Anthony Mosallam and Jonathon Deming, students at the Flabob Airport Preparatory Academy in Riverside, Calif., designed and built a turbine engine for their high school’s annual science fair. The engine was made from auto parts and a leaf blower, which was used to provide air to start the engine. A Buick Regal turbocharger was used as the compressor, and propane powers the engine.
Eurocopter yesterday at EBACE unveiled the EC145 Mercedes-Benz Style, a version of the light twin helicopter that features aesthetic and practical changes to both the interior and exterior. The cabin can seat up to eight passengers in a business layout or can be reduced to four places to accommodate more cargo, thanks to cabin seats mounted on rails that facilitate configuration changes.
Raytheon Aircraft is working on an in-house sound-reduction package that aims to lower the noise levels by about 5 db in the Premier I cabin. The interior package will start being installed on the production line in the fall and be retrofittable at no charge to customers, the company said.
Convertibles get a bad rap from some diehard sports-car purists who dismiss them as semi-serious boulevard cruisers a notch down from where they should be with the rigidity of a hardtop. When the man from BMW said the M6 to be delivered for this evaluation would be a convertible, my sense of anticipation encountered a mild downdraft. Perhaps unfairly, what came to mind were rattles, body shake and the damp aroma that can blight drop-tops.
The headline on the current TAC Air FBO chain’s direct-mail publicity campaign reads, “Showing you our love by giving you the bird.” But “the bird” in this case is not the classic New Jersey Turnpike salute, but rather a fully restored 1957 Ford Thunderbird– the classic two-seater upon which the current upscale Thunderbird is based. Pilots have the rest of this month to register for the prize at any of the 10 TAC Air FBOs.