The Perception About Business Jets. Gabriella Somerville, the founder of UK-based ConnectJets back in 2009 during the financial crises, recently gave a podcast interview with AVweb. In the interview, she pointed out how getting away from using words like luxury to instead talk about private aviation as a smart and efficient business tool has been the secret behind the success of her venture and a way to improve the image of business jets.
Podcast: Understanding a Cockpit in Crisis. Another interesting podcast to listen to is Jason Goldberg’s “Understanding a cockpit in crisis.” The podcast specifically talks about the Air France Flight 447 crash off the coast of Brazil and the threat of complacency in the cockpit.
New Leak Detection Flashlight. On a different note, Spectronics Corporation has unveiled the Spectroline OPTIMAX 365 — a new cordless and rechargeable flashlight for identifying fuel, lubrication and hydraulic leaks. The flashlight will provide users 90 minutes of continuous inspection time and has an inspection range of up to 6.1 meters or 20 feet. For further information, visit Spectroline.com.
The New AOPA Flight Bag. In addition, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) has introduced the new AOPA Flight Bag which comes with specially designed pockets meant for the storing of pilot gear. Specifically, there are double-padded headset pockets on either end of the fight bag to protect headsets plus a custom side organizer pocket that will keep pencils, sunglasses and aviation charts within close reach. The AOPA Flight Bag is available for $49.95 at both Sportys.com and AOPAStore.com.
AOPA and Forbes Create New Website. Moreover, the AOPA and Forbes have created ForbesBusinessAviation.com, a special business aviation web site to promote the value of general aviation. The website will showcase the two big advantages of business aviation: 1) Time savings and 2) The ability to go directly to a destination rather than using an airlines’ indirect hub-and-spoke system.
Biplane Trip Across the USA. On an interesting note, Sylvia, the blogger behind the Fear of Landing blog, has pointed out a great set of blog posts by Mike Angiulo who flew from Washington to New York and back to pick up his new Great Lakes bi-plane. The set of posts make for some exciting reading.
Terrafugia Transition Flying Car Delays. Finally, General Aviation News has noted that Terrafugia President Carl Dietrich has issued a company statement saying that they have “encountered a number of the challenges that are common in aircraft development programs, including problems with third party suppliers.” This means that a flying car prototype will not debut at this year’s Oshkosh. For further information or updates, please visit: Terrafugia.com.