20th Anniversary of the CitationJet’s Maiden Flight. At the end of last month, the Cessna Aircraft Co. marked the anniversary of the maiden flight of the CitationJet prototype. On April 29, 1991, pilots Bob Carnahan and Bob Leonard took off from Wichita to reach an altitude of 10,000 feet for the CitationJet’s first test flight. Since then, Cessna has delivered 359 CitationJets while the entire CJ series fleet has reached past the 1,450 aircraft mark.
Homebuilt Hours Are Up while the Accident Rate is Down. According to the new EAA Report to Homebuilders, the number of amateur-built aircraft has continued to grow while the fatal accident rate has declined. Its been noted that there are more than 32,000 amateur-built aircraft registered with the FAA and this aviation segment has been the only one that has seen consistent growth over the past 15 years. The EAA report is available on the EAA website.
An Airmen’s Guide to ATC. Meanwhile and for US pilots in particular, the latest May/June 2011 issue of the FAA Safety Briefing airmen’s guide to ATC and contains tips on how to safely operate within the National Airspace System (NAS). You can download the latest FAA Safety Briefing here.
The Media Frenzy Over ATC Errors. On another ATC note, Charles Spence has written an opinion piece for General Aviation News about the media frenzy over US ATC errors. He theorizes that the incidents attracted the attention that they did due to the first one occurring at the Reagan Washington National Airport. He ended his article by writing that “hundreds of thousands of pilots will continue doing what they do regularly: Land safely at thousands of airports without talking to any controller.”
Wireless GPSs. On a technology note, New Sky Products will expand its product line to include mobile GPS Solutions – including the addition of the XGPS150 Universal Bluetooth GPS Receiver which adds GPS capabilities wirelessly via a Bluetooth connection to various mobile devices like the iPad, iPhone or any other smartphone or laptops that supports the Bluetooth SPP. For more information, visit NewSkyProducts.com.
Sporty’s Introduces New eCatalogs. In addition, Sporty’s has added a completely digital version of its catalog that can be used by both their online and mobile customers. The new online catalogue can be accessed from the Sporty’s Pilot Shop homepage.
PilotMall.com Debuts the iPad YokePad. Meanwhile, PilotMall.com has launched the iPad YokePad, which is manufactured out of aircraft grade 6061 aluminum. The YokePad acts as a strong and easy to use iPad mount for aircraft cockpits and sells for US$75. For more information, visit www.pilotmall.com.
Parts Finder App. Finally, KRN Aviation Services has just released a free General Aviation Parts Finder & RFQ Mobile App that works for any mobile device. The App can be downloaded at KRN.com as well as through Apple’s App Store and the Android Market.