United Airlines Launches a Paperless Flight Deck Using the iPad. United Airlines has recently announced that they are converting all of their flight decks into paperless flight decks by deploying 11,000 iPads to all United and Continental pilots. The electronic flight bags will replace paper flight manuals and provide pilots with paperless aeronautical navigational charts via an iPad app – a first for major airline. The distribution of iPads began earlier this month and all pilots with the airline are expected to have them by the year end.
Demo Flight: The Remos GX NXT. Meanwhile, Airspeed has a detailed review by Ron Klutts about taking the Remos light sport aircraft up for a test flight. Ron got a chance to test the new GX NXT model at EAA AirVenture.
The Rutan Boomerang. In addition, Ron also has written a post about the Rutan Boomerang he spotted at the AirVenture. He noted that it took more than 1,500 hours to go through the systems to get the Bomerang airworthy again.
The Spot Connect App Goes International. On a technology note, General Aviation News has mentioned that the SPOT Connect App is now available to international customers thanks to the Globalstar satellite network. Specifically, SPOT Connect satellite coverage includes the continental United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe and Australia Northern and Central Africa along with portions of South America and North-Eastern Asia and offshore of these areas. To use the SPOT Connect App, a registered SPOT Connect device is required for $169.99 along with an annual SPOT Basic Service subscription. For more information about international market pricing and availability, visit FindMeSPOT.com.
Flight Guide iEFB v4.0 App Updated. In addition, Flight Guide iEFB v4.0 now offers a new flight planning option that allows for pilots to overlay their Instrument Approaches and/or Flight Guide Airport Diagrams to create a flight plan on any of the company’s seamless charts. For more information, visit FlightGuide.com.
Teen Returns Home After Flying the US Perimeter. Meanwhile, General Aviation News has noted that 17-year-old Taylor De Ley has just returned to the Corona Municipal Airport (AJO) after flying the family family’s RV-4 around the perimeter of the US (Southern California, Washington, Maine and Key West) all by himself. You can read more about his trip in the Press-Enterprise and in another more detailed General Aviation News article.
Meet the Plane Janes. Finally, the Antique Airplane Club of Greater New York, which produces a fundraising calendar that included last year’s hit “Pilots Without Pants” calendar, decided to do things differently this year. Instead of featuring old pilots without pants, they have created a calendar featuring some of the most beautiful women of New York plus some great antique aircraft. Just check out the following promotional video that they created to promote the calendar: