Icon & Cirrus Partner On A5
Icon Aircraft and Cirrus Aircraft announced that Cirrus will become one of the key strategic supplier partners for the Icon A5 amphibious light-sport aircraft. Cirrus will produce a significant portion of the composite airframe components for Icon. "Cirrus has a global reputation for producing truly outstanding composite aircraft structures," said Kirk Hawkins, CEO of Icon Aircraft. "Their extensive experience, specifically in composite-sandwich production techniques, makes them an ideal production partner. We are thrilled that Cirrus is demonstrating their commitment to growing aviation at the consumer entry point through this collaboration with Icon." All composite structures produced by Cirrus for Icon will be manufactured in the Cirrus Grand Forks, N.D., factory alongside the SR20 and SR22 component production lines. Icon will control all design, system integration, final assembly, finishing and testing at its facility in Tehachapi, Calif. Composite component production will begin at the end of 2012, and the first production aircraft will be completed in the summer of 2013. Visit www.iconaircraft.com and www.cirrusaircraft.com.
Coradine Aviation Systems, makers of LogTen Pro for Mac, iPhone and iPad, has been chosen as the recommended electronic logbook for the Flying Like The Pros online training program, which has over 50 individual instruction videos that focus on scenario-based training. "We chose LogTen Pro for iPad because it is the most comprehensive and intuitive electronic logbook on the market," said Flying Like the Pros CEO and 2010 National CFI of the Year Jeffrey Robert Moss, "MossY." "The result is a Logbook that can grow with GA pilots throughout their flying lives, whether they continue to fly for recreation or move on to become instructors, commercial, military or airline pilots." Visit www.coradine.com and www.flyinglikethepros.com.
Cessna & US Aviation
US Aviation was appointed by Cessna Aircraft as an Authorized Customer Service and Support Facility. This designation means US Aviation, in Denton, Texas, has met stringent knowledge and capability requirements and has invested in the proper tools and equipment necessary to perform Cessna- authorized service, repairs and warranty service. Bill Glenn, Field Service Engineer for Cessna, said: "US Aviation has a beautiful, well-equipped facility that meets Cessna's high standards. We look forward to better serving our customers through US Aviation." Visit www.usaviation.aero.
Cirrus For French Air Force
Cirrus SR20s and SR22s have been selected by Cassidian Aviation Training Services (CATS) in a public tender for the French Air Force and Navy. A fleet of 13 Cirrus SR20s will be dedicated for training pilots at the French air-force base of Salon de Provence. An additional fleet of seven Cirrus SR22s will be dedicated to training flights of navigating officers arm systems (NOSA) and liaison flights, in particular to accompany the French Air Force's aerobatic team. Cirrus Vice President, Global Fleet and Special Mission Aircraft Sales, Jon Dauplaise, said, "The French Air Force and CATS are committed to the highest quality of flight training. By using our SR20s and SR22s—aircraft that set the standards for training and advanced performance—they're setting the standard for the highest-quality air force." The first SR20 was delivered in Salon de Provence on August 9 and the first SR22 will be delivered in September. Delivery will continue through the end of 2012. Visit www.cirrusaircraft.com.
Schweiss Doors, a Minnesota-based company that provides bifold and hydraulic one-piece hangar doors, announced they've developed a new, more powerful and smoother-running hydraulic pump system called "Red Power." The Red Power Hydraulic Pump comes to the buyer in a compact unit, ready to be mounted where the buyer wants it, whether it be on a wall, top-hung, floor or back room. Red Power hydraulic pumps come in 2 hp and go all the way up to 10 hp for larger doors. Visit www.bifold.com.
Rotax 912 iS
BRP has received the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Type Certificate (TC) for the new Rotax 912 iSc aircraft engine. "The EASA Type Certificate (TC) comes only a few weeks after the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) certified the Rotax 912 iS engine, allowing BRP to produce certified ROTAX 912 iSc engines for the European market. These are important milestones in the commercialization of new aircraft engines," said Gerd Ohrnberger, Vice President, BRP Powertrain. BRP's Rotax aircraft engines team will concentrate on getting FAA certification and other countries will follow as each has its own validation process. Visit www.brp.com.
Most high-school students can't wait to get a driver's license. That wasn't the case with Jonathan Deming and Tyler Howell, students at the Flabob Airport Preparatory Academy. They opted to get their pilot's licenses first. Both are now private pilots. As participants in one of Flabob's ongoing restoration programs, they worked on an aircraft project and qualified for flying lessons at a rate of $15/hour. Deming graduated this past spring as a member of the Honors Society, and Howell is currently restoring his own EAA Biplane. Sponsored by The Tom Wathen Center, Flabob Airport is utilized for a variety of youth programs. For more information, visit www.flabob.org.
Where2 Interactive's new app, SocialFlight, provides pilots with an interactive map of aviation events and allows pilots and aviation enthusiasts to find local events, chat, upload event photos and network with other SocialFlight users. SocialFlight's event database includes nearly 2,000 activities such as fly-ins, air shows, pancake breakfasts, conventions, safety seminars and much more. Users can search for events, add events, get email notifications and add events automatically to their Google or Outlook calendar. Events can be viewed on an interactive map or by using the list view, and they can be searched by date range, event type, organization and distance from the user's home airport. Visit www.socialflight.com.
SkyVision Xtreme released its SkyVision Portable, a fully transportable ADS-B transceiver system for use with iOS, Android and Windows devices with Wi-Fi capability. Also included are a suction-cup-mounted UAT antenna, a GPS antenna and a power plug. The system is bundled in a briefcase-type enclosure that comes pre-wired and ready for flight. SkyVision Portable utilizes the NavWorx ADS600-B, a Universal Access Transceiver (UAT) that meets the FAA's 2020 ADS-B mandate for ADS-B In/Out. Visit www.skyvisionxtreme.com.
ASA's 2013 FAR/AIM is now available in several formats, including softcover book, eBook and as an Apple app. It includes the most current regulations, compiled throughout the year. Any changes from the previous edition are marked for quick reference, and there's a combined FAR and AIM index at the back of the book. The Aeronautical Information Manual has been reformatted for greater readability. Contact: www.asa2fly.com/faraim.
Gleim's newest online training program, the Reduced Vertical Separation Minimums (RVSM) Training course, is designed for pilots who operate in RVSM airspace (between FL290 and FL410). It's three hours long and divided into 14 interactive study units that address FAA operating requirements and provide real-world examples and advice on safe operating practices. Contact: www.gleim.com/RVSM.
Scheyden Precision Eyewear has launched a range of microfiber Cabin and Panel towels engineered for spotless, scratch-free cleaning of aircraft exteriors and instrumentation. Measuring 16x24 inches, the Cabin Towel is sized for cleaning the leading edge, windshield or other external portions of an airplane. Slightly smaller at 8x12 inches, the Panel Towel is for in-cabin use to clean cockpit instruments, electronic devices, sunglasses and other pilot gear. Both can be hand or machine washed in cold water. Contact: www.scheyden.com.
Aircraft Spruce & Specialty is the first United States dealer for PAT Avionics' new heads-up device (HUD), G-HULP, which was developed and is manufactured in Milan, Italy. HUD data is projected by laser onto a glass mounted on a flexible frame, and provides information on altitude, heading and airspeed while providing course data on a transparent screen in front of the pilot. It can work in sync with Dynon Avionics SkyView or can function as a standalone device. The G-HULP is designed to function in roll rates up to 300 degrees/second, at altitudes to 20,000 feet, speeds up to 243 knots and in temperatures ranging from -40°C to +80°C. Contact: www.aircraftspruce.com and www.patavionics.com.