THE ROAR - SCAITECH EXHAUST SYSTEMS
Finding a product that benefits the cabin and environment at the same
time is a rare occasion, but that is exactly what we found with the
ScaiTech exhaust systems. These FAA approved systems ($5,900) feature
tuned pipes and a double-flux silencer, included in the exhaust system,
which is constructed from durable and corrosion-resistant stainless
The advantages of the system include
reduced noise levels, from 9.3 db on a four-cylinder Cessna 172, to 14.6
db on a Cessna 152. In addition, the tuned design of the exhaust reduces
engine back-pressure, which in turn improves the available horsepower of
the engine by reducing horsepower lost to exhaust back-pressure. This
translates to more horsepower available, meaning more miles to the
One of the key features for stress relief
in the exhaust system was the inclusion of integral slip joints. The
slip joints were connected by dual springs, and further protected from
loss should a spring fail by redundant cable retaining lanyards.
A variety of aircraft are covered by the
product, including the previously mentioned Cessna 152 and 172, as well
as the Cessna 150, Apex Aircraft’s DR400, and Rotax 912 powered
The silencer portion of the exhaust
system can be removed for service, with worn parts being replaced. The
new system comes with a three-year warranty.
For more information, visit the company’s
web page at www.Scai-Tech.com.
NEW COCKPIT CHART
VIEWING WITH FX10
When we saw the FX10 portable aviation information manager at the
SolidFX booth in Exhibit Hangar A, it was a nice surprise. The
sunlight-readable 1,280 by 1,924 pixel display looked just like an
instrument flight rules approach plate, without the paper or binders.
This was probably a result of the display technology, which provides 16
levels of gray-scale control.
When we took a quick demo of the unit, we
found that it was easy to zoom in and out of the selected approach
plate, and similarly easy using the top tab structure of the interface,
to select from charts on a “Favorites” list or to select other
The 20-ounce FX10 unit retails for $1,595
and requires a yearly subscription to Jeppesen charts, which vary in
price from $160 to $700, depending on the regional subscription that is
desired. A 1 GB SD card is included with the unit, with larger cards
available to meet the data storage needs, depending on the subscription.
The life of the built-in lithium ion
battery is around 10 hours or 5,000 refreshes, which is more than long
enough for most general aviation and commercial flights.
A Windows XP or Vista equipped computer
rated at 800 Mhz or higher processing speed is required for updating the
charts and charging the unit. The FX10 comes with a stylus, USB cable,
owner’s manual, and quick reference guides, with options to add a
protective cover, professional stylus, a power bundle with a wall and
auto charger, and a lanyard and tether.
For more information, visit the company’s
website at www.SolidFX.com.
With an eye on growing its international market, Cirrus Design
highlighted recent successes in forming strategic partnerships to expand
its global sales and support network at the company’s Monday press
“We can’t be specialists in
everything,” said Cirrus President and CEO Brent Wouters, noting that
partnerships with companies like Memphis-based API, which handles
logistics and distribution of Cirrus parts around the world, “are
extending our global enterprise and allowing us to improve customer
Wouters noted the company has sales
representation in more than 50 countries, the latest coming on July 21
when the company established a distributor partnership in Japan.
Additionally, partnerships with
technology companies like avionics manufacturer Garmin International,
based in Olathe, Kansas, allow Cirrus to participate in product
development for features its customers most desire, and “help us
expand our universe of buyers,” Wouters said.
Duluth, Minnesota-based Cirrus is
displaying its products at Booth 158.
CESSNA DEVELOPS UNIQUE
SPORT/PRIVATE PILOT TRAINING PROGRAM
In parallel with the development of its all-new Skycatcher 162
light-sport aircraft, Cessna Aircraft has developed an innovative
pilot-training system in partnership with King Schools.
Called the Cessna Sport/Private Pilot
Course under the Cessna Flight Training System, this new web-based
product will be available through Cessna Pilot Centers around the
country. Cessna expects to expand the program to include an instrument
rating course in the future.
The new training program is a key
component of Cessna’s effort to make flying more accessible and to
re-energize pilot training.
“We are very excited about this unique
flight-training system, which will seamlessly integrate the sport pilot
and private pilot certification processes and make learning to fly even
easier and more fun than it already is,” said Julie Filucci, manager,
Cessna Pilot Centers. “The major advantages of our proprietary system
are that it’s web-based for maximum customer flexibility, and it’s
fully customizable for maximum instructor flexibility.”
Student pilots pursuing a sport pilot
certificate have access to all parts of the Cessna Sport/Private Pilot
Course and can easily move into the private pilot-only segments of the
course when ready. The web-based system keeps track of every aspect of
their training, and they can access training materials from any location
where they have access to the Internet. And since it is web-based,
changes and updates can be made instantly, with no replacement materials
The second innovation with the Cessna
system is that an instructor can customize the program to meet the
requirements of the local training environment while not compromising
the integrity of the training system, Filucci said.
ANNOUNCES STC FOR CESSNA AIRCRAFT
From the business to business perspective, Forward Vision is partnering
with a number of firms. American Champion Aircraft is using the Forward
Vision System on its modified light fire bomber. The ability to see
better through smoke helps firefighting pilots more-accurately deliver
their loads. The company also was selected to provide the system to the
AOPA Sweepstakes airplane for 2009, a Cirrus SR22. For more information,
visit the company at www.Forward-Vision.net.