ICON And Lotus Collaboration
ICON Aircraft is collaborating closely with Lotus Engineering USA on key areas of the production design of the ICON A5 amphibious light-sport aircraft. ICON began working with Lotus Engineering in January to leverage their expertise in designing and mass-producing lightweight vehicle architectures. The work focuses on the A5's cockpit, where Lotus' experience in lightweight premium automotive-quality components is especially relevant. "Lotus has proven invaluable because of their experience designing and manufacturing high-quality yet lightweight interiors in the same volumes at which we'll be producing the A5," said ICON VP of Design Klaus Tritschler. "Additionally, they provide key production knowledge and insights from the automotive industry, which we consider the benchmark in terms of quality and design." Visit www.iconaircraft.com.
CubCrafters In Europe
When it receives delivery of a CubCrafters Carbon Cub in early June, directSky will become the aircraft manufacturer's dealer to service the European market. DirectSky is headed by CEO Kamil Skorupski and is in Ireland at Abbeyshrule Airfield and in Poland at Mielec Airfield. Initially, directSky will be offering the Carbon Cub SS and the Carbon Cub EX. "We've been eager to establish a presence in Europe for some time now, but needed to find an importer/dealer who offered the right fit," said CubCrafters General Manager Randy Lervod. "directSky has the infrastructure necessary to promote and support the product, even to the point of being able to build an aircraft. Most important, they share our commitment to providing customers with the highest levels of quality and service." Visit www.directsky.eu and www.cubcrafters.com.
Phoenix East Aviation of Daytona Beach, Fla., is now using the iPad with aviation software as part of its pilot-training programs. In cooperation with Jeppesen, Phoenix East is using it for aeronautical navigation charts, flight-log information and other flight-plan information, as well as selected textbook training to augment ground school. At Phoenix East Aviation, the Apple iPad with Jeppesen software has been integrated into both the FAR Part 141 and FAR Part 61 training programs. Visit www.pea.com.
Cirrus Throttle Quadrant
Tamarack Aerospace has received FAA STC approval for their new throttle quadrant upgrade for the Cirrus SR20 and SR22. The installation separates the single Cirrus power lever into two levers: for throttle and to control propeller pitch. A third lever for mixture control is also included. Flight testing with the improved system revealed a decrease in operational costs by allowing the pilot to optimize manifold pressure and RPM settings to reduce fuel flow. Customers can opt to add a boost-pump LED light that illuminates anytime the boost pump is activated. The Throttle Quadrant Kit sells for $3,500 and can be installed in a few hours. Visit www.tamarackaero.com.
AirShares Down Under
AirShares Elite is expanding its service area to southeast Australia. The new Australian branch of AirShares Elite, known as "Avia AirShares," is already operating its own late-model SR22 with Garmin Perspective avionics. "We've always strived to provide our customers with the largest support network possible" said Kevin Price, President of AirShares Elite. "This new partnership provides our customers not only with access to Australian-based aircraft, but with the local resources and support they will need to serve as pilot in command in foreign skies." Customers currently based in Australia will be granted reciprocal access to AirShares' U.S.-based fleet. "The ability to operate aircraft in other countries is something that no other fractional provider can offer," said Chris Butchers, Strategic Director for Avia AirShares. Visit www.airshareselite.com.
Tecnam UAV Vision
Tecnam is collaborating with UAV Vision, which specializes in Gyro Stabilized Camera Gimbal systems, to offer a Tecnam P92 Eaglet surveillance and aerial-survey platform. Typical applications for UAV Vision's gimbals include geographical mapping and surveillance, fire monitoring, shark patrol, law enforcement, environmental monitoring and more. Tecnam customers are now able request these mounts, which can be fitted prior to delivery or retrospectively, as required. Many of the missions include the use of UAV Vision's GeoLock function. Once enabled, the system automatically moves the camera to keep a selected area in frame. Visit www.tecnam.com.
