Backcountry Pilot: The Approach – Takeoff

“Backcountry takeoffs are probably one of the least talked about segments of operation in the backcountry, which is unfortunate as they’re the most limiting and critical part of a flight,” begins the second installment – Takeoff – of The Approach on the Backcountry Pilot website.

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For Sale: 1945 J-3, 518 TT

“1945 J-3 Cub, 518 hours. 501-337-9939. aviationjdj@yahoo.com. $42,000.” That’s the ad as it appears in our classified section.

518 hours? Really.

I called Tom Sabus, who placed the ad via mail, for a little more information.

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Video: What fear of flying looks like

A brilliant 10-minute video profiles two women (An & Ria) who’ve never met, and never flown. One is excited, the other less so. Admittedly, a first flight via business jet is beyond the reach of most, but the emotional roller-coaster has to be much the same.

Do yourself a favor and watch this 10-minute video.

Behind the scenes at SUN ’n FUN

SUN ‘n FUN was fantastic this year. If you didn’t make it to Lakeland, Florida, at the start of the month, be sure to put it on your 2015 calendar: April 21-26, 2015.

We produce SUN ‘n FUN Today, the daily newspaper for the fly-in, so my view of SUN ’n FUN is slightly different.

As I look back through my notebook, I now understand why I’m so tired. The following will give you a peak into what it takes to cover a fly-in like SUN ‘n FUN or AirVenture.

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Banner year for SUN ’n FUN

“Pick your cliche,” said John “Lites” Lennhouts, as the president of SUN ‘n FUN kicked off his closing day briefing. “We hit it out of the park, hit a home run, what have you.”

Great weather, both locally and for those traveling from afar, strong advertising in both Tampa and Orlando, and a stout schedule all led to a banner year for SUN ‘n FUN, based at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport in Florida.

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AnywhereEducation to cover Flight Guide iEFB subscriptions

Airguide Publications, the publisher of Flight Guide airport guides and the iEFB tablet app, has ceased operations.

Customers with an iEFB subscription were left to wonder about the updates they were owned after the app was pulled from Apple’s App Store.

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Droneport.com: Navy Advances Autonomous Technology in Helicopters

From Droneport.com: “As reported by GulfNews.com, the US Navy is testing new autonomous technology in a sensor and software package that can turn any helicopter into cargo drones. With little input from the Marines they are destined to serve, the autonomous cargo helos will adapt to unexpected situations, including low visibility, they will encounter at combat landing zones.”

New Jersey Aviation Conference set

SOMERSET, N.J. — The Mid-Atlantic Aviation Coalition (MAAC) will hold the 19th Annual New Jersey Aviation Conference May 2-3.

Featuring a new and expanded format, the conference combines a traditional symposium with a unique ground school session.

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Droneport: FAA Flight Standards Issues Notice to Inspectors on Logging Drone Pilot Time

From Droneport.com, “Because it is getting more requests in the field, the FAA Flight Standards Division, whose aviation safety inspectors conduct pilot certification duties, recently issued a notice, Logging of Unmanned Aircraft Systems Pilot Time. It clarifies questions raised by drone pilots who request credit for flight time logged on drones.” Read the rest of Droneport.com Editor Scott Spangler’s take here.

Silver Airways partners with Broward College

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Silver Airways has inked a preferential hiring partnership for students at Broward College.

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