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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

June 2009 Readback

The Transition’s First Flight!

readbackThe 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.
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Cessna SkyCatcher
Fast on the heels of the second crash of its C-162 SkyCatcher LSA prototype, Cessna Aircraft released a statement reaffirming its commitment to the program. The company’s design team had modified the vertical tail after the first incident, caused by a nonrecoverable spin during testing. Cessna described the second crash on March 19 as also spin-related. The test pilot fired the BRS airframe parachute and was unhurt. “We test all our aircraft well beyond the limits of what is expected in normal operation,” said CEO Jack Pelton, who reassured waiting customers that Cessna was moving forward with the program. Visit

readbackEuroFox Rebranded
Aeropro CZ has announced that its EuroFox airplanes have new names for 2009. The rebranding of these S-LSA was prompted by the desire to provide separate model designations for the company’s taildraggers and tricycle-gear planes, as well as to reflect the considerable changes in the aircraft models since Aeropro began producing light aircraft in 1990. For the U.S. market, Aeropro’s tricycle-gear planes are now designated the Aerotrek A240, and the taildraggers are now the Aerotrek A220. Visit

Power Flow Celebrates 10 Years

It has been 10 years since the first Power Flow Tuned Exhaust system was shipped from Daytona Beach, Fla. The company has since shipped another 3,500 units. Since the first systems began going out to Cessna 172 owners in 1999, the list of STCs has increased to include 10 other designs. The Beech Bonanza A36 will be the next aircraft to see an improvement in power and fuel economy. To celebrate its anniversary, Power Flow is offering a 5% discount on all orders submitted before August 31, 2009. Visit

readbackAviat Husky Fitted With P.K. Floats
P.K. Floats has completed the certification process for a new amphibious float design that can be used on all 180 hp and 200 hp Husky airplanes. The aluminum floats weigh 409 pounds, but only add 295 pounds after the landing gear is removed. P.K. Floats has completed flight testing and applied for a gross weight increase that will boost the Husky from its current 2,200 pounds to 2,400 pounds. Visit or


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