Plane & Pilot
Monday, September 1, 2008

September 2008 Readback

readbackWhen Vern Raburn talks, people listen. Recently, the visionary behind the Eclipse VLJ was talking about a new light-sport amphibian, the ICON A5. Raburn is an adviser for start-up ICON Aircraft, which aspires to create a sport aircraft that will “do for recreational flying what personal watercraft did for boating.”
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Mooney In Brazil
Mooney received certification for the Model M20TN Acclaim and Acclaim Type S from the ANAC, the Brazilian aviation certification authority. “Brazil represents a strong potential market for Mooney,” noted CEO Dennis Ferguson. “It’s the country with the second-largest general aviation fleet in the world. We have more than 30 Mooneys currently operating there. This certification means that owners of Acclaims in Brazil can register and base their airplanes in-country, and they won’t be required to fly the aircraft out of the country every 60 days, as is currently mandated for foreign-registered airplanes. We’re in the process of establishing a local Mooney representative and will begin pursuing the approval of the Ovation very soon,” he added. Learn more at

Tecnam Acquires CAG
Italy-based Tecnam has purchased Composite Aeronautic Group (CAG) of Spain. Tecnam expects to use CAG’s facilities to double its light, single-engine aircraft production by the end of 2009. The move will also increase production space for the P2006T, a four-place twin in final certification with the EASA and FAA. The acquisition comes as the design for a new aircraft is being completed by Tecnam. Visit

readbackKirby Chambliss Crowned Fastest
Crowds topping 750,000 witnessed American pilot Kirby Chambliss battle for first place at the Detroit, Mich., stop of the 2008 Red Bull Air Race World Series. His winning time of 1:12.08 was mere fractions of a second behind series points leader Paul Bonhomme (1:12.23). “I went out and just flew as hard as I could,” stated Chambliss. “Winning is always great, but it makes it more special to win on U.S. soil.” Follow the series at

readbackNew Seminoles For ATP
Airline Transport Professionals (ATP) accepted the delivery of two factory-new Piper Seminole PA44s. ATP ordered five new Seminoles earlier this year and expects to receive the remaining aircraft by August. ATP’s fleet now includes 140 flight-training aircraft. Visit

AirShares Elite Purchases iFly
AirShares Elite has acquired iFly, the world’s first exclusive aero club, extending AirShares Elite’s Southern California market and expanding iFly’s network of Los Angeles and San Diego members. It will operate a fleet of Cirrus SR22-G3s in Southern California, providing even greater utility to iFly members, who previously flew a fleet of Cessna 350s. AirShares Elite will provide access to its transition training program to iFly members, enabling them to begin flying its fleet of Cirrus aircraft. To learn more, visit


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