Plane & Pilot
Tuesday, February 22, 2011

April 2011 Readback

Flight Design Fights Fires


Flight Backpack

Sporty’s Flight Gear Backpack has room for two headsets and a GPS, and features a pocket that’s specially designed for an iPad. Padded compartments help keep items organized, and its top pocket is ideal for a cell phone or iPod. External pockets offer quick access to items such as a flashlight, fuel tester and pens. Personalization is available with up to three embroidered initials. Optional accessories include a transceiver holder, a sunglasses holder and an ID holder. Contact: Sporty’s, (800) SPORTYS,

New Chart Guide

The updated 9th Edition of the Aeronautical Chart User’s Guide by the FAA’s National Aeronautical Navigation Services is now available from ASA. It’s a learning aid and reference document for understanding how to read and interpret all FAA aviation charts and chart navigation publications. Updated topics include chart symbology, national security, special-use airspaces and flight-restricted zones. The book is available in softcover and measures 81⁄2x11 inches. Contact: ASA, (800) ASA-2-FLY,

Solo Shirt Tail

It’s a long-standing tradition for the flight instructor to cut off a new pilot’s shirt tail at the conclusion of his or her first solo flight. Sporty’s now offers professional custom framing to preserve this memento. Each shirt tail is mounted on a sturdy background, then matted and framed for presentation. All framing is done by Sporty’s in-house frame shop, and turnaround time is five business days. Two sizes of frames are available: The Small First Solo Frame accommodates shirt tails measuring up to 12x18 inches, and the Large First Solo Frame accommodates shirt tails measuring no larger than 18x24 inches. Contact: Sporty’s, (800) SPORTYS,

Cell Phone Activaton

The new remote cellular phone switch from Aerotherm Heaters remotely turns on and off aircraft engine preheaters or any other electric device. The unit has two relay switches capable of supporting two devices, and can be turned on with a phone call or text message to the unit. Each relay can be programmed to stay on for up to 18 hours. The unit will recognize your phone number, drop the call and activate the switch. You can add an additional 199 numbers to be recognized. Contact: Aerotherm Heaters, (800) 401-4397,

Get A Signal Everywhere

SPOT Connect turns your smartphone into a satellite communicator, allowing you to send e-mails and text messages with GPS coordinates, or transmit an SOS message to activate emergency response. You can store up to 10 predefined messages for quick sending. As with the SPOT Messenger, you can track your flight on Google Maps for others to follow. Download the SPOT app to link your smartphone with SPOT Connect via Bluetooth. Contact: SPOT, (866) OK1-SPOT,

Cessna Training Manual

Red Sky Ventures’ Cessna Training Manual series is intended to be used in conjunction with the manufacturer’s POH, and contains technical explanations, pilot’s operating notes, performance planning and tips to improve operations. Photo-graphs, schematics and tables supportthe details. Authors Danielle Bruckert and Oleg Roud are professional airline pilots who also are active flight instructors in general aviation aircraft. Contact: Red Sky Ventures, +264 81-244-6336,

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