Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Do You Know a Rising GA Star?

Wednesday, November 27, 2013 @ 8:00 AM

For General Aviation News' last print issue of the year, they're focusing on the next generation of GA’s leaders, from CFIs to flight planning entrepreneurs to those who are sharing their passion for aviation in any number of ways.

Do you know someone who fits this description?

Help GA News locate these up-and-coming instructors, manufacturers, marketers, pilots, etc. so they can turn the spotlight on the Next Generation in the December 20 issue of General Aviation News!

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Monday, November 25, 2013

Friday, November 22, 2013

LiveATC Air Radio v1.8 (iOS) Now in the Apple App Store

Friday, November 22, 2013 @ 8:00 AM

LiveATC Air Radio v1.8 for Apple's iOS is now available for download in the App Store.  LiveATC Air Radio provides a quick and easy way to listen in on live conversations between pilots and air traffic controllers near many airports around the world.  LiveATC Air Radio lets you easily browse by U.S. state, Canadian province, or by country to find an airport of interest.

The LiveATC network (www.liveatc.net) is the world's largest network of streaming audio feeds focused solely on aviation-related communications, currently covering over 800 airports around the world with over 900 different audio feeds and growing daily!

One of the best resources for improving your radio skills is to listen to LiveATC.net and the iFlightPlanner Crew has partnered with LiveATC to make feeds avialable directly via our Airport/Facility Directory.

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Monday, November 18, 2013

GA News' "Aviation Fuel Expert" on the Future of Fuel

Monday, November 18, 2013 @ 9:12 AM

By Ben Visser, GA News

Every fall I help local farmers haul grain to the elevator. This year we had a very good harvest and the lines at the elevator were long. To pass the time, I brought along magazines from this summer to read and reread. I noted that every magazine had at least one article about the future of aviation gasoline. Since my byline in General Aviation News says I am an aviation fuels expert, I thought maybe I should address the subject and shed some light on it.

Now that harvest is over, I have also cruised the Internet and found a lot more “information” about the subject. So what has changed since my last column on this subject over a year ago?

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More Ready-To-Fly RV-12s From Van's

Monday, November 18, 2013 @ 8:00 AM

By Mary Grady, AVweb

Van's Aircraft is now taking orders for its second batch of ready-to-fly RV-12 airplanes, the company said this week. Van's, which has sold more than 8,000 kits around the world, offered a dozen S-LSA versions of the RV-12 last year, and sold out the first day. The new batch of 12 sells for $123,000 each, fully equipped, or $115,00 for the base model. The aircraft components are built by Van's and assembled into an S-LSA by Synergy Air of Eugene, Oregon.

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Friday, November 15, 2013

Foxbat Xtreme STOL Lands On Cargo Ship

Friday, November 15, 2013 @ 2:41 PM

By Mary Grady, AVweb

The deck of a cargo ship in the English Channel became a landing site recently for the pilot of a Foxbat Xtreme STOL airplane. The landing, caught on camera from several angles, was a carefully planned stunt by Dutch pilot Jaap Rademaker. "The ship was sailing at 9 knots speed over ground, the true windspeed was 14 knots, just about the full flap stall speed with just myself in the plane and full long-range fuel tanks," Rademaker wrote.


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Thursday, November 14, 2013

FAA Data Update for 11/14 Cycle

Thursday, November 14, 2013 @ 4:01 AM

Official FAA data for the 11/14/13 cycle, including airport diagrams, approach plates, sectional charts and terminal area charts, was updated today at 09:01Z.

Anytime you access iFlightPlanner.com or mobile.iFlightPlanner.com you can be confident that you are seeing the most current and accurate data available.  To ensure that iFlightPlanner for iPad is current, 'Check for Updates' in the lower-left corner of the Downloads tab.  The app will quickly tell you which files need to be updated!

The iFlightPlanner Crew

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Portable Traffic System Maker Zaon Ceases Operation

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 @ 8:00 AM

By Larry Anglisano, AVweb

Zaon Flight Systems, the maker of the popular PCAS portable traffic alerting system, has ceased operation according to Sporty's Pilot Shop and Aircraft Spruce and Specialty, two of the company's largest distributors. Both distributors told AVweb that Zaon "is out of business" and couldn't offer any suggestions for obtaining support for existing Zaon products. Zaon introduced the first portable collision avoidance solution - the TPAS - nearly a decade ago, selling over 3000 units in just a few years.

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Monday, November 11, 2013

Navy Christens New Aircraft Carrier, USS Gerald R. Ford

Monday, November 11, 2013 @ 8:00 AM

By Russ Niles, AVweb

The Navy christened its first new-design aircraft carrier Nov. 8 but it will be at least two years before the USS Gerald R. Ford is delivered to the Navy. The ship, which is the first of a series of Ford Class carriers, got the traditional wine bottle across the bow from the late president's daughter Susan Ford Bales as it got ready for its formal launch and a short trip to the fitting out berth in the Newport News shipyard. Planning for the carrier began more than a decade ago and it has been under construction for four years. The drydock was flooded Oct. 11. The carrier will hold more aircraft, including drones, and be able to launch and recover them up to 25 percent faster than the Nimitz class carriers that were launched in the 1970s.

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Friday, November 8, 2013

Lighthawk Seeks More Volunteer Pilots

Friday, November 8, 2013 @ 8:00 AM

By Mary Grady, AVweb

Lighthawk, a nonprofit group based in Wyoming that works to use volunteer airplanes and pilots to promote environmental conservation around the world, recently was awarded a grant from AOPA to help expand outreach efforts. The group was one of 10 recipients of $10,000 grants in AOPA's first "Giving Back" awards, which were announced at AOPA Summit. "This program is our way of supporting those groups that are making a difference through charitable programs that rely on general aviation," said Stephanie Kenyon, vice president of strategic philanthropy for the AOPA Foundation.

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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Monday, November 4, 2013

New Hypoxia Research Identifies Pre-Symptom Detection

Monday, November 4, 2013 @ 8:00 AM

A team of Mayo Clinic researchers have found that hypoxia can be detected before incapacitating physical symptoms, which can be a safety threat at high altitudes.

“This study opens the door for objective assessments of hypoxia and additional safeguards for…pilots and others working in high altitudes,” says Jan Stepanek, M.D., the Aerospace Medicine Program Director and Co-Director of the Aerospace Medicine & Vestibular Research Laboratory.

Hypoxia is a lower than normal level of oxygen in your blood. To function properly, your body needs a certain level of oxygen circulating in the blood to cells and tissues. When this level of oxygen falls below a certain amount, hypoxia can cause a variety of symptoms, including shortness of breath, impaired speech, slowed reaction time and passing out.

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Friday, November 1, 2013

Avionics News Magazine: November 2013

Friday, November 1, 2013 @ 8:00 AM

The November 2013 digital issue of Avionics News Magazine is now available!

In this month's issue, you'll find:

For more information on the Aircraft Electronics Association visit http://www.aea.net/.

The iFlightPlanner Crew