Former AOPA Chief brings industry and organizational experience to Redbird’s leadership team
Austin, TX (September 10, 2013) – Redbird Chairman Jerry Gregoire today announced the appointment of former AOPA Chief, Craig Fuller, to the company’s Board of Directors. “Craig Fuller is the perfect addition to our leadership team, and we look forward to benefiting from his insights and experience,” says Jerry Gregoire, Chairman of the Board for Redbird Flight Simulations. “His leadership at AOPA has put him in touch with every facet of the aviation community. This is vitally important to Redbird, as we reach far beyond building flight-simulation equipment toward more complete training solutions, including the Redhawk training aircraft.”
Fuller currently runs his own strategic consulting firm having just recently stepped out of his position as the President and CEO of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), where he served from late 2008 until September 2013. His previous experience includes senior public affairs positions in business, association leadership, and executive positions in the federal government, including eight years of service in the White House from 1981 to 1989, where he served as Secretary to the President’s cabinet and Chief of Staff to the Vice President of the United States. He’s currently on the board and executive committee of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
“No other company has done more innovative work introducing people to aviation and keeping them flying than Redbird,” says Fuller. “Over the past five years, we’ve watched this company grow into a major contributor to the health and well-being of our industry. The opportunity to join the Redbird team to build on this success is a real privilege. I’m thrilled to accept the challenge.”
Fuller remains an active pilot with a few hundred hours being logged this year in a Baron, a Husky, the AOPA Caravan and Citation Jet.
Redbird Cygnus lets pilots in SimCom flight simulators see position, speed and altitude on any iPad app exactly as if they were flying in a real cockpit
Austin, TX (August 1, 2013) – The iPad has become a core tool for pilots, but its integrated GPS means an iPad in a simulator knows it’s on the ground rather than in flight. Redbird Cygnus changes this by connecting wirelessly to the iPad to send GPS information matching the position and velocity of the simulator. The result is an iPad that believes it’s in flight—and lets pilots practice using all the iPad’s tricks, including aircraft speed and altitude, position on charts, airspace awareness, terrain warnings, flight planning and more.
SimCom is the first, and currently only, training company in its market segment to offer this service for pilots and aircrews. “Most GA pilots flying today are using GPS-enabled tablets, like the iPad, when they operate their aircraft,” says Eric Hinson, President of SimCom. “We believe pilots should train the way they fly. Cygnus allows SimCom customers to use GPS-enabled tablets the same way they do in their own aircraft.” SimCom has installed Cygnus on four simulators so far, and plans to equip its entire piston and turboprop line. Jet simulators may follow, depending on demand, but the initial feedback from pilots has been extremely positive.
Cygnus works with any iPad app, so it doesn’t matter which app or apps the training crews prefer. It can also drive up to five iPads at once, so multi-pilot crews and even instructors can all share the same data, and even record the progress of a flight directly on the iPad as if it was happening in real air. Cygnus is also available for any Redbird flight simulator, from the full-motion MCX to the tabletop AOPA Jay.
AirVenture visitors can fly formation with the Aerostars aerobatic team in Redbird’s custom-built Yak-52 simulator—and maybe the real airplane
Oshkosh, WI (July 22, 2013) – It takes years of practice to earn a spot in the daily airshow over Oshkosh, but this season visitors can experience formation flying for themselves using a Redbird MX2 simulator at AirVenture. This custom-built simulator replicates a Yakolev 52TW, the 450-horsepower, tailwheel version of the fully aerobatic Russian military trainer flown by the Aerostars. Visitors can just try on the Yak for fun, or experience what it’s like to fly formation in the Aerostars flight challenge.
The challenge starts on the runway at Oshkosh in the front seat of Dave Monroe’s Yak-52. Just ahead and to the left is the Yak-52 of Lead Pilot Harvey Meek. After takeoff, the visitor must hold position on Harvey’s right wing, while the voice of Aerostars Right Wing, Dave Monroe supplies helpful hints as if he was riding along in the back seat. Completing the entire challenge requires holding position through several tight turns and landing back at Whitman Regional airport (Oshkosh).
Sennheiser Aviation has sweetened the deal even more: Everyone completing the challenge in the Yak-52 simulator is automatically entered into a drawing. Two winners, selected at random, will receive a top-of-the-line Sennheiser PC350 gaming headset. One grand-prize winner earns a flight in the real airplane.
In addition to the full-motion experience of the Yak-52 cockpit at the Redbird tent, the challenge can be practiced on any Redbird Jay desktop simulator. These are located at the AOPA tent (#195), the Redbird Flight Simulations tent (#208), or the Aerostars trailer right off Phillips 66 Square.
Team Aerostar will be available in person at the Redbird tent Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 1–2 p.m. The prize drawing will be at the Redbird tent on Saturday, August 3 at 2 p.m.