Mooney Wins Ultimate Challenge!
A Mooney Acclaim M20TN took first prize in Category C of the Ultimate Challenge Air Race, held August 15 in South Africa. Mooney ZS-ACC (piloted by Patrick Hanly of SA Mooney) flew the 297.32 nm course in 1:30:44. The inaugural run of the Ultimate Challenge Air Race began and ended at Rustenburg Airfield, about 40 miles northwest of Johannesburg. Aviators were permitted to use a GPS device and carry as much fuel as they wished. Each aircraft had a GPS logger to ensure that the course was followed and timing recorded. Frikkie Greefe, owner of the winning aircraft, said, “We were thrilled with the results and plan to be back next year for sure.” Visit www.mooney.com.
First G3-R9 Cirrus Deliveries
Avidyne recently announced that Leading Edge Aviation Services of Tampa, Fla., and Lone Mountain Aviation of Las Vegas, Nev., both delivered their first G3-R9 Cirrus aircraft. Launched by Avidyne and its key dealers, the G3-R9 program provides for-sale, late-model Cirrus SR22s with the Entegra Release 9 Integrated Flight Deck already retrofitted. “I saw this as a great opportunity to move up to a G3 Cirrus with the new wing, air-conditioning, improved performance and very-low-time engine, and the guys at Lone Mountain found me a great airplane and did the retrofit of Release 9 before I took delivery,” said G3-R9 customer Robert Miller. Visit www.leadingedge aviation.com, www.lonemountainaviation.com, www.cirrusaircraft.com and www.avidyne.com.
First-Time Win For Goulian
On August 20, American Michael Goulian took first place at the fourth stop of the 2009 Red Bull Air Race World Championship, over the Danube River in Budapest, Hungary. Demonstrating the capabilities of a new, more powerful engine at 224 mph, Goulian had the best run time in the 4.1-mile race’s final round (1:12:51). “It feels amazing,” Goulian said. It was his first career victory and moved him to eighth place overall. “This has been four years in the making. It has been so hard to get the right machine, to get the engine working the right way… It’s a great win.” British pilot Paul Bonhomme took second place and American Kirby Chambliss took third, beating consistent front-runner Austrian Hannes Arch. Visit www.redbullairrace.com
New Capabilities For Flight Design
Flight Design Technik has developed two products for the Flight Design CT series. The company produces custom parts for hands-only control of the CT, plus an underside cargo pod that can hold a wheelchair, folding bike or other items that are too large to store in the LSA’s main baggage area. “The modified control stick has two grips,” explained Flight Design Technik’s Frank Borrman. “The right handle is fixed and equipped with a push-to-talk button and a switch for throttle control. The left is moved forward for right rudder control and rearward for left rudder. As the left-side handle is moved, both rudder and nosewheel are controlled.” Visit www.flightdesign.com and www.flightdesignusa.com.
Cessna 210 Upgrade
Sierra Industries now offers the Sierra Super Centurion program to upgrade the Cessna Centurion fleet. The upgrade combines modern avionics with modifications such as Sierra’s R/STOL system, gear-door conversions and custom single-piece panel. Installation times vary from four to six weeks; to decrease downtime, Sierra’s exclusive “Fly-Thru” maintenance program provides a loaner aircraft while mods are performed. The upgrade is applicable to all Cessna 210, T210 or P210K, L, M, N or R aircraft. Paint and interior refurbishment and inspection/repair services also are available. Visit www.sijet.com.
Sporty’s Funds Cincinnati Students
The Sporty’s Foundation awarded three scholarships to the top three incoming sophomore students in the University of Cincinnati’s Professional Pilot Program. After completion, the students will receive an FAA commercial pilot certificate and an associate of applied science degree in aviation technology. Qualified students who graduate from the aviation program often work as flight instructors at Sporty’s Academy while they earn their bachelor of business administration. This year’s recipients were Abdelaziz Akkoub ($15,000), Sophie Gilgean ($10,000) and Patrick Spare ($5,000). Visit www.sportysfoundation.org.
EVS-100/600 For Cessna Caravan
Forward Vision now offers an FAA-approved STC kit for installation of its EVS-100 and EVS-600 on the Cessna Caravan. The STC was designed and developed by Cary Foster and Sharmaine Vestal, co-owners of One Sky Aviation, a full-service aviation maintenance facility based in Anchorage, Alaska. One Sky is an authorized dealer/installer of Forward Vision’s enhanced vision systems. Visit www.forward-vision.net and www.oneskyaviation.com.
