On June 26, we will gather at Bowman Field (KLOU) to fly out and raise money for the WHAS Crusade for Children in an Aviation Poker Run. The above video comes from the Crusade’s web site.
It is a fantastic cause, from which every penny goes back into the communities that support it.
In addition to the poker run, there will be music, food, a Monte Carlo event and children’s activities. Check out our registration page for more info. Even if you cannot make the event, you can donate to the Crusade online.
Many King Air C90s can now fly faster on less fuel.
Hawker Beechcraft Services announced this week at its Wichita headquarters that it has completed testing and certification on a composite winglet for the King Air 90X.
The composite combines the aerodynamic benefits of a winglet with a gross-weight increase that increases handling, range and payload, a press release said.
The 90X package, first unveiled at last year’s EAA Airventure, now is available at all U.S. HBS service centers.
Read the entire release from Beechcraft here.
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On the heels of the volcanic eruption that disrupted air travel in Europe for much of last month, EasyJet has announced it will be the first airline to test AVOID, a radar system to detect ash clouds.
According to the London Daily Telegraph, the Airborne Volcanic Object Identifier and Detector (AVOID) will allow pilots to spot volcanic debris up to 62 miles ahead of an aircraft between altitudes of 5,000 and 50,000 feet.
Airbus will attempt the first test in an A340.
EasyJet estimates that the investment to test and install the radar will cost only a fraction of the millions the company lost last month in fares from cancelled flights due to the eruption.
The above video comes from AvWeb and IFR Magazine. It gives some GPS Tricks for VOR Clearances.
Elsewhere in the sky, the FAA granted a supplemental-type certificate just before the Memorial Day holiday for a Garmin glass panel for helicopters. The G500H displays airspeed, attitude and vertical speed in addition to moving maps and terrain, with the option of having PFD on the left or right.
The certificate covers the Bell 206 and Bell 407. Garmin says the G500H takes the best features of the G600 and G500. It is compatible with the GNS 430W/530W series.
You can pick one up for just under $25 grand, including the GDU 620 display/control unit, GRS 77H AHRS, GDC 74H digital air data computer, GMU 44 tri-axial magnetometer, and GTP 59 temp probe. The Garmin HSVT also is has a G500H option for around $8,000.