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New report examines US airport infrastructure needs
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America's airports will require more than $71 billion worth of essential infrastructure programs over the next five years, according to a recent report. Based upon the survey, the report noted an annual average of $14.3 billion in project funding for both commercial and general aviation airports, which is "significantly higher" than the funding available through passenger facility charges and airport improvement program grants. Taken separately, reliever and general aviation airports would account for $13.4 billion over the survey period. More

Control cable AD coming for Pipers
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Piper Aircraft has confirmed the FAA will issue an airworthiness directive requiring specific inspection, at annual, of the control cable assemblies of tens of thousands of aircraft that are 15 years or older. The AD will affect Cherokee, Saratoga, Lance and Seminole models. It will at first apply to the older aircraft but as each of the remaining aircraft hits its 15th birthday the inspections will become mandatory. More

Fast-tracking certification rules for GA products
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Industry leaders and international regulators are hoping to fast-track a set of recommendations that promise to cut the cost of certifying general aviation products in half and bring new safety products to market sooner. These recommendations are on pace to be finalized within the next few months. The ARC, which recently completed its final meeting, is pushing ahead because FAA officials are eager to get moving on the recommendations. Agency officials want to get a proposal out next year and have a final rule in place by 2016. More

Pilots uninjured after mid-air collision forces landings
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VideoBriefTwo planes made emergency landings the morning of Feb. 1 at Easterwood Airport in College Station, Texas. A two-seat Cessna 152 collided in mid-air with a four-seat Sirrus-22 eight miles southeast of College Station. One plane landed with damage to its cockpit windshield. The other made an emergency landing without one of three wheels. More

Travel discounts available
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Planning any upcoming winter getaways? Don't forget, IFA members receive deep discounts on hotels, vacation condo stays and car rental rates through the IFA Online Travel Booking Service. It's convenient and gives you the ability to check rates and book your hotel, car rental, airfare or condo rental all at the same time. Save big on time and money with IFA's Online Travel Booking Service — your one-stop travel shopping spot. Check rates and availability and make your reservations!

Don't cower from the tower
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The "law of primacy" is one of the early lessons taught to fledgling flight instructors in the FAA's fundamentals of instruction curriculum. That's the formal way of saying that our initial experiences have a powerful influence in forming our lasting view on a given subject or experience. In one admittedly unscientific study, it appears that a pilot's initial operating environment influences his or her long-term view of towered and non-towered airports. More

No tower, no problem at smaller airports
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The airport in Aberdeen, S.D., is one of many in the state that accommodate air travel without a control tower. Of the 73 airports in the state, Sioux Falls and Rapid City are the only cities with air traffic control towers. During cloudy weather, pilots flying in and out of Aberdeen Regional Airport are under the control of the Federal Aviation Administration tower in Minneapolis. As those pilots near Aberdeen, they switch to a radio channel that allows them to communicate with other pilots and people on the ground. More

Warbird gathering set for Topeka during AirVenture
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A non-profit group is organizing what it hopes will be a major warbird event. The Gathering of Warbirds and Legends will be held from Aug. 1-4 at Forbes Field in Topeka, Kan., and is inviting warbird owners and operators to reserve one of 65 "slots" to participate in the event. Slot holders will be invited to take part in a mass formation flight of up to 52 aircraft. More

Pilot quiz
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1. The first person to fly around the world solo was:
  1. Roscoe Turner
  2. Wiley Post
  3. Charles Lindbergh Sir Alan Cobham
2. Charles Lindbergh became a member of the Caterpillar Club March 1925. That event was:
  1. Initiation into White Scarf Society
  2. Having slowest flight time in Cleveland Air Race
  3. Advertisement for furry flight suits for open cockpit planes
  4. Life saved by parachute jump
Continue the quiz and find out the answers.

The new Highlander SuperStol has short takeoff and landing capabilities
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Just Aircraft out of Walhalla, S.C., is delivering a new short takeoff and landing version of its Highlander — the Highlander SuperStol. This new version has a modified wing design and new, beefier landing gear that allows the airplane to fly into short backcountry airstrips. More

Join IFA on Facebook!
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Plane mufflers could relieve some airport neighbors
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If flight schools take to the idea, attaching mufflers to some of their planes could make life more peaceful for residents living near Santa Monica (Calif.) Airport. The city tested a German-made muffler, called QuietFlight, on a Cessna 172 in December and recorded positive results, the Santa Monica Airport Commission learned recently. At its next meeting, the commission will consider asking the City Council to discount landing fees for aircraft that use mufflers. More

General Aviation Caucus meets at Texas Statehouse
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The Texas General Aviation Caucus met for the first time at the end of January. The non-profit organization was formed for the purposes of promoting and protecting general aviation at the state and local level and encouraging careers in general aviation to students throughout Texas. Membership consists of pilots, non pilots, government officials, teachers, airport managers, FBO owners and others. More

6 classic utility aircraft
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If you look back at used airplane values over the past many decades, you'll see an interesting, though hardly surprising, trend: Airplanes that can do a lot go for a premium. It's a good thing to know if you're looking to purchase or sell a plane. Models that are known for being capable go for more in the used market than their otherwise comparable, less capable contemporaries. They're also somewhat more resistant to market downturns. More

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