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Spin-a-Wind 2.0. The Flying Pilot Podcast blog has noted that Spin-a-Wind 2.0 is now available on iTunes. Updates include a graphical representation of the runway and wind direction, a temperature conversion from Celsius to Fahrenheit feature and another feature that utilizes the wind-chill formula used by the US National Weather Service and Canada.

Canadian IFR Approach Plates. And if you are a pilot in Canada, the Fly With Blake blog has suggested that you might want to check out the latest Canadian Air Pilot approach plates in PDF format from Nav Canada for all airports in Canada with IFR approaches. Naturally available in both English and French.

Online AIPs. On another useful note, the Land and Hold Short blog has recently posted an accumulation of links to different countries’ online Aeronautical Information Publications (AIPs).

Negotiating Class B Airspace. In addition, the Let’s Go Flying blog has posted a short post with tips about flying in crowded Class B Airspace. These tips include the need to get flight clearance and to have an aircraft with the necessary equipment for flying in such airspace. This equipment includes a two-way radio to enable smooth communication with the controller and a Mode C Transponder.

ASA’s 2010 Catalog. Meanwhile, General Aviation News has noted that Aviation Supplies & Academics (ASA) has released its 2010 catalog which includes “textbooks for pilots and aviation maintenance technicians, test preparation books and software, FAA handbooks, pilot supplies, and flight simulation and tutorial software.” In other words, nearly 400 products published or manufactured by ASA.

Winter Flying Pictures. On a different note, General Aviation News has posted some great winter aviation related photos from reader Mark Priglmeier in Minnesota while the A Mile of Runway Will Take You Anywhere blog has posted similar winter aviation photos of a ski trip that involved a Cub.

Alaska Flying Story. On a similar note, the Alaska Dispatch’s Bush Pilot blog has noted that The New York Times travel section has recently ran an Alaska flying story accompanied by a “thrilling” slideshow by a Times photographer.

Flying a Hang ‘Copter. And finally on an unusual note, General Aviation News has recently posted a rare video of a gyroglider (an unpowered gyrocopter using a weight shift control) that was reportedly built by a Russian named Shumeyko in the early 1990s. The writer did comment that he would “love to think about how the FAA or NTSB would regard this” and so would we! Nevertheless, its still great to see such experimentation being safely carried out – beyond the reach of aviation bureaucrats of course!

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