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Golden Eagle Plus Flight Planning Software. General Aviation News has noted that FlightPrep’s Golden Eagle Plus Software led the pack in a review of flight planners in Aviation Consumer Magazine’s January issue. However we should note that the actual article makes the point of saying that “Voyager 4 leads if you mind meld with its novel presentation. For more traditional thinkers, FlightPrep’s Golden Eagle Plus gets the nod.”

Airspace Violations: El Al Constellation vs. Bulgarian Mig-15s. For history buffs, David Cenciotti and Simone Bovi have posted the latest addition in their series about airspace violations. This edition covers the 1955 incident involving an El Al Lockheed L-049 Constellation that was flying the London to Tel Aviv route (via Vienna) when it strayed into Bulgarian airspace and was shot down by two Bulgarian Mig-15s.

Save Money by Getting a Sport Pilot License. Meanwhile, Meg Godlewski has noted in a short article on General Aviation News that while it takes a minimum of 40 hours to earn a private pilot’s license with an average cost of obtaining one in the United States ranging from US$6,000 to US$10,000, a The Sport Pilot license can potentially cut those costs in half since the experience requirement is only 20 hours. Meg has also posted some useful links related to sport pilot licenses.

Winter Flying. And in case you are not completely grounded by winter weather, General Aviation News has noted that a recent Interagency Aviation Accident Prevention Bulletin from the US Forest Service which covers winter flying and is worth reading. The warning message: “Don’t be left out in the cold — be prepared.”

Why Flying in Alaska is a Little Different. On an interesting note and speaking of winter flying, Robert Mark, the editor of Jetwine, has recently noted the Bush Pilots blog at the Alaska Dispatch. The blog includes a fascinating collection of stories (such as landing on steep ice or landing on the wrong glacier), pictures and videos (such as this amazing landing on a glacier video) that show why flying in Alaska is a little different than flying elsewhere – except perhaps in Canada or Siberia.

Where You Will Need Oxygen Just to Taxi. And finally, General Aviation News has noted an article in The Guardian about the world’s highest airport being constructed in Tibet at an elevation of 14,554 feet (much higher than Leadville Colorado’s Lake County Airport which at 9,927 feet, claims the title of the highest public-use airport in North America). General Aviation News has noted that according to US regulations, pilots would need supplemental oxygen just to taxi there. Then again, that is probably higher than what most private pilots have ever flown – unless its as a passenger in a commercial airline!

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