New Tecnam Tail Dragger
Tecnam announced the successful first flight of its latest edition to the Tecnam P92 family of aircraft, the Tecnam P92 Tail Dragger. U.S. customers will be able to choose from two engines: the Rotax 912ULS2 and the Lycoming O-233. Tecnam's market research showed a preference of more than 50% tailwheel compared with standard configuration airplanes within the worldwide GA pilot community. Other findings included a 60% preference for side-by-side seats (very few legacy taildraggers offer this cabin configuration), and 70% of pilots indicated that they preferred a metal versus fabric-constructed aircraft. ''This Tail Dragger version of the Tecnam P92 is the first new aircraft this particular marketplace has seen in a very long time, and promises its owners and pilots significantly improved flight characteristics'' said Paolo Pascale, Tecnam's Managing Director. "With the introduction of our fifth-generation P92 Eaglet in 2011 and our P92 Sea-Sky Hydroplane earlier this month, we know our customers really appreciate the continuing innovations and improvements we are making to our P92 range of aircraft.'' Full specifications, weights and performance will be revealed at the U.S. unveiling at Sun 'n Fun 2012. Visit www.tecnam.com.
Fly In & Help Out
Pilots with Bahamas Habitat will be flying to Eleuthera to complete the final stages of a home for abused children. The semi-annual Fly In & Help Out Event introduces international mission flying and provides hands-on experience with ongoing projects in The Bahamas. Typically, over 40 people in more than a dozen aircraft make the trip. Volunteer pilots will transport supplies and focus efforts on completing the first two buildings of the home intended to provide care and safety for 16 abused or orphaned children. Visit www.bahamashabitat.org.
The Tecnam P2006T twin has been developed into an air-borne maritime surveillance platform, the Tecnam MRI (Multisensor Reconnaissance and Identification). Developed by INDRA, the Tecnam MRI is equipped with a state-of-the-art maritime surveillance system (radar, AIS vessel ID system and an electro-optical device), and will be able to patrol an area from 50 to 200 nm offshore. "Our cooperation with INDRA has resulted in the development of the most efficient and effective aerial platform to operate in surveillance and coastal patrol missions,'' said Paolo Pascale, Tecnam's Managing Director. ''It is an honor for us to have been selected by Indra to use Tecnam P2006T Next-Generation twin, one of the best-selling aircraft in its category." Visit www.tecnam.com and www.tecnammri.com.
Corvus Fusion LSA
After six months of development, Corvus Hungary rolled their new Corvus Fusion LSA out of the assembly hangar on Pordenone, Italy. Special guests Mr. Erich Wolf, General Manager of Red Bull Air Race GmbH, and Peter Besenyei, Red Bull Air Race pilot and world aerobatic champion, attended the event. The certification process will be started soon, and test flights are expected by the end of March. The Fusion was built by using experiences from the Red Bull Air Race and during the development and manufacturing process of the Racer 540. Visit www.corvus-hungary.com.
Living Legends Of Aviation
Mark Van Tine, president and CEO of Jeppesen, was named as the "Aviation Industry Leader of the Year" by the Living Legends of Aviation. The award recognizes the professional dedication and motivational leadership qualities embodied by Van Tine throughout his 30-year career with Jeppesen. Under the leadership of Van Tine, Jeppesen has accelerated the pace of the paper to digital flight information transformation, highlighted by the recent development of industry-leading mobile solutions for iPad and tablet computing. Van Tine also serves as a committee chair for the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA). Visit www.jeppesen.com and www.livinglegendsofaviation.org.
DA40 Fleet Order
Flight Training Adelaide (FTA) has contracted with Diamond Aircraft and Australian distributor Hawker Pacific for the purchase of up to 26 DA40 aircraft, to be based at Parafield, Australia. The first four of eight 2012 deliveries will be made mid-year, with options for 18 aircraft scheduled for 2013 and 2014 delivery. "We chose the DA40 because it was the best fit for our strategic acquisition and upgrade program. It offers the technology we desire, simplicity of operation and maintenance, and is underpinned by a strong aircraft manufacturer in Diamond Aircraft Industries Canada, who are ably supported by their partner Hawker Pacific in Australia," said Pine Pienaar, CEO of FTA. Visit www.flighttrainingadelaide.com, www.hawkerpacific.com.au and www.diamondaircraft.com.
