Legend Cub And Sporty’s Partner On Sales And Sweepstakes
American Legend Aircraft Company recently announced a twofold partnership with Sporty’s Pilot Shop. First, Sporty’s will award a new Legend Cub as its next sweepstakes aircraft. Second, Sporty’s will offer new aircraft sales of the Legend Cub through its FBO, Eastern Cincinnati Aviation. Michael Wolf, Sporty’s President & CEO, said, “The Legend Cub was a hit for our 2013 sweepstakes, and we know a winner when we see one.” Sporty’s customers are automatically entered into the Sporty’s Legend Cub sweepstakes with every purchase. In addition to the sweepstakes, Sporty’s Eastern Cincinnati Aviation FBO will now offer sales and service of new Legend Cub aircraft. Chuck Gallagher, president of Eastern Cincinnati Aviation, said, “American Legend, through its Legend Cub and Super Legend aircraft, has put the fun back into flying. Whether on wheels, skis or amphibious floats, these aircraft have economically brought back the joy of simple flight at a speed and altitude allowing the pilot and their passenger to take in the beauty of our great countryside!” Visit www.sportys.com or www.legend.aero.
Aspen Avionics’ ATX100 ADS-B Transceiver Available
Aspen Avionics is now delivering a new ATX100 ADS-B transceiver that interfaces with the Garmin GNS 430W/530W series of GPS navigators. “This newly approved interface allows aircraft owners to use their existing GPS source from Garmin’s GNS 430W/530W navigators and eliminates the need to install a costly antenna system, saving time and money,” said Mark Ferrari, Aspen’s Vice President of Sales and Customer Support. Aspen’s ATX100 is also compatible with Aspen Evolution primary flight displays (PFDs) and multi-function displays (MFDs). The ATX100 ADS-B transceiver receives and transmits on the 978 MHz Universal Access Transceiver (UAT) frequency. The transceiver provides a solution for aircraft equipped with a Mode A/C or Mode S transponder with a compatible WAAS GPS navigation receiver. Further, it receives ADS-B subscription-free weather, traffic and meets ADS-B Out mandate below 18,000 feet. Aspen’s ATX100 retails for $2,645 and is available from any Aspen dealer. Aspen’s online ADS-B solutions configurator tool allows aircraft owners to determine which Aspen solution best meets their needs. The configurator may be found at www.aspenavionics.com/easyadsb.
Avidyne Announces Software Developer Kit; Updates Simulator
Avidyne Corporation announced a new Software Developer Kit (SDK) that allows third-party developers to create applications for smartphones and portable tablet devices using the wireless data streams coming out of the IFD540 and IFD440 FMS/GPS/NAV/COMs. Dan Schwinn, Avidyne’s President and CEO, said, “Our open-architecture SDK makes the data stream available not only for professional app developers, but also for students, flight schools and even hobbyists who want to create new and innovative solutions for the pilot community.” Two different SDKs will be made available: Tier 1 developers who are creating applications that only require receiving of the wireless data stream (read-only) will be able to register, accept the royalty-free licensing agreement and download the SDK from the Avidyne website. Tier 2 developers—those who plan to create apps that send data back to the IFD540/440 (read/write)—will need to apply separately and complete a more thorough vetting process and testing protocol before their specific app will be approved and authorized by Avidyne. Avidyne expects the Tier 1 SDK to be available in Q3 2015. Tier 2 app developers should contact Avidyne for details. Avidyne also announced a new version of its IFD-Series FMS/GPS/NAV/COM PC-based Simulator software is now downloadable from its website. The updated PC simulator provides fully interactive, free-play demonstration capability for the IFD540 and IFD440, including all the features of the recently certified Release 10.1 IFD software. “In addition to adding all the other R10.1 features, this is our first version of IFD simulator software that enables the use of the USB port on the PC, so now customers with an IFD540/440 can transfer settings between the PC and their actual unit in their aircraft,” said Schwinn. “This is not only beneficial for product familiarization, but also an easy way for pilots to create custom checklists, user settings, datablock configurations and routes in the comfort of their home, then take them out to the airplane and quickly reconfigure their IFD with the exact same settings.” The R10.1 version of the IFD540/IFD440 PC Simulator is now available for free at www.avidyne.com/products/ifd540/demo-sim-signup.asp.
