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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

October 2013 Readback

AVIC Acquires Thielert Assets

AVIC International Holding Corporation announced the acquisition through its subsidiary, Technify Motors GmbH, of the diesel aircraft engine and manufacturing assets of the former Thielert Aircraft Engines GmbH. This adds the Centurion line of electronically controlled Jet-A piston engines to its portfolio of piston-engine technology. Acquired products include the certified Centurion 2.0 series of 135 hp and 155 hp Jet-A engines and the certified Centurion 4.0, 350 hp engine. "AVIC International's acquisition of Thielert's assets rounds out the highly successful and popular Continental Motors' line of gasoline engines acquired by AVIC International in 2011," said Mr. Yu Yimin, senior vice president of AVIC International, and chairman and chief executive officer of Continental Motors, Inc. "It is also the right long-term solution for the market, as this creates a 'one-stop shop' for both avgas and Jet-A engine solutions backed by the global support capabilities of Continental Motors," he said. Visit and

SocialFlight Ambassador Program

SocialFlight has launched its Ambassador program, enlisting pilots and aviation enthusiasts from around the world to promote General Aviation through the events that give pilots reasons to fly. Over 25 Ambassadors from across the United States and Canada are already signed up with the program and are giving presentations to pilot's clubs, organizations and individuals about how GA can benefit from increased awareness and participation in aviation events, using SocialFlight as the Free tool to find and share these events. SocialFlight Ambassadors include members of the FAA Safety Team (FAASTeam), flight instructors, Department of Aviation Representatives, air show performers, pilots, students and aviation enthusiasts. Visit


SkyPro GPS Receiver

Dual Electronics' second-generation GPS receiver, the XGPS160, offers faster satellite signal acquisition, simultaneous GPS satellite systems reception, route recording and position updates up to 10 times per second. The XGPS160 connects wirelessly via Bluetooth to up to five devices, and its internal rechargeable battery lasts 10 hours of continuous use. A non-slip pad is included along with a 12-28VDC charging adapter. Also, the XGPS160 includes a free Status Tool app, which displays detailed receiver and satellite information. The app will also allow the route recording feature to be turned on or off, and the route information to be exported. Contact: and

Camera Pod

The Eagle360 houses up to four GoPro HD video cameras and is mounted on the belly of your aircraft. It has an FAA STC and PMA to be mounted on 52 different aircraft models. Applications have been submitted to the FAA to extend the list of approved aircraft to include SNJ/T6, Globe Swift, Piper Aztec, Cessna Mustang and Embraer Phenom 300. Contact:

2014 Test Preps

ASA's 2014 Test Prep books for pilots and Fast-Track Test Guides for mechanics are now available. Inside each book is a code that grants access to Prepware online, allowing you to take practice exams and obtain an endorsement to take the FAA Knowledge Exam. Test Preps include the Computer Testing Supplement with the same FAA legends, figures and full-color charts issued at the testing center. Fast-Track Test Guides include all necessary FAA figures. Contact:

Humorous Signs

Patterned after vintage signs from the 1920s and 1930s, Sporty's Humorous Signs have a weathered, old-style look. "Four Forces of Flight" aren't what you're taught in ground school. Rather, the sign illustrates the Four Forces as money, dreams, the FAA and reality. "FAA Mission" isn't a lofty bureaucratic discourse. The signs measure 24x12 inches and come with four holes for mounting. They're ideal for mounting in a hangar or office. Contact


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