Plane & Pilot
Tuesday, July 17, 2012

September 2012 Readback



Tecnam UAV Vision

Tecnam is collaborating with UAV Vision, which specializes in Gyro Stabilized Camera Gimbal systems, to offer a Tecnam P92 Eaglet surveillance and aerial-survey platform. Typical applications for UAV Vision's gimbals include geographical mapping and surveillance, fire monitoring, shark patrol, law enforcement, environmental monitoring and more. Tecnam customers are now able request these mounts, which can be fitted prior to delivery or retrospectively, as required. Many of the missions include the use of UAV Vision's GeoLock function. Once enabled, the system automatically moves the camera to keep a selected area in frame. Visit www.tecnam.com.

Avemco Speaks

Avemco president, Jonathan "JJ" Greenway, will be a guest speaker during the NTSB General Aviation Safety Forum, in Washington, D.C. The event, "General Aviation Safety: Climbing to the Next Level," will include Greenway's topic, "Insurance, Incentives and Safety," offering an insurance- company perspective on the more subtle causes of general aviation fatalities. Greenway has over 14,000 hours, is an active CFI and former airline pilot and check airman. Prior to joining Avemco, he served as captain with American Airlines and more recently as the Director of Safety at AOPA for the Air Safety Institute. Visit www.avemco.com.

Bill Barber Award

Matt Younkin is the 2012 recipient of the Bill Barber Award for Showmanship. On his 16th birthday, Younkin soloed his grandfather's 1928 Travel Air 4000 biplane. Growing up, Younkin never had designs on being an air-show pilot and had plans for a corporate or airline career. But that all changed in the summer of 2005, when his dad was killed in an air-show accident in Canada. Younkin knew he wanted to keep the family tradition alive and flew his first air show in November of that year, in the family Decathlon that his dad had made famous. Younkin's ultimate goal was to bring his dad's famed Beech 18 back to the air-show circuit, and that goal was realized on April 17, 2007, when he debuted the Beech 18 act at Sun 'n Fun. Visit www.airventure.org/awards/bill_barber.html.

Fly To Learn

Fly To Learn, Powered By X-Plane, teaches Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (S.T.E.M.) concepts by making learning fun for students and easy for teachers to implement. Fly To Learn promotes S.T.E.M fundamentals through implementation of the flight simulator program, X-Plane. Students learn S.T.E.M. disciplines through the design, construction, flight and performance evaluation of virtual airplanes, proving learning can be exciting and engaging. "I am particularly proud of this award because I teach for an independent preparatory school," said Thomas Dubick, co-founder of the Fly To Learn program. "My personal goal is to increase the number of students and educators dedicated to science, technology and math." Visit www.flytolearn.com.

Air Race Winners

The Racing Aces, Dianna Stanger and Victoria Holt, were the winners of the 36th Annual Air Race Classic on June 25. The four-day race covered 2,862 sm, eight states and nine stops. It concluded on June 22 at Clermont County Airport in Batavia, Ohio, and home of Sporty's Pilot Shop. "The Racing Aces love this competition because it not only tests your skills as a pilot, but also mental abilities to choose route and altitudes. It is a challenge on many different levels," said Stanger. Visit www.theracingaces.com.



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