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Janitrol Aero heaters will not be affected by the FAA’s proposed AD on South Wind aircraft cabin combustion heating systems

MONTGOMERY, ALA., Jan. 31, 2017 – Mike Disbrow, president of Hartzell Engine Technologies (HET), announced today that as a result of its asset purchase of C&D Associates in 2016, the company is now producing a line of South Wind replacement heaters under the Janitrol Aero brand.

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“Our new Janitrol Aero brand heaters are FAA STC and/or PMA approved and will not be affected by the FAA’s proposed AD on South Wind aircraft cabin combustion heaters,” Disbrow said.

Once issued, the AD related to the FAA’s most recent Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) will require that owner-operators with the affected South Wind heaters (8XXX series and 9XX series), comply within the next 10 hours of heater operating time, or next scheduled maintenance activity, whichever occurs first.

“As written in the NPRM, along with some other inspections and tests, the AD will require a pressure decay test (PDT) on the South Wind heater’s combustion tube. For the tube to pass, it cannot have any leaks,” Disbrow explained.

“The FAA estimates that 90 percent of these heaters will fail the PDT,” he continued, “And, according to the AD, any tubes that fail must be replaced. The AD does not allow for any repairs.

“Should the owner-operator decide to replace the South Wind combustion tube, the AD also mandates that they repeat the compliance testing every 250 hours of heater time or every two years, whichever comes first,” he said.

Disbrow said that while the test is not difficult, there are only a limited number of aircraft maintenance facilities that are experienced and equipped to perform the required testing and compliance procedures.

Another challenge facing shops with regard to the PDT is that it is also more difficult to conduct on-wing than on a bench.

“The FAA estimates that there are over 6,300 aircraft affected by this AD—we think that over 2,500 of those will be Piper Apaches, Aztecs and Twin Comanches,” Disbrow said.

“Even if some operators choose to disable their cabin heater, there are still thousands of piston singles and twins that will need to comply.

“If an owner-operator waits until the AD is issued and they fly-off the allotted 10 hours of heater operation time, there just won’t be enough capacity at all the heater shops to handle the deluge of South Wind systems needing testing and repairs,” he continued. “That will leave thousands of owner-operators likely facing next winter without cabin heat.

“There is a way to beat the rush. Hartzell Engine Technologies’ has Janitrol Aero cabin heaters that are FAA PMA approved as direct replacements for the South Wind 8XXX series, and for Piper owners we also have FAA STC kits to replace the South Wind 9XX series heaters,” he added.

“These can be purchased and installed ahead of the AD and will not be affected by the proposed AD when it is issued.

“By the time you factor in the cost of the South Wind heater AD testing, replacing the combustion tube and the periodic compliance testing,” he continued, “you would pay for a sizeable amount of the Janitrol Aero STC heater kit.

“And any licensed maintenance facility can change out the heaters, which will save the owner-operator a lot of added aircraft downtime.”

Janitrol Aero replacement heaters can be purchased directly from HET or through one of its authorized distributors. Distributor information can be found by visiting Hartzell.aero/contact/.

The NPRM containing a draft of the current AD is available at https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=FAA-2014-0603-0013.

For further information about Hartzell Engine Technologies and its products, visit Hartzell.aero.

VERO BEACH, Jan. 11, 2017 – Piper Aircraft has received an order for 50 Archers from its dealer in China, China Air Shuttle.

China Air Shuttle, based in Beijing with branches in different provinces of China, will begin to take delivery in Q2 of 2017. China Air Shuttle also intends to order and stock more trainers to meet the fast-growing flight training market in China.

The fleet of aircraft will be manufactured and certificated at Piper Aircraft’s factory in Vero Beach, Fla., and then shipped to China where they will be reassembled by China Air Shuttle’s affiliate company in Rizhao, Shandong Province, China.

The facilities in Rizhao will be developed to a localized delivery center for prompt service including reassembly, training, maintenance and product support for Chinese customers.

As the approved Piper Dealer for Archer airplanes in China, China Air Shuttle will then distribute those aircraft to some of the major flight schools and General Aviation companies of the region.

Ruixiang Flight Academy has been announced as the launch customer by Li Chen, Chairman of China Air Shuttle. Ruixiang Flight Academy purchased two Piper Seminoles in Q2 of 2016, and currently operates the popular multi-engine trainer in its ab initio flight training program.

“Mr. Zhang Liguo, chairman of the Ruixiang Flight Academy commented, “In considering our options for an all-metal training aircraft, the Archer’s low wing configuration offered more wind stability as well as ease of maintainability.

