British race pilot Paul Bonhomme was victorious at the penultimate stop in the 2007 Red Bull Air Race World Series. More than 50,000 spectators gathered around the San Diego Bay as competing pilots sped around a challenging course marked by inflatable pylons. Bonhomme’s finishing time was 1:23:80; placing second was U.S. pilot and last year’s series winner Kirby Chambliss at 1:24:69, only fractions of a second behind. This year’s series champion will be determined in November at the final race in Perth, Australia.
Sport Aircraft Works
Flight schools that add the S-LSA SportCruiser aircraft to their training fleets are eligible to participate in Sport Aircraft Works’ new Sport Aircraft Pilot Center Program. According to Sport Aircraft Director of Sales & Marketing Bob Anderson, a flight school can earn the same profit operating a SportCruiser as it does with a new Cessna or Piper, while charging a $25- to $50-per-hour lower rental rate and with a 50% to 75% lower capital investment. Participation in the program is free to flight schools purchasing SportCruiser aircraft.
Sport Aircraft Works is the American importer and distributor for the Czech Aircraft Works line of S-LSA aircraft, which includes the SportCruiser, Parrott, Mermaid and Aerospool Dynamic. With a brand-new 120,000-square-foot facility, Czech Aircraft Works expects to increase production capacity to more than 500 aircraft per year for worldwide distribution. Learn more at www.sportaircraftworks.com and www.airplane.cz.
Avidyne introduced the Envision integrated flight deck for retrofit installation in Cessna 210 and T210. Avidyne and Crownair Aviation, based in San Diego, Calif., are jointly developing the STC. Jamie Luster, Avidyne’s Director of Aftermarket Sales, said, “Cessna 210 owners will get the latest in safety and situational-awareness capabilities and a beautiful new panel for a fraction of the cost of buying a new airplane.” Retail pricing for the Envision integrated flight deck for Cessna 210 and T210 aircraft begins at $29,995 for the EXP5000 PFD and $13,995 for the EX5000 MFD. Availability is expected in the first quarter of 2008. See www.avidyne.com and www.crownairaviation.com.
PlaneSmart Gets Turbos
PlaneSmart in Dallas, Texas, finalized a deal with Cirrus to replace its current fleet of Cirrus SR22-G2 aircraft with turbo Cirrus SR22-G3 aircraft. “In addition to the enhanced capabilities associated with the turbocharged aircraft,” said PlaneSmart President Jeffrey Cullen, “the new airplanes offer the perfect combination of performance, navigation and safety features that satisfy PlaneSmart’s objective of offering the best fractional aircraft ownership experience available to our customers.” To learn more, visit www.cirrusdesign.com and www.planesmart.com.
New WSI Weather Datalink Series
WSI Corporation has announced the availability of the WSI InFlight AV-300 series datalink weather systems. The AV-300 receiver delivers aviation weather content, while the AV-350 receiver is a new addition to the WSI InFlight product line, enabling aircraft operators and owners to receive both aviation weather content and radio entertainment. In partnership with ITT Corporation and several other companies, WSI was awarded a $207 million contract by the FAA to develop the ADS-B system, an ATC surveillance network intended to increase safety and efficiency with air transportation. More information can be found at the following Websites: www.wsi.com and www.adsb.gov.
Phoenix East Gets New Sim
In preparation for the delivery of five new Diamond DA42 aircraft, Phoenix East Aviation of Daytona Beach, Fla., has taken delivery of its new flight-simulation equipment, a Frasca 242 FTD that features the Garmin G1000 integrated avionics package. The FTD also includes a 180-degree visual display system that provides the student with real-time scenes of the environment, weather, airport layouts and approach-light systems. The system utilizes a navigational database, with real-world training scenarios. Visit www.pea.com.
Cessna announced plans to invest up to $24 million to expand aircraft subassembly work in Columbus, Ga. This will include the construction of a 100,000-square-foot building, to be completed by August 2008. Cessna Columbus employees manufacture detail parts and assemblies for Cessna’s line of single-engine pistons, Caravans and business jets. Cessna expects to add up to 150 jobs in Columbus over the next five years. “Our company has enjoyed dramatic growth over the last few years, and as a result, we must continue to expand on many fronts, especially manufacturing, to meet the growing demands of our customers,” said Ron Alberti, Senior Vice President of Cessna’s Integrated Supply Chain. Follow the progress at www.cessna.com.
