Checklists now available for Iphone, Ipad & Android Devices

By General Aviation News Staff

CheckMate Aviation has introduced its aviation app for Apple’s iPhone, iPad, and all Android platforms.

One of the most notable capabilities is personalization. Once the free CheckMate aviation app is downloaded and sampled with a generic checklist, the pilot can purchase aircraft specific checklist for their aircraft. That content then becomes theirs to modify to their exact tastes, according to company officials.

There is a web-based content management system where all CheckMate Aviation checklists purchased are stored and modifications can be made from your desktop, as well as on your mobile device. Another first is the ability to view your checklist across both platforms, Apple’s iOS and Android’s OS, officials note.

CheckMate Aviation, established in 1992, is located in Atlanta. Its clients span over 35 countries around the world and provide services for flight schools and pilot stores as well as pilots in general and corporate aviation. It provides customized systems for aircraft manufacturers, flight schools, training facilities, FBOs, and flying clubs, as well as for individual pilots.

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Defining the Bob Costas Effect

By Jamie Becket

Every now and then it’s good to challenge your views. If nothing else, it gives us the chance to grow. As we mature, our insights become more in depth, our tastes tend to be more nuanced, and our goals have us reaching higher and farther than a younger, less experienced version of ourselves might have thought possible. All of that tends to make our thought processes shift a bit.

As an example, when I was a kid I thought Ranger Andy could see me from the floor of the production studio at the CBS affiliate broadcasting out of Hartford, Connecticut. Every afternoon he’d do his program, and every afternoon he’d talk to the kids of the greater Hartford viewing area as if the television was a two-way communication device. If memory serves, I believe I may have answered some of his questions out loud occasionally, too. Of course back then I thought Bosco was the greatest drink ever, and seriously considered being a superhero when I grew up.Bobcostas

Things change. And that’s a good thing. The alternative is not pleasant to think about. I ask you, what kind of a world would we live in if everybody picked a set of tastes and goals and stuck with them for a lifetime without ever revisiting their choices?

This brings me to my latest theory. I have creatively named it The Bob Costas Effect, because I think that’s an apt label to hang on my premise. Now, stick with me here and everything will become clear in a moment. But first, a word or two about the actual Bob Costas.

Born in Queens, New York, Bob Costas is an American institution. Yet, among the many things Bob is not famous for are the following. To the best of my knowledge he has never hit a baseball into the bleachers, or thrown a perfect spiral to win a game in the final seconds, dunked a basketball, or put a slap shot into the net a millisecond before the buzzer sounds. But Bob Costas is undeniably at the top of his game – and he’s been at the top of the heap for a good long time.

Bob is all about sports. He’s called football and baseball and hockey and basketball. He’s anchored the Olympics and has hosted talk shows where he has spelunked into the deepest, darkest recesses of our sports heroes’ brains to bring their innermost thoughts to light.

No, Bob doesn’t play the game. But he is absolutely, undeniably, 100%, dyed in the wool, a sporting man.

When you hear the name, Bob Costas, you don’t think about waffles. You don’t flash back to images of the Berlin Wall coming down, astronauts landing on the moon, or a river breaching its banks. Very few of us would attempt to imagine him in a Speedo, and it is virtually inconceivable to think of Bob playing anyone but himself in a movie. Nope, when we think of Bob Costas we think of sports.

He’s loved, he’s loathed, he’s well known, and he’s successful almost beyond imagination in an industry that’s known for being ruthlessly competitive. Bob Costas — a man who possesses no special physical abilities, is of less than average height, and as far as I know runs no faster and jumps no higher than the average 60 year old man — is undeniably, deeply involved in sports. And he has been professionally engaged in that activity for nearly 40 years.

With all that being true, I wonder why it is we aviation nuts have been so reluctant as a group to embrace the Bob Costas Effect. If the Effect is true, and every indication is that it is, there is no need to be a pilot to be an ardent aviation enthusiast. It should be possible for anyone to be a flag-waving proponent of the wonders of aviation, regardless of whether they’d ever sat in the left seat, installed an engine, replaced the fabric on a classic, or even done something as pedestrian as pulling the chocks so someone else can go flying.

That being the case, just imagine how large the pool of aviation enthusiasts could be if we threw open the doors of opportunity and welcomed anyone in. Heck, what if we went out and recruited them?

