Cessna's TTx Receives Type Certification In Brazil
Cessna Aircraft received type certification of the all-composite TTx aircraft in Brazil from the Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil. Deliveries to customers in Brazil commenced in November at Cessna's facility in Independence, Kan. Jodi Noah, Cessna senior vice president for Single Engine/Propeller Aircraft, said: "The TTx is a testament to the innovation and commitment of the Cessna team responsible for delivering this exceptional aircraft to the market. International deliveries have already begun, and with this type certification awarded, the TTx will continue to be the standout choice for advanced pilots who demand luxury, progressive technology and jet-like performance." The TTx has a range of 1,250 nm, capable of nonstop flight on routes such as Rio de Janeiro-Buenos Aires. Visit www.cessna.com.
Aspen's EA100 Receives FAA And EASA Approvals
Aspen Avionics announced its EA100 autopilot adapter is now capable of emulating the Century 52D66, 52D67, 52D166 and 52D167 attitude indicators. The EA100 is now compatible with all attitude-based Century IIB, III and IV autopilots, as well as the Piper Altimatic-branded autopilots. This new certification is in addition to the Century 21, 31, 41, 2000 and 4000 certification announced in October 2013. "The EA100 provides superior digital attitude information and extends the life of legacy autopilot systems," said Mark Ferrari, Vice President of Sales and Customer Support. "This integration will greatly increase the utility of the Aspen customer's avionics investment far into the future." Visit www.aspenavionics.com."
STC For Century C4000 Autopilot
Century Flight Systems have received Supplemental Type Certificates (STCs) from the FAA for the installation of their Century C4000 autopilot in the Piper PA-30 and -39 Twin Comanche. "The Century C4000 is our latest autopilot, and is based on the success of the Century C2000 and Triden autopilots. Our company is privately owned, and since 1982 has been producing quality autopilots. Century Flight Systems, Inc., holds over 1,600 STCs and understands what pilots and aircraft need for a safer flight envelope; this is especially true for the higher speed twins such as the Twin Comanche," said Bill Eubanks, Century Flight Systems' President. Visit www.centuryflight.com.
Winner Of Lightspeed's $500 Burger Getaway
Lightspeed Aviation announced that Bob Enos of Somerset, Pa., is the newest weekly winner of their $500 Burger Getaway sweepstakes. The Getaway consists of a series of weekly drawings for a $500 package that includes gift cards for av gas, rental car, dining and lodging. Any eligible customer registering a new Lightspeed or Sierra headset is automatically entered. "The response to this promotion has been exceptional," said Teresa De Mers, Executive Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Customer Support for Lightspeed. "Many of our dealers have adopted it as part of their marketing strategy, but most importantly, hundreds of pilots have entered the weekly drawings." Bob Enos, this week's winner, is a very active pilot who flies a Falcon 2000 professionally and owns a Piper 235, a 1940 Aeronca Chief (a rare control-stick version) and an ultralight. He plans on using his $500 Burger Getaway prize for an upcoming leisure trip to New York in his Piper. Visit www.lightspeedaviation.com/500dollarburger.
Daher-Socata Appoints WingsOverAsia As Aircraft Sales
Daher-Socata appointed WingsOverAsia (WOA) as a TBM Aircraft Sales Representative. The contract enables WOA to market the very fast turboprop aircraft throughout Asia on a non-exclusive basis. As a part of this partnership, WOA will exhibit a TBM 850 at the 2014 Singapore Airshow, which is one of the largest aviation events in Southeast Asia. WingsOverAsia is a private/executive aircraft flight support and aviation lifestyle services provider. "Our agreement with WOA is in response to increasing customer interest in our TBM 850 Elite version throughout Southeast Asia," said Nicolas Chabbert, Senior Vice President of Daher-Socata's Airplane Business Unit. Visit www.daher.com and www.tbm850.com.
