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Flying April 2020

The sharp wit and experienced judgment of Flying’s experts cover all the challenges and rewards that aviation offers to all flying enthusiasts. From industry news updates, regulations, trends, air shows and events to carefully researched reports on all categories of airplanes, helicopters, avionics, products, technology, accessories and equipment to pilot technique, flight training, safety, weather, operations and maintenance.

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United States
Bonnier Corporation
12 Issues

in this issue

3 min.
define sustainable

When it comes to the slippery word “sustainability,” each of us comes to our own definition. When I’m walking on the beach, picking up 100 straws and the plastic shafts of cotton swabs, it’s easy for me to shake my fist at the sky and say: “Ban them all! Who needs a plastic straw? They’re killing the turtles!” But fast-forward a day or two, and my same raised hand is reaching to sump a fuel tank on an airplane, with the inevitable stray drop of avgas dribbling onto my fingers. I think little of it, and I’ll perhaps wipe the residue off with a towel, then go on and fly. I used to enjoy the lingering smell of 100LL on the cuffs of my leather bomber jacket in high school, reminding me…

4 min.

USING THE FLIGHT SIM RIGHT I enjoyed Julie Boatman’s article “Can We Build Better Instruction?” in the January/February 2020 issue of Flying. Like her, I have attended the Redbird Migration for several years now and actually conducted breakout sessions the [past] two years. We have used a Redbird FMX since 2012 and recently purchased another one. Our use of the sim, however, is different than most flight schools. I realized several years ago that the sim could allow repetition, something the airplane is very poor at doing. We created our own syllabus, and tasks in the airplane are broken down and each segment repeated. A webinar I did for Redbird, “Holistic Approach to Flight Training,” explains our approach. I have maintained for years that a simulator is invaluable if you use it correctly.…

1 min.
a round-dial replacement

GARMIN Full functionality of the GI 275 comes with a multi-unit installation, to deliver traffic, weather and terrain information in addition to navigation and engine-monitoring data. If you’re in love with the look of the traditional six-pack in your airplane—or don’t want to spend the cash on a new instrument panel—but want to incorporate the latest in glass multifunction capability into your cockpit, a new solution just dropped that satisfies that very desire. In January, Garmin debuted an electronic flight instrument, the GI 275, that offers a drop-in replacement solution for standard 3.125-inch round-panel installations in legacy aircraft. The lightweight GI 275 features multiple functions, essentially serving as four instruments in one, including attitude and navigational data, as well as engine indications. The instrument can be installed singly or in sets. We did a…

3 min.
sustainable aviation fuel

The year 2020 has begun with significant efforts by business aviation to promote and use sustainable aviation fuel (discussed in this issue in Peter Garrison’s Technicalities). It continues to build onto the momentum displayed at the National Business Aviation Association’s Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition this past fall in Las Vegas, which saw manufacturers including Gulfstream, Embraer, Textron Aviation and Honda Aircraft Company powering their displays and other aircraft, at least in part, on SAF. For example, Gulfstream flew its fleet directly from Savannah’s Hilton Head airport in Georgia to Las Vegas’ Henderson Executive Airport, site of the show’s static display. The company says these were its first carbon-neutral flights using a blended sustainable aviation fuel and carbon offsets. Use of the 30-70 blend (with 30 percent low-carbon, drop-in SAF and…

2 min.
horten hx-2 update

The striking Horten HX-2 flying wing that was unveiled in Friedrichshafen, Germany, in April 2018 has completed the initial stages of its flight testing and continues to progress through ground-vibration and flutter testing at Horten headquarters near Eisenach. During the initial flight tests, the HX-2 was flown at speeds up to 124 mph and has returned promising preliminary data. The Horten HX-2 is a two-seat, tailless light aircraft without a fuselage. When flown at the long-range cruise speed of 87 mph, the HX-2’s 100 hp Rotax 912 iS Sport engine demonstrated a fuel burn of 2.64 gallons per hour. With 64.4 gallons of fuel capacity, this translates into a preliminary range of 2,123 miles and an endurance of over 24 hours. Horten predicts a maximum cruise speed of approximately 170 mph. While…

3 min.
bar harbor, maine, rnav (gps) rwy 22

Whether you’re flying to the Maine coastline to add your name to the list of the 3 million annual visitors to Acacia National Park or to try to decide which restaurants really are the 10 best for lobster in the region, you might come face to face with the RNAV (GPS) Runway 22 for an approach into Hancock County-Bar Harbor Airport (KBHB). Coastal influences here usually prevent winter temperatures from dropping down into the single-digit range common in the rest of Maine, but pilots should keep in mind that KBHB receives an average of 60 inches of snow. In May and June, there can also be dense coastal fog to plague unwary pilots. A. STANDARD T-BAR IAF POINTS Whenever possible, GPS approaches are developed using a “T-Bar” shape. In this case, the final…