“Air Crashes” Now an eBook. Now available in eBook format, “Air Crashes” by Dick Collins was first published 25 years ago and examined what went wrong, why it went wrong and what can be done about it. The new eBook version includes the original book along with updates at the end of each chapter that contains Collins’ thoughts 25 years later. Air Crashes is available for US$9.99 and can be downloaded for Amazon’s Kindle at Sportys.com. There is also a version available for the iPhone, iPad and Android.
WingX for Android. In addition, General Aviation News has noted that Hilton Software LLC has introduced WingX for Android. WingX includes a searchable A/FD, integrated AOPA Directory, zoomable NACO Charts, color-coded METARs, TAFs, Route Planning with route weather, animated RADAR images, an E6B and a comprehensive set of documents including the FARs. WingX is available for Android, iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS, iPod Touch, BlackBerry and Windows Mobile and can be downloaded from Hilton Software’s mobile page.
AOPA Redesigns its Online Airport Directory. On a similar note, General Aviation Reviews has also noted that the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) has just completely redesigned its online airport directory – making it available to all pilots even if they are not members of AOPA. AOPA Airports offers downloadable approach and departure instrument procedures, a kneeboard-formatted airport page to carry in the cockpit plus all the airport information available from the FAA’s facilities directory. This includes both satellite photos and sectional depictions of the airport along with real-time weather reports and forecasts for the airport and nearby airports.
Stanwyck Avionics Website. In addition, the Ask a CFI has noted the Stanwyck Avionics website which has a software interface that allows pilots to graphically view real-time AWOS and ASOS weather station data. It was noted that the best part of this system (besides the display) is that the software displays real-time weather information.
Learn How to Fly a Zeppelin. On a different note, General Aviation News has reported that Airship Ventures will offer a two-day course for anyone who wants to sit in the pilot’s seat of a Zeppelin. A team of airship pilots will guide students through ground school, flight instruction, stick time, logbook endorsement and every student is guaranteed 30 minutes of stick time. However, participants must hold a private pilot’s license and current medical. For more information, contact AirshipVentures.com.
Air Shows Celebrate their 100th Anniversary. On a historical note, General Aviation News has noted that air shows are celebrating their 100th anniversary this year. In January 1910, aviation enthusiasts and 175,000 spectators gathered at the Dominquez Air Meet in southern California. This was followed in September by the Harvard-Boston Aero Meet in Atlantic, Massachusetts that was attended by the Wright Brothers, Glenn Curtiss and Claude Grahame-White and featured a mock bombing run where plastic bombs were dropped on warships. Then New York held the Belmont Aviation Tournament from October 22-31, 1910 that featured an altitude duel, a precision landing event and an air race from Belmont across and around New York Harbor.
Lost 1928 Flight. On another historical note, the Alaska Dispatch noted that the Anchorage Press has run a great story about Russ Merrill and Noel Wien’s attempt to reach Barrow Alaska in 1928. Both aircraft were forced to land on a frozen lake after running into a bank of fog but Wien’s aircraft was able to take off again – leaving Russ Merrill and his two passengers to fend for themselves. The account of their harrowing story is well worth reading.
Fantasy of Flight’s World’s Greatest Dad Promotion. And finally and if you are or will be in the Florida area, the Thirty Thousand Feet blog has noted that the “World’s Greatest Aircraft Collection” is looking for the “World’s Greatest Dad” for a once in a lifetime ride in Fantasy of Flight’s Storch plane. Prizes will be awarded on Father’s Day, June 20. For more details, visit Fantasyofflight.com.