Lake Tahoe – Airshow and Fly-In 2008

The extensive smoke from the fires in northern California had dissipated enough to make the annual airshow at the Lake Tahoe Airport (KTVL) worth going to.

Normally a small event, the smoke did not inhibit the performers or intimidate drive-to attendance. It did, however, have the effect of making the ramp area look more like a military airshow than a civilian event; fly-in attendance was sparse.

With an elevation of 6264 feet, KTVL’s 8544-foot runway length is needed. The effect of altitude was apparent in an unanticipated way. Prudence dictated that the airshow performers add about 1000 feet to the altitude used for their routine, and it was visually apparent why. Pull-out at the bottom of a loop sometimes showed a very high angle of attack from which the pilot immediately recovered. Without the extra altitude it might have been more than a curiosity to the sharp-eyed.

Even with the low turnout, some interesting aircraft were on display. Cessna was evident in a beautiful, all-glass aircraft with a prominent Cessna logo. Another head-turner was a CompAir 7 with a turbine engine that used the flat sides of the fuselage for photos of the region.

The favorite of the show was the SeaBee with a Corvette engine. A winner at multiple airshows, it had a constant crowd admiring the detailing. In 2009, hopefully, the show will not be inhibited by smoke. Even this year, though, it was still worth the outing.

Legend Cub Rebate Offer

American Legend Aircraft Company has announced that the company will offer $5000 cash back on its popular Legend Cub certified Light Sport Aircraft with orders placed before the close of AirVenture Oshkosh 2008, which runs July 28 to August 3.

With the $5000 rebate applied, a new Legend Cub AL3 (open-cowl model) can be acquired for $98,895. (The base price is $103,895 for the ready-to-fly aircraft.)

If applied toward fuel, and assuming the plane is flown 100 hours annually at a rate of 4.5 gph and a fuel price of $5.50 per gallon, owners could fly the Legend Cub for two years with the rebate. At 21 mpg and less than $25 per hour for fuel, the Legend Cub offers affordable flying, the company says.

For more information, visit American Legend Aircraft Company.

Turk Joins JPI

Lance Turk, former president of Vision Microsystems, has accepted the position of director of product development at JP Instruments. Turk brings extensive experience in the field of microcomputer-based instrumentation and business development to the position and, says JPI President Joe Polizzotto, “We now have a truly merged Vision Microsystems. Lance’s experience and enthusiasm will be a welcome and exciting addition to the JPI team.”

After retiring as president at VMS, Turk took a position in aerospace, managing interior reconfiguration of Part 25 airliners and custom business jets for the last two years. “I have truly missed the customers and camaraderie that is found in the Part 23 world, and also the technological fast pace and flexibility that is found in smaller corporations,” he said. “I look forward to being an integral part of furthering technology in the general aviation marketplace and the success of JPI.”

Turk will be at AirVenture to renew and cultivate customer and OEM relationships. Stop by JPI booth numbers 1071 and 4123 to welcome him back.

For more information, visit JP Instruments.

New Product: Set-and-Forget Air Conditioning

Flightline AC, Inc., working in conjunction with Vertical Power, now offers an advanced automatic climate control system (CCS) for Experimental aircraft. The CCS was a natural to work with the VP-200 solid-state electrical system, says Marc Ausman, president of Vertical Power. Flightline AC provides air conditioning systems to owners of advanced aircraft such as Lancair, Cirrus and the Van’s RV-10. Pilots have been asking for automatic CCS features, says Flightline President John Strain.

Using a color display, the pilot simply sets the desired cabin temperature. The CCS controls the air conditioning fans and compressor as well as the servos that open and close hot-air valves. A small CCS control unit mounts in the back of the cabin and provides solid-state power control and circuit protection to the fans and hot-air servos. The display shows the status of the overall system, and the status of fans and sensors as well as pressure and temperature switches. Included is information about how much current each fan is drawing and any fault detections (overcurrent, short circuit, no current draw), which makes troubleshooting the system easier.

The VP-200 system and the CCS are designed to work together and many CCS functions are controlled in the same manner as would be any other electrical device. Two inside air temperature sensors accurately measure cabin temps.

For more information and pricing, visit Flightline AC or Vertical Power.

New Product: Audio Panel Solutions

Vx Aviation of Vancouver, British Columbia, has announced three products for non-certified aircraft that add capability, reduce cost and potentially simplify audio system installation. They are the AMX-2A 10-channel audio mixer, the ASX-2A stereo headphone music amplifier and the AL-1A tone annunciator.

The AMX-2A ($145) manages all voice communications, tone annunciators, alarms and miscellaneous audio. It allows connection to intercoms, audio panels and radios even if they don’t have auxiliary inputs, which allows for simple retrofitting and upgrades. Four of the 10 inputs have volume controls to allow adjustment of fixed-level sources.

The ASX-2A ($95) allows for insertion of high-fidelity stereo music into monophonic audio systems. Auto-muting is included so that com and alarms have priority. The unit is powered by the main electric bus, and provides about double the power available from a battery-powered amplifier, the company says. A kit for portable applications allows connection to existing aircraft jacks, power and music sources.

The Al-1A ($55) augments or replaces electromechanical buzzers or horns and generates tones for aircraft audio systems. Because it’s part of the audio system, it triggers auto-mute circuits so that alarms can be heard over music. High-level and low-level sense inputs offer frequency and repetition rates that are adjustable for multiple device installations.

For more information, visit VxAviation.