February 2008 Readback
Cirrus Design announced that its fleet surpassed a milestone of two million flight hours with just more than 3,500 aircraft. Cirrus likened this mileage to more than two round trips to the sun, or more than 15,000 trips around the world. “When we began development of the SR line, it was our intention to produce a product that gives our customers great utility, based on comfort, performance and, most importantly, safety,” said Cirrus CEO Alan Klapmeier. “Achieving the two million flight-hour mark demonstrates our commitment to our customers and determination to grow the industry.”
At the Dubai AirShow, the Dubai Aerospace Enterprises Flight Academy took delivery of two SR22 aircraft as part of a long-term agreement with Cirrus to provide aircraft for flight training. “We aim to make our planes, and the lifestyles associated with them, available to customers in the Middle East and envisage the market will grow healthily over the next few years, especially in the private-aviation sector,” commented Cirrus’ Managing Director of International Sales John Bingham. DAE Flight Academy Director William Roe added, “We conducted an exhaustive comparison of training aircraft available, and the Cirrus SR22 provided the best platform for our innovative training curriculum.” Visit www.cirrusdesign.com.
PlaneSmart Aviation has teamed with T Bank, a preferred lending institution, to offer financial products to purchasers of PlaneSmart’s fractional aircraft shares of Cirrus SR22s. The arrangement provides funding for the share without collateralizing the airplane, a key stumbling block that has made fractional-share financing difficult in the past. “We’re pleased to see professionally managed shared-ownership programs like ours be accommodated by the mainstream financial community,” said PlaneSmart President Jeffery A. Cullen. “In a fractional-share environment, you want your airplane free of liens and encumbrances, and this agreement allows us to accomplish both while making shared ownership more attainable to many.” Visit www.tbank.com and www.planesmart.com.
DUAT On Your Phone
A beta version of DUAT mobile is now available for mobile-phone users. Pilots can check weather graphics, get METARs and TAFs, file flight plans, check flight-plan status and close VFR flight plans. The DTC DUAT portal works with a variety of Web-enabled phones and PDAs and has a similar interface to the computer-based DUAT portal. Several enhancements are forthcoming, including the ability to get a standard weather briefing and check TFRs. Get connected at www.duat.com/mobile.
Quest Aircraft announced the successful first flight of S/N002, the second production Kodiak aircraft. It flew for about an hour on November 6, 2007, and joins S/N001 and the Kodiak prototype in the fleet. “The successful flight of our second production airplane is another milestone for the Kodiak program,” said Quest Aircraft CEO Paul Schaller. “This has been a remarkable year for Quest, and we couldn’t have come this far without a lot of hard work and dedication.” The Kodiak received FAA Type Certification on May 30, 2007, and Quest has been working with the FAA to achieve its production certificate. To follow the progress, log on to www.questaircraft.com.