NavWorx offers discounts on ADS-B equipment

For a limited time, NavWorx, Inc. is offering 40% off its transmitter upgrade for the company’s ADS600 ADS-B traffic and weather receiver. The company also is offering a 15% discount on its forthcoming ADS600-B transceiver unit. This new unit will incorporate both transmit and receive capabilities. To take advantage of these limited-time discounts, customers must make their purchase prior to April 18, 2010, or the close of Sun ‘n Fun Fly-In 2010.

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Robin Olds memoirs to be released April 13

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olds-memiors“Fighter Pilot–The Memoirs of Legendary Ace Robin Olds” will be released April 13 and is available now for presale through most major bookstores, including Barnes & Noble, Amazon and Borders. The book about one of America’s greatest aviation legends was compiled (using his writings) by his daughter, Christina Olds and Ed Rasimus, a retired USAF fighter pilot who has written two books on the Vietnam air battle.

To pre-order the book on Amazon, click here.

Crosswind gets Cessna pilot

This March 2008 accident report is provided by the National Transportation Safety Board. Published as an educational tool, it is intended to help pilots learn from the misfortunes of others.

Aircraft: Cessna 172. Injuries: None. Location: Apple River, Ill. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The pilot was attempting to land on runway 35. There was a 90° crosswind. When the airplane touched down, a gust of wind pushed the airplane to the left. Before the pilot could react, the left main gear hit a snowbank and the airplane nosed over.

Probable cause: The pilot’s inadequate compensation for wind conditions, and his failure to obtain/maintain directional control. The crosswind and snowbank were factors.

For more information: NTSB.gov

10 strategies to save fuel

The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) has released “Ten Critical Strategies for Long-Term Fuel Savings,” a new white paper that provides a variety of steps for saving on aircraft fuel bills, both in the short-term and long-term.

“NBAA continually seeks ways to help its members minimize costs, and fuel is one of the largest variable costs of operating an aircraft today,” says Mike Nichols, NBAA’s vice president of education, operations & economics. “However, while the price of fuel may be out of your control, there are still tangible steps you can take to keep expenses down.”

Included in the white paper are strategies to compare fuel prices at alternative destination airports and FBOs, calculate aircraft weight for maximum efficiency, determine if you qualify for a fuel discount and more.

For more information: NBAA.org

NTSB issues recommendations on PFDs

The National Transportation Safety Board has issued a recommendation that the FAA revise airman knowledge tests to include questions regarding electronic flight and navigation displays, including normal operations, limitations, and the interpretation of malfunctions and aircraft attitudes.

The NTSB also recommends that all manufacturers of certified electronic primary flight displays be required to include information in their approved aircraft flight manual and pilot’s operating handbook supplements regarding abnormal equipment operation or malfunction due to subsystem and input malfunctions, including pitot and/or static system blockages, magnetic sensor malfunctions, and attitude-heading reference system alignment failures.

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SLN museum set to ‘take off’

It took nearly 7,000 construction workers close to four months to build it in 1942. More than 5,000 men and their families said goodbye to it in 1965. And in 2005, more than 15,000 people were there when one man took 67 hours to circle the globe and come back to it.

History has been made over and over again on the flightline of the Salina Municipal Airport (SLN) in Kansas and now there is a way to ensure it will be there for generations to come thanks to the Wings Over Salina Air Museum.

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Fly into Sun ‘n Fun, get away to the Bahamas

Each arriving airplane to Lakeland Linder Regional Airport (LAL) during the week of Sun ‘n Fun will automatically be entered into a nightly drawing for a Fly to the Bahamas Get A Way package. Each package includes hotel discounts, fuel discounts, food, activities and more. Complete your registration card when you land for an opportunity to win.

One of six Bahamas Get A Way packages to Bahamas Out Island hotel resorts will be awarded each night at the Sunset Grill. You have an opportunity to win a two-day stay at one of the Bahamas resort islands including: Cape Eleuthera on Eleuthera; Fernandez Bay Village on Cat Island; Abaco Beach Resort, Boat Harbour and Treasure Cay Hotel Resort & Marina, and the Green Turtle Club and Marina on Abaco; Stella Maris Resort Club on Long Island; and Club Peace and Plenty on Exuma.

One Sun ’n Fun fly-in plane and pilot will have an opportunity to win the grand prize: A seven day-six night Bahamas Treasure Hunt produced by AirJourney. The winner will win a reservation for two in Air Journey’s annual Bahamas Treasure Hunt in November, which includes escorted fly-over departure and exploration of three of The Bahamas Out Islands.

Central Texas aviation boom on horizon

Two new general aviation airports are preparing to take flight in Central Texas: a $30 million project starting construction next month and an ambitious $150 million project in Bastrop County that hopes to break ground this year, according to the Austin Business Journal.

The story about the two airports — Central Texas Airport and Austin Executive Airport — quotes Bill Gunn, a Texas Department of Transportation aviation division planner:

“Airports are like utilities. They are like power plants. A business airport supports business.”

Washington accepting applications for grants

The Washington State Department of Transportation is now accepting applications for a second round of Airport Aid Grants.

This will be the last set of grants WSDOT Aviation awards for the 2009-2011 biennium, according to officials. In July 2009, WSDOT awarded $900,000 in its first round of grants to 35 state airports. Airport sponsors must submit application materials no later than April 26 to be considered for the second round of grants.

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Stewart Systems DVDs star on YouTube

Excerpts from the Stewart Systems “how to” training videos are now on YouTube. You can access the clips from the company’s website or by searching YouTube for aircraft finishing.

According to Stewart officials, the company’s webmaster, Christian Sturm, who attended one of the company’s training classes, put the clips on YouTube. He just finished his SuperCub with Stewart Systems’ products and is now flying.

The six DVD set, which shows all aspects of using the Stewart Systems products, is $20.

For more information: 888-356-7659 (888-EKO-POLY) or StewartSystems.aero