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Flying December 2018

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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who needs a multiengine rating?

Some blame former Flying editor Richard Collins for nearly killing the market for light piston twins by relentlessly proselytizing on the superiority of singles. He owned and flew a Cessna P210 and so it’s no surprise he was biased in favor of single-engine airplanes. But he also helped dispel the myth that twins were safer than singles merely by virtue of their extra engine. It wasn’t true, but convincing people of that fact was a challenge. Pilots returning from World War II after flying multiengine transports and bombers wanted to own twins, creating a ready-made market for decades to follow. How times have changed. Today, the market for new piston twins is practically nonexistent. Still, we’ve got to keep building new twin trainers. That’s because aspiring airline pilots are obligated to…

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THANKS, MARTHA As a schoolteacher-turned-aviator-turnedinstructor-turned-airline-guy, I have enjoyed reading many of your columns over the years, but for personal reasons, none more than Martha Lunken’s. Weaned on Fate Is the Hunter and Stick and Rudder, I grew up with Peter Garrison’s Melmoth exploits and Gordon Baxter’s fly-in exploits and Richard Collins’ instrument-flying exploits and Len Morgan’s airline exploits — and I’ve come to enjoy the younger crop of writers who now grace your pages — but I count myself lucky to have known Martha personally, if briefly. One gets to an age when one’s heroes become one’s contemporaries; on a breezy October 17 many years back, I flew a rental Beech from now-closed Blue Ash Airport down to “Sunken” Lunken for my CFI check ride (Lunken’s terminal, the building Ernest Gann nearly…

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d2 delta px

Who ever thought a pilot’s watch would do all this? Garmin’s latest D2 Delta PX pilot’s watch incorporates a GPS moving map, wrist-based pulse oximeter that tracks blood oxygen saturation in flight, Nexrad color weather radar imagery, airport data, automatic flight logging, connectivity with compatible avionics and more. The D2 Delta PX also includes several fitness functions, such as heart-rate monitor, activity profiles and fitness tracking. It can store and play up to 500 songs and connect with an audio panel or headset using Bluetooth technology. The Garmin Pay feature built into the watch lets you link it to your credit card to make purchases so you can leave your cash and cards at home. One of the features we like best is that the battery lasts 20 days in smartwatch mode and…

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embraer unveils a pair of new business jets

Developing and building a business jet without the public finding out is no small feat. Brazilian airplane maker Embraer doubled up at NBAA’s Business Aviation Convention and Expo in Orlando, Florida, this fall and introduced not one but two bizjets that will soon be added to the company’s product line: the Praetor 500 and 600. The super-midsize Praetor 600 will be capable of flying nonstop between London and New York, while the midsize Praetor 500’s range will be slightly shorter, according to Embraer. More precisely, the Praetor 600’s range with four passengers stands at 3,900 nm, and the Praetor 500’s at 3,250 nm. Like Embraer’s midsize Legacy 450 and 500, the Praetors will use fly-by-wire technology, with sidesticks, for aircraft control. The flight deck will be managed through Rockwell Collins’ Pro Line…

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aerion makes progress on supersonic as2 bizjet

Aerion Corp. has completed the conceptual design phase for the AS2 supersonic jet, along with partners Lockheed Martin, GE Aviation and Honeywell. “We’ve overcome some huge technical hurdles, and we’re confident we’ll meet Stage 5 takeoff and landing noise requirements,” says Aerion CEO Tom Vice. To meet those requirements, GE Aviation has committed to developing a turbofan engine designed specifically for supersonic flight, the GE Affinity. This is a huge step for GE; it will be the first civil supersonic engine to be developed in 55 years. The fadec-controlled twin-fan engine will have the highest bypass ratio of any supersonic engine. It is designed to reach 60,000 feet and will be able to meet the current regulations for supersonic flight. The AS2 is expected to fly at speeds up to Mach 1.4…

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aircraft ice protection

With winter nearly in full swing north of the equator, it’s only a matter of time before instrument-rated pilots will need to make decisions about how to escape from icing situations, whether that be before takeoff or while en route. Ice adds weight and acts as a lift spoiler across wings and tail surfaces. Ice can also affect engine operations for all aircraft. Ice protection is broadly categorized as either anti- or deicing, depending on the equipment installed and the certification of the aircraft. When it comes to protecting an aircraft from icing, there are few absolutes, only guidelines about when to expect ice. In visible moisture when the outside air temperature is below 37 degrees, pilots should expect to see the white stuff begin to stick. While icing equipment is…

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