Glider aircraft

November 16, 2013 - 4:00am

EADS has an ongoing partnership with Siemens and Diamond Aircraft on serial hybrid propulsion. The three companies announced the first flight, in June near Vienna, Austria, of a DA36 E-Star 2 motorglider, the propeller of which was driven by an electric motor. The batteries were recharged in-flight via a small Wankel-type engine.

Separately, the European group is already developing the E-Fan, an electric two-seater for pilot training.

June 30, 2011 - 5:20am

When Robert Barnes, president of the International Association of Flight Training Providers, read the initial BEA report on the crash of Air France Flight 447 the story reminded him of the aft-stick stalls he once practiced as an Air Force flight instructor.

May 20, 2010 - 11:39am

The November 2006 fatal crash of the Grob G180A SPn prototype was caused by failure of the twinjet’s horizontal stabilizer, according to the final report recently issued by the German Federal Bureau of Aircraft Accident Investigation (BFU).

April 30, 2010 - 6:48am

The FAA issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that would revise the requirement for function and reliability (F&R) flight testing to include turbine-powered airplanes with an mtow of less than 6,000 pounds. The requirement adds significant costs to certification of new airplanes and is a threshold that the Eclipse 500 VLJ was able to remain under when it was certified.

October 29, 2009 - 7:11am

Richard Whitcomb, 88, the long-time NASA engineer des-cribed as the most significant aerodynamics contributor of the second half of the 20th century, died on October 13 in Newport News, Va. He was the recipient of the prestigious Collier Trophy for his discovery of the area rule fuselage, which gave fighter jets supersonic speed and greater range, and his supercritical wing and winglets are found on many of today’s aircraft designs.

November 4, 2008 - 11:21am

Germany-based Grob Aerospace GmbH, which was forced to enter the preliminary insolvency process on August 18 after its main source of capital suddenly withdrew financial support for the new SPn light business jet program, on Thursday officially filed for insolvency and laid off most of its staff.

October 5, 2008 - 3:17pm

Grob Aerospace is holdings talks in
Europe this week with an undisclosed prospective new investor. The proposed memorandum of understanding would provide fresh capital for Swiss-based parent company Grob AG that would allow it to buy complete control in its insolvent German manufacturing subsidiary, Grob GmbH.

May 9, 2008 - 7:55am

SCHEMPP-HIRTH NIMBUS 4DM, MINDEN, NEV., JULY 13, 1999– The National Transportation Safety Board has issued its final report on the crash of a Schempp-Hirth Nimbus 4DM glider that killed former FAA Administrator Donald Engen and friend Bill Ivans, who owned the powered glider. It is believed that Engen was sitting in the passenger seat behind Ivans, who would have been flying the aircraft.

February 24, 2008 - 4:01pm

Schweizer Aircraft (Booth No. 2040) yesterday unveiled the Sikorsky Schweizer 434, the company’s first new product since Sikorsky purchased the New York-based OEM in 2004. The Model 434 is a single-turbine helicopter designed primarily for flight training, law enforcement and light utility missions.

December 27, 2007 - 7:24am

Schweizer Aircraft and Jeppesen have updated the training manuals and materials for the Schweizer 300C and 300CBi. Jeppesen first developed manuals for the type in 1980 when it collaborated on the private/commercial helicopter manual with Hughes, the original owner of the Model 300’s type certificate. A decade ago Schweizer and Jeppesen decided jointly to update the original Hughes curriculum.

 
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