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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AOPA begins transition back to Jeppesen for online flight planner

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) has made a change to its online flight planning member benefit. Starting in 2015, AOPA will return to the AOPA Internet Flight Planner (AIFP) powered by Jeppesen, retiring the current flight planner, FlyQ Web. AIFP will remain a free member benefit.

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Bush Flying DVD released

Supersonic Productions has unveiled the first in its Excellent Aviator series of shows on DVD, “Bush Flying.”

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Shell Aviation redesigns lubricants packaging

Shell Aviation revealed new product packaging for piston engine oils at this year’s Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) AirVenture Oshkosh.

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Jeppesen to sponsor iPad EFB Challenge

Jeppesen has become a sponsor of the iPad Takes Flight! EFB Challenge Edition – a seminar/contest series designed to advance the use of iPads and other tablet devices in-flight by pilots. This seminar series builds on the iPad Takes Flight! seminar series given by MyGoFlight to thousands of pilots over the past three years.

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FlightSafety’s Pilatus sim receives FAA nod

FlightSafety International’s new Pilatus PC-12/47 simulator has been qualified to Level D by the FAA. This simulator is the only FAA Level D qualified simulator for the Pilatus PC-12/47 available worldwide.

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Pre-purchase flight ends with crash

Aircraft: Socata TB 10. Injuries: 2 Fatal, 1 Serious. Location: Shirley, N.Y. Aircraft damage: Destroyed.

What reportedly happened: The flight was a pre-purchase demonstration of the airplane. The buyer intended to examine and photograph the maintenance records, then fly the airplane around the airport traffic pattern with the owner. However, the owner insisted they fly the airplane before reviewing the maintenance records.

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VFR sectional? There’s more to know

One way to avoid mid-air surprises is to know where likely traffic is coming from. That’s easier said than done outside your local area. It’s really tough for new pilots still learning the ropes.

When I was a student in the mid-1960s, I already knew the FAA said to watch out around VORs, where traffic converges. But on a solo stint out to a “distant” VOR, the lesson came in spades.

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Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome kicks off fundraising effort for new Visitors Center

RHINEBECK, N.Y.  — With a goal of breaking ground in November, Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome volunteers are hustling to raise funds for a new $150,000 Visitor Center. Plans are now complete for the gift shop, model museum and modern restrooms in one building.

The biggest challenge is the deadline, Dec. 31, 2014. That’s the date set for a $20,000 challenge grant from the Thomas Thompson Trust, which requires $130,000 to be collected by year’s end to receive the donation. A contribution of $50,000 from The Frost Memorial Trust launched the design phase, and new pledges of materials, expertise and cash will ensure the building opens next May in time for the 2015 museum season, officials note.

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New York UAS test site now operational

The FAA reports that the Griffiss International Airport unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) test site in Rome, N.Y., is ready to conduct research on integrating UAS into the national airspace system (NAS).

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