More than 560,000 visitors and 10,000 airplanes flocked to Oshkosh, Wis., for EAA AirVenture 2007. There was something for everyone, including daily air shows featuring performers such as the Red Barons, Patty Wagstaff and Michael Goulian.
On June 28, Cirrus Design Corporation finally lifted the veil on “the-jet,” the much-anticipated clean-sheet design for its “personal jet.” “We’re calling it a ‘personal jet’ not because of its size, but because it’s a natural extension of our SR22 line,” said Cirrus cofounder and CEO Alan Klapmeier. “Like the SR22, the-jet is designed to be owner flown, and it will be loaded with innovative features, including the Cirrus Airframe Parachute System. While it’s technologically advanced, it’s also designed to be exceptionally easy to fly, offering customers the opportunity to grow into yet another lifestyle change with Cirrus.”
I love the aviation industry; it’s always innovating and producing newer and better things to help us fly faster/smarter/better/safer, etc. When Plane & Pilot asked me to subjectively investigate “what’s cool and what’s new,” I jumped at the prospect. So, here’s our take on what’s new, what’s cool and what’s on the horizon.
Dangerous Past by A.F. Ebbers (Silverhawk Books, 2007, ISBN: 9780978948238). Unknown assassins are stalking airline captain Frank Baden, and they’ve got a deadline by which point they must make his death look like an accident, or a suicide. In their first attempt, an airliner piloted by Braden undergoes a decompression explosion that the FBI believes more »
For instrument flight, the glass panels that are increasingly common in today’s general aviation fleet may be a huge improvement over old-fashioned round “steam gauges”—but if the weather closes in, you’re still depending on instruments to provide an artificial substitute for a view of the terrain and runway environment. The primary flight display (PFD) in a typical glass panel combines the functions of yesterday’s attitude indicator, airspeed indicator, altimeter and course/deviation indicator on a single screen.
Fly Now: The Poster Collection Of The Smithsonian National Air And Space Museum by Joanne Gerstein London (National Geographic, 2007, ISBN: 9781426200885). This is the companion book to the Smithsonian National Air And Space Museum’s Fly Now! exhibition. Spanning a century and a half, the prints reflect the fascinating visual history of flight as it more »
The year 2006 was the best for Pilatus since the company was founded. They recorded a double-digit increase in number of aircraft sold; additionally, sales and operating income have been on an upward curve for the past four years. More than half the company’s sales (51%) were generated in North and South America, and more than a quarter (29.2%) in Europe, followed by Asia (9.2%), Australia (7%) and Africa (3.6%). In 2006, 102 aircraft were manufactured—13 more than in the previous year. With 90 aircraft, the PC-12 represented the highest proportion, followed by seven trainer aircraft and five Pilatus Porter PC-6s.
A Mighty Fortress by Chuck Alling (Casemate, 2006, ISBN: 1932033599). This is a personal account of the captain and crew of a lead bomber in the enormous formation raids made by the 8th Airforce during the last 10 months of World War II. The narrative demonstrates the courage and bravery of the crew of one more »
The prototype Next Generation PC-12, which is slated for certification at the end of 2007, has completed its first transatlantic journey from Switzerland. On its way to the United States, it stopped in Iqaluit, Canada, for a series of cold-weather trials before continuing on to Pilatus’ North American headquarters in Broomfield, Colo.
VFR Communications DVD (Sporty’s, 2006, ID# D993A). Designed to help pilots converse competently with radio control, this DVD allows viewers to “ride along” on three flight scenarios (in a Piper Pacer, a glass-panel Cirrus and a Cessna 210) to experience the full range of communication skills required for every type of flight in VFR airspace. more »
Wingmen: Two Friends, Four Wars, Flying And Fighting Through The 20th Century by Peter J. Wurtz & William R. Yoakley (BookSurge, 2006, ISBN: 1419649329). Two wingmen, or military flyers who watch out for each other in combat, document a friendship that spans more than 60 years and through four wars—World War II, the Korean War, more »
Flying The Garmin G1000 DVD (Sporty’s, 2006, ID# D554A). Updated to highlight recent enhancements to Garmin’s popular avionics program—such as the optional traffic advisory system—Sporty’s DVD demonstrates the best ways to use the G1000 on the ground and in the air. Join Richard Collins as he instructs you from a G1000-equipped Cessna 182 and a more »
The Few: The American “Knights Of The Air” Who Risked Everything To Fight In the Battle Of Britain by Alex Kershaw (De Capo Press, 2006, ISBN: 0-306-81303-3). The summer of 1940 marked the second year of World War II. Hitler planned to invade England, but the United States hadn’t entered the war. Several Americans joined more »
Most airplanes in the general aviation fleet were built more than 20 years ago and have old-fashioned “steam gauge” panels that induce glass-cockpit envy among pilots who get a peek at the latest flight decks from such companies as Avidyne, Chelton and Garmin. Fortunately, there’s an amazingly simple cure: A wide range of carry-on gadgets are available that provide glass-cockpit functions in a handheld package. In this issue, we briefly cover more than a dozen products that span the gamut, from simple digital E6B computers to full-function portable multi-function displays!
Sporty¹s IFR Communications DVD (Sporty¹s, 2006, ID#: D993A). Let Sporty¹s guide you through three unique IFR flights with pilots of varying levels of experience. Instrument pilots can examine real-world IFR operations through all phases of flight in all kinds of airspace and weather conditions. The action occurs in a Cessna Skyhawk with VOR navigation, a more »
The Garmin 396 is a powerful handheld weather tool
The trip was to be a long one: Watsonville, Calif., to Cedar Rapids, Iowa. It was supposed to take about eight hours, but the weather conspired to lengthen the trip to almost 10 hours. We planned to make one stop in Denver for refueling. It was typical western summer weather, which meant expectations of thunderstorms from midday on, so the Rockies were going to be problematic from a weather standpoint. As it turned out, so was much of the remainder of the trip.
Glass-panel functionality comes in a portable package
If you’re like me—a pilot who mainly flies airplanes with “steam gauge” instruments that look increasingly out of date—you probably salivate over the glass flight decks that are common in new airplanes. Even the latest (smallest) singles from Cessna and Piper have them. And while it’s possible to retrofit similar hardware in older airplanes, for most of us, the cost (in the high tens of thousands of dollars) is prohibitive.