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Jabiru USA announced that its latest Light Sport Aircraft, the J230-SP, has earned its SLSA certification and is available immediately. The J230-SP (Sport Pilot) has been used extensively for flight training and personal transportation in Australia and South Africa, said Peter Krotje, president of Jabiru USA. It was previously certified to Light Sport standards in Australia and achieved JAR-VLA certification. The high-aspect ratio wing is efficient at high altitudes, making the plane a viable cross-country machine, the company says. It cruises at 120 knots, burning 5.2 gph. A large luggage compartment and rear door make loading baggage for long trips easy. Worldwide, there are about 1500 Jabiru aircraft flying.

Base price (FOB Tennessee) is $104,900 and includes 3 hours of transition training. For more information, call 931/680-2800 or visit www.usjabiru.com. A direct link can be found at http://www.kitplanes.com/.


Higher Class Aviation is now selling its factory-built SLSA Sport Hornet. Based on the Hornet UL, but deviating markedly from it in order to meet ASTM standards, the Sport Hornet is virtually a new design. The fuselage has been widened, the wing structure has changed, the Rotax 912S installation has been engineered for this package, and the payload has increased, according to the company. “We now have a plane that can handle super-sized pilots in a lot more comfort than most side-by-side designs,” says Matt Gregory, HCA general manager.

Also added is a sophisticated avionics package including a Grand Rapids EFIS/GPS supported by a Becker transceiver and transponder plus a Trio Avionics two-axis autopilot. Fuel system controls and monitoring, a full night lighting system and electrical system controls are all on the forward panel. The rear-seat pilot has a separate flight panel with its own Grand Rapids EFIS.

With the Rotax 582, the Sport Hornet SLSA is available for less than $40,000. The day/VFR 912-equipped Sport Hornet sells for less than $50,000, and fully decked out the Sport Hornet comes in at less than $65,000.

For more information, call 760/518-0838, or visit the web at www.sporthornet.com. A direct link can be found at http://www.kitplanes.com/.


Vertical Power announced the introduction of its VP-200 Climate Control System (CCS), which gives you the ability to “set and forget” cabin temperature. It works with the original VP-200 system (which is a modern, solid-state electrical system that controls power to electrical devices replacing switches, breakers, and various electrical modules), providing an integrated display for electrical power control, system monitoring and alerts. Dual cabin temperature sensors regulate cabin temperature. A color graphic display shows the status of the overall system, as well as individual fans and sensors. The CCS controls air conditioning fans and the compressor as well as the servos that open and close hot-air valves. A small control unit mounted in the back of the cabin provides power control and circuit protection to the AC fans, compressor, and hot-air servos. A serial data line connects the CCS control unit to the VP-200 display unit. Should a problem or fault occur, the CCS will tell you exactly where it is, and there are both aural and visual alarms.

The CCS control unit measures 6.2x6x2 inches, and the price is $2495 (control unit only). For more information, call 505/715-6172 or visit the web at www.verticalpower.com. A direct link can be found at http://www.kitplanes.com/.


Cirrus Design Corporation is accepting orders for its Cirrus SRS (SR Sport), with deliveries to begin in 2009, the company says. Deposits in the amount of $5000 will be accepted via the company’s web site at www.cirrusdesign.com.

The SRS Light Sport aircraft is an extension of the compnys product line for pilots who are interested in sporty, recreational or entry-level missions. It is a composite low-wing design, powered by a 100-horsepower Rotax 912S engine, with a cruise speed of 120 knots (the maximum limit for LSAs) and a 500-pound useful load. The plane comes equipped with the Cirrus Airframe Parachute System (CAPS) and an advanced avionics package.

For more information and prices, call 888/774-7298 or visit the web at www.cirrusdesign.com. A direct link can be found at http://www.kiplanes.com/.


Aircraft Spruce & Specialty is pleased to announce the return of Kas Thomass book, Fly the Engine, which is back in print after more than a decade. Fully revised and updated, this volume is the ultimate authority on aircraft engine operation. The book takes you through all phases of engine operation, showing how to spot engine discrepancies on preflight, how to start a hot, cold or flooded engine; troubleshooting a rough runup, when to lean the engine for various phases of flight, how to recognize valve sticking and more.

The price is $39.95. For more information, call 1-877-4-SPRUCE or visit the web at www.aircraftspruce.com. A direct link can be found at http://www.kitplanes.com/.


Britta Imports has launched a product release for its new LED pen for pilots, flight crews or anyone needing to use a pen in low-light situations. The product uses two high-output LEDs in the tip of a retractable aircraft-aluminum pen housing. A push button activates the LED lighting and rotates to extend or retract the pens tip. The pen uses a common AAA battery for illumination.

With LEDs rated at 100,000 hours of use, the pen provides at least 20 hours of use from one battery. Packaged with a spare battery and spare ink cartridge, the Pilot Pen retails for $19.95 and is available from Britta Imports distributors such as Aircraft Spruce & Specialty, Chief Aircraft and PilotshopUSA.com.

For more information, call 310/735-2066 or visit the web at www.pilotlights.net. A direct link can be found at http://www.kitplanes.com/.


Aerotek Aviation of Quebec City, Canada, is delivering a firewall-forward package that incorporates the Pratt & Whitney PT-6A-20 turboprop for a variety of Experimental/Amateur-Built aircraft. The company’s first conversion was on the Murphy Moose, which won Outstanding Amphibian at Oshkosh in 2005. The latest installation, which will appear at Sun n Fun and Oshkosh this year, is on a Turbo Grizzly, a DHC-2 Beaver-sized bush and utility airplane that is built by Aerotek and features a full EFIS panel and Aeroteks amphibious floats. The firewall-forward package includes an overhauled Hartzell three-blade prop.

For more information, call 418/802-5278 or visit the web at www.aerotek
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