Keep your $100 hamburger money close

Pilot’s License? Check. FAA Medical? Check. Credit cards? Check. $100 for a hamburger? Check. All these items are easily carried in the AOPA Money Clip Wallet from Sporty’s, the only one made just for pilots.

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Zenair introduces fast built float kits

Zenair now offers a pre-drilled fast built kit for 1150 and 1450 lbs. floats.

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More power to you

Mid-Continent Instruments’ MD50 500 VA Static Inverter, one in the company’s new line of True Blue Power products, has received TSO-C73 certification from the FAA.

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Raise situational awareness to a new high

True Flight has incorporated high-resolution aerial imagery mapping for the contiguous 48 states into its line of portable Flight Cheetah multi-function GPS displays.

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FAA-PMA issued to Approach Fast Stack

Approach Fast Stack, a manufacturer of avionics interface products, has received FAA-PMA (Federal Aviation Administration-Parts Material Authorization) on the newly released Pro-X Hub.

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Pilot dies after 182 hits bluff

This August 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 182. Injuries: 1 Fatal. Location: Sahuarita, Ariz. Aircraft damage: Destroyed.

What reportedly happened: On his last medical application the pilot reported that he had a total time of 4,000 hours with 50 hours logged in the previous six months. The pilot was on a cross-country flight and when he did not return on time his family reported him overdue and a search ensued. The wreckage was discovered the next day at the base of a vertical bluff with portions of the wings about halfway up on the bluff face. Radar data indicated that the airplane circled in the accident area at low altitude. The last radar return, which was in the immediate vicinity of the bluff, indicated an altitude that was lower than the elevation of the top of the bluff.

Probable cause: The pilot’s failure to maintain clearance from mountainous terrain while maneuvering at low altitude for undetermined reasons.

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$100 ‘Q sandwiches

This Short Final was written by Walt Burton, a dear friend of Deb McFarland’s, as she recovers from surgery.

I send greetings from Statesboro, way down here in southeast Georgia. I wouldn’t say that it’s been hot here, but I did see two gnats fanning each other to stay cool. Fortunately, the air temperature up above our pattern altitude is in the 70s and that alone encourages us to go flying. Usually, flying requires a reason or a mission.

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Back on the block

Missed out on the Spirit of Aviation Auction at this summer’s AirVenture? You can still bid on one of 46 aircraft at the Second Chance Online Post Auction, which is running through Aug. 31 on the AirVenture website. Up for auction is a fully restored 1938 Stinson SR-10 that was flown by Jimmy Doolittle, and Songbird III, which appeared in the television series “Sky King.”

Arizona CFI proposal dead

An Arizona proposal to regulate flight instructors is now dead, according to officials with the Society of Aviation and Flight Instructors, who testified at an Aug. 26 meeting.

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Civil Air Patrol saves 100 lives so far this year

Civil Air Patrol reached a major milestone earlier this summer, racking up its 100th save for fiscal 2010 … a year that doesn’t end until Sept. 30.

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