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Wicks Updates Their AvMap EKP-IV. General Aviation News has noted that Wicks Aircraft Supply has further refined their the AvMap EKP-IV, their portable moving map/GPS device which is now thinner, lighter and has a larger and better LCD display. The unit will also store up to 15 flight plans with up to 100 legs for each plan. The EKP-IV AvMap is available for US$1,380 and for more information, visit WicksAircraft.com.

iATIS App Debuts. In addition, General Aviation News has noted the debut of the iATIS app which allows pilots to enter 14 different facts from the ATIS broadcast for a quick visual display of the current ATIS information. The app will also automatically calculate headwind and crosswind components from wind and runway entries. The iATIS app is available for a special introductory price of US$2.99 and a regular price of US$9.99. For more information, visit iATISapp.com.

Sporty’s Elevator Cushion. On an aviation accessories note, vertically challenged pilots may want to check out Sporty’s Elevator Cushion. the cushion measures 14”w x 12”d x 2 1/2” thick on the seat bottom, and 14”w x 18”h x 2 1/2” thick on the seat back plus it comes with handy pockets for storing flat items. Sporty’s Elevator Cushion is available for US$49.95 and for more information, visit Sportys.com.

David Cenciotti’s 2011 Calendar. Italian aviation blogger David Cenciotti has also created a 2011 aviation calendar in both Italian (with Italian festivals) and English that is available for download (and print up to A3 size) on his blog.

The Spirit of Adventure Best First Solo Story Contest Winners. Vincent, the blogger behind the PlasticPilot blog, has recently announced the results of his contest for the best first solo story. You can see all four of the entries here and each submitter will receive a tee-shirt for their entry.

Boeing Company Archives Tour. If you like model airplanes, David Parker Brown has written a series of posts (Part I, Part II and a Part III coming soon) about his September visit to the Boeing company archives located in Bellevue, WA. The archive is filled with model airplanes and plenty of other Boeing memorabilia.

Sunday Flight in a Swift. Meanwhile, pilot blogger Tracy has written about and posted a few pictures from a recent Sunday flight in a Swift over the Sierra Nevada mountains in the Reno Nevada area.

Scenic New York City Flight. In addition, Todd McClamroch has written about and has posted some amazing pictures from a recent scenic New York City flight via Class Bravo airspace.

The Spirit of Adventure: Touring Europe in an Open Cockpit Biplane (Volume 1). However and if you are grounded due to the weather and you are looking for winter reading, Michael McCafferty has written about his summer-long experience-of-a-lifetime: Flying his open-cockpit biplane through 11 European countries. The book contains his daily emails about flying, friends, food and fun. For further information, visit MichaelMcCafferty.com or Amazon.com.

HondaJet Flight Tests. And finally, the Honda Aircraft Co. has successfully completed the first flight of its FAA-conforming HondaJet light business jet.  As Honda’s first-ever commercial aircraft, the new line of business jets will cost US$4.5 million and there are already orders for more than 100 of them with the first one scheduled for delivery in the third quarter of 2012. For more information, visit HondaJet.com.

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