“Additionally, we recently purchased Piper PA-44 Seminoles for twin engine training. The Seminole and Archer share many common parts—in fact, nearly 80 percent are interchangeable, which results in lower operating costs and higher efficiency.

“These factors were the primary reasons that we selected the Piper Archer as the single-engine trainer, and make both aircraft highly marketable to a flight school.”

“Piper Aircraft trainers have been widely used in China for more than a decade with over 45 Piper Seminoles sold to Chinese flight training institutions. We are pleased that the Archer will now also be used in fight training academies throughout China,” said Jeremy Prost, Piper’s Asia Sales Manager.

The high demand for pilots, along with the Civil Aviation Authority of China’s move to accommodate General Aviation as well as the infrastructure improvements seen in China, are leading to the establishment of a multitude of new flight schools and General Aviation companies.

“We want to have the Archer readily available in China to answer those company’s aircraft purchase needs,” said Chen Li, Chairman of China Air Shuttle. “This aircraft’s safety record, ease of maintenance and low acquisition and operating costs will be instrumental to the Archer’s success in China.”

“As part of Piper’s commitment to the training market as well as part of our overall growth strategy, we have increased our presence in the Asia Pacific region. As a result of our efforts we are delighted with the increase in fleet sales to Indonesia, Australia and Malaysia,” stated Simon Caldecott, president and CEO of Piper Aircraft, Inc. “We continue to see a growing interest for our trainers worldwide with almost 150 currently on order.”

For more information and news, visit piper.com.

Jan. 12, 2017 –The FAA has granted Sandia Aerospace an additional TSO on its popular SAI 340 Quattro Plus multifunction indicator. In addition to attitude, altitude, airspeed and slip, the SAI 340 is now TSO’d for Instantaneous Vertical Speed, or (I)VSI.

Unlike a standard VSI that has a six- to eight-second lag, the SAI 340 gives virtually immediate vertical speed indications. The vertical speed is shown on the SAI 340 in both a tape and digital format. In addition to the (I)VSI, the new software version also adds an adjustable altitude bug.

The SAI 340 is a stand-alone attitude indicator that is ideally suited for standby applications with today’s glass cockpits. It is also suitable as a stem gauge replacement unit in older aircraft.

The SAI 340 has an internal battery that provides two hours of standby operation in case of loss of aircraft power. The lithium-ion battery is enclosed in a metal case and meets the requirements of RTCA DO-347, ensuring safe operation.

With the addition of the (I)VSI TSO, the SAI 340 now holds eight separate TSOs. Existing SAI 340 owners can arrange to get their units upgraded to the latest software by contacting the Sandia Aerospace service department at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at 505-341-2930.

Sandia Aerospace is providing the software at no charge to existing customers—they only pay for the labor to install the software, recalibrate the unit and shipping charges.

Check out the SAI 340 Quattro Plus and Sandia Aerospace’s other products at sandia.aero.

Each day of weeklong event has unique highlights and themes

EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Jan.12, 2017 – Historic aviation achievements, legendary pilots and groundbreaking innovations will all be featured as some of the themes of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2017, held July 24-30 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wis.

The events create a weeklong series of highlights for the 65th annual EAA fly-in convention. The fly-in annually draws an attendance of more than 500,000 people and 10,000 airplanes.

Among the themes schedule for each day are:

  • Monday, July 24: Opening day and a tribute to legendary aviator Bob Hoover, who died last October
  • Tuesday, July 25: Innovations Day, featuring the latest creations and inventions in the sky, plus a 25th anniversary celebration of the EAA Young Eagles program, which has flown more than two million young people since 1992
  • Wednesday, July 26: Honoring the 75th anniversary of the famed Doolittle Raiders mission over Japan, and the annual WomenVenture activities that encourage aviation participation by women of all ages
  • Thursday, July 27: Commemorating the 90th anniversary of Charles Lindbergh’s solo flight over the Atlantic Ocean, and a look to the world’s future in space
  • Friday, July 28: An Apollo space program reunion, and EAA’s annual Salute to Veterans Day
  • Saturday, July 29: Bomber Day, which welcomes a parade of bomber aircraft from throughout military history, plus an observance of the 8th Air Force’s 75th anniversary
  • Sunday, July 30: Fox Valley Day, a thank-you to the Oshkosh region for the support of The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration held in Oshkosh since 1970, as well as what is known as the “world’s greatest aircraft departure show.”

“EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is known as a full week of unmatched activities, unique airplanes and unforgettable moments, but these themes create unique highlights for each one of the seven days,” said Rick Larsen, EAA vice president of communities and member programs.

Larsen, who coordinates AirVenture features and attractions, added, “No place brings all this together in the same way as we do at Oshkosh.”

