Volume 28, Number 19b, May 5, 2021
New ForeFlight Release Cited As A Big Step Forward
ForeFlight calls its latest 13.3 update “one of our biggest in years,” with multiple new features. Dynamic Winds and Temperatures displays forecast wind speed, direction and temperatures at multiple altitudes and times from all around the world. Color-coded heat maps represent primary forecast values at the selected altitudes and times.[…]   Read this article
FlightSafety International Launches Joint Upset Recovery Training
Acknowledging that loss of control in flight (LOC-I) has been “the single greatest cause of fatal aviation accidents for more than a decade” FlightSafety International (FSI) has launched a joint Upset Recovery Training Program with Mojave, California-based Flight Research. With its fleet of more than 40 aircraft, including supersonic jet[…]   Read this article
Pilatus Delivers 1800th PC-12
Swiss aircraft manufacturer Pilatus announced on Tuesday that it has delivered its 1800th PC-12 single-engine turboprop. According to the company, the PC-12 fleet has logged more than 8 million flight hours since receiving its FAA type certificate 1994, seeing service in areas including executive transport, commuter and regional airline operations,[…] Read this article

Encore: Kyle Franklin's Super Cub Comedy Act
The Flying Farmer act has been a staple of airshows for years. Kyle Franklin’s version is just as entertaining as an inebriated Ben Wabknoski takes over the controls of a Super Cub for a fun, low-altitude airshow experience. In this encore video, Franklin explains what’s involved. He makes it look[…] Read this article

Gogo Announces Unlimited Data Plan For Business Aviation
Onboard Wi-Fi has gone from a luxury to a necessity on business jets. But as any parents of teenagers with limited-data cellphone plans can well understand, flight department managers can feel bushwhacked by overage charges at the end of the month. Gogo has now launched the first unlimited streaming and[…] Read this article

Is Now the Best Time To Be Launching An Airline?
In the tradition of “buy low—sell high,” some ambitious entrepreneurs think that now is the perfect time to start a new airline. According to a Wall Street Journal article, more than 90 new carriers will launch before year end. Startups are cropping up in North and South America, Africa and[…] Read this article

Accident Probe: Cockpit Complacency
Any pilot who has used a personal airplane for regular transportation has had to negotiate bad weather. By the time you accumulate more than 4500 hours of flight time, it’s likely you have dealt with a cold front or three, plus night IMC and a variety of other challenges. With[…] Read this article

Short Final: Hang A Left
I often fly a piston twin into Boston’s Logan Airport. Normally, whether VFR or IFR this requires talking to Center, three handoffs for Approach, two Tower frequencies, and Ground. Each frequency sounds like an auctioneer selling an estate, and it’s difficult to get a word in. But when the pandemic[…] Read this article