By BILL WALKER
I received an iPad for Christmas last year and put it to use straightaway in my Skyhawk.
Not knowing which aviation application to use, I tried several. I purchased ForeFlight, Flight Guide and Pilot My-Cast by Garmin, and did a 30-day trial of WingX Pro from Hilton Software. Now, nearly a year on, I use ForeFlight most often, with My-Cast a close second.
With these apps I can plan a flight, review the weather anytime, fly the plan or change it on the move using an easily readable and seamless electronic sectional — and take advantage of the cheapest fuel stops enroute. [Read more…]
By J. DOUGLAS HINTON
It is the dream of many pilots to fly around the world. But the task of planning such a trip is overwhelming, even for the most seasoned aviator.
Just the thought of dealing with landing permits, customs and immigration, and navigating across the oceans can make a pilot hesitate in deciding to make this epic journey — then add in making hotel arrangements, dealing with possible medical emergencies, and all the other things that can happen. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could leave all the details to someone else so all you had to do is concentrate on flying your own airplane?
You can, thanks to Air Journey, a company founded more than 10 years ago by Thierry Pouille (tee-airy poo-ee), who settled in Jupiter, Florida, after moving to the U.S. from France.
By Ann Holtgren Pellegreno
Despite banner headlines proclaiming that 2011 is the 100th anniversary of naval aviation, sufficient evidence exists to challenge that concept. In my opinion, the first naval aviation flight occurred in November 1910 when Eugene Fly flew from the deck of the U.S.S. Birmingham, anchored in Chesapeake Bay, and landed on a nearby shore.
By MICHAEL COHEN
Southern Arizona has many attractions for the private pilot, one of them being the more than 300 flying days in the year.
By DEB KLIER
The morning of Dec. 3 dawned overcast, with predictions of snow in the Flying Cloud, Minn., area. Flight service was reporting weather in the area was OK now, but would get worse later in the day. As we were heading out to the airport, we wondered if we would be able to fly our precious cargo to the Tree of Hope drop-off point at Maple Lake Airport (MGG). Since 1990, pilots in the area have been collecting toys for children who are hospitalized during the holidays.
By NORVAL G. KENNEDY
M. Gene Dow, former editor and publisher of General Aviation News, “The Green Sheet,” died Nov. 27, at age 82. He was editor of GAN in Snyder, Texas, from 1972 through 1977, then GAN publisher from 1977 through 1983.
By JOHN SALVADOR
On Dec. 1, the Civil Air Patrol will observe its 70th anniversary. CAP’s rich history of service began during World War II when volunteers, led by civilian pilots, flew their own planes at their own expense to support the nation’s war efforts, ultimately spotting 143 German submarines, attacking 57, and sinking two.
By AMELIA T. REIHELD
Considering the alternatives, hypoxia is probably quite a pleasant way to die. When the brain isn’t getting enough oxygen, there’s often an onset of euphoria, a gradual decline in visual and mental sharpness, and increasing drowsiness, then just a gentle fade to black.
The thing about hypoxia is that its symptoms are so insidious that pilots may not know anything is wrong until it’s too late. [Read more…]
Heroes abound, while initial races featured international flavor
By ANITA C. INFANTE
By now, news of the Sept. 16 crash at the Reno National Championship Air Races has made its way across the country and through the international media.
The flurries of reports, video and photographs from the scene have resulted in off-the-cuff opinions and speculation as to the possible causes. Even now, as the number of front page headlines decrease, the stark reality is that, for the first time in the 48-year history of the Reno Air Races, spectators lost their lives, in addition to an accomplished race pilot. For those in the air race community, whether associated with a team, as a volunteer, a local area service or supporter in the stands, this was a devastating event.
With the widespread coverage the crash has received, it would seem that there is little more to be said, but those who were on site working behind the scenes should be noted. [Read more…]