EAA Announces Staff Additions for Chapters, Publications and Marketing

EAA LogoEAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wisconsin — (October 28, 2014) — The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) has announced a number of staff additions at its headquarters in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Among the new staff members are:

Pat Webb, Director of Chapters – Webb is an avid aviator and member of EAA Chapter 919 and Vintage Aircraft Association Chapter 13 in the Rochester, Minnesota, area. He will be responsible for maintaining and building EAA’s relationships with its nearly 1,000 local chapters and supporting the growth of those chapters. He brings analysis, technology, and project management experience to EAA from the telecommunications and healthcare industries.

Jim Busha, Director of Publications – Busha will have responsibility for production of all EAA print and electronic publications, including EAA’s flagship magazine, Sport Aviation. A longtime pilot, he will maintain his involvement in EAA’s Vintage Airplane and Warbirds magazine s that serve EAA’s special interest communities. He has been a frequent contributor to EAA and other aviation publications. Busha comes to EAA after retiring as a detective/lieutenant from the Oshkosh Police Department, where he served for 30 years.

Dennis Jenders, Director of Marketing – Jenders has extensive experience in branding, digital strategies, and marketing innovation. He most recently was part of senior management teams at well-known Wisconsin marketing firms as 7Summits and Laughlin Constable, where he developed award-winning national and regional projects. Jenders also serves as an adjunct professor at Marquette University, where he teaches classes in emerging and social media.

Merisue Krenke, Marketing Associate – Krenke will be involved in marketing and promotional efforts for EAA’s events, air tours, membership benefits, and business development. She was previously employed by Oshkosh Corporation, where she helped market Oshkosh Defense products and was a senior contract administrator.

NationAir Aviation Insurance Offers Complimentary Contract Review

WEST CHICAGO, Ill. – NationAir Aviation Insurance now offers complimentary contract review to all commercial clients, NationAir President Jeff Bauer announced, to help clients reduce risk and save money.

NationAir’s contracts partner, Gary Stewart of Ascot Aviation Consulting, will be at NationAir’s Booth #4825 at the National Business Aviation Association Convention and Exhibition Oct. 21 – 23 in Orlando to answer contract questions.

No other aviation specialty broker offers this service, according to Bauer. “Thorough contract review can significantly improve clients’ contractual standing and potentially save thousands of dollars,” he said. While some underwriting companies offer contract review, their interests may differ from the businesses they insure, Bauer noted. Similarly, brokers may review contracts for clients, but their expertise lies in insurance, not contracts. Only NationAir offers an objective contracts professional to provide review services, Bauer said.

Former director of contracts for Signature Flight Support, the world’s largest FBO chain, Stewart dissects contracts to ensure they reflect clients’ interests, limit liability, and protect assets. His written summaries detail contract areas to strengthen in order to reduce risk and transfer liability.

Among the contracts Stewart reviews for NationAir clients:

  • Shared use assets and facilities
  • Pollution and contamination remediation
  • Hangar leases
  • Equipment purchases
  • Avionics dealer or service agreements
  • Aircraft, management charter and lease agreements
  • Airport operating agreements
  • Employment or pilot contract agreements

“Insurance and contracts are inexorably tied together,” Bauer said. “We ensure our clients are getting the most from their insurance by reducing their risk exposure with their contracts.”

MGL Avionics Debuts the Discovery-Lite

MGL Avionics officially launched the long-awaited Discovery-Lite 7" EFIS. This all-in-one EFIS is a revolution in simplicity, but harnesses the full power of the iEFIS system.

The Discovery has a bright non-reflective 7" Touchscreen with around 1000+ nits of brightness. It looks, feels and operates like an iEFIS. It has the iE

FIS G3 CPU and runs the exact same firmware as the full iEFIS system. However, this powerhouse contains a built-in GPS, AHRS (with gyros and accelerometers), airspeed pressure sensor as well as altimeter. It also has a built in OAT sensor (but an external one can be fitted). It contains a CAN bus and can be connected to any MGL Avionics CAN bus devices (such as external compass, RDAC (engine box) and servos). There are 2 RS-232 ports for connection to remote radios, transponders and ADS-B units (maximum 2 devices).The "Lite" is a stand-alone system unlike our normal iEFIS systems where you can have multiple, joined panels in a complex infrastructure. It is specifically designed for single-screen installations where simplicity is




The MGL Avionics "Lite" series products are straight forward to install and make great panels for many smaller aircraft that would like a sophisticated EFIS without the cost and complication of a large system.


