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New Mako shows off her colors at Lancair’s Oshkosh display
Our first Oshkosh show since launching the new Lancair was an amazing, enjoyable and exhausting experience. Mark, Conrad and the rest of the Oshkosh team spent some sleepless nights preparing for and working at the show. Despite some last-minute scheduling hiccups with the new exhibit trailer, Lancair’s airplanes and people arrived on time, with the rest of the display following after a brief delay.

After meeting hundreds of new friends and visiting scores of longtime Lancair owners and fans, we came away from the show convinced that Lancair and its customers have a bright future.
The Mako was very well recieved, sparking considerable interest and a number of requests to reserve production slots. We expect to have a projected schedule and performance data for the new plane within the next couple of months.

The LOBO Banquet was also a treat, with a spellbinding presentation from guest speaker, Lt Col Chris Rust, USAF. Rust’s stories of flying the A-10 Thunderbolt II in Afganistan has us on the edge of our seats.

Many thanks to all our friends and supporters. If you didn’t make it to Oshkosh 2017, we encourage you to add it to your plans for July 2018.


Piper’s Up!

Piper’s Deliveries and Revenue
Continue Upward Trend in Q2 2017
VERO BEACH, Fla., August 7, 2017 — Piper Aircraft Inc. announced today its aircraft sales and delivery results for the second quarter of 2017, ending June 30. The company continued to grow its new aircraft deliveries and revenue with sales of turbine, M-Class products leading the company’s performance success. Additionally, Piper trainer sales growth is being led by the proven Archer platform with sales backlog into Q3 2018.

The company posted quarterly revenue of $52.1M and deliveries of 32 aircraft. Compared to the company performance in 2016 through Q2, Piper Aircraft sales revenue has increased $10.7M year over year, which represents a 26% increase. Additionally Piper product deliveries have grown by 13 units, when compared to the same period in 2016, which is a 30% increase. Piper Archer deliveries continue to rise with more than three times the units delivered vs. 2016, registering a 228% increase.

“Our commitment to a common sense, made to order approach, has been a key differentiator and is contributing to Piper’s success in this “new normal” market that we are all talking about. Our business model is made possible by our dedicated, experienced workforce, world class /full service Dealer Partners and a stable, long term focused ownership body.” said President and CEO, Simon Caldecott. “As we look forward to the second half of the year, we anticipate continued strong performance across our product line with a strategic focus on both Europe and Latin America.

Simon Caldecott continued, “The addition of the class-leading M600 continues to drive revenue growth. Additionally the demo tour of Europe and Africa has resulted in better than expected sales, with five aircraft sold today and several more pending. Furthermore, Piper’s offering of the only complete trainer product line is helping further augment sales and long-term commitments from some of the world’s leading flight training programs.”

About Piper Aircraft
Piper Aircraft Inc., headquartered in Vero Beach, Fla., offers aviators throughout the world efficient and reliable single- and twin-engine aircraft. The single-engine M-Class series – the M600, M500, M350, and Matrix – offers businesses and individuals elegant performance and value. The Twin Class Seneca and Seminole balance proven performance, efficiency, and simplicity in twin-engine aircraft. The Trainer Class Warrior, Archer TX, Archer DX, Arrow, Seminole, and Seneca aircraft form the most complete technically-advanced line of pilot training aircraft in the world. Unparalleled service and support is offered through a network of 38 dealers and nearly 100 service centers worldwide. All Piper airplanes feature advanced Garmin avionics in the cockpit. Piper is a member of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association.

Deep Space

NASA’s Space Launch System and Orion Team Explore Deep Space appeared at EAA Airventure Oshkosh 2017
Team Members to Feature Journey to Mars Exhibits and Forums During Event

Oshkosh, Wisconsin – NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) and Orion industry team appeared at EAA Airventure Oshkosh 2017 in Wisconsin this week to recognize local supplier companies and showcase the technologies that will launch humans into deep space.

Hear from NASA and industry experts about humankind’s next steps in our solar system, and advancements in technologies and capabilities that will launch in just two years. Meet the men and women who are building the future of space travel.

“Space exploration has always served a purpose greater than exploring space in itself,” says Charlie Precourt, former NASA astronaut, current vice president and general manager of Orbital ATK Propulsion Systems Division and vice-chair of EAA. “Humans are destined to explore – it’s what we do. But by doing so, we bring new technology into the world that greatly benefits mankind.”

