A specially equipped Flight Design CT Supralite is being used by the Duesseldorf Technical University’s Department of Volcanology to measure volcanic ash and assess problems for airliners. To allow higher-altitude measurements, the CT Supralite was equipped with an oxygen system. In particular, sulfur and particle concentration was measured in steps of 1,000 feet up to 14,000 feet. The objective was to quantify or correlate the calculated location and density of the ash cloud with reality. “It is interesting to see that an LSA can help in this very public case,” reported Flight Design CEO Matthias Betsch. “As the CT series is a perfect survey aircraft, Flight Design believes that more of its aircraft will be used for this kind of purpose.” Visit www.flightdesign.com and www.flightdesignusa.com.
Kodiak Weight Increase
Quest Aircraft received FAA approval to operate the Kodiak at a maximum takeoff weight of 7,255 pounds, an increase from the existing 6,750 pounds. The useful load of the aircraft has increased to 3,535 pounds. “The gross weight increase is one of the modifications our customers have been interested in, and we are pleased that we have now achieved this heavier payload capacity,” said Quest Aircraft President Paul Schaller. “The Kodiak was designed for mission and humanitarian aviation organizations to perform under extremely rigorous conditions in the most remote regions of the world. The gross weight increase enables them to carry more cargo and/or passengers for an even more effective execution of their operations. Visit www.questaircraft.com.
www.myAirport.com is a free resource for general aviation pilots and airport users to connect with one another and to find specific information on any airport. Kevin Eldredge, a San Luis Obispo-based entrepreneur and Reno air-racing veteran, was inspired to create myAirport.com to promote and preserve general aviation. He teamed with AP Logic, a web design and software development firm. The site features free classified listings, events tools and user forums that are geographically centered by airport.
Fan Club At Oshkosh
PS Engineering has launched a fan club! During EAA AirVenture, aircraft owners who have a PS Engineering intercom, audio panel or in-flight entertainment system can become fans by submitting a photo of their PS installation to the PS Engineering booth in Building D, where they’ll be entered in a drawing to win a flight in an AT-6 with the AeroShell Aerobatic Team. The drawing will be at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, July 30, and the flight will take place on Saturday, July 31. “We have had the best marketing from pilot-to-pilot word of mouth,” said VP Gary Picou. “We felt the need to recognize the vital contributions that our fans have made to PS Engineering. ” Visit www.ps-engineering.com.
RAM is offering American Bonanza Society (ABS) members a $500 discount off the purchase of each RAM OHE TCM engine. This ABS member discount is available on engines shipped to FBOs for local installation or replacement engines installed at RAM in Waco, Texas. This discount can be used for RAM replacement engines, RAM upgrade packages or RAM IO-520 to IO-550 conversion packages. Visit www.ramaircraft.com.
New Seats for Caravan
Current Caravan owners now have the opportunity to upgrade their Caravan seating through Cessna’s network of more than 300 authorized service facilities. “The new seats offer added comfort and seat functionality for passengers compared to the factory-installed seats,” said Cessna VP of Cessna’s Parts Distribution Peter Wilkinson. “The seat height will allow passengers a better view. They also include optional tray tables, forward and aft tracking, adjustable headrests, retractable armrests and the ability to recline.” 2010 marks the 25th anniversary of the Caravan. Cessna will deliver its 2,000th Caravan, a Grand Caravan, later this year to a retail customer. Visit www.cessna.com.
On May 5, Sporty’s Pilot Shop took delivery of its first Cessna 162 Skycatcher. Ten days later, the Skycatcher was given away as part of Sporty’s annual airplane sweepstakes. The winner was Alan Horowitch from Yuma, Ariz. The drawing was on Saturday during Sporty’s fly-in at its headquarters outside Cincinnati, Ohio. “Sporty’s annual airplane giveaway does a lot to promote general aviation and the fun of flying—exactly why we designed the Skycatcher,” said Roger Whyte, Cessna senior vice president, Sales and Marketing. “The Skycatcher is going to be a catalyst for increased pilot starts. It will significantly change the economics of ownership and operation for flight schools, aircraft renters and aircraft owners, and will benefit the entire general aviation community.”
CAP Responds To Oil Spill
Civil Air Patrol members from Mississippi, Alabama and Florida are launching daily aerial damage-assessment flights from the Mobile Convention Center, one of several incident command posts set up for the Gulf Coast oil-spill response. Responding in its role as the U.S. Air Force auxiliary, Civil Air Patrol is flying critical missions in support of Deepwater Horizon Response. They’ve flown VIPs over coastal waters to get a look at the integrity of oil-containment barriers, transported vital mission equipment, collected data and flown coastline photo reconnaissance missions. The most important task the CAP aircrews perform is making daily flights over 700 miles of coastline from Louisiana to Florida and taking digital images of the oil-containment barriers and adjacent land area near the shoreline. In 13 days of flying missions, 26 volunteers have expended 2,128 man-hours, making 73 flights in 12 CAP aircraft, for a total of 197 hours in the air.
