Tuesday, April 22, 2014
From The Editor: Dream Flight
Stallion 51's Crazy Horse 2
This year marked the 40th anniversary of the fly-in, which saw an increase in attendance over the past years. In his show report, James Wynbrandt rounds up the top news and products, including the touch-screen IFD540 panel from Avidyne, and new airplanes such as the Tecnam Astore LSA and the TBM 900.
For this month's pilot report, Wynbrandt flies the newest Daher-Socata model. He and demo pilot Wayman Luy depart St. Augustine, Fla., for flight level 280. The turboprop has been redesigned for speed—with winglets and a five-blade Hartzell composite propeller—and for sportiness, with a new carbon-fiber interior design option.
Taking center stage in the skies above Sun 'n Fun was air show star and Plane & Pilot columnist Patty Wagstaff. Her latest endeavor, the Patty Wagstaff Aerobatic School, is also in St. Augustine, at Southeast Aero, the U.S. distributor for Extra Aircraft. An Extra 300L and Super Decathlon are used to teach precision aerobatics, tailwheel training and upset training. Patty is passionate about instruction, and each year, she visits the Kenyan bush to provide recurrent and aerobatic training to pilots of the Kenya Wildlife Service. In "Let It Roll," Patty recounts her most recent journey to Kenya, across the Atlantic Ocean in a Citation Super II.
Also announced at Sun 'n Fun was a more affordable inflight internet service. BendixKing's AeroWave 100 works off of satellites, with coverage in North and South Americas, Europe and Asia. The system delivers 3G speeds in flight, and there are no limits on the number of users in the aircraft. A small round antenna is mounted to the top of the aircraft fuselage.