New Case That Turns Into a Kneeboard for iPad Mini. PilotMall.com has introduced a new, multi-function kneeboard/hard case for the iPad Mini that comes with an adjustable hold-flat leg strap for easy placement on a pilot’s knee. PilotMall.com is offering the new iPad Mini Case & Leg Strap at an introductory price of $29.95 or 25% off the $39.95 regular price.
Landing Light Kit. General Aviation News has pointed out that Soloy Aviation Solutions has received STC approval for a LED based aircraft lighting kit for the Cessna 206G and 206H model aircraft which installs a second light source on the leading wedge of the right wing to complement the factory installed left wing taxi and landing lights. Pricing for the new kit is $6,700 with the first deliveries anticipated for April. For more information, visit Soloy.com.
The Aviator’s Practical Organizer (APO). Student pilots take note: General Aviation News has also profiled the Aviator’s Practical Organizer (APO), an organizational tool for private, instrument and commercial student pilots that will help them to compile and then organize all the pieces of information necessary to successfully complete the oral exam and flight exam. The Private, Instrument and Commercial APO is available for $49.95 at Aircraft Spruce and Aviation Universe plus it can be ordered at ThePracticalAviator.com.
Taking the Guesswork Out of Fuel Decisions. Cockpit Apps, the maker of the flight log app iLOG, has launched iFUEL to help pilots take the guesswork out of fuel decisions as it takes into account fuel prices at each destination, burn rate for the specific aircraft and ramp fees. The app can be purchased via a link to iTunes on the company’s website.
Explaining Drones and UAVs to Skeptical Shareholders. AVweb’s Russ Niles has done a podcast interview with Gretchen West, VP of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) about the issues, the opportunities and the uphill battle to explain drones or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to governments, the aviation community and the public. However, AVweb’s Paul Bertorelli has also written a thought provoking piece entitled Drones: More Questions Than Answers.
A Slideshow Celebrating Artic Flight. The Alaska Dispatch has put together a short slideshow to celebrate a century of Alaska and artic flight. Otherwise and should you find yourself in Alaska, the Anchorage Museum’s “Arctic Flight” exhibit will last until August 11 and illustrates the state’s early aviation history through artifacts that include the wreckage from the Will Rogers/Wiley Post crash of 1935, a military-issued electric flight jacket from World War II and the exhibition’s centerpiece – a 1920s Stearman C2B biplane.
And the Wheel Came Off! Finally, a 21 year old Chinese student pilot in Australia recently made a tricky landing after one of the wheels fell off his Piper Cherokee after takeoff from Australia’s Mangalore Airport. The student pilot (who had 120 hours of flying experienced) was forced to circle the airport for five hours to burn off fuel and had to be talked down by his flight instructor, police and aviation safety authorities.