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What’s New In Recreational Aviation
ICON A5 Completes Phase I Flight Tests
Phase I flight testing for the ICON A5 light-sport
aircraft is complete. A series of 27 flights covered
the full performance envelope of the prototype.
“This test phase included assessing a wide range of speed,
weight, center of gravity, altitude, and sea states. There
are areas still to be optimized, as always, but overall the
A5 has performed as designed,” said Matthew Gionta,
chief technical officer and vice president of engineering.
The prototype was flown from minimum weight to
gross weight in various sea states from glassy water to
9-inch waves. It was tested across all flap settings and
up to a density altitude of 5,000 feet. All flights originated and terminated on water to verify the hydrodynamic performance and handling qualities. Test pilot
Jon Karkow commented that the A5 “cuts through waves
very well and is not prone to ‘porpoising’ like so many
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seaplanes are.” With the hull shape verified, the landing
gear will now be integrated into the prototype during
Phase II testing, which will continue throughout 2009.
Learn more at www.IconAircraft.com.
GAMA, NBAA Launch “No
Plane No Gain” Campaign
Looking to reinforce the value of business aviation
to American workers, policymakers, companies,
and communities across the United States, the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) and General
Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) unveiled a
comprehensive joint advocacy campaign: “No Plane No
Gain.” The campaign has a multi-faceted approach, including paid advertising through various channels, a No
Plane No Gain website, and webinars to educate audiences
about the need for business aviation.
Learn more at www.NoPlaneNoGain.org.
U.S. Powered Paraglider
Team at World Air Games
The Federation Aeronautique Internationale, the world
governing body for air sports and aeronautical world
records since 1905, has invited five American powered
paraglider pilots to represent the United States in the World
Air Games this summer in Torino, Italy. Pilots were selected
by virtue of their performance in eight different powered
paraglider qualifying events held worldwide in 2008. Only
the top 22 pilots and provisional alternates receive the coveted invitations; they will represent 11 different countries.
Competitions are slated to begin on June 6.
Visit www.USPPA.org for more information.
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Alternative Engines Volume 3
CONTACT! Magazine founder Mick Myal has put
together another fact-filled book that provides
information on alternative powerplants for aircraft. With
hundreds of photos and drawings, and practical tips
for constructing everything from re-drives to cooling
systems, Alternative Engines provides information on
viable alternatives to the classic aviation engine. The
300-page book is for builders considering alternative
power, upgrading systems (fuel, cooling, ignition), or
wants to upgrade to the latest technology. To order, visit
www.CONTACTMagazine.com or call 559-584-3306.