A typical Lite system would contain: The Discovery-Lite panel, a RDAC for engine monitoring (if needed), and perhaps a SP-6 compass.

Discovery-Lite is the first "Lite" release. This will quickly be followed by a regular Discovery EFIS. After this MGL Avionics will release the Explorer-Lite and a Challenger-Lite to complete the iEFIS range.

The Discovery-Lite could be viewed as a direct replacement for the popular discontinued Enigma. It is similar in panel size but with a bigger, much higher resolution screen and of course is a powerhouse of functionality where needed...

The Discovery-Lite will start shipping in the next 6 weeks. Projected price is under $3,000 for a complete system.


With the ability to run on both 100LL and Mogas, the 150-horsepower XP-320 will be the most powerful and flexible engine available for the
single-place SPA Panther Sport kit-built aircraft.

SPA PANTHER -- Photo Courtesy of Ed Hicks

Coppell, TX, October 09, 2014 — Scott Hayes, V.P. Sales and Marketing for Superior Air Parts, Inc., announced today that Sport Performance Aviation LLC (SPA) has selected Superior’s 150-horsepower, XP-320 for its high-performance Panther Sport kit-built airplane.

“We are very excited and proud that Dan Weseman and his team at Sport Performance Aviation have selected our XP-320 for their Panther Sport kit airplane,” Hayes stated. “Dan and our eastern representative Mac Little put a lot of time in evaluating the combination and came to the conclusion that putting the 150-horsepower XP-320 on the Panther will create a truly amazing sport/aerobatic airplane.”

“When we decided to offer a 150-horsepower engine option for the single-seat Panther, my first choice was the Superior XP-320,” Weseman said. “I have used Superior’s Millennium Cylinders on my personal aircraft for years and have always been extremely pleased with the performance and value they delivered. I’m sure that Panther builders will be equally happy with their XP-320 engine.”


“With the XP-320, builders will have the option of using low-compression cylinders and getting 150-horsepower or going with the higher-compression Millenniums to up it to 160-horsepower,” he added. “They’ll also have the option of running either Avgas or autogas* in the XP-320. That feature will be especially attractive to owners who are building their Panther as an LSA (Light Sport Aircraft).”

“Whether you’re doing aerobatics or just flying around, from a pilot/builder’s perspective the SPA Panther is already an exceptional airplane,” Little said. “No doubt when you add the power of the XP-320 this wonderful airplane is going to turn into a world-leader in the single-seat sport aircraft arena.”

About the Superior Air Parts XP-320 Engine:


Displacement: 320 cubic inches

Max Continuous Break Horsepower: 160 hp standard
150 hp and 165 hp available
Compression Ratio: 8.5:1 standard
7:1 and 9:1 available

Engine Mount Type: Type 1 or 2 Dynafocal or Conical

Propeller Drive: Direct, AS172 Type 2 Modified

Propeller Type: Fixed Pitch or Constant Speed

Weight: 285 to 295 pounds (depending on model)

Fuel types: 100 LL Avgas or 91 octane automotive gasoline*

Engine Dimensions (in inches):
24.6H x 32.3W x 32.8D

24.0H x 32.3W x 32.8D

*NOTE: Superior XP-320 Engines are approved for 100LL Avgas per ASTM D910, 91/98 (lead optional) and motor gasoline with a minimum antiknock index (R=M/2 method of 91 per ASTM D4814 (European EN228). Use of auto fuel blended with alcohol (ethanol) is forbidden.

About Sport Performance Aviation LLC
Located in Green Cove Springs, Florida, Sport Performance Aviation LLC, has developed the Panther, which is a single seat, low wing, experimental kit aircraft offered by SPA. It features a large cockpit, folding wings and a myriad of features and options for the homebuilder. For more information, visit: www.flywithspa.com

About Superior Air Parts, Inc.
Superior Air Parts, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Superior Aviation Beijing, is a leading manufacturer of FAA approved aftermarket replacement parts for Lycoming and Continental aircraft engines. In addition, the company manufactures the FAA certified Vantage Engine and the XP-Series Engine family for experimental and sport aircraft builders.
For more information, visit: www.superiorairparts.com