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Lawmakers settle FAA dispute
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Congressional leaders resolved a bitter labor dispute that has held up long-term funding for the Federal Aviation Administration, leading to almost 4,000 federal workers being furloughed last summer and jeopardizing the timeline for a $40 billion overhaul of the nation's aviation system. After 22 temporary funding extensions since the last FAA bill expired in 2007, House and Senate leaders reached a compromise on a ruling that made it easier for unions to organize airline staff. More

Snow, ice, terrain all spell trouble for pilot
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A Beech K35 was substantially damaged when it collided with terrain during initial climb following takeoff from Fillmore Airport, Fillmore, Utah. The private pilot and three passengers were not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the business cross-country flight. The intended destination was St. George, Utah. More

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LightSquared says GPS testing 'rigged'
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LightSquared, the company that’s seeking final FCC approval to build a nationwide 4G wireless network, claims that recent government testing showing its service interferes with GPS signals was "rigged." The tests, carried out by Air Force Space Command on behalf of the government's Space-Based Positioning, Navigation, and Timing Executive Committee, concluded that the LightSquared's proposed service, which uses a satellite frequency band adjacent to GPS frequencies, raises "serious concerns" because of its potential to block out GPS signals. Recent FAA testing came to the same conclusion. More

Pilot's strict schedule and use of emergency equipment keys to survival
The Canadian Press via Global BC    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Rescuers in British Columbia are praising the pilot of a small plane for decisions they say helped make a difficult and dangerous rescue a little easier. Canadian Forces Search and Rescue pilot Capt. John Edwards says the pilot of the Cessna 210 was using a flight tracker system which requires routine radio check-in. When the single-engine plane with four people aboard missed one of those checks, a local search began almost immediately. More

A midair courtship: Tuskegee's historic love story
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Herbert Carter and Mildred Hemmons had no time for dating in the early months of 1942. He was training to become a member of the Tuskegee Airmen, the nation's first military program for African-American pilots. At 18, she'd become the first black woman in Alabama to earn a pilot's license. Flying provided a rare opportunity to see each other. They'd pick a time to meet. Their rendezvous point: 3,000 feet above a bridge at Lake Martin, 25 miles away. He'd be flying a repaired AT6 trainer. She'd be in a much slower Piper J-3 Cub. More

Plane makes emergency landing on beach
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VideoBriefA pilot and his dog walked away without a scratch after landing a small plane with engine problems on Atlantic Beach in Florida, on the afternoon of Jan. 18. A witness said that the pilot said he took off from Craig Airport in Jacksonville, Fla., and thinks there was a fuel contamination problem that caused the engine to sputter, so he put the single-engine Mooney M20F down on the sand. More

Colorado school program would teach students to fly
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Colorado's Aspen School District is considering a new program that would teach students to fly airplanes as part of their math and science curriculum. It would be modeled after a popular class that's been in New Mexico schools since 2005. It was started there by flight instructor Greg Roark, who is the husband of the assistant superintendent of the Aspen School District and now lives here. The program allowed students to earn their pilots' licenses and eventually fly solo, while pairing flight time with classroom lessons on aerodynamics and applied mathematics. More

Controller nearly caused midair collision
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An air traffic controller with a history of disciplinary problems nearly caused a midair collision between a regional airliner and a small plane last year, the National Transportation Safety Board said. A regional jet operated by ExpressJet and a single-engine Cessna came within 300 feet of colliding after they were cleared to take off on intersecting runways at Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport in Mississippi on June 19, according to NTSB officials and documents released by the board. There were 53 passengers and crew aboard the regional jet, an Embraer ER145. A student pilot, accompanied by a flight instructor, was flying the Cessna 172. More

North Carolina airport hopes to attract tenants with rebate program
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The Davidson County Airport Authority is offering a new fuel rebate to tenants at the Davidson County Airport in Lexington, N.C. The program will be tracked by the airport's FBO operator, Fly High Lexington and is based on annual fuel consumption. "Basically, the more fuel a base tenant pumps during the year, the higher the rebate," says Karel Van Der Linden, owner and director of Fly High Lexington. An aircraft with a tax value of $2 million, for example, could get a maximum rebate of $6,000 if it meets the highest level of volume required. More

Washington state teen becomes youngest sport pilot in nation
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Zach Sweetser, the 17-year-old from Redmond, Wash., became the youngest to ever earn a certified sport pilot's license, having taken the test on Dec. 23. The minimum age to become sport pilot-certified in the United States is currently 17. Sweetser flew in a powered parachute for the exam, one of six qualified types of aircraft including gliders, gyroplanes and airships. He said he hopes to use his recent accomplishment as a steppingstone to a career in aviation. More

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