November 11, 2009
June 21 - By now it's common knowledge that the AOPA Sweepstakes Bonanza has a larger engine and a turbonormalizer installation that improves the high-altitude and top-speed capabilities. But in order to stretch the lower end of the operating spectrum, AOPA turned to Beryl D'Shannon Aviation Specialties Inc. BDS is a company that specializes in Beech upgrades.
BDS flap and aileron gap seals and vortex generators were chosen to improve the low speed performance of the Sweeps Bonanza. Gap seals improve the efficiency of the ailerons, adding safety by firming up slow speed roll response. In addition, these gap seals prevent the high-pressure air below the wing from bleeding into the low-pressure air above the wing. The result is less drag and a more efficient wing.
BDS vortex generators increase low-speed stability and reduce stall speeds. Testing has shown that power-off straight ahead stall speeds decrease by up to 7 knots. Installing the BDS STCed gap seals and vortex generators on the Sweeps Bonanza has created a much safer airplane, especially during the takeoff and landing phases of flight. Oh yeah, along with more safety and better handling, there's a 100-pound gross weight increase with the installation of a set of BDS vortex generators.
A new FAA policy on obstructive sleep apnea that addresses many of the concerns raised by AOPA is scheduled to take effect March 2.
AOPA and the National Business Aviation Association have jointly filed an amicus, or friend of the court, brief in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals as part of the ongoing legal battle over the future of Santa Monica Municipal Airport.
AOPA worked with the flight training industry and FAA to quickly resolve a problem that suddenly put many rating applications on hold.
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