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Last update: 2012-05-22

Okay, the Airfields App is now available on the iTunes App Store!

2012-05-22

Yeah, this was a long time in the making, but it’s finally available. Airfields is a universal app for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. It’s based on the airport database at http://www.ourairports.com There are a lot of features, which you can discover at the support web site. Or, here is a direct link to the [...]…

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Airfields Rejected by iTunes App Store

2012-05-18

My new project, Airfields for iOS, has been rejected by the iTunes App Store. Okay, I’m hounding for publicity. The actual reason for the rejection was a valid one: The app was storing about 9mb of data in an app storage area that, since the release of iOS 5.0.1, would be backed up to iTunes [...]…

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Spin-a-Wind for Android

2011-07-23

I had several requests to port Spin-a-Wind over to Android. After some learning, and finding a suitable spinning wheel widget (thanks Yuri), I was finally able to translate it over. Some notable differences to the iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad version: - Page tabs are at the top. - Runway and Wind wheels are continuous. - No clicking [...]…

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Khadafi Ordered Lockerbie Bombing?

2011-02-23

This New York Post article quotes an interview by Sweden’s Expressen with Libya’s Justice Minister Mustafa Abdel-Jalil. In the interview, Abdel-Jalil says that Libyan leader, Moammar Khadafi personally ordered bomber Abdel Baset al-Megrahi to destroy the Boeing 747 Pan Am Flight 103 and kill all on board, and that he had written proof of this. [...]…

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Spin-a-Wind 2.0 Now Available

2010-02-22

Spin-a-Wind 2.0 is now available on iTunes. The update addressed a suggestion from a user in Germany who wanted a graphical representation of the runway and wind direction. Also, after talking with other airlines pilots, it seemed like a no-brainer to add another page with a temperature conversion from Celsius to Fahrenheit. And, since I [...]…

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Goodnight Loran C

2010-02-10

World War II-era navigation system shut down By Mike M. Ahlers, CNN February 8, 2010 9:25 p.m. EST Coast Guard Loran Station Attu in Alaska is one of five that will remain open until June. STORY HIGHLIGHTS U.S. shut down 19 of 24 land-based Loran-C navigation stations on Monday Administration says Loran no longer needed [...]…

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Frappr Map, New Apps, and Others

2010-02-07

In th pages of the left column, you can find out about my cell phone apps at MechCheck and Spin-a-Wind. You can also see the email that I received concerning the end of the frappr map. If you wish to download an archive of the frappr map, click on it and follow instructions. The podcast [...]…

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Other Pilot Podcasts restarting their Engines!

2009-11-28

To all of you who have listened to my podcasts, I thank you. I will start up again at some future date, but for now, the news is that the Pilotcast and the Fly With Me podcast are starting again. Please give a listen to both of these very enjoyable podcasts.…

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My Second App, MechCheck is now available.

2009-11-28

MechCheck is now available for the iPhone and iPod Touch on the iTunes App Store.…

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New iPhone App

2009-09-03

Well, it’s my first effort. Spin-a-Wind is now available on the iTunes app store. You can learn about it here.…

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Joseph Balzer releases new book “Flying Drunk”

2009-06-09

I had the pleasure of flying with Joe Balzer several times. Many of you probably remember a news story about a Northwest Airlines crew that was convicted of flying under the influence of alcohol. Here is a link to his website, fllyingdrunk.com. The book about his experiences will be released on July 15th, and is [...]…

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Air France Airbus A330 Missing over Atlantic

2009-06-01

All of the major news services are talking about the aviation tragedy that happened last night/early this morning. Air France flight 447 took off from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil en route to Paris, France, and lost contact with its controllers over the Atlantic Ocean between Brazil and Senegal. News reports are talking about electrical problems [...]…

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Emergency Landing Training Video????

2009-04-23

Found this on CNN today: Embedded video from CNN Video…

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The Times: BA may clip Concorde’s wings and sell her to Dubai

2009-04-08

I had seen this particular Concorde on the ramp as recently as a few weeks ago at Heathrow. This is really sad… The Times’ Article…

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Turkish Airlines 1951

2009-03-07

Image taken from here You all know about the crash of Turkish Airlines 1951, a Boeing 737-800 on approach to Amsterdam’s Schipol Airport. The investigators have released a possible cause of the crash. It seems that a malfunctioning radio altimeter, the one on the captain’s side, was causing the autothrottle system to prematurely retard the [...]…

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2009-03-01

Pilot Chesly Sully Sullenberger testifying before Congress: It is an incredible testament to the collective character, professionalism and dedication of my colleagues in the industry that they are still able to function at such a high level. It is my personal experience that my decision to remain in the profession I love has come at [...]…

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Airline Cell Phone Use

2009-02-21

How long before this is available in the U.S.? Embedded video from CNN Video…

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I’m on Twitter!

2009-02-20

If you wish to follow me, go to Twitter.…

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Jet Engine Bird Ingestion Testing

2009-02-13

I believe that this was at a GE engines test lab. The engines are tested by shooting frozen chickens and turkeys into the inlet.…

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Insider’s View of the Miracle on the Hudson with Capt Sullenberger

2009-02-12

This has been meandering around the pilot message boards and email lists. It purports to be anonymous, and seems to be written by a sim instructor in the former America West (now US Airways) training center. A pilot’s thoughts on the Hudson River Landing Ever since that Thursday when USAirways 1549 went into the Hudson [...]…

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What if you’re a Passenger in an Emergency?

