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Radio Disney & Turbine Toucan at Hiller Aviation Museum 

Today the Turbine Toucan participated in a Radio Disney event at the Hiller Aviation Museum in San Carlos California. Radio Disney was celebrating the upcoming movie “Planes” and featured the Turbine Toucan, as the aircraft voice for lead character “Dusty”.

It was fun to see all the young families come out and be so enthusiastic about the movie. Pretty exciting to be a part of it.

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Dusty's Wingman in the Production of Planes... 

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New Planes Trailer from Disney! 

The latest trailer for Planes is just out. This is the first introduction to really hearing the sounds of Dusty, the lead character. As mentioned, the Turbine Toucan lends all its sounds (non dialog) to Dusty in the production of Planes.

http://family-room.ew.com/2013/05/28/di ... s-trailer/

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Great New Trailer for Disney's "Planes" 
The first trailer is just out, looks really fun. Great to be a part of it:)

http://video.disney.com/watch/disney-s- ... ign=Buffer

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Turbine Toucan & Disney's Upcoming Animated Feature "Planes" 
Infinity Entertainment is proud to announce that Disney just casted The Turbine Toucan to be the lead characters "airplane voice" in the upcoming animated feature "Planes". While the Turbine Toucan will provide all the aircraft sounds for "Dusty", dialog will be provided by Dane Cook.

Dusty is a cropdusting plane who dreams of competing in a famous aerial race. The problem? He is hopelessly afraid of heights. With the support of his mentor Skipper and a host of new friends, Dusty sets off to make his dreams come true.

The voice cast looks to be pretty impressive for Planes, which includes Val Kilmer, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Dane Cook, Teri Hatcher, John Cleese and Sinbad just to name a few. Release date looks to be Aug.9th.

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Completely unrelated to "Our Toucan" but had to share 
This is a story about Baby Toco Toucans, thought you'd enjoy the orgins of our version of this great animal.

http://animaltracks.today.msnbc.msn.com ... -cute?lite

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Happy New Year Everyone!!! 

Well it appears that the Reno Air Races will continue, which is a VERY good sign for the entire industry. The Reno tragity has had a profound impact on a few contract potentials we had in the last six months.

We are starting to become active in continuing our efforts to get this bird out of the cage and on the airshow circuit. As we've always said, we won't do it until we secure the right title sponsor.

Infinity Entertainment continues to be busy working on other marketing efforts but the team is excited about starting to realign our efforts with the Toucan now that it appears the market is finally starting to head in the right direction.

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Reno Air Race, a HORRIFIC day in Aviation 
Greetings Folks,

What an absolute horrific day in the aviation world here in the US. We are absolutely sickened by the news of what has happened at Reno. As the casualties at Reno Air Race mishap continue to mount, we feel absolutely numb and sad. Our hearts go out to the victims and families of the innocent spectators involved, it should never have happened like this!

We have received countless emails and phone calls (from media) regarding this situation. Obviously it is way to early to speculate just went wrong and why. That said, I think it is EXTREMELY important for people to understand this is NOT an air show but an air race.

US air shows have NOT had a spectator fatality in more then 50 years! And there is a reason. Every demonstration pilot has a routine that is approved by ICAS ACE’s and the FAA that require the aircraft’s energy to never be directed at spectators. This is exactly why the air show industry has had a safety record that is envious of Indy Car, NASCAR, F-1 and just about ever other motor sport.

For whatever reason, Reno Air Race organizers and the FAA must be classifying the racing differently then air shows. If you look at the course and the grand stands, you’ll notice a discrepancy in this idea. Pylons 7,8 and 9 are in direct way of spectators from an energy perspective. A “G” lock, mechanical failure or high-speed stall would have spectators directly in harms way. Not trying to through the air race industry under the bus, just saying it and the FAA didn’t live up to what we are all expected to live up to in the “air show” world.

A lot of speculation going on right now for sure. On a personal note, if you asked me, I would tell you that Reno Air Races 40+ year history is over. Nobody is going to get liability insurance at this venue or for racing anytime soon. With spectator fatalities involved, I can tell you it will have a huge rippling effect on everyone in the air show industry. Which is not a bad thing. We are all about safety.

I think "superbanna" stated it best (though we are not in total agreement on criminal charge thing) on slashdot.org blog just a bit ago"

"US Airshows specifically prohibit any trajectories towards crowds and have large setback distances from the "box" that the display is allowed in, specifically for this reason. Clearly neither was being followed, or this crash wouldn't have killed and maimed so many people.

