Kitplanes Newsline Launched

Spring has sprung, and airshow season is upon us. Even if you can’t make Sun ‘n Fun this year, follow all the action on our updated news section on kitplanes.com. Called Newsline, our fresh approach to current events will bring you right into all the major events this year with breaking news, video feeds, and informed commentary. Easier on the eyes and easier to navigate, Newsline also provides an opportunity for reader feedback. Check it out today.

Aircraft Spruce Recognized for "Going Green"

In ceremonies this week at the company's Corona, California, headquarters, Aircraft Spruce & Specialty was recognized by the city for its recent green initiatives. Although the company has worked to streamline its processes and reduce waste, two recent programs are noteworthy.

First is that Spruce began using cornstarch-based "packing peanuts" that are completely biodegradable.

Second is the addition of an array of 525 solar panels to the roof of the Corona building. (They say the sun always shines in Corona.) Although the investment was in excess of half a million dollars, the immediate payback is a reduction in energy costs by 65%, according to company president Jim Irwin. Within four to five years, the panels will have paid for themselves. Continue reading "Aircraft Spruce Recognized for "Going Green""

Vertical Aviation Offers Kit and QB Discounts

For a limited time, buyers of the Hummingbird heli kit from Vertical Aviation will receive a $5000 discount off the list price along with a free full glass cockpit Electronic Flight Instrumentation System (EFIS) valued at $6879. The glass cockpit panel includes all engine monitoring instruments and artificial horizon, turn and bank, vertical speed, airspeed, altimeter, compass and clock. This special package is for the current spring production run. Continue reading "Vertical Aviation Offers Kit and QB Discounts"

Angel in the Cockpit

ComLinkPro has introduced the Angel, a lightweight audio headset interface with built-in stereo Bluetooth wireless technology, input and output jacks, and an integrated flight calculator. Using Bluetooth, Angel allows you to connect your cell phone for sending and receiving calls. You can also stream stereo music from Bluetooth-enabled MP3 players, cell phones, PDAs or satellite radios. You can download and navigate your phone contacts and call lists, and control your Bluetooth MP3 player directly with this device, the company says. A cell-phone and stereo audio jack allow wired connections in addition to an audio output jack to record radio communications or provide narration while videotaping. The Angel also automatically mutes the phone and/or the music in the event of a radio call. Continue reading "Angel in the Cockpit"

News from Lycoming

Lycoming has announced a new program that provides significant discounts with the return of a select engine core. "We have many customers that have flown behind Lycoming Engines their entire flying careers," said Todd Stoner, Lycoming vice president of marketing and sales. "This program is meant to reward the loyalty of those customers whose engine core was either rebuilt or overhauled at the Lycoming factory." Continue reading "News from Lycoming"