AVweb’s weekly news roundup found reports on a training award for a California-based FBO, the opening of a new flight school in Connecticut, development of a pilot assessment tool and a new PMA for an aircraft engine upgrade company. JATO Aviation has been named the 2019 North American Training Center of the Year by Cirrus Aircraft Company. JATO conducts flight training in California’s San Francisco Bay area. Also in the training world, Learn 2 Fly CT is now offering aircraft rental and Part 61 flight training at Windham Airport (KIJD) and Hartford-Brainard Airport (KHFD) in Connecticut. The company says it is aiming to achieve FAA Part 141 certification in 2020.
Jupiter Aviation Technology Limited has announced that it is continuing development of the SurePilot Online Pilot Assessment Tool with their Project 2020 Research and Development project. As part of the endeavor, Jupiter is inviting individuals to participate in a free online assessment. According to the company, the SurePilot tool is designed to enable “assessment of the core competencies required of commercial pilots.”
Kansas-based Air Plains Services, a company that specializes in general aviation engine and avionics upgrades, has gained FAA Parts Manufacturer Approval (PMA) to manufacture Part Number APS0750144-33 airboxes for a variety of Cessna 180, 182 and 188 aircraft. The company says it has made several improvements to the new PMA airboxes including a carburetor heat control arm made from a thickened, machined billet, oil-impregnated bronze bushings replacing needle bearings, and a corrosion-resistant shaft.