Synthetic Vision on a Husky

While cruising through the site for one of my favorite back country flying machines, I stumbled on an interesting tidbit. Turns out the Husky line of aircraft from Aviat has a new option, the Forward Vision EVS-100. Basically the device allows the pilot to see forward through fog or darkness using infrared technology, however, what makes this little gadget interesting is that unlike its predecessors it doesn't require the bulky cooling apparatus to keep it in focus. Forward Visions device runs you about $15k but if you frequent the back country or bad weather the piece of mind may be worth it.

Cirrus is Out of the Race for Columbia Aircraft

ANN is reporting that Cirrus is out of the running for the acquisition of Columbia Aircraft. Cirrus was probably the foremost competitor for Cessna, who seems to be the leader in the upcoming auction. With Cirrus out of the running, it leaves Park Electrochemical alone with the big guns at Cessna. Park is a newcomer to aircraft manufacturing, so it should be interesting to see who ends up continuing Columbia Aircraft's legacy.

Don't Forget the King Air

With all the talk about selling airliners and even a flying palace at the Dubai airshow this year, an announcement from Hawker Beechcraft nearly slipped through the cracks. This company announced a new extended range model of the King Air 350. It sports a lot of extra fuel and a 1500 pound gross weight increase.

The "Candy Bomber" is Still Flying

Col. Retired Gail Halverson has taken delivery of his REMOS G-3 this month from Orion Sport Aircraft in Oshkosh, WI. Col. Halverson rose to fame for his efforts during the Berlin Airlift, where he dropped candy tied to parachutes to the children of East Berlin. Through his efforts he provided inspiration to a great many children, and became a true ambassador for aviation. I suppose it's fitting that he has chosen a German LSA to continue his love for aviation. Halverson and his son Bob flew the G-3 15.5 hours back to their home in Spanish Fork, UT.

Airspace Gets Some Attention

Eric Carvin from the AP has an interesting article answering some of the questions surrounding President Bush's opening of the military airspace along the eastern seaboard. Basically what he discovered, most of the aviation community already knew. It's not the airspace causing the problems, it's the choke points created by the hub and spoke system. While I think we can applaud the fact that action is being taken by opening up those corridors, what the airlines really need to address is the ripple effects caused by the overloaded hubs.

Bush Takes Lead in Helping Holiday Passengers

During lunchtime yesterday, President Bush gave a speech about measures to help air travel this holliday season. Although some are leery about what will happen if the government tries too hard to drive the airline business, he had some good ideas.

Airplanes as Burried Treasure? You Bet!

I've always been of the opinion that the P-38 Lightning is an aviation treasure, but I never would have thought to start digging to find one. A beach in Wales recently became the second place where I could have done exactly that. AOL reports that a P-38 with a WWII service history just washed up on a Welsh beach some 65 years after it had been crash landed there.

Strike Eagles Go Back to Work

We recently mentioned that the USAF's entire F-15 fleet had been grounded. reported that after nearly two weeks, the F-15E Strike Eagles at nearby Seymour Johnson AFB are being cleared to fly. The Houston Peach has an article from Robbins AFB where a lot of F-15 repairs are done that details the process all these jets must undergo to retrun to flying status.

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