A new promotion has launched to encourage pilots who have left the market in the past few years to return to being active pilots. Aviation companies are invited to create a promotion that will make it easier and/or less expensive for inactive pilots to become active once again. Promotional ideas should include what your company can do to bring inactive pilots back to the airport and into an airplane; be creative! The program will be announced by Plane & Pilot and partners at EAA AirVenture. To join and help grow the number of active pilots, email Mike McMann at [email protected]
In honor of their 25th anniversary, Stallion 51 is planning a "virtual" Class of '51 Reunion. All the thousands of pilots who have flown the P-51 Mustang over the years are asked to collect photos and stories to share with Stallion 51 on its website. The year-long commemoration will culminate at Sun 'n Fun 2012. Visit www.stallion51.com.
Midwest LSA Expo
Midwest LSA Expo announced its collaboration with Plane & Pilot as the promotional partner for the sport-aviation expo. "We are completely supportive of the light-sport aircraft industry, and expect to see it flourish in the next few years," stated Mike McMann, publisher of Plane & Pilot. "In fact, I learned to fly in a Cessna 120 during the early '60s, so being involved with today's light-sport aircraft is a way of returning to grassroots flying for me. We're truly excited about promoting this kind of general aviation experience." The Midwest LSA Expo is in Southern Illinois, within an eight-hour drive of 50% of the country's population. The event is the perfect place to compare and fly aircraft being considered for purchase. The Expo offers a glimpse into what the sport aviation lifestyle is all about—using a light aircraft to explore a new destination, camping, enjoying camaraderie of aviators and more. Visit www.midwestlsashow.com.
Sporty's has launched a new free online service to help aircraft owners manage the details of their airplane. Plane Manager tracks scheduling, maintenance, expenses and usage of general aviation aircraft. Among the features offered in the system are: managing a to-do list; tracking maintenance events; setting reminders for oil changes or other checks; building a robust logbook with detailed journal entries and photos; and keeping track of all the documentation that comes with aircraft ownership. Sporty's Plane Manager is completely web based, so pilots can access their important information anywhere an Internet connection is available—there's no software to install. It's also optimized for mobile devices. "We're proud to offer this powerful program to aircraft owners for free as a way to make owning an airplane even more fun," says Sporty's Vice President John Zimmerman. Visit www.sportys.com/planemanager.
Sennheiser has named MyPilotStore.com as their 2010 Dealer of The Year for excellent sales, customer support and comprehension of Sennheiser's headsets. To express its thanks, Sennheiser made a generous donation to Pilots 'n Paws. The donation supports efforts to bring those who rescue, shelter or foster animals together with pilots and plane owners willing to assist with the transportation of animals. Visit www.mypilotstore.com and www.sennheiserusa.com.
Atlanta Sport Flight
Atlanta Sport Flight, at Atlanta Fulton County Field (also known locally as "Charlie Brown Airport"), will soon be home to the new Alto LSA. Paul Volle, owner of Atlanta Sport Flight, recently purchased an Alto. "The key to success is to be profitable, so we examine operating costs, maintenance and durability. The Alto has a low acquisition cost, with a durable airframe and quality components, that should yield a very competitive life-cycle cost." Visit www.corbiair.com and www.flyalto.com.
FIKI For Bonanza G36
CAV Aerospace has received amended STC approval from the FAA to install the TKS Flight Into Known Icing (FIKI) protection system in Bonanza G36 aircraft. The company is scheduling installation of the proprietary TKS system in Bonanza G36s for a base price of $47,500. "Known ice protection through CAV's TKS system boosts Bonanza G36 capability, and gives owners additional peace of mind," CAV Aerospace President Kevin Hawley said. Visit www.cav-aerospace.net.
