Plane & Pilot
Tuesday, March 27, 2012

May 2012 Readback



Tecnam P2010

Tecnam celebrated the rollout of the Tecnam P2010, its new high-wing four-seat aircraft that features a carbon-fiber fuselage and metal wing. At the celebration, aircraft designer Luigi Pascale made an engine start of the 180-hp Lycoming IO-360-M1a "Lycoming Light" engine. Visit www.tecnam.com and blog.tecnam.com.

Red Bull Stratos Capsule

The Red Bull Stratos science team has confirmed that the capsule delivering Felix Baumgartner to the edge of space for his record-breaking free-fall attempt is mission ready. Attached to a helium balloon, the capsule—which took five years to develop and weighs 2,900 pounds fully loaded—will act as Baumgartner's life-support system during his nearly three-hour ascent to 120,000 feet. Suspended 150 feet below the balloon, the capsule will protect Baumgartner from stratospheric temperatures and provide an oxygenated pressurized environment so he has air to breathe and can avoid decompression sickness. The craft will also act as a stable base for his step-off into free fall. When he rolls the capsule's clear door open, 23 miles above the Earth, he'll exit and attempt to become the first person to break the speed of sound in free fall. Visit www.redbullstratos.com.

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.

Kodiak In Brazil

Quest Aircraft's Kodiak, a 10-place single-engine turboprop utility airplane, received full certification from Brazil's National Civil Aviation Authority (ANAC). It's now certified in seven countries around the world, and work continues on additional certifications. "We are very pleased to add Brazil to our certification list as it, along with other countries in Latin America, represents a solid market for the Kodiak," said Steve Zinda, Director of Sales and Marketing. "We have had a lot of interest from a variety of market segments there, including government and commercial users. We are eager to bring the Kodiak back to this region with our certification in hand." Visit www.questaircraft.com.



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