AOA In Embry-Riddle Cessnas
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University has installed Angle of Attack (AOA) indicators in its fleet of 61 Cessna training aircraft at its Daytona Beach and Prescott campuses. This action dovetails with a recent report from an FAA/industry panel that recommends the use of AOA-based systems by general aviation as the best method for reducing fatal loss-of-control accidents in the approach and landing phase of flight. The new Alpha Systems AOA indicator in Embry-Riddle aircraft is a stand-alone aftermarket device installed in the cockpit and on an airplane's wing. It continually communicates to the pilot, via a grouping of colored lights, the available lift and margin above an actual stall. Visit www.erau.edu.
Pro Aviation Trainers
Pro Aviation Trainers offers live online private pilot seminars and instrument pilot seminars to all levels, including two-day accelerated course programs for the FAA private knowledge test and the FAA instrument rating written test. Seminars include videos, animations and practice exams. Visit www.proaviationtrainers.com.
Piper Sells 10 More Trainers to ATP
Airline Transport Professionals has exercised options for 10 new Piper Archer TXs, bringing to 25 the total number of the single-engine training aircraft ordered by ATP so far in 2013. These 10 Archers will be delivered in 2014. Under the 100-airplane deal announced earlier this year, ATP has options for 75 more Piper Archers. "Clearly, this large follow-on fleet transaction demonstrates that ATP values economy, performance and reliability. It also reinforces Piper's recommitment to providing future pilots with excellent learning platforms as they become aviation professionals or just enthusiasts," said Piper president and CEO Simon Caldecott. Visit www.piper.com and www.atpflightschool.com.
Jeppesen Mobile FliteDeck VFR Solution
Jeppesen Mobile FliteDeck VFR is a new iPad-based navigation and planning solution to enhance the flying experience for private pilots operating under visual flight rules conditions. It's available with numerous charting navigation coverage options, including full U.S. VFR coverage with a $49 annual data subscription. The app includes interactive features and functions designed for VFR flying, including true data-driven en route navigation, route-planning capabilities, planning and flying modes, and access to NOTAMs and text and graphical weather data. Visit www.jeppesen.com.
Precision Airmotive Assets Acquired
Turn and Bank Holdings acquired the assets of Precision Airmotive. Manufacturing and customer support operations will be conducted under the newly reorganized Precision Airmotive. The manufacture of OEM-certified RSA and Experimental Silver Hawk EX fuel-injection systems, including factory-rebuilt units, overhauled units and replacement parts, will remain in Marysville, Wash. This assures that the name Precision Airmotive continues to be identified as the preeminent OEM factory source for general aviation RSA fuel-injection systems, kits, parts, service and support. "We are excited about the opportunity this reorganization presents the global general aviation marketplace," stated Turn and Bank Holdings president Mike Allen. Visit www.precisionairmotive.com.
Aspen and Redbird
Aspen Avionics announced that it is partnering with Redbird Flight Simulations to integrate a retrofit glass panel solution for the new RedHawk training aircraft. The RedHawk fleet will consist of remanufactured Cessna 172s outfitted with new avionics to include Aspen's Evolution 2000 system, as well as a new diesel engine, and new interior and exterior upgrades. "We're excited to be working with Redbird to develop certified, retrofit flight training solutions," says Mark Ferrari, Aspen's Vice President of Sales and Customer Support. "Our product portfolio is an ideal fit for the modernized, yet affordable, product that Redbird is developing." Visit www.redbirdskyport.com and www.aspenavionics.com.
Win a Day with John and Martha King
John and Martha King of King Schools announced a new sweepstakes to honor, celebrate, and promote mentoring in aviation. The sweepstakes winner will enjoy an all-expense-paid vacation for two to San Diego, California, where they will spend an day with John and Martha, including starring in their own King video segment. The winner will also travel to Palm Springs with the Kings in their Falcon Jet, where they will enjoy mentoring and share hangar flying over dinner at a top-chef restaurant before returning to San Diego. The sweepstakes winner will receive lodging for 4 nights, rental car, $1,000 in spending money and a King Schools Get-It-All kit of their choice. "We would like to use this sweepstakes to honor all mentors and bring attention to the opportunity that every pilot has to help friends and acquaintances become safe, competent pilots that are long-term members of the aviation community," commented John. Visit www.kingschools.com/sweepstakes.
