MASDC II: Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Center , Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona 1982-1997

April 16, 2010

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Inside Amarc: The Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Center, Tucson, Arizona

March 26, 2010

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Aero-TV Checks Out The Jet A-Powered Diesel Skyhawk!!!

January 13, 2010

Cessna, Thielert Partner On 172S Turbo Diesel Option

Last fall, we asked ANN readers to, “Just imagine how cool will it be for a student pilot… on their first cross-country flight… to ask the lineperson to ‘fill it with Jet-A, please’ — and then point to their Cessna 172!” The new Skyhawk TD (turbo diesel, of course) features a Full Authority Digital Engine Control (FADEC) equipped Thielert Centurion 2.0 liter engine. The DOHC (double overhead camshaft) inline four-cylinder turbocharged engine develops 155 horsepower, is certified to operate on Jet-A fuel, is liquid cooled and drives a composite three-blade constant speed propeller.

Thielert was issued a supplemental type certificate (STC) for the Skyhawk in March, allowing Cessna to offer a factory-installed Thielert engine. The engine features low specific fuel consumption, electronic engine control systems and improved hot-and-high engine performance.

With increased range and endurance, Cessna says the Skyhawk TD will offer an ideal solution for special mission applications like forestry patrol, wildlife conservation efforts, pipeline/power line patrol, traffic reporting and airborne law enforcement, according to Cessna. News of a Skyhawk turbo-diesel was not entirely unexpected. As ANN reported, Cessna announced a partnership with Thielert on “future projects” earlier this year.

The Wichita gang is also making the Garmin GFC700 Automatic Flight Control (AFCS) and Flight Director (FD) system standard equipment on most Skyhawk models. The autopilot function selector will be conveniently located on the Garmin G1000 flight display with the GFC700 capable of using all of the data available within the G1000 avionics system. Among the new navigational features included is all-digital, dual-channel, two-axis flight control — featuring an attitude-based (versus rate-based) autopilot.

The GFC700 on the Skyhawk also features a Flight Director, offering pitch and roll guidance to show the pilot the attitude for a standard climb or turn. The system also sports Flight Level Change capability — to ensure the aircraft maintains airspeed while climbing or descending to a pre-selected altitude — and a Go Around mode. Additionally, Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) with Lateral Performance, Vertical Guidance approach (LPV) and Vertical Navigation (VNAV) capabilities; Garmin SafeTaxi; and Garmin FliteCharts became standard for the Skyhawk, Skylane and Stationair starting with 2007 models. The Garmin ChartView powered by Jeppesen is optional.

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World Class Flight Training

December 13, 2009

Come fly with the best in the Northwest. Be a part of the world class partnership between Spokane Falls Community College and UND Aerospace (University of North Dakota)flight training. Based in Spokane, Washington, you will be a part of the 2+2 program in which you can earn a Bachelor of Science in one of SIX aviation fields. See more at

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Aero-TV: Instructor Of The Year — Master CFI Arlynn McMahon

June 18, 2009

Arlynn McMahon Takes Flight Instruction To New Heights

We’ve still got a big smile on our face over the few days we spent at this year’s Women In Aviation Conference… and not just because ANN’s Jim Campbell got to play token male among the thousands of aero-minded women in attendance — but simply for the positive vibe and the many great people we met, got to know and interviewed.

One of the most memorable was a woman by the name of Arlynn McMahon, the newly minted National CFI of the Year for 2009. Arlynn, founding member of the SAFE movement, is also a chief flight instructor, a ground instructor, and the training center manager for Aero-Tech, a Part 141 Cessna Pilot Center at Lexington’s Blue Grass Airport. Arlynn is a Master CFI who specializing in training future and current CFIs, and also carries the distinction of serving as a Designated Pilot Examiner and an FAA Safety Team representative. As noted above, McMahon is also a charter member of the Society of Aviation & Flight Educators.

Arlynn is an active Multi-Engine Airline Transport Pilot as well as an active FAA Gold Seal CFI. She has been recognized by the National ociation of Flight Instructors as a NAFI Master Instructor, and is a Cessna Factory FITS Authorized Instructor (CFAI). Her nearly 11,000 accident-free, incident-free violation-free hours range in a variety of Piper, Cessna, and Beech single and cabin-class multis. She has piloted aircraft for: banner tow, aerial traffic, fire patrol, maintenance-ferry pilot and instructor pilot. She served as Aero-Tech’s Air-Taxi line pilot from 1981 to 1997 and as 135 Chief Pilot/Director of Operations from 1981 to 1995 for CE414 & BE58. Arlynn has enjoyed flying as PIC in Alaska, Canada, throughout the Caribbean, Central America and in each of the 48 Contiguous States in general aviation aircraft.

