Plane & Pilot
Tuesday, February 21, 2012

April 2012 Readback

2012 ISAP Symposium

The annual symposium of the International Society for Aviation Photography will be held May 17-19 in Norfolk, Va., and attendees may wish to stay over through May 20 for the Warbirds Over The Beach air show. The symposium includes two days of educational presentations and a one-day field trip. Current plans for the field trip include the Military Aviation Museum's Fighter Factory and Naval Air Station Oceana. A banquet dinner will be held at the conclusion of the event. Visit and

SoCal Aero Club

The Aero Club of Southern California's 33rd Howard Hughes Memorial Award was presented to Clay Lacy, renowned pilot, business innovator and philanthropist. The award is presented annually to an aerospace leader whose accomplishments over a long career have contributed significantly to the advancement of aviation or space technology. Among many aviation accomplishments, Lacy has logged over 50,000 hours as a pilot in over 200 aircraft, and has an air- transport pilot license with 32 type ratings. His award was presented by longtime friend Bob Hoover, who received the same award in 2009, at a gala banquet in downtown Los Angeles. The Aero Club traces its roots to the mid-1920s and is dedicated to the advancement of aviation and aerospace, and honoring their contributors via one-of-a-kind aviation events, scholarships and more. It's open to anyone who has an interest in aviation and space. Visit


New iPad Kneeboards

Sporty's has launched two new iPad kneeboards; one designed for small, tight cockpits, while the second is an update to the company's original iPad Kneeboard. The low-profile design of the Rotating Slim Line iPad Kneeboard doesn't interfere with an airplane's yoke, and an adjustable elastic strap prevents the iPad from sliding around. The updated iPad Kneeboard features a stand that allows pilots to choose different viewing angles to minimize screen glare. In addition, the right side flap now can be completely folded over for a single-panel kneeboard. Other features include mesh pockets and a zippered compartment that's suited to hold an external GPS. The kneeboard measures 18x11 inches when open and 9x11 when closed. Visit

Monitor Your Health

Zensorium's Tinke, a biometric monitoring device that plugs into the bottom of your iPhone, was announced at CES 2012. Users press their finger on Tinke's sensor for 60 seconds, and it will display your blood-oxygen level, heart rate and respiratory rate. The Tinke also will store your data on your phone so you can chart your heart or breathing rates over hours or days. Tinke is expected to be available in mid-2012 and will support Android devices as well. Reserve yours at

Historic Pilot Watch

The Bavarian Crono FW 200 aviator's watch is a piece of German military and aircraft history. The dial is cut from original metal sheets of the last existing Focke-Wulf FW 200 Condor (works number 0063, identification F8-BR), that was discovered in 1981 by Norwegian scientists in the fjord of Trondheim, was recovered from the waters in 1999 and is now being restored in Germany. The salty waters has affected the metal in form of light corrosion or surfaces being grinded by the sands of the fjord; these show the authenticity of the used material. Each watch comes with a certificate of the Deutsche Technikmuseum Berlin that guarantees the origin of the material. Visit

Portable Charger

This triple-powered portable charger will charge mobile devices such as iPads, iPhones, digital cameras and portable GPS units. You can replace all of your chargers with just one power source, and while in the air you can keep your communication devices powered up. Visit

How Airplanes Got This Way

The latest book from aviation historian Phil Scott, Then and Now: How Airplanes Got This Way, explores how airplanes evolved into the form and silhouette we see today. It's a lighthearted look at the people and events that shaped today's general aviation airplane. The collection of essays take apart aircraft through history and tells how, through a combination of science and art, all the pieces fit together to make a thing that worked—or didn't. Visit

Top Gun: Hard Lock

In 505 Games' upcoming Top Gun: Hard Lock, players test their aerial combat skills in a new modern-day twist on dog-fighting. Fifteen missions can be played single-player or online multiplayer for up to 16 players. Choose from 14 airplanes that can be customized with a variety of decals and paint schemes. Top Gun: Hard Lock will be available this spring on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Windows PC. Visit


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