May 20, 2010
By Alyssa J. Miller
NASA has updated its Virtual Skies website, featuring aviation modules on aeronautics, navigation, weather, air traffic management, communications, and airport design.
Each module includes an overview and basic information about each topic. Then, users can test their knowledge in the “Take Control” section and apply what they have learned in the “You Decide” section, which presents real-world scenarios to solve. For example, users can work through a flight planning problem or apply aerodynamic principles to build a kite. The flexibility of the modules make them ideal for pilots who want a scenario-based challenge, students who want to learn a certain topic, or teachers who want to make math and science a little more fun.
In addition to the six learning modules, the site includes resources for teachers; information about careers in aviation, with biographical information about people who hold those jobs; and a compilation of online resources.
AOPA Director of eMedia and Online Managing Editor Alyssa J. Miller has worked at AOPA since 2004 and is an active flight instructor.
From the NBAA convention in Orlando, a look at some new aircraft that are actually flying. NTSB chairman worries about automation causing a lack of professionalism and diminishing safety. Controlling the aircraft with the sound of your voice.
Nextant Aerospace, adding a remanufactured King Air to its remanufactured Hawker 400 offering, says the King Air (Nextant G90XT) will fly early next year.
Greg Pecoraro, AOPA vice president of airports and state advocacy, brought Indiana aviation community members up to date on the association’s initiatives.
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