A flight instructor since 1980, she has logged over 7,000 hours of dual given. She is an active FAA Accident Prevention Counselor and was the 1991 FAA Regional Flight Instructor of the Year. Arlynn …

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Aero-TV: Cirrus Close-Up — The Known Ice Protection System

February 15, 2009

More “Up Close” Info On GA’s Latest FIKI Certified Bird

Just a few weeks ago, ANN broke the exciting details on Cirrus new “Known Ice Protection” option for Cirrus SR22 and Turbo models. Aircraft are available for sale now, with FAA certification for operations in known icing conditions expected in Q2 of 2009.

The KIP program, called project “KIWI” by the folks who were in on the secret development project, has been years in the making and required extensive engineering, serious rework of the airframe and construction protocols, and lots of flight testing… some of which was fairly intense. There are a number of features inherent in this massive upgrade… extended TKS panels for the wing, vertical stabilizer, horizontal stabilizers (including the very end of the leading edge of the elevator counterbalance), as well as dual rate redundant TKS de-icing fluid pumps, a windshield TKS application system, prop slinger, an ingenious wing/tail icing detection light, heated stall detection vane, larger/dual TKS reservoirs, Perspective software upgrades that monitor the entire works, and so much more…

Cirrus Chairman Alan Klapmeier noted that, “Known Ice Protection completes the picture for many when it comes to reliable, personal transportation. It can allow operations on marginal weather days when icing forecasts would otherwise preclude travel. This means a Cirrus customer gets more utility and ultimately more capability from their airplane investment.”

Alan added that, “An important issue to address up front is although the airplane has completed testing to show its safe to fly in FAA known icing conditions, no one should ever think that this means they can drone along impervious to nature in icing conditions — nature always wins! Of course proper training and decision making is essential for flight safety.”

Developed in partnership with CAV Ice Protection Ltd., the Cirrus SR22 and Turbo Known Ice Protection system has CAV’s fully integrated TKS “weeping wing” technology in …

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Quartz Mountain Re-Intro’s The Luscombe 11E On Aero-TV

January 14, 2009

All Things Old May Be New Again?

Its been a long tough road for the folks of Quartz Mountain Aerospace in their quest to bring a fabled airframe back to life. Following years of sometimes-choppy operations, a small Altus, OK-based planemaker might finally be heading for smoother skies. Quartz Mountain Aerospace recently earned a significant milestone on its way towards having its name ociated with the likes of Cessna, or Mooney: the company earned its first airworthiness certificate from the FAA.

Aero-TV caught up with QMA at the 2008 AOPA Fly-In to see an example of their handiwork. Formerly known as Luscombe Aircraft Corp., the company says the Model 11E — which will be used primarily as a trainer — is an adaptation of the Luscombe Model 11A Sedan, introduced in 1946. The new model is distinguished by superior in-flight and landing stability over the tailwheel-equipped Sedan.

Like with innumerable other upstart planemakers, QMA’s trip to this point hasn’t been an easy one. As ANN reported in June 2007, Quartz Mountain attributed the need for layoffs (since rescinded) to delays in FAA inspections related to earning production certification, and various parts, training, and supply issues. With the ability to now produce sell its Luscombe 11E en masse, Quartz Mountain’s 110,000-square-foot work floor — eerily quiet just a year ago — is now filled with the noises of a busy production facility.

Quartz Mountain has also taken recent steps to show it’s serious about playing in the big leagues. As ANN reported last April, QMA announced it will be the first to offer Garmin’s G950 glass-panel avionics suite.

Let’s Take A Look At A NEW Classic, The Luscombe 11E, With Aero-TV


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Aero-TV Special Series: Understanding The Critical …

January 12, 2009

This Episode Features A Presentation By John Dixon, Director of Pilot Recruitment for American Eagle (Part 5 Of A Series)

We’ve been hearing about it for years… a pilot shortage… a critical one, at that. For many in the aviation community, it sounded like good news… at least if you were on the bottom rungs of the pilot hiring ladder and working desperately to climb your way up. However; after engaging in discussions thorough the industry over the last year and in attending a particularly pointed (and very well-organized) presentation at the FAA Forecast Conference some months ago, ANN and Aero-TV are left with the troubling impression that aviation has a BIG problem on its hands.

The session devoted to discussing the Pilot Supply was, as indicated earlier, exceptionally produced and wholly on target. The session was presented by Moderator Peter J. Wolfe, Executive Director, Professional Aviation Board of Certification (PABC), and augmented by presentations delivered by Kit Darby, President, AIR, Inc, Captain Paul Rice, First Vice President, Air Line Pilots ociation, International, Ron Levy, University Aviation ociation, John Dixon, Director of Pilot Recruitment for American Eagle.

