Forward Slip to Landing

Courtesy of Jason Schapert on

As always, thanks, Jason!

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AOPA Launches Program for Rusty Pilots

From AvWeb:

“AOPA has launched an initiative to help pilots who have stepped away from flying return to the sky. “Get back in the left seat” is the motto of the Rusty Pilots initiative, a free nationwide program to reactivate lapsed pilots. The initiative draws on a notably successful local effort at Aviation Adventures flight school in Virginia, and applies knowledge gleaned from surveying inactive pilots about what would help them get back in the air. Rusty pilots can participate by registering to attend free seminars, in the company of other returning pilots, at a local flight school or flying club, where they can discover a path back to flying presented in a supportive, social setting.”

We at High Altitude are always happy to help the Rusty Pilots get back in the left seat. Please contact us here and we’ll be happy to schedule a flight with you right away!

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Google Glass on the Flight Deck

Ditch the iPad, it looks like there’s a new cockpit accessory that you might not be able to go without. From FlightClub:

See the whole post here.

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Upcoming Air Shows

There has been a lot of talk about the Blue Angels returning to Spirit of St. Louis Airport on May 3-4th.

The Aero Experience highlights the Cape Girardeau Regional Air Festival which would be a great weekend trip for a flight in a club aircraft on May 17th.

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The government is getting around to updating the Aviation Digital Data Service, and AOPA has the story:

“A design refresh of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Aviation Weather Center/Aviation Digital Data Service (ADDS) website will go live March 25.

The new website design, which pilots can preview here before the launch, is meant to improve content organization, navigation, look and feel, functionality, and usability. The upgrade is part of an effort to bring the Web properties of the National Weather Service to a common standard, and includes changes that should improve functionality across more browsers and devices.

Aviation Weather Center Director Bob Maxson said in a media release that the refresh provides pilots, briefers, and other users a more interactive experience. “The current web site is more than 10 years old and needed an update to ensure all systems and previous upgrades were compatible. Some of our old displays no longer function with modern software and browsers. Users have cited better interactivity with mobile devices as a desired need.”

Read the whole story here. Or after March 25th, check it out for yourself here.

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Turning Stalls

Like Jason Schappert, I was not asked to do any turning stalls until my private pilot check ride. Here’s something every student pilot should learn:

Thanks again, Jason!

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FAA Safety Seminar – Extreme Cross Countries

Another free safety seminar is being offered by the FAA Safety Team.

“Planning to fly around the world is not a task most pilots will consider in a lifetime. Captain Judy Rice and Navigator Fred Nauer will walk you through their years of personal planning and preparation of three General Aviation aircraft that they will use to accomplish this mission. ”

When: 6pm, Monday, March 24th
Where: Available for free online at DiscoverAviationTV

For WINGS credits, view the program for three code words interspersed throughout. After the program, send the code words with your email address, name and zip code to the special email address shown during the program. You will need to watch the entire program to receive credit.

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Craving Subway?

Pick one of these up on your next flight to Wichita; Ccimage courtesy of jetalone on flickr

This is the first mention I’ve seen of a Subway at an FBO. Air Facts Journal has the story:

“Why was I happy to see a report that the longtime Wichita, Kansas, FBO, Yingling, would soon have a Subway at its facility?

I used to go to Wichita several times a month. I didn’t starve on the trip out because my wife, Ann, always sent me off with a good lunch. I also had an airplane larder stocked with dry roasted peanuts, raisins, granola bars and cheese crackers. I used to leave this in the airplane until I realized that the guys in the shop were hungry when my airplane was in for maintenance. I switched it to a larder bag that I would take home after each flight. My costs went down.”

See the whole post here.

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Garmin Goes Synthetic for Tablets

From AOPA:

“Garmin didn’t invent GPS-derived “synthetic vision,” but adding it to the G1000 avionics suite legitimized and popularized the technology.

Similarly, Garmin wasn’t the first to offer a syn-vis on a tablet computer app, but adding it to Garmin Pilot puts the technology in front of thousands of additional pilots and raises the utility and sophistication of electronic flight bags to a new level….

First, a confession. When I first saw syn-vis on a G1000 in 2008, I regarded it as a gimmick. To me, traditional instrument six packs were perfectly adequate for instrument flight, and colorful graphics of the outside world seemed interesting but unnecessary.

That changed for me on a foggy winter day when I flew a G1000-equipped aircraft on an LDA approach into Hartford-Brainard Airport in Connecticut with rain pelting the windshield.”

Read the whole article here.

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Boeing’s History Wall

While this isn’t directly related to flying a small general aviation aircraft, the Things with Wings blog recently posted about Boeing’s Wonder Wall of its contribution to aviation.

Not from Boeing's Wonder Wall, but a model of a 777. Courtesy CCImage of Elsie esq on flickr

“The finished products of any company form its outward face to the world, but it is the rarely seen unfinished designs which really tell the full story behind the evolution of that family. As one might expect, the development path of the combined Boeing and Douglas jetliner series is littered with ‘what if’ concepts that never saw the light of day. Many have been kept out of sight behind closed doors for years, tucked away in the depths of Boeing’s vast archive collection in Bellevue, Washington. But now the dust has been blown off the model collection and, thanks to an imaginative display, the design DNA of the combined Boeing and heritage Douglas line is now magnificently portrayed in the lobby of the company’s Product Development group offices in the Bomarc Building at Everett.”

Read the whole post and see pictures here.

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