Sunday, October 18, 2009

Flight Training application Debuts for the iPhone & iPod Touch

The Finer Points of Flying has teamed with ForeFlight on a new iPhone and iPod Touch application, VFR Communications. The DVD version is also available. The five-chapter instructional course available for the iPhone and iPod Touch contains an hour of HD video, computer animation and instruction from Jason Miller. Each video provides in-depth coverage of airspace, dimensions, charting, airspace entry requirements, real-world cockpit footage demo and how-to communicate in complex airspace.

Available: Apple's Application Store at iTunes. The DVD version is available at

Legend FloatCub Now Certified

Legend FloatCub
American Legend Aircraft Co's amphibious Legend FloatCub has now received certification by the FAA. This aircraft is a lightweight version of the Legend Cub and is configured with amphibious floats from Baumann Floats, LLC. It is a certified LSA aircraft. This aircraft made its first flights on July 2009.
Price: $159,000

InJet to Seek New Hires at NBAA Convention

Injet is looking for new hires at the NBAA 62nd annual convention in Orlando, Florida this month.

Florida Air Museum Receives Grant to Fund a February 2010 Aviation Adventures

The Florida Air Museum in Lakeland, Florida has revived a grant to fund a February 2010 Aviation Adventures lecture by Florida documentary filmmaker Jon Anderson in observance of Black History month. Jon Anderson will lecture on "Silver Wings & Civil Rights: The Fight to Fly," which focuses on the Tuskegee Airmen. The lecture by Jon Anderson will be on February 19, 2010, 7PM in the Florida Air Museum on the Sun 'n Fun campus on Lakeland Linder Regional Airport in Lakeland, Florida.

Paul Siedenburg Receives FAA Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award

Paul Siedenburg
People gathered at the Des Moines International Airport in Des Moines, Iowa on Thursday, September 24, 2009 to see Paul Siedenburg receive FAA Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award for 50+ years of safe flying. This type of award honors people who have contributed and maintained safe flight operations for 50+ years. Paul Siedenburg's first ride was in a Ford Tri Motor in Savanna, Illinois.
He barnstormed in a Waco UPF-8 at someones farm. His career began in the United States Air Corps in 1943 and soloed on July 14, 1943 at Stamford, Texas. He bought a Waco UPF biplane. Paul Siedenburg is accident free for 65 years and 7,000 hours of flying. Congratulations Paul Siedenburg!

Aspen Avionics Receives Certification on Model List Supplemental Type

Aspen Avionics receives FAA Approved Model List Supplemental Type Certificate (AML-STC) for the EFD-500 Multi-Function Display (MFD), EFD1000 MFD and EWR50 Weather Receiver.

List Price
EFD500 MFD- $4,995
EFD1000 MFD- 7,995
EWR50 Weather Receiver- $2,495

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King Schools partners with Redbird Flight Simulations

King Schools and Redbird Flight Simulations have set up an agreement that the King Schools' market will feature Redbird products. Redbird has four flight simulations FMX, SD, LD and Xwind.

Coalition Urges Senate to Pass FAA Reauthorization

The Senate's inaction on FAA re-authorization has prompted a coalition of aviation groups to lobby lawmakers to get work.

“Aviation helps to sustain over 10 million jobs and contributes over $1 trillion in economic activity in the United States. Because of the current economic challenges facing our nation, we feel it is important to recognize the stimulative effect that passing an FAA re-authorization bill will have on America’s aviation workforce and the aviation infrastructure.

Organizations that signed the letter are:

  • Aerospace Industries Association
  • Air Carrier Association of America
  • Air Line Pilots Association
  • Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association
  • Airport Consultants Council
  • Airports Council International-North America
  • American Association of Airport Executives
  • American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials
  • American Council of Engineering Companies
  • American Road and Transportation Builders Association
  • American Society of Civil Engineers
  • American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees
  • Association of Flight Attendants – CWA
  • Assoc. of Metropolitan Planning Organizations.
  • Cargo Airlines Association
  • General Aviation Manufacturers Association
  • Institute of Electric and Electronics
  • Engineers-USA
  • International Air Transport Association
  • International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers
  • International Union of Operating Engineers
  • National Air Traffic Controllers Association
  • National Air Transportation Association
  • National Aircraft Resale Association
  • National Association of Counties
  • National Association of Regional Councils
  • National Assoc. of State Aviation Officials
  • National Business Aviation Association
  • National League of Cities
  • National Sand, Stone and Gravel Association
  • Portland Cement Association
  • Professional Aviation Maintenance Association
  • Professional Aviation Safety Specialists

F-16 Fighting Falcons Escort Mooney with Unresponsive Pilots

A Mooney crashed on Wednesday morning near Muncie, Indiana after the pilot failed to respond to the air traffic controller. Two F-16 Fighting Falcons from the Indiana National Guard assisted the airplane by providing an escort until the airplane went down into a cornfield. Military Officials told the Associated Press that the pilot was suffering health problems.

Mooney debuts Technical Publications Master Library

Mooney Airplane Company has debuted a new Technical Publications Master Library for all M20, M20A, M20B, M20C, M20D, M20E, M20F, M20G, M20H, M20I, M20J, M20K, M20L, M20M, M20R, M20S, M20T and M20TN aircraft. The applications are on a 2 GB Lexar JumpDrive, engraved with the word Mooney logo on them. Each of the JumpDrives will contain catalogs, aircraft model specific technical publications, pilot operating handbooks, illustrated parts, service and maintenance manuals.

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Lycoming Authorized Service Centers Network Launched

Lycoming Engines has launched its first network of Lycoming Authorized Service Centers. The Authorized Service Centers must meet requirements. Lycoming will support Authorized Service Centers with online training programs and support soon-to-be-released products. Lycoming Engines has approved 27.

Chesley Sullenberger III & Jeffrey Skiles Co-chairmen of the EAA Young Eagles

Co-Chairmen of EAA Young Eagles, Chesley Sullenberger III and Jeffrey Skiles, and Chairman of EAA Young Eagles, Harrison Ford

EAA announced on Tuesday, September 29, 2009 that Captain Chesley Sullenberger III and First Officer Jeffery Skiles are the Co-Chairmen of the EAA Young Eagles. They are famous for landing US Airways Flight 1549 successfully into the Hudson River.

Chelsey Sullenberger III (b. January 23, 1951)
He is an American airline transport pilot (ATP). He went to the United States Air Force Academy in 1969. He got a Bachelors of Science at the USAF Academy and at the Purdue University earning his masters degree. He served as a fighter pilot for the United States Air Force which he piloted McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom III from 1975-1980. He has been an employee of US Airways since 1980 and has over 40 years of flying experience. He became famous on January 15, 2009 when he successfully landed US Airways Flight 1549 into the Hudson River saving the lives of all 151 of the passengers.

Jeffrey Skiles
He received a Bachelors of Science degree in geology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Before working with US Airways in 1980 he flew cargo planes. He has more than 15,000 hours of flying. He has a wife and three kids where he lives in Wisconsin.
He became famous on January 15, 2009 when he successfully landed US Airways Flight 1549 into the Hudson River saving the lives of all 151 of the passengers.

Van's Aircraft Delivers 3,000th RV-8 Kit

Van's RV-8
Tom Carter from Big Fork, Montana became the 3,000th Van's RV-8 buyer.