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Plane & Pilot April 2018

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7 min.
the future of light ga and the four-seat family plane

I spent some time in central Florida recently at the Sebring Sport Aviation Expo and had the opportunity during a panel discussion I moderated to spend some time with some people who know sport aviation better than just about anyone. The topic, the way light aircraft certification is changing aircraft design and availability, was, at first blush anyway, a dry one. But as we discussed it, it proved to be anything but. The people who joined me for the conversation were old friends and sport aviation veterans Sebastien Heintz, president of Zenith Aircraft; Tom Peghiny, president of Fight Design USA; and Dan Johnson, president of the Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association. Between them, they represent around 150 years of experience in the sport aviation world. They don’t just know it. Each one…

3 min.
on the step

THE QUESTION Is “The Step” just a myth? Or is there really something to it? THE BACKSTORY The subject of aerodynamics is a slippery one, with any one effect having many plausible-sounding explanations. One of the most vexing aerodynamic theories is the one that claims that certain airplanes can achieve faster cruise speeds when they get into a certain pitch attitude. It might be useful to compare this with a floatplane, which plows along in the water until it achieves a more nose-down angle of attack and then transitions to a more efficient contact with the water’s surface in which it planes instead of plows. A theory associated with The Step is that it is achieved by climbing slightly above your cruise altitude and then descending back down to the target altitude. This…

3 min.
news of note

VULCANAIR V1.0 RECEIVES GREEN LIGHT FROM FAA Vulcanair, an Italian manufacturer long known for its production of twins, recently received FAA certification for a single-engine four-seater known as the V1.0. The all-metal V1.0 is powered by a 180 hp Lycoming and goes for less than $260,000, an appealing price tag in a market where sub-$300,000 trainers are hard to come by. GE’S NEW TURBOPROP ENGINE COMPLETES FIRST TEST RUN GE Aviation completed the first run of the Advanced Turboprop engine in late December, paving the way for the clean-sheet design to begin certification testing in 2018. The 1,240 shp engine is slated to power the new Cessna Denali. GARMIN GFC 500 CERTIFIED FOR CESSNA 172, 182 The FAA has granted supplemental type certification for Garmin’s GFC 500 autopilot for many Cessna 172 and 182 models,…

2 min.

FAA minimum pilot height requirement: None Air Force pilot minimum height: 64 inches standing (5’4”) Shortest fixed-wing takeoff/landing: Bobby Breeden, 44 ft total Smallest multi-engine plane: Colomban Cri- Cri, 13 ft long, 16-ft wingspan Smallest single: Stits DS-1 Baby Bird, 6-ft wingspan, length 11 ft Smallest successful single (biplane): Stits SA-2A Baby Bird, 10 ft long, 11-ft wingspan Smallest single that flew: Starr Bumble Bee II, 5’6” wingspan Number built: One Number of flights: A few on one day Crashes: One Fatalities: Zero World’s shortest airline runway: 1,200 feet, Yrausquin Airport on Saba, a small island in the Caribbean Lowest airport in the world: Bar Yehuda Airfield, near the Dead Sea, Israel, 1,240 feet below sea level Lowest airport in the United States: 210 ft below sea level, Furnace Creek, near Death Valley, Inyo County, California Shortest scheduled airline flight: 1.7 miles, Westray to…

4 min.
accident briefs

CESSNA 208B CARAVAN Anaktuvuk Pass, AK: Injuries: 5 Serious, 3 Minor The airline transport pilot was conducting a scheduled passenger flight in an area of remote, snow-covered, mountainous terrain with seven passengers on board. The pilot reported that, after receiving a weather briefing, he chose to conduct the flight under visual flight rules (VFR). While en route at about 10,000 ft mean sea level (msl), the visibility began “getting fuzzy.” The pilot then descended the airplane to 2,500 ft msl (500 ft above ground level) to fly along a river. When the airplane was about 10 miles southwest of the airport, he climbed the airplane to about 3,000 ft msl in order to conduct a straight-in approach to the runway. He added that the visibility was again a little “fuzzy” due to…

5 min.

360fly 4K Video Camera Capturing 360-degree video footage just got a lot easier thanks to the 360fly 4K ($499.99) camera. Packaged in a sleek black eye-ball design, the 360fly delivers both style and functionality for adventurers looking to record their experiences in virtual-reality-like fashion. Equipped with a single fish-eye lens, the action cam eliminates the need for stitching and instead provides a seamless panoramic view that’s perfect for recording everything from formation flying to an afternoon of touch-and-goes. The camera comes with a fixed 64 gb capacity and is wifi and Bluetooth compatible. With the 360fly mobile or desktop app, users can see and control the footage the camera is recording in real time right on their phone or computer screen. The app also allows users to edit and upload videos…