Landings Flight Distance Calculator

January 26th, 2011

I was recently searching for a quick flight planning tool, since there isn’t one available at the company I work for, and I had to develop some routes for our instrument training program in the simulator suitable for a DA42 aircraft.

I could not believe my luck in finding the distance calculator at – see the General Links listing on the sidebar for the direct link.

This tool provides a quick and easy route distance summary by entering the ICAO departure, destination and intermediate airport codes. It additionally provides information on restricted and danger zones enroute, airports in the vicinity of the route, and displays a map of the route for easy of orientation. And there’s some links to weather and all sorts of other goodies, I didn’t look into these since I was just in need of distances, but all and all a really great resource.



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Short Funnies – Phonetically Correct or Politically Corect?

January 8th, 2011

A policeman spots a huge black guy dancing on the roof of a Ford.

He radios for backup.

“What’s the situation?”

“There’s some big fat black bloke dancing on a car roof.”

“You can’t say that over the radio” replies the operator, “You have to use Politically correct terminology”

“OK” he says,


Cessna 206 Training Manual Update

January 7th, 2011

Just to provide an update, in preparation for the Cessna 206 Manual release, published by Red Sky Ventures (who pays for this site!) we’ve uploaded a bunch of hard copy options to the store, including a colour version, a spiral bound version, and shortly I’ll be finished with the hard copy version. And I’ve done some subtle revisions to the cover.

While doing some market research I found a great site, Bush Planes, the site’s main provision is write ups about planes used in bush-flying, and, from the ones I know, they are quite well written accounts, for example they mention that the C206 is a popular bush flyer despite it’s ground hogging tendency (my paraphrasing, apologies if there’s anything lost in translation). It quite good for unprepared surfaces, with the rugged fixed gear, and has a versatile loading capacity – particularly with cargo doors (a friend has been known to carry leopards in hers) and a pod for the messy loads, and reasonably good speeds for the typically short distances involved in this type of flying. They are also a great plane to fly, and relatively uncomplicated for a private pilot, making them a fun plane for a family commuter or hire and fly trips. No wonder most of us think about it as the flag flyer of the Cessna restarts.


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