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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

May 2014 Readback

Red Bull Air Races 2014

The Red Bull Air Race World Championship returned from a three-year break with a spectacular three-way battle for first in the bright blue skies over Abu Dhabi. Britain's Paul Bonhomme took the win on Saturday in front of 100,000 in a pressure-packed finale, just ahead of his perennial rival, Austrian Hannes Arch. Canadian Pete McLeod finished in third place. Bonhomme, the defending Red Bull Air Race World Champion, had fallen behind both the red-hot McLeod, who notched a career-first podium, and his old nemesis Arch, in the penultimate round of the high-speed, low-altitude race, but managed to fly nearly two seconds faster in the final round and score the win with the day's best time—56.439 seconds. This narrowly bested Arch's time of 56.776 and set the scene for the Bonhomme/Arch rivalry to continue into the 2014 season. Visit

Danbury Aerospace Announces New Business Unit

Titan Aircraft Engines announced that their "completed engine business" has been spun off into a new and separate company. Titan Aircraft Engines, based in San Antonio, Texas, is moving into its own facility and staffing up quickly to meet current and expected demand. "It's time that we facilitate the recent demand we have seen in our completed engine business with adequate facilities and staffing to meet that demand," said Ty Stoller, President at Danbury Aerospace. Over 1,600 customers have already benefited from Danbury's engine kit program launched several years ago through ECi, the distribution arm of Danbury Aerospace. This business has taken off with the recent agreements with Cub Crafters, Vertical Aviation and five other OEM manufactures. Danbury Aerospace has hired Kevin Eldredge to lead the new business to focus on customer service, branding of Titan and expanding the product offering for the homebuilt and LSA marketplace. Visit and

Hartzell's Composite 5-Blade Swept Prop for TBM Earns STC

Hartzell Propeller has received FAA Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) approval for the company's advanced swept-airfoil composite five-blade propeller to be installed on TBM 700/850 aircraft. Hartzell has taken orders for the advanced propellers, and deliveries to TBM owners are expected to begin shortly. "Our new propeller design for the TBM turboprop results in faster takeoff acceleration, higher cruise speeds and better climb, along with less noise," said Hartzell Propeller President Joe Brown. The new propeller is available directly through Hartzell's Top Prop conversion program or through Daher-Socata's distributor network. Visit and

Eclipse 550 Auto Throttle, Anti-Skid Brake Systems Receive STC

Eclipse Aerospace announced receipt of Supplemental Type Certification (STC) for both the Auto Throttle and Anti-Skid Brake (ASB) systems for the Eclipse 550 twin-engine jet. The Auto Throttle, developed in partnership with Innovative Solutions & Support, is a first for FAR Part 23 aircraft. Eclipse 550 pilots will be able to select the appropriate airspeed for the autopilot to maintain, and the autopilot will automatically adjust the engine's power settings in various phases of flight. The Anti-Skid Brake system, which can be retrofitted to all Eclipse 500 with the IFMS avionics package, allows for maximum braking energy and skid control. Visit

New Upgrades to G1000 King Airs

Garmin announced new capabilities for G1000-equipped King Air 200/250/300/350 series aircraft. These upgrades include several NextGen components like Automatic Dependence Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) compliance, as well as customer-requested capabilities such as creating user-defined holding patterns, and the approval of optional equipment to increase its global operating capability. "Our G1000 retrofit program for the King Air product line has received exceptional response, and Garmin will continue to provide King Air operators with the best technology available," said Carl Wolf, Garmin's vice president of aviation sales and marketing. "These new capabilities help minimize pilot workload, offer additional NextGen capabilities and provide a number of operational benefits to G1000-equipped King Air operators." Visit

Mooney's Management Leadership Team Takes Shape

After many dormant years and with great fanfare around the aviation industry, Mooney International CEO Dr. Jerry Chen recently fired up manufacturing, and the line is moving. "The key players are all finally in place," said Dr. Chen. "This is among the most experienced leadership teams in general aviation. They bring not only expertise to their roles, but they have tremendous passion for our vision." The team includes Barry Hodkin, Chief Financial Officer, Tom Bowen, Chief Operating Officer, Chad Nelson, Chief Manufacturing Officer, and Neal Pfeiffer, Chief Technical Officer. Currently, the Company has more than 70 employees working at the Kerrville, Texas, manufacturing facilities. Visit


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