Plane & Pilot
Tuesday, February 22, 2011

April 2011 Readback


Flight Design Fights Fires


FAA Approval

Cirrus Aircraft has received FAA approval and has begun delivery of new aircraft equipped with Perspective Electronic Stability and Protection (Perspective ESP), and Hypoxia Recognition and Automatic Descent Mode. Jon Dauplaise, Vice President of Domestic Sales, said, “Just as the Cirrus Airframe Parachute System brought the equivalent benefit of automotive airbags to general aviation, Perspective ESP now provides the protection in personal aircraft that traction and stability control offers in nearly all cars today. A Cirrus can now safely fly itself unassisted to lower altitudes in the rare case that the pilot is nonresponsive for a period at altitudes where oxygen is required.” Key features of the Perspective ESP system include operation when the Garmin GFC 700 autopilot has been disengaged, and automatic activation when the airplane exceeds one or more flight parameters. A pilot can override it at any time. Visit www.cirrusaircraft.com.

Fly A Mustang Winner

The winner of the Fly a Mustang with Mossy Sweepstakes is Kevin Halliburton of Orange County, Calif. Kevin’s name was randomly drawn from all valid entries submitted, and he’ll receive a day of personal flight training in a Cessna Citation Mustang jet from the 2010 National Flight Instructor of the Year, Jeffrey Robert Moss, MCFI (“Mossy”). Visit www.flyinglikethepros.com.

Kestrel Sets Up Shop

Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority announced the landing of Kestrel Aircraft Company’s JP-10 aircraft at the soon-to-be-disestablished Naval Air Station Brunswick. While the airfield isn’t open to the public yet, the Navy granted special permission for the Kestrel to land on the runways so that the company can begin producing its composite-based turboprop. “Flying the Kestrel onto the runways at the future Brunswick Executive Airport was exhilarating,” said Steve Levesque, Executive Director of MRRA. “This is a beautiful plane, and I am thrilled that it was the first aircraft to land since the Navy closed the airfield in January.” Visit www.mrra.us and www.kestrel.aero.

Gobosh Acquired

Gobosh LSA and Aerospace Capital Partners have reached an agreement whereby Aerospace Capital Partners will acquire Gobosh for an undisclosed amount. Gobosh president Tim Baldwin says, “This acquisition is excellent news for current and future owners and operators of Gobosh aircraft. Aerospace Capital Partners has the financial resources and experience to take Gobosh to the next level.” Visit www.gobosh.aero.

Solar Airport

A large solar energy array was completed at Cobb County Airport, a GA-only airport in northwest Atlanta. Thomas Huff, CEO of Atlanta Jet Center at KRYY, teamed with Doug Warner, a fellow pilot and CEO of local renewable-energy company Stonehenge Solar Energy, to develop a 140-kilowatt solar array built atop aircraft hangars at the airport. “This installation will generate 200,000 kilowatt hours of electricity annually, and prevent seven million pounds of CO2 from being emitted over the 30-year life of the project,” says Warner. The $1.4 million project was a cooperative endeavor between business and government. “Here we had Atlanta Jet Center, a leading FBO in the region, working hand in hand with our firm, the Cobb County government, the federal government, the FAA, and the Georgia Environmental Facilities Authority to make this happen,” said Warner. Visit www.stonehengesolar.com.




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