...Plus Lancair, Aviat, Chelton, Symphony, Piper, More
Plenty of the established certified airplane manufacturers and kitplane companies will be in Lakeland this week also, with new aircraft to show and product updates to boast about. Aviat Aircraft is bringing several new Huskies, showing off the recently STC'd weight-saving MT propeller and a newly modified aileron/flap combination. Lancair President Bing Lantis will announce details of a new "set and forget" climate-control system for the production models Columbia 350 and "world's fastest certified piston single engine" 400, and talk about company expansion initiatives. Chelton Aviation has a new digital autopilot mounted in a Cheetah. Watch your inbox for two special editions of AVweb straight from the show, arriving Wednesday and Friday, with a wrap-up next Monday. Other news we'll be gathering includes an update from Symphony Aircraft, which says it will introduce its new strategic partners (and perhaps some new hardware). New Piper Aircraft CEO Chuck Suma is holding a press conference to deliver a company update. We'll also look for news from Innodyn Motors, which is at work on a small turbine for the experimental market and had planned for first delivery this past February.