Redbird Migration Two Weeks Away 

Migration is just two weeks away! 

Migration kicks off in two weeks on Monday, Oct. 16. We look forward to hosting you at the EAA Museum to inspire, educate, and connect the flight training industry (Register Here). Here’s what is in store for you…

Each day starts off with some stellar keynote speakers in the Founders Wing.

  • Sean D. Tucker, Aerobatic Pilot 
  • Jack Pelton, EAA Chairman & CEO
  • Bill Ayer, Retired Chairman & CEO of Alaska Air 
  • Pete Bunce, GAMA President & CEO 
  • Mark Baker, AOPA President & CEO 
  • Craig Fuller, Redbird Co-Chairman
  • Hon. Christoper Hart, NTSB Board Member
  • Tyson Weihs, ForeFlight Founder & CEO
  • Capt. Carl Davis, Director of Boeing Global Services

The small group breakout sessions will inspire and motivate you. You’ll travel back home with some great ideas.

  • Best Practice for Teaching in a Redbird 
  • Pilot Proficiency on a Local Level
  • Effective Flight Debriefings
  • Maintaining the “Right Attitude” Accident Investigation
  • Bringing Redbird GIFT into Your Flight School


There is still time to register and invite your colleagues to join you at Migration! 



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Thousands of Drones Coming to San Jose, CA 

Exhibitors and Education Sessions Covering a Variety of Cutting Edge Industry Applications
The commercial drone industry is gathering at the San Jose Convention Center for the next several days of educational sessions, demonstrations, exhibits, and workshops. With experts from various industries coming together to discuss the current applications of drone technology and the future full of opportunities for drone operators, this year is sure to be Drone World Expo’s best event yet. The trade show and conference will run Tuesday, October 3, and Wednesday, October 4, with pre-conference workshops starting today.
“We are thrilled to be back in San Jose, the heart of Silicon Valley, and gather thousands of commercial drone users to hear from over 125 speakers and see the latest technology on display and in action,” said Joelle Coretti, Vice President and Event Director.  “We have a phenomenal line-up of sessions and amazing thought leaders who will be presenting the most up-to-date regulatory information, commercial applications and user cases. You never know what might be announced or unveiled at Drone World Expo and we’re excited to find out!”
On-site registration is available at the San Jose Convention Center.
The week starts off with three pre-conference workshops taking place on Monday. These workshops will discuss timely issues from three different segments of the drone industry including inspection, public safety, and agriculture.  Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Worldwide presents sUAS for Inspections; AMA, DJI and Fly-Robotics will present a Public Safety Training Workshop and MicaSense will present Sensors and Analytics for Precision Agriculture.
For the third year, Drone World Expo will offer an insightful and important education program with more than 40 sessions, focusing on the most innovative advancements in commercial drone use and technology.  There will be three dynamic keynote presentations. Tuesday morning at 8:45 am, speakers from Facebook, NASA, Airbus, Project Wing, and GE Beyond will deliver Views from Above: Policy Evolution and Bold Predictions for the Future of Commercial UAS.
On Tuesday afternoon at 1:00 pm Michael Kratsios, Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy U.S. Chief Technology Officer, will discuss U.S. technology priorities and strategic initiatives.
Wednesday’s keynote session is From Packages to Passengers: How Drones are Transforming Transportation and starts at 8:45 am with speakers from UPS, Aurora Flight Systems, NASA, Uber Elevate, and Ford Motor Company. 
These sessions will also be moderated by Gretchen West, Hogan Lovells, Co-Executive Director, Commercial Drone Alliance.
Other notable events during the Expo include live demonstrations of the Lily Next-Gen Introduction and the Fruity Chutes UAS Parachute Recovery System and many others; dozens of Tech Talk presentations in the exhibit hall, press conferences, and Professional Drone Demo Day, featuring live demonstrations of UAS technology on the California Coast.  (La Selva Beach, CA, Thursday, October 5, separate registration required).
There will also be valuable networking events to get to know other drone industry professionals such as the Women of Commercial Drones Roundtables and the networking receptions held both nights of the show in the Exhibit Hall. AIAA will also be presenting the winners of the IDEA Competition, encouraging new ideas that connect the UAS-related R&D and end-user communities. For more information about the event or to register, visit



Lancair Newsletter October 

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Newsletter  |  October 2017


In This Issue

  1. Mako Qualifies in Reno Air Races
  2. LOBO Landing - Lancair Forum video highlights
  3. From the Left Seat
  4. New Sales Director
  5. Builders Center Nears Completion

See MAKO in person!

