Plane & Pilot
Tuesday, December 7, 2010

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Phoenix East Orders Twin Stars

Daytona Beach-based Phoenix East has selected the DA42 NG for its multi-engine training fleet. With an initial order of two DA42 NGs, Phoenix East Aviation also plans to upgrade their existing DA42 TDIs with Austro Engine AE 300 powerplants and will eventually migrate their entire multi-engine fleet to the DA42 NG. “The DA42 NG offers our students, who are pursuing professional pilot careers, the most advanced multi-engine training platform in the industry,” said Phoenix East CEO Ghassan Reslan. “With the DA42 NG’s state-of-the-art engines, airframe and avionics technologies, our students will be well prepared for careers as jet pilots.” Visit, and

AirShares Elite Expands

AirShares Elite is extending service to the San Francisco Bay area, and will be hiring employees to aid with the expansion. The move will increase AirShares’ network to a total of 19 cities across the country. “With the general aviation market showing strong signs of recovery,” said AirShares Elite CEO David Lee, “AirShares is well poised to begin its next phase of growth and product innovations.” Visit

Cessna Pilot Center Network Expands

Cessna has added five flight training schools to its global network of more than 270 Cessna Pilot Centers (CPC). The newest members of the CPC network are in Chino, Calif.; Thermal, Calif.; Georgetown, Texas; West Palm Beach, Fla. and Appleton, Wis. “Expanding our CPC network is part of the company’s effort to make flying more accessible and to reenergize pilot training,” said Julie Filucci, Cessna CPC manager. Visit

Avidyne R9 Matrix

Avidyne has received FAA Supplemental Type Certificate approval for the installation of the Entegra Release 9 Integrated Flight Deck (R9) in Piper PA-46 Matrix aircraft. The Entegra Release 9 retrofit for Piper PA-46 Matrix aircraft includes two XGA high-resolution IFD5000 displays; dual-redundant FMS900w systems with control/display keyboard; next-generation fully digital VHF NAV/COM radios and dual WAAS/RNP-capable GPS receivers. Avidyne developed Entegra Release 9 with turbine-class, single-pilot IFR operations in mind,” said Avidyne president Dan Schwinn. “PA-46 owners will find that the Release 9 system will allow them to fly more confidently in the IFR system.” Entegra Release 9 upgrade for the Piper PA-46 Matrix has a list price of $72,800, plus installation. Visit

25th Anniversary Of Caravan

Cessna celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Caravan at the 63rd NBAA Annual Meeting and Convention. A Grand Caravan with a special 25th anniversary paint scheme was on display. “The Caravan has been a tremendous success for Cessna. Its order book has remained resilient for 25 years, including during this most recent economic downturn,” said Roger Whyte, Cessna’s senior vice president of Sales and Marketing. Cessna delivered its 2,000th Caravan, a Grand Caravan, in September. Visit

Avidyne Jepp iPad

Entegra Release 9 and Entegra Multifunction Display (MFD) customers who have CMax Chart subscriptions can now download a free version of their same charts subscription for use on an Apple iPad. “Jeppesen has developed an iPad application, Jeppesen Mobile TC, that allows general aviation pilots to receive information from their standard Airway Manual and VFR Manual in an easy-to-use electronic format,” said Thomas Wede, Jeppesen senior vice president and general manager, Aviation. Visit and

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