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iPad Cockpit Accessories from Sporty’s. General Aviation News has noted that Sporty’s has introduced the Sporty’s iPad Kneeboard and iPad Flight Desk. The compact and bifold iPad Kneeboard will hold an iPad securely on the left side and it has an adjustable stand for the screen. Sporty’s iPad Kneeboard is available for US$39.95 while Sporty’s iPad Flight Desk is available for US$57.95. For more information, just visit Sportys.com.

iPro Aviator Kneeboard for iPad. In addition, John Ewing has posted a review of the iPro Aviator kneeboard. He concluded that at US$79.95, the iPad Aviator isn’t the cheapest solution but he also noted that it is “well-constructed, fits the iPad well, provides a kickstand for table top use, and offers a convenient solution for those hi-tech pilots who still prefer to take notes using pen (or pencil) and paper.”

World’s Smallest Transponder. General Aviation News has also mentioned that Kansas State University’s unmanned aircraft vehicle now has the world’s smallest aviation transponder. The XPS-TR transponder was developed by Sagetech Corp. in Hood River, Oregon and it’s the size of a business card weighing less than a cell phone.

Hawker Beechcraft Merchandise Now Available Online. If you are a fan of Hawker Beechcraft, their logo-branded merchandise is now available online at HangarStore.com or HawkerBeechcraft.com. Merchandise available includes a variety of items such as apparel, luggage and aircraft models that are all branded with either Hawker or Beechcraft logos.

Of Airplanes, Fences, and National Security. Meanwhile, Lane Wallace has written a rebuttal to an Atlantic article entitled "Private Plane, Public Menace" by Jeffrey Goldberg that we mentioned last month. Jeffrey’s article concluded that privileged "general aviation" airplanes are a threat to national security because their passengers are not subject to the same TSA security that airline passengers are subject to while Lane’s article ( “Of Airplanes, Fences, and National Security”) concluded that while there is some level of risk, overreacting “with a sledgehammer to the relatively small risk that general aviation airplanes pose” is not necessary.

General Aviation on the Rebound. On a positive note, the Wichita Business Journal has noted that the protracted decline for general aviation may finally be coming to an end – which would be great news for aircraft manufacturers and anyone else in the aviation business.

Northern California Aerial Photos. On a different note, John Ewing has posted some great aerial shots from his recent flights over Northern California – specifically shots of the San Francisco Bay Area and the Central Valley.

Pilots N Paws Rescue Flight Trip Report. Finally and if you are a dog lover, Steve, the blogger behind A mile of runway will take you anywhere, has posted a lengthy trip report along with photos from a recent Pilots N Paws rescue flight from Wapakoneta, OH to Morgantown, WV. Pilots N Paws is a meeting place for those who rescue, shelter or foster animals, and pilots and plane owners who are willing to assist with the transportation of such animals. The flight Steve went on transported Tawny, a Yellow Lab / Beagle mix, about halfway on her journey to a new family in another state.

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