Pilot Hacker

Google Earth Weather Overlay

Google Earth is an amazing tool for visualizing the world we fly in. Pair it with some of the great open source overlays out there and you've got a kick ass pre-flight intelligence tool. av8rdan has put together a nice outline showing you how to throw some NOAA weather data on top of the map. It's pretty straightforward, and if you're tech savvy enough you can pair this with your proposed flight path giving you an idea of what you're in for.

Free IFR Plates!!!

Who doesn’t like free stuff, especially free stuff that we would normally pay good money for. Even better, stuff for free that we would normally pay good money for that we can use for flying! John Baute got tired of two things, carrying around a suitcase full of paper IFR charts and approach plates, and paying for printed charts and plates (every couple of months when they expire) when the information is free from the FAA. To solve both problems, John started pdfplates.com.

When Doing Your Homework Pays Off

I haven't mentioned the story here yet, but my airplane's engine gave out on me and needs to be repaired or replaced. That means I've been doing a lot of research on the Continental C-145 and it's close-enough cousin, the O-300. My research nearly led me to buy one, but thanks to Ted and some deeper digging, I was able to avoid disaster. Read on for the rest of the story...

Great Apps for Mac and iPhone

I was inspired by the folks at The Unofficial Apple Weblog when they put together a list of five great apps for pilot's. Since I'm a recent Mac convert and an iPhone owner I was thrilled to see some of the choices that I didn't even know existed. I've taken the liberty of adding some of my personal favorites and those suggested in the comments and compiled them here for a quick reference.

iPhone + Kneeboard = Thiphone

The person who thought this up had to be a pilot, that or a serious rally driver... It's probably really handy for running checklist's, I just don't think it's worth $30 to me. Does anybody have any homebrew solutions to the iPhone slipping off the kneeboard problem?

Best Office Chair in the World

Most of us aren't lucky enough to cruise around in an ejection seat all day... that is, until now. Check out this work of art, complete with red upholstery. It's made from a B-52 ejection seat, although I doubt that red was the original color. Makes me feel like going fast just looking at it...

Square Your Aircraft Search

Google launched their "squared" search offering today, putting the spin of a spreadsheet on your web surfing. The launch didn't make waves in the aviation community, but it's one helluva useful tool for comparing things. Try searching aircraft and adding categories like length, width and height. The resulting search lists all types of aircraft that you can then narrow to those you'd like to compare.

Hey Airventure!! Where's the iPhone App?

EAA's aviation spectacular known as Airventure to some and as Oshkosh to the veterans, can be an overwhelming experience for even the most seasoned show-goers. Enter my personal favorite new media platform, the iPhone... I know you're thinking ENOUGH with the iPhone already but hear me out. The Coachella music festival had their own iPhone app that provided show times, maps and a friend finder tool that allowed you to navigate the crowds to find your buddies.

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