B-29 Restoration Enters Final Stages Before Flight
The restoration of an historic warbird that will become the second operational B-29 Superfortress is now entering its final stage, following the ceremonial rollout of Doc earlier this summer. Doc’s Friends, the nonprofit, volunteer-powered organization restoring the B-29, is hopeful that Doc will take to the sky later this year. Before the B-29 can be flown, Doc’s Friends must receive an airworthiness certificate from the FAA. Once the certificate is issued, a formal application will be submitted to the U.S. Air Force requesting approval to operate Doc from McConnell Air Force Base during the flight-testing phase. Doc’s Friends is currently evaluating options for a permanent home base for the B-29 at the Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport. The organization will operate the aircraft as a flying museum to accomplish its intended mission.Doc’s Friends’ board of directors also approved the launch of a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign to help fund the costs of conducting the flight-testing phase of the program. Additional details will be released at a later date. You can find more information about Doc’s Friends at www.b-29doc.com.
ATP Higher Power Aviation Receives FAA Approval For ATP CTP Course
ATP Flight School is now offering the ATP CTP training program at its ATP Higher Power Aviation training center located near the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. In compliance with the new FAA regulation that requires all pilots complete the ATP CTP course in order to qualify to take the ATP Airman Knowledge Test, this course combines ground and simulator training to prepare pilots for the commercial air carrier environment and is required training for the ATP Certificate. “The FAA’s approval of our ATP CTP course ensures that our graduates, military pilots, corporate and charter pilots have access to the essential training required to prepare them for the FAA’s highest certificate,” said Phil Cooper, President, ATP Higher Power Aviation. The ATP CTP approval comes at a great time, as the airlines seek to find pilots due to the global pilot shortage. Learn more at ATPFlightSchool.com.
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CFIs Can Choose Their Lessons With The KING FIRC
Certificated flight instructors (CFIs) will appreciate “having it their way” with the KING Online Flight Instructor Refresher Course (FIRC). The KING refresher now allows CFIs to select lessons from a set of electives. Electives are drawn from hot topics in flight training including teaching smart tablet use in the cockpit, using flight simulation to help pilots learn and teaching icing survival. “CFIs new to the KING FIRC can customize their course for what interests them, and returning CFIs can learn something new each time they come back for their refresher,” Martha King said. “Flight instructors will find these electives interesting, relevant and sometimes provocative. It will make instructors thoughtful about how and what they teach their students,” John King added. The King Schools FIRC includes both Airplane and Helicopter versions, and runs on the iPad and all Windows, Mac and Tablet Web browsers. It sells for $99 without CFI renewal processing or $124.95 with processing included. For more information, go to www.kingschools.com/firc or call toll-free 1-800-854-1001 (worldwide +1-858-541-2200).
FlyThisSim Has Impressive Oshkosh; Will Exhibit At FLYING Expo And Cirrus Migration
FlyThisSim hosted nonstop crowds of interested pilot prospects, potential flight school and aviation training program customers, and a steady stream of curious onlookers during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015. A record number of prospects and sales were recorded at the event, which featured the public debut of the new skills trainer with a 210-degree wide by 70-degree vertical display that exceeds FAA Level D standards. It was the centerpiece of a display that also included the TouchTrainer Standard, VisX, Visual Motion and TouchTrainer Robinson. One TouchTrainer can accurately reflect more than 110 aircraft/avionics combinations. That means pilots and instructors can train with simulators that look and fly like their aircraft. FlyThisSim plans to build on the momentum by participating in two additional upcoming trade events—the Cirrus Migration in Addison, Texas, September 10-13 at the InterContinental Dallas and at the FLYING Aviation Expo, October 15-17 at the Palm Springs Convention Center in Palm Springs, Calif.
FTS’ products include:
• The TouchTrainer Standard, priced at $4,900. It can be used to maintain instrument currency and to stay sharp on aircraft normal and emergency procedures.
• The TouchTrainer VisX priced at $7,400. This package extends the use of the TouchTrainer into VFR training and mission rehearsal.
• The TouchTrainer VisualMotion, priced at $11,400. The ultimate visual system, this version shows what flying by attitude is all about. Its 1:1 correlation with aircraft pitch and roll angles enable accurate flight control.
• The TouchTrainer FM 210, priced at $30,000. Featuring a number of enhancements when compared to previous FlyThisSim Touch Trainers, virtually all of the FM 210’s components and physical implementation techniques are new. The cockpit is reconfigurable between single or dual seat, center console, single engine or twin aircraft, yoke or side-stick, and vernier or lever throttles.
