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COMING SOCIALFLIGHT REVOLUTION?
The fresh bloom of interactive applications
available on portable devices today is changing how pilots fly, but if
SocialFlight.com has its way it may also be changing why you fly -- and
for all the right reasons. SocialFlight's creators have lofty goals.
They aim to improve your business connections, your social life, your
flying life, and ultimately drive sustainability if not growth in the
statistically shrinking GA segment, all free of charge. It's sunshine
and roses level stuff. But here's the twist: according to Jason Clemens,
vice president of marketing for Where2 Interactive (SocialFlight's
developer), "between summer 2012 and January 2013, we got 12,000 pilots
signed up." And if the business provides those users with what it
intends to provide, SocialFlight could deliver real gains for GA. Even
more important, because of its business model, the effort may not have
to become profitable for its developers, or anyone else, to still grow
and provide a sustained and increasingly useful service for pilots and
the GA community as a whole.
So What Is It? Clemens' answer drew a
line from the poetic to the practical, which further defines the driving
principles behind SocialFlight. "Passion is the reason for existence.
Most people have one -- anything from motorcycles, to skiing, to cars,
whatever. But whether it's the pace of life or the
economy, it's harder and harder for people to immerse themselves in
their passions. So, how can we make it easier? That's what we're about
-- making it easy."
At its core, SocialFlight it's an event
a database. It actively seeks out, collects and
retains information regarding every pilot-oriented event about which it
is informed, or that its employees can find through active search. It
creates and presents (online, via email, and through its app) organized
collections of those events. The events can be displayed in list form,
or on a map, and might include everything from a local individual's
public invitation to stop by for hangar talk, to FAA organized TRACON
tours, to safety seminars, to EAA Chapter pancake breakfasts
a manufacturer's invitation to fly their latest model. Essentially,
SocialFlight aims to collect any aviation-relevant event that pilots are
passionate about and present them in a simple straightforward way to its
members. To make that potential barrage of information more useful, it
also provides users with tools to keep the events organized and make
sure they're relevant to the user's interests. Members can set
parameters that triage and sort the events by date, distance from a
location, type of event, and a group of other user-specified parameters.
By the start of 2013, SocialFlight had collected and presented some
4,000 upcoming aviation events for its 12,000 members. But its creators
see more purpose to the free product, they aim to make money, and both
of those things could actually help you.
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OF ATTACK: NOW AVAILABLE FOR EVERYONE
As long as you don't require flap-position
sensing, an AoA system is a minor alteration. But the FAA may relent on
more integrated systems soon.
We're told that somewhere there's an
Israeli air tactics manual that contains the line, "Speed is life." Good
thinking for fighter pilots, but down here in the more mundane world of
GA, it's probably more appropriate to say, "Angle of attack is life."
AoA sensors in GA airplanes are as rare as $4 avgas, so we use
airspeed as a proxy to get the right angle for approach and landing. One
problem with airspeed is that most of us only know the right airspeed
for gross weight at sea level on a standard day. If we're light, we tend
to come in fast and curse the floating landing that ensues. The other
end of the problem is getting too slow, or pulling the plane into a
high-g-loading stall far above the wings-level stalling speed. The
result when at low altitude can be grisly.
Oddly, there have been
at least four companies offering reasonably priced AoA detectors for
over 15 years. They're flying in experimental aircraft and plenty of
certified birds. Some new interest from the FAA in the safety payoff of
AoA indicators may shake things up, even though there hasn't been a
policy change yet.
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2012 -- THE YEAR THAT WASN'T; WHAT OF 2013?
If 2012 was the
year that wasn't for general aviation sales, then 2013 is the year that
could be. AVweb spoke with aviation industry analyst Richard
Aboulafia of Teal Group. Aboulafia said that modest gains expected
in 2012 never really materialized outside of heavy iron sales, but there
may be reason to hope that shifting financial conditions might begin to
lift the industry's smaller players in 2013.
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