Plane & Pilot
Tuesday, January 25, 2011

March 2011 Readback

More Piper Seminoles For ATP

Cirrus In China

Cirrus Aircraft has partnered with a new FBO in Zhuhai, China, to support general aviation activities in the local area. The facility will operate under the name “Zhuhai Cirrus FBO” and will offer traditional FBO services for both based and transient aircraft, as well as serving as a Cirrus Aircraft Sales Center with flying club and training services. Zhuhai Tianyi Aviation also signed an agreement to purchase three Cirrus SR22 aircraft as part of the FBO’s first group of operational aircraft. Scott Jiang, Cirrus’ China Director, said, “We expect the Zhuhai region to become the center of Cirrus activity in Guangdong Province and the surrounding area.” Visit

Build A Plane

Talkeetna, Alaska, is the location of the latest Build A Plane program, where local high school students combine classroom learning with hands-on efforts to build a real airplane. “Once we announced we were going to start a Build A Plane project, we began getting an amazing number of offers from lots and lots of people who wanted to help or contribute in some way,” says Rebecca Fisher, a Talkeetna resident and Alaska Airlines pilot who volunteered to head the project. Support from local aviation companies has included paid internships, free flights and new scholarships. Visit

500th DFC Autopilot

Avidyne Corporation has delivered their 500th DFC-Series autopilot system. The system includes the DFC90 autopilot that’s designed to work with existing Entegra Flight Deck systems, and the DFC100 that’s compatible with their new Entegra Release 9 suite. “Avidyne is focused on developing avionics systems that provide significant safety enhancements,” said Avidyne President Dan Schwinn. “Being first to certify Flight Envelope Protection in this market, and the fact that customer demand is so great for the DFC90 and DFC100, have affirmed our resolve and reinforced our commitment to innovation.” Visit

Waiex First Flight

The Sonex Aircraft proof-of-concept electric-powered Waiex aircraft achieved its first flight on December 3, 2010, at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wis. Piloted by Sonex Founder John Monnett, N270DC made a short hop on runway 27, intended to be a conservative nonpattern flight to break ground-effect and analyze in-flight system performance as the next step in testing. This short flight punctuates four years of development by the E-Flight design team. Visit


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