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Avionics makers, NextGen partner to finance GA modernization
AVweb
Aspen Avionics and FreeFlight Systems have announced partnerships with the $1.5 billion NextGen Equipage Fund's financing program to help general aviation aircraft owners obtain inexpensive financing to meet the ADS-B and other mandated avionics retrofits. With over 150,000 aircraft affected, the NextGen Fund will provide financing at competitive rates backed by loan guarantees and will use proven credit management practices that reduce cost and other barriers to retrofitting the general aviation fleet.
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January 2014: General Aviation's safest month ever?
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January 2014 is shaping up to be one of the safest ever in terms of general aviation fatal accidents and fatalities. Perhaps coincidentally, it was also one of the coldest months in decades. There were four fatal crashes in January, in the United States involving noncommercial piston-powered airplanes, resulting in six fatalities. That's well below the monthly average of 22 fatal crashes and 36 deaths — although accidents do tend to dip in the winter when GA pilots are doing less flying.
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Flying the box: The safety benefit of light helicopter simulators
By Mark Huber
There was a time when only those pilots flying medium or heavy helicopters in the military or the offshore energy sector enjoyed the benefit of simulator training or "flying the box." But when it came to light single or twin-engine helo pilots — including those flying EMS — you earned your training spurs in the cockpit. Not anymore. Increasingly more manufacturers, training providers and operators are seeing the benefit of light helicopter simulator training.
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Aircraft Certification 101
By Steve Thompson
Reprinted with permission from FAA Aviation News
Chances are you have heard the term "FAA certified" many times. After all, one of FAA's key roles is certifying people, organizations, and equipment to provide a safe National Airspace System. However, the word "certified" can have various meanings, depending on the context. For one, you likely remember some of the checks you went through to get your latest medical certificate. Or, you undoubtedly recall the exhilaration you experienced the day you completed your check ride and earned your pilot certificate. But, you may not be as familiar with FAA's certification of aircraft and how it affects you.

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IFA pilot quiz — The experts speak
I Fly America
What is aviation going to be like in ten years? Before you make a prediction, take this quiz. Some prominent people have spoken out in the past and were absolutely wrong. These quotes are from a fascinating book of errors called "The Experts Speak." See if you can guess who made these totally inaccurate predictions.

1. "Man will not fly for 50 years." Said in 1901 by:
    a. Henry Ford
    b. Wilbur Wright
    c. Theodore Roosevelt
2. "Airplanes will be used in sport. But they are not to be thought of as commercial carriers." Said in 1904 by:
    a. Octave Chanute
    b. Thomas Edison
    c. Glenn Curtiss
Continue the quiz and find out the answers.

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Australian teenager flies plane when pilot passes out after take-off
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Troy Jenkins, 19, was forced to take control of a plane for around 45 minutes when the pilot passed out. Jenkins had to take charge after Derek Neville, 61, lost consciousness in the...

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Pilot safely lands small plane in Texas field after losing its single propeller
New York Daily News
No propeller, no problem. Jack Barnett, a 79-year-old pilot, crash landed a small plane in a Texas field after it lost its single propeller dusted off the miraculous feat as "just one of those things"...

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4 historic aircraft to visit florida airport
Bradenton Herald
A trio of historic World War II airplanes, plus another that predates American combat in the war by more than a decade, will wing it to Florida's Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport for a stopover and aviation buffs...

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FAA issues statement on improving general aviation safety
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FAA Administrator Michael Huerta met with general aviation leaders to discuss improving safety. There were 259 fatal accidents in 2013 with 449 total lives lost. That represents virtually flat numbers over the past six years, though the nature of accidents is changing. For example, accidents attributed to controlled flight into terrain are down by half in the past three years — perhaps a sign that more widespread terrain-awareness technology is proving effective.
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King Air, big customer base were main drivers in Cessna parent Textron's Beechcraft buy
AINonline
In one of the biggest consolidations in the business aviation industry since Bombardier Aerospace combined Canadair, Learjet, de Havilland and Short Brothers in the late 1980s and early 1990s, Cessna Aircraft parent Textron announced that it will acquire Beech Holdings LLC. — the parent of Beechcraft Corp. — for approximately $1.4 billion in cash. The deal is expected to close by the middle of this year.
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New Blackhawk turbine engine
The Snohomish Times
Skydive Snohomish — voted Washington's No. 1 voted skydiving center — is pleased to announce the installation of a new Blackhawk turbine engine in their Cessna 208 Grand Caravan skydiving plane. The new engine produces 850 horsepower — an increase of approximately 26 percent over the stock engine — and results in climbs to the 13,000-foot exit altitude at 1,500 feet per minute.
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ADS-B solutions increasingly available for business aircraft
AINonline
Pilots all over the world are probably sick of hearing that "ADS-B is coming," but the fact is that some countries already require ADS-B capability, and other countries' deadlines are rapidly approaching. ADS-B equipage needs to remain prominent in pilots' consciousness because avionics shops need time to certify ADS-B out installations and time to complete the installations.
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The year Cessna lost its biz jet delivery crown
Wichita Business Journal
Most years, if asked which company delivered the most business jets, the right answer would be Cessna Aircraft Co. But that changed in 2013. Using company-announced delivery totals and going back over historical delivery data from the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, the numbers show that Bombardier Aerospace and Gulfstream both recorded higher delivery numbers last year.
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