Plane & Pilot
Tuesday, December 11, 2012

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Kestrel Selects Hartzell

Hartzell Propeller was selected by Kestrel Aircraft as the propeller supplier for its new all-composite, single-engine turboprop. Working closely with Kestrel, Hartzell is developing a new ASC-II structural composite blade to optimize performance through the aircraft's flight envelope and maximize cruise performance, while still providing good low-end performance for operations in and out of short runways. The ASC-II blade will be an all-carbon monocoque structure with a co-molded electroformed nickel erosion shield. Kestrel COO Steve Serfling said, "Hartzell has proven itself as an excellent supplier of propellers on several aircraft platforms, and has demonstrated an ability to implement technical solutions that maximize aircraft performance and safety." Visit www.kestrel.aero.

PRODUCT PREVIEWS

Icarus Envy

This one-hour documentary film from Wisconsin filmmaker Bob Leff portrays the joys of light-sport flying in a wide variety of aircraft. More than a dozen pilots describe their sport, accompanied by flight footage and an evocative music track. Bonus features provide useful information for the prospective pilot. Contact: www.vapfilms.com.

Handheld Radio

Part of the new FTA series, the Yaesu FTA-230 air band transceiver replaces the VXA-220. It features a new BNC antenna connection, a 12-volt DC charger sleeve that can also be used to power the radio during flight and a Last Channel Recall function. You can store up to 250 memory channels using the eight-character alphanumeric display. Contact: www.yaesu.com.

LED Light

The battery-powered Snap-on LED Hybrid Light features 16 LEDs and is cool to the touch. The tubular-shaped light has a high-impact tube lens, a rubber molded comfort grip and a magnetic base. It also features a durable anodized-aluminum handle and cap. Contact: www.pepboys.com.

Camera Mount

The Fat Gecko Co-Pilot allows you to mount a camera inside your airplane using a retractable telescoping bar that fits cockpit widths from 36 to 49.5 inches. Two industrial locking suction cups secure each end to the surface of opposing windows. Cameras can be attached to the built-in standard tripod thread in the center of the bar. Contact: www.sportys.com.



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