More details on these AirVenture theme days, as well as additional features and attractions, will be announced as they are finalized.

Additional EAA AirVenture information, including advance ticket and camping purchase, is available online at eaa.org/airventure.

Crew members from numerous Apollo missions expected to attend

EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Jan. 31, 2017 – Astronauts from the Apollo missions that put humans on the moon for the first time are expected to be at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2017, as the “World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration” commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Apollo program.

The 65th annual EAA fly-in convention is July 24-30 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wis.

The reunion is expected to be the largest gathering of Apollo astronauts at Oshkosh since the memorable 1994 “Salute to Apollo” program that brought together 15 of the men who were the faces of the American effort to put men on the moon.

Many of the activities will be centered on AirVenture’s Apollo Day on Friday, July 28, which is highlighted by a major evening program at Theater in the Woods.

“A number of Apollo astronauts have already committed to the event, as have other people closely involved with America’s space program during that era,” said Rick Larsen, EAA’s vice president of communities and member benefits who coordinates AirVenture features and attractions.

“This will be a rare, unforgettable gathering of the people who met the challenge of flying to the moon and safely returning, representing hundreds of thousands of individuals who contributed to its success. You may never get another opportunity to see the people in person, up close, as you will at Oshkosh this summer.”

It is expected that crew members representing many of the Apollo missions will attend. Those who have already confirmed their attendance include Frank Borman (Apollo 8); Walt Cunningham (Apollo 7); Fred Haise (Apollo 13); Jim Lovell (Apollo 8 and Apollo 13) and Al Worden (Apollo 15).


Additional astronauts are expected to confirm their attendance in the coming weeks. Further details on events and schedules will be announced as they are finalized.

For more information about EAA AirVenture’s 2017 attractions, visit eaa.org/en/airventure.


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Aircraft Spruce & Specialty Co. is pleased to announce that it has purchased the former home of Paul and Audrey Poberezny in Oshkosh, WI and will make the home available to the EAA for tours and special events. The original stone farmhouse is over 100 years old and was Paul and Audrey's home from 1991 until his death in 2013. Located near Wittman Field, the 9 acre estate reflects the standards and culture the Pobereznys utilized in building the world's leading sport aviation organization, EAA, and the world's premier aviation event, AirVenture. This home hosted many of aviations leaders and icons, and countless aviation artifacts and photos representing the relationships and events that shaped Paul's remarkable life are on display throughout the home, providing insight into the lifetime passion and vision of one of aviation's greatest leaders. This is where Paul built airplanes, read about aviation history, and wrote countless letters and articles. As he often said, "There isn't a day that goes by that I don't say the word airplane".

Aircraft Spruce and the Irwin family have maintained a close relationship with the Poberezny family and EAA for over 50 years and is honored to have the opportunity to partner with the EAA to make this historic home available to EAA members and aviation enthusiasts in the years ahead. Contact EAA for details on visiting the Poberezny home beginning in the summer of 2017.

Aircraft Spruce’s complete product line is available at www.aircraftspruce.com. Request your complimentary copy of the company’s free 1100+ page catalog (available in print, CD, or PDF formats).


U.S. Navy Blue Angels include Oshkosh on their 2017 performance schedule

EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wisconsin — (December 19, 2016) — Some of the world’s top air show performers have made their commitments to fly at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2017 – The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration – as part of the afternoon and night air show lineups.

Those performers include aerobatic champions and longtime Oshkosh favorites. In addition, the U.S. Navy Blue Angels have reconfirmed that Oshkosh is on their 2017 schedule, with work continuing to bring their full performance to AirVenture for the first time. They will add to the one-of-a-kind aircraft and performances that are part of the popular daily shows. EAA AirVenture 2017 is the 65th annual Experimental Aircraft Association fly-in convention, scheduled for July 24-30 at Wittman Regional Airport.

“This is already an outstanding all-star air show lineup and we’re just getting started,” said Rick Larsen, EAA’s vice president of communities and member benefits who coordinates AirVenture features and attractions. “We use the feedback collected each year to bring favorite performers back to Oshkosh, while adding exciting new acts, and air show attractions connected with particular aircraft, events, and anniversaries.”

