I do not consent to searches

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When did American citizens give up Fourth Amendment rights just because they became pilots?

Over the past year, there have been numerous reports of searches of private aircraft without warrants. The accounts described by the pilots also suggest that insufficient cause was given by the law enforcement agencies conducting the searches. This is a disturbing trend.

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Reversed adventures

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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.

Most of my readers will find this habit inconsequential as this column is posted in a flying magazine’s website, but for me, it is remarkable. [Read more...]

Pilot Central launches

PilotCentral

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