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ChartBook-S Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) Platform. General Aviation News has announced that FlightPrep has released its latest Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) platform, the ChartBook-S, which offers flight planning and in-flight navigation capabilities. The platform retails for US$1,195.99 and comes with an annual subscription service of US$299.99 in order to keep the navigation data and electronic charts up-to-date. For further information, simply visit

Useful Aviation Websites. On a useful note, Vincent, the blogger behind the Plastic Pilot blog, has pointed out two useful aviation related websites. The first website, Airplanista, is a new and free online aviation magazine launched by Dan Pimentel, the blogger behind The second website,, was created by Vincent when he wanted to check METARs rapidly and “without having to register, login, or go through complex navigation.”

EASA Proposal Hits USA Flight Schools. On a different note, Scott Spangler has pointed out on the Jetwhine blog that US flight schools catering to EU students will take a hit if the new EASA rules are adopted. He noted that while there is no reliable data about EU students who learn to fly in America, anecdotal information suggests that the “FAA cumulatively issues several hundred (and maybe even a thousand or more) student pilot and private pilot certificates to Europeans each year.” And if you are already thinking about the holidays, General Aviation News has mentioned that Aircraft Spruce has a whole “selection of portable GPS, pilot supplies, headsets, avionics, instruments, wheels, tires, oil, filters, books, DVDs, and aviation software.”  In addition to their three North American distribution centers, there are also Aircraft Spruce International Dealers located in over 55 countries throughout the world. For more information, visit

Fall Foliage Trips. Meanwhile, Todd McClamroch (MyFlightBlog) and Steve Dilullo (…a mile of runway will take you anywhere) have both written about their recent flights to see the spectacular fall foliage in the Midwest. However, Steve has also included a number of great aerial photographs with his post.

Musée de l’Air et de l’Espace, Le Bourget, Paris. For aviation museum buffs, David Cenciotti has posted a huge number of photos on his blog from his recent visit to the Musée de l’Air et de l’Espace at the Le Bourget airport in Paris. He added that he organized his trip to the museum during the Aéropuces 2010, an annual event for buying, selling and trading aviation related items.

360 Degree Cockpit Views. In addition and as pointed out by the Fly With Blake blog, aviation museum buffs may also want to visit the website of the National Museums of Scotland which has put together some cool high resolution 360° views of The Concorde, a Jaguar fighter bomber, an Avro Vulcan and a De Havilland Comet.

360 Degree View of An Airbus A380 Flight Deck.  And finally, David Parker Brown has noted on the Airline Reporter blog a website that also has a really cool 360 degree view of an Airbus A380 Flight Deck.


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