Flight Guide Online
Airguide Publications launched Flight Guide Online, providing pilots with easy online access to airport and supplementary info. Airports can be searched by services, fuel, food, lodging and more. Printable airport diagrams are available, and a basic flight planner from FlightPrep is also included. Sign up at www.flightguide.com.
American Eagle Interviews
Regional Airline Academy signed a letter of agreement with American Eagle for the airline to interview pilots at RAA for training in the new Embraer Regional Jet Flight Officer School program. Upon graduation from this course, training will continue at the American Eagle Training Center in Dallas, Texas, with the goal of becoming an American Eagle First Officer. Pilots are encouraged to contact Regional Airline Academy at (866) 709-4892 or [email protected] to see if they qualify. More information is available at www.raaflightschools.com.
New From Bendix/King
With two new products, Bendix/King has inaugurated its Apex Edge Series. The “next-generation” KSN 770 is an MFD for general aviation that will incorporate GPS and WAAS capability with new software-based VHF communication and navigation radio. The KSN 770 features a state-of-the-art graphical interface, INAV GA, originally designed for Honeywell’s large, integrated business aircraft cockpits. Featuring a 5.7-inch, high-resolution display and a sleek, ergonomic, intuitive design, the system also includes a comprehensive moving map and multiple control units to optimize the pilot interface.
The KFD 840 is an affordable replacement option for all the analog instruments in the steam gauge “six pack.” It can complement other systems or be used as a stand-alone PFD for Bendix/King’s new line of avionics, including the KSN 770. It’s designed to integrate with common autopilots and features an 8.4-inch LCD and an internal ADAHRS. For more, contact Bendix/King at (877) 712-2386. www.bendixking.com
Aviate In Style
Lost Squadron has been a leader in aviation apparel for more than 10 years and its involvement in the warbird community includes sponsorship of P-51 racing aircraft and the P-38 Glacier Girl. Its line of Pique Polo/Golf Shirts features a P-51 Mustang silhouette embroidered on heavyweight pigment-dyed 100% cotton. These shirts are preshrunk and ring-spun for incredible softness; they go through a special dyeing process in order to stay soft and get just the right color. To learn more, contact Lost Squadron at (888) 977-5678. www.lostsquadron.com
Expanded Weather Technology
Hilton Software LLC has released WingX 2.5 for the Smartphone for Windows Mobile cell phones, including the Motorola Q, AT&T Blackjack and T-Mobile Dash. By seamlessly synchronizing data, such as weight and balance, routing, DUATS weather briefing and flight-plan modules, WingX for the Smartphone provides a streamlined and efficient preflight process. WingX 2.5 can be downloaded at www.hiltonsoftware.com or wirelessly from http://mobile.hiltonsoftware.com. Learn more at (866) 42-WINGX.
New BATDs Added To ASA Desktop Simulation Fleet
ASA introduces two new On Top BATD (basic aviation training device) systems to complement its existing desktop simulation fleet. Taking advantage of the flexibility provided by On Top’s new compatibility with the ELITE Simulation Solutions flight-control hardware, pilots now have the option of choosing among three different flight-control configurations: ELITE Basic ATD, Cirrus Basic ATD and ELITE Lighted Basic ATD. Each system uses On Top IFR training and proficiency software in combination with various flight-control hardware components. For more info, contact ASA at (800) ASA-2-FLY. www.asa2fly.com
Experience The Thrill Of Flight
…in the comfort of your home. The Dreamflyer flight-motion simulator, launched at EAA AirVenture 2007, allows aviation enthusiasts and gamers to experience realistic flight without ever leaving the ground. From the comfortable replica cockpit seat, the home pilot generates motion through the control stick, which instigates pitch and roll oscillation. Together with the throttle and rudder pedal components, the Dreamflyer allows a pilot to experience flight motion with any simulation software the pilot currently uses. The Dreamflyer requires no power, little space and virtually no maintenance, and can be enjoyed by all armchair pilots, regardless of actual flight experience. To learn more, contact Dreamflyer at (877) IFLYSIM. www.mydreamflyer.com
Jeppesen And Schweizer Helicopter Bundle
Jeppesen is pleased to announce the revision of the Schweizer helicopter training manuals. The kits feature the Schweizer textbook, which meets FAR Part 141 regulations for private and commercial training, and Jeppesen’s 2008 FAR/AIM Manual. The kit provides both students and instructors with materials to enhance learning, and covers principles of flight, the flight environment, helicopter systems and performance, meteorology, navigation, physiology and maneuvers. To learn more, contact Jeppesen at (800) 621-5377. www.jeppesen.com