This year is particularly exciting to participate in EAA AirVenture with the Apollo astronaut reunion, featured Friday night at Theater in the Woods. Every day as industry partners we honor the legacy of the Apollo astronauts as we work to build on their tremendous efforts and sacrifices and work to send humans farther into space than we’ve ever gone before.

Four major industry players are building the SLS rocket and Orion spacecraft for NASA’s exploration missions that will travel beyond the moon and into deep space. Boeing is designing, developing, producing and testing the rocket’s core and upper stages, as well as the avionics. Orbital ATK provides the five-segment solid rocket boosters that are the largest ever built for flight, together producing 7.2 million pounds of maximum thrust, boosting the SLS rocket off of the launch pad, and Aerojet Rocketdyne provides the reliable, flight-proven RS-25 and RL10 engines for the core and upper stage that carry SLS and Orion into orbit and on to deep space. Lockheed Martin is designing and building the Orion spacecraft, which will fly on top of SLS and transport astronauts farther into space than ever before.

Supporting the four prime contractors are numerous suppliers in all 50 states across the country. Current suppliers in Wisconsin include ATI Metals (Ladish Company) in Cudahy, Ellsworth Adhesives in Germantown, Hentzen Coatings in Milwaukee, Scot Forge Company in Milwaukee, and Amorim Cork Composites in Trevor.

For more information about SLS and Orion, visit:
Aerojet Rocketdyne: http://www.rocket.com/rs-25-engine
Boeing: http://www.boeing.com/space/space-launch-system/
Lockheed Martin: www.lockheedmartin.com/orion
Orbital ATK: http://www.orbitalatk.com/flight-systems/propulsion-systems/

To learn more about EM-1, visit www.exploredeepspace.com.

Raisbeck Engineering Unveils New Composite 5-Blade Swept Propeller

July 24‚ 2017 — Oshkosh, Wis. — Raisbeck Engineering is pleased to announce the launch of its new Composite 5-Blade Swept Propeller for the King Air 350 in collaboration with Hartzell Propeller. Utilizing Swept Blade Technology as an integral part of its design, Raisbeck Engineering and Hartzell Propeller have teamed to develop and certify an advanced Structural Composite 5-Blade Swept Propeller made of carbon fiber. Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) approval is expected soon, with production by Hartzell immediately following.

Designed to improve passenger comfort and performance, the aerodynamic blade design combined with advanced structural design maximizes thrust, therefore increasing performance while reducing noise for the King Air 350. “We’re very excited about this new composite propeller amd what it offers customers in terms of performance and efficiency,” said Lynn Thomas, Raisbeck’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “We’ve teamed with Hartzell because of their years of experience and quality manufacturing and standards. Raisbeck has had a long-term relationship with Hartzell and we are proud to work with them on this project.”

“By taking advantage of the aerodynamic effect of blade sweep, the strength of lightweight structural composites and robotic manufacturing technologies, Raisbeck and Hartzell have greatly improved performance across the board in all flight phases,” said Hartzell Propeller Executive Vice-President JJ Frigge. Hartzell’s new five-blade swept propellers replace the standard Hartzell four-blade aluminum-blade propellers.

Raisbeck’s Swept Blade Technology optimizes airfoil efficiency, allowing for a larger diameter propeller with less blade tip noise and a comfortable cabin environment. Other benefits include unlimited blade life, reduced maintenance costs with 6 years/4,000 hours TBO, 3 Years/3,000 hour Warranty, increased takeoff acceleration, and better landing deceleration and accel-stop. The Composite 5-Blade Swept Propeller provides a total weight savigs of 47 pounds compared to the current OEM propeller for the King Air 350. A King Air 350 equipped with the new propellers will be on display at EAA AirVenture, Hartzell booth #296-297.

About Hartzell Propeller
Celebrating its 100th year, Hartzell Propeller is the global leader in advanced technology aircraft propeller design and manufacturing for business, commercial and government customers. In business for more than a century, the company designs next generation propellers with innovate “blended airfoil” technology and manufactures them with revolutionary machining centers, robotics and custom resin transfer molding stations. With ASC-II™ composite technology, Hartzell delivers optimal performance, strength and durability with carbon fiber blades. Hartzell Propeller and its sister company, Hartzell Engine Technologies LLC, form the general aviation business unit of Tailwind Technologies Inc. For more info on Hartzell Propeller, go to hartzellprop.com.