Is there a public high school in America that doesn’t have at least one kid who is interested in aviation, but doesn’t know how to get involved? Is there a Chamber of Commerce in your state that is completely devoid of businessmen and women who might benefit from having a better understanding of how general aviation could help them professionally? I doubt it. In fact, I suspect there are people in every walk of life who would like to have at least a fleeting affair with general aviation — and would be inclined to make the leap if they only had a friendly hand to hold throughout the process.

Wouldn’t you love to be Bob Costas in that situation? Well, you can be. Just step up, speak out, and share your enthusiasm for the activities you love the way Bob does. Don’t try to convince the customer how cool you are. Bob would never do that. Tell them how cool aviation is. That’s the real story.

Explain what the pilot is thinking and doing as he (or she) taxis out to the runway. Tell them what’s going on in the cockpit as they make that base to final turn. Tell a story of triumph. Let them know how it feels on the day you do your first solo, or when you leave the examiner’s office with your temporary private pilot ticket in hand. Share the drama and the excitement of aviation the way Bob would. Even without cameras and microphones, you’d be a star to at least the person you’re sharing you’re sharing your enthusiasm with.

I suspect that would lead to a larger population of aviation enthusiasts — and that would be welcome change — thanks to you, and Bob Costas, of course.

Jamie Beckett

Jamie Beckett is a CFI and A&P mechanic who stepped into the political arena in an effort to promote and protect GA at his local airport. He founded and serves as a member of the Polk Aviation Alliance in central Florida, and is an unabashed aviation advocate. You can reach him at

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Scoot confirms plans for mixed 787 fleet

Singapore Airlines’ long-haul, low-cost subsidiary Scoot will convert some of its orders for Boeing 787-9s to the smaller -8 variant.

The airline’s chief executive Campbell Wilson says that the airline has not determined an exact mix, but it is likely that it will change its order from 20 787-9s to 10 -9s and the same number of -8s.

“They’re operationally interchangeable so there’s no efficiency impact, but the different capacities open more options with respect to network and deployment,” he adds.

Wilson said last year that the airline was examining the -8 and the proposed -10 variants of the 787 for its fleet after it took over an order for 20 787-9s from parent company Singapore Airlines (SIA). Scoot is due to take delivery of its first 787-9 in late 2014.

The budget carrier operates a fleet of four ex-SIA Boeing 777-200ERs and flies to eight destinations including Sydney, Tokyo, Taipei and Tianjin.

  Ellis Taylor – Singapore

FedEx to acquire up to 30 United 757s

United Airlines is to sell up to 30 Boeing 757s to freight operator FedEx Express, with deliveries of the twinjets set to start this year.

Its agreement covers the purchase of 14 initial aircraft by FedEx.

These 757s will be converted to freighters upon delivery, FedEx says in a regulatory filing, following a deal reached on 8 March.

Deliveries will start this year and continue to 2015.

But FedEx says the agreement will also provide for the purchase of up to 16 additional 757s. This extension is “subject to the satisfaction of certain conditions”.

FedEx detailed the agreement in a quarterly filing to the end of February 2013.

At the end of 2012 the combined fleet of United Continental Holdings included 154 Boeing 757s, of which 133 were the -200 variant.

United Continental owns 47 of these 757-200s and leases the rest. Its 757 fleet is powered by Rolls-Royce RB211 and Pratt & Whitney PW2000 engines.

  David Kaminski-Morrow

Fake Airline Pilot Removed From Cockpit

Frenchman Philippe Jernnard is being held on $1 million bond after being found in the cockpit jump seat of a US Airways flight at Philadelphia International airport, Wednesday, posing as an Air France pilot. Jernnard was found by the flight’s crew at some point during the boarding process. When questioned, he identified himself as a 747 pilot for Air France, according to CBS news. Jernnard held a valid ticket for the flight to West Palm Beach and was wearing a white shirt with an Air France logo, and a jacket with epaulets. Jernnaud reportedly became irritable when asked for identification and the crew called police to the gate. handcuff

Jernnard was removed from the flight and has been charged with criminal trespass, tampering with records, forgery, impersonating a person privately employed and presenting false ID to law enforcement, CBS reported. Additional federal charges may be added. Air France has released a satement that Jernnard was in possession of “a very poor fake badge, which in no way resembled the Air France Crew Member Certificate.” The company denied that Jernnard is associated with the airline and said “this person was not wearing an Air France uniform” nor was he carrying official badging or crew baggage. It is not yet clear how Jernnard gained access to the cockpit or specifically for what purpose. The FBI has joined the investigation. Jernnard is being held pending a preliminary hearing scheduled for April 5.

