At Sun 'n Fun 2019, Daher Aircraft introduced a first for turboprop singles: autothrottles. The system is integrated within the TBM940's Garmin G3000 integrated flight deck, providing an additional layer of envelope protection, including automatic descent mode. The company also introduced a new automatic deicing system for the TBM910 and TBM940 models. Larry Anglisano took a look at the new features with Daher CEO Nicolas Chabbert and prepared this video summary.
Phil Lockwood explains the differences in the new Gen-3 AirCam first shown at Sun 'n Fun 2019. More powerful engines allow for a gross-weight increase and the possibility of a third seat. Sorry, back-seat drivers; there are only controls in the front two seats!
TruTrak Flight Systems set out to deliver a budget-based retrofit autopilot for certified aircraft with the Vizion system and has been delivering the system for installation in a variety of aircraft. Aviation Consumer Magazine Editor Larry Anglisano caught up with TruTrak's Andrew Barker at Sun 'n Fun 2019 for an update on approvals and interfacing.
Always on the prowl for exceptionally cool stuff at airshows, with cameras rolling KITPLANES Magazine Editor Paul Dye and Larry Anglisano set out to find three cool things on display at Sun 'n Fun 2019 in Lakeland, Florida, and prepared this video report.
Sling Aircraft's Jean d'Assonville and Wayne Toddun made the trip from Torrance, California, to the Lakeland area for Sun n Fun 2019 without a fuel stop. From an easy ride at 17,500 feet with a ripping tailwind to dodging rain showers in a frontal system at 800 feet over the Gulf of Mexico, the pair relied on the Sling's turbocharged and intercooled Rotax 915, modern Garmin avionics and plenty of relief bags. d'Assonville recounts the flight and hits the highlights of the Sling TSi in this video.
Last year Vashon Aircraft set out to revolutionize the Light Sport market with an under-$100K, all-metal, Continental-powered glass cockpit-equipped airplane that was both easy and fun to fly. To see how that's been working, AVweb's Russ Niles caught up with company founder John Torode at Sun 'n Fun 2019 in Lakeland, Florida.
At Sun 'n Fun this week, Levil Avionics debuted a new ADS-B In receiver to drive various tablet-based systems with no-cost weather and traffic. In addition to the dual-band receiver, the Astro Link has a built-in WAAS GPS receiver and full AHRS module for attitude information. This allows the Astro Link to provide valuable backup attitude data to connected tablets.
The historic C-47 "That's All Brother" stopped in at Sun 'n Fun 2019 before heading overseas this summer as part of the D-Day Squadron, the American contingent participating in the Daks Over Normandy flyover which will be crossing the English Channel to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day on June 6, 2019. Pilot and member of the Commemorative Air Force Tom Travis discussed the significance of the aircraft, its recovery and restoration, and the reasons behind maintaining warbirds with AVweb at the show.
A week ahead of Sun 'n Fun 2019, MGF is finishing certification work on its new SkyDisplay light aircraft HUD (Head Up Display) and AVweb's Paul Bertorelli took a demo flight in it with the company's Charlie Schneider.
Piper Aircraft announced the addition of a new PA-28-based trainer aircraft at Sun n Fun 2019 in Lakeland, Florida. The VFR-only Pilot 100 and the IFR-capable Pilot 100i version were designed to meet the need for a durable, lower-cost aircraft option for flight schools. Piper CEO Simon Caldecott gave AVweb the details at the show.