2010 AIRCRAFT SPRUCE CATALOG NOW AVAILABLE
Aircraft Spruce is once again distributing its latest catalog at EAA
AirVenture 2010. Now exceeding 830 pages, the latest catalog is
available in a printed edition, on a CD, and as an Adobe PDF file.
As might be expected of a company
offering more than 60,000 different items relating to aviation, hundreds
of new products are in this year's catalog. As in past years, it lists
various composite, wood and metal construction materials, hardware,
airframe parts, engine parts, covering supplies, instruments, avionics,
tools, charts, pilot supplies as well as books and videos on every
imaginable subject relating to aviation.
Can't make it to AirVenture this year? No
problem: To request your free copy of the new catalog, please call
Aircraft Spruce at 1-877-477-7823 or visit the company's website, www.AircraftSpruce.com.
GROUND-ADJUSTABLE COMPOSITE PROP FOR RVS
Building on the success of its
composite adjustable propellers that have proven popular in the
light-sport aircraft world on Rotax, Jabiru, and TCM O-200 engines,
Sensenich Propellers announced an adjustable, pin-indexed composite
solution for many Lycoming-engined RV builders and owners.
The company's new 72-inch two-blade prop
incorporates design features such as lightweight, hollow-blade I-beam
construction and is available complete with Sensenich's co-cured metal
Sensenich says its pin-indexing allows
precisely matched, simple, repeatable blade positioning, with alignment
of both blades assured. More information is available on the Sensenich
GLEIM EXPANDS ONLINE
With the addition of a Part 141 online ground school curriculum for the
sport pilot certificate and the instrument rating, training-materials
provider Gleim Publishing has expanded its online training library.
These new courses are in addition to the company's widely used Part 141
online private-pilot ground-school materials, which Gleim says are the
first-ever FAA-approved online Part 141 program.
The Gleim 141-approved online ground
school is overseen directly by the FAA to ensure the highest quality of
instruction. These courses are led by Gleim's chief instructor and are
particularly useful for students who desire a classroom-style experience
without having to leave home.
Once users complete all course requirements, they are provided with a
knowledge test endorsement allowing them to take their FAA knowledge
"Our online ground schools have
benefited over 14,000 users in the past seven years," says company
President Dr. Irvin N. Gleim, "and with the addition of these
interactive Part 141-approved courses, we hope to train the next
generation of pilots in an easy, cost-effective manner."
WIN AN AIRPLANE!
In September 2009, Cypress Aircraft LLC and Aviation Explorer Post 491
teamed up to build a Kitfox 3, a two-place light-sport airplane. Working
with the Community Network Foundation, Explorer Post members-who are
between 14 and 18 years old-spent about nine months building the
The promotion is part of the Community
Network Foundation's "Connecting With the Future of Aviation "
sweepstakes and is open only to legal U.S. residents (excluding New York
and Rhode Island) 18 years and older as of March 27, 2010. The airplane
will be awarded to the lucky winner of a random drawing on or about
April 15, 2011.
Suggested donations start at $20 for one
chance to win the aircraft, or $50 for three. This project has been led
by industry professionals serving as mentors in each category of
aircraft construction (from welding, aircraft covering, avionics,
sheet-metal fabrication, and upholstery, to name a few).
The aircraft will tour other air shows
later this year to promote youth programs in aviation and to raise
awareness for the project. Complete rules and alternate methods of
entering the drawing are available on the Explorer Post's website, www.AE491.org.
EXTRA AIRCRAFT SELECTS
COLORADO FOR NEW FACILITY
On July 23 Ken Keith, owner and CEO of Extra Aircraft, was joined by
local officials from Montrose, Colorado, plus executives from turbine
engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce, for a ribbon-cutting ceremony
commemorating the plane-maker's decision to site its new U.S.
headquarters and aircraft production center in the community.
The Extra 500's advanced all-carbon-fiber
fuselage and wing will be crafted by the Extra factory in Dinslaken,
Germany, then shipped to Montrose for final assembly and completion to
each customer's specifications. Extra's Montrose team will install the
new Rolls-Royce M250-B17F turboprop engine and the new-generation
Avidyne Entegra Release 9 avionics suite into each aircraft.
When completed, the new facility will
also feature a state-of-the-art maintenance and spare parts facility.
Extra Aircraft manufactures a family of
high-performance aircraft ranging from the advanced Extra 500 Spirit
single-engine turboprop to the Extra 200, 300, and 330 sport and
world-class competitive aerobatic aircraft. Founded in 1981 by legendary
designer Walter Extra.