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New FAR/AIM iPhone Application from ASA. General Aviation News has noted that ASA has a new FAR/AIM application for the iPhone or iPod that makes reference, study and review more portable. The new application contains the complete and up-to-date information from Titles 14 and 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 and 49 CFR) along with the Aeronautical Information Manual (AIM) and Pilot/Controller Glossary. The application is available from or for US$9.99.

Flightwise Flight Tacking iPhone Application. In addition, General Aviation News has noted that Flightwise has launched its flight tracking web service as an application for the iPhone. The application is available in three flavors: “Free,” “Lite”and “Pro.” The free version gives the ability to track aircraft by entering basic search criteria while the Pro version provides a number of additional features such as scrollable maps with pinch-to-zoom and FAA Sectional and IFR chart overlays. The Lite version is available for US$.99 while the Pro version is available for US$9.99

Flying by the Numbers. On another safety note, the FAA has noted a recent article entitled “Flying by the Numbers” by Meredith Saini in the March/April 2010 issue of FAA Safety Briefing which pointed out the importance of numbers and airspeed numbers in particular. As Saini noted, conditions will vary and so must airspeed numbers. Hence, she stresses the importance of reading the “fine print” in order to ensure that airspeed numbers are used more effectively.

Anti-Bird Screens in Engines? On a different note, in case you have ever wondered why Airlines don’t put screens in engines to stop birds from being sucked in, David Parker Brown on the AirlineReporter blog has recently answered that question. According to Brown, any object going 300-600 mph is going to cause some serious damage upon impact and hence, the strength of the screen over the engine would need to be intense. Moreover, the bird would then be stuck on the screen, disrupting air flow to the engine and if the screen failed, it would be sucked into the engine – causing even more problems.

10 Strategies to Save Fuel. Meanwhile, General Aviation News has noted that the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) has released a new white paper entitled: “Ten Critical Strategies for Long-Term Fuel Savings.” The white paper provides a variety of ways to save both in the short-term and the long-term on aircraft fuel bills and some of the strategies mentioned included comparing fuel prices at alternative destination airports and FBOs, calculating aircraft weight for maximum efficiency and determining if you qualify for a fuel discounts.

USAF Museum Series. For military aviation buffs, Steve, the blogger behind “a mile of runway will take you anywhere,” is up to part six in his photographic series documenting his visit to the USAF Museum. Part six covers the Cold War galleries.

Vintage Flying Boat Up for Auction. And if you are in the market for a vintage flying boat, Bonhams will auction a 1917 Curtiss MF Seagull Flying Boat on April 13 in New York. The aircraft, which is owned by the Western Reserve Historical Society in Cleveland, Ohio, will also be on public view in the Sculpture Garden Atrium at 590 Madison Avenue from Saturday, April 3 until Tuesday, April 13 and it is expected to fetch between US$300,000-500,000.

Two Interesting Airports. And finally Vincent, the blogger behind the Plastic Pilot blog, has written about his recent trip to Brazil where he had the opportunity to fly via two slightly unusual airports: Sao-Paolo Congohnas and Rio de Janeiro Santos Dumont. Vincent noted that Congonhas is located in the center of Sao-Paulo and it is so close to the city that on one end, the approach lights and the ILS’s localizer are built on a bridge above a high-traffic road along with some houses while Santos Dumont is, like Rio itself, set in a spectacular setting.

Santos Dumont

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