Archive for March, 2013

Flying is cool, and aviation-themed clothing should be too


For several months now, I’ve been following Heading 370 on twitter: @hdg370. Founded by young entrepreneur Ian Hoyt, Heading 370 injects fresh energy into the aviation space by creating fashionable apparel & accessories with an airborne twist. My favorite: the sectional chart cheese tray!

I really like what he’s trying to do with the Heading 370 brand, so when Ian reached out to me to give him a little free press, I couldn’t refuse.

Hoyt wants to take his company to the next level by cranking out more designs, but like most startups, he needs help to make it happen:

“I am asking for you fellow lovers of aviation and design, to help contribute to this idea in a huge way. I am seeking anyone that loves fresh and unique designs to help me in furthering my first t-shirt line for Heading 370. With one design already production, we know that we need more designs out there for the world to see. This is where you all come in. By contributing to our campaign, you are helping the world see the impact that aviation has on its users.”

So he’s basically asking for a little crowd-funding support (what a cool new concept that is for new businesses!). Go check out Heading 370’s IndieGoGo page and see what you think.

Flying Tip: Test the brakes

A CRJ-200 skids off the runway

One of the marks of being a mindful pilot is to limit wear and tear on the airplane as much as possible. That includes little habits like keeping the lights off when they aren’t needed and keeping braking to a minimum. That’s part of the reason flight instructors harp on aerodynamic braking so much.

With that in mind, suppose you’re landing on JFK’s runway 31R, a 10,00 foot long runway. When are you going to get on the brakes?

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What’s a Spoileron?

Spoilerons on a 737

I get a lot of great questions through my twitter account. @TimboCrew asked the following: “What’s a Spoileron?”

That’s a great question! Spoilerons are simply spoilers that work like ailerons. A spoiler raises on the down-going wing and spoils airflow, reducing lift. That wing then drops, allowing the airplane to roll. Although spoilerons can replace ailerons, they usually work in tandem with ailerons and are typically found on fast jets. Typically, both devices are operated at low speeds, while only one surface is used at higher speeds.

You can read more about spoilerons at Wikipedia.

5 Glass Cockpit Flying Tips

Garmin G1000

More pilots are flying with glass cockpits these days. Be it Avidyne or Garmin, these instrument panels offer a lot for situational awareness, but they do require a little thought to get the most out of it. Here are some flying tips for pilots flying or transitioning to glass.

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