Plane & Pilot
Tuesday, January 24, 2012

March 2012 Readback

Champion Aerospace

South Carolina-based Champion Aerospace has designated Quality Aircraft Accessories (QAA) as the exclusive AOG distributor for all of its Slick by Champion products, as well as the authorized service center for Slick magnetos. "Together, we are committed to improving the availability of Slick by Champion parts, components and accessories," said Brett Benton, Chief Executive Officer of QAA. "With our extensive inventory and supply of hard-to-find components, we can now service general aviation aircraft customers faster and more efficiently—and with a wider array of solutions." Visit and


SportairUSA is now a dealer for Adventure Pilot's iFly GPS. "We have watched the prices of avionics dive as the capabilities soar, and have hands-on experience with a wide range of very competent devices for sport and experimental aircraft," said Bill Canino, President of SportairUSA, "The iFly 700 fills a niche at the low-price end of the spectrum, yet it is fully featured, easy to use and reliable." The unit will be standard equipment on the Snap! light-sport aerobatic airplane, and will be an available option on the Sting, Sirius, Savage Cub and SeaRey. Visit

Tecnam Sea-Sky

Tecnam has launched the Tecnam P92 Sea-Sky seaplane, the sixth-generation model of the Tecnam P92 Echo Classic and Eaglet range of airplanes. The new aircraft is being produced at Tecnam's new composites production facility in Capua, Italy. "Our Tecnam P92 Sea-Sky hydroplane offers you the pleasure of enjoying both blue waters and blue skies," said Paolo Pascale, Tecnam's Managing Director. "It's not just designed to perform superbly on water but also on the remaining 29% of the world's surface, land, by using our innovative four-wheel retractable landing gear." Visit

CubCrafters Expansion

Yakima, Washington-based CubCrafters announced a major expansion of their FAA-certified manufacturing facility, adding 15,000 square feet by leasing a building near the Yakima airport. The new facility became fully operational December 18, and houses a weld shop and Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) machine shop. The move frees up space at the main facility for a research and development department, a delivery hangar, and an updated and expanded parts department. "We've needed to do this for a long time" said CubCrafters owner Jim Richmond. "Our planes are selling well, and if we get even a little help from the economy, we will need to increase our production rate. This will also let us create a dedicated R&D department for the development of future products." Visit


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