Fly GPS On The iPad
Adventure Pilot's iFly GPS is now available on the Apple Store with a 30-Day Free Trial. Annual subscriptions start at $69.99; a fully loaded IFR option is available for $40 more. iFly GPS for Android tablets is targeted for later this year. iFly GPS for iPad delivers full-featured moving map navigation with advanced features like Geo-Referenced Approach Plates, decluttered Vector Mode, AutoTaxi+, RealView Airports, Vertical Flight Planning and more. iFly GPS also includes Higher-Contrast Charts for improved readability on non-sunlight-friendly devices. iFly GPS also offers full ADS-B Transceiver integration, allowing the pilot to change the squawk code and more without switching apps. Adventure Pilot collaborated with SkyGuardTWX to integrate these functions and offer the portable Vision-Pro ADS-B Transceiver on iFlyGPS.com store. iFly GPS is also compatible with Dual, Clarity, iLevil, SkyRadar, SkyGuardTWX and other ADS-B receivers. Visit ifly.adventurepilot.com.
Zenith CH 750 Flies With Rotax 912iS
A STOL CH 750 has become the first Zenith kit aircraft in North America to fly with the new Rotax 912iS engine. The flight was the result of a collaborative effort involving Zenith Aircraft, which supplied the aircraft kit, Rotech Research Canada, Ltd. which installed the engine and Skytek Aircraft Services which assembled the airframe. Skytek also developed the firewall-forward package for completing the engine installation. "Both the aircraft and the engine performed flawlessly," said Sebastien Heinz, President of Zenith Aircraft. "We put 7.5 hours on the CH 750 on the first day and had no squawks. Rotax has done it right." Zenith Aircraft is now offering the 912iS as an engine choice from a list of powerplants that includes the 100 hp 912 ULS, the turbo Rotax 914, the fuel-injected UL Power and Viking engines, as well as the Continental 0-200 and the Lycoming 0-235/233 engines. Visit www.zenithair.com.
It's only a short 53 nm from Fort Lauderdale to the first of the island chains: Bimini. From there, you'll almost always be within sight of land. The 2014 Pilot's Guide To The Bahamas features updated airport data, procedures, customs and immigration information, aerial photos, accommodations and touristy listings and area maps. It covers all the Islands of the Bahamas. (For Caribbean destinations, purchase the Caribbean Pilot's Guide separately.) The guide is available for the iPad. Contact: www.pilotpub.com.
Turn Your iPhone Into A Wind Meter
Vaavud's wind meter turns your smartphone into a meteorological tool. Download the free app, and plug the wind meter into your ear phone jack. The app gives an overview of average, actual and maximum wind speed, as well as a real-time graph. The one-piece molded rotor and the low-friction Teflon bearing make the wind meter durable. It works with all iPhones from 4 and onward, and all iPads from 2 and onward, running on iOS 6 or 7. It also works with Samsung Galaxy S2, S3 and S4. Contact: www.sportys.com.
Quiet On The Ground
If you'd like quiet when flight planning or calling a weather briefer while at a busy FBO, the new QuietComfort 20 headphones are the first in-ear noise-cancelling headphones from Bose. Bose engineers placed two tiny microphones in each earbud; one senses the sound approaching, the other measures the sound inside. The measurements are sent to a digital electronic chip in the control module on the headphone cord. The chip calculates an equal and opposite noise cancellation signal within a fraction of a millisecond. The QC20 headphones can be used in two ways: blocking out a noisy background or using "aware" mode, which allows surroundings to be heard. Contact: www.bose.com..
The Aviator's Guide To Florida is a travel guide written specifically for private pilots. In addition to the usual information on flight planning, it addresses the first question most pilots ask after landing at a regional airport for the first time: What's there to do in this area? The guide details 40 general aviation airports in Florida. For each featured location, there are maps, runway information and radio frequencies, as well as background information on the region, tourist destinations, outdoor recreational activities, day trip ideas, as well as tips on car rentals, restaurants and hotels. Contact: www.aviators-guide.com.