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No More Flight Sim?

Microsoft has announced a 5,000 person layoff. The layoff's include its ACES studio team, otherwise known as the folks behind Microsoft Flight Simulator. Rumor's around the web are indicating that flight sim may indeed be a casualty, however, there hasn't been any official word from Microsoft. I started my love of flying listening the steady tone emanating from early incarnations of flight sim... Pony up your rumor mill posts in the comments.

Light Sport Aircraft Engine Comparison

Welcome to the Light Sport Aircraft (LSA) engine comparison page, here you'll find a listing of LSA engine options sortable by some of their features. Each column is sortable by clicking on the heading.
Manufacturer Titlesort icon Displacement Price Basic Weight Installed Weight Power TBO Fuel Type Freshness Date
Jabiru USA Sport Aircraft 2200a 134.00cu in $13,900 85hp 2000hrs 100LL 14 Nov 2008
Jabiru USA Sport Aircraft 3300 202.00cu in 178lbs 120hp 2000hrs 100LL 14 Nov 2008
Rotax 503 UL 30.31cu in $4,750 69lbs 103lbs 50hp 300hrs
87
91
08 Nov 2008
Rotax 582 UL 35.44cu in $6,250 64lbs 108lbs 65hp 300hrs
87
91
10 Nov 2008
Rotax 912 A/F/UL 73.90cu in $19,631 122lbs 134lbs 81hp 1500hrs
87
90
100LL
30 Oct 2011
Rotax 912 S/ULS 82.60cu in $17,325 125lbs 141lbs 100hp 1500hrs
91
100LL
10 Nov 2008
Rotax 914 F/UL 82.60cu in $28,315 141lbs 167lbs 115hp 1200hrs
91
100LL
10 Nov 2008
Powerplant Dynamics Gemini 100 98.00cu in $18,500 155lbs 191lbs 100hp 2000hrs
Jet A
Diesel
06 Feb 2009
Lycoming IO-233-LSA 200lbs 100hp 2400hrs 14 Nov 2008
Teledyne Continental Motors, Inc. O-200 Lightweight 2001.00cu in $21,499 199lbs 100hp 2000hrs 100LL 08 Jul 2009
Teledyne Continental Motors, Inc. O-200A 201.00cu in 170lbs 100hp 1800hrs
80
87
100LL
14 Nov 2008
Teledyne Continental Motors, Inc. O-200D $22,500 215lbs 249lbs 30 Oct 2011
ULPower UL 260i 158.00cu in $16,250 160lbs 95hp 1000hrs
87
91
100LL
14 Jan 2009
Wilksch Airmotive Ltd. WAM-100 218lbs 262lbs 100hp 1000hrs
Jet A
Diesel
14 Nov 2008
Wilksch Airmotive Ltd. WAM-120 $23,700 220lbs 280lbs 120hp 1000hrs
Jet A
Diesel
14 Nov 2008

It's Worth Feeding

I'll apologize for the pun up front, but if you think it's worth reading it's probably worth keeping track of it in a feed reader. I use Google Reader, but there are a number of other great programs out there to suit your needs. They work by pulling the content of your favorite blogs via really simple syndication (rss) and compiling them into one spot for easy reading. This saves you from having to visit every site looking for updates that may only come once or twice a week. Not that we don't appreciate your clicks, but I can sympathize with needing to prioritize your valuable recreation time. Besides, wouldn't you rather be flying?

Craigslist for Airplanes

Craigslist has become a staple for those of us looking to bypass the antiquated classified system, but the site is a little cumbersome when it comes to searching outside your immediate area. There are a few cases where you might want to cross state lines to grab a deal, classic cars and airplanes both come to mind. This Wired article outlines how you can use Google to quickly search all the craigslist adds across the country for an airplane. I used it tonight and found a couple of birds worth buying. Let us know in the comments if you've successfully used this method.

New LSA Engine Comparison Page

Following in the theme of our popular LSA comparison page, we've implemented the same changes on our LSA Engine comparison page. The page now features more robust coding to include sortable columns, and a freshness date. If you notice a missing entry or have some updated information please don't hesitate to drop us a line.

AOPA Flight Planner Upgrade

AOPA's online flight planning tool has just gotten a major upgrade. The tool, which is free to members, has been re-engineered to be web based and platform independent. Backed by Jeppesen the tool looks to be very cool. I haven't had a chance to take it for a test drive myself, but if you have drop a comment below.

So What's Next...

I started a series of posts last week promising to offer our readers some insights into the thought process behind the creation of AviationBull.com. Picking up the discussion where we left it... Jason and I started with the idea for a domain and what followed were many discussions about what type of content we wanted to include. We were only two geeks, so that sort of limited the type of things we could accomplish. GA news was out because folks like AvWeb and Aero-News Network were already doing the basic GA news thing really well.

Why AviationBull?

It dawned on me after AviationBull appeared on the "new media" podcast hosted by the Airplane Geeks that folks might be interested to hear how we run the site and what our goals are. Following that theme you'll notice a few more articles like this one detailing what it is we're trying to do, and what tools we're using to get there. Jason and I are both computer geeks at heart, computer engineers to be exact, so it just made sense to do a website. Jason flies for a living and I was struggling to stay involved in the community, and doing rather poorly at that... I'm sure ya'll know how it is, money vs.

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