Plane & Pilot
Tuesday, September 20, 2011

November 2011 Readback

Never Flat

LoPresti Aviation Engineering's latest GA innovation is the NeverFlat Lifesaver aircraft tire. "We named it the NeverFlat because that's what it does—it never goes flat," Rj Siegel, LoPresti's CEO, said. "It's the first aviation tire with a wound-carbon-fiber band embedded in the circumference of the tire. It's just about impossible to puncture this tire, and even if you could, it still wouldn't go flat. It's an unpressurized system with load and suspension characteristics matched to the aircraft's needs." The first version is mated to the takeoff and landing performance of the Cirrus SR20 and the SR22, and is expected to be available to owners in late December. Visit

Sporty's Sweepstakes

The Sporty's Sweepstakes airplane for 2012 is a brand-new Cessna Skycatcher, serial number 100. "We are thrilled that Cessna reserved this milestone Skycatcher for Sporty's Sweepstakes," says Sporty's President Michael Wolf. "It's such a fun and popular airplane—in fact, Sporty's owns another Skycatcher as part of our training fleet." The Sweepstakes Skycatcher will be awarded on Saturday, May 19, 2012, as part of the festivities of Sporty's annual fly-in. Any purchase from Sporty's Pilot Shop qualifies a customer for a chance to win this airplane. Visit

Embraer: Best Company To Work

Embraer in Florida has been recently recognized as one of the "Best Companies to Work For" by Florida Trend magazine, ranking 28th in the Large Company Category. Hundreds of companies participated in the process, and only 100 companies made the list. "We are thrilled to be recognized by Florida Trend magazine," said Gary Spulak, President, Embraer Aircraft Holding. "We continually strive to create a positive employee experience by listening to our employees, communicating openly, providing them with development opportunities and recognizing their contributions." Visit

Stratos In The Wind Tunnel

Five days of tests in the University of Washington Kirsten Wind Tunnel produced positive results for the Stratos light jet. The 1⁄5-scale aluminum, polycarbonate and composite model was subjected to more than 90 runs, with focus on airflow over the fuselage, wings and vertical tail. Development of the Stratos continues with parallel structures and aerodynamics development programs. The programs are focused on extensive stress analysis of the fuselage. Ultimately, all primary structural components will be built and load-tested prior to the construction of the first prototype. The company is seeking investors, and expects to have two flying prototype aircraft within the next two years. Visit

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