Avemco To Insure Pilots Transitioning to GlassCockpits

Avemco Insurance Company announced that insurance coverage for pilots transitioning to glass-cockpit aircraft will be available, provided they participate in formal training in the use of the new avionics. The move comes following discussions with aircraft manufacturers, flight training organizations and vendors of training materials for the new avionics. …

GAMI Offers New Supplemental Alternator Package

The Supplenator was first envisioned by the guys at General Aviation Modifications, Inc. as a backup power source for the company's PRISM electronic ignition system, as required by the FAA for certification. In typical GAMI fashion, they used the opportunity to create a feature-laden 35-amp, 14- or 28-volt power source that mounts to the accessory pad of most 360-cubic-inch and larger piston engines. The three-part system includes the 5.8-pound, direct-drive supplemental alternator, the remote-mounted electronic…

BUILD A PLANE SEEKS AIRPLANE DONATIONS

Build A Plane (BAP), the non-profit organization that helps kids learn science, technology, engineering and mathematics by building and refurbishing airplanes, is asking the aviation world for aircraft donations. BAP, in partnership with the FAA, places donated aircraft into high schools across the country that want to add aviation into their curriculum. It has 27 projects in the U.S., plus others in India, the United Kingdom and Nigeria. As a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, BAP…

FAA Issues Emergency AD on Precision Fuel Injection Systems-

The FAA on Wednesday announced an Emergency Airworthiness Directive on certain Precision Airmotive RSA-5 and RSA-10 fuel injection servos to be inspected before further flight. Two recent incidents have been blamed on a loose servo plug. According to the AD, the servo plug gasket is thought to have shrunk with engine heat, which causes it to …

Bob’s Jabiru: Building a Solid-State Circuit Breaker

With instrument panels now being populated by flat screens, digital readouts and all manner of 21st century silicon wizardry, it seems odd to rely on 60-year-old technology to protect them from power spikes. Specifically, the mechanical circuit breaker. Have you ever seen one on a computer? Wondering what was new in the realm of electrical protection, we did some research the modern way, i.e., on the Internet, and came across an article by our own Jim…

Skybike’s Telescoping Wings

This AirVenture's key new aircraft designs all seem to have one component in common: some kind of rotating, swinging or folding wing design. Roadable aircraft vehicles are also all the rage.Sam Bousfield, president of Samson Motoworks, has been working on a three-wheeled roadable aircraft he calls the Skybike that solves the issue of what to do with the wings on the ground in a novel way: The Skybike's wings telescope in and out.…

GlobalAir.com’s Fuel Route Planner in Beta

GlobalAir.coms new fuel route planner, in its final beta version, was displayed at AirVenture this year. President/CEO Jeffrey Carrithers anticipates that the finished screens, airport reports and icons should be finished by November 2008. The service is intended for the cross-country piston pilot, and he estimates that the subscription would run between $10-15 monthly.…

Complimentary Pre-Paid Visa Card with CompAir Purchase

Customers who purchase a CompAir 12 from April 15, 2009 through August 15, 2009 will receive a pre-paid Visa card worth up to $50,000 to use for fuel or whatever purpose one sees fit, the company says. Those who purchase a CompAir 9 or 11 will receive a card in the amount of $40,000.

Upload Flight Plans into Garmin 430/530, G1000 with Voyager

Seattle Avionics Softwares Voyager SmartPlan Premier Flight Planner is the first software package to upload flight plans directly into the WAAS-enabled Garmin 430/530 nav/com and G1000 series. Just slip the SD card from your G1000 into your computer, and upload the flight plan, or use a special reader/writer to do the same for the 430/530.

RANS to Build Airplane-Friendly Bicycle

Among the many interests of RANS Aircrafts Randy Schlitter is bicycle manufacturing, which he does with an uncommon philosophy of design and ergonomics.