iChart for the iPad. General Aviation News has noted that FlightPrep has released the iChart for the iPad which allows pilots to turn their Apple iPads into Electronic Flight Bags (EFB) and hence give them access to Sectionals, Terminal Area Charts (TACs), Low Enroutes and Approach Plates. While free to download for a 30-day free trial, iChart has an annual subscription service of US$49.99 that is required to keep the navigation data up-to-date. For more information, visit FlightPrep.com.
iGMapHD for iPad Released. In addition, the Planegrazy site has noted that FSWidgets has released iGMapHD, a moving map display designed specifically for the Apple iPad. The app provides a large external moving map to aid navigation and its compatible with the three most popular desktop flight simulators currently in use. For more information including a complete list of features and screenshots, visit http://fswidgets.com.
David Clark X11 Review. If you are in the market for a new headset, Stewart Stoll of PilotsJourney.com has written a review of the the David Clark X11 aviation headset for the Ask a Flight Instructor website. His conclusion: While the X11 has an impressive presence on paper, it falls short of its competitors in execution and for practical use. He also noted that while the headset is comfortable, its also fragile.
“The Hush Kit” Insulation. General Aviation News has mentioned that Vantage Plane Plastics is introducing the new “The Hush Kit” insulation for Cessna, Piper, Beechcraft and Mooney aircraft. The Hush Kit utilizes Armacell (Ensolite) GIC soundproofing/insulation and recent tests have shown that the insulation can reduce noise by 4–7 dB (a) and 10–15 dB (c). For more information, visit PlanePlastics.com.
Fantasy of Flight Haunted Hangar Tours. On different note and if you have plans to visit Florida soon, Fantasy of Flight in Polk City will showcase two events for the month of Halloween. These special events include daily Haunted Hangar Walking Tours and a nighttime Flight Paranormal Investigation and Tour. For more information, visit FantasyOfFlight.com.
Solar Impulse Update. On a green aviation note, Flight Global has an extensive update about the Solar Impulse – which in July, achieved a 26 hour solar-powered flight. Plans call for a first "international" flight of up to two days for next year.
“Wood, Fabric, and Tailwheels" Fly-In. Meanwhile, Steve, the blogger behind A mile of runway will take you anywhere, has posted a number of great flying pictures and videos from his recent trip to the annual "Wood, Fabric, and Tailwheels" Fly-In.
From Anchorage to Pebble. In addition, the Alaskan Dispatch’s Bush Pilot blog has some stunning photographs taken by Craig Medred when he flew to Illiamna in a Piper Navajo to report on a proposed mine.
Reno National Championship Air Races. And finally, General Aviation News has pointed out that if you were not able to make it to the Reno National Championship Air Races, LiveAirShowTV has all of the videos from them archived online. Five complete days of coverage was condensed into a daily wrap-up videos: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.