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Solar powered aircraft: Still hobbled by batteries
With Solar Impulse plying its way around the globe, solar-powered flight is getting plenty of press, but there are dozens of other quieter projects already in service or in development. A California company called Alta Devices is building super-efficient solar panels for these, but the company recently told us that as with pure electric aircraft, battery technology remains a barrier.
"The challenge is, every day the batteries get discharged and recharged and you go through the night and the day cycle again," says Alta's Rich Kapusta, whom AVweb interviewed at the recent AUVSI convention in Atlanta.
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NBAA: Congress must retain authority over taxes, access for GA
National Business Aviation Association President and CEO Ed Bolen urged congressional lawmakers not to abdicate their constitutional responsibility over aviation taxes and fees, as well as decisions about access to airports and airspace, as part of reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration.
Bolen provided his comments in testimony before a Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation hearing focused on FAA reauthorization and air traffic control modernization.
GE Honda gearing up for increased production
GE Honda Aero Engines is gearing up for service entry of the 2,095-pound-thrust HF120 engine on the HondaJet and is working simultaneously on applications for other aircraft. Entry into service of the HondaJet is expected this year, and GE Honda has already delivered 34 production engines for the new light jet.
In the meantime, GE Honda Aero's Burlington, North Carolina, manufacturing facility is ramping up to produce more than 100 engines this year. The company received an FAA production certificate in March, executive vice president Masahiko Izumi noted yesterday at EBACE.
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Pilots, aviation experts speak out over safety of plane cabin air
A respected aviation safety expert has told ITV News that the government has misled the public regarding the risk of contaminated cabin air on planes.
Flying is an act of faith and record numbers of us do, but few of us realize that the air we breathe on-board comes from the engine — and that potentially dangerous chemicals can, and do, get inside cabin.
ITV News has spoken to a cabin crew member who says he was diagnosed with carbon monoxide poisoning after a flight he was on three years ago.
For one day in DC, Honor Flight veterans see all they can see
The Washington Post
According to author John Kelly: As our bus hurtled down Constitution Avenue, pulled into the oncoming lane and then ran a red light, a fellow sitting behind me said, "This is the way to travel in D.C. This is the only way."
I think I have to agree with him.
When you see the sights in Washington with an Honor Flight, you get the full motorcade experience. Wherever we went, our three-bus caravan had a Park Police motorcycle up front, siren blaring, and another cop at the back. I'm sure passersby were wondering, "Who is that?"
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Vintage aircraft area enhanced at Wisconsin
General Aviation News
The Vintage Aircraft Association has commenced a major expansion of its Red Barn headquarters and Vintage Plaza complex for this year's EAA AirVenture Oshkosh in Wisconsin.
The 63rd annual Experimental Aircraft Association fly-in convention will be held July 20-26 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh.
The Vintage Aircraft Association, one of EAA's special interest communities, each year coordinates one of AirVenture's most popular areas, featuring aircraft from aviation's colorful history.
Unusual attitudes: Buying airplanes
According to author Martha Lunken: I was introduced to the art of buying and selling flying machines on a spring afternoon in 1965, standing next to an airplane salesman who'd just closed a deal on an AT-6 at Lunken Airport. The sound from that round engine as the buyer departed Runway 21R was glorious, but when it passed almost directly overhead the throaty roar abruptly changed to a sputter and then a cough. And I distinctly remember the distressed expression on the dealer's face as he muttered, "Damn, I knew I should have gotten a cashier's check."
Local airports facing financial crunch
By numbers alone, recent small plane crashes could have been enough to spook casual observers.
But they didn't rattle Philadelphia-area airport officials.
"That's like saying two Nissan Sentras crashed yesterday," said Jeff Suveg, assistant manager of Brandywine Airport in West Chester, from which Deal and Poch departed.
Instead, local pilots say, crashes contribute to a larger issue. Many community airports are struggling. And the stigma surrounding crashes, they worry, is exacerbating problems that include dwindling airport profits and a shrinking number of pilots.
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