Disney to Release a Video Game With Its New Movie “Planes.” “Disney’s Planes,” a flying adventure video game based on the upcoming Disney animated comedy adventure film we mentioned some weeks ago, will be available for Nintendo platforms, including the Wii and Wii U systems, Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo DS handheld devices, on August 6 (a few days before the film’s August 9 opening in US theaters).
UK Air Shows for May. The Love Planes website’s UK air shows calendar lists the following air shows for May: Shuttleworth Flying Evening (May 4, Bedfordshire), Abingdon Air Show (May 5, Oxfordshire), Spring Air Show (May 26, Duxford) and Aero Expo 2013 (May 31, Northampton).
Classic Flight Bag. In homage to the Pan Am era of aviation when both passengers and air crew were well-dressed, pilot Paul Lemley has created the Classic Flight Bag. The hand stitched bag is made with genuine Crazy Horse leather and the inside is cotton fabric lined with an appropriate amount of pockets that is not overkill where you won’t find what you need.
Pilot Central Launches. Pilot Central has launched a one-stop-shopping website designed to centralize a pilot’s personal and aviation needs all in one place. Those who enroll on the website can select a permanent, lifelong aviation email address such as ‘YourName’@FAAInstructor.com, ‘YourName’@FAAExaminer.com ‘YourName’@FAAPilotCentral.com, ‘YourName’@FAAPilotMail.com, ‘YourName’@AVSportPilot.com or YourName’@FAAMechanic.com. User can also create a profile section. For more information, visit FAAPilotCentral.com.
Cessna Rolls Out its First Citation X Production Aircraft. Cessna has rolled out the first production unit of its new $23 million Citation X at its Wichita, Kansas, manufacturing facility. The midsize, high-speed business jet was launched in 2010 and more than 675 flight hours have been logged on two test aircraft with certification scheduled for later this year and customer deliveries set for shortly after.
CAA Announces Changes to Pilot Exam Syllabus. The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has published details of changes to the ground-based exam programme taken by students training for a Private Pilot’s Licence (PPL). To accommodate new regulations from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), the number of exam papers sat by a student will increase from seven to nine plus the CAA will extend the definition of a “sitting” to ten days to help students cope with the increase. The changes will come into force on September 1, 2013.
Win a Free Copy of Why Planes Crash. The first book in the Why Planes Crash series is coming out next month and Sylvia, the blogger behind the Fear of Landing blog, will send one lucky reader whose signed up or signs up to her mailing list a free copy of it.
New iPad Mount Protects Against Overheating From Sunlight. Finally, ForPilotsOnly.com has introduced its new iPro Navigator mount for the iPad mini which helps minimize problems from overheating due to direct sunlight hitting the iPad thanks to an articulating clipboard. The iPro Navigator is priced at $69.95 and is available from ForPilotsOnly.com