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Flying

March 2019

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
Language:
English
Publisher:
Bonnier Corporation
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automation and you

An “uncrashable” airplane? It sounds far-fetched, but that’s precisely the aim of research that is delving into the question of how general aviation aircraft can evolve to become far simpler to operate with assistance from new digital flight-control architectures, enhanced stability tools, flight-envelope protection and other technology enhancements.The ideas tie in neatly with optimistic predictions for on-demand urban mobility, concepts like Uber Elevate that promise one day to whisk passengers from rooftop vertiports in one part of a city to another using fleets of electric-powered vertical takeoff and landing air taxis.The unexciting name for the research is Simplified Vehicle Operations. Pushing for this transformation in a big way is the FAA. The eventual goal is fully autonomous flight, with a pilot on board merely to monitor systems and ensure the…

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inbox

INVESTIGATE THE AEROMEDICAL DIVISIONImagine a football game played on a field with no first-down markers, goal line or end zones. As the quarterback, you execute plays to the best of your ability only to see yellow flags strewn on the field. You back up, set your line, snap the ball and throw downfield … but no matter what you do, you can’t know if you have advanced toward your goal or not.Such is the game some of us find ourselves playing with the FAA Aeromedical Division in Oklahoma City. This division sends out a steady stream of snail mail correspondence asking for yet another test at pilots’ expense and sometimes for information that’s already been submitted. You know you are living your own version of a Catch 22 when your…

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the head hud

Universal Avionics and its parent company Elbit Systems have integrated panel-mounted avionics with a wearable HUD, allowing pilots to view critical flight data wherever they turn their heads. The SkyLens is particularly useful once the final approach fix has been passed. While looking through the lens into the outside environment, the pilot is able to see the picture through an enhanced-vision-system camera, bring ing clarity to low-visibility conditions. Paired with Universal’s InSight avionics suite, SkyLens offers “look, point and click” technology for control of FMS functions. InSight STCs are in the works for the Cessna Citation VII and Dassault Falcon 50.SkyLens is part of the Clearvision Enhanced Flight Vision System family and can be integrated with other avionics without a fixed HUD, its makers said. ■…

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citation longitude earns provisional certification

Textron Aviation has achieved provisional type certification for the Cessna Citation Longitude. This is the final step toward full FAA certification and allows Cessna to conduct flight training in the super-midsize jet to prepare customers for first deliveries, which are expected soon.The extensive flight-test program for the Longitude included more than 1,650 flights, accumulating more than 4,050 hours. Textron Aviation also conducted a world tour to give the 12-passenger airplane a realistic test environment for its 3,500-nm range. Test pilots visited 12 countries and traveled more than 31,000 nm during the tour.The Longitude’s cruise speed tops out at 476 ktas and the interior boasts plenty of elbow room and headroom for the passengers with a flat-floor cabin that is 6 feet tall and more than 6 feet wide. The seats…

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tecnam p2012 gains european approval

Right before 2018 reached its end, Italian airplane maker Tecnam achieved certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency for the largest airplane in the company’s 70-year history — the P2012 Traveller.“The EASA certification of the P2012 Traveller marks a significant milestone for my Tecnam team, our very first commuter airline aircraft,” said Tecnam’s CEO Paolo Pascale. The P2012 was the final design of his uncle, Luigi Pascale, who died in 2017 at the age of 93 after a lifelong career designing airplanes.The Traveller was conceived as a solution for low-cost regional air travel, with two turbocharged 375 hp Lycoming piston engines powering the 11-seat high-wing airplane. The engines are managed electronically, eliminating the need for manual mixture controls.The instrument panel is dominated by Garmin’s G1000 NXi avionics suite, with two…

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avionics

IRIDIUM NEXT GOES GLOBALSPACEX LAUNCHES FINAL BATCH OF SATELLITES INTO ORBITRiding on the back of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket, the final batch of 10 Iridium Next satellites launched in January, effectively completing Iridium’s global-satellite coverage. This was the eighth and final launch campaign with SpaceX, which has deployed a total of 75 satellites in less than two years. The constellation consists of 66 satellites in six polar orbiting planes in low-Earth orbit (LEO).The mission replaced outdated Iridium satellites with Iridium Next satellites, a program that has cost Iridium $3 billion. Old satellites were replaced through a complex process called “slot swap.” Inoperative satellites eventually burn up in the atmosphere, though there are times when some debris ends up reaching the Earth.Connected to each Iridium Next satellite is the company’s Certus…

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