The new 210/70-degree visual system is designed to enhance the learning environment for landing, takeoff and other skills. The system provides a vertical field of view with correct aspect visual flow and motion cues, a 1:1 horizontal/vertical visual scaling, the depiction of 3D objects around the airfield with realistic depth perception, and bright displays that allow the eye to open up, which require high-resolution displays for accurate presentation. FlyThisSim TouchTrainers come with a 12-month warranty, remote desktop support and aircraft quality navigation data updates every 28 days. For more information contact [email protected] or call (844) 746-2846 ext. 1.
A.C.E. STEM Camp
Sun ‘n Fun/Aerospace Center Close Successful Summer Camp Season
Sun ‘n Fun and the Aerospace Center for Excellence (A.C.E) recently completed another successful summer camp season. More than 130 students from nine states and the Bahamas experienced the thrill of aviation at the Sun ‘n Fun Convention Campus. More than 40 students ranging in age from seven to 12 participated in a STEMtastic camp that covered daily themes in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Topics of interest included robotics, programming, airplanes, rocketry, wave forms, nature and more, and were conducted under the supervision of certified State of Florida teachers. The Destination Aviation camp worked with more than 90 students ranging from 11 to 18 years of age. Students experienced taking control of an airplane under the supervision of a flight instructor during the camp. “The purpose of our camps is to let these young individuals experience the thrill of aviation and be introduced into the aerospace industry,” said A.C.E. Executive Director Robb Williams. “With our camps, we lay the groundwork for a natural progression of both knowledge and interest level into the aerospace industry.” Next year’s STEMtastic and Destination Aviation camps are scheduled for June 20 through August 5, 2016.
AirClassics Tablet Bag For Electronics And Paperwork
ASA’s AirClassics Tablet Bag is perfect for aviators who need to carry electronic devices as well as paperwork. The padded back compartment fits any tablet or a 13-inch laptop computer. The main compartment has room for a headset, and two smaller inside pockets keep accessories organized. The front pocket interior organizer contains a lanyard for keys, and pockets for a logbook, flight computer, radio, GPS unit, flashlight and electronic accessories. Made of durable 600D polyester, this bag comes with an adjustable, padded comfort shoulder strap. All interior compartments have a contrasting-color lining making it easy to find items inside. The bag measures 11.5x15x5 inches. Visit asa2fly.com.
New CO2 Monitor from Sporty’s
Sporty’s Pilot Shop is pleased to offer the TOCSIN 3 Cockpit Monitor, an advanced single-gas detector specifically designed for airplane cockpits. It combines rugged design and reliability with advanced sensor resolution. Advanced micro-processing capabilities allow for quick unit configuration adjustments. A large backlit screen displays CO level in parts per million (PPM). The unit has three alarm modes: flashing lights, vibration and 90 dB Piezo horn. Alarm points are pre-set at 35 and 100 PPM, but they can be customized. A constant display shows ambient air carbon monoxide levels in PPM. The monitor kit includes 3M Dual Lock attachment tape suitable for high-temperature cockpits and features a highly accurate sensor that will last for approximately two years and is replaceable by the factory. It uses a CR2 camera battery (included). Visit sportys.com.
New Lithium-ion Main Ship Battery For Experimental Aircraft
The new TEX16 lithium-ion main ship battery from True Blue Power is specifically designed for experimental aircraft. Designed with the same architecture as FAA-certified True Blue Power battery products, the TEX16 offers the experimental aircraft market a safe and reliable lithium-ion main ship battery. The 16 Ah (amp-hour) battery features A123 Nanophosphate lithium-ion chemistry for good power, safety, life and energy. It weighs 15.6 pounds—a 45% weight savings—when compared to older, lead-acid or nickel-cadmium (NiCad) alternatives. The TEX16 has a built-in charger. Internal protections include: overcharge, overdischarge, over-current, short circuit, under-temperature protection via an automatic built-in heater and an over-temperature protection circuit. The battery’s extended two-year maintenance cycle equates to 50 to 90% maintenance cost savings. Faster engine starts offer three to four times longer useful life. Visit truebluepowerusa.com.
Schweiss Doors Appeal To Owner Of Multiple Hangars
When Daniel Coury Sr., one of the hangar owners at Pegasus Airpark in Queen Creek, Ariz., needed several new hangar doors, he turned to Schweiss Doors of Hector, Minn. Coury was introduced to Schweiss Doors when he bought a couple of hangars that featured the company’s bifold doors. Coury said he was impressed with the quality of Schweiss Doors as well as the reputation of the company. He was sold on bifold doors over hydraulic doors, and since Schweiss was the only manufacturer that offers bifold doors with straps, the choice was easy. “We have winds here called haboob,” he said. “We had one recently where the wind got up to 49 mph. If that wind hits, look out.” Coury prefers the bifold liftstrap/autolatch door because it allows him the ability to park aircraft or vehicles closer to the doors. Visit schweissdoors.com, bifold.com. Pegasus Airpark (5AZ3) is located near Phoenix–Mesa Gateway Airport. Learn more at www.pegasus-airpark.com.