Dual Alternator Kits Available for Cessna 182s. General Aviation News has noted that Kelly Aerospace Thermal Systems now has an STC- approved dual 95 amp alternator kit available for Lycoming-powered Cessna 182 and Turbo 182 aircraft. The complete kits are available from Cessna Parts Distribution (CPD II) and other major general aviation wholesale distributors. For more information, just visit KellyAerospace.com
Sporty’s Training Courses Available for Mobile Devices. General Aviation News has also noted that Sporty’s is now offering flight training video courses that are made specifically for mobile devices. The mobile video courses are available for US$49.95 per course as an add-on option for their Online Flight Training Courses. For more information, visit Sportys.com.
Finding “Unpaved” Runways. If you are tired of landing on pavement and want to be more adventurous, Thomas Haines has mentioned on the AOPA Pilot Blog that the AOPA Airports section on AOPA Online has introduced a means to search for “unpaved” runways. To use the feature, simply go to the AOPA Airports page and click on the Advanced Search option.
Flying Across America to Promote General Aviation. Meanwhile, Vincent, the blogger behind the Plastic Pilot blog, has started his Flying Across America project in Jason Schappert’s Cessna 150. They are posting a write-up at the end of each day plus there’s a Facebook page where they are posting dozens of photographs from each day.
Tour of PlasticPilot.net. In addition, Vincent has written a post giving a quick tour of his PlasticPilot.net website and the many useful resources that can be found on it. He would also like to solicit any ideas for new features that readers may have.
“Flying Car” Receives FAA Exemption. On a different note, General Aviation News has reported that Terrafugia, the developer of the Transition Roadable Aircraft or “Flying Car,” has received an exemption from the FAA to allow for additional weight to accommodate the structure and equipment necessary for compliance with the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS). For the latest developments and updates, visit Terrafugia.com.
The UK’s Bonhomme Triumphs in the Red Bull Air Race. For fans of Red Bull Air Racing, we would like to report that Paul Bonhomme of Britain who is also a defending champion has won the first-ever Red Bull Air Race in New York held on June 20. Bonhomme clocked the day’s fastest time of 1:10.01 on the 5.5-km track of 13 Air Gates that were set up on the Hudson River between the Statue of Liberty and the New York skyline.
The Third Most Dangerous Job in America. And finally, the Alaska Dispatch’s Bush Pilot blog has posted a video from the History Channel about the third most dangerous job in America – that of an Alaskan bush pilot. The eight minute video is fascinating and well worth watching by anyone interested in extreme aviation.