Arizona Aviation Journal

iFlightPlanner Introduces Garmin GTN Flight Plan Compatibility

iflightiFlightPlanner announced today the availability of new functionality that allows pilots to create and save flight plan files for use in the new GTN 600 and 700-series avionics by Garmin.

This innovative technology eliminates the need for pilots to enter complex routes by simply saving a GFP file from to a compatible SD Card, then following the step-by-step instructions found in the Garmin Pilot’s Guide for their particular unit to activate or store the route files.

“iFlightPlanner is very excited to be the first flight planning resource offering file export capabilities for use in the Garmin GTN series of avionics,” said Andy Matthews, iFlightPlanner’s Co-Founder & Director of Business Development.  “Safety, usability and flight planning efficiency are at the core of every new feature we develop and we believe our membership will find this technology to be an incredible asset to their flying.”

iFlightPlanner has been a leader in flight plan file creation since it first introduced this type of functionality for its members in 2012, with GFP compatibility building on iFlightPlanner’s existing FPL flight plan file creation for Garmin’s G1000 and 430/530 avionics packages.  Collectively iFlightPlanner now supports five (5) different file formats – Garmin GFP and FPL, GPX, GPX for AvMap and the FMS flight plan file format used in the popular X-Plane Flight Simulator by Laminar Research.


Hartzell Awarded TC for Two-Blade Bantam Prop for Rotax Engines

hartzell for rotaxHartzell Propeller has received a Type Certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration for the new two-blade extremely lightweight Bantam propeller for use with the Rotax 912 and 914 four-stroke engines series, used mostly for light sport and ultra light aircraft.

“The Rotax 912 and 914 series of four cylinder four stroke engines perform even better with Hartzell’s new two-blade Bantam prop,” said Hartzell Propeller Joe Brown. “This will become the propeller of choice for many light sport and ultra light aircraft.”

The Hartzell Bantam propeller series consists of small, lightweight two- and three-blade propellers with a thin, wide chord and swept high performance airfoils. The recent approval covers installation of Hartzell’s two-blade Bantam propellers, featuring carbon fiber structural composite blades, hard nickel leading edges and composite spinners.


Piper Aircraft Launches M350

M350Piper Aircraft has introduced the M350, its newest top-of-the-line M-Class single-engine, piston, cabin class, pressurized aircraft with the latest in Garmin avionics. With most advanced safety features, along with a number of additional significant product improvements, the M350 has the most advanced cockpit of any cabin class, six-place aircraft available on the market.

"The 2015 Piper M350 comes equipped with the very latest Garmin avionics package for increased safety," said Piper President and CEO Simon Caldecott. "As part of our continued focus on product improvements, we identified an opportunity to give our customers the most advanced safety features available for this class of aircraft. The addition of proven avionics technology with Electronic Stability Protection, Underspeed Protection, and automatic Level Mode were among other improvements. What's more, a Piper M350 can now safely fly itself unassisted to lower altitudes in the rare case that the pilot is non-responsive at altitudes where oxygen is required."

The Piper M350 comfortably seats six with club seating. It is powered by a Lycoming TIO-540-AE2A 350 horsepower engine, sports a 213 KTAS / 395 km/h max cruise speed, and has a range of 1,343 nm / 2,487 km. The aircraft comes standard with an improved Garmin G1000 avionics suite; the 2015 M350 is listed at a competitive price of $1.15 million.
Upgraded Avionics


Terminal 3 Construction Project to Create Enhanced Experience

2014-after consolidatedsecurtiychkpt-sscpWork has begun at Phoenix Sky Harbor’s Terminal 3 to create a world-class traveling experience for airport visitors.  The phased Terminal Modernization Program will create a consolidated security checkpoint, additional ticket counters, new baggage carousels, an expanded curb for pick-up and drop off and new shops and restaurants.

The first phase of the program is already underway, and by summer of 2016, travelers will enjoy a larger security checkpoint to help them get to their gates faster in addition to modernized, expanded airline ticket counter space to make check-in more convenient.

“This program will fundamentally change the way travelers use Terminal 3,” Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton said. “With an expanded security checkpoint and additional ticket counters, travelers will find a superior and modern terminal that showcases Arizona’s natural sunlight and beauty while also providing an efficient way to move through the terminal.”

Travelers may have already noticed the changes in Terminal 3 with the removal of the old pedestrian walkway outside of Terminal 3, the relocation of the Pet Park, and the closure of two restaurants and a gift shop pre-security.  A temporary bar has opened pre-security near Paradise Bakery, and food remains available before security 24 hours a day.   


