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Retractable floats for your amphibian aircraft


Australian company Tigerfish Aviation has developed a way to get your amphibian plane from lake to lake while increasing the distance and decreasing the fuel cost when you and Crocodile Dundee fly from barbie to barbie.

The company says its retractable floats reduce fuel consumption, while increasing range, payload, speed and operating cost.

Tigerfish says the design, which pulls the floats into a belly beneath the fuselage, can be retrofitted to regional airliners, utility aircraft, executive aircraft, UAVs and military transports.

Of course, if you are looking for a new toy to go from lake to air, you can check out our complete list of amphibian aircraft for sale here.

WHAS Crusade for Children Aviation Poker Run -- THANK YOU!!


This past weekend’s Aviation Poker Run to benefit the WHAS Crusade for Children raised more than $1,500.


The images above are of Noah and D.J. Stickler, two teens helped by the Crusade, who took turns flying a Piper Cherokee. WHAS 11 has video of their experience here., along with Eagle Aviation, give thanks to the following companies and organizations for their support. Here is to making it even bigger and better next year.


A Taste of Kentucky

Aero Club of Louisville

Alley Theatre

Bearno’s Little Sicily

Buckhead Mountain Grill

Central Bank

Crown Trophy

Dick’s Sporting Goods


Goodyear Tires


Jeff Ruby’s

Kentucky Derby Museum

King Fish


Le Relais Restaurant

Louisville Regional Airport Authority

Louisville Bats

Louisville Screen Print

McCauley Nicolas

Robinson Technical

University of Louisville Athletic Department


Wells Fargo


WHAS Crusade for Children

Wildwood Country Club


Kits quickly find fuel cell leaks with helium tracer

Aerowing has several helium-detection devices to locate fuel leaks that they say saves time and ensures the job is done right the first time.

They include the Heilitest Wing Kit (pictured above) and tank pressurization system.

Using helium as a tracer gas, the leak is discovered in the fuel cell, pinpointing the problem.

All technologies offered on the site are approved by the U.S. Air Force. Find out more about the products at the Aerowing web site here.


The Cobalt Co50, a piston pusher that will hit 280 mph

Slick design? Check. Huge windows? Check. A turbo-charged piston engine that can scream through the sky? Check and mate.  This plane looks like it can play in the big leagues.

Cobalt Aircraft is unveiling its Co50 280-mph-piston pusher at Oshkosh next month.

Founded by a Georgia Tech aerospace grad, the Co50 project began in 2002.

Featuring a spacey interior and an enormous wrap-around windshield, the designers cleared the drawing board before developing this aircraft.

A 350-hp twin-turbo TSIOF-550-D2B pushes the Co50 to hit 245 KTAS at 8,000 feet, according to the company’s web site.  The site also features interactive tools to check out aircraft specs, such as weights and range.

The company soon will begin flight-testing for certification. Representatives will hold a press conference 10:30 a.m. July 28 at Cobalt’s display at Airventure, booths No. 21 and 22.

Cessna Citation X gets an upgrade for 2011

The Citation X will get a boost starting next year — in the cockpit and in the cabin.

Cessna announced this week that new jets will feature a Honeywell Primus Elite avionics suite, a modification on the current Honeywell Primus 2000 system. 

The Elite suite features LCD display of high-resolution approach charts, XM weather in the U.S. and southern Canada, map capabilities to show geographical and political markers, airspace and airways.

New CMS features in the Cessna jet include touch-screen controls and MP3 inputs.

The new Citation X cabin includes better stereo and an updated Airshow display, including dual Blu-Ray players and an HD display monitor in the forward closet.

UPDATE: The following is from AINOnline.

A Cessna spokesman told AIN the work will be done exclusively by the company’s nine Citation factory service centers. “While we have announced that this feature will be available we are still working on final certification and won’t know the downtime required for installation until 2011. We are looking at a cost of about $585,000,” he said.

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