Air Combat USA coming to Sporty’s – July 15-17

aircombat1Sporty’s and Air Combat USA have teamed up to provide you with an authentic fighter pilot experience.

Air Combat USA is the original civilian dogfighting school and they are ready to put you in the cockpit of a fighter for a real air combat mission. Suited up in military flight gear, and fully briefed on the tactics and maneuvers in your pre-mission briefing, you’ll take to the skies for the hands-on portion of the mission including formation flying, fighter tactics practice and even dogfights. Every aspect of the mission is captured by four cameras mounted in the cockpit so you can re-live the experience. Bring a friend and shoot-em down.

Sporty’s Customer’s only!

Mention Sporty’s or the Wright Brother’s Catalog when you call and receive a 10% discount on your air combat mission. Order online and enter the Sporty’s Coupon Code sporty13 for the same discount.


Source: SportysAir Combat USA coming to Sporty’s – July 15-17

Picture of the day: On short final to L52

Mark Spencer

Mark Spencer recently sent in this photo, explaining: “This spring we took a VFR trip from Northwest Arkansas to the West Coast, up to Seattle and back to Arkansas. We stopped at some great airports along the way from the Grand Canyon to Oceano to Half Moon Bay. So many great places to visit. A week was not enough time to stop everywhere we wanted to stop.

Mark Spencer

“All in all it was a great trip with very few issues along the way,” he continued. “The photo is short final at Oceano (L52). After landing we had Clam Chowder at the Splash cafe and hiked out on Pismo beach and camped for the night.”

Source: http://generalaviationnews.comPicture of the day: On short final to L52

Currency requirements times two

Photo courtesy Vance

For general aviation pilots there is no more compelling challenge than that presented by currency.

We’re talking about currency in both its common forms — cash and recent flight time.

At least that’s the impression one could get from reading the email and notes readers send my way.

These topics are inextricably linked for those of us involved in aviation. Of course when taking a wider view of life, currency in the form of cash, check, or credit is wrapped up in virtually everything we do.

If you want lunch, money is involved. Should you seek a place to sleep that’s comfortable and dry in all kinds of weather, payment must be made. Travel farther or more quickly than your two legs can carry you and you’d better have some legal tender you’re willing to part with.

Photo courtesy Vance

Photo courtesy Vance

This is where the connections between currency come into play for aviators.

Flight time requires an exchange of value. It might be money, it might be sweat equity, or it might be thanks to the generosity of a friend or family member. No matter how you slice it, something of worth is going to change hands between two or more people if flight is to occur.

There’s the rub, isn’t it? Each of us has our own reasons for flight, and each of us who flies has a limited amount of available cash.

Photo courtesy Morel

Photo courtesy Morel

Yet, the currency requirement that we make three landings every 90 days hangs out there like a ghost in the night. It haunts some of us, taunts some of us, and intimidates some to the point they just put the requirement out of their minds and let their currency, and their personal participation in aeronautics, slip away.

Currency. We use it to keep score in life, and in the cockpit. So we must find a way to master the rules of the game if we’re to be successful.

While I could share a long, breathless series of bromides intended to help you achieve financial well being, I can’t offer anything your grandparents, or Dave Ramsey, haven’t told you already – over, and over again. They’re right, too. So keep their advice in mind as we launch off into the next phase of this dissertation.

Time in the cockpit is expensive. It always was, and it probably will be for the remainder of our lives.

That being said, it doesn’t have to be prohibitively expensive. You shouldn’t have to part with a kidney to log flight time. And you don’t have to.

Rather, if flight time has been lacking in your life, you might want to consider ways of getting airborne more affordably.

Buy an airplane

I know it sounds crazy, but a good, safe, well-maintained airplane can be had for approximately the price of a used car. Often, I meet people who claim they want to fly but can’t afford to, as their garage houses a seldom used motorcycle, boat, and recreational vehicle. There is irony there.

A Cessna 152 (By FlugKerl2 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

A Cessna 152 (By FlugKerl2 (Own work), via Wikimedia Commons

Even with hull insurance, the cost of ownership is probably less than you imagine it might be. Go poke around and see what might be available in your price range. Make an offer, get a quote. It won’t hurt a bit, I promise.

Get a partner

It’s no secret that individual airplane ownership isn’t for everyone. While the purchase price and insurance may be within your grasp, perhaps hangar and maintenance fees exceed your budget.

Have no fear, you can still be in the game if you choose to be. A partner can cut the cost of ownership in half. Three partners can cut your cost to a quarter of what you thought you’d be paying.

By spreading costs over multiple people you can bring the cost of ownership down to a palatable level – and get your butt back in the air for the long term with fewer dollars than you imagined possible.

Join a flying club

Maybe a partnership isn’t your thing, but the idea of spreading the cost of ownership across multiple users is.

