Saturday, September 1, 2007
Saturday, September 1, 2007
25 Great Aviation Websites
Flying the Internet is shifting from a flight of fancy to an icon of information
|Anyone looking to find the facet of flying that has grown the most over the past decade will discover that it’s the part of aviation on the Internet. What began as a mere curiosity some years ago is now a well-established component in most pilots’ lives. Never before have we been able to find so much information about the passion we share.|
Plane & Pilot’s “Aircraft Specifications” boasts a huge variety of facts and figures for a spectrum of general-aviation airplanes. The site also features current articles from the magazine as well as archived highlights from previous issues.
Pilot Journal’s site displays features from the most beautiful general-aviation magazine in the world. Included are value links and online services as well as a section where you can download some of the magazine’s incomparably gorgeous photographs.
AIR Base One has an almost bottomless well of information on aviation businesses, restaurants, ground transportation, aviation events and more. In short, it has a whole lot of information about all things aviation. This is one of those resources that magnifies your ability to find what you want.
You may not want to think about what might happen if you’re forced down, but you should always be prepared. Equipped To Survive’s site is full of information about how to survive once you’ve made it through the landing. It focuses on the different types of equipment that you might want to carry in case of an emergency.
The Air Safety Investigation Resource site contains links to more than 30 other Websites. If safety is a priority, then this is another “leverage your information” site that should be on your favorites list.
Looking for an interesting aviation course on applied aerodynamics? On Desktop Aeronautics’ site, click on “Educational Programs” and you’ll see a list of educational products. “Applied Aerodynamics” is a CD-based course you can order for about $90; it’s a good introduction to the world of applied aerodynamics.
Build A Plane is a nonprofit organization that gives high school-aged kids a chance to build a real airplane. Learn about how you can join or support this grassroots effort to share aviation with America’s youth.
For those who are always getting into the “my airplane is faster than normal” discussion, or for those who just want to know how fast their airplane really is, this Website offers a wonderful True Airspeed Calculator. All you need is a GPS—a handheld will work fine as long as it displays groundspeed. Fly their predefined course, enter the results, and it will provide an accurate TAS. Make sure you allow for density altitude when making your power settings.