Plane & Pilot
Tuesday, April 22, 2014

June 2014 Readback

Breitling Jet Team To Perform In The U.S.

Swiss watch manu­facturer Breitling announced that the Breitling Jet Team will be performing in the U.S. for the first time ever in 2015. The aerobatics team is comprised of seven L-39 Albatros jets that can reach speeds of up to 565 mph. "I am very excited that the Breitling Jet Team will finally perform in the United States," said Breitling USA President Thierry Prissert. "They have performed all over the world, and this is the first chance to show U.S. audiences what they can do and inspire younger generations of American aviation enthusiasts with their precision flying and breathtaking performances." The team will perform at the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh and the National Championship Air Races in Reno. Additional air shows and performances in the U.S. in 2015 will also be announced as they are confirmed. Visit

Eclipse Delivers First Eclipse 550 Jet

Eclipse Aerospace announced the first customer delivery of an Eclipse 550 in Albuquerque, N.M., following FAA certification. "This is an exciting day for Eclipse Aerospace and for general aviation," says Mason Holland, Eclipse Aerospace CEO. "With the Eclipse 550, we've built a high-performance light jet that includes advanced technologies and safety features that have traditionally been found only on much larger cabin class business jets and commercial aircraft. Our customers asked for the latest technologies such as auto throttles and a more dynamic pilot interface, and we responded to those requests and are now delivering to ecstatic customers." Visit

Penn Yan Aero Extends Warranty

Penn Yan Aero's warranty will be 100% parts and labor for three years, or to Lycoming's or Continental's maximum recommended TBO, whichever comes first. The overhauled engine warranty is supported worldwide and is transferable from one owner to another. "Penn Yan Aero has always led the industry with its warranty," said President Bill Middlebrook. "And, we've always taken care of our customers. The new warranty offers additional peace of mind to Penn Yan Aero customers." Visit

Robinson Delivers 500th R66

R66 Turbine S/N 500 rolled off Robinson's production line on March 14, 2014, three and half years since the five-place helicopter was initially certificated in October 2010. The helicopter was delivered to Aviamarket, one of three R66 dealers in Russia. Last year, Aviamarket pilots landed R66 S/N 0040 at the North Pole and again in September when the company organized a six-week Around-The-World Expedition using two R66 helicopters. Visit

New Flagship Panel For CubCrafters

CubCrafters announced a new cockpit panel in cooperation with Garmin, which simultaneously introduced their G3X Touch 10.6-inch touch-sensitive flight display system. The new panel, Executive GLASS touch, is available immediately in Carbon Cub SS, Carbon Cub EX and Sport Cub S2 aircraft. "We're pleased that Garmin has chosen CubCrafters as their OEM partner for this debut," says Randy Lervold, CubCrafters' General Manager. "Our light-sport aircraft have the best-in-class fit, finish, performance and quality." Executive GLASS touch is centered on Garmin's G3X Touch flight display system, which features the GDU 465 10.6 inch touch-screen display. The G3X Touch has Synthetic Vision and video input for cameras or Enhanced Vision Systems. CubCrafters also includes Garmin's Angle-of-Attack (AOA) sensor and SiriusXM Satellite Radio weather and audio as standard equipment on the Executive GLASS touch panel. Visit

Piper Delivers Five More Archers To FIT

Piper Aircraft has delivered another five new Piper Archer TX training aircraft to the Florida Institute of Technology (FIT), under a joint Piper Aviation Career Alliance program. The agreement provides enhanced vocational and educational opportunities for graduates of FIT's aviation program, as well as for graduates from other programs offered through the school. The Florida Institute of Technology's College of Aeronautics took delivery of eight single-engine Piper Archer TX training aircraft earlier in 2013, and five so far in 2014, bringing the total Archer units delivered under the joint arrangement to 13. Visit


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