Light-sport aircraft pilots refusing to tolerate winter flying doldrums have a perfect outing: the first-ever LSA Fly-In to the Bahamas on December 10-12. The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism is putting on the event after its announcement last summer that U.S. LSA pilots were legal to land in the country with only the FAA sport pilot license and a valid driver’s license: no medical required. Logbook endorsements for Class B, C and D airspace also are mandatory. The event kicks off from Banyan Air Service (FXE) at 10 a.m. after a pilot briefing. Attendees will stay at the Viva Wyndham Fortune Beach Resort. A welcome reception and LSA Static Display hosted by Grand Bahamas Airport Company are planned, along with activities like diving, snorkeling, fishing, boating, pool lounging and, oh, those spectacular white-sand beaches! Visit www.bahamas.com and www.banyanair.com.
First Officer Training
FlightSafety and Boeing Training & Flight Services are now jointly offering a First Officer training program that will provide those with no prior flying experience the opportunity to pursue a career as professional pilots. “This joint program will help airlines meet their growing pilot hiring and training requirements by expanding the pool of pilots from which they can select,” said Roei Ganzarski of Boeing Training & Flight Services. Visit www.flightsafety.com and www.alteontraining.com.
Hartzell has developed a new three-bladed Top Prop performance conversion for Cessna 180 and 185 as well as early 210 and 205 aircraft. This is the first time Hartzell has offered a propeller for Cessna 185 owners with a TCM IO-470 engine, and the first three-bladed prop for use on early Cessna 210 and 205 models. The 82-inch diameter conversion has “blended airfoil” technology, scimitar blades and a longer TBO. Visit www.hartzellprop.com.
Goulian Goes Sony
Goulian Aerosports and Sony Creative Software have announced a new marketing alliance with championship aerobatic pilot Mike Goulian. “Mike’s commitment to perfection in his performances aligns well with Sony’s responsive and powerful software products,” said Dave Chaimson of Sony Creative Software. “Mike’s aerial displays are incredibly astounding, and will become even more so when viewed in 3D.” Vegas Pro 10, Sony’s new editing platform that features native 3D stereoscopic production, will surround Goulian to showcase the creative dimensions of its software tools. Visit www.mikegoulian.com and www.sonycreativesoftware.com.
Skycatcher & Yingling
Yingling Aviation is now the first facility approved by the FAA to maintain, inspect and alter the Cessna 162 Skycatcher. “The receipt of this authority represents a significant accomplishment for Yingling,” said Bob Gallop of Yingling. “Since the Model 162 is a completely new aircraft, we were creating precedent with every step in the process. It required a great deal of cooperation among Yingling, Cessna and the FAA in Washington, D.C.” Yingling is currently the only active Skycatcher assembly site. The firm has completed the reassembly of eight LSA. Customers who ordered Skycatchers can track their airplane’s assembly at www.yinglingaviation.com.
NavWorx announced that it’s delivering ADS-B traffic and weather with its ADS600-series receivers and Universal Access Transceiver. The ADS600 devices incorporate both transmit and receive capabilities of ADS-B and link to the NextGen system.“ Having traffic and weather displayed in real time in the cockpit is a huge improvement to the safe operation of any aircraft,”said NavWorx president Bill Moffitt. “The ADS600 supports traditional gathering of weather information from forecasts, including text-based sources. Visual traffic and weather depiction can be tremendously helpful. Pilots can now see traffic and weather at the push of a button.” Visit www.navworx.com.
Mountain State University and Airline Transport Professionals announced a new bachelor’s degree for aviation students, the Bachelor of Science in Airline Transport Professional Pilot Operations, with flight training being completed through ATP. David Robbins, director of aviation at MSU, stated, “Airlines hire the most qualified pilots, preferring that applicants have a bachelor’s degree and high-quality flight experience.” The program incorporates academics and airline-oriented multi-engine flight training and allows students to complete flight training through one of ATP’s 22 locations while attending college classes through MSU. Visit www.mountainstate.edu and www.atpflightschool.com.
Flying Car Production
Terrafugia is setting up for low-volume production of the Transition Roadable Aircraft in a 19,000-sq.ft. facility in Woburn, Mass. The company expects to create 50 additional skilled manufacturing jobs at its new facility by 2013 to support demand. Longer-term, high-volume production plans haven’t been finalized yet. Two prototypes currently are under construction. One will undergo extensive drive testing while the other will be used to complete LSA certification flight testing. Initial price point is expected to be between $200,000 and $250,000. Visit www.terrafugia.com.
