Tuesday, July 29, 2014
September 2014 Readback
First Production HondaJet Makes Initial Flight
Elite Simulation Centers DebutElite Simulation Solutions announced the opening of the first international Elite Simulation Training and Safety Management Centers in Orlando, Fla., and Dubendorf, Switzerland. Elite training centers are multifaceted Aviation Resource Learning Centers or, as described by CEO John Dixon, "a mental gymnasium for pilots that will foster a culture of safety, proficiency and confidence in the flying community. Since flying aircraft are exercises in risk management, learning and staying proficient is crucial for managing aviation safety. Our goal is to provide an atmosphere and the resources that will contribute to the safety, proficiency and confidence of all pilots." The Centers feature FAA approved training devices that range from simple, complex, twin piston and twin turbine airplanes to helicopters of twin turbine, single turbine and piston design. The Center also has classrooms, conference rooms, a resource library and testing facility. Visit www.ELITESimCenters.com.
Quicksilver Awarded Special LSA CertificateQuicksilver Aeronautics reached an important milestone with the receipt of an airworthiness certificate for its first-ever Special Light-Sport Aircraft. Now that Quicksilver has earned FAA acceptance to produce their Sport S2SE model as a fully built LSA, the company will begin using three manufacturing locations in the United States, a method allowed under the ASTM Industry Consensus Standards program and FAA regulations. Aside from the Temecula, Calif., factory, other manufacturing facilities have been established in Reserve, La., at the St. John airport led by longtime dealer Gene "Bever" Borne and in Rochester, Minn., under the direction of former sales manager, Todd Ellefson. Visit www.quicksilveraircraft.com.
Cessna Citation M2 Receives EASA CertificationCessna Aircraft received European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification for the Citation M2 jet, paving the way for deliveries to begin immediately. "We have had significant interest from European customers for the Citation M2 due to its size, speed and range," said Chris Hearne, vice president, Jets. "This aircraft can easily handle nonstop legs throughout the region, such as Paris to Athens or Zürich to Moscow." The Citation M2 design was driven by customer and pilot feedback. First flight of the Citation M2 prototype occurred in March 2012, and the first production unit flew in August 2013. The aircraft received FAA certification in December 2013, and 23 have been delivered through the first quarter of 2014. Visit www.cessna.com.
Trig Avionics Partners With NextGen FundTrig Avionics, which makes transponders, has become a NextGen GA Fund Partner. This fund provides customers with access to a comprehensive loan scheme. This is specifically designed to help GA aircraft owners pay for their ADS-B equipment and related installation costs. User-friendly financing packages are available to customers via an online application process. Typically, loans in excess of $10,000 are available to help pilots manage the costs of becoming ADS-B capable. The NextGen GA Fund has been created in direct response to the Department of Transportation's drive to encourage the flying community to equip for ADS-B Out. Visit www.trig-avionics.com and www.nextgenfund.com.
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