Plane & Pilot
Tuesday, August 23, 2011

October 2011 Readback

Redbird Skyport

John and Martha King announced that they’ll partner with Redbird Flight Simulations to provide simulator-centric flight training with Cessna’s scenario-based training curriculum. This will take place at Redbird’s ProFlight Academy flight school and development laboratory. ProFlight Academy will be housed in the new Redbird Skyport at the San Marcos, Texas, airport. “The ProFlight Academy development laboratory will be a Cessna Pilot Center, and will utilize a simulator-centric flight-training curriculum that integrates knowledge and flight training, together with affordable, full-motion, visual flight simulation,” Martha King commented. “We fully expect the output of the development laboratory to revolutionize the flight-training industry.” Visit and

Win Roy Clark’s Airplane

Wings of Hope is holding a raffle for country music legend Roy Clark’s Piper Tri-Pacer to help children with major health issues get to life-saving treatment. “We are grateful for Roy’s generosity to the people we serve, and will put to good use the proceeds from this once-in-a-lifetime chance to own a piece of Americana and gift of flight,” says Doug Clements, Wings of Hope president. The plane will be raffled with a full scholarship for a private pilot license and a Lightspeed Zulu headset. Only 2,000 tickets are being sold at $50 each. Get yours at

Electric 172 Taxi Tests

Beyond Aviation, formerly Bye Energy, began initial taxi tests on its electric Cessna 172 at Centennial Airport in Englewood, Colo. Their goal is to develop a practical, cost-effective conversion to environmentally friendly electric propulsion systems as a replacement for internal combustion engines on aircraft requiring 150 to 200 hp. The company will be announcing the electric aircraft’s first flight date soon. Visit


Corbi Air has teamed with Air Management Technology to bring a lightweight air-conditioning solution to the LSA market. Their 20-pound modular package includes all-electric driven compressors, a compact evaporator and an efficient condenser/compressor assembly, all powered by a 28VDC, 70 amp engine-driven alternator. Their system features an A/C mode and fan mode for air recirculation. Visit

Socata Centennial

Daher-Socata commemorated 100 years of continuous aircraft production at EAA AirVenture. Stéphane Mayer, newly appointed President and CEO, symbolically stopped the centennial countdown clock, representing the opening of a new century for a company that started its aircraft manufacturing activities as Aeroplanes Morane-Saulnier in 1911. Visit

Kestrel Selects Honeywell

Kestrel Aircraft announced the selection of the Honeywell TPE331-14GR engine to power their composite single-engine turboprop airplane. “Customers want lower maintenance costs, fewer lifecycle-limited parts and better fuel efficiency when they select an aircraft engine,” said Rob Wilson, president of Honeywell Business and General Aviation. “Honeywell’s TPE331 is uniquely situated to deliver these benefits and more, that will help make the Kestrel a success in the market.” Visit

Cessna IFR Course

Cessna Aircraft, with King Schools, has developed a new instrument pilot course as the next element of its Cessna Flight Training System. The web-based instrument training course and updated learning management system, the Cessna Course Tracking Application, will be available through Cessna Pilot Centers. Cessna expects to expand the flight-training system to include a commercial pilot course. Every aspect of training is tracked, and training materials can be accessed from any location with an Internet connection. The course comes with additional materials, including a folding kneeboard and view-limiting device. Visit


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