Tecnam Twin FAA Certified
The P2006T Tecnam Twin, which made its U.S. debut at 2009 EAA AirVenture, has received FAA certification. The aircraft earned its certification for VFR and analog IFR operations, and also was approved for glass-panel IFR certification in Europe (this is expected to be completed in the United States over the next few months). Visit www.tecnam.net.
New From Aspen
Aspen has announced four new products: The EFD1000C3 Pro PFD and the EA100 Autopilot Attitude Interface will be available this summer. The Engine Monitoring upgrade for Aspen MFDs, which displays critical engine data, and the Evolution Backup Display, which is designed to replace legacy mechanical backup instruments, will ship by the end of 2010.
Aspen also has rolled out new packages comprised of combinations of Evolution Flight Displays. The Evolution 1500 package combines the Evolution 1000 Pro PFD with the Evolution 500 MFD; the Evolution 2000 combines the 1000 Pro PFD and 1000 MFD; and the Evolution 2500 combines the 1000 Pro PFD, 1000 MFD and 500 MFD.
Aspen also will add Evolution Synthetic Vision to its Evolution 1000 Pro PFD in Q1 2011. The feature will be available as a software upgrade to Evolution Flight Displays in the field and as an option for new Evolution PFDs. Price is expected to be $2,995. Visit www.aspenavionics.com.
New Online American Flyers Courses
American Flyers’ new website, www.hangar66.net, offers FAA knowledge test preparation, simulated flight instruction and simulator instruction. Available courses include private, instrument refresher and FAA-approved flight instructor revalidation (more courses will be added). Visit www.hangar66.net and www.americanflyers.net.
Avidyne In The Extra EA-500
Avidyne and Extra Aircraft have unveiled the Entegra Release 9 Integrated Flight Deck for the Extra EA-500. “We chose Avidyne for their innovation, overall ease of use and truly redundant system architecture,” commented Walter Extra, founder of Extra Aircraft. The first customer delivery of the EA-500 took place at Aero Friedrichshafen.
Additionally, Avidyne has added an innovative feature, FMS Preview, to Entegra Release 9. It allows pilots to see a graphical presentation on the split-screen map as they scroll through the list of available departures, airways, transitions and approach procedures. FMS Preview will be part of the software that’s targeted for certification later in Q2 2010. Visit www.release9.com, www.avidyne.com and www.extraaircraft.com.
Legend Smart Cub G3
American Legend has introduced the Legend Smart Cub G3—a certified LSA equipped with the new Garmin G3X MFD. The integrated Garmin G3X glass-cockpit system combines full PFD functions with electronic engine monitoring and moving-map capabilities. The Legend Smart Cub G3 instrument panel also includes a Garmin SL 40 COM, Garmin GTX 327 transponder and PS Engineering PM1200 intercom. Visit www.legend.aero and www.garmin.com.
Cooler Cirrus SR20
The Cirrus SR20, now is available with factory-installed air-conditioning, just in time for summer. Aircraft pricing starts at $279,900. Visit www.cirrusaircraft.com.
Jeppesen IFR Training
Jeppesen’s Instrument Pilot Online training course includes the required minimum of 30 hours of ground-school topics and offers integrated and scenario-based flight lessons that stress single-pilot resource management topics and effective decision-making. Three versions are available: The Part 61 Enhanced Ground School, Maneuvers and Test Preparation course is available directly to students. The Stage Exams and Flight Lessons version is targeted to flight schools and universities, and includes all ground, maneuvers and flight lessons to meet FAR Part 61 requirements. Integrated Stage Exams with Flight Lessons training also is offered to flight schools and universities to meet the more stringent FAR 141 requirements. Visit www.jeppesen.com.
Personal Flight Sims
King Schools and Redbird Flight Simulations now offer a home aviation simulator, the Redbird TD. “The TD desk-mount places the yoke and controls under the table, achieving the feel of a real cockpit while you practice instrument procedures to any airport in the world, or maybe prefly that upcoming cross-country,” said King Schools Cochairman John King. The Redbird TD can be ordered with a glass or analog instrument panel, and is FAA-approved as a Basic Aviation Training Device. This allows pilots to log up to 10 hours toward an instrument rating, or log up to 2.5 hours toward a private pilot certificate. Visit www.kingschools.com/flight-simulators.
