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Saturday, December 1, 2007

December 2007 Readback

readbackBritish 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.
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planesmartPlaneSmart Gets Turbos
PlaneSmart in Dallas, Texas, finalized a deal with Cirrus to replace its current fleet of Cirrus SR22-G2 aircraft with turbo Cirrus SR22-G3 aircraft. “In addition to the enhanced capabilities associated with the turbocharged aircraft,” said PlaneSmart President Jeffrey Cullen, “the new airplanes offer the perfect combination of performance, navigation and safety features that satisfy PlaneSmart’s objective of offering the best fractional aircraft ownership experience available to our customers.” To learn more, visit and

New WSI Weather Datalink Series
WSI Corporation has announced the availability of the WSI InFlight AV-300 series datalink weather systems. The AV-300 receiver delivers aviation weather content, while the AV-350 receiver is a new addition to the WSI InFlight product line, enabling aircraft operators and owners to receive both aviation weather content and radio entertainment. In partnership with ITT Corporation and several other companies, WSI was awarded a $207 million contract by the FAA to develop the ADS-B system, an ATC surveillance network intended to increase safety and efficiency with air transportation. More information can be found at the following Websites: and

Phoenix East Gets New Sim
In preparation for the delivery of five new Diamond DA42 aircraft, Phoenix East Aviation of Daytona Beach, Fla., has taken delivery of its new flight-simulation equipment, a Frasca 242 FTD that features the Garmin G1000 integrated avionics package. The FTD also includes a 180-degree visual display system that provides the student with real-time scenes of the environment, weather, airport layouts and approach-light systems. The system utilizes a navigational database, with real-world training scenarios. Visit

Cessna ExpandsCessna Expands
Cessna announced plans to invest up to $24 million to expand aircraft subassembly work in Columbus, Ga. This will include the construction of a 100,000-square-foot building, to be completed by August 2008. Cessna Columbus employees manufacture detail parts and assemblies for Cessna’s line of single-engine pistons, Caravans and business jets. Cessna expects to add up to 150 jobs in Columbus over the next five years. “Our company has enjoyed dramatic growth over the last few years, and as a result, we must continue to expand on many fronts, especially manufacturing, to meet the growing demands of our customers,” said Ron Alberti, Senior Vice President of Cessna’s Integrated Supply Chain. Follow the progress at

Flight Guide Online
Airguide Publications launched Flight Guide Online, providing pilots with easy online access to airport and supplementary info. Airports can be searched by services, fuel, food, lodging and more. Printable airport diagrams are available, and a basic flight planner from FlightPrep is also included. Sign up at


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