduction (ANR) headsets; input capability for mobile phone and music; special two-tone leather interior, including leather instrument panel and carpeting similar to the interior in Flight Design’s new four-seat C4 mock-up as seen at airshows; and, a special 25th Anniversary theme exterior design painted on aircraft (not decals) with 25th Anniversary commemorative logo. A special series of options is also available at attractive prices. An extended warranty of five years for structural parts and three years for mechanical parts plus a 25th Anniversary leather flight brief case will complete the limited edition airplanes.

“These will be very special airplanes,” said U.S. Sales Manager John Gilmore. “As they are offered around the world, only a small number are available for U.S. buyers. Having one of these Jubilee airplanes with their distinctive exterior paint design and special equipment will make them highly memorable and desirable.”

The program is available effective immediately until the 25th Jubilee airplane is built with delivery occurring from February to June, 2013 at the rate of five airplanes per month.

(File photo provided by Flight Design)
FMI: www.flightdesignusa.com

Spring Expands CFM56-5B Fleet with $40 Million Engine Order

China’s Spring Airlines signed the agreement with CFM International for CFM56-5B engines to power two new Airbus A320 aircraft. The engine order is valued at $40 million U.S. at list price and the airline is scheduled to take delivery of the first aircraft in January 2014 and the second aircraft in July 2014.

“We very much appreciate the long-term support CFM has been providing us and we are very happy with the outstanding performance of the CFM56 engines,” said Mme. Zhang Xiuzhi, CEO of Spring Airlines. “We look forward to further strengthening this relationship in the future.”

“Spring Airlines is a great customer,” said Jean-Paul Ebanga, president and CEO of CFM International. “And we are honored that this airline has again put it trust in the CFM56 product line. Our promise is to continue earn that trust every day.” 

Shanghai-based Spring Airlines, established by Spring Travel in 2005, is China’s first low cost airlines. Its entire fleet consists of 33 CFM56-5B-powered Airbus A320 fleet. The airline boasts one of the youngest fleets in the world today and operates more than 50 routes across China. Spring Airlines is also the first private carrier to operate international routes and currently serves destinations in Japan and Thailand, in additional to Hong Kong and Macau. 

The two new A320 aircraft of Spring Airlines will be powered by the CFM56-5B Performance Improvement Package engine, which has been the production configuration since October 2011. The PIP improvements, which provide a 0.5% improvement in fuel burn, include hardware changes to the core, including new high-pressure turbine blade, as well as manufacturing changes to the fan and compressor blades and vanes to improve performance retention. The engine also features fewer parts to help lower maintenance costs.

CFM56-5B engines (cfm56.com) are a product of CFM International, a 50/50 joint company between Snecma (Safran group) and GE. CFM, the world’s leading supplier of commercial aircraft engines, has delivered more than 24,200 engines to date. The CFM56-5B engine powers every model of the Airbus A320 family and has been chosen to power nearly 60 percent of all A320 aircraft in service or on order.

For more information, contact:
Jamie Jewell
T: 513-552-2790 / M: 513.885.2282 - E: jamie.jewell[.]ge.com.

Rick Kennedy
T: 513-243-3372 / M: 513.607.0609 - E: rick.l.kennedy[.]ge.com.

Mississippi Plane Crash: Accident Claims The Lives Of 3 Pilots En Route To FAA Safety Conference

Article By: Emily Wagster Pettus
According to The Huffington Post Online...

JACKSON, Miss. — Three pilots flying together to a federal safety conference died when their single-engine plane faltered in midair and crashed into a house that went up in flames.

The three men had just taken off from Hawkins Field Airport in Jackson on Tuesday when a witness said the Piper PA-32 began "spitting and sputtering."


Flames and smoke billow from a home in west Jackson, Miss., Tuesday evening, Nov. 13, 2012, after authorities say a small plane carrying three people crashed into the residence shortly after 5 p.m.

The witness, a Jackson police officer, saw the plane sputtering like it was out of fuel, he would later tell the plane's owner – a budding pilot whose own life was spared when he decided to go deer hunting instead of flying. The men on board were headed to a Federal Aviation Administration safety conference less than 30 miles away.

One of the aviators asked for permission to return to the airport, but just minutes later the plane went down. It crashed through trees before slamming into a house that quickly caught fire, sending long flames and black smoke through the neighborhood of modest single-family homes surrounded by magnolia and oak trees.