2009-01-16

So, what do you do if you happen to be a passenger in an emergency? I’ll try to give you some thoughts. First, listen to the predeparture safety demonstration. I know that you can buckle your seatbelt, but where will you escape if the airplane is on fire? Where will you go if the plane [...]…

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Water Landings

2009-01-16

There have been a lot of supposed “facts” by the news media that I would like to refute: 1. The airplane will float — at least for a while. The amount of time that the aircraft will actually float depends on a few factors. One, how many holes are in the fuselage? Are there underwater [...]…

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Airbus 320 ditches into New York’s Hudson River

2009-01-15

As many of you know by now, today there was a forced ditching of an Airbus 320 from US Airways. From what I read so far, the failure of both engines due to bird ingestion is the likely cause. After declaring an emergency, New York RAPCON offered emergency runways at Teterboro and Newark, but the [...]…

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Real Men Flew the Boeing 707

2008-10-07

Don’t know who wrote this, but it is certainly an interesting view of airline captains of the past… In the age of the 707 Those were the good ole days. Pilots back then were men that didn’t want to be women or girlymen. Pilots all knew who Jimmy Doolittle was. Pilots drank coffee, whiskey, smoked [...]…

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The Real cause of the current Financial Crisis

2008-10-07

Folks, here it is, on YouTube. These British comedy actors really had their act together one year before the current problems: Enjoy, if you can.…

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We have a new sponsor.

2008-10-03

Actually, this is just a little site that I developed for my personal use. At the time that I decided to write it, I couldn’t find any other site that would do this. I have since found several, and I will join the fray. Hyperbod will log your weight online, and make a weight graph. [...]…

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Oshkosh 2008 is Coming!

2008-07-05

So what? So I haven’t recorded a podcast since… since… when? Please listen to others’ podcasts, and, if you happen to be in Oshkosh, drop by and see the aviation podcasters after the airshow on Friday, Aug 1st in one of the pavilion tents. I don’t think that I will be there, as I will [...]…

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Okay, okay, it’s about time…

2008-02-22

Now that I’ve been promoted on Adam Curry’s Daily Source Code episode 727 (about 10 minutes into the show), it’s time to start producing more episodes of the FPP.…

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Sukhoi Su-34 Fullback

2008-02-12

It’s going into full production, although it’s a design introduced 18 years ago, before the fall of the Soviet Union. It is going to be a direct replacement for the Sukhoi Su-24 Fencer. And, for comparison purposes, here is the USA’s Lockheed F-22 Raptor:…

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TWA Lockheed Constellation

2007-12-31

You all know how much I like aviation history… especially airline history. Enjoy!…

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Oshkosh Pod-A-Palooza with the Pilotcast.

2007-08-02

Okay, you may be able to hear our baby boy, Alan, trying to podcast from the audience. Anyway, here is the Pilotcast roundtable hangar flying from the EAA Fly In in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. See the next post for my blog entry, and photos. You can download the mp3 file directly here:…

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Back from Oshkosh!

2007-07-30

To pilots here in North America, Oshkosh is the pilgrimage of the flier. For one week each year, around the end of July/beginning of August, Wittman Field (KOSH) in Oshkosh, Wisconsin becomes the busiest airport in the world. Here are the details of my visit: My family drove to Bedford, Massachusetts to borrow my mother’s [...]…

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Flying Pilot Podcast #19 Todd talks about Hurricane Katrina relief flying.

2007-06-25

Today we listen to a conversation that I had with my first officer on a recent flight. Todd, in his spare time, flies for an organization called “Freedom Flight” in the Dallas Fort Worth Texas region. He talks about the organization, and his flights in support of Hurricane Katrina relief. The podcast is here: Freedom [...]…

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Lufthansa Airbus 380 Sweepstakes

2007-03-11

Sorry about the short time notice, but Lufthansa is having a sweepstakes to win a VIP tour of the A-380 when it makes its U.S. debut on the 19th. The deadline is tomorrow to enter, and you must answer some technical questions about Lufthansa’s Airbus 380 fleet. You must enter by midnight on March 12th. [...]…

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Folks, This Stuff is Unforgivable…

2007-02-24

An American Airlines captain declares a fuel emergency, and doesn’t receive the priority that he needs. ABC News Story. The first unforgivable part is that Air Traffic Control wouldn’t give the captain what he asked. The second unforgivable part is the captain not reasserting what he needed to do. Perhaps the captain should have “told” [...]…

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Listener’s Podcast

2007-02-23

Listener Martin is now a podcaster! Check out his podcast at: The Private Pilot…

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Flying Pilot Podcast #18 A Day at the Saint Louis County Fair and Airshow!

2006-11-30

We talk to a few of the exhibitors at the Saint Louis County Fair and Air Show. You can download the episode’s mp-3 here: 2006 Saint Louis County Fair & Air Show My photos are on this Picasa page. The Prairie Aviation Museum and their Douglas DC-3 The Deutsche Luftwaffe (German Air Force) Panavia Tornado [...]…

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New Episodes Coming Soon

2006-11-21

A few have emailed me to ask if I have given up podcasting. Well, the answer is no, but I do apologize for being absent the last two months. Hopefully, soon I will publish an episode of conversations from the Saint Louis Air Show, and later this month, a full episode, talking about winter flying, [...]…

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Flying Pilot Podcast #17 Catch Frank Abagnale If You Can!

2006-09-14

As pilots, we have probably all heard of Mr Frank W. Abagnale, whose life inspired the hit movie and book, Catch Me If You Can. I had the opportunity to meet him on one of my flights. To our good fortune, he graciously agreed to talk to the Flying Pilot Podcast listeners. So, in this [...]…

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Flying Pilot Podcast #16 — The Flight Surgeon comes back for a Second Opinion…

2006-09-08

“No Show,” the former Air Force Flight Surgeon joins us again, with the planned second interview. Here, he talks about “naughty pilots” and the things that we do to ourselves that can affect our flying. You can download the podcast here: The previous flight surgeon episode, with interesting links, is located here. Oxygen Hemogloben Saturation [...]…

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