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More Pounds For Terrafugia

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Terrafugia has received an exemption from the FAA to grant the Transition LSA an additional 110 pounds, allowing for a maximum takeoff weight of 1,430 pounds. This additional weight accommodates the structure and equipment necessary for compliance with the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. The roadable aircraft will feature safety items such as airbags, an energy-absorbing crumple zone and a protective cage. Terrafugia successfully completed flight and drive testing of its Proof of Concept Transition in 2009. Refundable airframe reservations are being accepted with first delivery scheduled for late 2011. Visit

First Skycatcher For Rent
Kansans Aviation is putting into service the the first Cessna 162 available for flight training and rental. The aircraft previously was delivered to a retail customer, Bravo Sierra Group, which is leasing the aircraft to the flight school for use in its Cessna Pilot Center. It’s available at a fueled rate of $98 per hour. “The advent of the Skycatcher era is really a reminder of bygone days when it comes to the cost of renting an airplane for flight training or leisure flying,” noted Dave Tiday, manager at Kansas Aviation. Visit

First Landings Grows
First Landings Aviation has taken delivery of a 2010 PiperSport. “Not only is the airplane a great performer, but it is equipped with top-of-the-line safety features and was built with training in mind.” says Chris Esposito, co-owner of First Landings Aviation. “A lot of students and pilots are more comfortable in a metal airplane and appreciate the Piper name because they know it is synonymous with quality and performance.” Visit

Husky & Pitts In Russia
Avex Aviation Services has taken delivery of their first Husky and Pitts Special at Kasimovo Airport, near St. Petersburg, Russia. Per a dealership agreement with Aviat Aircraft, Avex will provide sales, service and training for both aircraft. President Avex Igor Dushenko said of the Husky being well-suited for Russia: “It doesn’t need an airport. With its STOL capability and skis or tundra tires, all we need is an open field or frozen lake.” Avex co-founder Aleksey Reyder added, “Change is slow in Russia, but the need to transport people and supplies, often in emergency conditions, is revising attitudes in Russia with respect to general aviation.” Visit

Sporty’s FAAST
Sporty’s Academy has been named an industry member of the FAA Safety Team (FAAST) to promote aviation safety and awareness to all pilots. The mission of the FAAST Team and Sporty’s partnership is to improve aviation’s safety record by conveying safety principles and practices through outreach and education. To accomplish this mission, Sporty’s offers an extensive collection of FAA WINGS-accepted courses to help all pilots achieve their training and proficiency goals. “We are committed to reaching out to pilots to help them improve the aviation safety record through individual pilot proficiency,” said Sporty’s Academy President Eric Radtke. Visit and


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