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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

September 2013 Readback

Cessna 2013 Discover Flying Challenge

Cessna Aircraft's Discover Flying Challenge sends six aviation students for a summer-long excursion across the United States. This year, Cessna has partnered with five not-for-profit organizations to bring awareness to their charitable efforts: American Red Cross, Experimental Aircraft Association Young Eagles, Special Olympics, United Way and Veterans Airlift Command. The community partners' logos are displayed on the program's six Cessna 172 Skyhawk aircraft, and pilots plan to attend community partner events such as Special Olympics summer games and EAA Young Eagles rallies. The six pilot interns will use social media to share their experiences with flight and philanthropy throughout the summer. The charity with the most social engagement will receive a $25,000 donation from Cessna. The pilots' progress can be followed through SocialFlight, a website with a mobile app the provides detailed pilot itineraries and mapped appearances. Visit and

SimCom & Eclipse

SimCom Training Centers and Eclipse Aerospace announced a new Avio IFMS-equipped full-motion Eclipse twin-engine jet simulator ready for training at SimCom's Orlando, Fla., training center. The Eclipse Jet simulator is an FAA-certified Level D full-motion device. As such, there's no need to operate an actual aircraft in order to complete all training requirements for the issuance of a single-pilot Eclipse Jet type rating or for completion of any recurrent course. In-aircraft instruction following a type rating is also offered for those individuals who require mentor training. SimCom's Eclipse Jet training is approved by all major insurance underwriters. "We are very proud of our training partnership with Eclipse Aerospace," states Eric Hinson, SimCom's President. "With this Level D approved simulator, Eclipse Jet customers will now enjoy a high-fidelity training experience using a simulator with avionics identical to those in their actual jets. The combination of our experienced instructors and this newly qualified simulator will allow Eclipse Jet operators to maximize the benefits of training. The result will be better prepared and more proficient Eclipse Jet pilots." Visit and

High School Students At Glasair

Eight high school students who won a GAMA/Build A Plane-sponsored aircraft-design contest received an all-expense paid trip to the Glasair Aviation factory. There, they'll spend two weeks building a pair of Sportsman aircraft in Glasair's Two Weeks to Taxi program. Glasair technicians will head up the two teams and guide them through the entire construction process. In two weeks, both aircraft will be taxied and should be ready for flight, pending a final FAA inspection. The aircraft are expected to log the necessary hours in time to be flown to AirVenture in Oshkosh. Visit

4,000th Model 36 Bonanza

Beechcraft held a special ceremony to deliver the 4,000th Model 36 Beechcraft Bonanza: a G36 owned by Segall Group of Baltimore, Md. The Bonanza is the longest continuously produced aircraft in history, and more than 18,000 Model 35, 33 and 36 units have been delivered since 1947. During the ceremony at the company's Customer Delivery Center in Wichita, Beechcraft CEO Bill Boisture presented the Bonanza G36 featuring a commemorative N4000L tail number to retail brokerage firm Segall Group. The firm will use the aircraft to conduct site visits and client meetings while developing shopping centers and brokering real-estate deals in the mid-Atlantic region for national retail and restaurant companies. Visit

Blackhawk STC For 208A Caravan Engine Upgrade

Jim Allmon, President of Blackhawk Modifications, announced that Blackhawk has received STC certification for the PT6A-42A upgrade on the Cessna 208A Caravan. The upgrade will provide the same operational advantages for owners of the 208A Caravan as for the 208B Grand Caravan. "We are very excited to now be able to offer the XP42A Upgrade Package to the entire Caravan fleet," says Allmon. "With a number of new 208A Caravan engine upgrade orders already signed and numerous strong inquiries from other potential customers, we definitely have a winner!" The XP42A Upgrade Package includes a factory-new Pratt & Whitney PT6A-42A engine rated at 850 shp. In addition, the package utilizes a new wide-chord 100-inch-diameter Hartzell four-blade propeller; new composite cowling and high efficiency inlet duct; new 40% larger oil cooler; new Blackhawk Hawkeye DigiLog engine gauges and new exhaust stacks, not to mention a TBO of 5,000 hours to qualified operators. Visit


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