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Holiday Gift Ideas for the Small Plane Pilot in Your Life. Its still not too late to buy Christmas presents and the Alaska Dispatch’s Bush Pilot blog has reprinted a list of Flying magazine’s top gift ideas for small plane pilots everywhere. Gift ideas range from Sporty’s iPad Briefcase for just $39.95 to a four-place Panthera from Pipistrel priced at just under $500,000.

Gift Ideas from Sporty’s. In addition and for the AOPA Reporting Points blog, Benét Wilson has compiled the top eight items she wants for Christmas from the AOPA Online Store (done in partnership with Sporty’s) with prices ranging from just $9.95 to $49.95 - The Abingdon Co Jackie Cochrane watchWatches for Female Pilots. General Aviation News has profiled 28-year-old Chelsea Abingdon Welch who co-founded The Abingdon Co. after pursuing her private pilot license and discovering that no one made aviator watches sized or styled for women. That led to the development of the Jackie model and the Amelia model watches named after Jackie Cochrane and Amelia Earhart. For more information, visit

Operation Christmas Drop 2012. The Aviationist has posted a video taken from a C-130 as the cargo plane delivered humanitarian aid boxes to six locations in the Federated States of Micronesia as part of Operation Christmas Drop 2012. Every year, the operation provides aid to more than 30,000 islanders in Chuuk, Palau, Yap, Marshall Islands and Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

FAA Clears Santa One for Christmas Eve Flight. The FAA in the USA has announced that Santa One, the reindeer-powered sleigh Santa Claus uses to deliver presents to good children around the world, has been cleared for its worldwide Christmas Eve flight. The press release added that “Santa One will be faster, quieter and more efficient this year with the help of NextGen technologies being rolled out by the FAA…” If you want to learn how NextGen is helping Santa to deliver toys with “greater precision and reliability,” visit the Santa One Story at

The Physics Behind of Santa. An unknown group or individual (with perhaps too much time on their hands) decided to apply their math and physics skills to Santa and his reindeer as well as create this podcast to describe the science behind Santa Claus. The podcast has been posted on the Nuts About Southwest blog and it was noted that the recording might actually predate the Internet.

109th Anniversary of the Wright Brothers. Finally, it might be easy to forget around the Christmas holidays that 109 years ago on December 17, 1903, the Wright Brothers flew the first manned aircraft. The Alaska Dispatch has posted this video commemorating the flight because after all, the state of Alaska has more pilots (per capita) than any other US state while 82% of communities there are serviceable year-round only by air.

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