The fourth presentation was presented by John Dixon, Director of Pilot Recruitment for American Eagle. Dixon provided the viewpoint taken by a major company that is hiring pilots now… and will definitely do so in the future. Dixon noted that since 2005, American Eagle‚Äôs new hire mean flight times have gone from 1500 hours total flight time with 300 hours of multi-engine stick time to 1000 hours of total flight time, of which 100 must be multi-engine. During that time American Eagle has trained over 800 new-hires, and has made significant changes to its training program to ensure the safety and standards of its new-hire pilots. They have added an 11th simulator training session, included 4 observation flights to the curriculum, and increased Initial Operating Experience from 25 hours to 50 hours.

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ALL Things Robinson: RHC’s Founder Talks About The …

December 21, 2008

Frank Talks About The Future of The R44, Helo Training, The Silver State Fiasco, And More!

Life has been good for Frank Robinson and the R22/44/66 family. After years of building expertise throughout the helicopter industry, Frank Robinson set out several decades ago to do what they said could not be done… create a powerful new civil helicopter company. He did it… and probably did so beyond even his own imaginings.

For example, as 2007 was coming to a close, the folks at Robinson Helicopter Company achieved another milestone when their 8000th helicopter was flight certified. The new, solid green, Robinson R44 Raven II S/N 11984 was ordered by SkySales Aviation (Christchurch, New Zealand) for a private owner.

In the past few months, RHC played host to a visit by President Bush… no doubt attracted by RHC’s exceptional overseas helicopter sales… making them a major aerospace exporter and a great place to do a little ‘politicking.’ In RHC, White House staffers chose an appropriate location for President Bush to hawk the benefits of foreign trade since Robinson Helicopters sells 70 percent of its production overseas. A point hammered home by the President.

“You can’t tell the people at Robinson Helicopter that trade isn’t good,” Bush said Wednesday. “When 70% of that which you manufacture gets sold somewhere else other than the United States, they ought to have a sign walking in here and say, ‘Trade is not only good, it is great; and we want the federal government to make it easier for us to sell products.'”

Better yet, work continues on Frank’s next design… the Rolls Royce RR300 powered turbine helicopter…a first for RHC.

Robinson Helicopter Company was founded in 1973. The first R22 was delivered in October 1979. In 1993, the R44 came online and is now the best selling helicopter in the world. The R44 is offered in two models: The Raven I and the more powerful Raven II. The Raven II is available in four specialty configurations: Police Helicopter, Newscopter, Clipper, and IFR …

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Aero-TV Gets A Look At Flight Design’s New MC Model LSA

December 19, 2008

‘Metal Concept’ Intended To “Swallow The Flight School Market Whole”

The Aero-News and Aero-TV teams participated in the Oshkosh 2008 unveiling of an all-new light sport aircraft (LSA) produced by Flight Design, the 2009 MC or Metal Concept Model. The aircraft has been in development for approximately 36 months and with significant user input, was designed to respond to the needs of flight schools, flight clubs and the preferences of aviation enthusiasts who value the characteristics and maintainability of a metal fuselage.

Flight Design’s new MC uses aluminum for the fuselage, wings, and tail, with a complete steel internal fuselage and carbon fiber used on the nose cowl. A welded steel safety cell surrounds the cabin. As with Flight Design’s other offerings, the MC comes standard with a whole airframe emergency parachute system.

The overall length of the MC is similar to the CTLS, but has a wider wing span and is designed with a conventional stabilizer-elevator, intended to improve pitch stability and allow for “easier landings.” With the student pilot in mind, the aircraft includes urethane polymer shock absorbers in the nose gear designed to absorb more than 50% of the energy generated on the first bounce.

The aircraft controls include a center, floor-mounted stick and will be available with the Classic or Advanced Instrument Panel options similar to the other CT lines, provided by Dynon, Garmin, and PS Engineering.

The MC provides a roomier cabin as compared to the CTLS and CTSW adding nearly 8″ in height over the CTLS, and claiming to be more than 12 inches wider than most GA training aircraft. The MC payload is approximately 525 pounds, slightly less than the CTLS. The fuel capacity of the aircraft is considerably less than the other Flight Design LSAs, holding 26.4 gallons vs. 34 gallons in both the CTLS and CTSW. However, the MC maintains noteworthy and economical fuel consumption in the same 4-5 gallon per hour range, using the ubiquitous Rotax 912 engine.

Flight Design, based in …

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