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Sporty’s Introduces a New Pilot Backpack. If you prefer a backpack as your flight bag, Sporty’s has introduced its Cross Country Backpack with specific pockets to organize headsets, iPad, flashlight, fuel tester, handheld Backpackfrontradio and other equipment. Sporty’s Cross Country Backpack is priced at just $64.95. For more information, visit

Sporty’s New Instrument Rating App. In addition, Sporty’s Complete Instrument Rating Course is now available as an iPad/iPhone app. The app includes 13 hours of real-world video and advanced graphics that include 3D animations to help explain difficult concepts. Sporty’s Instrument Rating App Demo is available as a free download and the entire course can be purchased for $199.99 at

Sallie Mae Back in the Flight Student Loan Business. Over in the USA, AVweb has reported that Student Loan Marketing Corporation (Sallie Mae), is getting back into the business of offering student loans for flight training. However, more details on the funding will become available at the Flight School Association of North America (FSANA) convention in Orlando from February 11 to 14.

Podcast: SocialFlight. AVweb also has a podcast interview with SocialFlight’s Jason Clemens about his new mobile app and website that presents members with every single aviation-related event and provides them access to an interactive social platform.

Skydiving App. Skydiving enthusiasts take note, Skydiver Joe Peterson has just released an Android app based on the “Book of Skydiving Formations” by Mike Truffer that includes a database of more than 1,000 formations ranging in all sizes from 2-ways through 20-ways. The app is available from the Google Play store for $9.95.

New Flight Tool Cabinet. If you are also the mechanic for your own aircraft, Snap-On Industrial has introduced Flight Line Roll Cabinets that are designed to handle the rigors of a flight line. The Flight Line Roll Cabinets are available in five-drawer or six-drawer configurations as well as with both 8” and 10” deep bottom drawers. For more information, visit

The Girls With Wings Pilot Shop to Close. Lynda Meeks has regretfully announced that her Girls With Wings Pilot Shop will be closing as sadly, the venture was not making a profit, let alone breaking even. That means her remaining merchandise is available for mostly 50% off and this might be your last opportunity to buy pilot or aviation related items specifically intended for your daughters, granddaughters or nieces.

Pilots Without Pants 2013 Calendar. Finally, the Pilots Without Pants calendar is once again available to help raise funds for the Antique Airplane Club of Greater New York. For 2013, the club decided to return to its roots and once again feature aircraft owners poising with some of the best looking antique aircraft imaginable. The calendars are for sale on the club’s website for $19.99 or or by mailing a check for $22.98. For more information, visit

Pilots Without Pants 2013 Calendar

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