Next Dimension Aircraft
Next Dimension Aircraft has announced a preowned aircraft program, Worpe9, designed to provide Cirrus SR22s with a Tornado Alley Turbo powerplant and Avidyne Entegra Release 9 avionics. “ND provides the experience of purchasing a new, custom-configured aircraft, without the large costs and risks of a new purchase,” explained Ken Johnson, CFO of ND Aircraft. Visit www.tat.com, www.avidyne.com and www.ndaircraft.com.
SMA Engine In Maule
The Maule M-9-230 is the first aircraft to be equipped with the SMA SR 305-230 engine from OEM. The SMA engine merges the traditional qualities of Maule aircraft with modern avionics and a Jet-A/Jet-A1-powered diesel engine that has a low fuel burn of 7.5 to 10 gph. Visit www.smaengines.com and www.mauleairinc.com.
Sporty’s Foundation Scholarships
The Sporty’s Foundation has announced a program for aircraft mechanics enrolled in Great Oaks Institute of Technology and Career Development, which has four campuses in Ohio. Scholarships will be awarded to the top three students completing the airframe portion of the training curriculum. The scholarships—in the amounts of $3,000, $1,500 and $750—will be awarded for the second year of study (powerplants). Visit www.sportysfoundation.org and www.greatoaks.com.
Faster & Easier Waxing
Eagle One Gel Wax delivers a glorious, glossy shine that will last as long as paste but is easier to use than liquid wax. Apply the wax, immediately wipe it off and enjoy the mirror-like shine. Environmentally friendly Gel Wax uses natural carnauba and unique polishers, which produce durability and water beading. There’s no white residue or harmful petroleum solvents. Contact: Eagle One, (800) 432-4531, www.eagleone.com.
South Of The Border
Years of experience flying to, from and within Mexico inform Caribbean Sky Tours’ 2010 Pilot’s Guide to Mexico. Included are updated Mexico and U.S. regulations, and applicable telephone numbers for DGAC, weather briefers, airport operators, fuel suppliers, immigration and customs for each airport. The 2010 guide has all Mexico international airports and many popular secondary airports. Contact: Caribbean Sky Tours, (866) 420-9265, www.caribbeanskytours.com.
The Khaki X-Landing by Hamilton Watch is a sophisticated GMT chronograph with design touches reminiscent of early all-metal planes. A top of descent feature marks the transition from a flight’s cruise phase to its descent phase. Printed on the bezel’s surface are 24 different time zones. Founded in 1892, Hamilton Watch boasts a strong aeronautical heritage. Contact: Hamilton Watch, www.hamiltonwatch.com.
Deluxe Cockpit Organizer
Sporty’s Deluxe Flight Desk is a combination binder and kneeboard with room for everything a busy pilot needs. The desk has a three-divider file section to organize charts, flight plan forms and other documents. Also included is a seven-ring binder for storing approach charts and notepaper. The front flap has a handy mesh pocket, and there’s a dedicated cell phone/iPod pocket with a slot for your earphones. Contact: Sporty’s, (800) SPORTYS, www.sportys.com.
Master The Wiz Wheel
To help pilots learn the many functions of the manual E6B, Sporty’s has released its Virtual Tips & Tricks for the Manual E6B training course. Through detailed graphics and narrated animations, every calculation is demonstrated and explained. Available as a CD or download, the course covers all aspects of manual E6B flight computers, with step-by-step audio guidance. Contact: Sporty’s, (800) SPORTYS, www.sportys.com.
Protect Your Headset
Store your aviation headset in a stylish Powder Puff Pilot headset bag. The hand-sewn and shock-insulated bag is made exclusively for Powder Puff Pilot by Oregon Aero. It’s customized with a Powder Puff Pilot patch on one side and an Oregon Aero logo on the other. The bag’s outside pockets stow checklists, charts, keys, lip gloss…anything you might need. Contact: Powder Puff Pilot, (720) 256-3442, www.powderpuffpilot.com.
A Touch Of Aviation Charm
Good-Natured Aviation Signs from Sporty’s offer a humorous approach and an antique appearance. The signs are offered in a variety of sizes and colors. Choose the maxim that suits you best; for example, “Flying is the 2nd greatest thrill known to man. Landing is the 1st.” Contact: Sporty’s, (800) SPORTYS, www.sportys.com/signs.