About Raisbeck Engineering
Raisbeck Engineering, headquartered in Seattle, Wash., is a leading provider of aircraft modifications for business and commercial aircraft. Dedicated to improving performance and efficiency for aircraft owners, Raisbeck’s aerodynamically-designed enhancements deliver better performance results and improve passenger comfort. For more information about Raisbeck Engineering and our products‚ please visit Raisbeck.com. Stay connected with Raisbeck online through our Facebook‚ Twitter‚ and LinkedIn accounts.


Wings over the Rockies

Wings Aerospace Academy (WAA) is a tuition-free charter program, for 6th-10th-grade students, that offers a “blended learning” format, bringing together the best of two worlds—experiential education with on-line learning via core courses provided by a certified, multi-district charter school, the Elevate Academy; and the best of hands-on, aerospace-based STEM curricula provided by Wings of The Rockies Air & Space Museum in our aerospace settings.

Beginning academic year 2017-2018, all WAA participants will have the opportunity to help build an RV-12 airplane with assistance from WAA and museum staff!

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Flying is Passion!

Flying and owning a plane is all about passion. But, alas, sometimes when you have seen many seasons in your life, you decide that it is time to encourage others to fly rather than continue to fly yourself. That is what the owner of a Piper Cub (built in 1946) did when he decided to donate his beloved and beautifully restored aircraft to a teenager. Of course, said teenager, Kyle Carden was infected very early with the aviation bug.

So, for the former owner of the Piper Cub, it was all about encouraging him to get rated, first as a private pilot and then to pursue his dream of becoming a professional pilot.

At the tender age of 14, Kyle tends lovingly to the aircraft and receives dual instruction towards his private certificate. He will have to wait for a while before passing his check ride, as the minimum age to take the exam is 17.

There is a twist to this story.
Kyle is only the temporary owner of this Piper Cub. After becoming a professional and when ready to fly bigger and faster aircraft, it will be his duty to select the next teenager that will become the temporary owner of the plane. In the meantime, his CFI (Certified Flight Instructor), Phillip Grice, thought it would be a great experience to gain a bit of cross country experience and practice landing on various unknown airfields. But instead of organizing a few proverbial hamburger trips, Phillip sought permission from Kyle’s parents to embark on an adventure and what an adventure it will be.

Kyle departed July 19, from the Mobile Bay area, with Phillip Grice, to fly to Oshkosh, Wisconsin to attend EAA AirVenture Oshkosh or just Oshkosh to some. The plane will join the crowd of J3 Cubs converging on Oshkosh to celebrate the 80th anniversary of Piper® Aircraft and their first plane. After all, it all started with a yellow airplane!

Phillip Grice is a long-time employee of Continental Motors®, and the aircraft is equipped with a Continental Motors® A65 engine.

Vulcanair a New Plane

A soon-to-be Part 23 certified, four-seat, 180HP, Garmin IFR-equipped aircraft with a base price of $259,000*.

Vulcanair V1.0
The Vulcanair V1.0 is EASA-certified, and deliveries have begun. This aircraft rubs shoulders competitively with the C172S, Archer and DA-40, with performance specifications on par with those in its class. The significant difference? The price!



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Scout ADS-B

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Scout’s ADS-B In capabilities allow you to display subscription-free FIS-B weather and data on ForeFlight Mobile, including animated regional and CONUS NEXRAD, AIR/SIGMETs, METARs, TAFs, PIREPs, winds and temps aloft, TFRs, NOTAMs, and SUA information. Scout also receives air-to-air traffic information from ADS-B Out equipped aircraft and rebroadcast traffic from FAA ground towers (ADS-R and TIS-B). Learn more at flywithscout.com.

Note that if your aircraft is not ADS-B Out equipped, your view of traffic will be limited.

CubCrafters Flagship

Company’s Flagship XCub Receives Garmin G3X Touch Avionics 

Oshkosh, Wisconsin – July 24, 2017: Light aircraft manufacturer, CubCrafters, is pleased to announce FAA approval of a non-TSO’d, fully-integrated EFIS avionics suite as primary instrumentation for the company’s Part 23 Certified XCub. CubCrafters received the approval by amendment to the XCub Type Certificate. The amendment allows installation of the Garmin G3X Touch system, as well as Garmin’s digital autopilot.

