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Flying May 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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the power of truth

For general aviation interests involved in a knockdown, drag-out brawl over ATC privatization, the news was stunning. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster in late February dropped the bombshell that he would end his effort to privatize the air traffic control system in the United States. He didn’t have the votes to pass HR 2997 — what was to be the Pennsylvania Republican’s signature piece of legislation — a bill that sought to hand over billions of dollars of taxpayer-funded air traffic control infrastructure to a corporatized entity that the airlines would, in effect, own. Shuster knew he’d been beaten. It was time to end the fight. General aviation leaders celebrated that night, I’m sure. An airline CEO somewhere probably kicked his dog. My reaction was neither one of…

3 minutos
inbox

KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK, LES I am a colleague of Les Abend’s, and his is the first column I read when the magazine arrives. I was a Fokker F28 captain with USAir at the time of this accident [Jumpseat, “Fighting Mother Nature’s Wintertime Fury,” March], and Les’ description of the events and the subsequent primary cause is spot on. For us though, the secondary cause was just as important. It was determined that, for whatever reason, the first officer called out the V1 and VR speeds too low. This caused the captain to rotate much too early. It was surmised that the airplane stalled shortly after takeoff and rolled left, impacting the berm that protects the runways from the bay. This accident had a dramatic effect on all of us…

2 minutos
proflight aviation headset

Bose, already famous for creating the first commercially available active noise-reduction headset in 1989 and the highly successful A20 ANR unit in 2010, just announced its ProFlight headset, aimed at professional pilots in the airline and corporate jet aircraft sector. The ProFlight is a radical change to ANR headsets since Bose’s newest product does not use conventional ear cups and weighs in at just 4.9 ounces, less than half the weight of the A20. The ProFlight is also configurable with three different ANR settings to match a variety of cockpit noise challenges. The more cumbersome — to some critics — ear cups on conventional headsets have been replaced on the ProFlight with earbuds similar to those found in Bose consumer products like the SoundSport. The new headset uses a stable headband…

1 minutos
khaki x-wind

This is a milestone year for Hamilton Watch. The Swiss company marks 100 years since it became the official timekeeper of the U.S. airmail flights between Washington, Philadelphia and New York City. To mark the occasion, Hamilton has created a special timepiece that represents the watchmaker’s long and storied history in aviation — the Hamilton 2018 limited-edition Khaki X-Wind Auto Chrono. Based on the original Khaki X-Wind, the 2018 edition includes new aviation-specific features for pilots (such as a drift-angle calculator handy for judging crosswind component) and is equipped with a silicon hairspring, meaning it should deliver the same level of performance many years from now as it does when new. This is a big watch, for pilots who like the look and feel of something substantial on their wrist. The diameter is…

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dassault launches falcon 6x as replacement for 5x

When Dassault last year canceled the Falcon 5X program amid engine supplier issues, observers knew it would be only a matter of time before a replacement was announced. That move came perhaps sooner than some expected with the unveiling in February of the Falcon 6X, a full flyby-wire business twinjet that builds upon engineering work completed for the 5X program but improves on the original in some important ways. The two most noticeable changes are a larger cabin and more range. While Dassault confirms that the Falcon 6X is “largely based” on the 5X design, it is optimized to take advantage of its new engines — the Pratt & Whitney Canada PW800 series, which also powers the new Gulfstream G500 and G600. The previous choice of power for the 5X was the…

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cirrus rolls out 7,000th commemorative edition sr22

It’s hard to believe Cirrus has delivered 7,000 piston airplanes since the first SR20 rolled out of the factory in 1999, but that’s precisely the milestone the manufacturer has reached as it puts the finishing touches on the last of seven very special 7,000th Commemorative Edition SR22s built at the factory in Duluth, Minnesota. I was fortunate to get the opportunity to fly one of these distinct airplanes with Ivy McIver, Cirrus SR product line manager, from my home airport, Morristown Municipal in New Jersey, to Cape Cod, Massachusetts, on a cold and windy late winter day in March. It’s safe to say this was probably the nicest SR22T ever to grace the ramp at MMU — and it ought to be, with its eyebrow-raising price tag of $1.1 million. That’s nearly…