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House introduces Pilot's Bill of Rights
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Following Sen. James Inhofe's, R.-Okla., introduction of a Pilot's Bill of Rights last summer, House representatives have now proposed similar legislation aimed at strengthening safeguards for general aviation pilots. The new bill would, like the one introduced in the Senate, require the FAA to not only notify pilots under investigation about the charges and evidence against them in sufficient time before proceedings, but to inform them of what future actions can and can't be used against them. The bill would also strengthen the appeal process for pilots facing infractions in an attempt to improve current procedures that many allege do not give sufficient and fair review to aviators. More

Governors oppose user fee for general aviation
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In a letter to President Barack Obama's administration, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin voiced her opposition to a proposed user fee on general aviation aircraft. The Alliance for Aviation Across America publicized letters from Fallin and New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch supporting the general aviation industry and opposing the proposed tax. Placing a new tax burden on this segment of the economy will do more harm than good and put thousands of jobs at risk, according to Fallin. More

Americans show support for general aviation
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The online petition has received 1,000 signatures. Citizens from across the United States have spoken out against President Barack Obama's proposed $100-per-flight charge on general aviation aircraft. The goal of the site is to reach 5,000 signatures. More than two dozen petition-signers have also shared their personal stories of how general aviation impacts their lives, families, communities and the economy. The website is paid for by U.S. Representative Mike Pompeo's campaign fund and is intended to communicate directly to President Obama that he is hurting American jobs with the proposal. More

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Can flight simulator practice on your home computer teach you to fly a real plane?
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Can flight simulator practice on your home computer teach you to fly a real plane? Sort of. Flight simulation software gives hobbyists a highly accurate idea of the layout of airplane cockpits and controls. Many enthusiasts attach control sticks and rudder pedals to their computers and spend hours flying to and from the programs' simulations of actual airports, complete with portrayals of real runways and airport buildings. The rub is that real aircraft are different from planes on the computer screen. More

Hero controller puts spotlight on aviation 'saves'
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VideoBriefAs Charlie Rohrer sat in a class on how to recognize the symptoms of hypoxia last May, he had no way of knowing that what he was learning that day would soon be put to the test along with the rest of his 22 years of experience as an air traffic controller. While working his shift at the Denver Air Route Traffic Control Center a week after taking the hypoxia class, Rohrer believed the pilot of a plane in his airspace was suffering from the incapacitating condition — also known as altitude sickness — which occurs when the body is deprived of oxygen. More

Flight4Lives: Couple flies to raise awareness for organ donation
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Just a few years ago, Chris McLaughlin wasn't sure whether he was going to live or not. Just a few weeks ago, he and his wife, Corrine, launched on an epic journey, flying from Cape Cod, Mass., to Cape Horn, Chile, in their Cessna Skyhawk. The flight, dubbed Flight4Lives, is designed to raise awareness of about organ transplants. More

Pilot struck in head by propeller dies
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A private pilot was killed when the spinning propeller of a light plane hit him in the head on a taxiway at Gillespie Field in El Cajon, Calif. Tom Hannawa, owner of American Aviation Academy told 10News, "My flight instructor saw an individual grab the blade with both hands and initiated a motion downward. When he did that, the engine apparently caught and the rising propeller coming up struck the individual on the top of the head." More

You may be paying too much for aircraft insurance
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Civil Air Patrol soaring for 70 years
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There is something fascinating about the sky and, in turn, flight. Whether you’re 5 or 65, the dream of soaring through the air as the pilot of your own plane is a thought for many, a reality for few, but nothing is impossible. Offering those exact flying opportunities for people of all ages, the Civil Air Patrol is an organization that allows folks to soar to new heights. Founded on Dec. 1, 1941, by aviation enthusiasts and private pilots willing to donate their time to protect the coastline, CAPS has a membership of 60,000 nationwide. More

Humpback whale secret may help helicopters fly faster
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Helicopters can deliver military troops or rescue the wounded in tight spaces, but their rotating blade design also puts a hard limit on their speed and maneuverability. Now researchers have begun flight-testing an unlikely fix inspired by the underwater ballet of humpback whales. The potentially cheap solution uses small bumps along the front edge of the helicopter blades similar to bumps found on the large pectoral fins of humpback whales. Such bumps give an aerodynamic edge that delays the moment of "stalling" when there's not enough lift to keep the whale from sinking — or a helicopter from stalling out at top speeds. More

Million Air operating without a business license
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Million Air San Bernardino, a luxury general aviation hub at San Bernardino International Airport in California, has been operating without an active business license with the city since April 30. A.J. Wilson, the interim executive director of the San Bernardino International Airport Authority, said the business should expect to get a 30-day notice shortly warning the company that it is violating its lease by not having a license. More

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