Dramatic Launch Of New Hamilton Watch
The Khaki Flight Timer, Hamilton's new pilot watch designed with Swiss helicopter rescue and transport service Air Zermatt, was officially launched in the ski village of Zermatt, Switzerland, in December 2011. Treated to a backdrop of the Matterhorn in the Swiss Alps, a dozen journalists, including Plane & Pilot, were surprised with a simulated helicopter rescue mission when Hamilton and Air Zermatt executives advised them that their cable car had "broken" at an elevation of 10,000 feet. Participants then evacuated the cable car by helicopter and were transported safely to the ground below, experiencing firsthand the skill of the Air Zermatt team. Hamilton CEO Sylvain Dolla, Air Zermatt CEO Gerold Biner and Hamilton brand ambassador and aerobatic pilot Nicolas Ivanoff presented the multifunction watch, which features a logbook to record data for 20 flights, and for each flight, 99 landings. The launch of the Khaki Flight Timer marked the beginning of an official partnership between Hamilton and Air Zermatt, and a special edition of the watch bears the helicopter service's logo. Both companies share a deep-rooted passion for flying: Hamilton pilot watches have been in the skies since 1919, and Air Zermatt is a pioneer for modern helicopter rescue and transportation. Recently, an Air Zermatt pilot and a mountain rescuer received the Heroism Award in Washington, D.C. for a daring rescue of three alpinists in the high peaks of Nepal. This rescue was the highest helicopter rescue mission to ever take place. Visit www.hamiltonwatch.com and www.air-zermatt.ch.
A new option gives Cirrus SR22 owners a fifth seat by widening the backseat and featuring three seat belts. It's comfortable for two adults and a small child, or a group of three children. Other features include a three-position recline for backseat passengers and a child-restraint system similar to those in automobiles for use of child seats. Also available for the 2012 model is Perspective Global Connect, which offers satellite phone through Iridium Communications to make private or group calls through the cabin headsets and text messaging accessible through the MFD. Visit www.cirrusaircraft.com.
New Remos Dealer
Remos added a new dealer/service center to its North American team: Light Sport West. Greg and Brian Thomas have an 8,500-square-foot hangar at Sacramento Executive Airport utilized for service and showroom space, along with an additional 2,500 square feet that houses their administration. "We think that the performance and handling characteristics of the Remos make it an ideal candidate for anyone interested in recreational flying," said Greg. "It's very responsive, has excellent visibility, low operating and maintenance costs, and it will transform any weekend into an adventure." Visit www.lightsportwest.com.
TBM 850 Deliveries
Thirty-eight of Daher-Socata's TBM 850 aircraft were delivered in 2011, bringing the total number of aircraft received by customers since being introduced in 2006 to 260. It was the fourth-best year for Daher-Socata's TBM aircraft family since 1990, whose 600th aircraft rolled out of the factory last October. "We attained our delivery goals in 2011 despite the very difficult economic environment worldwide, resulting in the TBM 850 gaining market share," said Nicolas Chabbert, senior vice president of Daher-Socata Airplane Division. "This achievement was due to the loyalty of our customers, our team spirit, and our TBM 850's continued value for a full range of operators." Visit www.tbm850.com.
South Carolina-based Champion Aerospace has designated Quality Aircraft Accessories (QAA) as the exclusive AOG distributor for all of its Slick by Champion products, as well as the authorized service center for Slick magnetos. "Together, we are committed to improving the availability of Slick by Champion parts, components and accessories," said Brett Benton, Chief Executive Officer of QAA. "With our extensive inventory and supply of hard-to-find components, we can now service general aviation aircraft customers faster and more efficiently—and with a wider array of solutions." Visit www.qualityaa.com and www.championaerospace.com.
SportairUSA is now a dealer for Adventure Pilot's iFly GPS. "We have watched the prices of avionics dive as the capabilities soar, and have hands-on experience with a wide range of very competent devices for sport and experimental aircraft," said Bill Canino, President of SportairUSA, "The iFly 700 fills a niche at the low-price end of the spectrum, yet it is fully featured, easy to use and reliable." The unit will be standard equipment on the Snap! light-sport aerobatic airplane, and will be an available option on the Sting, Sirius, Savage Cub and SeaRey. Visit www.sportair.aero.
Tecnam has launched the Tecnam P92 Sea-Sky seaplane, the sixth-generation model of the Tecnam P92 Echo Classic and Eaglet range of airplanes. The new aircraft is being produced at Tecnam's new composites production facility in Capua, Italy. "Our Tecnam P92 Sea-Sky hydroplane offers you the pleasure of enjoying both blue waters and blue skies," said Paolo Pascale, Tecnam's Managing Director. "It's not just designed to perform superbly on water but also on the remaining 29% of the world's surface, land, by using our innovative four-wheel retractable landing gear." Visit www.tecnam.com.
Yakima, Washington-based CubCrafters announced a major expansion of their FAA-certified manufacturing facility, adding 15,000 square feet by leasing a building near the Yakima airport. The new facility became fully operational December 18, and houses a weld shop and Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) machine shop. The move frees up space at the main facility for a research and development department, a delivery hangar, and an updated and expanded parts department. "We've needed to do this for a long time" said CubCrafters owner Jim Richmond. "Our planes are selling well, and if we get even a little help from the economy, we will need to increase our production rate. This will also let us create a dedicated R&D department for the development of future products." Visit www.cubcrafters.com.
US Aviation Trains Cadets
US Aviation's flight training operation has been awarded a Type 1 foreign military training contract by the U.S. Air Force valued at more than $11 million. US Aviation Academy, a branch of US Aviation, will be prescreening foreign military flight training cadets for advanced training by the U.S. Air Force. The program will accept foreign students for 30 days of ground school and 25 hours of flight training. Flight training will be done in Cessna Skyhawks and Diamond DA-40s, with the objective of soloing students. Students will continue their training with the U.S. Air Force. The first four cadets will be coming from Nigeria. Visit www.usaviation.aero.
The Gatherings Of Mustangs And Legends
In September 2007, at Rickenbacker International Airport in Ohio, an aviation event like no other took place, with 77 Mustangs, 49 aviation legends and over 150,000 participants. This limited first edition of the work of accomplished photographers from all over the world fills 260 pages with more than 460 unique photos of the planes and people that made this event so special. Contact: www.gatheringfoundation.org.
The Solo Milestone
Talk to any pilot, and a major milestone in their flying is the first time they flew an airplane alone. For most pilots, soloing an airplane is more memorable than passing a checkride. A new DVD course from Sporty's is designed to be simple, without software to install or textbooks to study. It includes six hours of video on three DVDs that feature real-world in-flight footage with interactive review questions to mark a student's progress. Contact: www.sportys.com.