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New app helps train pilots

February 11, 2013, 11:45 am

Applications have taken the aviation industry by storm, offering services from how to successfully navigate an upcoming aviation event to avoiding inclement weather while in the air. Apps are changing the way pilots are flying and are even making it easier to train. 

In the latest announcement pertaining to pilot apps, Guidance Aviation recently released its Maneuvers Guide mobile app and an online training portal called MyGa during the HELI-EXPO 2013. The announcement was a part of the company celebrating its 15th anniversary as a business. 

“Worldwide internet users will more than double by 2015, and most of them will be mobile,” said John Stonecipher, president of Guidance Aviation. “Research studies are also telling us that more adults are viewing media on mobile devices than trade papers and magazines together. Add in that a vast majority of mobile time is spent on apps, this was the right move for our students and clients.”

The Maneuvers Guide will feature a series of instructional guides and digital maneuvers guides, all in high definition, allowing students access to information at any time on their mobile devices. In addition, the MyGA Training Portal will offer hundreds of instructional videos and flight training documents that will be available with a password for app-users.

Other aviation technologies 
In a separate release made earlier this month, Wicks Aircraft announced it is providing a new selection of O-Rings in a kit for home builders. 

“The temptation is always there to re-use things like O-rings, and the result is too-often a leaky seal,” said Scott Wick, president of the company. “Having to take time to find or order O-rings makes that temptation even greater. With our Home Builders Kit, there are lots of sizes, and lots of O-rings in each size; and it's less expensive in time and money than running to the supply shop for just a couple individual O-rings.”

The kit features 70 different O-rings ranging in sizes from  006 to 327.

In another announcement, Sensenich released its ground adjustable composite propellers for Van's RV aircraft. The new propellers are made of carbon fiber and fiber glass and have proprietary airfoils on a semi-scimitar platform which will contribute to easier takeoff and climbing. 

Don Rowell, president of Sensenich​, said that the company has been testing and altering the propellers for three years. He added that this is the first propeller available for the RV series of aircraft that complies with ASTM F2506 requirements. 

While technological advancements are continuing to streamline efficiency while in the air, pilots are always reminded to have pilot life insurance just in case. 

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