Plane & Pilot
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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rreadbackTime Check!
Aircraft Spruce’s wall clock comes with a black frame. The U.S.-made quartz movement comes with a lifetime guarantee. The imprint size is approximately 4.5 inches in diameter. An attractive presentation box is included. Contact: Aircraft Spruce, (877) 477-7823,

readbackIncrease Safety, Reduce Costs
The Educated Owner Video Series is the first series dedicated to helping pilots increase safety and reduce the costs associated with aircraft ownership. Approach Aviation has reedited the series to DVD format, providing direct navigation for viewers to jump directly to key chapters and topics. (Approach Aviation is currently running a special on the entire series for $109.95 with free shipping.) Contact: Approach Aviation, (877) 564-4457,

readbackOrganize Your Cockpit
Having all the necessary tools at your fingertips is the foundation of a smooth flight. Sporty’s Pilot’s Pouch has pockets for your chart , transceiver and smaller items. Fasten the pouch to your aircraft interior or use the sewn-in Velcro for portability. Contact: Sporty’s, (800) SPORTYS,

readbackExtend Landing & Taxi Light Life
The Lightsaver prolongs landing and taxi light life by allowing the filament to draw the rated current with no change in typical light output performance. By reducing the stress induced by inrush current, the filament life increases up to 10 times. The Lightsaver is available for use with 12- and 24-volt taxi and landing lights. Contact: Aircraft Spruce, (877) 477-7823,

readbackNight Operations
ASA’s new AirClassics LED Flightlight is durable, compact and bright. It has white and green bulbs, making it effective for preflight, night flying and chart reading. The four-inch design is constructed of black aluminum-alloy casing. The flashlight includes a six-inch lanyard and a durable nylon holster. Contact: ASA, (800) ASA-2FLY,

In Memoriam: Sparky Imeson
On March 19, the aviation community lost mountain-flying instructor, lecturer and author Sparky Imeson. He had departed Bozeman, Mont., on a one-hour flight in his Cessna 180 to Helena, Mont., on March 17. A radar track of his flight ended about 18 miles north of Bozeman. Imeson’s Mountain Flying Bible, one of his many books, is regarded as one of the most authoritative books on the topic.


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