|Fly In Chile!|
Tour Aviation Chile guides pilots on self-fly tours in Cessna 172s and 182s throughout the scenic South American country. Tours around the southern part of the country pass over volcanoes, glaciers and fjords, and even cross the Andes Mountains for a stop in an alpine town in Argentina. In the north, pilots are treated to deserts, salt plains and geysers. The company handles all logistics and will customize itineraries as requested. Visit www.touraviation.com.
Avidyne Graduate Fellowships Awarded
On June 10, Avidyne selected Abhizna Butchibabu (a recent graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology and a private pilot) and Diana Siegel (who comes from the University of Queensland and has previously worked at EADS and Lufthansa Technik in Munich, Germany) as the 2009 recipients of the Avidyne Graduate Fellowships at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Established in 2008 by MIT alumnus and Avidyne President Dan Schwinn, the fellowships are each worth up to $60,000 yearly; recipients also have first consideration to be hired for positions at Avidyne. Visit web.mit.edu/aeroastro and www.avidyne.com.
Lycoming STC For Cessna Cardinal RG
Lycoming Engines has earned a supplemental type certificate for installing the IO-390-A1A6 in the Cessna 177 Cardinal RG. “The 390 offers pilots more power in the same footprint as the IO-360,” says Dennis Racine, Lycoming’s director of marketing and program management. Lycoming worked closely with Cessna Aircraft and McCauley Propellers to develop the Cardinal STC. The certified IO-390 engine weighs about 315 pounds and provides 210 hp at 2,700 rpm. Visit www.lycoming.com and www.cessna.com.
Corvalis Deliveries Move To Kansas
Cessna Aircraft has begun delivering its Corvalis product line from its customer center in Independence, Kans., the first step in moving the entire production line from Cessna’s facility in Oregon. The customer accepting delivery of the first Corvalis from the Independence customer center is Glenn Hughes from Utah, who already owns a Citation CJ2 and has a Citation CJ4 on order. Cessna will eventually close its Bend, Ore., facility. Visit www.cessna.com.
Weather Underground’s high-definition radar product now provides interactive, animated radar maps for all of the 45 major U.S. airports where Terminal Doppler Weather Radar (TDWR) has been installed by the FAA. Weather Underground users will be able to view greater detail within storms and plot the TDWR data as a layer on Weather Underground’s WunderMap, an interactive weather map. Visit www.wunderground.com.
20 Years of Micro AeroDynamics
In the past two decades, Micro AeroDynamics has earned STCs on more than 500 different models of aircraft and shipped out thousands of vortex generator kits. The company continues to expand the list of single- and twin-engine aircraft that can be retrofitted with its kits. Visit www.microaero.com.
Lancair’s Piston Evolution Flies!
Redmond, Oregon–based Lancair has completed the successful first flight of its newest Evolution model. The piston version of the pressurized, four-place Evolution will be powered by Lycoming’s new iE2 series of engines. The aircraft will cruise at 270 knots and offer a full fuel payload of 1,074 pounds. Visit www.lancair.com.
Flying Car Completes Flight-Testing
The Transition proof-of-concept (POC) roadable LSA finished its first flight on March 5; it also made 27 other flights over the following weeks. The successful completion of flight-testing with the POC concludes the first stage of a four-stage process to bring the Transition into production. Work is underway on stage 2, the beta prototype. The two-seat aircraft can take off and land at local airports and drive on any road, transforming from plane to car in less than 30 seconds. The LSA will cruise up to 450 miles at more than 115 mph, drive at highway speeds on the road and fit in a standard household garage. The first delivery is expected in 2011. Visit www.terrafugia.com.
The Wright Stuff
The Wright brothers’ first flight, whose centennial was marked in 2003, was hardly the last of their aerial milestones. In 1909, they made the first public demonstration flight in North America, flying a Model A biplane over the Hudson River during New York City’s Hudson-Fulton Celebration. On June 24, the centennial of that historic flight was marked by a presentation in Manhattan featuring Amanda Wright Lane, the brothers’ great-grandniece; Dr. Tom Crouch, the National Air and Space Museum’s senior curator; and aerobatic star Patty Wagstaff. Guests were also treated to a helicopter flight retracing the Wrights’ 20-mile route.
Legend Cub Cooperative Ownership
American Legend Aircraft Company now offers a Cooperative Ownership Program whereby its Legend Cub can be purchased for $2,900 down, based on a one-quarter-share interest in ownership, and flown for $28 per hour. The Legend Cub is a two-place aircraft certified for sport and recreation. The new program is made available through LetsFly.org. LetsFly President Eldon Corry stated, “The LetsFly Cooperative Ownership Program enables pilots to achieve their goal of aircraft ownership, and do it affordably.” Visit www.letsfly.org and www.legend.aero.
Hands-Free Lighting Where & When You Need It
One issue many pilots face with aging GA aircraft is inadequate interior lighting. Flashlights help, but using them keeps a pilot’s hands busy. Pilot Light Pro (powered by two AA batteries yielding a life of about 19 hours) and Map Light Pro (powered by two AA batteries yielding 24 hours of use) are designed to light up an airplane’s cockpit while keeping the pilot’s hands free to fly and navigate. Contact: Make-It Manufacturing, (805) 237-8800, www.pilotlightpro.com.
Get The Best Learning Experience!
AMT Graphics–Textbook Images is a CD-ROM of PowerPoint slides that includes all of the figures, tables and charts found in ASA’s AMT textbooks by Dale Crane. Now all in full-color, the images are a powerful visual training tool for AMT classroom instruction, adding professionalism, organization and clarity to any presentation. Contact: ASA, (800) ASA-2FLY, www.asa2fly.com.
Flight Plan On Your iPhone
ForeFlight is an iPhone application that’s for flight planning; it features weather information, such as METARs and TAFs, and airport resources, such as diagrams and FBO data. Version 2.3 is available and includes terminal procedures, full-screen and rotatable weather views, a customizable tab bar, and more than 3,000 additional airport thumbnail diagrams. Contact: ForeFlight, (866) 701-6529, www.foreflight.com.
Carry The Right Case!
Pilots require special storage options, and Sporty’s designed its new line of Chart Cases specifically for aviators. The cases have exterior pockets for a cell phone, pens and IDs, and a large side pocket for radios, logbooks or checklists. A locking, gusseted file folder on the front holds flight plans, weather printouts, etc. The classic case and XL rolling case come in either leather or nylon. Contact: Sporty’s, (800) SPORTYS, www.sportys.com.
Custom Key Fobs & Necklaces
PilotMall.com offers a new line of custom two-tone pendants and key fobs for pilots. Customers can choose semi- and full-custom designs, and each pendant or key fob is made from 925-grade sterling silver with 14K gold aircraft silhouettes. Contact: PilotMall.com, (800) 249-5730, www.pilotmall.com.