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Pilot 'a hero' for landing safely on ice in Northwest Territories
CBC News
People in the aviation world are commending an Air Tindi pilot for landing a Cessna 208 Caravan safely on the ice of Great Slave Lake outside Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories. A preliminary report to Transport Canada said the plane took off for Fort Simpson. About 22 minutes later, the pilot requested clearance to return to Yellowknife due to icing. About 13 minutes later, the pilot made a mayday distress call due to severe icing. The plane landed about one minute later. The six people on board were all airlifted safely to Yellowknife several hours later.
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Gone gliding — Conclusion
AirlineReporter
According to author Howard Slutsken: We're at Minden-Tahoe Airport in Soaring NV's LS4 glider, hooked up to the Piper Pawnee towplane, and just starting our takeoff roll. Spencer, our ground crew, runs alongside the glider for a few feet while holding the wingtip. The ailerons are alive in a couple of seconds, and I hold the wings level with the stick, while steering along the runway centerline with the rudder pedals. With the single main wheel rumbling under my seat, we accelerate quickly as we're hauled along the runway.

Related story: Gone Gliding — Part Two
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Flights of fancy at Ontario airport: A former Cold War pilot's big plans
Toronto Star
Wearing a faded olive-drab flight suit and polished black cowboy boots, Allan Rubin sits in the navigator seat from an Argus anti-submarine patrol bomber. Repurposed with rollers, the reborn office chair is surrounded by a clutter of paperwork and aircraft parts, such as the propeller of a Tiger Moth biplane and a photographic viewfinder from a once state-of-the-art U-2 spy plane. Just outside sit four vintage (and mostly functional) fighter jets.
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Canadian following in his father's cockpit
Portsmouth News
Imagine sitting in the cockpit of an aircraft your father flew 70 years previously. That is exactly what happened recently to Leigh Morton from Canada. Leigh was on a stop-over in England and met two friends, Adele and Geoff Hemmings. They knew of Leigh's father Captain Raymond Morton, a pilot with the Royal Canadian Air Force during the war. They also knew that the light aircraft he flew still existed and, after much conservation work, was still airworthy.
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Boomtimes made the future look fine
Calgary Herald
The oil boom at Turner Valley in the late 1920s looked like it would last forever. Alberta's first scheduled air shuttle began operations in August 1929 when a Rutledge Air Service plane lifted off from the airfield in northeast Calgary twice each day. Once airborne, the American Eagle biplane did not turn east towards Regina, Winnipeg, and Toronto. It did not set its wings for Edmonton to the north or head west to Vancouver. Instead, the pilot of Alberta's first regularly scheduled provincial air shuttle flew southwest towards the mountains.
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British Columbia-based Aero-Flite president praises Washington
The Spokesman-Review
Barry Marsden, the president and chief executive officer of Conair, said that he chose Spokane, Washington, as the new base for his U.S. jet firefighter planes because of the training and skill of aircraft mechanics in the region, among other reasons. Conair, based in Abbotsford, British Columbia, operates Aero-Flite under contract with the U.S. Forest Service for wildfire suppression.
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MyGoFlight introduces 'future proof' device holder
General Aviation News
MyGoFlight has introduced a Universal Cradle device holder that, when combined with MyGoFlight mounts, simplifies and lowers the cost of pilots using EFBs, iPads or tablets in the cockpits of planes, according to company officials. "Every time you upgrade your iPad, tablet or EFB, it can wreak havoc on your existing mounting system, especially in situations when not all pilots carry the same exact device or use the same case," said Charles Schneider, CEO of MyGoFlight.
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The advent of the light twin
General Aviation News
With the end of the war in Europe in May 1945, the prohibition on the production of civil aircraft was rescinded. Many articles published that year were harbingers of the post-war boom expected for the general aviation industry. Indeed there was a huge boom in production — general aircraft production went from 1,946 in 1945 to an unbelievable 33,254 in 1946. This was truly the golden era of light aircraft production.
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Why fly gliders?
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According to author W.G. Hill: I picked up a 180 hp Super Cub at the Aspen, Colorado, airport and made a slight left turn to allow my friend Joe to pass me in his faster aircraft. As I climbed through about 300 feet, I pulled the power back to reduce fuel consumption — with the climb prop on the Cub, I certainly was not going to go much faster — and I pulled the mixture out to lean the engine a bit. The cable came completely out of the housing and the engine rolled back to idle. There I was just off the departure end of Runway 33 at Aspen with an airplane that had just turned itself into a glider.
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Report: China to start electric airplane production
AVweb
Two copies of the Rui Xiang RX1E two-seat electric-powered airplane flew at the China Airshow, held in Zhuhai, and later, it was reported that construction has begun on a manufacturing plant in Shenyang. Certification of the aircraft is expected later this year, and production is expected to begin in the first half of 2015, according to China Daily. The plant will be capable of producing up to 100 airplanes per year.
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Call for teams to compete in Build A Plane challenge
General Aviation News
The General Aviation Manufacturers Association and Build A Plane, a non-profit organization to encourage aviation and aerospace education, have partnered for a third year to sponsor the GAMA/Build A Plane Aviation Design Challenge. The challenge seeks to promote STEM education through aviation in high schools across the United States.
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