Attend the AOPA Fly-InOct. 27-28 in Tampa, FL

Maintenance Tips

Keeping your plane healthy & happy isn’t hard. Check out our website for some cost-effective tips & tricks to stay airborne.

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Lancair Mako qualifies in Reno racing

Joining 14 other 2-seater Lancairs in a field of 40 sport aircraft, the new Mako showed it has the ‘right stuff’ by qualifying as the sole 4-seater plane in the class. Piloted by Lancair President Conrad Huffstutler in 3 separate heats, the Lycoming IO-540-powered Mako achieved a maximum speed of 216.870 mph in Heat 2D on Thursday, Sept. 14.

In a hotly contested class with some highly modified aircraft posting 380 mph laps, the normally aspirated Mako held its own in its class. Nonetheless, Conrad endured some good-natured kidding about his air-conditioned 4-place sedan cruiser with humor and grace.

Huffstutler presentation @ 2017 LOBO Landing

Sept. 2, 2017 – LOBO Landing:

Enjoy highlights from Mark and Conrad Huffstutler’s forum presentation on the New Lancair. This information-packed 20 minute video covers their discussion of the past, present and future of Lancair.

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- Conrad Huffstutler, President

High Performance at Low Cost - a Lancair “legacy”

Celebrating almost two decades and over 45 Lancair victories at the Reno Air Races was the experience of a lifetime and a foretaste of things to come…
Over four days every September in Reno, pilots race wingtip to wingtip around 40-foot-high pylons, echoing the golden age of aviation in the 1930s. Founded by Reno rancher Bill Stead in 1964, the Reno Air Races originally offered 4 classes of aircraft: World War II-era T-6 trainers, single-seat biplanes, Formula One - with 200 cu. in. powerplants and Unlimited, with no limits on horsepower - or budget. The races were fast and exciting, but with a conspicuous lack of late-model ‘factory’ aircraft, sponsorship money was increasingly hard to find.

In 1998, Lancair helped change things for the better, offering to sponsor a brand-new class - the “Sport Class” division. After winning the first year with a factory built Lancair, the company was approached by Unlimited racing legend Darryl Greenamyer, who quickly purchased the very first Legacy kit, serial no. 0001. The former Lockheed SR-71 pilot soon racked up multiple Sport Class victories to add to his 7 Unlimited wins.

Since then, Lancairs have won a record 45 times (not counting 2017). Lancairs added another 10 wins in all the heat races in 2017 and 2 more in the final day of racing on Sunday.

This year, I participated in the thrill of racing for the first time. My 4-seat Mako, of course, wasn’t intended as a racer, but I was proud of her performance. We qualified with room to spare and - had there been a 4-seater category - would have won it hands down! Much like driving your family during the week in an SUV and then racing it at NASCAR on the weekend, the Mako combines practical utility and competitive performance in the same easy-to-fly machine.

My real purpose, of course, is to rekindle the excitement that Lancair has enjoyed for decades. For years, experimental sport planes have outsold certified factory-built piston aircraft by over 2 to 1. Why? Price/performance ratio. As a 2004 Popular Science article put it, “Companies such as Lancair International, billing itself the “Ferrari of homebuilts,” are churning out kits for sophisticated, pressurized, four-seat kit planes capable of crossing the country with one stop at 300 mph, for half the price of a Cessna that delivers half the performance.” Racing the new Mako at Reno is my way of showing that value proposition is as strong as ever.

For pilots looking for the best “bang for the buck”, a carefully crafted Lancair is still a winner. And speaking of winning, we plan to be at Reno in force next year. I hope you’ll join us!

US Soaring Champion joins Lancair as Director of Sales

Sean Fidler joins the team as our new Director of Sales and is responsible for ensuring outstanding customer experiences when considering or purchasing Lancair aircraft. Sean’s initial focus is on the new Mako, along with development of other new aircraft. Before joining Lancair, Sean was an executive with two major enterprise software firms and helped develop several successful technology start-ups.
Mr. Fidler holds private and commercial pilot’s licenses with varied flight experience in both sailplanes and powered aircraft. A member of the United States Soaring Team, Sean competed in the 2017 FAI World Gliding Championships, as well as winning the US 2017 National Soaring Championship. Email him at

Builders Center prepares for first Mako customers

One of the keys to the success of Lancair’s renowned Builder Assist Program is a dedicated on-site assembly site. Occupying one of our new air-conditioned 10,000 square foot hangars, Lancair’s Builders Center is just about ready for the first Mako builder. Featuring dedicated assembly fixtures, tools, supplies and ample space, the center provides everything needed for customers to completely close out both wings, horizontal stabilizer and elevators in a single week. Stay for a second week and install your doors, windshield and windows.

