Plane & Pilot
Tuesday, October 25, 2011

December 2011 Readback

New Cirrus CEO

Cirrus cofounder Dale Klapmeier has been named Chief Executive Officer of the company. In accepting the new role, Klapmeier commented: "At Cirrus, we are passionate about airplanes and flying, and I am passionate about this company. Along with our new owners, our commitment is stronger than ever to the same goals and ideals that we had when we started the company more than 25 years ago. And that goal is to make the dream of flight a reality for more people, both in the U.S. and around the world. Today, we are at the beginning of the next chapter of the reinvention of personal transportation." Visit

Aspen Avionics Syn Vis

Aspen Avionics's Evolution Synthetic Vision (ESV) is now shipping for PFDs and MFDs installed on Class I and II aircraft. ESV is available with Software Version 2.4.1 and later as a field-loadable software upgrade through Aspen's authorized dealer network. The price for enabling ESV is $2,995. "We opened the order books at the beginning of September in anticipation of this approval, and we now have a significant order backlog," says Brad Hayden, Aspen's Vice President of Marketing. "Our customers understand the safety and situational-awareness benefits of synthetic vision, and we know they are eager to take advantage of this system enhancement." The current Jeppesen database coverage enables ESV over the continental U.S., and a planned Jeppesen terrain database update will expand the ESV operating area to full worldwide coverage. Visit

Dynon Skyview 3.2

Dynon Avionics has introduced Version 3.2 firmware for the SkyView Integrated Glass Panel system. It's a free software upgrade for all existing SkyView owners and ships standard in new systems. Version 3.2 improves SkyView GPS mapping, uses larger fonts, adds serial NMEA data out, and provides support for the Vertical Power VP-X Electronic Circuit Breaker system. Visit

Vaughn College And Redbird

Five days of tests in the University of Washington Kirsten Wind Tunnel produced positive results for the Stratos light jet. The 1⁄5-scale aluminum, polycarbonate and composite model was subjected to more than 90 runs, with focus on airflow over the fuselage, wings and vertical tail. Development of the Stratos continues with parallel structures and aerodynamics development programs. The programs are focused on extensive stress analysis of the fuselage. Ultimately, all primary structural components will be built and load-tested prior to the construction of the first prototype. The company is seeking investors, and expects to have two flying prototype aircraft within the next two years. Visit


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