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In a fight between a pilot and aircraft, sometimes the plane wins
When Mike Adams called from the X-15 that he was in a spin, no one listening on the ground could believe it. The rocket-powered airplane was traveling around four times the speed of sound in the thin upper atmosphere. How could it be spinning?
His wife and mother, both at Edwards that day, were quietly led out of the viewing area adjacent to the control room while ground crews tried to figure out what was going on.
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Calling all frugal pilots: What are your secrets?
General Aviation News
Frugal pilots aren't cheap or unsafe. Their buying and flying decisions are based on getting the greatest value for each aviation dollar spent, not on squeezing every dollar until Washington yelps.
Frugal pilots aren't poor. They may or may not be financially rich, but they do know the significance of money and that a dollar saved wisely can be a dollar spent on more avgas or iPhones or retirement.
Frugal pilots aren't alone.
Preparing for a flight to the top of the world
The Free Lance-Star
The Engaging saga of Bill Harrelson's solo flight around the poles continued to Tahiti and beyond, recently finding him safely in Honolulu and poised for what could be the greatest challenge of all: crossing the Arctic in the winter darkness.
After circling the South Pole on New Year's Eve, the Stafford County, Virginia, pilot was finally able to leave Punta Arenas, Chile.
Laden with fuel in his specially equipped Lancair IV, Harrelson, a retired airline pilot, made it all the way to Tahiti.
You may be paying too much for aircraft insurance
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When the runway becomes an ice rink
By Meredith Saini, reprinted with permission from FAA Aviation News
The Aeronautical Information Manual (AIM) contains guidance (Chapter 4) for pilots on the meaning of braking action reports and advisories. "When available, ATC furnishes pilots the quality of braking action received from pilots or airport management. The quality of braking action is described by the terms 'good,' 'fair,' 'poor,' and 'nil,' or a combination of these terms."
Accident Report — Fuel starvation ends in forced landing — Piper PA 24-250
I Fly America
Approximately 1420 Central Standard Time, a Piper PA-24-250 single-engine airplane was substantially damaged during a forced landing following a loss of engine power during takeoff initial climb from the Pecan Plantation Airport (0TX1), near Granbury, Texas. The commercial pilot, sole occupant of the airplane, was seriously injured. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and a flight plan was not filed for the 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 business flight. The cross-country flight was originating at the time of the accident and was destined for the Grayson County Airport (GYI), near Sherman, Texas.
IFA pilot quiz — Biggest, best
I Fly America
Biggest, best, fastest, first—all adjectives that are used by pilots all the time. Test yourself to see how many of these you can answer correctly.
1. What was the most widely used twin-engine transport in the Pacific Theater during WWII?
a. Cessna Bamboo Bomber
2. What was the most produced U.S. light bomber during WWII?
b. Martin 404
a. Douglas A-20
Continue the quiz and find out the answers.
b. Martin A-26
c. Boeing B-1
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Spirit of St. Louis descends to floor for upkeep
The Associated Press via Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Charles Lindbergh's Spirit of St. Louis, one of the most treasured aircraft at the National Air and Space Museum, has been lowered to the floor for its first conservation treatment in 22 years.
For decades the single-engine aircraft has been suspended from the ceiling and seen from afar. Recently it was carefully lowered to the floor. Now visitors are getting a close look at the historic plane and can better imagine what it must have been like to fly.
A test pilot spins
It's been my good fortune to work and socialize with a number of test pilots during my career. There has been a lot of publicity and hype about test pilots ever since the Montgolfier brothers made the first flight of an aircraft in 1783 — some of it has even been true.
My own perspective is that the very good test pilots tend to be quiet to the point of reticence until they get to know you, have the ability to split a second into more parts than the rest of us — which may explain their quickness of reaction and thought, and have a certain level of confidence in their abilities that comes from having the cockiness of youth knocked out of them by aircraft that made serious attempts to kill them.
Spartan inks deal for 1st 20 Sun Flyers
General Aviation News
Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology has signed a Training Program Development and Deposit Agreement with Aero Electric Aircraft Corp., reserving the first 20 "Sun Flyer" delivery positions.
The deal also includes Spartan helping to develop a complete training system for the "Sun Flyer" solar-electric training aircraft.
Dallas CASA partners with Angel Flight to help volunteers reach clients
The Dallas Morning News
Dallas CASA has a new set of wings.
The nonprofit, which works with children in the Dallas County foster care and court systems, has partnered with Angel Flight, a nonprofit that provides air travel for humanitarian missions.
"We're just now starting to really push this program," said Chad Frymire, a senior supervisor at Dallas CASA. "Right now our staff and volunteers are using it."
CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocate.
Thrush 510G receives EASA Certification
Crop dusters and firefighter pilots in Europe now have a new airplane option as Thrush Aircraft Company has received the sign off from the European Aviation Safety Agency for its Thrush 510G. With a price tag of around $900,000, the turboprop single received FAA certification in 2012 and has also been approved in Canada, Argentina and Brazil.
The airplane is powered by the GE Aviation H80 turboshaft engine, which produces 800 horsepower.
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