1.SIMCOM Offers Mustang Sim Training​​

SIMCOM Aviation Training has added a new Citation Mustang full-flight simulator and is offering initial, recurrent and upgrade training on the Mustang series. The FAA Level C simulator is a state-of-the art device with electric motion and a high-resolution visual system. It is located in the company’s Scottsdale, Arizona, Training Center.




2. ATP Flight School Grows Fleet

ATP Flight School has ordered 10 Cessna Skyhawk 172 aircraft — growing the school’s fleet of Skyhawk pistons to nearly 150 — 50 of which Textron Aviation will have delivered new since 2016. The new aircraft feature Garmin G1000 NXi avionics with autopilot technology that complies with the FAA’s recently implemented Technically Advanced Aircraft rule, which allows students to train exclusively in the Skyhawk to complete both their commercial rating and their check rides for commercial and certified flight instructor ratings.

ATP Flight School

Jacksonville, Florida


3. Zendure Passport Pro Universal Adaptor

Zendure announced its new universal travel adaptor, the Passport Pro, which features simple one-hand operation, four USB outputs, multi-region AC outlet and ground connection. Passport Pro is 16% smaller than its predecessor Passport and includes a reusable fuse that can be reset with the press of a button. The unit can work in over 200 countries and regions. The Passport Pro also has a baby-proof connector shield.



4. FAA Approves Avfuel Online Training

Avfuel Corp. has received FAA approval for its online fuel safety training programs, which are part of the Avfuel Training System. FBOs and operators can use Avfuel’s online Line Fuel Service and Supervisory Fuel Service Training to ensure compliance with FAA fuel safety regulations as outlined by 14 CFR 139.321.

Avfuel Corporation

(800) 521-4106


5. Mooney Adds Buyer Programs 

Mooney International Corp. is expanding production and adding sales programs  — such as MooneyShares and Fill & Fly — to entice buyers and keep up with improving market demand. MooneyShares allows two buyers to share acquisition and fixed costs. The program, run by Partners in Aviation (PIA), reduces the risk of traditional partnerships, according to the company. PIA helps pair buyers together, provides co-owner autonomy and coordinates scheduling, maintenance and other factors, and develops a clear exit strategy. Mooney, based in Kerrville, Texas, plans to deliver 20 M20V Acclaim Ultra and M20U Ovation Ultra aircraft this year. Mooney says that number is expected to double in 2019.


Kerrville, Texas


6. Stratos Unveils 716X Kit

Stratos Aircraft is taking an interim step in its move to certify a very light jet by first offering the aircraft as a kit. The six-seat aircraft, unveiled at the EAA AirVenture in  Oshkosh, Wisconsin, is called the Stratos 716X (for experimental). It is the outgrowth of the Stratos 714, which has amassed 185 flight hours in 130 test flights. Besides verifying performance, handling and systems, test flights have also gained market feedback. Customer feedback has led to the revised aircraft, the Stratos 716X, said Carsten Sundin, Stratos engineering manager. The revised aircraft retains the wing as the 714, but has a new, 31-in.-longer composite fuselage, a 21-in.-longer tail, an additional 2 in. between seats for more comfortable seating, more room for baggage and other features. Stratos is not ready to announce performance figures for the 716, which will be equipped with the Pratt & Whitney Canada JT15D-5 engine, rated at 3,000 lb. of thrust.


Redmond, Oregon


7. Dynon Unveils New Products

Dynon unveiled the D3, the latest edition of its Pocket Panel EFIS, and the DRX, a portable, dual-band ADS-B traffic and weather receiver. The equipment replaces the D2 and features synthetic vision and a touchscreen interface. The Dynon DRX is an ADS-B traffic and weather receiver that supports connectivity with most mobile apps, including ForeFlight and FlyQ. 


Woodinville, Washington


8. Flying Colours Installing Gogo Avance L3 in Challengers 604/605

Flying Colours Corp. is installing Gogo Avance L3 connectivity systems in two Bombardier Challenger aircraft, a CL604 and CL605. The systems are “proving popular on midsize aircraft with missions based mainly in North America,” the company said. More installations are confirmed.

Flying Colours Corp.

Peterborough, Ontario

Chesterfield, Missouri 

9. Satcom Direct Adds Training Courses In Latin America

Satcom Direct is boosting its offering of professional training courses to the Latin American business aviation community with new subjects. The first 4-hr. workshop was attended by pilots from four Brazilian business aviation operators and focused on improving crew understanding of the Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System through the SD Flight Deck Freedom data link communications service. All materials are delivered in Portuguese. Future pilot courses are likely to cover the use of electronic flight logs, flight planning tools and flight data analysis, Satcom said.

Satcom Direct