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Cirrus and Their Chinese Buyer Complete Their Merger. General Aviation News has reported that Cirrus Aircraft and China Aviation Industry General Aircraft Co. (CAIGA), one of China’s leading general aviation companies, have completed their controversial merger. Cirrus’ President and CEO noted that CAIGA has the resources to allow them to expedite their aircraft development programs and accelerate their global expansion. It was also noted that Cirrus has delivered almost 5,000 new piston airplanes over the past decade while the Cirrus SR22 family of aircraft has been the world’s best-selling four-place airplane for the past nine years.

FlightApps Buys Aviation Integration (AI). In addition, FlightApps has purchased the remaining assets of Aviation Integration (AI). Aviation Integration was endorsed by Computing Technologies for Aviation (CTA) to provide training for CTA’s Flight Operations System (FOS) while FlightApps provides IT solutions to flight departments.

Sporty’s Flight Review and Instrument Proficiency Check Apps Updated. Meanwhile, Sporty’s Flight Review App has been updated to include a review quiz and the FAA’s publication, “Guide to an Effective Flight Review.” In addition, Sporty’s Instrument Proficiency Check App has been updated to include a review quiz and the FAA publication, “Instrument Proficiency Check Guidance.” Sporty’s Flight Review iPhone/iPad Aviation App is available for $29.99 while Sporty’s Instrument Proficiency Check iPhone/iPad Aviation App is available for $39.99 at Sportys.com/apps.

Transatlantic Flight Powered by Honeywell’s Green Jet Fuel. On a green aviation note, a Honeywell-operated Gulfstream G450 has become the first aircraft to fly from North America to Europe on a 50/50 blend of Honeywell Green Jet Fuel made from camelia. Moreover, more than 700,000 gallons of Honeywell Green Jet Fuel has already been produced from sustainable and inedible potential fuel sources such as camelina, jatropha and algae. Incidentally, the first transatlantic biofuel flight roughly followed the same route taken by Charles Lindbergh.

Nag’s Head Trip Report. Meanwhile, Gary of Gary’s Flight Journal has posted a trip report about his recent getaway to Nag’s Head in North Carolina. His trip report includes a number of great aerial shots of North Carolina’s Outer Banks.

Pilots N Paws Trip Report. In addition, Steve, the blogger behind “A mile of runway will take you anywhere,” has written another trip report about yet another Pilots N Paws flight to help transport a few dogs to new homes. Included in the post are some great aerial shots of Ohio plus a few storm cells that were encountered.

Bugatti 100P Replica Attempt. On an interesting note, the Around the Pattern blog has mentioned a recent article from the TulsaWorld about a group of aircraft builders who are attempting to build an exact replica of a Bugatti 100P that never actually flew. The original plane was being designed and built when World War II started. Hence, it was dismantled and stored in a French barn.

A Bleriot XI Replica Takes to the Skies. Finally, the Around the Pattern blog has noted an interesting article in Wired Magazine about a replica of a Bleriot XI that has just made it’s maiden flight. Apparently, the replica is completely authentic and even includes an original three cylinder Anzani engine that hasn’t flown in 100 years.

Photo: EAA/Jim Koepnick

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One Response to Best of the Web

  1. Jamie Beckett July 4, 2011 at 13:28 #

    Whether it's an original or a replica, taking to the air in a Bleriot XI is a feat of considerable daring. They are beautiful to look at, but a nightmare to fly, I suspect. With brute force and leverage being the primary control devices (wing warping is the method of roll control) it would take a brave and knowledgable pilot to manhandle the Bleriot through even a short flight. And considering the reputation of the Anzani, I would imagine all flights would be short – whether by plan or by chance.

    It's great to see light under its wheels all the same. What a remarkable project, and a great sight to see when the wheels leave the ground.

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