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.

Legend Cub Offers New Prop Option

American Legend Aircraft and Texas Sport Aircraft, manufacturers of the certified Legend Cub LSA and the Texas Sport kit aircraft, announced that the company has recently certified and approved a new 72-inch Sensenich prop for the airplanes that will increase cruise performance by as much as 10 mph; during testing, the Sensenich allowed for a 108-mph cruise. The ground-adjustable prop allows operators to tune their aircraft for the particular type of flying they do.

In addition to this new prop, customers may still choose from a variety of options including fixed-pitch aluminum and classic wood props.

For more information, visit American Legend Aircraft or Texas Sport Aircraft.

Rick & Ace's GlaStar: Finding Face Time with the Project

When we last visited Rick Lindstrom and Len (Ace) Rodriguez, they had just trucked their new (used) fast-track GlaStar project to its new home in Livermore, California. Admittedly, it took awhile for them to roll up their collective sleeves and fully contemplate just what they had done, but they eventually carved out a bit of time to assess the damage. Here's Rick's report.

The first order of business was to take inventory and organize the parts. This is harder than it looks, as some of the parts, such as the fuselage assembly (which ended up sitting on a pad on the floor), the wings, tail, rudder and horizontal stabilizer (which ended up occupying a couple levels of pallet rack), are quite large.

I personally want to thank whoever invented the forklift.

The smaller parts ended up neatly on several shelves, and the Glasair folks do a pretty good job of labeling everything with parts numbers and descriptions. There are a good number of compartmentalized containers for all of the small parts, and it takes some time to become familiar with exactly where everything lives in the small plastic boxes. The only things we couldn't find after purchasing the kit from the original owner were the tires. Of course, it was only after I bought a replacement set for $300 that she called to report that she discovered them neatly tucked away in a cupboard, and when could I come pick them up?

Before setting upon the GlaStar construction in earnest, we took some time to build a large, flat melamine surface 4 feet wide by 16 feet long to accommodate the larger airframe structures. It was a good warm-up for working on the airplane itself, as our workmanship was definitely on the rusty side. Not quite Three Stooges in nature, but it did take longer than we thought to get the oversized table to quit rocking fore and aft whenever it was touched. A few braces fixed this nicely, but they uglied up the structure significantly.

When it's really quiet, I can hear a faint tick, tick, tick, relentlessly urging me to get back to the shop to make some real progress. I think that's the only real cure.