ANN's Annual Review Of The Year That Was: Sport Aviation In
Final Compilations by ANN News Editor, Tom Patton
Sport Aviation is about fun ... flying for the sheer joy of
being in the air. From new designs to advanced technology, the
sport aviation world made large strides this past year, but had
it's share of sad news as well. Here's a look back at some of the
stories we brought you through 2009.
On the opening day of the US Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring,
FL, Paradise USA LLC unveiled its new P1 SP -- a version of the
Brazilian-sourced P1 light sport aircraft, with hand controls for
Garmin kicked off this year's US Sport Aviation Expo in
Sebring, FL with the announcement of its new GDU 370 and GDU 375 developed for
the light sport retrofit and experimental aircraft segments...
Explorer Aeronautique Inc. designed what is a very interesting LSA made
entirely out of composite materials, powered by a Jabiru 3300 and
pushed along by a Sensenich two-blade prop...
The NTSB preliminary report on an Extra 300 fatal accident shed little light
on potential causes for the 45 degree descent and impact into 225
foot deep waters near Santa Barbara, CA. The one person aboard,
Stephen Birch, had reportedly been flying for thirty years...
The National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) began transitioning to a board that
is comprised of at least 51 percent of directors elected by NAFI
AVSIM, a website dedicated to flight-simmers and the community
that enjoys aviation simulation, was hacked by person(s) as yet unknown and that
the damage was so great that the site, for now, is down and
unlikely to return any time soon...
Dynon Avionics released two new EFIS products. The EFIS-D6 and
EFIS-D60 offer modern glass panel avionics at the low cost of $1600
Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg unveiled the Solar Impulse HB-SIA at
Dübendorf airfield close to Zurich. It is the first aircraft
designed to fly both day and night without fossil fuel or
Fears that Blue Mountain Avionics (BMA), a small company which
created some very powerful and economical EFIS products targeting
the experimental market, might be shutting down were confirmed by company founder
Greg Richter on the BMA website...
LSA manufacturer Flight Design has recently entered the Indian market, and the largest
flight school in India, Academy of Carver Aviation Pvt. Ltd.,
has become a Flight Design Pilot Center and the distributor for
Tom and Mary Noonan went to the Laconia Airport Authority in
the lakes region of New Hampshire proposing a tandem skydiving business they hoped to locate
at the airport. The situation remained unresolved...
The FAA released the long-awaited final order that revises the
amateur-built aircraft certification policy known as the 51 percent
rule, as well as Advisory Circular 20-27G, the guide for amateur
builders on how to properly certify every step of the building
Vans Aircraft announced RV-10 kit number 1000 had been shipped to a customer
in Irving, TX...
The Shelton, Connecticut Planning and Zoning Commission said
the White Hills Eagles RC Club can keep flying at a local farm, but they will
have to abide by new rules it says will promote safety...
Counsel provided to the EAA by Korn/Ferry International
culminated in the award of the global executive search engagement
for the EAA's next President...