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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

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ICON And Lotus Collaboration

ICON Aircraft is collaborating closely with Lotus Engineering USA on key areas of the production design of the ICON A5 amphibious light-sport aircraft. ICON began working with Lotus Engineering in January to leverage their expertise in designing and mass-producing lightweight vehicle architectures. The work focuses on the A5's cockpit, where Lotus' experience in lightweight premium automotive-quality components is especially relevant. "Lotus has proven invaluable because of their experience designing and manufacturing high-quality yet lightweight interiors in the same volumes at which we'll be producing the A5," said ICON VP of Design Klaus Tritschler. "Additionally, they provide key production knowledge and insights from the automotive industry, which we consider the benchmark in terms of quality and design." Visit

CubCrafters In Europe

When it receives delivery of a CubCrafters Carbon Cub in early June, directSky will become the aircraft manufacturer's dealer to service the European market. DirectSky is headed by CEO Kamil Skorupski and is in Ireland at Abbeyshrule Airfield and in Poland at Mielec Airfield. Initially, directSky will be offering the Carbon Cub SS and the Carbon Cub EX. "We've been eager to establish a presence in Europe for some time now, but needed to find an importer/dealer who offered the right fit," said CubCrafters General Manager Randy Lervod. "directSky has the infrastructure necessary to promote and support the product, even to the point of being able to build an aircraft. Most important, they share our commitment to providing customers with the highest levels of quality and service." Visit and

iPad Training

Phoenix East Aviation of Daytona Beach, Fla., is now using the iPad with aviation software as part of its pilot-training programs. In cooperation with Jeppesen, Phoenix East is using it for aeronautical navigation charts, flight-log information and other flight-plan information, as well as selected textbook training to augment ground school. At Phoenix East Aviation, the Apple iPad with Jeppesen software has been integrated into both the FAR Part 141 and FAR Part 61 training programs. Visit

Cirrus Throttle Quadrant

Tamarack Aerospace has received FAA STC approval for their new throttle quadrant upgrade for the Cirrus SR20 and SR22. The installation separates the single Cirrus power lever into two levers: for throttle and to control propeller pitch. A third lever for mixture control is also included. Flight testing with the improved system revealed a decrease in operational costs by allowing the pilot to optimize manifold pressure and RPM settings to reduce fuel flow. Customers can opt to add a boost-pump LED light that illuminates anytime the boost pump is activated. The Throttle Quadrant Kit sells for $3,500 and can be installed in a few hours. Visit

AirShares Down Under

AirShares Elite is expanding its service area to southeast Australia. The new Australian branch of AirShares Elite, known as "Avia AirShares," is already operating its own late-model SR22 with Garmin Perspective avionics. "We've always strived to provide our customers with the largest support network possible" said Kevin Price, President of AirShares Elite. "This new partnership provides our customers not only with access to Australian-based aircraft, but with the local resources and support they will need to serve as pilot in command in foreign skies." Customers currently based in Australia will be granted reciprocal access to AirShares' U.S.-based fleet. "The ability to operate aircraft in other countries is something that no other fractional provider can offer," said Chris Butchers, Strategic Director for Avia AirShares. Visit


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