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Inside the cockpit with pilot who landed small plane in the Hudson River
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It was another Miracle on the Hudson. Deniece De Priester successfully landed in the icy river off Yonkers, N.Y., Jan. 27, after the engine of her just-purchased Piper PA-32 stalled in mid-air. "We had no time to re-start it," De Priester, 39, of East Windsor, N.J., said. "I knew I had to land the plane." More

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Finding and fighting fatigue
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Pilot and controller fatigue has been making aviation headlines in recent years, punctuated by the February 2008 incident in which the crew of a regional jet fell asleep at the controls on the way to Hilo, Hawaii. Although it's usually airliner mishaps that make front page news, general aviation pilots are subject to the same fatigue-related risks and potential for disaster.

Fatigue is part of our workaholic American culture, which is known for too much of the wrong food, too little of the right exercise and insufficient or poor quality sleep. Pilots are not immune to developing such bad habits.

Pilot quiz
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1. The number of threshold stripes indicates the width of a runway. A runway 75 feet wide will have how many stripes?
  1. 4
  2. 5
  3. 6
  4. 8
2. On Aug. 7, 1980, an aircraft flew for two miles near Edwards Air Force Base. What was unusual about it?
  1. It was a drone with no pilot.
  2. It had freewheeling rotary blades.
  3. It was powered by pedals.
  4. It was solar powered.
Continue the quiz and find out the answers.

Disorientation brings down Cirrus
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The pilot of a Cirrus SR22 was practicing instrument approaches in night VFR conditions above Bennett, Colo. He was in a right turn and had turned his head to the right to look at some instrumentation when he felt the airplane accelerate. He looked at his flight displays, which indicated he was in an extreme unusual attitude, possibly inverted. More

FAA looking into dangerous stunt at North Texas airport
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VideoBrief A dangerous stunt on a North Texas runway was no accident. It is 19 seconds of adrenaline; 19 seconds that have caught the attention of the Federal Aviation Administration. The online video shows a biplane maneuvering at a high rate of speed past a man on an all-terrain vehicle and a second person holding the camera. More

Pilot hit by New Year's gunfire
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VideoBriefA Florida pilot has uploaded a YouTube video detailing how he was hit by a bullet while flying with his girlfriend over Jacksonville on New Year's Eve. Graham Hill was apparently grazed by what may have been celebratory gunfire as he flew a rented Cessna 172 over the city to view the midnight fireworks display. More

2013 regional General Aviation Awards winners named
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The National General Aviation Awards Committee recently announced this year's regional General Aviation Awards winners. They are all finalists for the national awards. The mission of the General Aviation Awards program is to recognize individual aviation professionals on the local, regional and national levels for their contributions to aviation, education and flight safety. The national judging is currently underway and national winners will be announced not later than March 1. More

Cessna stands behind lithium-ion batteries, plans roll-out on 4 jets after Q2
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Cessna confirms that it intends to requalify lithium-ion batteries during the second quarter of 2013 and make them available to customers buying four of its jet models. The move underlines the jet maker's confidence in lithium-ion power sources amid a fleet-wide grounding of Boeing 787s linked to such batteries and only 15 months after Cessna itself issued an emergency recall of lithium-ion batteries introduced on the CJ4+ Citation Jet. More

Alaska tests new SAR system
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A new search and rescue program called Enhanced Special Reporting Service is being tested in Alaska. The program uses GPS tracking devices in an effort to reduce SAR response times. Pilots on a VFR flight plan using GPS tracking devices such as SPOT and Spidertracks can participate in the program. Additional devices will be included as they become available. More

Innovations: Seeing clearly in the cockpit
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Bill Davis, owner of Airplane Things, noted that it's hard to read a map while flying because of the dim light inside the cockpit. His solution? He created AV-SUN sunglasses, which are made with a gradient tint that fades to clear on the bottom of the lenses, so you have a bright clear view of maps and instruments. More

Fuel projects move forward, but slowly
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While the EPA continues gathering data on lead emissions toward a 2017 deadline on tighter air pollution standards, development to find a 100LL continues apace, although no clear winner is in sight. Meanwhile, the FAA has initially funded a new fuels program oversight office called AIR-20 whose job is to set up certification and testing standards for candidate fuels. AIR-20's work will be funded by a combination of government funds and contributions from private industry. More

Terrafugia flying car handles like a Porsche
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Terrafugia Inc., makers of the Transition flying car, said the long testing process required for Federal Aviation Administration certification is going well, but not necessarily quickly. The company said a number of small problems have slowed its test program, but the snags are minor and not unusual for a new aircraft in development. Tests have also revealed areas where the Transition excels, such as braking. More

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