June 2009 Readback
The Transition’s First Flight!
The Transition's First Flight!
The Terrafugia Transition proof-of-concept roadable aircraft successfully completed its first flight at Plattsburgh International Airport in Plattsburgh, N.Y., on March 5. The Transition took off from runway 17; after 37 seconds, it landed and taxied to a full stop. Six additional flights demonstrated the vehicle’s aerodynamics and smooth handling characteristics. “This flight is a symbol of a new freedom in aviation. It’s what enthusiasts have been striving for since 1918,” said Terrafugia CEO Carl Dietrich. Visit www.terrafugia.com.
Goodyear Aviation Celebrates 100 Years
The first tire built for aviation use, the Goodyear Wing Aeroplane Tire, was introduced in 1909 and was designed to be lightweight, puncture-resistant and easy to remove. In 2009, Goodyear is still providing innovative products for the skies as it celebrates the 100th anniversary of Goodyear Aviation. The company recently introduced the first aluminum-core bead for aviation tires, resulting in a significant weight savings. The first production tire with this innovation, H37.5x12.0R19, will be fitted on the Gulfstream G650. Visit www.goodyearaviation.com.
Introducing The Tecnam P2008
Tecnam is out with a new bird, the Tecnam P2008. The high-winger has metal wings and stabilator and a carbon-fiber fuselage and vertical stabilizer. Other highlights include a semi-tapered wing with Frise-type ailerons for high roll rate, large doors, excellent visibility, an exceptionally quiet cabin and a near-elliptical wing. Visit www.tecnamaircraft.com.
Cabin Cool For The Diamond DA40
Premier Aircraft Sales, the authorized Diamond Regional Distribution Center for the southeastern United States, has received an FAA STC for installation of a fully integrated vapor-cycle air-conditioning system for all Lycoming-powered Diamond DA40-series aircraft. The 10,000 BTU DA40 Cabin Cool system, capable of cooling cabin air to 55 degrees F, features an engine-driven compressor, an electronic control panel, a cabin air-distribution system and an electric fan for ground operations. Priced at $27,500 installed, the typical retrofit requires two weeks in the shop. Visit www.diamondaircraft.com and www.flypas.com.