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Do I Really Need an Aviation GPS? Jason Schappert of m0a.com has posed an interesting question about whether or not a pilot really needs a GPS. He uses the calculator as an analogy: its a VERY useful tool but its also a tool that you become completely dependent upon it (after all, how many readers like me now need a calculator to perform even simple math transactions?) Jason suggests learning the “old fashion way first” before a would be pilot becomes to dependent upon the device and he also invites readers to post comments with their thoughts about using a GPS.

Anatomy of a Miracle. For those of you still fascinated by the Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger story, Terry Maxon of the Airline Biz Blog reports that aviation writer William Langewiesche has written a long and engrossing account of the incident entitled Anatomy of a Miracle for the June issue of Vanity Fair. Langewiesche’s account is by far the most thorough about the incident to date and he even details just how ALL of those Canadian geese, who are supposed to be migratory birds, ended up settling down in the area for good.

Piper Super CubPlane Lands Sunnyside Up. In another safety related incident, Jason Schappert of m0a.com has picked up on an incident back in late April involving a Piper Super Cub single engine whose pilot was practicing takeoffs and landings in Plano Texas. While attempting a landing, the pilot apparently overcorrected a situation usually associated with tail-draggers known as ‘ground loop situation’ and ended up landing on his roof (luckily he was unhurt). Jason uses the incident to discuss how to avoid this not all to uncommon situation and to state that even the best pilots still need regular practice to avoid such unfortunate incidents.

Châteaux de la Loire & French Polynesia From the Air. And finally for those of you looking for a weekend escape, Denis Pariente has posted several nice aerial photos and commentary (in French though) on the French COPA-Corner of the Cirrus Owners & Pilots Association’s (COPA) blog about his trip over the Châteaux de la Loire in France. Easily a weekend trip for a pilot based in the UK.

On the other hand and for those of you looking for a real adventure, the Cranky Flier has posted a two part series (Part 1 and Part 2) about a recent trip to French Polynesia in the South Pacific. Naturally the trip involved plenty of flying with some great aerial shots and video of Bora Bora and Tahiti. So if you can’t take off to the South Pacific anytime soon, the trip report is the next best thing!

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