Thursday, January 28, 2010

Thursday, January 21, 2010

PIPER UNVEILS PIPERSPORT LSA

From Avweb!


Piper Aircraft says it's going back to its roots with a Czech-built light sport aircraft it's calling the PiperSport. In its first appearance at the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, Fla. today, the company unveiled the aircraft, which was previously sold as a SportCruiser by Czech Sport Aircraft. The two companies now have a licensing agreement and Piper says it's ready to start deliveries in April. "Piper's heritage dates from what was one of the original 'LSA' aircraft of its time: the venerable Piper Cub," Piper CEO Kevin Gould said. "Consequently, Piper is in many ways returning to a market segment we played an integral role in inventing ... but with all the modern, state-of-the-art elements that our customers expect today, from design and manufacturing to performance, avionics and reliability. There will be three models; the basic PiperSport ($119,900), training-oriented LT ($129,900) and decked out LTD ($139,900).

All will be powered by the Rotax 912 that will run happily on premium unleaded mogas or 100LL. Useful load on the mandated maximum weight of 1320 pounds is 600 pounds. If the seat and baggage load allow, the tanks will hold 30 gallons and maximum range is 600 nm. Like other manufacturers of larger aircraft that have included LSAs in their lineup, or are planning to, the idea is to start new pilots on Pipers so they'll keep buying them. "The PiperSport is an amazing entry-level aircraft that will bring new customers into Piper and lead the way for those customers to step up into more sophisticated and higher performance aircraft within our line over time," Gould said.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Voice your aviation opinion!!

The Iowa Department Of Transportation’s Office of Aviation will host a public input meeting for an update of the Iowa Aviation System Plan from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, at the Ankeny Regional Airport (IKV) in Ankeny

Saturday, January 16, 2010

*** URGENT SAFETY BULLETIN ***

Wingman Services: Database Downloads and EGPWS Updates

January 11, 2010

Reference: Databases for KLN 35A/KLN 88/KLN 89/KLN 89B/KLN 90/KLN 90A/KLN90B/KLN 94/KLX 100/KLX 135/KLX 135A/KLN 900

Dear Valued Database Customer:

After production and distribution of the Cycle 1001 databases (effective date 14-Jan-2010),Honeywell was informed by our data supplier, Jeppesen, that the data file delivered to Honeywell contained incorrect Dynamic Magnetic Variations for all terminal and en route waypoint records.For that reason, it is imperative that the incorrect databases NOT be used for arrival, departure, or approach operations.

Any of the following databases contain incorrect data that must be corrected before use:
1. Cycle 1001 databases downloaded from Wingman Services prior to January 12th, 2010.
2. Cycle 1001 databases on programmed media and received prior to January 12th, 2010.

To fix this issue, a corrected database must be installed prior to the next flight. For all units except the KLN 94, refer to the applicable pilot’s guide for database update instructions. For operators using KLN 94 equipment who downloaded the Cycle 1001 database prior to 16 January 2010, please refer to Service Information Letter "Incorrect Dynamic Magnetic Variation Data on database cycle 1001" PN D201001000010.

To obtain a corrected database:
1. For customers with web distribution, download the new data file Cycle 1001 and load the new database in the unit.
2. For customers with all other types of distribution, return the distribution media (except diskettes) to Wingman Services and a new Cycle 1001 will be sent back to be loaded into the unit.

Note that if it cannot be determined whether the Cycle 1001 database falls within the categories listed above, or if there is any uncertainty about the correctness of the data, a corrected database should be installed.


Updating a database is simple. Our annual subscriptions bring a new data card to a user’s doorstep every 28 days. Or download online to access new databases when they are needed, where they are needed.To determine if the GPS Internet download option is right for you,click here.

We have databases for all of the general aviation Honeywell products, whether Bendix/King KMD 850 Multi-Function Display, Bendix/King GPS or Skyforce Skymap IIIC.

For first-time GPS downloads, users are encouraged to print out and read a simple instructions document. Please click here to view the document.

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**(Current software version for EGPWS is 454)**

Friday, January 15, 2010

Is Fantasy of Flight haunted?

Neat story in GA News today.


Jan 14, 2010 04:11 pm | Posted by Janice Wood| © GAN, 2009
For years visitors to Fantasy of Flight, Kermit Weeks’ aircraft collection in Polk City, Florida, believed that the only specters of the past they’d encounter would be the collection of 40 fully restored vintage aircraft. But as stories of unexplained occurrences such as unidentifiable noises, temperature changes and the detection of mists and shadows drifted into the paranormal community, Florida’s Apollo Paranormal Investigations (API), a non-profit investigative team out of Apollo, Fla., took notice.

API’s team of paranormal investigators (or “ghost hunters”) conducted a series of scientific explorations through Fantasy of Flight and, on a paranormal-activity scale between 1 and 10, assigned the vintage aircraft collection an 11. Based on their conclusions, Fantasy of Flight is premiering nightFlight, an after-hours program that offers visitors four hours to explore the facility in search of the unexplained.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Spread the word.

Tell your friends neighbors and relatives that they can now go to my website (www.skysmith.com) and about half way down is a Progressive area that will allow them to get a free Progressive quote on their car, boat, motorcycle, RV, jet ski, etc etc....

The quote link should work in most states. If it doesn't work or you have any problems, let me know.

Expanding our vehicle insurance and saving the insured money at the same time!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Wing Inspections for Cessna.

This is reprinted form AV Web. Thanks for their reporting. Worry is, if it starts with the 336/337, where will it stop. How many high wing Cessna's are still flying that are over 20 years old?

Cessna Confirms Skymaster Wing Inspections
Cessna Aircraft Company this week confirmed to AVweb it is developing a supplemental inspection document (SID) focused on the wing attachment points of its long out-of-production model 336/337 centerline-thrust piston twins. According to company spokesperson Doug Oliver, the forthcoming SID may be released as early as the third quarter of 2010 and will call for "relatively involved" inspection procedures despite there being no related accident or incident. Although a SID is not mandatory for non-commercial small piston-powered aircraft registered in the U.S., operators in other countries may be required to perform the inspection by their regulatory authorities. Cessna, for its part, would consider the inspection called for under the SID mandatory, according to Oliver. AVweb first reported Cessna was developing the SID late last month.

"We continually look at aircraft still flying in a light driving us toward safe operations," Oliver told AVweb. The company's ongoing effort to develop the new inspection procedure is part of that effort, he said. Although the company is not prepared to state what it has found as part of its continuous airworthiness program for the 336/337 fleet, speculation is additional stress is placed on the wing structure by the types' twin-boom tail configuration. "Using advanced systems and techniques, Cessna has become proficient in fatigue analysis, so when we started looking at our various fleet models, we knew the twin-boom design of the 336/337 had higher loading than a single-fuselage design and it is one of the early aircraft addressed," Oliver told AVweb via e-mail.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Strictly Sail Chicago

Don't miss the Strictly Sail Show in Chicago January 28th - 31st. I'll be speaking on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. Stop by and say hello.

If you want a discount on your tickets, Click here!