The Flight Guide iEFB (v5.0.4) has added ADS-B in-flight weather via Sky Radar single and dual band units from Radenna. Larry Garcia, owner of Airguide Publications said, “Flight Guide iEFB now displays live color coded weather and data such as NEXRAD, AIRMETs, SIGMETs, TFRs and Winds Aloft as an overlay on any VFR or IFR chart, providing increased situational awareness and flight safety.”
Do you own a SPOT or Spidertracks tracker? If so, you might want to keep an eye on the Enhanced Special Report Service (eSRS). Tom George, (AOPA’s Regional Manager in Alaska) and Adam White (Alaska Airmen’s Association past president) worked with Flight Service in Alaska to create eSRS which enhances a VFR flight plan with satellite tracking devices. Flight Service can now be among the people notified if a distress signal goes out. Tom wrote a nice recap on the AOPA Views from the Regions blog.
President Obama has called for changing the depreciation schedule for newly aquired non-commercial aircraft from five to seven years. Jay Carney, the president’s press secretary calls the current two-year schedule difference a special tax loophole. As you might imagine, this has pushed the aviation alphabet groups into damage control mode.
Being of limited ability to comprehend “Washington speak” I decided it would be good to run through a few numbers to see if I could understand (and create some context for myself) what the President is recommending.
The March issue of the Idaho Aviation Association newsletter, The Flyline, is now online.
PUYALLUP, Wash. – The Northwest Aviation Conference & Trade Show included a first this year. The inaugural Aviation Business & Career Forum kicked off the 30th annual conference on Friday. The forum was organized to offer a venue for people interested in the aviation industry to learn more about it, and for those already working in the industry to network, discuss some best practices and ideas.
We are all encouraged to “Write Congress” to support [fill in the cause here] from time to time. Often, the intention of the person seeking help is honorable.
A post I just read on the Facebook page of Kyle Franklin from Franklin’s Flying Circus is a good example. It is a plea with the best of intentions:
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – Bob and Jane Hoff will celebrate 50 years of marriage this weekend. Their first date was marked by Bob giving Jane a ride in a 1946 Cessna 120 that Bob’s parents, Onita and Mark Hoff, bought new. The 120 is still owned by the family. If the Hoff name sounds familiar, it’s because they own and operate Aero Mark at KIDA.
PUYALLUP, Wash. – EAA’s Grassroots Pilot Tour stopped at Spencer Aircraft at KPLU on Monday, Feb. 18. About 125 people, mostly Mount Rainier Chapter 326 members, showed up to hear from EAA HQ staffers. This tour stop delivered Jeff Skiles, vice president of chapters and youth education, Trevor Janz, manager of vhapters and Eagle Flights, and Brady Lane, multimedia journalist.