The DeLand Sport Aviation Showcase is now over for another year, but its victory in what you might call the battle of LSA fly-in events in Florida was a bitter one. This year DeLand was not blessed by the usual sunny Florida weather but punished with three days of solid grey clouds overhead and an ever-present threat of rain. Unusually cold weather, with temperatures of around 10°C, felt even chillier due to the steady winds−the kind of weather I thought I had left behind in Northern Europe on departure. And when I arrived in Orlando the day before the event, they were talking on the morning news about seventy per cent of the USA seeing temperatures below freezing−not the best prospect for an outdoor aviation exhibition.
The exhibitor booking numbers were excellent, and this fourth edition of the show was supposed to be a triumph−but the weather and the cold wind denied any opportunity of record attendance. The Champagne will have to remained unopened until next year.
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Dr Hill's new helicopter
You’ve seen pictures of concept helicopters before, and most of them never rose from the paper… but this one has a better chance than most of flying in the real world. It’s the Hill HX50, and the designer describes it as a ‘disruptive’ entry into the small helicopter market, offering a step-change for the better in safety, performance, comfort and elegance.
Make mine a turbine!
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Safety Matters and Safety Briefs are based on the AAIB Bulletin and UK Airprox Board reports, with additional material from the US National Transportation Safety Board.
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