Archive for January, 2010

Piper Aircraft Adds PiperSport LSA to its Line

Thursday, January 21st, 2010
By Kyle Garrett

scdaveata_copy(3)Piper Aircraft announced the newest addition to its family of aircraft, the PiperSport LSA. According to the company’s website, the entry level LSA model starts at $119,900 and the fully loaded version tops out at $139,900, including advanced avionics, Dynon flat panel instrumentation, and an autopilot. The light sport aircraft will be available in three levels of trim and all will include a BRS airframe parachute. The plane is powered, like most LSAs, by the venerable Rotax 912 which runs on either 100LL aviation fuel or premium unleaded auto fuel.

The all-aluminum PiperSport is a re-badged version of the Czech Sport Aircraft “SportCruiser” which has been available for several years worldwide. Click here for more information on the PiperSport LSA.

Fly Helicopters for Haiti Relief

Thursday, January 21st, 2010
By Allison Row

c_f_1473_1253025909In an effort to support the rescue efforts in Haiti, Jerry Trimble Helicopters (JTH) has committed to donating $1 to the Red Cross for every revenue flight hour.  “The images we see from Haiti are devastating and it is everyone’s responsibility to give whatever they can” says Jerry Trimble, President and Owner of JTH.

JTH is a helicopter flight training school located in McMinnville, OR (MMV) offering primary and advanced flight instruction in the Robinson R-22 and R-44.  Contact Alison at if you want to know more about how you or your school can make a difference.

Flight Training Schools Finally Getting Good News

Friday, January 8th, 2010
By Kyle Garrett, President,

It’s been a long time since the flight training industry, or even the aviation industry as a whole received any good news. From the “Big Three” car makers showing up in D.C. in business jets to beg for money to would-be suicide bombers trying to ignite various pieces of their clothing, flight schools have had a rough time with the media and public perception. USA Today continues its biased assault on general aviation, even though its parent corporation owns and operates a private jet. The flight training industry is in need of some good news and improved public perception, and it may actually be getting it.

Finally, some good news is beginning to trickle out of the industry and media, which may ultimately lead to more new students learning to fly. The front runner story is probably Flight 1549’s documentary “Brace For Impact” which will air on January 10 on TLC. Harrison Ford lends his star power to narrate this 60 minute close up of U.S. Airways’ successful ditching in the Hudson river in 2009.

Sony’s epic disaster movie 2012 featured a nervous student pilot, John Cusack, saving his family and friends by taking control of a twin Cessna and flying off into the sunset. And another Hollywood celebrity created some media good will when Zach Braff of the TV show Scrubs flew his Cirrus cross country for an interview on the Ellen DeGeneres show.

Other rays of light include ABC’s The Bachelor TV show. This season’s contestant, Jake Pavelka, is an airline pilot and owner of an aerobatic aircraft he flies for fun. The season premier featured several minutes of footage showing Jake in his element as a flight crew member at work and out for a Sunday drive in his own aircraft doing barrel rolls and other aerobatic maneuvers. This high-profile pilot will hopefully help the public perception of flying for a living.

And just this week, Cessna announced it’s re-hiring 180 employees it let go in 2009. While it’s a drop in the bucket for the other 8,000 currently furloughed, it’s still a sign that times are changing for the better for the aviation industry, and that yes, we may actually have hit bottom and are on the way up.

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