Administrator Hired to Oversee Chandler Municipal Airport

ChrisAndresThe City of Chandler has hired Chris Andres as Airport Administrator for the Chandler Municipal Airport.

Andres comes to Chandler from the City of Phoenix, where he served as Business Development Administrator for the City of Phoenix Aviation
Department’s real estate portfolio, overseeing the airport’s 550 acre commerce park, Sky Harbor’s Rental Car Center, and development and leasing
responsibilities for Phoenix Deer Valley and Phoenix Goodyear airports.

Andres, 45, will be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of Chandler Municipal Airport (CHD).  CHD is a business airport, as well as a
base for charter, transport, and sightseeing excursions, and is home to world-class training institutions. With more than 200,000 operations this
year, it is among the nation’s busiest general aviation airports.

Andres’ background includes working with the Community and Economic Development Department and the Downtown Development Office with oversight
responsibilities for several projects including the development for the Phoenix Biomedical Campus, a 28-acre City-owned urban research campus in
downtown Phoenix.

Andres has a master’s degree in planning from Arizona State University and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Earlham College.   He begins work
with the City of Chandler on March 23.



Cabri-G2_2_FINALeditGuidance Aviation has confirmed the purchase of the company's first Guimbal Cabri G2 helicopter, Serial No. 1099.  The original purchase agreement was forged between Bruno Guimbal and John Stonecipher, CEO, Guidance Aviation at HELI-EXPO 2014 pending the FAA's issuance of the U.S. Standard Category Airworthiness Certificate. The confirmation comes the same week the Cabri G2 received FAA certification.

"The G2 with its composite fuselage and rotor blades and fully articulated main rotor system bring unique developments to the helicopter flight training market. We are excited to add the Guimbal Cabri G2 to our growing fleet of 23 aircraft," states John Stonecipher, CEO, Guidance Aviation.

Bruno Guimbal stated, "We are very much looking forward to success in the US market in the wake of our growing success in 23 other countries. It is a great satisfaction and proud moment for us to have gained the trust and business of Guidance Aviation, a leader in the U.S. helicopter flight training market. We need the experience and professionalism of leading institutions like Guidance Aviation to help build our reputation of safety and profitability in the helicopter industry."

Bruno Guimbal, a former Eurocopter engineer, designed the G2 as a two seat light helicopter with a three blade fully articulated main rotor and a Fenestron-type tail rotor. The G2 is powered by a Lycoming 0-360 and first flew in March 2005.

In 2007, the Cabri G2 was awarded the EASA Type Certificate and the first production rotorcraft was delivered in France.  With the 100th G2 in its final production stages in France, the G2 is now flying in Australia, China, Europe, Hong Kong, New Zealand, South Africa, Vietnam, and the United States. The worldwide fleet has logged over 50,000 flight hours with no injury.

Guidance Aviation is an FAA approved Part 141 helicopter flight training institution with flight operations in Prescott, Arizona and Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Through their collegiate partner programs, graduates earn both their Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree, Aviation Technology - Helicopters, and the necessary FAA certificates and ratings (CFI-I) to become working, professional helicopter pilots. The institution was recognized as the nation's top business by the United States Small Business Administration in 2013, Washington, D.C. for its financial strength and philanthropy.  Guidance Aviation is a military friendly organization. The majority of both its employees and students are U.S. Military Veterans.



The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) applauded new legislation that would give general aviation pilots relief from the third-class medical process and protect them from liability on charitable flights, extend legal protections to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) representatives and require FAA contractors to provide information under Freedom of Information Act requests.

The Pilot’s Bill of Rights 2 (PBR2) was introduced Feb. 25 in both the House (H.R. 1062) and the Senate (S.571).

“The introduction of the Pilot’s Bill of Rights 2 is great news for the general aviation community and we are grateful to Sens. Inhofe and Manchin, and Reps. Graves and Lipinski, and all their bipartisan colleagues for putting forward this legislation that would do so much to help grow and support GA activity,” said AOPA President Mark Baker. “Pilots have already waited too long for medical reform, so we’re particularly pleased to see it included in this important measure. We will actively work with Congress to build support for this legislation that is so vital to the future of general aviation.”

Under PBR2, pilots flying recreationally in a wide range of aircraft would no longer need to obtain a third-class medical certificate. The new bill would allow private pilots to make noncommercial VFR and IFR flights in aircraft weighing up to 6,000 pounds with up to six seats. Pilots also would be allowed to carry up to five passengers, fly at altitudes below 14,000 feet msl and fly no faster than 250 knots. PRB2 also includes a provision to ensure that pilots can fly under the new rules even if the FAA fails to comply with the bill’s provisions 180 days after enactment.

