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Top Five Coolest Retro (Small) Airplane Brands. Garland Pollard has posted an entry on about the top five coolest retro small airplane brands. His choices are the Pilatus PC-6, Viking Air Turbo Beaver, Cessna Skycatcher, The Britten-Norman Islander and the EADS CASA. Although it appears that Garland is not a pilot, his choices are definitely an interesting line up.

Because I Fly Aviation Museum Articles. On an interesting note, the Thirty Thousand Feet blog has begun publishing a series of aviation museum articles. The first three articles are about The Frontiers of Flight Museum located in Dallas (Texas), The Glenn L. Martin Maryland Aviation Museum located at the Martin State Airport in Maryland and The Museum of Flight in Seattle (Washington).

Convective and Other Weather Phenomena in the Tropics. And on another interesting note and just in case you ever have plans to fly across the equator, the ‘Fly NextGen’ Aviation Blog has picked up a story from Bloomberg that explains weather-related problems and phenomena that are faced by aircraft flying in the tropical region between the northern and southern hemispheres. In other words, what may have downed Air France 447.

Cirrus Perspective Flight. Meanwhile, Thomas Horne who is the Editor At Large for the AOPA Pilot Blog has posted an entry regarding his first flight in a Cirrus Perspective. Thomas also shares a great tip about saving images of fault annunciations or for just capturing an image of whatever information you’d like to save and view later on a computer.

Messy Instrument Clearance Readback. On a different note,Wayne Conrad has posted a “messy” instrument clearance readback of his on As he states: “I had to think about it until my brain bled before I realized that ‘left turn 270’ has two possible meanings.” Something to think about…

Because I Fly. And finally, Desiree Horton who writes the Adventures of a Chopper Chick spotted a poem of sorts inside the FBO at Addington Field in Elizabethtown, KY. We have included the image here as it sums up everything that being a pilot is all about.

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