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Flying May 2017

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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privatize atc? no way!

The White House’s proposal to privatize our nation’s air traffic control system is nothing new. The original en route air traffic control system developed in the late 1920s, in fact, was owned and operated by the airlines. But by the late 1930s, after a number of high-profile airline crashes, the federal government and airlines jointly decided that a central authority should be in charge. The obvious answer was for the government to run the ATC system, which it has ably done for the past 80 years with a safety record unmatched anywhere in the world. In the mid-1990s, the Clinton administration pushed for ATC privatization with a plan to create an autonomous corporation called the United States Air Traffic Control System, which would remain part of the Department of Transportation. Then…

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off-airport adventures

TIM IMBROCK DON’T FEAR THE GO-AROUND I love your statement, “The go-around must be recognized as a normal segment of any flight, despite the fact that it is not used on each and every trip [“The Go-Around,” December 2016].” I’m an instructor pilot for an organization that operates over 100 aircraft in nearly 30 countries around the world. In this very unforgiving environment (where unimproved and uncontrolled airstrips are the norm) the requirement for a “stable approach,” good decision-making and the ability to execute a go-around are critical. YOUR SHOTS @SOFLOPROPLIFE Share your flying adventures with #FlyingMagazine WHITE HOUSE CALLS FOR ELIMINATION OF ESSENTIAL AIR SERVICE SUBSIDIES Critics say the EAS program is a waste of federal dollars. Flying readers respond: MATT MELVIN Alaskan villages that are only accessible by air rely on EAS. Hopefully it is not cut…

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sky next

RANDOLPH SUNGLASSES Pilot sunglasses cut glare and protect from extreme exposure to solar radiation, but they’ve also become a fashion statement. Randolph Engineering’s Aviator line provides both protection and style that pilots rave about. Gradient-tint lenses provide increased protection on the top half of the lens while offering a clearer picture below. The frames come in several sizes, and the bayonet temples are designed to fit under headgear. They can break the seal of a noise-canceling headset, but they rest nicely above the ear cup.…

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bell fcx concept offers a glimpse of the future

While there’s no confirmation that Bell’s recently unveiled FCX concept will ever be built, this X-plane-like helicopter points to some interesting trends the Fort Worth, Texas, manufacturer is considering, such as using one pilot in all weather and operational conditions. Bell believes a single pilot’s workload could be kept manageable through an augmented-reality system closely tied to an artificial-intelligence computer like those in use aboard the F-35 fighter. Bell offered no performance specifics for the FCX but did outline some of the technologies the concept aircraft might use, such as a hybrid propulsion system combining a thermal engine core for primary power and an electric anti-torque system. Replacing a traditional tail rotor with an electric one would eliminate the gears and transmission shafts normally used to pull power from the main…

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trending

XTI SWITCHES TO HYBRID-ELECTRIC PROPULSION XTI Aircraft Company has partnered with Bye Aerospace Inc. to produce a hybrid-electric prototype of the TriFan 600, a futuristic-looking VTOL aircraft that is currently in the design phase. XTI had initially planned to make a 65 percent subscale version of the TriFan, but with the new partnership the company plans to build a full-size prototype instead. The heavy engines, as well as the transmission, gears and other components, will be replaced with two electric motors, batteries, generators and a single smaller turboshaft engine, said XTI CEO Robert J. LaBelle. TriFan 600 Switches to Hybrid-Electric Propulsion {cont.from page 16} “Advanced electric power for aircraft makes the hybrid-electric configuration compelling for the TriFan,” said Bye Aerospace founder, chairman and CEO George Bye. “We can now bring together into one extraordinary…

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runway visual range

Runway visual range, or RVR, precisely measures the distance that a pilot flying an ILS approach might expect to see when looking down the runway in those critical seconds just before touchdown. Because landing and some takeoffminimums are based on visibility, an operating RVR system is a vital operational element to support the high arrival and departure rates demanded at busy airports. A typical RVR system is created around a visibility sensor, an ambient light sensor, a runway light intensity monitor, a data processing unit and a control display unit. RVR units are typically connected to an airport仹s automated surface observing system to capture additional data points. The RVR readout display is normally found in both the control tower and the IFR radar room of an airport, where air traffic controllers…