Welcome to the wonderful world of flying clubs. If you’re business minded, you can set your sights on being a member of the board of directors. If not, you can get comfortable as a member who enjoys the social and economic benefits of club life, without having to shell out the full cost of anything, ever.

Some of the members of Jamie's flying club.

Some of the members of Jamie’s flying club.

In a club environment you’ll still be able to maintain affordable access to a desirable aircraft with greater frequency than ever before.

Each option has its benefits, and each has its challenges. Do some homework, surf the Net, grab a peek at a fine aviation publication like General Aviation News and see what the Jones’s are up to – then consider which model fits you and your situation best.

It’s possible that you’ll join a flying club, then choose to move into a partnership down the road, slide into an individual ownership situation a few years later, then end up back in a flying club one day.

There is no right way to go, and no wrong way to go. If the model you choose satisfies your desire to fly, fits your aeronautical needs, and falls within your fiscal comfort zone, then that’s the model for you during this phase of your life.

So don’t quit. Instead, recommit. Get current again, stay current, and keep a few dollars in your pocket in the process.

Yes, it can be done, and you can do it.

Source: http://generalaviationnews.comCurrency requirements times two

Drones Will Patrol Post-BREXIT Chunnel Terminals

Drones could play a key role in stopping what many say will be a surge in illegal immigrations following Britain’s recent exit vote from the European Union. Recent news reports reveal that Eurotunnel, the company that manages and operates the Channel Tunnel between Britain and France, will deploy drones to watch for migrants illegally entering […]

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New iPad accessory update

iPad Pro kneeboard

New tablets mean new accessories, as companies like RAM and MyGoFlight follow up Apple’s announcements a few months later with their own new product introductions. A slew of new accessories hit the market recently, so here we’ll review what’s new.

The latest generation from Apple now features three sizes of iPad: the 7.9″ iPad Mini 4, the 9.7″ iPad Pro and the 12.9″ iPad Pro. The 9.7″ iPad Pro is compatible with most existing mounts and kneeboards (from RAM, MyGoFlight, Flight Gear, Flight Outfitters), so there’s no need for new accessories with that model. But the iPad Mini 4 and the all-new 12.9″ iPad Pro have different case sizes, so if you’re upgrading you’ll need a new mount or kneeboard – and maybe a screen protector.

iPad Mini 4 mounts from RAM

RAM Mounts are the most economical and most popular iPad mounts on the market, but unfortunately the iPad Mini 1-3 mount that has been available for years will not fit the new iPad Mini 4. It’s close, but it just doesn’t work.

To address that problem, RAM released a new cradle that fits the iPad Mini 4 perfectly. There are two options for pilots to choose from. For pilots who already own a RAM Mount system, the new cradle for the iPad Mini 4 is available as a standalone product, and is compatible with all previous systems. Alternately, complete kits are available that include the cradle, arm and mount. Popular kits include the yoke mount and suction cup.

iPad mini 4 yoke mount

Three new kneeboards from MyGoFlight

MyGoFlight has sold two different kneeboard designs for years now, and has developed a loyal following for both. Their Sport Kneeboard is really a kneeboard and mount combination: use the included leg strap for a kneeboard, or pilots can add it to a MyGoFlight flex mounting system for yoke or suction cup mounts. Because the iPad cradle for the Sport Kneeboard is custom-fit to the tablet, each iPad model requires a new version. So, like RAM, a new version for the iPad Mini 4 is now shipping.

ipad mini 4 sport case

MyGoFlight’s other kneeboard design is their Folio C, a good-looking leather bifold kneeboard with a removable metal clipboard and a rotating iPad mount. The largest iPad, the 12.9″ iPad Pro, is pretty big for most cockpits, but in jets or airplanes with a side stick (like a Cirrus), the large screen works surprisingly well as a lap desk. For just that use, MyGoFlight now offers a Folio C for the 12.9″ iPad Pro. At the other end of the spectrum, the company is also offering a new universal smartphone kneeboard, which will fit a variety of larger smartphones, but is is ideal for the larger iPhone 6/6S Plus.

iPad Pro kneeboard

New ArmorGlas screen protectors

Besides kneeboards and mounts, screen protectors are one of the most popular iPad accessories. MyGoFlight’s ArmorGlas is our top pick: it’s easy to apply, durable, scratch-resistant and it cuts down on screen glare. To support Apple’s newest models, they are now offering new ArmorGlas models for the iPad Mini 4 and 12.9″ iPad Pro.

iPad Mini 4 armorglas

Source: Ipad appsNew iPad accessory update

The Weekender: Fly In And Camp Out For The Fourth

The Weekender’s looking forward to Fourth of July celebrations, with some three-day events found on SocialFlight events starting on Friday. See the U.S. Navy Blue Angels perform at the 90th National Cherry Festival Air Show in Traverse City, Michigan. Three airshows will run through Monday, and the Cherry Festival will run until July 9.
Source: avwebThe Weekender: Fly In And Camp Out For The Fourth