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January 3, 2013
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  • A roundup of 2012's top aviation stories
    From the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill passed by Congress to the passing of Neil Armstrong, Flying Online recaps 20 of 2012's featured stories about aviation. Among other included stories are the Pilots Bill of Rights, Felix Baumgartner's historic skydive and the return of the Reno Air Races. Flying online (12/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Aviation Update 
  • A collection of segments from the Airplane Geeks Podcast
    The Airplane Geeks Podcast features several segments this week including discussions with Mary Ellen Jones, president of the Engine Alliance; F-35B pilot Maj. Aric Liberman; and flight instructor Rob Mark on a man who almost persuaded him to quit flying. Also included are the Farnborough Air Sciences Trust and travel writer Amber Nolan. Airplane Geeks Podcast (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • History of Idaho's backcountry airstrips is featured in book
    Richard H. Holm Jr.'s new book, "Bound for the Backcountry: A History of Idaho's Remote Airstrips," looks back at the pilots and planes of almost 100 isolated airstrips in Idaho. Pilot Dick Waite, who has flown over Idaho for 67 years, said, "It's very, very good and comprehensive of the origination of a lot of ranches." The 557-page hardcover is available from Cold Mountain Press for $59.95. The Times-News (Twin Falls, Idaho) (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Airport Focus 
  • New Cleveland, Tenn., airport will focus on GA traffic
    The new $40 million Cleveland Regional Jetport in Tennessee is set to open this month. The airport's focus will be on general aviation and features a 5,500-foot runway and 8,000-square-foot terminal to be used for business meetings. AVweb (1/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Avionics & Technology 
  • Software update announced by Garmin
    A software update is now available for GTN touch-screen avionics, Garmin announced. Version 3.0 includes display support for weather radar, improved ADS-B capabilities and georeferenced FliteCharts. (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Training News 
  • HGS Flight HUD Trainer unveiled by Rockwell Collins
    Rockwell Collins' HGS Flight application for the iPad is more than a game; it introduces pilots to head-up display operation and teaches about HUD symbology and operation. The app is challenging to fly and gives pilot players an idea of how HUDs work. AIN Online (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • The importance of keeping track of altitude
    Flight instructor Max Trescott writes that with so much information presented by modern electronics, pilots can lose focus of the most important data. Keeping track of altitude only takes a moment and can save lives. "Some pilots like to circle the target altitudes on their charts so they're easy to spot. Others write down a list of fix names and target altitudes. Whatever technique you use, be sure -- dead sure -- of your target altitude before you begin your descent," he writes. Flying online (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • The ABCs of EKGs: Know What Your Results Mean to the FAA
    Dr. Warren Silberman wrote an earlier article on the circumstances where an electrocardiogram (EKG) might be requested for your FAA medical examination. In this current piece he will give you some ammunition to use on your Aviation Medical Examiner (AME) in case they don't do their job properly. AOPA Online. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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