|Fred Harl and Carmelo Turdo|
|CFI Jonny Hewitt (L), A&P/IA Phil McLanahan|
During our visit with Hewitt and McLanahan at the Liberty University School of Aeronautics exhibit at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015, The Aero Experience was pleased to hear about a product offering that will increase the effectiveness of the Top Hawk tour going forward. "We have the honor of getting a Stratus system donated to us for the Top Hawk tour," CFI Jonny Hewitt explained. "It was a big help to us navigating weather. It helped us avoid a few sticky situations [that could have developed] if we didn't know that weather was out there." A&P/IA McLanahan added, "It gives us our weather, it can interlink and give us traffic, it gives you all the GPS information and an artificial horizon in case our instruments go out." This information is displayed on an iPad. The product is a collaboration of Appareo, ForeFlight Mobile and Sporty's Pilot Shop. Hewitt and McLanahan credited the Stratus device with assisting them in avoiding a significant storm system on their flight from St. Louis following the event at Air Associates of Missouri in July. Their Facebook post from July 17 illustrates the effectiveness of the device:
July 17 at 9:31am
Last night our Top Hawk had to divert into Peoria, IL due to a supercell thunderstorm which created several tornados. We would like to say a huge thank you to Appareo Systems for providing a Stratus Receiver to use with ForeFlight during our tour. This system was a tremendous help to avoid such weather safely and provided great situational awareness. The Top Hawk is now en route to Carver Aero, Davenport, Iowa! #TopHawkU
During our visit at the Liberty University School of Aeronautics exhibit at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015, we also met Appareo Aviation Business Unit Manager, Tony Grindberg, who proudly displayed one of the Stratus receivers that provides that vital data to the Liberty University Cessna Top Hawk team.
(L-R) CFI Jonny Hewitt, A&P/IA Phil McLanahan and Appareo Aviation
Business Unit Manager Tony Grindberg holding the Stratus
receiver with the Liberty University Cessna Top Hawk 172
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The Aero Experience wishes to thank the Liberty Unviersity School of Aeronautics, Cessna Top Hawk Team, Appareo Systems, and Air Associates of Missouri and Air Associates of Kansas for making our visit at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015 possible.