Reversed adventures

We have an agreement that if chores get too strenuous, projects get too overwhelming, or lists get too long, it’s time to hit the road. Sometimes, it’s just for the day, but every few weeks, we’ll do an overnighter, and every couple of months we do several days.

We don’t go far; maybe a few hours drive to a hiking trail that leads to the top of some grassy bald where we can gaze over beautiful scenery, clear our heads and go back home ready to finish some tedious task.

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Protect yourself from ‘get-there-itis’

By BRENT OWENS

It’s a fancy name for “get-there-itis” — plan continuation bias, which is an   unconscious cognitive bias to continue the original plan in spite of changing conditions — and it can be deadly for general aviation pilots.

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Type club established for Sonex aircraft

A national type club, the Sonex Builders & Pilots Foundation, has been established for the Sonex line of aircraft.

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Pilot Central launches

Pilot Central of Atlanta launched its one-stop-shopping website at last week’s SUN ’n FUN. It’s designed to centralize a pilot’s personal and aviation needs all in one place, according to Pilot Central president Elliott Borenstein.

Those who enroll on the website can select a permanent, lifelong aviation email address. Choices are ‘YourName’@FAAInstructor.com, ‘YourName’@FAAExaminer.com ‘YourName’@FAAPilotCentral.com, ‘YourName’@FAAPilotMail.com, ‘YourName’@AVSportPilot.com or YourName’@FAAMechanic.com.

“As an examiner I had difficulty keeping up with instructors’ frequently changing email,” Borenstein explained.

Email, contacts and calendar are all managed through the members’ personal webmail page.

A search tool on the main page can be used to locate aviation professionals. For example, a pilot can get a list of local designated pilot examiners, flight instructors or A&P mechanics. Members are listed first and then those in the public FAA database.

Each user of Pilot Central also creates a profile section. It’s a place where aviation professionals can promote their services and introduce themselves to prospective clients.

Members can share virtually everything, from flight experiences to photographs and videos of aircraft or fly-in destinations, he noted. Add in an unlimited number of frequently used personal website addresses that are stored in the Cloud, and a pilot can concentrate his Internet activity into one location.

Access to weather and flight planning services are available and easily switchable without having to leave the website, he said. DUAT and DUATS, as well as enhanced weather providers, are logged into at the click of a button.

Members of Pilot Central can also obtain value added services at lower prices. An example is Enflight, a flight planning and plain-language weather briefing service.

“Members can sign up for this service through Pilot Central at less than half their annual cost,” Borenstein said. “That way Pilot Central actually pays for itself.”

Pilot Central has formed a partnership with the National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI). John Gibson, a director of NAFI, said “We see Pilot Central as a good fit for NAFI, providing our members with the identification and the tools to efficiently manage their time and resources.”

Pilot Central is encouraging pilots and others in the aviation community to register and use the website for free for the next 60 days.

For more information: 855-AVPILOT (855-287-4568) or log onto FAAPilotCentral.com

Fifth edition of ‘The Pilot’s Manual: Private Pilot Syllabus’ released

The fifth edition of “The Pilot’s Manual Private Pilot Syllabus” is now available from ASA.

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An American dream

Livio Gustavo Suarez was 25 years old when he decided to follow his vision of a better life. His native Uruguay did not offer the freedoms he dreamed of and heard about in the United States of America. Government regulations all but bankrupted his import-export business and his marriage did not survive the trauma.

When his aunt in Atlanta mentioned that a job in the import-export business was available in her area, he took that as a sign that the time had come for the man to follow the dreams of the boy. But those opportunities did not come easy.

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Northstar Flight Lab takes off

REDMOND, Ore. – RDD Enterprises has added a new advanced flight training center named Northstar Flight Lab, designed to cater to the needs of pilots operating technologically advanced aircraft (TAA).

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Bahamas extends exemption for 406MHz ELTs for GA pilots

NASSAU, The Bahamas – Bahamas Civil Aviation has extended the Feb. 1, 2013, deadline for installing 406 MHz ELTs in aircraft flying to the Bahamas.

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Props for the prop

This time of year I find myself doing a lot of intro flights. The first question people ask is, “is it safe?” I reply that I’m more concerned about my safety driving to the airport than I am in the airplane.

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Innovations: Let there be light

North Carolina pilot Chip Davis used to struggle in the dark to get the towbar on the nosegear of his C172A, so he came up with his own solution.

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