My Aeroprakt dealer colleagues in the USA have recently told me about a seat cushion designed specifically for pilot use – where we often sit for hours on end (geddit??), particularly on long flights.
Personally, I have always found the A22LS Foxbat and A32 Vixxen seats very comfortable. But some of my less well-endowed (in the bottom end department!) have commented that aircraft seats, including those in the A22/A32 leave them numb, even sore, after a couple of hours’ flying.
Enter the ‘Skwoosh’ 4-section gel pilot cushion. Being only an inch thick, it will fit neatly under the usual A22/A32 seat padding, has a non-slip base and weighs less than 400 grams – that’s about 12 ounces for you non-metric people out there. Best of all, the Skwoosh folds up and can be carried in your flight bag, or transferred from plane to plane – if you are lucky enough to be multi-aeroplaned. And it has its own carry handles in case you can’t fit it in your flight bag.
Cost is around A$100 plus tax and postage, so they aren’t cheap – but this is a quality, USA-made product, which will last for many years. And you can emerge from your flights in an upright position, able to walk and not need an immediate epsom salts bath!
I recently mentioned the introduction of the new Aeroprakt A22LS ‘Kelpie’ from Foxbat Australia – here’s a short video with more information about the aircraft.
The video focuses on the differences between the Kelpie and the popular A22LS Foxbat on which it’s based. The Kelpie is aimed more at farmers and landowners but even if you aren’t one of them, and still want a Kelpie – don’t feel you’re ‘barking’ mad! The Kelpie retains all the great characteristics of the Foxbat – fantastic short field performance, almost helicopter-like view out, massive light & airy cabin, great load carrying capability and sweet slow speed handling.
Add to that the fat tyres, rubber mud flaps, sturdy metal luggage bay (placarded at 30 kgs), climb prop, Australian Warning Systems siren and UHF radio through the headsets and you’re close to an unbeatable utility aircraft. Almost 200 Australian Aeroprakt owners can’t be wrong!
The Foxbat and Kelpie are factory-built and supported aircraft.
PS – To my UK friends, the Australian Kelpie is a famous working farm dog, not a type of mythical water-horse!
[To see the video, click on the link above or on the photo]
Here’s a short video welcoming Ido Segev to the Foxbat Australia team.
Ido is not only a commercial pilot and flying instructor, but also a world champion model aerobatic aircraft pilot. He is also a licensed commercial drone operator and has an RA-Aus Pilot Certificate!
Welcome Ido! I’m really looking forward to working with you at Foxbat into the future.
[Click the link above or on the photo to view the YouTube video]
Foxbat Australia is very pleased to announce the launch of an Aeroprakt A22LS specially developed for Australian farmers, landowners and mustering pilots – the Kelpie, called after the famous Australian farm working dog.
The Kelpie is basically an Australian ‘standard’ A22LS with the following additions:
– larger series 283 KievProp for even better take-off and climb, with little penalty on cruise
– 8.00×6 ‘tundra’ tyres x3 for that soft feeling on rough paddocks
– rubber mud flaps to keep the ‘mud’ off your wings and tail
– large 30kgs placarded metal luggage container with exterior door, to carry all those useful tools
– Australian Warning Systems 100W siren with ‘yelp’ and ‘wail’ settings
– GME 80-channel UHF/CB radio through the headsets; intercom & both pilot and co-pilot can use the UHF
– clear protective tape on the fronts of the main gear legs and stabiliser leading edge
To facilitate quick inspections before flight, we deleted the usual wing strut fairings.
The aircraft was displayed at the recent ‘Ozkosh’ event in Australia before it was delivered to its new owner in far north Queensland. So far, we have received a lot of interest and a couple of orders. Call now to book a production slot!
The Ausfly Airshow/Fly-in (now somewhat implausibly renamed ‘Ozkosh’) will soon be with us. The organisers promise an occasion bigger and better than ever, with a flying display on both public days, as well as a myriad of exhibitors from autogyros to biggish single engined GA aircraft and accessories suppliers.
Foxbat Australia will be there, look for us on display site 09 – although, based on the late changes in display sites during the last two Ausflys, you might be better off looking for our distinctive black ‘Foxbat Australia’ teardrop banners!
We are aiming to have a new all-singing, all-dancing A32 Vixxen on display, courtesy of its new owner, who will be pausing at Narromine for a couple of days on his way back to south east Queensland. The aircraft is equipped with a Dynon SkyView System with autopilot and transponder. This will be the 9th A32 Vixxen delivered in Australia.
We are also hoping to have a new Aeroprakt A22LS on display, specified with farmers and land owners in mind. Affectionately dubbed the ‘Kelpie’ (after the famous Australian working dog) this aircraft, produced exclusively for Australian customers, has a number of standard features which will appeal to those using their aircraft to help with stock spotting and managing their property. The main standard Kelpie ‘extra’ is a newly designed metal luggage bin behind the seats, with an external door on the left side (just behind the pilot door) for easy access. The bin can also be accessed from inside the aircraft and will be weight-placarded well above its partner aircraft, the A22LS Foxbat. Other standard Kelpie extras include a UHF radio, operating through both pilot and co-pilot headsets and push-to-talk buttons. This is not a mickey-mouse UHF: unlike many less expensive installations, full intercom functionality is retained even with the UHF in operation, and both pilot & co-pilot can use the UHF as well as the VHF. Adding to the list of standard kit are an Australia Warning Systems 100W siren, ‘tundra’ tyres all round, rubber mud flaps, a sun screen at the top of the windshield and a propeller optimised for take-off and climb.
Best of all, we will be offering a very special price for all Kelpie orders confirmed within 2 weeks after the Ozkosh event.
The show days are Friday 07 October and Saturday 08 October. Location is Narromine Airport, near Dubbo in New South Wales. Come and say hello – we’d love to see you!
Here’s a nice helpful video – experienced Foxbat pilot James Pearce sets out on a trip with his wife to a celebration fly-in in the UK.
Watch how the visibility deteriorates and what James decides to do.
The video is over 12 minutes long but worth sticking with as it shows the visibility gradually reducing in real time. These circumstances are similar to those almost all VFR pilots will experience at some time during their flying. Let James’ experience help you ensure you don’t become a statistic!
As usual, to view, click on the picture or here: Foxbat flies into bad weather
New orange Foxbat owner Ben and his wife talk over their new aeroplane with Ido Segev of Foxbat Australia. Ben is currently an A320 training captain with a 30+ year history in aviation.
[Click here or on picture to see the video]