Breitling Jet Team To Perform In The U.S.
Swiss watch manufacturer Breitling announced that the Breitling Jet Team will be performing in the U.S. for the first time ever in 2015. The aerobatics team is comprised of seven L-39 Albatros jets that can reach speeds of up to 565 mph. "I am very excited that the Breitling Jet Team will finally perform in the United States," said Breitling USA President Thierry Prissert. "They have performed all over the world, and this is the first chance to show U.S. audiences what they can do and inspire younger generations of American aviation enthusiasts with their precision flying and breathtaking performances." The team will perform at the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh and the National Championship Air Races in Reno. Additional air shows and performances in the U.S. in 2015 will also be announced as they are confirmed. Visit www.breitling-jet-team.com.
Eclipse Delivers First Eclipse 550 Jet
Eclipse Aerospace announced the first customer delivery of an Eclipse 550 in Albuquerque, N.M., following FAA certification. "This is an exciting day for Eclipse Aerospace and for general aviation," says Mason Holland, Eclipse Aerospace CEO. "With the Eclipse 550, we've built a high-performance light jet that includes advanced technologies and safety features that have traditionally been found only on much larger cabin class business jets and commercial aircraft. Our customers asked for the latest technologies such as auto throttles and a more dynamic pilot interface, and we responded to those requests and are now delivering to ecstatic customers." Visit www.eclipse.aero/550.php.
Penn Yan Aero Extends Warranty
Penn Yan Aero's warranty will be 100% parts and labor for three years, or to Lycoming's or Continental's maximum recommended TBO, whichever comes first. The overhauled engine warranty is supported worldwide and is transferable from one owner to another. "Penn Yan Aero has always led the industry with its warranty," said President Bill Middlebrook. "And, we've always taken care of our customers. The new warranty offers additional peace of mind to Penn Yan Aero customers." Visit www.pennyanaero.com.
Robinson Delivers 500th R66
R66 Turbine S/N 500 rolled off Robinson's production line on March 14, 2014, three and half years since the five-place helicopter was initially certificated in October 2010. The helicopter was delivered to Aviamarket, one of three R66 dealers in Russia. Last year, Aviamarket pilots landed R66 S/N 0040 at the North Pole and again in September when the company organized a six-week Around-The-World Expedition using two R66 helicopters. Visit www.robinsonheli.com.
New Flagship Panel For CubCrafters
CubCrafters announced a new cockpit panel in cooperation with Garmin, which simultaneously introduced their G3X Touch 10.6-inch touch-sensitive flight display system. The new panel, Executive GLASS touch, is available immediately in Carbon Cub SS, Carbon Cub EX and Sport Cub S2 aircraft. "We're pleased that Garmin has chosen CubCrafters as their OEM partner for this debut," says Randy Lervold, CubCrafters' General Manager. "Our light-sport aircraft have the best-in-class fit, finish, performance and quality." Executive GLASS touch is centered on Garmin's G3X Touch flight display system, which features the GDU 465 10.6 inch touch-screen display. The G3X Touch has Synthetic Vision and video input for cameras or Enhanced Vision Systems. CubCrafters also includes Garmin's Angle-of-Attack (AOA) sensor and SiriusXM Satellite Radio weather and audio as standard equipment on the Executive GLASS touch panel. Visit www.cubcrafters.com.
Piper Delivers Five More Archers To FIT
Piper Aircraft has delivered another five new Piper Archer TX training aircraft to the Florida Institute of Technology (FIT), under a joint Piper Aviation Career Alliance program. The agreement provides enhanced vocational and educational opportunities for graduates of FIT's aviation program, as well as for graduates from other programs offered through the school. The Florida Institute of Technology's College of Aeronautics took delivery of eight single-engine Piper Archer TX training aircraft earlier in 2013, and five so far in 2014, bringing the total Archer units delivered under the joint arrangement to 13. Visit www.piper.com.
New Garmin G3X Touch
The G3X Touch is a touch-screen, glass flight display system for installation in experimental amateur-built and light-sport aircraft. The noncertified G3X Touch system offers pilots easy-to-read, easy-to-use, high-resolution 10.6-inch flight displays with split-screen functionality and a host of advanced interface options. "Our dedicated experimental engineering team, better known as 'Team X,' continues to raise the bar with the introduction of G3X Touch," said Carl Wolf, vice president of aviation sales and marketing. Synthetic vision is a standard feature on G3X Touch, which also displays VFR Sectionals and IFR Enroute Charts. Options include SiriusXM weather and radio, which allows pilots to receive NEXRAD, METARs, TAFs, TFRs, winds aloft and more. It's also compatible with the GDL 39R ADS-B receiver. Visit www.garmin.com.
Aspen Avionics Certified Glass PFD for VFR Pilots
The new Aspen EFD1000 VFR PFD combines situational awareness and safety into a single display that can be upgraded to a fully IFR-capable Evolution Pro PFD. "Aspen has done a great amount of market research and our findings were that VFR pilots, and IFR pilots that are not current, represent over 50 % of the flying population. This is a segment of the flying public that at best, has been underserved," said John Uczekaj, CEO, Aspen Avionics. Visit www.aspenavionics.com.
New Dynon SkyView With SkyView Touch
The latest edition of Dynon's flagship product includes SkyView Touch, two new control panels and dozens of new features in the SkyView 10.0 software. Michael Schofield, Marketing Manager at Dynon Avionics, says, "We've focused on creating an incredible pilot interface with SkyView Touch and new dedicated control panels. From the simplest LSA to the most complex IFR aircraft, there's a SkyView for every panel." SkyView Touch adds the convenience of touch when you want it, but keeps a full set of buttons and joystick knobs for precise control in turbulence. Capacitive multi-touch technology allows actions such as two finger pinch-to-zoom on the map. Visit www.thenewskyview.com and www.dynonavionics.com.
Protect Your Hearing
Hearing loss is cumulative, with a slight loss over a long period of time. In the air, this can be dangerous. Tactical Hearing's digital hearing devices can boost sound in the frequency bands where the ear is lacking or where the hearing has been damaged. They also operate as effective hearing protectors. When a too-loud sound is detected, a tactical hearing device shuts down, blocking rather than amplifying the sound—it acts like a custom-fit earplug to save your hearing. Contact: www.tacticalhearing.com.
Video Your Flights
The Strut Camera Mount was designed to mount industry standard action cameras to the wing strut on Cessna Aircraft including the 150, 152, 170, 172, 180, 182 and 210. Experimental aircraft utilizing Cessna wing struts can also use this Strut Camera Mount, which can be reconfigured to attach to tubular structures between 1.13 inches and 2.80 inches in diameter. The camera mounts to a ¼-20 stud attached to a ball mount. Contact: www.aircraftspruce.com.
Managing Risk: Best Practices for Pilots uses actual aircraft accident examples, statistics, aviation safety studies, and the authors' 60 years of experience as pilots and flight safety educators, to document and describe the 10 most significant accident threat categories and shed light on the applicable human-factor issues that make pilots vulnerable to them. This book provides strategies that you can use to avoid or effectively manage risks during crucial phases of flight. Contact: www.asa2fly.com.
Keep Calm And Fly On
Sporty's latest humorous product line plays off the British slogan in use during World War II of "Keep calm and carry on." These new aviation products are a fun way to show your enthusiasm for aviation, even when you're not at the airport. Constructed of 100% cotton, the T-shirt is available in royal blue for $16.50 in sizes small through XXL. Made of wood, the Keep Calm and Fly On sign adds charm to any room. Contact: www.sportys.com.