Plane & Pilot
Tuesday, March 26, 2013

May 2013 Readback

Sporty's Seaplane Sweepstakes

Sporty's Pilot Shop announced that Jonathan Evans of Bedford, Texas, is the winner of its Alaska Seaplane Adventure Sweepstakes. Evans will travel to Moose Pass, Alaska, to earn his Single Engine Sea Rating with Alaska Float Ratings in a PA-18 Super Cub. "We can't help but be a bit jealous of our winner," says Sporty's President and CEO Michael Wolf. "Jonathan will spend five days flying around remote mountain lakes, tight canyons and spectacular glaciers." This year, Sporty's will award a Legend Cub as part of its annual New Aircraft Sweepstakes. The winner of the Legend Cub will be announced live during Sporty's Fly-In on Saturday, May 18, 2013. Visit

2013 TBM 850 Elite In U.S. Market

Daher-Socata's 2013 version of its TBM 850 Elite was unveiled last friday at Florida's Boca Raton Airport for customers in the United States. The cockpit features the integration of L-3 Avionics' Trilogy ESI-2000 ESI, which replaces the previous electro-mechanical instrument version. "Based on the tremendous customer interest in the TBM 850 Elite—which debuted last year—we are continuing its production in 2013," said Nicolas Chabbert, President of Socata North America. "For this year, we have made further improvements inside and out, along with enhancements to the aircraft's comprehensive maintenance program." The 2013 TBM 850 Elite's offering of interior colors has been extended with the choice of mocha dark-brown leather, as well as a medium gray, called River Stone. In addition, the aircraft's seat backs are perforated to improve comfort on hot days. A special package includes a deluxe leather interior with a storage cabinet, wooden or carbon-fiber fittings and 14-volt DC power plugs. Additional safety options are a GPS-linked ELT and a pulsed light system. Visit


Pilot T-Shirts

Sporty's has added to its line of humorous T-shirts with three new options that include a Jet Fuel shirt ("I love the smell of jet fuel in the morning"), Flight Risk ("Set my bail high, I'm a flight risk"), and a Wake Turbulence shirt that has a turbulence warning. Shirts are available in sizes medium through XXL. Contact:

Helo Flash Cards

ASA's new sets of Helicopter Flashcards for the Robinson R22 facilitate memorization and understanding of the systems and functions of each aircraft. The study guide contains nearly 400 flashcards covering the R22 POH, as well as FAA helicopter instrument procedures. Topics include an aircraft overview, limitations, normal and emergency procedures, performance, weight and balance, maintenance, helicopter-specific instrument flight rules and regulations, and a special emphasis on systems. Contact:

Survival Kit

For any cross-country flight, the FL220 Survival Kit has what you need to manage an emergency. The kit includes flares, sea dye, a signal mirror, a whistle, a first-aid kit, a fire-starter, water and a thermal sleeping bag. Contact:

iPad Mini Kneeboard

This kneeboard from automatically wakes up or "sleeps" the iPad Mini upon opening or closing. The case has an adjustable hold-flat leg strap for placement on a pilot's knee. A 360-degree rotating cradle accommodates portrait and landscape viewing modes. The adjustable leg strap also can be used to attach the iPad Mini to a headrest, turning the device into an in-flight entertainment system for rear-seat passengers. Contact


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