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Why does Amelia Earhart still resonate in the 21st Century?
The Huffington Post
When an acknowledged media star disappears off the face of the earth, public speculation will run wild. Jan. 11 is the 79th anniversary of the first solo flight from Hawaii to the U.S. mainland, and Amelia Earhart was the pilot of that 1935 flight. Few people know of this aeronautical milestone but mention Earhart's name and most everyone perks up; yes, they know who she is, and they probably have an opinion on how or why she disappeared on her 1937 round-the-world flight.
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Cessna survives midair collision with geese
WLS-TV
It was a terrifying plane ride for two Illinois men after a goose struck their small plane after takeoff, and the entire incident was captured on video. It was just a small bird weighing no more than a couple pounds, but Keith Baird says he considers himself lucky to have survived after the goose collided with his plane a couple days after Christmas.
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Retired pilot, flight instructor receives FAA pilot award
Winston-Salem Journal
Charles W. Plitt, 67, was a teenager when he started flying solo. A native of Winston-Salem, N.C., Plitt graduated from Reynolds High School. In 1964, he joined Piedmont Aviation where he was a flight instructor, then a charter pilot. He moved away from Winston-Salem in 1967 to work for Eastern Airlines as a pilot. He retired as a pilot from American Airlines in 2003. He served in the Marine Corps Reserve from 1965 to 1971.
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Safety 1st: Watch out for winter
By Patricia Mattison
Article reprinted with permission of FAA Aviation News
For some of us, winter is a time of snow, sleet, ice and other assorted bad weather. Occasionally there is a rare clear day that tantalizes even the most recalcitrant pilot to fly away winter boredom. However, weather can quickly change to cloudy skies followed closely by snow and low visibility.

A reduction in visibility can happen rapidly or slowly and insidiously. A rapid reduction in visibility usually can be handled by a 180 degree turn to return to the departure airport. Slowly deteriorating visibility is the most hazardous. Thinking that visibility will improve as the flight progresses, the pilot continues to fly on towards the intended destination. Expecting to see an improvement, a pilot may continue until all hope of a course reversal is lost.

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IFA pilot quiz — Aircraft of U.S. Presidents
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Air Force One is a well-known call sign, but what do you know about the President's airplane and the travels of U.S. Presidents? Try this quiz to find out.

1. In the mid-1950s, Air Force One became the call sign for any airplane carrying the U.S. President. Why was this chosen?
    a. The U.S. Air Force always used its newest transport airplane to carry the President
    b. An airplane carrying the President had a call sign ending in the same numbers as an Eastern Airlines flight when on a similar route and this caused the pilot to be concerned about possible confusion by air traffic control
    c. The Air Force was separated from the Army to become an independent arm of military and punsters thought the call sign would seem to many "Air Force WON."
2. What is the call sign of the helicopter when carrying the President from the White House to Andrews Air Force base?
    a. Marine One
    b. Helicopter One
    c. Air Force One
Continue the quiz and find out the answers.

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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...


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WWII pilot who flew through Eiffel Tower dies
WND
In the spring of 1944, William Overstreet Jr. was flying his P-51C fighter plane over the skies of Nazi-occupied Paris, hot on the tail of a German Messerschmitt Bf 109G. The World War II dogfight was going Overstreet's...

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Aviator shares experiences as Zonta honors Amelia Earhart
Beloit Daily News
For those interested in a career in aviation, available jobs are plentiful. So says pilot, instructor and flight school owner Betty Abraham. Abraham, who owns and operates Flymax in Monroe, Wis., was the guest speaker at a program sponsored by the Beloit Zonta Club's Amelia Earhart Committee. Abraham, 52, told about her own background and how she came to be interested in aviation at the age of 41.
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Colorado woman ends distinguished career as Air Force pilot
The Greeley Tribune
The Kreitler sisters grew up in Greeley, Co., with a father who was a private pilot, and each claimed they would all become pilots. But of the four girls, only one pursued a career in the air. Laura Kreitler, an Air Force lieutenant colonel, was surrounded by her three sisters, parents, family, friends and fellow airmen at McChord Field to celebrate her 24-year career at her retirement ceremony.
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Vital Flight takes kids above the clouds
Broward Sun Sentinel
For some children, one trip to the clouds can melt the stresses of the world away. Children with special needs who live in Florida's Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties are invited to soar 1,500 feet above the ground as part of Vital Flight's "A Special Day for Special Kids" event held at the Boca Raton airport. "Our passion is flying, our mission is helping people," said Jonathan Steiner, a pilot and secretary of the board of Vital Flight.
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Pilot's training key to preventing serious accidents
KKCO-TV
Collin Fay is a pilot and flight instructor at the Colorado Flight Center in Grand Junction. As the National Transportation Safety Board continues to investigate what caused a recent private jet in Aspen to go down, Fay cannot say what caused the deadly plane crash. What he will say is making sure a pilot is properly trained is the best safety measure anyone can take.
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