Sling LSA Certified!
On April 18, The Airplane Factory received its S-LSA Airworthiness certificate for the first Sling LSA (N511NG). The Sling began development in 2006 in South Africa, and over 60 airplanes have been delivered to other parts of the world, with over 100 orders received by the factory to date. This airplane is the first U.S.-registered Sling. The Sling was designed to make full use of the LSA envelope and to be in compliance with ASTM standards for Special Light-Sports. In 2009, company owners Mike Blyth and James Pitman flew one of the Sling prototypes around the world, including legs of over 22 hours over ocean, and stopped at EAA AirVenture 2009, where they were an attraction in the main square. The Airplane Factory is headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa, where they employ 75 full-time staff, and produce five ready-to-fly Slings per month, and many more kits. The Airplane Factory, in Torrance, Calif., is the U.S. entity responsible for marketing, distributing and supporting the Sling line of aircraft in North America. Sling N511NG will be based at Torrance Airport and will be flying to Oshkosh AirVenture 2012 , where it will be on display at Booth #305. Visit www.airplanefactory.com.
Flight Guide App
Airguide Publications announced the release of v4.2, a free update for their Flight Guide iEFB iPad application. It includes Guardian Aero 454 integration with the app for a wireless flight-plan link to Garmin 430, 530, GNS650, GNS750, G900 and G1000 panel-mounted GPS receivers. "This will eliminate the need for pilots to input the same flight plan twice, since Flight Guide iEFB, through a wireless connection with the Aero 454 and a Garmin GPS, instantly displays any created or edited flight plans on iEFB's Seamless Flight Planning Charts," said Ash Vij, President of Guardian Avionics. "Pilots will also no longer need an external GPS device for their iPad, since reliable WAAS GPS data is wirelessly sent from their Garmin panel mount through the Aero 454 and received on any iPad running Flight Guide iEFB." Visit www.flightguide.com.
To promote the diversity of its 700- archipelago chain, The Bahamas Out Island Promotion Board (BOIPB) announced a promotion that provides a $150 credit savings on a two-night consecutive stay at any participating hotel for general aviation pilots traveling to multiple Out Islands on the same flight itinerary. "Private pilots have a better opportunity than most to visit more than one Island at a time, so we wanted to make it even easier for them to enjoy venturing out," Valery Brown-Alce, Sr. Director Marketing, BOIPB, said. Visit www.bahamas.com.
Essential Flight Technology (EFT) and NavWorx announced a partnership to produce portable ADS-B weather solutions for iOS, Android and Windows devices. EFT will be the exclusive distributor for the Apple iOS-based version of the PADS WxBox. "We are pleased to announce the development of a wireless ADS-B solution to support all major software platforms in the cockpit without tying customers to a specific charting solution. Our Chartflier technology is designed to work on all platforms, allowing EFT to integrate with any vendors wishing to make flying safer by making ADS-B in-cockpit weather more accessible and affordable," said Colin Bitterfield, President of EFT. Visit www.essentialflight.us.
For an impressive eighth time, the Golden Eagles flight team from Embry-Riddle's Prescott, Ariz., campus won the National Intercollegiate Flying Association's annual Safety and Flight Evaluation Conference (SAFECON) national competition. In addition, the Eagles flight team from Embry-Riddle's Daytona Beach, Fla., campus also had a strong finish, placing sixth overall out of a total of 34 collegiate aviation teams from around the nation who competed May 14-19 at Kansas State University in Salina. Visit www.nifa.us.
Once an engine-log system, Insight's G3 is now a complete aircraft performance-log system. Its engine monitor is now capable of receiving RS-232 serial data from the company's TAS-1000 MFDS that includes IAS, TAS, pressure altitude, true air temperature, heading, and wind direction and speed, in the data log file on every flight. Visit www.insightavionics.com.