By Glenn Pew


Below Minimums?

Today I had to live a situation in which all professional pilots have passed one or several times, so it’s nothing new. But I want to share details of it here for those who have not yet lived it.
We arrived at the airport with my first officer from the hotel an hour before departure of the flight and headed to the office of company operations, there the flight dispatcher informed us that the destination airport was with visibility below minimums for all operations – a minimum quite high (5 kms) because this airport is enclosed by a chain of mountains. Obviously the flight was delayed waiting for an improvement in the weather conditions. The wait lasted four hours and when this type of situation happens, everyone starts looking to the captain, who has the decisive word on the initiation of the flight, read here I say “initiation ” and not “cancellation”.   The cancellation of a flight due to weather is always attribution of the commercial or operational department of the Company.  The Captain and his crew can only wait until they fulfill their FDP’s – Flight Duty Periods – and go home or if before reaching this limit if the intended destination airport is operative perform the flight.
I have seen on many occasions Captains get nervous because the flight is delayed due to weather, time passes and the pressure on them goes “in-crescendo”.   As an old retired Captain once told me – actually when things get more difficult the solution is simpler – You can not fight with the elements and risking an entire operation does not do any favor to none.

Author:  Ivan Paredes

Hawker Beechcraft 390 Premier Accident in South Bend, Indiana

A Hawker Beechcraft 390 Premier IA corporate jet, registered N26DK, sustained substantial damage in an accident at South Bend, IN. Two of the four persons on board were killed, according to local media reports.
According to an FAA statement, “on approach the pilot reported a problem with electrical power, made several attempts to approach and then on the final attempt to approach it stalled and crashed into at least one home.” According to a pilot witness statement the flight attempted to land on runway 09R when the airplane climbed again. It rolled inverted following a steep and nose high right turn. It rolled back over and crashed.
The airplane came down in a street, crashing into a house near the 1600 block of N. Iowa Street, South Bend. The accident location is approx 1000 metres south of the end of runway 09R.

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Air France Crash Report: Captain Had Just One Hour Of Sleep

According to a transcript of the cockpit voice recorder, the captain of the Air France Airbus 330 that crashed into the Atlantic in 2009 said he had not had enough sleep the night before, a detail that was not previously released, according to the French magazine Le Point. Le Point says that in a judicial transcript it acquired, the captain said, “I didn’t sleep enough last night. One hour, it’s not enough.” According to ABC News, the new information raises concerns about the investigation and whether the full content of the CVR transcript should be made public. Investigators released a final report on the crash last July.

Meanwhile, Airbus officials have found that simulators used to train crews can’t accurately replicate the scenario faced by the 2009 crew when the pitot tubes iced up and the airplane subsequently stalled. “The whole training philosophies need to be adjusted,” Airbus test pilot Terry Lutz said in a recent presentation at the Royal Aeronautical Society in London, according to Bloomberg News. Lutz’s co-presenter, Paul Bolds-Moorehead, a senior lead engineer at Boeing, said, “It has been extremely challenging to try and get an accurate simulator, post-stall. Could we develop a way to provide some kind of angle-of-attack limiting function? It would be very problematic to do, but it’s something we should probably look into.”

By Mary Grady, Contributing editor


Tower Decisions Delayed Till Friday

The FAA was expected to announce today which control towers will close due to federal budget cuts, but now that announcement has been delayed until Friday, March 22. The FAA plans to eliminate funding for 189 contract towers at small airports, but operators of those airports were invited to make a case to the FAA why those measures would “adversely affect the national interest.” Last Friday, FAA chief operating officer J. David Grizzle said the FAA has “received a very large number of responses” and needs more time to “review comprehensively the submission on behalf of each airport.”

No change was announced for the actual shutdown schedule. On April 7, 173 towers are expected to close, with 16 more to shut down on September 30. The FAA has closed its request for comments on the closures.

By Mary Grady, Contributing editor




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