Mustangs Over Manhattan!
World-class aviators, including U.S. Air Force Thunderbird fighter pilots, commanded a legendary World War II P-51 Mustang and Cessna Citation Mustangs in formation over New York Harbor to commemorate the historical, cultural and economic contributions that aviation has provided. The planes traversed the Hudson River passing by the Statue of Liberty, One World Trade Center and other historic landmarks. The flights left from Teterboro Airport in New Jersey following an Air Force Thunderbird-style briefing helmed by Dean "Wilbur" Wright, former Thunderbirds, A-10, F-117 and Harrier pilot. Doug Rozendaal, experienced pilot of World War II-era fighter and bomber planes, flew the P-51 Mustang. Editor of Plane & Pilot, Jessica Ambats, accompanied the flight to take air-to-air photographs.
King Schools International Operations Overview
King Schools is releasing its 24th course targeting the needs of turbine-powered, professional and owner-flown operators. The pro series of courses include everything a pilot needs to know, from initial transition to jets and high-altitude flying, to certificate courses for operations such as RVSM, RNP, MNPS, P-RNAV, International Operations and Part 135 initial and recurrent pilot training. "With our new International Operations Overview course, you'll learn practical how-to information that will prepare you for the differences," commented John King. "You'll know what you don't know, so you won't be surprised by regulatory requirements, and will know how to get fully prepared for your international flight," added Martha King. Visit www.kingschools.com.
Unusual Attitude Training
Stallion 51, the Kissimmee, Fla.,-based organization, is offering a new program, UAT (Unusual Attitude Training) in a specially equipped L-39 turbojet. "Our new Upset Prevention and Recovery Training Program definitely raises the bar even higher for pilots who fly for a living and under all types of conditions," said Lee Lauderback, Stallion 51's president. "We now have a comprehensive program that covers all areas of prevention, recognition and recovery from unusual attitudes of flying." The newly formed UAT Company is located within Stallion 51's facility at the Kissimmee Gateway Airport. Its purpose is to train pilots to recognize and respond accurately and quickly before the situation progresses into one from which they may be unable to recover. Visit www.stallion51.com.
New Mid-Continent Standby Display
Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics introduced the MD302 Standby Attitude Module (SAM), a 2x5-inch self-contained, solid-state instrument that provides attitude, altitude, airspeed and slip information to the pilot during normal operation or in the case of primary instrument failure. SAM is designed to fit in less panel space than a standard set of two-inch mechanical attitude, altitude and airspeed indicators. Its two-screen display features selectable horizontal and vertical orientation. The MD302 SAM is designed to interface seamlessly with most primary avionics systems and is capable of synchronizing data, such as barometric pressures from standard ARINC outputs. Visit www.flysam.com.
Citation Special Olympics Airlift
Cessna Aircraft launched their signature community endeavor—the Citation Special Olympics Airlift (CSOA)—and began its call for Citation owners to transport more than 1,000 athletes and coaches to the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games in New Jersey. "We, along with our many volunteer partners, are extremely proud to kick off our seventh CSOA in support of bringing athletes and coaches to the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games," said Roxanne Bernstein, Cessna senior vice president of marketing. "This is a signature community endeavor for Cessna and unique opportunity that enables everyone from our employees to our customers to get involved and be a part of the Games." With its seventh occasion of organizing the CSOA, which is held every four years, Cessna hopes to recruit at least 175 Citations owners to transport 1,000 athletes to New Jersey on June 14, 2014, and then return them to their home bases on June 21, 2014. Visit www.airlift.cessna.com.
Hawker Beechcraft Orders
Hawker Beechcraft signed orders for nine new Beechcraft products with a total value of more than $34 million. The orders, which include one King Air 350i, two King Air 250s, two King Air C90GTx and four Baron G58s, were placed by four Beechcraft distributors throughout South and Central America. "Our exclusive distributors are valued partners and have greatly contributed to the success we've had in the South American market," said Keith Nadolski, president, Beechcraft Americas. "The Beechcraft King Air turboprop and piston platforms are well suited for the demands of operating in the varied landscapes of South and Central America, easily transitioning from unimproved grass strips to downtown airports." Deliveries will begin in second quarter 2013 and will continue through the end of the year. Visit www.hawkerbeechcraft.com.
Kestrel Selects Hartzell
Hartzell Propeller was selected by Kestrel Aircraft as the propeller supplier for its new all-composite, single-engine turboprop. Working closely with Kestrel, Hartzell is developing a new ASC-II structural composite blade to optimize performance through the aircraft's flight envelope and maximize cruise performance, while still providing good low-end performance for operations in and out of short runways. The ASC-II blade will be an all-carbon monocoque structure with a co-molded electroformed nickel erosion shield. Kestrel COO Steve Serfling said, "Hartzell has proven itself as an excellent supplier of propellers on several aircraft platforms, and has demonstrated an ability to implement technical solutions that maximize aircraft performance and safety." Visit www.kestrel.aero.
This one-hour documentary film from Wisconsin filmmaker Bob Leff portrays the joys of light-sport flying in a wide variety of aircraft. More than a dozen pilots describe their sport, accompanied by flight footage and an evocative music track. Bonus features provide useful information for the prospective pilot. Contact: www.vapfilms.com.
Part of the new FTA series, the Yaesu FTA-230 air band transceiver replaces the VXA-220. It features a new BNC antenna connection, a 12-volt DC charger sleeve that can also be used to power the radio during flight and a Last Channel Recall function. You can store up to 250 memory channels using the eight-character alphanumeric display. Contact: www.yaesu.com.
The battery-powered Snap-on LED Hybrid Light features 16 LEDs and is cool to the touch. The tubular-shaped light has a high-impact tube lens, a rubber molded comfort grip and a magnetic base. It also features a durable anodized-aluminum handle and cap. Contact: www.pepboys.com.
The Fat Gecko Co-Pilot allows you to mount a camera inside your airplane using a retractable telescoping bar that fits cockpit widths from 36 to 49.5 inches. Two industrial locking suction cups secure each end to the surface of opposing windows. Cameras can be attached to the built-in standard tripod thread in the center of the bar. Contact: www.sportys.com.