Plane & Pilot
Tuesday, May 22, 2012

July 2012 Readback



Quest In Mexico

Quest Aircraft, manufacturer of the Kodiak, announced that it has received certification from the Civil Aviation Authority of the Mexican Republic, Dirección General de Aeronáutica Civil (DGAC). Quest is delivering the first Kodiak to a Mexican operator, based Coahuila, Mexico, who plans to use the aircraft in their mining operations. The Kodiak's interior allows for quick switching between passenger and cargo hauling configurations, and will suit their needs well. "We are excited that the Kodiak has achieved certification in another Latin American country," said Steve Zinda, Director of Sales and Marketing. "We have had a lot of interest from a variety of market segments in the region, and this additional certification will help our sales efforts there." The Kodiak received Brazilian certification earlier this year. Visit www.questaircraft.com.

Red Bull Stratos

Felix Baumgartner recently returned to Austria for what's likely to be his last trip home before his record-breaking leap from the edge of space. Joining the extreme sportsman in his native town of Salzburg were his mentor and current record holder Joe Kittinger and Technical Project Director Art Thompson. The images of Joe Kittinger jumping from his capsule at over 102,000 feet in 1960 astonished the world and opened up a new chapter in space exploration. Now, over 50 years later, Kittinger is determined to help Felix Baumgartner achieve his dream and make Red Bull Stratos a success. "If anyone can do it, then Felix is the man. We want to advance safety in space travel, and we are on a very good, professional path to doing that," said Kittinger. Visit www.redbullstratos.com.

Piper Delivery To Indonesia

Piper Aircraft delivered 18 Piper Warrior training aircraft to Sekolah Tinggi Penerbang Indonesia (STPI) at Budiarto Airport in Curug, Indonesia. STPI educates pilots under the Ministry of Transportation.

"This large fleet purchase will enable Indonesia to train students to the highest standards in an up-to-the-minute training environment," said Chuck Glass, director of Piper Global Fleet Sales. The school offers private pilot, commercial pilot, instrument rating and multi-engine training and degrees in aviation. Visit www.piper.com.

PRODUCT PREVIEWS


The Vimy Expeditions

Peter McMillian tells the story of flying a WWI bomber Vickers Vimy from England to Australia, retracing three historical journeys. It's an adventure of 39,100 miles, 920 airborne hours, 26 countries traversed…at 65 mph. Readers relive struggles with weather, exhaustion and engine breakdown. The large, 12x11-inch hardcover book features 450 full-color photographs and maps. Contact: www.insighteditions.com.

Online Learn To Fly Course

Sporty's new Learn To Fly Course is a comprehensive flight-training companion designed to make lessons more efficient, complete and fun. Features include in-air video, 3D animations to explain complex subjects and a written test endorsement. A modular design allows students to choose the path that fits their goals, and the online course always has the most up-to-date info. Contact: www.sportys.com.

Around The World In An LSA

Yannick Bovier and Francisco Agullo tell the adventure of their around-the-world flight in two Flight Design light-sport aircraft. Their 24,798 nm aerial odyssey is the culmination of a friendship, a shared dream and three years of prep work. The book features a write-up and photos from each leg of the trip. Contact: www.azimut270.ch.

Fuel Tester + Strainer

Designed by GA pilot Bill Hughes, the MultiSump checks up to eight sumps with individual inspection of fuel samples and has valve drains that sample fuel into a lower catch can. A fuel strainer allows you to pour fuel back into the plane without water or debris entering the tank, and a specially designed pour spout eliminates mess from drip and dribble. Contact: www.multisump.com.



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