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18 Posts that will Make You a Safer Pilot. On a safety note, Vincent has compiled links to 18 of his best safety related posts that will go a long way toward making you a safer pilot. The  list of posts are categorized under checklists, basic rules, aircraft systems, what if? and human factors and all are well worth a quick browse or more thorough read.

Citation X Retrofitted Cessna Delivers the First Citation X with Winglets. For readers following the latest news in general aviation technology, Cessna has recently announced the delivery of the first Cessna Citation X fitted out with Elliptical Winglets. The patented shaped wings are designed to ensure lift distribution matches as close as possible the optimal lift distribution along the span of the wing in order to reduce drag on the aircraft. With the reduction of drag, the planes operational performance is enhanced leading to less fuel consumption and increased speed and range.

Piper Aircraft Plans Growth Push. On another positive note for general aviation, Piper Aircraft is pushing forward with its growth plans after receiving investment funding from Brunei. These plans call for the development and marketing of new aircraft such as the US$2.2 million very light jet (VLJ) PiperJet, reintroducing the Archer next year and upgrading other aircraft such as the G-1000 equipped Meridian. Piper is also expanding its dealer presence in Asia where it sees significant future growth.

Trip Report to the Mackinac Island. Meanwhile across the pond, Steve Tupper recently posted pictures of his trip to Mackinac Island and the pretty Mackinac Island Airport in particular. The main difference between the Mackinac Island Airport and other airports is the taxi stand where you catch a horse drawn cart into town.

Alaska Adventure 2009. However, for some spectacular flying pictures, John Fiscus has posted pictures on the Cirrus Owners & Pilots Association (COPA) website of his and other Cirrus owners 5th annual trip to Southeast Alaska. John even manage to capture an aerial shot of some frolicking humpback whales.

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