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World Flight Planner 1.0 Launched. Blake, the blogger behind the Fly With Blake blog, has announced the release of World Flight Planner, their flight planning software to the public. The software was designed primarily for general aviation pilots and it supports both IFR and VFR flight planning as well as weight and balance. Users can try it free for 30 days and after that it will only cost a US$9 a month (if you pay for a year up front).

Pilot FAR/AIM for iPad Launched. In addition, General Aviation News has noted that CoDeveloper has launched PilotFAR/AIM 4.1 with new support for the Apple iPad. PilotFAR/AIM includes the full text and figures of the Code of Federal Regulations Title 14 (14 CFR), Title 49 Part 830 (NTSB 830), the FAA Aeronautical Information Manual (AIM), the FAA Pilot/Controller Glossary (P/CG) plus several productivity-enhancing features for users. PilotFAR/AIM is available from the Apple App Store for US$9.99 and for further information, visit apps4pilots.com.

Accident Reduction Tool Kit Released. The Flight Safety Foundation has also re-released its Approach-and-Landing Accident Reduction (ALAR) Tool Kit with updated data plus a new section on runway excursions. The tool kit contains updated data and graphic presentations on approach and landing accidents plus the results of the Foundation’s Runway Safety Initiative efforts to prevent runway excursion accidents. For more information, visit the FlightSafety.org/Store.

Sporty’s Introduces Tear-proof Charts. In addition, Sporty’s has introduced laminated United States Sectional Charts charts that won’t rip, wrinkle or stain. The Tear-proof Charts can also be used with grease pencils to mark courses or for making notes or they can be used as a wall hanging. The charts are available for US$16.50. For more information, visit Sportys.com.

Flight Ops Cam: Having Your Own Black Box. On an interesting note, General Aviation News has noted that the Light Sport Group based in Orlando has realized that a visual recording of a flight lesson would be valuable to both student and instructor – if only there was a better way to capture both a video and an audio recording of the flight. Hence, they have developed camera that is about the size of a small flashlight and is completely self-contained to provide a 135° view that shows the cockpit instruments and the outside of the aircraft. The system costs starts at about US$700 and for more information, visit LightSportGroup.com

AnswersAloft.com Launches. Meanwhile and if you have any questions about general aviation, you can pose it at AnswersAloft.com, a new website for aviation enthusiasts who are looking for answers to just about any aviation related question. Once a user account is created, users can pose questions to the AnswersAloft community and anyone with knowledge about the subject simply responds with their answer.

Farnborough Air Show 2010. On a different note, David Parker Brown from the AirlineReporter blog, Jon Ostrower from the FlightBlogger and Randy from Randy’s Journal are providing extensive coverage of the Farnborough Air Show. Jon has posted a wonderful sunset photo from the show plus David has a great video of a Boeing 787 Dreamliner arriving at the show while Randy, who works for Boeing, has written more extensively about the Dreamliner.

Mother and Son Solo on the Same Day. And finally, General Aviation News has how May 6 was a very special day for both Kevin Barbee and his mother, Vickie. Not only was it Kevin’s 16th birthday but it was also the day that both mother and son student pilots soloed for the first time at Henderson-Oxford Airport (HNZ) in North Carolina. However, Kevin still doesn’t have a driver’s license so his mother had to drive him to the airport (where both had been taking flying lessons). Apparently, she decided to take flight lessons after getting bored sitting in the classroom with her son. Hence, we want to wish both mother and son the best of luck in their future flying endeavors.

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