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April 2014 Readback

Cirrus Engineering And Design Team Receives Joseph T. Nall Safety Award

Cirrus Aircraft's SR-series Engineering and Design Team has been recognized as the recipient of the 2013 Joseph T. Nall Safety Award for pioneering a wide array of safety features designed for single-engine aircraft. The award is presented annually by the International Air & Transportation Safety Bar Association to honor industry leaders who have made noteworthy contributions to aviation and transportation safety. "We have the deepest regard for the aviation leaders who have received this award in past years, and Cirrus Aircraft is honored to join them," Klapmeier said. "However, our work is far from done, as we continue to challenge ourselves to make flying safer and more secure for new and seasoned pilots alike." Visit

Aspen Avionics Partners With NextGen GA Fund

Aspen Avionics signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the NextGen GA Fund to accelerate the rollout of NextGen airspace mandates by providing access to quick and affordable incentives to help aircraft owners finance mandated avionics upgrades. Aspen Avionics is well-positioned to deliver ADS-B upgrades long before the January 1, 2020, mandate. The NextGen GA Fund will initially bring approximately $550 million as a capital base, supporting some $1.3 billion in recurring financing to the GA sector over the next 10 years. "This is a unique opportunity to provide our valued customers the guidance, expertise, products, services and financing to help aircraft owners comply with the ADS-B airspace mandate," said John Uczekaj, president of Aspen Avionics. "With over 157,000 general aviation aircraft cockpits to be modernized, meeting the needs of general aviation pilots through this unique relationship with the NextGen GA Fund helps boost the industry as a whole." Visit and


Sunglasses By Serengeti

The eight-model line from the Serengeti Pilot collection features two new models: Aerial and Norcia. The sunglasses are fitted with ultra-light glass lenses that are made with borosilicate optical glass and chemically tempered for scratch and impact resistance. Frames are constructed with a range of premium materials, including titanium and acetate, chosen for light weight and durability. All Pilot Collection sunglasses have precision hinges and adjustable silicone nose pads. Contact:

Wood Chocks

Sporty's Low Profile Wood Chocks are only 1.5 inches tall and will fit all aircraft, including Cirrus and Cessna aircraft with wheel pants that sit low to the ground. The chocks are easy to spot as they're sealed against moisture with a high-visibility safety-yellow paint and are connected by a durable 18-inch braided nylon rope. Contact:

Limited-Edition Wright Brothers Watch

The Wright Brothers Limited-Edition Watch was created to honor the Wrights' contribution to America's history of innovation and industry. Each timepiece comes in a custom gift box with a certificate of authenticity, leather card wallet, leather carrying case and a hickory watch box. Also included is a leather-bound coffee table book that delves into the background and achievements of the Wright brothers. Purchase of watch includes membership into The Foundry, a private collectors' club established exclusively for owners of limited-edition Shinola wristwatches. Contact:

Gyrocopter World Tour

The Gyrocopter World Tour is a five-part documentary series by Melanie and Andreas Stuetz. Their Blu-ray, DVD and book document the 18-month flight that started in April 2009 and covered 100,000 miles of travel around the world. Highlights of their adventure include the Kalahari and Namib Desert in Africa, the Tasman Sea in Australia and Iguazu Falls in Brazil. Contact:


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