On Monday, Feb. 27, Joy Covey, a LightHawk volunteer pilot from Woodside, Calif., had some very special guests aboard her Pilatus PC-12: Two orphaned, injured mountain lion cubs, who needed to be taken to the Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Continental Motors, Inc. has introduced its TSIO-550-N1B, expanding turbo normalized engine options for Cirrus SR22 aircraft. Current owners now have the opportunity to enjoy the same powerful turbo performance as a new SR22T aircraft, company officials said.
Lamar Technologies has new PMAs for pre-1996 Cessna single engine aircraft. Due to high demand for Original Equipment 14 and 28 volt regulators, the company PMA’d both the DGR3 and DGR6 regulators it supplies Cessna.
Now at Aircraft Spruce is a new book, “The FAR/AIM In Plain English,” which omits everything that you don’t need to know for your sport or private pilot certificate.
California Power Systems now carries Rotax 912 five-year rubber replacement kits, complete with the parts most commonly needed for the five-year service requirement.
Digital Aviation has released a lower cost iPhone/iPod touch version of its mobile flight simulator for radio navigation training. Radio Navigation Simulator is a 2D flight simulator, designed for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch, that enables pilots and students to practice and become proficient in the use and management of VOR, VOR-DME and ADF instruments, all displayed with a Directional Gyro on a realistic flight panel, company officials said.
Prime Air has received AS9100-C certification.
This February 2010 accident report is provided by the National Transportation Safety Board. Published as an educational tool, it is intended to help pilots learn from the misfortunes of others.
Aircraft: Flight Design CTLS. Injuries: None. Location: Fort Myers, Fla. Aircraft damage: Substantial.
What reportedly happened: Once cleared for his first solo by his CFI, the student pilot listened to the ATIS, which indicated the wind was from 320° at 10 knots. He taxied to runway 31. He began the takeoff roll and felt that the airplane was being pushed from the left.