Announced at the 2017 LOBO Landing, the GALR will bring owners together in the fall of 2018 for a multi-stage tour of the western US. Meet fellow pilots, learn tips & techniques, get recurrent training and FLY.

This first-of-its-kind gathering will be lots of fun and we’re asking for your ideas and help to make it GREAT. Contact us with your ideas for locations, events or guests and help us launch a new era for Lancair.

Call 866-LANCAIR (866-526-2247) or 830-423-3005 today for more information or a free quote. And visit for more details.

Kittyhawk at Drone World Expo 

Kittyhawk Launches Comprehensive Risk Assessment Functionality

Co-Developed with CNN Air to Address Stringent Compliance and Operational Requirements for Drone Operators

Kittyhawk, the platform that unifies the mission, aircraft, and data to empower safe and effective drone operations, today announced a core new Risk Assessment system and workflow developed in collaboration with CNN Air to further enhance the company’s commitment to safe and compliant drone operations for commercial teams and enthusiasts alike.


Having a record of the risk assessment for the mission, state of the pilot, state of the aircraft, airspace surroundings, and flight conditions are invaluable data points to accompany pilot checklists and flight logs, especially to analyze any unforeseen events post mission.


“Companies need a clean, standardized method to approve flights and plan their missions,” says Jon Hegranes, CEO & Co-Founder of Kittyhawk. “Kittyhawk Risk Assessments leverage data that Kittyhawk already knows about the pilot, conditions, and location, giving operators a new level of quantifiable awareness to their upcoming flights.”


Similar to old-school log books or spreadsheets, previous risk assessment procedures have been informal, with unstructured qualitative data. Kittyhawk Risk Assessments formalizes this procedure by assigning risk scores and recording the conditions and circumstances surrounding a mission and flight.


A highly requested feature from both individual pilots and commercial teams, Kittyhawk Risk Assessments are based on a scoring system utilizing predictive analytics of prior pilot missions and upcoming flight condition data. Kittyhawk Risk Assessments comprise two elements: 1)  Initial Risk Assessment, designed to be initiated in the planning phase of a mission to help Chief Pilots gauge the risk of the mission and assess if different pilots or aircraft may be needed given the circumstances, and 2) Preflight Risk Assessment, designed to be taken immediately before takeoff and takes into account more real-time data around airspace and weather, as well as pilot health and well being.


Available now for all premium customers, Kittyhawk Risk Assessments reinforce the company’s commitment to enabling safe and compliant operations for its operators, from the individual pilot to the largest commercial fleets in operation today.


Kittyhawk will be exhibiting at Drone World Expo booth #411 and Co-Founder Joshua Ziering will be hosting a panel discussion titled “Profit and Safety - Fast Friends or Bitter Enemies” on Wednesday October 4 at 2:45pm in the Room 1 (210E). To schedule a demo contact or simply stop by our booth.  


Planes of Fame Upcoming Event 

Plane of Fame Air Museum
TUE. OCT. 3rd, 2017
ATTENTION ALL VETERANS: Please join us the first Tuesday of each month 9-10am for complimentary refreshments and free entry to Planes of Fame Air Museum in Chino CA.
Kilroy Coffee Klatch
Kilroy Coffee Klatch
TUESDAY, October 3rd ~9am - 10am
We invite all veterans to join in, meet other veterans from the area and share whatever is on your mind. Planes of Fame Executive Director Jerry Wilkins will host, complimentary refreshments will be served and museum admission is waived for attending veterans and their guests. 
New for October: We will be doing a short presentation at 9:15 am on the Ryan FR-1 Fireball. This was the first jet aircraft developed for the United States Navy.
Planes of Fame ~ Chino Airport
Museum is Open to the Public, General Admission: $11, 11 yrs and Under $4, Ages 4 and Under: FREE!
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