Pilots plan Capital Air Tour

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The challenge of flying a general aviation airplane to all the state capitals in the lower 48, plus Alaska, in just two weeks is one that most private pilots would never accept. It is however, the flight plan for an inspiring journey being attempted by two veteran pilots to raise public awareness about smaller, municipal airports that are an important business asset for cities and can be a gateway for bringing new tourism traffic into the area.

Called the Capital Air Tour, the flight will be flown by Field Morey, a CFI from Medford, Oregon, and Conrad Teitell of Greenwich, Connecticut, an attorney with the law firm Cummings & Lockwood. The pilots will use Morey’s 2013 Cessna Corvalis TTx four passenger airplane for the flight, departing Tuesday, Sept. 16, and landing in several states each day.

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FAA interpretation of cost-sharing flights raises cautionary flags

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A recent ruling by the FAA regarding share-the-expense rides raises a cautionary flag for private pilots to be sure they are in compliance with not-for-hire regulations. The FAA issued a legal interpretation after several groups launched programs that brought together people wanting to travel to a particular place and pilots intending to go to the same location.

In brief, the FAA’s interpretation of regulations permits pilots to accept payment for a share of expenses so long as both the pilot and parties involved as passengers are traveling to a common destination and the pilot does not pay less than the pro rata share of expenses involving only fuel, oil, airport expenses, or rental fees. If a pilot accepts more than a pro rata share of expenses, he or she is in violation of FAA regulations.

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Boeing forecasts rising demand for commercial pilots and technicians

Boeing  is forecasting continued strong growth in demand for commercial pilots and maintenance technicians as the global fleet expands over the next 20 years.

Boeing’s 2014 Pilot and Technician Outlook, released last week at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, projects that between 2014 and 2033, the world’s aviation system will require 533,000 new commercial airline pilots and 584,000 new commercial airline maintenance technicians.

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OSH bound in a classic LSA

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By ALBERT DYER

So, here it is, late July. For me, that means aviation convention and airshow. Not just any — the largest in the USA. And I wanted to attend in my LSA.

EAA AirVenture at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wis. — or OSH as it is known among pilots — is an event where pilots dream of going. As I prepared to go a few years ago, I could have driven there and camped as thousands of pilots and aviation enthusiasts do. Or, I could fly into the convention as thousands and thousands and thousands of pilots do.

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Flying the Searey

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I’m retired, so officially every day is a day off. But I do a lot of writing and lately, I’ve been looking for a little more fun in my new home state of Florida. Last week, I kicked around some boat clubs and breezed through the sailboat ads. Then, my EAA chapter emailed that Searey was bringing its seaplanes to the Spruce Creek Fly-In community.

I loved the pilots-eye video of flying this most successful LSA seaplane. I wanted to know more. So I went to the company, based in “America’s Seaplane City” of Tavares, Florida.

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Father’s Day flying memories

With the advent of Father’s Day, Air Facts blogger John Zimmerman shares his memories of flying with his Dad: “I’ve been flying with my dad for literally my entire life, growing up in the back of different airplanes while he flew me and my three brothers on family trips. Occasionally, I got to move up front to the right seat. A look through the family photo albums finds the obligatory picture of me in the cockpit with my dad, yoke in hand, smiling from ear to ear. It’s pretty clear I thought my dad was a superhero back then, and 20 years as a pilot myself haven’t changed that opinion much.” Read the full post here.

Garmin introduces VIRB Elite Aviator Action Pack

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Garmin has introduced aviation-specific accessories for the VIRB action camera.

VIRB Elite features a 1.4-inch Chroma color display, which makes setup and playback simple and ensures pilots capture the in-flight footage they desire, Garmin officials noted.

VIRB Elite offers up to three hours of HD video to be recorded on a single charge and offers built-in GPS, WiFi and ANT+ connectivity for added functionality with a variety of Garmin products.

The VIRB Elite Aviation Bundle and Aviator Action Pack offer a new stereo headset audio cable, so pilot-to-pilot communications and air traffic control transmissions can be heard and embedded within the video.

Also new to VIRB, a propeller filter reduces propeller distortion created while filming video in-flight. Even while taking high quality still photos with VIRB, propeller distortion is reduced from the photo when the prop filter is attached. The prop filter screws on to the front of VIRB, allowing pilots to easily remove the filter when filming other activities.

garmin3The Aviator Action Pack includes all of the accessories in the VIRB Elite Aviation Bundle and adds the D2 Pilot Watch. The D2 Pilot Watch can wirelessly connect to VIRB, adding to the convenience of filming and taking photos in-flight. When VIRB is paired with D2, pilots may start/stop video and take photos, all VIRB Headset controlled from the D2 Pilot Watch.

In addition to the new headset cable and prop filter for aviation, Garmin is adding a suction cup mount, 16G Class 10 microSD card, and a free six-month trial to Garmin Pilot, to both bundles.

For more information: Garmin.com

Hayward Air Rally prepares for takeoff

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Organizers note it’s less than 60 days from the start of the Hayward Air Rally from Hayward, Calif., to Oshkosh. More than 30 aircraft have entered to date, but organizers say they hope to have 50 to celebrate the rally’s 50th year.

Wonder what it’s like to fly in the air rally? Following is an account by Gil Takemori, who flew in the rally for the first time in 2013:

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