Garmin Offers New VHF, Nav/com Radios

GTR 225 series.
GTR 225 series.

Garmin has announced a new series of VHF com and nav/com radios in its GTR and GNC series. As replacements for the SL 30 and SL 40 models, the GTR series com transceivers and GNC series nav/com radios include new features to reduce pilot workload while offering a solution to meet the requirements of the 8.33 kHz channel spacing mandate recently enacted by the EU under the Single European Sky initiative.

“These products have truly reinvented the stand-alone com and nav/com radios with novel features like reverse database lookup and the com monitor function, which bring new efficiencies to cockpit radio management,” said Carl Wolf, Garmin’s vice president of aviation sales and marketing. Continue reading "Garmin Offers New VHF, Nav/com Radios"

News from Kitfox Aircraft

DSC_0533 (Large)Kitfox recently released a flurry of press releases announcing two new engine options for its Experimental/Amateur-Built kit and factory-built Special Light Sport Aircraft (SLSA), along with a new flight training program that uses Kitfox airplanes.

First, Kitfox announced that it will offer the new Rotax 912 iS fuel-injected engine on both the Kitfox SLSA and the kitbuilt versions, claiming to be the first company to offer a firewall-forward package for the latter. The flight-test program for the 912 iS-equipped aircraft is ongoing, with a flight planned from the company’s Homedale, Idaho, headquarters to the Light Sport Aircraft Expo in Sebring, Florida, later this month (January 17-20). One major difference with the 912 iS engine, says Company President John McBean, is the requirement for a fully electronic instrument package. “The normal option is to use the Rotax-supplied engine monitor, but we have been working closely with the team at Advanced Flight Systems to allow full display of engine parameters on the AF-5000 EFIS series.” The Rotax 912 iS is installed in a Kitfox Super Sport 7, the same airframe that has been the test-bed for the Rotec radial engine, and more recently, the Lycoming O-233 purpose-built LSA engine. Continue reading "News from Kitfox Aircraft"

The Flightline TV Series to Make National Debut in January

The Flightline, an aviation-themed magazine television show, is making its national debut on January 5, 2013, on the Discovery Communication Velocity network. The Flightline is set for a 52-week run as part of the exciting Saturday morning programming on Velocity. Show times are at 9 a.m. EST. The show is entering its third season after moving from local TV to regional TV, and its new national home on Velocity. Continue reading "The Flightline TV Series to Make National Debut in January"

AeroLEDs Offers Upgraded Landing/Taxi/Recognition Light

AeroLEDs has introduced an upgraded version of its AeroSun for use in Experimental Aircraft and Light Sport Aircraft. It is designed for wing mounting in aluminum and composite aircraft and has built-in wig-wag and pulsing modes in addition to its standard steady beam.

Each AeroSun uses one-fourth the power of an equivalent 100-watt halogen bulb while producing an equal amount of light, the company says. The LED has a life of 50,000 hours, meaning it can be on at all times and will not have to be replaced. Continue reading "AeroLEDs Offers Upgraded Landing/Taxi/Recognition Light"

Progressive Aerodyne to Offer Factory-Built SeaRey

Progressive Aerodyne, which has been manufacturing kits for the SeaRey two-place amphibian homebuilt for more than 20 years, has announced that it passed the FAA Light Sport Prototype audit and obtained an airworthiness certificate from the Orlando MIDO office November 8. “We will carry on the Legacy of the beloved SeaRey in the production airplane,” said Kerry Richter, president of Progressive Aerodyne, Inc.

The company will start production of the compliant airplane immediately to meet market demand. New factory-built airplanes will be delivered to customers who put down a deposit in the next couple of months. PA is committed to making a continuous effort to provide customers with the high quality SeaRey and its proven performance by strictly following the ASTM standards and FAA regulations, said CEO Adam Yang.

Prices for the certified model have not yet been announced. For more information, call 352/253-0108 or visit

Robert Hamilton Promoted to President of Dynon Avionics

Dynon Avionics announced today that it has appointed Robert Hamilton as president of the company. He assumes these duties after the departure of Vice President of Engineering and COO Nick Bogner.

Bogner had been with Dynon since the very beginning in 2000 and has been part of the development of all of Dynon’s products. Hamilton, formerly the sales and marketing manager, said that “Nick was instrumental in building Dynon as a leader in the avionics industry, and we wish him the absolute best in his new adventure.” Continue reading "Robert Hamilton Promoted to President of Dynon Avionics"