Archive for April, 2012

Free Aviation Insurance Policy: Just Monitor Guard (121.5)

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We all know that 121.5 is the emergency frequency, and we pretend to make a mayday call during every simulated engine failure. But what you probably weren’t taught is that listening to guard could save from getting that air traffic controller’s phone number, or worse. It’s already saved my bacon a few times.

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Get Over Mic Fright With PilotEdge Virtual Air Traffic Control

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One of the steepest hurdles in instrument training is building the confidence and proficiency to talk to ATC on the radio. You know, mic fright. This is what startup company PilotEdge is all about. It’s a safe zone where pilots can file flight plans, pick up clearances and make frequency changes without the distractions and costs of flying a real plane.

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Space Shuttle Enterprise to Make New York City Flyover – UPDATE

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In what will be a once-in-a-lifetime event, the Space Shuttle Enterprise will make a low-altitude flyover of New York City atop the Boeing 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft. The April 23rd flyover has been cancelled due to unfavorable weather and is being rescheduled by NASA. The flight will take place along the Hudson River on New York’s West Side.

The Space Shuttle Enterprise is being flown to New York’s JFK airport from it’s previous home in Washington D.C. Enterprise and will be put on display at the Intrepid Air and Space Museum in Manhattan.

***** UPDATED ***** 04/24/12

According to the Intrepid Air and Space Museum, the New York City Space Shuttle flyover has been rescheduled for April 25 after 10:00am.

***** UPDATED ***** 04/24/12

Due to weather, the Space Shuttle flyover has been cancelled and rescheduled again. Expect to see the Space Shuttle and 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft make a pass down the Hudson on April 27 at 10:00am.

 

Does Airbus Fly-by-Wire Technology “Protect Passengers From Pilots?”

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If you’re like William Langewiesche, then your opinion is yes. But if you’re a true stick-and-rudder pilot, you’ll find the book Fly by Wire an interesting, if not infuriating read. Disguised as an insider’s guide to the “Miracle on the Hudson,” this book actually revisits the old Airbus vs. Boeing debate and presents a strong argument in favor of Airbus’ flight envelope protections — automation designed to override pilots if they push the airplane too far.

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