Homebuilt Central Debuts Online Resource

With more than 19,400 aviation products, Homebuilt Central is one of Ohios largest suppliers of avionics, pilot supplies and products for Experimental aircraft builders. And the company's online catalog and web-based order system means you don't have to live nearby to take advantage. A quote request form is downloadable from the site, and credit card orders can be placed through the site or printed and mailed. …

MountainScope Software Adds TFRs and Satellite Weather

PCAvionics announced the addtion of new WX Satellite Weather and Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) capabilities to MountainScope, its GPS-based moving-map application. The program will download the latest TFRs every time you start the program and display them with bold red outlines on the moving map. A click in the outline can bring up a full text description of the TFR. …

Redesigned Lighting Controller from Flight Data Systems

Flight Data Systems introduced the LC-40e Lighting Controller, a four-channel instrument panel light dimming system for Experimental aircraft. The LC-40e is functionally the same as the company's LC-40, but has been redesigned and enclosed in a compact black anodized aluminum chassis. The LC-40e features four independent 1.5-amp channels, allowing up to 18 post lights per channel. The low-frequency pulse width modulation control eliminates bulky heatsinks, and the unit is capable of dimming LED panel lights. The…

New AeroMag Unit Available For Rotax Oil Filters

AeroMagnet Inc., manufacturer of the AeroMag product line, announced the addition of a new AeroMag unit, the AM300. The AM300 is designed to fit the 3-inch diameter oil filters used on Rotax engines as well as any other 3-inch diameter filters. The reusable unit is designed to magnetically attract and hold steel particles found circulating in the oil because they are too small to be stopped by the standard oil filter. Simply snap the high-powered…

New Comm and NavComm Handhelds from Icom

After gathering opinions from pilots at Oshkosh AirVenture and Sun n Fun over the past few years, Icom America has announced the availability of two new handhelds-the IC-A24, which features nav and comm channels, and the IC-A6, which features comm capability only. These air band transceivers feature large backlit displays and keypads for easy use at altitude; the light stays on until you turn it off, a handy feature for flying at night. Both feature flip-flop…

First Sportsman 2+2 Flies After Completing Builder Assist Program

David Codding of Santa Rosa, California, became the first builder to fly his own Sportsman 2+2 after completing much of the aircraft at Glasair Aviations Customer Assembly Center (CAC) in Arlington, Washington. Starting with a complete fastbuild kit, Codding spent a total of three weeks at the center working 8 hours a day, five days a week, with a crew of factory assistants. At the end of the three weeks, he ended up with an…

Lamar Technologies Debuts Master Control Unit For Experimentals

Lamar Technologies introduced a new product called the MC10 Master Control Module, a complete, pre-assembled electrical load management system designed specifically for the homebuilder. The unit replaces all the individual master, starter and alternator circuits in one compact housing and provides terminal lugs for the battery, starter and alternator. Other features include circuit breakers for three individual aircraft buses and an always-on feed for aircraft systems that require trickle current (such as clocks). Intended to mount…

Lancair Announces Insurance Plan for IV

Lancair announced that full hull coverage for Lancair IV, IV-P and PropJet owners is now available through AIG Insurance for pilots who meet a number of criteria. Liability is limited to $1 million per occurrence and $100K per passenger. Full flight and ground coverage is available up to a maximum of $500K insured value. …

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…

Garmins Next-Generation Handheld Features XM Weather

Garmin announced the debut of its latest handheld GPS unit, the GPSMAP 396. Featuring XM WX Satellite Weather, the 396 includes NEXRAD, METARs, TAFs, TFRs, lightning and winds aloft information, plus a variety of other weather products to help pilots make informed navigational decisions in flight. When connected to the Garmin GTX 330 transponder, the unit can display traffic information, and it retains the terrain alerts and obstacles database found on the company's popular GPSMAP…

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