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The propellers roared and the helicopter circled the sky, steadying itself as it began its descent. A crowd of children leaning over the fence let out a collective gasp.
Santa was coming to town — rather, he was flying into Maryland's College Park Airport on a Prince George's County Police Department helicopter. He stepped out of the cockpit clad in his traditional red coat and hat, waving and giving high fives.
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Air races need a long-range plan to ensure event's future
The National Championship Air Races will go on as planned in September, thanks to a show of support from Nevada's Reno-Sparks community and around the world.
That's a testament to the popularity of the event, as well as its importance to Northern Nevada as casino gambling continues its spread throughout California and other states looking for an easy way to increase tax revenue. It's also a testament to the hard work of the Reno Air Racing Association board and staff.
Liberty University opens aviation school in Virginia
Hampton Roads Daily Press
Recently, there was an exciting day for Scott Burnside.
The retired U.S. Navy flight engineer attended an open house at Liberty University's new School of Aeronautics and Freedom Aviation flight training center at Virginia's Newport News-Williamsburg International Airport.
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Medicating and aviating
By Paul Engstrom, aviation writer and IFA member
Imagine a master list that shows all of the medicines you could take and still fly safely. Wouldn't that cure a lot of doubts! Or would it? Actually, there's a good reason why such a list doesn't exist — at the Federal Aviation Administration or elsewhere — and probably never will.
Given countless medical conditions, the hundreds of prescription and over-the-counter drugs now available, and the array and intensity of drug side effects that people experience, it's almost impossible to say which medications are absolutely safe for any given pilot. Even in one person, side effects can vary under different circumstances.
IFA pilot quiz — Communication acronyms
I Fly America
Communications of all types today use acronyms, but nowhere is this more prevalent than in aviation. The list of abbreviations and acronyms in the Aeronautical Information Manual takes up several pages. How is your knowledge of FAA language?
a. Transponder Landing System
b. Terminal Lighting System
c. Technical Localizer System
a. Standard Operation Instrument Approach
Continue the quiz and find out the answers.
b. Sequenced Omni Instrument Approaches
c. Simultaneous Offset Instrument Approaches
Airport observation decks around the world
The Kansas City Star
According to author George Hobica: When I was a little boy, I begged and pleaded with my dad to bring me to Boston's Logan Airport to watch planes land, take off and move about the runways and taxiways. Maybe you did, too. That was in the 1960s when outdoor observation decks were common at airports.
Quicksilver completes flight testing for new special light-sport aircraft
Quicksilver Aeronautics via Aviation Pros
Quicksilver Aeronautics announced it has completed the entire flight test regimen required to comply with ASTM industry consensus standards that the company expects will lead to FAA acceptance. With an FAA audit occurring soon, Quicksilver would love to unwrap a very special present by getting approval from the agency. Quicksilver has produced more than 15,000 kit-built aircraft since the early 1970s; this will be their first special light-sport aircraft.
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Proof that 3-D printing will change aviation forever
The Motley Fool
General Electric recently held a contest for the online engineering community to help solve one of its biggest aviation challenges and knocked it out of the park. The aviation giant asked "makers," or do-it-yourselfers with engineering experience, to take a conventionally manufactured metal jet engine loading bracket and reimagine it for 3-D metal printing manufacturing to achieve a lighter weight, but still maintain its strength. The community response was outstanding — nearly 700 designs were submitted from 56 countries.
Upgraded private aviation facility debuts in New York area
Life is good for New York's jet-set crowd, and it's only getting better, thanks to the newly unveiled terminal upgrade for Signature Flight Support — the world's largest operator of private-aviation facilities. The revamped space — set in Newark Liberty International Airport — proposes a modern, convenient and flexible facility for travelers to and from the New York City area.
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