Aerial Photography You Have to See

As someone who has spent a lot of time looking at aviation photos online, I thought I’d seen some pretty cool images. Then I found The Aerial Horizon. They are a series of pictures like you’ve never seen before. See one here:

It’s one you’ll have to regularly check out!

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NASA tests new flap design

From AVweb:

“The Adaptive Compliant Trailing Edge flap has shape-changing assemblies that seamlessly bend and twist rather than running in one dimension along rails or guides. The plan is to be able to contort the trailing edges to the optimum shape for the stage of flight and get the most out of the wing while stopping the noise that results as air pours through the gaps and cracks necessary for conventional flaps to deploy.”

Read the whole story here.

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GSLFIA 2014 Annual Meeting

The Greater St. Louis Flight Instructors Association is getting together on Monday for their annual meeting.

Where: 18600 Edison Ave. Chesterfield, MO
When: Monday, October 20th at 7pm

There will be complimentary flights in the Redbird’s top-of-the-line, full-motion, fully-enclosed dual-control cockpit, FAA approved AATD with wrap-around visuals. Don’t miss it!

More information here.

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AOPA is looking for help

Want to be a Beta Tester for AOPA’s flight planning software? You only need these qualifications:

1. Be a current AOPA member;
2. Have access to reliable internet using one of the following browsers: FireFox, Chrome or Safari (Internet Explorer is not currently supported);
3. Be willing to use the flight planner more extensively than you would under normal flight planning circumstances, including documentation and repetition of steps;
4. Be willing to submit detailed bug reports as instructed;
5. Be willing to test in a timely manner upon notification by AOPA.
Only a small number of applicants will be selected in this initial round of testing and not all applicants will be selected.

Here’s the link to apply.

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The Dangerous Departure

J. Mac McClellan tells us about the most dangerous stall. And it isn’t the one most instructors think it is:

“If you have been flying for more than a few years you probably believe most stall/spin accidents happen in the traffic pattern. And you are likely convinced that the base-to-final turn is the deadliest spot for stall accidents. And I don’t blame you. That’s what you have been told by instructors and other “industry” types. It just doesn’t happen to be true. And hasn’t been true for many years.

Richard Collins and I have written many times that the takeoff and initial climb is the most common phase of flight for a serious stall accident. And the departure stall is the deadliest. But pilots either don’t believe us, or the myth of the base-to-final stall is simply too enormous for anybody to dethrone…..”

Read the whole article here.

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Aviation 101

This is interesting for the student pilots out there. Embry-Riddle is offering a free Aviation 101 class.

From the website:

AVIATION 101 is comprised of nine video lessons, which will introduce you to a variety of topics in aviation.
Aircraft Systems
Flight Instruments
Radio Communication & ATC
Aviation Weather
Performance and Navigation
No matter your age or your goals, whether you are taking your first steps toward an aviation career, or if you are an experienced pilot, AVIATION 101 has something for you! Be sure to share this course with anyone who may also be interested in aviation!

Check it out!

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ForeFlight looks stronger

As smaller EFB companies exit the market, ForeFlight is quickly becoming the standard among iPad users:

“AOPA is exiting the electronic flight bag (EFB) market, and the association’s existing products, the FlyQ EFB iPad application and related FlyQ Pocket smartphone application, will transition to Seattle Avionics.

The association made the announcement July 25 after a review of member products and services that included an assessment of how AOPA members believe the association should direct resources when it comes to flight planning benefits.

Seattle Avionics, which developed the applications in partnership with AOPA, will work closely with the association to ensure a smooth transition for users.” has the story here.

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Insight on Flight Training

This is a long one from Jason Schappert, but he has some great insights for those considering pursuing a pilot’s certificate.

You can find Jason here.

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767 Go Around

From AVweb:

“The official told CNN the Russian UTair crew had been cleared to land but chose to abort on their own authority. The Aerolineas Argentinas crew also had been cleared to taxi across the runway. A spokesperson told The Irish Times there was plenty of room between the two aircraft for a safe landing….”

Read the whole post here.

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The Impossible Turn

Jason Schappert takes us through the impossible turn:

Thanks, Jason!

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