December 2007 Readback
British race pilot Paul Bonhomme was victorious at the penultimate stop in the 2007 Red Bull Air Race World Series. More than 50,000 spectators gathered around the San Diego Bay as competing pilots sped around a challenging course marked by inflatable pylons. Bonhomme’s finishing time was 1:23:80; placing second was U.S. pilot and last year’s series winner Kirby Chambliss at 1:24:69, only fractions of a second behind. This year’s series champion will be determined in November at the final race in Perth, Australia.
Sport Aircraft Works
Flight schools that add the S-LSA SportCruiser aircraft to their training fleets are eligible to participate in Sport Aircraft Works’ new Sport Aircraft Pilot Center Program. According to Sport Aircraft Director of Sales & Marketing Bob Anderson, a flight school can earn the same profit operating a SportCruiser as it does with a new Cessna or Piper, while charging a $25- to $50-per-hour lower rental rate and with a 50% to 75% lower capital investment. Participation in the program is free to flight schools purchasing SportCruiser aircraft.
Sport Aircraft Works is the American importer and distributor for the Czech Aircraft Works line of S-LSA aircraft, which includes the SportCruiser, Parrott, Mermaid and Aerospool Dynamic. With a brand-new 120,000-square-foot facility, Czech Aircraft Works expects to increase production capacity to more than 500 aircraft per year for worldwide distribution. Learn more at www.sportaircraftworks.com and www.airplane.cz.
Avidyne introduced the Envision integrated flight deck for retrofit installation in Cessna 210 and T210. Avidyne and Crownair Aviation, based in San Diego, Calif., are jointly developing the STC. Jamie Luster, Avidyne’s Director of Aftermarket Sales, said, “Cessna 210 owners will get the latest in safety and situational-awareness capabilities and a beautiful new panel for a fraction of the cost of buying a new airplane.” Retail pricing for the Envision integrated flight deck for Cessna 210 and T210 aircraft begins at $29,995 for the EXP5000 PFD and $13,995 for the EX5000 MFD. Availability is expected in the first quarter of 2008. See www.avidyne.com and www.crownairaviation.com.