iFly Version 9 introduced

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Adventure Pilot has released its Version 9 software update to the iFly GPS app for Apple, Android and the company’s dedicated devices.

This update delivers Seamless HD Charts, Customizable Map Layers, redesigned “NRST” function, a “Smart Search” keyboard that finds airports while you type, and the ability to hide specified SUAs. A 30-day free trial of iFly GPS is available for download on the App and Play Store. [Read more…]

Picture of the day: Flying with enthusiasm

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Star Novak, who has contributed many great photographs to General Aviation News, was going through her hundreds of photos from this year’s AirVenture in Oshkosh when this photo stood out to her immediately.

“I was on the front line when the multitudes of parachutists started to land, and I turned my camera just in time to catch their celebratory pass down the flight line. What an impact these parachutists made on these kids! That young boy is nearly flying with enthusiasm!” [Read more…]

FAA funding up in the air

The unfinished debate over highway funding in Congress is likely to ground hopes for passing a new funding bill for the FAA, according to a report from The Hill.

The FAA bill is scheduled to expire Sept. 30. But Congress is expected to return its focus on highways upon returning to Washington next month, because lawmakers punted debate on a long-term surface transportation-funding bill into October before leaving for their August recess.

Aviation advocates worry that this means aviation will get the short end of the stick when lawmakers return to Washington, according to the report.

 

Ohio gives Connecticut a history lesson

DAYTON, Ohio — The National Aviation Heritage Alliance (NAHA) is donating aviation history books to the Connecticut State Library in honor of National Aviation Day Aug. 19.

NAHA is donating one copy each of “The Bishop’s Boys: A Life of Wilbur and Orville Wright,” by Tom D. Crouch; “Visions of a Flying Machine: The Wright Brothers and the Process of Invention,” by Peter Jakab, and “The Wright Brothers,” by David McCullough.

NAHA is making the donation to improve Connecticut lawmakers’ access to sound historical information and timed it to coincide with the day the federal government observes as America’s aviation day, said Frank Winslow, chairman of NAHA’s board of trustees. [Read more…]