Sunday, June 1, 2008
June 2008 Readback
On March 8, 2008, Cessna completed the first flight of its Model 162 SkyCatcher. The one-hour SkyCatcher flight departed from Cessna Aircraft Field Airport and consisted of flight maneuvers evaluating the controllability and stability of the aircraft. Test pilot Dale Bleakney, of Cessna Engineering, then proceeded to Mid-Continent Airport, where the SkyCatcher will continue development testing. “The first flight of the SkyCatcher is a significant step ahead toward our goal of bringing an affordable training aircraft to market,” said Cessna CEO Jack Pelton. The SkyCatcher is priced at $111,500 and is expected to reach cruise speeds of 118 knots with a maximum range of 470 nm. Visit www.cessna.com.
G1000 Synthetic Vision!
Garmin Synthetic Vision Technology (SVT) has been STC’d by the FAA. Designed to integrate with the G1000 avionics suite, SVT depicts 3-D terrain, obstacles and traffic on the G1000’s PFD so that the avionics panel replicates what pilots see outside the cockpit on a clear day. Garmin VP of Marketing Gary Kelly said, “SVT brings an unprecedented level of integration and awareness to pilots of G1000-equipped aircraft.” Learn more at www.garmin.com/aviation.
Systems developer Alakai Technologies and systems integrator and safety analyst, CAP Aviation Consulting Group, announced a contract with SATSair to provide its fleet with Flight Data Monitoring (FDM) and an Engine Trend Monitoring System, which offers an Internet-accessible digital flight-data recorder and data-analysis services. “SATSair is pleased to equip our fleet with GA-FDM technology and to help bring this important safety innovation to general aviation,” said SATSair CEO Steve Hanvey. “Trend monitoring is fundamental to the successful operation of our air cab fleet, and the addition of GA-FDM enhances the monitoring of our Cirrus fleet.” More info is available at www.ga-fdm.com, www.alakai1.com, www.capacg.com and www.satsair.com.
Avidyne Gets STC
Avidyne received an STC from the FAA for the retrofit of its Envision Integrated Flight Deck in Cessna 400–series piston twins. “The market potential for Envision on the Cessna 400 Series is extraordinary,” said Southern Star Aviation President Tom Greer. “Avidyne has terrific products that our customers find easy to use and that enhance the value of their aircraft.” More information is at www.avidyne.com and www.staraviation.com.
On March 14, 2008, the FAA granted TSO authorization for Aspen Avionics’ Evolution Pilot and Pro Primary Flight Displays. “It’s remarkable how much a small, focused team can accomplish in short order,” said Aspen CEO John Uczekaj. “Aspen is living proof that entrepreneurship is alive and well in the aviation industry.” Learn more by visiting www.aspenavionics.com.
Women In Aviation
More than 3,200 pilots, mechanics, flight attendants, airport managers, and students participated in the 19th annual Women in Aviation conference in San Diego, Calif. Cessna awarded an $18,000 scholarship to Tina Willman-Hammar to pursue a Cessna Citation Encore type rating and a $7,000 scholarship to Krista Ambats to earn a private pilot license. The Commercial Airline Pilot Training (CAPT) program awarded a training scholarship valued at $22,495 to Yuko Hasegawa. Visit www.wai.org.
Tempest announced the formation of Volare Carburetors, which finalized the acquisition of Precision Airmotive’s MSA line of carburetors and spare parts. The new company will be headquartered in Gibsonville, N.C., and all Volare MSA carburetors and components will be marketed under the Tempest brand. More information is available at www.tempestplus.com.
New Cirrus Program
The recently launched Cirrus Maintenance program will come standard with the purchase of an aircraft directly from Cirrus. The full-service plan extends through 24 months or 600 flight hours, whichever comes first, and covers new airplanes ordered and delivered since January 1, 2008. “We believe Cirrus Maintenance is the next step toward easing the customer experience and increasing customer utility,” said Cirrus Chairman Alan Klapmeier. “Cirrus felt the need to take this leap to get more people flying airplanes and, ultimately, grow the industry.” More details are available at www.cirrusdesign.com.
After successfully completing a series of test flights in the Toxo, Composite Aeronautic Group of Zaragoza, Spain, has received certification of its LSA in Cincinnati, Ohio. Aircraft features include a Dynon FlightDEK-D180, Garmin 496 and BRS parachute system. For more, visit www.toxo.aero.
Cessna Picks Telex
Cessna has selected Telex ANR headsets as standard equipment on its largest-yet business jet, the Citation Columbus. “Not only does this reaffirm the Airman 850 as the leading nonbattery-operated ANR headset,” stated John Weeks of Telex, “but it also demonstrates a mutual commitment to the future of our partnership. Of course, technology will have changed considerably by the time this new aircraft starts production, and as always, Telex will be front and center with innovative, professional-grade products in step with the industry’s demands.” Learn more at www.telex.com and www.cessna.com.
New World Records!
On March 15, 2008, at Compton Woodley Airport, two 16-year-olds from Tomorrow’s Aeronautical Museum (TAM) flew into the record books. Kelly Anyadiki became the youngest African-American female to solo in four different aircraft on the same day. Jonathan Strickland established a new record as the youngest African-American male to solo six different airplanes, and also set a second record for soloing six airplanes plus one helicopter all on the same day. “The new world records set by the kids are an example of where the past meets the present and the future!” said Robin Petgrave, TAM’s founder. The not-for-profit organization offers aviation-themed after-school programs for more than 800 kids. Instead of earning money, kids earn museum dollars, which they can apply toward flight instruction. Visit www.tamuseum.org.
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