Rotax Celebrates 40 Years Of Engine Production
In the early 1970s, a group of passionate aviation enthusiasts, all fliers and employees of Austria’s Bombardier Rotax (BRP-Rotax today), wanted to develop aircraft engines to serve their needs. About the same time, the company learned that some of its snowmobile engines were being adapted for aircraft use in the U.S. Thus began Rotax Aircraft Engines; 40 years later, the company has sold more than 175,000 engines and dominates the ultralight and light-sport aircraft market. In 1975, the first Rotax aircraft engine, a two-cylinder air-cooled engine with an electric start, was approved in Austria. That was followed by the Rotax 277, 377, 447, 503, 532 and 582 models of two-stroke, two-cylinder engines in the years from 1977 through 1989. In 1989, the first four-stroke Rotax engine, the 80 hp 912, was introduced, followed by the 100 hp 912S, and the Turbo 914 engines. In 2013, the Rotax 912iS Sport made its debut. The engine delivers improved takeoff performance, which results in a better climb rate and shorter takeoff run. With 19 authorized distributors throughout the world, BRP supports customers worldwide and supplies Rotax engines to more than 80% of all aircraft manufacturers in its segment. Visit www.flyrotax.com.
Continental Debuts Production Version Of Its Diesel CD230 Engine
Continental Motors debuted the new, production-ready version of its diesel-powered CD230 engine at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015. Certified in 2012, the engine is a derivative of SMA’s SR305-230. The improved four-cylinder, air- and oil-cooled 230 hp engine now has a 9,800-foot critical altitude and 20,000-foot service ceiling. Performance limits in hot day operations at full power have been increased to 113 degrees, and operational capabilities in cold weather are also enhanced. Aimed at markets where avgas is either prohibitively expensive or unavailable, the diesel engine is suitable for both fixed- and rotor-wing applications, and for OEM and retrofit installations. Rhett Ross, Continental’s CEO, said Continental already has interest in the engine from aircraft manufacturers, but declined to disclose the companies. “Unfortunately, OEMs get very worried about pre-announcing,” he said. “They don’t want to hurt current sales.”
New, Free Option For TSA Security Awareness Training
CFIs have a new, free online way to meet their annual TSA training requirement. TSA Security Awareness Training for CFIs from King Schools can be completed in about an hour using any Internet-connected computer or tablet. It provides a TSA-acceptable graduation certificate and qualifies for WINGS program credit, which is automatically submitted to the FAA upon course completion. “Most CFIs receive this training every two years as part of completing a Flight Instructor Refresher Course, but they still need a way to complete the training in years between FIRCs,” Martha King said. To register for the free King TSA Security Awareness Training course, go to www.kingschools.com/tsa.
AirClassics Pilot Backpack
With its new AirClassic Pilot Backpack, ASA delivers the functionality and practicality students and pilots need to conveniently transport books and pilot supplies from campus to the airport. Made of durable fabric and supported by a heavy-duty water-resistant bottom, this backpack keeps books and supplies organized and protected. Four zippered compartments provide ample room for just about anything a pilot-on-the-go needs, including headsets, flight computers, plotters, laptop and/or tablet. The outside of the bag has a spot for a flashlight or fuel tester and a zip pocket for a radio, GPS, or water bottle. The padded, adjustable shoulder straps and back panel ensure a comfortable fit, and the convenient cross-chest strap helps with support and stability. Look for the AirClassics Pilot Backpack for $99.95 at your local pilot shop or online. Visit www.asa2fly.com.
Jeppesen Introduces Mobile FliteDeck VFR Version 2.1
Jeppesen recently introduced the latest version of its Mobile FliteDeck VFR—version 2.1. Along with a number of enhancements and additions, the latest release combines two powerful components: automatic flight time logging (Auto-Log function) and automatic audio warnings for potential airspace infringements. Both components build upon the data-driven capabilities already in Mobile FliteDeck VFR. These enhancements are designed to support a pilot’s VFR flying workflow and further reduce manual interaction and head-down time. Auto-Log and audio warnings are the latest introductions to Jeppesen’s hands-free, no-interaction, hassle and button-free inflight app operation, which already includes track up, auto-zoom, pre-select NOTAMs and visual warnings. Visit www.jeppesen.com.
New Audio Panels From Garmin
Garmin International arrived at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015 toting a generous supply of new products, including an all-digital series of Bluetooth-enabled audio panels designed for fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters: the GMA 350c, GMA 35c and GMA 350Hc. The products provide wireless access to music, phone, Garmin Pilot alerts and more, and incorporate Garmin’s proprietary Telligence Voice Command technology, 3D Audio processing and enhanced auto squelch capability. Together, the features decrease heads-down time and increase overall situational awareness in the cockpit, said Carl Wolf, Garmin’s vice president of aviation sales and marketing. Visit www.garmin.com.