2012 ISAP Symposium
The annual symposium of the International Society for Aviation Photography will be held May 17-19 in Norfolk, Va., and attendees may wish to stay over through May 20 for the Warbirds Over The Beach air show. The symposium includes two days of educational presentations and a one-day field trip. Current plans for the field trip include the Military Aviation Museum's Fighter Factory and Naval Air Station Oceana. A banquet dinner will be held at the conclusion of the event. Visit www.aviationphoto.org and www.facebook.com/ISAPorg.
SoCal Aero Club
The Aero Club of Southern California's 33rd Howard Hughes Memorial Award was presented to Clay Lacy, renowned pilot, business innovator and philanthropist. The award is presented annually to an aerospace leader whose accomplishments over a long career have contributed significantly to the advancement of aviation or space technology. Among many aviation accomplishments, Lacy has logged over 50,000 hours as a pilot in over 200 aircraft, and has an air- transport pilot license with 32 type ratings. His award was presented by longtime friend Bob Hoover, who received the same award in 2009, at a gala banquet in downtown Los Angeles. The Aero Club traces its roots to the mid-1920s and is dedicated to the advancement of aviation and aerospace, and honoring their contributors via one-of-a-kind aviation events, scholarships and more. It's open to anyone who has an interest in aviation and space. Visit www.aeroclubsocal.org.
New iPad Kneeboards
Sporty's has launched two new iPad kneeboards; one designed for small, tight cockpits, while the second is an update to the company's original iPad Kneeboard. The low-profile design of the Rotating Slim Line iPad Kneeboard doesn't interfere with an airplane's yoke, and an adjustable elastic strap prevents the iPad from sliding around. The updated iPad Kneeboard features a stand that allows pilots to choose different viewing angles to minimize screen glare. In addition, the right side flap now can be completely folded over for a single-panel kneeboard. Other features include mesh pockets and a zippered compartment that's suited to hold an external GPS. The kneeboard measures 18x11 inches when open and 9x11 when closed. Visit www.sportys.com.
Monitor Your Health
Zensorium's Tinke, a biometric monitoring device that plugs into the bottom of your iPhone, was announced at CES 2012. Users press their finger on Tinke's sensor for 60 seconds, and it will display your blood-oxygen level, heart rate and respiratory rate. The Tinke also will store your data on your phone so you can chart your heart or breathing rates over hours or days. Tinke is expected to be available in mid-2012 and will support Android devices as well. Reserve yours at www.zensorium.com.
Historic Pilot Watch
The Bavarian Crono FW 200 aviator's watch is a piece of German military and aircraft history. The dial is cut from original metal sheets of the last existing Focke-Wulf FW 200 Condor (works number 0063, identification F8-BR), that was discovered in 1981 by Norwegian scientists in the fjord of Trondheim, was recovered from the waters in 1999 and is now being restored in Germany. The salty waters has affected the metal in form of light corrosion or surfaces being grinded by the sands of the fjord; these show the authenticity of the used material. Each watch comes with a certificate of the Deutsche Technikmuseum Berlin that guarantees the origin of the material. Visit www.bavarian-crono.de.
This triple-powered portable charger will charge mobile devices such as iPads, iPhones, digital cameras and portable GPS units. You can replace all of your chargers with just one power source, and while in the air you can keep your communication devices powered up. Visit www.banyanpilotshop.com/pt.
How Airplanes Got This Way
The latest book from aviation historian Phil Scott, Then and Now: How Airplanes Got This Way, explores how airplanes evolved into the form and silhouette we see today. It's a lighthearted look at the people and events that shaped today's general aviation airplane. The collection of essays take apart aircraft through history and tells how, through a combination of science and art, all the pieces fit together to make a thing that worked—or didn't. Visit www.sportys.com.
Top Gun: Hard Lock
In 505 Games' upcoming Top Gun: Hard Lock, players test their aerial combat skills in a new modern-day twist on dog-fighting. Fifteen missions can be played single-player or online multiplayer for up to 16 players. Choose from 14 airplanes that can be customized with a variety of decals and paint schemes. Top Gun: Hard Lock will be available this spring on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Windows PC. Visit www.505games.com.