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Congress approves long-term FAA funding bill
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After more than four years of delays and almost two-dozen stopgap extensions, Congress on Feb. 6 approved a long-term Federal Aviation Administration funding bill that will lead to major upgrades of the nation's decades-old air traffic control system and other safety measures. "This agreement is going to provide a lot of stability to the FAA," Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee Chairman John D. Rockefeller IV said. "This bill is going to make the air transportation system safer than ever before." The measure now moves to the White House, where President Barack Obama is expected to sign it. More

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Winter flight safety
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In preparing for winter flights, all pilots should remember what survival experts have said for years. Pilots should always carry a survival kit appropriate to the conditions along their route of flight and to always dress to be able to walk home in the conditions in or over which they will be flying. Learn about the essential 10 items every survival kit should contain. More

US skies could see more drones
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Unmanned planes could soon become a more common presence in U.S. skies. A broad funding bill for the Federal Aviation Administration, which is expected to win final approval before the middle of February, for the first time establishes specific deadlines designed to speed up the widespread use of unmanned planes, or drones, across the U.S. On Feb. 3, the House passed the package in a 248-169 vote. The bill calls for integrating a wide range of so-called unmanned aerial vehicles — operated by both governmental and corporate entities — with commercial and general aviation traffic across the nation's skies by September 2015. More

IFR training before the rating
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Max Trescott, the 2008 National Certified Flight Instructor of the Year, worries that the FAA's Private Practical Test Standard does a disservice to private pilot candidates. By requiring three hours of flying solely by reference to instruments, Tescott suspects it creates complacency in some newly minted pilots. VFR-into-IMC accidents have a 90 percent fatality rate and kill both private and instrument-rated pilots. So how can pilots enhance their safety? More

EAA members finish, fly airplane for dying comrade
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From the Experimental Aircraft Association chapter in Clearwater, Fla., comes the heartwarming story of Walter Crosby, who last week realized the dream of seeing his restored 1946 Piper Cub fly for the first time in more than 50 years. Thanks to the love and dedication of his fellow chapter members, Walt got to see his cherished airplane become airborne — just days before losing his courageous battle with cancer. More

Fuel contamination brings down Piper Twin Comanche via General Aviation News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A crash involving a Piper Twin Comanche in Amarillo, Texas, which resulted in two fatalities, has been attributed to contaminated fuel. According to witnesses, the airplane took off and was at an altitude of 900 feet AGL when it turned as if to return for landing. The airplane did not make it back to the runway; instead it crashed into a warehouse near the airport. The post-accident examination revealed water in the fuel recovered from both the left and right engine fuel systems. The airplane had been exposed to accumulating snow the week before the accident. More

Air controller honored for guiding small plane in safely
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An air-traffic controller who helped guide a student pilot into an emergency landing at John Wayne Airport in Orange County, Calif., won a national safety award that recognized his ability to think quickly and stay calm as the small airplane drifted dangerously close to seaside cliffs. Kevin McLaughlin, a 24-year veteran controller, was guiding airplanes along the Southern California coast on July 29, when he picked up the student flight that was headed to Torrance. The pilot had reported high temperature readings on some of his cockpit gauges; he told McLaughlin that one of his gauges had gone to red. More

Small plane belly lands at Colorado airport
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The Air Force and federal investigators are probing a Feb. 4 incident that closed a runway at the Colorado Springs Airport. Officials say a single-engine Cessna hit the runway with its landing gear retracted and skidded to a stop. The pilot, who sources said may have forgotten to deploy the gear, was unhurt. Officials did not name the pilot, who was the only person aboard the plane according to John McGinely, airport spokesman. More

Flying cars roll a little closer to take off
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VideoBriefThe nation's roads and bridges are in disrepair, commercial air travel is a lesson in masochism and domestic high-speed train service remains the stuff of railfans' dreams. Fifty years after "The Jetsons" introduced the concept to American TV viewers, where are the flying cars we were promised? The answer? Still a ways off but, just maybe, about to get a bit closer. More

North Dakota airport authority sets focus on general aviation as a priority
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General aviation will be one of four major areas of focus for North Dakota's Jamestown Regional Airport Authority in the next four years, the group decided at a strategic planning meeting on Feb. 4. The consensus of those at the meeting was that more effort needed to be made to encourage general aviation, such as recreational flying by private pilots, and improved facilities for it. Building additional hangars, having a courtesy car and improving relationships with general aviators were all listed as possible projects for the future. More

Small moves in commercial space
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Commercial spaceship companies are due to get some additional breathing space, thanks to legislation that was approved by the House on Feb. 3, and seems certain to become law. The provision takes up just a few words in the reauthorization bill for the Federal Aviation Administration, but the impact of those words could be incredibly significant. Basically, they extend the current regulatory environment for reusable space vehicles for an additional three years, to October 2015. If the provision hadn't been worked out, things could have become much more difficult for space tourism companies. More

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