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Sporty’s Introduces Cockpit Video System. General Aviation News has noted the debut of Sporty’s Cockpit Video System – which makes it easy for pilots to video their flights. Moreover, the GPS-enabled version of the Cockpit Video System uses a built-in GPS receiver to log a pilot’s exact location while recording a video. The Cockpit Video System is available for US$399 without GPS or US$499 with GPS. For more information, visit

Sporty’s Introduces Flight-Ready Backpack. In addition, Sporty’s has introduced the Flight Gear Backpack – a new backpack designed specifically for flying. The backpack has room for two headsets, a GPS and comes with a pocket specially designed for an iPad. The Flight Gear Backpack sells for US$74.95 with optional accessories including a Transceiver Holder for US$14.95, a Sunglasses Holder for US$9.95 and an ID Holder for US$9.95. For more information, visit

Abingdon Introduces New Watch. If you are looking for additional holiday gift ideas, the Abingdon Co., a company that specializes in aviation watches, has recently introduced the Elise, its newest model of women’s pilot watches from the Lady Abingdon Collection. The watch comes in three styles – 24K Egyptian Gold, 24K Tahitian Two-Tone or Athenian Silver and prices range from US$329 to US$399. For more information, visit

Your Aircraft Image on Tile. In addition, General Aviation News has recently mentioned that artist Tess Barnett has expanded her tempered-glass tile business to depict the best of aviation that can include permanent renderings of your aircraft or logo. Prices start around US$65 for a 12 x 12 tile or US$35 for a 6 x 6 tile with delivery typically being four weeks. Gift certificates are also available. For more information, visit

Aviation Themed Aprons. If you are looking for a gift for a pilot who cooks, All Occasion Aprons is offering a variety of aprons with themes ranging from holidays, school colors to airplanes. Each apron contains three pockets and cost US$19.95 for adults and $14.95 for children. For more information, check out

Win a Copy of Max Trescott’s GPS & WAAS Instrument Flying Handbook. On a different note, Vincent, the blogger behind the PlasticPilot bog, is offering a free copy of Max’s GPS and WAAS instrument flying handbook (the 265 page normally sells for US$39.95) to any reader who picks his or her favorite post on from the archives and links it to a comment in the contest’s post. Hence, and if you don’t already have the book, this may be your chance to obtain it.

Rod Machado’s Aviation Books Now Available on iPhone and iPad. Meanwhile, has noted that Rod Machado has recently released his entire series of aviation handbooks as custom iPad and iPhone applications. In addition, highlighting functionality will be added to the next version of the app plus the app’s designers are looking into video and animation inclusions for future enhancements.

Cargo Plane Emergency Landing. And finally, has recently posted this amazing video of a dramatic emergency landing at the Miami International Airport of a Million Air cargo plane that experienced hydraulic failure. Despite having no nose gear, the pilot made a picture perfect landing and everyone walked away unharmed.

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