A deputy fire chief told WJTV-TV that one person escaped the burning home with minor injuries, but it was not immediately clear if anyone else was inside. One patient from the scene was in good condition at University of Mississippi Medical Center, spokesman Jack Mazurak said late Tuesday. He wouldn't give the person's name or gender or the extent of the injuries, citing privacy laws.

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Tecnam Launches New Low Cost Aircraft

 

P92 Echo Classic Light Is A Predominantly Metal Construction, Factory Built LSA
Article By: www.aero-news.com

Tecnam North America has launched the new P92 Echo Classic Light at a special introductory price through to the end of 2012. Tecnam says the airplane responds to market demand for a no frills, basic, aircraft that will still retain the great flight characteristics of the best selling P92 family of aircraft.

The P92 Echo Classic Light will appeal to budget conscious buyers who are looking for a low cost, predominantly metal, factory produced, Light Sport aircraft from a major manufacturer.

The basic airplane includes:
  • Rotax 912UL 80 HP engine which can use standard grades of automotive fuel and is even more economical than the already frugal 100HP Rotax.
  • All metal construction for structural components.
  • Special light weight seats that are fully adjustable in flight Steerable nose gear with center handbrake.
  • Single fuel tank holding 11.9 gallons (second tank optional).
  • All required day VFR instrumentation for flight outside of controlled airspace.
  • MTOW 1102 lbs; Standard useful load 496lbs; 424lbs of payload.
  • Max Cruise 103 kts Endurance 3 hours (single tank).
  • Standard two year/200 hour manufacturer’s warranty.
  • Prices start at only $74,999 for a day VFR aircraft that can legally be flown away from Hanover County Airport at this price – no hidden charges or surprises. A limited number of upgrade packages will be available at competitive prices.

  • FMI: www.tecnam.net

TAMARACK’S ACTIVE WINGLETS SCORE HIGH AT NBAA

 

Orlando, FL – Six months ago no one was differentiating Active Winglet from Passive Winglet technology. However Tamarack Aerospace Group has successfully added the terms to our aviation lexicon. Following the introduction of a Cirrus SR-22 with Active Winglets at the AOPA Summit, the innovative engineering company brought a Cessna Citation recently upgraded with Active Winglets to the NBAA convention and found itself in a whirlwind of demonstrations, explanations and numerous meetings with aircraft manufacturers.

“We can’t reveal the results of those meetings or who they were with,” said Nick Guida, CEO of Tamarack, “but we are very optimistic about the future of Active Winglets.”

Tamarack personnel flew from their factory in Sand Point, Idaho to Orlando in their upgraded CitationJet, climbing out of KICT (1,300’ MSL) at gross to 41,000’ in 30 minutes. After refueling in KMGM (241’) they got back up to 41,000’ in 32 minutes. The book calls for 43 minutes and typical time to climb to FL 410 is 55 minutes. Formal flight testing is just getting underway and Tamarack expects to record some significant changes in performance with the added wingspan and Active Winglets. The upgrade adds four feet of wingspan.

Tamarack Aerospace expects to complete their STC program for the Cirrus in early 2013 and is on track to complete the Citation before the end of 2013. They have started taking $10,000 deposits (fully refundable) for Citation orders. The pre-STC price for the Citation is $196,000 and it is expected that installation for the Active Winglets will take approximately 160 hours.

“We expect to make significant inroads with Active Winglets in the coming year, and in a decade we expect they’ll be standard on most high end, fixed wing aircraft,” said Guida. “The benefits of winglets have long been established. The problem with the old fashioned passive systems is that there is a phenomenal weight penalty arising from the additional structure required to offset bending loads. Those loads can exceed design limits. With Active Winglets, which feature Tamarack Active Control Surfaces (TACS), the bending loads don’t develop. They’re almost instantly counter balanced, meaning the heavy structure will be left on the factory floor.”

For more information on Active Winglets and other Tamarack products, visit www.TamarackAero.com or call Brian Willett at 855-I-FLY-TAG (435.9824); overseas: 1.208.255.4400.

PHOTO CAPTION: Reaction at NBAA to the CitationJet with Active Winglets was positive and enthusiastic.
 

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