Monthly Archives: July 2014

Garmin GPSMap 96C GPS Updates

Originally, the Garmin 96C shipped with a 2006 GPS database. The Feb. 2011 obstacle database size increased enough to require a new version of the software, 3.0.0. The 96C software update steps are: connect USB cable (regular to mini) from … Continue reading

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FAA Certificate and Rating Price Chart for 2014

I just passed my FAA ATP Part 121 written exam, and the escalating price of training came up in conversation when I was at the airport. FAA Cert./Rating Min. (Part 141/61) 2000 2014 How to Save Money Sport 20 hours … Continue reading

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Jeppesen Tech Star Flight Computer Manual

I haven’t seen any Jeppesen Tech Star Flight Computer manuals online, so here’s a feature summary. Overview uses 4xAAA batteries, thus prone to corrosion comes with plastic film to protect keyboard (leave it on) math calculations are instant, but menu … Continue reading

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Sheppard Air ATP 121 Test Installation on Mac OS X

On August 1, 2014, the FAA Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certificate requirements become significantly more difficult and expensive to qualify for. (It appears to only apply to multi-engine operation.) To be “grandfathered” under the old requirements, applicants must pass the … Continue reading

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MySQL Blackhole Storage Engine for Fun and Profit

Recently I did some work with MySQL and MySQL Cluster, where the dev and test environments ran on CloudStack VMs, and a reporting server ran on AWS EC2. The MySQL Blackhole storage engine could have helped in two cases: disk … Continue reading

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