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 TruTrak Aims for Affordable Autopilots in Certified Market

TruTrak is a maintstay in the experimental market with its well-regarded, sophisticated autopilots at affordable prices. Now, following the lead of EAA and Garmin, TruTrak aims to make its new Vizion autopilot available for certified airplanes, starting with the Cessna 172. And this is no stripped down wing lever, but a full-featured three-axis autopilot that even includes some envelope protection with minimum and maxium airspeed and an emergency wings-level button.


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 Hot Air Balloon Crash Kills 16

Officials in Texas are reporting that there likely are no survivors in the crash of a hot air balloon carrying at least 16 people. The balloon went down nar Lockhard, Texas early Saturday morning and initial reports indicate it caught fire before crashing.


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 Four Killed In California Med-evac Crash

A twin-engine Piper PA-31 Cheyenne being flown for a medical transport mission crashed in Humboldt County, California, near the Oregon border, on Friday morning, killing all four on board. The pilot had reported smoke filling the cockpit at about 1 a.m., according to FAA spokesman Ian Gregor. The airplane had taken off about 30 minutes earlier, headed for Oakland, about 360 miles away. The pilot told ATC he would try to return to Crescent City, but controllers then lost contact.


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 Lancair To Sell Legacy Assets In Favor Of Evolution Series

The assets of Lancair International's older kitplane series are for sale as the company splits off into another entity that will focus on its more advanced Evolution series of experimental aircraft. Lancair announced this month it has an "all-inclusive offering" to a buyer to take over the assets, inventory and customer base for the Lancair 320/360, IV, IV-P, ES and Legacy.


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