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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

March 2014 Readback


Zenith CH 750 Flies With Rotax 912iS

A STOL CH 750 has become the first Zenith kit aircraft in North America to fly with the new Rotax 912iS engine. The flight was the result of a collaborative effort involving Zenith Aircraft, which supplied the aircraft kit, Rotech Research Canada, Ltd. which installed the engine and Skytek Aircraft Services which assembled the airframe. Skytek also developed the firewall-forward package for completing the engine installation. "Both the aircraft and the engine performed flawlessly," said Sebastien Heinz, President of Zenith Aircraft. "We put 7.5 hours on the CH 750 on the first day and had no squawks. Rotax has done it right." Zenith Aircraft is now offering the 912iS as an engine choice from a list of powerplants that includes the 100 hp 912 ULS, the turbo Rotax 914, the fuel-injected UL Power and Viking engines, as well as the Continental 0-200 and the Lycoming 0-235/233 engines. Visit www.zenithair.com.

PRODUCT PREVIEWS


Island-Hopping

It's only a short 53 nm from Fort Lauderdale to the first of the island chains: Bimini. From there, you'll almost always be within sight of land. The 2014 Pilot's Guide To The Bahamas features updated airport data, procedures, customs and immigration information, aerial photos, accommodations and touristy listings and area maps. It covers all the Islands of the Bahamas. (For Caribbean destinations, purchase the Caribbean Pilot's Guide separately.) The guide is available for the iPad. Contact: www.pilotpub.com.

Turn Your iPhone Into A Wind Meter

Vaavud's wind meter turns your smartphone into a meteorological tool. Download the free app, and plug the wind meter into your ear phone jack. The app gives an overview of average, actual and maximum wind speed, as well as a real-time graph. The one-piece molded rotor and the low-friction Teflon bearing make the wind meter durable. It works with all iPhones from 4 and onward, and all iPads from 2 and onward, running on iOS 6 or 7. It also works with Samsung Galaxy S2, S3 and S4. Contact: www.sportys.com.

Quiet On The Ground

If you'd like quiet when flight planning or calling a weather briefer while at a busy FBO, the new QuietComfort 20 headphones are the first in-ear noise-cancelling headphones from Bose. Bose engineers placed two tiny microphones in each earbud; one senses the sound approaching, the other measures the sound inside. The measurements are sent to a digital electronic chip in the control module on the headphone cord. The chip calculates an equal and opposite noise cancellation signal within a fraction of a millisecond. The QC20 headphones can be used in two ways: blocking out a noisy background or using "aware" mode, which allows surroundings to be heard. Contact: www.bose.com..

Fly Florida

The Aviator's Guide To Florida is a travel guide written specifically for private pilots. In addition to the usual information on flight planning, it addresses the first question most pilots ask after landing at a regional airport for the first time: What's there to do in this area? The guide details 40 general aviation airports in Florida. For each featured location, there are maps, runway information and radio frequencies, as well as background information on the region, tourist destinations, outdoor recreational activities, day trip ideas, as well as tips on car rentals, restaurants and hotels. Contact: www.aviators-guide.com.



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