Plane & Pilot
Tuesday, January 24, 2012

March 2012 Readback

Dramatic Launch Of New Hamilton Watch

The Khaki Flight Timer, Hamilton's new pilot watch designed with Swiss helicopter rescue and transport service Air Zermatt, was officially launched in the ski village of Zermatt, Switzerland, in December 2011. Treated to a backdrop of the Matterhorn in the Swiss Alps, a dozen journalists, including Plane & Pilot, were surprised with a simulated helicopter rescue mission when Hamilton and Air Zermatt executives advised them that their cable car had "broken" at an elevation of 10,000 feet. Participants then evacuated the cable car by helicopter and were transported safely to the ground below, experiencing firsthand the skill of the Air Zermatt team. Hamilton CEO Sylvain Dolla, Air Zermatt CEO Gerold Biner and Hamilton brand ambassador and aerobatic pilot Nicolas Ivanoff presented the multifunction watch, which features a logbook to record data for 20 flights, and for each flight, 99 landings. The launch of the Khaki Flight Timer marked the beginning of an official partnership between Hamilton and Air Zermatt, and a special edition of the watch bears the helicopter service's logo. Both companies share a deep-rooted passion for flying: Hamilton pilot watches have been in the skies since 1919, and Air Zermatt is a pioneer for modern helicopter rescue and transportation. Recently, an Air Zermatt pilot and a mountain rescuer received the Heroism Award in Washington, D.C. for a daring rescue of three alpinists in the high peaks of Nepal. This rescue was the highest helicopter rescue mission to ever take place. Visit and

Five-Seat Cirrus

A new option gives Cirrus SR22 owners a fifth seat by widening the backseat and featuring three seat belts. It's comfortable for two adults and a small child, or a group of three children. Other features include a three-position recline for backseat passengers and a child-restraint system similar to those in automobiles for use of child seats. Also available for the 2012 model is Perspective Global Connect, which offers satellite phone through Iridium Communications to make private or group calls through the cabin headsets and text messaging accessible through the MFD. Visit

New Remos Dealer

Remos added a new dealer/service center to its North American team: Light Sport West. Greg and Brian Thomas have an 8,500-square-foot hangar at Sacramento Executive Airport utilized for service and showroom space, along with an additional 2,500 square feet that houses their administration. "We think that the performance and handling characteristics of the Remos make it an ideal candidate for anyone interested in recreational flying," said Greg. "It's very responsive, has excellent visibility, low operating and maintenance costs, and it will transform any weekend into an adventure." Visit

TBM 850 Deliveries

Thirty-eight of Daher-Socata's TBM 850 aircraft were delivered in 2011, bringing the total number of aircraft received by customers since being introduced in 2006 to 260. It was the fourth-best year for Daher-Socata's TBM aircraft family since 1990, whose 600th aircraft rolled out of the factory last October. "We attained our delivery goals in 2011 despite the very difficult economic environment worldwide, resulting in the TBM 850 gaining market share," said Nicolas Chabbert, senior vice president of Daher-Socata Airplane Division. "This achievement was due to the loyalty of our customers, our team spirit, and our TBM 850's continued value for a full range of operators." Visit


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