Raisbeck unveils EPIC Performance Package for King Airs

SEATTLE — Raisbeck Engineering is unveiling a newly certified EPIC Performance Package for the in-service King Air C90GTx fleet of nearly 150 airplanes.

The improved performance comes from Raisbeck’s Swept Blade Turbofan Propellers, combined with Dual Aft Body Strakes, and takes advantage of the low-speed contribution of the factory installed winglets on that specific model, company officials explain.

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Pilot fails to switch tanks

Aircraft: Piper Cherokee. Injuries: None. Location: Beltzville, Pa. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: Before launching on the instructional flight, the flight instructor completed a preflight inspection and noted that each wing fuel tank contained about 18 gallons of fuel. At the conclusion of the flight, while returning to the airport, the engine experienced a total loss of power.

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Sharing your wings

For many frugal pilots, sharing their wings makes a lot of sense. Most private pilots fly less than 1% of the available hours in a year, often not enough time to keep their aircraft from suffering from inactivity. Add another pilot or two and the plane actually stays in better condition —and the costs go down.

But the big question isn’t so much should you share your wings, but how?

Obviously, it’s not a thorough analogy, but sharing wings is somewhat like sharing a life in marriage: The partnership can either be twice as good or twice as bad as going it alone.

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NASA helicopter test a smashing success

HAMPTON, Va. — The successful crash test of a former Marine helicopter could help lead to safer civilian and military helicopters, according to NASA aeronautics researchers.

The full-scale test sent the fuselage and its 15 dummy occupants crashing into the dirt at NASA Langley Research Center’s Landing and Impact Research facility in Hampton, Virginia, at about 30 miles an hour.

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Mercy Flight Southeast to hold fundraising golf tournament

LEESBURG, Florida — Mercy Flight Southeast will hold its 18th Annual Golf Tournament, sponsored by the Harper Family Charitable Foundation, at Arlington Ridge Golf Club on Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11.

Mercy Flight Southeast coordinates approximately 3,000 free flights each year for children and adults who need transportation to life-saving, far-from-home medical care. The non-profit relies on a network of 650 pilots who donate time and aircraft to fly Mercy Flight Southeast passengers.

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