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Sporty’s Concludes Successful Fly-in and Awards Sweepstakes RV-12

Sporty’s Concludes Successful Fly-in and Awards Sweepstakes RV-12

Showers didn’t dampen spirits for hundreds of attendees

A few lingering showers didn’t keep pilots from Sporty’s 11th annual fly-in. Hundreds of attendees enjoyed a full static aircraft display, exhibits, seminars and introductory flights. Sporty’s promised a fly-in “rain or shine” and that’s exactly what happened.

The fly-in hosted the largest number of exhibitors ever. Seminars from Sporty’s, ForeFlight, and Garmin were near capacity. While fly in traffic was down, drive in traffic was up – and Sporty’s loyal customer-attendees enthusiastically consumed upwards of 700 free hot dogs. Lots of interest was shown in new aircraft on display which fly-in participants could examine up close.

“We had people flying in to Sporty’s the following day, on Sunday – of course, a clear, sunny day – just to visit and shop at our retail store,” says Sporty’s President Michael Wolf.

Happiest Customer of All
A highlight of the fly-in was Wolf’s annual phone call to the Sporty’s customer who won Sporty’s Aircraft Sweepstakes – this year a 2015 RV-12. The winner is Rick Okikawa of Sacramento, California, who is a relatively new pilot. He began as a customer with Sporty’s two years ago when he purchased Sporty’s Learn to Fly Course for his training. Last year, he earned his private certificate. A ForeFlight subscription qualified Okikawa as a customer for this year’s sweepstakes.

When informed by Wolf that he is the 2015 Sweepstakes winner, a stunned Okikawa laughed and replied, “This is kind of surreal,” and then added, “I’ll be pinching myself making sure I’m awake.”

Okikawa will travel to Batavia in the weeks ahead to claim ownership of his airplane. Sporty’s announced its next sweepstakes airplane will be a Legend Cub.

In case you missed it
Whether you arrive by aircraft or car, the welcome mat is always out at Sporty’s. The Sporty’s campus includes its pilot shop, flight school, FBO and more. And if you visit on a Saturday, you can enjoy Sporty’s famous weekly cookout from noon to 2pm. For more information, visit

Micro AeroDynamics’ VG Kits Raise the Service Ceiling

Anacortes, WA – In the past quarter-century, Micro AeroDynamics has sold over nearly 20,000 Vortex Generator kits to the owners of over 700 models of GA aircraft. The company, through its extensive flight tests has accumulated extensive documentation about the enhanced effects VGs have on stall speed and slow flight control. They have learned recently that there seems to be an added
benefit they never sought to validate: vortex generators will increase the service ceiling of an aircraft by 15 to 18 percent.

Dick Britton, a CFI, was climbing over icing conditions in a Cessna Skylane and topped the clouds at 22,000 feet, 3,100 feet above the service ceiling number in the POH. Jim Price went for an altitude record in his Long EZ. He got to 31,000 feet the first time, then installed VGs and made it to 35,027 feet, breaking the earlier record of 33,600 feet for his class. There was a similar story recounted by a Luscombe pilot.

The belief held by Micro AeroDynamics is that the service ceiling of an aircraft is reached when the available power has diminished to the point that the ensuing angle of attack breaks up the boundary layer, preventing any more lift. With vortex generators attached, the angle of attack remains below the critical point for an additional several thousand feet. This would be due to the effect the VGs have on keeping the boundary layer intact. "It's a benefit we hadn't researched," said Anni Brogan, President of Micro AeroDynamics. "However, it does appear to be valid
and as we saw in the case of Mr. Britton, it could be a tremendous asset in trying to rise above bad weather systems. We are not recommending that pilots take off to challenge the service ceiling of their aircraft, but it's useful to know you may have a little more in the bank than you thought."

Emergency AD 2015-10-51

This emergency AD was prompted by reports of Avidyne IFDs displaying incorrect course deviation indication information during GPS approaches (incorrect display of lateral deviations). This condition occurs when the airplane is flying in certain approaches, the leg to the Final Approach Fix (FAF) is active, and the leg to the FAF is not aligned with the final approach course (i.e., an angled entry to the FAF). The software of the Avidyne IFDs as referenced above will produce lateral deviations to the final approach course as soon as the leg to the FAF becomes active. Therefore when the leg does not align with the final approach course, the CDI will show a deviation when, in fact, the aircraft is on the proper course for the active leg. This could result in the pilot making flight decisions that put the aircraft in unsafe flight conditions, flying into airspace that was, by the GPS approach design, to be avoided (terrain, obstacle, traffic, restricted).

