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FAA meets Internet: Ruling on GA limits the sharing economy
San Jose Mercury News
After the Model T hit the streets, many local governments banned "horseless carriages" from their towns. It's unfortunately common for government agencies to obstruct innovation by failing to adapt their rules to new technologies.
While the Internet is changing the way people live, work and travel, the Federal Aviation Administration is obstructing such progress in general aviation.
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Private aircraft still blocked from Cuba
Those dreaming of flying to Cuba in their own aircraft will have to wait for now. Even though the U.S. has liberalized travel restrictions to the island nation and some airlines are gearing up for scheduled service, the virtual ban on flying a private aircraft from the U.S. to Cuba remains in effect. "The rules have not changed for flying your own plane to Cuba," said Jim Parker, a retired U.S. diplomat and pilot who runs Caribbean Flying Adventures.
Rebuilding plane inspires dreams for Minnesota teens
Duluth News Tribune
Grounded and chopped into three parts, an airplane built in 1948 still is fueling the dreams of Northland, Minnesota, teens. The Aeronca Sedan rests in a hangar at the Richard I. Bong Memorial Airport in Superior. Members of the local chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association are partnering with local students to give the craft new life. "Kids seem to hear 'no' so much," said Al White, a member of the nonprofit Duluth/Superior EAA Chapter 272. "We want to give them the idea that if you dream about something, you can do it."
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Carbon monoxide: A hidden killer
By Paul Engstrom, aviation writer and IFA member
Any one of numerous blunders that the pilot of a Piper Cherokee made on a mid-winter night in Minnesota would have been enough to doom his flight. But what ultimately killed him and his passenger was carbon monoxide poisoning. There are good reasons why carbon monoxide deserves a prominent place in the Hall of Blame when it comes to insidious general-aviation hazards.
IFA pilot quiz — Aviation 1sts
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Many firsts stand out in the memories of pilots — the first solo, first cross country flight and first passenger. How many of these firsts can you identify?
1. Even without a pilot's license, who was able to fly, carry passengers, and give flight instruction because he did it before a license was required in the U.S.?
a. Eddie Rickenbacker
2. In 1931, who made the fourth around-the-world flight by aircraft?
b. Charles Lindberg
c. Wiley Post
a. Wiley Post and Harold Getty
Continue the quiz and find out the answers.
b. Charles and Anne Lindbergh
c. Jimmy Doolittle and Roger Williams
Accident Report — Failure to maintain airspeed results in an inadvertent stall and 2 fatalities
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Approximately 1840 central daylight time, a single-engine Cessna 150F airplane was destroyed during impact with terrain following a loss of control while on an approach to the Levelland Municipal Airport (LLN), near Levelland, Texas. The flight instructor and the student pilot receiving instruction were fatally injured. The airplane was registered to a private individual and operated by a Part 141 Flight School. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and a flight plan was not filed for the 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 instructional flight.
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New sleep apnea rules March 2
The FAA will impose new guidance on obstructive sleep apnea to air medical examiners on March 2. The new rules are much different than the controversial 2013 edict that came from then-Chief Flight Surgeon Fred Tilton, which automatically grounded pilots with body mass index of 40 or more. But it does require AMEs to put more emphasis on the disorder during the medical and sets out the potentially costly steps that will follow if they suspect it.
The flight trainer who flunked 9/11 hijackers
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Imagine, for just a moment, you're Rick Garza.
It's right after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and no one wants to fly. The airline industry has been practically grounded — and so are your hopes of ever working in it as a pilot.
You still send out applications, knowing the competition is stiff among a growing pool of qualified, out-of-work pilots.
But you also know that at some point, potential employers are going to look into your background and find out: You were the flight instructor who trained, and then flunked out, two of the 9/11 hijackers.
Man sentenced for pointing laser at police helicopter
A Maryland man pleaded guilty to a federal charge of pointing a laser at a Baltimore County police helicopter in 2014, the Baltimore Sun reported. The helicopter was flying over a high school in September when a green laser beam twice illuminated the cockpit, according to the Sun's report on the court case.
More than a pretty face
The cowling surrounding a reciprocating engine is a sophisticated aerial garbage disposal. Its job is to throw away about $1.50 out of every $6 you spend on avgas.
Gasoline contains more energy per pound than TNT, but engines turn only about a quarter of that energy into useful power. What happens to the rest? It dribbles off as waste heat, to be absorbed by the atmosphere.
Half blows out the exhaust pipe; some of that, however, can be harvested and put to good use by a turbocharger.
Sebring LSA Expo grows
General Aviation News
Florida's sometimes finicky winter weather released its grip midway through the 11th annual U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, allowing the event to hit its stride.
Attendees, and a record number of exhibitors, crammed four days worth of activity into the last two days of the show Jan. 16-17. From preliminary reads, most were happy with the results.
Sebring has developed a reputation as a buyer's show with several Light-Sport Aircraft manufacturers reporting an encouraging sales outlook directly attributable to their participation in the expo.
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