New Prop Conversionfor 182
Hartzell Propeller has received an FAA STC for a three-bladed propeller conversion kit for the Cessna 182S, 182T Skylane, T182T Skylane TC, up through models in current production. The new Hartzell Top Prop kit features 82-inch diameter, swept-tip, "blended" airfoil, scimitar-shaped, aluminum-alloy blades. It provides an 8.5% improvement in climb performance over the original propeller and a better cruise performance by two to four knots. Top Prop program manager Mike Trudeau said, "Top Prop conversions are one of the easiest and most economically efficient methods for improving the value and productivity of an aircraft." Visit www.hartzellprop.com.
Madden's on Gull Lake in Brainerd, Minn., was honored to host the 2012 Minnesota Seaplane Pilots seminar in May. Both seaplanes and land planes attended the event. An air show put on by the Minnesota DNR Bombardier CL-215 Aerial Attack fire unit also included performances with an Extra 300 and a Yak 54. The weekend's events also included safety seminars and an afternoon of float flying. Visit www.maddens.com and www.mnseaplanes.com.
The iPad Kneeboard Folio C is a leather case for the iPad with a rotating and ratcheting cradle that allows the iPad to be in portrait or landscape mode. It comes with a clipboard that magnetically attaches to both the inside and outside of the case. High-quality leather in black or tan wraps the outside, while protective microfiber material lines the inside. It's designed to accommodate all preferences for use—both right and left hand, attached to the right or left leg, as a traditional kneeboard with the clipboard on the outside or as a lap desk. The cover can be wrapped fully around the case, so that only the iPad is available on your leg to save space in the cockpit. Contact: www.mygoflight.com.
Online Ground School
ASA's new Online Private Pilot Ground School comes in two separate editions: one specifically for students and another for instructors/schools. The student edition provides a learning environment where future aviators read, watch, practice and prepare using a host of comprehensive ASA resources. The instructor/school edition provides a complete LMS toolkit that allows multiple instructors to monitor, manage and support multiple students as they progress on their journey toward becoming pilots. Contact: www.asa2fly.com/OnlineGroundSchool.
WeatherWise: Forecasting and Nowcasting For General Aviation Pilots gives pilots a better understanding of weather using real-world scenarios in a non-mathematical, entertaining approach. Now casting is a method of validating a weather forecast by comparing it to the weather a pilot is actually experiencing. Author John Loughmiller has been flying GA airplanes for 40 years and is a commercial pilot and CFI. His book is available from www.aircraftspruce.com, www.sportys.com and www.amazon.com.
First Solo Plaque
For many of us, our first solo represents our biggest flying achievement and is a flight we'll never forget. Sporty's First Solo Commemorative Wooden Plaque will keep that once-in-a-lifetime memory vivid. The alder-wood, laser-etched plaque measures 8x10 inches and is custom engraved with the pilot's name and airplane on two lines. The words on the plaque read: "Rare is a sense of accomplishment felt greater than after your first solo flight. The thrill and excitement is indescribable to those who have not taken the controls into their own hands." Contact: www.sportys.com.
Private pilot Eli Weingarden set out to bring a product to market that would help pilots deal with pilot fatigue. His Pilot Chews are a candy-like dietary supplement that not only help pilots stay awake and focused, but also help with memory, reflex, night vision and oxygen absorption. It only takes 20 minutes for one to feel the Pilot Chews kicking in. Contact: www.pilotchews.com.
This Netherlands-based company produces key chains, bracelets and belts that feature commercial aviation buckles. The belt's band is 1.5 inches in width, so it's wearable with many different pants. Each product is available in a variety of colors. Contact: www.airplanebelt.com.
No More "Low Battery"
Pilots have plenty of batteries to keep charged these days, and many of these gadgets require special high-amp charging devices. Sporty's offers a complete selection of pilot-tested gear to meet these needs. The Dual 2.1 Amp Cigarette Lighter Adapter plugs into any cockpit power plug (12 or 24V) and provides two high-amp USB ports. If you don't have a cigarette-lighter plug, Sporty's offers the Backup Battery pack, with a 16,000mAh internal battery that can increase the endurance of an iPad by 150%. With five USB ports, it also allows for multiple devices to be charged simultaneously. There's even a built-in flashlight for backup illumination. The pack can be recharged by plugging it into any wall outlet. Contact: www.sportys.com.