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Hartzell Engine Technologies Announces FAA PMA for it's ASG Series Alternators on Cessna Piston and Turbine Aircraft

Hartzell Engine Technologies Announces FAA PMA for it's ASG Series Alternators on Cessna Piston and Turbine Aircraft

PMA provides alternator eligibility for the majority of Cessna 172, 182, 206 and Caravan aircraft.

Montgomery, AL, (May 4, 2015) — Representatives of Hartzell Engine Technologies LLC, announced today that the company has received Parts Manufacturer Approval (PMA) for its ASG series of alternators. The company supplies the ASG series alternators for Cessna OEM production and the PMA also provides eligibility to replace older Ford units on a variety of Cessna single and twin-engine aircraft. ASG series alternators are 24V and are available with 60- or 95-amp output.

"The Ford units found on many Cessnas built before 1986 are over 30-years old. Hartzell, along with other alternator shops have overhauled many of these units multiple times. This PMA will make moving up to our new ASG units a cost-effective alternative to overhauling current alternators," Mike Disbrow, president of Hartzell Engine Technologies (HET) said. "While these new ASG alternators are direct form and fit replacements for the old 24V Ford units (DOFF10300B and E3FF10300AA), there have been some improvements incorporated to their design and manufacturing."

"For example, both the 95- and 60-amp units incorporate an improved rotor design with more wire turns than the old Ford units they replace. This improves low-speed performance – making more amps at idle power," he said. "In addition, both the 95- and 60-amp units have incorporated life enhancements over the Ford units."

"The 60-amp units have improved brush material for better wear characteristics and the 95-amp units have improved heat sinks to keep the rectifier cooler," Disbrow said.

He also explained that another improvement Hartzell has made to the ASG series alternators has been the use of its resistance bond processing on every rotor.
"Rotor short circuits are a common failure mode of the older alternators due to chafing between the wire turns," he said. "The resistance bonder quickly fuses the rotor wire down to the core, which eliminates the risk of internal shorts. In addition, as part of the process the machine automatically tests each unit for a variety of electrical performance parameters. This assures greater consistency and reliability."

"After final assembly every alternator we produce also undergoes a thorough pre-delivery performance audit at our state-of-the-art testing station. Finding issues here will dramatically reduce problems in the field," Disbrow said. "Our goal with our alternators and every product we manufacture is to provide the best performance, reliability and value possible."

The newly received FAA PMA includes the following Hartzell alternator models:

ASG10001-17 (60A/28V, Small Frame Ford mount) used on Cessna 172R, 172S, 182S and 182T, as well as being eligible to replace Cessna/Ford alternators on legacy 28V, 188 and 207 model Cessnas. Replaces Ford DOFF10300B (Cessna P/N 1570213-7) and Cessna P/N 9910591-5 and -11.

ASG10001-13 (60A/28V, Small Frame Ford mount) eligible to replace Cessna/Ford alternators used on several legacy 28V single engine Cessnas, including 152, 172, 177, 180, 128, 206 and 207. Replaces Ford DOFF10300B (Cessna P/N C611503-0101 and -0102).

ASG10001-18 (60A/28V, Small Frame Ford mount) used on Cessna 206H, T206H. Replaces Cessna P/N 9910591-6 and -12.

ASG12000-1 (95A/28V, Large Frame Ford mount) is eligible on many 28V legacy piston engine Cessnas, including: 182, R182, T182, TR182, A188, T188, U206, TU206, 207, T207, 210, T210, P210, and T303. Replaces Ford E3FF10300AA (Cessna P/N C611505-0102) and Cessna P/N 9910592-1.

ASG12000-2 (95A/28V, Large Frame Ford mount) used on all Cessna 208s. Replaces Cessna P/N C611505-0201 and 9910592-2.

ASG12000-3 (95A/28V, Large Frame Ford mount) used on Cessna 182S, 182T, T182T, 206H, T206H with 95A option. Replaces Cessna P/N 9910592-3.

Hartzell Engine Technologies also offers the ES-4000 alternator, which is an FAA PMA approved replacement for Cessna/Ford alternators on 14V Cessna 172 and 182 models, replacing Cessna P/N C611501-0102.

Hartzell Engine Technologies' ASG series alternators are now available through the company's authorized distributors, as well as through Cessna support.

All new Hartzell alternators purchased from an authorized distributor carry a three-year/1,000-hour (whichever comes first) warranty, whereas overhauled units are limited to a six-month/250-hour (whichever comes first) warranty.

