Plane & Pilot
Tuesday, April 1, 2008

April 2008 Readback

readbackAviat 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.
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RAM Aircraft
RAM Aircraft, an aircraft-engine-overhaul facility in Waco, Texas, received Designated Alteration Station (DAS) status from the FAA. This certification allows RAM to achieve an efficient system of certifying STCs that are continuously developed at RAM. More information is available at

Cessna delivered its 8,000th Independence-produced single-engine piston to the U.S. Civil Air Patrol (CAP), a volunteer force that flies primarily in search-and-rescue missions. “The significance of this milestone delivery is to mark the successful partnership between Cessna, the Civil Air Patrol and our friends at Yingling Aviation who incorporated special modifications to the Garmin avionics required for the CAP mission,” said Cessna Senior VP Sales & Marketing Roger Whyte.

Cessna also announced the United States reassembly facilities for its new LSA, the SkyCatcher. Following production in China, SkyCatchers will be test-flown, disassembled and shipped to Eagle Aviation in West Columbia, S.C., Yingling Aviation in Wichita, Kans., and Southwest Platinum Aviation in North Las Vegas, Nev. Preliminary design parameters for the aircraft, which will feature a Garmin G300 avionics system, include a maximum gross weight of 1,320 pounds, a service ceiling of 15,500 feet, a useful load of 490 pounds and 24 gallons of usable fuel. It will cruise at speeds up to 118 knots and will have a maximum range of 470 nm. Track the progress at

PlaneSmart! Offers SR20
PlaneSmart! Aviation added the Cirrus SR20-G2 to a new rental and training program that will offer customized options for pilots. “This program provides customers with professionally managed top-line airplanes that are rarely found in the typical FBO,” said PlaneSmart! President Jeffery A. Cullen. “Learning to fly in one of the most advanced aircraft on the market adds value for customers and better prepares them for the future of aviation.” Sign up at

readbackNew Awards From Sporty’s
Sporty’s chairman Hal Shevers announced four new awards, called the Sporty’s Recreational Pilot Certificate for AEA Member Technicians. Each is worth $5,000 and is to be used by AEA member technicians to achieve a recreational pilot’s license. “The new awards not only encourage more people to fly,” said AEA VP of Member Programs Mike Adamson, “but they also benefit the technician, the shop and ultimately their customers.” Go to for application information.

Product Previews

readbackEasy-To-Use Cordless Tug
The Mini-Tug Plus from Sporty’s is a heavy-duty electric tug that’s quiet, cordless and extremely easy to use. It moves most piston-single and twin-engine aircraft with ease, even up inclines. The tug’s castering rear wheel makes maneuvering the tug simple, while dual 16-inch drive wheels provide plenty of traction. A manual winch gently pulls the aircraft onto the loading ramp against a stop for a secure hold. A nosewheel stop bar is included, which allows the Mini-Tug Plus to be used on aircraft with wheel pants. For more information, contact Sporty’s at (800) SPORTYS or


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