Was the race allowed to weasel out of those regs by not calling itself an airshow, even though that's exactly what it is?

http://www.proairshow.com/What%20to%20say.htm [proairshow.com]

"Since current regulations were put into effect in 1952, there has never been a spectator fatality in an North American air show accident. Thatâ(TM)s a safety record that is he envy of the entire motor sports industry."

So much for that record. The same page says:

"Second, air show performers â" both civilian and military â" are prohibited from performing maneuvers that direct the energy of their aircraft toward the area in which the spectators are sitting."

So much for that rule.

"Third, the industry and regulatory authorities strictly enforce minimum set-back distances that were developed to ensure that, in the event of an accident, pieces of the aircraft will not end up in the spectator area."

So much for that rule.

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Been a while.... 
Greetings Everyone,

It’s been a long time between posts, so we thought we’d give you an update. Yes, the mystery ship AKA Turbine Toucan is alive and VERY well. As we’ve mentioned in the past, the economy has been very unstable, forcing us to lay low and reserve cash flow. We are very confident a partner/title sponsor is just around the corner. We have literally been working our tails off with that endeavor.

Infinity Entertainment has been very busy with other brand related activities but our heart and sole is wrapped tightly with the success of the Turbine Toucan. We continue to believe air shows are hands down the best, untapped opportunity in existence. And we have the continuing data to support it!

We continue to work on innovations related to the aircraft and both it’s performance and the entertainment aspects making sure when we do come out of the nest, it will have been worth the wait. More to follow.

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Dave Morss and the Turbine Toucan 
Greetings Everyone,
We wanted to point out a great article on teammate and test pilot Dave Morss. It's a great read, especially for anyone ready for their first flight. Go Dave!!

http://www.sportaviationonline.org/spor ... pg=34#pg32

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Happy Holidays! 
From the entire Turbine Toucan Team, Happy Holidays!!

Our thoughts go out to the Finer family, our thoughts and prayers are with you this Christmas.

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It is with extreme sadness that I share the news that our very close friend Bob Finer lost his life on the 17th of November in a tragic accident.

He was involved in a training mission with the Dept. of Defense (DOD) training special op's men for war out of Avon Park, Florida. On the 17th they were performing a night mission and were returning back to base. Bob called in at 2045 that he was four miles out, but never returned. The plane was found at 0115. There were three men on the aircraft Bob was the pilot and two other men who were operating the surveillance equipment, there were no survivors.

NTSB is investigating and at this time it is believed there was an in-flight break-up, the right outboard part of the wing was found a little less than a 1/4 of a mile for the wreckage.

Bob has been flying since 1975. Most recently he flew the single-pilot, twin turbine, Grumman S-2T as an aerial firefighter pilot in California. As a carrier-qualified Marine Corps jet aviator, he has flown many hours at low level conducting close air support, armed-reconnaissance and forward air control.

During assignment at the Marine Corps Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron (MAWTS) he instructed advanced air-to-air and air-to-ground tactics. Additionally, he instructed air-to-air combat maneuvering in the Advanced Strike Syllabus to fellow naval aviators. Bob held a variety of leadership positions during twenty years on active duty in the Marines, serving both as an infantry officer and naval aviator flying the A-4M, A-4E, TA-4J/F, OV-10A and OV-10D before retiring as a Lt. Colonel.

Bob was closely involved with the Turbine Toucan project and was a personal mentor. His highly contagious, upbeat attitude and incredible discipline for safety made him a perfect fit for our little circle. Once in a lifetime do you meet someone like Bob, who has had a profound effect on my life. You will be missed is simply an understatement.

Our heart-felt condolences go out to Bob’s wife Dena and four children in Boise Idaho.

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/chicoe ... =146843162

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It's official! 
Greetings Folks,
It is official, the Turbine Toucan by FSD International has been released! After a few months of development and beta testing, you can now experience what it's like to fly the Turbine Toucan.

This is very exciting news and we are so proud to be a part of the overall development of it. Please check out http://www.fsd-international.com/ to purchase your very own copy.

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Turbine Toucan Sim in Beta Testing Now! 
Greet News,
The Turbine Toucan Simulator on Microsoft's Flight Simulator X is currently in Beta and doing very well. All sorts of parameters have been added and should be an absolute hoot to fly.

FSD International is doing a great job, we are very please with what we have seen so far.

We'll keep you posted on a release date, which should be by the end of the month.

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Turbine Toucan Screenshots from Microsoft Flight Simulator X 

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