“The introduction of the XCub in June of last year served as a catalyst for this certification effort,” says Randy Lervold, President of CubCrafters. “At the time, we recognized that the FAA’s revised “risk based” certification philosophy was forthcoming, so we chose to initially offer an analog day/night VFR panel on the new model. Longer-term, we were determined to offer the same functionality, safety and value as we do in our Carbon Cub family of aircraft. Garmin’s G3X Touch 10-inch flight display is an overwhelming favorite of Carbon Cub buyers, and it is a perfect match for the XCub as well. Now, only a year after the XCub launch, we have added the G3X suite to our Type Certificate, and more importantly, as an Option on the Order Form for 2018 deliveries. We believe the added capabilities and value offered by this new panel are game-changing.”

Certification plans for CubCrafters’ new panel concept were submitted through the FAA’s Aircraft Certification Office (ACO) in Seattle. “We were pleased that the ACO was receptive to our comprehensive, risk-based certification plans, and coordinated effectively with the Small Aircraft Directorate,” says Patrick Horgan, the company’s Director of Engineering & Product Development. “After successfully earning the new XCub aircraft TC, FAA certification and standards officials were familiar with our engineering resources, and supported this barrier-breaking program. Design, validation, and testing proceeded expeditiously, which is a testament to the strong CubCrafters’ team, and to the FAA’s commitment to implement enhanced safety technologies.”

Prior to this announcement, other companies have received approvals of non-certified products, originally intended for the experimental and LSA markets, for retrofit on Part 23 light aircraft. However, this is the first time any OEM has received such an approval for the complete primary flight instrumentation suite on a Part 23 Certified aircraft panel.

“Our new instrument panel delivers much higher performance than anything near this price point”, comments Jim Richmond, CubCrafters’ Founder and CEO. “We’ve heard from customers who own high-end aircraft with sophisticated certified glass cockpits. They tell us they prefer flying with the G3X system in their Carbon Cubs!”

“The implications for our market are clear and significant”, Richmond continues. “The FAA’s new risk-based certification philosophy will allow buyers of new certified airplanes to enjoy high-performance panel choices at prices that were unthinkable before today.”

CubCrafters’ new glass panel includes the Garmin G3X Touch flight display plus angle of attack (AOA) indicator as standard equipment. It also incorporates Garmin’s GTR 200R comm radio and GTX 335R transponder. The GTX 335 includes an integrated WAAS/GPS position source enabling ADS-B “Out” functionality, thus fulfilling NextGen requirements for ADS-B compliance in 2020. Garmin’s dual-axis autopilot, including the GMC 307 control head, is available as an option. The new panel is also “float-ready”, and accepts the control head for Wipaire’s 2100 amphibious floats.

For an introductory period, the new panel will also include the Sandia SAI 340 Quattro multi-function indicator at no additional charge. The self-powered four-in-one backup instrument provides precision Airspeed, Attitude, Altitude, and Slip indications in an easy to read EFIS presentation.

CubCrafters, along with officials from the FAA, will host a press presentation about this announcement at 10:00 A.M. on Monday, July 24 at the EAA Press Center during the upcoming AirVenture 2017. Members of the media are invited to attend.

The new panel will be available on CubCrafters’ 2018 XCub models scheduled for delivery in January. For more information, contact CubCrafters or your local Certified Sales Center.


CubCrafters, founded in 1980 by current owner and CEO, Jim Richmond, is located at McAllister Field Airport (YKM) in Yakima, WA. CubCrafters’ roots are in the 70-year history of classic taildragger aviation, but its products and services are innovative and completely modern. CubCrafters designs and manufactures Part 23 Certified, LSA and Experimental aircraft. The company’s newest introduction, XCub, substantially expands the mission profile of sport utility aircraft with its higher speed, longer range and larger payload. The Top Cub, with a useful load of over 1,000 lbs., is the most up-to-date iteration of the historic Super Cub available. The Carbon Cub has redefined expectations of “backcountry aircraft” with its light weight, powerful engine, and breathtaking performance. Three variants are offered: the original, Carbon Cub SS, is a production LSA. Carbon Cub EX-2 is the most complete aircraft kit available, and Carbon Cub FX is a clever E-AB “builder assist” program. CubCrafters also offers outside engineering, consulting, and certification services.

For more information visit CubCrafters.com.


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