Avemco president, Jonathan "JJ" Greenway, will be a guest speaker during the NTSB General Aviation Safety Forum, in Washington, D.C. The event, "General Aviation Safety: Climbing to the Next Level," will include Greenway's topic, "Insurance, Incentives and Safety," offering an insurance- company perspective on the more subtle causes of general aviation fatalities. Greenway has over 14,000 hours, is an active CFI and former airline pilot and check airman. Prior to joining Avemco, he served as captain with American Airlines and more recently as the Director of Safety at AOPA for the Air Safety Institute. Visit www.avemco.com.
Bill Barber Award
Matt Younkin is the 2012 recipient of the Bill Barber Award for Showmanship. On his 16th birthday, Younkin soloed his grandfather's 1928 Travel Air 4000 biplane. Growing up, Younkin never had designs on being an air-show pilot and had plans for a corporate or airline career. But that all changed in the summer of 2005, when his dad was killed in an air-show accident in Canada. Younkin knew he wanted to keep the family tradition alive and flew his first air show in November of that year, in the family Decathlon that his dad had made famous. Younkin's ultimate goal was to bring his dad's famed Beech 18 back to the air-show circuit, and that goal was realized on April 17, 2007, when he debuted the Beech 18 act at Sun 'n Fun. Visit www.airventure.org/awards/bill_barber.html.
Fly To Learn
Fly To Learn, Powered By X-Plane, teaches Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (S.T.E.M.) concepts by making learning fun for students and easy for teachers to implement. Fly To Learn promotes S.T.E.M fundamentals through implementation of the flight simulator program, X-Plane. Students learn S.T.E.M. disciplines through the design, construction, flight and performance evaluation of virtual airplanes, proving learning can be exciting and engaging. "I am particularly proud of this award because I teach for an independent preparatory school," said Thomas Dubick, co-founder of the Fly To Learn program. "My personal goal is to increase the number of students and educators dedicated to science, technology and math." Visit www.flytolearn.com.
Air Race Winners
The Racing Aces, Dianna Stanger and Victoria Holt, were the winners of the 36th Annual Air Race Classic on June 25. The four-day race covered 2,862 sm, eight states and nine stops. It concluded on June 22 at Clermont County Airport in Batavia, Ohio, and home of Sporty's Pilot Shop. "The Racing Aces love this competition because it not only tests your skills as a pilot, but also mental abilities to choose route and altitudes. It is a challenge on many different levels," said Stanger. Visit www.theracingaces.com.
Private Pilot eKit
The Private Pilot eKit from ASA provides a one-stop solution for the aspiring aviator looking for digital flexibility. Each eKit contains a library of ASA's ground-school books in e-book format, supported with the supplies a student pilot needs to complete training. The eKits are tailored to Part 61 and 141 training programs and are the latest addition to the ASA eProduct line, including eBooks, eBundles (print book and eBook), eVideo subject segments, apps and much more. Contact: www.asa2fly.com.
Clean Your Turbine
Turbine Soot Master is a carbon-soot cleaner and degreaser that has been developed to effectively clean carbon-exhaust buildup and staining on turbine aircraft. It uses a streak-free formula to safely dissolve carbon, grease and oil. The product is rinse free and doesn't require the use of any water–just spray on and wipe the surface clean with a microfiber or terry cloth. Contact: www.realcleanproducts.com.
Complete Your Survival Kit
Personal-locator beacons use built-in GPS coupled with a 406 MHz satellite transmitter to alert search-and-rescue teams to your location. The ACR's ResQLink from Sporty's weighs only 4.6 ounces and is sized at just 1.3x1.9x3.9 inches. It features a five-watt transmitter and a 66-channel GPS that locks on fast. A built-in test function assures that your beacon is working properly. Battery life at freezing temperatures is 30 to 40 hours. You can also send "I'm OK" messages with GPS coordinates to your friends and family. Contact: www.sportys.com.
Sporty's new Pilot's iPad Briefcase features a soft padded main compartment sized for an iPad, even if it's in a case. A variety of internal and external pockets can be used for storing a charging cable, cleaning cloth, backup battery and stylus. There are two options for carrying the briefcase. For lighter loads, two carry handles can be used. For heavier loads, the carry handles retract out of sight and a padded shoulder strap can be attached. The briefcase measures 12x9x2 inches. Contact: www.sportys.com.