Lessons learned during my iPad year



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…]

Around the world with Air Journey


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.

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The 100th anniversary of Naval Aviation?

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.

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Pilots collect toys for Tree of Hope



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.

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Remembrance: M. Gene Dow

Photo courtesy Seminole Sentinel


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.

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On Silent Wings: World War II Glider Pilots hold reunion

Reunion Photo


During World War II, approximately 6,000 people were trained as glider pilots for the U.S. Army Air Force. They proudly wore the silver wings with the “G” designation, which officially stood for Glider, although some of the men declared that the “G” really stood for Guts.

During the 1960s, a few of these men decided to form a national organization to safeguard and preserve the World War II glider pilots’ unique service history. The National World War II Glider Pilots Association was founded as a non-profit veteran’s organization, holding its first reunion in Dallas in August 1971, attracting 65 pilots. This year, the 41st reunion was held in Oklahoma City at the end of September.

CG-4A model at the reunion

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CAP prepares to celebrate 70th anniversary


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.

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Friends of NAS Ottumwa

1Admin Bldg as it is today


A new group, “Friends of Naval Air Station (NAS) Ottumwa,” has recently been formed to preserve the history and Naval aviation heritage of the Ottumwa, Iowa, airport.

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