About Hartzell Engine Technologies LLC.
Hartzell Engine Technologies LLC, along with its sister company, Hartzell Propeller Inc., form the general aviation business unit of Tailwind Technologies Inc., a growing aerospace technology company. Hartzell Engine Technologies is the leading OEM supplier of aircraft cabin heating solutions and engine accessories, including turbocharging systems, aircraft alternators, starters and fuel pumps. For further information about Hartzell Engine Technologies and its products please visit:

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015 NOTAM Now Available for Pilots Flying to Oshkosh

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015 NOTAM Now Available for Pilots Flying to Oshkosh

Oshkosh air traffic procedures are required reading for all aviators flying to AirVenture

EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wisconsin — (April 24, 2015) — The Federal Aviation Administration has released the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015 Notice to Airmen (NOTAM), featuring arrival and departure procedures for EAA's 63rd annual fly-in convention July 20-26 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh.

The NOTAM, which is in effect 6 a.m. CDT on Friday, July 17, until noon CDT on July 27, outlines procedures for the many types of aircraft that fly to Oshkosh for the event, as well as aircraft that land at nearby airports.

This year's NOTAM cover features a photo of a ground volunteer directing taxiing aircraft at Wittman Regional Airport. The NOTAM was designed by FAA, in partnership with EAA, to assist pilots in their EAA AirVenture flight planning.

While the overall procedure is similar to past years, there are some changes compared to the 2014 version. Some of those changes include:

MOA active in central Wisconsin
TFRs near Milwaukee, July 25-26
Fisk VFR arrival description
Communication frequency updates
IFR departure routings

The PDF version of the NOTAM can be downloaded through the EAA AirVenture website or pilots can request a free printed copy by calling EAA Membership Services at 800-564-6322. Printed copies will be mailed after the FAA completes printing the NOTAM, which is anticipated in May. Additional hints and tips for pilots arriving at and departing from EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015 available at the AirVenture website.

About EAA AirVenture Oshkosh

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is "The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration" and EAA's yearly membership convention. Additional EAA AirVenture information, including advance ticket and camping purchase, is available online at EAA members receive lowest prices on admission rates. For more information on EAA and its programs, call 1-800-JOIN-EAA (1-800-564-6322) or visit Immediate news is available at

Airworthiness Directive 2015-CE-006-AD

We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Cessna Aircraft Company (Cessna) Model 402C and 414A airplanes. This AD requires repetitively inspecting the engine mount beams for cracks and contacting Cessna for FAA-approved corrective action if cracks are found. This AD also requires sending an inspection report to the FAA and to Cessna. This AD was prompted by reports of cracks found across the engine mount beams. We are issuing this AD to correct the unsafe condition on these products.

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SAIB: CE-15-13 Regarding Seat Belt Mounting Bracket

This Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin is to alert owners, operators, and maintenance technicians of an airworthiness concern with aluminum seat belt mounting brackets affecting all Cessna Models 120 and 140 airplanes. Textron Aviation has issued Service Bulletin SEB-25-03, dated February 17, 2015, to address this concern.
At this time, the airworthiness concern is not an unsafe condition that would warrant airworthiness directive (AD) action under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 39.

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Be Your Own Best Flight Instructor with Sporty’s IPC and Flight Review Apps

Be Your Own Best Flight Instructor with Sporty’s IPC and Flight Review Apps

April 14th, 2015-

Now available for Android

With the one-two punch of Sporty's apps, you will have no worries when it comes to your next flight review. Using a visual menu system, the Instrument Proficiency Check app is divided into six subject areas and 27 individual video segments. Based on Sporty's award-winning Instrument Rating Course, the IPC app contains more than 160 minutes of engaging 3D animations and in-flight video.

Then add Sporty's Flight Review app to make sure you are thoroughly prepared. This Flight Review App is also divided into six segments and 42 topics including aeromedical factors, airspace, publications, regulations, airport signs and markings, and weather. Each of these areas is then broken down to sub-topics within each category.

"The combination of these two apps provides a focus for your flight review prep," says Sporty's Vice President John Zimmerman. "The menu system allows you to hone in on your weaker areas to make the most of your test prep time."

Both apps also include interactive review quizzes to reinforce key concepts. The Instrument Proficiency Check app comes with a bonus: the FAA publication "Instrument Proficiency Check Guidance." This helpful guide is useful for both students who are getting ready to complete an instrument proficiency check, as well as for flight instructors preparing to give one.

"We know the goal is to earn that endorsement," adds Zimmerman, "but these two apps go way beyond that. You'll get a thorough refresher course in all aspects of VFR and IFR flight as you prepare."

These two apps, which join Sporty's existing Flight Review and Instrument Proficiency apps for iPad and iPhone, work on Android phones and tablets.

Sporty's Flight Review Android App [91005A] is available for $29.99 and the Instrument Proficiency Check [91006A] is available for $39.99. Both may be purchased at or at the Google Play Store.

