Tuesday, April 1, 2008
April 2008 Readback
New Husky A-1C
Aviat Aircraft announced that the first Husky A-1C is on the flight line; it will be delivered to a buyer in Wichita, Kans. The new 200 hp model has strengthened main and tailwheel gear components and a total gross weight of 2,200 pounds. Other changes include a lowered angle of incidence for the horizontal stabilizer and a new tachometer.
“The additional 200 pounds of useful load makes it possible to consider a wide range of additional mission profiles,” said Aviat President Stu Horn. “With the options for straight or tundra tires, skis or floats and little more than a clearing for landings, the Husky is probably the most versatile aircraft currently in production.” Additional info is at www.aviataircraft.com.
Thielert Aircraft Engines, a provider of kerosene piston aircraft engines, increased its service network to 250 service centers, including 25 sales partners. The company has 31 new partners in the States, doubling the number of U.S. service centers, and has also contracted seven new international sales partners. “With a total of 250 service centers, we can now offer customers one of the largest networks in general aviation,” says Thielert Director of Sales & Services Jasper M. Wolffson. “Now that we’ve ensured local service to a great extent, we’ll further reduce the response times of our technical support and also speed up spare parts deliveries by setting up warehouses and expanding production capacities.” Visit www.centurion-engines.com.
Elite Simulations Solutions launched Elite Simshow, a call-in talk show that will take place every Thursday at 8 p.m. EST. Using Skype, callers can ask questions and exchange ideas with Elite Director of Marketing Stephen Gatlin and his guests. A podcast recording of the program will be available online the following Friday. To join in, download Skype free at www.skype.com and add “elitesimcast” to your contact list. Go to www.flyelite.com for more details.
First Kodiak Delivery
Quest Aircraft announced the first customer delivery of the Kodiak, which went to Spirit Air on January 25. “We chose the Kodiak because of its robustness, reliability and versatility,” remarked JoAnn Wolters from Spirit Air. “We’re looking forward to putting it to work in the Alaska wilderness, Idaho backcountry and on commuter and small package runs.” The Kodiak, which received FAA certification in May 2007, is a STOL performer with a high useful load and the ability to take off in less than 700 feet with a 6,750-pound full gross takeoff weight and a 3,325-pound useful load. For more information, visit www.questaircraft.com.
Delta Connection Academy
On January 4, Steven Harden became the first flight-school student pilot nationwide to complete the 141 FAA/Industry Training Standards (FITS) program designed to increase aviation safety and improve pilot skills in technically advanced aircraft. “I’ve had both traditional and FITS training, and without a doubt, the FITS is a much better, more realistic approach to flight training,” said Harden. More information about the new FITS program, which focuses on real-world, scenario-based training, can be accessed at www.deltaconnectionacademy.com.
Robinson Breaks Records
In 2007, Robinson Helicopter manufactured 823 new helicopters, the most civil helicopters ever produced in a single year by one company. Of those, 664 were Robinson R44s, breaking the record for production of a single helicopter model in one year. The company’s current production rate is 18 new aircraft per week. View www.robinsonheli.com.
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