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Cutter receives STC APPROVAL
Cutter Aviation has received Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) approval from the FAA to install Honeywell’s Mark VI Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning System (EGPWS) in all King Air 300 and 350 series aircraft. As part of the initial installation, Cutter Aviation has interfaced the EGPWS with a Collins MFD-85C Multi-Function Display. Cutter is in the process of obtaining a follow-on STC for the King Air 200 series aircraft with an interface to the Avidyne Flight Max Multi-Function Display. For more information contact John Rheinschmidt, Avionics Manager, Cutter Aviation Albuquerque, (505) 842-4184 or (800) 839-6268.

Adventure Aviation, the only PZL International dealer in the U.S., will be taking the new Wilga 2000 on a tour of the west as it makes its way to the Alaska Airmen’s Association meeting, May 19-20. Interested parties may make reservations for a demonstration by calling 505-525-0500.

The AOPA Air Safety Foundation said preliminary statistics announced March 16 by the National Transportation Safety Board show 2000 was the safest year yet for non-airline general aviation. That continues an
improvement trend dating back to 1946. According to NTSB preliminary data, the fatal accident rate declined to 1.11 accidents per 100,000 hours flown. That represents a 44% improvement from the 1982 fatal accident rate of 1.99. There were 591 fatal accidents then, compared with 341 in 2000.
The total accident rate showed similar improvement. The GA accident rate has been cut almost in half since 1982, from 10.9 per 100,00 hours to 5.96 in 2000. That same total accident rate was 77.83 in 1946 and 18.10 in 1970.

Flight Simulator software publisher, PC Aviator, released its highly anticipated, ground breaking Air Traffic Control Simulator, titled ATC Simulator.
ATC Simulator is a unique and highly authentic simulation that puts the user in front of the radar scope as an Air Traffic Controller safely guiding and controlling
arrivals and departures into over 48 TRACON facilities in the USA. Developed by Arlington, TX based Aerosoft (USA) and published by PC Aviator, ATC Simulator has a suggested retail price of $59.95. For more info, visit

Mooney Aircraft Corporation has unveiled its newest aircraft, the M20S Eagle2, an enhanced model of the popular Mooney Eagle Aircraft. The new Eagle2 continues to feature all of the Eagle’s most popular features, but adds increased takeoff performance, greater useful load with a Maximum Gross Weight increase, and interior luxury enhancements. For more information, contact Rocky Mountain Mooney, 1-800-513-9747.

Yingling Aviation has announced plans for a $1.5 million renovation of its facilities at Mid-Continent Airport, Kansas. The plans incorporate major changes that will require five phases of construction over a 10-month timeframe, touching virtually every department of the company and adding an all-new retail store. For more information, call 316-943-3246.

Due to the rapidly rising terrain east of ABQ, it is required that high performance aircraft be permitted to climb unrestricted to 10,000 feet MSL. As the ceiling of the Albuquerque Class C only extends to 9,500 feet, the FAA requests that VFR aircraft overflying Class C airspace, not receiving Approach Control services, do so at 10,500 MSL or above. In addition, aircraft landing at ABQ arriving from the east that are unable to check in at 10,500 feet are asked to contact Approach Control at least 20 NM from the airport.

On May 5, 2001 West Mesa Aviation is sponsoring a fly-in/drive-in event at Albuquerque’s Double Eagle II Airport for pilots to meet ATC personnel. Present will be representatives from Albuquerque ATCT, Albuquerque Center, Albuquerque AFSS, Albuquerque Flight Standards, and from the New Mexico State Aviation Department. Starting at 9:30 am, each of these groups will give a presentation reviewing ATC services that are available to all pilots. In the afternoon, all representatives will be available for a question and answer session. For more information, contact West Mesa at 505-821-2359.

Mooney Aircraft recently designated Chandler Aviation in Chandler, AZ as the only authorized Mooney service center in the Southwest. Chandler Aviation has specialized exclusively as a service facility focusing in the areas of sheet metal repairs/modifications, annuals, engine overhauls, and routine maintenance. Recently Chandler Aviation entered into a cooperative agreement with Varga Enterprises, providing discounted parts to over the counter customers, as well as discounting parts. For more information, call 480-732-9118.

Cutter Aviation, Inc. is excited to announce the addition of a new above ground fuel farm at their El Paso, Texas facility. A state of the art fuel monitoring system will be put in at the fuel farm. “With this in place we will be able to get information immediately as and when needed,” said Alfonso Moreno, General Manager at Cutter – ELP. Cutter will have two 80,000-gallon tanks, with the capacity to add another 80,000-gallon tank when needed. A small facility for the freight pilots to rest and relax will be built as part of the new addition, as well as a section for GSE maintenance. Cutter Aviation will be the only facility at El Paso International Airport with approved capabilities to wash GSE equipment. For more information contact Alfonso Moreno, General Manger, Cutter Aviation El Paso, (915) 779-0270.

Power Flow Systems has expanded on their original STC for the Cessna 172. Tuned exhaust systems can now be installed on Skyhawk models powered with the 150, 160 and 180 horsepower engines. This includes all 172’s that have been upgraded with 180hp Lycomings installed by Avconn, PenYann, Williams, or Air Plains.

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