Sixty-one TBM aircraft attended the annual convention of the TBM Owners and Pilot Association (TBMOPA), held September 9-12 at Hot Springs, Va. “The attendance this year was fantastic, with over 200 participants representing TBM owners, the Daher-Socata aircraft manufacturer, distributors and service centers as well as vendors,” stated TBMOPA President John Hinshaw. Information on user fees also was provided, along with briefings on government regulations and updates on continued support of the TBM fleet. Visit www.tbmowners.org.
AirJourney In Africa
AirJourney has a new trip for those who want to pilot their own airplanes on a flying adventure. In August 2011, AirJourney will launch its first 60-day trip around the African continent. “This is one of the most fascinating trips we’ve ever put together,” AirJourney’s Thierry Pouille said. “There is so much diversity on this trip, from northern Africa all the way down around Cape Town and back.” The trip departs from Quebec City, Canada, and visits a total of 24 countries, crossing the Atlantic into Europe then flying south toward Africa. “The pace of our trips is always leisurely,” Pouille added. “We want everyone to have time to see the sights, sample the local cuisine, meet people and still have plenty of free time.” Visit www.airjourney.com.
Kansas State University Aviation picked seven winners from a scholarship drawing at EAA AirVenture 2010. All had to be juniors or seniors in high school during the 2010/2011 academic year, or be transfer students or start earning a bachelor’s degree at K-State’s Salina campus within the next two years. “K-State’s aviation program offers the most affordable degrees in the country,” said Kurt Barnhart, aviation department head. “This $2,000 scholarship will make a K-State education even more affordable for these seven recipients.” Visit www.salina.k-state.edu/aviation.
‘Tis The Season
The 26th annual edition of Sporty’s Crystal Christmas Ornament features the Douglas DC-3. The year, 2010, marks the 75th anniversary of the DC-3’s first flight. A silhouette of the DC-3 is etched on the ornament and is attached to a ribbon for hanging on your tree. Customized ornaments also can be ordered with your choice of airplane silhouette, along with 20 characters of text, such as a name and tail number. Contact: Sporty’s, www.sportys.com.
Complete Lesson Plan Guides from Sporty’s are an all-in-one resource to help CFIs stay organized. The lesson plans, developed by CFIs at Sporty’s Academy, ensure that all topics are covered with each student. A detailed record of every lesson, with the student’s signature, will help to protect CFIs from future liability. Three titles integrate flight lessons (Training Course Outline), ground instruction (Ground Lesson Guide) and home study (PTS Study Guide). The plans are available for private pilot and instrument rating training. Contact: Sporty’s, www.sportys.com.
The 2011 test prep books from ASA are now available. They include the FAA questions, explanations for all answers and references for all aircraft categories. The Fast-Track Test Guides for Aviation Maintenance Technicians prepare applicants for A&P certification. The Prepware software includes study and review modes, built-in timers, pop quizzes and full-length tests. The Virtual Test Prep, available in Blu-ray format, covers ground-school materials. You can choose from several study formats to find the method best suited to your learning style. Also available as apps for the iPhone and iPad. Contact: ASA, www.asa2fly.com.
Secure Your iPad
The MyClip Thigh uses clips and a faux-suede leg strap to position your iPad on your thigh for easy access and use in the cockpit. It can be positioned in both portrait and landscape modes. Its stabilizing straps allow for two-handed typing, and it fits over most iPad skins and many holders. Contact: TIET, www.tietco.com.
ASA’s 2011 FAR/AIM series consolidates the FAA regulations and procedures into three easy-to-use reference books with information pertinent to pilots, flight crew and aviation maintenance technicians. The Aeronautical Information Manual is reformatted for greater readability, and the color graphics allow for straightforward interpretation. Changes are marked clearly for quick reference, and indexes provide access to the subject matter and paragraph number or regulation. The FAR/AIM and FAR for Flight Crew are available together in a single app for the iPhone and iPad, as is an FAR/AIM Flashcards app. Contact: ASA, www.asa2fly.com.
iPad & Android E6B
Sporty’s E6B iPhone app is now available for both the iPad and Google’s Android devices. Pilots can compute weight and balance or fuel problems, as well as make calculations that include top of descent, range and rate of climb. Easy conversions allow for pounds to gallons and gallons to pounds, and there’s a pop-up timer notification that can function even when the app is closed. Contact: Sporty’s, www.sportys.com.
New features added to the Deluxe Timer from Sporty’s makes it simple to use and easy to read in flight. These include a dedicated zero button to quickly reset the timer to zero, an autoreset function that resets the timer to the last input time and two independent timers that have unique alarms. The clock displays 12-hour, 24-hour and Zulu time. Two red LEDs flash to announce timer expiration. A backlit screen complemented by lighted buttons makes night-viewing easy. The timer measures 3×2½x¾ inches. There’s also a protective sleeve with a clip for attaching the timer to kneeboards. Contact: Sporty’s, www.sportys.com.