Like many pilots, I carry a little insurance against the possibility of an alternator failure. I have a portable GPS on my Skylane’s yoke, a handheld VHF NAV/COM in a seat-back pocket and a cell phone where I can reach it.
Diamond Aircraft has received FAA certification for its Austro Engine AE300. The jet-fuel-burning, 170 hp, turbodiesel piston engine offers single-lever thrust control and electronic engine management.
Hypnotizing Maria by Richard Bach (Hampton Roads, 2009, ISBN: 9781571746238). Richard Bach (author of Jonathan Livingston Seagull, The Bridge Across Forever and many other titles) explores flight and metaphysics: Our true nature, it seems, isn’t bound by space and time—we live in a world full of appearances. If we stop accepting them as reality, Bach more »
Nicolas Ivanoff of France won the second stop of the 2009 Red Bull Air Race World Championship (in San Diego, Calif.) on May 10, narrowing the distance between him and race championship leader Hannes Arch, who placed third after a bird strike cost him back-to-back wins.
Apollo: Through the Eyes of the Astronauts by Robert Jacobs (Abrams, 2009, ISBN: 9780810921467). This summer marks the 40th anniversary of Apollo 11’s first manned landing on the moon. Apollo celebrates this milestone anniversary and is an extensive, illustrated account of nine Apollo missions. Featuring a foreword by Stephen and Lucy Hawking, Apollo tells the more »
WAAS Approaches DVD (Sporty’s, 2008, ID# D243A). Instrument pilots understand that WAAS-enhanced GPS approaches are the future of instrument procedures, and Sporty’s offers a program that explains it all. This DVD simplifies the technology and demonstrates how to fly different types of WAAS approaches on the Garmin G1000 and the 430W/530W. Order from www.sportys.com. The more »