While personal portable devices such as smartphones, e-readers, laptops and tablets for non-work purposes are being banned, the use of these devices in (as well as pre and post) flight is actually on the rise. More and more pilots are switching out their bulky paper manuals and charts for the digital version to plan their routes, access emergency checklists, view weather conditions, assist in navigation, and even to connect with other pilots. Below are just a few of the innovated and time saving apps that all pilots should have handy on their smartphone or tablet. Read more…
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Thanks to my friends at PilotMall.com, I was able to get my hands on the popular iPro Aviator/M Kneeboard for the iPad Mini and gave it one heck of a stress test which included over 30 hours of flight time, home flight simulator use and even driving around with the thing strapped to my leg. How did it hold up? Read more…
Aviation is such a stylized pursuit. We have our own acronym-laden language, references and fish stories — (there I was…). It’s a unique and sometimes silly culture that is ripe for lampooning. And that’s just what Joel Mugglin does in his book, Wingnuts: The Sky’s the Limit.
In it, you’ll find a hilarious collection of whimsical hand-drawn cartoons that poke fun at all aspects of aviation. I found myself chuckling with each turn of the page. How can I describe the humor? In a word: corny, and that’s a good thing. It’s what I imagine might happen if John and Martha King got together with Rod Machado to write a cartoon. Yes, it’s that funny.
Everybody in aviation is represented in Wingnuts: pilots, students, mechanics, instructors, flight attendants and more. As such, I think anybody with an interest in aviation will get a kick out of it, including non-flying friends and spouses.
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