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Sunday, June 1, 2008

June 2008 Readback

readbackOn 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
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Spankin’ new from Garmin, the GPSMAP 495 is for pilots who want many of the same features as the popular 496, but at a fraction of the cost. The 495 incorporates the same higher-resolution terrain database as is found in the 496 (but lacks the 496’s weather features and City Navigator). The land graphics have more than 10 times as much data as other Garmin handhelds and vividly display proximity hazards. In aviation mode, the 495 offers terrain and obstacle alerting, pop-up alerts and customizable minimum clearance limits that give audible terrain alerts at specified altitudes. Smart Airspace automatically highlights airspace close to the pilot’s current altitude. Like the 496, the 495 has an increased update rate that’s five times faster than other handheld GPS devices. SafeTaxi and AOPA’s Airport Directory help pilots navigate unfamiliar taxiways and airports. For more, call (800) 800-1020 or visit

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Responding to customer feedback, Sporty’s top-selling Flight Gear bags have been redesigned from the ground up to offer improved organization. The new line, which consists of five different bags, has an all-new look and dozens of innovative features, including stronger, more-water-resistant fabric; ultrastrong metal hardware that won’t bend or break; a stylish, two-color exterior; pockets for GPS, sunglasses, cell phone and other devices; movable organizers that allow you to customize your bag’s interior; and a scratch-preventing, soft-lined interior. Flight Gear bags still feature double-stitched seams, a patented split-flap transceiver pocket that accommodates the antenna and a wraparound handle that can support weights in excess of 200 pounds. Padded pockets protect valuable headsets when you’re not using them. Custom embroidery is available with up to three initials, and all Flight Gear bags come with an industry-leading six-year warranty. For more, call (800) SPORTYS or visit

product previewsInstrument Covers Go Glass
New technology requires new products, and flight training is no exception. Sporty’s has developed instrument covers to work with glass-panel airplanes—ideal for primary or instrument training. Designed for the Garmin G1000, these opaque, static-cling stickers cover sections of the primary flight display to simulate instrument failures for the attitude indicator, heading indicator, airspeed and altitude tape, and vertical speed indicator. Stickers can simulate warning alerts and caution alerts, such as low oil pressure, low voltage or low fuel. For more, call (800) SPORTYS or visit

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