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The Aviation World is a Small One

Submitted by robert on Thu, 12/23/2010 - 19:49

Have you ever used online flight planning websites such as NavMonster became one of the best online flight planning websites that I had used in a very long time and it was free! Well today I found out that Navmonster will no longer be able to operate their website because of a flight planning patent awarded to FlightPrep. Flightprep is taking any flight planning company to court over their patent. This is just an attempt to become a monopoly over the Flight planning world. FlightPrep is not an online website that is free. They sell over priced equipment that you can carry with you, but for $1500. Like I said the aviation world is small, I would like to make it known that I myself will never support a FlightPrep product because of this case. Flight Planning is one of the most IMPORTANT things to a good and safe flight. To make it where every pilot will have to do it all manually or buy the FlightPrep software is absolutely ludicrous.

What does it take to become an instrument rated pilot?

Submitted by trenfro on Sun, 11/28/2010 - 07:52

In addition to your private pilot certificate you need:
50 PIC hours of Cross country flight. One of these must include a long Cross Country with 3 different Instrument approaches.
40 hours of simulated instrument or actual instrument flight.  15 of those must be with a CFII.
Another written exam and another check-ride.