Plane & Pilot
Tuesday, June 19, 2012

August 2012 Readback

New Prop Conversionfor 182

Hartzell Propeller has received an FAA STC for a three-bladed propeller conversion kit for the Cessna 182S, 182T Skylane, T182T Skylane TC, up through models in current production. The new Hartzell Top Prop kit features 82-inch diameter, swept-tip, "blended" airfoil, scimitar-shaped, aluminum-alloy blades. It provides an 8.5% improvement in climb performance over the original propeller and a better cruise performance by two to four knots. Top Prop program manager Mike Trudeau said, "Top Prop conversions are one of the easiest and most economically efficient methods for improving the value and productivity of an aircraft." Visit

Seaplane Seminar

Madden's on Gull Lake in Brainerd, Minn., was honored to host the 2012 Minnesota Seaplane Pilots seminar in May. Both seaplanes and land planes attended the event. An air show put on by the Minnesota DNR Bombardier CL-215 Aerial Attack fire unit also included performances with an Extra 300 and a Yak 54. The weekend's events also included safety seminars and an afternoon of float flying. Visit and


iPad Folio

The iPad Kneeboard Folio C is a leather case for the iPad with a rotating and ratcheting cradle that allows the iPad to be in portrait or landscape mode. It comes with a clipboard that magnetically attaches to both the inside and outside of the case. High-quality leather in black or tan wraps the outside, while protective microfiber material lines the inside. It's designed to accommodate all preferences for use—both right and left hand, attached to the right or left leg, as a traditional kneeboard with the clipboard on the outside or as a lap desk. The cover can be wrapped fully around the case, so that only the iPad is available on your leg to save space in the cockpit. Contact:

Online Ground School

ASA's new Online Private Pilot Ground School comes in two separate editions: one specifically for students and another for instructors/schools. The student edition provides a learning environment where future aviators read, watch, practice and prepare using a host of comprehensive ASA resources. The instructor/school edition provides a complete LMS toolkit that allows multiple instructors to monitor, manage and support multiple students as they progress on their journey toward becoming pilots. Contact:

Understanding Weather

WeatherWise: Forecasting and Nowcasting For General Aviation Pilots gives pilots a better understanding of weather using real-world scenarios in a non-mathematical, entertaining approach. Now casting is a method of validating a weather forecast by comparing it to the weather a pilot is actually experiencing. Author John Loughmiller has been flying GA airplanes for 40 years and is a commercial pilot and CFI. His book is available from, and


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