April 2, 2009
At AERO Friedrichshafen, Cessna announced it had earned FAA approval to install Garmin’s Synthetic Vision Technology (SVT) in all Garmin G1000-equipped Skyhawks, Skylanes, Stationairs, and Caravans. SVT gives the pilot an enhanced view of the surrounding topographical features—even though the airplane may be in instrument meteorological conditions.
SVT approval for Cessna’s Mustang, 350 Corvalis, and 400 Corvalis TT models is expected in the coming weeks. Papers for European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) approval have been submitted, and European certification is expected in a matter of months.
In other AERO news, Cessna said 15 SkyCatchers and two Skylanes were ordered by Paris-based Aero-Club Hispano-Suiza. Previously, the club used aging Cessna 150s as training aircraft.
Other French orders for Cessnas include a Grand Caravan purchased by the Avignon Parachute Club, plus five SkyCatchers and a 400 Corvalis TT ordered by individual buyers.
The management team running Chelton Flight Systems and S-Tec Corp. in Mineral Wells, Texas, for parent Cobham Avionics saw an opportunity and bought in.
AOPA met with key California legislative staffers to educate them on a proposed overflight of parks regulation.
Calculating weight and balance is an important task for pilots. AOPA members share their personal favorite weight-and-balance apps.
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