British Airways Cabin Crew to Use iPads. In an example of just how versatile the iPad is for aviation, the Planegrazy blog has noted that British Airways will begin deploying them to their cabin crews in order to improve customer service. Specifically, the iPads will enable BA’s cabin crew to have prior awareness of the preferences of each passenger and a better understanding of a passenger’s previous travel arrangements.
Aircraft Theft. Meanwhile, Bruce Landsberg, the President of the AOPA Air Safety Institute, has written a post about a subject that probably does not cross the mind of many pilots: Aircraft theft. Apparently, someone recently stole a Piper Saratoga from Horace Williams airport in Chapel Hill, NC and then crashed it in a forested area – leaving behind a trail of blood for investigators to investigate. Bruce then wrote about a few tips to better secure your aircraft and concluded his post by writing that its better for pilots to voluntarily implement some security precautions rather than wait for the government to mandate them.
Aircraft Spruce Stocks New Tie-down Kits. However and to better secure your aircraft from other threats, Aircraft Spruce now stocks new tie-down kits consisting of three 16″ corkscrew tiedown anchors, one 3/8″ nylon tiedown rope and one tiedown bag. For further information, visit AircraftSpruce.com.
Latest Issue of the FAA Safety Briefing. On another safety note, the September/October 2011 issue of FAA Safety Briefing is now available. Topics covered in this issue include how to care for an aging general aviation aircraft, what precautions pilots who use rental and multi-owner aircraft should take before flying and the latest efforts to improve runway safety. The issue’s Checklist department also takes a closer look at the legalities of using an iPad during a flight.
Amelia Earhart Photo Collection. On a history note, the Winged Victory: Women in Aviation Webzine has posted a small but wonderful collection of Amelia Earhart photos that’s worth taking a closer look at.
Bees Get Loose on a Russian Commercial Flight. Finally, the Pacific Aircraft Blog has reported a bizarre from Russia about bees getting loose on a Moscow bound Boeing 757 Yakutia Airlines flight. Apparently, a tipsy business-class passenger had smuggled two beehives on board – at the request of the Blagoveshchensk airport’s deputy director who needed to have them shipped to Moscow (It was noted that the passenger was already drunk when he or she boarded the aircraft). When the aircraft reached cruising altitude, the bees began to creep out of their two cardboard box hives – forcing flight attendants to stash the boxes inside the aircraft’s wardrobe by taping the doors of the wardrobe shut. No word on whether anyone was punished for the incident as Russian flight safety rules call for a fine of 2,500 rubles ($86) for any official and up to 5,000 rubles for any legal entity who violate them.