AVIC Acquires Thielert Assets
AVIC International Holding Corporation announced the acquisition through its subsidiary, Technify Motors GmbH, of the diesel aircraft engine and manufacturing assets of the former Thielert Aircraft Engines GmbH. This adds the Centurion line of electronically controlled Jet-A piston engines to its portfolio of piston-engine technology. Acquired products include the certified Centurion 2.0 series of 135 hp and 155 hp Jet-A engines and the certified Centurion 4.0, 350 hp engine. "AVIC International's acquisition of Thielert's assets rounds out the highly successful and popular Continental Motors' line of gasoline engines acquired by AVIC International in 2011," said Mr. Yu Yimin, senior vice president of AVIC International, and chairman and chief executive officer of Continental Motors, Inc. "It is also the right long-term solution for the market, as this creates a 'one-stop shop' for both avgas and Jet-A engine solutions backed by the global support capabilities of Continental Motors," he said. Visit www.continentalmotors.aero and www.avic-intl.cn.
SocialFlight Ambassador Program
SocialFlight has launched its Ambassador program, enlisting pilots and aviation enthusiasts from around the world to promote General Aviation through the events that give pilots reasons to fly. Over 25 Ambassadors from across the United States and Canada are already signed up with the program and are giving presentations to pilot's clubs, organizations and individuals about how GA can benefit from increased awareness and participation in aviation events, using SocialFlight as the Free tool to find and share these events. SocialFlight Ambassadors include members of the FAA Safety Team (FAASTeam), flight instructors, Department of Aviation Representatives, air show performers, pilots, students and aviation enthusiasts. Visit www.socialflight.com.
SkyPro GPS Receiver
Dual Electronics' second-generation GPS receiver, the XGPS160, offers faster satellite signal acquisition, simultaneous GPS satellite systems reception, route recording and position updates up to 10 times per second. The XGPS160 connects wirelessly via Bluetooth to up to five devices, and its internal rechargeable battery lasts 10 hours of continuous use. A non-slip pad is included along with a 12-28VDC charging adapter. Also, the XGPS160 includes a free Status Tool app, which displays detailed receiver and satellite information. The app will also allow the route recording feature to be turned on or off, and the route information to be exported. Contact: www.dualav.com and www.gps.dualav.com.
The Eagle360 houses up to four GoPro HD video cameras and is mounted on the belly of your aircraft. It has an FAA STC and PMA to be mounted on 52 different aircraft models. Applications have been submitted to the FAA to extend the list of approved aircraft to include SNJ/T6, Globe Swift, Piper Aztec, Cessna Mustang and Embraer Phenom 300. Contact: www.airbornesensor.com.
2014 Test Preps
ASA's 2014 Test Prep books for pilots and Fast-Track Test Guides for mechanics are now available. Inside each book is a code that grants access to Prepware online, allowing you to take practice exams and obtain an endorsement to take the FAA Knowledge Exam. Test Preps include the Computer Testing Supplement with the same FAA legends, figures and full-color charts issued at the testing center. Fast-Track Test Guides include all necessary FAA figures. Contact: www.asa2fly.com.
Patterned after vintage signs from the 1920s and 1930s, Sporty's Humorous Signs have a weathered, old-style look. "Four Forces of Flight" aren't what you're taught in ground school. Rather, the sign illustrates the Four Forces as money, dreams, the FAA and reality. "FAA Mission" isn't a lofty bureaucratic discourse. The signs measure 24x12 inches and come with four holes for mounting. They're ideal for mounting in a hangar or office. Contact www.sportys.com.