Products for Transitioning to a Glass Cockpit. For those of you who haven’t yet transitioned to a glass cockpit, MyFlightBlog.com reviews four great products to help ease the transition. These products include the Garmin G1000 Cockpit Poster, Max Trescott’s G1000 Glass Cockpit Handbook, Max Trescott’s VFR+IFR Garmin G1000 CD-Rom Course and Sporty’s Air Facts: Flying Glass Cockpits video.
New Advanced Avionics Handbook. In addition to the above products,the Aviation Mentor blog has posted a review of the latest FAA Advanced Avionics Handbook. This handbook also acts as a great introduction to pilots who are interested in glass cockpits or GPS training. Even better, the book can be downloaded for free.
Learn to Fly. Meanwhile, Robert Mark of Jetwhine, also the author of The Joy of Flying and A Professional Pilots Career Guide, has posted a review and endorsement of Max Trescott’s Learn to Fly: Live Your Dream and get a Pilot’s License. The book is meant to encourage non-flyers to consider learning how to fly by answering all the important questions that they have “stalled on the tips of their tongues.”
Rants About Media Coverage of Aircraft Tragedies. On a different note, the media’s coverage of the latest aircraft tragedies and their apparent lack of aviation knowledge in this coverage has started to trigger some “rants” on blogs by experienced pilots who are also writers. In a post appropriately titled “I Don’t Know,” Tracy of the Around the Pattern blog, who just happened to be on a layover in Narita, Japan on the day the FedEx plane crashed there, criticizes the media’s jumping to conclusions about the incident and bluntly states that “you would think that after 100 years of aviation, in a country [the USA] that relies on aviation to conduct it’s business, the news media would have some basic knowledge of the subject.”
Meanwhile, Patrick Smith of Salon.com’s Ask the Pilot column provides a careful analysis of the recent Narita and Butte Montana tragedies and the media’s coverage of them to ask why reporters simply can’t get their facts straight. His column has already attracted a number of interesting and thoughtful responses from readers familiar with aviation.
The Hotelicopter. And finally for travelers who have stayed in every type of accommodation imaginable, the world’s first flying hotel made from a huge Soviet-made Mil V-12 helicopter will debut this summer. According to Impact Lab, the Hotelicopter will have 18 lavish soundproofed rooms complete with queen-sized beds, mini-bars, wireless internet access, flatscreen TVs and other amenities usually found in a five star hotel. Other features include private entertainment systems, showers, spa treatments, a Jacuzzi, yoga classes, arcade gaming, a tea garden, a blackjack/ping-pong table and even playground for the kids. Definitely worth a stay!