On opening day of Sun ’n Fun, Appareo introduced a wire-free weather receiver for the iPad that requires no monthly subscription. Dubbed Stratus, it combines an ADS-B and GPS receiver into a single unit that wirelessly streams NEXRAD radar, text weather, TFRs and aircraft position to the ForeFlight Mobile app for iOS devices.
Garmin International has released Garmin Pilot, a new aviation app for iOS devices, including the iPad and iPhone, and Android-based mobile devices. The app offers general aviation pilots navigation, trip planning, DUAT(S) filing, weather and electronic flight bag capabilities.
Logical Drive has released PocketHorizon, a battery-backed Standby Artificial Horizon (Attitude Indicator) for any airplane, running on any iOS device from an iPad 3 to an iPhone to an iPod touch, using OS 4.2 or higher.
Cessna Aircraft officials reported on opening day of SUN ’n FUN that the Cessna 172 Skyhawk, 182 Skylane, and 206 Stationair year 2012 models will now come equipped with the Garmin GTS 800 Traffic Alert System (TAS).
This system, when integrated into the avionics package, can detect traffic in the vicinity, audibly alert the pilot of the traffic’s location and distance, and make the aircraft more visible to other pilots in the area, officials said.
Brian Lindquist has joined Dallas Airmotive, a BBA Aviation Engine Repair and Overhaul (ERO) company, as Regional Engine Manager for the Northwestern United States. Lindquist will be responsible for selling repair and overhaul services on Honeywell TFE731 engines and 36 series APU, and on Pratt & Whitney Canada PW305 engines.
How do you manage a 4.4 GPA on a 4.0 scale? “You take lots of Advanced Placement and Honors classes,” said Joshua Gutierrez, a 17-year-old honor student at Central Florida Aviation Academy, which is on the SUN ’n FUN campus.
Gutierrez has the highest GPA in his school and as a reward he earned a ride in the back seat of a T-6 Monday morning.
So says the Army Aviation Heritage Foundation. I don’t know much about helicopters — most general aviation pilots don’t. But these guys are grabbing attention and filling seats at airshows. And I had hardly heard of them before.
What sound? It’s the distinctive “whop-whop-whop” of a two-bladed Huey of Vietnam War fame. [Read more...]
The 38th annual Sun ’n Fun Fly-In kicks off Tuesday, March 27, at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport (LAL) in Florida.
A full day of activities is planned, from forums to the airshow to the evening program featuring the Parris Island Marine Band, who are playing as part of the fly-in’s celebration of 100 years of Marine aviation.
Vertical Power has debuted the VP-400 system, a back-up EFIS that flies the aircraft safely to the best runway in an emergency, according to officials.
The Experimental Aircraft Association’s new Eagle Flights program, the aviation orientation program for adults, will have its official kickoff this summer with inaugural flights at the EAA AirVenture fly-in, which is scheduled for July 23-29 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wis.