Generation 5 Cirrus
Cirrus Aircraft's new 2013 SR22 and SR22T feature an increased certified gross weight to 3,600 pounds, which allows an extra person, extra baggage or cargo while carrying more fuel. Generation 5 is the name given to the airframe change. The aircraft design was analyzed from spinner-to-tail and many parts and systems reengineered to accommodate the increased airframe load, aerodynamic improvements, improved flight performance and the Cirrus Airframe Parachute System (CAPS). Substantial testing, including a new series of CAPS parachute test drops, was conducted for validation. Changes to the CAPS system include an increased canopy size, a new rocket extraction system that propels the parachute upon activation, an advanced technology electrical rocket igniter and lighter, and stronger construction materials. Other airframe upgrades included strengthening the carbon-fiber single-part wing spar, the landing gear and a new flap system allowing extension to the first position at 150 knots. A special edition Generation 5 SR22T was inspired by the upcoming Cirrus Vision SF50 jet and modern automotive styling. Deliveries of the 2013 aircraft are already underway. Visit www.cirrusaircraft.com.
Sebring Sport Expo
More than 160 exhibitors displayed light-sport aircraft and aviation-related products during the ninth annual U.S. Sport Aviation Expo at Sebring Regional Airport. Forty educational forums offered the opportunity to learn about aviation safety, flying in Florida airspace, as well as the process of building and maintaining aircraft. The Seaplane Pilot's Association awarded a scholarship for a fully paid seaplane rating that went to Angel Castellanos of Lakeland, Fla. It will fully fund a single-engine rating at any SPA-recognized seaplane training facility. Expo director Jana Filip said, "Many exhibitors reported strong sales, as well as enough qualified leads, to keep them busy for the next couple of months. In Sebring Expo record books, that goes down as mission accomplished, despite the weather not being as good as we'd hoped." The 2014 Expo is scheduled for January 16-19. Visit www.sport-aviation-expo.com.
Just Aircraft has completed flight-testing on their new Highlander SuperStol, which can be certified as an SLSA. The upgraded design features a new slatted wing and a strengthened landing gear that features long strut airshocks and can utilize 29-inch tundra tires. With the new wing configuration, the Highlander will cruise at 110 mph, land at 32 mph and take off or land in 150 feet. The wing slats, when combined with the large Fowler flaps, allow the aircraft to be flown at extremely high angles of attack permitting it to "drop" into small or inclined clearings. All existing Highlanders can be retrofitted with the new folding SuperStol wing. Visit www.justaircraft.com.
Raisbeck Engineering is celebrating the 31st anniversary of the company's incorporation. "Although we have developed a large and successful range of products for business and commercial jets, we're best known for our King Air Performance Systems," said Raisbeck's Director of Sales Scott Keefe. "Since 1982, when we unveiled our first systems for these reaprkable aircraft, we have also been continuously improving our systems. One example is our recent introduction of Crown Wing Lockers in response to customer demand for even greater external cargo capacity." Raisbeck Performance Systems for King Airs are factory installed or optional equipment on Beechcraft 250, 350, B200GT and C90GTx production lines. They're also sold and installed by Hawker Beechcraft and Bombardier Learjet Service Centers and over 100 independent Raisbeck Authorized Dealers around the globe. Visit www.raisbeck.com.
CAN's 42,000th Patient
Corporate Angel Network, an organization that arranges free flights to treatment for cancer patients in the empty seats of corporate aircraft, has transported its 42,000th patient. The flight carried one-year-old cancer patient Alexander Hopper home to the Denver area after he received treatment for retinoblastoma at Memorial Sloan Kettering in New York. Traveling with him was his mother, Andrea Reitzel. "Alexander is almost cured from retinoblastoma," said his mother. "The best treatment for a cure was only available by plane. Our burden is lighter because of CAN." The milestone flight was operated by Ball Corporation, a CAN participating company since 1985. "At Ball, engaging in our communities is something we have done for over 130 years" said Barry Stidham, Director of Aviation and Chief Pilot. "We are proud to partner with CAN and the good work that they do, and while as a pilot I love every flight I make, the CAN flights, like today's, are always the ones I remember most." Visit www.corpangelnetwork.org.
In 1996, Vulcanair purchased all of the assets and type certificates then-bankrupt GA manufacturer Partenavia. Three years later, Vulcanair began production of a heavily renewed P68 Series, reintroducing the aircraft and support. The company's latest developments include the introduction of a retractable-gear version of the P68C series, called P68R, which has EASA approval and is currently undergoing validation by FAA; the addition to the Garmin G950 to their product line and 200 modifications including carbon- fiber parts and a redesigned cockpit. Vulcanair has also re-introduced a heavily modified AP68TP-600 "Viator" aircraft that features a glass cockpit and two Rolls-Royce turbines. Visit www.vulcanair.com.
Cessna & Chip Ganassi Racing
Cessna has entered a partnership with Chip Ganassi Racing Teams (CGRT) for races in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, the IZOD IndyCar Series and the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series. "Clyde Cessna founded this company on our customers' need for speed. Today, performing with precision to drive success is the purpose of business aviation," said Scott Ernest, Cessna's President. "The racing industry is built on those same principles...which is why this partnership is such a natural fit for both Cessna and CGRT. The scope and success of CGRT across all components of racing gives us a strong presence as we invest in the sport." Visit www.cessna.com.
Flight Instructor Manual
Edited by William C. Kershner, The Flight Instructor's Manual is a reference for flight instructor applicants and serves as a guide for both new and experienced certified flight instructors (CFI). This revised fifth edition is organized so that each chapter serves as a stand-alone reference for a particular phase of instruction, allowing each to be used as "how-to," instructive guides on topics such as fundamentals of flight instruction, pre-solo instruction, first solo to the private certificate, advanced visual flight rules instruction (VFR) and more. The book also features a comprehensive spin syllabus, material on multi-engine airplanes, instructing international students, teaching ground school and setting up tests. The 560-page, softcover book is also available as an e-book. Visit www.asa2fly.com.
LEDs For Your LSA
AeroLED's upgraded version of their AeroSun for use in light-sport aircrafts (LSA) is designed for wing-mounting in aluminum and composite aircraft for landing, taxi and recognition purposes. It has built-in wig-wag and pulsing modes in addition to its standard steady beam. Each AeroSun uses 1/4 the power of an equivalent 100-watt halogen bulb while producing an equal amount of light. The LED has a life of 50,000 hours, meaning it can be on at all times and will never have to be replaced. AeroSuns are completely sealed and will operate in temperatures ranging from -55C to +70C. They are 2.25x5x1.5 inches deep and weigh eight ounces. Contact: www.aeroleds.com.
Motoart's dual C-119 rudder bookshelf is designed using two salvaged C-119 Flying Box Car rudders, commonly used during the Korean War for cargo and paratroopers. Standing more than eight feet tall, the height, width and color of these bookshelves can be customized to match your hangar, office or home decor. This is a limited edition product. Contact: www.motoart.com.
New Pilot Backpack
For those who prefer a backpack as a flight bag, Sporty's Cross Country Backpack fits all the flight gear that pilots typically carry. Specific pockets organize headsets, iPad, flashlight, fuel tester, handheld radio and more. The padded headset pocket has built-in battery holders, while an internal iPad sleeve keeps iPads protected. The transceiver pocket features a patented split flap at the top to allow the antenna to stick up. Inside, a custom sleeve will store the antenna when not on your radio. Constructed with heavy-duty nylon, the backpack measures 18x14x7 inches. Contact: www.sportys.com.