Pilot releases memoir

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Jim Reed isn’t a celebrity or multi-millionaire. In fact, those walking past him on the street won’t see anything other than an ordinary guy with that great American wit and integrity. However, he has a led a life most can only dream of, and his new memoir takes flight to explain all.

‘Turning Final, A Life Complete” recounts Reed’s life at the controls of a myriad of flying machines and watercraft to complete tasks ranging from highly-secret government missions to daredevil escapades that are just plain old fun.

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Concorde introduces heated batteries for cold weather ops

Cold temperatures increase the internal resistance, which decreases a battery’s capacity and slows its ability to accept charge current. For years, operators in cold climates have made it a practice to endure the inconvenience of removing batteries from aircraft, transporting and storing them in a heated environment, then reinstalling prior to departure. Some also use external heater blankets that wrap around the battery and heat the outermost cells when the aircraft is parked. Although this solution increases capacity, in some cases the battery cells are not equally heated resulting in diminished capacity and disproportionate recharge across battery cells.

To maximize battery performance, Concorde has developed heated batteries in its most popular sizes.

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