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.”

Aero-news.net has the story here.

NY Times: Intimate View of America, From Above

If you’re considering getting into general aviation, this is a great read from the NY Times:

“We are rolling down the runway, increasing speed. At 70 knots, my husband lifts the nose of our small plane and we are suddenly airborne. Looking down, I can see the treetops, then the diagram of the town, and soon a panorama of hills and highways. We are heading south and west, toward Mississippi.

I grew up seeing America by taking classic journeys, along interstates riding in the back seat of the family station wagon and later on Route 66 in the front seat of a VW Beetle. I rode the train, watching the scenery of the upper Midwest from the glassy Vista-Dome cars. Now, many of my travels are in the air, in a small propeller plane that offers an intimate experience that bears little resemblance to that of flying in a big commercial airliner.”

Read the whole article here.

Things “Real Pilots” do

Here’s a list of things “Real Pilots” do according to John Zimmerman from Air Facts:

“1. Real pilots help a fellow aviator when in need. While the extent of a pilot fellowship can be debated (we’ve done it here at Air Facts), I do believe real pilots go out of their way to help a fellow aviator. Whether it’s helping to tie down an airplane in the rain or offering to share operating expenses, most pilots recognize that our group is a small one and needs all the support it can get.

2. Real pilots don’t get into arguments on CTAF. Is there anything more pathetic than listening to a couple of arrogant pilots arguing about who cut the other guy off in the pattern? Real pilots know that such arguments only make flying more dangerous, so they avoid them. Even better, real pilots fly a standard traffic pattern if it’s busy”

You can read the rest of the list here.

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!

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.

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.

Bendix King’s EFB App Goes West

This was to be expected with the intense competition in the market. It’s interesting that the Bendix King spokesman seems to acknowledge ForeFlight is the leader. From AVweb:

“Citing a crowded aviation tablet app market, Bendix King said it will drop its myWingMan navigation app, effective immediately. The company said that customers with existing payed subscriptions will be issued a full refund and that the decision to pull its myWingMan navigation app from the Apple store was difficult, but is the “right thing to do for customers.” In an exclusive interview with AvWeb, Bendix King’s Paul Hathoway acknowledged the fierce competition from other app makers.

“It really comes down to the question of how do you displace the tens of thousands of existing ForeFlight users? Quite frankly, it’s a crowded space,” said Hathoway.”

Read the whole article here.