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Aerial Photography Application. John Slemp, a professional photographer based in Atlanta who also specializes in aviation photography, has created an app to both broaden the exposure of aviation photography and for fans of his work to keep up-to-date about his company’s latest activities. For more information about the free app or to download, click here.

Aviator’s Attic Expands its Online Presence. In addition, Yingling Aviation’s in-house pilot shop, The Aviator’s Attic, has expanded its e-commerce site. The site offers a full range of flight gear from pilot apparel and aviation books to handheld GPSs and fuel mats. For more information, visit YinglingAviation.com.

New 2-inch Airspeed Indicator and Altimeter. General Aviation News has also noted that Mid-Continent Instruments has received TSO certification for their MD15 2-inch altimeter and the MD25 2-inch airspeed indicator. The firm’s Director of Sales noted that: “There is a growing demand for smaller standby instruments in glass panel flight decks these days. The Mid-Continent standby package provides the time-proven information that pilots require without taking much panel space.” For more information, visit MCICo.com.

The Story of Lady Mary Heath. On a historical note, the Winged Victory Women in Aviation webzine has mentioned a 4 page PDF that tells the story of Lady Mary Heath, Ireland’s so-called "Amelia Earhart." It was noted that Mary Heath “broke endurance records, founded Ireland’s first commercial airline and became the first woman to pilot a passenger aeroplane but then she died, broke, bitter and forgotten.” The document makes for an interesting read.

Daredevil of the Sky: The Bessie Coleman Story. The Around the Pattern blog has also mentioned an LA Times story that was first published in 2001 about Bessie Coleman, another female aviator you have probably never heard of who got her pilot’s license two years before Amelia Earhart.

The Wrong Stuff, Flying on the Edge of Disaster. If you are looking for a gripping read about a pilot’s life, General Aviation News has posted a book review of “The Wrong Stuff, Flying on the Edge of Disaster,” by Cdr. John Moore, USN Ret., which tells his story about being a fighter pilot in Korea where he was severely injured in a flight deck accident and his later career as a test pilot. Moore was also involved in the Apollo space program and was present at the fire that killed five Astronauts.  The book is available for US$19.95 from SpecialtyPress.com and other book sellers.

Circumnavigating South America. On a different note, General Aviation News has mentioned that Air Journey, a Florida-based company that organizes aviation adventures, is preparing to a special excursion to circumnavigate the South America continent. The group of private airplanes will take off from Palm Beach, Florida, on February 27 and then return to the USA on April 3 – exactly 36 days and 13,600nm later. This is actually their 6th trip around South America. For more information, visit AirJourney.com.

A Pilot Lands After a Decade Aloft. On an interesting note, the San Diego Union Tribune recently had a story about San Diego pilot Robert Gannon, who turned 60 in September, and has just returned to Gillespie Field in his 42-year-old Cessna 182, “Lucky Lady Too”, after completing a 10-year odyssey that took him to 155 countries and all 50 states. Gannon has landed his aircraft in 1,200 places that included everything from open fields to hard-packed red dirt strips plus he has circled the globe twice (once in each direction) and he has flown over the North Pole. However, the story noted that he plans to finally settle down after a decade of rarely staying in one place for more than two nights.

Captain “Sully" Sullenberger Reflects After Two Years. Finally and two years after US Airways Flight 1549 was ditched in the Hudson River, Aircrew Buzz has mentioned this video created by the AP of Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger reflecting on what he called the "experience of a lifetime.” The short video is well worth watching and an inspiration for both pilots and non-pilots.

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