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Ohio man flew gliders during WWII
Fremont News Messenger
John McConnell was a senior at Ohio's Green Springs High School when the Japanese invaded Pearl Harbor in 1941. When he graduated the following spring, he joined the forces fighting the enemy by enlisting in the Army Air Corps. That decision gave him the opportunity to do what few other soldiers have done — fly gliders. During World War II, the engineless gliders were used to stealthily transport troops and equipment into war zones. The gliders were towed into the air by plane and released near the target zone.
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Whether a refurb?
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Not surprisingly, as the rate of price increases for new airplanes left the rate of inflation in the dust, the business of giving new life to aging airplanes became a growth industry. The last 20 years has shown that there is a demand for general aviation airplanes, however, that demand has also been shown to be price elastic. As prices have shot up, deliveries have fallen. A new, glass Cessna T206 costs north of $600,000. A good-condition 206, with decent IFR avionics, built a year or two prior to the 1987 production hiatus can be picked up for under $200,000.
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OSHA orders air methods to reinstate whistleblower pilot
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In a decision that is sure to evoke emotional responses from observers on all sides of the political and aviation spectrum, OSHA announced in a press release that it has reinstated a pilot who refused to fly a medevac flight for his employer, Air Methods, because the helicopter's ELT was faulty. The agency said that Air Methods fired the pilot days later, on Aug. 5, 2013, in retaliation for the decision, which the regulators deemed a violation of a federal whistleblower law.
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Winter icing conditions
By Patricia Mattson, Reprinted with permission from FAA Aviation News
Since it is still winter, I suppose the first thing 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. I have seen pilots take a broom or a rag and 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.
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Accident Report — Lost engine, lost control — Cessna 320D
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Approximately 1700 Mountain Daylight Time, a Cessna 320-D twin-engine airplane was destroyed when it impacted the airport ramp following a loss of control during takeoff initial climb from runway 26L at the El Paso International Airport (ELP), El Paso, Texas. The private pilot, who was the sole occupant, was seriously injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and a visual flight plan was filed for the Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. The cross-country flight was originating at the time of the accident and was destined for Roswell, New Mexico.
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Veteran pilot safely lands plane on its 'belly'
The Missourian
Veteran Lonedell pilot Allen Berkbiegler said Thursday afternoon's emergency landing at Sullivan Airport was "really no big deal," even though he had no rear gear to assist him. The 22-year pilot made a safe but hard landing and escaped uninjured. The plane also sustained only minor damage. "It was just like a hard landing, really no big deal," Berkbiegler told The Missourian shortly after the incident. "It ended up fine."
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Flytenow sues FAA over ride-sharing decision
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Flytenow, the Uber-style flight-sharing service that the FAA shut down last year for allegedly acting as a de facto conduit for illegal air charter activity, has filed a federal lawsuit seeking to overturn the decision. Flytenow's website lets private pilots post upcoming trips that travelers can then arrange to ride along on provided they help pay for the fuel and other expenses. Under FAA cost-sharing rules established many decades ago, the practice is perfectly legal — until you try to use a website to make such arrangements, that is.
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Bearhawk LSA to make Sebring debut
General Aviation News
The Bearhawk Aircraft LSA will make a first-time visit to the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, Florida. The aircraft is the first Bearhawk LSA to be completed from a Quick Build kit. It will be on static display at the show and demonstration flights will be available. Bearhawk Aircraft owner Mark Goldberg completed the first Bearhawk LSA as a Quick Build kit.
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Lightspeed introduces Flight Bag line
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Headset maker Lightspeed is making the jump into the aviation flight gear market with the launch of the new Lightspeed Aviation Adventure Flight Bag collection. The company says the high-end bags, one made of full-grain South American cowhide, and another of ballistic polyester with full grain cowhide accents, are designed for the "modern pilot." Each incorporates features like purpose-built pockets for headsets, iPads, portable cameras, transceivers, and water bottles, as well as rugged, but wing-friendly, textured PVC bottoms.
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