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iPad Cockpit Accessories

An iPad in the cockpit can be even more functional for pilots with Sporty’s iPad kneeboard and iPad flight desk.
The compact, bifold iPad kneeboard holds your iPad securely on the left side and has an adjustable stand to set the right viewing angle for your screen. A right side organizer section includes mesh pockets and a zippered compartment for storing charts, flight plan forms or checklists.

The iPad flight desk does more than hold your iPad. It has room for all of your in-flight essentials while firmly holding your iPad in place with an adjustable viewing angle for flexibility.

A left-side organizer section has pockets to store charts, flight plan forms and more. The included notepad is the perfect place to copy clearances or ATIS. The iPad flight desk zips completely closed to protect your tablet and includes a handle for easy carrying. The iPad flight desk is 18.5 inches wide by 12 inches long open.

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Sporty’s iPad kneeboard is $39.95, and the iPad Flight Desk is $57.95. For more information, call 1/800-SPORTYS or visit www.sportys.com.

ONEX prototype flies

Sonex Aircraft, LLC has announced that its prototype Onex single-place, folding-wing kit made its first flight in January at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Piloted by Sonex General Manager and designer Jeremy Monnett, the AeroVee-powered N111NX made an extensive flight, orbiting the field. "The airplane is sweet," said Monnett upon landing. "It feels great!"

Next steps in the development of the Onex include a complete and thorough flight testing program to explore the full performance envelope and flight characteristics, along with completion, first flight and testing of a trigear version.

For more information and to sign up for continuing updates, visit www.SonexAircraft.com.

Patterson Introduces MW Aircraft Engines

Patterson AeroSales announced the debut of the MW B22 AeroPower Series of aircraft engines. MetalWork SNC, of Passirana Di Rho, in northern Italy, has appointed Patterson to handle the sales and marketing of the engines in the Americas.
The B22 AeroPower series of engines started as a completely new design in 2003, and has evolved through testing into a modern solution of reliable, economical and lightweight engines for the sport aircraft market, Patterson said. All of the engines are four-cylinder, horizontally opposed, water-cooled, 2.2 liter four-strokes with fuel injection and electronic ignition, integral gear drive and shock-absorbing mount points for bed and/or ring mounts.

The B22L engine, of 115 horsepower at 3950 engine rpm/2400 propeller, is lighter than older air-cooled engines and more powerful than smaller hybrids, Patterson says. It runs on either mogas or 100LL, with economy cruise of less than 5 gph and weighing only 79 kilograms (about 175 pounds). Deliveries to North America will start in May. Also currently shipping is the earlier B22D model, direct drive (no re-drive needed), producing 95 hp at 3300 rpm. It weighs 74 kilograms (about 163 pounds).

In development, with shipping scheduled for fall, is the B22R, which will provide 130 hp at 4550 engine rpm/2400 propeller, a weight of less than 200 pounds. Planning will take the line to 160 hp and beyond, Patterson says.

The 115-hp B22L sells for about $19,000 (14,500 Euro), and the B22D is about $16,500 (12,500 Euro). For now, pricing will remain in Euros, because of the current world financial situation.

For more information, visit www.pattersonaerosales.com/MWintro.html, or call 905/457-5238. For more on Metal Work Snc, visit www.metal-work.it/index_file/MWFLMEPAGE.htm.


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