The Pacific Prowler, a Texas-based nonprofit organization, is looking for GA pilots who can fly the group’s North American B-25 Mitchell bomber and a C-47 Gooney. This is tax-deductible and includes a type rating with second-in-command privileges in either aircraft. Pilot-in-command training also is available. “A pilot who wants to get typed in a B-25 can expect to pay $40K-$60K,” the Prowler’s chief instructor Scott Perdue says, “but a Prowler Commander can get the same type rating for around $25K with us.” The group intends to add a T-28 Trojan, L-39 Jet and an A-26 Invader to their fleet. Visit www.pacificprowler.org.
3,600th Power Flow Exhaust System
Power Flow shipped its 3,600th tuned exhaust system to a Cardinal RG owner. “In some ways, it’s like upgrading to a larger engine,” said Darren Tilman, general manager for Power Flow. “You get more torque and better performance to increase your aircraft’s utility, but you don’t have to deal with the extra weight or anything close to the cost of a bigger engine. Plus, a new exhaust system can be installed in just a few hours.” The system is offered with a 60-day trial and a full-refund return policy. There’s also a one-year/500-hour warranty. Visit www.powerflowsystems.com.
Three-Blade MT Prop For Husky
An STC has been approved to install three-blade MT composite propellers on the Aviat Husky. This upgrade provides 17 pounds of weight savings, reduced noise and improvements in climb and cruise performance. Flight Resource founding partner and technical specialist Larry Schlasinger stated, “As a Husky owner and seaplane pilot myself, I am always looking for ways to get the most performance out of my planes. This upgrade hit all marks.” Visit www.flight-resource.com, www.mt-propeller.com and www.aviataircraft.com.
TSO For L-3 Trilogy ESI-2000
L-3 Avionics received the FAA’s TSO authorization for the Trilogy EST-2000 Electronic Standby Instrument with battery backup. “Many of today’s aircraft are operated solely by reference to electronically displayed flight information, which significantly increases reliance on the electrical system,” said Larry Riddle, vice president of business development for L-3 Avionics. “The Trilogy ESI-2000 gives pilots the clarity and precision they are accustomed to seeing on a primary flight display, while also acting as a safeguard against possible electrical failure.” Visit www.l-3avionics.com.
Cruise With The Kings!
Join John and Martha King on the first annual Sun ‘n Fun “Wings at Sea” Western Caribbean Cruise, a vacation designed specifically for aviation enthusiasts. During the five-day journey to Grand Cayman Islands and Cozumel, the Kings will host two sessions: “What We Learned from Flying Around the World” and “How to Avoid Unwanted Adventure and Still Have Fun.” The trip will take place on January 15-20, 2011. Visit www.johnandmartha.kingschools.com.
LSA pilot Michael Combs landed at San Diego’s Montgomery Airport to complete his coast-to-coast “Flight for Human Spirit” that covered 18,000 miles in a Remos GX. “Seeing the Pacific Ocean was an incredibly moving experience,” said Combs. “We have overcome incredible odds in order to reach the West Coast, and we have millions of people following along pursuing their own dreams, whatever they might be.” The next portion of Combs’ flight will take him into Montana, Canada and Alaska. Visit www.flighths.com.
Premier Aircraft Reps Extra 500
Extra Aircraft selected Montrose Regional Airport in Colorado to head its new U.S. headquarters and production center. “This is an incredibly exciting time for everyone involved with Extra Aircraft,” Extra CEO Ken Keith said. “Creating a new purpose-built facility here in the U.S. is key to providing our North American-based customers with the overall ownership experience they expect when they buy and operate an Extra aircraft.” The aircraft features a Rolls Royce RR250-B17F/2 turboprop engine and the Avidyne Entegra R9 avionics suite. Visit www.extraaircraft.com.
Liberty XL2 Program
With the purchase of a new Liberty XL2 direct from the factory, Liberty Aerospace is now offering free ground training and up to 65 hours of flight time for two people each. Also included in the program is a fuel card worth $3,000 and the first year of scheduled maintenance. Visit www.libertyaircraft.com.
|Red Bull Air Race pilot Alejandro Maclean died at the age of 41 following a fatal accident in his native Spain while carrying out aerobatic training for an air show. He’s survived by wife Emma and two children, aged seven and 12. The former captain of the Spanish national aerobatic team began his Red Bull Air Race career in 2003 and was a key figure in the evolution of the championship.|
A Single-Piece Solution
The SkyTab 2350 EFB reduces pilot workload, simplifies flight operations and provides greater situational awareness. The compact EFB handles advanced software applications and has multiple hard-drive options and integrated Wi-Fi and Bluetooth communications. The sunlight-readable, 10.4-inch display offers superior readability. Removable grips enable day-to-day use. Contact: IMS Flight Deck, (714) 854-8600, www.imsflightdeck.com.
Advanced Tailwheel Training
This new training DVD from Damian DelGaizo and Andover Flight Academy takes tailwheel training beyond earning tailwheel endorsement. It builds on the tailwheel basics introduced in the first DVD, Tailwheel 101, and teaches advanced techniques including short-field operations, advanced slips and precautionary off-airport landings. Andover Flight Academy is based at Andover-Aeroflex Airport in New Jersey. Its flightline includes a Top Cub, J-3 Cub and a 1943 Boeing Stearman. The DVD is directed by Michael Palermo and produced by Barnstormer Pictures. Contact: Barnstormer Pictures, (888) 227-5958, www.tailwheel201.com.
ChartBook 2 from FlightPrep is a ready-to-go EFB. It comes preloaded with ChartCase Professional, which includes sectional charts, approach plates and airport diagrams that are all georeferenced. It includes a WAAS-capable GPS receiver, and is XM-weather and Zaon-traffic ready with optional receivers. The unit measures 8.9x6.5x1 inches and features a Solid State Disk without altitude limitations. Windows programs such as Microsoft Office can be accessed via a convertible keyboard. Contact: FlightPrep, (503) 678-4360, www.flightprep.com.
Square Chart Plotter
ASA offers a new chart plotter that measures 51⁄8 inches square. It features 5 and 10 nm radius rings and a 2 nm grid on a 1:500,000 scale for accurate measurements and alignment. Constructed from Lexan, it’s durable and won’t melt, warp or break in extreme temperatures. The design allows pilots to define a route of flight and determine true course for each leg by reading the value directly off the outer compass rose. ASA guarantees this product for life. Flight students will appreciate not only that the plotter simplifies flight planning, but that its small size takes up minimal space in a flight bag. Contact: ASA, (800) 272-2359, www.asa2fly.com.
Instrument students who wear reading glasses will benefit from Sporty’s new Instant IFR Training Glasses paired with Stick-On Reading Lenses. The removable and reusable lenses are optically correct and attach directly to the clear portion of the IFR Training Glasses. This eliminates the need to wear two pairs of glasses. The Instant IFR Training Glasses features telescoping temples and precision frosting. Contact: Sporty’s, (800)-SPORTYS, www.sportys.com.
Logbook For iPhone
LogTen Pro from Coradine Aviation Systems is a major update to their iPhone logbook software. The portable electronic logbook includes features that let pilots track trips independently of flights as well as trip expenses. Users can generate and view reports on their iPhone, and then publish them to Coradine’s website to share online. Other new features include a database of 28,000 global airports and the ability to attach photos taken with an iPhone. There’s also a desktop version, LogTen Pro Mac, available for Mac users. Contact: Coradine, www.coradine.com.