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Sensationalist Reporter’s Plot to Hijack Bizjet, Crash into CIA Headquarters, Thwarted by Free Snacks

FAA Intercept Procedures

WARNING: The following article may contain sarcasm, satire, quotes taken completely out of context, and perhaps a bit of illustrative fiction. In other words, it is comparable to the high-quality journalism you’ll find in The Atlantic Magazine. The flying stuff: that’s real. After a recent appearance on the fake news show The Colbert Report, sensationalist reporter Jeffery Goldberg hitched a ride to Washington, DC on a corporate aircraft provided by a friend’s business associates. Already frustrated over the inconvenience of commercial air travel security precautions (the subject of his Colbert Report “interview”), Goldberg was taken aback that he was allowed to board a general aviation aircraft at Teterboro Airport without any FBO staff or flight crew members inspecting his genitals. Baffled by convenience and efficiency of general aviation security, the not-quite-celebrity journalist apparently snapped. According to the confession laid out in his recent The Atlantic article “Private Plane, Public Menace”, Goldberg waited for the plane to get airborne laying out the nefarious plot to his unsuspecting friend: “So let’s just say that I’m a terrorist pilot, and I have a bag filled with handguns and I shoot these two pilots and then I take control of the plane and steer it into the headquarters of the CIA, What’s stopping me?” The friend responded: “There’s nothing stopping you. All you need is money to buy a plane, or a charter.” Luckily for America, Goldberg abandoned the terror plot in favor of emptying the on-board stock of candy and bottled water provided at the aircraft operator’s expense, which is apparently a suitable response the unfair elitist system that forced him to fly from New York to DC in forty minutes at no charge in comfortable seats without first suffering an hour of mind-numbing tedium, public fondling, and subsequent shame. Under such circumstances, it’s understandable that Goldberg rails against general aviation security in his The Atlantic Magizne article.… Read more ...

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Seattle Avionics and DTC DUAT Release “Patent-Free” Flight Planner

DUAT Voyager

Taking advantage of the heat competitor FlightPrep has been receiving over attempts to enforce its Internet flight planning patent, Seattle Avionics Software and DTC DUAT announced the release of DTC Voyager, a free flight planning, weather and electronic chart solution that runs on PC-based devices, including many Electronic Flight Bags. According to Seattle Avionics Software CEO Steve Podradchik, the company has received numerous calls and emails about the patent's impact on Seattle Avionics customers. "We wanted to offer all pilots a free flight planning alternative that is clear of all patent issues," says Podradchik. "As we don’t make an Internet-based flight planner, we’re clearly not subject to [the FlightPrep patent]." Positioned as a direct competitor to FlightPrep’s free Golden Eagle product, DUAT Voyager is based on Seattle Avionics' Voyager Software System™ and is available at no cost to customers. The new software sports many advanced features, including own-ship position, Victor and Direct GPS routing, automated weather overlays, profile view with terrain, TFRs, DUAT briefings, and kneeboard printing capabilities. According to Seattle Avionics' product announcement, the new DUAT Voyager outperforms the original software. "With DUAT Voyager, you get a 100% free product that is both powerful and easy to use," says William Young, Program Manager at DTC DUAT. Seattle Avionics Software: www.seattleavionics.com DTC DUAT: www.duat.com… Read more ...

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