Tuesday, October 27, 2009

NAFI Master Instructors Named

National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI), reports that several Certified Flight Instructors have got new NAFI Master Flight Instructors while some rewed their Master status. It is recognized by FAA which earned through continuous professional activity and peer review.

Earned Masters: Jeffery Duncan, Phoenix; William Dryden, San Diego; and Micheal Walcker Vallejo, California.

Renewed Master Status: Wallace Moran, Summerville, South Carolina; Matthew McDaniel, Oak Creek, Wisconsin; Jason Blair, Allegan, Michigan; Charles Skelton, Branford, Connecticut; Raymond Brown, Avon Lake, Ohio; Carla Dedera, Bonners Ferry, Idaho; and Dale Wilson, Ellensburgh, Washington.

Sonex Debuts Sub-Kits for Xenos Motorglider

Photo: Sonex Xenos Motorglider
Sonex Aircraft has expanded its sub kit product line to include the Xenos Motorglider.

19' 9"
Wing Span (Utility):
45' 8"
Wing Span (Aerobatic, solo):
39' 4"
Wing Area (Utility):
158 sq ft
Wing Area (Aerobatic, solo):
144 sq ft
Tail Configuration:
Tail Height: 59"
Tail Width--with tail tips:
(interior width required for enclosed trailer)
Main Gear Width: 71" (with wheel pants)
Primary Structure:
6061 Aluminum
Cockpit Width:
40 in. More Info
Fuel Capacity:
16 US Gal
Stall Speed (clean):
44 mph [71 km/h]
Maneuvering Speed:
115 mph [185 km/h]
Never Exceed Speed (Vne):
150 mph [241 km/h]
Performance 80 hp 2180 AeroVee 120 hp Jabiru

Empty Weight (average)

750 lbs 760 lbs
Baggage (Max) 40 lbs 40 lbs
Range 400 miles 350 miles
Cruise Speed @ Sea Level* 100 mph 120 mph
Cruise Speed @ 8000 ft (TAS) 120 mph 140 mph
Power Loading (GW/HP) 15.938 10.625
T.O. Distance 300 ft 250 ft
Landing Distance 300 ft 300 ft
Service Ceiling (Calculated) 29,000 ft 34,000 ft
Utility Category 80 hp 2180 AeroVee 120 hp Jabiru
Gross Weight 1275 lbs 1275 lbs
Useful Load 525 lbs 515 lbs
Rate of Climb 800-1000 fpm 1200-1400 fpm
Positive Load Factor +4.4 Gs +4.4 Gs
Negative Load Factor -2.2 Gs -2.2 Gs
L/D 24:1 24:1
CG Limits 25-36% Wing Chord 25-36% Wing Chord
Aerobatic Category 80 hp 2180 AeroVee 120 hp Jabiru
Gross Weight - Aerobatic 1050 lbs 1050 lbs
Rate of Climb 1000-1250 fpm 2000+ fpm
Positive Load Factor +6.0 Gs +6.0 Gs
Negative Load Factor -3.0 Gs -3.0 Gs
CG Limits 27-32% Wing Chord 27-32% Wing Chord

Iowa Children’s Museum Opens New Exhibit

The "Take Flight! the science of aviation" exhibit has now opened at the Iowa Children's Museum in Coralville, Iowa. The exhibit features flight simulators built into kid sized planes, an air traffic control tower, hot air balloon, pedal planes, remote control flight simulators, Bernoulli's Wind Table, Cessna 150, Paper Airplane Flight Cage, Pig Parachutes and more. It is supported by NASA under grant award #NNX09AL32G

Iowa Children's Museum (Coral Ride Mall, 1451 Coral Ridge Ave., Coralville, IA. 52241)