Pilot Journal
Saturday, March 1, 2008

Mar-Apr 2008 On The Radar

radarIn late November 2007, Cessna’s bid for Bend, Oregon–based Columbia Aircraft Manufacturing Company was accepted, bringing the speedy Columbia 350 and 400 under the Cessna banner. As with all current Cessna products, Cessna Parts Distribution and the Cessna network of authorized dealers and service centers will take care of sales and support of the rebadged Cessna 350 and Cessna 400 aircraft.
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radarAvidyne Alliant Flight Deck Now For Conquest
A new STC brings Avidyne’s Envision series of retrofit integrated flight-deck products and S-TEC’s IntelliFlight 2100 Digital Flight Control System to the twin turboprop Cessna Conquest II (441), increasing the market for the upgrade, which was previously STC’d for use on the King Air 200 and C90.

The comprehensive flight deck delivers satellite datalink weather, electronic charts and an all-digital autopilot through dual-redundant Avidyne EXP5000 10.4-inch primary flight displays (PFDs), an Avidyne EX500 multi-function display (MFD), the S-TEC IntelliFlight 2100 digital autopilot and Mid-Continent two-inch standby instruments. It interfaces with most popular traffic, terrain, lightning, radar and radar altimeter systems. Standard are Jeppesen’s approach charts and airport diagrams through Avidyne’s CMax electronic charts on the EX500 MFD, and the ability to interface with the optional MLB700 Broadcast Datalink Receiver, for high-speed datalink WSI InFlight weather service via the SIRIUS Satellite Radio network. An additional option are Avidyne’s TAS600 Traffic Advisory Systems. Both the MLB700 and TAS600 options are offered at a discounted price with the purchase of the Alliant Integrated Flight Deck. For more information, log on to www.avidyne.com.

radarPlaneSmart! Expands Into Training And Rental
To bolster and complement the company’s “simplified ownership” program for Cirrus SR22-G3 aircraft, PlaneSmart! has added a full line of support and progressions services based on the Cirrus SR20.

Now PlaneSmart! clients will be able to learn to fly in an SR20, or they can take a single-fee transition course to the SR20 and then rent one, all under the mantle of PlaneSmart!

A lot of private pilots still haven’t transitioned to glass. They’re thus trapped behind their older panels, even as they long to fly with more-modern avionics. PlaneSmart! wants to transition these pilots to glass and entice them with the modern Cirrus SR20. Since the ultimate goal could be full participation in a PlaneSmart! SR22-G3 ownership program, renting the SR20 for proficiency and training also makes sense, as prospects can build time, become familiar with the cockpit and the basic aircraft, and then be ready—and hungry—for an SR22.

With bases already established in Dallas and Austin, Texas, PlaneSmart! is in the advanced planning stage for several more locations in the West and Southwest. For more information, log on to www.planesmart.com.


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