New Remos Dealer
The newest member of the Remos Pilot Center network is Skybound Aviation, based at Cape Girardeau Regional Airport. The two principals are Glenn McCallister, who's taking charge of sales, and Beverly Cleair, CFI, who's handling flight-training operations. Both are pilots with extensive flying experience. McCallister has owned a Remos GX for the past two years. "I was so impressed with the performance and low operating costs that I decided it was worth a lot more involvement," said McCallister. "We bought a new GX for training, renting and demos. It's been busy since we took delivery a few months ago." The company expects to become a Remos Service Center. Visit www.remos.com.
TL electronic, a European producer of glass cockpits that include the Integra system for light-sport aircraft and an accelerometer used by Red Bull Air Race pilots, is celebrating its 15th anniversary. Visit www.tl-elektronic.cz.
Daher-Socata's 2011 Centennial TBM 850 made its U.S. debut at Sun 'n Fun to celebrate the company's 100 years of aviation. The aircraft is configured in a red-and-white centennial paint scheme, with "waves of time" livery designed by Didier Wolff of Happy Design Studios. Its tail number, N1911Y, represents the roots of Aeroplanes Morane-Saulnier, created in 1911. Visit www.daher.com and www.tbm850.com.
The Enhanced Flight Model 2860A Ground Power Unit from Audio Authority provides up to 60A continuous, 28V DC power from an ordinary 120V wall receptacle. Features include digital output meters for both voltage and current, a detachable front-panel output cable, and nylon bumper/cleats to provide protection and input/output cord storage. The 2860A comes with a 14-day return policy and a one-year limited warranty. Contact: www.audioauthority.com.
Stay Cool This Summer
Arctic Air, a portable air-conditioner unit from Sporty's, works by blowing ambient air across a coil cooled by ice water. The cool air is blown into the cockpit, providing a comfortable air temperature even in the hot summer sun. Place Arctic Air in the plane, fill it up with ice, and plug it into the cigarette lighter. An included drainage allows you to leave the unit in the plane, and pump the water out on to the ground. With the flexible tubing, you can aim the cool air where desired. Available in 12V and 24V models, and weighs 18 pounds empty, approximately 45 pounds full. Contact: www.sportys.com.
Fly A Citation Mustang
In a new course from King Schools, "Flying the Citation Mustang–Single Pilot," John and Martha King take a trip from Palm Springs, Calif., to Page, Ariz., as they demonstrate and explain each phase of flight in the Cessna Citation Mustang. It also describes what getting type-rated in the Mustang would be like. Even if you never plan to fly a Mustang, you'll learn about flying jets in general. Contact www.kingschools.com.
Battle Seals For Cessnas
The new FAA-approved Cowl Saver baffle seals, from McFarlane Aviation Products for Cessna 172R and 172S aircraft, address issues raised in Cessna Service Bulletin 08-53-01 with regard to cowl and firewall cracking due to vibration transfer. The low-friction laminated seals have 30 times less friction than standard seals, which allows the engine to move without taking the cowl with it, reducing cowl and airframe-vibration transfer that causes cowl damage. The baffle seals are precut and available individually, or in kits that include all required baffle seals, soft rivets and retainer strips. Contact: www.mcfarlaneaviation.com/cowlsaver.
Padded Panel Systems
Trisoft Panels, a companion to Trisoft Covers' foam edge covers, interlock to cover wings and horizontal stabilizers, protecting them from dropped tools, flashlights and other hazards that can fall onto thin metal and painted surfaces. It's resistant to sunlight, heat and cold; its closed-cell structure is chemical resistant and won't absorb water. Sized in two-foot squares and packed four to a case, the squares have a natural resistance to sliding on the surface. Contact www.trisoftcovers.com.
Sky Kitchen Cafe
Author Mike Paull's book of flying stories go beyond aviation to tell of friendship and the fulfillment of dreams. The tales originate from a small airport diner called the Sky Kitchen Café in San Carlos, Calif., where local pilots congregate daily to exchange friendship and conversation. Paull, a flight instructor with 3,500 hours of flying time, had lunch at the café almost every day for 20 years. Contact: www.skyhawkpublishing.com.