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Howie Keefe’s New TRI-NAV Charts. The Winged Victory Women in Aviation blog has posted a press release about Howie Keefe’s new TRI-NAV Charts for the cross-country pilot which cover the Northern, Southern and Western USA. Charts are “combo” charts which keep pilots legal for both IFR or VFR navigation and come with Internet updates conforming to the FAA 28-day cycle. The Inaugural Edition price for the first atlas is US$69 per year, the second is US$59, and the third is US$49 or US$177 per year for all three while online updates costs US$35.

New SkyView Software Updates. Dynon Avionics has just released SkyView software versions 2.0 and 2.5 for its glass panel flight system. Version 2.0 added wind vectors on the PFD screen to indicate direction, magnitude and crosswind component of existing wind version 2.5 added a new mode to show how many degrees the EGT is above or below peak temperatures for optimal engine operation. The updates can be downloaded for free at

Cirrus Offers Upgrade Incentives. In addition, General Aviation News has noted that Cirrus Aircraft has unveiled new incentives for pilots looking to upgrade to a newer aircraft. Hence, any new orders for an X-Edition or Xi personalized airplane that are placed before the end of this year’s Airventure on July 31 will include air conditioning at no additional cost. For more information, visit

Weather Tips for General Aviation Pilots. Meanwhile, the FAA Safety Briefing has dedicated its July/August 2010 issue to weather safety. Hence, various articles address how to obtain and interpret weather data and how to develop strategies for avoiding marginal or hazardous weather.

How to Fly Like an Englishman! On a different note, has partnered with Pooleys Flight Equipment from the UK in order to offer its most popular products to pilots in the USA marketplace. Pooleys products include knee boards, United Kingdom Flight Guides, The Aeroplane Trial Flight Guide and much much more. For more information, visit

Summer Flying. Meanwhile Steve, the blogger behind A mile of runway will take you anywhere has posted several posts about his summer flying around the Midwest and Great Lakes region of the USA. One of his posts included some great aerial shots of the region.

Reader’s Poll: What is Your Highest Altitude? In addition, Vincent has asked his Plastic Pilot readers what their personal altitude records are and he noted that his personal best is 13,500 feet in a DA40 TDI while in a non turbo aircraft it is 12,500 feet while flying in the Alps.

Expanding Your Flying Comfort Zone. And finally, Vincent has posted another entry on Plastic Pilot where he noted that he had not flown for about a year in order to save money for his Flying Across America project and hence, his flying comfort zone was “tiny.” However and after 28 hours of flying from Florida to California for his project, he noted that he is more relaxed about: 1) Flying around or through weather, 2) Mountain flying, 3) Flying in large airports or through dense airspace, and 4) Land at unknown airports. In other words and even if you have not flown for awhile, its relatively easy to get back in the comfort zone – it just takes a little bit of practice!


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