Avidyne In KC-100
Avidyne has been selected by Korean Aerospace Industries to provide the avionics system for their upcoming KC-100 aircraft, a four-seat composite aircraft. It’s intended to be the first Korean-developed and -certified civil aircraft. The panel will include dual Integrated Flight Displays and WAAS-capable FMS900w Flight Management Systems. “We are honored to be selected as the avionics provider for this program,” said Avidyne CEO Dan Schwinn. Visit www.koreaaero.com www.avidyne.com.
Updated Instrument Rating Course
Sporty’s Complete Instrument Rating Course has been significantly updated with new video and graphics. In-depth coverage has been given to flight directors, HSI, autopilots, night IFR, high-performance engine management, turbocharging, pressurization, oxygen use, high-altitude flying and RNAV approaches. Available as a DVD or download. Contact: Sporty’s,(800) SPORTYS, www.sportys.com.
Greeting Cards For Pilots
Powder Puff Pilot’s Not for Navigation Greetings are a boxed set of eight note cards for aviators. The cards come in two variations: thank you and all occasion. Each card pairs an aviation graphic—such as an IFR or VFR chart or instrument approach plate—with plays on aviation terms. Contact: Powder Puff Pilot, (720) 256-3442, www.powderpuffpilot.com.
iPhone GPS Guides
Max Trescott GPS Guides for the iPhone, introduced through a partnership with Hilton Software, help pilots use the Garmin 430, 430W and Aera GPS. The apps work as illustrated self-learning guides and as quick reference checklists. With the iPhone, pilots are never without GPS information they need. Visit iTunes and search for “Trescott” or “Garmin.” Contact: Max Trescott, (800) 247-6553, www.glasscockpitbooks.com.
The six-screen Emulation Pilot Pro 6.0 Surround View Flight Simulator from HotSeat Chassis offers a 200-degree field of view with left, center and right views displayed on three HD monitors. Cockpit instruments are displayed on three additional screens, including one overhead. The simulator enables students to fly any plane from every field in Flight Sim X. Contact: HotSeat Chassis, (860) 582-5031, www.hotseatsim.com.
Ticket To Ride
The HotSeat Pilot Pro Basic Flight Simulator’s surround views and surround sound deliver an in-cockpit experience to your home. Install your own PC, screens and flight controls, or purchase from HotSeat Chassis. Your cockpit monitor can be configured to display the instrument panel, GPS and radios. Practice VFR and IFR flights. Available software from Flight Sim X or X Plane takes you to any field in the world. Contact: HotSeat Chassis, 860-582-5031, www.hotseatsim.com
Protect Your Plane
Developed for aviation applications, Ameritech Aerospace Protectant (AAP) leaves a like-new, nonoily, anti-static finish that repels dust. It also prevents UV-caused slow fade on plastics, Plexiglas, Lexan, door seals, wing and prop de-icing boots, tires, vinyl and leather interiors. Surfaces last longer and are easier to maintain. Contact: Aircraft Spruce, (877) 477-7823, www.aircraftspruce.com.
Trisoft Covers are foam triangular covers that slip onto the corners of an aircraft’s gear doors, wing flaps (in the lowered position), wing tips, prop tips and dorsal antennas, protecting aircraft personnel and aircraft during maintenance, preflight checks, cleaning, etc. The covers are made of chemical- and UV-resistant EVA foam. With Trisoft you can protect your aircraft and your employees. Contact: Trisoft Covers, (800) 844-2371, www.trisoftcovers.com.
|In Print & On DVD|
Such Men as These: The Story of the Navy Pilots Who Flew the Deadly Skies over Korea by David Sears (Da Capo Press, 2010, ISBN: 9780306818516). After conducting research on navy aviators in Korea, James Michener went on to write The Bridges at Toko-Ri. Using Michener’s notes, author David Sears tracked down the actual pilots to tell their riveting, true-life stories.
From Props to Jets: Commercial Aviation’s Transition to the Jet Age 1952–1962 by Jon Proctor, Mike Machat and Craig Kodera (Specialty Press, 2010, ISBN: 9781580071468). The years 1952 to 1962 saw the rise of luxurious piston-powered airliners, but jet airliners soon rendered them obsolete. Aircraft like the Boeing 707, DC-8 and Convair 880 gave birth to the jet age. This is an in-depth look at all the aircraft that made commercial jet flight possible.
The Student’s Flight Manual: From First Flight to Pilot Certificate by William K. Kershner (ASA, 2010, ISBN: 9781560277194). This updated 10th edition presents practical information while encouraging student decision making. Learn the fundamentals of flying and prepare for the private or sport pilot certificate. Order from www.asa2fly.com.
The Legacy of Flight: Images from the Archives of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum by David Romanowski and Melissa A.N. Keiser (Bunker Hill Publishing, 2010, ISBN: 9781593730833). This stunning documentary history of the last 100 years of aviation and space flight highlights the achievements of the famous and the everyday people involved in the endeavor, plus every major type of aircraft and all the professions that make them work.
The Flight of the Century: Charles Lindbergh and the Rise of American Aviation by Thomas Kessner (Oxford University Press, 2010, ISBN: 9780195320190). Charles Lindbergh’s transatlantic flight ushered in America’s age of commercial aviation. This fresh look at one of America’s greatest moments explains how a publicity stunt became a turning point in history. This book fully explores Lindbergh’s central role in promoting the airline industry.