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Flying in winter can be rewarding
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Winter can be a challenge for people to continue in many of the activities they would usually enjoy during the rest of the year. However, flying general aircraft is not one of them. One of the main reasons for why winter flying is so rewarding is the stability of the air. In the cold, the air becomes less dense as the temperature increases. More

Despite small improvements, GA safety record continues to be bad
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Is there anything we can do about safety in general aviation? The record has improved slightly — at least it appears to have improved. There are slightly fewer accidents and fatalities. But the question is: Is the apparent small improvement in safety the result of our efforts or some other phenomena that are related to accidents in some way that's not well understood? More

Fiscal deal a boost for biofuels
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Incentives for biofuel development in the new "fiscal cliff" bill — also known as the "American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012" — could help the industry to move forward in 2013, advocates say. According to the Renewable Fuels Association, provisions in the bill should lead to "a year of growth and milestones for the advanced ethanol industry." More

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Trainee pilot safely lands plane with missing wheel at Australian airport
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VideoBriefDrama struck when one of the three wheels on the 21-year-old student pilot's single-engine Piper Warrior fell off soon after take-off at Mangalore Airport, near Melbourne, Australia. The pilot, flying solo, was forced to circle the airport for five hours to burn off fuel, before attempting to land. More

Raisbeck and Hartzell unveil new King Air props
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Seattle-based performance modification specialist Raisbeck Engineering and Hartzell Propeller have unveiled a new swept-blade propeller for the Hawker Beechcraft King Air series. The companies describe it as the first business aviation turbine propeller using practical swept-wing theory as an integral part of its design. More

Winter icing conditions
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Because it is still winter, one of the first things we think of is airframe icing. We beat this subject to death each winter and still folks go out and fly in conditions where icing can occur. How much ice on the airframe is safe for takeoff? The answer is none. Some pilots have used a broom or a rag to try to wipe off frost and ice before flight. That really doesn't work. The only real way to keep ice from accumulating is either cover the wings, deice or hangar the aircraft. More

Jeppesen connects mobile devices with panel-mounted avionics
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Jeppesen now offers route planning capabilities that can be transferred between mobile devices and installed avionics to improve data access for general aviation pilots. The new route planning solution synchronizes smart-enabled devices with certified panel-mount avionics through the Aspen Avionics Connected Panel communication network. More

FAA certifies Garmin Dual-Band ADS-B unit
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Still confused about whether you'll need an ADS-B receiver that's capable of operating in the 978-MHz UAT or the 1090 MHz frequency band? Garmin is making that discussion more or less moot for the vast majority of us with the introduction of the GDL 88, the first FAA-certified ADS-B receiver capable of receiving both frequency bands. More

Enhanced Vision System 'turns night into day' for pilots
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A real-time infrared Enhanced Vision System by Astronics, called the Max-Viz-600, is a night vision device that helps pilots see better at night or in bad weather conditions. It can help pilots see livestock in a field or wildlife or aircraft on a runway or taxiway. It can show the top of a mountain, section lines for roads or an unlit landing strip. It also provides additional situational awareness for pilots of Cessna 172, 182 and 206 single-engine aircraft. More

Pilot quiz: Aviation firsts
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Charles Lindbergh was the first to fly solo across the Atlantic but there are many others firsts that are not so well known. Test your knowledge of aviation history with these 10 questions.

1. The first west-to-east flight was from Los Angeles to Jacksonville and took four months to complete. In what year was it made?
  1. 1906
  2. 1912
  3. 1914
2. Wilbur Wright made the first airplane flight that lasted longer than 30 minutes. He made it in what year?
  1. 1905
  2. 1907
  3. 1908
Continue the quiz and find out the answers.

The Coming SocialFlight revolution?
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The fresh bloom of interactive applications available on portable devices today is changing how pilots fly. But if has its way it may also be changing why you fly — and for all the right reasons. SocialFlight's creators have lofty goals. They aim to improve your business connections, your social life, your flying life and ultimately drive sustainability — if not growth — in the statistically shrinking GA segment, all free of charge. More

Brothers make emergency landing on Tennessee highway
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Two brothers, flying in a small airplane, had to land on a Tennessee interstate highway when the engine developed a problem. Trevor Prather and his brother, Nathaniel, were about eight miles from the Fayette County Airport when the problem developed. Air traffic controllers told Trevor to try gliding to the airport, but the plane didn't have enough altitude. More

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