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Study: Wind farms could endanger small aircraft
The Kansas City Star
Wind energy doesn't contribute to greenhouse gases or release pollutants into the air, but the growing popularity of turbine farms could be hazardous for small aircraft. That's the conclusion of a study done by the University of Kansas for the Kansas Department of Transportation. "These turbines can set up a circular vortex that can roll a plane if it gets in there," said Tom Mulinazzi, a KU professor of civil, environmental and architectural engineering.
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Answers for high fuel prices at California airport
Tracy Press
According to author Sam Matthews: A number of Tracy, Calif., private-plane pilots expressed frustration with what they consider the high cost of aviation fuel at Tracy Municipal Airport compared with prices at nearby airports. I emailed Steve Stuhmer, president of Turlock Air Center, which operates the fuel service at the airport under contract with the city of Tracy.
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Wheels Up CEO one of Kansas aviation's biggest customers, supporters
The Wichita Eagle
Kenny Dichter is the founder and CEO of New York-based Wheels Up, a membership-based aviation company serving private business aircraft passengers. Five months into the business, Dichter already is one of Wichita's biggest customers of business aircraft — if not its biggest current customer.
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Winter icing conditions
I Fly America
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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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. ...

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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...

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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...

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FAA requires name change for Illinois regional airport
Lake County News-Sun
Roadside signs around Lake County, Ill., still refer to it as Waukegan Regional Airport, but a new welcome sign reflects the facility's official new federal designation as Waukegan National Airport. The Federal Aviation Administration classification reflects that not only does general-aviation aircraft fly around Lake County after leaving Waukegan, but jet traffic starts international travel from its 6,000-foot main runway.
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Beechcraft-Cessna combo a win-win for 2 icons and BizAv
Forbes
The business aviation segments slammed the hardest in the financial crisis of 2008-2009 have been slow to recover. Except for higher-end models, such as the Gulfstream G650, the outlook for the sector as a whole still looks sluggish. Encouraging developments have been few and far between, but Textron Inc.'s proposed purchase of Beechcraft certainly qualifies on several levels.
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Pilot recreates historic 8,000-mile solo flight in a 1940s plane
Daily Mail
An intrepid pilot almost became hypothermic during an 8,000-mile solo flight in a 1940s biplane. The severe European winter weather proved a challenge for Tracey Curtis-Taylor during her eight-week adventure from Cape Town, South Africa, to Goodwood, U.K. Curtis-Taylor, 51, finally realized her dream of recreating the pioneering 1928 flight of Lady Mary Heath who made history by becoming the first person to fly alone across Africa.
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