About Sporty's
Now in its 53rd year, Sporty's has grown from a one-man operation launched by Hal Shevers to the world's largest pilot shop and an iconic general aviation brand. Sporty's operations extend to airport management, avionics installation and repair, aircraft maintenance, a residential airport community, new aircraft sales and flight training, including for the University of Cincinnati's professional pilot program. Located at Clermont County/Sporty's Airport (I69), Sporty's is philanthropically dedicated to expanding the general aviation community with both pilots and skilled technicians.

WOAW Volunteer Pilots Fill the Skies over Albuquerque with Free “First Flights"

WOAW Volunteer Pilots Fill the Skies over Albuquerque with Free “First Flights"

April 2015-

(ALBUQUERQUE, NM) The Women of Aviation Worldwide Week "Fly it Forward Challenge" event at Albuquerque, New Mexico's International Sunport (KABQ) turned out to be an astounding success, with 712 free "first flights" in private aircraft given to females during the week of March 2-8.

The event was cosponsored by pilot Dianna Stanger, who flew 441 girls over four days in her EC120 helicopter, and by Del Sol Aviation and Cutter Aviation, two businesses located at KABQ. Other volunteer pilots who played key roles in introducing so many girls and women to flying included Ramona Cox, who flew 164 girls in her Cessna Turbo 206, plus Bobbie Lind, Zack Hererra, Susan Larson, Lanny Tobbing and Darrick Coffield.

The successful Albuquerque event was awarded with several titles from WOAW's Fly it Forward challenge. Stanger won the “Most Dedicated Female Pilot Worldwide” title, while Cox picked up the "first runner-up" in that category. Jasmine Gordon was honored with the WOAW Week's "Top Event Organizer" award for her work organizing the event at KABQ, and won $1,000 (CAD) for aviation or communication training offered by the members of the Institute for Women Of Aviation Worldwide.

Albuquerque International Sunport was awarded the 2015 “Most Female Pilot Friendly Airport Worldwide” title by WOAW as the aviation community that introduced the most girls and women to flying in a small aircraft during the week. No American aviation community has qualified for this title since Frederick, MD, won the title in 2011.

Throughout the seven days of Albuquerque's "Fly it Forward" week, expected large crowds from Albuquerque area schools, local Girl Scout troops, and the general public arrived at KABQ ready to be inspired. Gordon and Jodi Preston organized a total of 89 volunteers to staff the massive general aviation advocacy event, and coordination planned weeks in advance between KABQ Air Traffic Control, loading/unloading crews on the ramp and volunteer pilots ensured that the event ran smoothly.

A number of static displays and booths to let attendees learn more about aviation were included in the week-long event. Eric Auxier, a Captain for a major U.S. airline, spoke about the training required to become a professional pilot, and Cox, a "backcountry flying" expert explained how she flies her Cessna T-206 into tiny airstrips in the wilderness. Representatives from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and New Mexico's State Aviation Divisionand other exhibitors were on hand, and an Eclipse 550 Twin-engine business jet was on indoor display.

Since Women of Aviation Week's 2015 theme was "100 years of female pilots in combat," there was a significant military presence at the event. Lieutenant Colonel Michele Boyko of the USAF was among representatives of the U.S. Armed Forces present on Saturday and Sunday to discuss flight safety, joined by members of the U.S. Air Force 550th Special Operations Squadron and 150th and 58th Special Operations Wings. A USAF HC-130P/N “King” - the only dedicated fixed-wing, extended-range Personnel Recovery platform in the Air Force inventory - was also on static display.

Many parents said their children enjoyed the aviation event. "I'm pretty sure we have a future pilot in our Girl Scout troop," said Lisa Gunderson, "thanks for the amazing experience!" And Amy Scott Gibson said "Thank you so much for bringing this event to Albuquerque! My girls and I had an amazing experience today with our pilot, Ramona Cox. She is an excellent ambassador for women in flight!"

"Being a pilot for this 'Fly it Forward' event was more fun that I could have ever imagined," said Cox. "I flew mothers, daughters and military women, and watching their faces transform from anxious anticipation to sheer glee was amazing. I can’t wait for next year and would recommend the experience to all female pilots that have it in their hearts to act as role models for future generations."

Women of Aviation Worldwide Week (WOAW) is an international event that creates an opportunity to impact females on a very large scale. In "Fly It Forward" events around the world in 2015, volunteer pilots introduced 7,343 girls and women to flight in a small aircraft, a 28% increase over the 2014 final tally for free flights. Since 2010, the events have flown 21,656 free "first" flights worldwide.