Ten Things You Didn’t Know About the Pilatus Porter. Matt Dearden, the British born pilot who is the author of the Bush Flying Diaries, Indonesia, has written an informative post listing ten things you probably did not know about the Pilatus Porter – an aircraft that’s been around longer (since 1959) than many pilots!
Getting Stuck in the Mud in Papua. In addition, Matt has written a post about a recent incident where he found his Pilatus Porter stuck in the mud – one of the (many) hazards of flying or rather landing in Papua…
AircraftIncidents.com Launched. AircraftIncidents.com has officially launched with more than 70,000 US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) reports which are organized in many different ways e.g. by country, state, manufacturer, airline and report type. The goal of the site is to keep pilots and aviation enthusiasts alike up-to-date with the latest findings of the NTSB.
Pilot Getaways App Containing All Back Issues. Pilot Getaways, a travel and destination publication that features great fly-in destinations, has a new iPad app containing all of their back issues from the past 15 years. By the end of the year, Pilot Getaways is expected to have its complete library of more than 500 destinations in North America available through the app. An annual subscription for the app costs $19.99 with back issues available for $4.99. For more information, visit www.pilotgetaways.com.
Boeing’s Current Market Outlook Available as an App. On another app note, when Boeing launched its Current Market Outlook back in 1964, it was all on paper. Now it can be downloaded as an iPad app – and naturally there is more to the Boeing outlook as an app than as it was on paper.
New (Humorous) Shirts from Sporty’s. Online pilot shop Sporty’s has added a couple of humorous t-shirts to its product line, including one that reads, “I love the smell of jet fuel in the morning,” and another that reads: “Set My Bail High, I’m a Flight Risk.” The shirts are available for $16.50 in sizes medium through XXL and may be ordered at Sportys.com.
Helicopter Used to Save a Hiker from a Mountain Lion. Finally and according to Flying magazine, a hiker was hiking California’s Stevens Trail when he found himself being stalked by a mountain lion. So he called 911 and the California Highway Patrol dispatched a helicopter to frighten the mountain lion away with a high intensity spotlight. The next day, a Fish and Wildlife warden walked the trail to place warning signs and was also menaced by the mountain lion – forcing him or her to shoot the big cat.