No Gloom In Paradise!
Paradise USA has announced the addition of Light Sport Experts as its southeast regional dealer. Represented by Joe Crocker, Light Sport Experts is based in the Florida Panhandle and specializes in LSA training and sales. Visit www.lightsportexperts.com and www.paradiseaircraft.us.
Aircraft Spruce Receives Garmin’s Platinum Award
Aircraft Spruce & Specialty has received the Platinum Award for achieving the highest sales performance among Garmin International’s network of distributors. Visit www.garmin.com and www.aircraftspruce.com.
Cash For Junkers
American Legend Aircraft Company now has a “Cash For Junkers” rebate program, which offers $4,500 toward the purchase of a new Legend Cub. To receive the rebate, customers must trade in an older aircraft, operable or otherwise. Through this program, American Legend hopes to boost aircraft sales, despite the down economy. Visit www.legend.aer
As a company that crafts furniture out of vintage airplane parts, MotoArt has made desks from B-25 bombers, beds from 747 airliners and even tables from Jacobs radial engines. But the SoCal-based crew recently completed its biggest piece yet: a V-shaped C130 conference table for Lockheed Martin’s headquarters in Arlington, Va. Fabricated from two 24-foot-long, full-length outer-wing flaps of the C130 Hercules, the one-of-a-kind table took nearly 500 man-hours to develop. The table’s 48-square-foot, mirror-polished flaps can seat 24. Built for the U.S. Air Force, the Lockheed C130 was originally designed for cargo transport and medical evacuation. Contact: MotoArt, (310) 375-4531, www.motoart.com.
2010 FAR/AIM Series Available!
ASA presents its 2010 FAR/AIM series: FAR for Flight Crew, FAR for Aviation Maintenance Technicians, FAR/AIM and Flight Library Pro DVD. For over 25 years, ASA’s FAR/AIM books have been an industry standard. ASA consolidates the most current FAA regulations and procedures into three easy-to-use reference books and one DVD. Free updates are available online. Contact: ASA, (800) ASA2FLY, www.asa2fly.com.
Explore The Human Factors Of Flying
ASA’s Pilot Medical Handbook is an essential resource for pilots seeking to understand the human element and inherent physiological aspects critical for safe flight. With the Medical Handbook for Pilots AC discontinued, this is the only printed resource available with a collection of applicable FAA and Civil Aerospace Medical Institute documents, articles and reports. Contact: ASA, (800) ASA2FLY, www.asa2fly.com.
A New Way To Recycle, Reuse
Instead of simply tossing out your empty beer and soda cans, consider doing something more productive: construct model airplanes with the potential to fly. B.C. Air Originals will get you started with construction plans and videos (choose from 20 models). The company also provides online builder support; you supply the empty cans. The model airplanes make great gifts and decorations. Contact: B.C. Air Originals, (406) 443-3941, www.bcair.com.
Make The Right Seat As Organized As The Left
Sporty’s Copilot Organizer will keep solo pilots organized. Secure it to an open seat with the included straps, then fill the holders and pockets with all the essentials. Dedicated pockets keep everything organized, and a large main compartment stores larger items. Postflight, the organizer transforms into a flight bag. Contact: Sporty’s, (800) SPORTYS, www.sportys.com.
On A Clear Day…
Aircraft Spruce’s All-Spray Cleaning and Detailing Kits allow you to restore a brilliant luster to your aircraft windows. The two kit options (small and large) include All-Spray, microfiber towels, All-Spray Detailers and window polishing cloths. All-Spray products are anti-static, ammonia-free and safe to use on plastic and glass surfaces. The kits will provide your airplane with the total window cleaning solution. Contact: Aircraft Spruce, (877) 477-7823, www.aircraftspruce.com.
Reader Plates For Kindle DX
Reader Plates now offers combined approach plates and Airport/Facility Directories for the Amazon Kindle DX e-book reader (previously, they were only available on Sony’s PRS-505). The FAA/NACO terminal approach procedures are organized and formatted for exceptional readability. Each procedure is viewable on a single page. Reader Plates are available via subscription and include the most recent cycle of all 13,000+ approach procedures and directories. Contact: Reader Plates, www.readerplates.com.