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I learned about flying from that: Locked controls
FLYING
According to author Steven Sokol: It was a clear but chilly January morning when I arrived at Madison County Executive in Huntsville, Alabama, to return home after my first "real" cross-country flight. Three days earlier I had made the 462 nm journey from my home airport in Liberty, Missouri, to Huntsville. At this point I had roughly 95 hours in my 1977 Cherokee 140 and was thrilled to put my new ticket to use for something that was both practical and fun.
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Is [your invention here] the future of aviation?
Air & Space Magazine
The first Boeing 737 was rolled out in 1965, and after a few major modifications, it became the popular 737-200. Its replacement was another variant, now called "classic" 737s, the first of which flew in 1984. The replacement for those rolled out in 1996, and was dubbed 737 Next Generation. Now the first of those aircraft are reaching the end of their service lives, and Boeing needs a replacement. The company's solution, scheduled to enter service in 2017, is another new 737 model, the "MAX."
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On thin ice: A little frost won't hurt ... Or will it?
By Paul Pellicano
Reprinted with permission from FAA Aviation News Magazine
It's a cold and clear winter weekend morning. Your airplane needs exercise. You don’t have a lot of time — plenty of chores to do back home — but you are eager to oblige before the next round of winter storms keeps you both bound to the ground. You eagerly walk across the ramp, anticipating the freedom of the sky and the higher performance you expect in the colder and "thicker" winter air. Uh-oh. Your eye catches the glimmer of sunlight reflecting off your faithful flying machine, but you know that glint isn't coming from a clean or freshly waxed airplane. Rather, it is coming from sunlight shining on the layer of frost covering nearly every exposed surface of the airplane.

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IFA pilot quiz — 1st, biggest, best
I Fly America
Aviation has many firsts, biggest, and bests. How many of these can you answer?

1. What is the altitude record for gas balloons?
    a. 28,412 meters
    b. 31,682 meters
    c. 34,668 meters
2. What is the record for distance flown by a helicopter without landing?
    a. 854.82 kilometers
    b. 1,412.4 kilometers
    c. 3,561.55 kilometers
Continue the quiz and find out the answers.

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Accident report — Short field takeoff fails — Cessna 210a
I Fly America
A Cessna T210M veered off the runway and overturned during departure from Cliff Dwellers Lodge airstrip near Marble Canyon, Arizona. The private pilot and one passenger sustained minor injuries; the airplane sustained substantial damage. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan had been filed.
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California flying club named to Top 10 flight schools list
General Aviation News
When Bakersfield Flying Club president Bill Woodbury learned that the club had been named as a top tier American flight school, he was shocked for two reasons: First, he never thought of his club as a flight school and, second, his group had never sought such notoriety. "Of course I was pleased and honored to learn of our recognition," said Woodbury, "but to say I was surprised is an understatement."
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'Know Before You Fly' campaign clarifies UAS Ops
FLYING
With an increasing number of UAS incidents including several reports of close calls with airplanes, the UAS industry has worked with the FAA to come up with a campaign that sheds some light on how drone operations can and should be conducted in order to maximize safety in the sky. Named "Know Before You Fly," the campaign was spearheaded by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, the Academy of Model Aeronautics and the Small UAV Coalition.
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Flying in Ireland
General Aviation News
There's one odd thing any American pilot realizes after a day or two in Ireland: There's a real shortage of airplane noise. Wander the Emerald Isle's spectacular byways, vibrant towns and magnificent coasts, even for a fortnight, as I did recently, and it's unlikely you'll see a single airplane smaller than an airliner. General aviation, as we know it, seems as rare as hen's teeth. Paved and towered airports are just about the exclusive domain of scheduled airliners.
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