October 14, 2011
By Alton K. Marsh
Vulcanair, Italian maker of twin-engine aircraft, has won approval in Europe to install the Garmin G950 glass cockpit system. FAA approval is expected shortly under a joint agreement.
The avionics suite will be available for the P68C and P68R (retractable), which have a conventional nose, and the P68 Observer with a clear nose for aerial search and surveillance. The system allows the Observer series to have an IFR cockpit without losing visibility.
Vulcanair has also redesigned its cockpits for the three models by repositioning circuit breakers and moving switches to improve ergonomics and safety. Also redesigned are the ventilation and heating systems.
AOPA Pilot Senior Editor Alton Marsh has been a pilot since 1970 and has an airline transport pilot certificate and instrument and multiengine flight instructor certificates, aerobatic training, and a commercial seaplane certificate.
AOPA President Mark Baker and AOPA Foundation Executive Director Jim Minow are challenging one another to see who can recruit the most Hat in the Ring Society members for the foundation before the end of the year.
Two general aviation airports located two miles apart in a remote section of northeast Oregon are coming alive, thanks to pilots and area residents.
Installing a fuel farm at Berrien County Airport in Nashville, Georgia, could increase the airport’s economic impact on the local community from its last reported $682,200 to nearly $1 million, according to AOPA.
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