Man, Those Things Are Everywhere!
LoPresti SpeedMerchants told ANN Wednesday its upcoming Fury
single-engine, retractable two-seat aircraft will offer an
interesting and innovative piece of technology: a fully-integrated
Apple iPod digital audio recorder.
The reason to include an iPod goes far beyond a pilot's ability
to take his or her music with them when they fly, said LoPresti VP
of Operations RJ Siegel. (Or even ANN's Aero-Casts --
"This is a watershed technology for aviation," said Siegel, "and
we are delighted to be the first to bring it to market. It would be
very nearsighted to think of the iPod as merely an entertainment
In fact, Siegel says, the iPod brings three unique abilities to
the Fury cockpit:
LoPresti has implemented the iPod to serve as a digital data
recorder. With the ability to record over 500 hours of flight time,
the iPod becomes the first truly portable, personal flight recorder
with a huge recording capacity
Using it as an audio recorder, LoPresti has the ability to
capture and replay audio on demand. This includes cockpit
conversation, as well as two way audio transmissions such
LoPresti notes iPods are also easy to replace, and
available on almost every street corner. "The complete antithesis
of aviation electronics," as LoPresti puts it. The iPod replaces
several expensive, and heavy, components, such as CD players.
Instead, the iPod delivers over 10,000 tunes and serves cockpit
"This is the perfect marriage of a consumer product to the
aviation market," said Siegel. "The iPod has an ideal product spec
for aviation. It's light and small, with very low power
requirements and a simple interface. By introducing such a
mainstream device to aviation, we open the door to increased
functionality at bargain basement prices."
"There are thousands of developers passionate about writing
applications for the iPod," Siegel added. "With such a large body
of programmers we literally have no idea what the next great
aviation application may be."
LoPresti will assemble the Fury... an updated, 215-knot variant
of the venerable Swift... at its recently announced facility in