Think you’ve caught some spirited fish before? Think again. Consider the Pacific sailfish. On a fly. Not a real fly, of course–or more precisely, a whimsy of fluff on a hook posing as a natural insect–but rather a 10-inch-long gob of chicken feathers dyed hot pink and lashed to a miniature harpoon. Behind the eye of the hook and in front of the fluttering hackles is a chunk of foam stuck with a pair of comical-looking cartoon rattle eyes.
Spokane, Wash.-based Rocket Engineering is developing the Turbine P/Baron in parallel with the Royal Turbine Duke program. The Baron conversion, which fits two PT6A-21 turboprops and Hartzell four-blade full-feathering-reversing metal props to the light twin, costs about $700,000 (airframe additional). The company plans to have an STC in about 12 to 18 months.
Boeing has just chosen Michelin as the second source of aftermarket nose and main tires for the 787. Michelin will offer a combination of traditional radial designs and new lightweight near zero growth construction tires, designed to reduce cuts and wear. The 787 will use 10 tires, two for the nose gear and eight for the main landing gear. Boeing uses Michelin tires on the 737NG and 747-400ER.
Virgin Group boss Sir Richard Branson is touting the UAE as one of the world’s first space tourism centers when his Virgin Galactic venture begins suborbital flights at the end of the decade.
The Crypton process began in West Bloomfield, Mich., at Hi Tex some 17 years ago as a way to make textiles more resistant to spills and stains. Now it will increase the durability of the leather in your business jet. Three years ago, Edelman Leather and Hi Tex began developing a Crypton formula for leather topcoat, and the New Milford, Conn. company introduced it at the NBAA Convention in October as an exclusive product.
The Diamond DA42 MPP (multi-purpose platform) fitted with an UOMZ sensor pod attracted considerable interest when it was displayed at the Paris Air Show. Present studies could lead to the aircraft being offered as an optionally piloted or unmanned aerial vehicle, a development that could be available in about three year’s time.
Million Air Salt Lake City held a grand opening in mid-October of its newly remodeled FBO, which includes an 8,000-sq-ft addition featuring a spacious lobby with vaulted ceilings and plenty of natural lighting. The pilots’ lounge has been expanded, and there are new private sleep rooms and showers.
Hundreds of people surrounded CRS Jet Spares’ NBAA booth as the company announced that Amy Smith of Averitt Air in Nashville, Tenn., was the winner of a 2006 Harley-Davidson XL 883 Sportster motorcycle.
Helicopter pilots Jennifer Murray, 66, and Colin Bodill, 55, intend to take off on December 5 for a second attempt to fly round the world via the South and North Poles. They will fly their Bell 407 from Fort Worth Alliance Airport in Dallas. They expect
to travel for 169 days, visit 34 countries and cover 36,206 nm.
Diabetes is a chronic condition in which patients have too much glucose in their blood. Patients will suffer dangerously high blood-sugar levels because their bodies cannot make enough of the hormone insulin.