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Circumnavigate Africa in Your Own Aircraft. Flying adventure experts Air Journey has created a unique opportunity to circumnavigate the continent of Africa in your own aircraft. The special trip begins September 7 and will return to the United States exactly 54 days, 24 countries and 19,500 nautical miles later on October 30. For further information, visit or

Thunderbirds to Use Alternative Fuel. On a green aviation note, the United States Air Force Thunderbirds flight demonstration team will, for the first time, fly with alternative fuel at the Joint Services Open House at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland this weekend. Specifically, the Thunderbirds will be flying on a Camelina-based Hydrotreated Renewable Jet (HRJ). For further information, visit

New Colorful Pitot Tube Covers from Wicks. Meanwhile, General Aviation News has noted that Wicks Aircraft Supply now offers a new line of colorful covers for pitot tubes and nacelle plug streamers for most single and twin engine aircraft models. The covers, which sell for $10, are made of heavy canvas and light-reflective florescent plastic. For further information, visit

New Wireless Headset. In addition, ATO Aviation has announced the new EQ-Link wireless aviation headset by EQ Wireless Communications. The EQ-1 is powered by rechargeable batteries that can operate up to 23 hours between battery charges. For more information, visit Launches., a new online portal and social network for aerodrome users and pilots traveling in Europe, has just debuted. The site contains digital aeronautical data for 36 European countries arranged for private pilots plus the Aerodrome User Network offers a place where pilots can network and exchange info.

Catapult Aircraft: Seaplanes that Flew from Ships Without Flight Decks. On a historical note, the Winged Victory Women in Aviation Webzine has mentioned the book: “Catapult Aircraft: Seaplanes that Flew from Ships Without Flight Decks,” by Leo Marriott. The book includes all  major catapult designs that flew in the First and Second World Wars used by all combatants. The book also looks at how catapult aircraft evolved and how warships were modified to accommodate them and the catapult system.

A Close-Up Look at the de Havilland Tiger Moth. Finally, the Around the Pattern Blog has posted this great video from the Aviators series about flying the de Havilland Tiger Moth, which is no easy feat. Tiger Moths require constant attention to fly – which is why they are great training aircraft. In fact, one Tiger Moth pilot compared flying a Tiger Moth to the equivalent of standing on basketball. In other words, you have to always be on your toes.

Tiger Moth

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