Among the performers and aircraft already planning to appear at Oshkosh in 2017 are:

AeroShell Aerobatic Team (T-6s)

Vicky Benzing (Stearman)

Jeff Boerboon/John Klatt Airshows (Sasquatch)

Bob Carlton (SubSonex JSX-2)

Kirby Chambliss (Edge 540)

Matt Chapman (Extra 300LX)

Class of ’45 (P-51/Corsair)

Kevin Coleman (Extra 330SC)

Kyle Franklin (Dracula)

Mike Goulian (Extra 330SC)

Rob Holland (MX-2)

Jerry Kerby (RV-8)

Greg Koontz (Xtreme Decathlon)

Sammy Mason (Pitts S-1S)

Paul McCowan (American flag skydiver)

Patriot Parachute Team (skydiving)

Jim Peitz (F-33C Bonanza)

Gene Soucy/Teresa Stokes (Showcat)

Bill Stein (Edge 540)

Skip Stewart (Prometheus)

Team Redline (RV)

Sean D. Tucker (Oracle Challenger III)

Patty Wagstaff (Extra 300LX)

Matt Younkin (Twin Beech)

Along with these early confirmations, many more exciting performers will be announced, including some not-seen-anywhere else performers and aircraft flying at Oshkosh. Exact days for each performer and complete daily air show lineups will be announced as they are finalized.

About EAA AirVenture Oshkosh

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is the “World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration” and EAA’s yearly membership convention. Additional EAA AirVenture information, including advance ticket and camping purchase, is available online at www.eaa.org/airventure. EAA members receive lowest prices on admission rates. For more information on EAA and its programs, call 1-800-JOIN-EAA (1-800-564-6322) or visit www.eaa.org. Immediate news is available at www.twitter.com/EAA.

Garmin is pleased to announce an aviation-specific addition to the VIRB Ultra 30 action camera family, offering several new accessories tailored to capturing rich, high definition footage in-flight. VIRB Ultra 30 is a waterproof action camera with the power to shoot stunning Ultra HD footage at 4K/30fps. The VIRB Ultra 30 contains a suite of new features, including voice control, an intuitive LCD color touchscreen and one-touch live streaming. Built-in 3-axis stabilization and enhanced connectivity with a variety of Garmin products combine to provide pilots with a premier action camera tailored to capturing superior in-flight footage.

The VIRB Ultra 30 aviation in-cockpit bundle includes a stereo headset audio cable, so pilot-to-pilot communications and air traffic control transmissions may be embedded within the video. A prop filter is also provided to eliminate propeller distortion created while filming video in-flight or capturing high quality still photos. The VIRB Ultra 30 aviation in-cockpit bundle also includes a cage mount, which is the smallest and lightest way to mount VIRB Ultra inside the cockpit.

With G-Metrix™, VIRB Ultra utilizes internal sensors such as the high-sensitivity GPS, accelerometer and gyroscope to capture even more performance data. For example, pilots can review in-flight footage to see how many G’s were recorded during a flight maneuver and overlay the data overtop the video. In addition to G-Metrix data, VIRB Ultra is Connext-capable so aviation-specific data such as aircraft pitch, roll, lateral acceleration, turn rate and more can also be received from the G3X Touch flight display or Flight Stream 110/210/510 and overlaid within the video.

Cross-product compatibility with D2 Bravo, D2 Bravo Titanium, Garmin Pilot and the aera 660 aviation portable offers pilots even more functionality, which comes with the same reliability and superiority pilots trust with their Garmin avionics. VIRB Ultra also features the ability to connect to the GMA 350c and GMA 245 series audio panels via Bluetooth, which can embed audio overtop rich, high definition video, without the need for a headset cable.

The VIRB Ultra 30 also features Sensory TrulyHandsfree™ voice control so customers can speak several straightforward commands to the camera – even when utilizing the headset audio cable in the cockpit. Commands such as “OK Garmin, start recording,” or “Ok Garmin, remember that,” tag specific moments within the video so recordings can be effortlessly reviewed afterwards.

Once video is recorded, customers can take advantage of the free VIRB Mobile app, which can live-stream video footage and allow pilots to view, edit and share videos that automatically highlight the best moments in-flight. When connected, one-touch live streaming allows customers to easily share high-definition videos in real-time by streaming live to YouTube™. VIRB Edit desktop software is an easy-to-use editing program that allows customers to auto-create videos, add music, trim video clips and incorporate transitions to perfect in-flight video.

The VIRB Ultra 30 aviation in-cockpit bundle offers pilots a comprehensive package to takeoff and go flying with the most popular accessories used by pilots. This all-inclusive package is expected to be available next week for $499.99. For additional information, visit: www.garmin.com/aviation.

VIRB Ultra Aviation Bundle $499.99

    • VIRB Ultra action camera
    • Headset audio cable
    • Propeller filter1
    • Cage mount

1. The propeller filter is intended for in-cockpit use only. A propeller filter that can be used with the waterproof case is sold separately.


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