"Pilot's Bill of Rights being signed into law in 2012 was a major victory for the aviation community, but I promised we would not stop there,” said Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Oklahoma). “Today, I am taking the next step in keeping that promise by introducing the Pilot's Bill of Rights 2, which expands upon necessary reforms and continues to cut red tape hampering the general aviation community. Among many things, the legislation most importantly expands the FAA's existing third-class medical exemption for light sport aircraft to cover most recreational airmen. This will protect the rights of thousands of qualified airmen who would otherwise be grounded due to excessive medical regulation technicalities; this reform is of great need. It is an honor to have the strong bipartisan support of my colleagues in Congress and of those in the general aviation community, and I am committed to shepherding this legislation through the 114th Congress.”

In addition to Inhofe, the Senate legislation was introduced by Sens. Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia), John Boozman (R-Arkansas), Steve Daines (R-Montana), Bob Casey (D-Pennsylvania), Jeanne Shaheen (D-New Hampshire), Angus King (I-Maine), John Barrasso (R-Wyoming), Heidi Heitkamp (D-North Dakota), Jerry Moran (R-Kansas), Pat Roberts (R-Kansas), Jon Tester (D-Montana), and Roger Wicker (R-Mississippi).  Both Inhofe and Manchin are AOPA members and Senate GA Caucus members, while Boozman serves as the Senate GA Caucus co-chair. Heitkamp, Moran, Roberts, Shaheen, Tester, and Wicker are also Senate GA Caucus members.


New Hangar/Office Project Headed to Chandler Municipal Airport

Wingspan FronteditA new-to-market concept is on its way to Chandler Municipal Airport, introducing new businesses to Chandler’s growing aviation industry.  Chandler City Council Thursday night approved a 50-year ground lease agreement for the WingSpan Aviation Center at Chandler Municipal Airport (CHD).

The first phase of the project will include 80,000SF of hangar/office space. Each hangar building may be equipped with offices, meeting space and/or an Aviation Business Lobby (ABL).

"This is an excellent project with direct freeway access and limited airspace delays that creates a really attractive opportunity for those who cater to the aviation business sector,”said Mayor Jay Tibshraeny. “WingSpan Aviation Center will be a unique addition to the development activity we’re seeing throughout the Airpark Area."

Chandler Municipal Airport anchors the city’s Airpark area, one of Chandler’s largest employment corridors, second only to the nearby Price Corridor.   The Airpark is dubbed Chandler’s ‘final frontier’ for growth as the city moves towards build-out, and fewer large tracts of commercial land are available.


Guidance Aviation Launches LZ Network

unnamed (3)Guidance Aviation has officially announced the launch of its "LZ Network", emphasizing off-airport operations and real world training. The off-airport network of helipads and landing zones includes a floating helipad atop the organization's 75'ft houseboat. Students practice pinnacle landings, confined areas, off-airport operations, and water landings. In addition to the over-water helipad on Lake Powell, Guidance has established off-airport LZ's throughout the Prescott region, providing unique flight environments and real world challenges for students enrolled in the collegiate helicopter pilot program. Development of the LZ Network was launched in the summer of 2013 and is now fully integrated into the helicopter flight training program at Guidance Aviation.

The primary helicopter flight training institution is also developing an off-airport LZ Network for students enrolled in the collegiate helicopter pilot program at Baton Rouge Community College, including landing on oil rig platforms.

"Flying helicopters airport to airport just doesn't cut it in the commercial helicopter flight training world..Guidance Aviation provides real world experience and training... It takes a unique skill set, a unique perspective, and a unique kinesthetic sense. This is what Guidance Aviation is all about. Real World Training. Real World Skills," states John Stonecipher, CEO, Guidance Aviation.



The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association’s (AOPA) Air Safety Institute has released a new accident case study that focuses on handling aircraft in-flight instrument failures, pilot spatial disorientation and air traffic control communications during an emergency -- lessons that pilots of all skill levels will benefit from.

In the latest episode in the Air Safety Institute’s (ASI) accident case study series, this 13-minute video uses air traffic control tapes and radar tracks to examine events that resulted in the failure of the Piper Cherokee 160’s vacuum system and heading and attitude indicators during an instrument flight from Summerville, S.C. (KDYB) to Fayetteville, N.C. (KFAY).

The National Transportation Safety Board found that the probable cause of the Dec. 16, 2012 accident was spatial disorientation, but the ASI case study shows that many other factors and failures were also at work during that afternoon flight.

The video highlights the nature of a vacuum pump failure, and examines the confusion among the pilot and air traffic controllers during two instrument approaches in conditions that included minimal ceilings and visibility.