ForeFlight Mobile Updates. ForeFlight has recently introduced “Touch Planning” and “Bring Your Own Procedures (BYOP)” capabilities to its ForeFlight Mobile HD for the iPad. The “Touch Planning” capabilities will allow ForeFlight global users to tap out flight plans while the Bring Your Own Procedures (BYOP) feature which allow pilots to load their own digital terminal procedures directly into ForeFlight Mobile HD. For more information, visit ForeFlight.com.
Debut of PilotEdge. Meanwhile, General Aviation News has mentioned the debut of PilotEdge, a new online simulator service that allows users to work with ATC over the radio while seeing and hearing other online aircraft. The software connects a pilot’s simulator to the PilotEdge network where controllers use custom ATC radar software and a voice system that mirrors the real world operations of VHF radio. For more information, visit PilotEdge.net and FlyPFC.com
Online Aircraft Maintenance Course. On a different note and with the average age of a general aviation aircraft being more than 30 years old, pilots and aircraft owners may want to enroll in the Air Safety Institute’s Aging Aircraft online course. The free course will address manufacturer-specific concerns with separate tracks for the Beechcraft, Cessna, Mooney and Piper.
New Leak Detection Kit. On another maintenance note, Spectronics Corp. has introduced the new ALK-365 Aviation Leak Detection Kit which was designed to work with all petroleum and synthetic-based lubricants and fluids. For further information, visit Spectroline.com.
BrightLine Flight Bag. Meanwhile, Steven, the blogger behind A mile of runway will take you anywhere, has posted an updated review about the BrightLine flight bag he bought two years and still uses as it holds just about everything he needs while flying.
Draft UK Airspace Strategy Published. UK based pilots may want to check out the Civil Aviation Authority’s “Future Airspace Strategy for the UK” which was launched on November 1, 2010 and covers from now until 2030. The CAA document emphasizes the need to modernise UK airspace to further improve both safety and efficiency. The full document is available on the CAA website and the final day for comments is February 7, 2011.
How to Handle Abnormal Situations. And finally on a safety note, the November/December 2010 issue of FAA Safety Briefing focuses on how to handle abnormal and emergency situations. The issue stresses the art of planning for the unplanned plus it outlines several tools and resources that pilots can use to handle emergencies. The issue is well worth checking out.