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Sporty’s Debuts Plates App. General Aviation News has reported that Sporty’s has partnered with ForeFlight to produce a new Plates app for the iPad. The Plates app includes every US approach plate and comes with a fully-functional free 30-day trial while a complete annual subscription with unlimited downloads is available for US$59.95. For more information, visit while a demo video of the Plates app is also available on Sporty’s website.

Excel Logbook Template. Roger from Roger’s Soaring Blog has noted that he has used Excel for several years now to record flights from his paper logbook plus he listed several benefits of using Excel to do so. Hence, he decided to post a copy of the template he uses for other pilots to download.

New Online Aviation Publication. On a different note, blogger Jamie Beckett has launched FlightMonkeys, an online multi-media publication for anyone interested in aviation either as a career or a hobby. For More Information, visit

AOPA Pilot Goes Digital. In addition, the AOPA Pilot magazine has launched a digital counterpart to its print edition and the February 2011 edition is already available online.

2011 Bahamas & Caribbean Pilot’s Guide for the Ipad. Moreover, the 2011 Bahamas & Caribbean Pilot’s Guide is now available as an iPad app. Since 1979, the guide has provided complete airport information for the entire Bahamas & Caribbean region as well as island and travel information. The App is available from the App Store for US$49.95 while the printed Pilot’s Guide is available from Pilot Publishing for US$56.95. For more information, visit

Conklin & de Decker Releases their Budgeting Tool. Conklin & de Decker has also released its LIFE CYCLE COST 2011 Volume I, an aircraft budget and financial analysis tool containing ownership and operating cost data for more than 380 jets, turboprops, helicopters and piston aircraft. Prices for the software are US$695 for the jets database, US$550 for the turboprop or helicopter database and US$450 for the piston database. For more information, visit

Arnold Palmer Retires his Pilot License. Meanwhile, General Aviation News has noted that Golf Digest magazine has reported that long-time pilot Arnold Palmer, who started flying in 1956, has recently made his last flight. Palmer, who is 81, flew his Cessna Citation 10 jet from Palm Springs to Orlando on January 31 – the day his medical expired. Palmer elected to not have it renewed.

Departing EHAM Photos. On a photography note, Tracy of the Around the Pattern Blog has posted some pictures from his recent trip to Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport.

Bent Propeller or Camera Phone Oddity?  Finally, David Cenciotti has posted this picture on his blog that was taken by a friend of his with a camera phone who was flying in a SF-260EA formation. The picture shows a bent propeller on the aircraft. However, David noted that he has flown in SF-260s in the past and has taken many pictures of them using professional cameras but none gave the same bent propeller results. Hence both he and us have the same question: Why does a camera phone produce a picture with a bent propeller?


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