Podcast About the New European Pilot Rules. AVweb has a podcast interview with Jan Brill, the managing editor of Pilote and Flugzeug magazine, about the immediate and long-term effects of the controversial EU pilot certificate rules and how they apply to non-European pilots. Hence, the podcast is well worth listening too.
Around the World Flight Completed. Slovene pilot/photographer/author/biologist Matevž Lenarčič has just completed his GreenLight WorldFlight in a Rotax-powered Pipistrel that had included a stop in Antarctica, a flight next to Mt. Everest and plenty of other adventures along the way. Lenarčič was supposed to appear at Aero Friedrichshafen, the German airshow, but he opted to return to his home airport instead due to bad weather.
Pipistrel unveils Panthera. And speaking of Pipistrel, the Slovenia based company has just unveiled its latest aircraft design, the Panthera, at Aero. Specifically, the Panthera is a new four-seat composite cruiser with a range of 1,000 nm and cruising speed of 200 kts while burning just 10 US gallons per hour of fuel. And while the prototype is powered by a Lycoming IO-390 fuel injected engine, hybrid- and electro powerplants are coming soon. For more information, visit Panthera-Aircraft.com or Pipistrel.si.
Cirrus Aircraft’s Vision SF50 Personal Jet. Also unveiled at Aero was Cirrus Aircraft’s Vision SF50 personal jet program which has been fully funded through certification and initial production by the company’s new owner, China Aviation Industry General Aircraft Co Ltd (CAIGA). The first customer deliveries for the jet that was introduced in 2008 will take place in 2015. Until June 30, the list price for a “well-equipped” Cirrus Vision SF50 will be $1.72 million and then the price will rise to $1.96 million on July 1. For more information, visit CirrusAircraft.com. In addition, AVweb’s Paul Bertorelli did a podcast interview with Cirrus VP Todd Simmons at Aero about CAIGA’s commitment to finance the Cirrus Vision.
Rotating iPad Kneeboard Debuts. Meanwhile, MyGoFlight has introduced the iPad Kneeboard Folio – a rotating aviation kneeboard, lapboard and everyday case for the iPad 2 and iPad 3. Specifically, the iPad is held by a form-fitting ratcheting/rotating cradle that it clips into while all of the ports and controls remain accessible so the iPad can still be charged, synced and controlled while in the case. For more information, visit MyGoFlight.com.
Fully Customizable Flight Bag. In other pilot accessory news, BrightLine Bags has introduced a new modular flight bag system called “The FLEX System” that comes with five different-sized interchangeable modules, a front and rear end cap, and a collection of four interchangeable external pockets. This means that every pilot can create a customized bag according to the needs of their next flight. FLEX will begin shipping in late May and for more information, visit BrightLineBags.com.
Primary Flight Displays (PFD) Survey. On a different note, researchers at the University of Michigan are surveying general aviation pilots on their experience with modern Primary Flight Displays (PFDs) as part of an FAA-funded project. The findings will help identify the positive and challenging aspects of PFD designs and may lead to improvements of these interfaces. To take the survey, click here.
2013 Pilots Without Pants Calendar. Finally, production has started on the 2013 Pilots Without Pants calendar for the Antique Airplane Club of Greater New York and like last time, the calendar will feature 13 nude pilots over the age of 50 next some of the most rarest antique airplanes in the US. Proceeds from calendar sales will go to help preserve antique aviation in New York. For more information, visit AACGNY.org