Plane & Pilot
Tuesday, March 24, 2009

May 2009 Readback

Embraer Phenom 100 Certified Delivered

readbackUnrestricted U.S. FAA certification of Embraer’s smallest jet, the Phenom 100, was awarded in December 2008, and the first delivery was made to James and Elizabeth Frost on December 24 in São José dos Campos, Brazil. “Surprises” in the final certified operating specs were an improved range (1,178 nm with four aboard), shortened max performance field requirements (now 3,125 feet at MTOW under standard conditions) and a 301-foot improvement in landing distance, among others. EASA certification is expected in Q2 2009, with European deliveries to begin shortly after. Visit
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Ukrainian LSA
One eye-catching entry at this year’s Sebring U.S. Sport Aviation Expo came all the way from Ukraine. The Skyeton K-10 Swift is an S-LSA with a semi- monocoque, carbon-fiber- skinned fuselage. Its metal “monospar” wings have aluminum ribs, slotted flaps and lifting ailerons. The wings fold for trailering or small-space storage, a nice feature in an impressive debut effort. A BRS parachute recovery system is also available. Max speed is 120 knots, wingspan is 29.5 feet and max range is 540 miles. Currently, the Swift is undergoing certification in the United States, Germany and the United Kingdom. Visit

readbackElite Delivers To Sky Chiefs
Elite Simulation Solutions has delivered an RC-1 Advanced Aviation Training Device (AATD) to Sky Chiefs Aviation of Gainesville, Fla. Ryan Foote, Sky Chiefs’ owner, said, “This simulator uses the latest hardware and software simulation technology and will allow Sky Chiefs Aviation to significantly reduce training costs for students while greatly improving learning effectiveness and safety.” The simulator is categorized as an AATD by the FAA, which allows pilots to log simulator time for their pilot ratings. Visit

Mooney Speed Record
The first production Mooney Acclaim Type S, owned and piloted by Dr. Dave Craddock, was flown to set a world speed record on a trip from Minneapolis to New Orleans. Flying at an average speed of 333 knots (with a max ground speed of 357 knots), Dr. Craddock traveled 904 nm in two hours and 43 minutes. The record flight, submitted to the National Aeronautics Association for review and certification, spanned the entire length of the Mississippi River. The Acclaim Type S is the third new Mooney for the dentist from Kewanee, Ill. As vice president of the Flying Dentists Association, Craddock used the Acclaim to attend meetings in Minneapolis and New Orleans on January 31, along with setting the speed record. “Gone from home only 24 hours, I missed no clinic time,” he noted. “I could have never, ever done that trip commercially.”

A Safe Place To Land
Emergency Runways helps pilots locate a place to land in an emergency. Craig Maiman, an electrical engineer and glider pilot, came up with the idea: “If you’re in a situation where the engine goes out, anything to improve your odds is good. Having someplace to land that’s already vetted by other pilots is helpful—
especially if you’re in the clouds or at night.” Pilots register and then mark up a Google Map with places they’ve noticed that would make good emergency runways. Register with the website at


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