Plane & Pilot
Tuesday, September 20, 2011

November 2011 Readback

Savage Cub For Less

SportairUSA, a U.S. marketer and distributor of light-sport aircraft, announced price reductions in the entire Zlin Savage line of aircraft. The Savage Cub is now available for $78,790, the Classic for $71,090, the Cruiser for $74,490 and the iCub for $87,610. "Zlin Aviation builds one of the world's most popular lines of Cub fly-alikes" said Bill Canino, President of SportairUSA. "With recent improvements in operational efficiencies, we are now able to offer them in America at prices $40,000 to $50,000 below the competition." Visit

Seminole Joins Skyport

A new Piper Seminole will join the Redbird Skyport, Redbird Flight Simulations' multifaceted aviation research and development laboratory, in the first quarter of 2012. The Skyport is dedicated to developing new ways of pilot training to help reduce the cost and time required, and to improve safety. The team is focused on creating new and innovative curriculum to help make flight training accessible to more individuals. Roger Sharp, general manager of
Redbird Skyport's flight-training laboratory, said, "Skyport is excited about incorporating our new Piper Seminole into our studies, because this airplane is ideally suited to meet our mission, and it will enable us to develop real-world solutions to the challenges of flight training today." The new facility will open on November 8, 2011. Visit

Four-Seat Electric Plane

The Pipistrel team announced that the Taurus G4, the world's first four-seat electric aircraft in the world, has completed its first flight. It was flown by test pilot Dave Morss at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wis., following EAA AirVenture. It was developed to compete at the 2011 CAFE Green Flight Challenge. The event will take place during the fifth annual CAFE Electric Aircraft Symposium held in Santa Rosa, Calif., and the competition prize pool amounts to $1.65 million dollars. The twin-fuselage design was created by combining two Taurus G2 fuselages connected by a five-meter-long spar. A 145 kW brushless electric motor is mounted between the passenger pods, and drives a two-meter-diameter, two-blade propeller. "The Taurus G4 NASA Racer is a technology demonstrator," said Tine Tomažic, Pipistrel development engineer. "It is the first-ever electric four-place aircraft—the most powerful electric aircraft with the most battery capacity on board." Visit

iFly Streets

Adventure Pilot has released iFly Streets, a road-navigation add-on to the iFly GPS device with 3D visuals and voice-guided turn-by-turn driving directions. iFly Streets will have a small one-time fee for new purchases. Existing iFly GPS owners also will have an upgrade option on the store. "Now, pilots can take the iFly GPS from the runway to the highway," comments Shane Woodson, VP Business Development for Adventure Pilot. Visit

New AFIT Programs

Accelerated Flight & Instrument Training (AFIT) announced new 14-day accelerated private-pilot training at their St. George, Utah, and Sacramento, Calif., facilities. Training is conducted in a one-on-one training environment, with a minimum of eight hours per day. "AFIT values the trust our clients have shown in us," says AFIT President Tony Montalte. "Our company will continue to protect the principles of our profession, maintain the highest standards of excellence, and provide each client with the quality services they have come to expect and deserve from AFIT." Visit

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